Upcoming events 4-25-2014

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Friday, April 25


Oak Trace yard sale


Oak Trace Villas will open their community to visitors for the annual community- wide yard sale this weekend. The sale is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 25 and 26.

The community is located two blocks from State Road 200, off 103rd Street Road.


Singers, symphony at college


The College of Central Florida Patriot Singers and Wind Symphony will perform Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dassance Fine Arts Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Admission to the concert is free, and the doors open at 7 p.m.

The combined performance, “Classical Remix,” will feature selections from Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D” as well as works by Brahms, Lauridsen and Parker. The CF Young Singers, under the direction of Ruth Nelson, will also perform.

For more information, call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810.


Deadline for United Way golf


CenturyLink will host a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Saturday, May 3. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County.  

The tournament will be held at Ocala National golf Club, 4782 NW 80th Ave., Ocala, beginning at 9 a.m. The cost is $280 per team. Entry deadline is April 25.

Entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch and grab bags. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Sponsorships are available for $125 per hole. Presenting sponsorships are also available. Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org.

For more information on sponsorship or registration, call Patty Schiefer at 352-875-6674.


Dunnellon library two-day sale


The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library are preparing for their two-day Boomtown Day Spring Book Sale to be held in the meeting room of the library, 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a special “bag of books” for $4 or individual hard back books $1 and individual paperback books 50 cents. Our volunteer staff will be there to help you.

There is a huge variety of categories such as cooking, inspirational, novels, history, war, politics, children’s books, classics and so much more.

All proceeds from the book store, membership fees and other fund raisers benefit the Dunnellon Public Library. The Friends continue with their commitment to the book endowment (new library books) in addition to many other adult and children’s programs along with funding equipment and materials that are not included in the county budget.


Saturday, April 26


Mega yard sale for student camp


College Road Baptist Church will be hosting a mega yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. There will be a large variety of items for sale. This will be a fundraiser to help send students to summer camp. Please come and check it out! College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 SW College Road, Ocala. For more information call 352-237-5741.


Silver Heirs covered dish meal

There is a special ministry of Crossroads Church dedicated to the 50+ community - Silver Heirs. Join us on Saturday, April 26 from noon to 2 p.m. as we gather to enjoy each other’s cooking and great fellowship. We meet in the Youth Building. Bring a covered dish to share.


Rummage sale at Peace Lutheran


The annual rummage sale at Peace Lutheran Church will take place on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be no early sales.

The ladies of the Peace chapter of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will be working all week to sort and price the vast number of sale items which have been donated by members. Shoppers will find many unusual items at amazing bargain prices.

The Peace Lutheran Men’s Club will be assisting and will make hot dogs, chips and soft drinks available the day of the sale.

Peace Lutheran Church, “The Church On The Hill,” is at 7201 S. Highway 41, five miles north of downtown Dunnellon. For more information call the church, 352-489-5881 or visit www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com or see us on Facebook at www.TinyURL.com/Peace41-40.


African Violet Club of Ocala meeting


The African Violet Club of Ocala will meet Saturday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 9048 SW State Road 200, Ocala.
Join us for a meeting about grooming your African violets and other gesneriads for optimal health and display. You will learn many interesting and easy tips to keeping your violets clean and happy. We are also prepping our violets for our annual show and sale and will have hands-on demonstrations of that process.

Feel free to bring your plants and grooming tools if you wish assistance with your own plants. Delicious refreshments are served at each meeting and we welcome all guests! For more info go to http://www.AfricanVioletClubofOcala.org.

Appraisal-thon and silent auction


You are invited to the 2014 Appraisal-thon and silent auction. The Marion County Continuity of Care Council will host its fifth antiiques and collectibles “Appraisal-thon” ..... patterned after the television show “Antiques Roadshow.” Attendees can bring in items to have professional appraisers provide a verbal value to their items. Each item can be appraised for the low charge of $5 per item or six items for $25 (a maximum of six items). Please, no weapons, knives, coins, stamps or large furniture. Lunch available for purchase, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s event proceeds go to Helping Hands, a nonprofit charity that serves homeless and disadvantaged people throughout Ocala and Marion County. For event information call Holly Miley at 352-732-4464 or 352-426-3253.

