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By The Staff

Today

World War II Veterans

to meet in Suwannee

All World War veterans are invited to lunch on Thursday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Salt Creek Restaurant in Suwannee. Join the camaraderie and a surprise guest or two.

God bless all veterans and God bless America with renewed strength and direction.

If you have questions call Billie Cooper 352-493-9368 or Dot Halvorsen 352-542-7697.

Chiefland library friends meet

The Friends of the Luther Calloway Public Library (FLCPL) will hold their monthly meeting at the library in Chiefland, 104 N.E. 3rd Street — a block behind city hall — at 11 a.m.  The meeting will include a proposed revision of the organization's by-laws.

The FLCPL supports the Luther Calloway Public Library by promoting the library's programs and resources and through fund-raising projects to help the library purchase reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment.  Prospective members and guests are encouraged to attend the meeting.  For more information, call FLCPL president Tom Reitz at 493-1896 or 949-5413.

Nature Coast business meeting

The Nature Coast Business Development Council, Inc. will meet on Thursday, March 11 at 8:30 a.m. at 660 N. Hathaway Ave. Bronson.

The meeting is open to the public.

If you have any questions, please call 352-486-3396.

Friday

St. John's holds monthly fish fry

The monthly southern fish fry at St. John The Evangelist Church on U.S. Highway 27A, Chiefland, will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children under seven years of age. Diners can eat in or take out meals.

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

Proceeds benefit the St. Vincent dePaul, Knights of Columbus and church projects.

Joppa holds fund-raising BBQ

Joppa Lodge No. 4 will hold a fund raiser at the City Park in Cross City from 10:30 a.m. until the food runs out.

The dinner includes a quarter chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, garlic bread and a dessert.  

To-go orders will be available. For information, contact Eric Daniels at (352) 542-2470 or (352) 356-1949.

NWR pottery program

Cedar Key Pottery, renowned potter Marty Haythorn and the National Wildlife Refuge Ranger are collaborating to hold an exhibit and sale of Haythorn's pottery at the Cedar Key library.

The potter will be available starting at 10 a.m. to show his ancient pottery reproductions and demonstrate the process with handmade tools.

This is a wonderful opportunity to view the type of work made by the ancient people of this area, in particular Shell Mound. After a lunch break, the group will meet at Shell Mound at 1 p.m. for a walk back in time led by Pam Darty, Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge Ranger. The walk will feature pottery, points, Musckogean music, a blow gun demonstration, and paintings featuring the art of Theodore Morris. For more information call (352) 493-0238, ext 223.

Friday-Saturday

Trenton to be

covered in quilts

In celebration of National Quilt Month, The City of Trenton, Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce, Progress Energy, Pure Water Wilderness and The Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe is holding its 3rd Annual Suwannee Valley Quilt and Old Time Craft Festival March 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Trenton.

Celebrate America’s quilting heritage with hundreds of quilts and handmade crafts displayed in a wide variety of historic buildings centered around Trenton’s turn of the century railroad depot and unique downtown.

Also featured will be antiques and antique cars, music, clogging, demonstrations of quilting, spinning, bed-turning and handmade crafts.

Come Friday night March 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to the Antique Roadshow, “Picnic n’ Pickin” at the Trenton Depot. Dinners and desserts will be available for purchase.

For more information contact Stephanie Metts 352-463-3842,  or at smetts@atlantic.net, or Kyle Stone 352-463-3467,  chamber@gilchristcounty.com.

Saturday

Native plant sale at Cedar Key

Native plants and locally grown plants will be on sale in Cedar Key from 9 a.m. until noon.  The Cedar Key Garden Club Plant Sale is held beside City Hall at the corner of 2nd and C streets.

 Among the natives offered are shrubs, vines, wildflowers and trees.  The native white beautyberry, Walter’s viburnum, Stokes aster, St. John’s wort, rusty lyonia, paw paw, garberia, fringe tree, love grass, deer berry, coral honeysuckle, yucca, trumpet vine, and blue eyed grass will be available in limited numbers.  Shop early to have the best choice of plants.  Prices are modest.

 A variety of plants grown by local gardeners will also be sold.  Pine straw makes excellent mulch for shrubs, flowers and trees.  Bales of pine straw will be on sale. 

To arrange to secure a specific plant before the sale or want to request another plant, call Marcie at (813) 215-0050.

This  fund raiser support projects such as the container gardens on Second  Street, beautification for the city, school grants, Brazilian Pepper control, and the purchase and maintenance of trash containers around town.

Rose program at Chiefland library

The Friends of Luther Callaway Library will be hosting a IFAS Master Gardener Presentation on Saturday March 13 at 11 a.m.

The topic will be rose propagation and care by Master Gardener Linnie Beck. There will also be "Florida Friendly" spring gardening information and Plant identification experts.

Sunday

Genealogy, history fans to meet

The Genealogy and History Society of Levy County, Inc. will meet at 2 p.m., at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 N.W. 10th Ave., Chiefland.

The guest speaker will be Earl DeBary, author and historian.  He will be speaking about the history and traditions of the Native Americans who lived in our local area and around Florida.  Members are encouraged to attend and visitors are welcome.

Tuesday

Inglis-Yankeetown GOP meets

    Jason Sager, one of the speakers at the recent “Tea Party” on Jan. 16, in Inverness, Citrus County, who is a candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida District 5, will be the featured speaker at the Yankeetown-Inglis Republican Club meeting this March. This will be a luncheon meeting starting at 12:30 p.m. (lunch being served at 1 p.m.) at the Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club on Hwy 40 and 59th St.

    Sager is a native Floridian from Brooksville, a Navy veteran, a conservative, Jeffersonian Republican, believing in limited government and in principles and family values. Bring your questions.

