Upcoming events 02-25-2011

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Saturday, Feb. 26

International Food Festival

The 17th annual International Food Festival will be on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 State Road 200, in the Enrichment Center. There will be food specialties from China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the U.S. Tickets sell for $1 each. For more information, call 352-237-3035.

The menu includes
Tamales and Chile (Mexico); Dolmathakia -- Stuffed Grape Leaves (Greece); Irish Stew (Ireland); Crepes (France); Ono Kalua Pig (US - Hawaiian); Swedish Meatballs (Sweden); Ricotta Cheese Cake (Italy); Shepherds Pie & English Trifle (England); Sauerkraut & Brats (Germany); New England Clam Chowder (US); Curried Chicken (Jamaica); Nachtische -- various desserts (Germany); Pernil (Roast Pork), Nicaragua.


Stearns to hold town meetings

U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, will conduct a series of town meetings, open to the public, on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Meetings will be in Ocala, 9 to 10 a.m., Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, 15 S.E. Osceola Ave.; Belleview, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Belleview City Hall, 5343 S.E. Abshier Blvd; The Villages, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Ricardo Montalban Room, La Hacienda Center, 1200 Avenida Central; and Fruitland Park, 2 to 3 p.m., Fruitland Park City Hall, 506 W. Berckman St.

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.

Women’s Afternoon Tea

All ladies are warmly invited to the OCWUM women’s  "Afternoon Tea Time" on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Stanfield Hall, at Ocala West United Methodist Church on Southwest 105th Street.. Come and share fellowship, make new friends and memories and experience "the Joy of the Lord."

Moose public breakfast and public bingo

 A community public breakfast will continue at the Moose Lodge every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Coffee, juice, omelet or any style eggs, potatoes, biscuits with gravy, toast, your choice of bacon, sausage or ham, all at one great price! Bingo begins at 2 p.m. with food and refreshments available for purchase.

 The lodge is at 10411 S.W. 110th St., one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run.

Phone is 352-854-2200.


Monday, Feb. 28

Rebecca O’Dell speaks to Tea Party     

            Rebecca O’Dell will speak to Tea Party Solutions at their regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the Berean Baptist Church, 4800 S.W. 20th St, Ocala.  O’Dell  will be speaking on Constitutional rights with respect to our society today.  Everyone is welcome.



Tuesday, March 1

Fair Tax presentation set

Join us Tuesday, March 1st at the Howard Johnson Inn (3951 N.W. Bonnie Heath Blvd/U.S. 27) at 7 p.m. for a presentation on the FairTax.   For more information, contact Ron & Elaine Maiellaro at ocalafairtax@cfl.rr.com or 671-6724. 


Saturday, March 5


Chess Club to meet


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.

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

It’s your move!For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.


Special video at Neuropathy meeting


The Ocala Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group meets the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building on State Road 200.

At the March 5 meeting a video, Coping with Chronic Neuropathy, offering tips and techniques for living with the nerve damage caused by the disease will be shown. The video is by Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. Eugene B. Richardson.

The monthly meetings are open to all who suffer from the disease, their family members and friends. The public is invited.

For information call Jack Koehler, 352-861-1630.


Elks set Army of Hope picnic

The Ocala Elks Lodge 286 is gearing up for their first-ever Army of Hope Picnic and Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 5.   Everyone -- Elks and non-Elks -- are invited to join an afternoon of food, games, entertainment, special displays, booths and drawings. The project benefits needy families of deceased, disabled and deployed members of the military.

Mike Mongeluzzo, chairman of the event, says that starting at noon, Saturday, March 5, the Ocala Elks Lodge on Northeast 25th Avenue will be transformed into a huge outdoor community picnic, complete with live band.

"We're making this special event very affordable for everyone:  Just $10 for adults and $5 for kids and that includes lunch and everything," Mongeluzzo said.

He added that there is currently a simple procedure in which needy families can receive assistance via the Elks Army of Hope by contacting the Ocala Elks Lodge at 352-732-7091.


Mall hosts family fun day

Paddock Mall will host a free family fun day on Saturday, March 5, from noon to 4 p.m., featuring classic car displays, train rides, face painting, balloon artists, clowns and more.

In addition, there will be six drawings for a total of 20 tickets to Walt Disney World. Registration for the prize drawings is under way now at Simon Guest Services, or attendees can register on the day of the event until 11:30 a.m.

For more details, call 352-237-1221.




Thursday, March 10


Palm Cay GOP hosts Zalak


On March 10, the Republican Club of Palm Cay will be welcoming as its guest speaker Carl Zalak, County Commissioner District 4.  He was elected in November 2010.  The meeting is from 7 to 8 p.m. with refreshments following, with time to meet and talk with Commissioner Zalak.  For more information contact James Pettus, 352-438-9662.


