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NEXT FRIDAY – LAST First Friday Art Walk of 2019 May 3rd

The First Friday Art Walk happens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from September through May annually. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 30 artist displays, live entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours of your favorite Down Town Ocala local businesses.

OCALA, Fla. (May 3rd, 2019) – The following special performances and activities will be live:

  • 6 – 9 p.m.: Live music on the main gazebo stage by The House That Jazz Built! Showcasing Ocala’s youth jazzies; Aaron Thorla leads this trio with piano skills beyond his years alongside John Miller on bass and Johnathan Hurst on drums. These three outstanding musicians collaborate with skillful, melodic chemistry that takes you away to Jazz’s golden era and will keep you enthralled.
  • 7 p.m.: Contemporary dance performance by West Port High School’s MCCA Dance Program on the downtown square.
  • 8 p.m.: Hip hop dance performance by XRT Academy.
  • Free hands-on art activities for all ages will be provided throughout the event by the Appleton Museum of Art, Discovery Center, Painting with a Twist, Art Army of Ocala and the Marion County Public Library.

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

How to Organize a Great Garage Sale

Garage sales are a great way to get rid of all your unwanted belongings or hunt out a bargain. Organization is key to having a great garage sale.

A classified ad is the best way to get lots of people to your garage sale.



1. Create a Game Plan. Advance preparation lets you work with more efficiency. Gather together all the items you are going to sell and price each item ahead of the sale. You could also make extra money by baking ahead of the day or making some tasty sandwiches and cool lemonade. Shopping, browsing and bargaining is hard work, and the folks who turn up will soon be hungry!

Try to hold your sale close to or on the first or fifteenth of the month, which is when many people get paid and have some spare cash in their pockets. Saturdays are the best day and earlier in the day is better than too late in the evening.

Consider teaming up with a few of your neighbors who also like the idea of selling their unwanted items. The bigger the sale, the more people will think it is worth the trouble to pop over and have a look.

Simplify your pricing structure. Use Gather bags and boxes well ahead of time so people will have something to tote their stuff with. Wrapping fragiles in newspapers or providing recycled plastic/paper shopping bags is an added courtesy towards your customers.

You will need some money in a tin or waist bag to give out change. It’s best to be over-prepared with plenty of change as people will often come unprepared with large bills. If you are hoping to make as serious dollar, do not under-price your goods.

2. Create a Fun Atmosphere. Offer some drinks or snacks (it’s a great way for the kids to get involved and make a little extra money.) Have a box of free stuff or maybe a 25 cent bin for kids shopping with their parents. Keep the tables neat and organized.

3. Advertise in Advance. Two methods work best – online advertising and street signs. Get your classified online by Thursday night so shoppers can make your sale destination on their route. Get top dollar for your stuff by including photographs and descriptions of your most attractive items in your classified ad. Make sure your road signs are big, bold and easy to follow. Attach some balloons to really grab attention.

4. Don’t Neglect Security. Always have a friend or family member assist with the sale to keep an eye on things if you take a break. Lock your doors and avoid letting strangers into your house. Keep your dog secured and away from shoppers.

5. Make Clean-Up a Breeze. Some of the garage sale circuit semi-pro’s will offer to haul whatever you don’t sell. You can also check with local thrift stores, who may be willing to collect unsold merchandise. Otherwise, box the remainder to toss or take to a Goodwill store. Use our classified sites to give away unwanted items that remain.

What Makes a Car Classic

Age of the Vehicle

In most cases, the age of a vehicle determines if a car is a classic.

  • Antique – A vehicle more than 45 years old.
  • Classic – A vehicle made at least 20 years prior to the current year. This definition is accepted by most state DMV’s.
  • CCCA Classic – A “fine” or “distinctive” automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948 as defned by the Classic Car Club of America.
  • Vintage – A vehicle made between 1919 and 1930.

Classic Style

The design of cars is generally divided into the following era’s — horseless carriages or veteran cars, brass or edwardian cars, vintage cars, classic cars (pre thru post war), muscle cars. The modern car era begins in the 1980’s where design was dictated by fuel efficiency and safety. Distinctive features were abandoned and cars even by different manufacturers began to look the same. The modern “classic” returns to the bold design of yesteryear. Some have marked this as a corporate ploy to dupe buyers with nostalgic redesign. But others see this a as a return to proper design sensibilities, after a 20-year hiatus.

Cult Following

Whether corporate ploy or design revival, the status of a modern classic is really determined on Saturday in garages and car shows all across America.  Drivers are looking for clean lines and distinctive looks. They want cars and trucks that stand out  from the rest. If auto makers fail to provide it, these drivers will weld, grind and paint their way to a new era of “classic.” Only time will tell which new designs will find fanatical followers who will keep it on the road for 40 years, instead of the scrap yard compactor.

Thrill The World Ocala is Back for 2018!

