Upcoming events week of 10-14-2011

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 Saturday, Oct. 15

AAUW meeting scheduled

Dr. Mary Palamar, a distinguished college professor and educator will be speaking on The Impact of Human Trafficking in Florida at the Oct. 15 AAUW meeting.  The meeting will take place in room 108 at the University Center, College of Central Florida and starts at 10 a.m. Coffee will be served starting at 9:30 a.m. Public is invited.

Helping Hands apartments open

Helping Hands Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of Sunbrite apartments, an eight-unit (16 bedrooms) home for women and children in need. The apartments are at 612 N.E. 26th Ave., Ocala.
There will be a grand opening and open house on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at noon.
Hot dogs, chips, drinks and more will be served. Come and enjoy a tour of the facilities, meet the women and children they are serving, enjoy a good time of food and fellowship, and meet the leadership of Helping Hands. For more details about Helping Hands their website is www.helpinghandsocala.org.

Free health screenings

Hospices of Marion County Thrift Stores have partnered with the Lions Clubs of Ocala and Silver Springs Shores to provide free vision, hearing and diabetic screenings in October. Scheduled for this area is a screen on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jasmine Square Thrift Store, 6114 S.W. State Road 200. Each person who has a screening will receive a thank you gift from Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores.

Sunday, Oct. 16

Southern Express at Ocala West

The Southern Express Orchestra from Ocala will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 16 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 located at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. Phone 352-854-9550.

Moose Lodge serves breakfast

Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, a great buffet is offered, consisting of eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes, biscuits with gravy, toast, juice, coffee and more! Visit us before or after church and see why we are the “best kept secret” in Southwest Ocala. We are located at 10411 S.W. 110 St. - one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance to Oak Run. Phone is 352-854-2200.
Rose Society to meet

Marion County Rose Society meets at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Marion County Ag Center Auditorium, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road (CR 200A), Ocala. Meetings open to all who want to have fun learning about and sharing their love of roses. Visit www.marioncountyroses.org or call 352-341-0564.

Monday, Oct. 17

Legion Post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. Hwy. 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow Veterans. For more information telephone Commander Fred Pulis 352-854-9976.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

A Food for Thought luncheon

The Parish Nurses at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church are sponsoring a luncheon for the discussion of mental illnesses and the brain disorders that cause them, working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This will take place at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Our Redeemer.
The presenters will be John Podkomorski and Bob Davis and they will give an overview of how the brain works and the causes of how it breaks.
You’ll learn about major mental illnesses, (schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorder), their primary symptoms, how many people are affected by them, and what happens to people diagnosed with these disorders as they manage the road to recovery and the needs of their everyday lives.
This is a (mostly) non-technical presentation, offered by people who have personal experiences with mental illness.
Everyone is invited to attend this presentation.
Lunch will be provided.
Registration is required. Please call Shirley Voth at 352-368-4028 to register, or for more information. We hope to see you there. We are located ½ mile west of Interstate 75 on State Road 200.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Public bingo at the Moose

Bingo is back every Wednesday, starting at 1 p.m. Come try your luck, while enjoying lunch, meeting new friends - everyone welcome!
Proceeds support Moose projects and charities. The lodge is at 10411 S.W. 110 St. Phone is 352-854-2200.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Indoor yard sale

Joy Lutheran Church, Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, will have its annual indoor yard sale, bake sale and lunch on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Swenson Hall. The public is invited to donate such items as furniture, tools, gardening equipment and electronics. Kitchen and house wares, linens, books, and craft supplies are also welcome for donation. Please no clothes or shoes. Yard sale items may be brought to Swenson Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, or anytime on Thursday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct.21. There will be a vintage table for special treasures as well as a craft section. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information regarding this event, call Bert Padgett (352-489-8430).

Queen of Peace country fair

Queen of Peace Council of Catholic Women will sponsor a country fair at Queen of Peace Church Hall on Southwest State Road 200 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. White elephant items, jewelry, books, tapes, fine decorative items bake goods, Christmas decorations, 50/50, raffle and lunch will be available. All are welcome!

Ocala Arts Festival set

Art lovers and collectors will fill the McPherson Governmental Complex on 25th Avenue during the 45th annual Ocala Arts Festival on Oct. 22 and 23. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The Festival, produced by Fine Arts For Ocala, hosts a juried fine arts show with artists and craftsmen from all over the United States. Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend of art and free entertainment for the entire family. The festival also includes free admission, free parking, free children’s art projects, and live entertainment. For more information please call: 352-867-0355 or visit www.fafo.org.

Haitian Dinner at St. Jude

The Haitian Community of St. Jude Catholic Community is hosting a dinner on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Jude located at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. Traditional Haitian foods will be served. Ticket cost is $12 per person for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12. Tickets will be available after the weekend Masses or by contacting Ghislaine at 352-245-9962.

Event to help returning vets

Marion Woods retirement community will hold a barbecue to benefit Outward Bound for Veterans, which will help recent veterans re-adjust to life at home.
The event will be Oct. 22 at noon at Marion Woods, 1661 S.E. 31st St., Ocala. The public is invited.

