Upcoming events

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By The Staff

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

Blackberry Festival this weekend

The Florigrande Blackberry Festival will take place at Shady Grove Preserve on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and also at the same times on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday May 16.

Come and taste the biggest and best blackberries in Florida. These giant blackberries have been cultivated since prehistoric times, but were a well kept secret for the last 50 years.

We will have Florida native plants and berries for sale, as well as a sandwich lunch, snacks and smoothies made with our own berries.

Walking tours through the old growth woodlands at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Adults $5 each, kids free with adult) bring bug spray and you must wear closed shoes.

Plan on a good time in the cool shade.

The Preserve is at 12246 West Highway 40 in Ocala.

Details and map at: http://shadygrovepreserve.com


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

Book fair to help library

Splash into summer with fun-filled activities to help support the Marion County Public Library System during the Barnesnd and Noble Book Fair, May 10 -16 at Barnes and Noble at Heath Brook (4414 S.W. College Road). Bring the whole family to take part in events that will benefit the “Make a Big Splash at Your Library” summer reading program, including a special storytime on Sunday, May 16, from 2 - 4 p.m., with free balloon animals for children of all ages.

Residents can support the library during this important fundraising week in two ways. With a special book fair voucher, available at any of the Marion County Public Library System locations or website, shoppers can purchase items in-store at the Barnes and Noble at Heath Brook. Can’t attend the book fair? You can also shop online at www.bn.com/book fairs and enter Book fair ID # 10187433. A percentage of the proceeds from the purchase of books, cds, dvds, games, gifts and café items will help benefit the summer reading program at the Marion County Public Library System.

For more information about the book fair, contact the library’s Headquarters-Ocala Children’s Services Division at 352-671-8551 or visit the library website at http://library.marioncountyfl.org.

Stearns rep to visit area

A representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns will be available at two locations on Monday, May 10.

From 11 a.m. to noon they will be at Marion County Senior Services Center, 1101 S.W. 20th Court.

From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. they will be at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Meetings at both locations are open to the public.

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.

Wednesday, May 12

West Marion Business people regroup

The West Marion Business Association announces the redevelopment of its Association with members from the west side of Marion County.

To date, officers have been selected and include Joe Giuliani, president; Amanda Harland, vice-president and secretary; Ray Sergeant, treasurer; Tricia Marks, marketing committee chair; Jill Dobbs, membership chair and Melanie Chesser, community chair.

The goal of the association is to provide support and value to businesses within the community, while serving the community where they live and work. Recently in April, the Association organized a Business Expo which offered residents in the community an opportunity to meet and greet businesses on the State Road 200 corridor.

The next meeting is May 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s substation on SR 200 and will include such topics as membership benefits, presentation of its website and more. Please feel free to attend the West Marion Business Association meetings each month or contact Jill Dobbs at 352-854-2100 with any membership questions. For meeting dates and times, or to download an application, please visit www.westmba.com.


Friday, May 14

Shabbat service scheduled

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Shabbat evening service on May 14 at 8 p.m. at the Collins Resource Center, Building 300 at TimberRidge, State Road 200 in Ocala. Dale Berman Garfinkel, accompanied by Raoul Garfinkel, will lead the service. Joyful music and congregational participation will be featured. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. For information contact Judi at 352-237-8277 or bethisraelocala@yahoo.com.

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

Christ’s Church sets dinner, movie

Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St., will have family Dinner and a Movie (“The Blind Side”) on Friday, May 14. Dinner is 6 to 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 7.


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.

Saturday, May 15

Scandinavian Club to meet

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to join us at our next meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. We will meet at The Hilton Hotel , 3600 S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala. Meal will be a choice of Talapia or Chicken Marcela, rice, veggie, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Cost is $15 per person and reservations and advance payment is required. Payment must be received by Wednesday, May 12. Send payment to Jim Neate, 643-A Midway Drive, Ocala, FL 34472. Entertainment will be presented by The Summer Spring Chorus. For further details call Jim Neate 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Peggy Jones 352-629-3443.

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

Sons of Italy to have barbecue

The Sons of Italy will have a free open house barbecue on Saturday, May 22, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 145, which is just east of Airport Road (60th Avenue) at 5675 W. State Road 40 in Ocala.

The group is trying to attract new members. Being of Italian descent is not a requirement; non-Italians can become social members.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas, snacks and other items will be served at the free barbecue. For information, contact Vincent Cannatella at 352-236-3069.

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 take place 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.

Sunday, May 23

Thrivent bowl-a-thon

On Sunday, May 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Galaxy West Bowling Lanes, 1818 S.W. 17th St., Ocala, there will be an opportunity for fun as well as a benefit for Habitat for Humanity. Thrivent Builds is a project that has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to raise funds for the building of houses for selected families. Thirteen Lutheran churches in Marion County are participating to contribute to the total cost of the project.

All are invited to this worthwhile event. For further information, contact Theresa Feeley at 352-237-9014.