Upcoming events week of 2-15-2013

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Friday, Feb. 15


All church Valentine dinner


The Forever Young Ministry presents an All Church Valentine Dinner on Friday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. Reservations, by phone or at the sign-up desk, required.

Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.


St. John’s Fish Fry


St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, located on the corner of U.S. 41 and Highway 40 East in Dunnellon, will begin holding its fish fry every Friday during lent starting Feb. 15 and ending March 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. The fish fry is open to the public and is held in the church pavilion.


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, 9048 State Road 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.

The next meeting is Feb. 15. 


Male Chorus sings at Ocala West


The Rockingham Male Chorus will present a concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. For more information, call 352-854-9550.

The chorus of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a group of volunteer musicians from a variety of careers who welcome the opportunity to travel and sing the gospel of Christ.

The chorus has given more than 1,000 concerts and performs regularly, September through April, traveling from Pennsylvania to Florida. Ocala West is pleased to have them return for another concert. You will enjoy their smooth, rich, melodic sound.


Saturday, Feb. 16


13th annual Horses for Hospice Trail Ride


Hospice of Marion County, Inc. will hold its 13th annual “Horses for Hospice” Trail Ride on Saturday, Feb. 16, on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. This year’s ride is in memory of Wayne Vaught, beloved Cross Florida Greenway enthusiast and former Trail Ride chairman.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first ride leaves at 9:15 a.m. Riders travel from as far as Jacksonville and Tampa to spend 2-3 hours on the trail. Following the ride, participants can enjoy lunch by Tommy’s BBQ, live entertainment by Bordertown, and door prizes.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Patient Care Programs. The minimum donation to ride is $30. Wagons are welcome; $30 for driver and $10 per passenger. Horse lovers who are unable to ride may purchase a $10 ticket to enjoy lunch and entertainment. For more information or to register, call 352-854-5218.


Home Improvement Expo


Mark your calendars for the fifth annual Home Improvement Expo on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center! The event is sponsored by On Top of the World Communities and World Home Improvements.

Browse through the dozens ofexhibitor booths and visit with experts from a wide variety of trades in the home improvement industry including; home solar, screen room enclosures, windows and flooring, the latest in home entertainment, single room or total home renovation, home security and much more. Numerous companies will fill the Circle Square Cultural Center with different ideas for enhancing homes and showcasing concepts for home improvements from standard remodeling and landscaping to complete reconstruction. This is a free event and open to the public.

Visitors to the Home Improvement Expo will be treated to giveaways, door prizes and vendor gifts, along with loads of information and ideas for improving their home.

The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St. For more information, visit the website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call Theresa Fields at 352-854-8707 ext. 7530.


Queen of Peace Country Fair


Queen of Peace Council of Catholic Women will hold their annual Country Fair Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Parish Hall at Southwest State Road 200. Bring your friends; there will be something on sale for everyone, including white elephant items, jewelry, books, tapes, videos, decorative items and baked goods. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Scandinavian Club of Marion County:


The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on Feb. 16. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be roast beef au jus with mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. Entertainment will be announced. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 13th of February. Checks to be made out to Don Clauson and mailed to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala, FL 34476. For further details call Jim Neate 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352-347-8362.


Chili supper and bake sale


Sister Concepta, who founded and oversees Brother Keeper’s soup Kitchen in Ocala, is sponsoring the 6th annual chili supper and bake sale on Feb. 16, at Blessed Trinity Church.

It will be from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 5 S.E. 17th St. Menu includes both red and white chili, plus salad.

For information, call 352-867.9860.


Golf Scramble benefits, Elks, ACS


The annual Benjamin H. Ayres Memorial Golf Scramble, a fun event to benefit Ocala Elks Lodge 286 and the American Cancer Society, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Candler Hills Golf Club.

Registration is at 7 a.m. with a continental breakfast and driving range available. Shotgun start will be at 9 a.m., with lunch following golf.

There will be two flights for golfers with equal size trophies. Age groups ae up to 49 years and 50 years and older.

Price per golfer is $75, gold sign sponsor is $200, silver sign sponsor is $100. Donations are accepted for trophies, printing and hole in one.

