Upcoming events week of 5-4-2012

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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.

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.

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.

Yoga at Sholom Park

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.

ESL recognition planned

On Sunday May 6, at 11 a.m., College Road Baptist Church will recognize the ESL (English as Second Language) ministry which is celebrating the close of its eighth year of teaching English and assisting with Citizenship applications. Nearly 100 adults have benefitted from this program, as well as the tutoring ministry for children which existed until 2004. All who have been involved during those years, whether as students or teachers, are invited to be present at this service on Sunday morning.
Beginning May 16, the regular ESL classes on Wednesday evenings at 6 will be replaced until August with Conversation Cafe, for anyone wishing to practice speaking English. For more information, please call 352-854-6981 or 352-237-5741.

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.

Thursday, May 17

Air Force Association meets

The Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will hold its May meeting on Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m., at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala.
Representatives from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management, will brief us on what to do if a hurricane hits our part of Florida.
Everyone is welcome.
For information call Mike Emig 352-854-8328.

Saturday, May 19

Two-day show for Dunnellon High

The Hallelujah Girls will be presented by the Dunnellon High School Drama Club at the historic Dunnellon Train Depot on May 19, 7 p.m. and May 20, 3:30 p.m. This play is a joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout “Hallelujah!”
The train depot is in historic downtown Dunnellon at 12061 S. Williams St. Tickets are $5 each and sold at the door. Call Dianne Sellner at Dunnellon High School at 352-465-6745 for more information.

Scandinavian Club to meet

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on May 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala.
The menu will be Chicken Cordon Bleu or Bourbon Salmon with rice, vegetables, salad, coffee and dessert. The entertainment will be Silver and Ivory. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations, food preference and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 16th of May. Checks to be made out to Don Clauson and mailed to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala, FL 34476.
For further details call Jim Neate 352 687-1580, Don Clauson 352 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352 347-8362.  

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.

Tuesday, May 29

Breast cancer 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., room 104.
The May 29 meeting will be a presentation by Knan Lee, who will speak and demonstrate Hatha Yoga, which relaxes the body and mind, improves musculoskeletal fitness and flexibility, and elevates health and well being.
For further information, call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.

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.