Upcoming events week of March 7

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Saturday, March 8

Palm Cay garage sale

The Palm Cay Community on State Road 200 will be holding its community wide garage sales on March 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are invited.
Upon entering the community, visitors will receive a map of the community showing residents who are hosting a sale.
Visitors can also enjoy a hot dog luncheon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse along with coffee and breakfast rolls from 8 to 10 a.m.

Pancakes at Crossroads

A Pancake Breakfast will be served on Saturday, March 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Crossroads Church, 8070 S.W. 60th Ave.
All-you-can-eat pancakes, with sausage and a drink for $5. Proceeds go to the Children’s Ministries

St. Patrick’s day 5K run/walk

United Way of Marion County’s high school youth program is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 8, at 8 a.m. starting and ending at downtown square to benefit the United Way.
Entry fee is $20 before Monday, March 3 and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org or participants can register at Active.com.
Sponsorships are still available. For more information, call Katrina Ganzler at 352-732-9696.

Southern Express Big Band

The Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing a fund-raising concert for First Congregational Church (7171 SW State Road 200) on Saturday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m.; refreshments provided by First Watch Cafe. Tickets will be available at the door for a donation of $10, or may reserved in advance by calling the church office at 352-237-3035 (Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), or Dave at 352-598-6272. Please leave your name, contact information and number of tickets needed.

Concert series returns

The Feel Downtown Live concert series, presented by Jenkins Auto Group, is back for a second season of music and fun at Citizens’ Circle in the heart of Downtown Ocala.
General Admission is $10 and the seating is open. Guests may bring chairs and blankets. Coolers are not allowed. Those 10 years and younger receive free admission. VIP tickets are available for $30 and include one free drink, light hors d’ oeuvres from Mojo Grill and Catering Company, and a guaranteed seat in the VIP section. To read about the venue, a complete listing of shows and to purchase tickets, visit feeldowntownlive.com
Gates open at 6 p.m. with the show beginning around 7:15 p.m. These shows are held at Citizens’ Circle, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala.
Eddie Money: Saturday, March 8.
Sister Hazel: Saturday, March 29.
Brett Eldredge: Saturday, April 26. Eldredge will be performing after the Brick City Beer and Wine Festival. Those who attend the festival will be granted free admission into the concert.
Sanctus Real: Saturday, May 10. Tickets go on sale March 1.
Diamond Rio: Saturday, May 24. Tickets go on sale,

Breakfast at Ocala West

A community wide breakfast sponsored by Ocala West United Methodist Church’s men’s club, all you care to eat, many items, still a bargain at only $5, will be on Saturday,March 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Ocala West United Methodist Church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. Phone is 352-854-9550

Sunday, March 9

Weaver Believer Survivor Revival Concert

The Weaver Believer family will be in concert on Sunday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Christian Church at 9045 60th Ave. The Weaver Believers are a Christian family musical group consisting of father and mother, Paul and Chris, with seven of their eight children, who are home schooled and self-taught to play a vast array of musical instruments. The children range in age from 25 to 12 years. The oldest son, not a member of the group, is married and lives in Tennessee.
The Weaver family has traveled throughout much of the Midwest and eastern United States over the past 15 years, ministering musically in hundreds of churches. The do 200 to 250 concerts yearly, singing and playing gospel music as well as country and bluegrass and have won many national and regional awards including being chosen National Bluegrass Champion twice and Bluegrass Band of the Year. For the past two years the Weaver family has literally lived on the road in two large tour buses having sold their permanent home and committed their lives to taking the message of God musically to everyone who comes to see them. There is no admission charge, a free-will offering will be taken.

Post-Polio group to meet

The North Central Florida Post-Polio Support Group’s next meeting will be on March 9 at 2 p.m. at their new location in the Collins Center, Timber Ridge 9401 SW Highway 200, Bldg. 5000, Suite 5001. The program will be presented by Dr. Earl Wingo, an ophthalmologist who has done much research on Post-Polio and will be sharing a wealth of information from his research. This is a program that you will not want to miss. For more information call Carolyn Raville, President at 352-489-1731.

