Free ‘Alpaca Open House’
Funny Farm Alpacas will host a free “Alpaca Open House” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Nov. 29 at 718 W. Rusk Lane, Lecanto.
There will be fleece weaving and spinning demonstrations and apple cider for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras.
All ages are welcome and the event is wheelchair accessible. Donations are accepted.
For information, call 352-228-3251.
Holiday concert series
Central Florida Master Choir will present its fall holiday concert series. This year, the concert is titled “There’s Something about Mary ...” and will feature “Magnificat” by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The second half will offer a variety of music, such as “Christmas ... In About Three Minutes,” “A Virgin Most Pure” and “Good King Kong.”
The concert will be under the direction of Dr. Harold W. McSwain and accompanied by GayLyn Capitano and the New Moon String Ensemble.
The three concerts will be held on: Sunday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW Highway 200, Ocala; Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala; and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St., Dunnellon.
Winter Music Series
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 439 E. Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando, will begin its Winter Music Series 2019-20 at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, with comedian Al Ernst.
Ernest is a Carnival Cruise “Entertainer of the Year.” Tickets for each concert are $10 at the door.
Arts, crabs, more in Ozello
The 14th annual Ozello Arts, Crafts and Blue Crab Festival hosted by the Ozello Civic Association will be Saturday, Nov. 30, located off U.S. 19, at 14095 W. Ozello Trail in Crystal River, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and parking is free. Dogs are not allowed unless they are official service animals.
The festival is known for having some of the finest artists and crafters from in and out of the state of Florida, besides Ozello’s delicious blue crabs. The blue crabs are cooked and served along with other tasty foods on the premises by three local Ozello restaurants — the Island Outpost, Peck’s and Backwater Finns. Clam chowder will also be available. Other food vendors will be there with tasty offerings and there will be live entertainment.
Members attend many different festivals all year long, selling raffle tickets for a kayak, then the winner is announced on Feb. 15, 2020, at the group’s annual Chili Cook off. The Civic Association contacts the winner, if he or she is not present during the Chili Cook Off.
The Citrus Shrine Club will present an afternoon of bluegrass — the second annual Shriners Celebration for Children — Saturday, Dec. 7, at Rock Crusher Canyon Pavilion, to raise money and toy donations for its hospitals.
Gates open at 11 a.m. and live entertainment will be from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 at the gate; children 6 and younger are admitted for free.
The show will go on rain or shine under a heated, covered pavilion. Performances will be by Gordan & Gail Pike — Blue River Grass, Sandy Backporch, the Southern Rhythm Cloggers and Wry Whiskey. There will be raffles and door prizes, as well as food and merchandise vendors.
Lawn chairs are allowed, but no pets or coolers. Unwrapped toys for the Shriners hospital children are appreciated.
Rock Crusher Canyon Pavilion is at 275 S. Rock Crusher Road, Crystal River.
Floral City Heritage Days
All are invited to celebrate Floral City Heritage Days, presented by the Floral City Heritage Council, on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7.
On Friday, Dec. 6, beginning at
5:30 p.m., visitors are invited to stroll down the town’s Avenue of the Oaks, which will be closed to traffic and lined with luminaries.
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 7, visitors will be virtually taken back in time in the pretty old town center. The event is free.
For information, visit www.floralcityhc.org.
‘Trains for Christmas’
Meadowbrook Model Railroaders will present their10th annual “Trains for Christmas” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15. Enjoy free admission, raffle, and multiple layouts of model railroads. No vendors. The pre-Christmas holiday event will be held at the Holy Faith Episcopal Church 19925 W Blue Cove Drive, Dunnellon. For more information about the event, contact Bill Quast at 352-209-5422 or email email@example.com.