Upcoming events week of 1-25-2013

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Saturday, Jan. 26

Book sale benefits wildlife sanctuary
A book sale to benefit Ocala Wildlife Sanctuary will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.
Also, you may bring your aluminum cans for recycling.

Two-day camellia show
The annual camellia show at the Pioneer Garden Club, 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, will be Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27.
Admission to the camellia show is free, and there is plenty of free parking.
The annual Ocala Camellia Society camellia show features award-winning blooms from across the southeastern United States.
The public is invited to view the show from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Camellia plants will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, or until supply runs out.
For more information, please call 352-595-3365 or visit www.americancamellias.org and look for the Ocala Camellia Society web page.

Book Lovers’ Ball at Marion Oaks Library
Join the celebratory fun and festivities as the Marion Oaks Public Library recognizes its 20-year anniversary with a “Book Lovers’ Ball” on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center (294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala).
Children, adults and families will receive the “royal” treatment as they enjoy a variety of entertainment options including: music, games, crafts, door prizes and refreshments.
Attendees, who may dress in costume or casually, will also be able to have their picture taken with special equine guests from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses.
The Marion Oaks Public Library has provided reading and educational materials to Marion County residents since 1992.
A grassroots effort of the Friends of the Marion Oaks Public Library, the facility initially opened as a community library through fundraising and volunteer efforts of the Friends group.
The library joined the Marion County Public Library System in 1996.
The “Book Lovers Ball” is sponsored by the Public Library System in cooperation with the Friends of the Marion Oaks Public Library.
For more information about this and other Public Library System events, visit http://library.marioncountyfl.org or call 352-671-8551.

Monday, Jan. 28

40 & 8 to meet
The regular monthly meeting of the 40 & 8 will be Monday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks building on State Road 200 at the entrance to On Top of the World.
All honorably discharged veterans are welcome. Come and enjoy camaraderie and light refreshments with fellow veterans. For more information phone Ben at 352-854-0272 or Zack at 352-873-4841.

Retired nurses to meet

The Citrus Marion Chapter of the Florida Registered Nurses Retired (RNR) will meet at the Inverness Golf and Country club on Monday, Jan. 28. Sign-in for the meeting starts at 11 a.m.
The speaker will be Dr. Attangi from the Citrus Memorial Heart and Vascular Center who will speak on Vascular Disease. Our charity will be Guardian Ad Litem.
Retired nurses wishing to attend should call Mary Jane at 352-726-6882 or Gladys at 352-854-2677 by Wednesday Jan. 23.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

County Sierra Club to meet
The Marion County Sierra Club will meet at the Marion County Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Breast cancer support group
The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Rm 235 (Multipurpose Room) at 1 p.m
The meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29 will be off-site at Stone Creek Grille, 9676 SW 62nd Loop, with lunch at noon and a trip to “All About You Boutique” at Six Gun Plaza. We will car pool to lunch, meeting at the church parking lot at 11:30 a.m. You may also drive yourself, but please call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904 if you are interested in attending so she can inform Stone Creek Grille and All About You with the number to plan on.

Friday, Feb. 1

Three-day coin show
The Ocala Coin Show has moved to a new location. It will be held at the Circle Square Cultural Center in On Top of the World, on Feb. 1, 2 and 3.
There will be 56 dealers and more than 100 tables. There will be two grading services on site with free appraisals and taking orders to slab coins.
There is free admission and free parking, and hourly door prizes and a gold and silver raffle.
Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Rich Selvar, bourse chairman, at 352-748-5225.

Sheriff holds rib sale

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is holding its annual United Way Super Bowl Rib Sale on Friday, Feb. 1, from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $15 per slab and can be picked up at the Sheriff’s complex located at 692 N.W. 30th Ave. in Ocala. Delivery is also available.
For tickets and more information call Jennifer Lowe at 352-368-3598.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Rally for Life at Queen of Peace
The Ocala Rally for Life 2013 will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in front of Queen of Peace Catholic Church by the crosses commemorating the babies who have died from legalized abortion these past 40 years since Roe v. Wade made “abortion on demand” the law of the land.
Please note the change of venue from previous years. The rally will not be held downtown as usual, but rather in front of Queen of Peace as the visibility to the public will be better and the witness of the church more powerful. Limited seating will be provided so please consider bringing your own chair.

Candler Hills Extreme Demo Day

Candler Hills Golf Club, home to the Ocala Open, invites you to the 7th annual Extreme Demo Day Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Try out demo clubs on the range and all brands of putters and wedges in the short game area from vendors including TaylorMade, Adams, Ping, Nike, Titleist, Cobra, Callaway, Nancy Lopez, Adidas and many more. Plus receive a complimentary lunch! The Extreme Demo Day is a free event and open to the public.
Don’t miss this opportunity to receive unbeatable special pricing on clubs and clothing. The club is at 8137 S.W. 90th Terrace Road in Ocala. Call 352-861-9712 or visit www.CandlerHillsGolfClub.com for more information.

