Upcoming events week of 2-3-2012

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Friday, Feb. 3

Sheriff’s Office sells ribs for United Way

Marion County Sheriff’s Office is holding its annual United Way Super Bowl Rib Sale on Friday, Feb. 3, from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $15 per slab and can be picked up at the Sheriff’s complex at 692 N.W. 30th Ave. in Ocala.  Delivery is also available.

For tickets and more information call Judge Cochran at 352-368-3594 or Jennifer Lowe at 352-368-3598.

Saturday, Feb. 4

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

Church hosts yard sale

The Crossroad Church, 8070 S.W. 60th Ave., will host a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Families and vendors can rent a space for $10. Call Marie, 352-817-4006 to save a place.

Lions Club holds yard sale

The Ocala Lions Club will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 4 to raise funds to sponsor a service dog.

The sale is set for the old Porter’s Nursery located in the Friendship Shopping Plaza, from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.

Gently used household items as well as furniture will be offered. Anyone wanting to donate items, other than clothing, for the yard sale may contact Bill Thomas, 352-291-2600.

Gentle Chair Yoga continues

Gentle Chair Yoga will continue Feb. 4 and 11 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Freedom Public Library.

It is excellent for anyone with limited mobility. Call Ingrid Crane for further info at 352-854-7950.

An afternoon at Capone's 

Join members from First Congregation United Church of Christ on Saturday, Feb. 4 for lunch and show at Capone's of Kissimmee. Price includes bus transportation, buffet lunch, gratuities, and a Broadway style song, dance and comedy revue, set in 1930's Chicago. Cost is $60 per person, $45 for children under 12. For more information and tickets, 352-873-3377.

Willie Nelson at Circle Square

Music icon and winner of 25 Grammy, CMA and American Music Awards Willie Nelson comes to the Circle Square Cultural Center! Willie’s popular hits such as “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”, “On The Road Again”, “Always On My Mind” and many more classics are ageless songs that span generations. With his brilliant 6 decade career that speaks volumes of his music’s relevance and performance power, the 75 year old Willie Nelson continues to sell out venues all over the world!

Don’t miss the legendary Willie Nelson live in concert on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, located at 8395 S.W. 80th St.  For more information on the 2012 entertainment line-up including times, dates and tickets, visit the website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670.

Sunday, Feb. 5

Quartet in concert

The Gulf Ridge Quartet will perform during worship at 10:30 a.m. at Living Water Wesleyan Church.

A fellowship meal will follow the performance of the quartet.

Living Water is at 11120 S.W. County Road 484, just one mile west of State Road 200.

Call 352-489-2636 for more info.

Super Bowl Pig Roast at the Moose

Celebrate the biggest game of the year early beginning at 1 p.m. Served will be fresh hog or chicken with all the trimmings at a great price. Members and signed in qualified guests only.

Monday, Feb. 6

Democrats to hear Sizemore

Mike Sizemore, former chairman of the Marion County Democratic Party, will be guest speaker when the Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) of Marion County holds its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. The retired railroad executive and community activist will highlight the manner in which the DEC can best help local candidates with their campaigns when he describes the important role the DEC can play in helping them achieve public office.

State Committeewoman Joyce Blake and others will also discuss planning for a series of get-out-the-vote and fundraising events.

All registered Democrats are always welcome at the monthly meetings which now take place on the first Monday of each month at the DEC headquarters, 3391 E. Silver Springs Blvd. For more information, please e-mail info@mariondems.org or telephone 352-402-9494. 

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Moose Bingo open to the public

Each week in February beginning at 12:45 p.m. bingo is played with opportunities to win big. Try your luck while supporting the Lodge and its charitable endeavors. Everyone is welcome with a variety of lunch selections available. We are located at 10411 S.W. 110th St., one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance to Oak Run. Phone is 352-854-2000.

Thursday, Feb. 9

Palm Cay GOP to meet

On Feb. 9, the Palm Cay Republican Club will conduct its monthly meeting at the Oasis Club in Palm Cay.

The speakers for February are Carol Ely, who is running for School Board; George Tomyn, who is a candidate for Superintendent of Schools for Marion County; Dana Couchen, who is running for County Commissioner from Dist. 5; and George Albright, who is running for County Tax Collector. The meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and last until 8.  Refreshments will be served after the meeting with lots of time to ask questions of the guests. For more information please contact James Pettus, 3523-438-9662.

Federal retirees to gather

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 2279 of Ocala, and their spouses, will meet at the Olive Garden Restaurant, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. A meeting will follow the lunch.

Friday, Feb. 10

Casino trip offered as fundraiser

The Ocala 200 Lions Club will be sponsoring a fundraiser to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa on Friday, Feb. 10. Cost is $30 per person.

