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2019 Brick City Beer and Wine Festival
April 20 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
6th Annual Brick City Beer and Wine Festival returns Saturday, April 20th, 2019.
A full day of beer and wine sampling, music, food trucks and fun awaits you at the Brick City Beer & Wine Fest in downtown Ocala under the beautiful Oaks and shade of Citizens’ Circle on April 20th, 2019.
The festival features:
Unlimited beer and wine samples from local breweries, wineries, and distributors.
Live Music by R-Style during the festival
FREE admission to the Feel Downtown LIVE concert, after the fest is over!
The festival sampling is from 2 to 6 pm. Festival attendees can stay onsite after the festival and enjoy the concert from 6 to 8pm.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.
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Gentle Carousel Magical Gala
- Date: 04/27/19
- Location: Ocala Jockey Club
- Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Support Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses at the 2019 Gentle Carousel Magical Gala.
Order tickets or become a sponsor online at: https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/GentleCarouselMagicialGala
The Ocala Jockey Club Restaurant sits on a hill in the center of a beautiful 924-acre Thoroughbred farm. Enjoy 360 degree views from floor-to-ceiling windows on one of the highest points in the County. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, celebrating 20 years of service. Loving over 25,000 adults and children each year.
The Ocala Jockey Club Restaurant Best of the Best, 9th Annual OCALA Magazine Awards:
– Most Romantic Setting
– Restaurant With A View
Only 19 minutes from Gainesville, just off I-75.
Florida 1/2 Mile Shootout
- Date: 04/13/19
- Location: Jumbolair Airport
DRIVER REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON MARCH 1 AT 8AM EASTERN TIME!
Driver Pricing:BEFORE MARCH 2$250/DAY OR $450/WEEKEND
STANDARD RATE$275/DAY OR $500/WEEKEND
ALL DRIVER PASSES INCLUDE:Unlimited RunsFree Lunch7am Early Track Access
Pit Passes:$30/day or $50/weekend*Allows 7am track entry and infield parking with racer.
Spectator Passes:$20/day or $35/weekend
Children 12 and Under are $10/ea for both Pit and Spectator Passes!
This incredible event will be held at the Beautiful Jumbolair Airport (www.jumbolair.com) located in Ocala, FL nestled in the Horse Capital of the World. All of our participants will be given a chance to take their vehicle’s Top Speed down Jumbolair’s private 7550 ft runway and race door-to-door against the competitor of their choice. See what it’s finally like to race without the restrictions of speed limits, on what is basically your own private proving grounds in Ocala, FL! This event is limited to only 150 cars per day and is sure to sell out quick so register today and we promise to make your automotive dreams come true.
Located at: Rainbow River (KP Hole Park)
Dates are: April 19th and May 17th
Paddle the rainbow river under the light of the moon. Launch from KP Hole and paddle to the head of the springs.
Fees are $35 a person with equipment provided/ $20 a person with your own equipment.
Launch will vary based on moonlight schedule.
Pre-registration is required and can be completed online, at the Parks and Recreation main office or by calling.
For more information visit:
Ocala 2nd Annual Spring Carnival
Come on put and enjoy the wide variety of vendors including crafts, electric bikes, food, snacks, and drinks.
Plus there will be LIVE MUSIC!! Karaoke contest, winner $50, Water Balloon contest. Sign up today to be there!
The event will be held at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
The events include:
Billetproof is Back
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
13700 SW 16th Avenue, Ocala, Florida, 34473
March 2, 2019
Billetproof is back at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in 2019. The location that started it all. Because of limited space in Big Daddy’s backyard we HIGHLY recommend that you pre-register. Once the field fills up thats it! Pre-register and you are IN. Its going to be a great day loaded with all kinds of hot rod goodness. Don’t miss out.
- For more information visit:Show car registration is $30 if received by Feb. 25, 2019 (after that and at the gate its $35)
- Spectators FREE
- Pinstripe panel jam
- Live bands playing throughout the day!
- Our famous trophies awarded in many categories!
- Swap Meet
- Great Vendors
- The Largest Model Car Show in the STATE!!!
Ocala Downtown Market
Date: Saturday, March 2
Location: Ocala Downtown Market
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The Ocala Downtown Market (ODM) is the place where a diverse array of farmers, artisans, craftspeople, and food trucks come together to sell their products to customers from Ocala, Marion County, and beyond. A true destination location, ODM is set just blocks off of the Ocala Downtown Square, in a beautiful open-air Market Pavilion. Besides permanent roof cover, the facility also includes large overhead fans, restrooms, a nearby ATM, and water fountains.