This event takes place at Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.


Outdoors event at Tuscawilla


Enjoy a wide range of family oriented activities at Earthfest at Arbor Day in the Great Outdoors (EAGO), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at Tuscawilla Park. The event is presented by the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department.

The Children’s Fishing Derby will take place at Tuscawilla dockside, 8 a.m. to noon. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be made available. Prizes will be awarded.

Art in the Park will take place at the south end of the park. Children are invited to create themed chalk art on the sidewalks.

Educational components will include Cameron Jaggard of the PEW Charitable Trust, “Little Fish are a Big Deal to Birds”; Marion Audubon Society, “Bird Identification and Feeding Birds”; Marion Soil & Water Conservation District: “Conservation Education and Soil Babies”; Ocala Pioneer Garden Club, “Restoration of Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys”; and Beemat displays.

In addition to live music, tree give-a-ways and food offerings, attendees can enjoy a variety of hands-on activities including an archery range, Lincoln Logs, tree climbing and an attempt to break the group Hula-Hooping record.


Sunday, April 27


Concert by Tiffany Coburn


This Sunday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m., everyone is invited to a musical concert by Tiffany Coburn at Ocala West Church of the Nazarene, 5884 SW 60th Ave. (Airport Road), Ocala. Tiffany travels around the world singing for Disney Epcot, and is frequently on Good Life Broadcasting Television. Come hear her as she shares her Christian faith in song.


German American picnic set


The German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, April 27, at noon, in Coehadjoe Park. Bratwurst and Polish sausage will be prepared by club members and served buffet style.

Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. Tickets purchased before the picnic are $7 per member or $10 per non-member. Tickets purchased on the day of the picnic are $9 per member or $12 per non-member. For tickets, call Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.


Monday, April 28


40 and 8 to meet


The regular monthly meeting of the 40 & 8 will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 28, on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks building on State Road 200 at the entrance to On Top Of The World.

All honorably discharged veterans are welcome. Come and enjoy camaraderie and light refreshments with fellow veterans. For more information phone Ben at 352-854-0272 or Zack at 352-873-4841.


Retired nurses to meet


The Citrus Marion Chapter of Registered Nurses Retired (RNR) will meet on April 28 at the Inverness Golf & Country Club. Sign-in begins at 11 a.m. with lunch and meeting to follow. Our speaker will be Blaire Peterson from Central Healthy Start Coalition telling us about services for pregnant women and newborn infants. The charity is for the World’s Greatest Baby Shower. All Retired or semi-retired RN’s who wish to attend please call Mary Jane at 352-726-6882 or Gladys at 352-854-2677 for reservations.


Coffee Club introduces mystery authors


Drop in for a cup of coffee at Freedom Public Library on Monday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a presentation by Sharon Colvin and Terri Borkgren, co-authors of “Murder at Whispering Key.” This is the first book in their Whispering Key Mysteries series, involving siblings who find themselves steeped in mystery when they board a Florida tour bus bound for adventure and romance.


Tuesday, April 29


Breast cancer survivors meet


The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel, Room 235.

Our meeting on April 29, will be a presentation by our Parish Nurse, Nancy Dennis. Nancy’s topic is “Never Say Never.” Please join us for an interesting meeting.


Friday, May 2


The SPCA’s Gone Bunco


We’re calling all bunco guys and gals to join us at our fundraiser called “The SPCA of Marion County’s Gone Bunco.” This event will be held on Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Klein Conference Center at the College of Central Florida on Southwest College Road.

It will be a fun evening of games, prizes and raffles of valuable items. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Tickets are $30 per person. A group can reserve a table of eight, or you can come with a friend and make new ones. During the evening you will learn more about our organization and the animals we’ve helped over the years.

To order tickets, please call 352-362-8513. We thank all our friends and neighbors to support us on this special evening, just as you do all year long.


Thursday, May 1


City Business District session


The public is invited to attend the City of Ocala’s quarterly Central Business District (CBD) Information Session, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 1 at the Power Plant Business Incubator.

City staff will discuss revitalization projects such as the upcoming Linear Park design and the State Road 40 corridor study. Additionally, information on the new Downtown Business Alliance marketing grant program, cultural arts, and downtown events will be presented.

