Community Calendar

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Thursday, Feb. 28

Poetry Meeting

Suwannee River Poets will meet Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 6591 N. W. 140th St., Chiefland. Meetings are always the last Thursday night of each month. Visitors and new members are welcomed.

For more information, call Ruth Nott at 490-7650.

Life Line Screening

Life Line screening will be held at First Baptist of Chiefland Feb. 28 beginning at 10 a.m.

Appointments are necessary. For more information, call 1-877-237-1287.

Friday, Feb. 29

Food Fest

The Bronson FFA Alumni will hold their Sixth Annual Food Fest fund-raiser Friday, Feb. 29 at the Levy County Extension 4-H Pavilion, on US 27 north of Bronson.

Entertainment starts at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

A sampling of local favorites will be prepared and served by alumni members and friends of the FFA.

Tickets are $15 at the gate or $10 in advance.

For more information or tickets, call Marcia Smith or Jennifer Bray at Bronson High School at 486-5261.

Saturday, March 1

Bluegrass Pickin'

Otter Springs RV Resort will host its bluegrass pickin' Saturday March 1 beginning at 6 p.m. in the resort's lodge.

For more information, call Cloud Haley at 284-0668 or the resort at 463-0800.

Pesticide Training

The Levy County Extension Office will offer a pesticide training class Saturday, March 1 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Center in Bronson. Attendance at the meeting will qualify attendees for one core CEW and one private applicator CEW toward renewal of a Restricted Use Pesticide license.

Those who want to renew their RUP license via testing or want to obtain a RUP will have the opportunity to take the test during the session that begins at 9:45 a.m.

Friends Book Sale

The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the front lawn of the Luther Callaway Public Library located at 104 NE 3rd Street in Chiefland. The sale will be moved indoors if the weather does not cooperate.

The Friends have a variety of used books for sale which include popular authors, science fiction, romance, westerns and fantasy. Non-fiction includes spiritual, self-help, hobbies and cook books. We will also have children's books, audio tapes and videos for sale.

Tuesday, March 4

AARP Meeting

AARP-Chiefland's next meeting is March 4 at 10:30 a.m. at St.Alban's Church, located four miles north of Chiefland and west of Hwy. 19. The meeting will be held first and then members and guests will have lunch. Coffee and meat are provided. Bring a covered dish and your place service.

Grief Support Group

Haven Hospice offers a six-week grief support group. Members can express their feelings and thoughts and gain an understanding of grief and how it impacts their lives. You must register to attend.

Meetings will be held each Tuesday, March 4 through April 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Ayers Nursing Home, 606 NE 7th St., Trenton. Call Anne Stephenson at (352) 493-2333 for more information or to register.

Conservation Board Meeting

The Levy Soil and Water Conservation District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the USDA Service Center in Bronson.

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by Darlene Smith at (352) 486-2672 x 3.

EZDA Meeting

The EZDA will meet Wednesday, March 5 at 9 a.m. at Levy Abstract & Title, 50 Picnic Ave., Bronson.

Contact Pam Blair for more information at 352-572-8072 or PamBlair@LevyCountyEZDA.org

Friday, March 7

Chicken Dinner

Chiefland Masonic Lodge, Brown No. 51 will hold a chicken and rice dinner March 7. A $5 donation is requested. Meals are available for pick up or delivery.

For more information call 493-1405.

Sunday, March 9

Hardee Reunion

The descendents of Isaac P. Hardee will hold their annual family reunion Sunday, March 9 at Manatee Springs State Park.

Bring your favorite covered dishes to share.

Coffee, tea, ice and paper goods will be provided.


Newberry Watermelon Festival

The 63rd Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival will be held May 17 in Newberry.

The festival includes parades, pageants, food and other contests.

For more information, call 316-6628.

Dance Lessons

Square dancing and line dancing instruction have begun at the Chiefland Senior Center on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.

For more information, call Art at 490-5619.

Wild Hog Canoe Race

The 31st Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race will be April 26.

The event is hosted by AMVETS Post 88, Bronson, and the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens.

For sponsorship, or more details, visit the website at www.wildhog.wetpaint.com or contact Margie McGarva at 486-2535 or by e-mailing wildhograce@yahoo.com.

Garden Festival

The Fanning Springs Garden Festival will be held Saturday, March 15 at Fanning Springs State Park, off U.S. 19.

Admission is free and the event will feature food, music, tours of native landscaping, training classes, plant identification experts, natural fertilizer information, insect and plant disease control and safe inexpensive watering tips.

For more information, visit www.fanningspringsgardenfestival.com.

Normandy Reunion

The Fraternal Military Association of the USA will tour the Normandy Invasion beaches, London, Bastogne, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and more departing from New York June 17.

Current, past military personnel, dependents, friends and others are invited to participate in this journey to commemorate the 64th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 1944.

For more information, call Sy Canton at 561-865-8495 or write 14130-C Nesting Way, Delray Beach, FL 33484.


Commodity Distribution

The USDA Commodity Distribution will be at the following locations:

March 6- 12:30-2 p.m. Ag Building, Bronson

March 6- 2:30-3 p.m. Town Hall, Otter Creek

March 8- 9:30-10:30 a.m., Methodist Church, Chiefland

March 13- 1-2 p.m., Community Center, Inglis

March 20- 1-2 p.m., Lions Club, Williston

USDA is available to all eligible recipients. Certification will be available to those who have not registered. For more information, call 336-0839.

Bandsmen Needed

Brass/woodwind musicians are wanted for a future non-profit community band or ensemble that will play in the tri-county area. You must have your own instrument and a minimum of two years playing experience.

E-mail hkhutson@yahoo.com

Nature Walks

The first Monday of each month is the Nature Walk at the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge.

The walk starts at 9 a.m. at Refuge Headquarters. These walks will go on each month through May. For information call Joan Stephens 352-463-1095.


Free Tax Aide Preparation and E-file with AARP Tax-Aide began Feb. 1.

Sites will be open at libraries in Trenton (Monday 1-5 p.m.), Cross City (Tuesday noon-3 p.m.), Williston (Thursday noon-3 p.m.) and Chiefland (Friday noon-4 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) throughout the tax season.

Tax-Aide serves taxpayers of all ages with special emphasis on those age 60 and older. Guidelines for Tax-Aide are posted at area libraries.

Visit or call your library for an appointment.