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Feel the Love from Rex this Valentine’s Season! Sign your child up by February 8th to receive a special valentine in the mail from Rex himself!

*Postcards are limited to 500 cards total and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents must provide a valid recipient’s name and mailing address. The city is not responsible for lost or late mailers.

Ocala Polo Club
(Ocala, FL) – The Ocala Polo Club’s Winter Circuit is underway. They kicked off their Winter season on December 3rd with a very special Polo Match by partnering with Run for the Ribbons to support the Florida Thoroughbred Transfor-mation Expo, an opportunity for previously raced Thoroughbreds to showcase their new careers in Polo, Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, and Western. The Ocala Polo Club will have matches every Sunday through the end of March. Match-es start at 1pm and all are welcome! Opportunities to purchase VIP tailgate spaces are available online at https://www.ocalapolo.com/watch-polo.html. After watching a game, if you discover your new passion, private polo lessons on a Team Resolute Polo pony can be scheduled with Coach David.

(Ocala, FL)- Tickets are on sale for Florida’s premier Draft Horse Show, Grandview International, taking place February 1st through the 3rd. Twenty-one wagons and six to eight one ton Belgians, Clydesdales, and Percherons will compete under the covered arena in what some describe as “organized chaos”. Some Hitches have a single horse while others have an eight horse hitch, and everything in between. Hitches are put into competition based on the breed of Draft horse, number of horses in their hitch, and gender of the driver. Gates will open every morning at 8am and the show will begin with opening ceremonies followed by the action. This is a great event to bring the entire family to! To purchase tickets and check out the schedule visit https://grandviewinvitational.com/schedule/.

Fort King National Historical Landmark
Public Archaeology Day
Saturday, Feb. 10
10 AM – 3 PM | All Ages | Free

Join Gulf Archaeology Institute archaeologist as they excavate Fort King looking for artifacts. You’ll be able to see how excavations are done, data is recorded and how the information is used to learn about the past.

Fort King National Historical Landmark
Pioneer Games Day
Saturday, Feb. 10 | 10 AM – 3 PM
All Ages | Free
It’s a Pioneer Game Day! A family friendly event that will teach all ages about games and toys from the 1800s. Games included: skillet toss contest, tomahawk throwing, potato sack races, and more!

Pictured are  members of Select Business Associates donating a check of $500 to the Veterans Village Fort McCoy. From left to right Operations Manager of Veterans Village Mike Cline next Chris Gates is the VFW state quartermaster and handles oversight of the financials of 159 VFW posts including the Veterans Village.  The Village gets no federal funds and relies mostly on donations. Presenting the  Check is Elaine Maiellaro of Fair Tax and Treasurer  of the Select Business Association. The Select Business Association is a hand pick group of business people dedicated in helping each other and other people also. We do business with each other, we send business to each other, our help is far reaching. One business per category, dues are $40 per year. We meet at restaurants in Ocala. We order off the menu dutch treat. Right now we are meeting at Mojo’s, near Target  in private room on left as you walk in the doors. First and third Wednesday at noon I will list the category with pictures on page two, names so you know who is who on page two. Come visit us let us meet you. 352-804-1223 or tloury@att.net

Step into the 1800s at the Festival at Fort King! This is a FREE two day event featuring  historic themed reenactments, crafts, food, drinks, activities, living historians, vendors.

Photos by CKJ-13 Kay Johnson

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Our elderly and disabled clients hope to remain in their homes as long as possible. To help maintain their independent living status, MSS Marion Senior Services provides for their physical and emotional well-being by offering the following support services:

Adult Day Care, Caregiver Support, Case

Management, Congregate Dining, Emergency Alert Response, Homemaker Assistance, Meals on Wheels, Personal Care, Respite Care and Transportation. Some of these services require a fee, based on income levels.

Marion Senior Services, Inc.

Photos by CKJ-13 Kay Johnson

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Ocala, FL—December 4, 2023

The Ocala Camellia Society will present its annual camellia show on Saturday, January 27 through Sunday, January 28, 2024 at the Ocala Municipal Golf Course (3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd.). Members of the public are invited to both attend the show and enter their own blooms; show admission and entry for flowers are free. For new exhibitors, experienced club members will be available to help sort, name and place flowers for judging.

Dozens of exhibitors are slated to show off hundreds of camellia flowers. Shows typically receive nearly 1500 flowers. Judging takes place on Saturday, January 27 at 10 AM, and the show will open to the public for viewing from 1-5 PM, and again on Sunday, January 28 from 10 AM until 4 PM.  In addition, the club will offer camellia plants for sale that be available on both days, which includes dozens of varieties especially suited to growing for this region.

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