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GOAdFed ADDY Awards (Through Jan. 9). The Greater Ocala Advertising Federation’s call for entries deadline is Friday, Jan. 9. The drop-off station is the Star-Banner. The ADDY Awards promote and support the creative talents of designers and writers from the local advertising community. The 2009 ADDY Awards will be held Feb. 27 at the Ocala Hilton. www.Ocalaadfed.org or (352) 351-1921.
Holiday Book Drive (Through Jan. 1). Barnes & Noble in Ocala is collecting books from customers and employees for the children of Big Brothers Big Sisters as part of its annual holiday book drive. (352) 854-3999.
Winter Wednesday Centennial Hikes (Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28). Take a hike in the Ocala National Forest with Florida Trail Association guides Rachael & Lou Augspurg during the month of January in celebration of the 100th birthday of the forest. This hiking series is now in its 15th year. Each hike starts at 9am. Admission is free. Call (352) 669-2898 for details.
15th Annual Ford & Mustang Roundup (Jan. 10-11). Model T’s, Saleen Mustangs, Shelby Cobras, and Panteras will be among the hundreds of Ford classics and late-model cars and trucks showcased at Silver Springs during this largest gathering of collectible Ford vehicles in the Southeastern U.S. www.Silversprings.com or (352) 861-4207.
Time-Line Vietnam Author Talk (Jan. 14). Master Sergeant Ray Bows, U.S. Army (Ret.), discusses his book Time-Line Vietnam: The Tiger That Ate the Firebase, which explore the reasons he volunteered for Vietnam and how his experiences there have affected his life. 2pm in Room C of Ocala’s main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. Admission is free. (352) 629-7397.
MLK Jr. Parade and Celebration (Jan. 15). Ocala celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade from the downtown square to the MLK Complex in the morning and activities throughout the day until 5pm. (352) 368-5550.
Williston Hunter Show Series (Jan. 17). The Williston Horse Park on 19th Avenue in Williston is the site of the Williston Horsemans Association Hunter Show Series, which has dates scheduled through April 2009. Equestrians and spectators are encouraged to come out for the competition. Free for spectators. $7 per class for members and $8 for non-members. 8am. www.Willistonhorsemans.com or (352) 425-9424.
Bunco for Breast Cancer Charity Fundraiser (Jan. 17). The Bunco Babes of Ocala host its first ever charity fundraiser to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Hors d’oeuvres provided. Top winner will take home a Tacori diamond necklace. 6pm at the Ocala/Marion Association of Realtors on 14th Street. Tickets are $30 each. www.Buncobabesocala.com.
Life Imitates Art (Jan. 17). Experience a truly unique cultural collaboration of art, music, and eight never-before-seen short plays in a celebration of Ocala’s biggest talent hosted by Ocala’s Insomniac Theatre Company. Doors open at 6pm; curtain up at 7pm. Central Florida Community College’s Fine Arts Auditorium. $50 per ticket. Proceeds benefit Genesis House, a shelter for abused and neglected children and teens. www.Insomniactheatre.com or (352) 362-8548.
Kirkin O’ The Tartans (Jan. 18). First Presbyterian Church of Ocala celebrates Scottish roots during its annual Kirkin o’ the Tartans celebration. With accompaniment by the Ocala Pipe and Drum Band, the kirking consists of a formal procession-al and recessional that pays tribute to family. (352) 624-2175.
Academic Showcase (Jan. 20). Come see what the special academic programs in Marion County Public Schools are all about and how they can challenge your child academically, from IB and EMIT to Cambridge and AICE. 5-7pm at Central Florida Community College’s Ewers Center. www.Cf.edu or (352) 236-0550.
Marion County Gator Club Young & Involved Event (Jan. 21). Young & Involved gives graduates and Gator fans a chance to get together to network, socialize, and cheer on the Gators. Join fellow fans at Barbazon’s Sports Bar & Grill on Hwy. 27 in Ocala on Jan. 21 to cheer on Florida’s basketball team as they take on South Carolina. Food, happy hour, and a halftime free throw contest with prizes. Party starts at 6:30pm; game time is 7pm. Children welcome. (352) 208-4261.
Literacy Council Spelling Bee (Jan. 23). The Marion County Literacy Council hosts its fifth annual Adult Spelling Bee competition between teams of corporate employees and community groups at the Central Florida Community College’s Klein Conference Center at 5:30pm. The event includes a catered buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and a chance drawing. Tickets are $50 with all proceeds benefiting the MCLC. (352) 690-7323.
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire (Jan. 24-Feb. 1). Step back in time, young and old, to the magical medieval ages during this 23rd annual event at the Alachua County Fairgrounds in Gainesville. Enjoy a mounted knight’s joust, street jugglers, dancers, minstrels playing, and a bustling marketplace. 10am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays; 9:30am-3:00pm on Friday. $12 for adults; $6 for children; free for kids under 5. Tickets are half-price on Feb. 1. No pets, please. www.Gvlculturalaffairs.org or (352) 393-8536.
Ocala Camellia Show (Jan. 24-25). Beauties in bloom! The Ocala Camellia Society’s annual show, featuring some 2,000 varieties of the flower, is one of Marion County’s most beautiful traditions. Head to the Pioneer Garden Club at the Appleton Cultural Complex just to view the pretty blooms or enter your own on Jan. 24 between 7-10am. The show will be open 2-5pm on Saturday and 1-4pm on Sunday. Admission is free. (352) 595-3365.
Murder Mystery Dinner (Jan. 24). It’s a classic whodunit murder mystery at Ocala’s Seven Sisters Inn. The evening begins with appetizers at 6:45pm followed by a multi-course dinner and the solving of the mystery. $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. (352) 867-1170.
Flashback Gala (Jan. 31). Tickets for last year’s Flashback Gala at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center sold out quickly, so purchase yours today. This year’s event features the rock ‘n’ roll music of Flash Cadillac. 6pm-12am. $160 per person. Proceeds benefit UF’s Performing Arts. Performingarts.www.ufl.edu or (352) 846-3647.
Ocala Marathon (Feb. 1). Have you heard? The Ocala Marathon is now a Boston Marathon qualifier. The race starts at 7am at Boyd Marketplace on 19th Avenue Road. A half-marathon and 5K race are also scheduled. Register for the full marathon before Jan. 26 and the entry fee is only $75. Race-day registration is $90. www.Ocalamarathon.com or (352) 637-2475.
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HITS Horse Shows (Feb. 3-March 15). Ocala’s HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun) will take place from Feb. 3 to March 15, with the Ocala Winter Finals held March 3-8 and a special Ocala Winter Celebration held March 10-15. For detailed information about HITS shows, visit hitsshows.com. Post Time Farm in Ocala. For information before the show, call (845) 246-8833. During the show, call (352) 620-2275.
Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance (Feb. 6). Fathers and daughters (ages 3-12) are invited to enjoy a special Valentine’s Day-themed evening together at the Holiday Inn and Suites ballroom, sponsored by the Philanthropic Educational Organization. Live DJ, refreshments, and a Valentine’s craft will be provided. 6:30-9:00pm. $25 per couple; $10 per additional daughter. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available after Jan. 15 at The Learning Wheel on SR200. (352) 362-3006.
A Gala on the Wild Side (Feb. 28). “A Gala on the Wild Side” is the theme for the Ocala Royal Dames’ 23rd Annual Tiara Ball, the non-profit group’s signature fundraiser for cancer research and education. Held at the Ocala Hilton, the evening will feature dinner, dancing, music by Bob Brouillard, live and silent auctions, and a presentation of the 2009 debutantes and four Royal Knights. Tickets are $125 per guest. (352) 351-2620.
Momentum: Contemporary Art from the Harn Collection (Through May 12). This exhibit, which includes works from the museum’s collection as well as significant loans, explores the notion of time as expressed in contemporary art, focusing on enduring traditions, changing cultures, and radical breaks. Works include paintings by Kehinde Wiley, sculpture by Chul-Hyun Ahn, and video by Yael Bartana. Harn Museum, Gainesville. (352) 392-9826.