    The lunch will cost just $5 per person, members and guests. Please call Edith at 447-2622 or Pat Schwab at 447-5874 for more information.

March 20

DAV Poker Run

    The Disabled American Veterans Tri-County Chapter 63 is having its annual Poker Run through three counties.

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 chapter 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.

Spring yard sale at Bronson UMC

    The Anzonetta Brice Women's Circle spring yard sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church fellowship hall. This is your chance to clean out the garage or attic and donate those unwanted items to a worthy (tax deductible) cause. Proceeds benefit the BUMC fellowship hall improvements. Furniture is always welcome and pick-up can be arranged. Baked goods always sell at these yard sales so, if you are a baker and are in the mood to share your favorite sweet treat, please do so.

    The members of the Circle will be setting things up Friday evening, the 19th and invite you to come and share in this part of the event and fellowship with each other. The fellowship hall will be open all day Friday for drop-offs. All donations are appreciated. For information please call Phyllis Cowart at 352-486-2860.

Players holding auditions

    The Suwannee Valley Player are holding auditions for the next production Name That Murder,  comedy spoof that is a play within a play. Auditions are open and will begin at 10 a.m.  at the Chief Theater at 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland. Mark your calendars and come out and audition.

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

    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.

March 26-27

Homemakers hold yard sale

    The Chiefland HCE will hold their 3rd annual yard sale at 816 E.  Park St.  The group will be accepting donations on March 25.

    For more information please call (352) 493-2943 or (352) 493-7351.

 

March 27

Easter egg hunt in Fanning Springs

    Fanning Springs will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fanning Spring Historical Park on the banks of the Suwannee River.  

Newberry Garden Club holds sale

    The Newberry Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale on  at the downtown Municipal Building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a variety of plants, and the club's famous caladium bulbs for sale.  To secure a booth, please contact Linda Woodcock at (352) 472-2440.  Garden items, plants, vegetables, etc. are welcome. Booth rental is by donation.  To order bulbs before they are sold out, call the above number.    The proceeds sponsor students to attend camps, ecology programs, and fund Santa Fe College scholarships.

March 31

Deadline to enter Levy Fair queens contest

    The Levy County Fair Association's Miss Levy County Fair Queen and Little Miss Levy County Fair Queen pageants is April 11 at 6 p.m.

    The Fair Queen pageant is open to all girls 15-18 years of age who reside in and/or attend high school in Levy County.

    Little Miss pageant is open to all girls ages four to six who reside in and/or attend school in Levy County.

    To register, go to LevyCountyFair.com and download the entry form.  The deadline for entry is March 31.  For more information call (352) 528-2516.   

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 9-13

Citrus Library Friends’ Spring Book Sale

    The Friends of the Citrus County Library Spring Book Sale  will be held at the Citrus County Auditorium, Hwy. 41 South, next to the Fairgrounds. Sale hours are Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. $5 donation; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to  4 p.m.; Mon. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (half-price day); and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($3 a bag). A special workshop featuring hands-on book repair will be held Saturday afternoon, April 10, during the sale, from 1-2:30 p.m. Mark your calendars now for the April sale dates.

    Volunteer Friends from Central Ridge, Coastal Region and Lakes Region libraries have sorted thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, tapes and games in preparation for the big sale. Books are grouped into more than 40 categories including mystery-thrillers, Westerns, large print, biography, history, cooking, children’s, classics, religion, romances, gardening, crafts and sewing, self-help, travel and foreign language with special collections like Civil War, Florida, Signed by author and vintage treasures. Offerings include hardcover and paperback books, with most prices ranging from $1 to $3. Sale organizers suggest you visit early and often to take advantage of the bargains for your own library or for great gifts.

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. 

April 24-25.

Cedar Key Spring Arts Festival

   The Cedar Key Spring Arts Festival organizers will be reaching out to local groups and individuals to solicit volunteers. There are a wide variety of ways to help with this event including setup/take down, being a block captain, and/or assisting at the artist’s reception in the CKAC sculpture garden Saturday evening.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have an in-kind donation to contribute, please contact Mandy Cassiano at cedarkeyarts@bellsouth.net or 543-5400.

May 15

Rotary Club fishing tournament

    The Chiefland Rotary Club Fishing Tournament at Cedar Key is offering cash and prizes up to $7,500 based on a 100-boat entry. There will be a free goodie bag and T-shirt for each entrant.

    Prize money will be awarded as follows:

    biggest redfish, $1,000, with second and third place receiving lesser amounts;

    biggest trout, $1,000, with second and third place receiving lesser amounts;

    biggest trash fish, $50

    best bag, $2,000

    The biggest fish will be determined by the weight of legally caught fish.

    The captains’ meeting and Calcutta is Friday, May 14, with a 6:30 p.m. social and 7 p.m. dinner at the Cedar Key Lions Club. Cash bar available.

    Entry forms and rules may be obtained from Chiefland Rotary Club, P.O. Box 931, Chiefland, FL 32644, or call Robert or Jeff Beauchamp, event coordinators at (352) 493-4808, between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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.

Bronson Homemakers

 

    Bronson Home and Community Educators (HCE), also known as the Homemakers, is a community service organization, that hold educational and fun meetings, workshops, crafts sessions, create caps and lap blankets, etc. for local nursing homes and other local public agencies. The group is always looking for new faces, positive attitudes, fun personalities and an eager willingness to give back to the community.

     Meetings are at 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month.  Monthly workshops are on the 4th Monday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. The meetings are at the Levy County Extension Office on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson.  If you would like to attend a meeting or to become a new member, please contact Mary Anne Ostroman at 352-528-5076 or maostroman@msn.com for more information.

 Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.