Miss Ocala/Marion County & Miss Silver Springs (Through Dec. 3). Calling all local young women seeking scholarship money! The Miss Ocala/Marion County and Miss Silver Springs organizations are accepting applications through Dec. 3 for their January 30 pageants at the CFCC auditorium. Contestants must be 17-24 and meet residency requirements. For information, call (352) 732-3999, (352) 861-2770, or (352) 875-7153.
Crafts by Varita (Nov. 2–16). Varita Powers offers several craft classes this month at Hobby Lobby, including Rag Quilt on Nov. 6, 13, and 20 from 5pm to 8pm and Clothes Hanger Christmas Tree on Nov. 16 from 2pm to 5pm. Pre-registration is required, and a supply list is available. (352) 212-4291.
Master the Possibilities (Nov. 2–20). Master the Possibilities Education Center in the Circle Square Commons Town Center has a full schedule of classes this month, such as courses on photography, exercise, computers, CPR, cooking, and plants. masterthepossibilities.com or (352) 364-8415.
Women Veterans Dinner (Nov. 3). The Greater Ocala Women’s Club hosts this dinner and program to celebrate women veterans and current female members of the armed forces. There will be musical presentations and special guest speakers. The Ocala Marion County Association of Realtors Building’s doors open at 5:15pm and dinner starts at 6pm. Tickets are $20 each. (352) 622-9536.
CFCC International Film Series (Nov. 3, 17). This popular Central Florida Community College film series is held at either the CFCC Bldg. 8, Room 110 or the Appleton Museum through March 2. This month’s selections include The Edge of Heaven (Germany) on Nov. 3, shown at 2pm at the Appleton and 7pm at CFCC, and Outsourced (U.S.) on Nov. 17, shown at 2 and 7pm at CFCC. Free admission. cfccfoundation.org or (352) 873-5808.
Girls Night Out (Nov. 5). Ladies, head to the Paddock Mall for a special night of fashion, food, shopping, and entertainment to benefit the Marion County Children’s Alliance. Massage demonstrations, food samplings, wine tastings, make-up consultation, holiday entertaining ideas, and music will be presented. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for MCCA. 6–9pm. (352) 237-1223.
Webster University Open House (Nov. 5). Learn about Webster University, the graduate programs offered, and the advantages of continuing education. This open house will be held at the Ocala campus on College Road. Guests who apply at the event will receive a waiver for the $50 application fee. 5:30–7:00pm. webster.edu/ocala or (877) 986-2252.
Putts for Mutts (Nov. 6). Have A Heart for Companion Animals hosts this first annual charity golf classic at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club. A gourmet buffet lunch and warm up starts at 11am, with play commencing at 1pm. Awards and door prizes will be presented. $75 per player. haveaheart.us or (352) 687-4070.
Trinity Catholic Golf Challenge (Nov. 6). Trinity Catholic High School hosts its annual fundraising golf tournament at Juliette Falls in Dunnellon. A gourmet box lunch will be served as well as beverages at all holes and heavy gourmet appetizers during the award ceremony. Registration begins at 9:30am with a shotgun start at 11am. (352) 622-9025, ext. 5110.
St. Paul’s Rummage Sale (Nov. 6–7). St. Paul’s Christian School’s annual rummage sale takes place from 8am to 2pm in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Pizza will be available for purchase while visitors shop, and all proceeds will help the school purchase playground equipment. Free parking and admission. (352) 694-4219 or (352) 817-2936.
Boots And Bows Gala & Auction (Nov. 7). Dust off your cowboy boots and put on your bows. This fundraising gala and auction for Shepherd’s Lighthouse will be held at the Ocala Moose Club in Belleview, with live entertainment provided, a Best Dressed Cowboy/Cowgirl competition, and both live and silent auctions. The dinner menu features barbecue pork or chicken, fixings, rolls, tea, and dessert. Tickets are $35 per couple or $20 for singles. Western casual attire. 6–9pm. (352) 347-6575.
Steel Horse Stampede (Nov. 7). There’s still time to sign up for the sixth annual Steel Horse Stampede motorcycle ride to benefit Hospice of Marion County. Day-of registration for the 55-mile escorted ride through Marion County begins at 8am with a start time of 10am. The cost is a minimum donation of $25 with $10 for a passenger. (352) 854-5218.
Celebrate Adoption (Nov. 7). Children’s Home Society of Florida celebrates National Adoption Awareness month with this downtown Ocala event featuring family-friendly games, music, clowns, face-painting, a fire truck display, and lots of food. 2–4pm. (352) 732-1702, ext. 36.