Main library holds book sale
The Friends of the Ocala Library book sale will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. Thousands of books will be on sale, hardcovers at 50 cents and paperbacks at 25 cents. Come and browse and help the Friends continue their ongoing support of the library and its various programs. Go to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org and find out more about the Friends.

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 352-873-2276

Historical Novel Society to meet
At the Feb. 2 meeting of the Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society, Rick Seymour will use Christopher Vogler’s “The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers” to guide us in exploring the “hero’s journey,” by providing examples from Ender’s Game, Harry Potter, Terminator, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and The Matrix
The meeting will continue with a presentation by Carol Megge on How to Start Writing a Novel. Handouts will be provided that cover examples of character development, motivation and goals.
FCHNS meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month in the Community Room of the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Marian Fox at 352-726-0162 or visit our website www.fchns.org.

Sunday, Feb. 3

Musicale at First Congregational
A Sunday Afternoon Musicale will take place on Feb. 3 at 3 p.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200.
Church members and friends of the church will sing, dance (well, move) and play their way through an afternoon of music and fun. Admission is free, however, an offering will be taken to help support our music program. This year’s theme is “Love Is In The Air.” The choir will sing a medley of Cole Porter love songs in honor of Valentines Day, and there will be a variety of solos, duets and instrumentals to entertain you.

German Americans to meet
The German American Club of Marion County will hold its annual Fasching Party on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Wear a costume, bring beads and enjoy music by The Bavarians! Bring your own snacks and beverages. Tickets are $10 per member and $15 per non-member. For tickets, call Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.

Gospel choir at Ocala West
The Bethune-Cookman University Inspirational Gospel Choir will be in concert at Ocala West United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.
The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. For information call 352-854-9550.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Collingsworth Singers at Ocala West
The Collingsworth Family Singers will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of family worship, piano, and praise. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. For more information, call 352-854-9550.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Yard sale at Countryside
The annual yard sale will be held in Founder’s Hall at Countryside Presbyterian Church,
7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. White elephant, linen, clothing, jewelry, homemade bake sale, tools, toys, small furniture, holiday decorations, books, videos, CDs and much more.
For further information, call the church at 352-237-4633.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Vocal soloist to appear
The Marion Chamber Music Society will present vocal soloist Stephen Saxon on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200.
He will be performing a variety of favorite arias and light classics to include Kern’s audience favorite, Old Man River. All Marion Chamber Music concerts are free to the public; donations greatly appreciated.
Saxon has soloed all over the world with prestigious orchestras and conductors to include Slatkin and Abbado in impressive works by composers such as Mahler, Handel, Beethoven, Brahms and premier works as well as lighter classical music and shows. In addition to his exceptional talent as a vocalist, he also is a virtuoso violinist and classical guitarist. His talent not limited to music, he is a retired Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, University of Florida.
For more information, call 352-867-1340.

Decca hosts Oak Run residents
Oak Run residents are invited to “We Love Oak Run,” a community and customer appreciation celebration sponsored by Decca Real Estate Corp., on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bella Cucina Restaurant in Oak Run.
Dessert and beverages will be served, and those attending can enter to win door prizes.
For more information, call 352-854-8787.

Opera Theatre, Ocala Symphony show
The UF Opera Theatre Workshop and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra present “Opera Noir” – Mozart’s The Impresario and Purcell’s dido and Aeneas on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Ocala’s Circle Square Cultural Center.
The UF Opera Theatre Workshop transforms two operatic standards into staged versions of film classics while the talented vocal performers from the UF School of Music graduate and undergraduate music programs make up the cast and are under the direction of Dr. Anthony Offerle and Maestro Mathew Wardell conducts the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in the joint production! Mozart’s hilarious one-act opera The Impresario discovers a new attitude as the characters channel their inner Casablanca and the onstage audience comments enthusiastically as they enjoy the stormy new silver screen hit, Dido and Aeneas!
Tickets for this special show are $15 for general admission seating.
Don’t miss this joint production featuring the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the UF Opera Theatre Workshop on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Doors at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala will open at 1 p.m. For a full list of shows, events and concerts and to purchase tickets, please visit www.csculturalcenter.com or call 352-854-3670.  

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Spring soccer signup at Joy
Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is now ready for some spring soccer! They are looking for boys and girls from kindergarten through 6th grade to register for this fun and encouraging sports experience.
Players may register at the church office beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The registration fee is $65 per child, which includes a reversible jersey, water bottle, socks, car magnet and an end-of-season reward. Scholarships are available. All players must attend one soccer evaluation that promotes equal and competitive teams as well as a substitution system, to complete the registration process
Practice begins Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 28. The first game is scheduled for Saturday, March 9. All events will occur at Hope Field at Joy Lutheran Church. So get your child registered to learn the skills of the game and an opportunity to experience good sportsmanship.
Volunteers are needed to help with coaching, registering the participants and organizing the players.
For more information, contact Pastor Ed Holloway at 352-854-4509 ext. 223, or Fran Johnson at 352-854-4509 ext. 221.
Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala.

