Upcoming events

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By The Staff

Saturday, Sept. 25

Health Fair at Crossroads

On Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a Health Fair at Crossroads Community Church. All ages are welcome.

There will be blood pressure screening, vision, hearing, cholesterol and diabetes, and much more.

For more information, contact Barbara Jack, coordinator, at 352-854-2080. The church is at 8070 S.W. 60th Ave. Ocala.

Share pickup scheduled

Share food order pickup for Ocala West United Methodist Church will be on Saturday, Sept 25, from 9 to 1` a.m. at 9330 S.W. 105th St. You may also be able to place orders for October. Additional sign-up day will be Oct. 6.

On-line ordering is available at www.shareflorida.org or call 352-861-0904 for more info.

Silver Star Days at church

September is grandparents month. As a result, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 9010 W. 34th Place, Ocala, presents Silver Star Days dinner and entertainment for seniors age 60 and over on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m.

Call for reservations at 352-237-8200 or 352-347-4817.

African Violet Club to meet

African Violet Club of Ocala meets the fourth Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 9048 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. In this month's program we will focus on the culture and growing tips for maintaining the parents of our current hybridized offspring. There will be a break to mingle with members, a raffle table, and the AVCO supplies store, and light refreshments will be served. For more information on each meeting please check the website at http://www.africanvioletclubofocala.org or call out club president, Laura, at 352-625-6467. Guests are always welcome!

SUNDAY, Sept. 26

Moose Public Breakfast

An open breakfast will take place at the Moose Lodge from 8 to 11 a.m. every Sunday in September. Coffee, juice, eggs, potatoes, biscuits with gravy, toast, choice of bacon, sausage or ham, all at a great price! Check it out, at the “Friendliest Place in Town.”

The lodge is at 10411 S.W. 110th St., one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run, Phone is 352-854-2200.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

West Marion business meeting

The next General Meeting of the West Marion Business Association will be next Tuesday, Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m. at the Sheriff's Substation on State Road 200. The Business Expo will be the main topic of discussion. If you are interested in participating or would like additional information please come to the meeting or contact Amanda Harland at 352-208-9238.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Flu vaccine clinic at Joy

A Flu Vaccine Clinic will take place at Joy Lutheran Church in Swenson Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Preventa Health will provide the staff and the vaccine for this clinic. This year the influenza vaccine will include the A/California/72009 (H1N1)-like virus, the A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus and the B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus and only one injection is needed. Medicare will pay for the vaccine, so be sure to bring your Medicare card. Preventa accepts Medicare, Medicare Advantage and most insurance except Medicare Advantage HMO. If you are not a Medicare recipient the cost of the influenza vaccine will be $25 and $50 for the pnuemoccocal vaccine.

Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is on Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For more information, call 352-854-4509 ext. 221.

Thursday, Sept. 30

Amendments to be discussed

Amendments on ballots can be long-winded and very confusing, and to that end the Friends of the Ocala Library are hosting former County Commissioner Judy Johnson to give a seminar on those included on the Nov. 2 ballot. The date is Thursday, Sept. 30, the time 6.30 p.m. and the place is Room C at the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. Ms. Johnson will review the details of each amendment so that voters will be able to make educated decisions in the voting booth. Refreshments will be served by the Friends, and due to the anticipated audience participation early arrival is suggested.

For more information about the Friends of the Ocala Library log on to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org.

Democrat forum planned

Southwest Democrats of Marion County will hold a candidate forum for all area Democrats running for state, county and School Board positions on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Freedom Library , 5870 S.W. 95th St. Joyce Blake, chairman of the Marion County Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign, will moderate.

Among those invited are State Rep. Charles Chestnut, Commissioner Barbara Fitos, Michael Hageloh, Dr. Sharon Hagen , Perry McGriff, Ken Nadeau, and Jon Paugh.

This is your opportunity to let the candidates know how you feel about the issues of greatest import to you and to ask them what specific initiatives they contemplate once they’re elected to office.

For more information, you may call Sheila Feldman, 352-307-6120; Delphine Herbert, 352-873-9970; or Jan Lentz, 352-237-7881.

Festival to be observed

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will observe the joyous festival of Simchat Torah (Rejoicing with the Torah) on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. at the Collins Center, 9401 State Road 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The service will be led by Judi Siegal and Sonia Peterson and will feature much singing and uplifting music. The holiday celebrates the culmination of the fall festivals.

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala is a liberal, inclusive and contemporary community under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. Visit us on the web at www:bethisraelocala.org or email bethisraelocala@yahoo.com. For further information please call 352-237-8277.


Saturday, Oct. 2

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.

Rotary to hold barbecue

The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest will hold its annual smoked chicken barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presale tickets pickup is from 10 a.m. to noon.

Donation is $10. All proceeds are to be used for local and international charities.

