City of Ocala – September 2018

Get Artsy

The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, September 7 from 6-9pm. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at (352) 629-8447 or or visit 

Games Galore

The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Get in the Game, is open now through September 29 at the Discovery Center, located at 701 NE Sanchez Avenue in Ocala. 

Get in the Game is an interactive exhibit, educating guests on the science behind their favorite childhood games. This exhibit will feature larger-than-life games like Battleship, Tinker Toy blocks, Candy Land and even a 7-foot-long Lite Brite. 

The exhibit is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9am until 5pm and Saturdays from 10am until 3pm. Admission is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. For more information, call (352) 401-3900 or visit 

We Appreciate You!

Ocala Electric Utility will host a Customer Appreciation Day Friday, October 5 from 6-8pm at Citizens’ Circle, located at 151 SE Osceola Avenue in Ocala. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public! For more information, contact Ocala Electric Utility at (352) 629-2489. 

September Is National Preparedness Month

With hurricane season nearly halfway over, your family’s evacuation plan and preparedness kit are likely in place. But what about your critical documents? If disaster knocked on your door, would you have access to important paperwork? 

Whether it’s a hurricane, fire or other disaster, storing original records and keeping copies of valuable identification, financial and legal documentation is essential to initiating the recovery process. When assembling your critical documentation file, think about materials insurance providers or government assistance programs may require:

  • Vital records: birth certificates, marriage certificates, custody papers
  • Identification: driver’s license, passport, social security card
  • Housing agreements: rental agreement, mortgage, deed
  • Financial documents: checking account, savings account, retirement and investment information
  • Insurance policies: home, auto, life, flood

Once you gather your documents, consider storing hard copies in a fireproof and waterproof safe and/or a safety deposit box. You may also opt to supplement these copies with electronic ones in a password-protected format or encrypted cloud service provider. 

During National Preparedness Month, Ocala Fire Rescue encourages you to do your part to prepare. As our friends from say, “Disasters don’t plan ahead, you can.” For more information, contact Ocala Fire Rescue at (352) 629-8306.

Water Resources 

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park was held Tuesday, June 5 at the park site with approximately 150 people in attendance.  

Three to 5 million gallons of treated wastewater will be sent to the Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park every day. The plants in the park will naturally uptake extra nutrients in the water, preventing them from reaching our aquifer, and eventually Silver Springs. The park will also have two and a half miles of walking trails, which will be lined with educational kiosks. 

The project is expected to be completed in June 2019 and was partially funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the St. Johns River Water Management District. For more information, visit

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