Saturday, Feb. 16

13th annual Horses for Hospice Trail Ride
Hospice of Marion County, Inc. will hold its 13th annual “Horses for Hospice” Trail Ride on Saturday, Feb. 16, on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. This year’s ride is in memory of Wayne Vaught, beloved Cross Florida Greenway enthusiast and former Trail Ride chairman.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first ride leaves at 9:15 a.m. Riders travel from as far as Jacksonville and Tampa to spend 2-3 hours on the trail. Following the ride, participants can enjoy lunch by Tommy’s BBQ, live entertainment by Bordertown, and door prizes.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Patient Care Programs. The minimum donation to ride is $30. Wagons are welcome; $30 for driver and $10 per passenger. Horse lovers who are unable to ride may purchase a $10 ticket to enjoy lunch and entertainment. For more information or to register, call 352-854-5218.

Home Improvement Expo
Mark your calendars for the fifth annual Home Improvement Expo on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center! The event is sponsored by On Top of the World Communities and World Home Improvements.
Browse through the dozens of exhibitor booths and visit with experts from a wide variety of trades in the home improvement industry including; home solar, screen room enclosures, windows and flooring, the latest in home entertainment, single room or total home renovation, home security and much more. Numerous companies will fill the Circle Square Cultural Center with different ideas for enhancing homes and showcasing concepts for home improvements from standard remodeling and landscaping to complete reconstruction. This is a free event and open to the public.
Visitors to the Home Improvement Expo will be treated to giveaways, door prizes and vendor gifts, along with loads of information and ideas for improving their home.
The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St. For more information, visit the website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call Theresa Fields at 352-854-8707 ext. 7530.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Chuck Wagon Gang at Christ’s Church
Back by popular demand the number one Gospel Group of all time, entering its 75th year of singing the old songs, The Chuck Wagon Gang appears Sunday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m. This mixed quartet has continuously recorded what has come to be known as “grass roots” Gospel music, recording over 800 songs and selling 40 million records worldwide. Many of the original songs are still being sung at their concerts across America. Admission is free; a love offering will be taken.
Christ’s Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.

Monday, Feb. 18

Marion Oaks Democrats to meet
The next meeting of the Marion Oaks Democratic Club will be Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center, Building B.
The club met on Dec. 17 to prepare for 2013. The discussion centered around the election of officers to carry on the work with the intensity of the past few months. The mid-term elections were mentioned as well as the need to maintain our interest and involvement in local and national issues that affects us all. New officers will be determined in our February meeting.
Another topic of interest was the success of our end of year victory party held early in December. Approximately 160 individuals came to eat, dance and share experiences. A good time was had by all! Everyone was reminded about the bus trip to the inauguration ceremony for President Obama.
Come and join us in February, we can always find room for more members.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Auditions for Over 55 talent show
Active adults 55+ from all over Florida are invited on stage to audition for the fourth annual “The World Has Talent” 55+ talent show on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Ocala’s Circle Square Cultural Center. Judges will choose several top acts that will then perform at “The World Has Talent” 55+ Talent Show at the Cultural Center on Saturday, May 11, where they will compete for a chance to win the $500 first place, $250 second place and $150 third place prizes!
Auditions will be held on Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit www.CSCulturalCenter.com, call 352-854-3670 or e-mail ticketsales@cscultrualcenter.com.

Saturday, March 2

Palm Cay garage sales
Community-wide garage sales will be held at Palm Cay on Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gates will be open to the public.
A hot dog lunch will be available at the Oasis fro a nominal fee.
Palm Cay is on State Road 200 just two blocks west of 103rd Street Road.

Saturday, March 9

Concert at First Congregational
The Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the church; tickets are $10 and are available at the church office, 7171 SW State Road 200, 352-237-3035 or contact Dave at 352-867-7967. Refreshments will be available at intermission.

Saturday, March 16

Looking for vendors
Come join us on March 16 at Oak Run’s annual Plant Sale and Craft Show. There are tables available inside the Orchid Club for $15 per table. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will have entertainment and food available.
Please call Patricia Callahan 352-484-0895) or Sharon Cariglio 315-383-2138) for more information. Our proceeds are donated to CCF ‘s Horticulture Scholarship program.

Run, walk for United Way
United Way of Marion County’s high school youth program is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 16, at 8 a.m. downtown at Ocala City Hall to benefit the United Way.
Entry fee is $20 before Monday, March 11 and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org or participants can register at Active.com.
Sponsorships are still available. For more information, call Tina Banner at 352-732-9696.
Saturday, April 20

Helping Hands race, walk, fun run
Helping Hands is having its inaugural 5K race, a 1 mile walk, and a Kid’s Fun Run, on April 20th at the Baseline Road Trailhead (Florida Greenway). It’s a family event featuring complimentary food, snacks, drinks, music, exhibits, and raffle prizes. Individual and group awards will be given out to winners. The cost for adults is $20 for pre-registration, youth $15, and the children’s Fun Run (10 years or younger) is free. Top quality event shirts are free to the first 200 registrants. All the proceeds go to helping local men, women, and children in need. Registration, sponsorships, and detailed information is available on our website at www.helpinghandsocala.org or call Holly Miley at 352-732-4464.