Upcoming events

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By The Staff

Friday, Oct. 2

Circle Square hosts Oktoberfest

Enjoy a cool fall evening and Oktoberfest festivities at the Circle Square Commons Town Square, Friday, Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy German food and beer along with domestic favorites as you dance to traditional German music by Alpine Express. This will be a great night of fun for folks of all ages!

Join us on the Town Square at 8409 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit: www.CircleSquareCommons.com


Saturday, Oct. 3

Country fair at Queen of Peace

The annual country fair will be held at Queen of Peace Church hall at 6455 S.W. State Road 200 on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be white elephant, baked goods, books, jewelry, gifts, raffle, Christmas items and refreshments.

SPCA plans white elephant sale

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion County will be conducting a white elephant sale fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Winn Dixie at 8445 S.W. State Road 200 in Friendship Center (next to On Top of the World Communities). Our neighbors have generously donated new and like new items for this tail wagging event. From clothes to appliances, lawn equipment to home decor -- it's all here for you to shop for a worthwhile cause. Every penny goes to help the animals.

Luncheon planned

On Saturday, Oct. 3, after Sukkot services, which are at 10 a.m., there will be a luncheon at Temple B’nai Darom, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala. Price is $7.50 per person.

Call Stephen at 861-8419 for further information.

Veterans memorial service planned

The next Veterans Quarterly Memorial Service is set for Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.

During the program the names of veterans that have died during the quarter are read aloud. Prayer, songs, a 21-gun salute, and the presentation of the colors are also part of the program.

The Marion County Veterans Council hosts the event every three months at the Marion County Park, East Silver Springs Boulevard and Northeast 25th Avenue.

Yard sale for heart, cancer funds

A yard sale will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, to benefit the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Associaton. It will be at the old Griffin's Shopping Plaza on State Road 200 starting at 7:30 a.m. Please stop by for some great deals and two great causes.

Chess Club meets on 1st Saturday

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 873-2276.

SPCA fundraiser sale planned

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion County will be holding a white elephant sale fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Winn Dixie at 8445 S.W. Hwy. 200 in Friendship Center (next to On Top of the World Communities).

Our neighbors have generously donated new and like new items for this tail wagging event. From clothes to appliances, lawn equipment to home decor -- it's all here for you to shop for a worthwhile cause. Every penny goes to help the animals.

Yoga class to be offered

Free yoga classes continue on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m in Sholom Park.

The next session is Oct. 3, then Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

Everyone is invited to join in this sacred practice at Peace Park, located on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2.5 miles north of State Road 200.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Blessing of the Animals

A “Blessing of the Animals” will take place at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. Any and all animals are welcome, but each animal should be on a leash or in a carrier.

The simple worship service will be outdoors in the pavilion and should last no longer than 15 or 20 minutes.

As a fund-raiser, the Youth Group will have a photographer present, and Santa Claus will also be there. Have a picture with your pet for $5, a great souvenir or a good picture to have made into your Christmas card.

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church is at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd. in Citrus Springs. For information call the church office at 352-489-5511 on weekdays.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Free adult wellness screening

The public is invited to attend a free adult wellness screening on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.

Included are depression screening, with presentations at 3 and 4 p.m. on depression signs and symptoms; blood pressure testing, blood glucose screening, chair massages and medication review from a local pharmacist.

All screenings are free and confidential.

The event is sponsored by the Mental Wellness Coalition. For information, call 352-368-2405.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Hummel Club resumes meetings

The M.I. Hummel Club, Ocala local chapter, will resume its monthly meetings beginning Oct. 8 and continuing through May. The group meets the second Thursday of each month, and welcomes anyone interested in Hummels and related Goebel products, anyone who enjoys the fellowship of local Hummel collectors.

The group does not have a permanent meeting location. For further information and meeting location, contact Mary Jo Hammond at 873-9423 or Marge Cherry at 873-1735.

NARFE to meet next week

The monthly meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and spouses chapter 2279 will be on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2 p m at the West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. Ocala. There will be a guest speaker from Blue Cross Blue Shield. For details, call 352-854-1757.

Lions roar at Walmart

Members of the Ocala 200 Lions Club will again be at the two main entrances of the Walmart store on State Road 200 to raise funds as part of their annual White Cane Day. All of the funds donated by community members will be used to support the Florida Center for the Blind, the Conklin Center, local residents needing help with vision and hearing problems, and other local community projects. The club will be accepting your old eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids, cell phones and ink jet cartridges for recycling.

The Ocala 200 Lions Club has 33 members and meets on the first and third Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Park Avenue Bank (PAB) second floor. For more information or to get involved with local men and women working together to identify needs within the community please contact Lion Bob at 861-2730 or e-mail at Melnick 8350@aol.com.

Friday, October 9

Shabbat service to be conducted

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will conduct a Shabbat evening service on Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. at Collins Resource Center at Timber Ridge Medical Complex, Highway 200, building 300. The service will feature uplifting music and congregational participation in both Hebrew and English. There will be an Oneg Shabbat at the conclusion of the service. The liberal, contemporary and inclusive congregation is under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. A warm welcome is extended to all! For further information please contact Judi at 352-237-8277 or e-mail bethisraelocala@yahoo.com.


Saturday, Oct. 10

Rotary to hold chicken barbecue

The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest will have a smoked chicken barbecue on Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, next to Joy Lutheran Church.