Bands Battle & Shredder Shootout (Nov. 7).Head to the Ocala Equestrian Complex on 60th Avenue for one rocking Saturday afternoon featuring a battle of the bands, a Guitar Hero 3 tournament, and a live performance by rock legend Pat Travers. Gates open at 12pm, the Guitar Hero tournament starts at 12:30pm, and the battle begins at 2pm. $10 for adults and $5 for kids 15 and under. All proceeds benefit The Centers Substance Abuse Treatment and Rockiversity Music School Scholarship Fund. rockiversity.com/bandsbattle.html or (352) 694-7025.
Ocklawaha River Raid (Nov. 7–8).This event at the Florida Carriage Museum in Weirsdale commemorates the March 1865 Union army raid on the Ocala area and the ensuing skirmish, the only battle of the war to occur in Marion County. A battle re-enactment each day includes authentic military encampments, a period civilian homestead, and numerous living history activities. Visit fcmr.org for ticket information. ocklawahariverraid.com or (352) 750-5500, ext. 221.
Overnight Family Camp-Out (Nov. 7–8). This overnight camp adventure at Carney Island in Ocklawaha lets families experience the outdoors through nature hikes, kayaking, storytelling, crafts, and a cook-out dinner and breakfast. Cost is $30 for a family of two and $10 for each additional family member, which includes activities, tents, equipment (excluding sleeping bags), meals, and snacks. Pre-registration required, and children must be 8 or older. 2pm–10am. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.
Start Smart Workshop (Nov. 9, Dec. 14). Thinking of starting a business? This workshop, held twice this season at Ocala’s Small Business Development Center on College Road, gives an overview of seven basic requirements for business start-up. A start-up kit is included with the workshop fee. $40 in advance or $50 the day of the workshop. 9am–12pm for both dates. sbdc.unf.edu or (352) 622-8763.
Fibromyalgia Seminar (Nov. 10). Fibromyalgia, one of the most common rheumatic diseases among Americans, can be a painful disease. Learn more about the illness and natural treatment for it during this free seminar in room C at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters. 12:45–1:45pm. Seating is limited, so call ahead to reserve a seat. (352) 622-4428.
Teen Crafts At Belleview Library (Nov. 10). Teens ages 13 to 17 are invited to the Belleview Public Library at 6pm to learn how to create bead bracelets and necklaces for friends, friends, or themselves. Seating is limited, so participants are encouraged to arrive early. library.marioncountyfl.org or (352) 438-2500.
Charity Golf Tournament (Nov. 11). The Florida Military Family Assistance Fund hosts its first annual golf tournament at Ocala Palms Golf Club with all proceeds benefiting the Florida National Guard Emergency Relief Fund to aid all active-duty military and their families. Shotgun start at 12:30pm. $80 fee per player includes greens fee, cart, range balls, and a buffet dinner at 5:30pm. (352) 351-2145.
Dog Confirmation, Obedience, and Rally Show (Nov. 12–15). The Greater Ocala Dog Club and Seminole Dog Fanciers presents these four days of canine confirmation, obedience, and rally at its show grounds, located on Gainesville Road (25A) north of CR 326. Many different breeds from across the U.S. will participate, and awards will be presented. Vendors and food will be on-site. ocaladogclub.com or email@example.com.
Semesco Shamble Golf Tournament (Nov. 13). The Andrew J. Semesco Foundation hosts this sixth annual golf tournament at Golden Hills Golf Club, starting with lunch at 11:30am. Play begins with a shotgun start at 12:30pm, and the cost is $100 per person, which includes a golf cart, lunch, prizes, and beverages. All proceeds benefit oral, head, and neck cancer research. (352) 804-0872 or (352) 362-5226.
Grace Episcopal Church Bazaar (Nov. 13–14). Homemade Christmas creations, crafts, baked goods, jewelry, plants, and many other items will be on display and available for purchase at this annual bazaar presented by Grace Episcopal Church on Broadway. Soups, sandwiches, and desserts will be offered as well. Admission is free. 9am–4pm on Friday and 9am–1pm on Saturday. (352) 622-7881.
Grace School Fishing Tournament & Fish Fry (Nov. 14). If you love to fish, don’t miss this first annual fishing tournament and fish fry presented by Grace School. The entry fee is $150 per adult, with a maximum of four adults per boat. Kids fish for free. All fish must be weighed-in before 6pm. Fish fry follows at 7pm at the school, and tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the night of the event. edline.net or (352) 387-3090.