“This will be a perfect opportunity for people to provide input on the Linear Park design in its early stages,” explains CBD Program Manager, Janie Pope. “City staff, design professionals, and downtown stakeholders will be present to explain the process and listen to suggestions. Anyone interested in the growth and revitalization of downtown as a whole is encouraged to attend.”

The Power Plant Business Incubator is located at 405 SE Osceola Ave. Refreshments will be provided and seating is limited. To RSVP, please visit http://ocalacbdinfosession.eventbrite.com.


Friday, May 2


First Friday Art walk set


The public is invited to the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, May 2. This month’s event features live entertainment, over 50 individual artist displays, gallery receptions and extended shopping hours. The First Friday Art Walk takes place in Downtown Ocala, beginning at 6 p.m.

Festivities will include:

The Thieves Guild presents a “living chess board” and tale of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Mordred on the former Chamber Lot, 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Cabaret Performance with Caitlin Greene and Jessica Morin, 6 p.m., Gazebo stage

A taste of Camelot, Ocala Civic Theater, 7 p.m., Gazebo stage

The Random Players with Cate O’Brien – story telling and interactive children’s activities, 7:15 p.m., Gazebo stage

Michael Mathews starring in, Vegas Swings, a high-energy, Las Vegas style tribute which includes selections from the Bobby Darin Touring Show, 7:45 p.m., Gazebo stage

In addition, the Art Walk is anticipating a zombie storm, as this is the last weekend of filming for Only Another Day Productions’ “What Tomorrow Brings.” The film is being dedicated to Joseph Sardinas and Dennis W. Munroe. Proceeds will be utilized for an annual Marion County Arts Scholarship. 

For more information, contact Melissa Townsend, Community Cultural Arts Manager, 629-8447 or mtownsend@ocalafl.org.


Saturday, May 3


Rotary plans rib sale


Scrumptious! Delicious! Succulent! Mouth-Watering! These were some of the words that were used to describe the fully-cooked baby back ribs that the Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest offered to the community during last year’s rib event.

Happily, on Saturday, May 3 (Kentucky Derby Day) starting at 10 a.m., the tent at the Bank of the Ozarks on State Road 200 and SW 99th Street Road, will be back with the purpose of raising funds to allow the Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest to support the College of Central Florida Nursing Scholarship Program and other local and international projects. A full rack of smoke-cooked baby back ribs costs only $18 if you prepay and pick up your order before 12:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for racks that are not prepaid. It is highly recommended to pre-order and to get there early (if you don’t preorder) before the ribs are gone! 

Before smoke-cooking, the ribs undergo a dry rub, imparting a flavor that can only be described as heavenly. Rotary President Bonnie Clark says that the ingredients of the savory dry rub are a secret that’s as closely guarded as the Coca Cola recipe. You’ll need to eat the Rotary’s baby back ribs to experience the great taste. If you want to place your ribs in the freezer and eat them later, reheating directions are included with your wrapped order.

Pre-paid tickets are being sold by members of the Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest. The Club meets on Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. in suite 240 in the Doctor’s Office Building at the West Marion Community Hospital. You can also buy tickets at Integrity Home Health Care on SW 103rd Street and at the following locations along State Route 200: Bank of the Ozarks, Alarion Bank, Ellison Realty, the law office of W.E. Bishop Jr. and M&S Bank on College Road. For more information about Rotary Ribs for the Races, visit the Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest Facebook page or call Bonnie Clark at 865-566-6297.


Jail Break 5K run/walk slated


The Dunnellon Police Department, in partnership with BTY Fitness, will host the inaugural Dunnellon Jail Break 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 3. The event will begin at Datesman Park at 12050 S. Ohio St. The event will benefit Special Olympics Florida.

This 5K will wind through unique multi-terrain trails as well as city streets. Running clubs and enthusiasts as well as the novice runner/walker are able to participate. Costumes are encouraged as well.

To register, visit www.active.com. Pre-registered participants will receive a Dunnellon Jailbreak 5K logo drawstring bag and race shirt, along with other goodies. Entry fee is $25; however, from April 1 to April 19, the fee will increase to $30. Participants can register during the day of the run, but the fee will be $35 and no free T-Shirt will be given away.

