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October 25th

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 Hosted By: The Santa Fe High School, Raider Regiment Marching Band Location: 16213 Northwest U.S. Highway 441, Alachua, Florida 32615 This invitational is an FMBC (Florida Marching Bandmasters Coalition) Sanctioned Regional Event! The Santa Fe High School “Raider Regiment” and Santa Fe Band Boosters, Inc. are pleased to announce the 18th Annual Southern Showcase of Champions Marching Band Invitational. The Invitational will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Florida. Alachua is a friendly town located just twenty minutes from the University of Florida and one half mile west of Interstate 75. This year we have seventeen high school marching bands from around the State of Florida participating in this premiere marching band invitational of the southeast United States. Our top caliber adjudicators are committed to constructive comments and helpful suggestions for each and every band. As part of our commitment to excellence in music, marching, and overall band performance, adjudicators are members of the prestigious Central States Judges Association. It is a tremendous day to visit as we not only have the best in music and skill, there will be a very large variety of souvenirs vendors as well as beautiful event program. Our food concessions are open all day and feature fantastic selections and short lines! Please join us and support music arts for all children in our great State! The cost is $10.00 per person, $8.00 for students under 17 and 3 and under FREE. Your purchase will include an armband giving you the versatility to come and go for preliminary performances by day, as well as the evening's top ten band finals championship performances and a decorated awards ceremony. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email

October 25th

Young knights, princesses and fairy tale fans will step into a world of magic and fantasy as the Marion County Public Library System hosts its sixth annual “Fairy Tale Festival” for children and their caregivers on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 1-4 p.m. at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library (2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala).
Children ages 12 and under will want to dress up as their favorite fairy tale character for an afternoon of enchantment and adventure, with activities as follows:
            -Performances by master storytellers Finn and Fiona.
            -Special appearances by the Marion Ballet Theatre.
            -Maypole dancing with the Greenwood Morris dancers.
            -The Knights Training Center, Fairy Tale Trail and the Princess Parlor activity stations.
            -Golfing on the Fairy Tale Fairways.
-An Ancient Arcade for tots and chess games.
The Fairy Tale Festival is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library. For more information on this and other library programs and events, visit the library website at or call 352-671-8551.

October 25th

On Saturday October 25th from 1pm to 5pm, the Eustis Elks Lodge will be offering .25 cent hotdogs in exchange for non perishable food.  The food donations will be given to Mt. Dora Food Pantry Lake Cares and the Leesburg Food Bank.  The Anna Miller ladies will also be having a bake sale, the proceeds going to both organizations. We are located at 2540 Dora Ave in Tavares.

October 25th

2014 Trunk-N-Treat. Saturday, October 25, 6:00-8:00 PM at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. in Chiefland.  Bring your decorated car trunk or truck bed and candy to the Trunk-N-Treat.  Community children will enjoy “trick or treating” at each vehicle - plus other fun Activities including a hayride, maze, costume contests, and a prize for the best decorated trunk.  Great fun for the entire family ...and it’s FREE! Call 352-493-4627 if you plan to bring/decorate your vehicle. Vehicles should be decorated and in place by 5:45 PM.

October 25th

Fall festival at Resurrection Fellowship Church at 1990 NE 120th Street in Chiefland, October 25th from 12N-4PM. Resurrection Fellowship church invites you to their first annual Fall Festival! There will be food, games, candy, music and fun! You won't want to miss this event! Come in your costume or just as you are. They are a small, growing church that's looking forward to meeting new faces.

October 25th

Drool and Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and Pool Party on Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 2 p.m. This annual event is open to well-behaved dogs each year at the H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, located at 1001 NW 31st Dr. The pool and splash pad will be open to dogs, and there will be a costume contest, photos with your pet(s) and great local pet-business vendors and free dog baths! Admission price is $5 or a 7lb+ bag of dog food, all proceeds benefit local animal charities. For more information go to .