Promises of Paradise: Staging Mid-Century Miami (Through Jan. 25). A groundbreaking exhibition devoted to the architects, designers, and urban planners of mid-20th century Miami and their contributions to American Modernism. The exhibit showcases some of South Florida’s most talented and innovative designers, including Alfred Browning Parker, Morris Lapidus, George Farkas, Frederick Rank, and Kay Pancoast. Harn Museum, Gainesville. www.Harn.ufl.edu or (352) 392-9826.
Winslow Homer in America (Through Jan. 18). Ocala’s Appleton Museum concludes its “Home is Where the Art Is” fall theme with this inspiring exhibit of one of the most celebrated American artists of the 19th century, featuring 142 wood engravings by Winslow Homer produced over a period of nearly 30 years. This showing is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of wood engravings by Homer. www.Appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body (Through Jan. 11). Ever wondered how fast air exits your nose during a sneeze? Or how clean your saliva is? The Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville has the answers and a slew of other facts about the human body in this enlightening (and sometimes gross) exhibit the whole family can enjoy. Sophisticated animatronics and kids’ storytime and puppet crafts are also featured. $7.50 for adults; $6:50 for Florida residents; $6 for seniors and students; and $5.50 for ages 3-12. www.Flmnh.ufl.edu or (352) 846-2000.
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Santos: Devotional Folk Art of Puerto Rico (Jan. 20-Feb. 20). The spiritual and aesthetic figure carvings featured in this exhibit at the Webber Conference Center at Central Florida Community College are created by contemporary artisans, or santeros, in Puerto Rico. These carvings depict wooden saints that are used in the Christian tradition as “bridges to God.” Reception will be held Jan. 20, 4:30-6:30pm. www.Cf.edu or (352) 873-5809.
White Alligators Exhibit (Ongoing). Two reptile stars are making a big splash at Silver Springs. The amusement park acquired a pair of rare, three-foot-long albino alligators for a brand new, permanent exhibit now on display. Guests can see the unique creatures during regular park hours in the Ross Allen Island area. www.Silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121.
Itzhak Perlman (Jan. 4). Virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman, one of the most well-known and beloved musicians in the world today, performs an emotional concert at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center at 4pm. Tickets range from $65 to $40. www.Performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-2787.
Moonlight and Magnolias (Jan. 8-18). For once, everyone in Hollywood agrees on one thing: Gone With The Wind is going to be a huge flop. Weeks behind in shooting and deep in debt, producer David O. Selznick hires director Victor Fleming and scriptwriter Ben Hecht to rewrite the screenplay. In just five days, living on peanuts and bananas, the two deliver one of the greatest films of all time. Ocala Civic Theatre. www.Ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.
Rod Stewart Tribute (Jan. 10). Rob Caudill, with the look and vocal style of Rod Stewart, and his Tonight’s the Night Band put on a high-energy concert filled with Rod’s greatest hits at Ocala’s Circle Square Cultural Center. 7pm. Visit rodstewartshow.com for more performer information, and go to www.csculturalcenter.com or call (352) 854-3670 for tickets.
Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra (Jan. 10). In its first tour of the United States, the famed Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra—founded in the mid-1800s—will make a stop at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando on Jan. 10 at 8pm. The performance, led by chief conductor Derek Gleeson and featuring famed soprano Mairead Buicke, is presented by the Festival of Orchestras. www.Festivaloforchestras.org or (407) 539-0245.
Pianist David Leighton (Jan. 10). World-renowned pianist and conductor David Leighton, who in the past has teamed up with such artists as Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto, will perform a special benefit concert at Central Florida Community College’s Fine Arts Auditorium at 7:30pm. $15 for adults; $5 for students. (352) 351-5274.
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Jan. 12). Tommy Dorsey, The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing, was a master at creating sentimental musical moods as well as superb dancing and listening tempos. The Big Band Legend brings the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra back to life! Central Florida Community College in Ocala. (352) 873-5810.
Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett (Jan. 14). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to talk with comedy legend Carol Burnett as she takes questions directly from the audience. Hilarious banter is sure to ensue at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center in Gainesville. 7:30pm. $55-$75. www.Performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-2787.
