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September 20th

Hot Pursuit "Running Down a Cure" 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run at 8AM at the Marion County Sheriff's Office on NW 30th Avenue in Ocala.  Cost is $20 in advance or $25 day of race for registration.  Packet pick-up & race day registration begins at 7AM.  Race begins at 8AM. Register online at  First 100 runners registered are guaranteed a t-shirt. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

September 25th

Hawthorne Estates Retirement Apartments will host a Senior Health and Wellness Expo from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 25 at 3211 SW 42nd St., Ocala. The public is invited. The expo will include free screenings for blood pressure, hearing, balance, blood sugar, glaucoma and more. Walgreens will provide flu shots, for which participants must provide a Medicare or insurance card. There also will be refreshments and door prizes. For more information, call 237-7776, ext. 255.

...through September 27th

Marion County Solid Waste’s monthly furniture collection events are held at varying recycling centers throughout the county to provide convenient locations for residents to bring their old furniture. Solid Waste then transports the furniture to the landfill.

September furniture collection events are:

7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 13 at Citra Recycling Center, 17780 NE 19th Court, Citra;

7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20 at Dunnellon Recycling Center (4232 S. U.S. 41, Dunnellon;

7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Fort McCoy Recycling Center, 12195 E. County Road 316, Fort McCoy.

Solid Waste’s electronics recycling events give residents a chance to recycle household electronics such as televisions, radios, computer monitors and stereos free of charge.

The next electronics recycling opportunity is from 7-5 p.m. Saturday at Baseline Recycling Center, 5601 SE 66th St., Ocala.

Furniture collection and electronics recycling events are open to residents of unincorporated Marion County and the city of Ocala.

Residents who live outside the county or within other municipalities can take advantage of these opportunities and use the recycling centers all year long with purchase of a recycling center permit. For more information, visit or call 671-8465.

September 27th

September 27th

The CF Early Childhood Education department along with the Early Learning Collation of Marion County will be hosting the 3rd annual Journey into Reading event. Our goal for this event is to build connections between families and their community through reading based activities and entertainment. In the United States 30 million people over the age 16 cannot read any better than the average elementary school student. By offering this event to the community we hope to show the importance of reading as well as show that reading can be fun. According to the National Literacy Trust having good literacy skills leads to higher self esteem, better health, and better job opportunities with better wages.
Journey into Reading is a free event offered to the community and will be held September 27th 2014 at the College of Central Florida. Our theme this year is reading through the seasons and will reflect the importance of reading and encourage reading throughout the year.  The event will be September 27th from 10am-2pm and will be held at the College of Central Florida in the lab school parking lot. EVERYTHING is free to the public. There will be books for children to take home,food,and games, and music.  

September 27th

The American Cancer Society will hold their 12th Annual Cattle Barons’ Ball "Denim & Diamonds,” presented by Harper Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. on September 27, 2014 at the Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale from 6-11pm. Event Chair, Carolyn Maimone along with her planning committee invite you to join them for one of the most exciting fundraisers in the area. This event is expected to raise more than $85,000 in the fight against cancer and will host more than 400 of the area’s most affluent and influential business and community leaders. Dust off your boots, put on your denim and polish up your diamonds for a night of live entertainment by The Dan Story Band. Guests will dine in style with an exquisite buffet and mosey on up to the open bar saloon throughout the night. Don’t forget your wallet because there will be live and silent auctions with prizes as well as themed gaming and more! Tickets to the event are $150ea. or $1000 for a reserved table of 8. For more information or to purchase tickets guests are encouraged to visit the event website at or call the America Cancer Society office at 352.326.9599.

September 27th, 2014-January 4th, 2015

The Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville Presents: A walk through full-scale jaws into a 60-foot-long Megalodon sculpture where you'll begin to explore the story of this fantastic ancient creature – its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution, extinction and the science that continues to reveal Megalodon’s tale. Tooth-shaped island units support interpretive materials, which include graphics, hands-on components, and family- friendly interactives. The exhibit is object-rich, including numerous fossil specimens from several collections, and life-size and scale models of other fossil and modern sharks.

