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By The Staff

Today

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

 Friday

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

Saturday

SHARE distribution for February

SHARE will distribute pre-paid orders at  First United Methodist Church in Chieflland, between 9 and 10 a.m.

If you are interested in this money-saving food buying service that builds community through volunteerism, come to the Distribution Site for more information this Saturday, or call 463-8804 for details.

 

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.

Ladies of Joppa Lodge bake sale

The Ladies of Joppa Lodge No. 4 are again raising money for the “Community Youth and Scholarship Fund” by holding a bake sale. The Ladies will be in front of Gail’s Cafe in Old Town from 7:30 a.m. until all the goods are sold.

Come and check out all the delicious baked goods.  Everyone knows the Ladies of Joppa always have the most delicious goodies.

This past year, Joppa Lodge presented  scholarships to two Dixie County High School seniors and sponsored a championship Little League team.  All monies raised from bake sale will go to the “Community Youth and Scholarship Fund”.  Please come out and join us and help us support our Youth.

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 1

Lower Suwannee National Wildlife

Refuge Nature Walks

The February Nature Walk that took place on the Levy County side of the Refuge went very well with a number of birds seen.  They started out on the River Walk and although sometimes that walk has few birds, on February First there were at least 18 species.  At Shell Mound, the highlight was White Pelicans and another 23 species.

An interesting spotting was an immature Bald Eagle that took some study before it was identified as a second or third year bird. Bald Eagles don’t have their adult plumage until the fourth year so if you see a large brown bird that isn’t a vulture, you may want to get out your bird book and study the immature Bald Eagles carefully.

On March First we will again visit Dixie County.  We will meet at the Fire Station on CR 349 just north of the town of Suwannee at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 1.  Please RSVP if you plan to go, Joan Stephens 352-463-1095.

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 20

DAV Poker Run

The Disabled American Veterans Tri-County Chapter 63 is having its annual Poker Run through three counties rescheduled January Run on Saturday, March 20.

The run through Dixie, Levy and Gilchrist counties usually draws about 100 bikers. Entry is $15 per rider and $5 for each co-rider. Pre-register before March 1 and receive a free T-Shirt.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. Last bike leaves by noon, at Cole's 4 Corners Tavern in Bronson, heads to Willard's in Morriston, BubbaQue's in Chiefland, the Mad Italian in Trenton, the Bears Den in Fanning Springs, and ends art Old Town Tavern in Old Town at 3 p.m. when there will be raffles, an auction, music and food will be available.

Every rider must be in by 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the “two best” hands. The best hand will win a three-day cruise for two to the Bahamas. The holder of the second best hand will win $100.

All proceeds benefit the local DAV chapters’ activities for disabled vets, like providing a ride to the VA Hospital and clinics in Gainesville and Lake City, or Tampa, wherever a vet needs to go.

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.

April 17

Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race

    AMVETS Post 88 is once again hosting the 33rd Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race,.  This year there are 8 classes.  The parent/youth class is back.  For anyone wanting to sponsor the race, please see the website http://www.wildhog.wetpaint.com. 

    This year's race promises to be the biggest yet.  Earlybirds will receive a T-shirt in their size, but if you wait until the day of the race you will  not be guaranteed the proper shirt size. 

    For those not in the race, bring a chair and watch as the racers master the final stretch trying to get themselves and their craft over the log to reach the finish line. 

    There will be plenty of food, music and entertainment for everyone.  Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax on the banks of the Waccasassa River.

    If you would like to receive a brochure, loaded with information, please call Margie McGarva at 486-2535 or email: maggimac43@yahoo.com or wildhograce@yahoo.com. 

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.