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Ocala Parks and Recreation has lots of fun things to do in January. Take advantage of the cooler Florida weather. Check out these events. Or check out their website for further information and activities.


City Hall | 110 SE Watula Ave.

Mondays-Fridays | Now-Jan. 18 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.

Recreation and Parks Administration | 828 NE Eighth Ave.

Mondays-Fridays | Now-Jan. 25 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.



Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St.

Friday | Jan. 11 | 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy live music by Kindo, citing influences from Dave Brubeck

to Ben Folds, this group has a sound that is unique, refreshing and universally personable. Continue reading

Director Jim Couillard, PLA, ASLA

Project Rotary Sportsplex

Cost $415,000

Size 80 acres

Contractor Boyle Construction, Ocala (batting cage) Ethridge Construction, Ocala (ADA and spectator improvements)

Established in 1998, Rotary Sportsplex provided the community with 11 baseball fields and five soccer fields. The improvements to the park completed in 2018 include the construction of a batting cage suitable for people 12 years and older, the addition of ADA parking and accessible sidewalks, and spectator enhancements around the Cal Ripken premier baseball field. Other improvements that enhance the user experience include new informational kiosks and themed elements such as the large baseball bollards at the quad entrance.

In 2017 Rotary Sportsplex had an estimated 233,000 users and was host to four tournaments, including the Cal Ripken T-Ball Qualifier, Cal Ripken Rookie Qualifier, Cal Ripken 10B 12B State Tournament, and the Babe Ruth 13 & 14 Southeast Regional Tournament. These tournaments had a combined economic impact of $3.6 million dollars on Marion County. Continue reading

The Ocala Half Marathon has been an anchor in the Ocala running community since 1999.  The running event consists of the half marathon, 15K, 10K and 5K distances.  All start and finish at the Paddock Mall, course runs through Ocala.  For additional information, please contact Christopher Moling, President of Citrus Road Runners at 352.637.2475 or go to www.OcalaHalfMarathon.com.

Enjoy live music by Kindo, citing influences from Dave Brubeck to Ben Folds, this group has a sound that is unique, refreshing and universally personable.  For details, please contact Patty Hanchar of the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Cultural Arts division at 352.239.8851.

It is an unfortunate reality that not all kids can afford to participate in paid recreation programs and summer camps. At the City of Ocala, we endeavor to ensure that every child has an opportunity to participate. You can help us continue to make constructive play time a reality for underprivileged children by making a donation to the Let them PLAY! Scholarship Fund.

Please go to our website to donate today or mail a check to Let them PLAY! Scholarship Fund, 828 NE Eighth Ave., Ocala, Florida 34470.

Thank you in advance for your investment in Ocala’s children.

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 3 PM in the Marion County Public Library, Room C, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.  We are pleased to present Family Tree Maker on Tour, an interactive presentation with Mark Olsen.  Mark will answer questions about Family Tree Maker, North America’s most popular family tree software, and products will be available for purchase at special show pricing.  For further information, go to www.mcgsocala.org (or contact Joel Swanson at (352) 897-0840 or president@mcgsocala.org).

Pictured is OBL Founder David Liner, left, in coming president Connie Pendleton, right, and OBL’s official waitress, “Denise”, receiving a Christmas Cheer!

Ocala Business Leaders spread Christmas Cheers to a number of people. They partnered with the Salvation Army by Ringing the Bell for two weeks. Clark Yandle was in charge of that project. OBL also adopted Senior Citizens who live locally by buying gifts from their wish list. Diane Leaf helped co-ordinate that and Mr & Mrs Yandle helped make sure everyone had a gift. Great Christmas Spirit OBL!

Gerry Dietrich TVS LLC (left),talked about his Mobile Directory, how it worked and how to activate it. This is new technology that puts your ad in front of the customer when you get near them. Good talk lots of questions.

Gerry Winton (right), a local Handyman spoke at the Ocala Business Breakfast, describing what he does and took a lot of questions. It was a good talk.

Designs by Debbi, a local crafter/designer showing some of her creations at a street market in Dunnellon Florida. Dunnellon, Fl is known for its festivals held on the downtown streets.

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