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The First Friday Art Walk occurs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from September through May annually.

Post Date:01/14/2019 2:11 PM

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2019) – The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities:

  • 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Macey Mac on the main event stage located at the downtown square near the gazebo.
  • 7 p.m. – Live dance performance by West Port High School’s MCCA Dance Program at the downtown square.
  • Free hands-on art activities for all ages will be provided throughout the event by the Appleton Museum of Art, Discovery Center, Painting with a Twist, Art Army of Ocala and the Marion County Public Library. Members of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra will also conduct a special musical activity for guests of all ages in front of the Marion Theatre.

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MARION COUNTY, Florida (January 10, 2019)- Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)

Major Crimes detectives are currently investigating the discovery of possible human remains found at a residence located at 18760 SW 47 Street in Lake Tropicana. The couple who lived at the residence have been reported missing by their family, and detectives are investigating their disappearance.

On Sunday, January 6, 2019, MCSO deputies received a phone call from a family member requesting a well-being check on 75-year old Layton Underwood and his wife, 69-year old Donna Underwood. The reportee could not make contact with the couple and requested our assistance. When deputies arrived at the Underwood residence, the couple was not there.

During the investigation, deputies found possible human remains on the property and they immediately requested additional crime scene assistance. MCSO Major Crimes detectives, MCSO forensic technicians, the Medical Examiner’s Office and the University of Florida C.A. Pound Lab responded and are actively conducting an in-depth investigation on the property. Investigators are in the process of recovering the remains and will then begin the identification process. Continue reading

Construction will take place weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will not occur during any City-recognized holidays.

Post Date:01/11/2019 1:55 PM

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2019) – Due to construction for the City of Ocala’s Osceola Multi-Modal Trail, or Osceola Trak, SE/NE Osceola Avenue, from SE Third Street to NE Fifth Street, may experience partial lane closures during the duration of construction taking place now through Wednesday, Oct. 23.

All necessary devices will be in place to redirect traffic. Construction will take place weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will not occur during any City-recognized holidays. Construction may occur on select evenings weekends as requested by the contractor. During construction times, travelers may experience delays, noise, dust and heavy equipment within the project area.

For more information, please contact the City Engineer’s Office, Capital Projects Division at 352-629-8419.

Free movie with popcorn, hot dogs and drinks available for a small fee.  Remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!  *Movie titles subject to change.  For details, please contact the Recreation and Parks Administration office at 352.368.5517.

Marion County Board of County Commissioners has established an animal abuser registry, otherwise known as Molly’s Law. Molly’s Law requires any offender convicted of an animal abuse crime as defined in Marion County Code, Chapter 4, Section 4-15 to be placed on the animal abuser registry. This database will allow citizens, pet sellers, and rescues to verify that they are not placing and animal with an animal abuser.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. there will be a “Proclamation”

The dog “Molly” of Molly’s Law, Ambassador to the Marion County Animal Abuser Registry, is going to have a Proclamation made on her behalf in the Marion County Commissioners Meeting, next Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9 a.m.. As a result, the month of January 2019 will be designated as “Marion County Animal Abuser Registry Awareness Month” in Marion County, Florida. Continue reading

This art exhibit will be on display Thursday, Jan. 24 through Friday, March 26.

Post Date:01/08/2019 8:52 AM

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2019) – An opening reception for ‘ARC Expressions: ARC Marion’s 2019 Annual Art Exhibition,’ will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. This reception is free and open to the public. Beverages from Island Grove Wine Company and light hors d’oeuvres from Decadence a la Carte Catering will be served.

This art exhibit will be on display Thursday, Jan. 24 through Friday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Volunteers will assist with cleaning headstones, raking leaves, picking up fallen tree limbs and cleaning up debris.

Post Date:01/08/2019 2:09 PM

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2019) – The Friends of the Historical Evergreen Cemetery, Sons of Confederate Veterans Pvt. William R. Milton Camp 741 and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Marion Dragoons Chapter 2311, in partnership with the City of Ocala Public Works Department, will host a Greenwood Cemetery volunteer cleanup day Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will meet at Greenwood Cemetery located at 1393 NE Third St. at 8 a.m. Volunteers will assist with cleaning headstones, raking leaves, picking up fallen tree limbs and cleaning up debris.  Continue reading

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.

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