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Friday, May 11

Tribute to John Denver

On Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m., Ted Vigil returns to the Reilly Arts Center for a special tribute to John Denver. Tickets start at $10. The Reilly Arts Center is at 500 NE 9th St., Ocala.

Tickets can be purchased at www.ReillyArtsCenter.com, or by calling the box office at (352) 351-1606 during box office hours. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Reilly Arts Center box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Group rates are available for this show.

Ted performs all of John Denver’s greatest hits including Take Me Home Country Roads, Leaving on a Jet Plane, and Rocky Mountain High.

What lives in Sholom Park

What lives at Sholom Park? Join us for an overview of animal life, Florida-friendly plants of special interest and time to discuss items such as Spanish moss and other popular items. Enjoy Q&A with Maxine Hunter from the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Animal Sciences May 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the pavilion. The park is located at 7110 SW 80th Ave,, 34481. For more information, please call 352-873-0848, ext. 7650, or email info@sholompark.org. Visit the park on the internet at www.sholompark.org

Saturday, May 12

Ocala 200 Lions Club Flea Market and Diabetic Screening

The Ocala 200 Lions Club will be holding a Flea Market May 12 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Bank of the Ozarks - 8375 SW Highway 200, Ocala. There will be a variety of vendors on hand as well as food available for sale by the Dunnellon Lions Club. The Ocala 200 Club will also be holding a diabetic screening during those hours. You are invited to join us for our fundraising event and flea market sales as well as the diabetic screening. As always, all proceeds generated by the Lions Clubs will be used for community projects throughout the year. Rain Date: May 19. For more information call: 352-861-2730.

Countryside Annual Picnic

Countryside Presbyterian Church will hold its Annual Picnic Saturday, May 12, at noon at Silver Springs State Park. Lunch will consist of hamburgers hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, rolls, bottled water, ice tea and dessert.

Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle. For information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Letter carriers food drive

On Saturday, May 12 letter carriers throughout Marion County will participate in the 26th annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger.”

This annual effort has become the largest one-day food drive in the nation’s history, resulting in more than a half billion pounds of food to local food banks, pantries and shelters in all 50 states. Last year in Marion County, 113,243 pounds of nonperishable food was collected and donated to Interfaith Emergency Services for distribution to the Salvation Army, Brothers Keeper, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, the Help Agency of the Forest and other local food banks. The Ocala Post Office was ranked first in the nation in their union member category for the ninth year for the community’s outstanding effort in supporting this program. In Marion County alone, more than 1.9 million pounds of food has been collected.

Postal customers are asked to hang a food donation on their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail on Saturday, May 12, and the carrier will do the rest. Collection barrels will also be set up at all Post Office branches to accommodate those with Post Office Boxes.

For individuals interested in volunteering for the collection and unloading/loading, please call Tina Reid at 629-8868 ext.210. Service hours for high school students are available.

United Way of Marion County, Interfaith Emergency Services, USPS, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, United Food and Commercial Workers Union and AFL-CIO have partnered with the NALC to help stamp out hunger.

Breakfast at Ocala West

Ocala West UMC’s community wide breakfast prepared by the men’s fellowship will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 and is only $6 for all you care to eat.

A varied selection awaits everyone ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast, waffles, pancakes, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, fruit cup, juice and coffee. Breakfast proceeds benefit the many charities supported by the OWUMC men’s fellowship.

Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala (352) 854-9550.

Discovery Center exhibit

The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Tropical Odyssey, will open to the public Saturday, May 12 and will be on display through Saturday, July 28 at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.

Tropical Odyssey is an interactive maze and exhibit, educating guests on butterfly farming and conservation efforts in the rainforest. This exhibit will also feature a butterfly zipline, a life-size spider web for children to play on, a giant walk-through caterpillar, interactive cocoons and more.

A special grand opening event will be held Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a live butterfly release, face painting, refreshments and more. Guided tours of the exhibit will take place at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Admission to this event is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four.

The exhibit is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four.

For more information, please call 352-401-3900 or visit www.mydiscoverycenter.org.

Sunday, May 13

Concert at Countryside

Award-winning students from the Capitano Music Studio, Aleigh Papagno and Johnny Couch, will present a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, at the Countryside Presbyterian Church. 7768 SW Highway 200, Ocala. Classics will include piano and cello compositions from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Faure, Chopin, Copland, as well as an original arrangement from “The Firebird” by Johnny Couch that will be performed by The Ocala SDA Church Wind and String Ensemble. GayLyn Capitano will accompany on several selections. Free concert. 352-237-4633.  

