Upcoming events

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By The Staff

Saturday, May 1

SPCA holds book sale

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion County is holding a used book sale this Saturday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in front of Winn Dixie at 8445 S.W. State Road 200 in Friendship Center (next to On Top of the World Communities).

Paperbacks and hardcovers range from only 25 cents to one dollar each.

Come stock up on all your favorites and help us help the animals.

White Cane Day at Walmart

On Saturday, May 1, the On Top Of The World Lions Club will be in front of Walmart on State Road 200 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seeking donations as part of White Cane Day.

Yard sale at College Road Baptist

A yard sale will take place at College Road Baptist Church, 5010 S.W. State Road 200, on Saturday, May 1, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funds will be used to help students go to summer camp.

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

German language church service

The next German language church service is Sunday, May 2, at Joy Lutheran Church in Ocala with Pastor Karl Kaefer, Bradenton, followed by potluck coffee and cake. The international Singers from the Village are the guets. The church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place, corner of State Road 200.

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.

Thursday, May 6

Women’s Health Month event

In observation of Women's Health Month, the Friends of Freedom Public Library sponsor noted Yoga instructor Ingrid Crane on Thursday, May 6, at 1 p.m. at the library. Come and hear her presentation on Stress Management and Related Issues.

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.

Monday, May 10

Beth Israel fashion show

The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a spring fashion show on Monday May 10 at noon at the Hampton Inn, 2075 S.W. Highway 484 in Ocala. The show will feature fashions by Bon Worth and a luncheon will follow. The cost is $20 per person with the proceeds going to the Beth Israel Building Fund. For information and reservations, contact Shirley at 352-873-6186.

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.

Friday, May 14

Book Club to meet

The Marion County Book Club will meet on May 14 and will talk about John Hart’s book Down River. Recently, the group voted to read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson for June 11 and The Help by Kathryn Stockett for July 9. It is suggested that people reserve these last two books at the library as soon as possible because they are newer books.

The club meets at the Literacy Council office on the second Friday of the month at 10AM. The address is 2677 N.W. 10th St., Suite 1A, Ocala. For information, call 352-690-7323.

Tuesday, May 18

Raising funds for Hospice

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.

Saturday, May 22

St. Jude annual barbecue set

The annual barbecue of St. Jude Catholic Community is planned for Saturday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. A menu consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw and potato salad is planned. Take-outs available as usual. Tickets may be obtained before and after the weekend Masses or by calling Linda at 352-854-7501.

Charity bike ride

A ride to benefit hospice will be held for the third year on May 22.

The 30 or 62-mile ride will start at Hospice near the Paddock Mall. The sponsor is Dr. Pollack at Ocala Eye.

For a registration form go to active.com or the Hospice website.