Another musical night at the Depot
Need something to do on Friday, July 22? Have you been promising yourself that you will make it to the Depot for an event?
Now is the time.
On stage will be Patrick Foy beginning at 7 p.m. Foy will bring to the stage a repatriate of easy listening rock n’ roll songs from the 60s and 70s. He is on stage until 9 p.m.
But before his appearance, the doors open at 5 p.m. and volunteers will serve up a tasty array of foods. Always on the menu are: Cubans, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, hobo stew, gluten-free veggie wraps and desserts. Food is served from 5 to 8 p.m.
A $5 fee is collected at the door to help pay for the musical offering of the evening.
The Depot is located at 12061 S Williams St., Dunnellon.
Meet the author event in Dunnellon
Local author and columnist Mary Ellen Saladino will be hosting a meet the author and book signing event at Sweetie’s Café & Tea House in Dunnellon on July 15.
Meet Saladino on the Sweetie’s side porch from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or later where she’ll sign books and talk about her paranormal romance novel, “The Love Letter GHOST.” Purchase a book at the event and receive a free fountain pen while supplies last. Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at Sweetie’s, visit Mary Ellen, then walk across the courtyard and shop at Grumbles House.
Sweetie’s Café (352-216-2510) is located at 20789 Walnut St., Dunnellon.
Christmas in July craft show
The Altar Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will be hosting our annual Christmas in July craft show on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Over 30 crafters will be presenting their work for purchase.
Food will be available for purchase.
The church address is 7025 S. U.S. Hwy. 41, Dunnellon.
Hometown Hiring event aims to fill vacancies before school starts
Marion County Public Schools wants to hire hundreds of people for the upcoming school year and is holding its first-ever Hometown Hiring Career Fair on Tuesday, July 19, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at three County schools.
Marion Oaks Elementary (280 Marion Oaks Tr., Ocala), Fort King Middle (545 NE 17 Ave., Ocala), and Belleview High (10400 SE 36 Ave., Belleview) will serve as host sites for the event designed to attract classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, bus drivers, food service, and Marion Afterschool Program workers. At least 22 schools and several departments will be hiring simultaneously at all three campuses.
School administrators, district leaders, and others will conduct interviews at all three locations. Anyone interested in applying can visit www.marionschools.net/careers for the latest vacancies listing and jump start their employment process.
For more information, contact the MCPS Employment Services Office at 352-671-7787.
Prescribed burns near Dunnellon in coming months
Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state’s wildfire emergency in 2017.
That’s why the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be conducting prescribed burns July through September on the Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve in Marion County.
Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve is located 2 miles east of Dunnellon and is bounded by County Road 484 on the north, State Road 200 on the southeast and the Withlacoochee River on the southwest. Approximately 200 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.
Some major benefits of prescribed fire include:
Reducing overgrown plants, which decreases the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
Promoting the growth of new, diverse plants.
Maintaining the character and condition of wildlife habitat.
Maintaining access for public recreation.
The District conducts prescribed fires on approximately 30,000 acres each year.
Genealogical Society meets July 12
The Citrus County Genealogical Society will meet July 12 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 3474 W. Southern St, Lecanto, and by Zoom.
Mark Olsen will present “What’s New in Family Tree Maker.” Attend if you don’t know what Family Tree Maker is or if you have the software and want to know what is new.
A door prize will be given. Guests are welcome.
To get the link contact Mary Ann Machonkin at [email protected]
Tiger Cubs Cheer Camp at DHS
Tiger Cubs Cheer Camp will be hosted at Dunnellon High School July 27 and July 28, 6 to 8 p.m. The camp cost is $30 and is for ages 5-13. Contact Cheryl Hytovick at 352-804-1320 for more information.
Forget-Me-Not provides respite for caregivers
The First Methodist Church of Dunnellon is starting a free program called “Forget-Me-Not.” We offer three hours of respite care for caregivers of early dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. We also offer a chance for seniors to get out of the house and socialize with other seniors. This program is free.
We meet in the friendship hall at Dunnellon Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. starting June 7. For more information, call Grace Burks at (352)361-1024.
Spy Science exhibit opens at Ocala’s Discovery Center
The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Spy Science, recently opened to the public and will be on display through Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala. The exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Discover the history, science and even the Hollywood connections within the spy industry, when this new exhibit takes visitors inside the world of espionage.
Go undercover as an “Agent of Discovery” to find out the secret identity of the spy villain and solve puzzles and challenges to find him. Learn how disguises help spies to catch the bad guy and even rescue people. Crawl through the villain’s lair while looking for clues hidden in everyday objects.
