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10 free concerts each Friday, April 16 – June 25, at Webb Field

OCALA, Fla. (March 11, 2021) – The Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA), in partnership with the City of Ocala was awarded the Levitt AMP [Your City] grant to host a fourth consecutive year, however, the series was postponed in 2020 due to safety measures for COVID-19. Staff worked with the Levitt Foundation and artists from the 2020 lineup to bring back the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series in 2021.

The series will return April 16 to June 25 (excluding May 28 for Memorial Day), 7 to 9 p.m. and features ten free, family-friendly concerts to the public every Friday night. Concerts will take place at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex located at 1510 NW Fourth Street. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will move indoors to the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center, which now features improved acoustics and sound absorption through the installation of a functional art piece called “Patchwork Parable.”

The series will feature a diverse lineup of high-caliber talent spanning a variety of musical genres. Each concert will also spotlight a local non-profit organization, that will conduct a special activity or performance during the intermission. Food will be available for purchase at each concert. Blankets and chairs are encouraged. The series will also reflect safety measures through socially distanced seating areas across the field. Sanitation stations and procedures to sanitize high-touch areas will take place throughout the series. Stay tuned for the full lineup release.

“The activation of Webb Field through the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series has brought investment to the surrounding historic neighborhoods and is catalyst to creating one of the city’s three cultural arts hubs on the west side of Ocala,” said Laura Walker, Cultural Arts and Sciences Division Head Continue reading

The City of Ocala will host a grand opening for the Ocala Wetland recharge Park, 2105 NW 21st Street, Friday, April 2, 10 a.m.

The Ocala Wetland Recharge Park allows the City of Ocala to efficiently use its water resources. By developing this park, the City of Ocala Water Resources department helped to create a wetland ecosystem, improvement of water quality, boost regional groundwater supplies, and provide educational opportunities for all ages and stages.

This event is free and open to the public. Members of the media are encouraged to attend. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and maintain proper physical distancing of six feet apart.  For guests unable to attend in person the grand opening will be livestreamed via the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park Facebook Page.

For more information about the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park visit wetlandpark.ocalafl.org or call 352-351-6772.

The Parade of Senior Services was held at the College of Central Florida. Over 30 agencies were available to provide literature and answer your questions about programs and services for seniors in Marion County. The Event was free and was put on by the Ocala Recreation and Parks.

Face covers are required, I ask while taking several picture for the people to temporarily take off their mask. Capacity was be limited to allow for social distancing.

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Meet Martha Hoffman. ”Bringing The World To Your Door, Like Nothing Else You Are Doing, Will!” Martha’s video’s bring you a ground view, a slightly elevated view and a arial view. All in a three dimensional view.



A Banyan Residence open house Ribbon Cutting by Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce. Pictured  of the owners in from left  Blake, Brandon Anderson and Greg Anderson on the right, the lady standing in the back ground in the red jacket was mayor Ruth Kussard. Many questions were being ask during the many tours so we thought we would do a question and answer story.

  1. Let me tell you about A Banyan Residence. What services are available at the facility?
  2. A Banyan Residence is an assisted living and memory care resort that is owned and operated by the founding family. Our family started in assisted living and memory care in 1998 with a unique concept that emphasized an independent and outdoor lifestyle that we’ve built into our design here in The Villages area. By dedicating three full acres to botanical butterfly gardens, waterfall koi fish ponds, walking paths, gazebos, and the like, we find seniors are able to relax peacefully in a home-like and comfortable environment. We also offer a giant clubhouse full of amenities to keep residents active from sun up to sun down. We have amenities such as a movie theater, hair salon, physical fitness gym, ice cream parlor, bistro, crafts room, library, and a state-of-the-art sensory room showing off cutting edge technology geared for senior living.

Beyond the building design itself, we are staffed and trained to provide any necessary assistance to keep our residents independent for as long as possible while still making sure their daily needs are met. Our custom culinary program is designed to provide exquisite meals that would go unrivaled in the industry. Our enrichment program keeps seniors of all types stimulated, active, and social with both on-campus daily events but also in the community, such as attending polo matches, live concerts, restaurant openings, and so on. Finally, our care program allows for seniors to rely on our staff to bridge the gap physically and mentally to achieve independence in their day-to-day lives while maintaining dignity and integrity.  Continue reading

Friday, March 26, 2021 | 6 – 9:30 p.m.

