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Published 04-20-2018

Saturday, April 21

Tennis at Golden Ocala

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club will host the Sixth Annual Marion Tennis Masters on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22. It will include divisions 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0, as well as open divisions, with every participating athlete guaranteed two matches consisting of men’s, women’s or mixed doubles.
The public event is sponsored by Porsche of Ocala and benefits Ocala Outreach Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) charity that assists local vetted families who struggle to make ends meet and cannot be helped via conventional avenues. Instead, the organization takes to social media and basic crowdfunding technology for donations.
The cost per player includes entry into the all-day tournament, breakfast and lunch, door prizes and trophies. The Tennis Masters will conclude with six winning teams. The Director of Tennis, Thiroshan Chetty, and his staff will present each pair with specialized Marion Masters gifts and trophies.
“Golden Ocala consistently preaches skill advancement, technique, improvisation, competition and fun,” Chetty said. “The Marion Tennis Masters brings the community together to do just that, as well as gives athletes a taste of a professional tournament, while contributing to the well-being of those who cannot ensure their own well-being.”
For more information about this and other tennis tournaments, call the Pro Shop at (352) 402-4351.

Monday, April 23

40/8 group to meet

The 40/8 veterans group will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 23  at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of The Ozarks building at the entrance of On Top of The World on State Road 200. Come early to enjoy light refreshments with fellow veterans. Please remember to bring household supplies for the Fisher House in Gainesville. For further information, telephone Jerry  352-322-5966.

Tuesday, April 24

Christian women to meet

Ocala Christian Women’s Connection invites you to the our “Girl Power” luncheon April 24 at the Hilton of Ocala from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The doors open at 11 a.m.  The special feature is DIY For Girls by Ace Hardware.  Our speaker is Nancy Self sharing “Hanging On!”.  Admission is $20.  Please RSVP for lunch and free childcare to Claudia at 228-2126 or Eve at 732-7053 by Wednesday, April 18.

Breast cancer group

The Breast Cancer Sisterhood of Survivors support group meets at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Room 235 (Chapel) the last Tuesday of each month. This month’s meeting is Tuesday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
The speaker will be Teri Pizza, noted author, speaker and columnist. She has numerous books including A Thyme to Eat-Cooking with fresh produce. Questions? Contact Donna Baisley at 860-508-5255.
Saturday, April 28

Walk for Parkinson

The Marion County Mind and Motion for Parkinson network is hosting a Walk for Parkinson event on Saturday, April 28 at Sholom Park.
Registration opens at 9:30 a.m., and the Walk starts at 10:30.
It is more than just a walk. April is National Parkinson’s Awareness month, and the Walk highlights movement as a symbol of hope and progress towards finding a cure. The Walk is used to raise awareness and funds for research and education, and all proceeds from sponsors and walkers will be given to the Parkinson’s Foundation via the Parkinson Association of Central Florida, a 501(c)3 Corporation.
You may donate via the website’s Walk tab at MindAndMotion.org, or at the event. Whether you take part as a team or as an individual, you will have the opportunity to move with many others who share in the journey to help beat Parkinson’s. For Companies or Corporations interested in sponsorship, contact pw444paw@gmail.com.
Kickoff Speakers are Annette Nieves, MD, Monroe Movement Disorder Clinic and Megan Willard, Regional Director, Parkinson’s Foundation.

African Violet Club to meet

The African Violet Club of Ocala is meeting April 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Brian Litz Substation) at 9048 SW Highway 200, Ocala. Our meeting topic this month is all about putting down leaves with various techniques and a live demonstration. We will also discuss soil and wick watering and some new projects for the club members. Call 352-351-3639 for more information or AfricanVioletClubofOcala.org . Refreshments are served and guests are always welcome!

Tuesday-Friday, May 1-4

Bonsai Exhibit

    The Marion Bonsai Society and OTOW Master the Possibilities are hosting the annual bonsai exhibit at the Master the Possibilities lobby, 8415 SW 80th St., Ocala.  The exhibit is free and runs from Tuesday afternoon, May 1 through noon Friday, May 4.  Specific times are: 3=4 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.  Over 30 trees are on display by approximately 10 exhibitors.  The age of trees vary from about 3 to over 30 years.
   Two one-hour workshops are available for $5 (free for OTOW residents). The first is “Basics of the Living Art of Bonsai” by Peter Wood at 1 PM on Wednesday, May 2.  Peter will present basic horticulture and artistic principals of bonsai.  The second is “The Living Art of Bonsai – Demonstration” by artist David VanBuskirk at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 3.  David will create a bonsai tree from nursery stock material. To register for these classes go to www.masterthepossibilities.org or call (352) 854-3699.

