Upcoming events week of 10-4-2013

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Friday, Oct. 4

Indoor church yard sale

The Women of the Rainbow Springs Village Church are having a public indoor yard sale on Friday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church. All proceeds of the yard sale will fund the Women’s International Ministry Project of building relationships and counseling women in Eastern Europe.
Rainbow Springs Village Church is at 20222 S.W. 102nd St. Road, Dunnellon, (just south of Winn Dixie and west of U.S. Highway 41). For more information, contact Carole Garceau at 489-6116.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Palm Cay Craft Fair

Palm Cay will have its Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the clubhouse and it is open to the public. Mark your calendars so that you will not miss the beautiful handmade things that will be for sale along with a raffle for a beautiful quilt. Our kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for you to purchase a hot dog lunch.

Fashion show and luncheon

The Episcopal Church of the Advent will hold a fashion show and luncheon on Oct. 5. The fashions will be from Belks Department Store. Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $10 which covers both the show and the luncheon. There will also be tickets for sale at the luncheon/show for a chance to go home with a delightful gift basket.
The Church is at 11251 County Road 484 (just west of State Road 200 and across from the firehouse). To reserve your ticket, please call the church office at 352-465-7272.

Communities join for garage sale

Bent Tree and Majestic Oaks will host a community-wide yard sale on Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Take State 200 to Southwest 60th Avenue, CVS on one corner and Walgreens on the other corner, go south on 60th, away from the airport. Take the first left on Southwest 80th Street, next right hand turn you will see entrance to Bent Tree, next right is Southwest 54th Court, is the entrance of Majestic Oaks.

Marion Oaks garage sale, fair

The Marion Oaks Community Center is sponsoring its annual garage sale, arts and crafts fair and farmers market Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala. For more information, contact the recreation department at 352-470-2831.

Knights planning golf tournament

The Knights of Columbus, Council 9649, is having its Annual Queen of Peace Charity Scramble Golf Outing at Stone Creek Golf Club on Saturday, Oct. 5 (rain delay date is Saturday, Oct. 12).
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $65 per person and includes a packet of free items, complimentary morning coffee, golfers buffet lunch, and golf with cart. Door prizes and a chance to win Hole-in-One prizes including $10,000 or iPAD or 2 airline tickets to any city in the continental U.S. Proceeds will permit the Knights to continue their support of Marion County charities.
Contact Fred Roberts prior to Sept. 21 at 352-502-3093 for details and registration form.

Purple Pinkie Peanut Run/5K

The Williston Rotary Club will sponsor a 5K run and a one mile fun run/walk Saturday, Oct. 5 beginning at 8 a.m.
The entry fee is $25 prior to Sept. 20 and will include a commemorative T-shirt. Participants may register after that date for $30 but T-shirts are not guaranteed.
Proceeds from the run will benefit Rotary International’s Purple Pinkie Program and local educational programs.
To register, visit active.com.

Fresh Air Fitness at Circle Square

Introducing Fresh Air Fitness, a new concept in exercise that gets you moving and grooving in the great outdoors. This inaugural event for the Fresh Air Fitness program offers three distinct activities. Beginning at 8 a.m., bring family and friends and wake up with a 1-mile to 2-mile wellness walk around Circle Square Commons. Then, at 9 a.m., discover breath and balance as you participate in a relaxing Tai Chi session. The event concludes with an energetic Zumba Bash.
Engage in one activity or enjoy them all! Take advantage of fitness fun when combined with good, old-fashioned fresh air. Refreshments will be available for purchase on The Town Square after your fitness activity.
This free event, sponsored by On Top of the World Communities, is open to the public and offers fitness for all ages!
Don’t miss this outdoor fitness event on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Circle Square Commons Town Square, 8405 S.W. 80th St. in Ocala. For more information about this Fresh Air Fitness event, contact Cammy Dennis at 352-854-8707, extension 7532. For information on other entertainment and events happening on The Town Square, visit www.CircleSquareCommons.com or call 352-854-3670.

