August Calendar



Discovery Center Summer Adventure Camp (Aug. 1–13). Each week during this Discovery Center summer camp, kids experience a different theme with exciting, stimulating, and educational activities built around it. Camp runs from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, and the cost is $90 for members and $100 for non-members, plus a $20 registration fee. (352) 401-3900.


Ocala Karate Dojo Summer Camp (Aug. 1–20). Ocala Karate Dojo celebrates 20 years of summer camp this year with special pricing—four weeks at $95 per week. Camp, which is for boys and girls ages 5 to 12 and features karate lessons, self-defense, sports, and other games, meets weekly, 7:00am–5:30pm. or (352) 237-9076.


Get Moving Marion County (Aug. 1–31). The Marion County YMCA wants you! The Get Moving Marion County event, which aims to improve the health of local residents, gives participants a free, one-month YMCA membership and challenges them to take 10,000 steps each day. From sports and swimming to exercise programs, the YMCA has planned a month’s worth of special activities to help residents learn about the easiest prescription for obesity-related diseases—exercise. (352) 368-9622.


Marion County Chili Cook-Off Registration (Aug. 1–Oct. 9). Something’s beginning to stir! Your chili might not be on the stove just yet, but registration is now open for the 29th annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off, Ocala’s premier chili challenge. This year’s event will be held at the North Central Florida Agriculture and Civic Center (formerly called the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion) on Oct. 9. The entry fee per booth is $55 if registered by Aug. 15, $60 if registered by Sept. 15, and $70 if registered after Sept. 15. or (352) 895-1648.


Gator Motorcycle Raffle (Aug. 1–Nov. 13). Enter for a chance to win this custom Harley EVO V-twin 1340 Gator motorcycle and you’ll be helping support the Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s youth programs. Built by Florida-based Purple Chopper, this 2010 softail bike is signed by the University of Florida’s head football coach, Urban Meyer, and former quarterback, Tim Tebow. Raffle tickets are $20 each and will be on sale through November 13, or until all are sold., (386) 490-0366, or (352) 402-6020.


National Night Out 2009 (Aug. 3). “National Night Out” was created in 1984 in New Jersey as a way to increase awareness about police programs and to engage the community to help deter crime. The Ocala Police Department hosts its own “National Night Out” event on Aug. 3 downtown on the square. Guests will enjoy free food, music, and fingerprint kits for children as well as door prizes and important information about the OPD. 6–8pm. or (352) 572-1773.


Southern Regional Paso Fino Horse Association Shows (Aug. 6–8, 21). Two Paso Fino horse shows will be held in Ocala this month, attracting horses and owners from across the country and even some from abroad. At the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion on Jacksonville Road, the horse and rider teams will compete and earn points to qualify for the Grand National Championships in September. The Grand Finale Show will be held at the pavilion on Aug. 21. or (352) 840-5606.


Friends of the Ocala Public Library Book Sale (Aug. 7). Thousands of titles in all genres will be on sale during the Friends of the Ocala Public Library’s quarterly book sale in rooms B and C at the library’s headquarters on Silver Springs Boulevard. Hardcovers will be on sale for 50 cents and paperbacks for 25 cents. 10am–4pm. or (352) 671-8551.


Operation: Stuff the Bus (Aug. 7–17). Hundreds of local children need your help to make this school year a success! Operation: Stuff the Bus, now in its ninth year and more needed than ever, will collect school supplies, clothes and shoes, and monetary donations for disadvantaged Marion County youngsters at several locations this month. Donations may be dropped off at Harley-Davidson of Ocala and Wal-Mart on East Silver Springs Blvd. on Aug. 7, Meadowbrook Church on Aug. 8, Gaitway Plaza on SR200 on Aug. 14, and a to-be-determined location on Aug. 17. or (352) 671-6847.


