Events

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday May 24, 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 May program “Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of  Cyberspace” by Annette Burke Lyttle.

 

For further information, contact Joel Swanson at (352)897-0840 or president@mcgsocala.org.

The City of Ocala will host the annual Mayor’s Spring Cleanup event Saturday, April 21 from 8 to 11 a.m. at various locations throughout the city.

OCALA, Fla. (March 26, 2018) – The City of Ocala will host the annual Mayor’s Spring Cleanup event Saturday, April 21 from 8 to 11 a.m. at various locations throughout the city.

Community groups, businesses and volunteers are invited to participate in this event by collecting litter or cleaning up an area in our city. All litter collected will be brought to a collection site at Tuscawilla Park at the conclusion of the event. All participants will receive a free T-shirt. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 3.

To register, or for more information, please contact City of Ocala Sanitation Division Head, Dwayne Drake, at ddrake@ocalafl.org or 352-351-6744.

The City of Ocala will conduct a special waste amnesty day Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of at NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue.

OCALA, Fla. (March 27, 2018) – The City of Ocala will conduct a special waste amnesty day Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of at NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue.

Special waste consists of household hazardous waste and electronics. Neither of these types of waste is permitted to be picked up with regularly scheduled residential waste collection. Special waste from businesses will not be collected.

Examples of hazardous waste items accepted: Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Each year, millions of people head to Cape Canaveral, Florida to visit an iconic American landmark where history has been made and innovation continues today. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun. It allows visitors to get as close as possible to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, with exclusive tours and an in-depth look at the space program’s past, present and future.

With so much to do, see and explore, visitors should plan ahead. Following are insider tips on five must-see and -do experiences while visiting: Continue reading

ABOUT BILL ANDERSON
“Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson may be known for his soft vocal style, but his UNPRECEDENTED accolades and awards shout from the rooftops. He has released more than 40 studio albums, seven No. 1 singles and 29 Top 10 singles, and is a six-time Songwriter Of the Year award-winner. As a Grand Ole Opry member for more than 50 years and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame since 2001, Anderson is one of the most decorated songwriters and performers in country music history — and an UNPRECEDENTED one at that, having earned the distinction of having an entry on the Country charts for seven consecutive decades – a record held by no other songwriter in history.

His penned hits include “Whiskey Lullaby,” (Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss), “A Lot Of Things Different,” (Kenny Chesney), “Give It Away,” (George Strait), and his latest, “Country” (Mo Pitney), among others. At only nineteen, Andersoncomposed his first country classic, “City Lights” in his home state of Georgia, where he studied journalism at UGA. Continue reading

The City of Ocala will host the Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll Celebration Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tuscawilla Art Park located at 223 NE Fifth St.

OCALA, Fla. (March 1, 2018) – The City of Ocala will host the Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll Celebration Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tuscawilla Art Park located at 223 NE Fifth St.

This free event will include live entertainment, food vendors, family-friendly art activities, a sculpture scavenger hunt and more.

A ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ puppet show will take place at the Art Park stage from 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. Marionettes, big and small, perform together on stage in this traditional Celtic music puppet play by Bits ‘N Pieces. Continue reading

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The American Association of Women (AAUW) Ocala Branch will meet at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, at 1:00 p.m. in Conference Room B, for their regular monthly meeting.

The speaker for this meeting will be Heidi Maier, Ed.D. Superintendent of the Marion County Public Schools.  Dr. Maier received her Doctorate of Education in Child and Youth Studies from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She previously served as an Assistant Professor at Barry University, Miami, FL and was a program specialist in the Office of Early Learning with the Florida Department of Education.  Dr. Maier’s presentation will be on “Perspectives on Women in Education.”

All are welcome to attend this meeting and learn about Women in Education and the AAUW organization.  For further information please call 352-237-4889.

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

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