• Come celebrate the season with Christmas carols and holiday music presented by The Friends of Freedom Public Library.

    Kermit and Cindy Clark are back by popular demand to play some of your seasonal favorites on keyboard and guitar. Mark your calendars for 2 to 4 in the afternoons, Thursday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 15.

  • Local boot drive raises $50,000

    Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters are rising to the top – and in a way that will potentially help more than a million Americans.

    County firefighters, in cooperation with the International Association of Firefighters Local 3169, recently raised $50,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Their efforts landed them a top 100 ranking (No. 73) in MDA Boot Drive fundraising efforts. The boot drive is an annual fundraising event held by fire rescue stations across the nation.

  • Hope Lutheran holiday schedule

    Holiday services will begin at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Citrus Springs with Advent services on Dec. 2 at noon and 7 p.m. They continue each Wednesday until Dec. 16 and continue on Dec. 23 at noon.

    The Women of the ELCA will have their Christmas service at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, followed by a Christmas breakfast prepared and served by members of the Men’s Club.

  • Holiday highlights in December include the “Art of the Chopper” exhibition, the opening of the “Red” exhibition and free admission to the Holiday Happening open house, plus a free motorcycle lecture at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College.

  • Ocala Chapter of The Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit on Dec.13 at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of person commemorate and honor children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.

    The local ceremony on Dec. 13 will take place at the chapel inside the church at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 5 S.E. 17th St., Ocala.

  • 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.