Upcoming events week of 8-24-2012

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Friday, Aug. 24


Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala


Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Shabbat evening service on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Collins Center at 9401 State Road 200, Building 300 in Ocala. Rabbi Karen Allen, newly appointed rabbi for the congregation will lead the service. Joyful music and congregational participation will be featured. A meet and greet session for the new rabbi at the Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. For information contact Judi at 352-237-8277 or bethisraelocala@embarqmail.com.

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala is a liberal, inclusive, contemporary Jewish congregation affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement. The congregation meets the fourth Friday of every month at the Collins Center in Ocala.


Saturday, Aug. 25


Elvis is in the House


“Elvis” will be performing at the West Marion Moose the evening of Aug. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. Come and see Kenn E. Grube as he looks and sounds just like “the King.”

A Southern Style dinner of chicken, mac and cheese, beans and corn bread will complement the entertainment. Dinner is available from 5 to 8 p.m.

For information call 352-854-2200.


Book sale for Sheltering Hands


A book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue will be Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winn Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.

There will be used books, CDs, videos and crafts. Buy five books, get two free. Also, bring your aluminum cans for recycling.

For information, call 352-291-1962.


Hard Rock Casino trip


St. Jude Catholic Community is sponsoring another bus trip to the Hard Rock Café and Casino in Tampa on Saturday, Aug. 25. Tickets are $30 per person. Each person gets $25 returned for free play plus a $5 food voucher. The bus will leave the church parking lot, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks, at 8 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. Please contact Ghislaine at 352-245-9962 for more information and reservations.


Monday, Aug. 27


40/8 Voiture to meet


The 40/8 Voiture 472, an organization of honorably discharged veterans formed after World War I, will meet on Monday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks building, State Road 200 at the entrance to On Top of the World. Come and enjoy comradeship and light refreshments. For more information call Larry at 352-509-4755 or Ben at 352-209-5916.


Tuesday, Aug. 28


Breast Cancer support group meets


The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 104 at 1 p.m. 

The meeting on Aug. 28 will be a time for sharing and caring and an information exchange. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.


Saturday, Sept. 1


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


Yoga at Sholom Park


Yoga will be held at Sholom Park, Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 ½ miles north of State Road 200, at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1. For information, contact Ingrid Carne at 352-854-7950.


Wednesday, Sept. 5


Fun, fellowship at Ocala West


Plans are being made to enhance the Wednesday activities beginning Sept. 5. Activities will include enrichment activities for children Pre-K to 8th grade with an open library, enhancement of math and reading skills; homework assistance, games, creative activities, and special sessions monthly.

The schedule includes:

3 to 4:45, enrichment activities for children (Pre-K through 8th grade)

4 to 5, adult study.

4:45 to 5:30, music (Pre-K through 8th grade).

5 to 6, dinner.

6 to7, something for everyone (Kids for Christ, youth group, Bible study, discussion groups, etc.

7:15, Wednesday night prayer service.

On the fifth Wednesday of the month there will be a pot luck dinner and special entertainment.

The public is invited.


Flag football at Joy Lutheran


Believe it or not it is time to get ready for fall football. Registration is now open for all boys and girls from kindergarten through 6th grade, of Marion County and Ocala, for Upward Flag Football or Cheerleading.

Registration may be called in or dropped off at the church office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Sept. 5 through Sept. 8. The cost is $65 for football and includes a jersey, belt and flags, car magnet and end-of-season award. Cheerleading costs $65 and includes a uniform, megaphone, poms, hair ribbon, car magnet and end-of-season reward. Football shorts and cheerleading turtle necks are optional. Cleats are recommended. Scholarships are available.

Practice begins Tuesday, Sept. 18 and the first game is Saturday, Sept. 22 at Joy Lutheran Church Hope Field.

Upward is a nondenominational Christian sports ministry where every child plays, learns and is a winner. So come on out and join the fun. Volunteers are needed to help coach, referee, assist, time keep and work with the participants in either football or cheerleading.

For more information contact Pastor Ed Holloway, 352-854-4509 ext. 223.

Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 SW 83rd Place at SR 200, Ocala.


Saturday, Sept. 8


Methodist Men to serve breakfast


The Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 8, 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. in Ocala. Look for the signs.

Make plans now to bring your friends and attend. All proceeds help fund a variety of local charities.


Movie in the Park in Dunnellon


Greenlight Dunnellon Communications presents free Movies In The Park, “How To Train Your Dragon,” at Ernie Mills Park on Bostick Street. The park opens at 8 p.m., movie starts at dark approximately 8:30 p.m. Concessions are available for sale. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 352-533-5034.


Stamp coin show at Circle Square


The Florida Stamp Dealers Association and the General Francis Marion Stamp Club will host its annual Stamp and Coin Show on Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Circle Square Cultural Center, On Top of the World.

This is the first year the show will include coins for collectors as well as stamps. Dealers will be available to buy, sell and appraise stamps, covers, coins and paper money.

Members of the Stamp club will be on hand to explain the benefits of joining the club.

A youth table area will allow youngsters the opportunity to collect free stamps and collected information for junior collectors.

Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala.

