The photos of a Kentucky Derby viewing party in the May 13 Marion Citizen were not of the "Run for the Roses" viewing party at the Palm Grove Auditorium in Oak Run. Photos of the latter are in this edition of the Citizen.

Ocala 200 Lions Club Flea Market

The Ocala 200 Lions Club will be holding a Flea Market on Saturday, May 14, (rain date is May 21) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bank OZK parking area, located at 8375 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala. The Lions will also be collecting non-perishable food items for Interfaith Emergency Services, pop top rings from cans for Ronald McDonald House and used glasses/sunglasses/cases/hearing aids.

Please consider bringing a couple of food items to donate.

There will be a variety of vendors on hand as well as food/drink available for sale.

As always, all proceeds generated by the Ocala 200 Lions Club will be used for community projects throughout the year.

For more info: bartorobert

Car Show and farmers market to raise funds for American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society For Breast Cancer Healthy 55 Classic Car Show and farmers market will be held Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s located at One Health Center 1714 SW 17th Street, Ocala.

Admission is free, and there will be a full lineup of classic cars, food trucks, art and craft vendors, and a selection of fresh-from-the farm produce.

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society for breast cancer.

For more information, contact Brenda Williams at Healthy 55: 352-812-2059 or 352-290-8427; bwilliams;

Citrus/Marion Retired Nurses meeting

The May meeting of the Citrus/Marion Retired Nurses will be at the Inverness Golf and Country Club at 3150 S. Country Club Drive, Inverness. The date is Monday, May 23, at 11 a.m. The cost for lunch is $18.

We will be planning our programs for the next year. Please bring your ideas for speakers and programs you would like to hear. If you have names and phone numbers, so that we can contact them, that would be great.

For more information, call Judy Herron at 352-860-0232 or email her at jlherron2

Palm Cay trip to Victory Cruise Casino open to all communities

An upcoming Palm Cay trip to Victory Cruise Casino is open to residents of neighborhoods and communities outside of Palm Cay. The package for the bus trip to Victory Cruise Casino is $55 per person. It includes round trip bus transportation, port boarding fee, food voucher a la carte, priority check-in, $20 qualified slot play, and free drinks while gaming.

The date is Wednesday May 18. The bus leaves Palm Cay clubhouse at 7 a.m.; board ship at 10 a.m.; sail at 11 a.m.; and back to port at 4:20 p.m.

Tell your family and friends.

For reservations and questions, contact George at 973-978-2958.

Stamp Club meetings

The General Francis Marion Stamp Club would like to invite potential new members and guests to our upcoming meeting May 18 at the Marion County Public Library (2720 Silver Springs Blvd.) in meeting room B. We meet at 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Please join us for presentations, giveaways, stamp exchanges, and sharing of our experiences in stamp collecting. For further information, contact Elliot Natale at You can visit our website at

Artrageous at Reilly is family-friendly extravaganza

The ultimate art and music experience will take place at the Reilly Arts Center on May 14 at 3 p.m. with Artrageous. This troupe of 12 artists, singers, dancers, and musicians bring a high-energy performance that combines fine art, live music, singing, dancing, humor, and interaction in a frenzy of movement and color.

This concert is part of the feel whole® concert series sponsored by AdventHealth Ocala and is supported by Ocala Municipal Arts Commission and Ocala Electric Utility. Tickets are $10-$35 and available at

Suitable for all ages, this show encourages audience members to participate throughout the show through dancing, singing and body rhythm. At the end of the performance, the entire audience is invited on stage to view the artworks that are created during the presentation and enjoy a unique view of the show, meet the troupe and walk through a gallery of live art!

The Reilly Arts Center is located at 500 NE 9th St. Ocala. Tickets can be purchased at or by contacting the Reilly Arts Center box office at (352) 351-1606. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Reilly Arts Center during box office hours. Tickets will also be available at the events.

Marion Genealogical Society meets May 19

The Marion County Genealogy Society General will hold a meeting at the Marion County Public Library (2720 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala) 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.

Guest speaker Deborah A. Carder Mayes will speak on the topic, Organizing Your Family History. This will be a live video presentation.

Please visit our website at 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 or 352-897-0840.

Marion County Genealogy Society meets June 16

The Marion County Genealogy Society meets June 16, 2 to 4 p.m. The location for this meeting has changed. Visit our website at for the new location.

The guest speaker will be Melissa Barker, who will be speaking on the topic, Being the Home Archivist: Preserving Your Records Like a Pro!

This will be a live video presentation.

Tom Petty album tribute closes season at Reilly

The Classic Albums Live 2021-2022 season at the Reilly takes place May 20 at 7:30 p.m. with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn The Torpedoes. This series is sponsored by HDG Hotel Development and Management Group.

Guests can experience the album note for note performed by the professional musicians of Classic Albums live. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. when guests can enjoy a drink from the new bar in the Frank DeLuca Grand Lobby before the show. Tickets are available from $20 to $55.

The Reilly Arts Center is located at 500 NE 9th St., Ocala. Tickets can be purchased at or by contacting the Reilly Arts Center box office at (352) 351-1606. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Reilly Arts Center during box office hours. Tickets are available at the events.

