Upcoming events week of 9-16-2011

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Friday, Sept. 15

‘Treasures’ await browsers

The Pioneer Garden Club will host an indoor-yard sale on Sept. 15 and 16, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The sale promises quality “treasures” and “great” prices, organizers say.
The garden club is a 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.

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

All About Kids Expo

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 volume.
There will be Ocala Police Dept. Kids Safety information and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office 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.

Run for autism at Silver Springs

The eighth annual 5K autumn run for autism will be at Silver Springs on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 a.m. Entries are $15 for adults, $12 for students 19 and under, and all entries will be $20 after Sept. 12.
All run activities take place in the Wild Waters parking lot. The first 200 entrants will receive complimentary custom shirts. M/F 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, Sea World, etc.), lots of food and fun, and autism information. All participants receive a discounted park admission to Silver Springs, so bring the whole family.
Race benefits New Horizon Academy for Exceptional Students. Registration can be done at Ocala Sports/Churchill Square or online at www.active.com. Forms can be picked up at most health clubs, YMCA, and at many businesses and mailed. For additional information call 352-629-1785 or 352-207-2347 or visit www.ocalarunnersclub.com.

Live Bait (Jimmy Buffet) coming

Every Live Bait performance includes audience participation, leis, beach balls and giveaways. Whether you are a land shark, a parrot head or just a Brown Eyed Girl, Live Bait is sure to entertain and change your whole latitude!
In addition to performing all of the hits by Jimmy Buffett, in full costume, Live Bait will cover tunes by Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Bob Marley and even KC & The Sunshine Band to name just a few.
Enjoy the tropical sounds and fun entertainment of Live Bait: Jimmy Buffet Tribute on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center located at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit: www.CSCulturalCenter.com, or call 352-854-3670.

Used book sale

A used book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Animal Rescue will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CDs and small crafts will also be on sale.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Free music from Jazz Society

The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW across from Oak Run on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The group plays a lot more than jazz, featuring standards and music from past years. It’s great music, and dancing is encouraged.
For information, call Gladys at 352-854-8930.

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.

Breakfast at the Moose

A complete breakfast buffet is served every Sunday, consisting of eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes, biscuits with gravy, toast, fruit, juice, coffee and more, at a great price!
 Come support our mission and community projects. Visit us before or after church, see why The Moose is the best kept secret in Southwest Ocala. We are located at 10411 S.W. 110th St., one mile north of the State Road 200, main entrance of Oak Run. Phone is 352-854-2200.

Monday, Sept. 19

Legion post to meet at Vet Park

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 3545 will hold its monthly meeting on Sept. 19 at noon under the pavilion at the Veterans Memorial Park on Silver Springs Boulevard.
The meditation bench in honor of Ralph J . Green will be dedicated.

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Homeowners to meet

The Bahia Oaks Homeowner’s Association will meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Freedom Public Library.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Take historic tour of Ocala

The Senior Learning Institute at the College of Central Florida will offer a historic tour of Ocala on Thursday, Sept. 22.
A guide will inform participants about the history of Ocala during a casual walking tour of the historic district. A visit to the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is included. The fee is $35 for Senior Institute members and $55 for nonmembers.
Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Ewers Century Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. The bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. The tour is 3.5 hours and includes a catered lunch. The tour is offered in partnership with EGB Historic and Equine Tours of Ocala/Marion County.
The Senior Institute was founded in 1992 and was sponsored by CF to promote continuing education, learning opportunities, quality leisure time and social interaction for residents 50 and better. The institute is nationally recognized as a premier postsecondary educational program for the 50-plus learners.
For more information or to register, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1675. For information about EGB, visit www.egbhistoric-equinetoursom.com.

Fall into a good book

Join the “Friends of the Freedom Library” as they sponsor their Annual Book Bonanza at the Freedom Public Library. There is something for everyone: books, videos, puzzles and much more. Bargain prices!
Rake in the harvest at this outstanding book sale. Recover from summer boredom. Support your Library. Questions call 352-291-6040. Sale begins Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., continues Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and ends on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Coventry hosts Italian Fest Night

Coventry Episcopal Church is hosting its second annual Italian Feast Night on Sept. 22.
We are offering two dinner seatings, the first from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the second from 6 to 7:30.
Tickets are available for advanced purchase for $8 (children under 10 when accompanying by a paying adult eat free). We will be serving up hefty portions of homemade pasta with sausage, meatballs, garlic bread, Caesar salad, soup, beverage and assorted desserts. Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $10. We warmly invite you to come for a delicious meal for advance ticket information please visit www.coventryocala.org or call 352-629-9202. Coventry Episcopal Church is located on the southwest corner of CR312 and 475 S., 20 S.W. 87th Place, Ocala.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Get involved at Cala Hills

A group that says it is “high time” you get involved is holding an event at the Cala Hills Clubhouse, 2400 S.W. 31st Circle, on Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Dr. Kidambi and friends, there will be healthy food and great music.  Among the items they point out is to demand the government create jobs, save Social Security, provide Medicare for all Americans and spend money on children and education. Petitions will be available to sign and send to politicians. From 17th Street, turn south onto 19th Avenue Road (Walmart Road). Stay in the left lane, turn left onto Southwest 21st Circle, travel a quarter of a mile, the clubhouse will be on the right. Everyone is welcome.

Violet Club to meet

The African Violet Club of Ocala Meeting this month is Sept. 24 and a field trip is planned. The African Violet Club of Ocala meets every fourth Saturday of the month except in December at 10:30 a.m. It is usually held at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Brian Litz Sheriff’s Substation) at 9048 S.W. Highway 200 in Ocala, Florida 34476, but this month we won’t be meeting there. Refreshments are served at our break. For more information please contact our club President, Laura Perdomo at pretyinsde@netzero.net or call 352-625-6467 or check our website at www.AfricanVioletClubofOcala.org.

Kingdom of Sun Band performances

Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band invites the public to their September performances titled “Musical Memories” to open their 22nd season. Performances will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute, 1614 Fort King St., Ocala. Musical Selections include: “Salute to Bob Hope;” “Victor Herbert Favorites;” “Put on a Happy Face” from Bye, Bye, Birdie; ”Vilia” from The Merry Widow; Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition;” John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever;” Leroy Anderson’s “The Waltzing Cat;” and, featuring the KOS trombone section, ”Slippery Gentlemen,” and others. All performances are free and open to the public.
For more information, call 352-624-9291 or visit www.kingdomofthesunband.org.

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.
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.
Yard sale for Sheltering Hands
The third annual animal fundraiser yard sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue
will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2915 S.E. 11th St., Ocala, starting at 8 a.m.
We are looking for donations of items also.
Let’s go shopping and support the organization. Call 352-694–7731 for information

German dinner at St. Jude

St. Jude Catholic Community’s annual German dinner is to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Jude, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks.
As usual traditional German fare will be served. Ticket cost is $12 per person for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12.
Tickets will be available after the weekend Masses or by contacting Linda at 352-347-0580. No tickets sold at the door.


Golf tourney to benefit United Way

College of Central Florida will host a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County.  
The tournament will be held at Pine Oaks of Ocala, 2201 N.W. 21st St. in Ocala, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $50 per person.  
Entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $75 per hole. Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org.
For more information on sponsorship or registration, call Tim Thayer at 352-854-2322 Ext. 1229.

Monday, Sept. 26

Retired nurses to meet

On Monday, Sept. 26, the Citrus Marion Chapter of the Florida Society of Registered Nurses, Retired (RNR) will meet at the Inverness Golf and Country Club. Dr. Ron Joseph will speak about Factors Contributing to Musculoskeletal Changes in Aging Adults. Lunch is served at 11:30 and the lecture begins at noon.
The charity for the month is CUB (Citrus United Baskets).
We will collect non-perishable foods and/or dry pet food; or new underwear/socks for children or adults. RN’s wishing to attend should call Mary Jane at 352-726-6882 or Gladys at 352-854-2677.

Career, Colleges Expo planned

Marion County Public Schools and the College of Central Florida present Careers and Colleges Expo 2011 on Monday, Sept. 26, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The event, sponsored by the Guidance Departments of all Marion County public high schools and CF, takes place in the Gymnasium Building 6 at the College of Central Florida, 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala.
Representatives from dozens of educational institutions, businesses, professional and government organizations, and the military will be on-hand, sharing valuable information with all area high school students and their families.
College-bound students, as well as those interested in career exploration and job opportunities, will find valuable information at the Expo.
The public is invited to attend the free event.
For more information, contact Kecia Croom in the Guidance and Testing Department of Marion County Public Schools at 352-671-7513.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Legislative delegation to meet

The 2011 Marion County Legislative Delegation Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 for the purpose of taking public testimony on issues facing the state of Florida and the consideration of local bills.
The meeting will be from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Klein Conference Room in the Ewers Century Center, College of Central Florida, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala.
All Marion Legislative Delegation meetings are open to the public.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

WMBA to hold meeting

The West Marion Business Association will hold a general meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Southwest District station on State Road 200.
The group is collecting bags of candy for the upcoming Halloween Carnival sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office. Members are asked to bring a bag or two of candy to the meeting.

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.

Drawing classes at Unitarian Fellowship

Jan Hitchcock will teach drawing Sat mornings at 9:30, beginning Oct. 1, at the Unitarian Fellowship in Citrus Springs.
$60 for the series of six lessons in black or colored pencils, with individual attention for all levels. Jan has an MFA from Boston U. and also teaches at CCF. To enroll call Pam: 352-489-3545.

Open house for military officers

The Kingdom of the Sun (KOS) Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will hold an open house at the Elks Club and Lodge on Oct. 1.
There will be an open enrollment period for all Commissioned, Warrant, Flight Officers, Public Health Service Officers on active duty, and retired or former officers who would wish to join the local Chapter.
The Open House will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
John Rose, president of the local KOS Chapter, announced that there will be a 35th anniversary dinner at the Elks Club on Thursday, Oct. 6. Advanced reservations are required for this event. The Elks Club is at 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala.
If you have any questions about the open house or the 35th anniversary dinner, please contact Bud Horne at 352-307-3234.

Friday, Oct. 7

Starting a French Club

If you are interested in speaking or learning more French, come and join us for a new French Club. The first meeting will be Oct. 7 at 11 a.m.
For information and directions, call Marie at 352-873-8626.

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 and 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.