Upcoming events week of 3-16-2012

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Sunday, March 18

Jazz Society offers free music

The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW Post 4781, across from Oak Run, on the third Sunday of each month, 2 to 5 p.m.
This month, March 18, is the date.
The group plays more than jazz including favorite songs from past year. Dancing is encouraged.
For more info call Gladys at 352-854-8930.

Monday, March 19

Legion post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 19 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, call Commander Fred Pulis at 352-854-9976.

Wednesday, March 21

Former Vermont residents to gather

Vermonters  will be gathering at Rainbow Springs Park for a day of fun on Wednesday, March 21, beginning at 11 a.m.
Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served and you are asked to bring a salad, dessert, casserole, etc. to share.
The state park fee is $2 and if you wish to enter for door prizes at the gathering,  $1 will be charged.
The park is on U.S. Highway 41, north of Dunnellon.
For information, call 352-854-4527.

Thursday, March 22

Food for Thought at Our Redeemer

A “Food for Thought Luncheon” will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200, on Thursday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. The Speaker will be Joyce Semelka MS, RD. She will speak on medical nutrition self management. RSVP to reserve a seat to 352-368-4028.

Lenten Music Meditation at St. Jude

March 22 at 7 p.m. is the date and time for the special Lenten Music Meditation Program to be presented by the Music Ministry of St. Jude Catholic Community, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. We will journey with music and scripture readings through the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no charge.

Frontline Worship Service
Ozark Christian College's travelling musicians "FRONTLINE," featuring a modern, energetic sound,  present a dynamic worship program on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p..m.
For additional information, call 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org.
Christ's Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala.

Friday, March 23

High Twelve Club to meet

The Greater Ocala High Twelve Club # 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala.
The Speaker will be Pat Gabriel. Pat has been a mainstay for community services in Marion County for many years. If Pat doesn’t know about something in the County, it hasn’t happened yet. Be sure to attend so you know what is going on in our town.
Once again we will be able to enjoy another great buffet lunch after the meeting. The cost is only $12 per person.
All master masons and guests are invited to attend. Bring a friend! Reservations are required. Telephone Bob Brady at 352-854-9612 for reservations or further information.

Saturday, March 24

Saddle Oak Club annual yard sale

Saddle Oak Club will hold its annual yard sale on March 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse at the development on State Road 200 across from Heathbrook/Publix. Breakfast will be served, with sandwiches and coffee. Lunch will be soup and sandwiches and there will also be a bake sale.

Ocala Lions to collect items for Fisher House

On Saturday, March 24, the Ocala Lions Club will collect donations and personal care items to be given to the Fisher House Foundation in Tampa, Florida for families of veterans or military personnel who are being treated at a nearby military or VA medical facility.  The event will be  at the Big Lots store, 8600 S.W. State Road 200 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Fisher House, founded in 1990 by Zachary Fisher, provides a home-like facility for families to stay for brief periods of time in order to be near their loved ones undergoing medical treatment. Personal care items, such as shampoo or tooth paste/brushes, tissues, paper plates, paper cups and plastic food storage containers or bags are needed to help families needing to stay at Fisher House during this difficult time.  Items may be purchased at Big Lots and monetary donations will be accepted.
For further information about Fisher House, call (813) 910-3000 or contact Bill Thomas at 352-291-2600 about the event.

Real men, real life, real impact

A “Rough Cut Men’ free seminar will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Guest speaker at Christ’s Church of Marion County will be David Dusek.
Breakfast will be at 7 a.m. and the session at 8 a.m. A free will offering will be received.
For additional information, call 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org.

Spaghetti supper planned in Marion Oaks

The Community Congregational U.C.C. church is having a spaghetti supper on March 24, with two seatings.  The first seating is 5 p.m. and the second is at 6 p.m.  The cost is $7.
The church is at 15050 S.W. 29th Terrace Road, Ocala, in Marion Oaks.  We are easily accessible from the main entrance—at the waterfall with “Marion Oaks, a deed restricted area” stone wall announcement.  The entrance is off County Road 484.  Once you have made the turn you are on Marion Oaks Boulevard, continue down Marion Oaks Boulevard to the first four way stop sign (Walgreens on right).  Continue a short way until you see a beautiful, welcoming white church on your left.  Take the entrance at our sign and come and enjoy a most wonderful time.
The church ladies are preparing the meal.  The menu consists of homemade meat sauce with fresh tomatoes from Plant City, salad, bread and assorted homemade desserts.
The funds will be used for the church and for outreach.  The church supports many organizations including The Humane society and Interfaith and will be able to do more with your help.
Please contact Terri Grenier at 352-307-0584 for tickets.

