Upcoming events week of 02-06-2015

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Friday, Feb. 6

Irish Magic comes to Freedom Public Library

Tom O’Carroll, one of Ireland’s finest folk singers, and his wife Debbie, a magician and actress, combine stage magic, songs, poetry and stories for a master work of Irish culture at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. Kids of all ages are welcome for great fun at Freedom Public Library, 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala. Sponsored by the Friends of Freedom Public Library.

First Friday Art Walk in Ocala

Bring your valentine to the First Friday Art Walk in historic downtown Ocala on Feb. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy more than 50 individual artists and art organization displays, live entertainment on the downtown square, unique eateries and extended shopping hours with downtown merchants. Special additions include:
Performances by the Belleview High School Drill Team on the downtown square from    6 – 7 p.m.
The Gibsons performing on the downtown square from 7 - 9 p.m.  
Free children’s art activities provided by the Appleton Museum of Art on the downtown square.
Please visit www.ocalafl.org/artwalk for event details or contact Melissa Townsend, City of Ocala Community Cultural Arts Manager, at 352-629-8447.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Book sale at main library

The Friends’ quarterly book sale will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, at the main library on East Silver Springs Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in meeting rooms A, B and C. Pperbacks are a quarter, and hardbacks are 50 cents.

Book sale for animal food bank

A book sale to benefit the Animal Charity Food Bank will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at Winn-Dixie, 8445 SW Highway 200, Ocala.
Please bring your aluminum cans for recycling. For information, call 291-1962.

Chili dinner at Blessed Trinity

The sisters of Blessed Trinity Church will hold their eighth annual chili supper fund raiser on Feb. 7 at Blessed Trinity Church. Funds are used for repairs to the Mother House in Uganda.
The dinner will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Cost is adults $7, children $3. There will be red chili or white chili plus salad and a drink.
The Blessed Trinity Parish Hall is at 5 E. 17th St.

Yard sale at Countryside

A giant yard sale will take place at Countryside Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Feb. 7,  from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
The sixth annual sale will be in Founder’s Hall at the church, 7768 SW State Road 200.
There will be white elephant, linen, boutique clothing, men’s and women’s clothing,  shoes, purses, jewelry, homemade bake sale, tools, toys, small furniture, holiday decorations, books, videos, CDs and much more.
Enjoy a hot dog or chicken sandwich at our cafe.
For further information, call the church at 352-237-4633.

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 873-2276.

Chair Yoga at Freedom Library

Chair Yoga will take place at the Freedom Library at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Ingrid at 854-7950.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Woman’s Club to meet

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala will meet on Feb. 10, 2015, at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala, at 11:45 a.m. for lunch, program and a business meeting.
The speaker for the program will be Evelyn B. Kelly, PhD, whose topic will be “Don’t Talk Yourself Over the Hill.” Mrs. Kelly is a writer, educator, and community activist living in Ocala.
All women in the area are welcome to attend. Contact President Patti Stewart at 351-2708 for information concerning the club which is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization. For lunch reservations call Mary at 347-3975.

Mac users to meet

Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the Marion Senior Services, 1101 SW 20th Court, Ocala. Visitors are always welcome.
Bob Adams will give this month’s featured presentation on Apple Networking. Tech Tips, Q & A’s, and the monthly raffle will follow. Check out our website at http://ocalamug.org to learn more about the group.

Friday, Feb. 13

Friday Forum scheduled

Laura Feldman, Washington-based grassroots organizer for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) , will address the Feb. 13 Friday Forum of Marion County when the nonpartisan monthly speaker/luncheon group meets at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, State Road 200 at MLK Jr. Blvd. in Ocala.
Ms. Feldman’s presentation is entitled “Income Security and Equality for Women.” It will highlight an initiative to fulfill Eleanor Roosevelt’s hope to ensure equality and security for women in retirement. The former teacher and long-time activist also will discuss the status of the proposed Social Security 2100 Act and the NCPSSM’s recommendations for keeping the social programs strong and effective for current and future generations.
Moderater for this program will be Ocala native Mary Savage who staffs the NCPSSM office in Gainesville.
The Friday Forum which meets on the second Friday of each month is open to all who wish to help build a stronger, more informed community devoted to the common good. There is a $10 fee payable directly to the restaurant which includes the buffet,a drink, tax and tip.
For more information please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352/873-9970.

Valentine Tea at Freedom Library
The Friends of Freedom Public Library invite you to attend their “Love Your Library Tea” on Friday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Hospice will present their ever-popular fashion show, and door prizes will be awarded. If you’re looking for purpose and camaraderie, or just want to try something new, consider joining the Friends and becoming an active member in support of your library. And the tea is good, too!
Saturday, Feb. 14

Ocala West breakfast

The Men’s Fellowship Community-Wide Breakfast will be served aat Ocala West United Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
As a Valentine’s Day special, ladies get a $1 discount.
The breakfast is all you care to eat for $5. The church is at 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala. For information call 854-9550.

Valentine’s Day dance at St. Jude

The St. Jude Council of the Knights of Columbus 15644 is planning their second Valentine’s Day dance to be held on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. in the St. Jude Parish Hall, 443 Marion Oaks Drive. Tickets are $10 per person for an evening of enjoyable music and dancing. For information and tickets, please call Joe at 307-3848.

Mark Trammell to sing

Many long time observers and followers of Gospel Music consider Mark Trammell to be one of the greatest baritone singers of all time. The mission of the Mark Trammell Quartet is to focus on evangelism through the seamless integration of Gospel Music and preaching. They present every aspect of pure gospel music in quartet form. This is a free concert; a love offering will be received. 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6) at Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or  http://www.ccomc.org/.

