Upcoming events posted 09-01-2017

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Friday, Sept. 1

Bowling leagues forming

Queen of Peace League

We are recruiting bowlers for our Queen of Peace Bowling League at the Galaxy West Bowling Center for our next season. The center is at the intersection of Easy Street and 17th Street. The new season will start on Friday, Sept .8th at noon, with practice starting 10 minutes earlier, then progressing for 30 weeks with four major holiday weekends off.

This is an open league, not church oriented. We welcome all interested bowlers, to join us for a great time. Regular bowlers / teams of four or substitutes in any mix of M/F with handicaps to equalize bowlers and teams, after establishing their average on the first day of bowling. Contacts are listed below.

If you can, please attend our kickoff meeting for team formation, on Friday, Sept. 1st at noon, in the Center meeting room. The alley will be allowing some practice warmup games after the meeting for prospective bowlers.

Contacts: President: John Levandowski, H: 352-291-8766, C: 609-864-5424. Vice Pres.: Barbara Songer, 352-291-8766. Sec’y./Treas.: Peggy Davis, 804-731-7987. Galaxy West Lanes: 352-732-0300.

Men bowlers wanted for Friday

Additional bowlers are wanted for a four-man team, non-sanctioned league Chuck Hiller Friday Seniors Men’s at Galaxy East Lanes,

Bowling starts Friday, Sept 1 at 1 p.m

Galaxy East is at 3225 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala. 352-694-1111.

For more info contact the bowling alley, or Wes Stanley, 352-553-5501.

Saturday, Sept. 2

Chess Club to meet

The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. The library is at 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala. All players are welcome! Call 873-2276 for information.

Yoga in Sholom Park

Yoga in Sholom Park begins promptly at 9 a.m. Enjoy the serenity of the peace park.

For more information, call Ingrid at 854-7950.

Wednesday. Sept. 6

Free classes to learn English

College Road Baptist Church, 5010 SW College Road, Ocala, once again is offering classes beginning Sept. 6, for adults to learn English every Wednesday at 6 p,m. This is the 14th year classes have been offered.

Nursery, children, teen activities, adult bible study and assistance in applying and studying for the Citizenship test are also available during the same time. Child care is provided. All activities are free and everyone is welcome. For more information call (352) 854-6981.

Thursday, Sept. 7

Thursday league seeks bowlers

Thursday’s Good Old Timers Senior Mixed League is looking for bowlers to round out their four-person non-sanctioned league.

Bowling begins Thursday, Sept. 7, at 12:30 p.m. at Galaxy West Lanes, 1818 SW 17th St., Ocala.

Call the lanes at 352-732-0300 or Wes Stanley, 325-553-5501 for more info.

Friday, Sept. 8

Friday Forum discusses civility

In an ongoing effort to promote civil discourse and harmony among all members of our community, the Friday Forum of Marion County invites the public to hear a panel address local efforts to “Build Bridges with Love not Hate” when the monthly luncheon/discussion group next meets at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the Golden Corral, 2111 SW State Road 200.

Participants include the Rev. Gene Anderson, a nondenominational minister and organizer of the recent “Love not Hate” rally; Rev. Sue Corley, pastor, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church; Rabbi Ze’ev Harari, spiritual leader, Temple Beth Shalom; Yvette Gibbs Mitchell, secretary, NAACP Florida State Conference and representative to the national Board of Directors; Rev. Janet Onnie, minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Summerfield; Maria Ramirez, facilitator, Immigration Reform, and president, Friends of the Marion Oaks Public Library; and Abdullah Sabawi, Acupuncture Healing Solutions where he works with his father, Imam Zafer Sabawi.

The Rev. Bruce Seaman, president of the Bridges Project of Ocala/Marion County, will moderate.

For more information please e-mail FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352/873-9970.

Saturday, Sept. 9

Breakfast at Ocala West

Ocala West UMC’s community-wide breakfast prepared by the men’s fellowship will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 and is only $6 for all you care to eat.

A varied selection awaits everyone ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast, waffles, pancakes, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, fruit cup, juice and coffee. Breakfast proceeds benefit the many charities supported by the OWUMC men’s fellowship.

Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala, (352) 854-9550.

Women’s Fellowship Luncheon

The power of encouragement lifting your spirits. Special Guest Speaker: Gaye Martin. This is a free event for all ladies; registration is requested. Contact the church office to register. 10 a.m.

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

Sunday, Sept. 10

Ice cream and hot dog social

An ice cream and hot dog social, sponsored by the OTOW Lions Club and Mr. B’s Big Scoop Ice Cream shop will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the OTOW Town Center Commons.

Proceeds will benefit Veterans Helping Veterans and the Feed the Children Backpack program.

Come enjoy the music of the Smith Brothers Band, line dancing and sidekick dancing. The will be clowns and lots of fun. Kids, bring your grandparents as it is also Grandparents Day. Bring a chair.

For further information, contact Lions Charles at 352-425-6316 or Estelle at 352-861-7358.

