Upcoming events

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By The Staff

Friday, May 14

Shabbat service scheduled

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Shabbat evening service on May 14 at 8 p.m. at the Collins Resource Center, Building 300 at TimberRidge, State Road 200 in Ocala. Dale Berman Garfinkel, accompanied by Raoul Garfinkel, will lead the service. Joyful music and congregational participation will be featured. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. For information contact Judi at 352-237-8277 or bethisraelocala@yahoo.com.

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala is a liberal, inclusive, contemporary Jewish congregation under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.

Christ’s Church sets dinner, movie

Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St., will have family Dinner and a Movie (“The Blind Side”) on Friday, May 14. Dinner is 6 to 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 7.

Book Club to meet

The Marion County Book Club will meet on May 14 and will talk about John Hart’s book Down River. Recently, the group voted to read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson for June 11 and The Help by Kathryn Stockett for July 9. It is suggested that people reserve these last two books at the library as soon as possible because they are newer books.

The club meets at the Literacy Council office on the second Friday of the month at 10AM. The address is 2677 N.W. 10th St., Suite 1A, Ocala. For information, call 352-690-7323.

Saturday, May 15

University Press editor to speak

On Saturday, May 15, guest speaker John Byram will address the Freedom Writers Group of Florida Writers Association. His talk on copyrights and their history as well as other topics begins about noon, during the group’s regular meeting. For more information about the writers group, contact Carol Jones, cjones314@cfl.rr.com.

Scandinavian Club to meet

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to join us at our next meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. We will meet at The Hilton Hotel , 3600 S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala. Meal will be a choice of Talapia or Chicken Marcela, rice, veggie, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Cost is $15 per person and reservations and advance payment is required. Payment must be received by Wednesday, May 12. Send payment to Jim Neate, 643-A Midway Drive, Ocala, FL 34472. Entertainment will be presented by The Summer Spring Chorus. For further details call Jim Neate 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Peggy Jones 352-629-3443.

Sunday, May 16

Jazz Society jams Sunday

Ocala Jazz Society jams Sunday, May 16, at the VFW across from Oak Run from 2 to 5 p.m. Food and drinks are available at the canteen. Great music, dancing is encouraged. A $2 donation benefits Hospice in memory of Bee Wilson, founder.

For information, call Dennis at 352-746-5694

Monday, May 17

American Legion post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 17, at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. The speaker, Gary Marriage Jr., will explain the benefits a veteran and/or spouse may receive to assist with their activities of daily living. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For further information, telephone Commander Barbara Cherbonneau at 352-873-1737.

Tuesday, May 18

Raising funds for Hospice

USA Dance Ocala Chapter 6027 is hosting a charity ball fundraiser to benefit Hospice of Marion County on May 18 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pioneer Garden Club (4331 East Silver Springs Blvd., next to the Appleton Museum).

The semi-formal event features entertainment including professional dance exhibitions, free dance lessons by Joe Mounts and live music performed by “Automatic” Amee and Henry. Door prizes and raffles will be awarded as well.

Admission charges range from $15 for general admission to $25 for VIP admission. For more information, call Dennis Rose at 352-629-0837 or Linda Byrd at 352-509-4317.

Wednesday, May 19

Shavuot party scheduled

Chabad of Marion County will be hosting a Shavuot ice cream and cheesecake party on Wednesday May 19, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 3500 S.W. 34TH Ave. Circle, Ocala.

The event will feature ice cream and cheesecake, lasagna, cheese blintzes, tea, coffee and refreshments.

Shavuot which celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai 3321 years ago is commemorated by the reading of the Ten Commandments in synagogues on the 1st day of the holiday.

“Not everyone can make it to the synagogue in the morning explains Rabbi Yosef Hecht Director of Chabad of Marion County whose organization is hosting the event “so we have organized an afternoon reading of the Ten Commandments and because it was the children who were the guarantors of the Torah we are encouraging them to attend, with an ice cream party”.

There is no cost to attend however RSVP’s are appreciated to 352-291-2218 or online at WWW.JewishMarion.org.

