Events – October 23-29, 2020


Dignitaries throw shovels full of dirt during the Reilly Arts Center Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Reilly Art Center in Ocala, Fla. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Posted October 23, 2020 | Compiled by Lisa McGinnes | Photography by Bruce Ackerman

COMMUNITY

Dignitaries throw shovels full of dirt during the Reilly Arts Center Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Reilly Art Center in Ocala, Fla. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Astronaut Academy
Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm

Kids of all ages learn about space travel with hands-on exhibits exploring the space station, Mars rover and rockets. www.mydiscoverycenter.org

10/23

Marion Oaks Farmers Market
Marion Oaks Community Center, 294 Marion Oaks Ln.
9am-12pm

Fresh vegetables, artisan food products and handmade crafts.

10/23

Marion County Friday Market
McPherson Government Complex, 601 SE 25th Ave.
9am-2pm

Shop locally fresh fruits and veggies, cinnamon buns, jerky, freeze dried treats, olive oils and seafood.

10/23

Ina A. Colen Academy Ribbon Cutting
SW 80th Ave. and SW 63rd St. Rd.
9am

The Colen Family Charitable Trust will break ground for the new K-8 public charter school opening in August 2022. Contact kinley_rogers@otowfl.com for more information.

10/23

Building a Sponsorship that Sells
Community Foundation Ocala/Marion County, 324 SE 24th St.
12-1pm

Executive Director Lauren DeIorio presents this Brown Bag Basics workshop for nonprofit organizations. Call (352) 622-5020 for more information.

10/23

Red Ribbon Kick-Off
Ocala Drive-In, 4850 S. Pine Ave.
6pm

Enjoy a free showing of Hocus Pocus and Black Panther to kick off Red Ribbon Week, which celebrates drug-free living. Call (352) 438-5992 for more information. facebook.com/CCASAMarionCounty

10/23

Celebrity Dinner and UniversAbility Pageant Awards
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd.
6-9pm

A dinner dance featuring magician Brian LaPalme and NFL alumni including Don Nottingham to benefit Champions for Champions. Awards from the virtual UniversAbility Pageant will be presented. Call (866) 996-2182 for more information. championsforchampions.org

10/23

Date Night
Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.
6:30-9pm

Explore the Astronaut Academy exhibit in an couples’ evening just for grown-ups with wine and snacks. mydiscoverycenter.org

10/23-24

Nightmare on Pine Street
Wayne’s World of Paintball, 4841 S Pine Ave
8-11:30pm

The annual haunted trail to benefit Toys for Tots features 5 acres of haunted attractions. Please wear a mask and proper footwear. Visit waynes-world.com or call (352) 401-1801 for more information.

10/23-25

Fall Parade of Homes
117 SE 22nd Ave.
11am-5pm Friday-Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday

Marion County Building Industry Association offers tours of nine new model homes located throughout Marion County. Visit mcbia.org for a map and more information.

10/23-25

The Pickin’ Patch Pumpkin Patch
11000 Rolling Hills Rd., Dunnellon
3-7pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, 12-7pm Sunday

Enjoy a corn maze, kids’ hay fort with slides, hay maze and live bluegrass music as you pick a pumpkin. dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com

10/23-25

Coon Hollo Fall Festival and Flashlight Fall Nights
22480 N. Hwy 441, Micanopy
Festival: 4-7pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, 12-7pm Sunday
Flashlight Nights: 7-9pm Friday and Saturday

The festival includes a hemp maze, pony rides, hayride, sack slide, pasture putt-putt and farm animals. Flashlight nights feature bonfires, hayrides and maze by flashlight. Visit coonhollo.com or call (352) 318-9258 for more information.

10/23-25

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Timberline Farm, 3200 SE 115th St., Belleview
4pm-dusk Friday, 10am-dusk Saturday, 12pm-dusk Sunday

Family activities include a pumpkin patch, hay rides, slide, face painting, music, craft and food vendors and kids’ games. A portion of the proceeds benefit St. Theresa’s Soup Kitchen. Visit timberlinefarm.net or call (352) 454-4113 for more information.

