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Community Happenings

February 23

WHAT:     Haven Hospice Volunteer Orientation                           
WHEN:    February 23 , 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville 
DETAILS: Volunteers are needed for many tasks including filing, data entry, reception, family greeters, scanning, mailings and general office assistance.  No experience necessary.  A volunteer application, interview and criminal background check are required prior to volunteering. Call Jayna Mason (352) 692-5130 for more information.  To apply online, go to

March 7th

March 10th

The Marion County Building Industry Association’s11th Annual King of the Wing and Prince of Pizza Restaurant Competition returns!

Bring the family and join K COUNTRY at Citizen Circle in Downtown Ocala from 5PM to 8PM and enjoy the best of the best in chicken wings and pizza served by some of the area's best restaurants! 

Portion of the proceeds benefit ARC Marion.

Tickets available at or purchase discounted tickets at ARC Marion located on South East Maricamp Road in Ocala between 8AM and 4PM Monday thru Friday. 

March 29

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Historic Thomas Center, 12–6pm. FREE ADMISSION!

Michelle-O-Gram fundraiser

You can WIN 4 nights/5 day vacation directly on the Rainbow River in Dunnellon Florida!  This is a Fundraiser for Michelle-o-Gram Foundation located in Marion County Florida, that provides free mammograms for women in need or are underinsured!  This is a raffle and one ticket = 1 entry. Tickets are $5 each or DEAL 6/$20! Vacation INCLUDES Kayak Rental, delivered to house, Swampy's gift card, Bently's fine dinning Gift Card, Winn Dixie gift card for $50 and a 1/2 day fishing trip on the River. Drawing is March 28, 2015 by 11p and you do NOT need to BE PRESENT to win!!  Tickets are Non-refundable. Check out video below for more info and photos.  The email address to order tickets from is;  ONLY accept paypal for online orders and dates are not negotiable.   
Winner picks either date A) Sept. 10th – 14th 2015 Nana’s House or B) Nov. 12th – 17th 2015 Old Hemphill Cottage.
Watch video to get more info and have views of the River and vacation locations.

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

PSA Submission

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.

Thru March 15

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY at the Hippodrome!

The theatrical event of the season! In this dark comedy set 100 years in the future, a new civilization uses current pop culture references including TVs longest-running hit show THE SIMPSONS, to frame its present. Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play explores what will endure when the apocalypse arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding.
Call 352-375-HIPP or visit
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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
01/08/2015 5:08PM
Dinner and Matinee Theatre
Gainesville Woman’s Club Dinner and Matinee Theatre Dust off your Skimmers, shake out your Flapper gowns, knock three times, whisper your password low and enter the Gainesville Woman’s Club hideaway for Chasers, an original radio show set in the rip roaring 1920s in a North Florida speakeasy. The play, written by Norman Gilliland and directed by Betty Attie, features the University of Florida Jazz Band. Doors will open at 6:15 pm on Saturday, February 21, with dinner at 7:00, the play and a silent auction. On Sunday, February 22, the doors open at 12:15 pm and enjoy lunch at 1:00 pm followed by the Matinee. Both the Dinner and the Matinee will be catered by Chef Brothers Custom Catering. And you can join the fun for either performance dressed in your Roaring 20s outfit. Proceeds will benefit the Alachua County Public Schools. Costs: Dinner - $85.00 Matinee - $35.00 For further information contact the Gainesville Woman’s Club at 376-3901, or go to the website: and click on Events or Calendar.
01/15/2015 6:12PM
Potato Pancake Supper
Peace Lutheran Church, “The Church on the Hill,” 7201 Highway 41 South, 4 miles north of Dunnellon, will host their 24th Annual Potato Pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 17, from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. This popular event features delicious potato pancakes or buttermilk pancakes with ham, applesauce, dessert and beverage. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 through 11. Children under 5 are welcome at no charge. Come hungry. Leave happy! For more information, call the church office, 352-489-5881 or visit
01/26/2015 9:45PM
CAC Community Partner Night
Come join us at the Hippodrome for a night of fundraising and enjoy the Two Musketeers, a comic re-telling of the famous Dumas novel, The Three Musketeers. By bringing your donation of juice boxes and snacks to support the Child Advocacy Center, your ticket to the show will be half price, $15. Hippodrome Theater 25 Southeast 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601
02/05/2015 9:24AM
Spring Promenade is Back!
Spring Promenade is Back! The Spring Promenade is back after a hiatus of two years, the Thomas Center Associates is hosting the Spring Promenade from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on March 7, 2015. The tour of historic homes in the Duckpond neighborhood will feature six houses, ranging in size and one beautifully remodeled historic house that is now a business. Transportation by van will be available although the sites are all within easy walking distance. Tickets cost $15.00 and may be purchased on the day of the event at the Thomas Center.
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