Annual craft fair at Circle Square

On Top of the World Communities is hosting the ninth annual Craft Fair at the Circle Square Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 22. This year’s fair will showcase crafters and artists from all over Ocala/Marion County featuring stained glass, jewelry, ornaments, baskets, handbags and much, much more! Plus, enjoy live entertainment by Jerry Byrd, face painting for kids by Pockets of Clowns, food and more on The Town Square!
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center and Circle Square Commons Town Square which is located at 8395 S.W. 80th St. For more information, please call 352-854-8707 ext. 7530 or 7533 or visit our website: www.csculturalcenter.com.

Preserve has yard sale

The community of Spruce Creek Preserve will host its annual community yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to noon. Spruce Creek Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Breast cancer survivors meet

The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) support group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th Street and this month our meeting on Oct. 25 will be in the Multipurpose Room.
Dr. Jamie Daniel will be returning this year for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we look forward to her time with us.Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation. If you have any questions, please call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.

Friday, Oct. 28

HarvestFest at Christ’s Church

The third annual HarvestFest will be Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200. There will be pictures and games in the foyer. Show time is 6:30 p.m., followed by a costume contest for children. It will be fun for the whole family.
For information call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Howl-o-ween for animal rescue

All animal lovers are invited to come out for a “Howl-o-ween Fall Carnival” that will benefit the Fur Kids animal rescue and Feisty Acres cat rescue organizations. The first-time event is set for Saturday, Oct. 29 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Airport Road Animal Clinic, 4851 S.W. 60th Ave. There will be door prizes, a chance to win free flea prevention for a year, an opportunity drawing, face painting, food, a pet costume contest, and more. Admission to the first-time event is free but there will be food for sale.

Blessing of the animals at Joy

The sixth annual blessing of the animals will take place at Joy Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Garden.
Pastor Ed Holloway will conduct the service. The public is welcome to bring their dogs, cats, horses, sheep, birds, and etc. to receive the blessing. Owners must be able to control their pets.
Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. For more information call 352-854-4509 ext 221.
Turn in your unwanted pills
On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Ocala Police Department and in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will participate in the National Pill Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a uniformed officer will be stationed at the following “no questions asked” collection sites:
• Marion County Sheriff’s Main Operations Center, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala.
• Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District Office, 9048 S.W. State Road 200.
• Ocala Police Department, 402 S. Pine Ave., Ocala.
The purpose of this event is to give persons in the community who have a surplus of outdated prescription drugs; pills they don’t have a prescription for; or pills they obtained illegally, an opportunity to turn them in without facing any criminal charges or repercussions.

Halloween Hop to benefit theater

ACT 4, non profit organization under the umbrella of the Marion Players of the Ocala Civic Theatre, has a goal to support and raise funds for the theater.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, we will be having a “Halloween Hop” at Our Lady of the Springs Parish Hall, 4047 N.E. 21st St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. They will be available at the door or for more information call Patti Cole at 352-629-8859. This will be a 50s style record hop. Come and join us for an evening of fun, food, dancing and a costume contest. BYOB set ups available. Proceeds to benefit Ocala Civic Theatre.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Main library book sale

The Friends of the Ocala Library will hold their quarterly book sale on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms B and C of the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. A wide range of tenderly treated books will be on sale – hardcovers for 50 cents, and paperbacks for 25 cents. Proceeds from this sale, in addition to those from the Friends’ Book Market in the foyer of the library, benefit the main library in aid for unfunded programs. For information on the Friends, log on to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org.

Flea market in Dunnellon

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will be holding its annual flea market on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Father Stegeman hall, at the corner of U.S. Highway 41 and State Road 40 in Dunnellon.
Hundred of items will be for sale including the famous boutique table. Plan to attend this community event.

Steel Horse Stampede slated for Nov. 5

The eighth annual Steel Horse Stampede motorcycle ride is gearing up for its journey through Marion County on Nov. 5.
The event serves as a fundraiser to benefit patient care at Hospice of Marion County, Inc. Last year, 255 riders raised more than $16,700 at this event.
Participants may pre-register by calling 352-854-5218 or register the day of the event at Hospice of Marion County’s Education Center at 3231 S.W. 34th Ave. in Ocala.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a start time of 10 a.m. The cost is a minimum donation of $20 for the first rider and $15 for a passenger. The donation includes a light breakfast and a barbecue lunch catered by Tommy’s BBQ following the ride – plus 50 door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and entertainment by the NIGHTSHIFT Band.
Stampede participants will take a 55-mile ride through Marion County, escorted by Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Along the way are scheduled stops at each of the four Hospice Houses. Riders will get a close-up view of the beautiful houses available for the area’s hospice patients.
For more information about the ride, contact 352-854-5218 or to inquire about the many services Hospice of Marion County has to offer, call 352-873-7400.

Yoga class at Sholom Park

On Saturday, Nov. 5, join us for a free yoga class which starts promptly at 9 a.m. Come early to center yourself! This will be the last session of the season until we meet again on May 5.
For information, contact Ingrid Crane at 352-854-7950.

Saturday, Nov. 12

SummerGlen holiday craft fair
The SummerGlen holiday craft fair will be Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Hall, 15050 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala. The event is sponsored by the SummerGlen Quilters.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Memory screenings available

Memory screenings and educational materials are available as part of National Memory Screening Day, an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
The event will be at Visiting Angels, 8405 S.W. 80th St., Suite 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 352-520-8484 for an appointment for the free and confidential screening.