October 25th

Community walk to prevent suicide, registration, 8 a.m.; walk, 9 a.m., Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex, 2100 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala. 817-4747

October 25th

Jacked Up for A Cause No Bully Truck and Jeep Night, 5:308:30 p.m., Northern Tool, 3970 SW Third St., Ocala. Raffles and music; bring canned food goods for local pantries. Benefits anti-bullying efforts. (465-7473 or

October 26th

Sun Country Sports Center and the March of Dimes team up for “Sunny’s Howl-A-Palooza.”  The 26th annual Halloween carnival will be held at Sun Country’s Jonesville facility from 3pm to 6pm.  With all Sun Country employees and local supporters donating their time, all proceeds from “Sunny’s Howl-A-Palooza” will directly benefit the March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health. The March of Dimes is dedicated to helping moms carry babies to full-term and to supporting treatments and technology that can prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Sun Country will be accepting donations on behalf of the March of Dimes at the carnival. “Sunny’s Howl-A-Palooza” takes place at Sun Country’s 40,000 sq. ft. Jonesville location and features inside and outside activities including costume contests, haunted houses, train rides, bounce houses, raffle, carnival games, Sun Country’s Gym Bus, KidQuest, rock climbing, sno-cones and pizza. In keeping with Sun Country’s values about kids’ health and fitness, goody bags and prizes will be awarded in lieu of candy. Child-friendly costumes are welcomed and encouraged! Children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a child.  Pre-purchased tickets will be available for a discounted rate at Sun Country's facility and website.  For more information, call 352.331.8773 or visit  For more information about the March of Dimes, visit  

October 26th

Volodymyr Koshuba, 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Free. Benefits the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry, which assists the homeless. (622-3244, ext. 350)

October 28th

An afternoon of beautiful voices, Circle Square Cultural Center, 2 p.m., 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. $4 residents, $5 non-residents (854-3670) 

October 26th

The Alachua County Black History Task Force invites you to attend a Town Hall Meeting to discuss critical omissions in our public school curricula and to help develop plans to move forward into the 21st century.

The agenda for this Town Hall Meeting will include:
• A panel discussion that will include teachers, parents and students
• A discussion about the historical development of African civilization and culture, and its impact on the world stage as well as on the Black experience in the U.S.
• A fun quiz about the contributions African Americans have made to American life, and the people who made them.
• Breakout sessions to discuss consciousness raising and concrete actions (“Where do we go from here?”)

Florida Statute 1003.42 is titled “Required Instruction” and it was passed in 1994. The intent of the statute is to mandate basic curriculum requirements such as the infusion of African
American history and culture in Florida schools, but in the 20 years since it was approved, it has only been implemented in a few Florida counties. This state Statute also mandates teaching the true factual history of the appearance and participation of Hispanic, Asian and many other peoples of color and cultures to reach these shores. The lack of knowledge about the nature of our national history and of our place in the world has left us hobbled by misinformation and disempowered to confront and solve the complex issues we face as a country and a society in the 21st century.
State Law for Black History in Public Schools
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Headquarters Library
401 East University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
For further information email:


...through October 30th

The Patch is open! Come join Druid Hills UMC as they celebrate the Fall season with a good 'ol Pumpkin Patch!  They have all sorts of pumpkins for sale, cutouts to take your picture in, and a carriage for you to see. They are open Monday - Saturday from 9am - 8pm, and Sunday from 12 - 6pm.  They look forward to seeing you there! 1712 SE Lake Weir Road, Ocala. 352-629-5688.

October 31st

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Rainbow Springs State Park presents the 4th Annual Trail of Terror on Friday, October 31st. The Trail of Terror Tram Ride will begin in the park by the Felburn Pavilion - the first tram will depart at 7:00 p.m. and the last tram departs at 9:30 p.m. There will be scary sights and loud noises so parents should take that into consideration when taking young children on the tram. With more than 500 attending last year, this Halloween fright-fest promises even more thrills and fun for area residents. There will be candy booths, face painting and games for the little ghouls provided by Friends of Dunnellon. Everyone is invited to a masquerade ball under the Hickory Pavilion hosted by Ranger Ashley. Witches will be stirring up delicious kettle corn for our ghostly visitors. Visitors should wear comfortable, close-toed shoes due to uneven terrain and low lighting. Flashlights will not be permitted on the tram, but costumes and glow sticks are encouraged. 

October 31st

If you're looking for a safe, fun place for your child this October 31st, look no further. Crossroads Celebration of Life is excited to share with you. The night is packed with games, bounce houses, free candy, and prizes for the first 100 children. From 7p-9p on Friday night, 10/31 at 8070 SW 60th Avenue in Ocala. 352-291-2080

October 31st

Fly into the Forest Community Center and Forest Public Library on Friday, Oct. 31 from 4-8 pm to trick-or-treat with a twist.  Kids will enjoy games, prizes, face painting, a “Scare Zone,” a Halloween picture room, music and CANDY!!!  Trunk-or-Treat is made possible with support provided by the Forest Business Coalition, Forest COPS, Forest Public Library and Marion County Parks and Recreation.  For sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, to make candy donations, or for other questions, please contact the Forest Community Center at 352-438-2840 or stop by the facility, located at 777 S CR 314A in Ocklawaha.