...through September 28th

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Alachua County Library District joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card. 
Students of all ages can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. The Library District provides a large collection of books and materials, booklists with reading suggestions and recommendations from staff plus engaging programs. Tutoring and test preparation assistance sessions are scheduled at various locations. Access to free Wi-Fi access, especially in outlying areas, provides more opportunities for students to complete homework assignments.
Programs provide the opportunity for students to meet popular authors and book illustrators. On September 23, 6:30 p.m., Annette Simon, the author and illustrator of Robot Zombie Frankenstein! and Robot Burp Head Smartypants!, will present Robot Zombies Invade the Library, a fun program for kids of all ages.
Students can use their library cards from home, too. The Library District’s eBranch offers access to important educational eSources - comprehensive, authoritative online materials. Students can easily find information from home on a variety of topics: history, people, places, languages, animals, science projects, weather, national and international current events and more. Homework help and e-books are easily accessible too.
Library staff will be on the University of Florida campus at Library West on September 2-5, and on Santa Fe College campus for Vendor Day, September 4 to introduce new and returning students to library services.
There are many reasons for adults to visit their library in September. National bestselling author Nickolas Butler will be at Tower Road Branch on Sunday, September 28, 2 p.m., to talk about his debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs. Butler will answer questions and sign books after his talk which is free and open to the public.
Find a full schedule of programs at
Be part of September Library Card Sign-up Month, a national effort to ensure that every child, student and adult has a library card this fall. Library cards are free to those living in Florida. Borrowing privileges are granted on the spot after signing up with proper identification. Review all the privileges and responsibilities at
For more information about the services available at the Library District’s 12 library locations, two bookmobiles and online, please visit the Library District’s eBranch at, or contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909,
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).  

October 4th

The Pine Level Cemetery Association will host its annual fall festival on Saturday, October 4th from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. Patrons can dine in or take out the BBQ pork or chicken dinner, which comes with baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and tea for a $7.50 donation. There will be a cakewalk, cake auction, silent auction, haunted hayrides, giant slide, rock wall, dunk tank and lots of midway style games for all ages. For more information or advanced dinner tickets, call 461-4600 or 307-9559.!/events/631263723660290/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

November 7th & 8th

The Country Road Quilters of Ocala Presents Down Another Country Road of Quilts.  Friday and Saturday November 7 and 8, 2014 9:00 AM  to  4:00 PM. College of Central Florida Ewers Century Center 3001 SW College Road (SR 200) Ocala, Fl One mile East of I- 75 – Exit 350. Admission  $7.00. Free Parking / Buses Welcome. Judged Quilt Show with Vendors, Art Quilts, Miniature Quilts, Silent Auction, Demos, Challenge Quilts, Home of the Brave Quilts, Brenda Grampus, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Opportunity Quilt Ensemble.   
For more information:
Contact:  Freda Jones, Call 352-438-0055  Email:

December 6th

Historic Ocala Preservation Society (HOPS) is pleased to present the 2014 Christmas Candlelight Tour. This year's event will be held on December 6th, from 5-9 pm showcasing homes and businesses on Historic Fort King Street, along with the First Presbyterian Church and Grace Episcopal Church.  There will be seasonal music, tasty refreshments and visit with Santa Clause. Tickets are $12 in advance and will be sold at each of the homes on the night of the event for $15.  For more information, call HOPS at (352) 351-1861 or visit our website @
General Public Service Information

"The Michelle'oGram" is a fund set up by First United Methodist Church in Memory of Michelle Blauser Standridge who lost her life to breast cancer on May 15th, 2009. The fund is for women that can't afford mammograms so that they may be able to do so. She would love for you to consider a donation. First United Methodist Church, 21501 W Highway 40, Dunnellon, Fl 34431 352-489-4026.