Trip includes round-trip transportation and $30 return for free play and lunch vouchers.   Gaming tables are available.

.  The bus will leave the Winn-Dixie (Porter’s) parking lot at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. All proceeds, as always, will be used by the Lions for community projects. There will be no refunds issued unless club is able to resell on waiting list.  Deadline: Feb. 1. For more information and to register, call Diane Melnick, 352-861-2730 or E-mail at Melnick8350@aol.com

Saturday, Feb. 11

Methodist men serve breakfast

The Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. – look for the signs.

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.

Mega book sale

A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, featuring used books, CDs, videos and crafts, will be Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Winn Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. For information, call 352-291-1962.

Yard sale at Countryside

A yard sale will take place in Founder’s Hall at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala, on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

White elephant, clothing, jewelry, homemade bake sale, tools, toys, small furniture, crafts, books, videos, CDs and much more will be available.

For further information, call the church at 352-237-4633.

Sunday, Feb. 12

Couples invited to renew vows

The Church of Advent is hosting a special marriage vow renewal service on Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

A Valentine Pot Luck Supper will follow. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

For more information call Lesley Mack, 352-465-8871.

The Church of the Advent is located at 11251 S.W. County Road 484, Dunnellon.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

‘World Has Talent’ auditions set

Auditions for the Circle Square Cultural Center’s third annual “The World Has Talent” 55+ talent show will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15.  Active adults age 55+ are invited on stage where the top chosen acts will perform at “The World Has Talent” 55+ Talent Show at the Circle Square Cultural Center on Saturday, May 5.  The chosen contestants 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. 15 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.

Bereavement program set

The Widowed Persons Service of Marion County will be giving a six-week support group program beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the First Congregational Church, 7171 S.W. State Road 200.  The hours are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The group is open to all those who have recently lost a spouse. For questions, please call Marianne at 352-854-2872.

Thursday, Feb. 16

Air Force Association meeting

The Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will hold our monthly meeting on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. 

Jason Teaman, from U. S. Congressman Cliff Stearns staff, will be presenting a program on how high school students apply to the U.S. Military Academies.

Everyone is welcome. For information call Mike Emig 352-854-8328.

Friday, Feb. 17

VFW Ladies plan fashion show

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4781 will have their annual Fashion Show on Feb. 17 at noon. The theme is “Let Freedom Spring.” The luncheon will be prepared by Margie with the help of dedicated members. Lots of gifts have been collected. Marilyn French is the chairperson.

For tickets and more information, call Regina at 352-873-3631. Tickets are available for tables of eight or more. This is a sellout event.

Saturday, Feb. 18

Beth Israel hosts games

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala warmly invites the community to a social evening of games and fun on Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Collins Center, 9401 State Road 200 in Ocala. The program will feature a short Havdalah service followed by a light dinner of bagels and cream cheese and other delicious  fare. Bring your own board games such as dominoes, ma jong, Monopoly, etc.  or just come for the fun!  The cost is $6 per person and reservations must made by calling Shirley at 352-873-6186 or by email: thegottfrieds@aol.com.

Congregation Beth Israel is a progressive, liberal, inclusive Jewish community under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.

Chili supper and bake sale

Sister Concepta, who founded and oversees Brother Keeper's Soup Kitchen in Ocala is sponsoring the 5th annual Chili Supper and bake sale on Feb. 18 at Blessed Trinity Church.

The event will have both red and white chili and will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at the parish hall, 5 S.E. 17th St. Adults are $6 and children $3.

For information call 352-867-9860.

Arts, crafts at Queen of Peace

The Council of Catholic Women of Queen of Peace Church will sponsor an Art and Craft Show in the Parish Hall, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendars, you won't want to miss the work of these local talented Artists and Crafters. Hot dog lunch will be available to purchase.

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. 18. 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, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, coffee and dessert. The entertainment will be Bob Maas and his accordion.

The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance.  Payment must be received by Wednesday the 15th 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 Don Clauson at 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen at 352 347-8362.  

Amateur Radio Class to begin

A Technician Amateur Radio Class will start Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. for seven weeks at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Center, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala.  The FCC test will be given on March 31, 2012 with a test fee of $15.00, collected on the test day.  Manuals will be available to loan to students.  This class should prepare you to pass the FCC test and obtain an Amateur Radio Technician License. 

For more information contact Charles Hensley at 352-732-3795 or e-mail KC4Q@arrl.net.
Hospice trail ride

Hospice of Marion County, Inc. will hold its 12th annual “Horses for Hospice” Trail Ride on Sat., Feb. 18, on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. This year’s ride is in memory of Wayne Vaught, former Cross Florida Greenway enthusiast and 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.