Thursday, May 3

Travel Group plans spring meeting

The Travel Bugs of Marion County will meet at Freedom Public Library on Thursday, May 3, from 11a.m. to noon. Membership is free. Learn about Travel Bug Florida’s 2018 and 2019 plans for senior travel. This is the group to join if you are looking for an opportunity to meet others who share enthusiasm to learn and discover. Local day trips, short overnight escapes, and longer domestic and international excursions are highlighted in the months ahead.
Travel that entertains, informs and provides some assistance to Marion County organizations who support senior citizens will be highlighted. Making new friends and sharing super experiences are guaranteed to contribute to happy days ahead.

Friday, May 4

CF commencement

The College of Central Florida will hold its spring 2018 commencement Friday, May 4, with two ceremonies to honor graduates. Both ceremonies will be held at First Baptist Church of Ocala, 2801 S.E. Maricamp Road.
At 3 p.m., students receiving certificates, Associate in Science and bachelor degrees will be recognized. The second ceremony, for students receiving an Associate in Arts, will begin at 6 p.m.
In addition to student speakers, the commencement address will be delivered by CF Associate Professor Tom Ziesemer, 2018 recipient of the American Association of Community Colleges Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award. Luther Drummond, chairman/CEO of Drummond Banking Company and 1963 graduate, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.
For those unable to attend, the ceremonies will be webcast live at CF.edu/graduation.
For more information, call the Ocala Campus at 352-854-2322, ext. 1391 or ext. 1739; Citrus Campus at 352-746-6721; or Levy Center at 352-493-9533.

First Friday Art Walk

The final First Friday Art Walk of the 2017-2018 season will take place Friday, May 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout downtown Ocala and will include the following special performances and activities:
]6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Jeff Jarrett on the main event stage located at the downtown square near the gazebo. Jarrett was named “Best Local Musician” by Ocala Magazine in 2017.
]7 p.m. – Hip-hop performance by Xtraordinary Rising Talent
]8 p.m. – Belly dancing performance by the Cairo Dancers
]Free hands-on art activities for all ages will be provided throughout the event by Painting with a Twist, Appleton Museum of Art, Marion County Public Library, Karate America Ocala, Animis Foundation, the Discovery Center and Gulf Archaeology Research Institute. 
Local artists will be working throughout this event creating artwork and portraits at Ocala Homes and Farms Realty located at 108 E Fort King St.
The First Friday Art Walk occurs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from September through May annually. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 40 artist displays, live entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours.
For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at 352-629-8447 or artwalk@ocalafl.org or visit www.ocalafl.org/artwalk.

Monday, May 7

Ocala Chapter of Hadassah

The monthly meeting of the Ocala Chapter of Hadassah will be held on Monday May 7 at 10 a.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks, 8375 SW Highway 200 in Ocala. The meeting will feature a representative from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, who will address the group on the topic of personal safety. Judi Siegal, president of the chapter will preside. All are invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For  information please contact  Judi.   (morrobay03@embarqmail.com)
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.

Death Cafe

Monday, May 7 at 10 a.m. 7171 SW State Road 200, Ocala.
We’ll meet in the Choir Room of First Congregational United Church of Christ for a group led discussion on anything having to do with death and dying. No experts, no lectures, just mere mortals coming together to share their thoughts. Awareness of our mortality creates a deeper appreciation for life.
For information call 368-9927

Friday, May 11

Tribute to John Denver

On Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m., Ted Vigil returns to the Reilly Arts Center for a special tribute to John Denver. Tickets start at $10. The Reilly Arts Center is at 500 NE 9th St., Ocala.
Tickets can be purchased at www.ReillyArtsCenter.com, or by calling the box office at (352) 351-1606 during box office hours. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Reilly Arts Center box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Group rates are available for this show.
Ted performs all of John Denver’s greatest hits including Take Me Home Country Roads, Leaving on a Jet Plane, and Rocky Mountain High.