Upcoming events week of 8-26-2011

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Saturday, Aug. 27

Back to School Bash

Ocala West United Methodist Church will host a Back to School Bash for Kids, Saturday, Aug. 27, from 3 to 6 p.m., for children 4 years to 5th grade. Magician at 3, clowns at 4, food at 5. Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala, call 352-854-9550.

Used book sale

There will be a sale of used books, CDs and other small crafts to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Winn-Dixie in Friendship Center, 8445 S.W. State Road 200. For information call 352-291-1962.

African Violet Club meets

The African Violet Club of Ocala meeting this month is Aug. 27 and is held every fourth Saturday of the month except in December. It is at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff's Office (Brian Litz Sheriff's Substation) at 9048 S.W. Highway 200 in Ocala.
 Bring in your favorite Gesneriad or African violet to show the club. It's always fun to see what people enjoy and share.
Refreshments are served at our break. Everyone is welcome and the public is invited.
For more information please contact our Club President, Laura Perdomo at pretyinsde@netzero.net or call 352-625-6467 or visit our website at www.AfricanVioletClubofOcala.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 30

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., in Room 104 at 1 p.m.
The Aug. 30 meeting will be a presentation on Fitness and Nutrition by Cammy Dennis, Fitness Director at On Top Of The World.
For further information contact Gail Tirpak 352-291-6904.
Thursday, Sept. 1

WOW Singles to meet

WOW Singles will meet at the following locations. No dues. Please call 352-861-9487 or 352-237-5842 for more info.
Sept. 1, Thursday, 4 p.m., Stumpknockers, 13821 S.W. State Road 200.
Sept. 15, Thursday, 12:30 p.m., Olive Garden, 3363 S.W. College Road.

Saturday, Sept. 3

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.

Historical Novel Society to meet

The Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society meets on first Saturdays, 1 p.m. at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. Valerie Weston will present "How Writers Can Use Google Docs" on Sept. 3. Everyone interested in historical fiction is welcome. Call Marian Fox 352-726-0162.

Friday, Sept. 9

If you’re Shirley, you’re invited

If you go by the name “Shirley” you’re invited to join the Shirley Club for lunch at Mimi’s Café, 4414 S.W. College Road, at noon on Sept. 9.
For information about the club, go to www.shirleyclubusa.com.

Friday, Sept. 16

Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child

A fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child, collecting items to fill shoe boxes or donations, will take place at the Walmart on State Road 200 on Sept. 16-17, and the Walmart on Southwest 19th Avenue Road and 27th Avenue on Oct. 7-8.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Golf event to benefit Special Olympics

The inaugural “Be a Fan” benefit golf tournament for Special Olympics Marion County, sponsored by the Ocala Palms Community, will be Saturday, Sept. 17, at Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club.
There will be donuts, juice and coffee at 7:30 a.m. and a four-person best ball shotgun scramble at 8:30 a.m.
Cost is $75 per player and includes green fees and cart, range balls and buffet lunch. There will be prizes and raffles.
For sponsorship and team registration forms contact Peter Kowal at 352-629-5407 or e-mail peterkowal@embarqmail.com, or Diane Peterson, 352-690-1643 or e-mail dlpdiane@embarqmail.com.

All About Kids Expo at Mall

An All About Kids Expo will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Paddock Mall parking lot behind Sears from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free.
The Lions Club vision and hearing screening van will be on site for free screenings. Children of all ages are welcome, Screenings are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your I-pods or MP3 players and plug them into CHIP and he can tell you if you’re listening at a safe volumn.
There will be Ocala Police Dept.. Kids Safety information and the Marion County Sheriff’s Ofice D&A Kits/Cadet Program. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
The event is hosted by Lions Club and Citrus Hearing Impaired Program services (CHIP). The Florida Masonic child ID program will also be there.

Sunday, Sept. 18

German American group to celebrate

The German American Club of Marion County will host an Oktoberfest on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Marion Oaks Community Center; doors open at noon and dinner will be at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 per member and $25 per non-member. Meal includes chicken schnitzel, bratwurst, leberkaese with onions, sauerkraut, red cabbage, German potato salad, spaetzle and apple strudel. Music provided by Bavarian Oskar. Attire is either Lederhosen, Dirndle or dressy casual. For tickets, call Liz or Joe at 352-732-6368.

