Ocala Marathon is coming soon!!

2018-01-12 News

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Get Ready, Set and Go because the Ocala Marathon is coming up this Sunday!!! The 21st annual “horse country” race will begin at 6:00am at the Paddock Mall and will last until 10:30am (see chart below). Some of the best things about the race is the scenery and the people you get to meet, and no worries if you are not a runner you can still come out to spectate and cheer for local and far away participants. Did we mention that when you complete the race you get to take home your very own medal. To get your tickets and view more information about the event visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Ocala/OcalaMarathonHalfMarathon

Race Start is at the:

Paddock Mall
3100 SW College Rd
Ocala, FL 34474

6:00 am Registration & Packet Pick-up at Race Site
7:00 am Half Marathon & Half Marathon Relay Start
7:15 am 15K Start
7:20 am 10K Start
7:25 am 5K Start
8:30 am 5K Awards Ceremony
9:00 am 10K Awards Ceremony
9:30 am 15K Awards Ceremony
10:00 am Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
10:30 am Course Closes (Support Ends)

“I Love A Piano” — Ocala’s First Production of the Season

2018-01-09 News

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This season at the Ocala Civic Theater “I Love a Piano” will be on the main stage! From January 11th to February the 4th, this “all-American celebration” will be showcasing more than 50 of Irving Berlin’s classic Piano Hits! These hits include “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” and many more favorites! This event is perfect for a fun family outing, a nice night for two, and just enjoying some wonderfully composed classics. When you participate in events at the Civic Theater you are encouraging, and supporting local actors and students, who knows this performance might be making an up-and-coming celebrity!

To purchase your tickets visit the Ocala Civic Theater’s Website , also visit the website to see what other amazing productions the theater has going on this year.

Water Purification Systems – Just the Facts

Water Purification Systems
Water Purification Systems

Here’s what you need to know about water purification systems.

There are several methods to how you can obtain fresh and healthy drinking water for your family. Experts recommend that you choose a water filtering system based on your particular needs, which will be affected by the area where you live. There are several harmful chemicals in your water that could cause disease:

  • Heavy metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic
  • Pesticides
  • Bacteria
  • Chlorine and fluoride
  • Hormones and drugs

An easy home water-filtering method is reverse osmosis. There are several kits on the market which will fit under your kitchen sink without too much difficulty and treat your water supply. The water goes through several stages of purification to remove dust, particles, rust, chlorine, nitrates and unpleasant tastes and odors. The filtered water comes out of a second faucet mounted on your counter top next to your previous one. The reverse osmosis method is convenient because it provides a system of free drinking water and requires minimal maintenance that consists of a few filter changes per year. The downside to reverse osmosis filtering is that it tends to remove healthy minerals from the water too. This under-the-counter filtering method is the most expensive but the highest quality and the least visual method.

Another filtering method is the counter-top filter which involves a pitcher that contains a filter. Faucet water is poured into the pitcher and allowed to pass through a filter, leaving fresh drinking water in the bottom part of the pitcher.


A different filtering method, using KDF/carbon filtering, removes heavy metals and all chlorine products as well as excessive fluoride. KDF filtering works well with lake and well water as well as municipal water, and stops bacterial growth in the filter.

UV light filtering is especially recommended when you are using a water source that is at risk from bacteria and viruses, such as well water or other private water systems that are untreated.

Benefits of UV filters:

  • Low purchase price and operating cost
  • Uses no chemicals
  • Kills e.coli, cryptosporidium and giarda

If your water supply suffers from a high level of iron, manganese or hydrogen sulphide content, you can install an iron water filter to remove these harmful metals and compounds. These filters work well in tandem with the reverse osmosis systems mentioned earlier and actually prolong the life of these systems. An added advantage of removing iron form your water supply is to avoid laundry staining from rust.

Many of the above systems work as a whole house system or just at the faucet point. The best way to choose a water filtration system is to ask a company to test your water and then decide on a filtration system that will give you best  results with the contaminants that have been found.


WANT TO LEARN MORE? This article was sponsored by Village Water Systems, which is in the business of making water cleaner and safer for homes and businesses. Village Water Systems has many years of experience in the industry and we put it to work with every home that we serve in Ocala, The Villages and central Florida. Visit our website or call (352) 461-7439.