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala

Come celebrate Mother’s Day with Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala as we honor that very important woman in our lives. Bring your mother, grandmother or friends on Sunday, May 13 at 12:30 p.m. to the Candler Community Center at OTOW. We will be serving a delicious lunch buffet of bagels, cream cheese, whitefish, egg and tuna salad, veggies, beverages and desserts. In addition there will be musical entertainment provided by our talented trio of Judys as well as stories, comedy and a special Mother’s Day bingo! The public is invited to attend. The cost is $18 per person and part of the proceeds will be donated to Kimberly Center. For reservations contact Briana @ 352.854-2747 or Lois @353.291-1308. Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala is a progressive, liberal and inclusive Jewish community serving Ocala for almost a decade.

Christ’s Church

If you are looking for a church home where Christ is first, you won’t want to miss the services at Christ’s Church of Marion County this week. On Sunday, May 13, our worship service will open with special music by our Worship Choir and a message of inspiration by Pastor David Bellows. During the service we will honor all women present as we celebrate Mother’s Day. Pastor Ray Westman leads a Small Group on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.. The group meets in the Chapel of our main building and takes an in-depth look at the Sunday morning message with a video message from Pastor David Bellows. Christ’s Church of Marion County is located at 6768 SW 80th Street – just off State Road 200. For more information on all our events or for directions visit our website at www.ccomc.org or contact the church office at (352) 861-6182.

Monday, May 14

Ocala town hall meeting

The City of Ocala will host the first of several Town Hall meetings Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m., at the Lillian Bryant Community Center located at 2200 NW 17th Pl.

At this meeting, residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage with Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn and City Council President Matt Wardell on a variety of topics including current projects, public safety and the vision for Ocala’s future. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the conversation. This meeting is free and open to the public. Information regarding upcoming Town Hall meetings will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 352-401-3977.

Tuesday, May 15

Dementia Workshop

Learn the legal, financial and medical “ins and outs” caregivers need to know. Identify up to fifty essential documents, find helpers, discover financial resources, and learn the steps to take now to meet the coming challenges of a dementia patient and their family. The workshop and materials are FREE but space is limited so be sure to register ASAP by email to markcroftocala@gmail.com or call 352-861-8788 Mark Croft. The Workshop is May 15, 6 P.m. to 7:30 P.m. at Freedom Library 5870 SW 95th St, Ocala, FL 34476. The workshop seeks to educate and link caregivers to resources thereby reducing the stress and enhancing the skills of caregivers. All questions are welcome. No personal information is solicited.

Thursday, May 17

Honor Marion County’s fallen officers

On May 17, Marion County residents will have an opportunity to honor local heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

County leaders and staff will join representatives from various local agencies and residents for the annual Fallen Officer Memorial ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the McPherson Governmental Complex, 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala.

The ceremony will include remarks from local law enforcement leaders, a flyover by air units representing multiple agencies, and a 21-gun salute. Representatives from all local law enforcement agencies will have various roles at the event. All residents are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Director Paul Bloom, at 352-368-3527.

Saturday, May 19

Use of drones discussion

Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m., “Drones, the good, the bad and the ugly” an event about the use of drones around the world. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 SW State Road 200, Ocala. For more information call (352)368-9927.

Crossroads Church cookout

Our Senior’s ministry will be hosting a cookout Saturday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. Meat will be provided. Please bring a desert to share.

Christ’s Church

If you are looking for a church home where Christ is first, you won’t want to miss the services at Christ’s Church of Marion County this week. On Sunday, May 20, our worship service will open with special music by our Worship Choir and a message of inspiration by Pastor David Bellows. Christ’s Church of Marion County is located at 6768 SW 80th Street off State Road 200. For more information on all our events or for directions visit our website at www.ccomc.org or contact the church office at 352-861-6182.

Sunday, May 20

A History of the Dixie Highway

The Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology presents a program Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at Green Clover Hall 319 SE 26th Ter, McPherson Governmental Complex property, 307 SE 26th Ter, Ocala, FL 34471. Following will be a reception with refreshments and tours at the museum.

