Road closures today

Road closures in effect 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today for the Thrill the World event in downtown Ocala include Southeast First Avenue from Third Street to Silver Springs Boulevard, Broadway Street from Magnolia Avenue to Osceola Avenue, Fort King Street from Magnolia Avenue to Osceola Avenue and Second Street from Magnolia Avenue to Osceola Avenue.

Reading, literacy event

A Fall in Love With Reading Literacy Celebration, hosted by the Early Learning Coalition, in partnership with several agencies, will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the College of Central Florida University Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. Includes reading, activities, face painting, giveaways, story time, food trucks and more. Free. Call 369-2315, ext. 201.

"Get Buggy" at park

“Let’s Get Buggy” will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Sholom Park, 7110 SW 80th Ave., Ocala. Live music, food trucks, games, ladybug release and more. Free. Call 873-0848 ext. 7650 or visit

Sampler Series

The Will McLean Foundation's Sunday Sampler Concert Series features Rod MacDonald 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St., Dunnellon. $10 donation, includes refreshments. Visit

Sign-ups begin

The Salvation Army will accept applications for Thanksgiving food assistance and Christmas toys (ages 12 and younger) and food assistance 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.:

* Monday, Peace Lutheran Church, 7201 S. U.S. 41, Dunnellon

* Tuesday, Forest Evangelical Lutheran Church 1663 SE 183 Ave. Road, Silver Springs

* Wednesday, St. Theresa’s Social Services, 11528 SE U.S. 301, Belleview

* Thursday, First Baptist Church, 11350 E. County Road 316, Fort McCoy

Bring photo ID or driver’s license, proof of income, proof of expenses, birth certificates, court documents or school letter showing guardianship. Child/children must live with applicant. Call 629-2004.

Calligraphy Guild

The Ocala Calligraphy Guild will meet at 11 a.m. Monday, Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Program on decorative envelopes. Visit

Champagne Dreams

Transitions Life Center's annual "Champagne Dreams" fundraiser will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Hilton Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave, Ocala. Silent auction, raffles, casino-style gaming tables and more. RSVP by Monday. Visit

Coats for Chiropractic

A Coats for Chiropractic collection drive will be held through October at Back to Health, 1400 SE Magnolia Extension, Ocala. With donation of a new or gently used coat for Interfaith Emergency Services, donors  receive free spinal evaluation and report. Call 512-0530.