Upcoming events 02-11-2011

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Friday, Feb. 11

Show scheduled at West Port

The Marion County Center for the Arts at West Port High School will present A Taste of Broadway – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts... a musical theatre review, performed in a night club atmosphere on the stage of the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, on Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. The West Port High School Performing Arts Center is at 3733 S.W. 80th Ave. in Ocala.  Tickets are $7 and include a dessert and beverage. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Call 352-438-8368 for reservations.

Saturday, Feb. 12

ChristChurchyard sale

Christ Church of Marion County is having its first yard and bake sale Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 6768 S.W. 80th St., Ocala . Donations will be appreciated. Call 352-861-6182 or Pat Mershimer at 352-433-5974.

United Methodist breakfast

The United Methodist Men of Ocala West United Methodist Church on 105th Street will serve their great famous breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and the price remains at only $5 per person. Please plan now to attend and bring some friends and neighbors to enjoy the meal and lots of friendship.

CF to celebrate homecoming

The College of Central Florida will celebrate its 2011 homecoming on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

Alumni, family and friends of the college are invited to the event which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. between the CF Gymnasium and the Bryant Student Union with barbecue, live music and games for all ages. At 6 p.m. the Patriot basketball teams tip off against one of their biggest rivals Daytona State College.

This year’s homecoming is significant as the first since the college’s name change on May 25, 2010. Homecoming is sponsored by CF Alumni and the Office of Student Life. There is no charge to attend.

For information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Development Coordinator Pamela Calero at alumni@cf.edu or 352-873-5808, ext. 1436.

Dinner Dance at St. Jude

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us. The St. Jude Ladies Guild extends an invitation to their Valentine Dinner Dance on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m. Music for your dancing pleasure will follow the dinner. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12 and will be available before and after the weekend Masses or by calling Iris at 352-307-0565.  St. Jude Catholic Community is located at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks

Sunday, Feb. 13

Broadway comes to Countryside

The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. when the Dunnellon Concert Singers perform Broadway tunes.The church is at 7768 S.W. State Road 200.

This talented group of local soloists and choir directors will present a medley of Broadway tunes.

The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.


Monday, Feb. 14


Liberty Council speaker at Tea Party

            Matt Brock from the Liberty Council will speak to Tea Party Solutions at their regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the Berean Baptist Church, 4800 20th St., Ocala. Brock will be speaking on church rights with respect to political speech. Pastors, priests and rabbis are welcome.



Dunnellon Library book sale


Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Book Store, located inside the library, at 20351 Robinson Road (just behind Sweet Bay) in Dunnellon, announces a one week Valentine’s “Book-Lover’s” Book Sale - all Books half price starting Monday, Feb. 14  thru  Saturday, Feb. 19.  Store hours are Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All sales benefit the Dunnellon Public Library. Library phone: 352-438-2520.


Wednesday, Feb. 16


Bereavement support program


Widowed Persons of Marion County sponsors a six-week support program for all persons who have recently lost a spouse. Beginning Feb. 16, the meetings will be held on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 at First Congregational Church, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. For more information call 352-854-2872.


Thursday, Feb. 17


Trail Association to meet


The Florida Crackers chapter of the Florida Trail Association will have their next chapter meeting on Thursday, Feb 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Flint Creek Outfitters, 4414 S.W. College Road, Ocala. This is on State Road 200, west of I-75 exit 350, on the left in the Market Place Mall near Dillard's.  Guest speaker will be Jay Perry, a ranger with the Lake George ranger District in the Ocala National Forest.  Visitors welcome.


To learn more about the Florida Trail Association and the Florida Crackers chapter and its activities, visit our website at www.floridatrail.org.



Friday, Feb. 18

VFW Ladies Auxiliary fashion show

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4781 will host the annual fashion show and luncheon on Friday, Feb. 18, at noon. The theme will be Stars and Stripes Forever. The luncheon will be prepared by their chef Margie with the help of dedicated members. Many wonderful gifts have been collected. Marilyn French is the chairperson.

For tickets and more information, call Regina at 352-873-3631. Tickets will be available Jan. 1. Tables of eight or more are available.

‘Hyssongs’ to perform at Maranatha

"The Hyssongs" will present a concert of Southern Gospel Music at Maranatha Baptist Church on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

"The Hyssongs" are a well-known Southern Gospel Music Family. They encourage and uplift people wherever they go with their family vocal harmony, lively energetic style, humor, brass instruments (trumpet and trombone) and their love for God.

All are invited to this concert. 

MaranathaBaptist Church is at 525 Marion Oaks Trail in Marion Oaks. Call 352-347-5683 for further information or directions to the church.


Saturday, Feb. 19

Yard sale at Countryside


A yard sale will take place in Founder’s Hall at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homemade bake sale, white elephant, clothing, jewelry, tools, small furniture, crafts, books, videos, CDs and much more.


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


Sons of Italy plan barbecue

Sons of Italy, Marion County Lodge 2648, invite you to their open house barbecue on Saturday, Feb. 19, from noon to 3 p.m.

Come join us for an afternoon of good food, good friends and information on what our heritage represents.

The location is 5675 West State Road 40, Ocala.

For information, call Maria at 352-751-4400.



Hospice announces trail ride

Hospice of Marion County, Inc. will hold its 11th annual “Horses for Hospice” Trail Ride on Sat., Feb. 19, on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first ride leaves at 9:15 a.m. Riders travel from as far as Jacksonville and Tampa to spend two hours on the trail. Following the ride, participants can enjoy lunch by Tommy’s BBQ, live entertainment by Bordertown and 50 door prizes will be distributed to participants.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Patient Care Programs. The minimum donation to ride is $30. Wagons are welcome; $30 for driver and $10 per passenger. Horse lovers who are unable to ride may purchase a $10 ticket to enjoy lunch and entertainment. For more information or to register, call 352-854-5218.

Monday, Feb. 21

Presidents and their first ladies

Master the Possibilities Education Center wants you to celebrate President’s Day on Monday, Feb. 21, with the veteran acting and writing team of husband and wife, William and Sue Wills. The Wills’ will bring to life the stories of Presidents George Washington and James Madison and their wives. They are not “impersonators”, but their costumes, dialects, and demeanors will help recreate these historical characters. Mr. and Mrs. Wills have performed at eight of the nation’s Presidential Museum and Historic Sites, - the Clinton, Bush, and Ford Presidential sites to name a few.

Bring your children and grandchildren for a historical and entertaining presentation on Monday, Feb. 21st at 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St, Ocala. Register online at www.masterthepossibilities.com or call 352-854-3699. Tickets are $10.


Sunday, Feb. 27


German American Club party


The German American Club of Marion County will host a Fasching Party on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Wear a costume, bring beads and join in the fun for $6 per member or $10 per non-member. Music provided by The Bavarians. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Attire is either a costume or dressy casual. For tickets, call Liz or Joe at 352-732-6368.