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Saturday, Feb. 18
The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest invites you to the Applebee's restaurant at 2615 SW 19th Ave. from 8 to 10 a.m. for our Flapjack Fundraiser. Proceeds go to the Cheryl Deamer-Boykin Nursing Scholarship at the College of Central Florida. $7 per person. Call (352) 509-4942 for your ticket.
University women will meet
The American Association of Women (AAUW) Ocala Branch will meet at Mesa de Notte, Italian Restaurant, 2436 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala located just before 25th Avenue, at 1 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting.
In honor of Black History month the speaker will be Bruce Seaman, President of the Bridges Project. He will speak on issues involving race relations in Ocala/Marion County.
All are welcome to attend this meeting and hear a most interesting presentation and also learn about the AAUW organization. To attend, please call 352-237-4889 to make a reservation so we can advise the restaurant as to how many will be in attendance.
Stomping in the Swamp, the 11th annual bluegrass music festival, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, rain or shine.
Concession stand opens at noon, serving great barbecue and fixin’s, and homemade desserts. There will also be vendors.
Music starts at 12:30. The concert is off State Road 200 and Stokes Ferry Road, turn at Reds Restaurant, and follow the signs to the Community Center at 6828 E. Turkey Trail Hernando.
Enjoy bands from all over, “Wry Whiskey”, “Sugar Hill Dulcimer Gang” “Paula’s Pure Vintage” “Frankie Jay and the Chicken Parade” followed by an open jam.
Bring a chair; pets on a leash welcome; no coolers, please.
For further information, call 352-637-4335.
The Mark Trammell Quartet
Mark Trammell was voted Favorite Baritone of the year at the 2016 Singing News Fan Awards in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! Now, his quartet, a very favorite group, will be appearing in Ocala. The Quartet Gospel Sound loved by so many, remains true and is focused on its ministry to encourage the church and evangelize the lost. No tickets are required; no admission charge, but a love offering will be received.
It will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Christ's Church of Marion County, 68 SW 80th St. (off of SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.
Sunday, Feb. 19
Ocala Jazz Society performs
The Ocala Jazz Society will be back with Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, 50s and all your favorites on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the smoke free 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 info: 352-237-0234, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Synopsis of slavery
Please join us at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, at First Congregational Church, 7171 SW SR 200, for a presentation by Emmett Coyne, "A Synopsis of Slavery in the USA, Florida & Marion County." Coyne has a Master's Degree in African-American Studies, has served on the Marion County Historical Commission, and is currently a trustee of the Marion County Museum of Archeology and History. This is a wonderful opportunity to expand our knowledge and understanding of the lasting effects and consequences of slavery.
Monday, Feb. 20
Group against substance abuse
Community Council Against Substance Abuse (CCASA) is an organization that strives to prevent and reduce youth and adult substance use in Marion County. Our organization meets the 3rd Monday of each month at the Ocala Police Department Community Room at noon. These meetings provide the public and representative from respected organizations an opportunity to come together to learn, discuss, and collaborate on real solutions for the substance use issues plaguing our community. These meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to join us! For more information, please call Marion County Children’s Alliance at 352-438-5990 or visit us at http://mcchildrensalliance.org/blog/ccasa/.
Thursday, Feb. 23
Gospel concert at College Road
The McKamey’s are coming to College Road Baptist Church on Thursday, Feb. 23 starting at 7 p.m. The McKamey’s are in their sixth decade of spreading God's message of love and hope through their music. The McKameys play about 145 days a year, traveling throughout North America. To date, they have had 30 number one songs. The group has been awarded several different Singing News Fan Awards through the years.
The doors open at 6:30 at College Road Baptist Church, 5010 SW College Road, 1.75 miles west of I-75. A $10 donation is requested at the door.
Marion County Genealogical Society Meeting
The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Marion County Public Library, at 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.
For further information, contact Joel Swanson at (352) 897-0840, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Two-day Kingdom of the Sun concert
The Kingdom of the Sun concert band announces "Musical Memories" concert series.
The Kingdom of the Sun concert band, under the direction of Les Muncaster, will perform, "Musical Memories." The dates are Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, February 26, at 3 p.m, at the Marion Technical Institute, at 1614 SE Fort King St., Ocala. Musical selections include (among other selections) Hoagy Carmichael: An American Classic (featuring "Up A Lazy River, Stardust, Heart & Soul, Skylark, Georgia on My Mind) Swing The Mood (featuring, In The Mood, Rock Around The Clock, Hound Dog, Shake Rattle and Roll, All Shook Up, At The Hop) Pirates Of The Caribbean, At World's End, Tchaikovsky's (Finale From Symphony in F Minor #4), John Phillip Sousa's, (The National Fencibles). All concerts are free to the public. Donations will be accepted. For information call 624-9291 home or (352) 875-8167 cell or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org
Huge car show free at CF
The Ocala Kingdom of the Sun antique car club has been honored with hosting this once in a lifetime opportunity. Our group is being assisted by the North Central Florida Region Club from Gainesville, King of the Road Chapter from Leesburg, and the Villages Region Clubs. Car owners from all over the country are bringing their cars for judging by certified judges and each class automobile will be viewed and judged on a variety of criteria independently by four judges.