For information, visit www.active.com, like us on Facebook “Dunnellon Jail Break 5K,” or call 352-465-8510.


County western dance set


The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a Country Western Dinner Dance featuring an “encore performance” by the Country Sunshine Band. The dance will be held May 3, 2014 in the parish hall of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church located at 7525 S. U.S. Highway 41 in Dunnellon.

The evening includes a country style dinner, cash bar, 50/50, basket raffles and a door prize. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the church office, from the Knights or by calling 352-489-6221 for tickets/table reservations.


Yoga in Sholom Park


The outdoor season of yoga begins at 9 a.m. and will continue on the first Saturday of the month for 7 months. For more information, call Ingrid at 352-854-7950.


Derby Day fashion show


The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala and the Little Women Juniorettes will sponsor a Derby Day Fashion Show and Luncheon Saturday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. Fashions will be from The Pink Hanger Collection Boutique. Models will be Little Women and Woman’s Club members. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and a gift auction. Ladies are encouraged to wear a creative hat. Proceeds will benefit the two clubs scholarship funds. For information and to obtain tickets at $15 each contact Patti at 352-351-2708 or email to: pbs1515@gmail.com


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 4


Southern Express concert


The Southern Express Orchestra (Ocala) will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m. Featured will be some of the great music from the Big Band days as well as show tunes. This concert promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music. The church is at 9330 SW 105th St. in Ocala. Phone 352-854-9550.


Monday, May 5


Savannah, Charleston trip


Have you been wanting to see the sites in Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, but didn’t want to drive? Well, sit back, relax and enjoy a bus trip with your friends from First Congregational Church. The trip dates are May 5 to May 8 with accommodations in the Historic District of Savannah at the Holiday Inn Express. River Street, Savannah’s famed squares and restaurants are convenient and within walking distance. The cost includes the bus; three-nights accommodations, including buffet breakfast; a one-day tour of Savannah and a one-day tour of downtown Charleston. To reserve your spot and get pricing information, call Gen at 352-873-3377, or Janet at 352-237-2309.


Thursday, May 8


AARP Driver program offered


Each month motorists are offered the opportunity to take the AARP Driver Safety course at the Marion County Sheriff’s Substation office.

The program is a six-hour long - two sessions of three- hours each – refresher course designed especially for ages 50 and older. Younger people are invited to take the course too. The course is offered the second Thursday and Friday for every month.

The course offer practical tips in compensating for the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Safe driving practices and continued personal mobility is emphasized during the session. Most participants benefit from a discount on their insurance after completing the course.

Call Joe Briggs, area instructor and representative for further information, 352-237-2971.

The substation is located 9048 SW State Road 200, Ocala.


Friday, May 9


Hawaiian Luau planned


The Kingdom of the Sun (KOS) Chapter of the Military Officers Assoication of America will hold a traditional “Hawaiian Luau” on Friday, May 9, at Palm Grove at Oak Run, Royal Oaks Golf Club. A buffet dinner will be provided; and the Sala’s South Seas Revue and Show will be the main feature of the evening.

The music for dancing will be provided by a DJ. You are asked to dress in your best Hawaiian outfit.

The cost is $30 per person, and the proceeds will support the annual “Stuff-the Bus” program for Marion County.

For more information and reservations, please contact Suzanne or Bud Smith at 352-620-0340 or suzannesmith2@cox.net. Please submit your reservations by April 15.


Forum to discuss gas pipeline


Citizens and communities abutting the FPL proposed 474 mile interstate Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline from Alabama through Georgia and western Marion County on to Martin County need to understand how such a project may impact their properties and waterways while proposed routes are still subject to revision.

Leading environmentalists and area officials have been invited to participate in the May 9 Friday Forum of Marion County which will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, State Road 200 at MLK Jr. Blvd. The charge for the nonpartisan monthly event is $10 payable directly to the restaurant for a full buffet including tax, tip and a drink.

Email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Jan Lentz (352-425-6219) or Delphine Herbert (352-873-9970) for more information .


