Upcoming events week of 4-27-2012

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Friday, April 27

Spaghetti dinner at Queen of Peace

The Queen of Peace Pro-Family Ministry will be holding an “All you can eat Spaghetti and Meatballs and 25 item salad bar” dinner on Friday, April 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, drink included, children under 18 eat free.

High Twelve Club to meet

The Greater Ocala High Twelve Club 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala.
The speaker will be Josephine Leyte-Vidal, a Master Gardner who will give us a talk and a video. Even if you do not have a garden, it will be interesting to see how it is done. This will also coincide for this date being Arbor Day.
 The cost is $12 per person.
 Telephone Bob Brady at 352-854-9612 for reservations or further information.

Three-day carnival in Marion Oaks

The Civic Association has contracted to bring a carnival to the Marion Oaks community with all the bells and whistles on Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29.  All events will be at the ball field located at 325 Marion Oaks Lane.  From the entrance at County Road 484 and Marion Oaks Boulevard proceed to Marion Oaks Lane at Walgreens, then left to the ball field.
The annual Spring Fling for vendors will be held one day only on Saturday, April 28 during the hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.   Entertainment will be provided during this event and door prizes will be awarded periodically during the day.

Saturday, April 28

Farmland preservation awareness

The fifth annual Marion County Farmland Preservation Festival will be held on the grounds of Harvest Village at Center Point, Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Harvest Village is north of  McIntosh on U.S. Highway 441.

Live bluegrass music planned

Live bluegrass music will be performed by The Broken Home Children from the “Swamps of the Withlacoochee” at the Razor Repair, across from Lowe’s on State Road 200. Donation is $3 for the event, Saturday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The band consists of “Machine Gun” Joey, age 18; “Cheese” Andrew age 18; “Jammin” Jill age 17; and “W. Va.” Ray, age 84. Ray is the brother of well known picker Don Stover from West Virginia.
The group’s former venues included Red’s, Stumpknockers, The Mason Jar, The Levee and festivals throughout the state.
This will be an open air performance, so bring chairs.
There will be food available from Talarigo’s Paradise Grille on site.
For additional information, call Danny Maloney at 352-854-6009.

Doll collecting program planned

“Doll Collecting as a Hobby” will be the topic of a program given at the “Dolly and Me” Tea, sponsored by the Kingdom of the Sun Doll Club of Ocala, on Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.  
The event will be held in the Enrichment Center at the First Congregational Church of Ocala United Church of Christ at 7171 S.W. State Road 200.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (minimum age 6) and will include a handmade souvenir doll.
There will also be many door prizes and wonderful raffle items.
For information, call 352 509-4218 or 352 867-7835.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a dolly to tea. Dollies do not need tickets!

Lunch, art auction planned

The Ocala Decorative Artists are sponsoring a Basket Lunch and Art Auction on Saturday, April 28, at the Ocala West United Methodist Church. Tickets need to be bought in advance. Tickets are $8.50 and you get lunch and a chance for a door prize. A limited number of tickets are still available.  
For tickets, contact Margaret Fredrick at 352-854-5158.

Book sale at Marion Oaks

A used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Marion Oaks Public Library, will be held at the Marion Oaks Community Center in the Pavilion on April  28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

Car show scheduled

On Saturday, April 28, the second annual multi-charity car show will take place at Living Water Church, 11120 S.W. County Road 484, one mile west of state road 200.All proceeds will benefit Salvation Army, Interfaith services, Annie Johnsons senior services and the Marion County Humane Society. The show was postponed from last week because of the weather.
Music, door prizes, awards with gift bags will be given to the first 80 cars registered. Show time is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration until noon. Fee is $10. For more information, call Sid at 352-489-7379.

Sunday, April 29

‘Bluegrass Mass’ to be performed

On Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m., the Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold McSwain, Jr., will perform A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.
They will be accompanied by Dominic Muzzi and George Custer’s Bluegrass Boys, with narrator Rev. Ronal Freyer-Nicholas.
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, call 352-537-0207 or go to www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org.

Joy Night at Christ’s Church

“Lift up your hearts in praise,” Joy Night, 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. Christ’s Church of Marion County invites you to join us and other area churches in an evening of traditional and contemporary music and worship for your entire family.
Christ’s Church is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., just off State Road 200. For additional information, contact 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

Tuesday, May 1

Fair Tax meeting set

A Fair Tax discussion will take place on Tuesday, May 1 at the Howard Johnson Inn (3951 N.W. Bonnie Heath Blvd/U.S. 27, Ocala) at 7 p.m. for a presentation on the Fair Tax. The Fair Tax is a bill in Congress and everyone should learn what this bill can do to boost our economy, create new jobs, and simplify our revenue system. For more information, contact Ron & Elaine Maiellaro at ocalafairtax@cfl.rr.com or 352-671-6724.

Saturday, May 5

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.

