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By The Staff

Friday, June 25

Democrats host canteen-era dance

The Marion County Democratic Party is hosting a fundraising canteen-era dance. The fundraiser will take place on Friday, June 25, at The American Legion, at Tuscawilla Park, 516 N.E. Sanchez Ave., Ocala. The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be a $15 per person donation requested and tickets can be purchased by calling the Marion County Democratic Party Headquarters office at 352-402-9494, Sally Smith at 352-390-3472 or Georgette Mottl at 352-694-5872. All those in attendance will be asked to write a letter to a soldier for the “DEC Make a Difference Day.”

There will be dance music from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as well as dance and nostalgic costume contests. Setups will be provided and participants are asked to BYOB and to also bring hors d’oeuvres to share.

Saturday, June 26

Share pickup is Saturday

Share food order pickup for Ocala West United Methodist Church will be on Saturday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 9330 S.W. 105th St. You may also be able to place orders for July. Additional signup days will be in July on Saturday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 14.

For more info, go to www.shareflorida.org or call 352-861-0904.

SPCA to hold book sale

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion County is holding a used book sale on Saturday, June 26th, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. It will be 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.

African Violet Club to meet

The African Violet Club will meet Saturday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Sheriff’s substation, 0-48 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.

This month’s meeting is sure to delight whether you wish to display a lovely Dish Garden or Terrarium or learn what it takes to enter one in a show. One of our fabulous members, Marjorie Hendon, who does expert dish gardens and terrariums, will bring in supplies for the club to put together their own dish gardens and terrariums. Thus, members will either supply their own dish garden base or terrarium for this project or obtain one from Marge. Guests are always welcome and light refreshments will be served. For more information go to the website at www.africanvioletclubofocala.org and remember to return to this website regularly for more information on the next meeting and other important information. Or feel free to contact club President, Carolee Carter at 352-237-3308. 

Wednesday, June 30

Lasagna dinner at Coventry

On June 30, Coventry Episcopal Church will have a lasagna and baked ziti dinner which includes minestrone soup, salad, hot bread and butter, drinks and desert. The ambiance will be a candle lit affair with red and white checkered table cloths and live music for your enjoyment.

We will have two servings, one from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for people who don’t drive after dark and the other serving from 5:45 to 7 p.m.

Suggested donations are $6 single, $11 per couple. Children 11 and under will be admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone is invited. If you are not a member of the church, please telephone 352-854-5028 for reservations. Tickets can be picked up at the church on the 30th.

Coventry is at 20 S.W. 87th Place, Ocala (the corner of Southwest 87th Place and 475).

Thursday, July 1

Sweet Adelines host Christmas in July singing

Beat the heat and come join Summer Springs chorus rehearsals in July every Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m., when Christmas music will be reviewed for holiday performances in Marion county, including Silver Springs Park. Bring a friend and join in the fun and friendship of group singing at St. John’s Lutheran church, Sunset Harbor Road, Summerfield.

No previous experience is needed. For more information and directions, or a carpool, call 352-821-2778.

Saturday, July 3

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


Independence Day at Circle Square

Enjoy a patriotic evening and celebrate Independence Day at the Circle Square Commons Town Square on Saturday, July 3 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Come celebrate America’s independence with a salute to the Armed Forces, a tribute to the music of the ‘40s performed by The Swing Sisters, an energetic performance by local favorite Norman Lee, a Missing Man presentation including four World War II North American T-6 model aircrafts used by the Air Force from 1939 -1957, plus craft and food vendors. 

For more information visit:  www.CircleSquareCommons.com.

Thursday, July 8

NARFE to meet on July 8

The monthly meeting of NARFE, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and spouses will be on Thursday, July 8 at 2 p.m. at the Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9336, S.W. 105th St. Guest speaker will be Pat Gabriel, president of the State Road 200 Coalition. She will talk about all the happenings in the Corridor.

For information, call 352-854-1757.

Thursday, July 8

Meet the candidates at Palm Cay

On Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m., the Palm Cay Republican Club will provide you an opportunity to meet candidates for the November election. The regular monthly meeting will be held in the Palm Cay Oasis clubroom and will feature candidates to speak and answer your questions and concerns in preparation for the election. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. For additional information contact James Pettus at 352-438-9662.

Friday, July 9

Shabbat evening service set

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Shabbat evening service on July 9 at 8 p.m. at the Collins Medical Resource Center, 9401 State Road 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The service will be led by Arthur Grae of Leesburg, who will be ordained as a rabbi on July 1. The service has special meaning since it will be Grae’s first Shabbat service as a rabbi. His sermon will be “Bringing Jews Back to Judaism.” All are warmly invited to attend.

Congregation Beth Israel is a liberal, progressive, inclusive congregation under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. For further information contact Judi at 352-237-8277 or bethisraelocala@yahoo.com or on the Web: bethisraelocala.org.

Saturday, July 10

Band concert to be Saturday, Sunday

Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band invites you to our annual “By Request” concert on Saturday, July 10 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 11 at 3 p.m., at the Marion Technical Institute, (formerly Forest High), 1614 Fort King St., Ocala. The concert will feature guest vocalist David Delk, who has previously performed with the band. David has performed in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Musical Theatre for more than 30 years and was the recipient of the Best Supporting Actor award from the Mississippi Theatre Association.

Musical selections include: Bring Him Home, John Williams’ Evening at the Pops, Woody Herman in Concert, Cole Porter Classics, and a Phantom of the Opera Medley, among others. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 352-624-9291 or visit www.kingdomofthesunband.org.