Upcoming events week of 12-5-2014

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Friday, Dec. 5


Pictures with Santa


Hawthorne Village Retirement Community (4100 SW 33rd Ave. Ocala) will be having its annual community event “Pictures With Santa” on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is free and open to the public. Come join us for cookie decorating, make reindeer food, and pictures with Santa. This is fun for the whole family! Questions please call 352-237-7776.


Helping Hands golf event


Helping Hands is holding its third annual golf Invitational at Juliette Falls on Friday, Dec. 5.

In addition to a four-man scramble format, a special feature this year is The Steve Albright and Berger Warner “Top 10” Shoot Outs. Mike Sullivan, a former three-time PGA tour winner, will serve as The “Sheriff”. The Shoot Outs will include the top 20 Marion County Golf Association scoring leaders.

The event proceeds will be used to help innocent women and children overcome abuse, abandonment, and severe hardships … and to build a better life.

For event information go to www.helpinghandsocala.orgor call 352-732-4464.


Sunday, Dec. 7


Cantata at Ocala West


On Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p. m. in the church sanctuary, the choirs of the Ocala West United Church will present the Christmas Cantata – The Heart of Christmas (Embracing the passion of those who lived the story) by Pepper Choplin.

“The Heart of Christmas tells the timeless story that we remember each year in a creative, profound way — by probing the hearts of those most directly involved in St. Luke’s account of the first Christmas. This touching construct is complemented by Choplin’s masterful use of a variety of musical styles from the blues and bluegrass to the warmly melodic and chorally traditional. Narrators propel the scripture-based narrative, while congregational participation enhances the choir.

We invite you to embrace the courage, faithfulness, joy, and love of those who were there and live in ”The Heart of Christmas.”

The church is at 9330 SW 105th St. - phone 352-854-9550.


German American Club


The German American Club of Marion County will hold a Christmas Dinner/Dance on Sunday, Dec. 7, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Ham dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring your own beverage. Music will be provided by Northern Sounds. Formal attire is requested. Tickets are $18 per member or $21 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.


Saturday, Dec. 6


Landing chorus presents program

The Landing Lites, resident chorus from Marion Landing, will present a holiday program on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Their program is a blend of sacred and secular music—a total of 12 numbers in all. Also featured are two outstanding soloists: Pianist Nancy Reid, who has played for major groups in Washington, D.C. and Soprano Mary Mahoney, who has sung in musical theatre and as a concert soloist in Florida and throughout the country. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. 


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 873-2276


Monday, Dec. 8


The Kingsmen to perform


A group whose name inspires thoughts of pure, passionate, solid and true music is The Kingsmen. They’ve encouraged and uplifted listeners with their unique style, with countless records, with award winning performances, with their reputation as Christian music’s most predominate Group. The key is they never lose sight of what they are working toward. Their music has a message, the message of Christ. This is a free concert; a Love Offering will be received. The concert is 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/.


Saturday, Dec. 13


Breakfast with Santa


Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St. is having “Breakfast With Santa” in conjunction with the Ocala West United Methodist Men’s Community Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 13, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Attention, children: Come and decorate your own pancakes, have your picture taken with Santa, Children eat free, and have a fun morning at Ocala West.


Holiday cookie walk


It’s holiday cookie time and you don’t have to bake! At First Congregational United Church of Christ, choose from a variety of homemade delights as you “walk” among tables loaded with holiday cookies. Fill a decorated bag or two with your personally chosen cookies for just $5 per pound; bags and gloves provided, please no personal containers.

The date is Saturday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note new time … doors open promptly at 11.

First Congregational Church, Enrichment Center, 7171 SW State Road 200. Phone 237-3035.


Lions Club yard sale


The Ocala 200 Lions Club is having a Christmas and all variety yard sale on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Bank of the Ozarks, State Road 200 in Friendship Plaza from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.


Magic Show


Brian LaPalme, the award-winning, world renowned magician, is bringing his magic show to First Congregational Church for a fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. LaPalme has entertained thousands of children and adults during a career that spans four decades. His magic shows garner rave reviews, and this is sure to be one performance you won’t want to miss. Ticket prices are $3 for children 12 and under; adults $5. To purchase tickets, please call 352-598-6272. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door at the church, 7171 SW State Road 200.


