Upcoming events week of 12-18-2015

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Friday, Dec. 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.
The next meeting will be on Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.
Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-854-7397 for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Music, Drama at Southwest Christian

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (music and drama) will be performed Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at Southwest Christian Church, 9045 SW 60th Ave., Ocala.
For information, call 861-9080.

Sunday, Dec. 20

Jazz Society to perform

The Ocala Jazz Society will be back with Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, 50s and your favorites on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St., across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. A $3 donation for Hospice is appreciated. For info: 352-237-0234 ocalajazzsociety@yahoo.com
Monday, Dec. 21

American Legion post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building at 9048 SW Hwy. 200.
Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans.
For more information, telephone Post Commander Doug Rebillot at 305-342-7020.

Saturday, Jan. 2

Chair Yoga at the library

Chair Yoga will be held at the Freedom Library at 10:30 a.m. Learn deep breathing and balance. For more information, call Ingrid at 854-7950.

Monday, Jan. 4

Square dance class set

The Ocala Twirlers Square and Round Dance Club will begin a new square dance class on Monday, Jan. 4 at the beautiful Stanfield Hall of Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala.
 The class will be from 12:45-2 p.m., and will be open to new students for three consecutive Mondays, Jan. 4, 11, and 18.
The first lesson is free. The class will be taught by club caller Whit Brown of Orlando, Florida. Whit has taught and called for the club for 16 years and makes the classes a lot of fun.
Square dancing is a healthy activity both physically and mentally in a wholesome, smoke free environment. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Norm 873-1734 or Tony 861-9812.

Friday, Jan. 8

64 to Grayson in concert

As seen with Josh Turner, The Gaithers, and others and voted one of the “Top 20 Most Prospective Groups of 2014” this unique blend of backwoods instruments, lyrical wit, and hardwood-pew values makes for an experience that will leave you with a smirk on your face and a tap in your toes.
This group, geared toward an array of all ages and backgrounds, has lit a fire and a following, burning brighter with each show. “Whatever God is getting ready for us, we’ll be charging at it face first and full-throttle.”
This is a free concert; a love offering will be received. It will be Friday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m..
Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/

Sunday, Jan. 10

Youth Symphony to perform

The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary, 7768 SW Hwy. 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.
These children have performed for us through the years and we usually get a
great turnout so plan on coming early. Admission is free but donations would
be appreciated.

Saturday, Jan. 16

University Women will meet

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Stone Creek Grille, 9676 SW 62nd Loop, Ocala for their usual monthly meeting.
The speaker this month will be Jan Hathaway of United Way Marion County. All women are welcome to attend this meeting and learn more about the organization. To attend, please contact Deborah Parsons at 352-237-4889 and let her know so she can advise the restaurant as to how many will be in attendance.

Sunday, Jan. 24
Chamber Music free concert

The Marion Chamber Music Society presents Licorice Sticks, a 24 piece clarinet orchestra from Orlando, showcasing the fully narrated Peter and the Wolf among other classical and pops music. This free concert is at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW SR 200 at 3 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 24. For information about all our concerts, visit our website: marionchambermusic.com or call 867-1340. Presented in part by a grant from the Marion Cultural Alliance.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Breast Cancer support group

The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Chapel Room 235 at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St.
There is no meeting in December due to the holiday activities so our next meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 26. This will be an introductory presentation by Drena Miller, Coordinator of Congregational Care at Ocala West. She will introduce herself and the position and responsibilities she has at Ocala West emphasizing the importance of caring and love for those who are hurting from health issues, losses, etc. Merry Christmas and hope to see you all in January.

Saturday, April 2

AAUW thinks chocolate

The holiday season is a great time of the year to think about chocolate. The American Association of University Women (AAUW)-Ocala Branch is planning a show “A Taste of Chocolate” for Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Webber Conference Center, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala.
Currently, the AAUW, is seeking participants that will make this show a success. They are looking for chocolatiers, restaurateurs, and caterers that would be interested in sharing their chocolate creations to be judged by well-known local chefs. Participants may choose one of three categories for which they would enter their creation: appetizer, entrée or dessert. Each participant would pay an entrance fee of $25.
The profits from this event would go to an AAUW Endowed Scholarship Fund for women of all ages attending the College of Central Florida.
This event is expecting at least 300 persons from the community. Openings for participants are limited so it is important to contact Aldea Savva, Chairperson at 352-789-6643 or AAUWATaste of Chocolate@gmail.com soon for an application. Applications must be completed by March 2.