Upcoming events week of 3-30-2012

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Friday, March 30

Marion Woods hosting April Fools events

Marion Woods, an independent senior living community at 1661 S.E. 31st St. in Ocala, invites area seniors to its free April Fools Weekend events March 30 through April 1.
Events include a happy hour with fruit and cheese, a Final Four preview with snacks and drinks on March 31 from 2-6 p.m., and an open house with a complimentary dinner on April 1 from 12-2 p.m.
To RSVP, or to learn more, please call Marion Woods at 352-671-1700.
Marion Woods is one of Holiday Retirement’s more than 300 Independent Retirement Living communities throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, call 352-671-1700. www.marion-woods.net.

Saturday, March 31

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 event 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.

Miskhan congregation to celebrate Passover

The public is invited to attend a Passover celebration offering teachings for all. Learn about your roots while enjoying dinner, praise music and the use of symbolic items.
The celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. on April 7 at the Mishkan Congregation.
Call for reservations, 352-687-4434.

Sunday, April 8

Easter Sunday at Christ’s Church

Christ’s Church of Marion County invites you to join us on Easter Sunday. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. with two classes available.
Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. featuring the choir’s Easter presentation “Jesus, I Love You.” Following this service is our monthly Friendship Fellowship Luncheon with a potluck of Easter specialties and socializing for all to enjoy.

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.

Thursday, April 12

Air Force Association changes meeting

The Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will hold its April chapter meeting one week early on the second Thursday of the month, April 12.  The time will be 7 p.m. and the location is the same, the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala.
Any questions call Mike Emig 352-854-8328.
Everyone is welcome.

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.

Garage, bake sale at Christ’s Church

Christ’s Church of Marion County suggests that somebody’s “trash” can become your “treasure.” Please visit our garage sale and bake sale, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Christ’s Church is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., just off State Road 200. For additional information, call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

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.

Artists on display at Circle Square

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 14 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.
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.

Sunday, April 15

Southern Express in concert
The Southern Express Orchestra from Ocala will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. Featured will be some of the great music from the Big Band days as well as show unes. This concert promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. Phone 352-854-9550.

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.

Thursday, April 19

Steel drum ensemble to perform
Young at Heart, College Road Baptist Church, on April 19 will present the Amazing Steel Drum Ensemble. This is a group of young people using hand crafted drums, to provide “happy” music. Their purpose is to reach the young and their families. This a 6 p.m. event to accommodate school hours. You are invited to bring your children and grandchildren, just bring a covered dish to share. The church is at 5010 College Road.

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.