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By The Staff

Saturday, Aug. 7

Island Festival at Circle Square

Join the fun and get that tropical feeling from the Pacific and Caribbean islands on Saturday, Aug. 7, when The Town Square at Circle Square Commons hosts the exciting third annual Island Festival.

The excitement begins with the pulsating drum beats of Tahiti and beautiful Island dancers dressed in authentic and colorful costumes. The diverse Latin band Grupo Salsarengue will play Merengue, Bachata, Bolero, and other rhythms to get you up and dancing. Plus enjoy a special performance by Extensions Dance Studio dancers.

Bring the whole family to the Island Festival on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m. on The Town Square at 8409 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit: www.CircleSquareCommons.com.

Chess group 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.

Yoga in Sholom Park

Yoga will be conducted on Saturday, Aug. 7, in Sholom Park on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 ½ miles north of State Road 200. Join us at 9 a.m. for a beautiful hour as we connect to Mother Nature.

Our next session will be on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 8

Second Sunday Drum Circle

All are invited to a Drum Circle, Sunday Aug. 8 at 6 p.m., at the far end of Fort Island Trail Gulf Beach in Crystal River. We will drum until sunset. Bring a chair; we have a few drums to share. Dancers and children invited. Free.

The Circle is held the second Sunday of every month, before sunset; meet at 6 p.m. this month.

Sunday, August 8th

Moose public breakfast

A public breakfast will take place at the Moose Lodge on Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Coffee, juice, eggs, potatoes, biscuits with gravy, toast, choice of bacon or sausage, all at a great price!

The lodge is at 10411 S.W. 110th St., one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run.

Thursday, Aug. 12

Diabetes nutrition management

Nancy Gal, Health Educator, Extension Agent IV with University of Florida/IFAS and Marion County Extension, will present the second part to her presentation on Type 2 Diabetes on Thursday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. in Benson Hall at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. If you missed the first session in June, you can still attend this next session when Nancy will talk about the Diabetic Diet.

All interested persons are welcome to attend this free seminar. To register and for further information call St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 352-629-5948. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church is at 3453 N.E. Silver Spring Blvd, Ocala.

Thursday, Aug. 12

NARFE to meet

The monthly meeting of NARFE, Chapter 2279, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, will be Thursday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9336 S.W 105th St.

Speaker will be Lee Deal, service officer from NARFE. He will talk about emregency information for members and employees and a wide variety of issues.

For information, call 352-854-1757.

Candidates to visit Palm Cay

County Commission candidates will speak at the Palm Cay Republican on Thursday August 12 at the Palm Cay Oasis Club House at 7:00 PM. Kathy Bryant, Christine Dobkowski, Tony Mendola, Elicia Sanders and Les Smith will be guest speakers and will provide answers to your questions and concerns. This opportunity is presented for you to become familiar with the candidates we will be voting for on the Primary Election Aug. 24. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. For additional information, contact James Pettus at 352-438-9662.

Friday, Aug. 13

Shabbat Experience scheduled

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala presents a Shabbat Experience on Friday August 13, at 6 p.m. at the Collins Medical Resource Center, 9401 State Road 200, Building 300, in Ocala. The program will feature Jennifer Singer, Educational Director of Congregation Kol HaNeshama (Reconstructionist) in Sarasota who will lead in joyous song and worship. Her daughter, Sarah, will enhance the service with her beautiful soprano voice. A traditional, catered Shabbat meal will be served. Special Shabbat songs and blessings will follow after the meal. Regular Shabbat services will take place at 8pm. The cost for the meal is $18 per person. Contact Estelle at 352-237-8277 for reservations by Aug. 6.

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

Saturday, Aug. 14

Flea market at St. Jude

The annual flea market will take place at St. Jude Catholic Community at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. Items for sale include clothing, household goods, etc. Tables to sell your own merchandise are available at $20 each. Food is also being sold. For more information please contact Blanca at 352-307-4028.

Jimmy Beaumont, Skyliners to perform

Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners recorded one of the all-time greatest hit songs of rock and roll, “Since I Don’t Have You,” in 1958. Throughout more than five decades of popularity, this golden masterpiece has been recorded by other nationally known artists with their own arrangements. Today, members Donna Groom, Nick Pociask, Dick Muse, Mark Groom and legendary leader Jimmy Beaumont, continue to thrill audiences in the United States and Canada!

Don’t miss this incredible night of music and nostalgia on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit: www.CSCulturalCenter.com, or call 352-854-3670.