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Community Happenings

October 2 - October 31

The Ocala Jaycees' annual haunted house will be returning to Marion County each weekend from October 2nd - October 31st. This year the event will take place at Wild Waters Water Park (Silver Springs State Park 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL, 34488).
The event will be staged every Friday and Saturday night during the month of October. Gates will open at 6:30 PM, and the last entry will be admitted at 10 PM. The price of admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under (children under 14 years old will not be admitted without an adult). The event will include multiple scare zones, a creepy arcade, food, refreshments, beer, mixed drinks and a scary good time!
The haunted house event will offer plenty of spooky actives and events, however the park’s water slides and wave pool will not be open for use until the park reopens for the season in spring 2016. For more information and event details please visit

October 16

The Salvation Army Activity Center will be accepting applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance at 320 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala, Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 16 in Ocala from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and again from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Applications will also be accepted in surrounding Marion County areas on select days.  Call (352) 732-8326 for details.

October 16-31

October 22

Email: or call 387-2210.

October 31

ALL SAINTS’ DAY CEMETERY TOUR- The Second Annual All Saints’ Day Cemetery Tour is Saturday, October 31st  from 12 pm to 3 pm
at the Historic Kanapaha Presbyterian Church Cemetery.  Admission is $5 per person.  Children under 12 are free. Cash or check, at the gate. 4101 SW. 63rd Blvd., Gainesville.   
Meet some of Alachua County’s pioneers and prominent citizens who were laid to rest in this historic cemetery, founded in the late 1850s!  Self-guided tour features first person interpretation by descendants and others! Join us at noon for the “All Saints Day” bell ringing – have the name of your loved one, who passed during the year, read and the bell rung in memory – and the dedication of “Unknown” grave markers. Emerging local artist, soprano Erica Williams, will perform at the dedication! Exhibits! Music! Refreshments!  
All proceeds will benefit the preservation and maintenance of the cemetery.
For more information, call (352) 378-9080 or visit or find us on Facebook

November 14 & 15

The 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show is quickly approaching and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is looking for individuals and organizations that would like to support this community event by volunteering at one of the top fine art shows in the country.  This is your opportunity to mingle with nationally acclaimed artists, enjoy performing arts and sample international cuisine. This award-winning art festival features 240 of the nation’s finest artists, as well as four stages of continuous entertainment. Four-hour shifts are available Saturday, Nov. 14 or Sunday, Nov. 15 for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers can assist at the Junior Fire Fighting Challenge, booth sit for artists or help with the Children’s Imagination Station, a free, hands-on art activity area. As a token of our appreciation, volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt.  If you would like to be a part of our amazing team of volunteers, please contact Linda Piper, festival coordinator, at 352-393-8536. Applications may be downloaded at We hope you can join us at this year’s festival.
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.

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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.
06/26/2015 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
09/25/2015 1:19PM
Bark in the Park Howl O Ween Pawty
K9 Veterans Memorial Foundation is hosting the 2nd Annual Bark in the Park Howl O Ween Pawty at Veterans Park on October 31st from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Costume Contests, Games for Dogs, Games for Humans, Prizes, Vendors. Fun for you and your pooch! Visitour website at
09/29/2015 7:05PM
Bodacious Handbag Bingo
On October 29th, the GFWC Gainesville Woman’s Club, Inc. is hosting Bodacious Handbag Bingo. Proceeds from this event will support Guardian Angels Medical Dogs, Canine Companions and other local dog programs. The winners of bingo games will receive a handbag with a minimum value of $125.00. Light dinner will be served. Cost: $35.00 For tickets call 352-376-3901 or email:
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