Upcoming events week of 3-29

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Friday, March 29

Easter eggs, plants at Hawthorne

Hawthorne Village, 4100 S.W. 33rd Ave., Ocala, will be having its semi-annual plant sale on March 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All plants, herbs, and vegetable plants are $1. Also on March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon we will be holding an Easter egg hunt, free pictures with the Easter Bunny, and face painting. It will be a day of fun for the whole family.

Saturday, March 30

Marion Landing yard sale

The annual Marion Landing Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center parking lot. There will be more than 40 tables set up selling many interesting items. The Lifestyle Center is located on Southwest 65th Avenue Road, just off State Road 200 across from Queen of Peace church. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 2

Presentation on human trafficking

The United Methodist Women of Eve Circle at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., will be hosting a presentation on human trafficking awareness.
This program will be presented by Sgt. J. Bivan, Marion County Sheriff’s Office,, on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in Room 235 (Multipurpose Room) at Ocala West. This meeting is open to anyone interested in this topic.

Sierra Club to meet

Timothy Keyser of Putnam Land Conservancy will be featured speaker at Marion County Sierra Club meeting, Tuesday, April 2 at Ocala Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., meeting room B, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Keyser is a partner at Keyser and Woodward, P.A., a general practice law firm in Interlachen, and has represented many neighborhood protection and conservation groups. He is past president of Florida Wildlife Federation and the Historical Society of Interlachen and has served on other state and local boards of environmental and civic organizations.
For additional information, contact Whitey Markle at 352-595-5131.

Thursday, April 4

WOW Singles to meet

WOW Singles will meet at the following locations. No dues. Please call after 10 a.m. 352-237-5842 or 352-861-9487 for more info.
April 4, 12:30 p.m., Mesa De Notte, 2436 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
April 18, 4 p.m., Bonefish Grill, 4701 S.W. College Road.

Saturday, April 6

Harvest Meadow yard sale

Southwest Ocala subdivision Harvest Meadow is having its annual multi-family yard sale on Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Harvest Meadow is just off of Southwest 60th Avenue. There will be collectibles, housewares, children’s items, jewelry, clothing, videos/DVD’s and furniture at various houses.

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.

Sweetwater Oaks  appreciation

The Sweetwater Oaks resident appreciation cookout with live entertainment and dancing will take place on Saturday, April 6, starting at 2:30 p.m.
Management invites all residents and their guests to attend. The “island theme” will be repeated and served will be pulled pork roast and Island Teriyaki Chicken, at approximately 3:30.
The Day Trippers, a four-piece live band specializing in classic Beatles’ tunes and “oldies,” will be entertaining all afternoon. Door prizes will be given away during the event. Obtain your tickets at the office before March 30.

Lunch, Fashion With a Twist

On April 6, the Women’s Fellowship of First Congregational United Church of Christ will host a luncheon and a “Fashion With A Twist” Show beginning at noon. Tickets are available at the church’s office at a cost of $10 per person. Everyone is invited to attend. First Congregational United Church of Christ is at 7171 S.W. State Road 200. For more information, call 352-237-3035 or 352-509-4218 or email us at: uccocala.org.
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African violet two-day show, sale

The African Violet Club of Ocala will hold a show and sale on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, at the Pioneer Garden Club, 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
The public is invited from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Free admission and free parking. Plants and supplies will be available for purchase. This event is designed for all ages and promises to be very educational and fun.

Swamp Fox Spring Fling

Calling all chili cooks and classic car owners! Francis Marion Military Academy is hosting The Swamp Fox Spring Fling on April 6, at the Ocala Shrine Club on 4301 S.E. Maricamp Road.
Please visit www.swampfoxevents.com or call Charlie DeMenzes at 352-843-7790 for more information to sign up a chili team or enter a vehicle.
The Swamp Fox Fling is a family fun day that will include voting for favorite chili, viewing and voting on classic cars, a children’s game area and more.
Get your raffle tickets at Pasteur’s, Gateway Bank locations, First Avenue Bank locations and Prestige Auto Sales to win a car! Event starts at 10 a.m. and is free to the public.
The proceeds of the event will benefit the Francis Marion Military Academy.