Come and be a part of the biggest fall event in Ocala. Thrill the world is an event that is sponsored by Extensions Dance Studio and Just Entertainment Inc. This event is put on annually to try and break the Ocala record of the largest simultaneous dance with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” People of all ages come dressed up as zombies and dance to this iconic song. This is a family friendly event and everyone is welcome. This event is on October 13th 2018 from 4 to 10 PM. But we’re not just dancing! There will be local merchandise and food vendors set up with candy for the littles and their amazing handmade products! Not to mention you will also get a taste of Ocala with the amazing food trucks!

Don’t know the thriller dance? Then don’t worry! Extensions Dance studio will hold rehearsals at 2303 NE Jacksonville road on October 10th and October 11th at 6:45PM

If you are wanting to be a dancer it is only $5.00 for advance sign up and $7.00 the night of the event. LETS HELP BREAK THIS OCALA RECORD!

Pet Tech: Microchip IDs

Implanting a microchip into your pet is an excellent way to recover your pet when it is lost. A third of pets go missing every year, with 90% of untagged pets failing to return home. Using a microchip together with a collar tag will give you extra security and peace of mind.

Information held on the microchip consists of:

  • Chip number
  • Pet owner’s contact information
  • Name and description of the pet
  • (Optional) Vet contact information and an alternate contact number

Many vets like to scan your pet at every visit to check that the chip can still be picked up, and also to use the number as an identifying reference for the pet, in the same way humans can be identified by a fingerprint, social security or passport  The microchips are designed to last 25 years and safely stay put inside your pet without getting lost in its body.

Remember, always notify the registry if you have changed address or if you have adopted a pet with a microchip.

Daughtry to Headline 2018 Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival

Tickets are on sale to see Daughtry at the  Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 10 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park located at 500 NE Sanchez Ave. This year’s Harvest Fest event will feature two stages of live music with Daughtry headlining the evening’s festivities. Other national, regional and local artists set to perform will be announced in the coming weeks.

General admission tickets will be $10 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All donations collected will benefit Project Hope and will be distributed to families within the Ocala community for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

VIP tickets will be available at for $40 and include premium, up-close access to the stage during Daughtry’s performance, one free adult beverage, access to the VIP pavilion and restrooms, light snacks and a commemorative Harvest Fest T-shirt. VIP tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, Sept. 3 at noon.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers will not be permitted inside the event area. 


For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department, Cultural Arts and Sciences Division at 352-629-8447.

RETURNING: First Friday Art Walk September 7th

‘Tis the season! First Friday Art Walk to return to Downtown Ocala this September! The fun will start at 6:00pm and conclude at 9:00pm. There will be special performances and activities such as live music by Cami Maree on the Downtown Main Stage! There will also be performances such as Ballroom Dancing by the USA Dance Ocala Chapter 6027, along with mini-ballroom dancing lessons through the evening for event attendees. A Belly Dancing performance will also be put on by the Cairo Dancers, this performance will showcase rhythm, costumes, and complex movements of this Middle-East art form. Our favorite part of the evening is fun for all ages! 98.5 KTK, the Discovery Center, the Appleton Museum of Art, Painting with a Twist, and the Marion County Public Library will provide free, hands-on art activities for all ages. This event is hosted once a month from September to May and is located in Downtown Ocala, and includes all the performances listed above, and displays from 30 locals artists, and extended shopping hours for the downtown boutiques.


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

Free Line Dancing Classes in Silver Springs Shores

Do you enjoy line dancing? If so, then you should come on out to the Forest Community Center at Sandhill Park then you should come out this Wednesday, August 8th and Firday, August 10th, for some free line dancing classes! This class is offered every Wednesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm for beginners and anyone who wishes to improve their line dancing technique. There is also a line dancing class for beginners, and any one who wishes to improve on their line dancing skills, taught in Silver Spring Shores at the Silver Springs Shores Community Center on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 6:00pm-8:00pm. For more information visit the event website here. So get your happy feet on, and grab a partner for some line dancing fun!

Fun Days at the Fort King National Historical Landmark!

School is starting back and The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will be hosting Marion County Public School Days at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, 3925 E Fort King St., Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. This is educational fun for the whole family, and a great time to enjoy the Florida autumn weather. These family-friendly events will include demonstrations of period camping, cooking, tours, historical programming and more. Admission is FREE and open to the public. So come on out and enjoy a little bit of Ocala’s history with us!

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5535.

Medieval to Metal at The Appleton Art Museum

A new exhibit is visiting the Appleton Art Museum here in Ocala! This exhibit is for everyone and all metal music lovers! Travel through the ages with wild, rare, and classic guitars from all over. The exhibit will run from now to September the 2nd, so go take a look while it is still here! It is a rare site to see, so come on down to the Appleton and “rock out” with us!


For more information on the exhibit please visit: 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, or call (352)291-4455 or visit

Reading with a Ranger!