This is unlike any car show held in this area. We expect 300 to 400 automobiles including some very rare, seldom seen cars. Owners begin arriving on Thursday, Feb. 23 and will be participating in activities offered in the area. The show is Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held on the campus of the College of Central Florida. Judging will be that day, so when the show opens to the public, awards will be displayed.
We hope our communities will support this incredible activity by attending the event which is free , and several rare, exotic, automobiles will be in a viewing area but not judged.
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!
Sunday, Feb. 26
Violist to perform
The Marion Chamber Music Society presents Violist David Pedraza from Miami. He will be performing a wonderful variety of music and be joined by pianist Norito Irei. A few highlights from his program: Liszt’s La Campanella (Little Bell), a dance suite by Bach and a beautiful sonata by Brahms. The concert is at 3 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW SR 200, Ocala. MCMS concerts: Always Exceptional, Always Free. For more information call 867-1340 or visit us at marionchambermusic.com.
German American Club of Marion County
The German American Club of Marion County will hold Fasching on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Wear a costume, bring beads and join in the fun! Please bring your own snacks and beverages. Music will be provided by Alpine Express. Tickets are $13 per member or $18 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.
MLK talk at countryside
Countryside’s Free University Lecture Series held at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW Highway 200, Ocala continues on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by a question and answer period. Graham Black III will speak on “My Contact with Martin Luther King, Jr.” Admission is free but there will be a free-will offering.
Col. (retired) Black has served in a broad range of military and civilian occupations
over the last 50 years. Born in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, he graduated from the American High School, Poitiers, France and Howard University, Washington, DC with a BA in History and was commissioned in the U.S. Army infantry. He received a M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University and graduated from the National War College in 1984. Col. Black served for many years both in the U.S. and abroad and retired in 1990 as the Commander of the United States Army Garrison, Fort George Meade, Maryland.
Before moving to Ocala, Col. Black was a substitute teacher in Maryland and the Director of Maryland’s Selective Service System.
For further information, please call the church office at (352) 237-4633.
Monday, Feb. 27
Forty and Eight to meet
The 40/8 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday. Feb.27 at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of The Ozarks building at the entrance to On Top of The world on State Road 200. Come early and enjoy light refreshments with fellow veterans. All honorably discharged veterans are welcomed. Remember to bring household supplies for the Fisher House in Gainesville. For further information telephone Jerry at 1-352-322-5966.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Vermont Days scheduled
Vermonters will gather on Feb. 28 starting at 11 a.m. at the Triple J Ranch, 1351 SE Highway 41, Williston, 15 minutes north of Rainbow Springs on right -- follow the signs.
While enjoying live music, sliced pork loin and hot dogs will be served, coffee, tea and water will also be provided.
You are asked to bring a salad, dessert or casserole to share.
Registration and parking $5 at the gate. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.
For information, call Helen at 352-854-4527.
Breast Cancer Support Group
The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Ocala West UMC in the Chapel, Rm 235, 9330 SW 105th St.
Our meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, will be a presentation/discussion with Dr. Rama Balaraman. She will talk with us about newest treatments, how to reduce our risk for breast cancer recurrence and other tips or information she feels would be beneficial to breast cancer survivors. If you have any questions, please call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904. Hope you can attend this interesting meeting.
Friday, March 3
Retired public employees to meet
The Retired Public Employees Association will hold its membership meeting on Friday, March 3, at the Palm Grove Center adjacent to Royal Oaks Golf Club in Oak Run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost $17 per person for lunch: choices are pot roast, chicken marsala or vegetarian.
Reservations must be made by Friday, Feb. 24. For more information call Patricia Walsh at 352-693-3153.
There will not be a 50/50, door prizes only this meeting. New members are always welcome.
Saturday, March 4
Spruce Creek North craft fair
A Spring Fling Craft Fair will be held at the Spruce Creek North Clubhouse: 11040 SW 64th Ave, Ocala from 9-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 4.
Chair Yoga at library
Chair Yoga will be held at the Freedom Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 4. For more information, call Ingrid at 854-7950.
Thursday, March 16
Genealogical Society meeting
The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday March 16, at 2 p.m. at the Marion County Public Library, at 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala. A brief business meeting will be followed by the March program, "Genealogical Proof for the Novice" coupled with "Prospecting for Family History in Unexpected Places" by Annette Burke Lyttle.
For further information, contact Joel Swanson at (352)897-0840 or email@example.com.
Saturday, March 25
Celebrating visually impaired community
The Florida Center for the Blind (FCB) invites you to experience “Making the blind visible” awareness event celebrating the blind and visually impaired community on Saturday, March 25 at Citizens’ Circle from `10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Guests will enjoy interactive and simulation activities to gain insight and understanding for the challenges faced by individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Attendees will wear blindfolds or simulation goggles while participating in the bounce house obstacle course, traditional carnival games, sensory wall, hands-on activities, games and more!
Join FCB at noon for a blindfolded walk for awareness and enjoy live music, food trucks and vendors all day long! FCB will also have a beeping Easter egg hunt for kids and families to participate in throughout the event.
For more information: 352-873-4700 or online at (www.flblind.org).
Vendors sought for spring fling
Ocala West United Methodist Women are seeking vendors to sell Arts and Crafts at their “Spring Fling for Missions”, on March 18. This is a lawn affair. Tables are $25. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. To make reservations call Harriet at 873-2018.