Upcoming events week of 10-28-2011

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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.

High Twelve Club meets

The Greater Ocala High Twelve Club #665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala.
The speaker will be Dr. William Ramsay of Lange Eye Care. Our sight is so important to us all. Dr. Ramsay’s remarks about eye care are sure to be eye opening (excuse the pun) for us. This will be information we need and can use.
As always, we will enjoy another great buffet lunch after the meeting. The cost is only $12 per person.
All master Masons and guests are invited to attend. Bring a friend! Reservations are required. Telephone Bob Brady at (352) 854 - 9612 for reservations or further information.

Saturday, Oct. 29

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.

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.

Fairy Tale Festival for children

Follow the fairy tale trail and journey along Storybook Lane on Oct. 29 as the Marion County Public Library system hosts the 3rd Annual Fairy Tale Festival for children ages 12 and under. The festival will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Headquarters-Ocala branch (2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala).
Festival goers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite fairy tale character and embark on enchanting adventures at their public library. Participants will be able to follow the maze of knight challenges to earn the king’s favor, travel down Storybook Lane on a giant game board to the Gingerbread Cottage and even head to the Princess Parlor to help Rapunzel style her hair. Other amenities will include:
“Jack and the Beanstalk” presentation by Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre.
“A Taste of Fairies” presentation by renowned storyteller Pat Nease.
Maypole dancing with the Greenwood Morris dancers.
Dragon scale hunt.
Archery and chess games and crafts.
The Public Library System hosts the Fairy Tale Festival in partnership and with the sponsorship of the Friends of the Ocala Public Library. For more information on this and other events provided by the Marion County Public Library System, visit http://library.marioncountyfl.org or call 352-671-8551.

Sunday, October 30

Christ’s Church Joy Night

Joy Night will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. Lift up your Hearts in Praise. Enjoy an evening of traditional and contemporary music and worship Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Phone 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

First Congregational Musicale

First Congregational’s annual Sunday Musicale is set for Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. This year, the Chancel and Handbell Choirs are featured, along with solos, ensembles and specialty acts. Familiar music for this “Pops” concert ranges from Broadway show tunes to a Stephen Foster medley, and includes both vocal and instrumental favorites. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. A free-will offering will be received to benefit the Church’s music program.
The First Congregational United Church of Christ is at 7171 S.W. State Road 200. For further information, call 352-237-3035 or 352-854-9610.

Monday, Oct. 31

Halloween Adopt-a-Pet at TD Bank

TD Bank and the Humane Society of Marion County will be hosting a Halloween Adopt-a-Pet event on Monday, Oct. 31, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will be held at the TD Bank, 11250 S.W. 93rd Court Road, next to Chili’s on State Road 200.
The pet adoption will have a Wizard of Oz theme, with treats for both two and four legged visitors. Come meet with Dorothy on the yellow brick road and maybe go home with your own Toto. For more information, please contact Susan Griffin at 352-291-2450

Thursday, Nov. 3

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.
Nov. 3, 4 p.m., Bonefish Grill, 4701 S.W. College Road.
Nov. 17, 12:30 p.m., Bently’s Restaurant, 11920 N. Florida Ave., Dunnellon.

Friday, Nov. 4

Bahia Oaks host two-day sale

The Bahia Oaks Homeowners Association is planning a community yard sale on Nov. 4 and 5, 8 a.m to 3 p.m .
Bahia Oaks is located on State Road 200.
Saturday, Nov. 5

Marion Landing fall sale

The Marion Landing fall sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center. Previously known as the bazaar, the sale is open to the public and will feature items such as jewelry, books, linens, tools, baked goods, and various household items. Call 352-237-7152 for more information.

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.

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.

Peripheral Neuropathy group meets

The next meeting of the Ocala Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group will be on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 a. m. at the Marion County Sheriff Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. Everyone is interested is invited to attend. For information call Jack at 352-861-1630.

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

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. 5

Falls of Ocala has sale

The Falls of Ocala, near West Port High School off Southwest 80th Avenue will host its community-wide sale on Nov. 5 beginning at 8 a.m.

Saddle Oak Craft Fair

The annual Craft Fair for the Saddle Oak Club community is Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Coffee and donuts will be served from 8 to 10 a.m., with soup and sandwiches offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saddle Oak Club is across from the Heathbrook Publix on State Road 200.

Classic Cruisers at Circle Square Commons

Come out to Circle Square Commons Town Square on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. and see all of your favorite cars from yesteryear including classics from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and all the way up to today’s popular rides. Bring your classic car and see other beautiful classics, listen and dance to LIVE entertainment, enjoy a variety of tasty food sold by Mr. B’s Big Scoop, and participate in a 50/50 raffle.
Join the fun at this FREE event on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Circle Square Commons Town Square located at 8405 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information on this and other events, call 352-854-3670 or visit www.CircleSquareCommons.com.

SummerGlen hosts garage sale

The SummerGlen Country Club will host its fifth annual community-wide garage sale on Nov 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The gatekeeper will hand maps of the 75 plus households participating in the sale. SummerGlen is at 1450 S.W. 154th St. Road.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Mega book sale scheduled

A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue will be Sunday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. There will be used books, CDs, videos and crafts.
For information call 352-291-1962.

