On the Scene – April 2020

*Please note, because of many schedule changes related to COVID-19, we recommend checking ahead of time before attending events.

Reilly Digital Series

Missing live local performances while social distancing? Ocala’s Reilly Arts Center is broadcasting popular local artists including Left on Broadway and The Greg Snider Group as well as regional artists for you to enjoy online. Visit www.reillyartscenter.com/live to see the lineup, watch events live and view archived events.

Educational Websites

ABC Mouse
Free 30 day trial. For ages 2-8.

Adventure Academy
Free one month trial. For ages 8-13.

Math Games
Free. Grades PreK–8.

Free. Grades K-12. Language arts and reading.

Free. Grades K-12. Language arts and math.

National Geographic

Fun Brain
Free. Grades PreK-8. Math and reading.

Free. Grades PreK-8. Teaches reading, language arts, sciences and history.


YPO Leaders Series: Rise-N-Grind
Ocala Police Department

Young Professionals Ocala, a program of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership, will offer an “OPD vs Opioid” presentation with Police Chief Greg Graham. The event begins with networking and includes a Q&A. www.ocalacep.com

First Friday Art Walk
Downtown Ocala

This fun, free and family-friendly event, scheduled monthly from September through May, features artist displays and art activities, including those for children. Pick up a map at the square and take a self-guided tour of local artists displaying their works for sale in front of downtown businesses. A variety of entertainers are stationed around the downtown area and the restaurants and shops offer extended shopping hours. www.ocalafl.org

Basic Wild Caving Experience
Brick City Adventure Park, Ocala

Beginner program for those ages 8 to adult, who would like to explore an unimproved wild cave. Requires climbing and crawling. Gear provided. $35 per person. (352) 671-8560.

Fun at the Park
Sholom Park, Ocala

The beautiful Sholom Park in southwest Ocala will be the setting for the third annual incarnation of this popular music and art event. Slated to appear are Gypsy Sparrow, in the formal garden, with a violin and cello performance in the labyrinth. Many local artists and artisans will showcase original and unique works of art and handmade creations. There will be an interactive kids art station. Free to attend; bring lawn chairs or blankets. No pets allowed.


Ocala Cars & Coffee
War Horse Harley-Davidson

On the first Sunday of every month, War Horse’s parking lot fills up with sweet rides on four wheels and droves of automotive enthusiasts. You never know what you’ll see—high-dollar exotic cars, restored muscle cars and flawless classics often show up for this family-friendly event. Watch their Facebook page for regular event updates.


Cinco de Mayo Cooking Demonstration
Olive Obsession, Ocala

Owners Jay and Brenda Breitenbach will welcome Chef Evan Komyati of Kor Farms of Ocala, who will prepare tasty and fun Cinco de Mayo recipes, such as tequila marinated chicken tacos, carne asada, homemade refried beans, fresh pico de gallo and other treats. Chef Evan says he incorporates fresh vegetables from his farm with oils and vinegars from the store in creating the evening’s unique offerings. Attendees also will be treated to beverages, including “Brenda’s famous balsamic cocktails” and wine, and can sample the entire Olive Obsession selection of balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils. Jay describes the event as “cooking demo and dining experience.”

Up to 30 people can fill tables and be treated to fresh breads and various oils as they watch the chef and await the moment they can dig in and relish the tasty dishes. “It is quite fun,” says Chef Evan. $25; adults only.

Check EventBrite for details and to RSVP or call Olive Obsession at (352) 237-2566.

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