Guests can create their own secret decoders and use them to solve encrypted messages. Play with spy gadgets like periscopes, voice changers and lasers. Solve our jewel heist labyrinth and more.
General admission to the Discovery Center is $8 per person or $28 for a family of four. Annual memberships are also available for individuals and families.
By reservation only, StarLab Planetarium shows are held on Saturdays and tickets are $30 per ten-person group. Guests are encouraged to call ahead to book a reservation time for the planetarium. An alternative Planetarium-like show, NASA Solar System Exploration, is also available for a $3 add-on to the price of general admission.
This exhibit is sponsored by Marion Rotary Duck Derby, Ocala Electric Utilities, Fun4Ocala Kids and Duke Energy.
For more information, please call 352-401-3900 or visit www.mydiscoverycenter.org.
“A Floral Retrospective” by Gregory Dirr opens in Ocala
The exhibit, A Floral Retrospective by Gregory Dirr, opens Thursday, July 7, and will be on display through Friday, December 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clerk’s Office in the Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. It is free and open to the public.
Gregory Dirr lives and works in Boca Raton. He is an interdisciplinary visual artist, creating work as a cathartic response to his surroundings with a focus on environmental conservation. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dirr has exhibited internationally and curated group and solo exhibitions. He is currently focusing on individual bodies of work and taking on large-scale commissions from cities and private organizations.
To learn more about the artist and to view his complete portfolio, visit www.gregorydirr.com.
For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts and Sciences Division at 352-629-8447 or [email protected]; or visit www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.
Free online gardening workshops
Citrus County Utilities’ Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop, “Managing Garden Pests Wisely,” on Tuesday, July 12, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Correctly identifying the cause of plant damage is always the first step to controlling an infestation. Inspection, scouting, identification, selecting the least harmful control, and accurate application are important pest management practices.
The Program is offering the free workshop, “Right Plant, Right Place,” on Tuesday, July 26, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Once established, the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering. Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly, and managing them wisely ensures a garden’s success.
On Thursday, July 28, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., the program will offer the free workshop, “Palms in Central Florida.” Palms are a prominent (and often costly) element in Florida landscapes. Selecting cold tolerant palms, providing the appropriate nutrients, recognizing deficiencies or symptoms of decline, and providing appropriate control is essential when caring for your palm.
Classes are currently held online. Please register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com to participate in the workshops. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708.
Dunnellon Country Quilters meet weekly
The Dunnellon Country Quilters meet at 12:30 p.m. every Monday at the First United Methodist Church on West State Road 40 in Dunnellon.
The group makes patriotic quilts for veterans, pillowcases for Shands Children’s Cancer Center, prayer quilts for the First United Methodist Church and quilts for the Citrus County Resource Center. We also have classes for different projects and go on road trips and quilt shows. Every third Monday of the month, we hold our business meeting and share what we have made.
We welcome visitors and would love to have you as members in our organization. If you have questions, please email Dianne Takahashi at [email protected]
Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop hopes to add workdays
The Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop, an all-volunteer enterprise, has been operating on a four-day-a-week schedule since reopening after the initial Covid pandemic shutdown. The reduced schedule has been due to volunteers who moved away during the pandemic or had surgeries or illnesses.
We would very much like to get back to our usual six-day-a-week schedule, but lack enough volunteers to do so. We have been in business for 48 years, and as a non-profit 501c(3) organization, our goal remains focused on giving our profits back to the community. Recent donations include Food4Kids, Dunnellon Little League, local food pantries and the Boys and Girls Club, and we’ll be sponsoring a week at the Sheriffs Youth Ranch camp for eight children this summer.
We are looking for a few community-minded volunteers who would like to make a difference in our community. Do you have a little time to spare? Join us for a 4-hour shift once a week, working with congenial volunteers.
Visit our shop at 20259 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet some of our volunteers and pick up an application at the cashier’s counter. Help us help Dunnellon.
Dementia Education Inc. seeks tech support
Dementia Education Inc., a Citrus County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of families living with dementia, is seeking a tech-savvy volunteer – or a company willing to offer pro bono service – to provide support and maintenance for its website.
Updating is not frequent. Technical demand is not high, but the individual should be familiar with the WordPress system and software.
Interested parties should contact Ed Youngblood at 614-519-2843 or e-mail [email protected]
MCSO Citizens Academy registration open
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program, a free 7-week educational course about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in September 2022.
Classes will be held at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Purpose Room, 3300 NW 10th St. Ocala, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20.
During the program, MCSO staff will highlight all units within the Sheriff’s Office, giving citizens an in-depth understanding of what the agency is doing for the community. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the agency, personnel, equipment, policies, procedures and overall function. Students will have an opportunity to view specialty unit equipment, hear from experts in the fields of law enforcement, investigations, detention and administration.