Two-day symphony opening

Opening weekend of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s 37th subscription concert season, A Brave New World, will begin with the exploration of America in its early beginnings. Richard Wagner’s Christopher Columbus Overture will begin the program.
The highlight of the concert will be when cellist, Kristin Wardell, takes the soloist’s seat for William Perry’s Jamestown Concerto, a commemoration with cinematic flair. Finally no concert about the new world would be complete without Antonin Dvorak’s expansive Symphony No.9: From the New World.
Music Director Matthew Wardell exclaims, “This season’s music is powerful, inspiring, and above all will entertain and enrich us. Through the power of music and performance, your orchestra, playing your music, will explore that frontier, discover the unknown, conquer our fears and fulfill our greatest hopes and dreams.”
The concerts will be held at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased by visiting www.ocalasymphony.com or calling 352-351-1606.
The Ocala Symphony Orchestra is Marion County’s premier cultural arts organization. Founded in 1975, the orchestra averages a dozen concerts throughout the year in front of nearly 10,000 area citizens. Its mission is to play the highest caliber music that is performed by skilled musicians under the dynamic leadership of a brilliant and energetic music director – Matthew Wardell. It is driven to reach, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages while serving the broadest group of constituents and to foster excellence in music education through collaborative partnerships with local resources.

Yoga in Sholom Park

Yoga in Sholom Park begins promptly at 9 a.m. Enjoy a beautiful practice in the Peace Park. For information call Ingrid at 352-854-7950.

Musical Tribute concert series

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band announces its “musical tribute” concert series, with a concert on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI), 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical selections include Irving Berlin’s Songs of America; An American Elegy; To Those Who Serve; Gilbert & Sullivan: Symphonic Suite; Broad Stripes & Bright Stars; Hampden Firemen, and others. Pre-concert music provided by the Jazzy Dixielanders. Admission is free! For more information, please call 352-624-9291 or visit our website at kingdomofthesunband.org.

Arts, Crafts at Queen of Peace

The Council of Catholic Women from Queen of Peace will host their annual handmade arts and crafts show in the parish hall on Saturday, Oct 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forty vendors will showcase one-of-a-kind art for the home, holiday creations, chocolates, crocheted and knitted items, needlework, handbags, jewelry, quilts, toys, wood working creations and other types of handmade goodness.
Lunch will be available for purchase.
Proceeds from the show will benefit numerous local entities. Queen of Peace is at 6455 S.W. State Road 200.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Mac users to meet

The Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. George Anglican Cathedral Paarish Hall, 5646 S.E. 28th St., Ocala. Visitors are always welcome.
This month’s meeting focuses on iOS7 followed by tech tips and Q and As.
Check out our website at http://Ocala mug.org to learn more about the group.

Thursday, Oct. 10

WOW Singles to meet

WOW Singles will meet Thursdays at the following locations. There are no dues. Please call after 10 a.m. at 352-861-9487 or 352-291-2762 for more info.
Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m., Cody’s Roadhouse, 2505 S.W. College Road.
Oct. 24, noon, Ruby Tuesday, 3500 S.W. College Road

City plans charter sessions

The city of Ocala will be hosting two city charter referendum information sessions on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 110 S.E. Watula Ave. The first session is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. and the second from 2 to 3 p.m. These sessions are free and open to the public.
If you are unable to attend these sessions, charter information can also be obtained on the City’s Website at www.Ocalafl.org. General election day is Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Friday, Oct. 11