Marion Landing community yard sale

Marion Landing will be holding its annual community yard sale on Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center parking lot located on Southwest 65th Avenue Road just off State Road 200 across from Queen of Peace.  Rain date: May 19. This event is free and open to the public.

Book sale for Sheltering Hands

A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, featuring used books, CDs, videos and crafts, will take place Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
Winn Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.
Buy five books, get one free. Also, you can donate your aluminum beverage cans.
For information, call 352-291-1962.

Book sale for SPCA

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion
County is holding a used book sale on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30 a.m.
to 2 p.m. at the Publix in Canopy Oak Center (in front of On Top of the World Communities).
There will be 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.  All proceeds go to help the animals of Marion County.

Rotary holds rib sale

 Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest is selling delectable racks of barbecued baby back ribs on Saturday May 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks on State Road 200. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased from Rotarians as well as Bank of the Ozarks, Alarion Bank, M&S Bank, TD Bank, Law Office of W.E. Bishop and Coldwell Bank/Ellison Realty.
Please pick up your order by 12:30 because the price of any remaining racks goes up to $20 at that time.

UCC Annual Yard Sale

Clothing, jewelry, tools, linens, home decor, antiques, books, games, puzzles, crafts, and much more at the First Congregational United Church of Christ annual yard sale, Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7171 SW State Road 200 (in the Enrichment Center). For more information, call 352-237-3035.

Saturday, May 5

Two-day violet show and plant sale

A show and plant sale open to the public by the African Violet Club of Ocala will take place on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
There will be lots of unusual varieties of African vio¬lets on display and for sale from minia¬tures to trail¬ers to plants mea¬suring over a foot in diam¬eter.  Most of these plants are hybrids not available for sale locally: Pinks, whites and lavenders to darker violets and reds — plus the rarer greens, solid blossoms, spotted, or "fantasy" blossoms, striped blossoms. There will be blossoms as small as a quarter-inch wide to ones over two inches wide. There are quilted leaves, variegated leaves, ruffled leaves — a feast for the eyes!  Other gesneriad varieties (the African violet’s cousins) will also be displayed and available for sale.
Fresh-cut leaves for propagation will also be for sale.  And, don’t miss the "How To" educational section focusing on repotting and grooming your violets, spotting prob¬lems, propagating leaves.
Who are we?  The African Violet Club of Ocala is an enthusiastic, non-profit group of people living in the greater Ocala area. We meet monthly beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month (with the exception of the third Saturday in November and no official meeting in December) at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 9048 S.W. Highway 200.
For further information:  Carolee Carter (H) 352-237-3308 or (C) 352-342-0363.

Main library plans book sale

The Friends of the Ocala Library will hold their quarterly book dale at the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms B and C. Tenderly-treated hardcover books will be on sale for 50 cents, and thousands of paperbacks for 25 cents. Come and support your library by buying books in order that the Friends can continue to sponsor popular library programs. Go to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org to find out more about the Friends and join us.

Sholom Park Yoga

Free classes on the first Saturday of the month, May - November – 9 a.m. Come early to prepare! The park is on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 ½ miles north of State Road 200.
Join us in the Peace Park to commune with nature.

Sunday, May 6
Ocala Youth Symphony concert
The Ocala Youth Symphony will present its spring concert on Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200 (352-237-3035). The orchestra is made up of some 60 talented young musicians ranging in age from 8 to 18.  They will perform selections ranging from the classics to contemporary  -  something for everyone's musical taste,  A freewill offering will be received.

Concert scheduled

On Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m., the Marion Civic Chorale, conducted by Matthew Bumbach, will perform a program titled I Have Had Singing at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the program will include such favorites as Deep River, Cantique de Jean Racine, Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit, and The Last Words of David. Past conductors Grat Rosazza and Wayne Earnest and the Howard Middle School Chorus will also participate.
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, call 352-537-0207 or go to www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org.

Saturday, May 12

High Tea at Church of Advent

The Church of the Advent at 11251 S.W. Highway 484 (across from the fire department) is having a High Tea on Saturday, May 12, the day before Mother’s Day. It will begin at 2 p.m. and the ticket cost is $10 per person. Hats and gloves are optional but bring your own tea cup. There will be entertainment and an array of prizes. Join us for a fun-filled day.
For more information, call 352-465 7272.Leave your name and number, we will return your call.

Methodist Men plan breakfast

The Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, May 12 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 is at 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, May 20

West Port student concert at UCC

Dominic Muzzi will perform a piano concert on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200 (352-237-3035).  
Dominic is a senior at West Port High School and serves as accompanist for the Central Florida Master Choir. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted and presented to Dominic to help with upcoming college expenses as he pursues a career in music.

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.

Tenderly-treated hardcover

Tenderly-treated hardcover books will be on sale for 50 cents, and thousands of paperbacks for 25 cents. Come and support your library by buying books in order that the Friends can continue to sponsor popular library programs.
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