Upcoming events week of 3-2-2012

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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, electronics, 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.

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 352-873-2276.

Concert at First Congregational

The Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. Donation: $10 per person.
Call the church office at 352-237-3035 for tickets Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (7171 SW State Road 200).

Elks gear up for ‘Army of Hope’

Final plans are being made for the second annual Army of Hope, an afternoon of fun for the while family on Saturday, March 3.  Starting at noon, the day's events planned for outside the front of the Elks lodge on Northeast 25th Avenue include clowns, face-painting, child ID program, bounce house, static military and law enforcement displays, plus two special highlights: a war bird flyover and a huge display of vintage Corvettes.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10 and that includes a big lunch and drink courtesy of US Food. In addition, there are lots of door prizes and raffles, plus music, throughout the afternoon. Proceeds from the event go to needy military families in our area.
For more info, contact Mike Mongrelize at 352-636-4127.

Saturday, March 3

Mega book sale at Winn-Dixie

A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, featuring used books, CDs, videos and crafts, will take place Saturday, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.
Buy eight hard cover books, get one free.
Donate your aluminum beverage cans.
For more information, call  352-291-1962.
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 352-888-8841. Tickets are also available at the door for $12. Door prizes available.

Noted author to speak

Noted author Judith Rock will speak on "Conjuring up the Past" at the March 3 meeting of the Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society. Her first two novels, "The Rhetoric of Death" and "The Eloquence of Blood" are set in 17th century Paris and delighted historical mystery novel readers by bringing together ballet-producing Jesuits, Paris police, outlaw Huguenots, seditious beggars, and fire-fighting Franciscans. Based on her doctoral research done in Paris, the books garnered starred reviews from many important literary organizations. Rock's third book in the series, "A Plague of Lies" will come out in the fall.
The Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at the Central Ridge Library in Beverly Hills. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call Marian Fox 352-726-0162.

Concert at First Congregational

The Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. Donation: $10 per person.
Call the church office at 352-237-3035 for tickets Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (7171 SW State Road 200).

Sunday, March 4

Buddy Liles in concert

Buddy Liles will be in concert on March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Ocala Church of the Nazarene, 5884 S.E. 60th Ave., Ocala.
Liles has sung with the Florida Boys Quartet over 25 years, with Landmark Quartet of Cincinnati, Ohio and on Bill Gaither Videos. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.  

Monday, March 5

Commission candidates to debate

A debate of candidates for County Commission for District 3 will be held at the Tea Party Solutions of Ocala meeting at the Berean Baptist Church on Southwest 20th Street, Ocala, at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 5. Republican incumbent Stan McClain and Democratic challenger Patricia Reed are expected to attend.

Tuesday, March 6

Fair Tax meeting set

Have you collected all those receipts in order to fill out your 1040?  Would you like to forget about filing those personal income taxes and just enjoy April 15th like any other spring day?  We can make that happen by enacting the FairTax.  Come learn how this simple, transparent and fair taxing system can not only replace the current income tax, but also boost the economy like no other plan.  It is not a pipe dream.  It is legislation currently in Congress.  Join us on March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Inn (3951 N.W. Bonnie Heath Blvd./US 27) to become acquainted with or learn more details about the FairTax.  
For more information, contact Ron and Elaine Maiellaro at ocalafairtax@cfl.rr.com or 352-671-6724.

Thursday, March 8

Palm Cay GOP to meet
On March 8, the Palm Cay Republican Club will be holding its monthly meeting at the Oasis Club in Palm Cay. The speakers for March are Pat Gabriel who is a candidate for County Commissioner from District 5, Mike Amsted who is a candidate for County Commissioner from District 1, and Barbara Ruse who is a candidate for Marion County Supervisor of Elections. 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, 352-438-9662.

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.

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, March 8, at 1 p.m. A meeting will follow the lunch.
Any members in the area are welcomed.

Saturday, March 10

Health, Wellness Expo set

The 2012 Health and Wellness Expo sponsored by the Ocala Marion County Chamber of Commerce will be Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Paddock Mall.   
For more information on the registration process, booth pricing, and sponsorship opportunities for the Expo call 352-629-8051, ext. 106.

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 March 10 at Blessed Trinity Church. This is a change of date, which was originally Feb. 18.
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.

Women's Spring Break
Take a break with the Women's Ministries of Christ's Church of Marion County on Saturday, March 10 at 9 a.m. and enjoy guest speaker Gaye Martin.  Gaye's topics will include "Some Have It - Some Don't," "Significant Signatures" and "Running the Race." The day will include a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. A love offering will be taken.
For additional information contact Sharon Lombardo, 352-307-5101 or info@ccomc.org.  Christ's Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala.  Phone 352-861-6182, website is www.ccomc.org.

Methodist Men serve breakfast

The Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, March 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A complete menu with a wide variety of breakfast fare is offered for $5.
The Methodist Women will conduct a bake sale and the Stitch Sister’s Craft Sale during the breakfast hours.
Ocala West United Methodist Church - 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala – Look for the signs.
Make plans now to bring your friends and attend. All proceeds help fund a variety of local charities.

Sunday, March 11

Mezzo-soprano and pianist to perform

The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church,
7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.
Megan Thompson, mezzo-soprano, and Donna Topp, pianist, will present “Our Nation’s Story: A Musical Review.” They will perform works by popular American composers including Gershwin, Bernstein, Joplin, Barber and Weill as well as Broadway and Disney favorites. The diversity of the music guarantees something for everyone.
Megan Thompson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University. While there she performed in several operas, competitions and solo recitals. She has appeared in many Ocala Civic Theatre productions including “The Mikado.” She is a soloist with the Central Florida Master Choir.
Donna Dantz Topp graduated Cum Laude in music and psychology from Heidelberg University. She received her Master’s from the State University of New York with further piano studies at the Eastman School of Music, Roberts Wesleyan College and Columbia University. While living in Rochester, Mississippi, Topp ran a private keyboard studio as well as being director of music, organist and choir director at several area churches. Since moving to Ocala she has been the accompanist for the Marion Civic Chorale, founded and directed the Oak Run Choraliers as well as substituting for many churches in the area.
The public is invited. Admission is free but donations will be appreciated.
For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.

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.

Caregivers invited to support group

All caregivers are invited to a new Support Group at Hospice of Marion County on March. 13, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Education Center at 3231 S.W. 34th Ave., Ocala.
Caregivers of loved ones with any disease or illness are welcome. The group will offer an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation and provide guidance as well as emotional and spiritual support.
Call 352-854-5200 for additional information.

Thursday, March 15

Genealogical Society meeting
The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Marion County Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. This month’s program will feature Paul Enchelmeyer, whose topic will be Ten Ways to be a Perfect Ancestor. 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, March 17

Green Thumb plant show, sale set

Spring is around the corner and plans for the 5th annual Green Thumb Plant Show and Sale are under way for the event that's a local favorite which happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day this year, Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Dunnellon.  
Vendors selling orchids, trees, shrubs, native plants, soil enhancers, yard art, woody ornamentals, palms, roses and a variety of flowering plants will line the lawns of the historic village of Dunnellon, home of the shopping district known for its festivals and events.  
For booth space or more information, please contact Nancy at 352-208-6789.

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 March 17. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be corn beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, vegetables, salad, coffee and dessert. The entertainment will be Harry Chambers on the keyboard. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance.  Payment must be received by Wednesday the 14th of March.  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 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352-347-8362.   
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.

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.
Christ's Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala.  

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.