Nick Loren Professional Workshops (Aug. 7–8, 21–22). Producer-singer-actor-stuntman Nick Loren—who has been in 17 feature films, including From Paris With Love, Old Dogs, and Hairspray, and has also worked as John Travolta’s stand-in and stunt double—will be teaching professional workshops two weekends this month. The classes focus on film and television scene study. The workshop on Saturday, Aug. 7, will be for kids ages 7–9 and 10–14 while ages 15 and up are invited to register for the Sunday, Aug. 8, workshop. The Aug. 21 workshop will also be for ages 7–9 and 10–14 while the Aug. 22 class will be for ages 15 and up. or (352) 369-1212.


IHOP Free Short Stack Fundraiser (Aug. 9). Stop by either Ocala IHOP location between 6am and 7pm on Monday, Aug. 9, and with a donation to M.O.M.S. Memorial Park, you’ll get a free stack of the restaurant’s famous buttermilk pancakes. The Memories of Missing Smiles Memorial Park, a five-acre park located next to Jervey Gantt Park and dedicated to family members and friends who have experienced the loss of a child, is currently being developed, and its organizers are raising money for construction. or (352) 369-6667.


Art & Soul Children’s Art Auction (Aug. 12). Kimberly’s Cottage proudly presents its fifth annual Art & Soul Children’s Art Auction, “Southern Hospitality,” which will feature beautifully matted and framed pieces of artwork by children in therapy for sale. Kimberly’s Cottage is committed to providing a safe and child-friendly place where young victims of child abuse can tell their story and begin to heal. The evening will be held from 7pm to 10pm at Gateway Bank of Ocala, and tickets are $50. or (352) 873-4739.


Allstate Mortgage/Brady Ackerman Golf Scramble (Aug. 13). Tee-off for charity! The Ocala Golf Club hosts this seventh annual golf scramble to benefit ARC Marion and the Heart of Florida Hope Foundation. Lunch and registration begin at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, and additional raffles and a silent auction is scheduled as well. $85 per player or $340 per foursome., (352) 351-2479, or (352) 351-0200.


Annual Free Backpack Drive (Aug. 14). This annual backpack giveaway, sponsored by the Nickel Family Foundation, helps provide school supplies to local children. This year, 2,500 backpacks filled with needed school supplies will be given away on a first come, first serve basis at Nickel Tile at 9200 South Highway 441 in Ocala. The child must be present, and students in grades K through 12 are welcomed. Five hundred $50 tickets for a special drawing to win a new Polaris Ranger XP will sold as well. Gates open at 8am. (352) 304-0207.


Dillard’s Kid’s Fun Day (Aug. 14). Just in time for tax-free weekend in Florida, Dillard’s Market Street at Heathbrook hosts a Kid’s Fun Day featuring games, cool gifts, and plenty of fun. Dillard’s will give away a binder and sticker set gift with a purchase of $50 or more from the children’s area, and unique designs of the rubber band bracelet that’s all the rage right now will also be available for sale. or (352) 629-9266.


Hunter-Jumper Series (Aug. 14–15). The Florida Carriage Museum & Resort in Weirsdale hosts Horse Shows in the Park’s hunter-jumper series, which kicked off in April and continues through October. This month’s event is Aug. 14–15, and the talented horse and rider teams start going over the obstacles at 9am each day. or (352) 750-5500.


OMCAR Chair-ity Event (Aug. 20). The Ocala Marion County Association of Realtors hosts its second annual Chair-ity Event this month to benefit Project Hope of Marion County. Bid on a specially designed, themed chair and enjoy tapas courtesy of Horse & Hounds Restaurant from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at OMCAR’s 14th Street location. Tickets are $10 per person. (352) 207-8660 or (352) 895-7177.


Dunnellon Antique Road Show (Aug. 21). This year’s Dunnellon Antique Road Show will feature dealers from across Central Florida setting up their wares for sale as well as many appraisers to value treasures at $3 per item or $5 for two items. Enjoy homemade ice cream, participate in a cake walk, buy a barbecue chicken dinner, and bring school supplies for local students from 4pm to 9pm at Dunnellon’s Historic Village. or (352) 489-2320.


