Upcoming events 04-15-2011

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Saturday, April 16


Bahia Oaks potluck dinner

A Bahia Oaks potluck dinner will be held at 3 p.m. at Jean Leighton’s home, 5731 S.W. 61st Place. Come and bring a covered dish to share and some lawn chairs. Let’s visit and get to know one another.



Sunday, April 17

German American picnic set

The German American Club of Marion County picnic will take place on Sunday, April 17, from noon to 6 p.m., at Coehadjoe Park, 4225 N.E. 35th St., Ocala. Admission is $5 per member or $8 per non-member. Children under 12 are free. Music will be provided by Oskar the Bavarian.

German American food prepared by club members will be served buffet style and includes: bratwurst, Polish sausage, hamburgers, dessert, coffee and soda. Please bring your own snacks and a covered dish to share. Attire is casual. For tickets, please call Joe or Liz Dickmann at 352-732-6368.


Moose breakfast and public bingo

Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, a fantastic breakfast is served at one great price! Choice of combinations: including omelets or any style eggs, potatoes, biscuits with gravy, toast, bacon, sausage or ham.

 “Open to the Public” Bingo begins at 2 p.m. with food and refreshments available. Enjoy and help us raise funds for charity and our Fraternity’s endeavors.

 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.

Sunday, April 17

Society jams this weekend.

The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW across from Oak Run on Sunday, April 17, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The group plays a lot more than jazz, featuring standards and music from past years. It’s great music, and dancing is encouraged.

The $2 donation benefits Hospice in memory of Bea Wilson, founder.

For information, call Dennis at 352-746-5694.



Monday, April 18


Legion Post to meet


The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday April 18 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff's Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For further information telephone Commander Fred Pulis at 352-854-9976.


Thursday, April 21


Clinic on Wheels at Marion Oaks

The Marion County Health Department's Clinic on Wheels will be at the Community Center, 294 Marion Oaks Lane, on April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Ventriloquist to appear

Young at Heart, College Road Baptist Church, on April 21, will bring the marvels of ventriloquism, with David MacMeeken and Rusty to tickle your funny bone. We meet at noon and  everyone is welcome. Please bring a covered dish to share. We look forward to seeing you.  5010 S.W. College Road. 352-237-5741.


Adult Spelling Bee planned

The Marion County Literacy Council (MCLC) is holding its seventh annual “Adult Spelling Bee” on Thursday, April 21, at the Ocala Hilton (3600 S.W. 36th Ave.) at 5:30 p.m.

The “Bee” includes dinner, silent auction, chance drawing, and the grand finale – a spelling bee competition among teams composed of corporate employees and community groups. Tickets to attend the event are $35/each or $60/couple.

Spelling Bee admission and chance drawing tickets are available at the Marion County Literacy Council office. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 352-690-7323 for inquiries.

All proceeds will benefit the Marion County Literacy Council, an organization of volunteer tutors who work one-on-one with Marion County adults needing help with reading, English, and GED preparation.


Tuesday, April 26


Breast Cancer support group meets

OcalaWest United Methodist Churchhas a Breast Cancer Support Group, Sisterhood of Survivors.  We meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 104.  Our meeting on April 26 will be a presentation by Susan McDowell from Saunders Prosthetics and Orthotics group.  Please join us and take advantage of some interesting programs.  For more information contact Gail Tirpak at 3532-291-6904.



Saturday, April 30


Concert:  Classic Hits and  Doo-Wop

A benefit concert will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ's Enrichment Center, 7171 S.W. State Road 200.
The Rainbow Connection will be performing classic hits from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and Nolie and The Greyhounds will take the stage with Traditional Doo-Wop.  This is a show you won't want to miss. Tickets are only $10; Call  352-867-7967 or 352-873-8681; refreshments  served at intermission.



Event benefits local scholarships


Hale Academy’s O’Cajun of the Year crawfish festival is planned for 6 p.m., Saturday, April 30, on the school’s campus, 3443 S.W. 20th St., Ocala (just north of the College of Central Florida). This event will benefit the school’s scholarship program. The admission is $5 for an all-u-can eat crawfish, plus organizers will serve beer and hurricanes.

One highlight of the evening is live Cajun music by The Porchdogs – a band for Louisiana-Style Cajun and Zydeco music. Also, Chris Glover will work the crowd as the opening act.