Tuesday, April 9

Ocala Macintosh User Group

The Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet Tuesday, April 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 S.E. 28th St., Ocala. Visitors are always welcome.
This month’s meeting features Splasm Software. Guest speaker Terra Knoble will introduce some of the products offered by the company.
For more information about OMUG, visit our website at http://ocalamug.org.

Wednesday, April 10

Four-day bonsai exhibit

The Marion Bonsai Society and Master the Possibilities Education Center present the 6th Annual “The Living Art of Bonsai” exhibit from April 10 through April 13. The exhibit will feature several trees that transform Master the Possibilities’ education center into a “forest of art.” Register for associated classes, presentations and demonstrations available through Master the Possibilities at www.masterthepossibilities.com. The four-day display is free and open to the public.
Master the Possibilities is at 8415 S.W. 80th St, Ocala. Exhibit hours: April 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., April 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 13, 9 a.m. to noon. For more details on this and other presentations visit us online or call 352-861-9751.

Family Fun Night at Joy

Beginning April 10 at 5:30 p.m. and every second Wednesday of each month, Joy Lutheran Church is offering a free Family Fun Night. This will be an hour of fun, devotion, food and games.
Everyone is invited to this church family event. We welcome all members of God’s family and invite you to be part of our church family.
To extend this fun event, all are welcome to attend the contemporary worship service at 6:45 p.m.
Please RSVP, by e-mailing arab2horses@yahoo.com or elhjr@embarqmail.com or calling the church office at 352-854-4509, so we know how much pizza to order.
Check us out and come on by to have some fun.
Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is located on State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information contact the church office at 352-854-4509 ext.221.

Thursday, April 11

Palm Cay Republicans to meet

The April 11 meeting of the Palm Cay Republican Club will be held at the Oasis at 7 p.m. Speakers are School Board member Nancy Stacy, and County Commissioner Kathy Bryant. Kathy will be delivering the State of the County report. All citizens are encouraged to attend. After the meeting we will be having refreshments and time for questions and conversation with our speakers. For further information please contact James E. Pettus, Sr., at 352-438-9662

Friday, April 12

Three-day performance at Dunnellon

Players from Dunnellon High and Dunnellon Middle schools will present the ferociously funny, family-friendly comedy, “Mama Won’t Fly” on April 12, 13 and 14. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly. Show times are April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., and April 14 at 3 p.m., at Dunnellon Middle School auditorium. Dunnellon Middle school is at 21005 Chestnut St., Dunnellon. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call Dianne Sellner at 352-465-6745 for additional information.

Murder mystery dinner theater

The Episcopal Church of the Advent will hold a murder mystery dinner theater on Friday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. The title of the production is ”Murder at all sinners” and tickets are on sale now for $15.
A three-course meal is planned.
The Church is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484 in Dunnellon (across from the firehouse). To reserve your tickets, please call the church’s office at 352-465-7272.

Saturday, April 13

All church yard and bake sale

A huge yard and bake sale will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St.
Vendors’ sites will be provided and reservations for vendors will be accepted March 23 through April 12. The fee is $10 per space. Contact Jim Hein at 352-873-3199.

Art Expo at OTOW

Local artists from On Top of the World, Oak Run, Palm Cay, Stone Creek and other communities in Ocala showcase their masterpieces at this annual art expo on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Works include paintings, sculptures, stained glass, portrait sketches, clay jewelry, metal artwork, watercolors and much more. Enjoy live entertainment by the Paul De Ritter Duo as during the expo. This event is free and open to the public.
The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information, visit www.csculturalcenter.com or call On Top of the World’s Health and Recreation Office at 352-854-8707 Ext. 7530.