Ocala Royal Dames Tailgating Gala (Aug. 21). Rock to the sounds of Nite Call and enjoy food, a cash bar, dancing, auctions, and more during the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research’s Tailgating Gala, 6:30pm–11:00pm, at the Country Club of Ocala on SE 12th Circle. In honor of football season’s kick-off, the dress is casual, and all money raised will benefit cancer research and education. Tickets are $55 per person, and reservations must be made and paid for by Aug. 13. or (352) 622-7363.


Dillard’s Top Model Search (Aug. 28). Kids will be able to show off their model behavior by striking a post during Dillard’s one-day model search. Participants will try on their favorite outfit from Dillard’s and have their photograph taken. Then, customers will then vote for their favorite model until Sept. 4. The winner will have their photo on display in the store, win the outfit they wore, and be entered for a chance to win a laptop. or (352) 629-9266.


JA Rock ‘n’ Roll Bowl (Aug. 28–29). Help support Junior Achievement’s programs on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy by participating in this bowl-a-thon at AMF Galaxy East Lanes on Maricamp Road. Your fundraising will help teach local children how to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them. or (352) 620-2009.


Reading By Poet Nikki Giovanni (Sept. 9). World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni will perform a special reading at the College of Central Florida next month. Giovanni, who was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Living Legends, is the author of more than 30 books for adults and children, has won numerous NAACP Image Awards, and wrote an autobiography that was a finalist for the National Book Award. This special event will be held at 7pm in the college’s Fine Arts Auditorium and is free and open to the public. or (352) 854-2322, ext. 1361.


Movie in the Park: The Blind Side (Sept. 10). Bring the whole family—plus a lawn chair or two—to Martin Luther King Park for a special showing of the football-themed flick The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock, at 7:30pm. Admission is free and so are the popcorn and drinks. A perfect outing for kids and grown-ups alike! (352) 629-8444.





Jamaican Caribbean Cultural Festival (Aug. 14). The Florida Horse Park is going Caribbean! Head to the park for live music, dancing, a Junkanoo (street parade), and lots of authentic Caribbean food. Gates open at 11am, and tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, and $5 for kids 12 and under. or (352) 347-6588.


Family Fun Festival (Aug. 21). How well does your family compete together?Find out at the City of Ocala’s free Family Fun Festival in Tuscawilla Park. The event takes place from 11am to 2pm and will feature crafts and kids’ activities in addition to a rollicking kickball match. Refreshments will be provided. or (352) 368-5550.





The Appleton Biennial 2010: Florida Installation Art (Aug. 1–8). This exhibition features the two- and three-dimensional works by 12 artists from Cocoa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, South Florida, St. Augustine, and Tallahassee. The themes of the art range from political to environmental to the power of the media to the poignancy of old age. Regular daily admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 55 and up and students 19 and up, $3 for ages 10–18, and free for members, College of Central Florida (formerly CFCC) students, children under 9, and active military personnel and their immediate families. or (352) 291-4455.


¡Carnaval! (Aug. 1­–11). Head to the Webber Center on the College of Central Florida campus for this exciting exhibit of all things Carnival. The annual celebration of Carnival is a cultural highlight for many countries throughout the world, and this display brings the flavors of the international holiday to Ocala. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday, 11am–5pm, and Saturday, 10am–2pm. (352) 854-2322, ext. 1552.


Curtains (Sept. 9–Oct. 3). The curtain goes up on the Ocala Civic Theatre’s 2010–2011 season with the aptly titled musical comedy Curtains. Curtains centers around actress Jessica Cranshaw, who collapses immediately after her final bow at the finale of a play, and the company members who are accused of murdering her. or (352) 236-2274.


Healing Heart: Witness the Healing Power of Art (Sept. 12–Oct. 10). This special exhibit at the Appleton Museum features more than 100 pieces of artwork by individuals of all ages being treated for mental health and substance abuse disorders, trauma, cancer, dementia, and other illnesses. Their works demonstrate the extraordinary power to overcome. or (352) 291-4455.




Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners (Aug. 14). In 1958, the original Skyliners recorded the smash hit “Since I Don’t Have You” and the group’s career has been going strong ever since. Today, Donna Groom, Nick Pociask, Dick Muse, Mark Groom, and Jimmy Beaumont continue to bring The Skyliners’ magic to crowds around the U.S., including the Circle Square Cultural Center at On Top of the World this month. Doors open at 6pm, and the show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $20–$14. or (352) 854-3670.


