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PALS Auto Repair hosted a Networking event for the Ocala Business Leaders, some customers and friends. They gave a tour of their shop. There was entertainment, games, door prizes, great food and drink. The Ocala Business Leaders is a business networking group that has been inviting business people to breakfast on Wednesday morning for many years. They share information weekly. The club and the breakfast invitation is for open categories. One business per category. For more info call 804-1223.

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Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 2pm – 4pm at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL.  Jack Butler will present “Land Records, the Underutilized Resource”. For more info visit www.mcgsocala.org or call (352) 897-0840.


The Annual senior Fishing Derby was a great success. The weather was great, the people were friendly, there were plenty of door prizes and the food was great. The Senior Fishing Derby is put on by the Ocala Parks and Recreation Department. Buses from the local senior living homes bring people to picnic and fish and seniors that live on their own attend and have a good time.

A Big Thank You To:

Volunteers: Bridgett R. Griffin, John N. Spencer, Charles Dobson, Allen G. Nelson, Jacob Baker, Patrick P. Gilman, William Rodriguez-Cayro,   Grace Huffman, Connie C. DeLong, Dustin Echols of Clay Electric , Seth A. Crevison, Suzanne Shuffitt, Tom Loury.

Sponsors: Senior Voice, Nelson Lawn Service, Greater Hopewell Church, ASB Financial, Silver Springs Water, BJ Trophies, Clay Electric, Ocala Recreation and Parks.

Watch for next year’s announcement in this paper next year.

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Pictured is the Ocala Business Leaders President presenting a check to April Savarese for the Boys and Girls club. Many others donated. Here is the press release sent by April Savarese:

I am excited to announce that we are now able to offer Summer Programming at our Dunnellon Club. The Dunnellon Community jumped into action and quickly raised nearly $20,000 needed to fund the program.

The Silver Springs Shores Club will remain closed for Summer programming.

The Ocala Club currently has 85 Members enrolled for Summer and may add more as financial support from the Community continues.

Frank Deluca, Ocala Sunset Rotary, Ocala Business Leaders, Nobility Homes, Diane Doane, Hamlet Construction and many others have contributed to the Club since the announcement of limited Summer Programming.

I am so proud of our community and the way that they have worked together tackle the immediate needs of the Club. It will be important for the Community to continue to support The Boys & Girls Club to ensure that we will always be here for our youth.

April Savarese, CEO

Boys & Girls Club of Marion County

In recognition of National Electrical Safety Month, Ocala Electric Utility is urging residents and businesses to review important electric safety measures that can prevent electrically related fatalities, injuries and property loss before, during and after severe weather or natural disasters.

Post Date:05/13/2019 9:43 AM

OCALA, Fla. – In recognition of National Electrical Safety Month, Ocala Electric Utility (OEU) is urging residents and businesses to review important electric safety measures that can prevent electrically related fatalities, injuries and property loss before, during and after severe weather or natural disasters.

“Storms and natural disasters create many hazards, including electrical hazards that can be life-threatening. We advise all Ocala residents and business owners to treat electricity with extreme caution before, during and after these types of events,” said Mike Poucher, Director, Ocala Electric Utility. “With hurricane season just around the corner, now is the time to have a licensed electrician address any potential electrical hazards around your home or business.”

As hurricanes or major storms are approaching and passing through, OEU offers these electrical safety tips: Continue reading

Lillian F. Bryant Community Center | 2200 NW 17 Pl.

Mondays-Fridays | May 28-Aug. 2

*Closed on Holidays | 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Field trips, arts, crafts, games, sports, video games and more!  Weekly features: 1. Backyard Bash; 2. Camp Spirit; 3. Edible Engineering; 4. Shipwrecked; 5. Crazy Concoctions; 6. Moving’ & Grooving; 7. Ultimate Gamers; 8. Camp Spirit; 9. Sports Fanatics; 10. Funtastic Farewell. Bring water, sunscreen and wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. Lunch is included beginning June 3. $25/child registration fee and $25/child/week (city resident) or $50/child/week (non-resident). Register through Aug. 2.

Child must have completed Pre-K

Mondays-Fridays | May 28-Aug. 2 | 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

An exciting camp with fun-filled various recreational activities. Each week, we will offer interactive presentations with city departments, STEM projects, local field trips (movies and city pools), recreational sports and more! Lunch and snacks provided. Dress in active wear, wear tennis shoes and bring swim wear on Mondays and Wednesdays. Closed on holidays. $25/child registration fee. $50/week/camper/resident. $75/week/camper/non-resident.


This is the year you learn to swim! Maybe a loved one needs some lessons? Knowing how to swim can save lives so save these dates and get registered to Learn to Swim! More information about this and other aquatics programs can be found online. Please visit: www.ocalafl.org/recpark


Did you know we offer FREE movies in our parks throughout the year? Yes we do! In May we’ll show Basquiat at the Art Park. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets & your friends for this intriguing movie based on a true story! A full line-up of our After Dark in the Park Movies is online. Popcorn and snacks will be available for sale. This movie is rated R. See you at the park!

It is the moment we have all been waiting for! The skatepark is finally opening to the public! Join us for this event! DJ Rocket and Papa Pineapples will be there. We will host a BEST TRICK COMPETITION for a $20 entry fee (proceeds go right back to the park!) The first 300 people through the gate get a FREE commemorative dog tag. Team Pain will be there with other freebies! See you there!

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