Early bird deadline nears for Rainbow Art Festival

Those artists who want to get the jump on registering for the March 18, 2023, Rainbow Springs Art Festival have until Sept. 1 to sign up as Early Bird applicants.

Early bird applicants will save $15 in booth registration fees if they register by Sept. 1.

Early bird booth registration is $110 for gallery members and $135 for nonmembers. After the deadline, the registration fee until Feb. 15 is $125 for gallery members and $150 for nonmembers.

After Feb. 15, the late registration fee is $275.

Late registrants are not guaranteed a spot. They are granted booth space based on availability.

The application is available on the website of Rainbow Springs Art in Dunnellon gallery, www.rainbowspringsart.com. The application also is available at the gallery, 20804 W. Pennsylvania Ave. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 352-445-8547.

Outdoor Expo coming to Ocala

Radio stations 93.7 K-Country and Wind-FM 92.5/95.5 are hosting the North Central Florida Outdoor Expo on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the World Equestrian Center in Expo Center 2 (1390 NW 80th Ave., Ocala).

Guests at this event can fire BB guns, throw an ax, practice casting, pet a live alligator, shoot arrows and so much more! You can also register to win concert tickets for Welcome to Rockville and Carrie Underwood. A concealed weapons permit class will also be available for an additional fee.

Entry is $5 cash and free for children 17 and under. The first 100 guests will receive free gifts, courtesy of Crystal River Kayak and Dive Center and HNR Gunworks.

For a list of participating organizations and companies, please visit www.937kcountry.com or www.windfm.com.

For information, contact Lisa Varner at 352-622-5600 or email at lvarner@ncfmgroup.com.

Friends of Library seeking books

The Friends of Dunnellon Public Library are in need of gently used books.

Donations are accepted inside the bookstore during regular business hours. There is also a bin outside the door in the library for after hour donations.

New members are always welcome. Specifically, we need bookstore workers and volunteers to maintain our gardens.

We are hoping to increase the hours that the bookstore is open, but we need your help. Currently the bookstore is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the third Saturday of each month. Extended afternoon hours are the second and fourth Tuesday, 1-3 p.m., and the first and third Wednesday, 1-4 p.m., of each month.

Perry, Zalak to speak in Dunnellon

State Sen. Keith Perry and County Commissioner Carl Zalak will be speaking at the Aug. 8 meeting of the Rainbow Springs Conservative Club.

The meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of

Dunnellon, 20831 Powell Road, in the Fellowship Hall.

All are invited and welcome to attend.

Thrift Shop now open Tuesdays

The Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop is pleased to announce we are now opening on Tuesdays. Our hours remain 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now Tuesday through Saturday, and we accept donations during that time.

If you have a few hours once in a while to volunteer, please come join us as a volunteer or a substitute filling in when other volunteers have surgeries, doctor’s appointments and vacations. This month, we gave $6,000 to Dunnellon groups and organizations. Our goal is to help our town in as many ways as possible. Join us.

Stop by our shop at 20359 E. Pennsylvania Ave. to fill out an application.

AARP Smart Driver Courses scheduled

On Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be an AARP Smart Driver Course led by instructor Carol Franker at the Lakes Region Library in Inverness at 1511 Druid Road.

Those who complete the course will receive a three-year insurance discount as state mandated for more than 50 years.

To register, call 352-400-9016.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., an AARP Smart Driver Course will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center (SWCC), located at Bank OZK, 8375 SW Highway 200, Ocala.

Courses for can be found on the website – AARP.com. Follow the prompts for the Smart Driver Course.

SBA disaster loans deadline in August

The application deadline for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred Sept. 15-19, 2021, are due Aug. 15.

The low-interest disaster loans are available in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.855 percent for small businesses and 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/ela/s and should apply under SBA declaration # 17271.

Try out chair yoga

Experience Chair Yoga in Dunnellon with Linda on Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Women’s Club building located at 11756 Cedar St.

This is a fun class, for all shapes and sizes, all for only $1.

Genealogical Society meets Aug. 9

The Citrus County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 3474 W Southern St, Lecanto, and by Zoom. Peggy Jude will present, “What to do with your DNA: 13 Things you can do with your DNA.” Explore all the things you can do with your DNA from the basics to more advanced options.

Guests are welcome. To get a link contact Mary Ann Machonkin at himary@tampabay.rr.com

‘Hamilton’ talk kicks off 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 CF.edu.

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, email Dianne Takahashi at dmtget@gmail.com.

Stamp Club returns

The General Francis Marion Stamp Club will return to their regular meeting schedule on Wednesday, Aug. 2, and Wednesday, Aug. 16. We meet at 1 p.m. at the Marion County Public Library (2720 East Silver Springs Blvd.) meeting room B.

