A Juneteenth celebration sponsored by 360 Walking and Concerned Citizens of Chatmire will take place June 25, 6 p.m., at the First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. The church is at 11849 N. Williams St. in Dunnellon.
The Rev. Allen Brooks, Pastor, will lead the ceremony, which is an opportunity to celebrate a new federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and key roles they contributed in our country’s history.
Please join us!
For more information or to participate, call Julia or Cathy at 352-489-2677.
Bluegrass band at Depot tonight
The next Whistle Stop Café event in Dunnellon is set for Friday, June 24.
Taking to the stage in June is the Florida-based band, Remedy Tree. The four-piece band, and sometime five-member band, has played together since 2015.
Gabriel Acevedo is the leader of the band. He is also the 2018 Florida State Fiddle Champion and a singer/songwriter. He promises an evening of music blending bluegrass, folk and old-time music with new influences to bring an American experience to listeners.
Music starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 9. There is a $5 cover to help defray the cost of the band.
Volunteers with the Dunnellon Historical Society open the doors at 5 p.m. for their Whistle Stop Café. Fried green tomatoes, Cubans, hobo stew, veggie wraps, gourmet grilled cheese and desserts are on the menu. Food is served from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Whistle Stop Café is inside the Dunnellon train depot, located at 12061 S. Williams St.
Marion Civic Chorale seeking new members
The Marion Civic Chorale community chorus, established in 1986, is gearing up for the upcoming fall concert season and looking for new members to participate. Choristers of all ages and vocal ranges are welcome to join the Marion Civic Chorale. If you love to sing and want to be a part of a talented and enthusiastic group of like-minded music lovers directed by a top-notch conductor, please join us!
Rehearsals for the upcoming Fall Concert Series are expected to commence on the second Monday in August, 2022, 6:30 p.m., at St. George Anglican Cathedral, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Anyone interested in joining the Chorale is welcome to attend.
The Marion Civic Chorale fosters appreciation of fine choral music and encourages the advancement of musically gifted students through scholarships and participation in the chorale.
Tiger Cubs Cheer Camp at DHS
Tiger Cubs Cheer Camp will be hosted at Dunnellon High School on July 27 and July 28, 6 to 8 p.m. The camp cost is $30 and is for ages 5-13. Contact Cheryl Hytovick at 352-804-1320 for more information.
Forget-Me-Not provides respite for caregivers
The First Methodist Church of Dunnellon is starting a free program called “Forget-Me-Not.” We offer three hours of respite care for caregivers of early dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. We also offer a chance for seniors to get out of the house and socialize with other seniors. This program is free.
We meet in the friendship hall at Dunnellon Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. starting June 7. For more information, call Grace Burks at 352-361-1024.
Free online gardening workshops in July
Citrus County Utilities’ Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop, “Managing Garden Pests Wisely,” on Tuesday, July 12, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Correctly identifying the cause of plant damage is always the first step to controlling an infestation. Inspection, scouting, identification, selecting the least harmful control, and accurate application are important pest management practices.
The Program is offering the free workshop, “Right Plant, Right Place,” on Tuesday, July 26, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Once established, the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering. Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly, and managing them wisely ensures a garden’s success.
On Thursday, July 28, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., the program will offer the free workshop, “Palms in Central Florida.” Palms are a prominent (and often costly) element in Florida landscapes. Selecting cold tolerant palms, providing the appropriate nutrients, recognizing deficiencies or symptoms of decline, and providing an appropriate control is essential when caring for your palm.
Classes are currently held online. Please register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com to participate in the workshops. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Steven Davis at 352-527-5708.
MCSO Citizens Academy registration open
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program, a free 7-week educational course about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in September 2022.
Classes will be held at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Purpose Room, 3300 NW 10th St. Ocala, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20.
During the program, MCSO staff will highlight all units within the Sheriff’s Office, giving citizens an in-depth understanding of what the agency is doing for the community. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the agency, personnel, equipment, policies, procedures and overall function. Students will have an opportunity to view specialty unit equipment, hear from experts in the fields of law enforcement, investigations, detention and administration.
To apply for this program, please visit the Marion County Sheriff’s Office website at www.marionso.com/citizens-academy to fill out the application and release forms.
For questions or more information, please contact Wendy Holland, MCSO volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call her at 352-369-6761.
Dunnellon Country Quilters meet weekly
The Dunnellon Country Quilters meet at 12:30 p.m. every Monday at the First United Methodist Church on West State Road 40 in Dunnellon.
The group makes patriotic quilts for veterans, pillowcases for Shands Children’s Cancer Center, prayer quilts for the First United Methodist Church and quilts for the Citrus County Resource Center. We also have classes for different projects and go on road trips and quilt shows. Every third Monday of the month, we hold our business meeting and share what we have made.
We welcome visitors and would love to have you as members in our organization. If you have questions, please email Dianne Takahashi at email@example.com.
Dunnellon Community Thrift 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 & 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., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; meet some of our volunteers and pick up an application at the cashier’s counter. Help us help Dunnellon.
Tribute concert series set in Ocala
WIND-FM is hosting a series of tribute concerts at Reilly Arts Center, located at 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. All showtimes are 7:30 to 11:45 p.m. Tickets are from $20. Visit www.reilly artscenter.com for more.
Carnival of Crue: Tribute to Motley Crue – July 16
The Eagles’ Greatest Hits, July 29
Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms, Aug. 10
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
Lithium Experience: Featuring music of Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and others, Dec. 15
Facade Rehab 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 Dusty Walters for more information at dwalters@ dunnellon.org.
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 Terrace, 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.
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!
Marion woman claims $1 million scratch-off
Lizaida Adorno, 49, of Ocala, claimed a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at the Lottery’s Gainesville District Office. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.
Adorno purchased her winning ticket from Quick King Food Store, at 168 Marion Oaks Blvd. in Ocala. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $50 game, 500X THE CASH, features a top prize of $25 million – the largest ever offered on a Florida Scratch-Off game – and the best odds to become an instant millionaire. The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.50.
Diabetes education classes coming to Marion Oaks
South Marion County residents have an opportunity to learn more about diabetes at a location near them.
The Department of Health in Marion County, in partnership with the Marion County Hospital District, is holding free weekly classes on diabetes education and prevention at the Marion Oaks Fitness and Recreation Center, 280 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala.
Classes will run from 9:30–11:30 a.m. beginning on June 30. Sessions end on Aug. 4.
The Diabetes Empowerment and Education Program, or DEEP, is a series of classes that helps participants who have diabetes or are considered pre-diabetic better understand their condition and self-care.
Classes will cover topics such as understanding how diabetes affects the human body and how to monitor it. DEEP also includes advice on the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, meal planning, and physical activity. Additionally, the classes will teach participants how to identify and prevent diabetic complications.
AdventHealth Ocala will provide free clinical screenings. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited.
To register or to learn more, call 352-644-2624.
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 North Citrus Springs Boulevard 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 North Elkcam Boulevard.
Items vary based on availability. Anyone who has a need is welcome and there is no charge. More information online: northoakbc.org.