Upcoming events 1-14-2011

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Saturday, Jan. 15


Art lessons in Citrus Springs

Beginning colored pencil drawing starts on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the UU fellowship in Citrus Springs. The series continues every Saturday for six weeks. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Jan Hitchcock, painter, ceramicist and professor from CCF, will guide you with color theory and fun assignments. Limited enrollment. Advanced registration required, $60 for six lessons. Call Pam: 352-489-3545.

Scandinavian Club meets

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to come to the next meeting on Jan. 15 at the Hilton Ocala, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be apple and plum stuffed pork loin with mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Entertainment will be provided by Harry Chambers.

The cost is $15 per person and reservations and advance payment are required. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Jan. 12. Please make checks payable to Bill Thompson, the club’s treasurer, and mail to him at 582 Dowling Circle, Lady Lake, FL 32159. For further details call Don Clauson 352-861-1235, Lillian Woodman 352-873-0427 or Bill Thompson 352-751-5174.



Open house at OTOW fitness center


The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa invites you to attend an open house for members, guests and visitors on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will tour the state-of-the-art facility, enjoy exciting fitness demonstrations, and meet personal trainers and spa/salon service providers. Plus, a free trial guest pass will be provided to all who attend! Also, sign up to participate in The World’s Largest Zumba and Dance Jam at Circle Square Commons free!

The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa open house is free and open to the public. Refreshments, healthy snacks, giveaways and membership specials will be available throughout the day!

The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa is open daily and is a full service fitness facility, salon and spa at 8385 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information, call 352-861-8180 or visit www.TheRanchFitnessSpa.com.


Circle Square health, wellness expo


The ninth annual Health and Wellness Expo will take place on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Circle Square Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and see what Ocala has to offer in the field of health care and learn the latest in medical advances. This is a free event.

This year’s Expo is sponsored by On Top of the World Communities and Munroe Regional Medical Center (MRMC) and will feature various services offered by the hospital, including information on heart health, diabetes, stroke, nutrition and more. Representatives from area health care-related agencies will also be on hand to provide information and answer questions regarding your health.

Additionally, The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa and On Top of the World certified fitness instructors will offer a variety of exercise demonstrations throughout the day.

The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St. For more information, visit the website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670.


Sunday, Jan. 16

Society jams this weekend.

The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW across from Oak Run on Sunday, Jan. 16, 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.

Sunday, Jan. 16

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, are all available at one great price!

 Let the bingo fun and games begin at 2 p.m. Enjoy our facility 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.


Monday, Jan. 17

Legion post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff's Brian Litz Building. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow Veterans. For further information telephone Commander Fred Pulis at 352-854-9976.



Saturday, Jan. 22

Hispanic Dinner at St. Jude


The annual Hispanic Dinner sponsored by the Ladies Guild and Men’s Society will take place on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 p.m. Various types of Latin food will be served.  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, Jan. 23

Rose Society to meet


Marion County Rose Society meets at 2:30 p.m. at Marion County Ag Center Auditorium, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road (CR 200A), Ocala.  Meetings open to all who want to have fun learning about and sharing their loves of roses.  Visit www.marioncountyroses.org or call Chris McMillan 352-341-0564.


Tuesday, Jan. 25


West Marion Business group meets


The next general business meeting for the West Marion Business Association will be Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Brian Litz Substation, 9048 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 27


Marion Audubon to meet


The January 27th general meeting of Marion Audubon  will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocala Police Department conference room.  This venue is located just to the right as you enter the police department on Pine Avenue.  The general public is invited.



Saturday, Jan. 29


Rally for Life scheduled

The annual Rally for Life will take place on Saturday, Jan. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. at the gazebo on the square in downtown Ocala.

Featured speakers will include Fr. Peter West of Priests for Life, the Rev. Richard Lineberger, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, and Theo Purington, a post-abortive father.


Saturday, Jan. 29


Sheriff’s Foundation dinner-dance set


The Sheriff's Office Foundation will hold a "Rock the Blues Away" Dinner Dance fundraiser on Jan. 29. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 and dancing to 10:30. The location for the fundraiser is at the India Association Cultural and Educational Center, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave., Ocala. Food by Brick City and music by Old Skool Band.

Tickets can be purchased from Pam Bovaird (Ext. 6758) at Operations. Cost is $25 per person. 



Post-Polio group to meet

What is Post-Polio Syndrome? Carolyn and Jerry Raville encourage all new members and survivors to attend this special meeting on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn the answer to that question and what to expect from PPS. Meetings are held at the Collins Health Resource Center, 9401 SW Highway 200, Building 300, Suite 303, Ocala. Refreshments will be served so please call Carolyn at 352-489-1731 before Jan. 26 if you plan to attend.

Tuesday, Feb. 1

Talent show auditions scheduled

Auditions for the Circle Square Cultural Center’s second annual “The World Has Talent” 55+ talent show will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 1.  Active adults age 55+ are invited on stage where the top chosen acts will perform at “The World Has Talent” 55+ Talent Show at the Circle Square Cultural Center on Saturday, May 7.  The chosen contestants will compete for a chance to win the $500 first place, $250 second place and $150 third place prizes! 

Auditions will be held on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala.  For more information visit: www.CSCulturalCenter.com, call 352-854-3670 or e-mail ticketsales@cscultrualcenter.com.

Friday, Feb. 4

Greek Festival in Belleview


There will be great authentic Greek food, music, dancing, entertainment, jewelry, souvenirs and much, much more Feb. 4 and 5, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Feb. 6, 1 to 6 p.m. in the annual Greek Festival.

It will take place at the Fr. George Papadeas Community Center, 9926 S.E. 36th Ave., Belleview, just north of Belleview High School. Parking is free, admission donation is $1.


Saturday, Feb. 5

Book sale at main library

The Friends of the Ocala Library will hold their quarterly book sale on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms B and C of the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. Thousands of tenderly-treated books in all categories will be available to browsers, the hardback books at 50 cents, and the paperbacks at 25 cents. Proceeds from these book sales are used to support the library, so come and look for that particular book, and help the Friends in that effort. You may find a real treasure! For information on the Friends log on to www.friendsoftheocalalibrary.org




Thursday, Feb. 10


‘Food for Thought’ event at Our Redeemer

At Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200, the Parish Nurses are sponsoring a "Food For Thought" event on Thursday Feb. 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. David Willis; he will speak on "Brain Attacks, and How to Prevent Them." The church asks attendees to call a352-368-4028 to say how many people will be attending the luncheon. 


CF to celebrate homecoming on Feb. 12


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.



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.


Saturday, Feb. 19


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.