Events

  • Date:01/25/2018 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Members of our community with diverse ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds come together to strengthen community relationships, increase awareness of racial and cultural lifestyles, and enhance the quality of life for residents in Ocala/Marion County.

This year’s key word is “TRUST”. Engage in community conversations that impact the ability to accept each other’s differences and come together as one. This program is free and open to the public. Parking is included and a light meal will be provided.

Registration is required. Reserve your seat now at  reachacrossthetable.eventbrite.com

For more information, visit www.reachocalamarion.org or email reachocalamarion@gmail.com.

Silver Springs State Park, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

Saturday, Jan. 20, Latin GRAMMY-award winning duo Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will perform at Tuscawilla Park, 223 NE Fifth St., at 3 p.m.

Post Date:01/03/2018 11:34 AM

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2018) – Saturday, Jan. 20, Latin GRAMMY-award winning duo Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will perform at Tuscawilla Park, 223 NE Fifth St., at 3 p.m. This special concert caps off the closing activities of the Discovery Center’s current exhibit, “Super Kids Save the World.”

According to their website, www.luckydiazmusic.com, Lucky Diaz the Family Jam Band are the very first Americans to win a Latin GRAMMY in the Children’s Album category. They have also earned three EMMY nominations and one win for their work on the EMMY-award winning PBS show, “Friday Zone.”

Their sun-filled pop beats have been featured by NPR’s “All Things Considered,” NPR Music, Billboard Magazine, USA Today, New York Times, Univision, Sprout TV, American Airlines and more. Logging hundreds of thousands of miles, sharing the music of their seven albums and multiple #1 Sirius XM Kids Place Live hits, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band is on the pulse of all things kids’ music and brings smart, crafty lyrics with irresistibly fresh beats. Continue reading

MARION COUNTY, Florida (January 4, 2017)- The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)

Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program, a free 13-week educational course about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January 2018. During the program, MCSO staff will highlight all units within the Sheriff’s Office, giving citizens an in-depth understanding of what the agency is doing for the community. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the agency, personnel, equipment, policies, and procedures.

  • The Villages Mulberry Recreation Center (8445 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL 32159) will host a class on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 23, 2018. This class is open to the public.

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Birding is the fastest growing new activity and January is peak birding time in central Florida so join Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society for a field trip and start 2018 off right.  On Friday, January 5, 2018, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm they will be doing Golf Cart Birding with the Villages Birding Club which is free.  On Sunday, January 14, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm they will be going to Circle B Reserve Birding and the cost is  $10 for members and $15 for non members.  Both trips will have expert guides and everyone is welcome no matter what your level of experience.  Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras,  hats, water, snacks and wear comfortable hiking clothes and shoes.  Email rayesm105@aol.com or call/text 609-553-0757  for details to register in advance.

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday January 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 January program Understanding and Using Your Autosomal DNA Test Results” by Drew Smith. For further information, contact Joel Swanson at (352)897-0840 or president@mcgsocala.org.

The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Jan. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

OCALA, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2017) – The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Jan. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities:

  • 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Jeff and the Jarretts on the main event stage located at the downtown square near the gazebo. Jarrett is a singer/songwriter who was recently named “Best Local Musician” by Ocala Magazine.
  • 7 p.m. – Contemporary dance performance by West Port High School’s MCCA (Marion County Center for the Arts) Dance Program.
  • Free hands-on art activities for all ages will be provided throughout the event by the Appleton Museum of Art, Painting with a Twist, Marion County Public Library, Karate America Ocala, Animis Foundation and the Discovery Center.

Local artists will be working throughout this event creating artwork and portraits at Ocala Homes and Farms Realty located at 108 E Fort King St. Live caricatures will be available near Gause & Son Jewelers located at 14 SE Broadway St. Continue reading

The Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force will host “REACH Across the Table,” a gathering of community members, Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Silver Springs State Park, 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd.

OCALA, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2017) – The Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force will host “REACH Across the Table,” a gathering of community members, Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Silver Springs State Park, 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd. This event will provide information on community concerns that impact our ability to accept each other’s differences and come together as one. The theme for this inaugural community event is “trust.” Continue reading

Birding is the fastest growing new activity and January is peak birding time in central Florida so join Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society for a field trip and start 2018 off right.  On Friday, January 5, 2018, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm they will be doing Golf Cart Birding with the Villages Birding Club which is free.  On Sunday, January 14, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm they will be going to Circle B Reserve Birding and the cost is  $10 for members and $15 for non members.  Both trips will have expert guides and everyone is welcome no matter what your level of experience.  Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras,  hats, water, snacks and wear comfortable hiking clothes and shoes.  Email rayesm105@aol.com or call/text 609-553-0757  for details to register in advance.

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society (OVAS)  presented Lavon Silvernell of Astatula with the Conservationist of the Year award at their Holiday Luncheon on December 3rd.   OVAS was founded in 1966 and has been a conservation advocate in Lake County for over 50 years. They presented their  first Conservationist of the Year Award in 2008 to recognize someone who had significant conservation achievements in Lake County.  Last year, Welton Cadwell, former Lake County Commissioner,  received the award, recognizing him for a “Lifetime of Conservation”.   Continue reading

Date:12/15/2017 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Tuscawilla Park
829 NE Sanchez Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34470

Join us for Let’s Skate Ocala’s Friday night theme night, “Santa’s Workshop” with this favorite holiday movie! Ice rink admission is $5/person, n fee for movie. Popcorn and drink will be available for a small fee. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 352-368-5517.

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