Upcoming events

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By The Staff

Friday, May 28

Masonic High Twelve Club to meet

The Greater Ocala Masonic High Twelve Club 665 will hold its regular monthly meeting on Friday May 28, at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave.

The group will welcome the state officers of the organization. It should be interesting to see what the officers have in mind for the improvement of the state Masonic High Twelve Club. This will be the last meeting until September.

There will be a buffet lunch for $12 per person.

All Master Masons and guests are invited. Reservations are required. Telephone Bob Brady at 352-854-9612 for reservations or further information.

Saturday, May 29

Gospel group at Maranatha

The gospel group “River Jordan” will present their concert at the Maranatha Baptist Church on Saturday at 7 p.m.

For additional information or directions, call 352-347-5683.

The church is at 525 Marion Oaks Trail.

Stirrups and Stilletos fashion show

The Florida Thorobred Fillies presents Stirrups and Stilettos annual charity fashion show of seasonal and equine wardrobes. The event will be hosted by the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club, 8359 N.W. 31st Lane Road, on Saturday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a silent auction, raffle, luncheon and fashion show. The cost is $40 per person. There is limited seating, and a cash bar will be available.

For tickets and information, call Jami at 352-361-8718 or Beth at 352-401-0008.

Florida Thorobred Fillies, founded in 1962, is a fund-raising entity serving numerous charities and special needs associations throughout Marion County.


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

Ceremonial flag at Mason Jar

A ceremonial U.S. flag, presented to The Mason Jar by the Joint Airborne Battle Staff Detachment, will be flown at the restaurant’s Memorial Day celebration on Monday between 2 and 8 p.m. This American Flag was flown on a combat mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Richard Izdebski, owner, said in addition to the restaurant’s traditional barbecue feast, available to patrons, there will be entertainment by Roger B, singer and entertainer, of On Top of the World, and deejay Bucky for listening and dancing pleasure.

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.

Friday, June 4

Lions Club holds garage sale

The Southwest Ocala Lions Club will conduct a garage sale to benefit the Marion County Humane Society on June 4 and 5 at 7325 S.W. 106th St. in Kingsland Court. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Shabbat Service on Friday evening

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Friday evening Shabbat service at 8 p.m. on June 4 (please note change of date) at the Collins Resource Center, at TimberRidge, State Road 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The service will be led by Rabbi Mona Decker, a Reconstructionist rabbi from Jacksonville and by Arthur Grae, rabbinical intern from Leesburg who will give the sermon. Elaine Grae, wife of Arthur Grae and a cantorial vocalist, will sing the closing song. The service will feature joyous music and congregation participation. All are warmly welcome to attend! For further information, contact Judi at 352-237-8277 or email bethisraelocala@yahoo.com.

Congregation Beth Israel is a liberal, progressive and inclusive congregation under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. Visit us on the web at bethisraelocala.org.

Saturday, June 5

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.

Sunday, June 6

Huggins in concert at Nazarene Church

Lindsay Huggins will be singing in concert on Sunday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ocala Church of the Nazarene, 5884 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala, 352-861-0755. Her powerful testimony will bless you.

Thursday, June 10

Bereavement group to meet

Widowed persons service of Marion County will offer a bereavement support group at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. Please make reservations by calling Mary at 352-237-3035.

The support group will meet every Thursday morning beginning June 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There will be six sessions. Please plan to attend all sessions. Dr. Blair Stewart is the facilitator.

Friday, June 11

Literacy book club meets

At a recent Marion County Literacy Council Book Club meeting, Billie Gabel was welcomed as a new member.

Books for the next four months are as follows:

June 11: The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Facilitated by Barbara.

July 9: The Help by Kathryn Stockett Facilitated by Cathy.

Aug. 13: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. D. Rowlings Facilitated by Billie.

Sept. 10: The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Facilitated by Kathy.

The group meets at the Literacy Council office on the second Friday of the month at 10 a.m., 2677 N.W. 10th St. Suite 1A, Ocala. Phone number is 352-690-7323.

Sunday, June 13

Second Sunday Drum Circle

Once a month, drummers, dancers, and onlookers convene at the far end of Fort Island trail beach to play rhythms and music. At 6 p.m. on June 13 (the second Sunday), and monthly, throughout the summer, this get together is free and open to all, including children and beginners.

For information call Linda at 352-746-0655.

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.

Friday, June 25

Democrats host canteen-era dance

The Marion County Democratic Party is hosting a fundraising canteen-era dance. The fundraiser will be held on Friday, June 25, at The American Legion, located at Tuscawilla Park, 516 N.E. Sanchez Ave., Ocala. The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be a $15 per person donation requested and tickets can be purchased by calling the Marion County Democratic Party Headquarters office at 352-402-9494, Sally Smith at 352-390-3472 or Georgette Mottl at 352-694-5872. All those in attendance will be asked to write a letter to a soldier for the “DEC Make a Difference Day.”

There will be dance music from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as well as dance and nostalgic costume contests. Setups will be provided and participants are asked to BYOB and to also bring hors d’oeuvres to share.