Baritone bass singer

The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside at 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. Stephen Saxon, internationally recognized baritone/bass will sing your favorite classics, arias, show tunes and spirituals.
Saxon has soloed on four continents; in national telecasts; for heads of state; under the maestri of Roberto Abbado, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Leonard Slatkin and with the Symphony or Orchestras in St. Louis, Minnesota, New York City, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tokyo, Japan, Caracas, Venezuela and Santiago, Chile. He has sung with the New York City, Washington and Orlando opera companies as well as dozens of performances at the Kennedy Center. He soloed in the premiere of Jacob Druckman’s oratoria “Vox Humana” commissioned by the National Symphony. He has also sung Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony 6 times. Saxon is a founder and frequent soloist with the Gainesville Civic Chorus. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics with the University of Florida.
Carolyn Bailey Troupin is the piano accompanist. She has a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Florida. She is the president of the Gainesville Music Teachers Association.
The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Tuesday, March 11

Film Series presents ‘Buck’

The College of Central Florida International Film Series will present “Buck,” a poignant documentary about acclaimed horse whisperer Buck Brannaman.
The 2011 film, which is rated PG, will be shown Tuesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., and at 7 p.m. in Building 8, Room 110, at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
Directed by Cindy Meehl, “Buck” examines the life of Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become an expert in the interactions between horses and people. Brannaman became so skilled at communicating with horses that he traveled the country leading equine seminars.
At the Appleton, viewers pay museum admission unless they are a museum member or a patron of the CF International Film Series. Series membership is $15 for individuals, $25 for dual membership and includes a bonus film each year. For information about membership, call 352-873-5808. The viewing is free at CF.
For more information on the International Film Series, contact Joe Zimmerman at 352-854-2322, ext. 1233, or visit www.cf.edu/foundation/events/events.

Mac users to meet

Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet on Tuesday, March 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Burt Stephens will give a presentation on Producing YouTube Videos. This will be followed by Tech Tips, Q & A’s, and the monthly raffle. Meetings are held in the St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Visitors are always welcome. Check out our website at http://ocalamug.org to learn more about the group.

Wednesday, March 12

Concert choir performs

The Dallas Christian College Worship Arts Department presents its 2014 Kingdom Tour Program “The Shepherd’s Voice,” featuring the concert choir, mixed ensembles and True 2 Life drama troup, on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. This program based on John 10:27 will feature a message in drama plus a variety of gospel and contemporary Christian classics, performed by the 30 member Concert Choir.
Join in this evening of music and fellowship. The concert is free and a love offering will be accepted.
Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.

Friday, March 14

Voting rights at Florida Forum

Challenges to voting rights will be examined at the March 14 Friday Forum of Marion County when Loretta Pompey-Jenkins, president of the Marion County NAACP, moderates a panel discussion with Wesley Wilcox, Supervisor of Elections, and Richard A. Perry, Marion County State Committeeman for the Florida Democratic Party. Invitations also have been extended to the local Republican Party and to the League of Women Voters.
The Tampa Bay Times, in an editorial March 2, noted that Gov Scott “has pursued a purge of voter rolls that threatened to disenfranchise minority voters; the county elections supervisors revolted. He signed into law restrictions on early voting; the public outcry forced changes. “
Thus we must exercise eternal vigilance in order to ensure that all eligible voters are able to exercise their right to vote. No matter how well our citizens are served in Marion County problems do occur here and elsewhere.
The Friday Forum is open to all who wish to join in civil community dialogue. It meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at Buffet City, State Road 200 and MLK Jr. Blvd. Cost is $10 payable directly to the restaurant. This includes visits to the buffet, tax, tip and a drink.
For more information or to RSVP please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert (352-873-9970) or Jan Lentz (352-425-6219).

Saturday, March 15

Marion Landing Yard Sale

The annual Marion Landing Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center parking lot. There will be more than 40 tables set up selling many interesting items. The Lifestyle Center is on SW 65th Avenue Road, just off State Road 200 across from Queen of Peace church. Free and open to the public.

Mac users set workshop

Ocala Macintosh User Group Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Phil Davis will present Quick Tips for Your Mac. Brian Voge’s topic is Using Siri on Your iPhone. Workshops are held in the St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Visitors are always welcome. Check out our website at http://ocalamug.org to learn more about the group.

Book sale for Animal Charity

A book sale to benefit the Animal Charity Food Bank will be held Saturday, March 15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Winn-Dixie, 8445 SW Highway 200, Ocala. Also, bring your aluminum cans for recycling.

Safe Boating Class.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will sponsor a safe boating class on Saturday, March 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gander Mountain in Ocala.
The cost is $30 per person and $5 for another family member sharing the book.
Call Lavonne Robinson to register at 352-207-6234.