Thursday, May 20

Community Outreach Meeting

The Planning Division of the Marion County Growth Management Department is holding Community Outreach Meetings in the Commissioners’ districts. The intent is to bring the 2010 Comprehensive Plan Update into the Community and provide a greater opportunity to all Marion County Citizens to participate. Public input is a core component to the success of the Plan as we attempt to manage growth effectively for the next 25 years and beyond. The meeting for this area, Commissioner District 2, is Thursday, May 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Freedom Public Library, 5870 S.W. 95th St. The public is encouraged to attend.

Saturday, May 22

Sons of Italy to have barbecue

The Sons of Italy will have a free open house barbecue on Saturday, May 22, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 145, which is just east of Airport Road (60th Avenue) at 5675 W. State Road 40 in Ocala.

The group is trying to attract new members. Being of Italian descent is not a requirement; non-Italians can become social members.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas, snacks and other items will be served at the free barbecue. For information, contact Vincent Cannatella at 352-236-3069.

St. Jude annual barbecue set

The annual barbecue of St. Jude Catholic Community is planned for Saturday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. A menu consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw and potato salad is planned. Take-outs available as usual. Tickets may be obtained before and after the weekend Masses or by calling Linda at 352-854-7501.

Charity bike ride

A ride to benefit hospice will take place for the third year on May 22.

The 30 or 62-mile ride will start at Hospice near the Paddock Mall. The sponsor is Dr. Pollack at Ocala Eye.

For a registration form go to active.com or the Hospice website.

Sunday, May 23

Thrivent bowl-a-thon

On Sunday, May 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Galaxy West Bowling Lanes, 1818 S.W. 17th St., Ocala, there will be an opportunity for fun as well as a benefit for Habitat for Humanity. Thrivent Builds is a project that has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to raise funds for the building of houses for selected families. Thirteen Lutheran churches in Marion County are participating to contribute to the total cost of the project.

All are invited to this worthwhile event. For further information, contact Theresa Feeley at 352-237-9014.

Saturday, May 29

Plant sale planned at Extension Service

Add some splendor to your yard with native and Florida-friendly plants at the Marion County Master Gardeners’ summer plant sale on Saturday, May 29, at the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service (2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road, Ocala). The sale will start at 9 a.m. and will last until 2 p.m. (or until sold out).

Native and Florida-friendly plants are well-suited to Marion’s climate and have proven records of succeeding in the area. Choose from spring and summer-flowering perennials, vines and shrubs at the event as well as shade and fruit trees. Attendees can also buy rain barrels or environmentally-friendly melaleuca mulch.

Admission is free. For additional information, please call Marion County Extension Service at 352-671-8400.

Monday, May 31

Local students at Memorial Day event

A Memorial Day event will take place at Highland Memorial Park, 1515 N.E. 3rd St., Ocala, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s event includes the second annual essay contest awards ceremony, Avenue of Flags display, military and first-responder vehicle display, a community patriot concert by Norman Lee Schaffer, and a rock wall, gyro ride, inflatable slide, choo-choo, and free food and beverage.

Admission is free, but please bring a canned food donation for Vets Helping Vets.

Hammett Bowen Elementary School students will be part of ceremonies at noon and at 1:10 p.m.

Veterans Association has dinner

On Monday, May 31, Memorial Day, the Oak Run Veterans Association is having a dinner at 6:30 at the Orchid Club. One will have a choice of meat loaf or chicken. Ticket sales will be May 11, 13, 16 and 25 in the Lobby. Price for members is $13 and for non members and guests the cost will only be $14 per person. This is a time to honor all the brave men and women who have fought and our fighting for our freedom.

Monday, June 14

Overview of Type 2 (adult) diabetes

Nancy Gal, Extension Agent IV with the University of Florida/IFAS and Marion County Extension, will present a two-part series on adult diabetes, what it is and how to manage it. The first session will be on Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Benson Hall and the second session will be Monday, July 12 at 2 p.m.

All interested persons are welcome to attend this free seminar.

For further information call St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 352-629-5948. St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church is at 3453 N.E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala.