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By The Staff

Today

American Legion Post 91 meeting

The Jamerson-Sheffield Post 91 of the American Legion wants to remind all its members and Auxiliary Unit of their next meeting. It will take place on Oct. 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. with a donation dinner and the meeting to follow. The menu consists of grilled sausage, baked beans, coleslaw and  dessert. Members are asked to bring a dessert. The Post is located next to the FFA arena, north of Trenton, on State Road 129. Veterans are welcome and members are encouraged to bring a guest.

Cookie fun at Knotts Library

Join in on the Halloween fun as kids young and old are invited to decorate and eat cookies from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown. The library will provide all materials needed for this free event. Large groups are welcome, but please inform the library staff in advance. For more information contact the local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, 352-486-5552 or jrodgers@neflin.org.

Planning Council meeting cancelled

The Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council’s Board of Directors meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. and the Executive Committee meeting at 6 p.m. has been cancelled due to lack of necessary business. The next meeting of the Board will be Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the WRPC office in Ocala.

Levy Cattlemen meet at Whitehurst Lodge

The Levy County Cattlemen’s Association is having its fall meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting will be at the Whitehurst Lodge. Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.

If you would like additional information call the Levy County Extension Office 352-486-5131 or the Secretary-Treasurer (352) 528-3119.

Friday-Saturday

Circus coming to town

The Gilchrist County Character Council is hosting The Loomis Bros. Circus which will be performing on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the FFA Rodeo Arena located on hwy 129 between Bell and Trenton.

The Circus features three rings with performing elephants, tigers, lions, clowns, acrobats, aerialists, horses, dogs, jugglers, trapeze and much, much more! Doors open one hour prior to show time with elephant rides, pony rides, face painting, and tasty circus snacks.

Since 1997, Justin Loomis and his Florida based Loomis Bros. Circus has traveled all across the state entertaining as a fundraiser for non-profit groups and charities. Proceeds from the ticket sales in the Tri-County Area will benefit the Gilchrist County Character Council, Loomis Bros. Circus is a fun event for the whole family, don’t miss it. For more info and discount adult tickets, call the Character Council at 352-463-8663.

Saturday

Ribbon cutting at The Hop Shop

The Greater Area Chiefland Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a ribbon cutting and grand opening  for one of its newest members The Hop Shop.  The public is invited to join the festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be food, fun and assorted bouncy rides for all ages. The Hop Shop will be hold the event at Trailhead park located at 22 S.E. 2nd Ave., Chiefland. The Hop Shop specializes in inflatable games, and assorted bouncy rides.

Shrine Breakfast & Dinner

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its semi-monthly country breakfast 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.

The next breakfast will be Nov. 7.

Hernando Southern Heritage Festival

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.  For more information, call (352) 419-4857.

Monday

Cookie fun at Bronson Library

Join in on the Halloween fun as kids young and old are invited to decorate and eat cookies from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at the Bronson Public Library. The library will provide all materials needed for this free event. Large groups are welcome, but please inform the library staff in advance. For more information contact the local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, 352-486-5552 or jrodgers@neflin.org.

Tuesday

Decorate cookies at Williston Library

Join in on the Halloween fun as kids young and old are invited to decorate and eat cookies from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at the Williston Public Library. The library will provide all materials needed for this free event. Large groups are welcome, but please inform the library staff in advance. For more information contact the local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, 352-486-5552 or jrodgers@neflin.org.

AARP meeting at Otter Springs

AARP will hold its regular monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Otter Springs Lodge. Members should remember to bring enough soup, salad, & sandwiches for our guests to have lunch with us and don't forget to bring desserts, too.

 The guest speaker will be Mary Lee Tanka who will talk about S.H.I.N.E, an organization which helps seniors make decisions about a supplemental Medicare policy and other topics that affect seniors.

 Plans will be discussed for the AARP Day of Service Yard Sale which will benefit the Senior Food Pantry.  Be prepared to bring unused and unwanted items to the Trenton Community Center on Oct. 29, which will be set-up day. Volunteers are needed at set-up and the sale to the public on Oct. 30 and 31 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

          

Wednesday

Health Assesment Day

Annual Health Assessment Day and Chili Cook-off will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tommy Usher Community Center, 516 SW 4th Ave., Chiefland. Flu shots are available (bring your Medicare card). Health screenings and health information available… and some of the best chili for miles around. For more information call Chiefland Sr. Center 352-490-7055.