Humanism series continues

The Humanists of North Central Florida will offer the third lecture in a three part series. “Humanism in the Seasons of Life” will be presented in Cypress Hall at Master the Possibilities Education Center, 8415 SW 80th St. The talk by Chris Allen, president of the Humanists of Florida Association, will be Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m.
Allen is a life-long Humanist and a life member of both the Humanists of Florida Association and the American Humanist Association. He currently serves as the founding executive director of Hands on Orlando. HOO is a national role model for civic engagement through community-based volunteerism. It has served over 180,000 volunteers and more than 300 non-profit organizations, public schools, and parks.
A former television news reporter, Allen covered thousands of news stories during his career. He is the recipient of numerous state and national journalism awards, including the Service to Children Award from the National Association of Broadcasters and two National Journalism Awards from the Scripps Howard Foundation. President Bill Clinton awarded Allen a President’s Service Award Citation. He is a former Orange County Citizen of the Year. Allen is also the founder and captain of the Humanist lending team on Kiva, which makes loans available to the poor on a world-wide basis, and he manages the Super Heroes computing team on the World Community Grid.
The talk is free and open to the public. The purpose of the Humanists of North Central Florida is to promote Humanism, a progressive life stance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful lives capable of adding to the greater good. Contact Allie Gore at 352-547-9670 for more information or visit www.Humanistsncfl.org.

Yard sale to benefit Ocala Relay

A giant yard sale to support Relay for Life will take place on Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Cascades, 1515 E. Silver Springs Blvd., east parking lot, in Ocala.
The Ocala Relay for Life Teams will be having a community yard sale to raise much needed funds to benefit and support American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event and you are invited!
The Ocala Relay For Life event will take place on May 2, when many individuals come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds that will be raised at the Community Yard Sale on March 15 will truly make a difference in the fight against cancer!
Participation by the Ocala Relay for Life teams who will be selling their goods at the community yard Sale is free. Commercial vendors are invited and welcome to participate with donation to the Relay for Life. If you need more information about the community yard sale, or if you are a vendor interested in participating, please contact Linda Pisani by e-mail at lpisani@rigginslawfirm or by telephone at 352-433-2400. If you need more information about the Relay for Life event, how to form a Relay for Life Team or to be a Relay for Life sponsor, please visit us online at www.relayforlife.org.

Dinner dance in Dunnellon

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on March 15 in the parish hall of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 7525 S. U.S. Highway 41, just south of County Road 40. The dinner will be the traditional corn beef and cabbage. We will feature a dessert table, cash bar, 50/50 raffle, prize basket raffles and a door prize. Music will be provided by DJ Joe Koos featuring a wide variety of music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30. Tickets are $15 per person. For ticket reservations or additional information call 352-489-6221.

Yard sale rescheduled

Ocala 200 Lions Club is having a rescheduled yard sale on Saturday, March 15 at the Bank of the Ozarks on State Road 200. This sale will be from 8 a.m. to1 p.m.
Space rental is $15 and we are still looking for more vendors. Hot dogs will be available for purchase and diabetic screening will be offered. For more information, call Lion Bob Melnick or Lion Ralph Mills at 352-427-1217.

Sunday, March 16

Jazz Society to perform

The Ocala Jazz Society will be performing on Sunday, March 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781 across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. They play a variety of music including Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland and songs from the past. $3 donation for Hospice. For information, call 352-237-0234.

Monday, March 17

Legion Post to meet

The Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 17 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Brian Litz Building, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 9048 SW State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt 352-322-5966.

Thursday, March 20

Young at Heart luncheon

The Young At Heart Luncheon, at College Road Baptist Church, will be March 20 at noon. We have to entertain us “The Dueling Banjos.”
Come join us, bring a dish to share, along with your friends, guests and neighbors. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 5010 SW College Road (State Road 200). Phone 352-237-5741.

Air Force group to meet

The March meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will be held on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport Administration Building, 750 SW 60th Ave., Ocala.
All are welcome.
For more information contact Mike Emig at 352-854-8328.

Friday, March 21

Perrys in concert

The Perry’s have proven that they have what it takes to rise to the top of Southern Gospel music, and what a journey it has been for them. 40 years ago, gathered around a piano, the music began - talented vocalists and musicians singing the moving lyrics of traditionally based songs - and today they are some of the most recognizable voices in Southern Gospel. Blessed, with musical abilities and communication with others, this team reaches audiences with Christ at the heart of their ministry.
Enjoy The Perrys In Concert on Friday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m., and be touched deeply by their music. This is a free concert. A Love Offering will be taken.
Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.

