TV to Watch
The Orville • September 10, 8pm
FOX & Star Trek: Discovery •September 24, CBS All Access
Two possible futures that draw their DNA from the original Star Trek series are headed your way this month. Seth MacFarlane stars as the captain of the U.S.S. Orville in a quirky parody of the genre that plays like a cross between Galaxy Quest and A Million Ways to Die in the West. Macfarlane admits that playing a character like this has long been a dream and believes audiences are ready to embrace the mix of comedy and sci-fi. Star Trek: Discovery, on the other hand, is a gritty prequel to the original series. Mired in controversy and plagued by production delays, the first new TV show from the franchise in over a decade explores Trek’s darker side.
Young Sheldon • September 25, 8:30pm CBS (two-episode premiere)
It might be a “spin-off” of The Big Bang Theory, but this prequel about child genius Sheldon Cooper has more in common with The Wonder Years and American Housewife than the laugh-track laden sitcom that first birthed Sheldon. In fact, the most direct link between the two shows is the narration by Jim Parsons. Sweet and sentimental, the series is set in an East Texas Bible-belt town circa 1989. Iain Armitage is charming and engaging as young Sheldon, but it is Zoe Perry as Sheldon’s mother that anchors the show with her heartwarming intensity.
Will & Grace • September 28, 9pm, NBC
They’re back, and thanks to a Dallas-style switcheroo, the cast is living single once again. Forget the finale. The reboot gets the show back to the big-hearted, bawdy action that made it a fan favorite and won it 16 Emmys.
FILMS to Watch
Stronger • September 22
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman and his struggle to recover after the loss of both his legs during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Despite his injuries, Bauman was able to help Boston law enforcement identify one of the terrorists. Stronger is an inspirational story of one man’s journey to overcome devastating adversity and go on to become a symbol of hope and determination for a wounded world.
Victoria & Abdul • September 22
When it comes to finding the humanity and wit at the heart of the most imperious monarchs, Judi Dench is the gold standard. She received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Queen Victoria in the 1997 film Mrs. Brown, which explored the queen’s unorthodox relationship with her servant John Brown. This time Dench returns to the sovereign’s royal robes with another relationship that sent shockwaves through the royal court, a young Indian clerk who grew to become one of Victoria’s most trusted friends.
Origin • By Dan Brown
For the past 15 years, Dan Brown has thrilled readers—and film audiences alike—with the exploits of his globetrotting character Professor Robert Langdon. Through his bestselling book series, which includes Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol and Inferno, the fictional Harvard professor routinely finds himself on a perilous adventure to uncover the truth about some of history’s most compelling mysteries. Origin opens as Langdon arrives in Spain for the announcement of a discovery that will change the face of science forever. In typical fashion, the event erupts in chaos, and soon Langdon is teamed up with a beautiful young woman in a race to uncover the truth. Although his previous novels have toiled in the past, Origin revolves around the modern art world and some cutting-edge technologies.
The Cuban Affair • By Nelson DeMille
Author event: Barnes & Noble, Lake Sumter Market Square, September 27, 1pm
Meet the New York Times bestselling author at a talk, Q&A and book signing for his new novel The Cuban Affair. This eagerly anticipated thriller introduces “Mac” MacCormick, a former Army infantry officer who now runs a charter fishing boat out of Key West, and follows as he becomes embroiled in an action-packed treasure hunt that may cost him his life.
Keep It Local
Wear Your Wings 5K Run and Walk
Citizens’ Circle, September 16, 8am-5pm, wearyourwings5krunwalk.itsyourrace.com
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the Marion County Children’s Alliance Family Violence Prevention Workgroup is kicking things off this month with some great events that raise awareness and funds to help victims and survivors of domestic violence. The organization works in conjunction with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Ocala Police Department and other community organizations in an effort to offer vital services and break the cycle of domestic violence.
In addition to the run/walk, the group will also be hosting A Night of Hope on September 28, the Swing to Break The Silence Golf Tournament on October 6 and Break the Silence on Violence Conference on October 13. View all the upcoming events at breakthesilenceonviolence.org.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, call the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center’s 24-hour hotline at (352) 622-5919 or check out links to community resources at marionso.com/domestic-violence.
End of Summer Bash
Tuscawilla Park, September 16, 10am-2pm, ocalafl.org
Send summer off with a bang at this outdoor extravaganza featuring activities for kids and adults, including interactive games, great crafts, food trucks and lots of vendors. Reggae band Propaganjah will provide live entertainment.