“Viva la vida!” Join us at the Tuscawilla Art Park for an After Dark in the Park showing of the motion picture “Frida”, a biographical film about the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Enjoy a live musical performance by Mariachi Orlando Internacional, The Mamas and the Tapas food truck, cash bar, artisan vendors, movie concessions, and more!

This event is open to the public and admission is free. Bring your chairs and blankets as we create a beautiful outdoor theater under the stars, amongst sculptures and backdrop of historic Ocala Union Station. The Tuscawilla Art Park Series is sponsored by TriEagle Sales. Stay informed about event updates by RSVPing on Facebook. https://www.ocalafl.org/?splash=https%3a%2f%2fwww.facebook.com%2fevents%2f3777823658935727&____isexternal=true

*This movie is rated R, children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. View discretion is advised.


The Tuscawilla Art Park is located at 513 NE 5th Street, next to the historic Ocala Union Station. The park was built in 2016 and created in partnership with numerous artists and artisans, community groups, and private donors with the intention of providing an inspiring space for residents and guests of all ages to enjoy. Park visitors will find botanical plants, public art, and unique infrastructure including a stage, plazas, and wandering pathways through the three-acre park.

Each Spring, the Tuscawilla Art Park hosts the Spring Art Park Series featuring a musical concert in the park. In the past, the series has featured performances from Ethio-American artist Meklit, classical contemporary artist Simply Three, cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee and indie bands Kindo and Little Tybee.

For more information: Ocala Cultural Arts | 352-629-8447 | artinfo@ocalafl.org

OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2021) – The City of Ocala is hosting a free tire disposal event Saturday, March 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Disposal locations will be at the corner of NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue and the Hampton Aquatic Fun Center located at 255 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Tires generated by businesses will not be accepted and there is a limit of 10 tires per resident. This service is for residents living within the city limits. A driver’s license listing a city address may be requested.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Division at 352-351-6697.

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host four summer camps June 1 through July 30. Summer camp program offerings will be as follows:

Lily’s Leaping summer camp at Lillian F. Bryant Community Center, 2200 NW 17th Pl.
City Kids summer camp at E.D. Croskey Recreation Center, 1510 NW Fourth St.
Junior and senior summer camp at Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.
Junior Historians summer camp at Fort King National Historic Landmark, 3925 E. Fort King St.

City Kids and Lily’s Leaping summer camps will offer a new fun theme each week. Discovery Center summer camps provide opportunities for curious young scientists to learn more about the world around them. Junior Historians summer camp will explore local history and nature with young adventurers.

Detailed information about each camp, including how to register, can be found at www.ocalafl.org/summercamp. Fees and participant ages vary per program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following safety precautions will be in effect for day camp operations:

Guidelines for drop-off and pick-up protocols must be observed by all participants
Parents/guardians will not be permitted to enter the buildings
Temperature and health screenings at drop-off
Where practical, children will be seated six-feet apart and groups will be limited to 10 or less
All children and staff will be required to wear cloth face coverings

Camp registration begins Monday, March 1 for City residents. General registration for non-residents opens Thursday, April 1. Parents or guardians can register online via ActiveNet or by phone. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Tuscawilla Park
9 AM – 2 PM

Come celebrate Arbor day in beautiful Tuscawilla Park. We have a full day of fun for the whole family!

  • Tree Giveaways
  • Youth Fishing Derby
  • Rock Wall Climbing
  • Feed Live Butterflies
  • Tree Rappelling
  • Yoga In The Park
  • Eco-Friendly Vendors
  • Live Music
  • Food Trucks
  • …and much more!

Sponsorship Information

Earthfest would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors! If you are interested in joining us as a sponsor of Earthfest please fill out the sponsorship packet and send it to our Community Special Events Manager Amy Casaletto at acasaletto@ocalafl.org.  

Additional Inquiries

For more information or inquiries about Earthfest, please contact our Community Special Events Manager Amy Casaletto at acasaletto@ocalafl.org.

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