Upcoming events week of 06-03-2011

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Saturday, June 4


Health checks for student athletes


Marion County Public Schools was already on the path to test student athletes for heart problems this fall, but following the sudden deaths of two Michigan and Colorado student athletes -- and one next door in Alachua County earlier this year -- that program will happen sooner than later.  Now, local student athletes will have heart problems detected at minimum cost.

Marion County Public Schools has partnered with the Orlando Magic, local healthcare professionals, and the Athletic Heart Institute to prevent the same tragedy from happening locally.

On Saturday, June 4, local student athletes will undergo a physical and EKG (electrocardiogram) to detect heart abnormalities.  The screenings take place at Community Technical and Adult Education in Ocala (1014 S.W. 7th Road) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

A $10 charge includes on-site mobile testing, a physical exam, an EKG, and consultation with a cardiologist if necessary.

Student athletes were invited via their coaches to participate in the first-ever venture. Testing is optional, and parents are strongly encouraged to accompany their student athletes. The district anticipates 850-1,000 student athletes will be screened. 

No make-up sessions will be offered.

For more information, call Ed McPadden, coordinator of athletic programs for the district, at 352-236-0586.



Kids fun days at Joy


Starting Saturday, June 4, and continuing, each Saturday through the month of June, Joy Lutheran Church will host a free day of activities, from 9 a.m. to noon, for kids 5 years to 12 years of age.

All you need to do is register at the church office weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., before the first Saturday in June to join in the fun of games, physical activity, food, singing and devotions.  Activities will occur outside on Hope Field, weather permitting, or inside the Fellowship Hall.  So plan your summer fun and register for this great opportunity!


For more information, contact the church at 352-854-4509 ext.221. Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. 

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.

Constitution Party to meet

The Constitution Party of Marion County will hold an organizational meeting on Saturday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Lassie’s Diner, 5068 S.E. Abshier Blvd. (U.S. Highway 441) in Belleview.

All voters registered in the Constitution Party are urged to attend. All other interested people are welcome to attend.

Guest speaker will be state Party Chairman Bernie DeCastro .

For further information, call Jim Penna at 352-817-3240.


Sunday, June 5

Moose breakfast available

  Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, a fantastic breakfast buffet is served at one great price! Eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes, biscuits with gravy, toast, and much more. Everyone welcome! Come help support the mission of the Moose.

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, June 7


Fair Tax presentation set


A Fair Tax presentation will be given on Tuesday, June 7, at the Howard Johnson Inn, 3951 N.W. Bonnie Heath Blvd (U.S. 27) at 7 p.m.

For more information please contact Ron & Elaine Maiellaro at ocalafairtax@cfl.rr.com or 352-671-6724.




Thursday, June 9


Amsden, Kuhn to speak at Palm Cay


On June 9, the Palm Cay Republican Club will welcome as speakers Mike Amsden, county commissioner for District 1, and Dan Kuhn, candidate for sheriff of Marion County.  The meeting will be held at the Palm Cay Oasis Club at 7 p.m., with refreshments to follow.

For more information contact James Pettus at 352-438-9662.


NARFE to meet

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 2279 will gather at their luncheon at the Olive Garden on State Road 200 on June 9 at 1 p.m. A short meeting will follow the luncheon.

The group held its annual barbecue at Santos Park on May 12.


WestPortsets graduation

WestPort High Schoolhas announced its graduation schedule.

Graduation will be Thursday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the West Port football stadium.

Baccalaureate service will be Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center.


Saturday, June 18

Haitian community sponsors trip


The Haitian community of St. Jude Catholic Community is sponsoring a bus trip to the Hard Rock Café and Casino in Tampa on Saturday, June 18.  Tickets are $30 per person.  Each person gets $25 returned for free play and a $5 food voucher. The bus will leave the St. Jude parking lot at 9 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. Please contact Ghislaine at 352-245-9962 for more information and reservations.