Health Care at Friday Forum

To help separate fact from fiction and propaganda from actual legal requirements of the Health Care Act, the Friday Forum of Marion County will present a panel of informed citizens who will help clarify the issues confronting individuals and businesses and provide information about mandates, subsidies and insurance exchanges when the speaker/luncheon group next meets at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11 at Buffet City, State Road 200 and MLK Jr. Blvd in Ocala.
Speakers will include Joseph Flynn, a retired insurance executive from Connecticut and founder of Physician Plans, Inc. who now consults from his retirement home in The Villages; Dr. Humeraa Qamar, a pediatrician practicing in Ocala; and Mike Sizemore, retired railroad executive and well known Marion County community activist. The moderator will be Dr. Joyce Blake, a retired educator who now is Marion County’s State Committeewoman for the Florida Democratic Party
The Friday Forum, which meets on the second Friday of each month, seeks to present civil discussions of the challenges confronting our community. It is open to all who wish to help build a pathway to a stronger, more informed community devoted to the common good.
For more information please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert (352-873-9970) or Jan Lentz (352-425-6219). RSVPs are appreciated although not required.
Please note that Buffet City requests that payment be made as you enter. The $10 charge payable directly to the restaurant includes as many visits as you want to the buffet, a drink, tax and tip.

Baptist Church plans trip

College Road Baptist Church is planning a bus trip to see and hear the Gaithers in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Oct. 11 through the 13th. We are inviting individuals and groups to join us. We will leave on Friday morning the 11th, returning the afternoon of the 13th. Total cost, including transportation, performances, and motel will be $350. Call our office or come in to make your reservation at 5010 S.W. College Road, Ocala. Phone is 352-237-5741. Don’t miss out on the wonderful fellowship we have on our trips.

Trafficking group sets golf event

Breaking Out is a privately funded Human Trafficking Prevention organization that goes beyond awareness and assisting victims. Breaking Out is a rescue and recovery group that proactively works worldwide to rescue victims from slavery and return them home.
Breaking Out will be hosting a 4-man scramble golf tournament, with a variety of prizes, contests and competition for golfer of all levels, on Oct. 11 at Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.
“We wanted this annual event to be special,” comments James Barnes, Breaking Out’s Founder,
Ocala Golf Club’s championship 18-hole course is as spectacular to play as is its beautiful surroundings. From the greens to the restaurant, it’s a special place. Ocala Golf Club has been tremendously supportive of our cause and mission, and we are eternally grateful.”
Each dollar raised will go to supporting operations that have a direct effect on the freedom and well-being of victims of human trafficking,” states Kim Stinsman, vice president. “Traffickers are able to commit these heinous crimes because people turn a blind eye to human trafficking. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to turn concern into action, and support their community.”
For more information, visit Breaking Out’s website; www.breakingoutcorp.org or call 352-866-224-2888.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Blessing of the animals

The eighth annual blessing of the animals will take place at Joy Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1 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.

Toys for Tots yard sale

Toys for Tots annual yard sale will be Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hilton Automotive, 9055 S.W. State Road 200.
Proceeds will go to the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots organization. The public is invited. Something for everybody. You’ll be helping provide toys for needy children.

Barbecue dinner and car show

Corvette Club of Marion County and the Ocala Elks Lodge will hold an “Old Fashioned Chicken and Pork Barbecue Dinner” sale and benefit car show on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Ocala Elks Lodge, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Ocala Elks Lodge 286 and the Corvette Club of Marion County have joined to raise funds for the following charities: The Florida Elks Children Therapy Services, Interfaith, Backpack Program (food for kids), and the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County.
Elks Lodge phone number is 352-732-7091.

Party in the Park

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. College Road, Ocala, will hold Party in the Park from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be live music, games, food, and fun for the whole family, and it’s free. So bring everyone. Call 352-237-2233 for more information.

Kiwanis Club plans estate sale

The Friendship Kiwanis Club is holding a gigantic yard sale on the morning of Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to noon behind the Bank of the Ozarks in the Friendship Plaza, State Road 200.
The club has received the contents of two estates containing jewelry, bookcases, chairs, beds, books, dishes, kitchen utensils, end tables, craft items, collectible items, glassware, golf bags and more.
The Kiwanis club sponsors youth organizations that provide young people with opportunities to perform community service and to develop leadership skills. Call Bucky Bishop at 352-237-9225, or Jeff Tibbetts at 904-710-4427.

