• On Saturday, Nov. 21, at noon, Pulitzer-nominated writer and award-winning journalist Doris Bloodsworth is scheduled to speak at the regular meeting of the Freedom Writers Group of Florida Writers Association (FWA).

  • The 26 annual Light Up Ocala kicks off the holiday season tomorrow with many activities on the downtown Ocala square. It culminates in the evening when someone turns on the thousands of holiday lights draped in the trees around the square. We celebrate a day early when Pun Alley turns to some light humor.


    Miners with illuminated helmets say it makes them feel lightheaded.

    Outdoor lights were put up at a golf course for people who like swinging nightclubs.

    She was only a Lighthouse keeper’s daughter, but she never went out at night

  • The Advent Season continues with worship services on Wednesdays at 2:45 and 6:45 p.m. All are welcome.

    Members of Joy will be ringing the bells for the Salvation Army each Monday until Dec 21 in front of Winn Dixie in the Friendship Shopping Center. This is an annual event for a worthy charitable effort.

    On Tuesday, Dec 8, the women of Joy will attend the 37th annual Advent Tea with the women of St. John Lutheran Church in Summerfield. The theme this year is “A Child’s Christmas.”

  • Easy Being Green program offered at OTOW

    A two-day educational program about green building and sustainability will take place Nov. 21-22 as part of grand opening festivities for seven model homes ... all offering solar power as an option ... at On Top of the World Communities, 8445 S.W. 80th St. in Ocala.

    Called It’s So Easy Being Green, the two-day program, which is free and open to the public, will feature speakers covering topics ranging from solar power to waterwise landscaping to recycling, says Kenneth D. Colen, president of On Top of the World Communities.

  • Central Florida Master Choir will present “O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM” at Countryside Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m.

    The church is at 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.

  • The Episcopal Church of the Advent will be having a Thanksgiving Service on Thursday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m.

    Advent is located on Highway 484, 1.3 miles west of State Road 200 in Dunnellon.

    Please call the church office at 352-465-7272 for further information.

    Come join us as we give "Thanks" for all our Blessings!


  • Noted Jewish comic Lenny Bruce, in his famous monologue, “Jewish and Goyish,” used to say, “If you live in New York City you are Jewish, it doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic; if you live in New York you are Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you’re going to be goyish even if you’re Jewish.” I might add that South Florida is Jewish but North Florida is goyish. However, as the following stories illustrate, and even though the Jewish population is not as numerous here, there is certainly a Jewish presence.

  • The Troubadours collected 30 bags of food at their practices for the Homeless and Youth Program which feed underprivileged schoolchildren. This program needs food in family sizes such as soups, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta and sauce, complete meals in a box, macaroni and cheese, juice, canned meant, tuna, stew, vegetables, canned pasta foods as well as meals that can be microwaved. Donations can be taken to the office of the South Marion Citizen in Kingsland Plaza. Call 854-3986 for information.

    Hoofin’ It for Hospice

  • Today is the third Friday-the-thirteenth in 2009. Perhaps this is the reason for the bad economy. Last year we had just one Friday-the-thirteenth, as we do in 2010 and 2011. While the origin of this “holiday” is not known, we do know that people attribute many unlucky happenings to it.


  • Marion County Board of County Commissioners

  • Four Palm Cay bicyclists recently went on a riding tour of the Gainesville Horse Farm. They are Cathy Durante, Diane Goodpaster, Dee Peterson, and Ann Duckworth.

  • Preserve’s arts, crafts fair is Dec. 5

    Just down the road a piece, the Spruce Creek Preserve open-to-the-public bigger and better Arts and Crafts Fair is slated for Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center ballroom.

    The Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484 (Gatehouse entrance). The large American flag will wave you in. This is a very popular yearly event, so plan on coming early for the best selection of beautifully handcrafted treasures. Admission is free.

  • Kids say the darndest things – or do they? Many sayings attributed to kids are almost too clever for children to originate. But, they are funny. That’s why today’s Pun Alley column is devoted to these “kids” comments.

    Heard in passing

    The inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes.

    A census taker is man who goes from house to house increasing the population.

    Water is composed of two gins, oxygin and hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.

    The climate is hottest next to the Creator.

  • For weeks now, candy corn and other candy packages have taken over an entire aisle and costumes fill up most of another aisle in the stores. Wispy appearances of ghosts, globins, and witches seem to be permeating the area. Finally, tomorrow, Halloween will arrive and we can’t go down Pun Alley without some haunting and ghostly stories.

    On Route 200

  • Hearing of a Lions Club one may think of eyesight and hearing, two common concerns club members focus on.

    For the Southwest Ocala Lions Club it is more.

    They have also taken on the task of raising support and awareness for the Fisher House, a place where the families of wounded warriors and veterans can stay while loved members are treated at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.

    At last week’s club meeting, the general manager of the Fisher House, Paula Welenz, spoke about the 21-room facility.

  • We had about 30 ladies at our Oct. 14 luncheon. We all had a great time. Each month we have a birthday cake for anyone who is celebrating that month. This month Margaret Kender will turn 101 on Oct. 30.

    Craft show

    The November Craft Show will be Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Bowling for Oct. 12

    Men’s high game, Dave Bragdon 203; Gerry Giovanniello 200; John Whitenton 196.

    Women’s high game, Maria Nardone 186; Kathy Underhill 172; Jenny Arturi 171.

  • I really thought the heat was gone for a while, but, alas, it has returned! Let’s hope by the time this column goes to print we will be enjoying some beautiful fall weather.

    Feature of the week

    This week’s feature is actually about two very fine ladies, Joan Walsh and Donna Farnham, who are Spruce Creeks North’s librarians. They have done a wonderful job organizing the books in our new library.

    Here is a little bit about these two gals.

  • We all experienced major and minor changes over the years. At this stage in our lives, they don’t come as frequently. That is until recently when most of us found ourselves living in a bad economic climate. Whether we are rich or just managing to get by, we have all experienced it in one way or another.

    Most of what’s happening is out of our hands. All we really have going for us is our attitude. With a positive rather than a negative one, we can embrace this change and try to learn from it.

  • This month’s honored volunteer has gotten herself active in all kinds of directions during the 11 years she has been one of our neighbors. Pat Smith has been involved with our S and R Committee, the Sunshine Committee, sings with the Landing Lites chorus, is a Community Patrol regular and helps the Travel Club to plan your next trip. Over and above all these activities, this retired nurse often shares her skills and experience with friends and neighbors returning home from hospitalization.

  • Just down the road a piece, Preservists and even residents from other communities have asked for the return of the “Getting to know all about you” segment of our Preserve South Marion Citizen column, so here goes. This week Preservist Dee Winey earns the spotlight.

    When Dee Winey was growing up on a farm in Nebraska with 10 brothers and sisters, and attending a one-room schoolhouse, she never dreamed she would one day retire to Florida. Her first jobs were babysitting for 35 cents an hour and walking corn and bean fields for 50 cents an hour.