City of Ocala – Mark Your Calendar!

The 2017-2018 First Friday Art Walk season kicks off Friday, September 1 from 6pm to 9pm. This event occurs on the first Friday of each month from September through May. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 30 artist displays, acoustic entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours. For more information, visit ocalafl.org/artwalk.

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the 2nd Annual End of Summer Bash event Saturday, September 16 from 10am to 2pm at Tuscawilla Park located at 500 NE Sanchez Avenue. This fun, family-friendly event is free and open to the public and will include live entertainment, food trucks and more! For more information, contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at (352) 368-5517.

Fight Back Against Falling

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults? It’s a risk that affects one in three adults age 65 and older each year and can drastically alter a person’s quality of life. However, it’s a risk that can be significantly decreased by eliminating trip hazards in your home or office and modifying the way you carry yourself. Check out these tips from Ocala Fire Rescue to keep you and your family safe!

  • Evaluate your current risk. Do you suffer from health conditions or take medications that may cause dizziness, shortness of breath or similar symptoms? If so, speak to your doctor about treatment options.
  • Set yourself up for success! Wear sensible shoes, maintain clear pathways at home and be cognizant of every step. Moving consciously and with purpose will allow you to better identify obstacles and trip hazards before it’s too late.
  • Get moving! 

Avoiding physical activity for fear of injury is counterproductive. Walking, water exercises and other gentle movements help maintain balance and flexibility, thus reducing your risk of falls.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary fall risk assessment, contact Ocala Fire Rescue at (352) 629-8306.

Super Kids Save The World

This is a fun, hands-on exhibit that empowers kids to reduce, reuse, recycle and repair! This exhibit opens to the public Saturday, September 23 and will be on display through January 20, 2018 at the Discovery Center at 701 NE Sanchez Avenue. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Admission is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. For more information, visit mydiscoverycenter.org or call (352) 401-3900.

Weather Woes

Hurricane season is nearing its peak! Are you prepared? Visit severeweather.ocalafl.org for hurricane preparedness information and tips to keep you and your family safe this season. You can even report and view current utility outages! Follow Ocala Electric Utility on Facebook for all the latest information and updates! 

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