Nordic Miniatures concert

A Nordic Miniatures concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sept. 10, Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala. Call 237-4633. Music from Iceland, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden; Roberta Swedien, pianist and narrator.

Monday Sept. 11

OTOW Theatre Group auditions

Auditions for residents of On Top of the World or Gateway Pass Holders will commence at 7 p.m., Sept. 11, Arbor Conference Center, Suites E and F, for our Path to Talent Showcase II, titled “Remembering through the Decades.” Our program will be a tribute to specific eras and genres of music and skits from: Big Band, variety shows such as Ed Sullivan and Dean Martin, Laugh In, Grand Ole Opry, Rock ‘n Roll, just to name a few. If you are unable to make this date, we will hold additional auditions Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Jan. 8. You may contact Harry Boyajian, at 239-336-4804 if you are in need of additional information or cannot make one of these dates.

OTOW Bowling League


The start of another bowling season is nearly here - the date is Sept. 11 and the time is 2 p.m. for an organizational meeting with the first week of bowling to follow the organizational meeting.

At the present time we have 22 teams of four bowlers each ready to have fun and friendly competition. If you are not on our league and wish to join, contact George at gp62263@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Financial Peace University

The Financial Peace University will take place starting Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

This changes everything! Your money. Your story. Your life. Learn God’s ways of handling money. Get on a budget, get out of debt, save for the future, and take control of your money. Financial Peace University is that plan. This 9-week class taught by money expert Dave Ramsey can change your financial story in a matter of weeks - and your family tree for generations to come.

Registration required: visit website for link to registration and information regarding fees.

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

Thursday, Sept. 14

Latte and Laughter (3 days)

The Marion County Center for the Arts at West Port High School’s Omega Theatre Company will present Latté and Laughter on Sept. 14 through Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Latté and Laughter features improvisational comedy performed by students in the Marion County Center for the Arts Acting Program. Audience members will sit on stage with the performers in a coffee house atmosphere, enjoying delicious desserts and beverages during the show. Tickets are $15 and include unlimited beverages and desserts, and guests will receive a souvenir Omega Theatre Company coffee mug.

Tickets may be purchased online at: www.westportwolfpack.org. The West Port High School Performing Arts Center is at 3733 SW 80th Ave. in Ocala.

West Port High School is the home of The Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA), a magnet program for gifted and talented students in the performing and visual arts. Students can elect a major course of study in visual art, dance, music, and theatre, while taking rigorous academic classes. For more information on the program, contact Laurie Reeder, MCCA Coordinator at 291-4000.

Saturday, Sept. 16

University Women will meet

The American Association of Women (AAUW) Ocala Branch will meet at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, at 1 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting.

At this meeting we will have the students who attended the science camp report on their experience. Also, Clara Moll, Vice President of Membership Innovation for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, will talk about their new merit cyber-security badge. This is a great opportunity to hear how the branch has supported STEM education for young students.

All are welcome to attend this meeting and hear about these interesting subjects and learn about the AAUW organization. For further information please call 352-237-4889.

DAR chapter to meet

The Rainbow River Chapter DAR will meet on Saturday, Sept. 16, gathering 9 a.m., meeting 9:30 to 11 a.m. The meeting is now held in the Sheriff’s building at 9048 SW State Road 200 with access on right side of the building. This will be our first meeting for the new year and is Constitution Week. Come and join your Sisters to start the new year off with a big bang.

Remember you can pay your annual dues at this meeting. For more information contact Regent Pat Bevis at bevis.pat@gmail.com or 352-867-0764.

Sunday, Sept. 17

Jazz group to play

The Ocala Jazz Society invites you to join them on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2 - 5 p.m. for their monthly performance of Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, 50’s and all your favorites.

We look forward to seeing you at the smoke free VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St., across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. A $3 donation for Hospice is appreciated. For info: 352-237-0234, ocalajazzsociety@yahoo.com.

Village Gospel Quartet

Marion Oaks Community Congregational Church will be hosting the locally acclaimed Village Gospel Quartet, at 9:30 a.m., Sunday the 17th of September.

Village Gospel Quartet entertains extensively in the Ocala area, to rave reviews. .

Marion Oaks Congregational is at 15050 S.W. 29th Terrace Road. This is just south of Walgreens on Marion Oaks Blvd.

German American Club

The German American Club of Marion County will hold an Oktoberfest on Sunday, Sept. 17, at noon at Marion Oaks Community Center. A bratwurst dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring your own beverage. Music will be provided by Alpine Express. Lederhosen, dirndle or dressy casual attire is requested. Tickets are $20 per member or $25 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Mary Wisecup at (352) 789-6499.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Genealogy Society to meet

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala. A brief business meeting will be followed by the September program, “DNA Before You Test” by Drew Smith.

For further information, contact Joel Swanson at (352)897-0840 or president@mcgsocala.org.

Saturday, Sept 23

Flapjack Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest invites you to a breakfast of scrumptious pancakes from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant, 2615 SW 19th Ave. Road, Ocala.

