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Community Happenings

May 29- July 12

ONE OF THE BEST SELLING MUSICALS IN HIPPODROME HISTORY RETURNS FOR A SENSATIONAL SUMMER RUN!   HONKY TONK ANGELS is a spirited and rollicking musical journey celebrating country music through the years, with hits by legendary female voices of Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, and Dolly Parton.   HONKY TONK ANGELS tells the story of three women from different walks of life who cross paths on a bus to Nashville, Tennessee. On stage at the Hippodrome May 29- July 12, 2015 with 8 shows a week. HONKY TONK ANGELS tickets are on sale now at (352) 375-4477 and

July 11

Fish Fry: July 11th, 2015 at Belleview Masonic Lodge # 95...5871 SE Baseline Road, Belleview, FL 34420
(352) 245-6468
Best Fish Fry In Town...On Sale From 11:00am – 3:00pm...All You Can Eat For $9.95...Fish, Cole Slaw, Bake Beans, and Hushpuppies, Iced Tea or Coffee With Meal...Come Out And Support A Great Organization...Come Out And Socialize With A Great Group Of People...Thank You All For Your Support...From Belleview Masonic Lodge # 95...

July 18

FAUX 5K TO BENEFIT OCALA CIVIC THEATRE Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Brick City Center for the Arts.
What is a Faux-5K? It's all the festivities you love about a 5K run – the camaraderie, the celebration, the entertainment – but without the running. You read that right: No running. No joke! For crying out loud, it’s JULY!

The Ocala Civic Theatre “To Run, or Not To Run” Faux 5K invites participants to lace up their sneakers, pin on a numbered bib, and snap a photo at the finish line – all without breaking a sweat. Participants are required to register in advance. “Runners” may enter as individuals or as a team. The registration fee is $25 and includes a race number, T-shirt, and swag bag.

Participants will cross the start/finish line when they enter Brick City Center for the Arts (23 SW Broadway Street, Ocala, 34471) and will be ready to enjoy the party. Chair massages, light bites, a cash bar, and wonderful silent auction prizes await the “runners.” Participants are invited to wear their most colorful running gear, costumes, or any casual wear. Tutus are encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed Runners.

There are three easy ways to register: in person at Ocala Civic Theatre (4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 34470), Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; by telephone at (352) 236-2274 during the same hours; and online 24/7 at Registrations will be accepted until July 15, so don't delay!

The Theatre has eight official Spirit Stations which will welcome registered participants who stop by to “train” for the Faux-5K. Each location offers a discount for runners and will give a token (one token per person/per visit). Prizes will be awarded at the July 18 event to the individual and team that collect the most tokens. Additionally, prizes will be awarded to the runners who collect tokens from all eight official Spirit Stations.

Spirit Stations are Blue Highway Pizzeria, Stella’s Modern Pantry, La Cuisine French Restaurant, Gator’s Dockside, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill, Miller’s Ale House, Scrambles, and Wing House. Participants are encouraged to upload photos of their “training” sessions to the event Facebook page: To Run, or Not To Run: Faux 5K to Benefit Ocala Civic Theatre.
Eat smart, play smart with the University of Florida’s new Childhood Health and Asthma Management Program. CHAMP promotes optimal health in children ages 6 to 12 who have asthma and are at the higher end of the growth curve. Kids and families will participate in fun games that teach children about growing healthy and strong, learn ways to prevent and cope with asthma symptoms, and sample tasty and healthy foods. Call (352) 273-5124 to learn more.

Help For Veterans

Do you know a veteran family that is homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless? Meridian can help with Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). SSVF helps veteran families to quickly gain stability in permanent housing. Services include case management, coordinating VA benefits, referral to community services, and temporary financial assistance for eligible expenses. Together we can help to support our veterans. For more information, call 352-374-5600 x8360 or visit

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If you would like to add your event to our Community Calendar, email information to or mail it to 3602 NE 20th Place, Ocala, FL 34470.Please send information at least two weeks prior to your event.
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06/10/2014 4:04PM
Making Home Safer for Seniors
Preventable home hazards can cause falls and injuries that impact seniors’ ability to live independently. That’s why Home Instead Senior Care of Gainesville has launched the Making Home Safer for Seniors campaign. For a complimentary home safety check please call 352-336-3388
04/21/2015 8:58AM
Downtown Festival and Art Show
Immerse yourself in a creative blend of art, music and culture at the 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show on Nov. 14 and 15 in Downtown Gainesville. Explore a stunning collection of art work by 240 artists and marvel at world-class paintings, vivid photography, unique sculpture, dazzling jewelry and so much more. Enjoy continuous entertainment on three stages all weekend, including a Downtown Blues Concert on Friday evening. Bring the kids for free art activities at the Children’s Imagination Station. For more information call 352-334-ARTS.
06/03/2015 8:30AM
The Fantasists at Acrosstown Repertory Theater
Presenting: Our first ever Acrosstown Youthtroupe Production: The Fantasists by Randy Wyatt! Take a trip with us into a world that seems as familiar as Hogwarts and Narnia, rife with all the fairy-tale tropes and trappings– like evil ice queens, snow lions, and wizarding contests– and then take a left turn at Albuquerque and you’ll be at our production of Randy Wyatt’s The Fantasists. Two students who aspire to be Fantasists– storyteller-wizards who can bring their stories to life– match wits in a battle royale for the title. But these contests are never as simple as they seem, are they? When their stories’ characters have their own aspirations perky Floriad and competitive Somnia will be forced to work together in their final test. Will either or both succeed? And why doesn’t the-Gnome-Who-Lives-in-a-Lake-but-Doesn’t-Know-Why know why he lives in a lake? This clever, magical story is guaranteed to please children of all ages (especially the ones who have to go to work for a living), and will be the inaugural performance of ARTY– The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Youthtroupe. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door starting 30 minutes before curtain, cash only, please Tickets can be purchased at the link below
06/08/2015 8:43AM
Red, White & More Red!
Red, White & More Red! Gainesville Woman’s Club Benefit The Gainesville Woman's Club is hosting the fifth annual "Red, White & More Red!" wine tasting benefit with proceeds going to the Peaceful Paths and other club projects. There will be hors d’oeuvres, desserts, door prizes and live piano music. Date: July 16, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Where: Gainesville Woman's Club 2809 West University Avenue Cost: $25.00 For reservations call: (352) 376-3901 by Monday July 13th. Email:
06/26/2015 3:10PM
ReptiDay Gainesville - October 17, 2015 - Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
Repticon is hosting a major family-oriented event in Gainesville at Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center on October 17, 2015. Our expos have a great following and will bring many visitors into your area. We would very much like to have our event published on your Calendar of Events. Following is the most commonly asked for information. If you need anything further, please let me know. Thank you for your consideration. Title: ReptiDay Gainesville Reptile & Exotic Animal Show Description: ReptiDay Gainesville is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Hours: Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Early Entry at 9:30am) Admission: Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free / Visit our website for special offers on Early Entry VIP tickets URL: Contact: Phone: 863-268-4273 Host: Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Expos Location: Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center , 2900 SW 13th St. Gainesville, FL 32608 Dates: October 17, 2015
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