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Honor Flight sending

WW II vets to memorial Honor Flight of Marion is partnering with the Florida VFW to send WW II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. A charter flight will cost $40,000 to $50,000 and the local group is hoping to make the trip this spring. Donations are needed to fly 172 veterans and their guardians to D.C., visit the memorial, have lunch and return to Ocala International Airport. Veterans may not pay their way but must apply for the flight. Terminally ill veterans will be given priority. Checks may be made to Department of Florida VFW, with “Honor Flight Marion” on the memo line, and mailed to Florida Department of VFW, P.O. Box 1630, Ocala FL 34478. For veteran’s application forms or more information, call Rose Clements at 304-6987 or e-mail ocalahonorflight@gmail.com.   Jump over to Freedom Library for a chess game The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. It’s your move on March 7. For more information, call Ron at 873-2276.   Ocala FairTax meeting at Freedom Library The FairTax bill (HR 25/ S 296) is in Congress. Join us at Freedom Public Library, 5870 S.W. 95th St., on Tuesday, March 3 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Learn how the FairTax will affect you and your family in a positive way. No IRS, no payroll withholding. Due to limited seating, call Nick or Barb at 347-7067 to reserve a seat.   Home and garden show at CFCC You’ll find everything you need for house and yard projects at the COX annual Ocala Spring Home and Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Florida Community College Admission and parking is free. See the latest trends in home design, products, furnishings and accessories on the market, and how to use them. More than 85 area businesses are expected to showcase their products and services. Exhibitors donate thousands of dollars worth of prizes that are given through hourly drawings. For more information, call 239-466-6300, ext. 17 or visit www.ExpoTradeShows.net.   Ocala Open returns with $100,000 purse Candler Hills Golf Club will host the third annual Ocala Open Golf Tournament from Wednesday, March 24 to Saturday March 28. A Pro-Am scheduled for Tuesday. This year’s purse will be $100,000. The tournament will benefit Interfaith Emergency Services and Go Red for Women. For sponsorship opportunities and more information, visit www.OcalaOpen.com. To see the complete story, visit smcitizen.com and click on Sports.   Community events at VFW Post 4781 District 22 will have a Craft Fair at VFW Post 4781 on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by and start your Christmas Shopping early. Tickets for the picnic at Fort McCoy on Saturday, March 21 are available at Angela S. Santos Post 4781. Cost is $10 each. Life Line Screening will be at Post 4781 on Tuesday, March 24. Pre-registration is required. Call 1-800-324-1851. Screening for stroke, carotid artery, arterial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, osteoporosis. Attention all veterans and spouses of deceased veterans. Do you have questions concerning veterans benefits or need advice on veteran affairs? Call Post Service Officer George Smith at 854-2700.   Kiwanis art auction to benefit county’s children The Kiwanis Club of Ocala will sponsor its first annual Art Auction to benefit the children of Marion County on Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at S.R. 200 and I-75. Local artists including Bobby Goldsboro and Mary Verrandeaux have contributed items, and works of Jane Wooster Scott, LeRoy Neiman, Guido Borelli, Andrew Wyeth, and others will be represented. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple; includes complimentary punch and hors d’oeuvres while listening to the music of Kevin Christian. Call Roseann Fricks at 369-2315 for more information.   One Book presentation by St. Johns water district In conjunction with One Book-One Community the Friends of the Ocala Public Library will present Hal Wilkening, director of the Department of Resource Management for the St. Johns River Water Management District, who will talk about his department’s role in the subject of the One Book choice, "Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S." The program will be in room C of the main library at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. The program is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information call 694-6389 or 629-7397.   Lenten fish fries at St. John Church St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will have a Fish Fry every Friday during Lent until Good Friday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. Takeout is available. Cost is $7 adults and $3.50 children. French fries, hush puppies, coleslaw or baked beans, rolls, coffee or tea. The church is at U.S. 41 and S.R. 40 in Dunnellon.   Upward Youth Soccer starting at Hope Field Joy Lutheran Church is ready for spring soccer players. They are looking for boys and girls from 4 years to 6th-grade for this fun sports experience. Register now to March 21 by contacting the church office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Cost per child is $60. Includes reversible jersey, water bottle, socks, and car magnet. All players must attend one soccer to complete registration. Evaluations are Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. and completed Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Practices begin the week of April 20 and the first game is Saturday, May 9. All events are at Hope Field at Joy Lutheran Church. For more information, call Pastor Sean at 854-4509, ext. 222.   Strawberry festival at First Congregational The Women’s Fellowship of First Congregational Church will have a Strawberry Festival in the Enrichment Center at 7171 S.W. Hwy. 200 on Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m. with by an auction of all sorts of items. Strawberry shortcake will be available at a reasonable rate. Reserve your shortcake by calling 237-3035.   SHARE order dates at Ocala West UMC Place SHARE food orders at Ocala West United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 7 or Wednesday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in room 103. Orders must be paid for in cash and distribution will be Saturday March 29. For more information, visit www.shareflorida.org or call 861-0904.   Horseshoe tournament at St. John the Baptist St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a horseshoe tournament on Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. Bring your lunch, the Men’s Club will sell beverages. No experience is needed and beginners and youths are welcome. Cost is $10 per person and half the entry fees provide cash prizes. We have horseshoes if you don’t. For more information, call Herb Heesch at 352-489-5954 or Larry Heydorn at 854-9494.   Presentation about the Holy Shroud of Turin Author and filmmaker John Iannone will present The Mystery of the Holy Shroud: A Case for Authenticity on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Is the Holy Shroud of Turin the ancient burial cloth of Jesus?    

Jump over to Freedom Library

Jump over to Freedom Library for a chess bold The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the aboriginal Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested bodies are arrive to appear for a activation bold of chess. It’s your move on March 7. For added information, alarm Ron at 873-2276. play games online