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Devereux Kids 215 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Ocala, FL 34475

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HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS CAN ATTENT MTI Marion Technical Institute is now accepting applications for next school year. High school juniors and seniors can attend this innovative program where 97% of their graduates have jobs upon graduation, are accepted to college or start an advanced technical training program. Students attend classes at MTI and still participate on sports teams and extracurricular activities and graduate from their base high school. With eight different career academies their students do internships at local businesses and have the highest graduation rate in Marion County. Call 671-4765 or visit the school at 1614 S.E. Ft. King Street.

MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT IS HIRING The County has a variety of vacant positions they would like to fill. For job descriptions, applications, salary ranges and more visit www.marioncountyfl.org. For additional information contact Anita Kinsler at 438-2352 or anita.kinsler@marioncountyfl.org.

PRAISE FOR PURPOSE BENEFIT CONCERT Praise for Purpose is a concert sponsored by Interfaith Emergency Services featuring Shameless Faith that will be held May 14 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the Downtown Square. The event is planned to raise awareness in the community for helping the homeless and families in need in Marion County. Interfaith Emergency Services receives no government funding for operations and relies 100% on donations. During the past year they assisted over 150,000 individuals with food, clothing, hygiene and other services. Bring your chairs and join Interfaith for food, fun and music. Call 629-8868 for details.

CRIMELINE 369-7061 YOUR CALL IS ANONYMOUS PLEASE CALL! CLINIC ON WHEELS CALL 629-0137 X 2148 FOR APPT. DAILY IN WEST OCALA ALCOHOL ANONYMOUS MEETINGS CALL 732-3300 FOR DETAILS PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS CALL 671-8551 FOR INFORMATION

THANK YOU TO SPONSORS OF THE VOICE:

PLATINUM SPONSORS: JOTAR Management, Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, The United Way of Marion County, Wachovia / Wells Fargo Bank GOLD SPONSORS: Ayres, Cluster Law Firm, Marion County Public Library, Childhood Development Services, Inc. SILVER SPONSOR

Kiwanis Club of Ocala FRIENDS: Kids Central Inc., Marion County Children’s Alliance, Department of Children and Families, Devon Self Storage, Ocala Police Department, Kohl’s Department Store, Habitat for Humanity, Women of Worth

The Voice

Serving West Ocala April/May 2011 Volume 3, Number 7 - FREE A Publication of Devereux Kids

Affiliated Agency

Community Partners With Kids Central, Inc.

Dear Residents, Thank you to the approximate 175 residents who attended the Town Hall Meeting at Howard Middle School on March 28. For those in attendance you heard the comments made at the microphone. Many in attendance also wrote suggestions for their vision of the community on index cards. Inside this issue you will find a summary of the items most often mentioned or written about that residents said they would most like to see. You do have a choice. You can live in the community and deal with the good and bad that come out of the decisions that are made, or you can be part of the discussions and planning that will impact your life and your family’s life in the years to come. City Council and the City Manger’s Office have offered an open door invitation to attend City Council meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 4 p.m. and other meetings are mentioned in this newsletter. If your schedule permits, attend all or some of these meetings and become involved. You may be skeptical, but the leaders do want to hear your thoughts and ideas. Get involved, speak up, and truly make this your community.

Scott Hackmyer Community Facilitator (732-3300) shackmye@devereux.org

“JUMP WITH JILL” – FREE FAMILY CONCERT The Marion County Children’s Alliance and the Junior League of Ocala are hosting a free family concert on May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Ocala Hilton. This live rock ‘n roll concert will focus on nutrition and is an interactive experience that will have your children totally involved as they learn such things as the importance of drinking water and eating breakfast. Lots of music, lots of moving around, and most importantly, a great fun way to have your children learn why good eating and fitness is so important. The event is free but if you are able to bring a can or package of food for Interfaith Emergency Services it would be appreciated. Call Nancy Castillo at 438-5992 for details. See you at the Hilton!

FUN WITH RECREATION AND PARKS Mark your calendars so you don’t miss these upcoming events. The PAAS Eggstravanganza is a great free fun event for children 10 and under on April 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park. Arbor Day will be celebrated at Tuscawilla Park on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Live music, children’s activities, crafts, food and more make this free event fun every year. Kids, Cops and Firefighters will take place at the Martin Luther King Park at 1510 N.W. 4 Street on May 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Many fun activities are planned with local law enforcement and rescue staff. Limited to 20 participants, Sticks for Kids will teach golf on Tuesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. Basic Archery is offered for 25 participants ages 7 – 17 on Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m. Both programs are free and offered at the Lillian Bryant Center. Call Kelvin at 629-8389 to enroll. To learn about other activities and summer programs call Kelvin at Lillian Bryant or Christina at the E.D. Croskey Center, 401-3920.

MORTGAGE HELP Florida’s Hardest Hit Fund has been established to offer assistance to eligible homeowners who are in trouble with their mortgage payments. If you are in need of assistance please go to www.FLHardestHitHelp.org or call the Ocala Family Resource Center at 732-3300.

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