Vendors have a variety of booth choices to choose from, including both indoor and outdoor, booths with water and/or electric, and more!
The Market is held on Fridays from 3pm until 7pm and Saturdays from 9am until 2pm. It is the vision of the City of Ocala (which owns the facility) and Ocala Downtown Market, Inc. to see the Market add additional days in the future. This expansion in the number of days and hours the Market is open is expected to occur gradually, over the span of a few years.
This is a free event!
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13th Annual King of the Wing
Location: Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Please join us for the annual King Of the Wing Event Benefiting ARC Marion and MCBIA! Come sample some of the best wings in town offered by at least 20 restaurants, enjoy music, a wing eating competition, be part of the voting for your favorite wing, and much much
Children tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Adult tickets are $25 in advance and $35.00 at the door.
VIP Ticket Includes:
- Access To Private VIP Area
- Fast Pass to Wings
- Drink Pass
Look whose already secured their spot and stayed for more entries!
- Wing House
- Brick City Southern Kitchen
- Gator’s Dockside
- The Lodge
- Turnpike Mikes & Manhattan Gyros
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Trinity Catholic High School Winter Carnival
This family-friendly annual community event features midway rides for all ages from enchanting kiddie
rides to exhilarating thrill rides, carnival games and favorite fair food.
Carnival parking and admission are free. Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are $30 at the event on Thursday and Sunday only.
Pre-sale wristbands, valid any one day, are $20 online before 3 pm Thurs., Feb. 21.
Ride tickets (valid every day) are $1.50 each, $25 for 20 tickets, or $50 for 50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.)
Visit the website for coupons for $5 off $30 ride wristbands and $5 off a 50-ticket Super Saver Family Pack.
Carnival hours are 5-10 pm Thursday, 5-11 pm Friday, 11 am – 11 pm Saturday, and 11 am – 9 pm Sunday.
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Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up is Saturday, Feb. 9
Tickets For Sale Now!
General admission to this event is free. VIP tickets are also available for $25 and include access to a front-stage viewing area for musical performances, access to the VIP Pavilion with restrooms and snacks, one complimentary beverage (soda or water), and more. To purchase VIP tickets, visit www.ocalafl.org/cowboy.
The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up event Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave. This annual event is presented by the Rotary Clubs of Marion County.
A cattle drive will kick off the event in downtown Ocala and will end at Tuscawilla Park where the real festivities will begin. The cattle drive will begin at 10 a.m. near Jesse’s Computers and Repair located at 300 SE Eighth St. The public is invited and encouraged to walk behind the cattle drive to Tuscawilla Park.
The event will feature live entertainment, including national acts Chase Bryant, Dead Horses, Orphan Brigade and Jeff Martin, as well as cowboy demonstrations, authentic gun fighting re-enactments, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, family-friendly games and more. Food and drink, including adult beverages, will also be available at the event for purchase.
For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517 or visit www.ocalafl.org/cowboy.
First Friday Art Walk is back For February!
The First Friday Art Walk takes place the first Friday of each month, September through May from 6 to 9 p.m. First Friday Art Walk is a free event located within Ocala’s historic downtown. Event festivities include over 30 artist displays, monthly live entertainment, free family art activities provided by local arts organizations and extended shopping hours. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of art, live performances, and downtown shops and restaurants. Pick up your map on the square and take a self-guided tour of local artists displaying their works for sale in front of our downtown business. Stop to take in the performing artists stationed along the way.
The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, February 1st from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities
- Friday, February 1
- Friday, March 1
- Friday, April 5
- Friday, May 3
America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher
- Date: 02/01/19
- Location: Appleton Museum (4333 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, Florida 34470)
- Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
On view Feb. 1-May 26, “America’s Everglades” features work by renowned wilderness photographer and conservationist Clyde Butcher. The large-format black and white photographs span three decades, capturing the rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades. From the deepest cypress strands of the saw-grass prairies, coastal waters and languid estuaries, to still life of rare species, Butcher reveals its ecosystems in magnificent detail. With his work exhibited worldwide, Butcher’s commitment to recording precious landscapes and peaceful sanctuaries across the globe provides common ground between all viewers. His work, likened to that of Ansel Adams, has earned him recognition as the foremost landscape photographic artist in America today.
