Happenings 08-31-2018

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Master Choir

The Central Florida Master Choir is looking for new members. Tuesday evening rehearsals for Dec. 9, 14 and 16 concerts start Sep. 4 at Countryside Presbyterian Church in Ocala. Major work will be Puccini’s Gloria Mass. Call Hal McSwain at 352-615-7677 to schedule an audition. cfmasterchoir.com.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Chess Club

The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The Library is located at 5870 SW 95th St. All players are welcome. Call 423-873-2276 for information.

Sunday, Sept. 2

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.

As always, we begin each Lord’s day with Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. We offer five adult classes on a variety of topics. A synopsis of each class is available on our website.

Our Worship Service begins at 10:30 a.m. as we open with special music by our Worship Choir. Our praise time includes a blend of familiar hymns of the church as well as contemporary praise songs with a full praise band. Pastor David Bellows will present a message of inspiration.

Pastor Ray Westman leads a Small Group Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. The group meets in our main building and takes an in-depth look at the Sunday morning message with a video message by pastor David Bellows.

On Saturday, Sept. 8 our Women’s Ministry is hosting a special “Women’s Fellowship Luncheon” with special guest speaker Gaye Martin. All ladies are invited to join us at 10 a.m. for a special time of fellowship and encouragement, followed by lunch. Reservations are requested by contacting the church office during regular office hours.

Christ’s Church of Marion County is located at 6768 SW 80th St. 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.

Maranatha Baptist Church

Now that summer is over, isn’t it time for learning and beginning something new? We, at Maranatha Baptist Church invite you to come to a service at Maranatha Baptist Church? We are a loving multicultural church, where all are welcomed. Come and experience a church family reception. Maranatha Baptist Church doctrine is totally Bible-based. All ages are welcome.

Sunday: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes for all ages; 10:45 a.m. Adult morning worship service and Junior Church for our children; 6 p.m. Evening services.

Wednesday: 6:45 p.m. prayer time and Bible study.

A nursery is provided for infants to 3 years old at all services.

Maranatha Baptist Church is located at 525 Marion Oaks Trail. Please call: 352-347-5683 for further information and/or directions to the church.

You are invited

Come and Worship with Southwest Christian Church, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. You can find us at: 9045 SW 60th Ave., Ocala. Our worship style is full of love, joy and faith as we worship God in a traditional way. Learn more about us and even view a sermon from our preaching minister David Campbell on our website www.swchristianchurch.com

Monday, Sept. 3

Labor Day Picnic

Free Labor Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, at the American Legion Hall, 516 NE Sanchez Ave., (Tuscawilla Park). Local unions and friends of labor sponsor the picnic. Join us as we celebrate working families with free food, entertainment and fun inside and outside of the air-conditioned building. For more information, please call UAW at 352-867-0888, Tuesday or Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7

Car Show

Car Show and chicken barbecue dinner will be held at Ocala West United Methodist Church, Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The car show will be held in the parking lot next to the pavilion. The Men’s Fellowship is offering chicken barbecue to eat-in or takeout prices: $8 for 1/2 barbecue chicken dinner with baked beans, coleslaw and roll; $6 for ½ chicken only or ¼ chicken dinners. Boy Scout Troop 707 sponsored by OWUMC will sell hot dogs with chips and a drink for $ 4. Ocala West UMC, 9330 SW 105TH St., 352-854-9550

First Friday

The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala for the 2018-2019 season Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities:

• 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Cami Maree on the main event stage located at the downtown square near the gazebo.

• 7 p.m. - Ballroom dancing performance by the USA Dance Ocala Chapter 6027. Mini-ballroom dancing lessons will be available for event attendees.

• 8 p.m. – Belly dancing performance by the Cairo Dancers. Explore the rhythm, costumes and complex movements of this Middle Eastern art form.

• 6 to 9 p.m. – 98.5 KTK, the Discovery Center, the Appleton Museum of Art, Painting with a Twist, and the Marion County Public Library will provide free, hands-on art activities for all ages.

