Upcoming events 04-29-2011

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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


Moose breakfast

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.

Bingo will return in September.

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.



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.


Friday, May 6

CF to hold graduation

The College of Central Florida will hold its spring 2011 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 6. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on the center lawn of the Fine Arts Auditorium at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

Sen. Charles S. Dean Sr. will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. The graduation speaker will be Sunny Morelock.

Graduation information is available at the CF website, www.CF.edu, then search for graduation. For more information, call the Ocala Campus at 352-873-5800, Citrus Campus at 352-746-6721, or Levy Center at 352-493-9533.




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.


Church of the Advent fashion show


The ladies of the Episcopal Church of the Advent are putting on their annual fashion show and luncheon at noon, Saturday, May 7 in the church. Located just one mile west of State Road 200 on County Road 484 (across from the new fire station) the festivities will include fashions from Bealls for men, children and of course, the ladies. Models are members of the congregation and a delicious luncheon is included. Everyone is welcome and tickets are only $10 per person. Contact Advent for more information at 352-465-7272.



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



Drill Team show


The Great Adventure Drill Team will be hosting its annual Summer Funshows on May 7, June 4, June 25, and Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Williston Horseman’s Park, 1.5 miles south of Williston on U.S. Highway 41.

Contestants from all over Florida will be there to compete for a buckle and other prizes! Spectator admission is FREE and food and drinks will be available. Be ready for some heart pounding exciting barrel racing and pole bending, and some unusual races, such as the hilarious freezie pop race. It's all in good fun!

For more information: info@greatadventuredrillteam.com or 352-225-1225.




Saturday, May 14

Latin-American event at Commons

Enjoy a night of Latin flare during the Latin-American Festival at the Circle Square Commons Town Square on Saturday, May 14, from 5 to 10 p.m.  Come celebrate the sounds, tastes and zest of Latin America with live music by Latin Expression (salsa & meringue) and Los Brillantes (mariachi), Latin American food, dancing and traditional Latin dance performances by A MAGI Dance Group.  This event is free and open to the public.

Circle Square Commons Town Squareis at 8409 S.W. 80th St., Ocala.  For more information visit:  www.CircleSquareCommons.com.




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.


Saturday, May 21


Martha Reeves to perform


Martha (Reeves) and the Vandellas were among the most successful groups of the Motown roster during the period 1963-1967. In contrast to other Motown groups such as The Supremes and The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas were known for a harder R&B sound, typified by "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave," "Nowhere to Run," "Jimmy Mack" and their signature song, "Dancing in the Street."

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Martha and the Vandellas No. 96 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.  Miss Martha Reeves’ performances in 2010 garnered nominations for “Best Headliner” and “Feel Good Performer of the Summer” at the UK Festival Awards.

Enjoy an evening of high energy, dance-in-the-aisle entertainment with Miss Martha Reeves Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala.  For more information visit: www.CSCulturalCenter.com, or call 352-854-3670.