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Community Happenings

September 3 - September 28

CLYBOURNE PARK at The Hipp.  The Hippodrome partners with the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance on this landmark co-production. Clybourne Park is a wickedly funny, entertainingly provocative, and fiercely intelligent play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each, and won nearly every honor the theatre has to offer, including the Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Broadway’s hottest ticket will have all of Gainesville talking!
Content Advisory: Strong language, mature content.

September 4 - September 28

CRAZY FOR YOU at The Ocala Civic Theatre.  Bobby Child, son of a wealthy banking family, is trying to make it big in the razzle-dazzle show-biz world of the Zangler Follies in 1930s New York City – until his mother sends him to foreclose on the rundown Gaiety Theater in the sleepy former gold-mining town of Deadrock, Nevada. When he falls in love with spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner's daughter, Bobby decides to put on a show to save the theater. Disguising himself as Mr. Zangler, Bobby pretends to be the show's producer – until the real Zangler arrives. The glorious Gershwin score includes classics like "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and "Nice Work If You Can Get It." From Big Apple stages to Wild West saloons, this energetic extravaganza of singing cowboys, tap-dancing showgirls, and screwball comedy is a funny and fabulous firecracker of an all-American musical. or call 237-2274.
Price: Adults - $25   Full Time Students - $12

September 24

areerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a trio of area job fairs just in time for the ramp up to the holiday season. Job fair preparation workshops are also planned.

Complete details, registration requirements if applicable, and job fair preparation tips are  available at There is no charge to attend the following job fairs but professional dress is required:

Seasonal Retail Job Fair takes place Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Paddock Mall, 3100 SW College Road, in Ocala. Registration is not necessary but, as with all job fairs, job seekers should register with the Employ Florida Marketplace at For more information, call 352-732-1700, ext. 1245.

All-Industry Regional Job Fair will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Klein Conference Center, 3001 SW College Road, in Ocala. Job seekers who participate in a Job Fair 101 Prep workshop on Friday, Sept. 26 will receive priority admission at the job fair. The workshop will be held every 30 minutes, afterward participants will meet one-on-one with Certified Resume Specialist.

Workshop registration is required. For information, call 352-873-7939, ext. 1141.

September 27

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet at Paynes Prairie Picnic Pavilions on Lake Wauberg
Detailed directions to this location can be provided at the Park’s Ranger Station located at 100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667. (352) 466-3397.
Description: A rewarding volunteer opportunity open to everyone! Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Paynes Prairie by helping with a community volunteer project.
Join fellow Paynes Prairie fans and help restore native habitat by removing invasive exotic plants. This is a great opportunity to learn more about exotic plants, spend some time OFF the trail in a different area of Paynes Prairie, and contribute a helping hand. If you are a student or individual with an interest in acquiring volunteer hours, this is also a great way to earn a few hours. Meet Paynes Prairie’s 2014 Americorps members, and learn more about the Project A.N.T. program.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
No pets please.
Bring a water bottle and work gloves if you have them.
Wear long pants and comfortable working shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Photography and/or video may be taken during this event.
Fees: Program is free with participation, but participants must pre-register at or call (352) 466-4966.

September 27

Belleview- The Annual Fall Festival will be held at Belleview City Hall Park located on 441 at 5331 SE Abshier Blvd. The Fall Festival will be held on September 27th, 2014, from 10am to 3pm.
 Festival-goers can meet and/or shop with many types of vendors, including art and crafts, business and food. Arts and crafts vendors will have displays that range from ceramics, fiber, wood, leather and metalwork to jewelry, and much more.
The youngsters won’t want to miss the Kid Zone, featuring children’s activities including face painting, inflatable fun, pony rides and a petting zoo.  
Hosted by the Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce, this admission-free, family-friendly event features something for everyone – including the return of the “Belleview’s Got Talent Show” &  our annual Car Show.
 For more information on how to be a vendor at this event, or a participant in the talent show (ages 5-18), or car show contact Mariah Moody at the Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce at 352-245-2178 or

Talent Show
Does your child have a special talent? The Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Belleview’s Got Talent” Show at our Belleview Fall Festival on Saturday September 27th from 10am to 2pm. Children ages 5 to 18 are eligible to enter. All genres of talent are encouraged to audition. There will be Cash Prizes to the winner and “Peoples Choice” award. Registration is FREE . Register with Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce by contacting Mariah Moody at (352)245-2178 or email
Car Show
The Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce is hosting our annual Classic Car Show at our Belleview Fall Festival event, Saturday, September 27th from 10am – 2 pm at City Hall Park.  Registration fees are $7 in advance or $10 on site. This Shine and Show event requests vehicles to be present the entire time. On- site regirstration begins at 9 am, peoples choice voting begins at 10am and the award cermony will be at 2:30pm. There will be music by Almost Live DJ, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes. Don’t miss your oppurtunity to show off your classic car and this family fun event. Contact Mariah Moody at 352-245-2178 or email

October 5

4th Annual College of Central Florida SAB 5K Benefit Run with Celebrity Chairperson - Hunter from WIND FM!
Proceeds will benefit local organizations helping women with Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Research!  Registration begins at 7 a.m.Race begins at 8 a.m.
First 50 people to register get a free t-shirt!
It’s a color run!  You can choose to be doused in PINK dye during the race.  (Then it stays on the t-shirt- and looks cool!)

Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the race.Age groups recognized will be 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 64-69, 70 +.Will have female and male categories.5K run/walk around the CF Ocala Campus - paved street surface.Prizes will be given in all categories, including overall winner at the conclusion of the race.  Fees  $20.00 by October 1, $25.00 after October 1 or at event.

October 2

If you want to learn about all the resources available to seniors in our community, look no further than the fourth-annual Senior Health Fair. The 2014 Senior Health Fair will be bigger and better than ever with a new venue, more diagnostics and health screenings and up to 60 senior-related vendors. Scheduled for Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., this year’s Senior Health Fair will be held at The Village, 8000 NW 27th Blvd., across from Santa Fe College.

October 25

The Florida Center for the Blind is hosting Dining in the Dark with Dignity on Saturday, October 25th at the Ocala Holiday Inn and Conference Center.  The Dining in the Dark with Dignity event will raise awareness about the challenges faced by those who are blind and visually impaired and will raise funds for the local not-for-profit Florida Center for the Blind. 
The event will feature a full-course meal that will stimulate your senses.  The Ocala Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT teams will serve the meal using night vision goggles.   Tickets are just $55 per person ($100 per couple) and will not be available on the day of the event.   For advance tickets or further information call 352-873-4700 or go to the FCB website at

November 7-8

The Country Road Quilters of Ocala Presents
Down Another Country Road of Quilts
Friday and Saturday
November 7 and 8, 2014
9:00 AM  to  4:00 PM
College of Central Florida
Ewers Century Center
3001 SW College Road (SR 200)
Ocala, Fl
One mile East of I-75 – Exit 350
Admission  $7.00
Free Parking / Buses Welcome
Judged Quilt Show with Vendors
Art Quilts, Miniature Quilts
Silent Auction
Challenge Quilts
Home of the Brave Quilts
Brenda Grampus, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser
Opportunity Quilt Ensemble
For more information:
Contact:  Freda Jones, Call 352-438-0055  Email:

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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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,
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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
09/08/2014 12:20PM
CNA Skills Refresher Class
Need to prepare to take your CNA test? Need to recertify? Didn't pass the clinical test the first time? Sat., Sept. 20, 8 - 4:30 p.m. at Sumter Adult ED, Wildwood. $55. Call 352-748-1510 ext.51200 NOW!
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