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By The Staff

Friday, April 23

Masonic High Twelve Club to meet

The Greater Ocala Masonic High Twelve Club 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave.

As usual, we will have a super buffet served following the meeting. The price of the buffet is $12.00, and is worth every penny of it.

We have another outstanding speaker scheduled for this month. Joseph S. Pine, representing the Metro Crime Prevention of Florida, will speak on many criminal issues that we could possibly be effected by without proper knowledge of how to prevent them, including how a burglar learns the pass word for your home security system. This is definitely a must to hear and learn how to prevent becoming a victim of crime.

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

Saturday, April 24

Share pickup scheduled

Share food order pick-up for Ocala West United Methodist Church will be on Saturday

April 24th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 9330 S.W. 105th St. You may also be able to

place orders for May. For more info go to www.shareflorida.org or call 352-861-0904.

Arthur, real D.W. at Library

Get an up-close look at favorite children’s novel series, “Arthur,” this Saturday and meet Kim Brown, sister of best-selling children’s book author and illustrator Marc Brown. Join library staff and meet Kim, a.k.a. the real D.W., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library.

At the special event, families will learn about the inspiration behind and evolution of the D.W. character from the famous Arthur children’s book series. Marc Brown, creator of such cherished children’s characters as Arthur, D.W., Buster and Muffy, has been writing children’s books since 1976 when he first published “Arthur’s Nose.” Brown’s stories center on the lovable aardvark Arthur and his family and friends and frequently include a life lesson for the young reader.

Bring the whole family to experience this afternoon of stories about the real D.W.’s childhood, her brother Marc and the creative inspiration for the “Arthur” adventure book series characters. Children attending this special program will also have an opportunity to make their own D.W. tiara or Arthur headband and view Arthur DVDs. At the end of the program, attendees will have a photo opportunity with Arthur.

For more information about this or other programs at the Marion County Public Library, call 352-671-8551 or visit the library Web site at http://library.marioncountyfl.org.

African Violet Club to meet

The African Violet Club of Ocala will meet Saturday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Office Southwest station, 9048 S.W. Highway 200.

The program includes learning how easy it is to construct a light stand. Also, you’ll learn about different methods to grow your violets on the stand and how different types of lighting such as colored light tubes affect plant growth.

Also, get ready for a glimpse of what a national convention looks like, along with the new plant introductions from the 2009 Reno convention. Other features not to miss at this meeting are a guide to where to buy plants and supplies commercially. We will review AVSA’s 2009 best varieties list and its importance.

Online searching with a focus on the online community and message boards.

Guests are welcome and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Carolee Carter at 352-237-3308 or go to the Web site at www.africanvioletclubofocala.org for more information.

Bingo and lunch

Join the fun, food and fellowship at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, on Saturday, April 24 at noon for bingo and lunch. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread and chocolate pudding. Play is for prizes; call for reservations: 352-237-7255.

St. Jude Italian dinner

The annual Italian dinner is planned for Saturday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Jude Catholic Community, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. A traditional Italian meal is on the menu. Entertainment will be provided by Can’t Help Singing. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Takeouts will be available as usual. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information and tickets, please contact Linda at 352-854-7501.

Moose golf tournament set

A Moose golf tournament will take place Saturday, April 24, at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at Silver Springs Country Club and Lodge 1199. There will be grouper, chicken or roast beef dinners, and prizes and awards, including closest to the pin.

Sign up at a team or individual. All members are welcome. For details, call Jim at 352-817-5557.

Sunday, April 25

Taste of Ocala tickets available online

Tickets are now available online for the Central Florida Community College Foundation Taste of Ocala fundraiser, which will be April 25.

E-tickets can be purchased at www.tasteofocala.org. Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for CFCC students with identification, $15 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children under age 5 are admitted free. All tickets at the gate are $30. Paper tickets will be available on March 22.

The 22nd annual scholarship fundraiser will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Attendees will have an opportunity to sample dishes from the area’s finest restaurants as they support a worthy cause.

This year’s event is presented by Signature Brands LLC and promises to be fun for the entire family. Activities include a children’s tent with cookie decorating and clowns. There will be a silent auction and culinary arts students will demonstrate cake decorating. Diners can sit stage-side and listen to music provided by KTK-FM or socialize with friends under covered dining.

Over the past 21 years, about $325,000 has been disbursed to students through the CFCC Foundation’s Taste of Ocala scholarships.

For information about Taste of Ocala, contact Phyllis Marino at 352-873-5808; 352-854-2322, ext. 1352; or marinop@cf.edu.

Sunday Arts at Countryside

The last Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.

The Marion Civic Chorale will offer the Easter Portion of Handel’s Messiah. This infrequently performed body of work is the second half of Handel’s master work, featuring biblical texts retelling the resurrection of Christ. Dr. Wayne Earnest is the conductor and Ricky Hendrix is the accompanist.

