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By The Staff

Tuesday, Nov. 30


Mind Body Connection

Ocala West United Methodist Church will host Terrie Hardison of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance, who will discuss this topic on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of Stanfield Hall.

Discover how powerful your thoughts are, and the influence your mind has over your physical body. This interactive, fun, life-changing program will demonstrate the connection between your mind and your body, and how your thoughts can control your quality of life and health. You will leave with a new perspective on life and tips to change your life for the better.

The cost is $5 per person taken at the door to help support the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance.

The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., off State Road 200, just south of Pine run.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Grand opening at medical center

A grand opening will be held Dec. 2 all day until 8 p.m. at Premier Medical Center, 7960 S.W. 60th Ave. The facility will be celebrating the opening of its pediatric, internal medicine and medical spa offices.

Provided will be a free skin analysis, free blood pressure, blood glucose or vision and hearing screening, just to name a few. One person will win a grand prize $400 GM Collin gift basket and 50 individuals will win a complimentary facial service.

Children are welcome and will enjoy snacks, treats and face painting.

The public is invited to meet the staff and friends at the facility.

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.

December 2, 11:30 a.m., Ivy House, 106 N. Main St., Williston.

December 16, 11:30 a.m., Ruby Tuesday, 3500 S.W. College Road.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Lions breakfast with Santa

The Ocala 200 Lions Club will have its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Dunnellon Lions Clubhouse, 20826 S.W. Walnut St., on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child. Santa and his elf will be available for pictures from 9:30 to 11 a.m., so be sure to bring your camera. Yu do not have to purchase a breakfast to have your picture taken, so mark your calendars and come join the Lions in ringing in the holiday season.

For more information or to get involved with local men and women working together to identify needs within the community, contact Lion Bob at 352-861-2730 or e-mail at Melnick8350@aol.com.

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.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Christmas in Bloom Showcase

The Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala presents the 2010 Christmas in Bloom Showcase at the Pioneer Garden Center, 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd., on Dec. 4 and 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

Children under 12 are admitted free. Advance admission is $5 and at the door it’s $6.

There will be vendors, floral demonstrations, boutiques, Christmas decoration raffles, free refreshments and much more.

In this area, tickets are available at Yours Truly Cards and Gifts, 8449 S.W. State Road 200.

For information call 352-236-4448.

Preserve arts and crafts fair

The Spruce Creek Preserve arts and crafts fair will be on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is free admission, a free craft drawing every hour, a drawing for a special handmade quilt, a bake sale, and alunch is available.

All items are handmade by residents in the Preserve, which is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484. Enter at the gatehouse entrance.


Sunday, Dec. 5

Fine art and antiques auction

The Community Outreach Program of Congregation Beth Shalom in Beverly Hills is sponsoring a “Fine Art and Antiques Auction” on Dec. 5. Preview is at 2 p.m. and the auction begins at 3. It will take place at 102 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills, in the Kellner Auditorium behind the Jewish Center. Hor D’Oeuvres, wine and cheese, and cake and coffee will be served. The event is open to the public and tickets are $6. Call Lou at 352-637-9531 for tickets. 

German American Club dinner

German American Club of Marion County Christmas Dinner Dance will be on Sunday, Dec. 5, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Music provided by

Alpen Diamanten from 2 to 6 p.m. Dinner at 1 p.m. and includes: Virginia baked ham, slow roasted turkey, hHomemade mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, herb stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and apple pie. BYOB. Tickets are $17 per member, $22 per non-member.  For tickets, please call Joe or Liz Dickmann at 352-732-6368.

Christmas cantata at Joy

On Sunday, Dec. 5, at the 8:15 a.m. worship service and repeated on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the 11 a.m. worship service, the Joy Choir will present the works of Lloyd Larson in the “Emanuel—God With Us.” This is a composition that employs the effective medium of word and song. It blends historic carols with newer compositions along with the Bible to tell the ageless story of Christmas.

All members and visitors are invited to attend one or both of these worship services to hear the cantata.

Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. For more information call 352-854-4509 ext 221.

Youth Symphony to perform

The Ocala Youth Symphony will have a free concert at West Port High School, 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5. They also will be playing with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., at the downtown Square. The Ocala Youth Symphony is composed of amazing musicians ranging in age from 9 to 18. The works selected range from the Classics to Contemporary, something for everyone’s musical taste. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

For information call 352-351-3002.

Monday, Dec. 6

Songs of the Season at CF

The public is invited to a speical presentation (in the form of a "dress rehearsal") for the Senior Institute on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the College of Central Florida. The program, "Songs of the Season," will include a couple Hannukah pieces (one of which reminds the listener of Sunrise, Sunset), Pergolesi's setting of the Gloria in excelsis, and a wonderful, new African Noel. Following a section of secular pieces (including a comical solo titled the 'Twas the Night AFTER Christmas) and a Kwaanza piece, the program will end with the ever-popular Hallelujah Chorus. After the concert, there will be a panel discussion in which the audience will be invited to ask about how a program develops from concept to production.

For additional information, call 352-840-9542.

Thursday, Dec. 9

NARFE Christmas party

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees and spouses will have their annual Christmas party at Stone Creek Country Club on Dec. 9 at noon.

A $10 gift exchange will take place.

Any member who would like to attend should contact Georgene deal at 352-873-6734 for luncheon tickets and information.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Holiday Cookie Walk set

First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold its annual Holiday Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Enrichment Center, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. Members bake and beautifully decorate their favorite holiday cookies—the choices are endless. Decorated bags are provided and customers choose their own cookies; $3.50 dozen or $6 for two dozen.

Christmas Dinner at St. Jude

Everyone is invited to a Christmas dinner celebration sponsored by the St. Jude Ladies Guild on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken cordon bleu, baked potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Tickets for this holiday evening are only $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. For additional information and tickets please contact Pat at 352-245-6554. St. Jude Catholic Community is at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Concert at Countryside

The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday,

Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.

The Central Florida Master Choir, formed in 1998, has achieved a reputation for its artistic excellence and contribution to the community.

The 50-voice choir will sing Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Harold

Friedell’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis,and works by John Rutter, Dave

Brubeck as well as congregational carols. Harold W. McSwain, Jr. is the

conductor and the piano accompanist is William Powell.

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.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Concert at Ocala West

The On Top of the World Concert Chorus is putting on a benefit concert for The Backpack Ministry of The Ocala West United Methodist Church to be held at the church on Southwest 105th Street off Hwy 200. on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

The program includes some beautiful songs and music for this Christmas Season, performed in four part harmony. The Bells of Ocala West will be prominently featured. For more information call Anne Merrick at 352-732-0706.