There will be a $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one on the par 3 hole 13, 157 yards.

Please make checks payable to Ocala Elks Lodge 286, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala FL 34470. You can also make payment at the lodge with cash, check or credit card to Betty Lee, 352-732-7091.


Sunday, Feb. 17


Jazz Society offers music, dancing


The Ocala Jazz Society will host an afternoon of music at the VFW hall on Sunday, Feb. 17 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.”

A $3 donation is requested and benefits Hospice in memory of Bea Wilson, the founder of the Ocala Jazz Society.

The VFW, across from Oak Run, is just off State Road 200.

For more info call Diana, 352-286-5636.


Chuck Wagon Gang at Christ’s Church


Back by popular demand the number one Gospel Group of all time, entering its 75th year of singing the old songs, The Chuck Wagon Gang appears Sunday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m. This mixed quartet has continuously recorded what has come to be known as “grass roots” Gospel music, recording over 800 songs and selling 40 million records worldwide. Many of the original songs are still being sung at their concerts across America. Admission is free; a love offering will be taken.

Christ’s Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.


Cosmopolitans Anniversary


The Cosmopolitans of Ocala will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Ocala Hilton Hotel. Donation is $50 per person. Over the years members have volunteered many hours to community services that involve children, and many have made donations to charitable organizations in Marion County. The income from this anniversary event will go to the Winston  Brown Scholarship Program for high school graduates, May 2013.

Please contact Edith Harper, 352-307-0670 or Gertha Williams, 352-893-9265 for tickets.


Rose pruning demonstration


Marion County Rose Society will hold a rose pruning demonstration at 2:30 p.m. at 2224 Clearwater Run, The Villages. Meetings are open to all who want to have fun learning about and sharing their love of roses. Visit www.marioncountyroses.org, or call Howard Johnson at 352-751-0355.


Monday, Feb. 18


American Legion post to meet


The Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 18, 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 Fred Pulis 352-854-9976.


Marion Oaks Democrats to meet


The next meeting of the Marion Oaks Democratic Club will be Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center, Building B.

The club met on Dec. 17 to prepare for 2013. The discussion centered around the election of officers to carry on the work with the intensity of the past few months. The mid-term elections were mentioned as well as the need to maintain our interest and involvement in local and national issues that affects us all. New officers will be determined in our February meeting.

Another topic of interest was the success of our end of year victory party held early in December. Approximately 160 individuals came to eat, dance and share experiences. A good time was had by all! Everyone was reminded about the bus trip to the inauguration ceremony for President Obama.

Come and join us in February, we can always find room for more members.


Tuesday, Feb. 19


Financial Workshop at Ocala West


Do you have the information you need to make decisions about your financial goals? This financial workshop, sponsored by Edward R. Jones will help you learn key principles of saving and investing and also learning specific strategies to help you reach your long-term financial goals. The workshop will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room (room 235). Topics and dates are as follows:
Feb. 19, Focus on Fixed Income.

Feb 26, Take Stock in the Market.

March 5, Protecting What’s Important.


Thursday, Feb. 21


College Road Young at Heart


College Road Baptist Church, on Feb. 21, will bring our own Rod Hendrick to entertain us with his Southern style storytelling and humor. He might even sing. Bring a dish to share and join us for an hour of fellowship at noon at 5010 S.W. College Road (State Road 200). Phone is 352-237-5741 for information or if you need a ride.


Alzheimer’s workshops set


Marion County families are invited to attend a series of free Alzheimer’s CARE training workshops that will be offered on Feb. 21, March 7, March 21 and April 4. Each session will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Home Instead Senior Care, 606 S.W. 3rd Ave., Ocala.

Developed by Home Instead Senior Care, the Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE program incorporates an innovative, hands-on approach to help families deal with the difficult behavioral changes that often are associated with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

During the workshop, program experts will teach caregivers how to:

Manage behaviors.

Encourage engagement.

Care for themselves while caring for their loved one.

To reserve a spot, call Home Instead Senior Care at 352-622-6447.