To apply for this program, please visit the Marion County Sheriff’s Office website at www.marionso.com/citizens-academy to fill out the application and release forms.
For questions or more information, please contact Wendy Holland, MCSO Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or you can call her at (352) 369-6761.
Tribute concert series
WIND-FM is hosting a series of tribute concerts at Reilly Arts Center, located at 500 NE 9th St, Ocala. All showtimes are 7:30 to 11:45 p.m. Tickets are from $20. Visit www.reillyartscenter.com for more.
Carnival of Crue: Tribute to Motley Crue – July 16
The Eagles’ Greatest Hits, July 29
Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms, Aug. 10
The Wildflowers: Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Aug. 20
REO Survivor: Tribute to REO Speedwagon and Survivor, Sept. 24
Best of the British: Def Leppard and AC/DC tribute, Oct. 1
Billy Joel’s The Stranger, Oct. 21
U2’s Joshua Tree, Nov. 18
Lithium Experience: Featuring music of Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and others, Dec. 15
Facade Rehabilitation funds deadline this month
The City of Dunnellon still has money from the Façade Rehabilitation Reimbursement Fund available for buildings located in the Historical District of Dunnellon.
This is free money – up to $5,000 for restoration, landscaping, or even structure demolition.
The deadline for applying is July 29.
Applications are available at City Hall, or contact me, Dusty Walters, for more information at [email protected]
Take off pounds sensibly
The TOPS chapter of Dunnellon meets on Thursday afternoons at the Women’s Club of Dunnellon at 11756 Cedar St.
We have a “weigh-in” time between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Our meeting begins at 3:30, and we close our meetings promptly at 4:30.
Our goal is to help find sensible ways for each individual to achieve weight loss. On occasion we host professional speakers, we share weight loss success stories and we all listen to each other’s opinions and suggestions on healthy eating!
You are welcome to visit our meeting, free, for two weeks and then decide if you would want to become a member.
For more information, call our chapter leader Chris Weider at 352-465-7861 or 954-242-3048, or call MaryJo Smith at 585-329-2026.
Marion Civic Chorale seeking new members
The Marion Civic Chorale community chorus, established in 1986, is gearing up for the upcoming fall concert season and looking for new members to participate. Choristers of all ages and vocal ranges are welcome to join the Marion Civic Chorale. If you love to sing and want to be a part of a talented and enthusiastic group of like-minded music lovers directed by a top-notch conductor, please join us!
Rehearsals for the upcoming Fall Concert Series are expected to commence on the second Monday in August, 2022, 6:30 PM, at St. George Anglican Cathedral, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Anyone interested in joining the Chorale is welcome to attend.
The Marion Civic Chorale fosters appreciation of fine choral music and encourages the advancement of musically gifted students through scholarships and participation in the chorale.
For more information, visit our website, www.marionchorale.org, or email [email protected] We’re also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/marioncivicchorale
Museum of History & Archaeology coming attractions
The Marion County Museum of History & Archaeology hosts programs on the third Sunday of odd months at 2 p.m. in the Green Clover Hall at 319 SE 26th Ter., Ocala. A reception follows the programs in the museum itself. Admission is free to members and $5 to nonmembers. Individual and family memberships are available for sale at events.
July 17: Dr. Joe Knetsch, Cousin Bob. Historian, author, professor, his latest book is about a Jewish-American World War II Hero, Robert Warren, ultimately attached to Patton’s Third Army coming across France after the Normandy breakout. It is based upon Warren’s personal letters, some reports from the Fort Benning collections, etc. and the usual secondary accounts now available.
Sept. 18: 11th anniversary of the museum
Nov. 20: Annabelle Leitner, local historian – The 19th Century Marion County Voting Precincts/Public Information.
TBD: Cynthia Graham-Wilson – Marion County author/historian on topic of early Marion County Black Residents and Businesses
We hope to see you there!
Church can help with basic needs
On the fourth Saturday of each month, food and basic home needs will be available at North Oak Church in Citrus Springs at 10 a.m., until supplies run out.
Enter the church property from N. Citrus Springs Blvd. and a supply of paper products, detergents, personal items and more will be brought to your car. Drive around, following the driveway, and food items will also be brought to the vehicle. Then, exit on to N. Elkcam Blvd.
Items vary based on availability. Anyone who has a need is welcome and there is no charge.
North Oak Church is located at the intersection of N. Citrus Springs Blvd. and N. Elkcam Blvd. in Citrus Springs. More information on the website: northoakbc.org.