Downtown To Dos
September 1 › First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm
September 16 › Walk of Hope, Citizens’ Circle, 8am
September 23 › MAX Paint Out, downtown Ocala, 8am
September 30 › Prayer Walk, Citizens’ Circle, 9am
Free ESL Classes › Wednesdays at First Baptist Church of Ocala at 6pm, (352) 629-5683
Free ESL Classes › Wednesdays at College Road Baptist Church at 6pm, (352) 854-6981
Yoga at Shalom Park › First Saturday of the month, 9am, (352) 854-7950.
Chair Yoga › Wednesdays at Blissful Life Corporation at 10:30am, (352) 694-YOGA
Yoga for Trauma Survivors › Sunday at Blissful Life Corporation at 9am, (352) 694-YOGA
Survivors Support Group › Last Tuesday of the month at 1pm in the chapel at Ocala West United Methodist Church (room 235), (352) 291-6904
Arts, Crafts and Culture
Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › Mysteries of the Amazon: Visionary Artwork of Pablo Amaringo and His Students will feature approximately 95 paintings by Peruvian artist Pablo Amaringo and his students from the collection of Scott Olsen, Ph.D. The exhibit will open September 22 and be on display through January 14, 2018. In addition, a selection of 60 paintings by Amaringo and his students, also from Dr. Olsen’s collection, will be on display at the College of Central Florida’s Webber Gallery from September 14 through October 20. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Master Choir Auditions (Ongoing) › The Central Florida Master Choir is currently seeking new members. Rehearsals begin September 5. (352) 615-7677.
Trips ’N’ Tours (September 6) › This Appleton Museum program will take guests to the Brown Museum of Daytona Beach, home to the largest collection of Florida art in the world, followed by a leisurely two-hour cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway and Halifax River. $85 for Appleton members and $95 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456.
Ocala Plein Air Painters (September 9) › The Ocala Plein Air Painters will be at Silver Springs State Park from 9-11:30am creating works of art. Admission is free with park entrance. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.
Fall Market (September 23) › Marley Mae Market & Paperie will host this fall market from 11am-4pm. The event will feature a showcase of work from local artists. (352) 438-0088 or facebook.com/marleymaedesigns.
MAX Paint Out (September 23) › The 3rd Annual MAX Paint Out will take place throughout downtown Ocala from 8am-1pm. Painters, photographers and sculptors will take to the streets to create their own artistic versions of historic downtown Ocala. (352) 629-8414 or maxocala.org.
Ocala Recovery Fest (September 23) › Join the Voices For Recovery to celebrate the gains made by those in recovery. The event will take place from 10am to 2pm at Tuscawilla Park and include a memorial walk, memory wall, honor guard, food and entertainment. (352) 438-5992.
Applaud the Arts (September 28) › The 2017 Applaud The Arts event will take place at the Reilly Arts Center from 5:30-8pm. The event will begin with libations and tapas from the community’s top chefs on the second floor of the Discovery Center before moving into the Reilly Arts Center for the announcement of the MCA Art Awards and the award of the 2017-18 MCA Cultural Grants. Tickets are $30 or $25 for MCA members. mcaocala.org or (352) 369-1500.
Call to Artists (Through September 30) › The City of Ocala will present the fourth annual Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Contest in February 2018. Interested artists should submit entries no later than September 30. ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture or (352) 629-8447.
Oktoberfest (September 30) › Tuscawilla Park will host this authentic Oktoberfest event featuring live music on the Reilly outdoor stage, Biergarten and food. The event runs 3-7pm, and admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 239-5888.
Gospel Concert Benefit (September 30) › Families for Cancer Prevention United will host this gospel benefit concert for all ages at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center. The event runs 4-7pm, and admission is free. (812) 208-5837 or (352) 622-3802.
Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors
Group Bike Rides (Ongoing) › Brick City Bicycles offers group bike rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.
Kayak Outings (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host several kayak outings for children and adults. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.
Florida Safari (September 3) › Silver Springs State Park will host a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest. During the tour, guests can take a short, guided walk on the swamp trail. The tour begins at 10am, and only 15 spots are available. silversprings.com or (352) 236-7148 ext. 4.
West Ocala Wellness Community Garden Day (September 9) › The City of Ocala will host an event from 10am-12pm at the community garden located at 2200 W Highway 40. Community members are encouraged to attend and replant their crops for the spring or start a new garden plot. Plots are available for $10 per year. (352) 368-5540 or facebook.com/WOWcommunitygarden.
Yoga in the Park (September 10) › Power Yoga Ocala will host a free, hour-long yoga session at Tuscawilla Park at noon. The group will meet at the oak tree between the playground and the Reilly Arts Center. (352) 368-5535.