The First Friday Art Walk occurs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from September through May annually. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 30 artist displays, live entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Department at 352-629-8447 or artwalk@ocalafl.org or visit www.ocalafl.org/artwalk.

Bowling League

We are recruiting bowlers for our Queen of Peace Bowling League at Galaxy West Bowling Center for our next season. The center is located at the intersection of Easy and 17th streets. The new season begins Friday, Sept. 7, at noon. Warmup/practice 10 minutes earlier. We will be bowling for 30 weeks with three holidays off. This is an open league, not church oriented. We welcome all interested bowlers to join us for a great time. Regular bowlers/teams of four or those interested in being part time substitutes in any mix of men and women with handicaps to equalize bowlers and teams after establishing their season average on first day of bowling. If returning from last season, last year’s average will be used for first day. Contacts are llisted below for additional information.

If you can, please attend our kickoff meeting in the alley conference room, noon, Aug. 31 to form teams. Thanks, and hope to see you there.

Contacts: secretary/treasurer, Mal Press, 917-371-9244; past secretary/treasurer, Peggy Davis, 352-857-9680; president, John Levandowski, cellphone, 609-864-5424, home, 352-291-8766.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Women’s Fellowship

The Women’s Ministry of Christ’s Church of Marion County invites all women to join them for a special “Women’s Fellowship Luncheon” Saturday, Sept. 8. The event begins at 10 a.m. with a special time of fellowship and encouragement. The special guest speaker for the morning is Gaye Martin.

There is no cost for the event; however, reservations are requested. Ladies may make their reservation by contacting the church office at 352-861-6182 or via email to info@ccomc.org.

Christ’s Church of Marion County is located at 6768 SW 80th St., just off State Road 200. For more information on Christ’s Church visit our website at www.ccomc.org.

Pancake Breakfast

Ocala West UMC’s communitywide breakfast prepared by the men’s fellowship will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 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 Street, 352-854-9550

Monday, Sept. 13

Marion Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center

Sept. 13: Annual Health Fair to take place between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE open to the public. All types of vendors on hand providing outstanding information for the mind, body and soul. Healthy eating, demos, assessments, senior citizen services, adult & family programs, Healthy Start for pregnant moms and infants, doctors, dentists, health insurance and tons of door prizes will be given away during event. For more information contact 352-438-2830, Marion Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 280 Marion Oaks Lane.

Sept. 27: “BLINGO A Fundraiser with a little Bling!” This event is a spin on America’s most popular past time. This is your opportunity to walk away with great prizes like jewelry, gift certificates, gift baskets, man cave items and more – All while supporting great community programs. All money raised goes right back into the community. You have not had fun until you have been to our BLINGO! For more information or to purchase tickets, contact 352-438-2830/“The Auditorium” 280 Marion Oaks Lane.

Oct. 25: Macey Mac Appearing for one night only at “The Auditorium.” Tickets are $5 in advance/$8 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. with concert starting at 7 p.m. No outside food is allowed. Food is available for purchase; cash only. For more information or to purchase tickets contact 352-438-2830 Marion Oaks Recreation Department 294 Marion Oaks Lane.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Bowlers Needed

Good Old Timers would like to add bowlers to our (50-plus years) Senior Mixed League at Galaxy West Lanes, 1818 SW 17th St., Ocala, 352-732-0300. The organizational meeting date is noon, Thursday, Aug. 30. Bowling begins at noon, Thursday, Sept. 6. Weekly Dues: $13.00

Perks: two free practice games a week; 20 percent off food and beverage; practice games at league rates; cash pay out at end of season; 50/50 drawing weekly; fun, friends, socialization and exercise.