How to Buy Used Auto Parts (And Save!)

How to Buy Used Auto Parts

How to Buy Used Auto Parts
Buying used auto parts will often save you 50 percent or more over buying new. When you buy used with an online retailer, you’ll have the benefit of selection and a possible warranty. Junkyards and scrap dealers may save you a bit more, but the best deals are often found in your local classifieds. But that extra savings means you’ll have to do your homework.

1. Know Your Part

Before buying from a private seller, be sure you know the part you need. Do a little online research and compare pricing. A quick search will give you a range of pricing and shipping options. Buying local will certainly save you the cost of shipping and you’ll have the advantage of seeing the item in person before you buy. Knowing the price range ahead of time will also increase your negotiating position.


2. Inspect Carefully

If at all possible, bring the old part with you to be sure you’re getting the right piece. Buying the wrong part will negate the savings of buying used auto parts. While some sellers may cut you a little slack, the general rule in classifieds is ‘buyer beware.’ Unless a seller makes an exception, you shouldn’t expect any kind of warranty.

3. Avoid These Used Car Parts

Your safety isn’t worth putting at risk to save a few bucks. So avoid buying used seat belts, air bags or braking systems. Generally speaking, wear-and-tear items may be better purchased new. This could include alternators, brakes and starters. And use special caution when buying used tires. Here’s a guide to inspecting tires. 

Looking for some places to shop locally for used auto parts? Try our classifieds for Florida Used Auto Parts and Ocala Auto Parts.

Local BBQ Mullet Festival!



On Saturday January 6th in Reddick, FL there will be an assortment of smoked foods, hot sauces, kitchenware, handmade jewelry and scarves, and many more things like desserts! So come on out for a day of fun, food, and quality time with your family! Check out the events Facebook Page for more details.

Free Line Dancing Classes in Silver Springs Shores

2018-01-02 News

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If you enjoy line dancing or have a New Years resolution to be more healthy, then you should come on out to the Forest Community Center at Sandhill Park 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!

LeBron James is coming to Ocala!!

2017-12-26 News

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Okay, maybe not THE LeBron James, but definitely a LeBron James in the making at the 44th Annual ‘Kingdom of the Sun’ Basketball Tournament happening at Vanguard High School. Come on out December 27th at 9:30am to see these basketball stars from high schools all over the country including some of our own hometown schools such as Vanguard and North Marion, tickets will be sold at the event. The event runs through December 27- December 30th, visit kotsbasketball.com for more information on the competing teams, the game bracket, and the history of this event.

New Year’s Campout

2017-12-26 News

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Are you looking for a new way to bring in the new year? Have you always wanted to try camping, but not on your own? Come on out to Carney Island, Little Lake Weir on December 31st for a fun filled family camp out. You can spend some quality family time together camping with activities for all ages, such as kayaking, tram rides, and fun games! Children must be at least eight years or older. Cost for admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tents, camping equipment, meals and snacks will be provided, you just have to being your own sleeping bags and personal items. This is a great event to experience camping with your family in a safe environment, and also a chance to make some new friends!

Kayak, Koffee . . . and Family Kamping!

Kayaking Silver River
OCALA, FL — It looks like a perfect Florida winter this week, and the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department is making the most of the sunshine but hosting a variety of outdoor activities, including guided kayaking and camping trips.

  • Kayak & Koffee. Enjoy a guided kayaking adventure on the Silver River December 21. Join the fun at Silver Springs State Park, and leave your holiday stress behind. The parks department will provide kayaks, gear, even coffee and snacks. the cost is $30 per person. To register, call (352) 671-8560 or email [email protected]
  • Family Campout at Carney Island. Celebrate the new year in the great outdoors! The parks department is hosting a family campout on New Year’s Eve. Campers will have the entire park to themselves! Activities will include fireworks over Lake Weir, sparklers, refreshments as well as arts & crafts. The event will also include kayaking, hiking and guided tram tours. Tents, camping gear, meals and snack are all included. The campout begins December 31 at 2 p.m. and ends Monday at 11 a.m. The cost is $16 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under.  To register, call (352) 671-8560 or email [email protected]

 

 

Music By The Water at Silver Springs!