This Friday, July 27th 2018  join the Ocala Community at the Marion County Public Library for Reading with a Ranger. This program is to help keep kids learning over the summer while they are not in school with this fun literacy program. It is also a way to show the importance of reading in the parks of Ocala. This Friday we will be reading in Tuscawilla Park.  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.

For more information please visit the Ocala Parks & Recreation Department’s Website:

Fun Music Performances at Silver Springs State Park!

Come on out this Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at 1:00pm and enjoy local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area near the springs. Instruments usually include a banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and accordion. They may vary from month to month. Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in or just listen and enjoy. Hand claps and foot taps welcome! This is such a fun time to enjoy the beautiful State Park that is Silver Springs and this wonderful summer time weather we are having here in the sunshine state!

Ocala Music Series Starting this Friday!

Looking for something free and fun to do this summer? Well come on out for the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series! What’s happening at this music series? There will be free live music, great food, and a fun atmosphere for the whole family. These events will be starting this Friday, June 15th, 2018 and going all the way until August 17th, 2018 every Friday night. It will be located at Webb Field from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. So come on out for some summer fun, you won’t regret it!

The address for the event is: 1510 NW Fourth St. Ocala, Florida 34471 – Martin Luther Recreation Complex

For questions and more information just go and visit or contact the Ocala Recreation and Parks, Cultural Arts division (352)629-8379

Fun with Ceramics!

Starting Saturday, July 7th, every Thursday, Saturday, and Wednesday until July 19th there will be ceramics painting at the Silver Springs Recreation Center! All ages are welcome to come out from  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and choose from hundreds of ceramics to paint. Ceramics painting is so relaxing, and they make great gifts for Father’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries, you name it! For more information call 352-438-2810 or visit their website.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

We are so happy you guys are a part of our team. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July! Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to check out all of this week’s cool classifieds and a little special treat for the 4th of July.


One event we have highlighted for the 4th of July is the Ocala Jaycees 49th Annual God & Country Day. The event will begin at 2:00 pm , and will end with the fireworks as the closing. Some activities include a Veterans Ceremony, Live Entertainment, Bounce Houses, and so much more family fun! For more information, or if you have any questions, go check out the event on Facebook HERE.

If you want to know some events that are going on visit the link below to learn all of the fun things that are happening in  our town

This is an amazing website to learn about firework safety.


Mama Mia — Ocala Civic Theater

Mama Mia is the spring production being presented at the Ocala Civic Theater. The performances will start tomorrow, May 17th, and run every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until June 17th. On June 7th there is an American Sign Language Performance of the show, which a unique experience to attend! Attending  productions at the Ocala Civic Theater is a great way to broaden your horizons and support our local actors and actresses, who know they could become superstars some day! Mama Mia is hit with the catchy musical numbers, classic humor and so much more! So come on out to a showing for a great night!

For more information click HERE.

LAST CALL First Friday ArtWalk – May 4th

Looking for something to do tomorrow evening?

Come on out and see what Downtown Ocala has to offer! The First Friday Art Walk  is held the first Friday of each month from 6-9 p.m. , but this is the last one until September!

The First Friday Art Walk is fifteen city blocks long and trust us this is an event you do not want to miss!

All located in Ocala’s historic downtown core. The walk has restaurants, businesses and performing artists.  So come out and support you local artists and crafts today! The event includes more than 40 artist displays, live entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours.


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

Forest Friday – Wear Green 04/26


Everyone in the community is invited to wear green this Friday and prove Forest High School is NOT ALONE! After last week’s school shooting, let’s show them we love and support them as a community! Post pictures wearing green with the hashtag #ForestFriday or #GoGreen

The student body will be able to see all photos

Remember they are more then just a school, they are part of our community!  #WeAreForest and they are #ForestStrong

Tips for Saving on Electric Costs This Summer!

Looking to stay cool this summer, but keep your AC bill down?

Here are just a few tips to keep you cool and save you money this summer!

  1. Keep thermostats set no lower than 78 degrees when home.
  2. Change air conditioner filters monthly.
  3. Keep blinds or drapes closed during the day to reduce heating from the sun.
  4. Adjust ceiling fans to turn counter-clockwise during the summer months.

We hope this tips will help keep you refreshed and happy!

Stay tuned for more tips, blogs, and features here with Ocala4sale!

For more information, please contact Ocala Electric Utility at 352-629-2489 or visit

Earth Day Yard Sale Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 100

Hello Everyone!


This Earth Day, April 21st, FUMC’s  Boy Scout Troop 100 will be hosting a yard sale from 8:00am to 1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church in Ocala on 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd.. The troop is raising money in order to be able to attend summer camp this year. They are also looking for vendors and donations! To be a vendor all you need is $20 to rent a table to get rid of some clutter and make some money, crafters are also encouraged to rent a table to sell their products. Donations as well as customers wanted and welcomed. To make reservations, donations or ask questions, please call (352) 629-1663 and state that you are calling about the Boy Scout fundraiser.


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