This event is sponsored by Trenton Medical Center, Inc. (soon to be Palms Medical Group) Dept. of Elder Affairs, Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, Omni Home Care and Suwannee River Economic Council.

October 22

Halloween fun at Chiefland library

Join in on the Halloween fun as kids young and old are invited to decorate and eat cookies from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland. The library will provide all materials needed for this free event. Large groups are welcome, but please inform the library staff in advance.  For more information contact the local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, 352-486-5552 or jrodgers@neflin.org.

Book signing at Knotts Library

The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown will host a presentation and book signing by Kenny Wayne Fields, award winning author of “The Rescue of Streetcar 304” at 7 p.m.  Fields will discuss his book which chronicles his experience of being shot down in Laos during the Vietnam War and the heroic action of the rescue pilots who got him out after 40 hours on the run from enemy forces. This was the third largest air rescue during the Vietnam War.

In 2007, the book was the No. 1 selling book at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  In 2008, Fields received the Naval Institute Press award for 2008 Author of the Year — 2nd Place.

The public is invited. The library is located at No. 11 56th St., Yankeetown.

October 23

FFA Alumni selling barbecue pork lunch

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni chapter is sponsoring a BBQ pork lunch meal at noon.  Tickets are $8 and are on sale from FFA Alumni members.  Delivery will be to the businesses in the area.  For more info, please call 493-6035.

Fanning Chamber holds yard sale, lunch

    The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce will hold a yard sale and sell pork plate lunches in the parking lot of  the Bear’s Den from 9 a.m. until everyone leaves. Bear's Den is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and State Road 26 in Fanning Springs.

    The funds raised from the yard sale and lunches will help fund the 21st Annual Festival of Lights and Christmas Boat Parade.  To donate to the Chamber yard sale, please call (352) 463-9089, 214-7026 or 339-2248.

    The pork plate lunch which will include the meat, baked beans, coleslaw, roll and a surprise side dish. The cost is only $6 each and delivery is available in the Trenton, Chiefland and Old Town area starting at 11 a.m. Call any of the above numbers to order lunch.

October 23-24

St. John the Evangelist yard sale

    A giant yard sale wil be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church  this semi-annual event,  probably the largest held in the Chiefland area is scheduled for two days this year due to the amount of donations and the event's popularity.

    Hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. All items will be half-price on Saturday. This sale will be held inside and partially outside, depending on the weather. The church is located east of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 27A.

October 24

Grand opening for Western Wishes

    The Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce will sponsor  a grand opening for Western Wishes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to welcome Western Wishes, located at 9691 N.W. County Road 345, Chiefland, to our community. Western Wishes specializes in western attire .

NAACP holds annual banquet

    The Levy County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its 19th annual banquet on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at Usher Pineland Center in Chiefland. Speaker for the even is Brother O.C. Graham.

    Tickets for the dinner are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Checks should be made payable to the NAACP, P.O. Box 636 Williston, Fla. 32696

    For more information, call Al J. Carnegie, president, at (352) 316-4064, or Rev. Scott, vice president, at (352) 221-1352.

November 5

Haven Hospice Fall  Memorial

    Haven Hospice’s Love and Remembrance Memorials are open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones that can be placed on our Table of Memories. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.

    The fall memorial will be held at 6 p.m. at Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center Garden, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland For more information, call Alesha Smith at (352) 493-2333 or (800) 677-5428.

November 7

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Club dinner

    Deaf/Hearing Impaired Club of Levy County will meet for Thanksgiving Dinner at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Bronson.  All family, friends, Sign Language students, Interpreters, Teachers, etc. are welcome to attend, too.  

    If you will be attending, please contact Violet at (352) 671-6720 or by email: violet.stokes@yahoo.com

This will be a covered dish dinner.  If you can bring a covered dish of food, please call to sign up on the food list.

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. 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.