Saturday, March 12

GOP to hear talk show host

Herman Cain is coming to Ocala on March 12 at the Ocala Hilton.

Cain, a successful businessman, author and conservative talk radio host, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner Republican fundraiser.  Tickets for the banquet and also for an exclusive meet and greet are on sale now. Tickets are $100 for the dinner and $50 for the meet and greet.

Call 352-236-8808 or visit www.gopmarionfl.com to reserve your seat.



Sunday, March 13

Concert at Countryside

The next Sunday Afternoon concert will take place on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.

Marty Miller started writing lyrics to religious songs 20 years ago while he was in Bible College. He will entertain us with acoustic guitar and keyboard. He likes to communicate by fellowship, prayer, witnessing and trusting God through the struggles in life.

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.

Tuesday, March 15

Islamic Center hosts public forum

The Islamic Center of Ocala  will  host  a public forum  on Fundamentalism and the Three Abrahamic Religions  on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.   The event, which is co-sponsored by The Interfaith Alliance of Marion County, takes place at 1410 N.E. 14th St. 

“We welcome the community  to the Islamic Center of Ocala in order to better understand the origination of extremism in various faith traditions,” according to Dr. Riadh Fakhoury, president of the Islamic Center.  “We want to welcome people of all faiths to counter the misinformation which sometimes inhibits our ability to live peacefully and productively with one another.” 

 Imam  Zafer Sabawi is host for this event at which Larry Collins, chairman of the board , will be moderator.  Representing the three Abrahamic traditions on the panel will be   Rabbi Ephraim  Rubinger, Dr. Scott Olsen and  Dr. Yousef Elyaman.

For more information, please email TIAofMarionCountyFL@gmail.com, write Post Office Box 5704, Ocala 34478 or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970.       


Friday, March 18

VFW marks St. Patrick’s Day

The VFW will hold a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with dinner and entertainment by the Honey School of Dance. Diner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. with tickets on sale for $10. Advance tickets only, with tickets available at the canteen. This event is open to the public.  VFW Post 4781 is located off State Road 200, across from the main entrance of Oak Run.  Phone number is 352-873-4781.



Spreading Free Smiles Ocala


Dr. Stephen Dunn will host his second annual Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) event – providing a free day of dental care to more than 300 residents.

The line will begin as early as 7 pm the night before, with hundreds prepared to camp out in order to receive free services. Dentistry From The Heart patients travel from across Florida every year to Dr Dunn’s Ocala dental practice for the annual free day of dentistry, happening on March 18.

In 2001, Dentistry From The Heart started with New Port Richey dentist Dr. Vincent Monticciolo as a way to giving back to the community and provide aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. Since its inception, Dentistry From The Heart has grown to include over 200 annual events nationwide and provided more than 45,000 people with free dental care services.

Annually, Dr. Dunn and his team of dentists, volunteers and sponsors provide the first 300 patients with a free extraction, filling or cleaning. This is the second annual event for Dr. Dunn , who has donated more than $ 50,000 in free dental care to more than 150 Ocala residents.

“It all comes down to wanting to provide something greater to my community,” said Dr. Dunn . “The services provided by Dentistry From The Heart helps more than just a patients teeth, it gives them a renewed reason to smile.”

Dr Dunn’s practice is at 9401 S.W. Hwy 200 Suite 101. For more information please visit www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.

Dentistry From The Heart is a registered non-profit organization that provides free dental work for people those in need. In the past nine years, Dentistry From The Heart events have contributed more than $8 million in free dentistry and helped more than 45,000 patients across the country.


‘Hyssongs’ to perform at Maranatha

“The Hyssongs” will present a concert of Southern Gospel Music at Maranatha Baptist Church on Friday, March 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.

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

Saturday, March19

Queen of Peace arts, crafts


Queen of Peace will hold its seventh annual arts and crafts show on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The event is sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women and will consist of mixed media.

Forty plus vendors will provide a variety of products. Many are new this year.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come join us as we promote and share the fine arts with something for everyone. Admission is free.

Queen of Peace Church is at 6455 S.W. State Road200, Ocala. Phone is 352-854-2181.

Saturday, March 26

Palm Cay garage sale

Palm Cay will be holding a community-wide garage sale which is open to the public on Saturday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a hot dog luncheon at the Oasis Clubhouse from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. (address of the club house is 8063 S.W. 106th Place). Maps will be given out at the Guard House.




Saturday, April 2


Car and craft show at Sheriff’s main office

The All Vehicles Past and Present Car Show and Craft Show will take place 9 a.m., Saturday, April 2, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. There is free admission to this fundraising event to benefit the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Foundation.