Home, Garden, Recreation, and Sports Expo (Nov. 14). The Marion County Building Industry Association hosts this expo at the Marion Technical Institute just in time for the holiday shopping season. The event will cover everything from home building/remodeling and gardening to hunting, camping, and golfing. Proceeds from the food concessions will support MTI students. Parking and admission is free. 10am–3pm. mcbia.org or (352) 694-4133.
Extreme Demo Day (Nov. 14). Candler Hills Golf Club hosts the fourth annual Extreme Demo Day from 10am to 3pm. Try demo clubs on the range and all brands of putters and wedges in the short game area from vendors like Taylor Made, Ping, Nike, Titleist, and Cobra. candlerhillsgolfclub.com or (352) 861-9712.
Hot Dogs & Cool Cats (Nov. 14). This free, family- and pet-friendly event, hosted by the Humane Society of Marion County and held at the McPherson Complex, will include the annual Cars, Trucks, and Cycles Show, live music, food, crafts, and photos with Santa for kids and pets. A pre-show, escorted motorcycle ride is also scheduled. 9am–4pm. thehsmc.org or (352) 873-7387.
Dance United (Nov. 14). Forest High School’s gym will be the site for Ocala’s first-ever, day-long dance marathon. Hundreds of Marion County citizens are expected to participate at this 12-hour event, raising money to support the United Way of Marion County. Registration is $15 per person and ends Nov. 6, and each team member needs to raise $100 after registration. 10am–10pm. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696.
Adult Kickball For Literacy Tournament (Nov. 14). Grab your sneakers and head to the Ocala Rotary Sportsplex for this special Liberty Mutual-sponsored kickball fundraiser for the Marion County Literacy Council. Team elimination begins at 9am. marionliteracy.org or (352) 690-7323.
Indoor Yard Sale (Nov. 14). The Belleview General K. Pulaski Club, located on 113th Street in Belleview, presents this indoor yard sale where vendors sell their forgotten treasures. Food and refreshments will be available. 8am–2pm. (352) 854-6193.
Model Airplane Swap Meet (Nov. 14). Marion County Cloud Climbers sponsors this model airplane swap meet at St. Mark’s UMC Fellowship Hall on 8th Avenue in Ocala. Tables are $10 each and may be shared. Discount offered for early table registration. Set up is at 7am and admission is $2 per person. (352) 369-5904.
Ocali Country Days (Nov. 14–15). Experience old time music, storytellers, and historical re-enactors portraying life on an 1800s Marion County farmstead during this annual event at the Silver River State Park. View traditional craft demonstrations such as sugarcane syrup making, blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, and woodworking.Unique crafts and food will be on sale from vendors. $5 per person and current military and kids under six admitted free. 9am–4pm.silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-7148.
Pro-Am Golf Tournament (Nov. 16). The Hospice of Marion County’s Pro-Am Golf Tournament takes place at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club off Highway 27 to benefit its patients and families. Cost is $150 per player, which includes a buffet breakfast, awards dinner, and greens fees. Each team consists of four amateurs and one golf pro. (352) 629-7980.
Explore Marion County Interpretive Outings (Nov. 17, Dec. 22). Explore Carney Island in Ocklawaha and Marshall Swamp Trailhead in Ocala through interpretive outings with the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department. Participants will discuss and discover the history of the areas, seek rare plants, and observe aspects of natural Florida, all in the course of a leisurely hike. 9:30–11:30am on Nov. 17. Times to be determined for Dec. 22. Free but reservations are required. (352) 671-8560.
Mr. Richard Concert (Nov. 18). Bring the kids to Olivia & Co. Kids downtown for a special, free concert at 3:30pm by the popular children’s entertainer Mr. Richard. Richard Peeples, who has been nominated for a 2009 Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Pick Award, plays more than 400 shows a year for kids and their families. Visit mrrichard.net to learn more about the musician. (352) 622-4576.
An Elegant Evening of Thanks (Nov. 20). Celebrate ARC Marion’s 50th anniversary and help raise money for the organization during this Heart of Florida Hope Foundation event at 6:30pm at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. The evening will feature a salute to community partners, awards, and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 per guest. heartoffloridahope.org or (352) 351-2479.
