Upcoming events week of 11-11-11

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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.

Camelot to honor veterans

Camelot Chateau Assisted Living Facility, 1831 S.E. Lake Weir Ave. in Ocala, will be hosting a USO party to celebrate Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. We will be having classic entertainment, refreshments and snacks.
Uncle Ray will be giving us his best Bob Hope impersonation and Mona and Bill Ramp will be providing the classic sounds.
Expect a few other surprises too. We will be collecting monetary donations to be sent to the USO in lieu of an admission charge. We are looking forward to honoring and contributing to “Help those who serve US.” Please call 352-629-6077 for more information.

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

Methodist breakfast, cookie sale

The Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious breakfast and the Methodist Women will hold their Christmas Cookie Sale both on Saturday Nov. 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala.
A complete menu with a wide variety of breakfast fare is offered for $5.
Make plans now to bring your friends and attend.
All proceeds help fund a variety of local charities.

Diamond Oil plans celebration

Diamond Oil, formerly the Hess Station, will celebrate the grand opening of their station on Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to noon.
The event is free and includes live entertainment. Four-legged family members are welcome too.
Donations of non-perishable grocery donations for Interfaith Emergency Service will be accepted during the day and the months of November and December.
Diamond Oil is at 10801 S.W. 91st Ave., Ocala, near TeePee Tires.

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. Hwy. 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.

Post polio group to meet

“STRESS BUSTERS!” is the theme of the next meeting of The North Central Florida Post Polio Support Group. We will meet on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Collins Health Resource Center, 9401 S.W. State Road 200, Bldg. 300, Suite 303 in Ocala.
 “Stress Busters” will be a fun and interesting way to learn how stress affects our lives, health and what we can do about it. The speaker will be Alina A. Stoothoof, BD,CMHP with “The Centers.” If you have any questions or need further information call Carolyn Raville at 352-489-1731.

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.

Friday, Nov. 18

Medicare questions answered

Medicare questions? Come to the College of Central Florida and speak with SHINE Counselors about your prescription drug plans, Medicare supplements, and more.  
This is a free service of the Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs.
It will be Friday, Nov. 18, all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College of Central Florida, Building 42, Room 103 in the Enterprise Center. Bring your Medicare and SS cards/ list of prescriptions/photo ID/letters from Medicare/SS.

Greater High Twelve meeting

The Greater Ocala High Twelve Club #665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala.
The Speaker will be Joe Pine of Metro Crime Prevention. Joe’s talk was very informative the last time, and he will have more updated information for us at this time.
Once again, we will enjoy one of the delicious buffet lunches we have come to appreciate after the meeting. The cost is only $ 12 per person.
All Master Masons and guests are invited to attend. Reservations are required. Telephone Bob Brady at 352-854 - 9612 for reservations or further information.  

Saturday, Nov. 19

Mega book sale scheduled

A mega book sale weekend book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, including used books, CDs, videos and crafts, will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winn Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.
For information, call 352-291-1962.

Crests coming to OTOW

The Crests were a New York R&B doo-wop group of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Their most popular song was “16 Candles”, which rose to number 2 on the Billboard Chart in 1959. It sold over one million copies, earning a gold disc. The group, lead by the late Johnny Maestro, had several Top 40 hits in the late 50s and early 60s such as “16 Candles”, “Six Nights A Week”, “The Angels Listened In”, “A Year Ago Tonight”, “Step By Step” and “Trouble In Paradise”. They also charted with “Sweetest One” in 1957. The Crests appeared and performed several times on national teen dance television shows in the late 1950s. The Crests’ name and trademarks were sold to Tommy Mara, lead singer of “Super Group” The Legends of Doo Wop, in the late 1990s. Along with founding member J. T. Carter, Mara and the Crests continue to amaze crowds with their legendary sound.
Enjoy the doo-wop sound and fun entertainment of The Crests featuring Tommy Mara on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For information, visit: www.CSCulturalCenter.com, or call 352-854-3670.