You’re invited to join in the rhythm of the river Friday, December 22 at Silver Springs State Park. OcalaDrumCircles.com is bringing a community drum circle to the park from 4 p.m. until sunset. Visitors can watch, listen, sing along, or pick up a drum and join in. Some extra drums will be provided and park visitors are welcome to bring their own. A chair or blanket is recommended. The community drumming event will return to the park on the 4th Friday of each month.

Tee park entrance is located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40). For more information, visit Ocala Drum Circles on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/OcalaDrumCircles/.

Florida’s Largest Living Nativity

Florida’s largest drive-thru living nativity pageant has been celebrated in Ocala for more than 20 years. The event at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church tells the story of redemption — from the Garden of Eden to the birth of Christ. The free event features episodes from Bible history including.  Click for photo gallery and event details. 

Living Nativity Pageant at Good Shepherd

Ocala’s Living Nativity is the largest drive-through nativity in the State of Florida.

It’s the largest living nativity in Florida! And it’s right here in Ocala. For more than 20 years, the biblical story of redemption — from the Garden of Eden to the birth of Christ — has been retold in a live pageant at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Ocala. The free event features episodes from Bible history including Noah’s Ark, the crossing of the Jordan River, the pillar of fire in the desert, the voice of the prophets, the high priest and the ark of the covenant. All leading up to the coming of Jesus of Nazareth. (Click for Video.)

This year’s event is held December 16 and 17 (Saturday and Sunday) with walk-through times from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and drive-through times from 7:30 to 9:00. The nativity includes live music and admission is free. The location is Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 151 SW 87th Place in Ocala. See map at the bottom of this page for location details.

The birth of Christ in Bethlehem is portrayed by volunteers at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Ocala.

 

Actors in character share stories from the Bible, including the story of Rahab, whose faith is celebrated in the New Testament.

Set pieces illustrate important biblical characters and events, including this portrayal of the High Priest with the Ark of the Covenant.

Visitors are invited to drive-through the nativity, past scenes including the three wise men on the road to Jerusalem.

The nativity concludes with portrayals of the life, death and resurrection of Christ.

Map to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church:

Educational Environmental Tours!

2017-12-07 News

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Do you enjoy walking through the forest on a nice December day? If so then you will most definitely enjoy this tram tour through the Silver Springs Forest. Come and see where the local wildlife reside, and learn some interesting facts about the animals and the land too!  The Silver Springs Tour will begin at 9 a.m. on December 14th, and it costs $10 per person to get onto the accessible tram for all ages! There are also other tram tours in Sunny Hill on December 28th and one in Carney on December 23rd, tour time is 9 a.m. and the price for entry is $10.

 

If riding a tram isn’t really your style and you’d rather immerse yourself into nature for 2-3 hours, than you should check out the Marion County Interpretive Nature Walks. The walks are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting December 16th at Orange Creek North, and December 19th at Eaton’s Sinkhole. Participants should be in good health and be able to walk for two to three hours with occasional rest stops to take a break and enjoy the scenery. The meeting place will be at Brick City Adventure Park at 8:30 in the morning, so grab your coffee and your walking shoes for a fun December morning nature hike. From the meeting point transportation will be provided to go the walking location, and the fee is two dollars per person.

Recycled Art Exhibit at the Discovery Center!

Keeping the earth clean one art project at a time. Did you know that a major crime we have here in Florida is littering?  Did you also know that Plastic bottles never decompose, or that aluminum cans can take up to 80-100 years before they are finally gone ? To help stop the crime and shed beauty to the waste we create, the Discovery Center is hosting a recycling art exhibit. Take some family time and relax while walking around projects made from people of all ages. The art exhibit will be on display through the 19th of January at the Discovery Center located at 701 NE Sanchez Ave. The times you can visit are Tuesday to Friday 9-5 and Saturday 10-3.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447 or [email protected] and always remember to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Christmas Parade this Weekend!

