Bargains Galore luncheon
Ocala Christian Women’s Connection is hosting a “Bargains Galore luncheon on Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Country Club of Ocala. Admission is $26. The Club is located at 6823 SE 12th Circle, Ocala.
The feature is “Wear Your Bargains.” Music is by Ben Simmons. The speaker is Judy Clark of Winter Garden, presenting, “How She Changed Her Directionally Challenged Life.”
Prepaid reservations are required by Monday, Aug. 15. Please send payments to: OCWC PO Box 773102, Ocala, FL 34477; or call Barb at 612-810-0022 or Bonnie at 407-314-8313 for credit card payment ($1 handling fee added).
5th Ocala Recovery Fest at Tuscawilla
Marion County Children’s Alliance is hosting the 5th Annual Ocala Recovery Fest on Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Alliance invites you to “celebrate recovery, remember those we lost, and take prevention action. Join us at Tuscawilla Park in celebrating those who are on their journey and remember those who have been lost to addiction.”
Live music will be from Mike Smithson. A free t-shirt and lunch are included.
There will be a Memory Wall to honor loved ones lost, and guest speakers from the community will share their experiences.
Pony rides, face painting, vendors, a selfie booth, a balloon artist in the Kids Zone are all part of the family friendly, free event for the entire community.
This year’s event is dedicated to the late Ocala Police Chief, Greg Graham.
Tuscawilla is located at 829 NE Sanchez Ave.
Marion Genealogy Society meeting
The next Marion County Genealogy Society General Meeting will be at the Marion County Public Library (2720 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala) Thursday, Sept. 13, 2-4 p.m. The guest speaker is Tamara Hallo, and her presentation will be, “Follow The Money.”
Please visit our website to register for this event at www.mcgsocala.org. Pre-registration allows you to print The handouts to bring with you for note-taking.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-897-0840.
Tickets on sale for ‘Legends of the Fort’
Tickets are now on sale for the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s first annual “Legends of the Fort” at Fort King National Historic Landmark, 3925 E. Fort King St., Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, 4 to 8 p.m.
Visitors will step back into history to meet the legends of Fort King’s past. A one-hour guided lantern tour will provide tales from the past while guests learn about the grounds of Ocala’s Seminole War historic site. Group tours will depart every 10 minutes. Old-fashioned games such as checkers, horseshoes, cornhole, and live music will round out the evening of fun. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.
Tickets must be purchased online. Walk-up ticket sales will not be available the night of the event. General admission is $5 per participant. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here.
For more information, please visit www.ocalafl.org/recpark,call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517, or follow @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.
Stamp Club returns
The General Francis Marion Stamp Club has returned to their regular meeting schedule on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. We meet at 1 p.m. at the Marion County Public Library (2720 East Silver Springs Blvd.), meeting room B.
We will continue our regular scheduled meeting the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
Please join us to talk about your collecting interests and meet other collectors who may share your interests. If you have any questions, please contact Elliot Natale at Elliotn27@aol.com.
CF Friday Talks features employer-college connections
The Friday Talks Business Advancement Series, a program of the Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership and the College of Central Florida, will feature Bonnie Hays on Aug. 26, presenting “Career Services and College Connections: New Opportunities.”
Hays, CF’s manager of work readiness, will highlight ways employers can connect with students at CF, including GradCast and Handshake, two new web-based platforms that provide a direct connection between businesses, students and alumni. She will also share information about internships, career fairs and classroom presentations.
Attend in person at the CF Hampton Center, 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, or virtually at Facebook.com/OcalaCEP. The in-person event will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:15 a.m. and the presentation will begin at 8:30 a.m. RSVP to email@example.com.
For more information about CF, visit CF.edu. For more information about the Ocala CEP, visit ocalacep.com.
‘Hamilton’ talk kicks off CF Stearns Speaker Series
Fans of the “Hamilton” musical won’t want to miss the inaugural event in the College of Central Florida’s Stearns Speaker Series. Robert Watson, Ph.D., will present “Alexander Hamilton: Man, Myth, Musical” on Monday, Sept. 19, at 12:30 p.m. at the Dassance Fine Arts Center on the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. The lecture will be followed by a reception at 2 p.m. in the college’s Clifford B. Stearns Learning Resources Center.
Watson is a distinguished professor of American history and an Avron Fogelman research professor at Lynn University. He’ll share the intriguing backstory of Hamilton’s Jewish roots and hardscrabble upbringing as well as a fun fact-check of the musical and a closer look at the history behind some of the show’s iconic scenes.
“The speaker series will provide an opportunity for the college community and citizens in Marion and the surrounding counties to meet and hear from distinguished Americans,” said Cliff Stearns, who established the Friends of Cliff Stearns Endowed Chair through a gift to the CF Foundation in December 2020. The series aims to bring national and regional speakers on history, political science and technology to the CF campus to benefit both students and the community.