For more information, contact secretary Jo Ann at 352-804-2586

Careers and College

The College of Central Florida and Marion County Public Schools present 2018 Careers and Colleges Expo Thursday, Aug. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the CF Gymnasium, 3001 S.W. College Road., Ocala. Representatives from more than 80 educational institutions, businesses, professional and government organizations, and the military will be on hand, sharing valuable information with area high school students and their families. College-bound students, as well as those interested in career exploration, will find valuable information at the expo. There is no charge to attend the event. For more information about CF, visit www.CF.edu.

Saturday, Sept. 1


Sholom Park Yoga 9 a.m. For more information, call Ingrid, 352-854 - 7950.


The second annual Nature Coast Beerfest is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Crystal River Armory, 8551 W Venable St Crystal River FL 34429. Call 352-746-9596 for tickets. Cost for a general ad¬mission ticket is $20 and $40 for VIP. The general admission ticket will include unlimited beer sampling.

Craft beer enthusiasts can purchase a VIP ticket for $40 in advance, which will allow them access into the event 30-minutes before general admission. There will be more than 40 craft beer vendors, cigar bar, food, music, silent and live auctions benefiting Citrus County Blessings at The Crystal River Armory. Visit online for more details at http://www.citrus953.com/2018/07/30/6071/.

Monday, Sept. 3

Labor Day Picnic

Free Labor Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, at the American Legion Hall, 516 NE Sanchez Ave., (Tuscawilla Park). Local unions and friends of labor sponsor the picnic. Join us as we celebrate working families with free food, entertainment and fun inside and outside of the air-conditioned building. For more information, please call UAW at 352-867-0888, Tuesday or Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Rehearsal begins

The Central Florida Master Choir is looking for new members. Tuesday evening rehearsals for Dec. 9, 14 and 16 concerts start Sept. 4 at Countryside Presbyterian Church in Ocala. Major work will be Puccini’s Gloria Mass. Call Hal McSwain at 352-615-7677 to schedule an audition. cfmasterchoir.com

Saturday, Sept. 8

Events at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4781

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4781 is a nonsmoking facility.

Auxiliary Bingo Fund Raiser: Thanks to everyone who participated in this event and we sincerely hope you enjoyed the day and the camaraderie. Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who worked and made the day flow so smoothly. Also, thanks to those who brought in the beautiful raffle donations. We are extremely grateful to the many businesses for their generous donations and expressions of love, support and appreciation for our veterans.

n Saturday, Sept. 8: We will be cleaning up the grounds and building and need volunteers to assist with this project. Please join us at 8 a.m. and help with the beautification of our Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

n Wednesday, Sept. 12 One-half roasted chicken dinner from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for $7.

n Saturday, Sept. 22: POW/MIA program at 1 p.m. with the North Marion Young Marines participating in this ceremony. This is open to the public and will be held in the hall. Please join us for this memorial ceremony.

n Saturday, Sept. 22: Taco Dinner returns from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. for $7.

n Monday: Bingo is played in the hall. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the games start at 11 a.m. The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Bar bingo is for members and guests and begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

n Second and Fourth Friday: Dinners are fried Alaskan Pollock (A.U.C.E.) or chicken with french fries, hush puppies and coleslaw. Dinner is $8 and served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Public is invited.

n Friday and Saturday: Enjoy entertainment in the canteen from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

n Saturday: Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and prices range from $3.00 - $6.50. Breakfast is open to the public.

Hall Rental and Catering.

Please call 352-873-4781 for further information.

Honor Guard: Our Honor Guard is available to provide military honors to a fallen veteran. For further information contact the Post at 352-873-4781.

Angela S. Santos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St. Telephone 352-873-4781. You can also follow us on Facebook - Angela Santos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4781.

School Days at Ft. King

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host Marion County Public School Days at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, 3925 E Fort King St., Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more informa¬tion, please contact the city of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5535.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Museum of History & Archaeology

MC Museum of History & Archaeology, P.O. Box 4383, Ocala, FL., 34478 or call 352-236-5245.

The museum is located at 307 SE 26th Ter, Ocala, FL 34471 All programs third Sunday of odd months, at 2 p.m. in Green Clover Hall. Reception follows at East Hall. All programs admission free to members, $5 to nonmembers. Individual and family memberships are available for sale at events.

