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Friday Old Town Methodist yard sale, lunch Old Town United Methodist Women will hold their fall Yard & Bake Sale on Friday October 2nd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday October 3rd from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Methodist Men will again serve hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings for the hungry shoppers. Come and find your treasure and bring home some fresh baked goods.. The church is on U.S. Highway 19/98 north of the traffic light.   Saturday Shrine Breakfast at clubhouse The Suwannee River Shrine Club’s semi-monthly breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on Highway 26, about a half-mile north of Fanning Springs. The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, pancakes and coffee. The cost is $5.50 per person. The public is invited.   Amvets BBQ and karaoke     The Amvets William Crow Post No. 447 will have a fund raiser and open karaoke on Saturday, Oct. 3 from  2 p.m. to  6 p.m.  Dinner will include wood-smoked barbecued Boston butt and lima beans with ham ‘n onions, potato salad, roll, and dessert for a $6 donation.  The public is invited. The post is located at  33 Risher Avenue, Inglis.  For to-go orders, please call 447-4473.   First Christian Church Yard Sale First Christian Church of Chiefland will hold a yard sale to benefit their Christmas Stocking Fund from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at 6591 N. W. 140th St. (County Road 346).  For info call Ruth at 490-7650.   American Legion rewards "early birds" American Post 383 in Old Town is having a dinner to reward those members who paid their dues by Septemer 30th.  The dinner is at 5 p.m. at the Post and is free to those who paid dues early.  It will consist of pork loin and chicken with all the trimmings. Those who are not "early birds" but wish to eat, there will be a $5 donation.   At 7 p.m., music and karaoke will be provided by Party Platters Kountryoke and Ron Pruitt.    On Sunday, October 11, 2009, the Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual "Sock Hop" dance with 50's and 60's  dancing music by Doug Miller at the Post beginning at 5 p.m.  Tickets are $6 each and includes prizes, and food. All proceeds benefit the Christmas Fund for needy children in the area.  For more information, call the Post at 542-2021.   Workshop for parents of  exceptional students The Levy County Exceptional Student Parent Advisory Committee is sponsoring a Behavioral Workshop presented by Teresa Pinder, in the parent classroom located at the old Bronson High School. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop will end at noon. Pinder will work with parents to make a very simple yet powerful visual informative meeting and all ESE parents are encouraged to attend.   Sunday Good Shepherd Lutheran Oktoberfest Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on US 19, just north of Chiefland, is having an Oktoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 4th following 10:30 a.m. services. The public is invited to join church members at 11:30 a.m. got fun, music, food and festivities.  Bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, desserts and all other goodies will be provided for $4 per person.     Brock Reunion The annual Brock reunion will be held at Manatee Springs State Park from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. Questions? Please call (352) 490-7257 or (352) 870-9302.   Monday Citizens on Patrol to meet, honor retirees The Levy County Sheriff's Office will be recognizing a couple at its meeting of the Citizens on Patrol unit meeting at 6 p.m. the Sheriff's Office. Earl and Stella Damman of Williston are retiring from COPS after volunteering over 7,250 hours of service.    Chiefland FFA Alumni meet The Chiefland FFA Alumni Chapter meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Chiefland High School agriculture building.   The group is accepting membership dues and  will elect new officers and plan fundraisers. Tuesday Soil Water Board meeting The Levy Soil and Water Conservation District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center, U.S. Highway 27A, Bronson. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by Darlene Smith at (352) 486-2672 x 3.   October 8 Naturalist photographer to speak at Williston library  Friends of the Williston Library will start the fall with an appearance and show by Jon Moran, naturalist photographer of North Central Florida. He will speak in the library at 7 p.m. and present photographic images of the animals, flora and scenes of Florida that make this area so attractive to naturalists and photographers alike. Moran will discuss what, where and how the photographs were made. This program will be very entertaining and educational and high school teachers are asked to invite their students to attend to broaden their appreciation of this naturally beautiful spot of the planet. Moran is as gifted a speaker as he is a photographer and his programs stir the imagination. For more information, contact Mary McDaniell at (352) 528-5972   October 9-10 VFW Auxiliary yard sale The Chiefland VFW Ladies Auxiliary yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the VFW hall, 1104 S. Main Street. In case of rain it will be held inside. Rent a table for $5 or donated items can be picked up. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be served for $1.50. To donate items or obtain more information, call Judy at 949-6852 or 493-1159.   October 10 Bronson Homemakers yard sale Bronson Homemakers will have their Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Levy County Extension Center parking lot in Bronson. There will be a craft table, toys, house wares and more. Fill a grocery bag with clothes. Proceeds go to Community Service and Organizational Activities.   American Legion Flea Market American Legion & Auxillary Post No. 91 in Trenton will hold its Flea Market is from 8 a.m. to noon. The Legion hall is next to the FFA Arena on State Road 129 between Bell and Trenton .   Gulf Hammock and Smallwood Reunion     The Gulf Hammock and Smallwood Reunion, will be from !0 a.m. until everyone leaves at  Beck Park in Gulf Hammock. Lunch will be at 1 p.m.      The reunion is open to anyone who lives or lived in Gulf Hammock, friends and relatives, and members of the Smallwood family. Bring a favorite dish of food, yourself, others, and a chair for each person.  For more information, please contact Donald Smallwood at (225) 598-9435 or donaldbsm@charter.net or Amelia Dampier at (352) 629-4438 or ethdampi352@aol.com  