The menu will include one-half barbecued chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner roll, soft drink of choice and cookies. Donation is $10. All proceeds will be used for local and international charities.

For tickets or information, call Vern at 895-7050.

Joining forces to help maintain fundraiser income for charitable activities, Friendship Kiwanis Club members will sell tickets for the barbecue. Tickets may be purchased from any Friendship Kiwanian or Dick Kirby at 854-8701 and Bucky Bishop at 237-9225.

Trash to Treasure sale at church

The Church of the Advent is planning its annual Trash to Treasure Sale for Saturday, Oct. 10, with a rain date of Oct. 18.

The church is looking for vendors of all types, crafters, flea market and food as well as antique automobiles.

Spaces are 10-feet square and rent for $15; some are in the shade. Shaded spot will be assigned as reservations are made.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with setup starting at 6 a.m.

A two hour concert will be performed at 11 a.m. by Norman Lee, from The Pray On Ministry, Inc. He is a song writer, singer, entertainer and is a Child of God. He has performed with such greats as George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and LeAnn Rimes. A love offering will be taken.

The Episcopal Church of the Advent is at 11251 S.W. Hwy. 484, 1.3 miles west of State Road 200, Dunnellon.

Contact Al Sickle at 352-208-5664 for reservations and information. Church office phone number is 352-465-7272.

Golf tournament to benefit Habitat

The second annual Chrysler Classic Golf Tournament is set for Oct. 10 at Juliette Falls.

Registration is from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with tee time at 9 a.m.

The tournament is a scramble format. The fee includes lunch, beverage, cart and green fees. Entry is $80 each person of $300 for a foursome.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and last place.

Call 843-4144 or e-mail tarens@habitatocala.org.

Wednesday, Oct.14

Author to speak at Library

Author Victor DeGenti of Ponte Vedra Beach will be guest speaker at the Friends of the Ocala Public Library program on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. in Room C at the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. DeGenti will talk about his tales about Windrusher, the magical cat. His latest novel, “Windrusher and the Trail of Fire”, is the third in the series and is set near Ocala.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served by the Friends.

Friday, Oct. 16

Lions Club plans spaghetti dinner

The Ocala 200 Lions Club will hold a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 16 starting at 5 p.m. at the Dunnellon Lions Den, 20823 S. Walnut St., Dunnellon.

The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, Italian bread, dessert and beverage. Donation is $6 – children 10 and under $3.

Money raised will be used to help the visually and hearing impaired, local shelters and the Food-4-Kids backpack program. Old eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids will be accepted for recycling during the dinner.

For tickets or information, call Lions Jack and Mary at 245-6980 or Lions Bob and Diane at 861-2730.

Scandinavian meeting planned

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to attend the next meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Holiday Inn, 3600 S.W. 38th Ave., Ocala.

Meal will be Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes with gravy, veggie, salad, bread, beverage and dessert.

Cost is $15 per person and reservations and advance payment are required. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 14. Make payment to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala, FL 34476. Entertainment will be presented by the Golden Troupers. For further details call Don Clauson at 861-1235, Al Olsen at 854-1442 or Vivian Hendricks at 687-2644.

Friday, Oct. 23

Sheriff’s Foundation barbecue set

A barbecue dinner-dance for the benefit of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Foundation will take place on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Harvey Klein Center at CFCC.

Music will be by Sugarbear, and the event will be catered by Tip Top Catering.

Tickets are $25 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For tickets and/or information, call Bob Junker at 352-245-0860 or Myron Clinton at 352-502-4446.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Vision, hearing, diabetes screenings

Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores have partnered with the Lions Clubs of Marion County to provide free vision, hearing and diabetes screenings in October. These screenings will be provided to you in the parking area outside of our stores. Each person who has a screening will be given a thank you gift from Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores and be eligible for a special drawing at each of the stores.

On the Corridor, the screening will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jasmine Square Thrift Store.

Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores are located at 10325 S.E. Highway 441, (Kmart Shopping Center), Belleview; 6114 S.W. State Road 200, (Jasmine Square), and 7578 S.E. Maricamp Road, ( Heather Island Plaza) in Silver Springs Shores. The stores are open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are accepted daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The net income from the Thrift Shops goes directly to patient care services.

Friday, Nov. 6

Quiet Oaks plans bazaar, bake sale

Quiet Oaks Assisted Living will feature a holiday bazaar and bake sale on Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All items are handmade. There will be loads of stocking stuffers.

Saturday, Nov. 7

Marines plan birthday ball

The Marion County Detachment 061 has announced plans for its annual birthday ball. The 234th birthday of the Marine Corps will be celebrated by Marine Corps League members, friends and well-wishers. The local league is composed primarily of veteran Marines and Navy FMF corpsmen and other Marine Corps League supporters.

The ball will be held on Nov. 7 at the Ramada Inn, Interstate 75 and U.S. 27. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us for Marine Corps tradition, good food, fun and live music.

Tickets are available from Bridgette Pace at 620-0887 and are $35 per person for a full service meal (choice of prime rib or chicken cordon bleu). Ties and jackets are required for men.

Also, new unwrapped toys will be accepted for the annual “Toys for Tots” drive.

For information contact Dick Hauck, senior vice commandant and birthday ball chairman, at 208-5070, or 680-1698.