Event to honor legacy of MLK

You’re invited to celebrate and remember the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, May 21, at the Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Dunnellon. The event is at 6 p.m. and will be led by Rev. Sydney Hart, pastor, with the theme, “Keeping the Dream Alive!”

It’s sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Planning Commission (Rev. Al Washington, chairman) and the 360 Walking Club.

For more information, call 352-489-2677.

DHS commencement for graduates May 20

Dunnellon High School will hold its graduation commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, at World Equestrian Center in Ocala. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Blues band at Depot

The Whistle Stop Café once again opens its door at the Dunnellon train depot on Friday, May 27.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. and offer fried green tomatoes, Cuban sandwiches, veggie wraps, gourmet grilled cheese, hobo stew and a variety of desserts. Food is offered until 8 p.m unless it runs out first.

At 7 p.m., the Keith Caton Blues Band will take to the stage. Music continues till 9 p.m.

A $5 donation is requested to help cover the cost of the band.

All proceeds from the food purchases and donations help the Greater Dunnellon Historical Society maintain the depot and work on the caboose.

Thrift shop hopes to add workdays

The Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop, an all-volunteer enterprise, has been operating on a four-day-a-week schedule since reopening after the initial COVID pandemic shutdown. The reduced schedule has been due to volunteers who moved away during the pandemic or had surgeries or illnesses.

We would very much like to get back to our usual six-day-a-week schedule, but lack enough volunteers to do so. We have been in business for 48 years, and as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, our goal remains focused on giving our profits back to the community. Recent donations include Food4Kids, Dunnellon Little League, local food pantries and the Boys and Girls Club, and we’ll be sponsoring a week at the Sheriffs Youth Ranch camp for eight children this summer.

We are looking for a few community-minded volunteers who would like to make a difference in our community. Do you have a little time to spare? Join us for a 4-hour shift once a week, working with congenial volunteers.

Visit our shop at 20259 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet some of our volunteers and pick up an application at the cashier’s counter. Help us help Dunnellon.

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, at 8375 SW State Road 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@hotmail.com.

Car Show and farmers market raises 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@onehealthcenter.com; www.healthy55.org.

Youth football, cheer sign-ups

Sign-ups for youth football and cheer will be held Saturday, May 14, at Dunnellon Little League, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Football is for ages 5 to 14 and is $175. Cheer is open in three divisions: Cheer Returner, for ages 5 and up, is $220; Cheer New for ages 5 and up is $475; and Cheer Bantam, for ages 14 to 17, is $370.

The Marion County Youth Football/Cheer League (MCYFL) season starts Aug. 1. Games are played at Jervey Gantt Park in Ocala.

Dunnellon Little League is located at 2214 Bridges Rd.

Library Friends book sale

The Friends of Dunnellon Library will be holding its Summer Book Sale on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the library located at 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon. One bag of books is $5. Three bags of books is $10. Sale includes all books – fiction, non-fiction, your choice. Proceeds benefit the Dunnellon Public Library.

Whitney Houston tribute part of summer concert series

Citrus County Parks and Recreation will host the Whitney Houston tribute group, “Anthem,” on Friday, May 20, in Citrus Springs. The show will be held at the Citrus Springs Community Center (CSCC), located at 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for $15 and can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/e5paww8w or by calling 352-527-7540. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the event (cash only).

Parks and Recreation is also proud to announce their 2022 Summer Concert Series in Citrus Springs. On Friday, July 15, the band “Turnstiles: A Tribute to Billy Joel” kicks off the series by taking the stage at the CSCC. Back by popular demand, “The Atlantic City Boys” make their return to the Citrus Springs Community Center on Friday, August 26. Tickets to both shows are now on sale for $15.

The Citrus Springs Civic Association will have light snacks and refreshments available for purchase (cash only).

For more information, call 352-527-7540.

Inverness museum host kids events

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness presents free Kids’ Corner and Crafternoons events for children on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, May 21, join us for “Games on Your Feet.” Staff will facilitate kids playing interactive games inside the historic courtroom. Games will be accessible to all and will include Red Light/Green Light, Freeze Dance, and (of course) Night at the Museum. Adult supervision and pre-registration are required for all Kids’ Corner and Crafternoons events. To register, call 352-341-6428.