Zing Zang Zoom (Jan. 15-19). Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey bring their circus spectacular to the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. Led by magical Zingmaster Alex, audiences will marvel at the magic and skill of the trapeze artists, human cannonballs, high-wire acts, and the four-ton elephant who disappears before their eyes. Bengal tigers, Asian elephants, and Friesian horses, oh my! www.Stpetetimesforum.com or (813) 301-2500.
Beehive (Jan. 17). This fast-paced and nostalgic look back at the girl groups and soloists of the era features songs by The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, and Connie Francis, among others. A cast of veteran Broadway performers and direction by famed Broadway director Stephen DeAngelis. 7pm. www.Csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.
Loretta Lynn (Jan. 17). The Coal Miner’s Daughter arrives at Ocala’s Silver Springs attraction to perform some of her 52 Top 10 hits and 16 number-one hits. 3pm. www.Silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121.
New Odysseey (Jan. 22). The Ocala Community Concert Association welcomes veteran musical group New Odyssey live in concert at the Marion Technical Institute in Ocala. The talented trio play a broad range of genres—from Beethoven to contemporary—using more than 30 instruments. Show starts at 7:30pm. www.Ocalaconcerts.com or (352) 245-4630.
OSO Young Artist Competi-tion (Jan. 24). Young musicians ages 14-25 are encouraged to register for the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Comp-etition at the First Baptist Church of Ocala. Ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606.
38 Special (Jan. 24). Some 15 million albums sold over 25 years together, Donnie Van Zant—the brother of late Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant—Don Barnes, and the rest of Southern rock band 38 Special performs at 3pm at Ocala’s Silver Springs attraction. www.Silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121.
OSO Young Artists Compe-tition Honors Recital (Jan. 25). This special honors recital for the selected finalists of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition will take place at the Ocala Breeder’s Sales Auditorium at 3pm. Free for OSO sub-scribers; $5 for non-subscribers. www.Ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606.
Tom, Dick, and Harry (Jan. 28-Feb. 8). In this hilarious story of three brothers, Tom and his wife are about to adopt a baby. His brothers are anxious to help make a good impression on the woman from the agency who has arrived to check on the prospective parents. Unfortunately, Dick who has stashed boxes of brandy and cigarettes in the house, and Harry, who is in possession of a cadaver he is planning to sell illegally to a medical school, fail miserably. Central Florida Community College’s Dinner Theater at the Webber Center in Ocala. Showtimes are 12:15pm & 5:45pm. (352) 854-2322, ext. 1416.
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Budapest Festival Orchestra (Jan. 31). In less than two decades, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has become one of the world’s most traveled and popular ensembles. Known for its impassioned performances, the orchestra was founded by maestro Ivan Fischer and will perform at 8pm at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando. www.Festivaloforchestras.org or (407) 539-0245.
Collin Raye and Restless Heart (Jan. 31). Two big-time country acts are coming to Ocala’s Silver Springs at the end of the month. Collin Raye has had 15 number-one hits in his career, including “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” and “I Can Still Feel You.” Four-time Grammy Award nominee Restless Heart will also perform their hits, such as “When She Cries.” 3pm. www.Silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121.
The Jungle Book (Jan. 31). Families with kids in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to this special musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic work as young Mowgli learns the laws of the jungle. Presented by professional touring company Theatre IV at Central Florida Community College’s Fine Arts Auditorium in Ocala. Showtimes are 11am and 2pm. www.Cf.edu or (352) 873-5810.
Dance Songs You Know by Norman Lee Schaffer (Jan. 31). See the man who has opened for such acts as Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Travis Tritt, Ray Price, and Loretta Lynn live in concert at On Top of the World in Ocala. $10 for residents; $12 for non-residents. 7pm. www.Csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.
Oliver! (Feb. 5). Based on the classic Dickens novel, Oliver! engages audiences with its pathos and drama, while delighting with its outstanding musical numbers, including “Consider Yourself at Home,” “Food Glorious Food,” and “Where Is Love?” The University of Florida’s Phillips Center in Gainesville. www.Performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-2787.
Gary Puckett (Feb. 7). One of the most successful musical groups of the ‘60s, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap will perform such hits as “Young Girl,” “Woman, Woman,” “Don’t Give in to Him,” and “Over You” at On Top of the World in Ocala. Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm. www.Csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.