Book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands

A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, including used books, CDs, videos and crafts, will take place Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winn Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.
Buy five books, get one free.
Donate your aluminum beverage cans, also.
For more information, call 352-291-1962.

VFW Home in Fort McCoy hosts barbecue

The VFW Retirement Home in Fort McCoy, 13005 N.E. 135th St., will hold its 12th annual country barbecue picnic on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are $10 per person and include a meal catered by Tommy’s BBQ featuring barbecued pulled pork and chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, rolls and dessert.
Entertainment, activities and food will include: Southside Blues Band, horseshoe tournament, closest to the pin, silent auction, raffles and games throughout the day. We will also be showcasing our new 18-unit wing dedicated to the “Women of the Armed Forces.”
For information call 352-236-0823.

Sunday, March 25

Cantata at Ocala West

Ocala West United Methodist Church will have a special Easter musical cantata “Come Walk With Me” on Sunday, March 25, at 8 a.m. and on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 11 a.m. Please join us for worship and fellowship.
The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th S., Ocala. Phone is 352-854-9550. Pastor is the Rev. Alan Jefferson.

Collison Trio concert at Nazarene church

The Collison Trio will give a concert at Ocala West Church of the Nazarene at 5884 S.W. 60th Ave. (Airport Road) on Sunday, March 25 at 6 p.m.
The Collison Trio is made up of a father and his two teenage daughters who live in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and travel throughout the region presenting the gospel in song and testimony. All are invited to come and enjoy this evening of song.  

Concert open to the public

Appearing together for the first time are Cantor Kim Komrad, a classically trained soprano, and renowned pianist’co0nductor David Leighton, in two performances.
The first will be the Gala Celebration of the Stone Creek Piano, Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Reunion Center ballroom in Stone Creek. This is for Stone Creek residetns and invited guests only.
The next day, on Sunday, March 25, open to the public, they will perform An Afternoon of Music: The Sounds of Jewish Composers, at 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala.
For information and tickets, contact herbamy@embarqmail.com, or call 352-854-9440.

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.

Tuesday, March 27

Breast cancer survivors group to meet
The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St.
The March 27 meeting will be held in the multipurpose room. Dr. Jason J. Rosenberg, a board-certified plastic surgeon at the Orthopaedic Institute, Gainesville, will speak to us on Natural Tissue (Autologous) Reconstruction. These procedures use your body’s own tissue to transplant fatty tissue from areas where they are not wanted or needed to reconstruct one or both breasts to restore the breasts after partial or complete mastectomy.
This is an open meeting to anyone interested in learning more about these newer procedures. Please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904 for more information.

Thursday, March 29

Spring Business Expo

The West Marion Business Associations annual Spring Business Expo will be Thursday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cultural Center of On Top of the World, 8395 S.W. 80th St. The event is free and open to the public.
There will be drawings for more than 50 door prizes and for a grand prize of a $500 Visa gift card.
Other sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Village Crier, The Gene Martin Show, Coffee News, Comfort Keepers and the South Marion Citizen.

U.S. Constitution for seniors

The Senior Learning Center of the College of Central Florida will offer an introductory class to the U.S. Constitution on Thursdays from March 29 through May 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This class is open to all interested seniors over the age of 50. There is a yearly membership fee of $125 to join the Learning Center and over 40 different classes are currently being offered.
For more information call 352-291-4444 or visit RAHAM@cf.edu.

Saturday, March 31

Fourth annual Sheriff’s Office car show

The Fourth annual Sheriff’s Office car show is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Sheriff’s Operations Center at 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. There will be vehicles from the past and present on display. Car registration is $15 until 3/23 after which the fee is $20.  There will be lots to see and do for the entire family. There will be a tram to take visitors on a tour around the complex and describe the facilities.
There will be a bomb-destroying robot, demonstrations by the canine division, a SWAT demonstration, mounted police, concessions and free popcorn. The show is free to spectators. Proceeds of the show will go to the Sheriff’s Office Foundation to support the volunteers programs; so come on out and support the volunteers. For more information call 352-368-3582 or foundation@marionso.com.

Community wide garage sale at Palm Cay

The community of Palm Cay will be hosting a community wide garage sale open to the public on March 31 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The community is on State Road 200.
Along with the sales at individual homes, there will be breakfast treats at the clubhouse at 9 a.m. A luncheon of sloppy joes, chips and drinks will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until supplies last.
Visitors will be welcomed at the guard house by volunteers handing out maps of homes hosting sales.