10/23-26

McIntosh 1890s Festival
Virtual

Shop the arts, crafts and antiques festival online this year and connect with festival musicians, nonprofits and civic organizations at mcintoshvirtualfestival.com.

10/24

NFL Caring for Kids Clay Shoot
Robinson Ranch, 19730 SE 27th Terr., Inglis
8am

A clay shoot followed by lunch featuring NFL alumni benefits Champions for Champions. Call (866) 996-2182 for more information. championsforchampions.org

10/24

Brownwood Farmers Market
2726 Brownwood Blvd., Wildwood
9am-1pm

More than 70 vendors offer fresh produce and crafts. thevillagesentertainment.com

10/24

Ocala Downtown Market
SE 3rd Street and SE 3rd Avenue
9am-2pm

A variety of vendors offer local fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood, fresh pasta, honey, arts and crafts, rain or shine. ocaladowntownmarket.com

10/24

Candy Crawl
Paddock Mall, 3100 SW College Rd.
4-7pm

Bring the kids in costume for a free, safe, socially distanced trick or treat. Masks required. Call (352) 237-1223 for more information. paddockmall.com

10/24

No Ordinary Love
Ocala Drive-In, 4850 S. Pine Ave.
7pm & 9:45pm

The film showing is a fundraiser for the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center. Call (352) 351-4009 or visit facebook.com/stopthehurting for more information.

10/26

Social Selling
Online via http://midflorida.score.org
7-8pm

Lear strategies and tools to engage with customers using email and social media from internationally recognized email marketing expert Ken Countess. Email midflorida@scorevolunteer.org to register for this free online workshop.

10/27

Networks CEMG
Power Plant Business Incubator, 405 SE Osceola Ave.
8:15-9:15am

Chamber Execs and Marketing Group. Email tom@ocalacep.com for more information.

10/27

Florida Aquatics Groundbreaking
SW 80th Ave. and SW 63rd Street Rd.
9am

The Circle Square Foundation will break ground for a new Florida Aquatics Swimming and Training (FAST) center set to open in 2021. Contact kinley_rogers@otowfl.com for more information.

10/27

Stiletto Network
CenterState Bank, 1632 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
4-5pm

Email April Savarese at asavarese@bgcofmarion.com for more information.

10/27

WinePO
The Keep Downtown, 36 SW 1st Ave.
5:30-7:30pm

Young Professionals Ocala’s monthly social series features a casual setting for current and future members with discounts on wine, beer, cider, mead and food. Contact andrea@ocalacep.com for more information.

10/27-28

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd.
8-10am

The Department of Health in Marion County is offering drive-through COVID-19 testing for adults with photo ID and children accompanied by a parent. Call (352) 644-2590 for more information.

10/28

CEP 101
Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership, 310 SE 3rd St.
8:30-9:30am

An orientation for new partners and their staff. Email jim@ocalacep.com for more information.

10/28

1 Million Cups Ocala
Power Plant Business Incubator, 405 SE Osceola Ave.
9:30-10:30am

Two local startups present their business idea to an audience of community entrepreneurs. Email ryan@ocalacep.com for more information.

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Twilight Tales
Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
8-9:15pm

Bring kids ages 3-10 for a costume parade with treat bags on the outdoor stage, then pull up a hay bale for spooky stories by jack-o-lantern light with concessions available for purchase. ocalacivictheatre.com

10/29

Farmers Market
Circle Square Commons, 8405 SW 80th St.
9am-1pm

Locally grown seasonal produce, baked goods, plants and more. circlesquarecommons.com/farmersmarket

10/29

Horse-O-Ween
Ocala Downtown Market, SE 3rd Street and SE 3rd Avenue
4-8pm

The CEP Equine Initiative hosts an equine products expo and used tack sale with candy for kids in costume and photos with horses for a donation to benefit the CEP Equine Disaster Fund. Contact louisa@ocalacep.com for more information.