Monday, Sept. 19

Christian 12 Step fashion show

The Christian 12 Step Ministry of Ocala, an addiction alcohol and substance abuse recovery program, is holding its first fashion show and luncheon. All proceeds will benefit the Christian 12 Step Ministry in their mission to help those in need of substance recovery.
The show will take place on Monday, Sept. 19 at noon in the Royal Oaks Golf Club Dining Room at Oak Run Country Club in Ocala. Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch, entertainment, door prizes and a fashion show exclusively by Beall’s Department Store.
Christian substance abuse treatment effectively combines spiritual healing with a traditional rehabilitation program. The Christian 12 Step Ministry helps heal lives and families here in our community. This fun event of fashion and pampering will help support their mission and our community.
Please contact Laurie Smith at 352-861-0296, Catherine Vibber at 352-208-4261, or Jeryl Durrand at 352-390-6766 for tickets or information. Tickets are also available at Great American Coffee Roasters, 816 S. Magnolia Ave. in Ocala.
The Christian 12 Step Ministry’s mission and direction is to be a community resource providing Bible-based education in recovery and deliverance of substance and behavioral addiction to anyone seeking help, while promoting and protecting spiritual health. For more information, please visit www.christian12step.org.

Saturday, Sept. 24
Women’s retreat planned

Women's Retreat, 9 a.m. "Beyond Your Wildest Imagination", live in unity in the church and at home (Ephesians 1). Guest speaker Sharon Thomas, Footsteps Ministry, Newport News, Virginia. Door prizes, Continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack.
This is a free event for all women; a love offering will be taken. Informational and registration brochures are available. Childcare available with notification. Register by Sept. 4 and be entered in a drawing for a Restaurant Gift Card.
For more information contact Sharon Lombardo, 352-307-5101 or email CCOMCWomensMinistry@yahoo.com. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off SR200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

Trash to Treasure sale
The Church of the Advent, 11251 S.W. County Road 484, will have its annual Trash to Treasure Sale on Saturday Sept. 24. (Rain date Oct. 1). This will be an outdoor event. Crafters, Flea Market and Food Venders are invited to attend. Spaces will be 10 x 10, with many of them being in the shade, and rent for $ 15 each.
Set up will begin at 6 a.m. with the sale beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. You must provide your own tables.
Please call Al Sickle 352-208-5664 or Maryann Brennan 352-347-2428 for further information and registration forms.

Fort King Festival planned

The Fort King Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Appleton Museum of Art College of Central Florida, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, featuring living history exhibits and demonstrations of skills of early settlers. For information, call 352-629-2773 or 352-694-2529.

Saturday, Oct. 1
Palm Cay craft fair
On Oct. 1, Palm Cay will have its craft fair which will be open to the public. The fair will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clubhouse. There will be a baked goods sale going on at the same time and also a quilt raffle. Our kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to buy a hot dog for lunch along with something to drink.

Friday, Oct. 7

VFW plans flea market

VFW Post 4781 will hold a flea market on Oct. 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There will be bargains galore inside out out.
The organization needs your donations of household goods, small or large. Proceeds benefit Veterans Services. Small items may be brought in boxes, and left in the corner of the dining room. We can pick up large items. Hot Dogs and hamburgers will be available along with a bake sale. Larger donations - call Art for pickup of large items at 352-209-0668. Want your own table to sell your items? Tables available at $10 per day, or $15 for 2 days. Call Phoebe for table rental at 352-854-8535. VFW Post 4781 is located off State Road 200 behind Sims Furniture, across from Oak Run, telephone 352-873-4781.

Tuesday, Oct. 18
Food for Thought at Our Redeemer

A "Food for Thought" luncheon will be hosted by the Parish Nurses at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200. The guest speaker will be John Podkomorski.
The event will be Oct. 18 at 11:30 a.m. A count is needed for the luncheon so please call 352-368-4028.