Annual Craft Fair returns to OTOW

Calling all craft lovers! Get ready for the annual Craft Fair at Circle Square Cultural Center on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular event is free, open to the public, and will feature over 100 crafters! All the arts and crafts are original creations made by local artists personally exhibiting at the show.

Held just before the holiday season, this craft fair is the perfect place to grab lots of unique gifts for you and your loved ones. From hangables and placeables to wearables and scentables, you are sure to find the perfect gifts!

There will be additional crafters and live entertainment by Fred Campbell at The Town Square just across the street. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious frozen treat from Mr. B’s Big Scoop Ice Cream Shop!

The Circle Square Cultural Center is conveniently located just outside On Top of the World Communities in Circle Square Commons. Visitor parking is free and located just behind the Center, with overflow located behind The Town Square.

If you are a crafter and would like to participate, contact the On Top of the World Recreation Center Office at 352-854-8707 ext. 7533 or 7530.

Circle Square Cultural Center is located at 8395 SW 80th Street, Ocala.

Inverness Elks open house

The Inverness Elks, Lodge #2522, will be open to the public over the weekend of Nov. 4-5.

On Friday, we will have dinner available from 5 to 7 p.m. Food reservations must be received by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 (352-726-2027). We will not have availability for non-reservation dining).

Food entrees offered are grilled salmon ($17), baked chicken ($16), or pork tenderloin ($16), with vegetable, baked potato, salad and desert.

Music will be provided by D.J. Trae from 6-9 p.m. for dancing and your listening pleasure. Lodge Social Quarters will be open 2-9 p.m. on Friday.

The public is welcome all weekend.

On Saturday while you are supporting the Citrus County Education Foundation at the Dragon Boat Festival, stop in for a break. The lodge will be open to the public with beverages (coffee, tea, beer, soft drinks, full bar) and food offerings. We will be providing outdoor music lakeside by songwriter entertainer Kris Pierce 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bring your lawn chair, relax, tour the lodge and find out how you can support charities of Citrus County. Saturday Social Quarter hours are 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Inverness Elks Lodge is located next to the Lake Hernando boat ramp. Our address is 3575 E Lake Pl, Hernando, FL 34442. For further information, please contact the lodge at 352-726-2027.

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.

Submarine Veterans meeting

Are you qualified? If you have earned your dolphins and were discharged under Honorable Conditions, you are invited to attend the USSVI Nautilus Base Submarine Veteran meeting.

The meeting starts at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the following address: VFW Post 4209, 4805 NE 36th Avenue, Ocala.

Ocala Lions Club meetings

Ocala Lions Club meets every Thursday at the Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., noon to 1 pm.

Newcomers are welcome; membership is not required in the golf club. Call David Leigh at 352-425-2865

Retired Nurses meeting

The Citrus/Marion Retired Nurses are having their September meeting on Monday, Sept. 26, at Mimi’s Café, 4414 SW College Rd, Rte. 200, Ocala, at 11:00 a.m.

Following lunch, our speaker will be a nurse from Marion Hospice, talking to us about pain management.

We will order off the menu.

For more information, call Judy Herron at 352-860-0232 or email her at

Health talk

Hawthorne Estates Independent Living of Ocala (located at 3211 SW 42nd St., Ocala) will be hosting a “Health Talk” open to the community on Monday, Sept. 19, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. with Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Derek Farr.

Come learn about new treatment options for knee pain and arthritis including Mako Robotics surgery. Join us for an educational seminar to learn how his services can help you!

Seating is limited and refreshments will be available. so please RSVP to Christy Edwards at 352-266-0762 as soon as possible!

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.

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.

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.

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 next meet 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.

Christ Church services

Christ’s Church of Marion County invites you to join us Sunday, September 25. The morning begins with Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. We offer four adult classes on a variety of topics. A synopsis of each class is available on our website.

Our Worship Service begins at 10:30 a.m. with our praise team leading a blend of familiar hymns of the church as well as contemporary praise songs with a full praise band. Lead Pastor Ray Burhart continues the sermon series “WE believe in…..” with the topic of “UNITY.” Children ages 6 weeks through grade 5 meet in Children’s Classes under the direction of Katie Davenport, Children’s Director.

Christ’s Church of Marion County is located at 6768 SW 80th Street – just off State Road 200. For more information on all our events or for directions visit our website at or contact the church office at (352) 861-6182.

‘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

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.

For more details, visit

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 at Freedom Library

We are meeting on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the same Freedom Library, 5870 SW 95th St.

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.

West Ocala Wellness Community Garden Replant Day

The City of Ocala, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Marion County and Feed the Need Garden, Inc., is hosting a replant day at the West Ocala Wellness Community Garden located at 2200 W Highway 40, between SW 21st and SW 23rd Avenue. The replant day is Saturday, Oct. 22, and begins at 8:30 a.m. The topic is “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

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!

Tech trends topic of Friday Talks

The Friday Talks Business Advancement Series, a program of the Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership and the College of Central Florida, will feature Amy Osborne on Sept. 30, presenting “AI, IOT and Other Tech Trends in Business and Beyond.”

“The rapid pace of technology continues to change how we work, live and play,” Osborne said. “Staying ahead of the curve is essential for today’s businesses and tomorrow’s workforce.” She will discuss applications for artificial intelligence and will give attendees a sneak peek into the fascinating growth of new technology and implications for the future.

Attend in person at the CF Hampton Center, 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, or virtually at 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

For more information about CF, visit For more information about the Ocala CEP, visit

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