Organizers urge you to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

For details about this fundraiser, call 352-620-2921 or Email events@haleacademy.org.

Hale Academy is a non-denominational, private school.


Harvest Meadow garage sale

Southwest Ocala subdivision Harvest Meadow is having a multi-family yard sale on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to noon.  It is located just off of Southwest 60th Avenue.  There will be collectibles, housewares, children’s items, jewelry, clothing, and furniture at various houses. 


Sunday, May 1

Patient appreciation day

Premier Pediatrics will hold a patient appreciation day on Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a bounce house, face painting, cotton candy and snow cones, free hot dogs, water and juice, courtesy of Premier Medical Center of Ocala, 7960 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. For information, call 352-671-6741.


Youth Symphony’s final concert set

The Ocala Youth Symphony will be performing its final concert of the season on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at West Port High School, 3733 S.W. 80th Ave., Ocala.

Whatever advertising you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

The Ocala Youth Symphony is composed of musicians ranging in age from 8 to 18, and serves the education and professional development of young musicians from the Ocala/Marion County and surrounding areas. The works selected range from the classics to contemporary, something for everyone's musical taste. All concerts are free and open to the public.

For information call 352-873-6738.



Tuesday, May 3


Dance to benefit Hospice


USA Dance Ocala Chapter 6027 is hosting a charity ball fundraiser to benefit Hospice of Marion County on Tuesday, May 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Pioneer Garden Club (4331 East Silver Springs Blvd., next to the Appleton Museum).

The event features entertainment including professional dance exhibitions and live music performed by “Retro Express” Mitch and Diana. Other activities include open dancing, door prizes and chance drawings. General admission tickets are $15/person, which includes valet parking, food and beverages.

Attire is coat and tie to semi-formal for men and dress to semi-formal for ladies. All proceeds support Hospice of Marion County Patient Care Programs.

For more information call Dennis Rose 352-629-0837 or Linda Byrd 352-509-4317.


Saturday, May 7

Derby Day ribs fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest is selling tickets for its baby back ribs barbecue fundraiser, which will be on Saturday, May 7.

Tickets are $15 for a full rack of baby back ribs. All ribs will be cooked on site and wrapped for transport.

Ribs can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Park Avenue Bank, 8375 S.W. State Road 200.

Tickets are available at the following locations: Park Avenue Bank, Mercantile Bank, 11250 S.W. 93rd Court Road; M&S Bank, 5400 S.W. College Road; and Alarion Bank, 7605 S.W. State Road 200.

All proceeds will benefit the College of Central Florida nursing scholarship program and local charities.

For information, call Ray Sargent at 352-857-9099 or 352-291-2450.


Peripheral Neuropathy group meets

The next meeting of the Ocala Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. Individuals afflicted with this disease, their family members and friends are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in learning about peripheral neuropathy is invited to attend. For more information please call Jack Koehler at 352-861-1630.


Yoga at Sholom Park


Sholom Park Yoga will begin on Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. We will meet on the first Saturday of each month until November, weather permitting.

 Come soak in the beauty of the Peace Park, located on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 1/2 miles north of State Road 200.

Classes are free. For information, call 352-854-7950.


Saturday, May 14

Multi-class reunion at DHS

Dunnellon High School will hold a multi-class reunion for graduates from 1967 through 1972 on Saturday, May 14, called “A Day on the Rainbow” and “A Night at Juliettes.”

For A Day on the Rainbow - $25 from 8 a.m. to dusk at Rainbow Springs State Park. Various activities, deli sandwich and build a salad lunch.

The Night at Juliettes is $38 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Rainbow Springs Golf and Country Club, all you can eat buffet dinner, dance, various short presentations, music by Chris White, KJDJ Music.

For information contact Shirley Dowling at dhsreunion2011@gmail.com; Pam Ebert Kempen at pebbleskoc@gmail.com and Ron Edgar at rvedgar@yahoo.com or 954-957-1516.


Postal carriers to pick up food


On Saturday, May 14, letter carriers throughout Marion County will participate in the 19th  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. 

Postal customers are asked to hang a food donation on their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail on Saturday, May 14, 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 Thomas Curtis at 352-572-5634.  Service hours for high school students are available.