...through October 31st

What: Crossroads Kids Pumpkin Patch
Where: Crossroads Church, 8070 SW 60th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34476
When: Open Daily, through 10/31/14 from 12pm-7pm
Crossroads Church continues its annual tradition of providing quality pumpkins to the Ocala community through the Pumpkin Patch. Open daily from 12-7p, come and choose the pumpkin just right for you, with proceeds supporting the Children's Ministry. Special this year, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6 and Saturdays by appointment, sit for photo shoots - call 352-622-3730 or352-216-0217 for details. 

...through October 31st

WHO:   Marion County Fire Rescue in cooperation with Marion County Public Schools
WHAT: MCFR Fire Prevention Month 2014: Get Down. Get Out. Get On the Phone.
WHEN/WHERE:        Oct. 1-31, 2014.

                        The first events will take place as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 ▪ Marion Charter School (39 Cedar Road, Ocala)
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 ▪ Maplewood Elementary (14550 NE 14th Street Road, Silver Springs)
WHY:             During October, Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters will visit public elementary schools within Marion County to teach more than 20,000 children about fire safety. Most events will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
National Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 7-13; however, MCFR extended this weeklong initiative into a month long local campaign in effort to reach more children with the hope of preventing fires and saving lives. Reaching out to kids during school hours helps spur conversations at home about the need for smoke alarms and the importance of establishing escape plans. MCFR’s 2014 campaign includes classroom curriculum, hands-on presentations, a video public service announcement and a countywide poster contest. 

...through November 1st

November 1st

Hospice of Marion County’s annual Steel Horse Stampede, 8 a.m., Hospice of Marion County’s Elliott Center, 3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Marion County. (854-5218)

November 1st & 2nd

The 30th Annual Ocklawaha River Raid will be held at the Florida Horse Park on Highway 475 east of Belleview and southeast of Ocala. The park is 500+ acres of rolling hills and trees. Modern campsites with hookups are available for rental. Stable and barn rentals are available for horses. Authentic camp ammenities include firewood, hay and portalets.  For more information contact LT. Col. Keith Kohl at ltcol2ndbattalion at


November 2nd

The Marion Civic Chorale will present a "Salute to Veterans" concert at First United Methodist Church of Ocala at 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 2nd, and at Countryside Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 9th.  Veterans will be recognized.  The Colors will be presented by the Belleview High School JROTC.  Admission is free.  Join them for rousing patriotic tunes we all know and love.  

November 7th

Event name: 3rd Annual Cowboy Up for Adoption
Date: Friday, Nov. 7
Time: 6 p.m. Exhibitions; 8 p.m. Gates open; 8:30 p.m. Raffle winners announced (need not be present to win)
Location: End of the Trail Ranch (11350 NW Highway 225, Reddick, FL 36868)
Contact: Youth & Family Alternatives (352-547-3750)
Event description: Barrel racing; face painting; pony rides; games; concessions available.
Live music by the Shane Wooten Band with musical guest The NextGen Band.
>Bring your own seating.<
$5 raffle tickets (need not be present to win)
Prizes: $500 Publix gift card; Family pack of 4 tickets-Sea World and Aquatica; Horse tack basket; Wooden play yard set; Midwest Feed & Supply gift certificate; Horseshoe art.

November 7th

Mark your calendars for the 25th Annual GSC Golf Classic at the newly renovated Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida with the Gainesville Sports Commission. Four player scramble with a shotgun start at 12:30pm on Nov. 7th, 2014. All golfers will receive a player gift, food and drinks and a complimentary goodie bag. There will be prizes for the top foursomes as well as exciting hole contests throughout the course!   In addition to playing, you can also get involved as a sponsor or prize donor for our raffle/silent auction.   Single Players starting at $100, Foursome $350 and Hole Sponsors $200.This is GSC’s only fundraiser of the year to help continue to bring in over $18million in economic impact for our local community through hosted sporting events.  Please click here for more information or call us at 352-338-9300.