AmVets Post #19 in Ft. McCoy is trying to earn enough money to honor the 6 men from Marion County who have given their lives in the war in Iraq with a dedicated monument. Along with Marion County Veterans Services, the Marion County Sheriff's Department, the Ocala Police Department, and the Marion County Fire Department, AmVets Post #19 is trying to raise $10,000 to build a monument in a special place of honor at the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park. A special account has been set up at Wachovia Banks for this project. The account is under AmVets Auxiliary Post #19 Fallen Heroes of Marion County Monument Account. Please make a donation and join in this effort to honor the servicement who have given their lives for this country and to the freedom they so truly believed in. For more information, please call Libby at 352-351-8438 or email at

The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida's state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of SW 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10AM-5PM Monday through Saturday and 1-5PM on Sundays. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $9.50 for adults ($8 Florida residents) and $5 for children ages 3-12. Prices are subject to change. For more information, including directions and parking, call 352-846-2000.

The Dignity Project desperately needs you unused vehicle! By donating your unwanted car, you can help provide eligible families with reliable transportation for work while also giving at-risk high school students valuable auto-repair training opportunities. A non-profit organization that's been helping the Alachua County community since 1998, The Dignity Project has repaired and given away more than 800 donated vehicles to the working poor. Your donation of your unused vehicle will not only help a deserving family, but you can also get a tax break for your gift. For more information call 352-371-6792.

Are you concerned you may be pregnant and need answers to your questions? A Woman's Answer can provide no-cost pregnancy testing and counseling. A Woman's Answer Medical Center, located at the Parkwood Professional Plaza near Creekside Mall in Gainesville, offers referrals to a variety of community resources with information and options for pregnancy support. For more information, call 352-367-2716.

Levy County Farmers Market & Williston Lions Club... every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8AM-3PM at 401 SE 6th Avenue in Williston. Fresh produce, honey, plants, veggies, crafts and more. The Lions Club has an indoor flea market and concessions and is there to answer your questions about membership. For information or to reserve a space, call 352-486-6229 and leave a message.

West Marion Community Hospital hosts a Leukemia/Lymphoma/Myeloma support group the first Wednesday of each month at 6PM in its medical building community room on the 2nd floor. Family support groups help to serve the needs of patients, family members, friends who are learning to live with these diseases. The group offers a warm and caring atmosphere in which patients and their families come together to identify and share concerns, problems, and positive experiences with the group. For more information, call 800-868-0072.

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund is now available for children of military personnel killed or permanently disabled while defending our nation. To apply, call 1-800-475-6620.

If you, or a family member, have been told that you need a psychiatric medication, call to get a free copy of the booklet called "A Safe Approach to Mental Health Care." Find out what you may not have been told about these medications. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida is a non-profit watchdog organization that helps to investigate and expose psychiatric abuse. For more information, call 800-782-2878.

If you were involved in an accident and were unconscious, would law enforcement be able to locate your emergency contact person information? The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles maintains a database (D.A.V.I.D) with information on licensed Florida drivers and those who have a Florida ID card. This data includes a photo of the person, vehicles registered to them, their driving record, etc. A few years ago, it became possible for drivers to add their emergency contact information to the database. In the event of an emergency, law enforcement officers can access this information and contact family members or other loved ones quickly. Over 1 million people have already entered their emergency contact information into D.A.V.I.D. For more information or to add your emergency contact information into the database, go to You will need your driver’s license or ID card number to register.

Operation Catnip is a nonprofit organization dedicated to humanely reducing the stray and feral cat population in Alachua County. Stray and Feral cats occupy our porches, backyards, alleys, barns, and neighborhoods. They are the neighborhood cats, the ones without a human address to call home but who seek our kindness anyway. There is a humane solution. Trap-Neuter-Return involves spaying and neutering stray cats and then returning them to their colonies where they are fed and looked after by caretakers. This allows the cats to live out their lives in harmony with their community. The success of Operation Catnip depends on our corps of volunteer veterinarians, students, and cat lovers who work endlessly to improve lives of our community's forgotten felines. To help, call 352-380-0940 or email

Shores Baptist Church at 414 Silver Road in Ocala offers Adult Daycare Monday through Friday from 7:30AM-5:30PM. All day or respite care. Medical monitoring, various activities [[games, arts & crafts]], social activities, musical entertainment, meals & snacks provided. For more information, call 352-680-3676.