For more details, visit CF.edu.
FNGLA golf tourney at OTOW in October
Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) is hosting its annual charity golf tournament Oct. 14 at the Candler Hills Golf Club at On Top of the World in Ocala.
The tourney is a major fundraiser for the FNGLA Endowed Research Fund at SHARE and is held in conjunction with FNGLA’s Landscape Show.
“Golfers loved the course at Candler Hills,” said tournament chair Ed Bravo, Big Trees Plantation. “We tried it for the first time in 2021 and are returning there for another great golfing experience in October.”
The tournament also offers opportunities for attendees to make important industry contacts and catch up on the latest business intelligence.
Registration will open in September. Sponsorships are available and welcomed!
For more information, contact Linda Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CF, Appleton Museum host Hispanic Heritage Festival
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the College of Central Florida will host a Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.
Visitors can enjoy free kid-friendly art activities, music and giveaways, community resources and vendors. Food trucks will have meals and snacks available for purchase. Museum admission will be free for all visitors in connection with the Appleton Museum’s Free First Saturday, and the Appleton Museum will offer discounted memberships to festival attendees.
“We are hosting this festival not only to celebrate but to share the Hispanic culture as well as offer resources to our community in a festive and welcoming environment,” said Alondra Gonzalez-Torres, CF admissions recruiter.
CF and the Appleton Museum of Art are hosting the festival in partnership with the Hispanic Business Council with the support of the following vendors: CAMPUS USA, Express Employment Professionals, Marion County Public Schools, The Rock and Take Stock in Children.
For more details, visit CF.edu.
Southwestern Marion Toastmasters
Southwestern Marion Toastmasters meets at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 5200 SW College Road (SR 200) at 12 noon the first and third Wednesdays, and 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays.
Join us to improve your speaking and leadership skills.
Spy Science exhibit at Ocala’s Discovery Center
The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Spy Science, recently opened to the public and will be on display through Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala. The exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Discover the history, science and even the Hollywood connections within the spy industry, when this new exhibit takes visitors inside the world of espionage.
Go undercover as an “Agent of Discovery” to find out the secret identity of the spy villain and solve puzzles and challenges to find him. Learn how disguises help spies to catch the bad guy and even rescue people. Crawl through the villain’s lair while looking for clues hidden in everyday objects.
Guests can create their own secret decoders and use them to solve encrypted messages. Play with spy gadgets like periscopes, voice changers and lasers. Solve our jewel heist labyrinth and more.
General admission to the Discovery Center is $8 per person or $28 for a family of four. Annual memberships are also available for individuals and families.
By reservation only, StarLab Planetarium shows are held on Saturdays and tickets are $30 per ten-person group. Guests are encouraged to call ahead to book a reservation time for the planetarium. An alternative Planetarium-like show, NASA Solar System Exploration, is also available for a $3 add-on to the price of general admission.
This exhibit is sponsored by Marion Rotary Duck Derby, Ocala Electric Utilities, Fun4Ocala Kids and Duke Energy.
For more information, please call 352-401-3900 or visit www.mydiscoverycenter.org.
‘Colorful Pleasures’ exhibit at Ocala airport
The exhibit “Colorful Pleasures” by Christine Dozier, will be on display through Jan. 17 at the Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave. Suite 600. It is free and open to the public.
Dozier resides in Ocala and is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1980s, she worked in watercolors before moving into oils and acrylics a decade later. She studied art at the Memphis College of Art, University of Memphis, where she was inspired by numerous teachers along the way. Dozier additionally earned a bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Memphis and enjoyed working as a behavioral health nurse for over 20 years.
Dozier enjoys painting landscapes, abstracts, still life, animals, and pet portraits. Many of her paintings now belong to private collections and hang in corporate offices throughout the U.S..
Locally, a collection of Dozier’s paintings can be seen at Gallery B Art Gallery on The Square.
“A Floral Retrospective” by Gregory Dirr
The exhibit, A Floral Retrospective by Gregory Dirr, will be on display through Friday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clerk’s Office in the Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. It is free and open to the public.
Gregory Dirr lives and works in Boca Raton. He is an interdisciplinary visual artist, creating work as a cathartic response to his surroundings with a focus on environmental conservation. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dirr has exhibited internationally and curated group and solo exhibitions. He is currently focusing on individual bodies of work and taking on large-scale commissions from cities and private organizations.
To learn more about the artist and to view his complete portfolio, visit www.gregorydirr.com.
For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts and Sciences Division at 352-629-8447 or email@example.com; or visit www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.
Chess Club back at Freedom Library
With activities opening up again, we are happy to announce so is chess. This time, we are meeting on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the same Freedom Library, 5870 SW 95th St.
We currently have a few members, including from Oak Run, On Top Of The World and from the general population. But, we are seeking more residents to join us and add to the fun.