Silver Springs Garden Tour (September 10) › A ranger-led tour of the Courtyard Garden, Crossroads Garden, Camellia Garden, Fire & Water Garden and Wildflower Garden will take place at 1pm. The tour will consist of a discussion of the gardens’ history, seasonal flowers and wildlife, and more. Admission is free with park entrance. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.
Walk Of Hope (September 16) › The 5th Annual Walk of Hope will take place at Citizens’ Circle at 8am. The walk raises awareness of domestic violence in the community. ocalafl.org or (352) 438-5993 or (352) 875-1248.
Nature Hike (September 17) › A guided nature hike through Silver Springs State Park will take place the third Saturday of each month through May. Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellent are suggested. The hike is free with park admission. silversprings.com or (352) 236-7148.
Ocala Zumbathon (September 22) › This fundraising event benefits the United Way of Marion County and includes four sessions of Zumba from the area’s top instructors. The event will take place at the Ocala Downtown Market from 6-9pm and includes a variety of vendors. feeldowntownocala.com or (352) 629-8231.
Cornerstone Leads the Way 5K (September 23) › The annual Cornerstone 5K will take place at the Baseline Greenway Trail. This year’s event will feature a Doggy Fun Run with proceeds benefitting VOCAL. The event will also include a 1-mile Puppy Parade, Cutest Pet Costume Contest, Puppy Kissing Booth and more. The run kicks off at 8am and 8:05 for walkers. itsyourrace.com or (352) 351-8840, ext. 202.
Other Fun Stuff!
Ocala Health Events › A special cooking demonstration for those with metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes or diabetes will take place on September 13 along with a special seminar on the dangerous effects of uncontrolled diabetes taking place on September 15. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. For a complete list of seminars this month and to register, visit ocalahealthsystem.com or call (800) 530-1188.
Marion County Chili Cook-off Registration (Through October) › The 36th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-off will take place on November 4 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Registration is now open and will run through October. Registration is $60 through September 7, $70 through October 5 and $80 after if space allows. Proceeds benefit The Cornerstone School. marioncountychilicookoff.org or (352) 804-2450.
Ocala Carnival (September 3) › The North Central Caribbean Culture Carnival Association will present the 2nd Annual Downtown Carnival at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Complex. The event will feature Caribbean food, dance and music. ncccca.org or call (352) 470-7799.
Saving Paws and Hooves Festival (September 9) › The Maricamp Animal Hospital will host a fundraising event from 4-8pm. The event will include live music, a comedian, free food, hospital tours and raffles. Admission is free, and all proceeds will benefit animals in need of medical care in the area. (352) 624-0300.
Doggone Good Reading Program (September 9, 23) › Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read to a Humane Society of Marion County dog on select Saturday mornings at 11am. Advance registration is required. thehsmc.org or (352) 873-7387 x204.
Design, Decorate and Discover Series (September 13, October 12, November 9, January 11) › United Way of Marion County’s Women’s Leadership Council, “Women of Worth,” will host its second annual four-part series called “Design, Decorate and Discover” that includes expert insights, hands-on activities and fun ways to connect with women in our community. All proceeds will benefit the ReadingPals program. (352) 732-9696 or uwmc.org.
LEAF Series at Sholom Park (September 15) › Sholom Park will host the first event in the LEAF ( Learn Explore Appreciate Focus ) Series. Maxine Hunter of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services will discuss the olive trees lining the park’s Olive Promenade. The event will begin at 10:30am at the main pavilion. Bring a lawn chair, and wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Admission is free. sholompark.org or (352) 873-0848.
End of Summer Bash (September 16) › Tuscawilla Park will host a family-friendly event from 10am-2pm. The event will include Reggae music, children’s activities, adult beverages, vendors and more. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.
TGZone Community Concert (September 16) › The TGZONE Community Concert will take place at 6pm in the ballroom of the George Washington Carver Community Center in Crystal River. Attendees are asked to bring two or more canned goods for entry, which are used in upcoming community programs at the center. tgzconcert.eventbrite.com.
A Night at the Library (September 29) › The Ocala Public Library Headquarters will host a golf-themed fundraising event from 7-9pm and includes mini golf, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $20 each, and the attire is golf casual. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591.
Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo (October 1) › The Third Annual Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo will be held at the Hilton Ocala. The event features an array of vendors, demonstrations, activities, giveaways and more for both the expectant and experienced mother. 10am-3pm, tickets are $5 general admission and $25 for VIP. bumpbabybeyondexpo.com or facebook.com/bumpbabybeyondexpo.