Friday, Feb. 22


Charity picnic for blind center


Highland Memorial Park is hosting a charity picnic to benefit the “Florida Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired” on Friday, Feb. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out and support this great organization! The address for Highland Memorial Park is 1515 N.E. Third St., Ocala (two blocks behind the Cascades). Lunch will be served on a donation basis with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the “Florida Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

February’s delicious menu is smothered chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, garlic rolls, brownies, iced tea and bottled water. Relax in the shade or take your lunch to go…it’s up to you. For more information, call Community Care Director, Beverly Brown at 352-671-6466.


Saturday, Feb. 23


Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band


The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band announces its “A Musical Memory” concert series for Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute, 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical selections include: “Finlandia”; “Selections from Les Miserables”; “Memory” from Cats; “Indiana”; “Esprit De Corps; “Morceau Symphonique” featuring trombonist Richard Blankenship; and “Lassus Trombone” featuring the KOS trombone section.

All performances are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 352-624-9291 or visit http://kingdomofthesunband.org.


Saturday, Feb. 23


Book sale at Winn-Dixie


A book sale to benefit Ocala Wildlife Sanctuary will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.

Bring your aluminum cans for recycling.


African Violet Club meeting


Please join us for our Feb. 23 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Brian Litz Sheriff’s Substation), 9048 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. We meet the fourth Saturday of every month except December. We have an exciting program planned for you this month. Our courtesy store is open during our meetings for your convenience to purchase all kinds of supplies such as new pots, soil, tools and fertilizer. We would love for you to join us while we learn new and interesting information about our beloved African violets. Delicious light refreshments are served. Check out the club website at http://www.africanvioletclubofocala.org/. Guests are always welcome!

Eagles tribute concert planned


7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience is a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, the band faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from their most prolific period. 7 Bridges will feature brilliant hit singles after another while offering the perfect blend of songs to capture all levels of Eagles devotees with some mighty Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix. Tickets for this concert start at $15.

The 7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience show provides family friendly entertainment for all ages, weaved into a powerful rock-n-roll concert experience! Catch them live at the Circle Square Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information on the 2013 entertainment line-up including times, dates and tickets, visit www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670.


Ocala Symphony; Two days of young talent


The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will showcase the two winners of the annual 22nd Young Artist Competition at the Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24 concerts at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium, while performing some of the most uplifting and powerful pieces of the symphonic repertoire of Italian composer, Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

Julia Hossain, 14, who won the junior division, will perform Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol. Ivana Muncan, 23, who won the senior division, will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Both winners received a $1,000 cash prize, as well as the opportunity to perform with the OSO Feb. 23 and Feb.24.

Each year the OSO sponsors this youth outreach program for outstanding young musicians, with the goal of motivating and enhancing the music careers of promising young musicians. The competition takes it a step further by assisting these ambitious musicians in their musical careers by providing the opportunity to be a participant musician with the OSO. Maestro Matthew Wardell, OSO musicians and local area musical experts judged these promising young artists.

There will be two concerts held at OBS: Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased by visiting www.ocalasymphony.com or calling 352-351-1606.


Tuesday, Feb. 26


SOS meeting


The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. Room 235 (Multipurpose Room) at 1 p.m.

Our meeting on Feb. 26 will be a presentation by Jane Houldsworth, Community Relations person for America’s Choice in Homecare, Visiting Angels.

We never know when we might have a need for these kinds of services and this presentation should be very interesting. If you have any questions, please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.


Auditions for Over 55 talent show


Active adults 55+ from all over Florida are invited on stage to audition for the fourth annual “The World Has Talent” 55+ talent show on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Ocala’s Circle Square Cultural Center. Judges will choose several top acts that will then perform at “The World Has Talent” 55+ Talent Show at the Cultural Center on Saturday, May 11, where they will compete for a chance to win the $500 first place, $250 second place and $150 third place prizes!

Auditions will be held on Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit www.CSCulturalCenter.com, call 352-854-3670 or e-mail ticketsales@cscultrualcenter.com.