Foghat/ Blue Öyster Cult (Aug. 21). Don’t miss this incredible concert at the Silver Springs attraction featuring two of the best classic rock groups of all time—Foghat and Blue Öyster Cult. BÖC, known for such hits as “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ For You,” takes the stage at 7pm, followed at 9pm by Foghat, which had such hit songsas “Slow Ride” and “Fool For the City.” or (352) 236-2121.





Rainbow Porcelain Artists (First Mondays). Come paint with the Rainbow Porcelain Artists at 9:30am on the first Monday of every month at the Rainbow Lakes Community Center in Dunnellon. No admission charge. (352) 622-7660.


I.O.R.G. Meetings (First and Third Mondays). The International Order of Rainbow for Girls, a girls’ service organization for ages 11–21 and a pledge group for ages 8–10, meets at 7pm at the Marion-Dunn Lodge on 36th Avenue every first and third Monday of the month. or (3520 867-1047.


Greater Ocala Woman’s Club (Second Mondays). The Greater Ocala Woman’s Club meets at 6pm at the Ocala Hilton for dinner on the second Monday of every month, and all women of Marion County are welcome to attend. The GOWC is a non-profit organization that promotes educational, philanthropic, and charitable activities. (352) 236-6226.


Green Market Tuesday (Tuesdays). Buy local, buy fresh every Tuesdays from 2–6pm at the Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon. Locally grown produce, fresh seafood, baked goods, herbs, native plants, and even crafts will be on sale. (352) 208-6789.


Greater Ocala Dog Club (First Tuesdays). Dog lovers, take note! Every first Tuesday of the month, the Greater Ocala Dog Club will meet at the Gander Mountain store in Ocala at 7pm. The AKC All Breed dog club welcomes new members and visitors.


Ballroom Dance (First and Third Tuesdays). The Ocala chapter of USA Dance invites the public to attend its bi-weekly dances at the Pioneer Garden Club on SR 40 in Ocala. Free dance lessons start at 7pm. Refreshments are served, and admission is $10. or (352) 558-4200.


Woman’s Club of Ocala (Second Tuesdays). On every second Tuesday of the month, the Woman’s Club of Ocala Day Group meets for lunch and a program at 11:45am at the Elks Club on 25th Avenue and the Evening Group meets at 7pm also at the Elks Club. All local women are invited to attend this educational, charitable organization’s meetings. (352) 629-7397.


Ballroom Dance (Fourth Tuesdays). Every fourth Tuesday of the month, head to Skatemania on Maricamp Road for an evening of ballroom dancing as well as Latin, country, and line dancing from 7–10pm. With the $8 admission, guests receive a complimentary lesson from 7pm to 7:30pm and snacks. (352) 624-4222.


Conversation Café (Wednesdays). College Road Baptist Church offers Conversation Café every Wednesday at 6:30pm for internationals to practice their English. No cost, no books, no classes, just conversation in a small group setting. (352) 854-6981.


Ocala Accordion Club (Last Wednesdays). The Ocala Accordion Club meets every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30–9:00pm at the Cherrywood Club house at 6253 SW 100th Loop in Ocala. (352) 208-5245.


Sweet Adeline’s Chorus (Thursdays). Women 18 and older are invited to visit weekly rehearsals at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summerfield to learn and sing four-part harmony, barbershop style. The Summer Springs Chorus, under the direction of Judi Styger, welcomes anyone who likes to sing or hum, or has sung in a church choir or glee club. (352) 821-2778.


Circle Square Commons Farmers Market (Thursdays and Fourth Saturdays). Now open on the fourth Saturday of every month as well as every Thursday, the Circle Square Commons Farmers Market is chock-full of fresh, seasonal produce like blueberries, corn, herbs, oranges, and tomatoes, as well as baked goods such as bread, pies, and pastries. Vendors added weekly. 8am–12pm at On Top of the World. Free parking.