ARTS

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Pump Boys and Dinettes
Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E Silver Springs Blvd.
7:30pm

This high-octane, country-flavored musical set at North Carolina’s Double Cupp Diner promises a down-home good time. Performances are Thursday-Sunday through October 25th. Visit www.ocalacivictheatre.com for tickets and more information, or call (352) 236-2274.

Now-10/31

Alone Together
NOMA Gallery, 939 N. Magnolia Ave.
12-6pm

An art exhibit featuring best-in-show artists from the last five Ocala Arts Festivals presented by Fine Arts for Ocala (FAFO) and sponsored by the David & Lisa Irwin Midgett Foundation at the historic Coca Cola building. Open Thursdays-Sundays. www.fafo.org

10/2-31

Community
Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 S. Broadway
12-6pm

Local artists take on the topic “What does community mean to you?” in this new exhibition. Opening reception October 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm; exhibit open Tuesday-Saturday through October 31st. Call (352) 369-1500 for more information.

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Pre-Conception Exhibit
CF Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Rd.
10am-4pm

A solo exhibit of sculptures by Russell Bellamy features both floor-based interactive sculptures and wall-based relief sculptures influenced by the proximity of urban and rural landscapes. Open Monday-Thursday. Visit cf.edu/webber for more information.

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Hinterlands
City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave.
8am-5pm

Artist Megan Welch, a portrait painter and educator who lives in Northeast Florida, has created an exhibition of portraits in oil and graphite that portray the stories of those navigating the temporal nature of life, the unknown and the human condition. Open Monday-Friday. Call (352) 629-8447 for more information.

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Florida: Explored
City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration, 828 NE Eighth Ave.
9am-5pm

Ocala artist Dan McCarthy’s exhibition includes pieces created during his exploration of Indian Lake State Forest, a hidden gem in Marion County, capturing the mood and feeling of this wild space. Open Monday-Friday. Call (352) 629-8447 for more information.

10/23

Appleton Store at Home
Virtual
6:30-7:30pm

Appleton Store Manager Gigi Gonzalez hosts a virtual shopping trip with savings on jewelry, books and art-themed gifts. Pre-register through the event page at facebook.com/appletonmuseum.

10/23

Thrown and Altered
NOMA Ocala, 939 N. Magnolia Ave.
12pm

Master Potter Greg Gwilt will demonstrate how to throw clay vessels and will speak on the process of transforming raw earth into usable pots at this free event. fafo.org

10/24

The Lost Boys Film and Wrap Party
Marion Theatre, 50 S. Magnolia Ave.
8pm

Enjoy a showing of The Lost Boys followed by a wrap party in the lobby with Just Joel spinning tunes from the soundtrack and the Marion Bar selling crafted cocktails. reillyartscenter.com

10/27

Teaching Tuesday: Paper Bag Monster Puppet
Appleton Museum – virtual
10-10:30am

The Appleton Museum presents a live streaming art project that the whole family can make at home with basic art and craft supplies. Online at facebook.com/appletonmuseum.

10/27

Spoken Word Ocala
Marion Cultural Alliance, 23 SW Broadway St.
7-9pm

Spoken word artists of any style—beat to baroque, formal to freestyle—are invited to share community-friendly content in an open mic event in The Brick’s courtyard. The socially distanced event will also be shared on Facebook Live. Find details on Spoken Word Ocala’s Facebook page.

10/29

Art•I•Culture
Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St.
5-7pm

FAFO presents a fusion of horticulture and art on the patio with special guest Suzanne Shuffitt. Call (352) 867-0355 for more information. facebook.com/fineartsforocala

GOVERNMENT

10/26

City of Belleview Site Plan Committee
City Hall Commission Room, 5443 SE Abshier Blvd., Belleview
9am

Call (352) 245-7021 for more information.

