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The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2018) – The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities:

  • 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Stephen Lopez on the main event stage located at the downtown square near the gazebo.
  • 7 p.m. – Contemporary dance performance by West Port High School’s MCCA (Marion County Center for the Arts) Dance Program.
  • 8 p.m. – Belly dancing performance by the Cairo Dancers
  • Free hands-on art activities for all ages will be provided throughout the event by the Appleton Museum of Art, Hospice of Marion County, Interfaith Emergency Services, Painting with a Twist, Marion County Public Library, Karate America Ocala, Animis Foundation and the Discovery Center.

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Sing

A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine. Rated PG. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. No cost. This animated movie is great for the entire family.

A dedication ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. for Jim Kirk Park.

OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2018) – A dedication ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. for Jim Kirk Park. The ceremony will take place at the playground located at the 2900 block of NE Ninth Street.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Jim Kirk served as a City of Ocala councilman and then later as Mayor for three terms. He owned WMOP and WFUZ radio stations where he also hosted a morning show “Country Jim.” Mr. Kirk’s legacy to Ocala’s citizens also includes purchasing what is now the Marion Theater and gifting the building to the City. He was also a driving force behind the Appleton Museum of Art. Mr. Kirk, a 60-year resident of Ocala, passed away in 2015 at the age of 88. Continue reading

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County is hosting a beginners class on basic birding Sunday February 25th 2 -4 pm at Trout Lake Nature center  530 East  Cr 44. Eustis, Florida. Birding is the fastest growing activity in the US and Central Florida is a birding hot spot. Birding is a great activity because its inexpensive, easy, it connects people to nature and it can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Birding can be an individual hobby, a family activity, or a group event that can be done in your back yard, at a local wildlife refuge or an exotic international location Birding is  often combined with hiking, kayaking, photography and traveling so there is something for everyone. Continue reading

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the annual Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up event Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave.

OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2018) – The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the annual Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up event Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave. This annual event is presented by the Rotary Clubs of Marion County.

A cattle drive will kick off the event in downtown Ocala and will end at Tuscawilla Park where the real festivities will begin. The cattle drive will begin at 10 a.m. near Jesse’s Computers and Repair located at 300 SE Eighth St. The public is invited to walk behind the cattle drive to Tuscawilla Park. Continue reading

Tri County Grange #215 will meet Monday, Feb. 12, at 2:00 PM at the Fruitland Park Library, 230 Berckman St.

A report will be given on the recent  State Grange Session held recently in Kissimmee.  Light refreshment will be served.

Tri County Grange serves those who reside in Lake. Sumter and Marion Counties.

Guests and snowbird grangers are cordially invited.   For more information contact  Master Howard Sechler at 484-225-0780, or Secretary  Mildred Teisinger at 740-819-4786.

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of  Lake County  is sponsoring a birding, botany & wildlife  field trip on Sunday, February 11th 7 am to 12 pm to Orlando Wetlands Park in east Orange County.  They will be traveling through the park by tram and the  trip will be led Wetlands Park volunteers.  The park is home to diverse plant life  several species of ducks, grebes, Belted Kingfishers, shorebirds, wading birds, Purple Gallinule, night herons, Bobcat and  Alligators.   The area has walking trails and  fantastic photography opportunities. Continue reading

The Don Harrison Foundation 5013C Charity Presents a two-fer – 2 Golf Tournaments in one day at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club

March 25- 2 shot gun starts – 4 person scramble.

Learn more about our 5 local charities that will benefit & Sign up to: Play, donate &/or volunteer

GOTO: www.donharriosnfoundation.org

The City of Ocala will host ‘BOBA: Beginning of Bolted Art,” a biennial sculpture reception, Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Tuscawilla Art Park, 223 NE Fifth St.

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2018) – The City of Ocala will host ‘BOBA: Beginning of Bolted Art,” a biennial sculpture reception, Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Tuscawilla Art Park, 223 NE Fifth St.

Tickets holders will have the opportunity for docent tours of the ten new sculptures complete with culinary delights paired with adult specialty beverages and live entertainment featuring Ethio-American vocalist and composer, Meklit. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at www.ocalafl.org/culturalarts. Continue reading

The City of Ocala will host a silent surplus auction Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2018) – The City of Ocala will host a silent surplus auction Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the City of Ocala complex located at 2100 NE 30th Ave., near building 300.

Items available at this auction may include cell phones, chairs, computers, office furniture, TVs, VCRs, Panasonic Toughbook laptops or other items the City no longer has a use for. To view a complete list of available items, please visit www.ocalasurplus.com.

Those in attendance will be able to bid on all available items throughout the event until the auction closes at noon. The highest bidders, or winners, will have until 3 p.m. the day of the auction to pay for the item(s) and remove it from City property. The only accepted methods of payment will be cash or certified checks. Continue reading

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