African Violet Club to meet

African Violet Club of Ocala will meet on Saturday, Nov 19, at the Brian Litz Sheriff’s Substation, 9048 S.W. State Road 200.
Please note that the meeting is one week earlier than usual because of Thanksgiving.
The pre-meeting will be at 10 a.m. and the meeting at 10:30.
This month Carolee Carter will be demonstrating repotting African violets one half hour prior to the actual meeting start time. Bring your special plants that need repotting or anything you need assistance with and Carolee will personally help you repot it and give you advice.
Again, this event will be 10 to 10:30 a.m.
At 10:30 the regular meeting begins. We will plant leaves, repot, separate and repot baby plants. Feel free to bring your own plants from home to use during this workshop. Alternatively , our fearless leader and Club President, Laura, will provide plants for you to work with.  This is a great chance to get some hands-on experience and ask questions while you do it.  Light refreshments will be served at the break. All guests are welcome! For more information please contact our Club President, Laura Perdomo at pretyinsde@netzero.net or call 352-625-6467.
There will be no regular meeting in December. We will have our annual Christmas gathering on Dec. 10.

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.  

Scandinavian Club to meet

The Scandinavian club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join others on Nov. 19 for the club’s next meeting, which will be at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, salad, beverage and dessert.
The entertainment will be the Flamingos.
The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and advance payment are required. Payment must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 15. Checks to be made out to Club Treasurer Bill Thompson and mailed to Scandinavian club in care of Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala, 34476.
For further details, call Don Clauson at 352-861-1235, Lillian Woodman at 352-873-0427 or Bill Thompson at 352-751-5174.

Sunday, Nov. 20

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, Nov. 21

Jewelry Jubilee Sale for Hospice

The annual Jewelry Jubilee Sale will take place at the Jasmine Square Hospice Thrift Store – Nov. 21, 22 and 23, 2011. All proceeds support hospice services and make it possible for Hospice of Marion County to provide care regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Church service at TimberRidge

Countryside Presbyterian Church provides Christian Ministry to residents of TimberRidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9848 S.W. 110th St., Ocala and holds bimonthly worship services.
If you have a loved one, or friend at the TimberRidge Center you are invited to attend our next service on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 10:15 a.m.
For information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Breast cancer group to meet

The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church. However, the meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, will be held off-site at Stone Creek Grille with a luncheon at 12:30 p.m.
If you have not already signed up for this luncheon meeting, please call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904 so she can give the restaurant a number of attendees to plan on. The address is 9676 S.W. 62nd Loop. Stone Creek is a community off Southwest 80th Avenue, north of State Road 200 approximately four miles.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Christmas Concert by choir

The Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday, December 4, at 3pm at First United Methodist Church, located at 1126 E. Silver Springs Boulevard (which is State Road 40) in Ocala. The program, titled Carols from around the World, will include the Poulenc Christmas Motet(s), the premiere of two original works, and carols from the Huron Nation, Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany, Britain, America and others.  Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need.
For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207.

Wine and cuisine for Hospice benefit

In celebration of the holidays, experience fine wine and elegant cuisine during a benefit for Hospice of Marion County at Cuvée Wine and Bistro on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.
This black-tie optional gala will feature distinctive gourmet food stations, champagne sangria and other assorted wines. Entertainment includes music by solo guitarist Tom LaVenia and silent auction.
Limited reservations are available for this elegant event benefiting Hospice of Marion County’s Children’s Program. Donation is $75 per person. Tickets are available at Cuvée and Hospice of Marion County. For more information, call 352-854-5218.

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.

Ongoing donations of cars sought

First Congregational United Church of Christ is accepting vehicles of all types for donation. Vehicles do not have to be in working condition.
All donations are tax-deductible based on book value. Contact David Keith, 352-598-6272 or the church office at 352-237-3035.