We will continue our regular scheduled meeting the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

Please join us to talk about your collecting interests and meet other collectors who may share your interests. If you have any questions, please contact Elliot Natale at Elliotn27@aol.com.

Church to host free dementia workshop

North Oak Baptist Church, located at 9324 N. Elkcam Boulevard in Citrus Springs, Florida will host a free Alzheimer’s and dementia care and awareness workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 2.

Conducted by Debbie Selsavage, president of Coping with Dementia LLC, the workshop will define Alzheimer’s and dementia, explain how dementia affects individuals, discuss ways to interpret dementia behaviors for better communication, and show how compassion and the proper use of voice, approach, and appropriate touch can result in more effective and less stressful caregiving.

Because seating will be limited, reservations are requested. To make reservations to attend, call 352-422-3663 or email deb@coping.today.

Forget-Me-Not has respite for caregiversThe 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.

MythBusters – Garden Style

Do you believe that love bugs are the result of a University of Florida experiment gone bad, or that fire ants die after eating grits? The UF/IFAS August Master Gardener Plant seminar topic is MythBusters – garden style, where presenters will spend the session “busting” the many misunderstandings surrounding plants and animals.

These seminars will be held at 1 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Lakes Region Library (Inverness)

Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Central Ridge Library (Beverly Hills)

Monday, Aug. 15, at Coastal Region Library (Crystal River)

Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Floral City Public Library

Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Homosassa Public Library

There will also be a virtual presentation on Monday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. Registration is required so that connection information can be sent to those wishing to participate. Sign up is available via Eventbrite at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

For additional informaCitrus County UF/IFAS Extension Office at 352-527-5700.

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, 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 wholland@marionso.com or you can call her at 352-369-6761.

Tribute concert series scheduled

WIND-FM is hosting a series of tribute concerts at Reilly Arts Center, located at 500 NE 9th St, Ocala. All showtimes are 7:30 to 11:45 p.m. Tickets are from $20. Visit www.reilly artscenter.com for more.

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

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

Pressure-cooking workshop Aug. 8

Do you have an electric pressure cooker or plan to get one, but are not sure how to use it? On Monday, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m., UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County (at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Lecanto) will host a hands-on “Cooking Under Pressure” class.

The session will cover different pressure cooker models, appliance features, safety tips, additional equipment you can purchase, and tricks to make cooking a breeze. Participants will complete a recipe in an electric pressure cooker and enjoy a meal together.

The cost for the workshop is $15 per person. Pre-registration is required as class is limited to 12 participants.

For more information or to register, contact Stephanie at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

Register online at: www.CitrusCookingAugust2022.eventbrite.com.

Spy Science exhibit opens in Ocala

The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Spy Science, recently opened to the public and will be on display through Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala. The exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Discover the history, science and even the Hollywood connections within the spy industry, when this new exhibit takes visitors inside the world of espionage.

Go undercover as an “Agent of Discovery” to find out the secret identity of the spy villain and solve puzzles and challenges to find him. Learn how disguises help spies to catch the bad guy and even rescue people. Crawl through the villain’s lair while looking for clues hidden in everyday objects.

General admission to the Discovery Center is $8 per person or $28 for a family of four. Annual memberships are also available for individuals and families.

By reservation only, StarLab Planetarium shows are held on Saturdays and tickets are $30 per ten-person group. Guests are encouraged to call ahead to book a reservation time for the planetarium.

This exhibit is sponsored by Marion Rotary Duck Derby, Ocala Electric Utilities, Fun4Ocala Kids and Duke Energy.

For more information, please call 352-401-3900 or visit www.mydiscovery center.org.

Marion Civic Chorale auditions Aug. 15

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, 6:30 p.m., at St. George Anglican Cathedral, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Anyone interested in joining the Chorale is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit our website, www.marionchorale.org, or email president@marionchorale.org. We’re also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/marioncivicchorale.

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.

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

We hope to see you there!

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.

Prescribed burns near Dunnellon in coming months

Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state’s wildfire emergency in 2017.

That’s why the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be conducting prescribed burns July through September on the Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve in Marion County.

Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve is located 2 miles east of Dunnellon and is bounded by County Road 484 on the north, State Road 200 on the southeast and the Withlacoochee River on the southwest. Approximately 200 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

Some major benefits of prescribed fire include:

Reducing overgrown plants, which decreases the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

Promoting the growth of new, diverse plants.

Maintaining the character and condition of wildlife habitat.

Maintaining access for public recreation.

The District conducts prescribed fires on approximately 30,000 acres each year.

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