Community Events - Sept. 4, 2009

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By The Staff

Saturday, Sept. 5

Art show to help United Way There will be more to browse at Dillard’s than the latest fashions over Labor Day weekend.

Twelve artists from Citrus and Marion counties will display their work on Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sept. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. Art work will be for sale.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale will benefit the United Way of Marion County.

Dillard’s is in the Market Street open-air mall. Chess Club meets this Saturday 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.

Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down tomorrow, Sept. 5.

Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess.

It’s your move! For more information, call Ron at 873-2276. It’s time to place Share food orders Share food orders can be placed on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ocala United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. in room 103. Distribution will be on Saturday, Sept. 26. from 10 a.m. to noon.

Each month participants save 30 to 50 percent off the retail price of frozen meats and fresh produce. This month’s basic package includes chicken legs, tilapia filets, orange chicken egg rolls, pork sausage chub, white meat chicken strips and a generous produce pack for $18. Orders must be paid in cash. For more info visit www.shareflorida.org or call 861-0904. Tuesday, Sept. 8 Woman’s Club has membership fling The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala will have a fall membership fling on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. The club invites Woman’s Club members, Little Women Juniorettes, prospective members and guests to the social event. Light refreshments will be served. All women in the community are welcome to attend this first gathering of a new club season. For information, please call Margie at 840-0367. Wednesday, Sept. 9 English as Second Language offered English as Second Language classes are offered every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at College Road Baptist Church, starting Sept. 9. The church is at 5010 S.W. College Road, about two miles west of I-75.

Classes are free and child care is provided, as well as children’s and youth programs. The staff has been trained to offer several levels of instruction to adults wanting to learn or improve their English.

Everyone is welcome. For information call the director, Janet Smith, 352-854-6981. Thursday, Sept. 10 NARFE chapter meets The monthly meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and spouses chapter 2279 will be on Sept. 10 at the West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. Saturday, Sept. 12 Marion Bonsai auction scheduled The Marion Bonsai Society announces its annual fundraising auction will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. The event will take place at Live Oak Hall in the Circle Square Commons at On Top of the World. The public is invited.

Bonsai is the ancient Japanese art of growing miniature trees in containers. The society’s auction will offer items of interest to bonsai artists and other gardeners, including pre-designed trees, bonsai plant material, tools, pots and books. Money raised is use in bonsai education programs for many people including high school students.

For further information, please contact Marion Bonsai Society Vice President Marion-Alice Burke, at 854-1896.

Scandinavian Club to meet The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to attend the club’s next meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Holiday Inn, 3600 S.W. 38th Ave., Ocala. Meal will be sliced roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggie, salad, bread, beverage and dessert.

Cost is $15 per person and reservations and advance payment is required. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 9. Make payment to Al Olsen, 9517 S.W. 53rd Circle, Ocala, FL 34476.

Entertainment will be presented by a Barbershop Quartet. For further details call Al Olsen 854-1442, Doris Graff 236-3740 or Vivian Hendricks 687-2644. Cholesterol check in Marion Oaks Free total cholesterol and diabetes screening will be at the Winn-Dixie pharmacy, 184 Marion Oaks Blvd., on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is needed. Sunday, Sept. 13 Post-Polio group to meet The North Central Florida Post-Polio Support Group will meet Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Collins Health Resource Center, 9401 S.W. Highway 200, Building 300, Suite 303, Ocala. Maps are available at the Web site, postpoliosupport.com.

Steven Mersch, CPO, LPO of Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, Gainesville, will present a program on “Lower Extremity Orthotics.”

For information, call Carolyn Raville at 352-489-1731.

Tuesday, Sept. 15 Fair Tax meeting scheduled Meetings to explain the proposed Fair Tax are planned at two Marion County locations in September.

On Sept. 14 there will be a meeting at the Belleview Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 15 there will be a meeting at the Freedom Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For information or to RSVP, call Nick or Barb at 347-7067. Thursday, Sept. 17 Genealogical group to meet The Marion County Genealogical Society welcomes everyone back from summer vacation with an exciting new program lineup. The next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Ocala Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

Everyone is invited to the special interest group meeting at 1 p.m. for a comparison of three genealogy programs followed by the general meeting at 2 p.m. featuring Ann Osisek. Ms. Osisek’s presentation is on finding your female ancestors, titled Calico and Cornbread.

For further information, please contact Patti Hunt at (352) 207-0082, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com Thursday, Sept. 24 Sheriff’s Office will take old pills Don’t know what to do with that old medicine that’s sitting around your house? You know, the pills you no longer have to take, or can’t take because the doctor changed your prescription?

On Sept. 24 and 25, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can bring your unused or expired medications to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Southwest District, on State Road 200. You can simply drop your medications into the container, and they will then be properly disposed of by the Sheriff’s Department.

Called Operation Medicine Cabinet, it is sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office and Home Instead Senior Care.

For information call Jeryl Durand at 622-6447. Chamber to conduct Business Expo The Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce will conduct its annual Business Expo on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will include free food and drink samples, giveaways and door prizes while promoting a “Buy Local” theme. The Expo will be a great way to get acquainted with local restaurants, retailers and professional services in Marion County.

With more than 70 vendor booths showcased, this expo will highlight our local talent and bring the community together. The event may also include special guest appearances, such as Albert and Albert of the University of Florida.

The Expo will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 3600 S.W. 38th Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

For information contact the Ocala/Marion County Chamber at 629-8051. Saturday, Sept. 26 Fort King Festival features history The Fort King Festival, an annual event for the Marion County Museum of History, will take place Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring living history interpretations with various time periods represented, demonstrations of weaving, spinning, coopering, blacksmithing, and many other skills of early settlers. Free admission to the Festival. Museum admission $2. A smoked chicken dinner will be available for $7. Non-food vendors are welcome with a small fee to participate. Located in the McPherson Government Complex, between Fort King Street and Southeast 25th Avenue. Call 352-629-2773 or 352-694-2529. Saturday, Oct. 10 Rotary to hold chicken barbecue

The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest will have a smoked chicken barbecue on Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, next to Joy Lutheran Church.

The menu will include one-half barbecued chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner roll, soft drink of choice and cookies. Donation is $10. All proceeds will be used for local and international charities.

For tickets or information, call Vern at 895-7050. Saturday, Nov. 7 Marines plan birthday ball The Marion County Detachment 061 has announced plans for its annual birthday ball. The 234th birthday of the Marine Corps will be celebrated by Marine Corps League members, friends and well-wishers. The local league is composed primarily of veteran Marines and Navy FMF corpsmen and other Marine Corps League supporters.

The ball will be held on Nov. 7 at the Ramada Inn, Interstate 75 and U.S. 27. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us for Marine Corps tradition, good food, fun and live music.

Tickets are available from Bridgette Pace at 620-0887 and are $35 per person for a full service meal (choice of prime rib or chicken cordon bleu). Ties and jackets are required for men.

Also, new unwrapped toys will be accepted for the annual “Toys for Tots” drive.

For information contact Dick Hauck, senior vice commandant and birthday ball chairman, at 208-5070, or 680-1698.