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Ocala’s cultural community is robust. It is comprised of organizations big and small, independent artists, arts education providers, and regionally known facilities and festivals, all of which provide the city and county with programs that range from the performing and visual arts to culinary arts and historic preservation.  The City of Ocala is a strong proponent of arts and culture in the community. This includes partnerships with local art organizations and the development of visual, performing arts and educational science programming.

The City of Ocala Cultural Arts & Sciences Division presents many events and programs including public art, First Friday Art Walk,  the biennial Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Art in City Spaces exhibitions, Tuscawilla Art Park Series, the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series, and partnerships with community events around the city. The Discovery Center features quarterly science exhibits, permanent animal exhibits, educational classes, exhibit dates nights and summer camp.


In addition to these programs we utilize our public spaces, both interior and exterior, to provide exhibit and performance space to local, regional and national artists and cultural arts organizations.

(OCALA, FL.) July, 2022 – On Thursday, July 7, at approximately 1:48 p.m., Ocala Fire Rescue responded to reports of a vehicle fire at Outlaw Snax, 3031 W Silver Springs Blvd. Engines 3 and 4, Rescue 3, Tower 1, and Battalion 11, were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, units found a detached trailer filled with approximately 40,000 pounds of potato chips burning. The trailer was neither connected to a truck nor threatening any structures. Crews from Engine 4 and Rescue 3 attacked the flames using a pre-connected hose line, while firefighters from Engine 3 and Tower 1 prepared to deploy Engine 4’s deck gun – a high-capacity jet stream used to knock down fires with a clear line of sight.Using the jet stream along with an extinguishing agent, crews extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported.

Pictured is Kathy Gray with her mother Betty Gray. Kathy won gold in Trail and Equitation and a bronze in Dressage. In all three medals. Her mother Betty Gray has a club called Stirrups and Strides. What a great event they had in Orlando. I am sure her and her mother is very proud. Kathy your a winner!

On June 25th, Les Singleton left this earthly world to be with his Lord and was surrounded and comforted by his loved ones and hospice at the time of his passing. Our condolences are with Les’s family.

A service will be held at Church of the Mediator in Micanopy, with details to follow.

Your Life is not measured by your possessions. It is measured by the number of Hearts you have touch, the smiles you have created and the love you have shared. Les has touch a lot of hearts

Rock the Red a Conservative Republican Rally was a great success. It was held at the Ocala Live stock Pavilion. When I saw the number’s that the local daily printed I knew that was wrong and misleading, the official count was 2,034 which was 4 times what they printed in the daily, people were showing up all day long at the 13 hour event. There were a lot of Tea Party people attending. This all day event featured musicians, speakers, and booths starting at 10am.  I love this picture, the look on this ladies face while posing with a Trump poster.  This picture was sent to me by the REC Chair Brigitte Smith who got it from Tea Party member’s. I want to thank them all for the effort. I will apologize for the mis information by the daily newspaper, I am only a monthly so I have a little more time to get it right. Organizer Justin Williams with Rock the Red was disappointed in the coverage.

The CEP Ocala Metro Chamber of Commerce held this months after hours at the Paddock Mall. Great food by Crazy Cucumber, thank you. There was entertainment suppled by the Mall. The CEP representative Tom James presented Jamie Zimbleman, MBA  General Manager of the Mall a plaque thanking him and the Mall for sponsoring their fourth annual After Hours.

Christine is the Medicare Insurance Lady. Christine has had more than 17 years in the Medicare insurance arena, with focus in the Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage spaces. She comes from a medical background of ten years, so she brings a unique knowledge base to her career as an insurance agent.  Christine has built her client base with a one on one approach and makes recommendations based on the needs and goals of her clients.  She has operated mainly in the Central Florida area, but does have a client presence statewide.  Christine has a home office in Central Ocala and operates out of a satellite office outside On Top of the World, with golf cart access and another office near the Brownwood Community in Wildwood. Since Christine has been a broker for her entire career, she can offer plans based on her client’s needs.  Christine’s client loyalty is a testament to her dedication to her clients and the service she provides.  She offers an annual review of her client’s policy and reviews any changes as well as any new plans available.  She has developed a wealth of knowledge over the years and loves her job. You can reach Christine at Cell – 352-572-8510.

The city of Ocala has a variety of beautiful parks for the whole family. Different parks offer different amenities such as playground equipment, walking trails and courts for various sports.

Parks are open from sunrise to sunset, with the exception of lighted courts and fields which close at 10 p.m.


Ocala Skate Park

517 NE Ninth St.

Open daily | Sunrise – 10 PM

The Ocala Skate Park is 6 acres with a dedicated parking lot, murals, benches, and most importantly, plenty of surfaces for skaters!

Pursuant to Florida Statute, 316.0085, the skate park is only for skateboarding, in-line skating and freestyle bicycling only.  No other recreational activity is permitted in this designated area. Mountain bikes and off-road biking are not permitted.

Please exercise caution and follow all recommended guidelines. Failure to comply with all rules and regulations may prohibit your future use of the park. Your understanding and cooperation will benefit all users. No modifications to the riding surface or features are allowed.

Rules to Ride at the Ocala Skate Park Continue reading

The 19th annual Senior Fishing Derby was a great success, with over a 125 reservations accounted for. The weather was great the bait was plentiful, the fish were plentiful. The winners of the Senior Fishing Derby were: Oldest Fisherwoman –91 years young Violet Diaglin; Biggest Fish – Was Urbert Yancy and the most fish was caught by Willie Mae Brown. They were catching a lot of bigger fish, (catch and release) The Florida Wildlife had stocked lake Tuscawilla with catfish for the Junior Fishing Day.

Thank-You to the City Senior Center, for coordinating the event. Thank you to the city crew for the set up and clean up. Thank you to Parks security and wild life officers. Thanks to BJ Trophy’s for the trophy’s and many sponsors. It is always a great day when you can get people out in the park for a picnic and a morning of fishing. A good time was had by all.

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