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Attention: All dogs in Ocala

Get ready for a good time at the 2nd Annual Bark in the Park – A Doggy Expo.

The fun will begin at 1 p.m. and continue to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Ocala Downtown Market (403 SE Osceola Ave.)

Most of all, it is benefiting the local Meals On Wheels and Marion County Animal Services.

We will have over 30 vendors, food trucks and, of course, a costume contest. You and your owner can win a great prize and enjoy a wonderful day with your fellow pups and their moms and dads.

We will even have some new doggy friends who would like to be adopted and have a great home like yours.

This event is free to the public! And, of course, free dog biscuits for you!

We will see you on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m.

Invite your friends.

Elvis Concert in Dunnellon

The Dunnellon Historical Society is hosting an evening with Elvis in Concert, Saturday, Sept. 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

The show will be held at the historic train depot in Dunnellon at 12061 S Williams St.

Dunnellon’s own Cote Deonath, world famous as a tribute artist, will be on stage.

Tickets are available through paypal at dunnellon and are $25 and $35.

Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale

Marion County Master Gardeners is hosting its annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. Admission is free – bring your wagon. No pets, please.

The sale is located at the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension at 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd, Ocala.

Payments are by cash, check or credit card.

Master Gardeners will be available for consultations.

The sale will include: mobile plant clinic on site; soil test kits; melaleuca mulch vouchers; native plants; herbs and perennials; pollinator plants; hummingbird and butterfly plants; shrubs; ornamental trees; shade trees; and fruit trees.

For more information, call 352-671-8400.

Ocala Lions Club

Ocala Lions Club meets every Thursday at the Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., noon to 1 p.m. Newcomers welcomed; call David Leigh at 352-425-2865.

VFM Wednesday dinners

Angela S. Santos VFW Post 4781 is serving a light dinner every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The menu varies weekly and monthly as does the price, which currently ranges from $5.00 to $7.00. Call the Post at 352-873-4781 for the menu of the week.

On Friday, Sep. 16, a meatloaf dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable and dinner roll will be served from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. for a $10.00 donation followed by entertainment by Better than Nothing in the Canteen from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This is a great group, and they play a wide variety of music.

The dining room is open to the public, so come out, bring your friends and help support our veterans.

All meals are prepared by Auxiliary volunteers who look forward to serving you.

The Post is located at 9401 SW 110th St, Ocala.

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 County Genealogy Society meeting

The Marion County Genealogy Society meeting will meet Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room D.

The meeting will include a live webinar with guest speaker Kelli Bergheimer with the topic, “Getting Started In Genealogy: Things I Wish I Have Known When I Started.”

Our programs are free to one and all, however, please visit our website to register for this event. Pre-registration allows you to print the handouts to bring with you for note taking.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 352-897-0840.

American Legion meetings

American Legion Post 354 meets every third Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the West Marion Moose Lodge, 10411 SW 110th Street, Dunnellon.

For more information, contact Commander Roy Hofer at 352-322-1422.

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 Pre-Registration allows you to print The handouts to bring with you for note-taking.

If you have any questions, please contact 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,call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517, or follow @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.

Marion Stamp Club

The General Francis Marion Stamp Club will be meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7, and Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Marion County Public Library (2720 East Silver Springs Blvd.), meeting room B.

Please join us to share your collecting interests and meet other collectors.

We will continue to meet on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.

If you have any questions, please contact Elliot Natale at

Ocala Christian Women’s Connection luncheon

The Ocala Christian Women’s Connection is hosting “A Little Bit of Country” luncheon on Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

The luncheon will be held at the Country Club of Ocala, 6823 SE12th Circle, Ocala. Admission is $26.

Speaker Dee Kauffman, of Sarasota, will present on the topic, “His County: From Trial to Triumphs…”

Prepaid reservations are required. Send payment to P.O. Box 773102, Ocala, FL; or call Barb at (612) 810-0022 or Bonnie at (407) 314-8313 for credit card payments. Payments are due by Sept. 19.

Paradise Park speaker at Summerfield church

Cynthia Graham, an educator, photographer, and lecturer whose advocacy was instrumental in the installation of a first black historical marker by the Bureau of Historic Preservation at the former entrance of Paradise Park at Silver Springs, will speak on the history of Paradise Park and local civil rights leaders on Friday, Sept. 16, at 4:00 p.m. at Tri-County Unitarian Universalists, 7280 SE 135th St. Summerfield.

The author’s books will be for sale following the program.

This will be the first of a monthly forum series at Tri-County Unitarian Universalists on the third Friday of the month at 4:00 p.m.

Masks will be required if area COVID statistics remain high. A congregational potluck or outdoor refreshments will follow the forum, based on area COVID statistics.

For more information, call 240-475-2111.

‘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

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

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.

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.

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

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).

Line dancing class comes to Hernando Area Senior Program

The Hernando Area Senior Program Center is now offering line dance classes on Mondays at 12:00 p.m. The center is located at 2415 N Florida Avenue, Hernando – inside the Historic Hernando School house.

The cost for the class is $5. Please call (352) 566-2328 to make a reservation, as space is limited.

Museum of History & Archaeology coming attractions

The Marion County Museum of History & Archaeology hosts programs on the third Sunday of odd months at 2 p.m. in the Green Clover Hall at 319 SE 26th Ter., Ocala. A reception follows the programs in the museum itself. Admission is free to members and $5 to nonmembers. Individual and family memberships are available for sale at events.

Sept. 18: 11th anniversary of the museum

Nov. 20: Annabelle Leitner, local historian – The 19th Century Marion County Voting Precincts/Public Information.

We hope to see you there!

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