Friends of Belleview Library Book Sale (Nov. 21–22). Thousands of paperback and hardback books will be on sale at bargain prices at this annual book sale’s new location—the old Belleview Library building on Earp Road, behind Shepherd’s Lighthouse. Proceeds benefit the Belleview Public Library. 8am–5pm. friends-of-belleview-library.org or (352) 438-2500.
Hale Academy Showjumping Tournament (Nov. 20–22). See what Hale Academy’s equestrians and others can do at this three-day jumper competition at the Ocala Equestrian Complex. Special events are scheduled, and proceeds benefit the pre-K through 12 school. haleshowjumping.com or (352) 528-4763.
The Life and Times of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Nov. 21). Retired school teacher Karen De Vos transforms herself into the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Yearling during this special performance presented by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library. 2pm in room C of the Marion County Public Library Headquarters. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. (352) 629-7397.
Light Up Ocala (Nov. 21). Ocala’s 26th annual kick-off to the holiday season downtown will feature food and craft vendors, live entertainment, and children’s activities. Even Santa Claus will stop by for a visit. The lighting ceremony will take place after dusk. 2:00–8:30pm. (352) 368-5550.
Fraternal Order of Police Gun Show (Nov. 21–22). Collectible, antique, and modern firearms; knives and swords; and pistols, gun parts, and accessories will be on display at this first-ever Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 145 gun show and fundraiser. Educational displays, concealed weapons classes, and food and beverages will also be available at the Florida National Guard Armory on 20th Street. 9am–5pm on Saturday and 9am–4pm on Sunday. (352) 236-3069.
Goethe Trail Riding and Camping (Nov. 27–29). Head out to Trailhead Ranch in Levy County at the end of this month for three days of camping and riding fun with your horse on the Apex Trailhead of the Goethe State Forest. A barbecue dinner will be served on Saturday night, followed by line dancing. trailheadranchfl.com or (352) 489-8545.
Festival of Lights (Nov. 27–Jan. 3). Silver Springs attraction will be awash in more than one million lights and neon displays again this season every Friday and Saturday night from dusk to 8:30pm. Other activities will include Miss Molly’s Storytelling at the Silver River Theatre, holiday music by local choirs, the lighted boat parade, and even a visit with Santa himself. silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121.
Appleton’s Shifting Gears Party (Nov. 29). In honor of its new exhibit, Art of the Chopper, the Appleton Museum is throwing a special “Shifting Gears Party,” which will feature live rock music, a motorcycle show and competition, and a meet-and-greet with exhibit artists. Admission is $25 per person. 12–5pm. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Author Tami Hoag (Dec. 1). The Marion County Literacy Council hosts New York Times best-selling author Tami Hoag at the Holiday Inn Ocala Conference Center at 12pm. The author of Still Waters, Dark Horse, and The Alibi Man will speak about her writing style and sign copies of her books. Tickets are $40, $75, and $100, and proceeds benefit MCLC. marionliteracy.org or (352) 690-7323.
Ocala Christmas Parade (Dec. 5).A variety of marching bands and holiday floats will parade along more than two miles of Silver Springs Boulevard west toward 8th Avenue during this free annual event. The parade gets underway at 5:30pm. ocalachristmasparade.org or (352) 595-2446.
Ocala Lions Club Golf Tournament (Dec. 5). This 16th annual Memorial Ocala Lions Club Charities Foundation golf tournament gets underway at 8am at the Ocala Municipal Golf Course. The cost is $80 per golfer, and a raffle for golf clubs, door prizes, and a big-screen TV will be held. Money raised will go to the Silent Santa Fund for underprivileged children and the club’s sight and hearing van. (352) 687-2603 or (352) 732-7218.
Toys for Kids Cruise-In (Dec. 5). Head to Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing on 16th Avenue for this ninth annual toy drive and cruise-in. Last year’s event featured over 350 cars and collected roughly $7,000 worth of toys. The price of admission is a new, unwrapped toy or $15. garlits.com or (352) 347-3696.
Christmas in Bloom (Dec. 5–6). Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala hosts this annual fundraiser at its East Silver Springs location, where guests will enjoy floral demonstrations, boutique, vendors, Christmas decoration raffles, and free refreshments. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Children under 12 get in free. 1–5pm. (352) 236-4448.
CFCC Summer Study Program (Through Dec. 31). Central Florida Community College is going to Spain next summer, and adults as well as high school and college students are welcome to join the college overseas. All participants must enroll as CFCC credit or audit students, and several programs are scheduled for travelers to choose from. All involve sightseeing, museum visits, and seminars. cf.edu or (352) 854-2322, ext. 1235.
