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The Paddock Mall will be hosting Marion County’s first annual Brunch, Bourbon, and Beer Fest on Saturday, June 15th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm in center court. Come taste brunch samples from local restaurants as well as sample some of the best bourbon and beer around. There will be live music, games, prizes, and more.

Proceeds will benefit Transitions Life Center, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide a safe, caring and enriching the community for intellectually disabled adults.


$10 – Non-drinkers and underage will enjoy some of the hottest brunch dishes in our community, and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket.

$15 – 21 years old and up will enjoy some of the hottest brunch dishes in our community, bourbon and beer sampling, and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket.

$30 – VIP – 21 years old and up will enjoy some of the hottest brunch dishes in our community, bourbon and beer sampling, VIP area, 2 alcoholic beverages from Hop Stop, and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket.

*Each Admission will have a designated colored wristband.

Florida International Teaching Zoo

The Florida International Teaching Zoo promotes public education through conservation and reproduction of endangered and rare animals. We also teach the next generation of animal caregivers. We are a 501-C-3 (SC-10577) not for profit organization.

Our zoo is a complete guided zoo keeper talk. We introduce the animals to you, explain about their status in the wild, talk about their unique adaptations, and let you know what it like to work with them. You learn about the real situations facing wildlife, and how zoos like ours have contributed to their future. The Florida International Teaching Zoo is not designed as a rescue. We don’t take pet tigers. We keep animals that teach our students, and animals that contribute to their survival as a species.

Here you can meet Indigo our Female Black Jaguar

INDIGO was born in 2013 in Montgomery, Alabama. “Zoo officials say the cubs are the first born to mom Nakita, a 4-year-old spotted jaguar, and dad Kai, an 8-year-old black jaguar.”

There are only around 200 jaguars represented in zoos worldwide. The third largest cat in the world, the population of jaguars is decreasing in the wild.


For more information visit:

Programs in the Parks

  • Date: 05/17/19
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Reading with a Ranger is a program that brings literacy and the importance of reading into the parks of Ocala. Each Friday the City of Ocala Park Rangers gather in a different park to read stories to kids. Children and parents are exposed to the different parks that Ocala has to offer, and all the different kinds of books you can find at the Marion County Library System.

We encourage our participants to bring a lunch and eat it in the park after the program. This program is made possible by the collaborative efforts between Ocala Recreation and Parks, and the
Marion County Public Library System – FL. Reading with a Ranger is free and FUN!

May 17th “The Buzz about Bees” at Heritage Nature Conservatory 200 NE 3rd Street

June 7th “Nature Games and Tracking” at Tuscawilla Park 800 NE Sanchez Ave.

June 28th “Tremendous Trees” at Scott Springs Park 2825 SW 24th Ave

July 12 “Awesome Owls” at Fort King National Historic Landmark 3925 E Fort King Street

July 26 “Fantastic Frogs” at Tuscawilla Park 800 NE Sanchez Ave.

M.O.M.S. DAY 5K Run/Walk 2019

Sunday – May 12, 2019 at Jervey Gantt Park, 2200 SE 36 Ave Ocala, FL

         (Pavilion off of 36th Ave)

6:30 a.m. Event Day Registration & Packet Pick-up *

7:30 a.m. Free Kids Fun Run -Up to 7 Yrs. Old ONLY

7:40 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk

Whether you are participating WITH your Mom,

In HONOR of your Mom, or PRIVILEDGED to be a Mom – We welcome your family!

All proceeds benefit Memories of Missing Smiles, Inc. (M.O.M.S.)

Children’s Memorial Park and Reflection Pond A 501c3, non-profit org. dedicated to

Remembering the Lives and Smiles of our children who have died.


Ocala Downtown Market (May)

Date: Saturday, May 11th

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!

For more information visit:

2019 Brick City Beer and Wine Festival

April 20 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
$30 – $35

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
Food Trucks
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.

For more information visit:

2019 Brick City Beer and WIne Festival

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:

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.

For more information: 352-226-9009
[email protected]

Florida 1/2 Mile Shootout

  • Date: 04/13/19
  • Location: Jumbolair Airport


Driver Pricing:BEFORE MARCH 2$250/DAY OR $450/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 ( 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.

Moonlight Paddle

Located at: Rainbow River (KP Hole Park)

Dates are: April 19th and May 17th

Event Information:

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

Festival Details:

March 14th – 17th, 2019
Hours: Thursday – Friday: 5pm – 10pm / Saturday: 10am – 10pm / Sunday: 10am – 8pm

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, FL March 10, 2018

13th Annual King of the Wing

Date: 02/26/19

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!

  • Sonny’s
  • Mojo’s
  • Wing House
  • Brick City Southern Kitchen
  • Gator’s Dockside
  • The Lodge
  • Turnpike Mikes & Manhattan Gyros

Get your tickets here:

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.

For more information visit:


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

Event Location!

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.

Event Information!

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

Picture Gallery!


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

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447 or [email protected] or visit

America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher

Event information:

  • 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.

For more information visit:

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.

Fore more information visit:

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.

Cirque Italia

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

Event Information

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.

For more information visit:

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
Honda Fit
Hyundai Elantra Touring
Lexus IS 250C
Scion xB
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Prius
Volkswagen Jetta
Volvo V70

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