- Special Sections
Friday, Oct. 14
Candidates at Friday Forum
All candidates for state, federal and local office are invited to participate in the Oct. 14 Friday Forum at the Golden Corral, 2111 SW State Road 200 in Ocala.
Attendees are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m in order to select and pay for their meals before the program begins at noon.
Moderator will be Henry DeGeneste, former Superintendent of Police and Director of Public Safety for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
and chair of the Sheriff's Citizens Advisory Committee.
Please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352/873-9970 for more information.
Saturday, Oct. 15
University Women will meet
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the Stone Creek Grille, 9676 SW 62nd Loop, Ocala for their regular monthly meeting.
The speaker for this meeting will be Evelyn B. Kelly PhD. of Kelly Communications. The title of her presentation is “Don’t Talk Yourself Over the Hill.” This is about psychological and societal aging.
All are welcome to attend this meeting and hear this stimulating presentation as well as 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.
Marion Landing Craft Fair
The annual Marion Landing Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon in the community’s Lifestyle Center at 8601 SW 65th Ave. Road, across from Queen of Peace Catholic Church on SR 200.
There will be 30 tables of handcrafted items for sale including jewelry, quilts, greeting cards, floral arrangements, handbags, home décor, unique gifts and holiday items. Coffee/tea and donuts will be available for a nominal price. Admission to the Craft Fair is free and it is open to the public. No pets, please. For more information, call 237-7152.
Joy annual super sale
Joy Lutheran Church will have its annual Super Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Swenson Hall. The public is invited to donate such items as furniture, tools, gardening equipment and sports related items. Kitchen and house wares, linens, books, and craft supplies are also welcome for donation. Please no clothes, shoes or electronics.
Sale items may be brought to Swenson Hall beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 11 through Thursday, Oct. 13 anytime during the day. Baked goods should be brought on Friday. Please have all baked goods wrapped for sale and labeled, particularly if they contain nuts. Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 SW 83rd Place at SR 200, Ocala. . For more information call 854-4509 ext. 221.
Ocala 200 Lions Club
The Ocala 200 Lions Club will be holding its next flea market fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bank of the Ozarks parking lot at 8375 SW Hwy. 200 in Ocala (Friendship Plaza).
There will be various items for sale from over 35 vendors. As always, 100% of all proceeds from this fundraiser will be contributed back to the community. Rain date set for Saturday, Oct. 22, if needed.
For more information please contact Lion Bob Melnick at 352-861-2730.
Sunday, Oct. 16
Organ dedication concert
After a lightning strike hit the organ at First Congregational Church, 7171 SW State Road 200, a few years back, the congregation now has much to celebrate on the acquisition of its new Allen Organ.
To commemorate the occasion, an Organ Dedication Concert will be held on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m., to benefit the church Music Fund. Guest organist, John T. Lowe, will perform music from Bach and Mendelssohn to the contemporary Josef Kosma (Autumn Leaves).Tickets are $5 and are available from the church office, 352-237-3035, and at the door (if space is available).
Thursday, Oct. 20
Joy of Reading Book Club.
On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., the Joy of Reading Book Club will take place at Ocala Main Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Join us for a lively discussion of this month’s book “Crooked Little Lives” by Barbara Taylor Sissel led by Verna.
For information call Pam at 840-7162 or MarthaJane at 629-6057.
Friday, Oct. 21
Arts Center anniversary
One year. One hall. One performance. 80 musicians; Celebrate and inspire. Join the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in celebrating the Reilly’s first anniversary with incredible orchestral music inspired by the arts. Ticket includes a celebratory glass of champagne compliments of the Ocala Wine Experience.
This special event will take place on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $35, and can be purchased online at www.ReillyArtsCenter.com, via phone at (352) 351-1606 during box office hours, or by visiting the Reilly Arts Center box office at 500 NE 9th Street, Ocala. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Dining in the Dark venue change
The Florida Center for the Blind is hosting the third annual Dining in the Dark presented by PassionBUILD, LLC on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Trinity Catholic High School, Southwest 27th Avenue and 42nd Street, in Ocala. This is a venue change from Jumbolair.
The Dining in the Dark event will raise awareness about the challenges faced by those who are blind and visually impaired and will raise funds for the local not-for-profit Florida Center for the Blind.
The event will feature a full-course meal prepared by Mojo’s Grill, and live music that will stimulate your senses. The Ocala Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT teams will escort guests into the darkness and serve the meals using night vision goggles.
Tickets are just $75 per person ($140 per couple) and will not be available on the day of the event. A VIP package is also available for $500 to include preferred seating for four (4), open bar and access to the VIP area.