KOS/Military Officers Association of America (First Thursdays). The Kingdom of the Sun Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. KOS membership is open to active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, and former commissioned and warrant officers of the US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (352) 237-3139.


Canoe/Kayak and Coffee (First and Third Thursdays). A fun social outing for adults in the great outdoors! This paddling trip takes place twice a month at various locations. Designed for beginners, but experienced paddlers welcome. Coffee and conversation follow. $5 fee includes equipment and refreshments. Park admission, if applicable, not included in fee. Marion County Parks and Recreation. (352) 671-8560.


Ocala Express Network of ABWA Meeting (Second Thursdays). The Ocala Express Network of the American Business Women’s Association meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Hilton Ocala. Registration and networking begins at 6:30pm, followed by dinner and a meeting from 7pm to 9pm. All are welcomed, but reservations are required. Tickets are $20 for ABWA members and $25 for non-members. or (352) 529-2003.


Open Mike Night (Second Thursdays). Participate in or just enjoy an evening of spoken word and song at the Brick City Center for the Arts every second Thursday of the month, from 8:00–9:30pm. $5 for Marion Cultural Alliance members or $7.50 for non-members. or (352) 369-1500.


North Magnolia Merchants Farmer’s Market (Fridays). From 8am to 1pm every Friday, the North Magnolia Business Merchants’ farmer’s market offers fresh produce, eggs, jams, honey, barbecue sauces, and homemade crafts to the public for purchase. The market is located at 834 North Magnolia Avenue. (352) 207-4551.


Silver Spring Shores Table Tennis Club (Fridays). Join members of the Silver Spring Shores Table Tennis Club at the Community Center on Silver Road in Ocala every Friday from 12pm to 3pm. Table tennis is a great way to get exercise and socialize with friends. (352) 687-0164.


First Friday Art Walk (First Fridays). Mark your calendars! On the first Friday of the every month, this art walk through downtown Ocala will feature artwork, artists on-site, and live demonstrations. Admission is free. 6–8pm. (352) 629-8444.


Gospel Open Mike Night (First Fridays). If you can play gospel music, head to the Forest Assembly of God located at 17530 E. Hwy. 40 in Silver Springs for Open Mike Night every first Friday of the month at 6:30pm. (352) 230-1253.


Art Club of Belleview (First Fridays). The Art Club of Belleview was established to promote art in the Belleview area and bring creative people together. Membership in the club is $12 per year, and meetings are held at 4pm on the first Friday of every month at the Belleview Library. or (352) 245-4728.


Bay Lake Blueberry Farm (Fridays and Saturdays). Bring the whole family to Bay Lake Blueberry Farm, located five miles north of Fort McCoy on Highway 315, and pick blueberries by the pound for your kitchen. This organic farm charges $2.75 per pound and sells vegetables, jelly, and other goods as well. The farm is open from 7am to 1pm, but customers are encouraged to call first to make an appointment. (352) 546-3834.


Coffee with the Birds (Third Saturdays). Join an experienced birder for a mild hike through the woods in beautiful Central Florida. Bring binoculars, field guide, and bug spray. $3–$4. 9am. Silver River State Park, Ocala. or (352) 236-7148.


Star-Gazing Party (Select Saturdays). See the night sky in all its glory. Join members of the Ocala Astronomy Club and learn about stars, planets, and more. Insect repellent, a lawn chair or blanket, and binoculars are recommended. Call the Silver River State Park in Ocala for exact times. (352) 236-7148.


General K. Pulaski Club Dinner/Dance (Second Sundays). Grab those dancing shoes! The Belleview General K. Pulaski Club hosts a dinner/dance on the second Sunday of every month. Homemade dinner is served at noon, followed by ballroom, polka, waltz, and American dancing music from the Gen. K. Pulaski Band from 1:30–5:00pm. The club is located on 113th Street in Belleview. $13 for members; $15 for non-members. Reservations required. (352) 245-9378.


Ballroom Tea Party (Second Sundays).A variety of dance music from waltz, foxtrot, tango, rumba, cha cha, swing, polka, salsa, and merengue to practice your dancing. $5. 5–7pm. Dancin’ Around Studio on South Pine Avenue. (352) 690-6637.