Menu includes one-half barbecued chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner roll and cookie.

This barbecue will be at First Congregational Church, 7171 S.W. Highway 200, next to Joy Lutheran Church.

Advance tickets are available at the office of the South Marion Citizen/West Marion Messenger, and at Mercantile Bank, 11250 S.W. 93rd Court Road, Suite 700.

School to hold car show

Hammett Bowen Elementary School PTO will be having its fourth annual Classic Car Show at Beef O'Brady's on State Road 200 on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. The public is invited.

Country Fair at Queen of Peace

The Council of Catholic Women at Queen of Peace Church are sponsoring their annual country fair in the church hall on Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Crafts, books, jewelry, a white elephant table, baked good and gifts galore will be available for you to do your holiday shopping now. Admission is free.

Lunch will be available in addition to a raffle.

The church is at 6455 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.

Deceased vets’ names to be read

The quarterly memorial reading of the names of local veterans who have passed away in Marion County during the previous three months will take place at the Ocala-Marion Veterans Park on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. Relatives of veterans who wish to have their names included in the reading should call the Marion County Veterans Service Office at 352-671-8422.

The Marion County Young Marines will Present and Retire the Colors, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office squad will perform the 21-gun salute. The names of the veterans will be read by six World War II veterans.

Oktoberfest at Circle Square

Enjoy a cool fall evening and Oktoberfest festivities on The Town Square, Saturday, Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feast on authentic German food including bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and beer along with domestic favorites. Dance to traditional German music by the Alpine Express Trio and performances by the Alpine Festival Dancers. This will be fun for folks of all ages rain or shine! Join us at Circle Square Commons Town Square at 8409 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit: www.CircleSquareCommons.com.

No yoga class Oct. 2

There will be no yoga class at Sholom Park on Oct. 2. The next and final class of the season will be on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. For information, call Ingrid Crane at 352-854-7950.

Sunday, Oct. 3

Church to mark 30th anniversary

College Road Baptist Church, 5010 S.W. College Road, will celebrate its 30-year anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 3, beginning with a 10 a.m. service in the Fellowship Hall, followed by lunch at noon. From 1 to 2 p.m. there will be a time of reflection on the past and some dreams for the future, along with some special music.

All current and former members and friends are welcome. Please bring a covered dish to share.

Meats will be provided. Call 352-237-5741 for additional information and reservations.

Sunday, Oct. 3

Life Chain due on Pine Avenue

A “Life Chain” will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 2 to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on Pine Avenue (U.S. Highways 27-301-441) between State Road 40 and State Road 200.

Signs will be available for pickup on Pine Avenue in front of the Ocala Police station starting at 1:30 p.m.

Life chain is promoted as a silent and prayerful hours holding signs along the highways of American to protest abortion.

For information. contact your church or call Katrina Jimenez at 352-861-8984. or e-mail hiltonjimenez@gmail.com.

A similar event will take place at the Dunnellon Plaza parking lot between Checkers and Walgreens in Dunnellon.


Friday, Oct. 8

Chili Fiesta, Music Festival

The Rotary Club of Homosassa Springs will conduct its ninth annual Chili Fiesta and Music Festival at its new location in the big tent at the Crystal River Mall on Oct. 8-9. Friday night is blues night from 5 to 11 p.m., featuring the Cool Corporate Cats and Kathy Jo and the Bluzification Band. Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. will be the Chili Cook-Off. This year’s prizes are $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third. After 5 p.m., rock with The Moses Greyhound Band and others to be announced. For more information call Gregg at 352-628-6624 or 352-634-0918 or go to www.homosassaspringsrotary.org.

Saturday, Oct. 9

Arts, crafts at First Baptist

The fifth annual arts and crafts festival will be Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2801 S.E. Maricamp Road, Ocala.

More than 45 vendors are participating. There will be free parking and admission. Food and drinks are available for purchase, and there will be free giveaways during the event. For information, call 352-629-5683.

Sons of Italy dinner dance set

The Sons of Italy, Marion County Lodge 2648, will have a Columbus Day dinner dance on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Our Lady of the Springs Parish Hall, 4047 N.E. 21st St., Ocala.

Food will be provided. There will be a deejay, raffles and BYOB.

Tickets are $15 single and $25 couple. Call Carol at 352-216-4490 or Maria at 352-751-4400.

Blessing of the animals at Joy

The fifth annual blessing of the animals will take place at Joy Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Garden.

Pastor Ed Holloway will conduct the service. The public is welcome to bring their dogs, cats, horses, sheep, birds, and etc. to receive the blessing. Owners must be able to control their pets.

Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. For more information call 352-854-4509 ext 221.