Families who visit may want to plan for extra time to explore temporary and permanent museum exhibits, such as the artOasis exhibit entitled, “Of Poems and Pieces: Haiku and Art to Open Your Heart.” The museum gift shop hosts a wide array of Elvis souvenirs and interesting books ranging from children’s genres, historical fiction, and local history. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a farmer’s market on the first and third Saturdays in Downtown Inverness at The Depot.

For more information, please call 352-341-6428 or e-mail museum@citrusbocc.com.

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 www.mcgsocala.org 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 president@mcgsocala.org or 352-897-0840.

Water District hosting career fairs

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is hosting career fairs to recruit people seeking a rewarding career protecting the region’s water resources. The career fairs are open to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring current resumes.

The District is a government agency that employs a diverse workforce from across a wide variety of disciplines, including administrative, business and finance, trades work, mechanical, heavy equipment operation, well drilling, natural sciences and engineering, and many more.

The Brooksville career fair will take place Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.

The Tampa career fair will take place Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the District’s Tampa Service Office located at 7601 US Hwy. 301 in Tampa.

The District maintains a supportive and inclusive work culture that fosters success through teamwork and collaboration. The District offers generous time off, health, dental and vision plans, continuing education opportunities and a 6.38 percent contribution to the Florida Retirement System. Remote work and flexible work schedules are available for many positions. District offices are located in Brooksville, Tampa, Sarasota and Bartow.

Visit WaterMatters.org/Careers to view and apply for current openings.

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 CF.edu/Express is highly encouraged.

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

Facade Rehabilitation funds still available

The City of Dunnellon still has money from the Façade Rehabilitation Reimbursement Fund available for buildings located in the Historical District of Dunnellon.

This is free money – up to $5,000 for restoration, landscaping, or even structure demolition.

The deadline for applying is July 29.

Applications are available at City Hall, or contact me, Dusty Walters, for more information at dwalters@dunnellon.org.

Road construction set for spring, summer

The City of Dunnellon will undergo roadway restoration and repaving near the City’s Historic District in three locations as described below:

South Ohio Street, River Drive to Pennsylvania Avenue.

North Ohio Street, Pennsylvania Avenue to McKinney Avenue.

South Cedar Street, Pennsylvania Avenue to River Drive.

The construction is anticipated to take place through July 1. Traffic will be temporarily re-routed during certain phases of construction, but local traffic for homeowners and businesses will remain open.

The construction along South Ohio Street will impact trailers exiting the City Boat Ramp via Ohio Street. Those users should be prepared to utilize Williams Street when exiting.

The City understands this will be an inconvenience and encourages everyone to use extreme caution when traveling in these areas. Any questions may be directed to City Hall at 352-465-8500 or by email jdanowski@dunnellon.org and include “Roadway Improvement Construction Project” as the subject.

Take off pounds sensibly

The TOPS chapter of Dunnellon meets on Thursday afternoons at the Women’s Club of Dunnellon at 11756 Cedar St.

We have a “weigh-in” time between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Our meeting begins at 3:30, and we close our meetings promptly at 4:30.

Our goal is to help find sensible ways for each individual to achieve weight loss. On occasion we host professional speakers, we share weight loss success stories and we all listen to each other’s opinions and suggestions on healthy eating!

You are welcome to visit our meeting, free, for two weeks and then decide if you would want to become a member.

For more information, call our chapter leader Chris Weider at 352-465-7861 or 954-242-3048, or call MaryJo Smith at 585-329-2026

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!

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 sigistrak@centurylink.net.

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 www.reillyartscenter.com for tickets.

Church can help with basic needs

On the fourth Saturday of each month, food and basic home needs will be available at North Oak Church in Citrus Springs at 10 a.m., until supplies run out.

Enter the church property from N. Citrus Springs Blvd. and a supply of paper products, detergents, personal items and more will be brought to your car. Drive around, following the driveway, and food items will also be brought to the vehicle. Then, exit on to N. Elkcam Blvd.

Items vary based on availability. Anyone who has a need is welcome and there is no charge.

North Oak Church is located at the intersection of N. Citrus Springs Blvd. and N. Elkcam Blvd. in Citrus Springs. More information on the website: northoakbc.org.

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