Do you live alone and cannot get out due to age or physical disability? Do the days sometime drag along and you wish you had someone to talk to? Catholic Charities Telephone Reassurance Program has volunteers who can check on how you are doing and provide friendship and support. The non-denominational program is free and volunteers are screened. You do not have to be alone. Respite volunteers are also available to spell caregivers a few hours once a week. Call Linda Gardner at 352-372-0294 for details of each program.

Horsesavers Inc. is a volunteer-based humane organization that promotes the proper care and proper nutrition needed to maintain a healthy and happy horse. Their shelter is located in the Florahome area of Putnam County, but they cover the who state of Florida doing cruelty investigations and assisting other animal organizations. They receive no funds from any city, state, or county agencies. Their only support comes from donations. At this time, they are trying to send one of their cruelty investigators to Washington DC to attend a one-day educational class hosted by the USDA about unwanted horses in the US and what can be done for them. If you'd like to help, send your donation to PO Box 380261, Granidin, FL 32138. You can reach them by phone at 386-661-2121 or online at

Archer Family Health Care has expanded to a new location and provides affordable, quality health care for children, adults, and families. They help cover the cost of care for families with little or no income and no health insurance. Selected insurance is accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare. Call 352-495-2550 to find out more.

The Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders support group of Ocala will be meeting the first Monday of every month from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Medical Office Building at West Marion Community Hospital, 4600 SW 46th Court, 2nd floor Community Room. For information please call (352) 401-1453.

Knights of Columbus Breakfast is the first Sunday of each month. $5 donation per person. Lots of good food and coffee. From 8-11AM at their 12228 SE 301 location in Belleview.

SAFE Sanctuary is looking for personnel over the age of 21 to volunteer. Help with feeding the animals, cage cleaning, prepare food, mowing, landscaping, watering gardens, and other small projects. Volunteers are greatly needed and appreciated. Safe Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary located in Anthony, Florida, just 15 miles north of Ocala. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe haven for animals. They have a Class 3 License issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which enables them to take in many types of animals: domestic, farm, and exotic, including small primates. The Sanctuary provides a place for animals to live that are in need of a home. Many animals come to them because of unfortunate circumstances - some have been lost or abandoned, or just no longer wanted. They work with a number of state and local organizations, including animal welfare agencies, to make sure that animals they are unable to shelter or place are given a home. They are also contacted by owners when they are unable to maintain the level of care the animals needs, due to relocation, financial, or health reasons. In rare cases, the animal may require special handling by a professional. In most cases, the owners want to make sure that good care is provided to the animal. If the Sanctuary is unable to take in the animal, they will work with the owner to find another facility that is able to help. For more information, or to volunteer, call 352-671-6797.

Are you an honorably discharged veteran? Are you in need of long-term hospital help, but don't think there are any options for you? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you are probably entitled to more benefits than you realize. 49 states and Puerto Rico currently have state-run and funded facilities that provide various types of care at virtually no cost to you. If you or someone you know is in search of assistance, but not sure if you qualify, call toll-free at 1-866-331-1944. This message is brought to you as a public service by the Disabled Veterans Associations.

Have a Heart for Companion Animals will again this year offer their free "Hurricane Protection Guide for Pets." This is an 8-page document full of tips and ways to protect your pets from an impending hurricane. The free guide can be downloaded from the internet by going to, or call them for a free copy by mail at 352-687-4070.

Volunteers are needed to deliver Meals on Wheels to frail elderly in Gainesville. Lunchtime meals are delivered Monday-Friday, own transportation needed. Work individually or in pairs. For more information or to volunteer, contact ElderCare of Alachua County at 352-265-9040. Ask for Jeff Lee.

Make a difference in the life of an abused child, become a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer; as a child advocate, you will experience the rewards of helping our community’s most vulnerable children. Stand up and speak for a child who has been abused, neglected and abandoned.  Our next training begins Aug. 5th at the Ocala Police Dept., 402 S. Pine Ave., Ocala.    For further information contact Lynn Sennett, Recruiter/Training Guardian ad Litem Program at 352-274-5231 or email  Please watch our video: and visit their website at

This year, 213 million women will learn they have breast cancer, making it the most common cancer among women. Screening and new treatments are allowing more women to beat this disease. For more information on screening and treatment, visit

Studies prove it... volunteering is good for your body and mind. Volunteers are also important members of the Hospice Team and work in many different areas including administration, comfort and support for patients and their families, and in their Thrift Stores. Hospice of Marion County needs you! If you would like to become a volunteer, or if you have any questions, call 352-873-7441.