Saturday, May 10


Letter carriers collect food


On May 10, your letter carrier will be accepting donations to our area food banks. It is easy to help. Simply hang your donation from your mailbox and your mail carrier will pick it up.

Area food banks are trying to stock up for one of the busiest times of the year. School will soon be over and many children are going to be home for lunch. For many families the only source for lunch is your local food bank. Marion County has been very generous in the past. We have been No. 1 in our classification for five years in a row. Mail carriers have picked up over 1.5 million pounds. Interfaith Services is used as a distributor to other agencies such as Brothers Keeper and Salvation Army along with many others.


African Violet show, sale


The African Violet Club of Ocala will present its annual show and sale on Saturday, May 10, at the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors, 3105 NE 14th St., Ocala.

Admission is free to this juried show. Plant sales are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the show open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more info http://www.AfricanVioletClubofOcala.org or Carolee Carter (H) 352-237-3308 (C) 352-342-0363 or caroleeviolets@gmail.com.


Health Fair scheduled


The Florida Department of Health in Marion County invites Marion County residents and visitors to the Passport to Health community health fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala. Admission is free.

More than 40 health and community support agencies will provide information and activities at the health fair, in addition to health department activities and services, including:

Blood pressure, glucose, vision and hearing screening

Fun walk

Childhood immunizations

Prize drawings and games

Rapid HIV tests

Clowns and face painting

Activities for children and displays of fire, rescue and emergency management equipment will make the event enjoyable for people of all ages.

For information on the Passport to Health community health fair call the Department at 352-629-0137.

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.


Letter carriers collect food


On May 10, your letter carrier will be accepting donations to our area food banks. It is easy to help. Simply hang your donation from your mailbox and your mail carrier will pick it up.

Area food banks are trying to stock up for one of the busiest times of the year. School will soon be over and many children are going to be home for lunch. For many families the only source for lunch is your local food bank. Marion County has been very generous in the past. We have been No. 1 in our classification for five years in a row. Mail carriers have picked up over 1.5 million pounds. Interfaith Services is used as a distributor to other agencies such as Brothers Keeper and Salvation Army along with many others.


Tuesday, May 13


Car show at Hawthorne Estates


A Back to the 50s Classic Car Show will take place on Tuesday, May 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hawthorne Estates Retirement Apartments, 3211 SW 42nd St. Ocala. Please call 3520237-7776 for more information.


Mac users to meet


Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet on Tuesday, May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Bob Adams will be demonstrating how to use GarageBand to create our own music. His presentation will be followed by Tech Tips, Q & A’s, and the monthly raffle. Meetings are held in the St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Visitors are always welcome. Check out our website at http://ocalamug.org to learn more about the group.


Saturday, May 17


Mark Bishop in concert


Award-winning singer and songwriter Mark Bishop has ministered to and entertained audiences throughout the United States and Canada. He will be in concert on Saturday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m.

He has written ten Top 10 songs including “Reach the World,” “When Jesus is All That I Have” and “You Can’t Ask Too Much of My God,” named song of the year by the Southern Gospel Music Songwriter’s Association.

Formerly of The Bishops, now on his own since the group retired, audiences have discovered that Mark’s music is more relevant and anointed than ever.

Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.


Friday, May 23


Two-day Buddy Poppy event


VFW Post 4781 will be handing out Buddy Poppies on Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24, at Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Gander Mountain, Lowe’s,Winn Dixie, Big Lots and I-Hop.

The Buddy Poppy is assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA hospitals. Proceeds from Buddy Poppy drive are used for aid, relief and comfort of needy veterans and members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.

Saturday, May 24


Low budget travel across U.S.


Jane Weber, a local columnist for the Citrus County Chronicle and global traveler, will give a slide show presentation about low budget travel across the U.S. at a program at the Dunnellon Public Libraary, 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, on Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m.

She has traveled to 60 countries, holds three passports and has lots of great information to share. This timely program will offer many useful tips and advice to assist you with planning summer vacation travel across the United States.

Jane is also a professional gardener, grower, consultant, designer and environmentalist. She is a valuable Friend of the Dunnellon Public Library and is currently involved with redesigning a portion of the landscape maintained by the Friends.

This event is free to the public.