Community calendar week of 01-15-2016

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Saturday, Jan. 16

Crime prevention workshop

    Whether we like it or not, crime affects everyone.  Whatever the crime, there are at least two victims. The first is the person(s) who suffers the loss or injury.  The second victim is the community. 

   Metro Crime Prevention of Florida Safety Programs are designed to help citizens take back control over their lives and to stop living in fear.  They show us how to restore our personal and civic freedoms and re-unite us as a community.

   Do you know the most common fraud techniques or scams, or what defense weapons are recommended by law enforcement agencies? Or, what causes a burglar to avoid your home because he thinks you will return at any moment?

   The valuable and lifesaving information shared in these seminars help us focus our power as individuals and communities in the fight against crime.  People learn to be proactive against crime and to take simple precautions which enhance personal safety.

   You are invited to this workshop scheduled to be held at Peace Lutheran Church (The Church on the Hill), 7201 U.S. 41 S.,  5 miles north of Dunnellon, on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. This workshop is provided as a service for the community and there is no charge.

   Take an active stand against crime by attending this free workshop.


University Women will meet

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Stone Creek Grille, 9676 SW 62nd Loop, Ocala for their usual monthly meeting.

The speaker this month will be Jan Hathaway of United Way Marion County. All women are welcome to attend this meeting and learn more about the organization. To attend, please contact Deborah Parsons at 352-237-4889 and let her know so she can advise the restaurant as to how many will be in attendance.


Sunday, Jan. 17

Jazz Society to play

The Ocala Jazz Society will be back with Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, 50s and all your favorites on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 2 - 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St., across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month.

A $3 donation for Hospice is appreciated. For info: 352-237-0234 ocalajazzsociety@yahoo.com.


Monday, Jan. 18

Legion post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building at 9048 SW Hwy 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans.

For more information. telephone Post Commander Doug Rebillot at 305-342-7020.


Tuesday, Jan. 19

Election redistricting explained

The League of Women Voters of Marion County is sponsoring voter information Lunch and Learn session at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 at the Olive Garden, 3363 SW College Road (SR 200).

Wesley Wilcox, Marion County Supervisor of Elections, will untangle the recent court decisions that have changed the congressional and legislative boundaries of voting districts in Marion County. 

The non-partisan educational meeting is an effort by the League of Women Voters to help clarify the impact the new district lines will have on voters in this presidential election year. Wilcox will also answer questions regarding voter registration, deadlines for absentee ballots and any other issues of concern to voters.

The meeting is open to the public in addition to LWV members and guests. Participants order off the restaurant’s normal menu.

Reservations are required as seating in the Olive Garden’s private meeting room is limited. Call Allie Gore at 352-547-9670, or e-mail lwvmarion.org by Jan.  15.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


Tax preparation from United Way


United Way of Marion County will offer free income tax preparation through a variety of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) locations starting Tuesday, Jan. 19. Marion County residents are encouraged to get 100 percent of their return back. Please call 2-1-1 to make an appointment. All volunteers providing tax assistance are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.

Residents will need to bring the following information with them:

Government issued photo ID, such as drivers license.

Valid Social Security cards, ITN numbers, and birth dates for taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents.

All wage and income statements (example: W-2, W-2G, 1099- R forms).

Interest and dividend statements from financial institutions (Form 1099) if applicable.

A copy of last year’s federal tax return.

Proof of day care expenses including: provider’s name, address and federal identification number.

For direct deposit of refund bring checking/savings account and routing numbers.

If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must come to the VITA site. For more information, contact Doug MacPhail at 352-732-9696 ext. 215.


Scandinavian Club of Marion County:

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to join us at our next meeting on Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave. in Ocala.

The menu will be cranberry stuffed chicken with mashed potatoes, salad, dessert, and coffee.  Entertainment is Dick Richards and his accordion. The cost is $19 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 16th of January. Checks to be made out to Jim Neate and mailed to Jim Neate at 643-A Midway Dr. Ocala, FL 34472. For further details call Jim Neate 352 687-1580, Don Clauson 352 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352 347-8362.