The Division of Blind Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides a wide range of services to those who are blind or visually impaired with the goal of assisting them to gain, maintain, or advance in employment. Services include career counseling, on-the-job-training, job placement assistance, and more. For more information, call 1-800-443-0908.

Life South Community Blood Centers needs your help to avoid a blood shortage in our community. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and show photo identification. For more information, call 888-795-2707.

Florida Blood Centers are in critical need for all blood types. They are also in need of platelet donations. For information call 352-732-0175 or stop by Florida's Blood Center, 1051 SW 1st Ave. in Ocala.

People Assisting Children (P.A.C) are working with local organizations to provide assistance and address the needs of children. They will collect baby wipes, diapers, children's underwear and pajamas for the Domestic Violence Shelter at Mad Dads - The Family Connection office, 210 NW 12th Ave. in Ocala; at Emerald Shores Elementary, 404 Emerald Rd. in Ocala and at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, 1601 E. Gulf Atlantic Hwy, Wildwood.

Gainesville Pet Rescue is open for adoption on Thursdays 10am-8pm; Friday and Saturdays from 10am-6pm. Stop by their Adoption Center to meet your new pet. It's located at 600 NW 75th St. Ste. C in Gainesville. For information call 352-331-1087.

Parents or guardians in Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Sumter Counties of a child from birth to 5 years of age--the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast is enrolling eligible children into low-cost, quality early care and education programs. It's a 501-C (3) not for profit corporation. Call 1-877-336-5437 for information.

The Volunteer Center of North Central Florida is encouraging you to give back to the community. Whether it's working with kids or lending a hand outdoors, the Volunteer Center has an opportunity that you will enjoy. For information on how to get involved, e-mail the Volunteer Center at or call 352-378-2552.

American Legion Post 16, 4701 NW 6th St. in Gainesville, has Bingo every Thursday at 7pm. It's located south of the closed Rancher Western Store. Jackpots range from $25 to $250. Parking is free. Smoking and non-smoking seating is provided. For information call 352-372-8802.

The United Way's Marion Volunteer Network invites you to search for available opportunities and sign-up at It's free for volunteers to find ways they can help their community. For information call Heather at 352-732-9696 ext. 203.

Every Thursday from 7-8:30pm and the first Saturday of every month from 11am-12:30pm there is an informal gathering of adoptive and prospective adoptive parents at the Women's Pregnancy Center, 1701 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala. For information call Tracy at 351-1294.

The Alachua County Humane Society needs your help. Help save an animal's life by being a foster guardian and giving it a temporary home while it awaits adoption. All you need is room in your heart and home, they'll take care of the rest. Foster guardian orientations are held monthly. Call 373-5855 for information.

Marion County Blood Bank is urging you to give the "gift of life." The Blood Bank is located one block north of Munroe Regional Medical Center on 1st Avenue. Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am-7pm and Saturday 7am-3pm. You can also donate in Lake County in Lady Lake: C5 La Plaza Grande Blvd. Monday through Thursday from 9am-5pm. For information call 352-750-4088.

Would you like to visit Asia, Europe or South America this year - without leaving home? The ASSE Exchange Student Programs is looking for you! Host a 15-18 year old student in your home for the academic school year! For more information, call 1-800-473-0693.