Monday, May 21

Legion post to meet

American Legion, Post 354, Ocala, monthly meeting, Monday May 21, 12:45 – 2 p.m. at the Southwest Marion Sheriff’s Office, Auxiliary Room , 9048 S.R. #200, in the Auxiliary Room, directly across from Martin’s Cars. Join us for coffee, cake and doughnuts. All branches of military newspapers will be available for attendees. Our guest speaker, Amy Richerson, will bring important information about ‘Free Caption Phones for People with Hearing losses. Also, a 50/50 drawing... and free drawings from our Local Merchant Gifts.

Additional info: contact Allen Jones; Phone/Text (352) 817-0224 * E=mail: DrJones9000@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 22

Queen of Peace Movie Night

In addition to the free movie “Dunkirk,” enjoy fun, food and friends at Queen of Peace, Parish Hall, 6455 SW State Rd 200, door opens at 12:30, movie starts promptly at 12:45 p.m. Intermission and light lunch at 1:30 p.m. Movie resumes at 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 24

Rainbow Springs Garden Club

The Rainbow Springs Garden Club will meet the fourth Thursday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at the Dunnellon Masonic Lodge 136, 20751 Powell Road. Guest Speaker Laura Perdomo’s topic will be “African Violets – Everything you need to know to grow them.” With over a decade of experience and as inventor of a patented self-watering wicking pot for African violets (and other house plants), Laura has much to share with us, including other unique and specialty plants that thrive indoors. She teaches classes at The Peacock Cottage, her plant shop in Ocala, and offers trouble-shooting service for her customers. We’re sure you will find much to interest you at the May meeting.

Rainbow Springs Garden Club is open to everyone in the surrounding areas. Visitor fee is $5. Door prizes awarded; sign in to be included in the drawings. (Parking, entrance, and handicapped ramp is behind the building.)

Memorial Day, Vietnam wall

Marion County Veterans Services will host a four-day event, May 25 to 28, honoring fallen, missing, and imprisoned U.S. service members at Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park, 2601 SE Fort King St., Ocala, in observation of Memorial Day.

On May 24, a mobile Vietnam memorial wall will be transported through downtown Ocala, along with a motorcycle escort, as it makes its way to the park for the 10 a.m. opening ceremony on May 25.

Each day, the public will have the opportunity to appreciate different military traditions and ceremonies. Veterans Memorial Park will feature a variety of static displays, which include military vehicles and aircraft. Veterans Services has also coordinated a flyover on Memorial Day, May 28.

Live music, food vendors, and limited seating will be available during select portions of the event.

The memorial and other displays will be accessible to the public 24-hours a day from May 25 to 28. For further details and a complete event schedule, please contact Marion County Veterans Services at 352-671-8422 or visit www.marioncountyFL.org/VeteransServices.

Friday, May 25

Crossroads Church Family Fun Night

We will have a “Family Fun Night” Friday, May 25, from 5-9 p.m. We will have bounce houses, slides, volleyball and many other things for families of all ages.

Saturday, May 26

Countryside at Timber Ridge


Countryside Presbyterian Church provides Christian Ministry to residents of TimberRidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9848 SW 110th Street, 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, May 26 at 10:15 a.m. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Sunday, May 27

Last Sunday Comedy

Get all the month’s laughs in before Monday gets you! Your host, Tom Schmitz, will be joined by nationally recognized comedians on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.. Don’t miss featured comedian Doug Canney and headliner Danny Johnson as they take the stage for a night of laughs! Lobby doors and the Reilly’s full bar open at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets are $10. The Reilly Arts Center is located at 500 NE 9th Street, Ocala, FL 34470. Tickets can be purchased at www.ReillyArtsCenter.com, or by calling the box office at (352) 351-1606 during box office hours. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Reilly Arts Center box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the show.

Tuesday, May 29

Christian women to meet

Ocala Christian Women’s Connection invites you to the our “King of the Jungle” luncheon May 29 at the Hilton of Ocala from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The doors open at 11 a.m. The special feature is Hilton’s own Chef Randall and “Lessons from the Legend.” Our speaker is Shirley Solid from Merritt Island sharing “Clothesline junkie finds peace in the spin cycle of life.” Admission is $20. Please RSVP for lunch and free childcare to Claudia at 228-2126 or Eve at 732-7053 by Monday May 21. Our color theme for this month is Animal Print Parade.