Upcoming events

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By The Staff

Saturday, July 31

Candidate forum at West Port

The Republican Business Council presents the North Central Florida candidate forum on Saturday, July 31, at West Port High School. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Share food orders set for pickup

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

July 31, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 9330 S.W. 105th St. You may also be able to

place orders for August. Additional sign-up days will be in August on Saturday the 7th and Wednesday the 11th. Online ordering is now available at www.shareflorida.org or call 861-0904

for more info.

SPCA to hold used book sale

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion County is holding a used book sale on Saturday, July 31, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. It will be in front of Winn Dixie at 8445 S.W. Hwy 200 in Friendship Center (next to On Top of the World Communities). All books are only 25 cents. You can't get a better bargain, so come on over and stock up on all your favorites. Help us help the animals of Marion County.


Summer Splash at Circle Square

Join the fun with an evening filled with live music, dancing, and delicious food on Saturday, July 31 on The Town Square at Circle Square Commons from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Enjoy classic summertime games like a water balloon toss, a hula hoop contest and more. Catch a summer apparel fashion show and enter for prize giveaways throughout the night!

For more information visit www.CircleSquareCommons.com.


Fitness Center open house

The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa invites you to attend an open house for members, guests and visitors on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will tour the state-of-the-art facility, enjoy exciting fitness demonstrations, and meet personal trainers and spa/salon service providers. Professional health screenings will also be available. All attendees will receive a free trial guest pass.

The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa open house is free and open the public. Refreshments, healthy snacks, giveaways and membership specials will be available throughout the day!

The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa is open daily and is a full service fitness facility, salon and spa at 8385 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information, call 352-861-8180 or visit www.TheRanchFitnessSpa.com.

Sunday, Aug. 1

Sunshine Quartet in concert

The Sunshine State Quartet from Tampa will help Living Water Wesleyan Church celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Southern Gospel music concert this Sunday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. A fellowship meal will follow the concert.

The public is cordially invited to join the church in this special celebration.

Living Water Wesleyan Church is at 11120 S.W. Highway 484, one mile west of State Road 200. For further information or free transportation, call 352-489-2636 or 352-237-0103.

Saturday, Aug. 7

Island Festival at Circle Square

Join the fun and get that tropical feeling from the Pacific and Caribbean islands on Saturday, Aug. 7, when The Town Square at Circle Square Commons hosts the exciting third annual Island Festival.

The excitement begins with the pulsating drum beats of Tahiti and beautiful Island dancers dressed in authentic and colorful costumes. The diverse Latin band Grupo Salsarengue will play Merengue, Bachata, Bolero, and other rhythms to get you up and dancing. Plus enjoy a special performance by Extensions Dance Studio dancers.

Bring the whole family to the Island Festival on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m. on The Town Square at 8409 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit: www.CircleSquareCommons.com.

Chess group 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.

Yoga in Sholom Park

Yoga will be conducted on Saturday, Aug. 7, in Sholom Park on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 ½ miles north of State Road 200. Join us at 9 a.m. for a beautiful hour as we connect to Mother Nature.

Our next session will be on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 8

Second Sunday Drum Circle

All are invited to a Drum Circle, Sunday Aug. 8 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, before sunset; meet at 6 p.m. this month.

Thursday, Aug. 9

Diabetes nutrition management

Nancy Gal, Health Educator, Extension Agent IV with University of Florida/IFAS and Marion County Extension, will present the second part to her presentation on Type 2 Diabetes on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. in Benson Hall at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. If you missed the first session in June, you can still attend this next session when Nancy will talk about the Diabetic Diet.

All interested persons are welcome to attend this free seminar. To register and for further information call St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 352-629-5948. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church is at 3453 N.E. Silver Spring Blvd, Ocala.

Thursday, Aug. 12

NARFE to meet

The monthly meeting of NARFE, Chapter 2279, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, will be Thursday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9336 S.W 105th St.

Speaker will be Lee Deal, service officer from NARFE. He will talk about emregency information for members and employees and a wide variety of issues.

For information, call 352-854-1757.

Candidates to visit Palm Cay

County Commission candidates will speak at the Palm Cay Republican on Thursday August 12 at the Palm Cay Oasis Club House at 7:00 PM. Kathy Bryant, Christine Dobkowski, Tony Mendola, Elicia Sanders and Les Smith will be guest speakers and will provide answers to your questions and concerns. This opportunity is presented for you to become familiar with the candidates we will be voting for on the Primary Election Aug. 24. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. For additional information, contact James Pettus at 352-438-9662.

Friday, Aug. 13

Shabbat Experience features singing

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala presents a Shabbat Experience on Friday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Collins Medical Resource Center, 9401 State Road 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The program will feature Jennifer Singer, Educational Director of Congregation Kol HaNeshama (Reconstructionist) in Sarasota who will lead in joyous song and worship. Her daughter, Sarah, will enhance the service with her beautiful soprano voice. There will be a short service starting at 6 p.m. followed by a traditional Shabbat meal. Special Shabbat songs and blessings after the meal will conclude the program. There will be no 8 p.m. services on that evening. The cost is $18 per person. Contact Estelle at 352-237-8277 for reservations by Aug. 6.

Congregation Beth Israel is a liberal, inclusive, progressive Jewish congregation under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.

Saturday, Aug. 14

Flea market at St. Jude

The annual flea market will take place at St. Jude Catholic Community at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. Items for sale include clothing, household goods, etc. Tables to sell your own merchandise are available at $20 each. Food is also being sold. For more information please contact Blanca at 352-307-4028.