Upcoming events week of 3-23-2012

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Friday, March 23

Two-day seminar for men

A two-day “Rough Cut Men” free seminar will take place on Friday, March 23. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Guest speaker at Christ’s Church of Marion County will be David Dusek, with the session starting at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, March 24, 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. The church is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200.

Two-day sale to fund Mission trip

The First Presbyterian Church of Ocala is hosting a 464-family yard sale on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Proceeds from the sale will go to support the July mission trip to Mexico.
The church is at 511 S.E. 3rd St. in Ocala.

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.

Sheltering Hands book sale

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

African Violet Club meeting

Please join us for our March 24 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Brian Litz Sheriff’s Substation), 9048 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. We would love for you to come to our exciting program. Delicious light refreshments will be served.
Also, for more information on the benefits of club membership, please check the website at http://www.AfricanVioletClubofOcala.org. If you have any questions write a note to us from our website contact page or contact our AVCO President, Laura Perdomo, at pretyinsde@netzero.net or 352-625-6467.

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.

Quail Meadow yard sale

The Quail Meadow community yard sale will take place Saturday, March 31, beginning at 8 a.m.
The development is north of U.S. Highway 27 at 49th Avenue, near Walgreens.

SPCA holding book sale

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion
County is holding a used book sale on Saturday, March 31, from 9:30 a.m. to noon next to Winn Dixie at 8445 S.W. State Road 200 in Friendship Center (in front of On Top of the World Communities).
We have a large assortment of paperbacks and hard covers ranging in price from 25 cents to $1, so please stop by and stock up on all your favorites. Help us help the animals of Marion County, as every penny goes to their welfare.

Monday, April 2

Recycling kickoff scheduled

The public is invited to a celebration of Ocala’s curbside recycling service from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, April 2, on the Downtown Square.
Sponsored by the City of Ocala and Waste Pro, activities will include a chicken and ribs barbecue, recycling giveaways, educational materials and photo opportunities with the recycling mascot. There also will be a live radio remote by WOCA’s “The Voice of Ocala with Buddy Martin” and appearances by city elected officials.
April 2 will mark the first day the curbside recycling program will be offered. The city has contracted with Waste Pro to provide the weekly service.
For additional information about the program, visit the Website recycle.ocalafl.org or call 352-624-3100.

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

Maranatha Easter Eggstravaganza

On Saturday, April 7, the day before Easter, Maranatha Baptist Church will host Maranatha’s Easter Eggstravaganza. This will be a community event where families are invited to come hunt Easter eggs and have fun.
We will have an egg hunt for the wee little ones (birth to Pre-K) and a separate egg hunt for the elementary-age children (kindergarten to Grade 5). This will be a free event, and prizes will be given out for those who register, which will include gift cards and gift certificates from local businesses in the Marion Oaks area. The even will start at 10 a.m. and continue to noon. Any questions, please call Pastor Mike at Maranatha Baptist Church. The number is 352-347-5683.

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.

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.

Sunday, April 8

Cantata at Maranatha

Maranatha Baptist Church will present an Easter Cantata “Known by the Scars” under the direction of Joyce Warner and co-directors Shirley Roberts and Mary Walker on Easter Sunday, April 8, at 10:45 a.m. All are invited. Maranatha Baptist Church is at 525 Marion Oaks Trail in Marion Oaks. Call 352-347-5683 for further information and directions.

Saturday, April 14

Methodist Men serve breakfast

The Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, April 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. A complete menu with a wide variety of breakfast fare is offered for $5.
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.

Dinner dance in Dunnellon

On April 14, the Knights of Columbus Council 8510 will be hosting a “Knight in Italy” dinner dance at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 7525 S. U.S. Highway 41, Dunnellon. Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 6:30.
The menu will be Chicken Italiano, Italian sausage with peppers and onion, Italian green beans, a hot pasta dish and a salad plus our dessert table and a cash bar. Music is by DJ/Singer Joe Koos, playing many of the old favorites including Sinatra, Como and Lanza. Western line dances and some country music will be included to keep all entertained.
Proceeds will benefit charity. Tickets are available at the Parish Office or call Terry at 352-489-6221.

Fashion show scheduled

“April In Paris” Fashion Show luncheon sponsored by Queen of Peace Council of Catholic Women will be held April 14, 11a.m. to 2 p.m., at On Top Of the World Arbor Club. Fashions will be presented by Belks. Tickets are $20. Please contact Alicia 352-237-9956 or Bert 352-861-1585.

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

Rotary golf tournament set

The Ocala Rotary Club is hosting its 22nd annual golf tournament at the Ocala Golf Club on Thursday, April 19, at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds Benefit the Marion County Youth at the Discovery Science Center and other Rotary Charities. The cost is $85 per player for a four person scramble, shotgun start which includes, lunch, golf and drinks. Prizes will be awarded after play for longest drive, closest to the pin, top teams and hole in one. Entry deadline is April 17 at 5 p.m. Contact Kay Kelly at 352-732-7080 for more information.
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.

Two-day concert band performance

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band invites you to their “Swing into Spring: concert series on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI) Auditorium, 1614 Fort King Street, Ocala.
Musical selections include: “Procession of the Nobles,” “Highlights from Glee,” ”Stardust,” featuring vocalist Marcia Muncaster; “Old Hound Dog Rag,” and, featuring the KOS big band: “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and others.
All performances are free and open to the public. For more information call 352-624-9291 or check out the band website at kingdomofthesunband.org.

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.