The Circle of French Friends

Le Cercle Des Amis Français meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriff’s Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 Highway 200, about ¼ mile from Walmart.

Saturday, March 22

Saddle Oak Club yard sale.

The annual Saddle Oak yard sale will be Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saddle Oak is on State Road 200, across from Heathbrook Publix.
The yard sale will be in the clubhouse and on clubhouse grounds by all the community residents. Breakfast will be served with sandwiches and coffee.
Lunch will be soup and sandwiches. There will also be a great bake sale.

Worship at TimberRidge

Worship Service at TimberRidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be hel on Saturday, March 22 at 10:15 a.m.
Countryside Presbyterian Church provides Christian Ministry to residents of TimberRidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9848 SW 110th St., Ocala and holds bimonthly worship services.
If you have a loved one, or friend at the TimberRidge Center you are invited to attend our next service.
For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Tuesday, March 25

Breast Cancer Support Group

The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel, room 235.
Our meeting on March 25 will be a presentation by Evelyn B. Kelly, PhD, writer/speaker. Evelyn will talk to us about “Thinking Young,” we’re not over the hill yet. Please join us for this interesting topic.

Saturday, March 29

Crime prevention seminar

Christ’s Church of Marion County will host a Metro Crime Prevention Seminar presenting topics such as identity theft, frauds and scams, purse snatching, guns and alternative weapons, hurricane safety. This is a free workshop, the main goal being ”to achieve more awareness about what is going on in the public’s backyard.”
Lunch – pizza, salad, dessert and drink — will be offered for a donation. This event begins at noon. Registration is suggested: 352-861-6182.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, http://www.ccomc.org.

Dining with the Lions

The Ocala 200 Lions Club is having a Dining with the Lions (Italian Style) at the Oasis Restaurant, 7651 SW State Road 200, on Saturday, March 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. Price will be $8 for spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti with meat sauce or fettuccini alfredo  (includes salad, bread, ice tea or coffee). First come, first served All proceeds from this benefit will be used for Charities.

Sunday, March 30

Joy Night at Christ’s Church

Join with us as we lift our hearts and voices in praise, an evening of traditional and contemporary musical worship celebrated with participating Marion County Christian churches’ families and friends at 5 p.m. Refreshments follow the program.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.

Thursday, April 3

Southern Express at Appleton

The big band Southern Express will perform during the Rhythm & Art After Hours event at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, Thursday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m.
Southern Express has been performing in Central Florida for more than 15 years. Many of the band’s seasoned members have musical backgrounds rooted in military service, with almost every branch of service represented. Many members were or are active music educators.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for complimentary samplings from Horse and Hounds Restaurant and cash bar. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
In addition to the After Hours musical program, visitors can also enjoy the Appleton’s current exhibitions, “A Celebration of Japan,” “The Living Art of Bonsai,” “The Gathering of Legends,” “[in]justice,” “Industrial Nature: Work by Michelle Stitzlein,” and the museum’s extensive permanent collection of European, American, Asia, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and artifacts.
The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and closed on Mondays. In addition to daily admission, a 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for college students and current or retired educators.
Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, just east of downtown on State Road 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

Saturday, April 5

Women’s’ Spring Break

Celebrate with the Women’s Spring Break. Join the Women’s Ministry enjoying a continental breakfast, friendship; lunch at the baked potato bar, fellowship; special events with speakers Alan Tison, Director of Advancemant at Johnson University Florida and Twila Sias, Children’s Ministry and teaches in areas of education and psychology; and special sessions including a “Make & Take” card making class. Event starts at 9 a.m.
Free to all women. Child care is available (note need on registration). door prizes. To register, please call 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.
Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.

Sunday, April 6

Master Choir performs

The Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a concert on Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at 1126 East Silver Springs Blvd. (which is State Road 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala, Florida. The program will include Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and other works. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless.
For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207.

Saturday, April 19

Easter Eggstravaganza

The excitement is building for Crossroads Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Everything is free! Egg hunts will be supervised by age group, with 15,000 eggs on the property! There will be games, bounce houses, cotton candy, hot dogs, drinks, sno-cones, chips, prizes, and the gospel message will be shared. Families are welcome.