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Community Happenings

April


April is National Volunteer Month and The Florida Department of Health in Marion County needs new members for the Marion County Medical Reserve Corps.    Medical reserve corps volunteers help make Marion County a stronger, healthier and better-prepared community. Corps volunteers respond to emergencies, as well as promote healthy living throughout the year.   Medical reserve corps members were vital partners as the Department responded to the H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009. They also helped with the 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. They assist school nurses with health screenings, help out at health fairs, and participate in emergency exercises.    Find out more by calling Randy Ming at 352-629-0137, ext. 2042. You can also learn about the medical reserve corps at the Department’s free Passport to Health community health fair, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

April 19


EACN Race
·         5K Race is April 19 @ 8:30 am
·         Location: Phillips Center Parking Lot across from Southwest Rec Center
·         Official electronic timing and race results by Jaguar Timing Systems
·         Post-runners banquet include food from Jimmy Johns, bananas, bagel, and more
·         T-shirts are given to first 200 registered runners
·         register @ http://equalaccess5k.itsyourrace.com/
 
 
Equal Access Clinic Network: network of student-run free healthcare clinics established by the University of Florida College of Medicine. Pre-medical and health professional student volunteers in collaboration with the University of Florida faculty and staff provide care for the underserved in the community.

April 19


2014 Farm & Forest Festival
April 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville
Celebrate Earth Day at the Farm & Forest Festival on April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Morningside Nature Center. This event will focus on the sustainable opportunities we have in our community. Enjoy food, music, demonstrations, environmental displays and activities, live animals, guided walks and talks and wagon rides in a family-friendly atmosphere. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages three to 12, and free for children under three. For more information, go to www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org or call 352-334-3326.

 

April 26


April 26 is March for Babies in Marion County.  Start time: 8:00 AM     Registration time: 7:00AM at Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.  We're getting ready to walk in March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There'll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it's a great feeling knowing we're all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies right here in our community!    Intersection of Baseline Road(AKA County Road 35)and Maricamp Road.  http://marchforbabies.org/


 

April 26


May 10


The 30th Annual Windsor Zucchini Festival is Saturday, May 10th.  Enter the Cook-A-Zuke contest, enjoy Mike Hill's famous barbecue, the Great Fried Zucchini Booth and the Blackwell's Zucchini Cornbread and Sweet Zucchini Bread.  Don't miss the crowning of the Duke of Zuke and Miss Zuqueenie!  Pony rides, B-Magic's tricks, plenty of entertainment for the kids.  Arts and crafts for everyone and live music by RINDITION!  The Windsor Zucchini Festival is at the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department in Gainesville on the east side of Newnan's Lake on CR 234 between SR 20 and SR 26.

May 10


Passport to Health Community Health Fair:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County
1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala.  Admission is free.  More than 40 health and community support agencies will provide information and activities at the health fair, in addition to health department activities and services, including:
·         Blood pressure, glucose, vision and hearing screening
·         Fun walk
·         Childhood immunizations
·         Prize drawings and games
·         Rapid HIV tests
·         Clowns & face painting
 
Activities for children and displays of fire, rescue and emergency management equipment will make the event enjoyable for people of all ages.   For information on the Passport to Health community health fair call the Department at 352-629-0137.

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May 24


Saturday, May 24th is Pushups for Charity- A Nationwide Movement- at The Market of Marion. Every push up counts: young, old, strong & weak. Show your support for The Boot Campaign and US Armed Forces! Call 352-361-0424 or visit http://www.crowdrise.com/ocalapushupforcharity2014

May 31


Belleview High School and Dunnellon High School AFJROTC are hosting their Derby Duck Dash on Saturday, May 31st at Swampy's Bar & Grill, 19773 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon.  Ducks launched in the Rainbow River at 11:00 am.  1 duck for $3, 2 ducks for $5, 5 ducks for $12 and 12 ducks for $25.  For more information call Belleview High School at 352-671-6210.  Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in adult and children's categories. 

Volunteer this summer


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Rainbow Springs State Park is in need of volunteer Boat Captains to patrol the Rainbow River.
Are you looking for something challenging to do this summer?  If so, Rainbow Springs State Park River Patrol is looking for you.  Do you like to boat, like people and enjoy helping others?  Then you may want to become a boat captain and help preserve the beauty of the headsprings. 
This volunteer position requires that you be able to handle a 16 foot pontoon boat with an electric motor. You must be willing to learn, take an online boating safety course and use simple radio communications. A minimum of 2 hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday starting in April thru October is all it takes to be a volunteer boat captain.
As a boat captain you will be required to become a member of the Friends of Rainbow Springs for insurance purposes.
For more information about becoming a boat captain please contact volunteer Linda Smith at linds0736@gmail.com. To volunteer at Rainbow Springs State Park as a boat captain or to inquire about other available volunteer positions, please contact Monay Markey, Volunteer Coordinator at monay.markey@dep.state.fl.us or call 352-465-8520.
For additional information about the park, call 352-465-8555 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.