For information, contact Walt Lamp at 352-854-9378.
If some previous members were looking to start again, or if anyone else is looking to play the game, call Walt and make a date for Friday mornings. We’re looking forward to making our club a little larger and the game more fun.
Chess sets are suggested, since we want to make sure we always have enough.
Tribute concert series
WIND-FM is hosting a series of tribute concerts at Reilly Arts Center, located at 500 NE 9th St, Ocala. All showtimes are 7:30 to 11:45 p.m. Tickets are from $20. Visit www.reillyartscenter.com for more.
The Wildflowers: Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Aug. 20
REO Survivor: Tribute to REO Speedwagon and Survivor, Sept. 24
Best of the British: Def Leppard and AC/DC tribute, Oct. 1
Billy Joel’s The Stranger, Oct. 21
U2’s Joshua Tree, Nov. 18
SW 200 Corridor Quilt Guild
The SW 200 Corridor Quilt Guild meets the second and fourth Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SW District Sheriff’s Office (9048 SW SR 200). Our Mission is to enhance the growth and knowledge of the “art of quilting” through the inspiration, creativity, and friendship of its members by sharing quilting techniques and patterns through active participation in teaching/learning with one another. All level quilters are welcome.
For more information, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Nia (Non-Impact Aerobics) classes at H2U Senior CC
Summertime is Nia time. Join us on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
A movement practice created in 1983, based on the science of the body, Nia is a class that encourages moving in healthy and safe ways with inspiring music. No jumping or jarring of the joints. No judgment in every class!
H2U (Health to You), is located at 8375 SW Highway 200, 2nd floor of Bank of OZK, Ocala.
Come try your first class without becoming a member! Call the Senior Wellness Community Center today at 352-401-1338. Nia classes are $5/class.
This class is taught by certified 1st Degree Nia Black Belt Instructor Gail Mongiello.
Nia moves are designed for all fitness levels and can be done in chairs.
We look forward to seeing you soon… “Through Movement We Find Health.”
Line dance classes
Intermediate level line dance classes are offered every Wednesday 3-4 p.m. at H2U above Bank OZK of Ocala on S.R. 200 (8375 SW Highway 200).
CF Webber Gallery presents competitive printmaking exhibition
“The 2022 Extreme Pressure Biennial of American Prints,” an inaugural competitive national exhibition organized by the Webber Gallery of the College of Central Florida, will be on view through Sept. 22. Open to all forms of traditional printmaking, the exhibition will present a celebration and examination of contemporary printmaking by artists from across the United States.
Purchase awards totaling a minimum of $2,500 will be made through local organizations, with some works entering the college’s permanent collections.
Five cash prizes will be awarded based on the selections of juror Janet Ballweg. She is a professor of art and head of printmaking at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and is active in several national print alliances and councils. Ballweg’s work has been exhibited in more than 500 shows and has won dozens of awards. Her selection for first place will receive $500, second place will receive $300, third place will receive $100, and two honorable mentions will receive $50. CAMPUS USA is a proud partner of the College of Central Florida and has generously funded the prizes.
Awards and prizes will be presented at the opening reception on Friday, Aug. 19, 5-7 p.m.
The Webber Gallery is located at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and admission is free. For more information, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1664.
‘Squares Without Stitches’ community quilt on display
The exhibit, Squares without Stitches is currently on display at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave. The art exhibit will be on display through Jan. 12, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Each year, the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department hosts the annual Festival at Fort King at the Fort King National Historic Landmark over two days. This family-friendly event features historic-themed crafts, games, workshops, activities, historians in period dress, and vendors.
In 2021, the City of Ocala’s Cultural Arts and Sciences Division hosted a booth featuring floral printmaking and calligraphy lessons by the Ocala Calligraphy Guild. While waiting for their hand-lettering pieces to dry before adding flower embellishments, attendees were encouraged to help create a community quilt by drawing on a 6-ft. by 9-ft. canvas using fabric markers. Using nature-inspired stencils and the creativity of a few free-hand artists, participants took a modern approach to quilting by filling the fabric with a grid of colors. From detail-oriented application to an “outside the lines” approach, explore all the marks embedded within this community quilt, inspired by 1800s period quilting.
West Ocala Wellness Community Garden Replant Days
The City of Ocala, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Marion County and Feed the Need Garden, Inc., will host replant days at the West Ocala Wellness Community Garden located at 2200 W Highway 40, between SW 21st and SW 23rd Avenue. Replant days will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27 – warm season vegetables
Saturday, Oct. 22 – cool season vegetables
Community members are encouraged to attend and replant their crops for the upcoming season or start a new garden plot. Plots are available for $10 per year. The goal of the West Ocala Wellness Community Garden is to educate and provide an opportunity for citizens to plant, cultivate and harvest vegetables for their families.
For more information, or to reserve a plot, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5540 or visit www.ocalafl.org/garden.