- VIP Reception and Talk
Friday, Feb. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Book Signing
Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Ocala “Horse Country” Half Marathon is THIS WEEKEND!
The 22nd Running of the Ocala Half Marathon will be Sunday, January 20, 2019
Price Increase goes into effect after Midnight Wednesday.
Choose a Distance that Fits You!
4 Races fit for the whole family!
The 2019 event features 4 different distances for runners of every level. Whether you’re doing Couch to 5K, testing your pace before Gasparilla, or trying to get in a solid 13.1 on your way to Boston, Ocala has the distance you want. Bring the whole family and everyone can get a good start on a Happy & Healthy 2019.
Looking to win a medal!
Celebrate your achievement with Great looking Custom Cast Metal Finisher Medals for every Distance. That’s right! No matter what race you enter, every finisher receives an AWESOME Finisher Medal at the Finish Line.
Great Fitting Tech Shirts
Half Marathoner’s will receive a Smooth Tech Long Sleeve and 15K,10K, & 5K runners will receive a Smooth Tech Short Sleeve Shirt. These high quality, great looking shirts are perfect for running or just wearing around town.
A “One of a Kind” Horse-Country Experience!
Considered one of the most scenic half-marathons in the country. The Ocala Half Marathon will take you through the breath-taking course of Ocala’s Horse Country.
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How to Buy a Used Smart Phone
1. Make Sure the Phone Works with Your Service
As a general rule, cell phones will only work with a single carrier. A phone built for Sprint won’t work on AT&T, because their wireless signals are different. There are exceptions, so sometimes it’s best to check. Remove the SIM card from your phone and place it in the one you are considering for purchase. No error messages? Continue to the next step.
2. Check that the Phone is Fully Functional
Before you hand over the cash, turn the phone on. Connect to a local WiFi and browse the web. If your current phone has a data plan, you can try the data connection through the cell towers. However, some wireless carriers will automatically add a data plan ($30 per month) when they detect your SIM card using a smart phone.Next, check the camera. Take a picture and view it. Now test the speakers and headphones by playing an Song or Ringtone. Finally, make a test call to a friend. Using both the earpiece and the speakerphone, listen for the sound quality and ask your friend how you sound, too.
3. Check for Water Damage and Screen Cracks
Carefully inspect the device. Is there corrosion on the connectors? This may indicate exposure to water. Look for hairline fractures in the touch screen. Is there dust or fingerprints behind the glass? This means the screen has been replaced.
4. Check Reported Lost or Stolen Phones
After all this inspection, the biggest concern is that the phone is denied service because it was reported lost or stolen. Call your wireless service provider and confirm the that it has a clean ESN/IMEI/MEID. This number is located on under the battery or can be viewed in the phones settings.
If you are able to make a call using the phone, chances are pretty good the phone is ready for purchase.
When: January 24-27
Where: 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala FL 34470
At: Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
Located: in the parking lot
—Under the stunning White & Blue Big Top Tent
- January 24 – Thursday: 7:30pm
January 25 – Friday: 7:30pm
January 26 – Saturday: 1:30pm, 4:30pm, & 7:30pm
January 27 – Sunday: 1:30pm & 4:30pm
Cirque Italia, America’s first traveling Water Circus, is constantly searching for new ways to provide once in a lifetime experiences to the American audience, which lead to the introduction of our second unit, the Gold Unit. Our aim is to produce a luxurious atmosphere where water, technology, and performing arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show.
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Tips For Moms Buying Used Cars
If you are a mom who’s looking for a used car then you probably want something inexpensive, but safe. If you are on a tight budget, weigh the costs of maintaining your current vehicle against the cost of a vehicle with fewer miles on it.
Why Buy Used?
By purchasing a used car you can reduce the depreciation a new car feels when it drives off the lot.
Research cars carefully. Compare safety records, prices, and models. There should be many consumer reviews online search for the vehicle model and year with the word “problem.” You’ll find plenty of experience from owners to determine if the problem is easily fixed and how likely it is to happen to you.
Look at the safety records of various models. A Carfax report can tell you whether that particular vehicle has been in a major collision.
Calculate costs carefully. Remember that you will not just be paying the monthly installments but will also need gas, insurance, repairs, and taxes.
Where to Look
The classifieds are a great place to start. Not only will you find great prices from individual owners, but also local car lots looking to compete. Not all owners will provide financing. So check with your bank or credit union for reduced rates in car loans and lower prices on GAP insurance.
