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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, please visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.


A Concert with Haitian Flair

Celebrate the Lord, Bethesda’s “Chosen”, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Turning Point Ministry, 1675 NW 60th St. (CR 342) Dairy Rd. For information call 352-463-1882.

Sunday-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. 



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 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).

    Cookies will be sold by the pound with no charge for the container.

     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.

Dinner for deaf, hearing impaired

    All deaf/hearing impaired, family members and friends are invited to a Christmas Dinner at First Baptist Church in Bronson from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall.

    Call Violet at (352) 671-6720 or email at violet.stokes@yahoo.com to sign up on food list.  If you want to be in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift valued at  $5 or under.  

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 6

DAV hostsVets Christmas dinner

    The DAV and DAVA Chapter 63 is holding their Annual Veterans Christmas Dinner, starting at 1 p.m. at the DAV/DAVA chapter hall in Cross City.

    The dinner is free and there will be a door prize drawing after dinner.

December 7


Please join Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuges for a nature walk on December 7, 2009, at 9 a.m.  Joan Stephens will lead the walk.  The event is free and all are welcome.  Meet at the Refuge headquarters off CR 347.  Bring your cameras and binoculars.  For more information, call Joan at 352 463 1095.

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.