- Special Sections
Friday, Jan. 6
First Friday Art Walk returns
The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Jan. 6 and will include the following special performances and activities:
• 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Adam Rountree
• 6:30 p.m. – Live performance by West Port High School’s Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA) Dance Program
• 7:30 p.m. – Live performance by Xtraordinary Rising Talent Dance Crew
• The Appleton Museum of Art, Painting with a Twist, the Bead Strand and Picasso’s Palette will provide free art activities for all ages.
The First Friday Art Walk occurs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from September through May annually. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 40 artist displays, acoustic entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours.
For more information, please visit www.ocalafl.org/artwalk r contact Alexandria Marcello, City of Ocala Cultural Arts Coordinator, at 352-629-8447 or email@example.com.
Classic cars and chicken
The Ocala West United Methodist classic car show and chicken barbecue dinner will take place on Friday, Jan. 6 trom 5 to 7 p.m. in the church parking lot and Pavilion. This event is sponsored by the Men’s Fellowship of OWUMC.
Come see classic cars, enjoy music and purchase barbecued chicken prepared by the Men’s Fellowship. Barbecued chicken will be available and sold as long as supplies last. Boy Scout Troop 707, sponsored by OWUMC, will be selling all beef hot dogs, chips and a drink.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Boy Scouts summer camp, Kids Backpack Program- Food for Kids, and the OWUMC yout group.
Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala. Phone (352)854-9550.
River Jordan at College Road
The well-known gospel quartet River Jordan, will be in concert on Friday, Jan. 6 at College Road Baptist Church beginning at 7 p.m., singing old time Southern Gospel songs with the flavor of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
They will be joined by the gospel group Trust in Him, and Ocala’s own Heaven bound Singers.
The public is invited. Doors open at 6:30 and there is a $10 donation received at the door. College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 SW College Road, Ocala, 1.7 miles west of I-75 on State Road 200. www.collegeroad.org
Saturday, Jan. 7
Chess Club to meet
The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7 The library is at 5870 SW 95 Street, Ocala. All players are welcome! Call 873-2276 for information.
Chair Yoga at Freedom Library
Chair yoga at the Freedom Public Library will be at 10:30 a.m. A wonderful way to start the new year.
For more information, call Ingrid at 854-7950.
Monday, Jan. 9
OTOW Theatre Group casting
On Top of the World Theatre Group open casting calls will be Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m., OTOW Recreation Center, for OTOW residents to prepare, perform, and qualify your song, jokes, comedy skit, dance, instrumental, or your own special presentation to be presented for our community at our spring “Path to Talent Showcase” on stage event. Additional opportunities to qualify: Mondays Feb. 13, and March 13.
Square dance lessons
The Ocala Twirlers Square & Round Dance Club will offer square dance lessons for new dancers beginning Monday, Jan. 9, from 12:45 - 2 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St, Ocala. The lessons will be taught by club caller Whit Brown prior to the regular club dance; lessons will be open to new student dancers for three consecutive Mondays, Jan. 9, 16, and 23, and the first lesson is free! Refreshments will be served.
Ocala Twirlers are proud to offer these lessons in support of square dancing, America’s National Folk Dance. Square dancing offers a fun activity that is healthy physically and mentally in a wholesome, smoke-free environment. For information contact Norm 873-1734 or Tony 861-9812.
Calling all singers
The Marion Civic Chorale invites all who enjoy singing and performing beautiful choral music. Rehearsals for our 30th anniversary season begin on Monday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. All weekly rehearsals are held at St. George Anglican Church, 5646 SE 28th St. in Ocala. Call Patti Wallner at 262-227-6495 or firstname.lastname@example.org for audition information.
Wednesday, Jan. 11
Grief share support group
A grief share support group will start on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Serenity House at Village View Community Church, 8585 SE 147th Place Summerfield. Registration of $20 includes class booklet.
Support Group schedule is for 13 weeks and individuals may begin at any time during the 13 week session.
For more information please contact Village View Community Church @ 352/307-7303 www.VillageViewChurch.com
Saturday, Jan. 14
Breakfast at Ocala West
Oala West UMC community wide breakfast prepared by the men’s fellowship will be held from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 and is $6 for all you care to eat.
A varied selection awaits everyone: ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast, waffles, pancakes, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, fruit cup, juice and coffee. Breakfast proceeds benefit the many charities supported by the OWUMC Men’s Fellowship.
Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala. 352-854-9550.
Sunday, Jan. 15
Jazz Society to perform
The Ocala Jazz Society will be back with Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, 50’s and all your favorites on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St., across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. A $3 donation for Hospice is appreciated. For information: 352-237-0234, email@example.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
Financial Peace University
“Broke” has become the new normal in our nation; approximately 70 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. At the end of the month, many individuals simply have nothing left because of debt and expenses. If this is you we have good news.
As a church, we want to share a practical plan that can help you discover God’s way of handling money. If you’d like to take control of your money - join us for this presentation. We want to empower you to get on a budget, get out of debt, save for the future, and take control of your money.
Financial Peace University is that plan. This 9-week class taught by money expert Dave Ramsey can change your financial story in a matter of weeks. The cost for the entire program is $93 per couple (plus $9.30 for shipping and materials, total cost $102.30). The program begins Jan. 17 and continues through March 14. For additional information contact Pastor Ray Westman at Ray@ccomc.org.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St., Ocala, (352) 861-6182, www.ccomc.org.
Sunday; Jan. 22
Chamber Music group performs
On Sunday, Jan. 212, the Marion Chamber Music Society presents a Chamber Music Buffet for your listening pleasure: We will feature a variety of UF Chamber Music student groupings to include a Trio for flute, violin and piano by Martinu, and a Piano Trio (which includes violin and cello) by Mozart. There will also be two concerti and piano solo – the featured cellist is prize winner Julia Lee. Among her many competition winnings is the Ocala Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. She has also made her Carnegie Hall debut. MCMS concerts: Always Exceptional, Always Free. For more information call 867-1340 or visit us at marionchambermusic.com.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Symphony Night at the Oscars
For one night only, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents: A Night at the Oscars on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Oscar-winning film scores will come to life side by side with clips from the films themselves at the Reilly Arts Center.
The Reilly Arts Center is at 500 NE 9th St., Ocala. Tickets are $25 with general admission seating. Student tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased at www.ReillyArtsCenter.com, or by calling the box office at (352) 351-1606 during box office hours. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Reilly Arts Center box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
About the show: The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will be performing the music from Hollywood classics such as Back to the Future and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and modern films including Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Experience the magic with every note as the symphony plays the music from Harry Potter, and brave the seas with Captain Sparrow as you listen to the music from Pirates of the Caribbean!