German American picnic

The German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Coehadjoe Park (4225 N.E. 35th St., Ocala), from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 per member and $8 per non-member. Buffet meal 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, call Liz or Joe at 352-732-6368.

Concert at St. Jude

Everyone is invited to attend a concert, “The Best of Broadway” at St. Jude Catholic Community, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks, on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. Maestro Bill Doherty and members of the Central Florida Lyric Opera, as well as members of the St. Jude choirs, will present a program of well-known and loved songs from Broadway shows. Tickets are only $7 per person and can be obtained from the St. Jude office or by calling 352-347-0154.

Monday, Nov. 7

Retired nurses to meet

The RNR November outing will be “An Afternoon at Sumter Landing in The Villages.”
On Monday, Nov. 7, we will have lunch at Panera then members can either shop, take in a movie at Old Mill Playhouse or sit and enjoy each other’s company. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 24 and the cost is $12 for lunch. Please call Mandy at 352-861-0261 for reservations.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Marine Corps Birthday Ball

The Marine Corps League, Ocala West Detachment, announces its annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held, as tradition dictates, on Nov. 10 this year.
The event will be held at the Palm Grove Club in Oak Run, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dress is semi-formal, tickets are $25 per person. Dinner, music By George, and dancing are included.
You need not be a veteran U.S. Marine to attend the celebration.
Tickets may be purchased from any member of the MCL, and are available now, and must be ordered and paid for by Nov. 1. For information, call Jim McCarthy at 352-873-6927.

Fashion show planned

The Ways and Means Ladies of the Pioneer Garden Club are finalizing plans for their annual Fashion Show and High Tea at the Pioneer Garden Center on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Cost per ticket is $12. Fashions will be from the Closet at Greiners and Belks Department Store in Ocala.
This is a popular event and tickets sell quickly. Limit of tickets is 200, so call early for reserved space. The fashions are lovely and are featured for ladies of all sizes. Some models will be members of Pioneer Garden Club. This is a great opportunity for residents of Marion County and surrounding areas to visit the club and consider joining as a member. Every year, the membership grows by three or four after the High Tea and Fashion Show. The membership is not just for ladies, men are members also. So, mark your calendars, call for reservations, and come join the fun! Telephone 352-236-4448 or visit pioneergardenclub.org.

Friday, Nov. 11

Red Kettle Kickoff

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign begins shortly. Celebrate with us on Nov. 11 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Ocala’s Downtown Square. Funds raised during the holiday season help to provide food, shelter, and social services throughout the year for individuals and families in need in Marion County.
Volunteers are always welcome to ring at our Red Kettle stands. Call 352-629-2004 ext 306 to reserve your day and time.

MCSO Foundation golf tourney

The MCSO Foundation is holding its First Golf Outing on Nov. 11 at the Ocala Golf Club with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The outing is to honor those who serve their country. The cost is $65 per person which includes golf and cart Fees, practice balls and continental breakfast.
On the first and only hole-in-one, win a new car from Ocala Volvo. Entry due date is Oct. 31. Mail checks payable to MCSO Foundation, P.O. Box 1987, Ocala FL 34478, Attn: golf outing.
All proceeds go to fund the Sheriff’s Office Foundation volunteer program. For information, telephone president Mary Callahan 352- 861-4201.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Quail Meadow arts and crafts

Quail Meadow Arts & Craft Fair & Bake Sale will be Nov. 12., 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 3158 N.W. 49th Ave (off U.S. Highway 27 near Walgreens). Arts, jewelry, calligraphy, woodworking etc. Free drawings every 1/2 hour. Lunch served.
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.

Fashion show and dinner

Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. is your opportunity to view new fashions to update your holiday wardrobe. While everyone is enjoying a delicious dinner, members of the St. Jude Ladies Guild will be modeling the latest fashions provided by Belk. St. Jude is located at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12. For information and tickets, please contact Jackie at 352-237-4380.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Southern Express at Countryside

The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday,
Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.in the Sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church,
7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.
The Southern Express Band, under the direction of John Holland, will play big band dance music of the 40s and 50s including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. The 18-member orchestra is composed of musicians with varying backgrounds from the Cincinnati Pops, Navy, Marine and Army service bands to former music and band directors.
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.

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 352-620-8484 for an appointment for the free and confidential screening.
Thursday, Nov. 17
Genealogical Society meeting
The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Marion County Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Our guest speaker, Sharon Tate Moody, will speak on “And the Winner Is...Georgia’s Land Lotteries”. The public is cordially invited and there is no cost involved. For further information, please contact Patti Hunt at 352-897-0840, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Book sale for Blind Center

A book sale will take place Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Florida Center for the Blind, 7634 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. Phone number is 352-873-4700.
All proceeds are for the Florida Center for the Blind.   

Monday, Dec. 19

Retired Nurses to hold party

The RNR Christmas party will be on Dec. 19 at the Inverness Golf & Country Club. The entertainment will be a barbershop group called, “The Young & the Rest of Us” and the charity unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army.
Cost for the luncheon is $15. Call Gladys at 352-861-0261 or Mary Jane at 352-726-6882 for reservations before Dec. 15.