Golf tourney at Ocala Palms

Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club will sponsor the annual Free Enterprise Open Four Person Scramble on Saturday, April 13.
The tournament benefits the Florida Council on Economic Education, which provides economic and financial literacy programs to Florida teachers and students.
The cost for the event is $70 per person (major credit cards accepted). Each player will receive a free round of golf, pancake breakfast, lunch, a chance to win a car for a hole in one, an EZ-GO golf car for a hole in one and one lady and one man will take a million dollar shot.
An awards ceremony will be held following lunch with awards for the winning team plus gift certificates for the top teams in each flight, closest to the pin prizes, and plenty of door prizes. Please call the pro shop at 352-732-GOLF (4653) if you would like to participate or help sponsor this event.

Sunday, April 14

Chamber Music Society concert

The Marion Chamber Music Society is hosting the Kim-Crawford-Kreeger Trio Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.
Eunice Kim, violin, John-Henry Crawford, Cello, and Patrick Kreeger, piano, are all students at the world renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. All Marion Chamber Music Society programs are free and open to the public. For more information please call 352-867-1340 or www.marionchambermusic.com.

Cantor and pianist to perform

On Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m., Temple B’nai Darom is honored to present Cantor Kim Komrad and pianist David Leighton in concert at our Temple Sanctuary, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala.
Kim is the first female cantor to hold a pulpit in a Conservative Synagogue in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. David Leighton is a Julliard trained pianist and has been a performer and assistant conductor for the NYC Metropolitan Opera. Please go to their web sites for more background: www.kimkomrad.com and www.davidleighton.com. Their performance will contain a range of music from traditional liturgical and Jewish music to contemporary standards and Broadway melodies.
Please contact Anne Lange at (352) 245-1212 or summerfieldlange@aol.com for reservations. Tickets are $12 per person which includes refreshments during intermission.

Saturday, April 20

Two-day flower show

Pioneer Garden Club presents “Pascua Florida,” a flower show celebrating 500 years since Ponce De Leon discovered Florida, on April 20-21, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. each day, open to the public.
Enter your prized rose, bromeliad, orchid, annual, perennial, flowering branch, violet, houseplant, etc. Call Mrs. Rosalie Laudando, Horticulture chairman, at 352-237-9509 for entry information. Many beautiful specimens from local gardeners and garden club members will be on display. Junior Gardeners from the local schools will show their hard work planting on the school grounds, potting plants, growing seeds and making floral designs depicting the Ponce de Leon theme. Beautiful designs will showcase the talents of the club members and the lobby will feature exquisite designs from noted floral design judges from throughout the state.
An educational display will inform on local issues of water, ecology and the environment.
The event is free to the public. Donations are appreciated.
The Club is at 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (in the Appleton Museum complex).

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.

Sunday, April 21

German American Club picnic set

The German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, April 21, at noon at Coehadjoe Park. German American food will be prepared by club members and served buffet style. Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. On the day of the picnic, ticket prices will be $7 per member or $10 per non-member. Contact Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207 for tickets.

Thursday, April 25

OTOW Democrats to meet

The next meeting of the On Top of the World Democratic Club will be Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m.
Each meeting has guest speakers of local and national interest.
The group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. rooms E and F at the Arbor Conference Center. You must be an OTOW resident to join. There are no dues! For more information call Dan Lack at 352-509-4942 or send an e-mail to otowdemclub@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page (On Top of the World Democratic Club). All registered Democrats are invited to join.

Sunday, April 28

Master Choir to perform

The Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a concert on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala.
The program, titled TO THE MOON AND BACH, will include Walking on the Moon, Claire de Lune, Africa, American Folk Songs, Bach’s Easter Cantata Christ Lag in Todesbanden others works.  
Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need.
For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207.

Sunday, May 5

Civic Chorale to perform

On Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m., the Marion Civic Chorale, conducted by Matthew Bumbach, will perform a concert titled Give My Regards to Broadway at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala.
The program will include A Sentimental Journey Thru the 40s and medleys from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, and The Phantom of the Opera. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the church’s Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need.
For further information about the concert, contact us at 352-537-0207 or www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org.


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.