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By The Staff

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, Aug. 28

Share pickup scheduled

Share food order pickup for Ocala West United Methodist Church will be on Saturday

Aug. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 9330 S.W. 105th St. You may also be able to

place orders for September. Additional signup days will be Sept. 4 and 8. Online ordering is now available at www.shareflorida.org or call 352-861-0904

for more info.

Saturday, Sept. 4

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

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

Bible Study Classes Resume September 7

The Tuesday afternoon Bible Study classes will resume on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. at Countryside Presbyterisn Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. The discussion on The Gospel According to John will be led by the Rev. Herb McGrath. The public is invited. For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Thursday, Sept. 9

Palm Cay GOP to meet

The monthly meeting of the Palm Cay Republican Club will take place 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

Hummel Club to meet

The M.I. Hummell Club, Ocala Local Chapter, will resume its monthly meetings Sept. 9 and continued through next May. Special programs are scheduled for the September and October meetings, which are on the second Thursday of each month. The club welcomes anyone interested in Hummels and related Goebel products and who would enjoy the fellowship of local collectors.

For information and meeting location, contact Mary Jo Hammond at 352-873-9423 or Marge Cherry at 352-873-1735.

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.

Friday, Sept. 17

Democrats schedule dinner

Marion County Democratic Party will have its second annual "Proud to be a Democrat Dinner" on Friday, Sept. 17. The keynote speaker will be Rod Smith, candidate for lieutenant governor. Other candidates will also be in attendance. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour/cash bar and a silent auction. Tickets are available at Democratic Headquarters (352-402-9494) or for purchase on the website, www.mariondems.org. (Click on the events page and utilize the Actblue icon to make your purchase.)

Sunday, Sept. 19

German Americans set Oktoberfest

The German American Club of Marion County Oktoberfest will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Doors open at noon and dinner will be available at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 per member and $20 per non-member. Music provided by Alpine Express from 2 to 6 p.m. Meal includes chicken schnitzel, bratwurst, leberkaese with onions, sauerkraut, red cabbage, German potato salad, spaetzle and apple strudel. For tickets, call Joe and Liz Dickmann 352-732-6368.

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.

Alzheimer’s and dementia

Ocala West United Methodist Church will host Terrie Hardison of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance who will discuss both diseases on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. This program will give insight into the different reasons for dementia, and will take a look at several very interesting photos of a normal brain vs. an Alzheimer’s brain. The program will give you insight into the many reasons for the behaviors you might encounter when caring for someone with dementia. Many describe this discussion as an “ah ha” moment. There will be afree will offering taken to help support the Alzheimer’s and dementia Alliance. Ocala West UMC is at 9330 S.W 105th Street, off State Road 200, just south of Pine Run.

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. 2

Oktoberfest at Circle Square

Enjoy a cool fall evening and Oktoberfest festivities on The Town Square, Saturday, Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feast on authentic German food including bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and beer along with domestic favorites. Dance to traditional German music by the Alpine Express Trio and performances by the Alpine Festival Dancers. This will be fun for folks of all ages rain or shine! Join us. at Circle Square Commons Town Square at 8409 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit: www.CircleSquareCommons.com.

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 352-854-8629, 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Food for Thought at Our Redeemer

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200, Parish Nurses are sponsoring a "Food For Thought" on Oct. 12.The speaker will be Dr. Yousef Elyaman. The topic will be "Root Causes of Disease." This will be at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow. Everyone is invited to attend, a count is needed for the lunch seating, please call 352-368-4028.

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.

Saturday, Oct.30

Trash to Treasure Sale

The church of the Advent will have its fourth annual Trash to Treasure Sale on Saturday, Oct. 30. This will be an outdoor event; rain date will be Nov. 6.

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.