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Join us for Let’s Skate Ocala! from Nov. 17-Dec. 30 located in beautiful Tuscawilla Park at 825 NE Watula Ave.  The “synthetic” ice rink is open to the public Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., Fridays, 5-10 p.m., Saturdays, 2-10 p.m. and Sundays, 4-8 p.m.  The fee to skate is $5/person/45-minute skate session for ages 3+.  Need a place for your holiday party?  Rent the rink for only $150/two hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Enjoy festive music, a food truck, a photo booth and more! Every Friday we provide FREE hay rides and these FUN Theme Nights: Nov. 23-Family Game Night (BOGO admission); Nov. 30-Skate with the Symphony; Dec. 7-Hawaiian Limbo and Kona Ice; Dec. 14-Under the BIG Top, Games and Prizes; Dec. 21-Santa’s Workshop, Cookie Decorating and Reindeer Games and Dec. 28-All Things Disney and Let’s Go to the Movies featuring Beauty and the Beast!  The Let’s Skate Ocala! Holiday Skating Rink will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.  If you need additional information, please give us a call at 352.368.5517.  Happy Holidays!

This year’s event will feature two stages and two entertainment zones throughout the downtown area with entertainment and more than 100 vendors.

OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2018) – Light Up Ocala returns to downtown Ocala Saturday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 9 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is “Here We Glow Again.”

This year’s event will feature two stages and two entertainment zones throughout the downtown area with entertainment and more than 100 vendors the whole family will enjoy. Entertainment will include live music, dance, food, crafts, and, of course, the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at approximately 6:30 p.m.

  • Stage One – Sponsored by Ocala Health and WOCA
    • Downtown Square – SE Broadway and Magnolia Avenue
  • Stage Two – Sponsored by Florida Hospital Ocala
    • Citizens’ Circle – Fort King Street and Osceola Avenue
  • Entertainment Zone – Sponsored by Campus USA Credit Union & Insight Credit Union
    • North Lot – Corner of NE First Street and NE First Avenue
  • Whoville – Sponsored by the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors & Watson Realty
    • Marion Theatre – Magnolia Avenue and Fort King Street

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OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2018) – The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities:

6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Chris Ryals 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 Dance Program.

8 p.m. – The Arts District Studio will present a zombie-themed dance performance.

Free hands-on art activities for all ages will be provided throughout the event by 98.5 KTK, Appleton Museum of Art, Art Army of Ocala, Discovery Center, Karate America Ocala, Marion County Public Library, the Ocala Chippers and Painting with a Twist. Continue reading

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October 23rd 6:00pm at Elks Lodge 702 NE 25th Ave with dinner available.

Florida Federated Republican Women’s Ocala Chapter – Membership Drive.

When a Republican woman becomes a member of the Federation, she has access to … campaigns, communications, issue advocacy, membership recruitment.

Information supplied by Debra Jenkins


Tickets to The fall Johnny Mello Show & Dance are now on sale. If you like Doo Wop, Country & Rock N Roll, you’ll love this show. You’ll enjoy seven different singers live on stage, a special 10-gift basket raffle, a 50/50 cash drawing, line and regular dancing, lots of door prizes and much more.

It’s a fundraiser with net proceeds benefiting Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc., as they continue their animal welfare education efforts. They are a 501 c-3 not for profit organization.

The show is being staged at the Lady Lake American Legion Hall in Lady Lake (466 & Rolling Acres Road). (Door open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday 10/26/2018.) Showtime: 6-9. Continue reading

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday October 18, 2018 at 2 PM at the Marion County Public Library located at 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.  A brief business meeting will be followed by the October program. For further information, contact Joel Swanson at (352)897-0840 or

The Marion County Genealogical Society would like to have this notice printed in the paper for a meeting of interest in the Ocala area.  There is no charge and everyone is invited.  Thank you.

Richard Plesser, Secretary

Marion County Genealogical Society

The City of Ocala in partnership with the Magnolia Art Xchange present “REFLECTIONS”, a Student and Emerging Artist Exhibition.


AWARD LEVELS: Best of Show, PLUS 1st – 3rd in each division

AWARDS = $2,000 VALUE:

  • Artist Profile in Ocala Style Magazine (Best of Show)
  • Professional Artwork Scan (1st Place each Division)
  • Scholarships to College of Central Florida (High School Division)
  • Appleton Museum of Art Memberships, Art Walk Memberships, MCA Memberships, Scholarships to College of Central Florida

Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided at the opening reception. For questions or more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at or call 352-629-8447.

The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Tropical Odyssey, will open to the public Saturday, May 12 and will be on display through Saturday, July 28.

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OCALA, Fla. (April 24, 2018) – The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Tropical Odyssey, will open to the public Saturday, May 12 and will be on display through Saturday, July 28 at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.

Tropical Odyssey is an interactive maze and exhibit, educating guests on butterfly farming and conservation efforts in the rainforest. This exhibit will also feature a butterfly zipline, a life-size spider web for children to play on, a giant walk-through caterpillar, interactive cocoons and more. Continue reading

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