The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Community Action open house

Central Florida Community Action Agency will share the opening of its new Ocala office with the Marion County community on April 27 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at 3510 N.E. 14th St. in Ocala. CFCAA staff will be available to show guests around the new offices as well as give information on the various programs our agency offers while enjoying light refreshments.

Chief Executive Officer Robert Wilford, along with the agency’s board members, will be present at the event to greet members of the community.

The agency is especially thankful to Independent Bank for providing this attractive and spacious building at a generously reduced rate to benefit the low income families of Marion County. It is support like this that allows the agency to thrive under the current economic climate.

CFCAA is a private, nonprofit, community based organization whose purpose is to reduce poverty and help low income individuals become self-sufficient in Alachua, Levy and Marion Counties. It is committed to helping people strengthen their lives through community partnerships. For more information, visit www.cfcaa.org.

Saturday, May 1

Church has fashion show, luncheon

Church of the Advent is having a fashion show and luncheon on May 1 at noon.

Fashions will be by Belk. Tickets are required and donation is $10 per person, which includes lunch.

Please call Cora Salmon at 352-307-8575 or Nancy Lillard at 352-873-6110 for tickets.

Church of the Advent is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484, 1.2 miles west of State Road 200 in Dunnellon.

Free yoga classes planned

Free yoga classes will take place at Sholom Park on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 ½ miles north of State Road 200, on May 1 and 9 a.m. and then the first Saturday of each month. Come and soak in the beauty of the Peace Park. For information, call 352-854-7950.

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, May 2

Youth Symphony final concert

The Ocala Youth Symphony is presenting its last concert of the season at 3 p.m. on Sunday May 2, at the Central Florida Community College, Fine Arts Auditorium in Ocala. Come and enjoy the musical presentations of these amazing musicians ranging in age from 8 to 18. Works selected range from the classics to contemporary, something for everyone’s musical taste. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a friend! For information call 352-351-3002.

Saturday, May 8

Latin American Festival at Circle Square

Enjoy a night of Latin flare during the Latin American Festival at the Circle Square Commons Town Square on Saturday, May 8 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come celebrate the sounds, tastes and zest of Latin America with live music by Grupo Salsarengue, Latin American food, dancing and traditional Latin dance performances. This event is free and open to the public.

The Town Square is at 8409 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information, visit www.CircleSquareCommons.com


Letter carriers food drive to be May 8

On Saturday, May 8, letter carriers throughout Marion County as well as more than 10,000 cities and towns throughout the country will pick up much more than the mail along their postal routes; they will also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers during the 18th annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger.”

This annual effort has become the largest one-day food drive in the nation’s history, resulting in more than a half billion pounds of food to local food banks, pantries and shelters in all 50 states. Last year in Marion County, a record 256,000 pounds (a 39 percent increase over last year) of nonperishable food was collected and donated to Interfaith Emergency Services for distribution to the Salvation Army, Brothers Keeper, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and the Help Agency of the Forest food banks. The Ocala Post Office was ranked first in the nation in their union member category for the third year for the community’s outstanding effort in supporting this program.

Postal customers are asked to hang a food donation on their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail on Saturday, May 8, and the carrier will do the rest. Collection barrels will also be set up at all Post Office branches to accommodate those with Post Office Boxes.

United Way of Marion County, USPS, Campbell’s, Valpak, Feeding America, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and AFL-CIO have partnered with the NALC to help stamp out hunger.

Yard and bake sale planned

Furniture, clothing, household items, books, appliances, luggage, jewelry, linens, crafts, toys, and much more at First Congregational United Church of Christ annual yard and bake sale on Saturday, May 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 7171 S.W. State Road 200 (in the Enrichment Center). For more information, call 352-237-3035.

Sunday, May 9

Drum circle set for May 9

All are invited to a Drum Circle, Sunday, May 9, 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, 1½ - 2 hours before sunset; meet at 6 p.m. this month.

Information: Charlotte at 352-344-8009.

Mother’s Day dinner at VFW

A Mother’s Day dinner will take place on May 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 4781, 9401 S.W. 110th St. Menu includes salad, prime rib, potatoes, green beans and dessert.

Tickets are limited and available at the Canteen. Phone number is 352-873-4781.

Tuesday, May 11

Paint our Town Purple day

On Tuesday, May 11, West Marion is turning purple. Join in the celebrartion in support for Relay for Life.

Here’s your chance to make a difference. Dress in purple, decorate your business and help raise money for the West Marion Relay for Life, May 21-22 at Liberty Middle School.

You can show your support by asking your customers for donations, selling merchandise and donating a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society, or you can simply increase awareness by passing out information on the upcoming Relay.

Tuesday, May 18

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.