Breakfast at Methodist Church

The OWUMC community-wide breakfast sponsored by the men’s club will be on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. All you care to eat still only $5.
Ocala West United Methodist Church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala, phone is 352-854-9550.

Sunday, Oct. 13

Jewish Spirit in Song

Ocala’s Temple Beth Shalom cordially invites you to join us as we present Joy Katzen-Guthrie in concert on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 1108 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for age 13 and under. Call Joseph at 352-208-3031 for details and reservations or visit www.jewishocala.com.
The entertainer is Tampa Bay Cantorial Leader and a recording/concert artist. She will present an afternoon of joyous Jewish music, “Shirat HaNefesh, The Jewish Spirit in Song.”
“Centuries of Jewish music and history comes to life through stories and songs of the Diaspora and Israel. Folk and liturgical Hebrew, Chassidic, Yiddish, and popular Jewish songs will bring new insight into Jewish faith, prayer, and experience.”

Jazz concert at Marion Oaks church

Fall into the rhythm of autumn with a free jazz concert featuring Charlie Remillard and the Usual Suspects 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 260 Marion Oaks Lane. A freewill offering during the concert will benefit Interfaith’s Food 4 Kids program.
The “Autumn Jazz Experience” showcases Remillard’s band, which is popular at venues around Ocala and The Villages. The band, which donates its talents to the concert, features Remillard on piano, Mike Holt on sax, Dean Millward on bass and Don Gold on drums with a special appearance by Buzz Lewis.
“Autumn Jazz Experience” is the 5th annual concert sponsored by Our Saviour Lutheran Church to benefit Food 4 Kids. More than $9,000 has been donated to Food 4 Kids through the concert program.
Food 4 Kids fills backpacks with non-perishable foods for students who may live in homes where there is inadequate food on weekends. The program began in 2004 when teachers noted that some students were not eating over the weekend. It now reaches into 32 schools, providing food for more than 1,400 students.
The concert began when church members sought a way to celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is marked in late spring.
Worship committee member Mary Johnson shared the tradition of a Pentecost jazz concert popular at her home church in Columbus, Ohio, and the concert was reinvented in Marion Oaks, with the goal of experiencing the joy of Pentecost through music while supporting Food 4 Kids.
This year the committee opted to move the concert to fall at the suggestion of the band, because many of its fans return north before Pentecost.
Our Saviour Lutheran Church also operates a satellite pantry site for Interfaith Emergency Services. The pantry is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and distributes food and hygiene items to qualifying families in need who fall below the federal poverty guidelines. It has served more than 2,000 individuals in its first year of service.
The church is centrally located in Marion Oaks, just west of the community center. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (362) 347-0567.

Monday, Oct.14

Hospice caregivers’ workshop set

Join Hospice of Marion County on Monday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free workshop celebrating caregivers. Share in activities, food, fun, and new friends. Elder Options’ Tom Rinkoski will provide tips and tricks to help make your days easier and more efficient.
Seating is limited; RSVP to 352-854-5200 or dshaffer@hospiceofmarion.com by Oct. 7. Inquire about respite availability.
This workshop will take place at the Hospice of Marion County Education Center (3231 S.W. 34th Ave., Ocala. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is provided.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

‘Food for Thought’ luncheon

This fall the Parish Health Ministry team will present their “Original Food for Thought” Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church starting at 11:30 a.m.
Mangala Shetty, MD will speak on “Therapies in Pain Management.” We request an RSVP by calling 352-368-4028.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Garden Club district meeting set

The fall meeting of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District V will be held Oct. 16 in Ocala at the Agriculture Extension Auditorium at 2332 N.E. Jacksonville Road.
The theme of the meeting is “Through The Garden Gate-Our Legacy an Our Future.” The host is the Pioneer Garden Club.
The cost is $21. The deadline for delegates and alternates is Oct. 6, and the deadline for all non voting members is Oct. 9.
The registration coffee will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Meets and lunch to follow.
For information, call Marge Hendon, 352-216-7479.
To register, mail checks to Susie Berrunill, 4048 S.E. 38th Loop, Ocala FL 34480. Make checks payable to Pioneer Garden Club.

