The sale at Cherrywood Estates is one of those not-to-be-missed events.
One of the best little craft shows in all of Beautiful Marion County is held twice yearly at Cherrywood Estates in the southwest quadrant of the county. This Saturday, according to Denise Shortway, the Sweetheart Craft Show will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the community center. It will include handmade wood crafts, knitted and crocheted items, dimensional stars, fabric postcards (suitable for mailing), jewelry and many other hand-crafted specialties. Lunch and baked goods will be available.
This is one of those not-to-be-missed events for those who love seeing a wide variety of items made by some of the county’s finest artisans. Tell ‘em Emory sent you!
FOREST FOOD DRIVE: How does a Community Singalong interest you? Sounds like a lot of fun to me!
Diane Lemon probably explains it best:
“All the churches out here are always finding ways to feed the hungry and help the homeless," she wrote. "On March 11, from 3 to 4 p.m., we will be hosting a food drive and Community Singalong for people to bring nonperishable food donations to St. Joseph of the Forest Catholic Church, 17301 E. State Road 40, Silver Springs. This is to replenish the stock we use daily to give food to ANYONE who comes in hungry, not just our parishioners. Food is available seven days a week.
"We always have some kind of program to thank the people who bring the food. This time we will host a SINGALONG led by an Ecumenical Choir and Band, consisting of people from various faith traditions in the area. Admission is nonperishable food items. Make sure it’s not out-of-date, please. Refreshments and fellowship will be held following the singalong. If you’d like to sing with the band, call 812-1864. The church’s phone number is 625-4222 or check online at www.stjosephoftheforest.com.”
HEADLIGHTS: We had been talking about drivers who seem to have forgotten what that little stick on the left side of the steering wheel is for — y’know, the turn signal and lane-change handle. Robert Hauck, Ocala, wrote: “Sly Guy, as a regular morning bicyclist may I add: Use headlights in the early mornings. Oncoming vehicles are infinitely more visible when using those low-beams especially in fog. Thanks for all you do.”
Bob, my RAV4 has a switch labeled DRL. I found out it means “Daytime Running Lights,” and that’s almost as handy as the backup camera. Vehicles with their lights on are much easier to see, especially at night, of course, but it works the same in the daytime, too. I keep mine on all the time. Drivers are supposed to turn on headlights whenever they use their windshield wipers during rainstorms, because it helps drivers see each other’s vehicles more clearly, but sometimes in tense driving situations, drivers may forget to flick on their lights after activating their wipers. DRL solves that problem quite nicely.
HOME LIGHTS: Speaking of lights, Oak Run residents John and Pat Schweikart wrote: “Hey Sly, we needed to replace some of the lighting in our new (to us) home so we went into the lighting store next to Publix. Phil took good care of us, and we ended up replacing all our lights, bought new fans/lights, and Phil even hung our chandelier that we brought from our prior house. They were both very professional and friendly. We have recommended them to several of our neighbors.”
APPROPRIATE?: Reader Bill Steele wrote: “I’d just like you to run something by your legions. We were in Harry's on the square last Friday, Feb. 2, and it was crowded as it always is. Rather than wait for a reservation we sat at the bar. Still tough to get a seat. As we finished our meals (excellent as always) I saw a boy about 8 years old sitting with his grandfather at the bar. Gramps had a beer and the youngster a Coke. I asked the bartender about it and was told that the Harry's management had no problem with it.
“My thoughts are: Do children belong at a bar full of adult conversation?”
Bill, I don’t personally find it appropriate but lots of other people have no objection. To each his own, I guess. Readers, what do you think?
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