Luncheon and fashion show

The On Top of the World Lions Club will be holding its Fall Luncheon and Fashion Show in the Health and Recreation Ballroom on Oct. 9, (doors open 11 a.m.). Come join us for great food and fashions. The proceeds from this affair will be donated to the Florida Center for the Blind and Interfaith Backpack Programs for children.

There will be lots of beautiful baskets raffled off a 50/50 and lots of door prizes.

Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 1. For tickets and more information contact Lions Maryann at 352-854-8629, Sarah 352-465-8291 or Jane at 352-304-8519. Tickets will also be available in the Health and Recreation Ballroom Monday-Wednesday and Fridays 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Food for Thought at Our Redeemer

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200, Parish Nurses are sponsoring a “Food For Thought” on Oct. 12.The speaker will be Dr. Yousef Elyaman. The topic will be “Root Causes of Disease.” This will be at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow. Everyone is invited to attend, a count is needed for the lunch seating, please call 352-368-4028.

Thursday, Oct. 14

Palm Cay GOP Club to meet

The Republican Club of Palm Cay will meet at the Palm Cay Oasis Club on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Speakers are expected to be Angie Boynton, Kathy Bryant, Ron Crawford, Tom Patrick and Keith Perry, all candidates in the Nov. 2 election. There will also be a discussion of the proposed state Constitutional amendments.

Refreshments will be served following the meeting for further discussions with the candidates. For additional information please contact James Pettus at 352-438-9662.

Friday, Oct. 15

Lions to mark White Cane Days

Members of the Ocala 200 Lions Club will be at the State Road 200 Walmart on Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16, to raise funds as part of their semi-annual White Cane Days. All funds donated by community members will be used to support local community projects such as the Food-4-Kids Backpack Program, the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Center and the Florida Center for the Blind.

The group will also accept donations of used cell phones, used toner/printer cartridges, hearing aids/batteries and used eyeglasses/sunglasses.

The Ocala 200 Lions Club has 30 members and meets on the first and third Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at the Park Avenue Bank in Friendship Plaza. For information, call Bob Melnick, membership chairperson, at 352-861-2730 or e-mail him at melnick8350@aol.com.

VFW seeks donations

VFW Post 4781 annual flea market will be on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The post is on the corner of State Road 200 and Southwest 110th Street.

The post taking donations of household items both big and small (no clothes please). Proceeds go to veterans’ needs. Small items may be dropped off at the Post any day of the week. Large items can be picked up by calling Art at 352-209-0668. Tables are available for rent if you would like to sell your own items. Tables are $10 each for one day, or $15 for one table for both days. For table rental, call Phoebe at 352-854-8535.

Saturday, Oct. 23

Annual craft fair at Circle Square

On Top of the World Communities is hosting the eighth annual craft fair at the Circle Square Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. This year’s fair will showcase 100 crafters and artists from all over Ocala/Marion County featuring stained glass, jewelry, ornaments, baskets, handbags and much, much more! Plus, enjoy live entertainment, face painting for the kids, food and more on The Town Square!

The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St. For more information, please call 352-854-8707 ext. 7530 or 7533 or visit our website: www.csculturalcenter.com.

Purple Heart poker run and benefit

A Purple Heart poker run and benefit will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23. Registration will be from 9 to 10 a.m., last bike out by 11 a.m., and Bogart’s Smoke Shop and Lounge in the Plaza of Dunnellon on U.S. 41. There will be stops at the Castaways Bar and Grill, The Loft, Thunder Inn and Armante’s Restaurant. Last bike in by 3:30 p.m.

By a sixth card to improve your hand.

Entry fee is $10 and $5 for each passenger which includes a barbecued chicken or pork dinner. There will be prizes, drawings, and auction. All proceeds benefit the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Aaron Weaver Chapter 776, Citrus County.

Cars and trucks are also welcome.

Call Lee Helscel at 352-597-3398 or 352-238-5692, or e-mail him at hleeh@att.net for more information

Saturday, Oct.30

Trash to Treasure Sale

The church of the Advent will have its fourth annual Trash to Treasure Sale on Saturday, Oct. 30. This will be an outdoor event; rain date will be Nov. 6.

Craft, flea market and food vendors are welcome to participate.

Set up time will begin at 6 a.m. with the actual sale beginning at 8 a.m.

Spaces will be approximately 10 feet x 10 feet and rent for $15 each.

Most of the spaces are shaded. These will be assigned on first come, first served bases. Contact Al Sickle 352-208-5664 for additional information.

The church is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484, 1.3 miles west of State Road 200.

Saturday, Nov. 6

Saddle Oak plans craft fair.

The annual Saddle Oak Club annual craft fair will be Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on State Road 200 across from Heath Brook and Publix.

There will be hand-made crafts and homemade baked goods, breakfast, coffee and doughnuts, lunch with homemade soups and sandwiches, and a free raffle every hour.