Thursday, Jan. 21

Musical group at College Road

Come join us on Jan. 21 at noon to hear a musical group "The Phantastics."

Everyone is welcome, we enjoy new faces. Socialize, have lunch and listen to the entertainment of the month. College Road Baptist Church, 5010 SW College Road (State Road 200). Phone 352-237-5741.


Saturday, Jan. 23

Health, Wellness Expo set

The 14th annual Health and Wellness Expo returns to Circle Square Cultural Center on Saturday, Jan. 23. Join On Top of the World Communities and over 60 local healthcare agencies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more about living a healthier life and being part of Ocala’s healthy community.

Learn about the latest medical advances at the Expo. You’ll have the opportunity to visit vendor exhibitions from local health care providers and learn about new medical advances. In addition to the vendors at the show, you’ll also enjoy fitness demonstrations throughout the event presented by On Top of the World’s Certified Fitness Instructors.

The expo is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (352) 854-8707 ext. 7533 or 7530. Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala.


Jerry Byrd concert at Joy

Joy Lutheran Church will host a Jerry Byrd concert on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. He is a one-man band, singing and playing a program of songs. Byrd is from the Rock of Ages Church in Wildwood. The concert is free but a free-will offering will be taken.

Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 SW 83rd Place at SR 200, Ocala. For more information call 854-4509 ext. 221.


Freedom Friends to hear humanities prof

Dr. Gary Mormino, humanities professor at the College of Central Florida, will be guest speaker at The Friends of Freedom Public Library’s annual meeting. Join them on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. for Dr. Mormino’s presentation on Florida’s Social History, centering on this state’s growth from 1950 to the present. Mormino is a recipient of this year’s Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. According to the Florida Humanities Council September 2015 Forum, he is Florida’s Dream Writer, an insightful author and respected scholar.


Saturday, Jan. 23

Church service at TimberRidge

Countryside Presbyterian Church provides Christian Ministry to residents of

TimberRidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9848 SW 110th St., Ocala and holds bimonthly worship services.

If you have a loved one, or friend at the TimberRidge Center you are invited to attend our next service on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10:15 a.m.

For further information, please call the church office at (352) 237-4633.


Sunday, Jan. 24

Chamber Music free concert

The Marion Chamber Music Society presents Licorice Sticks, a 24 piece clarinet orchestra from Orlando, showcasing the fully narrated Peter and the Wolf among other classical and pops music. This free concert is at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW SR 200 at 3 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 24. For information about all our concerts, visit our website: marionchambermusic.com or call 867-1340. Presented in part by a grant from the Marion Cultural Alliance.


Monday, Jan. 25

40/8 to hold meeting

The 40/8 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks building at the entrance of On Top of the World on State Road 200. Come early to enjoy light refreshments with your fellow veterans. Please remember to bring household supplies for the Fisher House in Gainesville. For further info call Jerry at 352-322-5966.


Retired nurses to meet

The RNR (Registered Nurses Retired) organization of Citrus /Marion Counties will have their next meeting on Monday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at West Marion Medical Bldg., 4600 SW 46th Court (across from Race Trac gas station on State Road 200) Room 240.

We invite all retired and semi-retired RNs who have an interest in informative medical topic speakers and also the company of fellow nurses to consider joining us.

Our speaker will be Erin Huff of Marion County Dept. of Health Services. Our charity will be Kids Central. For more information and reservations concerning the meetings please call Gladys (Marion County) at 325-854-2677 or Mary Jane (Citrus County) at 352-726-6882 before Jan. 18.


Tuesday, Jan. 26

Breast Cancer support group

The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Chapel Room 235 at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St. 

There is no meeting in December due to the holiday activities so our next meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 26. This will be an introductory presentation by Drena Miller, Coordinator of Congregational Care at Ocala West. She will introduce herself and the position and responsibilities she has at Ocala West emphasizing the importance of caring and love for those who are hurting from health issues, losses, etc. Merry Christmas and hope to see you all in January.


