Spaghetti and meatball dinner

There will be a spaghetti and meatball dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church, 4047 NE 21st St., Ocala. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, Italian sausage, garlic knots, bread, salad, iced tea and dessert. Cost is $9.

A note about Matt Manatee

Because of the short school week, the deadline for Matt Manatee letters, jokes and pictures has been extended to noon Sept. 13. Material should be dropped off at the front desk at the Star-Banner, 2121 SW 19th Avenue Road, Ocala. Call 671-6412 or email calendar@starbanner.com for more information.

Ocala Jazz Society

The Ocala Jazz Society will play its monthly concert from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the (smoke-free) VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St., Ocala, across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. A suggested donation of $3 for Hospice of Marion County is appreciated. ocalajazzsociety@yahoo.com or 237-0234.

Open auditions

Auditions for "The Savannah Sipping Society" will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. In this show, four unique Southern women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Actors will be asked to read selected scenes from the script at auditions. It is only necessary to attend one session. No experience necessary. Newcomers and theater veterans alike are welcome. If you are unable to attend the scheduled auditions, please contact the theater to make a separate appointment. Copies of the script are available at the theater and may be checked out from the box office with a $10 refundable deposit. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 236-2274.

History lecture series

The Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology presents a historical lecture series. All programs will be presented on the third Sunday of odd months, at 2 p.m. in Green Clover Hall, 319 SE 26th Terrace, Ocala. A reception follows at East Hall. Admission is free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Individual and family memberships available. Call 236-5245. Here is the schedule:

• Sept. 15: Brian Stoothoff, “The History of Ocala – 173 years.

• Nov. 17: Nancy B. Miller, “Primitive Uses of the Florida Palm & Pine, Basketry and a Little History, Too!”

• Jan. 19: Topic to be determined

• March 15: Celeste (Godwin) Viale, topic to be determined

• May 17: Cynthia Graham, topic topic to be determined, and book signing

Flea control study

Paddock Park Animal Care Center has been selected to participate in a national clinical study to evaluate a new flea control medication for dogs. Participating households will receive free flea treatments, and free study-related exams, for all dogs in their household for up to 3 months. If you think your dog has fleas and has yet to be treated, you may be eligible to enroll your pets in the study. Open enrollment will be closing soon; for full eligibility and clinical study details, pet owners can visit: https://alcherabio.com/canine-flea-clinical-study/.