Upcoming events

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By The Staff

Saturday, Aug. 21

Back to school bash

On Saturday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crossroads Community Church, a back to school bash will take place, featuring free hair cuts, school supplies to be given away while they last, a police cruiser, fire truck, food and much more.

The church is at 8070 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala.

UPS truck pull scheduled

United Way and UPS invite the community to the first UPS Truck Pull, Saturday, Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ocala Customer Center located at 300 S.W. 28th Ave. Put your best team of four together and see who can post the fastest pull time for the day. Food will be on site for a small donation and prizes will be awarded. All proceeds will benefit United Way of Marion County.

For more information or to sign up, call Chris O’Brien at 815-543-8354 or cobrien@ups.com.

Garage Sale in Marion Oaks

The Marion Oaks Assembly of God church, 13977 S.W. 32nd Terrace Road in the Marion Oaks community, will have a garage sale which opens at 8 a.m. and will go until 2 p.m. There will be a little bit of everything and you are sure to find something you didn’t know you needed! Directions to the church: Enter Marion Oaks at the waterfall entrance on Marion Oaks Boulevard. Make a left at the Qwik King on to Marion Oaks Drive and then make your third right. The church is on the left. For more information, call the church office between 9 a.m. – noon at 352-347-3001.

Sunday, Aug. 22

Lutheran church greets new members

There will be a reception of new members of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Citrus Springs on Aug. 22. If you are looking for a church home or are new to the area, please contact Pastor Lynn Fonfara.

The church is at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd. in Citrus Springs. The phone number is 352-489-5511.

There will be a reception in Luther Hall following the worship service.

Tuesday, Aug. 24

Business After Hours at Suntrust

The next function of the West Marion Business Association is the After Hours on Aug. 24, and will be at the Suntrust Bank at 9290 State Road 200 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 26

SW Democrats to meet

All interested residents in the southwest area are invited to participate in a discussion of the role of the Florida Legislature when an informal group of Southwest Democrats gather at the Freedom Library on Thursday, August 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Area candidates running for state office are also invited.

Among the topics for discussion will be both long term and more immediate solutions to job creation, modernization of Florida’s power and transportation grids , clean energy initiatives and education for the global economy.

For more information, contact Sheila Feldman (shkays@yahoo.com, 352-307-6120),

Jan Lentz(JanisL55@yahoo.com, 352-237-7881) or Delphine Herbert (delphine.herbert@gmail.com, 352-873-9970).

Friday, Aug. 27

Crossroads presents movie

Friday Night at the Movies, presented by Crossroads Community Church (8070 S.W. 60th Ave.) Missions Board, will feature “Facing the Giants” at 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be sold. The event is open to the public.

Hawaiian luau at Quiet Oaks

The third annual Hawaiian luau at Quiet Oaks will be on Friday, Aug.27, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Shannons will provide live entertainment.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Quiet Oaks at 352-861-2088 before Aug. 24.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Blood drive at mall

What’s the perfect song for a blood donation soundtrack? Maybe something by Blood, Sweat and Tears, or that classic “Young Blood?” Donors will have their say at a special Sept. 4 blood drive at the Paddock Mall in Ocala.

LifeSouth will be teaming with WITG Real Oldies 104.7 for a “Play for Pints” blood drive at the mall. Donors will be able to request a song that will play while they donate from noon to 2 p.m.

LifeSouth’s bloodmobile will be parked just outside of the mall’s food court Friday–Monday of Labor Day weekend, and each day donors will be entered into a drawing for a $25 mall gift certificate. They’ll also get cookies and thank you T-shirts for their efforts.

Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with written parental consent, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required.

Thursday, Sept. 9

Palm Cay GOP to meet

The monthly meeting of the Palm Cay Republican Club will be held on Thursday, Sept. 9 in the Palm Cay Oasis Club House beginning at 7 p.m.

In addition to a complete review of the primary election results, all of the Florida State Constitution proposed amendments to be voted on at the Nov. 2 general election will be reviewed and discussed. These amendments will have a direct impact on every Florida resident and it is important to understand the extent of that impact on you. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. For additional information contact James Pettus at 352-438-9662

Saturday, Sept. 11

Spaghetti at Church of the Advent

The Church of the Advent will sponsor an "All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner" on Saturday, Sept. 11 starting at 5:30 p.m. Included will be three meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. Donations are $7 for adults and $5 for children 6 thru 12, children under 6 will eat free

The church is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484, 1.3 miles west of State Road 200. Call the church 352-465-7272 or Al Sickle 352-208-5664 for reservations and information.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Candidates’ forum planned

The GFWC Woman's Club of Ocala will sponsor a Candidates Night Open Forum on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room C. Candidates for the Marion County Board of Commissioners, the Marion County School Board, the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives will participate. Judy Johnson will moderate. The event is open to the public. For information call 352-629-7397.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Health Fair at Crossroads

On Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a Health Fair at Crossroads Community Church. All ages are welcome.

There will be blood pressure screening, vision, hearing, cholesterol and diabetes, and much more.

For more information, contact Barbara Jack, coordinator, at 352-854-2080. The church is at 8070 S.W. 60th Ave. Ocala.

Thursday, Sept. 30

Amendments to be discussed

Amendments on ballots can be long-winded and very confusing, and to that end the Friends of the Ocala Library are hosting former County Commissioner Judy Johnson to give a seminar on those included on the Nov. 2 ballot. The date is Thursday, Sept. 30, the time 6.30 p.m. and the place is Room C at the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. Ms. Johnson will review the details of each amendment so that voters will be able to make educated decisions in the voting booth. Refreshments will be served by the Friends, and due to the anticipated audience participation early arrival is suggested.

For more information about the Friends of the Ocala Library log on to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org.

Saturday, Oct. 9

Luncheon and fashion show

The On Top of the World Lions Club will be holding its Fall Luncheon and Fashion Show in the Health and Recreation Ballroom on Oct. 9, (doors open 11 a.m.). Come join us for great food and fashions. The proceeds from this affair will be donated to the Florida Center for the Blind and Interfaith Backpack Programs for children.

There will be lots of beautiful baskets raffled off a 50/50 and lots of door prizes.

Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 1. For tickets and more information contact Lions Maryann at 352-584-8629, Sarah 352-465-8291 or Jane at 352-304-8519. Tickets will also be available in the Health and Recreation Ballroom Monday-Wednesday and Fridays 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Trash to Treasure Sale

The church of the Advent will have its fourth annual Trash to Treasure Sale on Saturday, Oct. 9. This will be an outdoor event; rain date will be Oct. 16.

Craft, flea market and food vendors are welcome to participate.

Set up time will begin at 6 a.m. with the actual sale beginning at 8 a.m.

Spaces will be approximately 10 feet x 10 feet and rent for $15 each.

Most of the spaces are shaded. These will be assigned on first come, first served bases. Contact Al Sickle 352-208-5664 for additional information.

The church is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484, 1.3 miles west of State Road 200.


Friday, Oct. 15

VFW seeks donations

VFW Post 4781 annual flea market will be on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The post is on the corner of State Road 200 and Southwest 110th Street.

The post taking donations of household items both big and small (no clothes please). Proceeds go to veterans’ needs. Small items may be dropped off at the Post any day of the week. Large items can be picked up by calling Art at 352-209-0668. Tables are available for rent if you would like to sell your own items. Tables are $10 each for one day, or $15 for one table for both days. For table rental, call Phoebe at 352-854-8535.