Thursday, Jan. 28

Tribute Quartet

This award-winning combination of musical talent, warm and engaging personalities and their focus has developed into one of the country's most dynamic and beloved male quartets in all of gospel music. Nationally and internationally, their popularity continues to grow due to their God-called mission to share Jesus with everyone with whom they come in contact. Their many fans and friends continue to help grow this ministry one friend at a time. This is a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 A love offering will be received.

Christ's Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.


Friday, Jan. 29

The Inspirations at College Road

The Inspirations, a premier gospel quartet, will be in concert at College Road Baptist Church in Ocala at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. The Inspirations have been a favorite of gospel music lovers for over 50 years.

As the group entered into the 21st century, they continued to be rewarded by their loyal fans. They were awarded Song of the Year honors in 2002, 2003, and 2007 for their hits, "I’ll Not Turn My Back On Him Now," "We Need to Thank God" and "I Have Not Forgotten" at the Singing News Fan Awards. They were voted Favorite Traditional Male Quartet in 2005 and 2006, and Mike Holcomb once again received Favorite Bass awards in 2002, 2005, and 2008. Martin Cook and Archie Watkins both were recipients of the Marvin Norcross Award, and each was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Cook was also inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Piano Roll of Honor at the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion in 2005.

Today’s lineup of the Inspirations holds firm to their roots, while setting the stage for another generation. The Inspirations have continued to remain a top-selling recording artist, now recording for Horizon Records. They still pack churches and concert halls to capacity. Their presence still commands respect and admiration. The boys from Bryson City have proven consistency and integrity are still important, in times where neither has seemed to be viewed as relevant.

College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 SW College Road, Ocala, 1.75 miles west of I-75. 352-237-5741 for more information.


Sunday, Jan. 31

Pastor retires at Joy Lutheran

A retirement party is planned to reminisce and celebrate Pastor Ed Holloway’s years of service and wish him and Marsha the best for continued happiness. 

The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary and progress to Swenson Hall from 3 to 5 p.m.  There will be refreshments for all who attend this open house and wish the Holloway’s farewell.

This event is open to church members and friends from the community. Joy Lutheran Church is located at 7045 SW 83rd Place at SR 200, Ocala.  For more information call 854-4509 ext. 221.


Concert singers at local church

The Dunnellon Concert Singers, with Bob Cubbage on piano, along with vocalists Mary Ellen Craver, Mary Mahoney and Bill Thomas, will perform a fundraiser concert for First Congregational Church on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. They've chosen all Gershwin program with songs not only by George and Ira, but also Alan Gershwin. Admission is free; however, a freewill offering will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Mary at 352-419-8796.


JOY Night

Join with us as we lift our hearts in praise in an evening of traditional and contemporary music and worship celebrated with participating Marion County Christian Churches, families and friends. Refreshments and fellowship follow the 5 p.m. program. 

Christ's Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.


Sunday, Feb. 7

German American Club of Marion County

The German American Club of Marion County will hold Fasching on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Wear a costume, bring beads and join in the fun! Please bring your own snacks and beverages. Music will be provided by Alpine Express. Tickets are $15 per member or $18 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.


Thursday, Feb. 11

Trivia Contest

The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest Foundation is sponsoring an audio/visual trivia contest with pizza and beverages at the Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church Swenson Hall (7045 SW 83rd Place, Ocala) at 6 p.m. A $15 donation at the door qualifies you for the $100 grand prize. Register by phoning 352-509-4942 or e-mailing ocalaswrotary@yahoo.com with your name, team name, email address and number of team members (2 - 8).


Saturday, Feb. 13

Cosmopolitan Club fundraiser

The Cosmopolitan Club of Ocala will be hosting its annual fundraising dinner dance on Feb. 13, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased from any Cosmopolitan member. You may also contact Myrna Miles at 352-362-6940 or Edith Harper at 352-307-0670 for tickets and information. The event will be held at the Marion Oaks Community Center, 294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala.