Native American Festival (Nov. 19–21). This month, Silver Springs attraction highlights the beauty and culture of Native Americans with a weekend of traditional music, ceremonial dances in regalia, arts and crafts, and storyteller presentations. silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121.
Art & Craft Fair (Dec. 5). Head to Spruce Creek Preserve for a day of arts and crafts, including free craft drawings every 30 minutes, a bake sale, lunch for purchase, and a special quilt drawing. 9am–2pm. (352) 854-9798.
Out of Hand Artists Exhibit (Nov. 3–14). “Out of Hand Artists,” a group of seven local professional fine artists and painters, presents this fine arts exhibit and sale at the MCA Brick City Center for the Arts. A portion of the proceeds from all sales benefit H.U.G.S. Charities in Ocala. An opening reception is scheduled for Nov. 6, 5:30–8:30pm. mcaocala.com or (352) 369-1500.
Face of Asia: Steve McCurry Photographs (Through Nov. 7). The inspired work of National Geographic and Robert Capa Gold Medal photographer Steve McCurry will be on display throughout the month at CFCC’s Webber Center. His iconic 1985 portrait of a green-eyed Afghan girl is one of the magazine’s most memorable photos, and 100 of his photographs from Afghanistan, Tibet, Cambodia, and Asia will be on exhibit. Admission is free. cf.edu or (352) 873-5809.
Family Nature (Through Dec. 13). This Florida Museum of Natural History photography exhibit by Jeff Smith captures everyday family life in the wilds of North Central Florida. His collection includes courting rituals between barred owls, leisure time among alligators, and mother eagles nurturing their recently hatched eaglets. flmnh.ufl.edu/exhibits or (352) 846-2000.
The Art of the Chopper (Through Jan. 10). If you love bikes, you’re going to love the Appleton’s newest and most-unlikely exhibit featuring 30 choppers from such famed builders as Indian Larry, Rick Fairless, Jerry Graves, Ron Finch, and Mike Brown. See for yourself how a motorcycle can truly be a work of art. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Appleton After Hours (Nov. 5). After its regular summer hiatus, Appleton After Hours is back. Head to the Ocala museum for a special polka performance the Ocala Oktoberfest Band on Oct. 1 and a classic rock concert by Sugar Bear on Nov. 5. 5–9pm. Free admission for members; $8 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455, ext. 1835.
Look Homeward, Angel (Nov. 5–29). Based on Tom Wolfe’s semi-autobiographical novel, this American classic, on stage this month at the Ocala Civic Theatre, follows the struggles of a sensitive boy growing up in a boardinghouse home often filled with eccentric travelers. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.
The Legends of Doo-Wop (Nov. 7). If you like oldies but goodies from the ‘50s and ‘60s, head to On Top of the World at Circle Square Cultural Center to hear this talented quartet perform. Doors open at 6pm and show starts at 7pm. Tickets range from $11–$17. circlesquarecommons.com or (352) 854-3670.
Charlie McCoy (Nov. 7). This Country Music Hall of Famer has accompanied music legends with his harmonica, including Johnny Cash, Paul Simon, and Elvis. Charlie performs live at the Orange Blossom Opry. obopry.com or (352) 821-1201.
Ocala Youth Symphony Concert (Nov. 8). Enjoy this free concert presented by Ocala Youth Symphony’s gifted, young musicians, who range in age from 8 to 18. Works selected range from classical to contemporary, and admission is free. 3pm at the Incarnation Lutheran Church in Silver Springs Shores. (352) 351-3002.
Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band (Nov. 8–9). This month, Ocala’s own Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band will perform two concerts at the Veterans Memorial Park. The Nov. 8 concert, “Veterans Light The Stars,” will be held at 6:15pm and the Nov. 9 concert, “Patriots Call To The Park,” will be held at 5:15pm. kingdomofthesunband.org or (352) 624-9291.
A Raisin in the Sun (Nov. 13–15). The Marion County Center for the Arts presents Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning play for one weekend only in honor of the work’s 50th anniversary. Show times at West Port High School are 7:30pm on Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm on Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors/adults. (352) 438-8368.
Fioravante & Coltman Concert (Nov. 15). Norwegian soprano Birgit Djupedal Fioravante and pianist Heather Coltman perform “The Soprano and The Piano: A Sampler” at First United Methodist Church on East Silver Springs Boulevard to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The concert will include favorite arias from grand opera, piano solos, spirituals, and other songs. Admission to the 3pm concert is free, but a $10 minimum donation is suggested. fumcocala.org or (352) 622-3244.