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, May 28 – warm season vegetables and solarizing garden beds

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

Max Weinberg Jukebox in Ocala

Former drum chair behind Bruce Springsteen & The E Street band and anchor of the house band for Late Night with Conan O’Brien for 17 years, Max Weinberg, will take the Reilly Arts Center stage on May 26 at 7:30 p.m. for “Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.”

Performing songs from the glory days of rock and roll – guests will choose from a video menu of over 200 songs – everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits for the band to play live on stage.

Tickets are available from $20 to $50. A VIP Private Meet and Greet is sold separately for $115 and will include: post-show VIP meet and greet includes autographs for up to two items of memorabilia and a photo op with Max.

Visit for tickets.

SW 200 Corridor Quilt Guild

The SW 200 Corridor Quilt Guild meets the 2nd and 4th 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

Nia class at H2U Senior Wellness Community Center

Nia (Non Impact Aerobics) classes will be held on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Created in 1983 and based on the science of the body, Nia is a fun and inspiring mind/body movement practice. NO jumping or jarring of the joints. Try something new and challenge your brain!!

H2U, Health To You, is located at 8375 SW Highway 200, 2nd floor of Bank of OZK, Ocala. Become a member and enjoy many benefits. Membership is $20/year and Nia class is $5/ class. Come try your first class without becoming a member!

Call the Senior Wellness Community Center today at 352-401-1338 or come in to sign up for membership or in person Nia class.

This class is taught by Certified 1st Degree Nia Black Belt Instructor, Gail Mongiello. Questions? Call Gail at 480-220-1430 or email

Moving the body in safe and healthy ways helps weight loss, flexibility, balance and many more wonderful benefits!

“Through movement we find health.”

Marion Oaks church welcomes renown vocalists for service

Greetings from our “Little church with the big heart!” On May 22, we have a real treat for our music special: Ben Simmons, a well-known local vocalist, will be singing for us during our worship service at 9:30 a.m. You are very welcome to join us that Sunday, or any other Sunday as you are able!

After the worship service, we gather for Bible Study and refreshments in the church hall behind the sanctuary around 10:40 a.m. Marion Oaks Community Congregational United Church of Christ is a Protestant church based on the teachings of the Bible, a joining of members of the Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Congregational churches; our church was formed over 20 years ago, and is located just south of Walgreens, right off of Marion Oaks Boulevard.

If you would like more information, please visit our website:, or email us at We would enjoy having you visit us!

Christ’s Church services

Christ’s Church of Marion County invites you to join us Sunday, May 22. The morning begins with Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. We offer three 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. and includes special music from the CCOMC Worship Choir followed by a praise time with a blend of familiar hymns of the church as well as contemporary praise songs with a full praise band. Our new Lead Pastor Ray Burhart continues his series from 1 Timothy with a message that will challenge and inspire all.

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.

German American Club Dinner Dance

The German American Club of West Central Florida Inc. is holding its 51st Anniversary Dinner Dance at Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, 505 East Hartford St., Hernando, on Sunday, May 22, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $38 (donation) per person. Attire is semi-formal or traditional German.

Listen and dance to the KeyTunes

Menu choices include seafood and roast pork. There will be an open cash bar.

For tickets and info, call Sigi Strak at 352-854-9616 or email

CF enrollment event

The College of Central Florida invites anyone who wants to attend college to an all-in-one enrollment event. On Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., new students can complete the enrollment process – from the admissions application to financial aid to academic advising – all in one day.

“This event puts you on the fast track to enrolling in college,” said Dr. Raphel Robinson, CF director of admissions and student recruitment. “You can get everything you need to start classes this fall.”

The event will take place on the center lawn at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Attendees can take a campus tour, apply for admission and financial aid, meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. Lunch will be provided and the $30 application fee will be waived for event participants. Giveaways will include a chance to win free tuition for a three-credit-hour class this fall at the in-state rate.

Registration at is highly encouraged.

For more information, call 352-873-5800, ext. 1379.

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.

May 15: MarthaLynne Allen – Ross Allen (her grandfather) and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’’ connections.

July 17: Dr. Joe Knetsch, Cousin Bob. Historian, author, professor, his latest book is about a Jewish-American World War II Hero, Robert Warren, ultimately attached to Patton’s Third Army coming across France after the Normandy breakout. It is based upon Warren’s personal letters, some reports from the Fort Benning collections, etc. and the usual secondary accounts now available.

Sept. 18: 11th anniversary of the museum

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

TBD: Cynthia Graham-Wilson – Marion County author/historian on topic of early Marion County Black Residents and Businesses

We hope to see you there!

Free dementia workshop coming to Freedom Library

The Marion County Library System and Coping with Dementia LLC are offering a free ABC of Dementia workshop June 9 at the Freedom Branch Library, 5870 Southwest 95th St.. The presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Coping with Dementia president and workshop presenter Debbie Selsavage reports, “Our ABC of Dementia workshop explains Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in plain language, suggests techniques for becoming a better and less-stressed care partner, and provides useful resources to families living with dementia.” She adds, “While they are designed primarily for care partners and family members of a loved one living with dementia, anyone is welcome, including persons experiencing dementia.”

While the workshop is free, reservations are encouraged. For more information or to reserve seats, call 352-422-3663 or e-mail

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