Upcoming events

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By The Staff

Saturday, May 22

Share pickup is Saturday

Share food order pickup for Ocala West United Methodist Church will be on Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 9330 S.W. 105th St. You may also be able to place orders for June. Additional sign-up days will be on Saturday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 9.

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

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.

Tuesday, May 25

United Focus Group

David Gibbs, III, Esq. of the Gibbs Law Firm in Seminole, will be the guest speaker. All Cherrywood Estates homeowners are invited to attend. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Ocala Hilton.

Friday, May 28

Masonic High Twelve Club to meet

The Greater Ocala Masonic High Twelve Club 665 will hold its regular monthly meeting on Friday May 28, at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave.

The group will welcome the state officers of the organization. It should be interesting to see what the officers have in mind for the improvement of the state Masonic High Twelve Club. This will be the last meeting until September.

There will be a buffet lunch for $12 per person.

All Master Masons and guests are invited. Reservations are required. Telephone Bob Brady at 352-854-9612 for reservations or further information.

Saturday, May 29

Saturday, May 29

Stirrups and Stilletos fashion show

The Florida Thorobred Fillies presents Stirrups and Stilettos annual charity fashion show of seasonal and equine wardrobes. The event will be hosted by the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club, 8359 N.W. 31st Lane Road, on Saturday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a silent auction, raffle, luncheon and fashion show. The cost is $40 per person. There is limited seating, and a cash bar will be available.

For tickets and information, call Jami at 352-361-8718 or Beth at 352-401-0008.

Florida Thorobred Fillies, founded in 1962, is a fund-raising entity serving numerous charities and special needs associations throughout Marion County.


Plant sale planned at Extension Service

Add some splendor to your yard with native and Florida-friendly plants at the Marion County Master Gardeners’ summer plant sale on Saturday, May 29, at the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service (2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road, Ocala). The sale will start at 9 a.m. and will last until 2 p.m. (or until sold out).

Native and Florida-friendly plants are well-suited to Marion’s climate and have proven records of succeeding in the area. Choose from spring and summer-flowering perennials, vines and shrubs at the event as well as shade and fruit trees. Attendees can also buy rain barrels or environmentally-friendly melaleuca mulch.

Admission is free. For additional information, please call Marion County Extension Service at 352-671-8400.

Monday, May 31

Local students at Memorial Day event

A Memorial Day event will take place at Highland Memorial Park, 1515 N.E. 3rd St., Ocala, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s event includes the second annual essay contest awards ceremony, Avenue of Flags display, military and first-responder vehicle display, a community patriot concert by Norman Lee Schaffer, and a rock wall, gyro ride, inflatable slide, choo-choo, and free food and beverage.

Admission is free, but please bring a canned food donation for Vets Helping Vets.

Hammett Bowen Elementary School students will be part of ceremonies at noon and at 1:10 p.m.

Veterans Association has dinner

On Monday, May 31, Memorial Day, the Oak Run Veterans Association is having a dinner at 6:30 at the Orchid Club. One will have a choice of meat loaf or chicken. Ticket sales will be May 11, 13, 16 and 25 in the Lobby. Price for members is $13 and for non members and guests the cost will only be $14 per person. This is a time to honor all the brave men and women who have fought and our fighting for our freedom.

Sunday, June 6

Huggins in concert at Nazarene Church

Lindsay Huggins will be singing in concert on Sunday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ocala Church of the Nazarene, 5884 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala, 352-861-0755. Her powerful testimony will bless you.

Friday, June 11

Literacy book club meets

At a recent Marion County Literacy Council Book Club meeting, Billie Gabel was welcomed as a new member.

Books for the next four months are as follows:

June 11: The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Facilitated by Barbara.

July 9: The Help by Kathryn Stockett Facilitated by Cathy.

Aug. 13: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. D. Rowlings Facilitated by Billie.

Sept. 10: The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Facilitated by Kathy.

The group meets at the Literacy Council office on the second Friday of the month at 10 a.m., 2677 N.W. 10th St. Suite 1A, Ocala. Phone number is 352-690-7323.

Monday, June 14

Overview of Type 2 (adult) diabetes

Nancy Gal, Extension Agent IV with the University of Florida/IFAS and Marion County Extension, will present a two-part series on adult diabetes, what it is and how to manage it. The first session will be on Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Benson Hall and the second session will be Monday, July 12 at 2 p.m.

All interested persons are welcome to attend this free seminar.

For further information call St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 352-629-5948. St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church is at 3453 N.E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala.

Friday, June 25

Democrats host canteen-era dance

The Marion County Democratic Party is hosting a fundraising canteen-era dance. The fundraiser will be held on Friday, June 25, at The American Legion, located 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.