Craft Fair at Marion Landing

A craft fair will take place on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Marion Landing Lifestyle Center, Southwest 65th Avenue Road off State Road 200 across from Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Handcrafted items including jewelry, handbags, shell art, macramé plant hangers, mosaic wall hangings, floral arrangements, quilts, paintings, beautiful lighted wine bottles and glass blocks, photography and assorted Christmas items will be sold. Refreshments will be available. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 4

Bonsai exhibit and classes

The Master The Possibilities (MTP) Education Center and the Marion Bonsai Society will host their 5th annual exhibit.  The exhibit will open on Wednesday, April 4 at 9 a.m., and close on Friday, April 6 at noon, at the MTP main lobby, 8415 S.W. 80th St., Ocala (On Top Of the World).  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. until noon on Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Classes and Demonstrations are offered on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. (Basics of the art of Bonsai) and Thursday, April 5, at 1 p.m. (Bonsai Demonstration). To register for these classes go to www.masterthepossibilities.com or call 352-854-3699 or visit the MTP office.

Saturday, April 7

Passover seder scheduled

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Passover seder on the second night of the holiday, April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Arbor Club Ballroom at On Top of the World , Southwest 94th Street, Ocala. The seder will be conducted mainly in English with participation from those present. Sonia Peterson will be leading. The traditional Passover fare consists of a beef, chicken or fish entrée and the cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Reservations are requested by March 31 to Estelle by calling 352-237-8277.
Congregation Beth Israel is a progressive, inclusive, contemporary Jewish community under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. Visit our website: bethisraelocala.org or email: bethisraelocala@embarqmail.com.

Saturday, April 14

Authors invited to Expo

The Marion County Public Library System invites writers from Marion and adjacent counties to participate in the 2012 Author Expo, to be held Saturday, April 14, at its Headquarters-Ocala location. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library, the event will provide a forum for local poets, novelists, journalists and playwrights to network and sell their books.  
“Our first Author Expo is a great opportunity for the talented writers in Marion and surrounding counties to get together, talk about their books and share helpful hints with the public,” said Roseanne Russo, information services manager for the Headquarters-Ocala location.
The event is open to all authors in Marion, Lake, Levy, Citrus, Alachua and Sumter counties. Space is limited; prospective authors must apply by March 16 to participate. Registration includes a $10 fee in lieu of a percentage of book sales on the day of the event. For application guidelines and forms, visit http://library.marioncountyfl.org or www.friendsoftheocalalibrary.org, or stop by the Headquarters-Ocala location at 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala. For more information, call 352-671-8551.

Golf tourney to benefit United way

CenturyLink will host a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Saturday, April 14. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County.   
The tournament will be at the Ocala Municipal Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd, beginning at 8 a.m.  The cost is $260 per team.  Entry deadline is April 6.
Entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch and grab bags.  Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin.  Sponsorships are available for $125 per hole without a team or $100 with a team. Presenting sponsorships are also available.  Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org.
For more information on sponsorship or registration, call Teresa Feather at 352-368-8825.

Thursday, April 19

Genealogical Society to meet

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, April 19  at 2 p.m. at the Marion County Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.
This month’s program will feature Judy Wright, who will answer questions about Family Tree Maker 2012. The public is cordially invited and there is no cost involved. For further information, please contact Barbara Jones at 352-897-0840, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com.

Saturday, April 21

Book sale for Center for the Blind

A book sale to benefit the Florida Center for the Blind will take place Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Florida Center for the Blind, 7634 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. All proceeds benefit the center.
For information, call 352-873-4700.

Saturday, April 28

Fundraising barbecue for Wagoner
A fundraising barbecue for School Superintendent candidate Wally Wagoner will take place on Saturday, April 28, at Abshier Blueberry Farm, 3960 S.E. 115th St., Belleview, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information or to purchase tickets call Julie at 352-875-8043.

Sunday, June 3

Vendors sought for Blueberry Festival

Craft vendors are being sought for the first Blueberry Festival in Ocala to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue.
The event will be Sunday, June 3, at Ramada Inn, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ocala. Vendor fee is $20 inside space, $15/outside. The deadline for applications is April 16.
There will be prizes, a baking contest, fresh blueberries, 50/50 raffle, and food.
Please call 352-291-1962 for applications and/or more information.