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By The Staff

Hit the trail to

benefit Hospice

Hospice of Marion County will have its Horses for Hospice Trail Ride on Saturday, Feb. 21, on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala.

Following a few hours on the trail, participants can enjoy lunch by Tommy’s BBQ and live entertainment by Shane Wooten. More than 50 door prizes will be distributed.

Minimum donation to ride is $25. Horse lovers who don’t ride may enjoy lunch and entertainment for $10. For more information or to register, call 854-5218.


AARP Driver Safety

class being offered

An AARP Driver Safety class for persons 50 and older will be given at the Sheriff’s Southwest District Office on S.R. 200 on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Completion qualifies drivers for a discount on their automobile insurance (with some exceptions). Call Len at 861-0480 for more information or to register.


Dine and dance

with the Lions

The On Top of the World Lions are getting ready to have their

annual dinner dance, “Dine and Dance with the Lions,” on Saturday Feb. 28, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, behind the Cracker Barrel off I-75 and S.R. 200. Cost is $25 per person.

Dress to impress, the Sugarbear band will provide great dance music. For tickets and dinner selections, call 352-489-1051, credit cards will be accepted.


United Way is offering

budgeting workshops

United Way of Marion County is offering free personal budgeting workshops to businesses and organizations who are interested in hosting classes for their employees, clients or members at their group. Classes are open to Marion County businesses, faith-based groups, civic organizations and nonprofits.

Workshop topics include basic introduction to terminology, borrowing basics, checking account information, budgeting tools, how to save money, keeping your money safe, access to credit reports, using credit cards and building good credit, getting a loan and owning your own home.

Workshops will be conducted by trained volunteers and will last one hour.

For more information or to sign up your organization, call Chris Cotter at 732-9696, ext. 209 or ccotter@uwmc.org.


Saturday night dances

at Kellner Auditorium

The Spirit of Citrus Dancers, USA Dance chapter 6072, hosts Saturday night dances at Kellner Auditorium, 102 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills.

The Lady in Red Dessert Dance Party will be Feb. 21. Ladies, dress in red. We’ll have tasty treats and dance music by Butch Phillips.

Doors open at 6:45, complimentary lesson from 7 to 7:30, dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission $5 members and $7 non-members. Ice and coffee provided. Soft drinks available for a small fee. For more information, call Ann at 352-344-3768 or Barb and Jack at 352-344-1383 or www.socdancers.org.


Cracker Days at Rainbow

SpringsState Park

The Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park will present Cracker Days on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park becomes home to soap makers, quilters, basket makers, cobblers, woodcarvers, corn grinders, spinners, chair caners and various other crafters and artisans.

New this year will be a Cracker Camp, complete with Cracker horses, cattle, catch dogs and cow hunters. Musical entertainment will feature Dunnellon’s Shade Tree Pickers with Jon Semmes, old time country by the Back Porch Band, New Harmony Jazz Band, and the sweet sounds of Carla Bak.

Speakers will include historian and author Dana Ste. Claire, J. Lester Dinkins, Duke Stoetzer, Dix Stephens, Kathy Dobronyi, Candace Booth and others. Park admission is $1 per person. For more information, call -352465-8555 or visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/rainbowsprings/.


Free child identity

kits at Phillips Chrysler

A free Child Safety Program will be given at Phillips Chrysler Jeep, 3440 S. Pine Ave. on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each child’s parents will receive a Child Safety Journal, which will contain a FBI-certified Biometric fingerprint profile, a digital photo, and a DNA kit with instructions. No records are kept by the sponsor.

This program greatly increases the chances of parents recovering a lost child. For more information, call Steve Treadway at 732-7577.