Sunday, Feb. 15

Jazz Society to perform

The Ocala Jazz Society will be performing on Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781 across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month playing Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland and songs from the past.   
A $3 donation for Hospice is requested. For info: 352-237-0234.

German American Fasching

The German American Club of Marion County will host Fasching on Sunday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Wear a costume (or come in dressy casual attire), bring beads and enjoy live music by Alpine Express. Please bring your own snacks and beverages. Tickets are $15 per member or $18 per non-member. For tickets, please call Barb Hartmann at (352) 751-4207.

Monday, Feb. 16

Legion Post to meet

The Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 SW State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans.
For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt at 352-322-5966.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Chuck Wagon Gang to sing

The Chuck Wagon Gang has entered its 75th year of singing the old songs and singing them the way they were taught to be sung.  A simple style and distinctive sound is credited with preserving the legacy of the music so many love. Many of the original songs - standards, classics and most requested - are still being preformed at concerts across America today.  The music continues and the message is pertinent for today.  This is a free concert;  a love offering will be received at Christ’s Church of Marion County at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Lunch at College Road

College Road Baptist Church will have as its entertainment, on Feb. 19 a trio, “Inspired Thru Christ.” Come for fellowship and fun. Bring a dish to share. Luncheon is noon. Everyone is welcome and even bring friends.
The church is at 5010 SW College Road.

Genealogical Society meeting

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Ocala Public Library. Following a short business meeting, our topic will be “What AncestryDNA Testing Can Do For You” presented by Judy Wright. Admission is free. For further information, contact Judy Wright at (352) 897-0840, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com.

Friday, Feb. 20

 Humane Society Wine Auction and Dinner

Tickets are now available for an elegant dinner at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. It will be preceded by a wine and tapas hour with a silent auction, and followed by an exclusive wine auction, featuring rare and vintage bottles of wine from private collections and famous vineyards. In addition, lavish locally hosted dinners, unique vacation trips and a several surprises will be available to compliment the wine offerings.
Date is Friday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.
Tickets are $150 per person, attire is Country Casual.
Tickets are available by calling Mary Wrye at (352) 873-7387 x11, at the HSMC Shelter (701 NW 14th Road, Ocala), and via PayPal on the HSMC website at www.humanesocietyofmarioncounty.com
All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Marion County. For additional information, please call Bruce Andersen, (352) 525-0535.

The Circle of French Friends

   Le Cercle Des Amis Français meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriff’s Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 Highway 200, about ¼ mile from Walmart.
   Our next meeting is Feb. 20.
   The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group.
   Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-854-7397 for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 21

Cattle Drive and Cowboy Roundup

The city of Ocala has partnered with the Rotary Clubs in Marion County and the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association to present the third annual Rotary Discovery Fest Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round Up. This family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Rotary Discovery Fest begins with a cattle drive which starts on SE First Avenue. Several viewing locations are set up along the route, which can be found at www.ocalafl.org/cowboy. The Cattle Drive will end at the Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Avenue, where the fun will continue.
At Tuscawilla Park, you will find festivities for the entire family to enjoy! Authentic activities include games, musical entertainment, dancing, “cracker food,” and a “beer waterin’ hole.”
The event raises funds for the Ocala Discovery Center. For additional information, contact the Discovery Center at 352-401-3900.

Scandinavian Club of Marion County:

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be salmon or roast pork with roasted potatoes, salad, dessert and coffee.  Entertainment provided by Cajun Dave. The cost is $18 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance.  Payment must be received by Wednesday the 18th of February. Please note your preference of pork or salmon with payment. Checks to be made out to Jim Neate and mailed to Jim Neate at 643-A Midway Dr. Ocala, FL 34472. For further details call Jim Neate 352 687-1580, Don Clauson 352 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352 347-8362.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Breast Cancer support group

The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West UMC, 9330 SW 105th St. in the Chapel Room 235 at 1 pm. Our meeting on Feb. 24 will be a demonstration and talk on the advantages of participating in TAI CHI. Art Stabow, an instructor from OTOW Health and Recreation Dept., will talk to us about the benefits that breast cancer survivors can gain by this type of activity/exercise.

Thursday, Feb. 26

McKameys in concert at College Road
College Road Baptist Church welcomes The McKameys as part of the 2015 Winter concert series. The group is in its sixth decade of spreading God’s message of love and hope through their music. The wonderful harmonies of this family along with great songs gives them a unique opportunity to share God’s love as well as encourage the saints.  Whether they are performing   “I Made it by Grace”,  “The Shepherd’s Point of View”, “When He Speaks”,  “Unspoken Request”, or one of their classics like “Right On Time”,  “I’ve Won”, or their signature song, “God on the Mountain” there is an undeniable energy that carries them through each performance.
College Road is excited to have The McKameys on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. There is no reserved seating and a $10 donation at the door. College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 SW College Road in Ocala approximately 1.75 miles west of I-75. Call 352-237-5741 for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Lions Club yard sale

The Ocala 200 Lions Club is having a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Bank of the Ozarks, State Road 200 in the Friendship Plaza. Time will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.

Children’s author to perform

Children and adults will sing and groove as New York Times bestselling author Eric Litwin performs on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library (2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala). Litwin, author of the first four Pete the Cat picture books and The Nuts! has performed all over the world and is a popular keynote speaker on interactive literacy. His guitar-strumming, harmonica-blowing, song-singing, fun, folksy style will entertain audiences of all ages.
Children 3 to 12 years of age with caregivers are encouraged to attend. Due to limited seating, this is a ticketed event. Free tickets for Litwin’s two performances will be available at Headquarters-Ocala Library beginning Saturday, Feb. 21, while they last.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. The program is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library. For more information on the Eric Litwin program or other programs and services offered by the Marion County Public Library System, call 352-671-8551 or visit library.marioncounty.org.