Airmen of Note (Nov. 16). The Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, bring its Big Band sound to the Phillips Center in Gainesville for a free concert. 7:30pm. performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-1900.
Jay Siegel and The Tokens (Nov. 21). Here Jay Siegel and The Tokens—known for such hits as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Tonight I Fell in Love,” and “He’s In Town”—perform live at On Top of the World’s Circle Square Cultural Center. Doors open at 6pm and show starts at 7pm. Tickets range from $12–$17. circlesquarecommons.com or (352) 854-3670.
Marion Civic Chorale (Nov. 29, Dec. 5–6). The Marion County Chorale will perform several holiday concerts with new director Dr. Wayne Earnest and Ricky Hendrix this season. The group will be at the St. George Anglican Cathedral in Ocala at 3pm on Nov. 29; the Church on the Square in The Villages at 6pm on Dec. 5; and First Baptist Church in Dunnellon at 4pm on Dec. 6. (352) 261-1170.
Domestic Violence Educational Workshop (Various 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 ocalapd.com or call (352) 369-7139.
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.
Alzheimer’s Support Group (First Mondays). The Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders support group of Ocala will meet from 3–5pm at the Medical Office Building at West Marion Community Hospital. For information, call (352) 401-1453.
Greater Ocala Woman’s Club (Second Mondays). The Greater Ocala Woman’s Club meets at 6pm 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) 369-9131.
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.
Gluten Free Support (Second Tuesdays). Ocala Regional Medical Center hosts this monthly support meeting for those who have celiac disease, dematitis herpetiformis, and/or any other gluten intolerance, or who would like to learn about these diseases. Meetings held in Education room 6 from 6:00–7:30pm. (352) 854-1100 or (352) 843-7116.
The Compassionate Friends: Bereavement Group (First Wednesdays). A monthly bereavement meeting for families that have experienced the death of a child. 7pm, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church Elder Care Building. (352) 369-6665.
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 hours 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. circlesquarecommonsfarmersmarket.com.
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.
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. mcaocala.com or (352) 369-1500.
KOS/Military Officers Association of America (Fourth 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.
North Magnolia Merchants Farmer’s Market (Fridays). From 8:30am to 1:30pm 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 880 North Magnolia Avenue. (352) 401-0888.
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. artclubbelleview.zoomshare.com or (352) 245-4728.
Florida Polo Club (Saturdays). The Florida Polo Club has returned for its second year of exciting mounted polo match play at Ocala’s Florida Horse Park every Saturday afternoon. Bring the whole family. Admission is only $5 for adults, and children 12 and under get in free. Gates open at 2:30pm and the polo match begins at 4pm. The season runs through Dec. 5. floridapoloclub.com or (352) 978-7656.
Super Science Saturdays (Saturdays). Live demonstrations, hands-on activity tables, special science workshops, guest lecturers, and more offered each Saturday at the Discovery Science & Outdoor in Ocala. Free with $2 paid admission. All ages are welcome. Call (352) 401-3900 for schedule of activities.
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.
Star-Gazing Party (Second 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.
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. floridastateparks.org or (352) 236-7148.
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.
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. ocalafl.org/recreationandparks 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. thefloridapoloclub.com or (352) 978-7656.
Marion County Mustangs (Ongoing). This new youth sports organization in town provides amateur sports training to kids ages 5–18. Currently, Marion County Mustangs offers cheer and dance conditioning, with football, basketball, soccer, and golf instruction in the works. Cheer and dance is taught by former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Janita Muhmammad along with other former cheerleaders and dancers. Practices are held Tuesday–Thursday, 5:30–7:30pm (subject to change), at the Lillian Bryant Recreation Park. Registration fee is $80. For an application, visit leaguelineup.com/marioncountymustangs. (352) 304-6930.
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. floridatrail.org/Chapters/central-florida 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 lifesouth.org.
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 floridasbloodcenter.org or call (888)-9DONATE for center locations.
Home School Outdoor Recreation (Ongoing). Marion County Parks and Recreation offers an Outdoor Recreation Program for families that home school their children. Activities can include guided wildlife walks, canoe and kayak opportunities, nature crafts, and outdoor games. Fees are reasonable and based on age and number in group. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 671-8560.
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. meetup.com/momsofmarion/
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 cancer.org 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. ocalahorseshow.com or (352) 746-1848.