Friday, March 1


World Day of Prayer


Church Women United’s World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, March 1, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 State Road 200 in the Blair Stewart Enrichment Center. Refreshments will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. The program will start at 10 with a theme of “I Was A Stranger, and You Welcomed Me.” This event is open to the public and all are welcomed. Although not required, donations for the Domestic Violence Sexual Abuse Center will be accepted. For more information phone Judy, 352-629-3434.


Saturday, March 2


Palm Cay garage sales


Community-wide garage sales will be held at Palm Cay on Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gates will be open to the public.

A hot dog lunch will be available at the Oasis fro a nominal fee.

Palm Cay is on State Road 200 just two blocks west of 103rd Street Road.


Tuesday, March 5


Luncheon at Our Redeemer


The Parish Health Ministry team at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala, is having its “Original Food for Thought” luncheon on Tuesday, March 5, at 11:30 a.m. The presentation is open to the community with a free lunch provided prior to the seminar. Presented by Riadh Fakhoury, CD, the topic is titled “Physical Stress and its causes and effects on the bodyand the mind,”

For reservations, please call Shirley at 352-368-4028


Thursday, March 7


Mountain Mission School concert


Forty-five teenagers from Grundy, Virginia, make up this traveling concert choir that has appeared nationally and internationally in settings such as the USA - Christian Conventions, churches, Disney World, Opryland, Wolf Trap Park, the lighting of our national “Capitol Holiday Tree” - plus Canada, England, Austria and France. When leaving this energetic concert, audience members find themselves humming a favorite tune. Admission is free; a love offering will be taken.

The event is March 7, 6 p.m. at Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.


Saturday, March 9


Concert at First Congregational


The Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the church; tickets are $10 and are available at the church office, 7171 SW State Road 200, 352-237-3035 or contact Dave at 352-867-7967. Refreshments will be available at intermission.


Gracefully adjusting


A talk on gracefully adjusting to later years with happiness and enthusiasm will be presented at Vitalize, at Market Street on State Road 200, on Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m.

For further information, call Cara at 352-509-6839. The event is free and open to the public.


Women’s Spring Break


Join the Women’s Ministry at the annual Women’s Spring Break event, ”Is the Power Back On?”. Guest speaker will be Gaye Martin. Special Sessions: Card Making (‘Make and Take’ Class), Quilt Making (Demostration), Bible Study and Devotion (How To). Continental Breakfast - Lunch - Door Prizes - Childcare available. Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.

This is a free event for all women; a freewill offering will be taken for the guest speaker. Registration required (early bird registration by Feb. 24 and your name will be entered for an Olive Garden gift card). Contact Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.


Sunday, March 10


Dramatist at Nazarene Church


Professional dramatist Chuck Neighbors will be performing his one-man drama, In His Steps, at Ocala West Church of the Nazarene (5884 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala on March 10 at 10:30 a.m.

In His Steps is an adaptation of Charles Sheldon’s Classic novel, which has sold millions of copies and is ranked as one of the best-selling books of all time. It is the story of a group of Christians who revolutionize their community when they dedicate themselves to live by one simple code: “What would Jesus do?”

All are invited to attend and be challenged by this unique story presentation.


Tuesday, March 12


Charity pro-am at Ocala Open


A charity pro-am event kicks off the Ocala Open on Tuesday, March 12, at Candler Hills Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit Hospice of Marion County and Interfaith Emergency Services.

Start the day with breakfast, then select a tee gift at the Nike tent. Participants will warm-up next to pros who will be vying for Ocala Open honors; play golf with a pro and get a few pointers on your own game. The day concludes with the Champion’s Roundup Barbecue and Awards Luncheon.

For more information, call 352-861-9712.


Wednesday, March 13


Tom Shelton concert scheduled


Gospel Musician Thomas Shelton, member of “Who’s Who in American Music,” is internationally known and has appeared in the United States and 11 other countries. He presents his vocal concert on Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m. Admission is free; a love offering will be taken. Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/


Friday, March 15


Vendors wanted for Spring Expo


Business owners are invited to set up booths at the Spring Expo sponsored by the West Marion Business Association on Friday, March 15.

The Spring Expo is from noon to 5 p.m .at the Circle Square Commons Cultural Center.