Scandinavian Club of Marion County


The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be ham steak with yams, mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. Entertainment by Miss Honey School of Dance. The cost is $18 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 10th of December. Please remember we will be accepting donations for Toys for Tots and food for Interfaith. Checks to be made out to Jim Neate and mailed to Jim Neate at 643-A Midway Drive, Ocala, FL 34472. For further details call Jim Neate at 687-1580, Don Clauson at 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen at 347-8362.


Sunday, Dec. 14


Christmas cantata at Maranatha

The Maranatha Baptist Church Choir will present a Christmas musical “The Splendor of Christmas” under the direction of Joyce Warner, and co-directors, Shirley Roberts and Mary Walker, on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 10:45 a.m. All are invited to come and celebrate this glorious time of year with us.

Maranatha Baptist Church is at 525 Marion Oaks Trail in Marion Oaks.

Please call 352-347-5683 for further information and directions to the church.


Master Choir concert


Central Florida Master Choir and The New Moon Quintet will present “Hallelujah e Magnificat” at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala, on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.

The Central Florida Master Choir, formed in 1998, has achieved a reputation for its artistic excellence and contribution to the community.

Howard W. McSwain, Jr. is the conductor, accompanied by pianists GayLyn Capitano and Victoria Wells.

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.


Joyful sounds of the season


The Worship Choir of Christ’s Church of Marion County presents A Merry Clydesdale Christmas featuring the joyful sounds of the season. This musical presentation is composed, arranged and, orchestrated by David T. Clydesdale, a Grammy Award and Dove Award winner and arranger for noted musical personalities. Join in and receive the good news and blessings of the Christmas Season at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/


Monday, Dec. 15


Legion post to meet


The Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 SW State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt at 352-322-5966.


Thursday, Dec. 18


Veterans’ Snowflake Ball set


The Kingdom of the Sun (KOS) Chapter has announced that it will hold a “Veterans’ Formal Snowflake Ball” on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Elks Club and Lodge. The Snowflake Ball is hosted by the local KOS Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Sharon Murry, President of the local KOS Chapter, announced that the Veterans’ Ball at the Elks Club will include a prime rib dinner with dancing and vocal entertainment by NOVA from Gainesville. Advance reservations are required for this event, and tickets are $40 per person. All military veterans are cordially invited to attend. The Elks Club is located at 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. 

If you have any questions about the Veterans’ Snowflake Ball, please contact Arlo Janssen at 352-237-9720.


Friday, Dec.19


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 352-854-7397 for more information.

Our next meeting is Dec. 19.


Sunday, Dec. 21


Jazz Society to perform


The Ocala Jazz Society will be performing on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781 across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month play​ing​ Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland and songs from the past. $3 donation for Hospice. For information, call 352-237-0234.


Sunday, Jan. 11


Lunch and learn


Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala invites the community to a “Lunch and Learn” on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Arbor Conference Center at On Top of the World Retirement Communities in Ocala. The program will feature Rabbi Linda Holtzman who will speak about the history of the Reconstructionist movement, its contributions to Judaism and the implications for the future. Her presentation will be from the vantage point of a rabbi who has spent most of her rabbinic life working in the Reconstructionist movement.

Rabbi Holtzman, a Reconstructionist Rabbinical college graduate in 1979, is presently the rabbi of a newly founded Tikkun Olom Chavurah and is on the regular faculty of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She has held pulpits in the Philadelphia area at Beth Israel where she was the first woman to serve a Conservative congregation, and at Beth Ahavah. She is the founder and organizer of the Reconstructionist Chevra Kadisha of Philadelphia, on the board of Philadelphia’s New Sanctuary Movement and Heeding God’s Call and on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace.

A light lunch will be served at a cost of $5 per ticket. For further information, please contact Judi at 237-8277.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Council of North Central Florida. Congregation Beth Israel is a liberal, inclusive, community and is a Jewish Community in association with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.


Monday, Jan. 12


Legislative delegation meeting


The Marion County state legislative delegation will hold a public meeting on Monday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Klein Center in the Ewers Century Center, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala.