Upcoming events week of 9-30-2011

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Thursday, Sept. 29

Scenic roads ordinance update

During the past few months, Marion County Growth Management has been collecting staff and citizen input on how to best update the plan that guides the establishment and protection of the county’s scenic roads. On Sept. 29, staff will present the results of this review process at a community meeting. Citizens are invited to attend the presentation and provide feedback on the proposed plan updates.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Growth Management Training Room, 2710 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
For more information, contact Justin Ryan at Growth Management (Planning Division) at 352-438-2600.

Saturday, Oct. 1

Drawing classes at Unitarian Fellowship

Jan Hitchcock will teach drawing on Saturday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m. 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.

Yoga at Sholom Park

Ingrid Crane will lead a Yoga Class in Sholom Park on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2-1/2 miles north of State Road 200 on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. For more information call 854-7950    

Chess Club meets

The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library will meet Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down for a rousing game of chess. For more information, call Ron at 873-2276. It’s your move!

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.
Sunday, October 2
Patriots – take a ride

Organizations, individuals, bikes, cars and trucks are welcome to help escort the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall on Sunday, Oct. 2, from the Citrus County Fairgrounds in Inverness to the Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion site on U.S. 19, seven miles north of Crystal River. Assemble in the Fairgrounds parking lot at 8 a.m. There will be free burgers and hot dogs for those who stay to help set up the wall.
The Legion Auxiliary will sell coffee, donuts and escort T-shirts at the Auditorium from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The fairgrounds is south of Inverness at 3600 S. Florida Ave.
Participants may also attend the Honor Flight benefit breakfast at Beef ‘O Brady’s in Inverness. Pancakes, sausage, coffee or orange juice is $5 from 6 to 10 a.m. This event will benefit the Honor Flights for World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their war memorial.
American Legion Post 225 is hosting the weeklong All Vets Reunion. For more information, visit www.NatureCoastVeteransReunion.org or call Richard Hunt at 407-579-6190, Tom Gallagher at 352-860-1629, or Lee Helscel at 352-238-5692.

Breakfast at the Moose

 A complete breakfast buffet consisting of eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes, and biscuits with gravy, toast, fruit, juice, coffee and more, is served every Sunday, at a great price at the Moose Lodge. Profits go to support mission and community projects. Visit us before or after church and 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.
Plan financial security

Learn how to care for your family by hearing an Estate Planning Attorney's answer to your questions at a Financial Seminar at Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. Participants will receive a complimentary planning guide for wills. For information call 352-861-6182.

Tuesday, Oct. 4
 Be a tough target

 A free Crime Awareness Seminar sponsored by of Metro Crime Prevention of Florida will give tips about how to learn to be a tough target, not an easy victim. The class is Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. at Freedom Public Library. Topics that will be addressed include Identity Theft, Purse Snatching, Rape, Fraud and Scams.Help will be given to recognize potential danger; strategies and techniques will be taught for avoidance and for defense and survival. Personal protection begins with personal responsibility and a proactive approach to the issues of crime and violence. Do not be a sleeper and miss this one! It is truly an eye opener. Be aware, someone might be watching you!

Learn CPR

A CPR/AED Class will be offered at Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. Classes are $25, limited to 10 people and reservations must be made in advance. For information contact Sharon Lombardo, 352-307-5101.
Acclaimed author to speak

Cynthia Barnett , author of the acclaimed "Mirage" , will introduce her new book," Blue Revolution," in which she offers a new ethic for use and preservation of our most vital resource when she comes to the Ocala campus of the College of Central Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

Fair Tax explained

The FFTEA will meet Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Howard Johnson’, 3951 NW Bonnie Heath Blvd (U.S. 27) at 7 p.m. on Oct.4. We will discuss what the FairTax is, how we can combat the critics and how we can help to get the FairTax enacted. The FairTax is a bill in Congress (HR 25 in the House/S13 in the Senate) that has been getting a good deal of consideration as we face a gloomy economic future.
The FairTax would completely REPLACE the income tax system, boost the economy and create jobs, eliminate the need for the IRS, makes sure everyone pays their fair share and ensures that no citizen or legal resident pays taxes up to the poverty line. Sound like a pipe dream? It is very real and something that we all need to learn about.
For more information, contact Ron & Elaine Maiellaro at ocalafairtax@cfl.rr.com or 352-671-6724.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Eat for a cause

 Sheltering Hands Rescue will receive 10 percent of the day’s proceeds, including takeout, at
Laki’s Greek and Italian Restaurant, 3405 SW College Road form 11 a.m. to 9 .m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Bring the kids and join us for some great food for a good caus. Reservations allowed. Call 694-7731 for additional information

Thursday, Oct. 6

Support for Caregivers

 A Caregivers Support Group meets at 10 a.m. in the library of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church on State Road 200 each first and third Thursday of the month. All in need of information, comfort and support are welcome to attend. Call Catherine at 873-0829 for more details.
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.

Dine in the Dark

The Florida Center for the Blind will host a “dining in the dark” event from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 that will benefit the Florida Center for the Blind, 7634 SW 60th Ave. Tickets are available by calling 352-873-4700

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. Donations of household goods, small or large, are appreciated. 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. Call Art for pickup of large items at 352-209-0668. Want your own table to sell your items? Tables are available at $10 per day, or $15 for both days. Call Phoebe for table rental at 352-854-8535. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for sale during the flea market as well as baked goods.VFW Post 4781 is located off State Road 200 behind Sims Furniture, across from Oak Run, Call 352-873-4781 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Woman’s Club bazaar planned
The GFWC Woman's Club of Ocala will have a Christmas/holiday bazaar fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocala Elks Club and Lodge, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. Tickets are $3 in advance or at the door. The expected list of vendors include Mary Kay Gifts, Miche Bags, Candles, Jewelry, Party Lite, Pampered Chef, and others. All vendors will be donating a gift basket or gift certificate for a silent auction. Come do your holiday shopping with us. Refreshments will be available through the Elks Club.
The event is the Woman's Club's principal fundraiser and proceeds will benefit our many community service projects as well as provide scholarship funds. The Ocala Club is non-profit and is affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs, an international organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. For vendor, sponsorship, or ticket information please e-mail jdelk@marykay.com or MLTODD55@yahoo.com.

Fall Festival at Appleton

The Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala is sponsoring a Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 at their clubhouse, 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd. More than 40 vendors will offer jewelry, crafts, plants, food, and a pumpkin contest for youth. Call 236-4448 for more information.

Hat and Fashion Show

The Mt. Tabor AME Church will enjoy “An Extravaganza of Fashions,” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. Tickets to the hat and fashion show will be $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For further information contact An Porter at 786-227-0978 or Sonia Battey at 732-3890.

Sunday, Oct. 9

The North Central Post Polio Support Group will be meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Collins Health Resource Center, 8401 SW Hwy 200, Bldg 300, Ste. 303, Ocala, FL. The guest speaker will be Dr. Norman Anderson and his topic is Surviving Medicine in the 21st Century. For more information contact Carolyn Raville 352 489-1731.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Hummel Club at Ruby Tuesday’s
The M.I. Hummel Club of Ocala will meet Thursday, Oct. 13 at Ruby Tuesday’s. The club welcomes anyone interested in Hummels and related Goebel products. For further information regarding meetings, please contact Mary Jo Hammond at 873-9423 or Marge Cherry at 873-1735.

Change of day for AFA
The October meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Ocala Airport Administration Building 750 S.W. 60th Ave. The date is a change from the regular meeting on the third to the second Thursday for this month only. For more information please call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328.
WMBA Expo offers space
The WMBA Expo at the On Top Of  The World Cultural Center on Oct. 13 has a few tables left for interested vendors. The event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., offers eight-foot tables: $150 with electricity; $125 without electricity. A door prize of a $500 Visa Gift Card will be given away during the Expo. For further information please contact Kendra Scotti at 352-873-1571 or visit our website at westmba.com.

Friday, October 14

 Open House for TOPS
TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will be holding an Open House from 8:45 until 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at Joy Lutheran Church,
 7045 S.W. 83rd Place. The group will also celebrate its 15th anniversary on this day. Light refreshments will be served. Please plan to join us. For more information call Judy at 291-7526 or Jan at 854-0775.

 Saturday, Oct. 15

Baby back rib fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Ocala SW is currently selling tickets for its Baby Back Ribs BBQ fundraiser to be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Bank of the Ozarks, 8375 S.W. State Road 200.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the event for a full slab of Baby Back Ribs. All ribs will be cooked on site and wrapped for transport.
Advance sale tickets can pick up their ribs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Additional racks of ribs will be available for walk up sales beginning at 10 a.m.
Tickets are available at the following State Road 200 locations: Bank of the Ozarks, TD Bank, M&S Bank. Alarion Bank, W.E. Bishop Jr., P.A.All proceeds will benefit the College of Central Florida Nursing Scholarship program and local charities.
For more information, please contact Ray Sargent at 352-857-9099.

Free health screenings

Hospices of Marion County Thrift Stores have partnered with the Lions Clubs of Ocala and Silver Springs Shores to provide free vision, hearing and diabetic screenings in October. Scheduled for this area is a screen on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jasmine Square Thrift Store, 6114 S.W. State Road 200. Each person who has a screening will receive a thank you gift from Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores.

Saturday, Oct. 22
Indoor yard sale
Joy Lutheran Church, SW State Road 200 at 83rd Place, will have their annual Indoor Yard Sale, Bake Sale and Lunch on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Swenson Hall. The public is invited to donate such items as furniture, tools, gardening equipment and electronics. Kitchen and house wares, linens, books, and craft supplies are also welcome for donation. Please no clothes or shoes. Yard sale items may be brought to Swenson Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, or anytime on Thursday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct.21. There will be a Vintage table for special treasures as well as a craft section. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information regarding this event, call Bert Padgett (489-8430).
Ocala Arts Festival set
Art lover and collectors will fill the McPherson Governmental Complex on 25th Avenue during the 45th annual Ocala Arts Festival on Oct. 22 and 23. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The Festival, produced by Fine Arts For Ocala, hosts a juried fine arts show with artists and craftsmen from all over the United States. Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend of art and free entertainment for the entire family. The festival also includes free admission, free parking, free children’s art projects, and live entertainment. For more information please call: 352-867-0355 or visit www.fafo.org.
Howl-o-ween for animal rescue

All animal lovers are invited to come out for a “Howl-o-ween Fall Carnival” that will benefit the Fur Kids animal rescue and Feisty Acres cat rescue organizations. The first-time event is set for Saturday, Oct. 29 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Airport Road Animal Clinic, 4851 SW 60th Ave. There will be door prizes, a chance to win free flea prevention for a year, an opportunity drawing, face painting, food, a pet costume contest, and more. Admission to the first-time event is free but there will be food for sale.