Upcoming events week of 03-25-2011

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Friday, March 25


Book sale at library


     The Friends’ spring book sale at Freedom Public Library continues at 10 a.m. on  Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26. Sale ends at 6 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday.


Saturday, March 26


Anti-tobacco youth extravaganza


On March 26, anti-tobacco advocate Chad Bullock will be host a youth extravaganza with Marion County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) for local youth and community members in the Ocala Downtown Square.  SWAT youth will educate their peers and other community members on the dangers of candy flavored tobacco products. The event starts at 3 p.m. For information, call Jessie Driggers at 352-454-3795.




Wesleyan Women’s Spring Fling


The Wesleyan Women will hold their Spring Fling on Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a variety of vendors and assortment of crafts and baked goods will be available. There will also be a silent auction with the drawing at 1 p.m.

The event will be at Living Water Wesleyan Church, 11120 S.W. Highway 484, one mile west of State Road 200.

For information call 352-465-1141 or, on the day of the event, 352-489-2636.


Palm Cay garage sale

Palm Cay will be holding a community-wide garage sale which is open to the public on Saturday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a hot dog luncheon at the Oasis Clubhouse from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. (address of the club house is 8063 S.W. 106th Place). Maps will be given out at the Guard House.


African Violet Club to meet


The African Violet Club of Ocala will meet on Saturday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Brian Litz substation, 9048 S.W. State Road 200.

This will be a fun meeting with a video presentation on basic violet care and tips and tricks. The African Violet Society of America offers a wide variety of videos thro9ugh its library. This month we’ll watch one of their offerings and discuss what we as growers use and some of the new things we have been trying. Refereshments will be served at our break. All are welcome and the public is invited. For information, contact Laura Perdomo, club president, at pretyinsde@netzero.net or 352-625-6467. Check out the website at http://www.africanvioletclubofocala.org.


Car show at county complex


The first car show sponsored by George Albright, Marion County tax collector, will be Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the tax collector parking lot, 503 S.E. 25th Ave., with proceeds to benefit local charities. It is open to all vehicles. Pre-registration by March 20 is $15, after that it’s $20.

For more information contact Louann Desantis at 352-368-8218 or e-mail at ldesantis@mariontax.com.


SPCA plans book sale

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion County is holding a used book sale on Saturday, March 26 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. next to Winn Dixie at 8445 S.W. State Road 200 in Friendship Center (next to On Top of the World Communities).

Books are inexpensive and we have paperbacks and hardcovers on many topics. You can’t get a better bargain, so come on over and stock up on all your favorites. Help us help the animals of Marion County.

Spring Festival at Circle Square Commons

Celebrate Spring and with an afternoon of music, entertainment and fun at Circle Square Commons Town Square Saturday, March 26, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy an action-packed lumberjack show with world class lumberjacks featuring log rolling, log rolling dogs, chopping, sawing, axe throwing, dragster chainsawing, tree climbing and much more! Also watch as professional chefs compete in the Titanium Chef cooking challenge, learn new gardening techniques at a spring planning demonstration, and dance the night away with live entertainment by Karen Hall.

Entertainment Schedule:

3:00 pm - Titanium Chef Challenge   

4:00 pm - Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

5:00 pm - Spring Planting Demonstration by Kathleen Patterson, Master Gardener

6:00 pm - Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

7:00 pm – Sock Hop featuring Karen Hall


The Town Square is at 8409 S.W. 80th St., Ocala.  For more information visit:  www.CircleSquareCommons.com.




Low-cost vaccinations set

Midwest Feed and Farm in Ocala has partnered with Dr. Mark Wilson of the Florida Teaching Zoo to present the community with a series of low-cost pet vaccination clinics. These clinics allow community members to stay current on pet vaccinations and also benefit the Florida International Teaching Zoo which is a federal 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The next scheduled clinic will be Saturday, March 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. at 3352 N.W. Blitchton Road (U.S. Highway 27) – Ocala, ¼ mile east of Interstate 75.

Costs include:

Dog and Cat Rabies - $6

Dog and Puppy Distemper/parvo combo - $14

Cat Three way/distemper - $14

Dog Kennel Cough/Bordatella - $15

Vaccinations are veterinarian administered and documentation is provided.

Cash or check only are accepted, and no sick pets are admitted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.

For vaccination-specific information call the Florida Teaching Zoo at 352-867-7788.


Sunday, Mar.27th

Moose breakfast and public bingo

Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, a fantastic breakfast is served at one great price! Choice of combinations: including omelets or any style eggs, potatoes, biscuits with gravy, toast, bacon, sausage or ham.

“Open to the Public” Bingo begins at 2 p.m. with food and refreshments available. Enjoy and help us raise funds for charity and our Fraternity’s endeavors.

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, March 29

United Way annual meeting


The United Way of Marion County will host the annual meeting of the membership on Tuesday, March 29 at the Webber Center located on the campus of the College of Central Florida at 8 a.m.  The meeting will include educational testimonies from teachers, businesses and parents. Attendees will also be able to pledge their support to education.  The event will also include the election of United Way board members and volunteer leadership recognition.  Tickets are $15 and corporate tables of six can be purchased for $100. RSVP deadline is Monday, March 21.

Contributors who are interested in attending can call Faith Beard at 352-732-9696 ext. 200 or e-mail at fbeard@uwmc.org for more information.


  Wednesday, March 30


  Bonsai Exhibit. “Trees of Sholom Park” photography


   The MTP Education Center and the Marion Bonsai Society will host their fourth annual exhibit. The OTOW Photography club will also exhibit its portrayal of the “Trees of Sholom Park.” Exhibits will open on Wednesday, March 30, and close on Friday, April l, at the Master the Possibilities main lobby, 8415 S.W. 80th St., Ocala (OTOW). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 30 and 31 and 9 a.m. until noon on April 1. The exhibits are free and open to the public. Classes and demonstrations are offered on Wednesday and Thursday; to register for these go to www.masterthepossibilities.com or call 854-3699 or visit the MTP office.






Saturday, April 2


Car and craft show at Sheriff’s main office

The All Vehicles Past and Present Car Show and Craft Show will take place 9 a.m., Saturday, April 2, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. There is free admission to this fundraising event to benefit the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Foundation.


Vet Council plans memorial service


The Marion County Veterans Council will hold its quarterly memorial service on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, East Fort King Street and Northeast 25th Avenue.

The service is held every three months.

The names of veterans who have died the past three months are read. There are prayers, songs, a drum roll and a bell ringing. The Belleview High School JROTC will present and retire the colors, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will give the final gun salute.

For information call 352-288-9344.



Fashion Show at St. Jude

This is a good time to check out the latest fashions for your Easter outfit. The Ladies Guild of St. Jude Catholic Community will present their annual Fashion Show on Saturday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. Members will model fashions from Belk. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. For more information please contact Jackie at 352-237-4380. St. Jude Catholic Community is at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks.


Sunday, April 3


Concert at Ocala West

The Southern Express Orchestra from Ocala will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 3, 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 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. Phone 352-854-9550.


Thursday, April 7

WOW Singles to meet

WOW Singles will meet at the following locations. No dues. Please call 352-861-9487 or 352-237-5842 for more info.

April 7, 12:30 p.m., Horse and Hound, 4620 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

April 21, 12:30 p.m., Stone Creek Grille, 9676 S.W. 62nd Loop (North on 80th Avenue past OTOW).




Saturday, April 9



Luncheon fashion show at 1st Congregational

The Women’s Fellowship of First Congregational United Church of Christ is hosting a luncheon and fashion show on Saturday, April  9 at noon in the Enrichment Center. Women's and men's fashions by Belk Department Store and lunch includes chicken salad, accompaniments, dessert and beverages. Tickets are $10 and include chances on door prizes. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the "Food 4 Kids" program. Please call 352-237-9525 or 352-291-8768 for tickets and information.







Christian Life garage sale


A garage sale will be conducted by Christian Life Assembly of God, 9644 S.W. County Road 484, near State Road 200, on Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 352-237-6950.


Trike-a-thon at Marion Oaks

On Sunday, April 10, starting at 10 am, the Adventurers Clubs sponsored by the Belleview and Marion-Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Churches will participate in a Trike A Thon to benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital. The participants in the Trike A Thon will ride from the Marion Oaks Community Center to Winn-Dixie and back to the Center.

The children are from 2 to 7 years old and in need of sponsors. If you wish to support this worthy cause, and for more information please contact Marlene Wright at 352-292-2440.  Come out and cheer the young riders even if you are not a sponsor: it’s children helping children.



Thursday, April 14

Palm Cay sets dinner for Bryant

On April 14, the Republican Club of Palm Cay is hosting a celebratory dinner for Kathy Bryant, District 2 county commissioner, at the Oasis. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and is by reservation only. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased from Jim Pettus, 352-438-9662 or Kathy Pasqua, 352-237-1913.


Thursday, April 21


Adult Spelling Bee planned

The Marion County Literacy Council (MCLC) is holding its seventh annual “Adult Spelling Bee” on Thursday, April 21, at the Ocala Hilton (3600 S.W. 36th Ave.) at 5:30 p.m. 

The “Bee” includes dinner, silent auction, chance drawing, and the grand finale – a spelling bee competition among teams composed of corporate employees and community groups. Tickets to attend the event are $35/each or $60/couple.

Spelling Bee admission and chance drawing tickets are available at the Marion County Literacy Council office. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 352-690-7323 for inquiries.

All proceeds will benefit the Marion County Literacy Council, an organization of volunteer tutors who work one-on-one with Marion County adults needing help with reading, English, and GED preparation. 


Tuesday, May 3


Dance to benefit Hospice


USA Dance Ocala Chapter 6027 is hosting a charity ball fundraiser to benefit Hospice of Marion County on Tuesday, May 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Pioneer Garden Club (4331 East Silver Springs Blvd., next to the Appleton Museum).

The event features entertainment including professional dance exhibitions and live music performed by “Retro Express” Mitch and Diana. Other activities include open dancing, door prizes and chance drawings. General admission tickets are $15/person, which includes valet parking, food and beverages.

Attire is coat and tie to semi-formal for men and dress to semi-formal for ladies. All proceeds support Hospice of Marion County Patient Care Programs.

For more information call Dennis Rose 352-629-0837 or Linda Byrd 352-509-4317.