Sunday, Feb. 19

German American Club event

The German American Club of Marion County will host a Fasching Party on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Wear a costume, bring beads and join in the fun for $10 per member or $15 per non-member. Music provided by Alpine Express. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Attire is either a costume or dressy casual. For tickets, call Liz or Joe at 352-732-6368.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Shrove Tuesday pancake supper

Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove, Dunnellon will host a delicious, complete pancake supper on Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.  $6 donation.  Call the church office at 352-489-2685 for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Gospel group to appear

A top gospel group, “The Chuck Wagon Gang,” will perform at Christ’s Church of Marion County on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.

Over 75 years as history's best record selling gospel quartet (over 39 million records sold at one record company alone) you will see an example of a style that has remained consistent thoughout all those years due to advice always followed: "Sing the old songs and sing 'em the way they should be sung." Among familiar favorites you will hear "Echoes from the Burning Bush", The Church In The Wildwood" and "I'll Fly Away.”

Enjoy an evening of family entertainment and be transported to a time and place where life was a bit simpler and time seemed to move at a slower pace. There is no admission charge; a freewill offering will be received.

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

Saturday, Feb. 25

Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band will present “A Musical Potpourri” concert series on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute (formerly Forest High School), 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical selections include Highlights from CATS, Jericho, More Than You Know, Slippery Gentlemen (featuring the trombone section) and others. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call 352-624-9291 or check out the band’s website at www.kingdomofthesunband.org.

International Foods Festival

Join us for the 18th annual International Foods Festival on Saturday, Feb. 25 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Enrichment Center. Enjoy food specialties from Italy, Germany, Spain, England, Ireland, Sweden, Poland Jamaica, Greece, Mexico and many more.  Generous food samples are priced at $1 and $2.  

For more information, call the church office at 352-237-3035.

Friday, March 2

Spring sale at Ocala West

A spring sale will be held Friday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Ocala West United Methodist Church, Stanfield Hall inside and out, 9330 S.W. 105th St.

There will be treasures galore, including household items, electronicsw, furniture, clothing, garden and outdoor items, and a bake sale.

Saturday, March 3

Tee Time for Tots

Community Bank and Trust of Florida is having the 10th annual Tee Time for Tots Golf Tournament on March 3 at Del Webb Spruce Creek.

Funds are being raised to benefit the Marion County Homeless Children & Youth program and they need our assistance more than ever.  Right here in our own back yard there are over 1,500 school aged homeless children. These statistics are just shocking.

All tournament information can be found on the www.teetimefortots.com website, including registration and sponsorship forms.

Showtime for Sweet Adelines

Music lovers need to mark your calendars for the Summer Springs Sweet Adelines Chorus annual show, Saturday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in the First Christian Church, 1908 S.E. Fort King Street, Ocala. The popular river songs will be featured in "Lazy River Dayze," with a guest performance by the Ocala Civic Theater Singers.

Tickets at $10 may be reserved now. Group rates are available from $6-$8 . Call Jackie at 352-288-8841 or Anne 352-821-2778. Tickets are also available at the door for $12. door prizes available.

Thursday, March 8

International Woman’s Day

Barbara Surian, a motivational speaker and resident of Ocala, will be inspiring young women at the International Woman's Day Celebration on March 8. This date was proclaimed a U.N. day for women s rights and International Peace in 1975 and will be celebrated at 4 p.m. at the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Citrus Springs.

Music and a keynote speech by Mindy Simmons, Florida's chanteuse, will be followed by the talk by Barbara Surian, of Ocala, and more music by a Trio from Patchwork. All men, women, boys and girls are invited to this nonreligious community event; there is no charge and refreshments will be served.

The event is at 7633 N. Florida Ave. (U.S. Highway 41) just northwest of the Holder traffic light.

For information, call 352-465-4225 or go to naturecoastuu.org.

Tuesday, March 13

Ocala Open Golf Tourney

A Charity Pro-Am event kicks off the Ocala Open on Tues., March 13, 2012 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 the pro and get a few pointers on your own game. The day concludes with the Champion’s Roundup Barbeque and Awards Luncheon.

For more information, call 352-861-9712 or 352-854-2765.

Sunday, March 25

Organ students to perform

Hosted by the Ocala Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the organ students of the University of Florida will present a varied program on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. on the beautiful pipe organ at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala.  The program will include works by David German, J.S. Bach, César Franck, Olivier Messiaen, Johann Pachelbel, Derek Bourgeois, and John Weaver. 

Some of the students are organ majors while others are doubling majors or minors in music with mechanical and aerospace engineering or linguistics.  Their professor, Dr. Laura Ellis, presented a concert for Ocala AGO last November.  Admission to the concert is free but a free-will offering will be taken.  The American Guild of Organists is an organization with a national membership of over 20,000.  Visit their website at www.agohq.org

For further information, call 352-537-0207.