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By The Staff

Today

Fanning and Manatee Springs

Working Group

There will be a meeting at Fanning Springs City Hall Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will include a discussion of constructed treatment wetlands as a tool to protect groundwater in the springshed from excess nitrate. Join businesses, organizations, governments, and individuals interested in learning about the health of Fanning and Manatee Springs and working together to better protect these springs. For more information please contact Working Group Coordinator Carol Lippincott at (352) 377-8693 or Carol_Lippincott@cox.net.

First Annual Clothing Swap

The First Annual Clothing Swap at the Lighthouse Word Church will be Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the church. Clothing is free. Get a whole new wardrobe, meet new friends and be a blessing to someone.

Bring a canned food for Tri County Outreach if you like.

American Legion Post 91 meeting

The American Legion Post 91 will hold its monthly membership meeting, starting at 5:30 p.m. with dinner. On the menu is Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes a veggie, rolls, and coffee or tea. Members are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert to share.

The Auxiliary Unit and the Post will meet after the dinner.

Members are welcome to bring guests and prospective members are also welcome.

Saturday

Shrine Club breakfast,

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.

Cruzin’ for Kidz

The 2nd Annual Williston Elementary School Safety Patrol “Cruzin’ for Kidz” is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Williston Elementary School, 801 S. Main Street, Williston. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. A law enforcement escort is provided. Lunch will be served after ride for $7.

There is no entry fee, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds go toward the Safety Patrol trip to Washington, D.C.

For information go to  www.wessafetypatrol.org, or  wescruzinforkidz@yahoo.com.

Greenway Run

The first Greenway Trail Run, open to adults and children of every skill level, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Train Depot in Trenton. The entry fee is $25 and proceeds benefit the people of Belize.

For more information contact Jared Douglas at jdouglas04@ufl.edu.

Fish Fry

The First United Methodist Church of Newberry is sponsoring a Fish Fry, Saturday, Feb. 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Church located at 24845 W. Newberry Rd., Newberry.

The menu of Tilapia, hush puppies, baked beans, cheese grits, slaw, beverage and dessert is $8 per plate for adults and $5 per plate for children under 12.

Monday

Business Council meetings

The Nature Coast Business Development Council, Inc. Transition Committee will meet on Mondays, Feb.  22, and March 1, 8, 15, 29 at 1 p.m. at 660 North Hathaway Avenue, Bronson, County Road Dept. Complex.

Tuesday

Central Florida Community

Action Agency meeting

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Central Florida Community Action Agency will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in Bronson. Committee meetings will be held before the board meeting.

Call Monique Harrison at 352-373-7667 ext. 204 for more information.

Wednesday

Do You Have Questions About Medicare?

If you have questions about Medicare or Medicare/Medicaid, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare Billings bring them to a SHINE volunteer for answers.

SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs provides  one-on-one counseling with free, unbiased and confidential assistance.  If you cannot come to a site, call the elder helpline at 1-800-262-2243 or email at shinetricounty@gmail.com.  

Volunteers will be at the Trenton Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

February 25

Improve your driving

The new, one-day AARP Driver Safety Course takes only six hours and replaces the old two-day course.

The class starts at 9 a.m..at the Bronson Agriculture Office, 625 North Hathaway, Bronson. For information or to register, call  Linda Cochran at (352) 493-1742

Mature drivers can earn a discount on auto insurance for completing the course. The course fee is $14 for non members and $12 for AARP members.

The next class will be held March 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cypress Inn Restaurant, 15568 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. For information or to register,  call Lee Miller at (352) 498-5004 for information.

The class returns to Chiefland on April 13 at 9 a.m. at Haven Hospice, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland. For information or to register, call Linda Cochran  at (352)493-1742

 

February 26

Chili contest, lunch benefits Relay for Life

A chili cookoff & luncheon sponsored by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office to Benefit the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enter your chili or come for lunch. For more information contact Arlene Cameron at 463-3410

February 27

Classic Car Show in Chiefland

The Tri County Cruising for Grins car club will be having a make-up show at the Chiefland Flea Market on Saturday, Feb. 27.  Call Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or Daryl Phillips at 352-949-5425 for information.

Chiefland Lions Club

The Chiefland Lions Club will be conducting a diabetes screening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Edward Jones office (near the Levy Tax Collectors Office) located in Chiefland.  This screening is free and open to the general public.  There will also be a representative on site from the Gold X Change paying cash for unwanted or broken gold.  The Chiefland Lions Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at Deke’s Restaurant at noon.

Program at A.F. Knotts Library

Cynthia Barnett , author of the award-winning book “Mirage,” will present "Blue is the New Green: Water Sustainability and the Future of Florida" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the A.F. Knotts Library in Yankeetown, 11 56th Street.

The Friends of A.F. Knotts Public Library, the Inglis/Yankeetown Woman's Club, Withlacoochee Area Residents and the Inglis/Yankeetown Lion's Club are sponsoring the event.

“Mirage” won the Florida Book Awards 2009 Gold Medal winner for Best Nonfiction.

For more information and directions, go to: www.FriendsofAFKnotts.com.

Month of March

Traffic stops

The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license and vehicle inspection checkpoints during daylight hours, March 1-31. These checkpoints will be held at the following locations in the following counties:

Dixie; Chavous Rd, CR-55A, Sr-349, CR-349, CR-351, CR 358, Willow Hole Rd.

Gilchrist; SR-26, SR-49, SR-47, CR-138, SE-70th Ave, CR-232, CR-340, CR-341

Levy; SR-24, SR-45, SR-49, SR-121, SR-500, CR-320, CR-339, CR-341, CR-345, CR-337, CR-335, CR-316, CR-464, CR-323, CR-326

Troopers will focus on vehicles that are being operated with defects and violations such as; worn / unsafe tires, bad brakes, improper window tinting, cracked / broken windshields, unsecured loads and defective lighting. In addition, attention will be directed to violations of; driver license laws, motor vehicle registration laws, non-use of seatbelts and motor vehicle insurance requirements.

The Florida Highway Patrol has found these checkpoints to be an effective method of enforcing state laws, which relate to the safe and legal operation of motor vehicle

March 12

St. John's monthly fish fry

The First Monthly Southern Fish Fry at St. John The Evangelist Church on Hwy. 27A, Chiefland will be held Friday, March 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are $6 for adults and $4 for children under seven years of age.

The menu is fish, French fries, homemade beans, grits, coleslaw, coffee, teas and deserts.

March 22

Improve your driving

The new, one-day AARP Driver Safety Course takes only six hours and replaces the old two-day course.

The class is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cypress Inn Restaurant, 15568 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. For information or to register,  call Lee Miller at (352) 498-5004 for information.

Mature drivers can earn a discount on auto insurance for completing the course. The course fee is $14 for non members and $12 for AARP members.

March 25

Mystery dinner theatre experience

Thursday, March 25, the drama players and FLBA present a comedy mystery dinner theatre experience, “Inspector Clueless, The Romanian Uranium Mystery”, by D.M. Bocaz-Larson at Tommy Usher Pineland Center at 7 p.m.

Tickets are one for $20 or two for $35. Tickets are on sale at Chiefland High School and Drummond Community Bank.

Proceeds will benefit March of Dimes, FBLA, and Drama Club.

April 2

Ron White coming to Gainesville

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking, funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon returns to Gainesville Friday, April 2 at 8 p.m. at the O’Connell Center, for mature audiences, with his new stand-up show Behavioral Problems.

With two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units, tickets expect to go quickly.

Tickets are $39.75 ($25 for students) and available at the University Box Office, Reitz Union,  HYPERLINK "http://www.ticketmaster.com" www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

All month

Gallery show

The Cedar Keyhole Gallery is proud to announce Artist of the month for February 2010 is Sheila Thomas.

Multi-talented Sheila Thomas, in her Gainesville studio, can go from painting to photography to pottery to papermaking and even more, all within the blink of an eye. However, she prefers to envision a series of projects within a medium, such as pottery, and then concentrate on that series until completion. Sheila says this approach of total immersion in the related skills lets her perform at maximum potential. Her prolific creativity and output attract many clients and fans so the Cedar Keyhole is fortunate to have her latest works on display throughout the month of February.

February  all month

FHP vehicle and ID inspections

The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license and vehicle inspection checkpoints during daylight hours, Feb. 1-28.  These checkpoints will be held at the following locations in the following counties:

Dixie; Chavous Rd, CR-55A, Sr-349, CR-349, CR-351, CR 358, Willow Hole Rd.

Gilchrist; SR-26, SR-49, SR-47, CR-138, SE-70th Ave, CR-232, CR-340, CR-341

Levy; SR-24, SR-45, SR-49, SR-121, SR-500, CR-320, CR-339, CR-341, CR-345, CR-337, CR-335, CR-316, CR-464, CR-323, CR-326

Troopers will focus on vehicles that are being operated with defects and violations such as; worn / unsafe tires, bad brakes, improper window tinting, cracked / broken windshields, unsecured loads and defective lighting. In addition, attention will be directed to violations of; driver license laws, motor vehicle registration laws, non-use of seatbelts and motor vehicle insurance requirements.

The Florida Highway Patrol has found these checkpoints to be an effective method of enforcing state laws, which relate to the safe and legal operation of motor vehicles.

Ongoing

Guardian ad litem program

Volunteer to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the court system.  In Levy County, there are about 80 children in the child welfare system.  Help ensure these children are heard and not forgotten. No legal background is necessary.   Next training class starts Oct. 20.  Call 352-486-3308 or go to www.guardianadlitem.org.

American Legion Post 383 karaoke

on SaturdaysAmerican Legion Post 383 in Old Town has karaoke with Stacy every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Prospective members and volunteers are also welcome. Post 383 is for veterans and their families.

Boys & Girls Clubs want clunkers

Florida Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for “Clunker Cars” to be donated as a way of raising funds. The benefits offered for donating include a tax write off for the donors and knowledge that the old clunker is helping a “Positive Place for Kids”. If you want to donate a car, the Florida Clubs can be reached by calling 1-800-246-0493.

TOPS meeting

The Chiefland TOPS group meets at St. Albans Church on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Both  men and women are welcome

Rotary Clubs

Chiefland Rotary meets at noon on Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s, Main Street, Chiefland.Williston Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 NE 1st Street

Grand Slam Bridge on Monday

Grand Slam Bridge, with two tables in play, is held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested in participating are asked to call Joan at 493-0279.Both weekly and substitute players are needed.