Upcoming events week of 11-18-2011

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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.

Original play at West Port

The Marion County Center for the Arts at West Port High School will present Home Schooled, an original play by local playwright Chad Taylor, on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. Following Home Schooled will be a showcase of monologues, scenes, and musical theatre performances by students in the school’s Thespian troupe. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. The West Port High School Performing Arts Center is at 3733 S.W. 80th Ave. in Ocala.
The Marion County Center for the Arts is a visual and performing arts magnet program at West Port High School offering a four-year course of study featuring a broad range of programs. These include Acting, Chorus, Dance, Electronic Music, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Orchestra, Piano Keyboarding, and Technical Theatre in the performing arts and 2-Dimensional Art, 3-Dimensional Art, Photography, and Digital Media in the visual arts. Academic offerings for students include honors, advanced placement, and dual enrollment courses taught on campus.
Admission is by audition and/or portfolio. For more information, contact Laurie Reeder at 352-291-4000.

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. 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 (C.R. 200A), Ocala. Meetings open to all who want to have fun learning about and sharing their love of roses.
Please 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.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

Bingo at Moose open to public

Every Wednesday starting at 1 p.m., the Moose Lodge offers big winnings and lots of fun, with a variety of lunch specials and goodies.
The lodge is at 10411 S.W. 110th St., one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance to Oak Run. The phone is 352-854-2200.

Friday, Nov. 25

Social Security office closed

On Friday, Nov. 25, all Social Security field offices, including the Ocala Social Security office, will be closed to the public.
Employees who work the day after Thanksgiving will focus on backlog reduction.  Members of the public can find many services and get up-to-date information online at www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

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.

Thursday, Dec. 1

United Way celebrates 50 years

United Way of Marion County is proud to celebrate 50 years in the community. To commemorate the event, the community is invited to a “50 Year Journey” which will include a progressive dinner and look back on where we have been and where United Way is going in the future in Marion County. The celebration event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ocala Hilton. Tickets are $50. To RSVP, call 352-732-9696.
United Way of Marion County was incorporated July 31, 1961 by founder Bonnie Heath and other local business leaders to form a collaborative effort to support charities serving local citizens. In 1961, he was elected the first president of the organization then known as the “United Appeal” and served in that position for two years. (The name was changed to “United Way” in 1972.) He remained affiliated with United Way for four decades.
For more information on United Way’s 50th anniversary events, contact United Way at 352-732-9696.

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.

German American Club dinner dance

The German American Club of Marion County will host a Christmas dinner dance on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Marion Oaks Community Center, from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per member and $25 per non-member. Formal attire is requested.
Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. and includes Virginia baked ham with pineapples, slow roasted turkey with gravy, homemade mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, herb stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and apple pie. BYOB. For tickets, call Liz or Joe at 352-732-6368.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Palm Cay GOP plans party

On Dec. 8, the Palm Cay Republican Club will be holding its Christmas party at the Oasis Club. Dinner will be for members and guests and will begin at 7 p.m. Everybody is asked to bring a dish to pass or dessert and the club will be providing the rest of the dinner and beverage.
This is always such a joyful time for all of us, please plan to attend. RSVP’s are necessary, and notices will be arriving in your mail soon. For more information please contact James Pettus, 352-438-9662.

Friday, Dec. 9

Youth Symphony concert set

The Ocala Youth Symphony is excited to announce the beginning of its 13th year. The first concert will be on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. on the downtown Ocala square, where the group will be playing Christmas music with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra.
The Ocala Youth Symphony is composed of amazing musicians ranging in age from 8 to 18, and serves the education and professional development of young musicians from the Ocala/Marion County and surrounding areas. The works selected range from the classics to contemporary, something for everyone’s musical taste. All concerts are free and open to the public.
For information, call 352-873-6738.

Friday, Dec. 16

Pro-am golf to benefit Hospice

The 19th annual Hospice of Marion County, Inc. Pro-am tournament is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 at Golden Hills Country Club just off Highway 27, 4.3 miles west of I-75.
Don’t miss an opportunity to play this fantastic course, which was the home of the 2009 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. All teams consist of four amateurs and one golf professional. The cost is $150/amateur and $100/pro, which includes a buffet breakfast, greens fees, cart and awards dinner.
Proceeds from this tournament help to provide care and support to patients and families of Hospice of Marion County who are facing a most difficult and challenging time in their lives. For more information and registration, please call the Pro Shop at 352-629-7980.

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.


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.