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Community Happenings

Memorial Day

The Gainesville chapter of Veterans for Peace placed tombstones along Northwest Eighth Avenue between 23rd and 34th Street for all military deaths in the Mideast since fighting began in Afghanistan in 2001. The tombstones are arranged by year, war, military branch and name of veteran. They will remain through Monday.

Memorial Day May 25

On Monday, May 25, the annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Forest Meadows Cemetery (3700 SE Hawthorne Road, Gainesville).  In case of inclement weather, the alternate location will be Trinity United Methodist Church. The event begins at 11 a.m. It is free and open to the public. There is often a large crowd and it is advised to come early and bring seating.


The Memorial Day Ceremony is a respectful remembrance to military service members who lost their lives in service to the country. The event features multiple patriotic presentations from various veteran and military organizations and various guest speakers. Iwo Jima Veteran Mr. Bob Gasche will be the Master of Ceremonies.

For more information, contact Forest Meadows Cemetery at 352-378-2528.


Memorial Day May 25

Memorial Day ceremony at Highland Memorial Park on NE 3rd Street in Ocala.  Starts at Monday, May 25th 11:30am.  Free and open to the public but donations will be accepted for Operation Shoebox.

Memorial Day May 25

Camp Blanding Memorial Day Ceremony
Annual event honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

WHAT: Camp Blanding Joint Training Center will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony

WHEN: Monday, May 25, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Camp Blanding Museum & Memorial Park, near the main gate - 5629 State Rd. 16 West, Starke, Fla. 32091

The Camp Blanding Museum will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony honoring those who died while serving. The guest speaker for the event is Brig. Gen. James O. Eifert, the Assistant Adjutant General - Air and Commander, Florida Air National Guard. General Eifert is responsible for mission readiness, operations, and administrative coordination of the 2,000 personnel assigned to the 125th Fighter Wing and nine Geographically Separated Units. General Eifert received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in June 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. Following undergraduate pilot training, General Eifert served his first operational fighter tour at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, in the F-4 Phantom. Next, he flew the F-15C at Bitburg Air Base, Germany, as an Instructor Pilot, Mission Commander, and Flight Commander. He was selected to attend the prestigious United States Air Force Fighter Weapons School. After graduating in December 1992, he led the first-ever Air National Guard F-15 combat mission policing the Northern Iraq no-fly zone during Operation Provide Comfort.

The Ceremony will include the traditional laying of the wreath and a 21 gun salute.

Memorial Day May 25

Salute To Our Heroes.  Hot rod and custom car show 8am to 5pm Monday, May 25th at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala.  $25 pre registration.  Proceeds benefit Saving Soldiers Lives.  


Memorial Day May 25

There will be a ceremony to honor Milton Lewis, the first person from Gainesville to be killed during World War II. The service starts Monday at 2pm at at Evergreen Cemetery, 401 SE 21st Ave. 

May 14 - June 7

My Fair Lady is on stage at the Ocala Civic Theatre from May 14 – June 7. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for full-time students (student ID required for college students). For more information or to purchase tickets, call   (352) 236-2274 or go to Full-price tickets are available online with a service charge.

May 29- June 21

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-June 21, 2015 with 8 shows a week. Discount previews May 27 & 28.  HONKY TONK ANGELS tickets are on sale now at (352) 375-4477 and

May 30

ForVets at Otter Springs Park and Campground proudly presents a night of entertainment with the “Echoes of Elvis”, featuring Ron Olson, performing Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawaii” concert on May 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets $8.00, $10.00 at the door.
All proceeds benefiting ForVets, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit serving severely wounded Veteran’s and their families. For more information call 352-463-0800 or visit

June 27 & 28

The ARRL Field Day Ham Radio will be held at the Silver Springs Radio Club Contest Locala, 161 Oak Cirlce, Ocala (Silver Springs Shores).  Please check the club website to sign up and get directions.  Public and media welcome.  
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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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
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2015 Ag Fest & Master Gardener Plant Sale
The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale & Ag Fest on May 16, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville). The Master Gardener Plant Sale will have 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. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. The Ag Fest will be providing information on the following: beekeeping, small farm goat management, growing mushrooms, raised bed gardening, free soil pH testing and much more. Also presentations are scheduled on the following topics: Growing Fruit in Alachua County, Bee Pollinators & Pesticides and Cooking Matters. 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. Visit for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.
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.
04/24/2015 11:06AM
Spaghetti Supper
Enjoy a de-licious Spaghetti Supper, on Friday, May 22, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, “The Church On the Hill,” located at 7201 US 41 S, just 4 miles north of Dunnellon. Adults: $7 at the door. Ages 5-11 $4. Children under 5 are admitted free. Come hungry, leave happy! For information visit
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