This year’s event has a “throwback theme.” We will be featuring rhythm and blues music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Music will be provided by DJ “CC.” There will be raffles, door prizes, an old school song contest, dancing, as well as a buffet dinner. Semi-formal attire is requested.

The Cosmopolitan Club was founded by the late Winston and Annette Brown. The club’s main purpose is to raise money to award scholarships to deserving high school students in our area.

Please join us for this fun evening!


Yard sale at Countryside

The seventh annual yard sale in Founder's Hall at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW Highway 200, Ocala will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. White elephant, linens, boutique clothing, men's and women's clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, homemade bake sale, tools, toys, small furniture, holiday decorations, books, videos, CDs and much more will be available.

Enjoy coffee, a hot dog or chicken sandwich at our cafe.

For further information, call the church at 352-237-4633.


Sunday, Feb. 14

Sunday Afternoon Musicale

The annual "Sunday Afternoon Musicale" variety show at First Congregational Church is set for Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. A variety of entertainment will be offered in the form of solos, duets, ensembles, and instrumentals as church members and friends sing, play, and perform their way through an afternoon of music and fun. The choir will also present a medley from The Phantom of the Opera. Admission is free; free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served.

The church is located at 7171 SW State Road 200. For more information, please call Mary at 352-419-8796.


Friday, Feb. 19

Ocala Health to host free driver safety event

Ocala Health will host Safe Driving Experience – a free injury prevention event for drivers of cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and golf carts -- on the campus of College of Central Florida on Friday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information or to register, call 800-530-1188 or go to ocalahealthsystem.com.

This event is a comprehensive high impact safe driving awareness program created for drivers of all ages. Visitors will be engaged with simulators, demonstrations and interactive activities to test their driving capabilities and reaction time. Community partners from these organizations will be represented: CarFit, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Health of Marion County, Harley Davidson Riding Academy, Joe’s Motorcycle Training, LifeQuest, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Ocala Fire Rescue, and Ocala Police Department. 


Sunday, Feb. 28

Flamenco dancers at CF

The College of Central Florida Performing Arts Series will present the Flamenco Vivo dance troupe Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Dassance Fine Arts Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

The show, “Poema de Andalucia,” is a journey through the alluring cultures and traditions of the Andalusian provinces in Spain that is home of Flamenco dance.

 “The soul of Flamenco is not only the performers themselves, but what they carry inside, the impassioned investment of each dancer, singer and musician,” said Dr. Jennifer Fryns, CF dean of Visual and Performing Arts. “Flamenco is an expression of feeling, a community built on emotions. Happiness, sadness, joy and sorrow are translated through this eloquent art form, expressing the vital essence that lives within each of us.”

This performance is funded in part by Insight Credit Union and Senior Learners, Inc.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Tickets.CF.edu or through the CF Box Office, 352-873-5810.

In addition to the performance, the dance troupe will lead a master class at the Dassance Fine Arts Center Monday, Feb. 29 at 12:30 p.m. The class is free and open to the public.

To learn about other events at CF, visit CF.edu.


Saturday, April 2

AAUW thinks chocolate

The holiday season is a great time of the year to think about chocolate. The American Association of University Women (AAUW)-Ocala Branch is planning a show “A Taste of Chocolate” for Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Webber Conference Center, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala.

Currently, the AAUW, is seeking participants that will make this show a success. They are looking for chocolatiers, restaurateurs, and caterers that would be interested in sharing their chocolate creations to be judged by well-known local chefs. Participants may choose one of three categories for which they would enter their creation: appetizer, entrée or dessert. Each participant would pay an entrance fee of $25.

The profits from this event would go to an AAUW Endowed Scholarship Fund for women of all ages attending the College of Central Florida.

This event is expecting at least 300 persons from the community. Openings for participants are limited so it is important to contact Aldea Savva, Chairperson at 352-789-6643 or AAUWATaste of Chocolate@gmail.com soon for an application. Applications must be completed by March 2.