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If you would like to add your event to our Community Calendar, email information to windfm@windfm.com 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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09/16/2013 10:39AM
The Cool Market Spot
The Cool Market Spot is an indoor air-conditioned way to shop out f the elements! We have hand crafted food, jewelry, soap, and much more! All goods must be grown or crafted within one hundred miles of Gainesville. Date every third Saturday - 2 till 6, Place - The Brew Spot Restaurant, 1000 NE 16th Ave Gainesville. Cost to shoppers – 0, for vendors $10, Reason to attend - support our local growers and crafters. Contact - Pat McCarthy, 352 481 3838, pat@oakhollowcottage.com
03/10/2014 10:03AM
Game Day Benefit
Participate in the Gainesville Woman’s Club Game Day Benefit that will be held on April 16th at 1:00 p.m. Play Bridge, hand and foot, Mah Jong, bunko, scrabble or other table games. There will be sweet and savory goodies and door prizes. Part of the proceeds from the benefit will go to Catholic Charities and other club projects. To make reservations call the Gainesville Woman’s Club at 376-3901 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Cost: $10.00
03/31/2014 3:08PM
2014 Master Gardener Plant Sale & Ag Fest
2014 Alachua County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale & Ag Fest The Master Gardener Plant Sale and Ag Fest will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, corner of Waldo Road & NE 39 Avenue. The Master Gardener Plant Sale is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and the Ag Fest from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available at exceptional prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. It is recommended that you bring a wagon to tote your purchases in. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. The proceeds are used throughout the community. In 2013, these volunteers gave over 13,500 hours of service to the citizens of Alachua County and made contact with approximately 17,000 people seeking gardening advice. There are currently 19 school gardens throughout Alachua County elementary schools run by these volunteers. School children are learning how to grow fruits and vegetables and about their nutritional benefits. They helped create the Honor Center Gardens, a green space for homeless and transitional veterans at the Gainesville VA Domiciliary, which can provide shelter and services to 45 local men and women at a time. The garden provides “passive and active interaction” with nature, bringing physical, emotional and perhaps spiritual comfort to those at the center. The veterans are able to grow their own food, help prepare plant beds and cultivate a calming area within the center. The Ag Fest will be providing information on the following: beekeeping, raising goats & rabbits, growing mushrooms, raised bed gardening and much more. Also presentations are scheduled on the following topics: Herbs in the Garden, Backyard Chickens and Heirloom Vegetables. Come and learn more about locally grown food, producing and growing food. Admission and parking are free. For more information about this program, call (352)955-2402. Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations should contact the Extension Office at least 10 working days prior to the event so that special consideration can be given to the request. 2014 Alachua County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale & Ag Fest The Master Gardener Plant Sale and Ag Fest will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, corner of Waldo Road & NE 39 Avenue. The Master Gardener Plant Sale is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and the Ag Fest from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available at exceptional prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. It is recommended that you bring a wagon to tote your purchases in. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. The proceeds are used throughout the community. In 2013, these volunteers gave over 13,500 hours of service to the citizens of Alachua County and made contact with approximately 17,000 people seeking gardening advice. There are currently 19 school gardens throughout Alachua County elementary schools run by these volunteers. School children are learning how to grow fruits and vegetables and about their nutritional benefits. They helped create the Honor Center Gardens, a green space for homeless and transitional veterans at the Gainesville VA Domiciliary, which can provide shelter and services to 45 local men and women at a time. The garden provides “passive and active interaction” with nature, bringing physical, emotional and perhaps spiritual comfort to those at the center. The veterans are able to grow their own food, help prepare plant beds and cultivate a calming area within the center. The Ag Fest will be providing information on the following: beekeeping, raising goats & rabbits, growing mushrooms, raised bed gardening and much more. Also presentations are scheduled on the following topics: Herbs in the Garden, Backyard Chickens and Heirloom Vegetables. Come and learn more about locally grown food, producing and growing food. Admission and parking are free. For more information about this program, call (352)955-2402. Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations should contact the Extension Office at least 10 working days prior to the event so that special consideration can be given to the request.
04/09/2014 4:57PM
UP ALL NIGHT Public Astronomy Observational Event
April 14-15 9PM-5AM FREE event! See Jupiter, Mars, Saturn through telescopes, and the total lunar eclipse! Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83 St, Natural Sciences X Bldg. Contact: Astronomer Dr. Sally Hoffman, 352-395-5354, X-212, sally.hoffman@sfcollege.edu
04/11/2014 3:36PM
Island Grove Blueberry Festival
Our organization would like to submit a PSA to be promoted as a community event. This event is our major annual fundraiser and the following is our information regarding the event: Island Grove Blueberry Festival -The Cross Creek-Island Grove-Lockloosa Volunteer Fire Department will hold it's Annual Blueberry Festival on Saturday, May 17, from 9am - 4pm in Island Grove at the intersection of SR301 & CR325. Scheduled activities will include vendors selling craft and collectibles, jewelry, local fruits and vegetables, Breakfast & Lunch, Turkey Shoot, Bake Sale, Yard Sale, Kids's Activities and Live Music. In addition, a dedication ceremony for the Island Grove facility will be held in conjunction with the Fraternal Order of Masons, who previously owned the building, which is now listed as a National Historical Site. Admission is free and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, call 352-466-3353 or visit our website at crosscreekfestival.com.
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