2017-12-04 News

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Want to see some of your favorite small town businesses, 4-H clubs, high school JROTC programs, and more this weekend? Well come on down to the annual Ocala Christmas Parade, December 9th from 5:30pm-9:00pm. The start of the parade will be at SE 25th Ave. ( The McPherson Governmental Complex ), and go all the way down Silver Springs Boulevard, until it ends at NE Eighth Ave. Grab some chairs, and blankets and spend a wonderful evening with your family the biggest nighttime parade in the state of Florida, this is also the 60th year the parade has been going on in Marion County. So come on out to have a great time and to give back to your community!

For additional information, please contact the Friends of the Christmas Parade at 352-897-0198.

Santa’s Coming to Town!

2017-11-30 News

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Everybody! Santa is coming to Ocala! That’s right, Santa will be at the Downtown Square, located at 100 SE 1st Ave. , Ocala, Florida 34470 . He will be there every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the following dates: December 5th, December  7th, December 12th, December 14th, December 19th and December 21st.

 

Children of all ages are encouraged to come to enjoy snacks, music, and of course, meeting the jolly man himself Santa Claus, and the lovely Mrs. Claus. This is a free public event, some come on over and get in the holiday spirit in the beautiful Downtown Ocala! In order to get a picture with Santa guests must be in line by 8:00pm and guests are also encouraged to bring their own camera or phone to capture this special moment on.

For more information, please call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

First Friday Art Walk is Back!

2017-11-29 News

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Art Walk is a free event and takes place the Friday of each month from September through May. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, available are free family art activities ( by the Appleton Museum of Art, Painting with a Twist, Marion County Public Library, Karate America Ocala, Animis Foundation and the Discovery Center. ) , extended shopping hours for the downtown shops, and live exhibits from local artists.

The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities:

 

In the early evening from 6pm to 9pm, there will be performances by Macey  Mac, who is a 13 year old artist who’s music style is that of LeeAnn Rimes, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin.

Performances by Belly Artist Dance Studio will include modern style dance routines, belly dancing with swords, hula hoops, fire props and fire breathing ( oh my! ).

Local artists will be working throughout this event creating artwork, portraits and caricature drawings on-site. Additional art activities will be available at Ocala Homes and Farms Realty located at 108 E Fort King St.

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

Attack on Fort King!

2017-11-27 News

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OCALA, FL — Ocala’s very own Fort King will see battle again on December 2 and 3, as the city hosts “A Fight for Freedom: Attack on Fort King.” The two-day re-enactment at the newly reconstructed fort will depict Chief Osceola’s attack on Fort King and the death of Indian Agent Wiley Thompson, which sparked the Second Seminole War.

The first fort was built in 1827 and named for Colonel William King who commanded Florida’s Fourth Infantry and served as the governor of West Florida in the early 1800s. Fort King played an important role in the first two Seminole Wars and was eventually burned to the ground by the Seminoles. A second Fort King served as Marion County’s first courthouse in 1844 before being abandoned and stripped for materials.

Newly Reconstructed Fort King

The first fort was built in 1827 and named for Colonel William King who commanded Florida’s Fourth Infantry and served as the governor of West Florida in the early 1800s. Fort King played an important role in the first two Seminole Wars, and served as Marion County’s first courthouse in 1844 before being abandoned and stripped for materials.

 

Seminole War Reenactment

The event will also celebrate the grand opening of the reconstructed Fort and will include a Seminole villages, soldier’s encampment, and displays of period crafts, traditional skills, workshops, food, and tomahawk throwing.

 

The pine forest hill top at Fort King was the location for some of the most dramatic events of the Seminole Wars.

“A Fight for Freedom” will take place on December 2 and 3 at the Fort King National Historic Landmark at 3925 East Fort King Street, just east of 36th Ave. in Ocala. Parking is available at the Duke Energy power line field located a quarter-mile east of the Fort. A shuttle will be running continuously throughout the event for pick-ups and drop-offs. Parking at the Fort will be for handicapped or disabled guests only.




Admission is $5 per person, but free for veterans, active military and children ages five and under. For information, call (352) 368-5533 or visit https://fortkingocala.com/.