Presbyterian Women’s luncheon

The Presbyterian Women’s 25th anniversary fall luncheon will take place at
Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala in the
Founder’s Hall at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16. We will have a salad
luncheon and each person is asked to bring a salad.
For further information, please call the church at 352-237-4633.

Thursday, Oct. 17

Duo to visit church lunch

College Road Baptist Church will have as its luncheon guests the duo of Don and Jill, a wonderful spiritual couple. Everyone is invited, please bring a dish to share. Join us at noon, on Oct. 17 and meet our new pastor, Alan Cotney. The church is at 5010 S.W. College Road (State Road 200). Phone is 352-237-5741.

Friday, Oct. 18

The Circle of French Friends

Le Cercle Des Amis Français meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriff’s Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 Highway 200, about ¼ mile from Walmart.
The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group.
Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-509-4940 for more information.
Our next meeting is Oct. 18.

Bryan Popin Ministries concert

Christ’s Church of Marion County presents a special concert presented by Bryan Popin Ministries of Nashville. Christian concert pianist, singer, worship leader, minister, composer and arranger Bryan Popin ministers energetically and joyfully at the keyboard and virtually transfers joy and inspiration to those in attendance. This is a concert for the young, the old, the in between; something for everyone. You will hear gospel music, country music, Broadway show tunes, movie theme songs, classic music along with Bryan’s original music. Enjoy the artistry of someone who has worked with Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw among others. His hit song “Falling” was the theme song for the movie “On the Line.” Bryan is proud that he touches lives, changes lives and saves souls. A love offering will be taken. This spectacular event, a concert you will not forget, is at 7 p.m.
A pre-concert pizza party
Everyone is invited to join the Forever Young Ministry in Christian Fellowship at a pre-concert pizza party sharing pizza, salad, ice cream and beverage at 6:15 p.m. Donations will be received.
Christ’s Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.

Saturday, Oct 19

Pig-nic at First Congregational

The third annual Pig-nic at First Congregational UCC (7171 S.W. State Road 200) is set for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Enrichment Center. The menu includes pulled barbecued pork, chips and a drink for adults ($7); and hot dogs, chips and a drink ($3 for kids under 9) — baked beans and coleslaw for everyone. Ice cream sundaes will be available for $1. Entertainment and activities include a police K-9 demonstration; OTOW’s D’Clowns; golf lob-wedge competition; a story-telling corner; face painting, balloons and temporary tattoos. Tickets are available at the church office (Tues.-Thur., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and at the door.

Marion Landing craft fair

The annual Marion Landing Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon in the community’s Lifestyle Center at 8601 S.W. 65th Ave. Road across from Queen of Peace Catholic Church on State Road 200.
Created by our resident crafters, handcrafted items for sale will include jewelry, quilts, greeting cards, floral arrangements, handbags, home décor, paintings, lighted wine bottles, macramé, wall hangings, unique gifts and holiday items. Coffee/tea and donuts will be available for a nominal price. Admission to the craft fair is free and it is open to the public. No pets, please. For more information, call 352-237-7152.    

