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Community Happenings

December 17-21

WHEN: Wednesday, December 17th through Sunday, December 21st
WHERE: Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL
TICKETS: 352-392-2787; Phillips Box Office
Tickets: $15 to $40

December 20

Saturday, December 20, 8 PM, Onstage
Tickets: $100 per person, $750 for a table of 8, Minimum 18 years old
The event of the season! Dine and dance in high holiday spirits, and have fun voting for your
favorite Gainesville celebrity dancer at the spectacular ‘Dancing With the Stars’ competition.
Purchase your Holiday gifts at the unique silent auction. TV 20’s Dave Snyder hosts the
event, catered by Sweetwater Branch Inn, and featuring Gainesville’s favorite band, Gosia
and Ali. A night to remember! FOR INFORMATION: 352-371-2986 or

Christmas at The Hipp

No holiday season is complete without the magic of the Hippodrome’s annual production of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL and brand new this year, it’s the heartwarming holiday musical WINTER WONDERETTES. WINTER WONDERETTES created by Roger Bean, directed by Ric Rose; on stage November 28-December 21 , 2014 with 7 shows a week - Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7pm; Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8:30; Sundays at 2 & 7pm. The holidays are meant for music, singing, and dancing and this year the Hippodrome has a brand-new musical for a toe-tapping, heartwarming holiday celebration! The Marvelous Wonderettes are back on stage, singing holiday favorites including “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” making this production, of course, marvelous! An energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. “A scrumptious confection! This glittering holiday package is a sugar plum delight for audiences of all ages!” –Backstage. A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Janet Allard & Michael Bigelow Dixon, directed by Lauren Caldwell. On stage November 29-December 20, Saturdays at 2pm & 4pm only. Now in its 37th consecutive year at the Hippodrome, A CHRISTMAS CAROL stars Rusty Salling in his 24th year as Ebenezer Scrooge, along with a cast of children from the Gainesville community. The entire family will enjoy the dazzling special effects and timeless message of goodwill in this heartwarming story of redemption and charity. Tickets to both WINTER WONDERETTES and A CHRISTMAS CAROL are on sale now at the Hippodrome Box Office (352) 375-HIPP and online at

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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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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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
11/08/2014 5:31PM
Jingle Bell Ball
Thomas Center Associates Jingle Bell Ball The Thomas Center Associates are having their Jingle Bell Ball benefit on December 5, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Join us at the historic Thomas Center for a festive night of dinner and dancing. Proceeds are tobenefit the Thomas Center School Tour Program. Music provided by Vic Donnell Trio with special guest Russ Robinson. Holiday attire. Cost: $85.00 per person For reservations call 352-372-3845. Deadline is November 21st.
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