What to Buy
You also need to consider the size of your family. How many kids do you have to ferry around? What kind of distances do you have to drive? What weather conditions prevail in your area?
A four-door is a must. Look for child safety locks and anchors for child safety seats. If you need more room, a minivan has a tight turning radius and parks easily.
Recommended models for moms:
Audi A4 Avant
Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Hyundai Elantra Touring
Lexus IS 250C
Rabies Clinic Marion County
Date: 12/29/2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Marion County Animal Services
5701 SE 66 ST
Ocala, Florida 34480
The importance of vaccinating your pet
Although the majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, Your pets and other domestic animals can be infected when they are bitten by rabid wild animals. When “spillover” rabies occurs in domestic animals, the risk to humans is increased.
Pets are vaccinated by your veterinarian to prevent them from acquiring the disease from wildlife, and thereby transmitting it to humans.
How can you prevent rabies in animals?
- Visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs.
- Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision.
- Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.
- Call animal control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill.
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HITS Ocala Winter Circuit
10 consecutive weeks of shows with two additional weeks of USEF-Rated shows—the Ocala Holiday Series—in mid-December. The extensive range of classes, offering over $4 million in prize money, and abundant show opportunities makes HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida, a prime winter destination. The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit features USEF National and Premier-Rated Hunters, 5* and 6* Jumpers, two USHJA International Hunter Derbies and qualifiers for the HITS Championship. The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit culminates each March with the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.
HITS moved to Post Time Farm in 2002, where exhibitors take advantage of the Horse Capital of the World. With 450 lush acres, over 100 permanent turn-out paddocks, and 30 permanent barns, HITS Post Time Farm is an inviting home-away-from-home for you and your horse to enjoy a world-class showing experience.
Horse Show Office Hours (During shows only)
- Monday: 12 pm – 5 pm (8 am – 5 pm for feed/stabling)
- Tuesday: 7 am – 5 pm
- Wednesday-Sunday: 6:30 am – 5 pm
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Ma Barker’s Notorious Hideout Location for Sale
OCKLAWAHA, FL – Ma Barker — Florida’s most notorious gangster — continues to make headlines. The lakefront property near Ocala, Florida that was the site of the infamous Gangster Era shootout where Barker was killed is now listed for sale on Ocala4sale.com. The parcel has about 160 feet of frontage on scenic Lake Weir and is ready for development. The 1.59 acre parcel is listed by Joan Pletcher Realty at $349,900.
Meanwhile, the infamous historic home itself has been relocated to nearby Carney Island Recreation & Conservation, where it is soon to open to the public as a museum. The relocation of the property was a headline event in itself when it was floated across Lake Weir on a barge in late 2016.
The two-story cracker home was the site of a shootout with the FBI in 1935 that left Kate ‘Ma’ Barker and her son, Fred, dead after four hours and thousands of bullets fired. The 61-year-old woman died with a Tommy gun in her hands, according to the FBI. A sneak-peak of the new museum is now available at MaBarkerHouse.org, which features 360-degree virtual tours of the rooms where Ma and Fred Barker were shot to death in the longest shootout in FBI history.
“It’s a beautiful home with lots of history,” said Efren Vasquez, a web designer with Brick City Digital, which created the new website. “It was amazing seeing the bullet holes still on the walls and furniture as I walked through the house.”
The Friends of the Bradford-Ma Barker house, a not-for-profit corporation are working to restore the home and open it as a museum in early 2019. The purpose for opening the home to the public is to tell a story of how the good guys won. This was one of the FBI’s greatest success stories. The Barker/Karpis gang was one of the last remaining active gangs in the United States when J. Edgar Hoover set his sights on destroying all organized crime in the country. When he named the Barker/Karpas gang as “Public Enemy No. 1” the Barker’s knew it was time to lay low, so they retreated to Ocklawaha where they thought they would never be found.
For more information, visit MaBarkerHouse.org and take a 360° tour through the house and see bullet holes in the walls and original furniture still in the home. The website also has information about sponsorship opportunities, private tours and will post announcements about the museum opening in 2019.
Santa is coming to town!
“Santa on the Square” returns to Downtown Ocala in December. This holiday family friendly event will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 4-20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown square.
Children of all ages will enjoy music, snacks, hay rides and even a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! This event is complimentary and open to the public.
For more information visit: