Upcoming events week of 04-01-2011

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Saturday, April 2

Vet service at Ocala park

The quarterly memorial reading of the names of local veterans who have passed away will take place at the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Park on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. Reading the names will be members of American Legion Post 284. Belleview High School ROTC members will perform the flag duties, and Assembly and Taps will be played by Bob Romiti (USAF retd.). The drum roll accompanying each name will be played by Ahron Boarman (Kingdom of the Sun band), and the bell will be rung by Dave Bice (Marine Corps). The sound technician will be Ken Sarsony.

Organizer Wilbur Julius announces that well-known local singer Geoff Gartner will perform for the ceremony. Veterans’ families requiring further information should call Julius as 352-288-9344, or the Marion County Veterans Service office at 352-671-8422.


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 tomorrow.

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.



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).


Concert at Ocala West

Douglas Ladnier, an award-winning and critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter, will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m.

The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. Phone 352-854-9550.






Saturday, April 9


Breakfast at Ocala West


The Ocala West United Methodist United Methodist Men will serve their customary outstanding breakfast on Saturday, April 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the church on Southwest 105th Street. A wide array of breakfast food has become a tradition over the last years. The price is still only $5. Make up a party and enjoy the morning. All proceeds from these breakfasts are donated to charity.



Fine arts exhibit at Circle Square



On Saturday, April 9, On Top of the World Communities is hosting the 2011 Hands Across the Highway Fine Arts Exhibit at the Circle Square Cultural Center. The popular annual event will showcase local artists from On Top of the World Communities, Oak Run, Marion Landing, Cherrywood, Ocala Palms, Palm Cay, Spruce Creek Preserve, Pine Run and more. There will be live entertainment and admission to the exhibit is free.

Don’t miss out on this art extravaganza Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala.

For more information, visit www.csculturalcenter.com or call On Top of the World’s Health and Recreation Office at 352-854-8707 ext. 7530.




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.


Sunday, April 10


Concert at Countryside


The Central Florida Master Choir will present its spring concert “A Tribute to America – a concert of American Composers” at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala on Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m.

The Central Florida Master Choir, formed in 1998, has achieved a reputation for its artistic excellence and contribution to the community.

The 35 voice choir will sing “At the River” by Aaron Copeland”, Summertime” by George Gershwin, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Albert Von Tilzer as well as works by Howard Hanson, Samuel Barber, Stephen Paulus and others. Harold W. McSwain, Jr. is the conductor and the piano accompanist is William Powell.

The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.




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.


Tuesday, April 12

Hispanic Business Council meets


The Hispanic Business Council will host its Segundo Tuesday on April 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Enterprise Center on the second floor, 3003 S.W. College Road. Network until 6 p.m. -- bring your business cards – then enjoy a presentation by Workforce Connection on employee hiring tips and other valuable Human Resources information. From 7 to 7:30 p.m. will be round table networking where you may present your latest business news. Invite your colleagues and business associates. New members welcome!
Two prizes will be given out, one to any person present (must have business card to place in bowl) and another drawing only for those who brought non-member guests! Gifts courtesy of Sotomayor Media Creations LLC. Winners must be present to win (no asking friends to submit your card for you.)


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.


Federal retirees to lunch, meet

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees and their spouses will meet April 14, at the Olive Garden Restaurant for lunch at 1 p.m. A short meeting follows at 2 p.m.


Sunday, April 17

German American picnic set

The German American Club of Marion County picnic will take place on Sunday, April 17, from noon to 6 p.m., at Coehadjoe Park, 4225 N.E. 35th St., Ocala. Admission is $5 per member or $8 per non-member. Children under 12 are free. Music will be provided by Oskar the Bavarian.

German American food prepared by club members will be served buffet style and includes: bratwurst, Polish sausage, hamburgers, dessert, coffee and soda. Please bring your own snacks and a covered dish to share. Attire is casual. For tickets, please call Joe or Liz Dickmann at 352-732-6368.




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.

Saturday, April 30

Event benefits local scholarships


Hale Academy’s O’Cajun of the Year crawfish festival is planned for 6 p.m., Saturday, April 30, on the school’s campus, 3443 S.W. 20th St., Ocala (just north of the College of Central Florida). This event will benefit the school’s scholarship program. The admission is $5 for an all-u-can eat crawfish, plus organizers will serve beer and hurricanes.

One highlight of the evening is live Cajun music by The Porchdogs – a band for Louisiana-Style Cajun and Zydeco music. Also, Chris Glover will work the crowd as the opening act.

Organizers urge you to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

For details about this fundraiser, call 352-620-2921 or Email events@haleacademy.org.

Hale Academy is a non-denominational, private school.



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.


Saturday, May 7

Derby Day ribs fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest is selling tickets for its baby back ribs barbecue fundraiser, which will be on Saturday, May 7.

Tickets are $15 for a full rack of baby back ribs. All ribs will be cooked on site and wrapped for transport.

Ribs can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Park Avenue Bank, 8375 S.W. State Road 200.

Tickets are available at the following locations: Park Avenue Bank, Mercantile Bank, 11250 S.W. 93rd Court Road; M&S Bank, 5400 S.W. College Road; and Alarion Bank, 7605 S.W. State Road 200.

All proceeds will benefit the College of Central Florida nursing scholarship program and local charities.

For information, call Ray Sargent at 352-857-9099 or 352-291-2450.


Yoga at Sholom Park


Sholom Park Yoga will begin on Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. We will meet on the first Saturday of each month until November, weather permitting.

 Come soak in the beauty of the Peace Park, located on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 1/2 miles north of State Road 200.

Classes are free. For information, call 352-854-7950.