10/26

Marion County Development Review Committee
Office of the County Engineer, 412 SE 25th Ave.
9am

The DRC votes on waiver requests, drainage/site plans, subdivision master plans, preliminary plats, improvement plans and final plats. Call (352) 671-8686 for more information.

10/26

Ocala City Council Work Session
Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave.
12pm

Topic: the fire assessment fee. Call (352) 629-8401 for more information.

10/26

Marion County Board of Commissioners Workshop
McPherson Government Complex Auditorium, 601 SE 25th Ave.
2pm

Topic: the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. View a live stream at marioncountyfl.org/agendas. Call Laura Cooper at (352) 671-8560 for more information.

10/26

Hospital District Board of Trustees & Munroe Regional Health System
Hospital District Office, 1121 SW First Ave.
5pm

Call (352) 622-3662 for more information.

10/26

Marion County Planning & Zoning Commission
McPherson Government Complex Auditorium, 601 SE 25th Ave.
5:30pm

The Planning & Zoning Commission conducts hearings for zoning changes and special use permits. Call (352) 438-2600 for more information.

10/26

Ocala Housing Authority
Virtual
6pm

Participate online via ocalahousing.org. Call (352) 369-2636 for more information.

10/27

Downtown Ocala Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee
Citizen Service Center, 201 SE 3rd St.
10am

Call Gus Gianikas at (352) 629-8311 for more information.

10/27

Soil and Water Conservation District Board Workshop
USDA Ocala Service Center, 2441 NE Third St.
12:30pm

For more information, call (352) 622-3971, ext. 3.

10/27

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Virtual
3pm

A statewide public meeting to provide updates on basin management action plans for Florida’s Outstanding Springs. Participate online at tinyurl.com/y465nch5. Call (850) 245-8460 for more information.

10/27

Ocala/Marion County Transportation Planning Organization Board
McPherson Government Complex Auditorium, 601 SE 25th Ave.
4pm

Call (352) 438-2630 or visit ocalamariontpo.org for more information.

10/27

City of Belleview Code Enforcement Board
City Hall Commission Room, 5443 SE Abshier Blvd., Belleview
5:30-6:30pm

Call (352) 245-7021 for more information.

10/27

Marion County School Board
School Board Meeting Room, 512 SE 3rd St.
5:30pm

Call (352) 671-7700 for more information.

10/28

City of Ocala Utility Advisory Board Meeting
Virtual
11:30am

Participate online at zoom.us/j/98828742925. Call (352) 351-6600 for more information.

10/28

Downtown Ocala Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee
Citizen Service Center, 201 SE 3rd St.
4pm

Call Gus Gianikas at (352) 629-8311 for more information.

10/29

Marion County Development Review Committee Staff Meeting
Office of the County Engineer Bldg 1 Conference Room, 412 SE 25th Ave.
8:30am

Applicants may discuss proposed or current projects with county review staff prior to meeting formally with the Development Review Committee. Call (352) 671-8686 for more information.

ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

10/23

Music of George Jones and Johnny Paycheck
Orange Blossom Opry | 7pm

10/23

Sherry and the Rockafellas
Charlie Horse | 7pm

10/23

Heather Lynne
O’Malley’s Alley | 9:30pm

10/24

Fareeza
Ocala Downtown Square | 6-8pm

10/24

Cap Smith & the Hogtown Slayers
O’Calahan’s Pub & Eatery | 6-10pm

10/24

Propaganjah
Bank Street Patio Bar | 7:30-11:30pm

10/24

GFM
O’Malley’s Alley | 8pm

10/24

Jezabelle
The First & Last Tab | 9pm

10/24

Side Piece
Pi On Broadway | 9pm-12am

10/25

Nate Leslie
Bank Street Patio Bar | 10:30am-2:30pm

10/25

Kimber Davis Band
Pi On Broadway | 11:30am

10/29

Orange Blossom Showcase
Orange Blossom Opry | 7pm