The General Francis Marion Stamp Club meets at 1 p.m. to buy, sell and trade on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Bank of the Ozarks, 8375 S.W. State Road 200 and doors open at noon.

The club meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church Library, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, starting at 7 p.m.

For more information on the club, collectors can contact ocalagfmstampclub.com.

For additional information on the show call 727-364-6897.


Sunday, Sept. 9


Indoor picnic potluck luncheon


Christ’s Church of Marion County will hold its monthly potluck lunch, celebrating an “Indoor Picnic”, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The public is invited.

Christ’s Church is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala. For further information call 352-861-6182 or contact http://www.ccomc.org/.


Senator’s wife to speak


Marion County Democrats announce that Grace Nelson, wife of Florida Senator Bill Nelson, will be principal speaker at the fourth annual “Proud to be a Democrat” Gala at the Ocala Hilton on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. Women in the community who have made distinguished contributions to our civic life will also be honored, according to State Committeewoman Joyce Blake.

Tickets are $50 each and may be obtained either through the website www.mariondems.org or by visiting the new party headquarters at 601 S.W. First Ave. between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Saturdays. The telephone number is 352-402-9494.


Sunday Sampler Concert Series opens


The Sunday Sampler Concert Series opens a new season Sept. 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12161 S. Williams Street 34431.

“Jon Semmes and the Florida Friends” will begin the series. Well known in the area as “Captain Jon” of Singing River tours, Jon sings lead vocals and plays a mean guitar. The band includes Ingrid Ellis on flute and backup vocals, Pete Price on bass guitar and vocals, and Pete Hennings on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, drum and wash board.

The group’s original songs include “Florida Man” and “Big Bass Moon” by Mem Semmes, and “In the Family” and “I’ve Got Enough” by Pete Price. Other favorites by Florida artists are “Aint Florida Neat,” “Paw Prints in the Sand,” and “Winnebago.” Besides original songs, the group features classic country, soft rock and folk.

These seasoned musicians combine their considerable musical talents to bring close harmonies and crisp arrangements along with flawless vocals that leave you wanting more. Be prepared for a Sunday afternoon treat!

Free refreshments are served at the break. Program lasts until 4:45 p.m. Donation at the door is $10. Funds support artists who educate citizens about Florida through music. For information, contact jon_semmes@yahoo.com or 352-465-0452.


Thursday, Sept. 13


Federal retirees to gather


The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 2279 of Ocala, and their spouses, will meet at the Olive Garden Restaurant, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. for lunch and a meeting afterward.

Any members in the area are welcomed.


CERT training to begin


A new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will begin Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. This is an 8-session training, which is available either as an afternoon class, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. or as an evening class, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The afternoon and evening classes run concurrently and attendance can be mixed, depending upon availability. Only one class can be missed in the 8-session series and the CPR and last class is mandatory.

The CERT program is made up of volunteers under the direction of the Division of Emergency Management of the Sheriff’s Office. The purpose of CERT is to train and certify volunteers to be first responders in their communities in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or tornado.

The CERT training includes basic skills in disaster preparedness, fire safety, assessment and treatment of life-threatening conditions, light search of structural and non-structural damage, psychology of the injured and terrorism.  Studies of behavior following a disaster have shown that volunteers perform more effectively if they have had prior training and planning in how to function as a team.

Consider this opportunity to learn how to form or join a CERT group in your community by signing up for this no-cost training program. For more information and for an application, contact Bob Conn, Trainer, at 352-812-0853.


Thursday, Sept. 13


Palm Cay GOP to meet


The Palm Cay Republican Club will meet on Sept. 13 at the Oasis Club in Palm Cay.

The speaker will be Betsy Rupp, the Coalition Coordinator for Mitt Romney for President. The meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the meeting at which time the floor will be open for questions and comments. For more information please contact James Pettus, 352-438-9662.


Saturday, Sept. 15


Autumn run for autism


The ninth annual 5K Autumn Run for Autism at Silver Springs will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 a.m.

Race day registration starts at 6 a.m.

Adults are $15, students 19 and under $12. All entries after Sept. 10 are $20.

Take part in one of Marion county’s most scenic 5K road races. All pre- and post-run activities take place in the Wild Waters parking lot. The first 200 entrants will receive complimentary custom shirts. Male/female awards given to the top overall, top masters, and top three in each 5-year age group from 9 and under to 70+.

Walkers are invited and will begin after the runners.

There will be a free kids 1 Mile Fun Run.

Post-run activities include a drawing for prizes from local businesses and area attractions (Disney and Sea World), lots of food and fun, autism information. Race benefits New Horizon Academy for Exceptional Students.

Registration can be done online at www.active.com or forms can be picked up at most health clubs, YMCA, local businesses and mailed or done at Ocala Sports (Holly Plaza on Easy Street). For additional information call 352-207-2347 or 352-629-1785.


Sunday, Sept. 16


Oktoberfest at Marion Oaks


The German American Club of Marion County will hold an Oktoberfest on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Doors open at noon with a traditional German dinner being served at 1 p.m. Music will be provided by Alpine Express from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 per member or $17 per non-member. Lederhosen, Dirndle or dressy casual is the requested attire.