October 11 Genealogy & History Society program on free sources The Genealogy & History Society of Levy County will meet at 2 p.m. at the Levy County Quilt Museum. This month's program will be on sources for free online genealogy presented by Bonnie Hill, a member of the society. All members are encouraged to attend and visitors are welcome.   Amvets BBQ and karaoke     The Amvets William Crow Post No. 447 will have a fund raiser and jam session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Breakfast will include Scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, biscuits, and gravy for a $4 donation.  The public is invited. The post is located at  33 Risher Avenue, Inglis,  For to-go orders, please call 447-4473.   October 10-11 Koi and watergarden club holds  show Nature’s Coast Koi & Watergarden Club’s annual fall show will be held at Pelican Bay Island in Old Town from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be koi on display, learn how large goldfish can actually get, and wander the nature trails. Vendors will be on site selling koi, goldfish, plants and pet items. There will also be a food concession. There is no admission charge. Pelican Bay Island is located at 375 N.E. 749th St. in Old Town.  For more information call (352) 542-8925.   October 12 AARP driving class in Williston When driving, it pays to remain alert. In 2007 in Florida, there were 256,206 traffic crashes, 3,221 fatalities, and 212,149 injuries. Take an AARP Driver Safety class as a refresher. Check with your insurance carrier to ask if you are entitled to an insurance discount, good for three years after taking the class.  A two-day course will be offered, starting at 9 .a.m. both days, at Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. The course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To register, call Patricia Matheny at (352)528-9009.  October 15-22 Second Annual Fall Paddle Florida     The 2nd annual Fall Paddle Florida event begins at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak and concluding at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland.     Last year’s inaugural event hosted 160 paddlers on the 123-mile, seven-day excursion.     The fall excursion includes daily stops and overnight camping along the recently completed Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. Overnight camping is at the Suwannee River State Park, Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground, Ivey Memorial Park, Gornto Springs, and finally Fanning Springs State Park.     Fall registration is capped at 200 paddlers. The registration fee begins at $300 per adult, $275 for senior adults and $250 for children and includes a T-shirt, boat decal, camping, maps and river descriptions and entertainment/activities for the paddlers.     Paddle Florida is held in cooperation with the Florida Park Service and the Suwannee River Water Management District.  For more information, go to www.paddleflorida.org or call Bill Richards at (352) 377-8342. October 17 Hernando Southern Heritage Festival & Cracker Cattle Drive Celebrate Hernando’s heritage at the 10th annual Hernando Southern Heritage Festival & Cracker Cattle Drive. The Festival is a fun, entertaining day for all ages, featuring authentic pioneer crafts, square dancers, live music, country food, hay rides, an auction, “whip crackers” demonstrating their skills, and a time to reminisce with some of the long time locals. The Festival starts at 10 a.m., and ends at 5 p.m., at the Historic Hernando School (at the intersection of US 41 & CR 486- Parsons Point) with the highlight of the day beginning around 3 p.m. when the Cracker Cattle Drive participants drive around 100 head of cracker cows through the heart of town into the corrals at the festival grounds. All proceeds from the Hernando Southern Heritage Days Festival and Cracker Cattle Drive are for the continued restoration and upkeep of the Historic Hernando Elementary School. The Hernando Heritage Council of the Citrus County Historical Society appreciates your support.  For More Information pleas call (352) 419-4857.     December 5

River Rise Romp Endurance 50/25 miles Endurance riders from throughout the Southeast will gather at River Rise Preserve in High Springs, for competition.  The sanctioned event is open to local riders but entries are limited and filling up quickly. The ride is a benefit for Animal Rescue  Friends of Gilchrist. Head veterinarian is Dr. Michael Porter assisted by Dr. T.R. Baxter of Chiefland.  Contact Edward Bisch for forms and questions at (352) 463-0668, or ebisch@bellsouth.net   December 12 Rock Crusher Canyon Concert     Blake Shelton, Jason Michael Carroll, Craig Morgan will perform at Rock Crusher Canyon, Crystal River. The first performance starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $25 to $75. To order tickets, call Mike Hampton’s Pitching In Foundation at 527-3297, visit Fancy’s Pets in Crystal River or log on to  www.ticketmaster.com. ystal River or log on to  www.ticketmaster.com.