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All Floridians come to know and understand that we have five seasons in lower Florida. We go through Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer, and then Hurricane season usually hits Florida right where it hurts. When it passes, we have an Autumn that feels like a breezy summer and a winter that feels like a cold Autumn.
When hurricanes come to call, you must protect what you can by shuttering windows and sealing doors where possible. Keep a slightly larger stock of provisions in case of panic-buying from the crowd. When most people realize they should be stocking up on supplies, they are already facing panic-stricken shoppers snatching up anything and everything. Water and toilet paper are usually the first to go.
We usually see a big upswing in car repairs just before a hurricane hits, as people leave problems for too long until they’re in a slightly desperate situation. It’s so much better-- and cheaper-- to maintain your car with preventive maintenance, then to hastily fix things before the storms come inland.
We must learn to forgive others for recklessness borne out of panic. You never know what another person’s struggle is until you walk a mile in their shoes. And we’re meant as Ocalans to come together and survive together. The best we can do is to remember to stay stocked and be good neighbors where we can. You can be on point for your family and still have the kind of moderation that shows respect for others in your community.
This month’s Partner is the Ocala Business Leaders. We’re proud to work with the Ocala Business Leaders to help build a better, kinder, cleaner city every day. If your business isn’t already a member, consider joining and supporting us in our efforts to keep Ocala vital and beautiful.
September 3rd & 4th
39th Annual Ocala Shrine Rodeo
In the Horse Capital of the World, Ocala's most treasured tradition is the Ocala Shrine Rodeo.This event features all traditional rodeo events: Bareback Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Saddle Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Tie Down Roping
Ocala Polo Club's Summer Sunset Polo
Florida Horse Park
Come out and enjoy a polo match at the Florida Horse Park! The perfect place to enjoy a tailgate with your friends and family.
National Wildlife Day
Car Show at Big Lots
Big Lots, 8602 SR 200, Ocala, FL 34481
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cruise-in and hear some carhop tunes, raffle and prizes from our many sponsors. Enjoy some refreshing ice cream from Scoop's Ice Cream Parlor, delicious food from Little Joey's Italian Restaurant or browse the aisles of Big Lots. This show is the 2nd Friday of the month. We will be collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to a local Ocala charity.
After Dark in the Park Movie Series "The Karate Kid"
Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex, 2390 SE 36 Ave.
It's movie time! Join us for FREE movies throughout the year at different City of Ocala parks. Be sure to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on. We will have concessions available for purchase like snacks, popcorn and soda. No registration is required to attend our movies, simply show up, get comfortable and enjoy the show!
September 11th - 12th
Ocala Comic Con 2021
Ocala Comic Con returns on September 11-12, 2021 at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, FL! Kids 10 & under are FREE!! This is set to be our biggest year yet and we can't wait to see you all. Do we have any fans of Bleach? Here is your chance to meet Ichigo Kurosaki (Johnny Yong Bosch ), Sosuke Aizen (Kyle Hebert), and Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto (Neil Kaplan) in person! They will be attending the entire convention!
September 16th - 19th
Florida Cutting Horse Show
Florida AG Center & Horse Park, 11008 S. Hwy 475, Ocala, FL 34480
Come and watch as some of Florida’s finest cow horses compete in the art of “cutting". Cutting is a western-style equestrian competition in which a horse and rider work together before a judge or panel of judges to demonstrate the horse's athleticism and ability to handle cattle.
Wife Appreciation Day
Harvest Moon Festival
Redhead Appreciation Day
Dance Alive National Ballet - Meet The Dancers
Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dance Alive National Ballet is thrilled to announce the first evening of entertainment for the 2021-2022 Season held in Ocala at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club on Friday, September 24 at 6 PM. This family-friendly event will have you sitting front row for a private performance by the dancers of the company, eating and drinking amongst friends, and bidding on exclusive adventures in a silent auction. Be sure to secure your tickets in advance!
National Coffee Day
That’s all for this month’s events. Many thanks for visiting our blog-- and don’t forget to consider joining Ocala Business Leaders in building a better Ocala! And remember to schedule an appointment online and let Pals Ocala Auto Repair take care of your regular maintenance. We are located at 2821 SW College Road, Ocala, FL, 34474. Until next time!