Booths are available on a first come, first serve basis and cost from $100 to $175. Electric is available.

Reserve your booth space, or learn more, by visiting our website at, westmba.com or contacting Erin Jones, eajones@brickcitytitle.net, 352-274-3511.


Saturday, March 16


Saturday, March 16

O’Cala St. Patrick’s Day event


The 11th annual O’Cala’s St. Patrick’s Day will take place on the downtown Square on Saturday, March 16, from 4 to 9 p.m.

Entertainment this year will include many great Irish dance groups and two great bands! An Triur will perform a very traditional Irish sound that will make you feel like you are feeling the breeze just atop the Emerald Isle. The main performers for the evening, the band that will get your Irish blood flowing is Seven Nations!

There will be plenty of food to enjoy including corn beef sandwiches and corn beef and cabbage!

There will be arts and crafts vendors providing all kinds of unique items of your interest.

Fun games and activities for children and adults including the face painting, arts and crafts, dunk tank, jousting stands and Bounce House!

The dunk tank will be held as a charitable attraction, so make sure to make someone get soaked!


Looking for vendors

Come join us on March 16 at Oak Run’s annual Plant Sale and Craft Show. There are tables available inside the Orchid Club for $15 per table. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will have entertainment and food available.

Please call Patricia Callahan 352-484-0895) or Sharon Cariglio 315-383-2138) for more information. Our proceeds are donated to CCF ‘s Horticulture Scholarship program.


Run, walk for United Way


United Way of Marion County’s high school youth program is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 16, at 8 a.m. downtown at Ocala City Hall to benefit the United Way.

Entry fee is $20 before Monday, March 11 and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org or participants can register at Active.com.

Sponsorships are still available. For more information, call Tina Banner at 352-732-9696.


Saturday, March 23


Saddle Oak Club yard sale


The Saddle Oak Club will hold its annual yard sale on Saturday, March 23, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the development on State Road 200 across from Heath Brook

The yard sale will be in the clubhouse and on clubhouse grounds by all the community residents.

Breakfast will be served with sandwiches and coffee.

Lunch will be soup and sandwiches.

There will also be a bake sale. The event is open to the public.


Saturday, April 20


Helping Hands race, walk, fun run


Helping Hands is having its inaugural 5K race, a 1 mile walk, and a Kid’s Fun Run, on April 20th at the Baseline Road Trailhead (Florida Greenway). It’s a family event featuring complimentary food, snacks, drinks, music, exhibits, and raffle prizes. Individual and group awards will be given out to winners. The cost for adults is $20 for pre-registration, youth $15, and the children’s Fun Run (10 years or younger) is free. Top quality event shirts are free to the first 200 registrants. All the proceeds go to helping local men, women, and children in need. Registration, sponsorships, and detailed information is available on our website at www.helpinghandsocala.org or call Holly Miley at 352-732-4464.




Civic Chorale offers scholarship


The Marion Civic Chorale is offering the Grat L. Rosazza Scholarship to an area student with musical talent.

The $ 500 scholarship is open to high school and community college students who are continuing their education in vocal music, music education or musical theatre.

The winner will perform with the chorale during one of the spring concerts and will be awarded the scholarship at that time. Application deadline is April 2.

For further information, visit the chorale’s web site at marioncivicchorale@tripod.com or contact Judy Crooks at 352-812-0666, or e-mail Jillvw50@gmail.com.


Reading Volunteer Group


Love to read? Love kids? Our Reading Volunteer Group is looking for enthusiastic people to visit two of our local elementary schools and read to the lower grades. It would only take up about an hour of your time, six mornings a year each (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) at Sunrise and Marion Oaks Elementary schools. The books are selected by the teacher at the grade level you want, and you are escorted by two of the children to their classroom. Having the children around you engaged and anticipating the next page, discussing the book, sharing the pictures, and just being with them is a truly rewarding experience. Through our efforts we hope to instill in them a love of reading while opening up new horizons and adventures in the wonderful world of books.

Call Addie Bambridge at 352-533-8666 to sign up or for more information.