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The City of Ocala announces the completion of three public art projects. The projects were completed during summer 2019 and include the restoration of the Ocala Black History Mural, Bridging the Divide in Tuscawilla Park and Retro Reel at the Marion Theatre.

OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2019) – The City of Ocala announces the completion of three public art projects.  The projects were completed during summer 2019 and include the restoration of the Ocala Black History Mural, Bridging the Divide in Tuscawilla Park and Retro Reel at the Marion Theatre.

On Aug. 2, in conjunction with the closing of the 2019 Ocala Levitt AMP Music Series, the City and the College of Central Florida (CF) celebrated the completion of the restoration of the Ocala Black History Mural.  Originally completed in 2005, and lead by then CF Brick City Center for the Arts staff Michele Faulconer and Hampton Center Director (current Vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations) Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, the mural provides a continual timeline of black historical events in Marion County and Ocala.  Individual panels depict themes of religion, politics, agriculture, banking, education, medicine and social activities.  It was designed by youth during a summer art camp held at the CF’s Hampton Center in 2004.  This year’s restoration includes a new panel that acknowledges the progress made in the community since the completion of the original mural and the accomplishments of distinguished members Mary Sue Rich, Ruth Reed and Carolyn Adams. Continue reading

(Ocala, FL) The Historic Ocala Preservation Society (HOPS) is proud to announce they have begun installing signs this month in the Tuscawilla Historic District. The signs mounted on a granite monument located near the sidewalk describe the history of the homes.

“These signs will preserve our heritage and encourage walking tours throughout the neighborhood” states Leon Geller, who purchased a sign. He added that he loves old homes and the history behind them, and recently renovated a home at 114 Northeast Tuscawilla Avenue. A sign was also installed this week at a recently renovated building next door at 118 Northeast Tuscawilla Avenue enhancing the neighborhood. Twenty-three signs have already been installed in the Ocala Historic District. Owners may contact HOPS for information by calling (352)351-1861.

For many years I have noticed that there are not many garages to service the cars in The Villages. Let me introduce you to a GEM, just minutes from The Villages.

Robert and Karen Gazda, husband and wife are owners and operators. They have a very good reliable staff of many years. Billy Brown Front desk customer service Representative. Also with them for many years are Sam James and Ron Bartlett. You learn something about a company when employees stay that long.

Rain or shine mechanical work gets done. What I like is they have a cover drive up so if it’s raining you can get out and go in to  talk to Robert or Billy. They have a good size show room, with lots of reading material in the waiting area, free coffee and TV. Continue reading

OBL  Speaker Les Singleton of Send Out Cards was a trainer for Dale Carnegie. He gave a session on how to Network, how to communicate, had some suggested questions and suggestions on how to respond. The information shared was very valuable. Everyone went through a drill picking someone they knew least about. In a few minutes they knew all about their business.

OBL Speaker Danan Hopkins of Allied Tax Group LLC, a semi-retired Tax Accountant spoke about new tax laws. Some do’s and don’ts when preparing your tax. Suggested  that complicated tax forms should be done by a qualified Tax Accountant.

Fiesta Ko SA Ocala Florida

  • Date: 08/10/2019 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Tuscawilla Park
    829 NE Sanchez Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34470

A Philippino Food Street Festival and a cultural presentation to be held at the Jenkins Theater stage and Tuscawilla Park.,  For details, please contact Jerome Majarocon of One Philippines Entertainment at 352.642.8500.

Back 2 School Bash

  • Date: 07/27/2019 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Location: E.D. Croskey Recreation Center
    1510 NW Fourth Street, Ocala, Florida 34475

Annual Back 2 School Bash and school supply give-away.  School clothing give-away at Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center.  For additional information, please contact Monica Bryant of the Marion County Children’s Alliance at 352.875.1248.

Cops, Kids and Firefighter’s Day

  • Date: 07/18/2019 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Location: E.D. Croskey Recreation Center
    1510 NW Fourth Street, Ocala, Florida 34475

An opportunity for the youth to interact with the local law enforcement and public service officers in fun and play.  For details, please contact Bridgett Griffin of the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks at 352.433.7626 or 352.401.3916.

 

Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series featuring “PJ Morton”

  • Date: 07/19/2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Webb Field at Martin Luther King Recreation Complex
    1510 NW Fourth St., Ocala, Florida 34475

Get AMPed for a Summer of three FREE concerts!  Join us for an evening of music and fun at Webb Field each Friday night from July 19 to Aug. 2 from 6-9 p.m.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Normoyle  of the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department,  Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352.629.8220 or at jnormoyle@ocalafl.org

After Dark in the Park: The Greatest Showman [PG]

  • Date: 07/12/2019 8:45 AM – 10:45 PM
  • Location: Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex
    2390 SE 36 Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34471

These events are FREE and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served for a nominal fee.  Remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.  For further information, please call Ocala Recreation and Parks at 352.368.5517.

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