November 7th

Girls Place Inc. is hosting its 21st Annual Chicken Lunch, Friday, November 7th, 2014.  A tradition in Gainesville, the Annual Chicken Lunch Delivery is a fundraiser like no other.  Volunteers deliver lunches that include BBQ chicken, rice, corn, and a roll all for $10 a plate to your home or office.  Meals are limited so order early!  Deadline to order is October 31 @ 6pm.  Pricing:  1-9 lunches $10/ea., 10-19 lunches $9/ea., 20+ lunches $8/ea.  Pick Up @ Texas Roadhouse, Gainesville or delivery (3 lunch minimum)  For more information or to place a order visit our website @

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:

November 8th & 9th

Don’t miss Ocali Country Days this fall. The festival runs through the weekend of November 8th & 9th from 9am-4PM with live old time music, historic displays, vendors, great food, unique crafts for sale and more. Cost is just $5 per person with children 5 and under free.   
Visitors will experience the Florida of yesteryear with Living History exhibits highlighting life during the 1800s. Tour pioneer cabins, visit with Seminole tribal members, watch sugar cane syrup being made, take a tram ride though the state park, tour the Silver River Museum and much more.  The Silver River Museum is located within the beautiful Silver Springs State Park. Visit them online at for more information.
(352) 236-5401    

November 9th

The Marion Civic Chorale will present a "Salute to Veterans" concert at 3:00 PM  at Countryside Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 9th.  Veterans will be recognized.  The Colors will be presented by the Belleview High School JROTC.  Admission is free. Join them for rousing patriotic tunes we all know and love.

November 15th

Event: The Johnny Mello 50s & 60s Show & Dance
Date & Time: Saturday, November 15th 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: La Hacienda Recreation Center In The Villages
Open To The Public.  50/50 Drawing, Line Dancing & Door Prizes. Free,”All You Can Eat” Pizza Buffet from Papa Johns Restaurants.  Ten Singers Live On Stage: Johnny Mello, Sultry Lady, Doo Wop Mama, Eulakay Green, Uncle Pepe,  T-Man, The Honeytones Female Trio & David Max Baldwin.  Net Proceeds benefit Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc. A 501 c-3 not for profit organization.  $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door, if still available. Tickets available on-line All Audibel Hearing Centers, Rainbow Bible & Book Store in Belleview…or by calling 352-687-1776 (RSVP Available for tables of six only).  Sponsored By: Audibel Hearing Centers, Everybody’s Favorite Coupon Book, Papa Johns Restaurants in The Villages & Longwood and Marinelli Marketing Services.  Beverages: Soft drinks free…or (BYOB). For more info, please call 352-687-1776.

November 15th

Join the cast of talented teens as the Marion County Public Library System hosts its sixth annual CREATE (Colossal, Reading, Artsy, Teen Event), Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library (2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala). Teens ages 13-18 are invited to submit entries showcasing their talents for Marion County’s premier teen talent event in the following categories: film making, fine arts, performing arts and writing. Entries may be submitted to any public library location through Monday, Oct. 27.
Teens selected to participate in CREATE will be notified by Friday, Nov. 7. Community professionals will judge the entries and prizes for the top entries in each category will be awarded the day of the event. Three winners will be announced the day of the event and cash prizes will be awarded as follows: $200 (first place), $150 (second place) and $100 (third place).
Entry forms and guidelines are available at all Marion County Public Library System locations and online at Completed entries will be accepted at all locations through Monday, Oct. 27.
For more information about CREATE, call 352-671-8551 or visit the Marion County Public Library System’s website at CREATE is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library and offered as a public service.

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 @

December 6th

Small Town Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec 6 5:15p to 7:30pm The Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon Please join us at our nighttime parade that captures the ambience and magic of Christmas. Our parade travels along our quaint streets within our historic village and ends at the Rainbow River. We will have marching bands, community, civic and church groups, youth clubs, Smokey Bear and other crowd favorites including Santa Claus! Parade route begins at McKinney Ave and Cedar Street in Dunnellon (west of Ocala) and travels from Cedar to Pennsylvania Ave ending at Rainbow River.

December 6th

There is an exciting new event coming to Dunnellon! The Ugly Sweater 5K Presented by Victoria's School of Dance will take place on December 6 and will be the first event held along the beautiful Cross Florida Greenway Trail.  Music! Food! Prizes! Fun!  or 352-489-0099.

...through 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.
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.
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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