The Sept. 16 program is the Historic Ocala Preservation Society presenting “The History of Ocala and of HOPS.”

Nov. 18, 2018 Brian Stoothoff presents the History of “The Great Fire” and the City Fire and EMS services – 135th Anniversary.

Ocala Jazz Society

The Ocala Jazz Society invites you to join them Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2 - 5 p.m. for their monthly performance of Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, 50s and all your favorites.

We look forward to seeing you at the smoke-free VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th Street, across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. A suggested donation of $5 for hospice is appreciated. For more information, please call 352-237-0234 or email ocalajazzsociety@yahoo.com.

German American Club of Marion County

The German American Club of Marion County will hold an Oktoberfest Sunday, Sept. 16, at noon at Marion Oaks Community Center. A bratwurst dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring your own beverage. Music will be provided by Alpine Express. Lederhosen, dirndle or dressy casual attire is requested. Tickets are $20 per member or $25 per nonmember and may be purchased by calling Mary Wisecup at 352-789-6499.

Saturday ,Sept. 22

Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day at Silver Springs State Park at 9 a.m., Sept. 22, at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd.

PLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort on public lands. We will spend the morning removing air potato, taking out invasive plants, planting new additions to our gardens, painting stepping stones, picking up trash and performing other park projects.

For more information, please contact John Kilmer by email at john.kilmer@floridadep.gov or call 352-236-7156.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Rainbow Springs Garden Club

The Rainbow Springs Garden Club will begin the new fiscal year Thursday, September 27, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge 136, 20751 Powell Road, in Dunnellon. Driveways are one way in, one way out, so turn at the first driveway and go to the back of the building to park and enter through the back door, including handicapped parking. Signs will help guide you to the correct location to park and enter. Please do not park in the emergency driveways in front of the building.

We are delighted to have our good friend Guda Taylor as our guest speaker for our first meeting of the new fiscal year. She will share her wealth of knowledge about the native and Florida Friendly plants that she brings to show and sell for our own landscapes. She’s a very popular speaker so be sure to come early to sign in and renew your membership for the year. We will not have a Grow & Share table for this meeting due to Guda’s program but will have it for other meetings. Be sure to pick up the MMM (Members’ Monthly Memo) which includes the calendar for the 2018-19 year and other important information.

Rainbow Springs Garden Club is open to everyone in the surrounding areas. Annual membership (September – May) is $15. Visitor fee is $5 per meeting applicable toward annual membership. Door prizes will be awarded; sign in to be included in the door prize drawings. Help kick off the 2018-19 year of the Rainbow Springs Garden Club and get the great schedule of programs for the whole year! Jewel Pontius, secretary/publicity 352-465-0310

Saturday, Sept. 29

Altar and Rosary Society

The Altar & Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will be holding a huge flea market Saturday, Sept. 29, in Father Stegeman Hall located at 7525 U.S. Hwy. 41 in Dunnellon, from 8 -1. Many items will be for sale including the famous jewelry boutique. Light refreshments will be available for a nominal fee.

Blessing of the Animals

“Blessing of the animals” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at First Congregational United Church of Christ on 7171 SW State Road 200. Rev. Dr. Hal McSwain will bless the animals at this special service. Animal rescuers VOCAL (Voices of Change Animal League) and “Yes on 13” to end Greyhound racing in Florida will attend the service with some of the animals whose welfare they fight for every day. Refreshments and treats will be served.

For information please call 352-368-9927

Saturday, Nov. 10

Grace Episcopal Bazaar

Grace Episcopal Church Women will be holding their annual bazaar Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the church Parish Hall, 510 SE Broadway Street, Ocala, FL. This one day event will offer a variety of crafts, jewelry, homemade food items (baked goods, soups and more). Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds from this event will help support local nonprofit missions benefiting women and children in Ocala. For more information please contact Elaine at 352-347-2549.