Tickets are $7. Please call 352-509-4942.

Thursday, Sept. 28


Bahia Oaks Homeowners to meet


The Bahia Oaks Homeowners Association will kick off its first monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28 @ 6:30 p.m. at Freedom Public Library, 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala.

Discussions for upcoming events and our annual garage sale in November.

Looking forward to meeting old and new friends.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Craft fair at Palm Cay

On Oct. 7, the community of Palm Cay will hold a craft fair, which is open to the public. The fair will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse. There will be a baked goods sale going on at the same time and also a quilt raffle. The kitchen will open from 11 a.m. to noon to buy hot dogs and drinks for lunch.

Yoga in Sholom Park

Free class begins promptly at 9 a.m. Come early to settle in.

For more information, call Ingrid at 854-7950.

Saturday, Oct. 14

First Congregational yard sale

Mega Yard Sale: Annual sale with clothing, cookware, bedding, furniture and more, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 7171 SW State Road 200, Ocala. Contact Pam at 860-558-1010 or pgauthier4@live.com.

Ocala 200 Lions flea market


The Ocala 200 Lions Club will be holding a flea market on Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks, 8375 SW Highway 200, Ocala (Rain date: Oct. 21).

There will be a variety of vendors on hand with lots of treasures for you to see and purchase and the Dunnellon Lions Club will have food available for sale.

There will also be a free diabetic screening held during this event and literature available to help increase community awareness on this disease affecting so many.

As always, all proceeds generated by the Lions Clubs will be used for community projects throughout the year.

For more information on this event and/or Lions Clubs call: 352-861-2730.

Symphony Orchestra opens

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra opens its 2017-2018 season with From the Reformation to the Exotic on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. Single tickets on sale Sept. 1, and season subscriptions can be purchased now starting at $70. Single tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at www.ReillyArtsCenter.com, or by calling (352) 351-1606 during box office hours. Tickets can also be purchased in person during box office hours. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Reilly Arts Center is at 500 NE 9th St., Ocala. Student tickets are also available for $10 for this performance.

The season kicks off with two works by our beloved Mendelssohn: his Hebrides Overture, inspired by the profound beauty and solitude of Fingal’s Cave, and to celebrate the 500th year since Martin Luther’s 95 Thesis, the impactful Symphony No. 5, “The Reformation.” The evening ends (or just begins!) with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, the tale of the exotic story-teller that changed her fate with 1,001 magically-woven stories.

This concert is sponsored by U.S. Trust.

Sunday, Oct. 15

Fun at Sholom Park

This October, Sholom Park continues its Fun at the Park tradition by hosting a Sunday afternoon of live music, food trucks, and family entertainment on Oct. 15, from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free and all are invited.

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Admission free. Donations are accepted.

Location: Sholom Park, 7110 SW 80th Ave.

info@sholompark.org (352) 873-0848, Ext. 7650 www.sholompark.org

A limited number of sponsors will be selected to help offset event costs. Interested sponsors should contact Sholom Park: info@sholompark.org.

Sholom Park’s mission is to provide a place where the pursuit of inner peace and learning may be enhanced and enjoyed. Guests are invited to experience a true feeling of serenity, contentment, joy and inner peace. Reflection is invited. Sholom Park seeks to become a model of land stewardship and the preservation of open space for education and public enjoyment.

Sholom Park is open 365 days of the year, with gates open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during daylight saving time and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year. Admission is complimentary; donations are accepted.

Saturday, Nov. 4

SPCA’s Charity Bunco

Calling all Bunco aficionados. The SPCA Charity Bunco that you have been waiting for is coming this fall and you can now start buying tickets. The event will be a fun afternoon at the Arbor Conference Center in On Top of the World Communities on Saturday, Nov. 4. Time is 1 to 4:30. We will have multiple prize winners, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. There will be refreshments during the intermission. Cost to play will be $20 per person. We will be playing at card tables, so there will be 4 persons per table. You can buy one ticket or you can buy for a group. Call your friends and let them know; you may want to plan to sit together at a table. The number to call to make arrangements for tickets is 352-237-1322. So call now and let’s make this an enjoyable way to help the animals of Marion County.


Halloween donations sought

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District is making its annual appeal for donations for Halloween.

Each year on Oct. 31, the Sheriff’s Office puts on a Halloween party to provide a safe outlet for trick-or-treating for local children. The Sheriff’s Office depends on financial donations to help.

Donations can be taken to the office at 9048 S.W. State Road 200 during regular business hours.

The office is also looking for volunteers. If you are able to volunteer your assistance, please call 352-402-6060 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Camp volunteers sought

Kindred Hospice is looking for volunteers for its annual Youth Camp, Oct. 14 and 15.

This is a free weekend camp for children and teens, ages 7-17, grieving the death of a loved one.

Also, if you know a child who might benefit from this experience, please let us know.

Please call or e-mail Ed Button for more information. 352-622-9331 or Edwin.Button@gentiva.com.