For advance tickets or further information call 352-873-4700 or go to the FCB website at http://www.flblind.org
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Arts, crafts at Queen of Peace
The Queen of Peace Council of Catholic Women’s annual Arts and Crafts Show will be Saturday, Oct 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
There will be 41 local vendors showcasing one-of-kind art, lamp shades, needlework, handbags, accessories, jewelry, quilts, toys, and other types of handmade goods for all including children, grandchildren and pets.
Scandinavian Club of Marion County
The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on Oct. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave. in Ocala.
The menu will be Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, coffee and dessert. Entertainment; Jim Johnson with his songs. The cost is $19 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 19th of October. Checks to be made out to Jim Neate and mailed to Jim Neate at 643 A Midway Drive Ocala, FL 34471. For further details call Jim Neate 352 687-1580, Norman Halvorsen 352 873-7478 or Terry Rasmussen 352 347-8362.
Toys for Tots golf
Marine Corps League Detachment 1072 is sponsoring its 18th annual Toys for Tots charity golf tournament on Oct. 22 at Royal Oaks Golf Course. Format is a scramble at 8:30 a.m. and is open to all. Cost is $40, which includes golf, cart, lunch, Honor Guard, and USMC cake: raffle tickets will be available. Register at the Royal Oaks Pro Shop or call Ed Kreczmer at 352-237-4242. Payment is due at time of registration.
Sunday, Oct. 23
Jazz group to perform
The Ocala Jazz Society will be back with Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, 50s and all your favorites on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 2 - 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St., across from Oak Run.
The band usually performs on the third Sunday of each month, but this month's performance was changed due to a scheduling conflict.
$3 donation for Hospice is appreciated. For info: 352-237-0234, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Marion Civic Chorale salutes veterans
The Marion Civic Chorale, with Artistic Conductor Hingrid Kujawinski and Accompanist Vicky Juliano, will present “A Salute to Veterans,” songs of praise and appreciation. The concert will be a stirring, emotionally-charged tribute to the courage, dedication and sacrifices of American veterans on the battlefield and on our home front.
Oct. 30 - 3 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church - 93340 SW 105th St., Ocala.
Nov. 6 - 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church - 511 SE 3rd St., Ocala.
Admission is free. Donations support a student scholarship program.
Monday, Oct. 31
Sheriff’s party at Circle Square
The annual Halloween party produced by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District will be held this year at Circle Square Plaza, 8405 SW 80th St. at On Top of the World, on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
There will be games, prizes, candy music and food. The public is invited.
Friday, Nov. 4
Foxwood Farms two-day sale
Foxwood Farms Spring Community Yard Sales will be Nov. 4 and 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
November 5 will also be the Holiday Bazaar in the Community Center 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Foxwood Farms is one mile west of Interstate 75 off U.S. 27, between Dollar General and Family Dollar! Pubic is welcome!
Saturday, Nov. 5
Pickleball Doubles Tournament
The On Top of the World Pickleball Club is hosting a regional tournament starting at 9 a.m. on the courts at 9030 SW 99th St. Road. The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest is the administrator for this event to raise funds for the Ocala Domestic Violence Center. Your $20 registration fee provides you with lunch, a goodie bag including a sports towel and lots of fun playing pickleball. Registration deadline is Oct. 19. Register at www.pickleballocala.com.
Woman’s Club lunch
Shell we have lunch? Join the GFWC Greater Ocala Woman’s Club for a relaxing and fun time of creating shell crafts, playing games and a delightful lunch. Enjoy a jewelry sale, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. It all takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 1712 SE Lake Weir Road from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. Proceeds benefit the GFWC Greater Ocala Woman’s Club College of Central Florida Scholarship and Community Charities. For more information and to purchase tickets call 352-236-0029.
Sunday, Nov. 6
German American Club
The German American Club of Marion County will hold a Schlachtfest on Sunday, Nov. 6, at noon at Marion Oaks Community Center. A pork dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring your own beverage. Music will be provided by Northern Sounds. Lederhosen, dirndle or dressy casual attire is requested. Tickets are $20 per member or $25 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.
Saturday, Nov. 12
Preserve arts and crafts fair
An arts and crafts fair will take place at Spruce Creek Preserve on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Spruce Creek Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484. Use the gatehouse entrance.
Admission is free. There will be a free craft drawing every 20 minute, a bake sale, and lunch available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A handmade quilt will also be raffled.
For information, call 861-0159.
Sopranos and Altos needed
The Central Florida Master Choir (cfmasterchor.org) is seeking sopranos and altos for the December concert series. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings. To schedule an audition, call 615-7677.