For tickets, please call Joe and Liz Dickmann at 352-732-6368.


Tuesday, Sept. 18


Candidate forum scheduled


The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala will conduct a Candidates Forum for candidates in the November elections on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, in Meeting Room C from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Judy Johnson will serve as moderator.

Candidates for the County Commission, Marion County sheriff. superintendent of schools, and the supervisor of elections are invited to participate and are welcome to bring campaign literature.

For further information, contact Frances at 352-629-7397 or e-mail: ocaladowns@yahoo.com.


Friday, Sept. 21


Two-day yard sale at garden club site


The Pioneer Garden Club will conduct its annual indoor yard sale on Sept. 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There will be clothes, toys, household items, kitchen goods and plant, among other things.

The site is the Pioneer Garden Club, 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Website is pioneergardenclub.org.


Wednesday, Sept. 26


Butterflies: From A to Z


Hospice of Marion County is hosting its first “Butterfly Seminar” on Wednesday. Sept. 26 from 1-4 p.m in the Hospice Education Center (3231 S.W. 34th Ave., Ocala). Edith Smith, regionally-renowned butterfly expert and owner of Shady Oak Butterfly Farm in Brooker, will conduct the seminar.

Edith’s farm has been featured in “The Dangerous World of Butterflies” by Peter Laufer, plus several magazines and newspapers including Country Woman, Florida Agriculture, Ocala Style and the Jacksonville Journal. You can learn more about Edith at www.memorialbutterflies.com.

In this seminar, Edith will teach how to build a basic butterfly garden habitat, basic butterfly lifecycle and facts, and how to create a butterfly garden in a container.

Pre-registration is required. Call 352-854-5218 or go to www.hospiceofmarion.com. Cost is $20, which includes seminar, butterfly host plant and refreshments. Your registration includes a visit to a custom-designed butterfly garden with more than 250 butterflies and host plants to view. Proceeds from this event will benefit Children’s Bereavement Programs.


Saturday, Sept. 29


Trash to Treasure sale


The Church of the Advent will be presenting its annual Trash to Treasure sale on Saturday, Sept. 29. This is an outdoor event. Spaces are 10 feet x 10 feet and rent for $15 ea. Crafters, flea market and food vendors are invited to participate.

Many spaces will be in the shade, these will be assigned on a first come basis.

The church is at 11251 County Road 484, just in front of the new fire station. For registration and information call Al Sickle at 352-208-5664 or Maryanne Brennan at 352-347-2428.


Monday, Oct. 1


Knights plan golf tournament


The Knights of Columbus Council 9649 is having its fifth annual Queen of Peace Charity Scramble Golf Outing at Stone Creek Golf Club on Monday, Oct. 1 (rain date is Oct. 8).

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 8:00am. Registration fee is $65 per person and includes a packet of free items, complimentary morning coffee, golfers buffet lunch, and golf with cart. There will be door prizes and a chance to win hole-in-one prizes including $10,000 or iPAD or two airline tickets to any city in the continental U.S.

Proceeds will permit the Knights to continue their support of Marion County charities. Contact Fred Roberts prior to Sept. 17 at 352-502-3093 for details and registration form.


Saturday, Oct. 6


Palm Cay Craft Fair


On Oct. 6, Palm Cay will conduct its craft fair, which is open to the public.

The fair will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the clubhouse.

There will be a baked good sale going on at the same time and also a quilt raffle.

The kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to buy a hot dog and drink for lunch.


Friday, Oct. 19


Two-day VFW flea market


The annual VFW flea market is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Table rental is $10 per day or $15 for both days. Call Phoebe at 352-854-8535 for table rentals.

Taking donations, both small and large, to benefit veterans and their families. Small donations may be dropped off at the post. Call John S. at 352-861-8484 or John W. at 352-207-1931 for larger donations of furniture for pick-up.


Sunday, Oct. 21


Teams sought for Chili Cook Off


Teams from organizations or businesses are being sought to prepare and sell their chili at the first Red Hot Rescue Chili Cook Off to benefit Ocala Wildlife Sanctuary (OWLS). Event will be held Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ocala Muni Golf Club in Ocala. The entry fee is $25 per team and each team is allowed to retain their chili sale proceeds or donate them to their favorite charity.

For art and craft vendors wanting to sell items, the price is $25 for an 8-foot inside space (no table or chair included) and $20 for an outside 12x12 space (no tables or chairs included).

The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 3.

There will be arts and crafts, lots of plants, cash prizes, 50/50 raffle, food and of course, chili.

Please call 352-291-1962 or email pbennighof@gmail.com for applications and/or more information.


Saturday, Nov. 3


Dining in the Dark


The Florida Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be holding its second annual Dining in the Dark banquet on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Ocala, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala. Tickets are $45 individual and $80 couple.

Event includes silent auction, raffle and dinner.

Special guest speaker will be Miss Conner Boss, Florida USA contestant who has been legally blind since age 8. For tickets call 352-873-4700 or email admin@flblind.org. Florida Center for the Blind provides classes and instruction at absolutely no charge to teenagers, adults and seniors who are severely visually impaired.