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By The Staff


Original Florida Tourism meets

The monthly meeting of the Original Florida Tourism Task Force will be held at 10 a.m. at The Treasures of Madison County Art Guild and Gallery, 196 SW Range Ave., Madison.

Lunch will be from BubbaQue’s, sponsored by the Levy County Tourism Development Council, and dessert will be Carol McQueen’s famous homemade key lime pie.

For more information please contact Bryan Thomas, Economic Development Program Director, North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, 2009 NW 67th Place, Gainesville, 32653-1603 352-955-2200 ext. 106.

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 Florida Dept of Elder Affairs, will be at the Cedar Key Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to help answer your.

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.


Shrine Club breakfast, turkey shoot

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its semimonthly country breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on State Road 26, about a half mile north of Fanning Springs.

The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes and coffee for $5.50 per person. This event is open to the public.

There is also a turkey shoot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the clubhouse; $3 per shot, shells furnished.

Toys for Tots Bike Ride, Raffle

The 5th Annual Nature Coast Toys for Tots Run begins with registration will be from 10:15 a.m. to noon at BubbaQue's, on U.S. Highway 19 South in Chiefland.

Entry in the ride is free with a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation.  The police-escorted ride leaves at 12:15 p.m. to Charlie's Bar on U.S. Highway 19, Cross City.

There will be live music, an auction, vendors, food and a prize for best decorated bike. Three bands have agreed to perform: the Rick Gordon Band, the Salt Water Cowboys and the Steel Bridge Band.

The highlight will be the drawing for a custom built 96-cubic inch Ultima engine bike valued at $32,000. Tickets for the raffle are available at Capital City Bank, the Print Shop in Chiefland and at Badcock's Furniture in Chiefland.

    And for those not so inclined to ride, the boxes are out all over the tri-county area and donations of new unwrapped toys are being accepted, along with cash donations.

    Applications for children can be downloaded from the website.

    This years Toys for Tots drive in the tri-county area is once again headed by Pat and Vince Arcadi.  Last year, donations provided Christmas for 2,000 children. The need is expected to be greater this year.

    For information, go to the website: tri-countytoysfortots.org

SHARE distribution

    Distribution for SHARE Florida will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Chiefland. SHARE is a great opportunity to stretch your food dollars. All SHARE orders are pre-ordered and pre-paid.

     See the folks at SHARE or call 463-8804 for further information.


Home for the Holidays at Masonic Lodge

    Home for the Holidays open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Trenton located behind Best Drugs.

    Many popular home show companies represented handmade items by local crafters. Cash and Carry, or orders placed will be received in time for Christmas.

    For more information call 352-463-6125 or 352-472-1515

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


Bronson Community holiday blood drive

It usually takes less than 10 minutes for the actual donation of blood, and in that time, you could be saving the lives of up to three people.  LifeSouth and the Bronson community is hosting a holiday blood drive at three locations:

    • The Road Department from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.,

    • The Sheriff’s Office from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and

    • The Levy County Courthouse from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

All who donate will receive a recognition item 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 I.D.  Sixteen- year-olds must have written parental 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.

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.

November 29-Dec. 6

Take a pet home for holidays

    Dixie County Humane Society is participating in the national “Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays” pet fostering program starting today and having a foster/adoption event on Sunday, Dec. 6 at Walmart in Chiefland.

    Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to empty their kennels for Christmas, encouraging members of the public to invite a pet home for the holidays. 

    Dixie County Humane Society is happy to answer questions about the program for people interested in making this Christmas a happy holiday for a pet in need.  If you are interested in welcoming home a “Pet for The Holidays” please call (352) 542-1081. 

     Dixie County Humane Society will provide all needed supplies. The Society has an average population of 40 adoptable dogs and 40 adoptable cats.  You can view all of the pets online at www.petfinder.com. The group's goal is to have each of these pets into a home by noon on Dec. 20th. 

    Also, please tune in to  “A Dog Named Christmas,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie about a dog fostered during the holidays, tonight on CBS.

December 1

Soil and water board to meet

    The Levy Soil and Water Conservation District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the USDA Service Center on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson.

    Any person needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact the Soil and Water Conservation District at least than seven days prior to the meeting at (352) 486-2672 Ext. 3.

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

Cancer Awareness Race/Walk

    The Chiefland Woman's Club will hold their 2nd Annual 5K Cancer Awareness Race/Walk at the Trailhead Park in Chiefland.  

    The race/walk will be the opening activity for the Chiefland Chamber Christmas Festival.  The entry fee for the race/walk will be $20 and proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  

    Please contact Melanie King Hutchison for an entry form or more information at 352-493-7593 or melliek71@hotmail.com.

Second annual cookie sale

     Turning Point Ministries of Trenton will hold their 2nd Annual Cookies by the Ton Sale on from 9 a.m. to noon at their facility on County Road 341, just north of County Road 346A (Joppa Church Road).

    Proceeds from this sale will be used to improve the outside lighting on the church property.

     For further information,watch this newspaper or call 352-463-1882 during office hours.


Toys for Tots benefit

    Southern Sons Motorcycle Club hosts its 7th Annual " Frosty Balls " Holiday Benefit & Party at 5951 NW 81st Ave. Chiefland, from noon until ??? Admission is $5 and one unwrapped new toy, per person. The event benefits the Toys for Tots program. The charge includes meals, ticket, overnight camping.  There will be drawings, door prizes and a 50/50  raffle for $500.

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.