Community Calendar

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By The Staff

Through Saturday

Dunnellon Library friends

 book sale

The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Book Store will have a storewide sale at the store inside the library located at 20351 Robinson Road (behind Sweetbay) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Friends are offering everyday low prices of $2 for hardcovers; $1 for large paperbacks and .50 for paperbacks.  This week all books big and small, fiction and non-fiction will be 50 cents each.  Inventory changes daily depending on donations.

The store is operated by a  volunteer staff with all proceeds going to the library for book endowments and enhancements. The Friends are committed to giving the Dunnellon Public library $2,500 per month for new books.

 Please contact the library at 438-2520 for additional information.


Caregiver seminar

Taking care of someone you love can be a tough job. It's hard to find time for yourself. Knowing what a hard job caregivers have, a group of organizations have come together to give you a little "Me Time." A caregiver day of pampering is planned for Thursday, November 12 at the Gilchrist Women's Club from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dr. Rafael Cott, medical director for Gentiva Home Care, will be the guest speaker. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost. There will be massages, bone density screenings, blood pressure checks, and flu shots offered. In addition, there will be games and giveaways. The event is sponsored by Ayers Health and Rehabilitation, Gentiva Home Care, The Palms Medical Group (formally Trenton Medical Center, Inc.), Haven Hospice, Tri-County Nursing Home, BubbaQues, Comfort Keepers, Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services and Hitchcock's Foodway.  The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Natasha at 493-0010 to register.

Bingo benefits educators

 Bingo! The Levy County Home and Community Educators will hold a Bingo open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two cards are $5. and two additional cards are $1. This includes snacks and drinks and prizes for winners.  

 The location is at the Levy County Extension Building in Bronson on U.S. Highway 27A.

 For more info call Dee Olsen 352-486-2319.

Free economic outlook seminar

A free Outlook and Opportunities educational seminar, 10 Reasons to Be a Long-term Bull will be held Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Edward Jones, 220 N. Main St., Ste A, Chiefland. You’ll learn: What you need to know about inflation; Why this recession hasn’t turned into another Great Depression; How to be prepare for what lies ahead.  To make reservations call 352-493-4948. Refreshments will be served.


Ribbon cutting at

Western Wishs

The Greater Area Chiefland Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a ribbon cutting for one of it's newest members Western Wishs. at noon. Tthe public is invited to welcome Western Wishes, located at 9691 NW County Road 345, Chiefland into our community. Western Wishes specializes in all western attire .  


Women of Good Shepherd

hold bazaar

The Women of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will once again be having their Annual Fall Bazaar – Bake Sale, Crafts and Big Yard Sale on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We look forward to this time of year to see old friends and meet new ones.  The church is located three miles north of the Walmart Super Center on U.S. Highway 19, next to the Dakotah Winery.   


Harvest Festival at

 Lighthouse Word Church

Lighthouse Word Church will holds a Harvest Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  All rides and games booths are free, including face painting, a huge Bungee Run, Jacob’s Ladder, a Kidee Train, a Giant Slide, 2 Jump Houses and a Space Ball.  

There will also be live entertainment, a cake walk and auction, and door prizes.  There will be plenty of good food, including cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and hot dogs and chili.  

Bring the family and enjoy a great day of good, clean fun.  

Lighthouse Word Church is located 3 miles east of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 27A.  Call 493-1554 for more information.

American Legion Flea Market

The American Legion Auxilary Post #91 in Trenton will have it monthly Flea Market Saturday Nov. 14th.  8 a.m. till noon at the Legion Post on 129 by the FFA Arena – lots of parking – vendors wanted for a small donation and all donations will be used for Legion support projects.  Vendors or to Donate items call Edye at (352)463-3901

Team roping at Goethe Trailhead

There will be a Team Roping event at the Goethe Trailhead Ranch Arena on County Highway 337.  Show starts at 9:30 a.m.  Bring your lawn Chairs and watch the show.  No charge for spectators.  For more information please call Gator Team Roping Productions at 352-279-9809 or Goethe Trailhead Ranch at 352-489-8545

Hot dogs 'n' Cool Cats

 gather in Ocala

 The Humane Society of Marion County will hold the sixth annual Cars, Trucks and Cycle Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McPherson County Complex on 25th Avenue in Ocala.

 Hot Dogs and Cool Cats is a free family and pet-friendly event where the best in all categories of vehicles will be on display and will compete for awards. Live music, food, crafts, entertainment and pet or children’s photos with Santa will be featured throughout the day.

 An awards ceremony will be held to honor local animal rescue groups who are making a significant difference in the welfare of the animals in Marion County.

 Trophies will be awarded in categories from Pre WWII to the present for cars and trucks, and in foreign, domestic and custom categories for motorcycles. Each category will have a Best in Category and People’s Choice award and there will be an overall Best of show award. The registration fee is $15 if received by Nov. 6 and $20 at the gate.

A pre-show escorted motorcycle ride will start at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department Substation on U.S. Highway 301/441, north of State Road 326, and will end at the County Complex. Bikes may be entered into the judging at that time. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with kickstands up at 10 a.m. sharp.

 Admission to this fun filled day is free. For further information call the Humane Society of Marion County at (352) 873-PETS (7387) or visit the website at  www.thehsmc.org.


AARP celebrates Thanksgiving

The next meeting of AARP will be the chapter's Thanksgiving feast at 10:30 a.m. at the Otter Springs Lodge.

The chapter will supply the turkey, dressing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Please bring vegetables and desserts to complete the meal.

There are many committee reports, as well as plans for the float to be in the Bell Christmas Parade on Dec. 5.

If you were part of the chapter's Day of Service, the presentation by Rick Weder, director of the Gilchrist County Senior Food Pantry, will be enjoyable.  He will also explain some of the services that he controls through his organization and the Salvation Army.

See you at the meeting with a can in hand.

Tourist Development Council

 to meet

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold its bimonthly meeting at 6 p.m. in the Visitors Bureau office at 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, please call (352) 486-3396.

Santa Fe Basin

management meeting

   A public meeting to discuss issues related to the kick off of the Santa Fe River Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) will be held at 9 a.m. at the Fort White Community Center, 17579 State Route 47, Ft. White. The public is invited to attend.  

Please send additional questions to Terry.Hansen@dep.state.fl.us (850) 245-8561

Yankeetown-Inglis GOP meets

 The Yankeetown-Inglis Republican Club will meet at 6 p.m. at the Lions Club on 59th Street in Yankeetown. The program will be an update on the fair tax by George Roberts, representing Fair Tax. Org. Elections will also be held for club officers for 2010.

 The club is providing a delicious pork roast dinner with salad, dessert and beverage for $5 for members and $8 for guests. Besides good food, good friends, and an excellent speaker, come and find out what’s happening in 2010.

 Reservations should be made by Friday, Nov. 13. Please call Pat at 447-5874 or Edith at 447-2644.  


Learn about Medicare Part D

The Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Period runs through Dec. 31 and SHINE, a volunteer Program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, can help answer your questions about the program.

Come see the volunteers  at the Chiefland Senior Center from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for free, unbiased, and confidential assistance.

Bring your Medicare Card,  current Part D Plan card, and your prescription drug bottles.  There will be a worksheet to complete.  

To find a SHINE site near you or to be referred to a volunteer, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243.

November 19

Springs working group meets

The Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fanning Springs City Hall, 17651 NW 90 Court.

Highlights include discussion of how dye poured into a Chiefland sinkhole soon emerged in Manatee Spring; an artist’s perspective on changes in the springs; and the start of the state's new nitrate-reduction program for Fanning and Manatee Springs.

The group will have a field trip on Friday, November 20 from 8:15 a.m. to noon at the Gainesville Regional Utilities wastewater treatment facility. Plans call for a presentation and tour of the pilot-scale infiltrating treatment wetland, a tool for reducing nitrate in wastewater to protect ground water.

 For more information please contact Working Group Coordinator Carol Lippincott at (352) 377-8693 or Carol_Lippincott@cox.net.

American Legion Post

 91 meeting

    Post 91 of the American Legion would like to remind its members about their membership meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. along with Auxiliary Unit 91. The meeting will begin with Thanksgiving dinner — turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, veggies, rolls and dessert. We ask the members to bring a covered dish or a dessert to share with others. Cost of the dinner will be canned goods that can be donated to Trenton's Food Pantry. Bring a friend and it need not be a veteran.

Bleed for Your Team at

Cedar Key blood drive

 LifeSouth is teaming up with Cedar Key community to host a special “Bleed for Your Team” blood drive at the high school from 9 a.m. to noon.  The bloodmobile then moves to the front of City Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All who donate will receive a special Gator or Seminole recognition T-shirt and a complimentary cholesterol screening. All donors during the month of November will be entered into drawings for sports memorabilia that include autographed footballs or a shirt signed by Coach Urban Meyer.

Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and have photo identification.  Sixteen-year-olds must have written parental consent. For more information about becoming a donor or about blood drives in your area, call LifeSouth at (888) 795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org.

Cedar Key seniors get

SHINE visit

Medicare Part D’s Annual Enrollment Period runs through Dec 31 and SHINE, a volunteer Program with the FL Dept of Elder Affairs, will be at the Cedar Key Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to help answer your questions about the program.

Come see the volunteers for free, unbiased, and confidential assistance.  Bring a Medicare Card, the current Part D Plan card, and your prescription drug bottles.  There will be a worksheet to complete.  

    To find a SHINE site or to be referred to a volunteer, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243.

November 21

Drills & Thrills

On Saturday November 21st, 2009 come out to Goethe Trailhead Ranch and watch the excitement begin.  See teams of Riders mounted on their Horses moving to music in unison using capes, ribbons and flags!  This is the awesome sport of Equine Drill.  Each group using imaginative and original themes, props and moves in attempt to bring you to the edge of your seat.  Show starts at 11:00am and spectators are invited at no charge!  Come and see what this is all about.  For more information call (352) 486-2599 or (352) 489-8545

November 28-29

Manatee park hosts “Clay Landing Days”

    To celebrate the living history of this beautiful first magnitude spring, Manatee Springs State Park, with the help of the park’s Citizens Support Organization-The Friends of Manatee Springs Parks, Inc,  present Clay Landing Days featuring covered wagon rides through the north trail system, where riders will find people from the past. The event also includes hay rides as well to provide more opportunities to visit our Seminoles and settlers. The hay ride will also be accessible to persons with disabilities with little or no assistance. Come join us on a fun ride and a journey into the past, where you will witness survival skills used by Native Americans and pioneers alike. Learn how they lived, what clothing they wore, how food was prepared over campfires and, if you master communication with them, you may even get to sample tasty morsels!

Clay Landing Days activities are free with a paid park admission.

For more information please call the park at 352-493-6072. For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.

December 4-5

Be safe driver with AARP training

    It’s the holiday season and in 2008 in Florida there were 22,259 alcohol-related crashes, 15,736 injuries, and 1,169 fatalities.

    To help be a safer driver, take an AARP Driver Safety class as a refresher. Class beings at 9 a.m. both days at Cross City Seventh Day Adventist Church ( near Woody’s), 15 N.E. 144th  St., Cross City.

           Check with your insurance carrier to ask if you are entitled to an insurance discount, good for three years.

    The course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To register, call Lee Miller at (352) 498-5004


December 5

Carving Club show in Inverness

    The Nature Coast Carving Club will be presenting their 12th Annual Woodcarving Show at the Citrus County Auditorium, 3610 South Florida Ave., Inverness. (US Hwy 41 south of Inverness next to the airport) on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unlimited free parking will be available.

    Wood carving displays, wood carving supplies and many other items will be for sale. If you area looking for a special Christmas gift, this is the place to find it. Continual demonstrations will be performed on stage. Free catalogs for tools and supplies will be available until depleted.

    Two hundred hand-carved Christmas tree ornaments will be given away as door prizes. You select your favorite ornament.

    Admission at the door is $2. If you have any questions please call Dave Melton at 527-4561.

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.