Kirby Family Farm’s Christmas Express

2017-11-25 News

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This event benefits the educational programs and development of Kirby Family Farm, a 501c3 educational facility for at-risk and special needs children 

Kirby Family Farm is open year around offering its outreach programs and educational experiences. Like many other educational facilities and museums, periodically during the year the organization invites supporters to come out for themed events as our way to say Thank you, educate, and raise awareness about the programs and mission of Kirby Family Farm.

Kirby Farm takes the opportunity of these themed events one step further and use them as a teaching and practice tool that enables the teens and young people we work with to interact with strangers in supervised settings. They help the youth to utilize and share their knowledge of our exhibits. These experiences greatly help to develop life skills that will benefit them in the workforce and daily communication with others in common society settings.

It’s the 6th year of Kirby farm hosting this family fun event to support their organization. Experience the #1 Christmas Train in Florida! You’ll get to see displays of thousands of Christmas lights like you have never seen before! Not only is there just a train ride, there is a big movie screen playing Christmas movies, Giant Checkers, Corn Hole, live performances, and so many other fun activities for the whole family!

Florida’s Christmas Train: The Christmas Train chugs its way through the Holiday season on certain nights throughout the month of December. The first train ride is scheduled to leave at 6:30 and runs approximately every half hour. Last ride is at 9:30 if necessary and gates close promptly at 10pm each evening.

GIANT MOVIE SCREEN! There will be a big movie screen playing classic Christmas movies all evening long, so you are encouraged to bring a chair to enjoy these classics with your family.

How much are tickets and who needs one?
General Admission:Is a $10 donation per person in advance, ages 3 and up, $15 at the gate if available.

Golden Ticket: Is a $20 donation and includes plenty of extra activities.

For more information please visit https://www.kirbyfarm.com/ .

How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree:

2017-11-24 News

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you’re already in the Christmas spirit. You’ve got your lights, stocking, and wreath hung, now all you need is your Christmas tree. Whether you go to the tree farm to pick out the perfect tree, or you purchase an artificial tree, it has to be the perfect one. Here at USA4SALE, we’re here to help!

Here is our guide to picking out the perfect Christmas tree:

 

Step 1: Measure, measure, measure! Pick an area in your home where you would like your Christmas tree to go, then measure from the floor to the ceiling ( remember to subtract the length of your tree stand and tree topper ). Do not forget to think of the girth of your tree so none of its branches will be squished up against the wall. Also, remember the thickness of the trunk so it will fit in your tree stand. Measure at least twice and DO NOT FORGET to write your measurements down.

Step 2: Shop local. Shopping local not only helps out the small family businesses in your community, but it helps you save gas and helps the tree retain most of its needles from not having to be tied down so long. We have some tree farmers listed on Ocala4Sale.

Step 3: Get a live tree, like obviously you’re at a tree farm so all the trees are alive, but get one that does not have a lot of decay on the inside, even though it might be built perfectly. When picking the right tree, you must test its branches, crush the needles, bounce the tree, and check the size of the trunk. To test the branches, grab any branch on the tree between your thumb and forefinger, gently clamp down and pull towards yourself. If you end up with a handful of needles, the tree is already past its prime.Crushing the needles allows you to smell the scent of the tree, and if it doesn’t smell nice do not get it. To bounce the tree, hold it a few inches above the ground and drop it. If the exterior needles fall off, it’s sure sign of a bad apple. Needles that fall off from the interior of the tree are normal. DO NOT trim your trunk to fit your stand, because when you trim it strips the tree of its cambium layer, which absorbs water to keep your tree healthy.

Step 4: Get your tree wrapped in netting for a safe ride home.

Step 5: When you’re ready to put your tree on the stand,  cut at least an inch off. You can have the lot do it before you leave if you’re headed for home, but you should wait if you’re going to be out more than four hours. Otherwise, the end will glaze over with new pitch, and the tree won’t take up water.

Step 6: Now that your tree is put up you must water it, watering it vigorously in the first few days is crucial because the tree will take in a few gallons during that time. Do not forget to put down a newspaper or towel to catch any spilled water.

Step 7: Decorate your tree safely.

 

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