Joy Lutheran yard, bake sale

Joy Lutheran Church, Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala, will have its annual indoor yard sale and bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 19 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 sports related items. Kitchen and house wares, linens, books, and craft supplies are also welcome for donation. Please no clothes, shoes or electronics.
Yard sale items may be brought to Swenson Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon, or anytime during the day on Thursday or Friday, Oct. 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baked goods should be brought on Friday. Please have all baked goods wrapped for sale and labeled, particularly if they contain nuts.
As usual there will be the “vintage” table for the special treasures as well as a craft and quilt section. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Mark your calendar for this well-known favorite community event and join us for a fun-filled day.
For more information, call Edie Heinzen (352-854-7817) in regards to the bake sale and Patty Corey (352-854-0660) regarding the yard sale.

Vendors wanted for yard sale

The Ocala 200 Lions Club is holding a yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks located in the Friendship Plaza on State Road 200.
Space rental will be $15 and you must provide your own tables and set-up. Hot dogs will be available for purchase.
For more info and reservations call Lion Bob Melnick, at 352-861-2730. All proceeds will benefit community projects.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Jazz Society offers music, dancing

The Ocala Jazz Society will host an afternoon of music at the VFW hall on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Open to everyone, organizers say the, event offers “incomparable musicians featuring great tunes for everyone and dancing is encouraged.”
The group plays more than jazz including favorite songs from past years. Dancing is encouraged.
The VFW, across from Oak Run, is just off State Road 200.
Admission is $3. For more info call Diana, 352-237-0234.
Monday, Oct. 21

Legion post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt 352-322-5966.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Three-day ‘junque’ sale

Ocala West United Methodist Men’s Club will hold its annual “Junque Sale” on Oct. 24, 25 and 26 at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala.
9330 SW 105th St. Ocala.
The club will accept donations for this large charitable fund raiser at storage pods in church parking lot beginning Thursday, Sept. 5 and every Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 17 and every Saturday from Sept. 7 through oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon.
This event has been held for more than 20 years.
Clothing cannot be accepted.
Phone number is 352-854-9550.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Book sale for SPCA

A book sale to benefit the SPCA will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Winn-Dixie from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be 25 and 50-cent books.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Breast Cancer Support Group

The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala, at 1 p.m. in room 235 (Chapel/Multipurpose Room).
The meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 will be an open meeting with a discussion of Dr. Jamie Daniel’s book “Breast Cancer, Where To Begin.” If you have any questions, please call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Crossroads Celebration of Life

Looking for a safe way for your kids to spend Oct. 31? Join us at Crossroads Church for our annual Celebration of Life, Oct. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Everything is free: hot dogs, popcorn, Sno Kones, candy and bounce houses.
Glow sticks for the first 200 children. Hay rides and games for the whole family.
Crossroads Church, 8070 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala; 352-291-2080.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Saddle Oak Club craft fair

The annual craft fair at Saddle Oak Club, on State Road 200, across from Heathbrooki Publix, will be Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be handmade crafts, drawings, homemade baked goods, coffee and croissants served from 8 to 10 a.m. Soup and sandwiches will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8

Buddy Poppies to be distributed

VFW Post 4781 will be handing out Buddy Poppies on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 at Publix, Walmart, Tractor Supply, Gander Mountain, Lowe’s Winn-Dixie, Big Lots and I-Hop.
Donations are appreciated with all proceeds going to veterans and local charities.

United Way golf tournament

United Way is hosting a a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Friday, Nov. 8. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County.  
The tournament will be held at Golf Club of Ocala, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., beginning at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $100 per person. Entry deadline is Nov. 1.
Entry fee includes golf fees, cart fees, lunch, beverages, entertainment and a complimentary round of golf at Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club, and grab bags. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Sponsorships are available for $100 per hole. Sponsorships are also available. Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org.
For more information on sponsorships or registration, call at 352-291-0292 or 352-622-1318.

Sunday, Nov. 10

Youth Symphony at Countryside

The third Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday,
Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church,
7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.
The Ocala Youth Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1999, is committed to the education and professional development of young musicians from 10 to 18. Its founder and director is Cindy Robertson. The orchestra plays classical, Broadway tunes, movie themes, country and jazz.
The public is invited and admission is free but donations would be appreciated.
For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.