Upcoming events week of 4-6-2012

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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.

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

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.

Tuesday, April 10

Hospice supports caregivers

All caregivers are invited to a new Support Group at Hospice of Marion County on April 10 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, 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 “trasn” 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.

Book sale for Sheltering Hands

A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winn Dixie at 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.
Available will be used books, CDs and crafts. Buy five books, get one free.
Also you may donate your aluminum beverage cans.
For more information, call 352-291-1962.

Garage and bake sale
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.

Polio support group to meet

The North Central Post-Polio Support Group will present the Program “Heart to Heart: Exercise, Heart Disease and Post-Polio”,  on April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Collins Health Resource Center 9401, S.W. Highway 200 , Building 300, Suite 303, Ocala.  The speakers will be Fred Shirley, MS, PT, CEAS, from Beverly Hills Rehab Center and Gordon Wertz, RN, Clinical Coordinator and Chrissie Wilson, RN from Take Charge Cardiac Rehab. For more information call Carolyn Raville, 352-489-1731

Beth Israel yard sale

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala invites everyone to its big yard sale on Sunday, April 15 at Sunrise Donuts, 10155 S.W. Hwy. 484 on the way to Dunnellon.   
There will be new and gently used toys, clothing, handbags, shoes and household items. Bring your children and grandchildren and enjoy a morning of fun.

Monday, April 16

Legion post to meet

The Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 16 at 1 p.m. in the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans.
For more information, telephone Commander Fred Pulis at 352-854-9976.

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.

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.

Baritone in concert

Douglas Ladnier (baritone) will be in concert on Thursday evening, April 19, at 7 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church. He has a repertoire of songs which includes hymns, spirituals, Broadway show stoppers and ballads. He has appeared at Ocala West many times in the past, and we are pleased to have him return again. Don't miss this wonderful evening of music. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. Phone 352-854-9550.

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.

Sunday, April 22

Afternoon of music offered by Jazz Society

The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW Post 4781, across from Oak Run, usually on the third Sunday of each month, 2 to 5 p.m. – well most months.
This month, because of a scheduling conflict, April 22 is the date.
The group plays more than jazz including favorite songs from past year. Dancing is encouraged.
Admission is $2 and benefits Hospice in memory of Bea Wilson, founder of the Jazz Society.
For more info call Gladys at 352-854-8930.

Tuesday, April 24

Breast Cancer Support Group meeting
The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.  We meet at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St.  
The April 24th meeting will be a presentation by  Dr. Anderson from Boissoneault Oncology Institute who will speak to us on current radiation techniques, benefits and cautions of this type of therapy following or preceding breast cancer surgery. This meeting will be held in the Multipurpose Room 235 in order to accommodate a larger attendance and is open to anyone who would like to hear Dr. Anderson’s message. Please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904 for more information.

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, 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.

Sunday, April 29
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.

Saturday, May 5

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
 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 1/2 miles north of State Road 200.
Join us in the Peace Park to commune with nature.

Sunday, May 6

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.

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.