Domestic Violence Educational Workshop (Select Dates). The Ocala Police Department’s Victim Advocates regularly host free educational workshops on domestic violence. To learn more about upcoming presentations at the OPD, visit or call (352) 369-7139.


Meals On Wheels Volunteer Drivers (Ongoing). Marion County Senior Services has an immediate need for volunteer drivers for its Meals On Wheels program. Currently some 450 senior citizens across the county receive meals as part of the MCSS outreach programs. Volunteer drivers must be 18 or older, have a valid drivers license, and provide their own transportation and automobile insurance. Meals On Wheels delivers between 10am and 2pm Monday through Friday, but volunteers can work as many days a week as they chose. (352) 620-3501.


Free Self Defense/Safety Classes (Ongoing). Free self-defense and personal safety classes for women ages 13 and older and children ages 5–12 are now offered locally through RAD and radKIDS instructors. Call (352) 216-8452 for class times and locations. or


Ocala Recreation & Parks Sports (Ongoing). From soccer and golf camps to tennis programs, T-ball, and flag football, Ocala’s parks are the place to be this fall for youth sports. Head to Jervey Gantt Park, Ocala Regional RecPlex, and the Ft. King Tennis Center are just some of the Ocala Recreation & Parks places where kids can get active. or (352) 368-5550.


Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides (Ongoing). Ocala’s only guided trail rides through the Florida Horse Park and Greenway trail system is now open! Guests can ride Cactus Jack horses or bring their own for a fun, safe, and affordable trail ride. Rides available every day. Teens and older. or (352) 978-7656.


Marion County Mustangs (Ongoing). This new youth sports organization in town is now offering a new 2010 American Youth Football & Cheer program for ages 5–15. No weight restrictions and no redcapping. or (352) 426-1100.


Dunnellon Library Series (Ongoing). The Dunnellon Public Library currently offers a wide range of programs at its facility for patrons to utilize, including a Master Gardeners’ series, family and consumer science programs, movie matinees, computer classes, a health series, and children’s story time. (352) 438-2520.


Florida Trail Association (Ongoing). The Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Trail Association hosts local hikes, walks, meetings, paddle trips, bike rides, and other nature activities every month. Nearly every event is free and open to the public. or (407) 332-7790.


LifeSouth Community Blood Centers (Ongoing). The LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Bloodmobile travels to different locations throughout Marion County to accommodate donors. To find out more about the Bloodmobile’s schedule, visit


Florida’s Blood Centers (Ongoing). Florida’s Blood Center has an urgent need for all blood types. Giving blood is a simple process and takes under an hour. Every donor receives a mini-physical and screening with each donation. Visit or call (888)-9DONATE for center locations.


Volunteer Drivers Needed (Ongoing). The American Cancer Society has an urgent need for volunteer drivers to transport cancer patients to doctor appointments. (352) 376-6866, ext. 5063 or (888) 295-6787, ext. 5063.


Moms of Marion (Ongoing). Meet friendly local moms to talk about your kids and have fun! Membership dues are $15 per year.


American Cancer Society Support Groups (Ongoing). The Marion County chapter of the American Cancer Society offers many support groups for those affected by the various forms of the disease, from breast cancer to prostate cancer. To find out about available resources, visit or call (352) 629-4727, ext. 5820.


The Ocala Horse Show (Ongoing). A major hub of activity in the equestrian world, Ocala now has a TV show dedicated entirely to the area’s horse industry. Tune in Friday mornings at 10am on Cox Channel 21 and every Friday late night at 2am on FOX51. Learn about important equine people, upcoming events, and much more. or (352) 746-1848.

Posted in Ocala Style Features

Share this post


What's New at Ocala Style

Read These Writers

Our area has an abundance of authors. Check out some...

‘Water Shapes Florida’

The new exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History...

Mastering Your Garden

The dog days of summer can be a good time...

Alligator Allegory

My grandparents were the first to build a home along...

Making Moves

Meet the Ocala-based casting director who has steadily been building...

From France to Ocala

Dr. Jose Gaudier will lecture about the Olympic Games Paris...