Visit Gallery Under the Oaks, an artist cooperative under the direction of the Micanopy Community Council for the Arts, Inc. The gallery features the work of Micanopy area artists year round. The Gallery Under the Oaks is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-5pm in downtown history Micanopy's Log Cabin. Plan to come and spend the day exploring Florida's oldest inland town. For more information, call 352-466-9229 or visit
The Belleview South Marion Chamber of Commerce is hosting a farmers market. It is held weekly on Wednesdays from 9am-2pm. Located at City Hall Park on 441 (next to the Chamber building @ 5301 SE Abshier Blvd. Belleview, Fl.) Quality products that are fresh and affordable will be what’s on the menu at your local Belleview Farmers Market! This market provides a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, organic meats & vegetables, pirogues, local honey and jams, nuts, plants natural items including soap and some fun crafts to the citizens of Belleview and surrounding areas while helping to boost our local economy. Vendor applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce. For more vendor or consumer info please call Mariah Chaffin @ (352)245-2178 or email
Fresh things are coming to the Downtown Ocala Square! Stop by the new Ocala Farm Market each Saturday morning from 8am to 1:00pm to purchase farm & seafood products, organic and gourmet foods, flowers, botanicals, art and antiques. Now you can check out the unique Downtown shops AND buy something fresh and delicious! Discover the Ocala Farm Market each Saturday morning. Call (352) 426-8244 for more information or to become a vendor. Brought to you by the Downtown Business Alliance and the City of Ocala.
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Now, with over one thousand World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out. In Marion County we had approximately 2,500 World War II Veterans when we started the project three years ago. Now we have around 1,000 vets. Each flight costs $70,000. Veterans are not allowed to pay for themselves. Funds come from donations from community businesses and private citizens. Veterans can be sponsored by a group or business. Tax deductible donations can be done online at the site through Pay Pal. Forms for volunteers and others who want to take part in the flight are on the webpage. Checks can be written payable to VFW Florida Department. Please note in the memo line; Ocala Honor Flight. Send the checks to Florida Department of VFW, Attn: Ocala Honor Flight, PO Box1630, Ocala, FL 34478.

WIC Program

Are you pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a child under age 5?  You may qualify for WIC.  It’s a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care, immunizations and other community services.  Call 1-800-494-2543 for more information.
The Humane Society of NE FL in partnership with First Coast No More Homeless Pets Inc. will be operating the Neuter Commuter on selected Wednesday's.  Companion cats $32-42.  Feral cat package $30.  Dogs $42-87.  Space is limited please call 386-325-1587 to schedule an appointment for Hollister or East Palatka. 

The Humane Society of Northeast Florida, Inc.,has updated their hours at the shelter and the thrift store as follows.  The shelter hours located at 112 Norma Street, Hollister are Tuesday through Sunday, 10-4. The thrift store hours located at 819 S. Moody Rd. (Sears Complex) are Monday through Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 12-5.


Understanding Medicare or health insurance benefits, or choosing a supplemental policy or prescription drug plan, can be a confusing task. SHINE can help!  SHINE, which stands for “Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders,” is a free program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Several SHINE counselors are located in Marion County. Call the Elder helpline at1-800-963-5337 to find the nearest counseling site to you or to make an appointment with a SHINE counselor. This is a free service.
I am for the child who has had seven addresses in a single year because she is in foster care.  I am for the child who barely remembers the Mom who left her at a neighbor’s house two years ago. 
I am a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.  I am you.
Lift up a child’s voice…a child’s life…become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer. 
Call (352) 274-5231 or visit for more information.  
Looking for a great place to bring your friends and family? Visit the Marion County "Health Happens" Farmers' Market! The market takes place every Friday from 9a.m. to 3p.m. in the field at McPherson Government Complex, 601 SE 25th Ave. From peanuts to produce and salads to seafood, the "Health Happens" Farmers' Market has all the goodies in stock. We welcome new market vendors weekly, so every Friday has something new to offer! Check it out at or contact Brittney Bruner:
Have you been told your child has a learning, behavioral or mental health disorder?  There are five facts you may want to know.  The first is that there are no medical tests that can evidence one-single disorder, not a brain scan, blood test, nor chemical imbalance test. The second fact is that learning, behavioral and mental health disorders are voted upon by work-groups of psychiatrists, more than 50% of whom have financial ties to pharmaceutical companies. Call 800-782-2878 to learn more!
The St. Francis House Shelter in Gainesville is need of towels. If you have towels you'd like to donate, please contact St. Francis House at (352) 378-9079 or visit them at 413 N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. For more information about St. Francis House, please visit:
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