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By The Staff

Today

Spooky movie at Chiefland library

Join the Levy County library System for a movie about werewolves and sparkly vampires at 5 p.m. at Luther Callaway Public Library, and at 5 p.m. March 29 at the Bronson Public Library..

The 2009 movie based on a Stephenie Meyer book will be shown. It has a running time of two hours, 10 minutes.

It is rated PG-13 for some violence and action.

For more information please contact the local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, youth services coordinator, 352-486-5552.

Health and wellness program

Gilchrist County Health Department will present a Health and Wellness Program entitled Six Weeks to a Healthier, Happier You! Conducted by Registered Dietician Mary Bohannan. Topics for discussion include:

Food Addictions: ”How Real Are They?

Food & Mood – Tools to Use to make it Better!

What, When and Where – Do These Choices Really Matter?

Use It or Lose It – What?

The High Cost of having it Your Way!

What’s age Got to do with it?

Join us for our kick off session March 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Gilchrist County Health Department, 352-463-3120 ext. 120.

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.

Friday

Chiefland Chamber meets at Bell's

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly meeting at Bell's Conference room, at  noon in Chiefland. For more information, please call the Chamber office at 352-493-1849.

 

 Tourist Development Council meeting

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have their bi-monthly meeting Thursday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at 620 North Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.

Friday-Saturday

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.

 

Saturday

Wildflower walk in refuge

Please join Cedar Key Garden Club for a  wildflower search in the Refuge, led by Bob Witman. 

Meet at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters at 10 a.m. Please save energy by carpooling.  Call Marci at  543-5697 or (813) 215-0050 for more info

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.

SHARE Distribution

The SHARE Program will distribute pre-ordered and pre-paid items for the month at the First United Methodist Church in Chiefland from 9 to 10 a.m.

If you are interested in learning more about this faith based food distribution, please come to the SHARE site or call 463-8804 for more information.

SHARE is not a charity and is a way to help build volunteerism in our community.

Sunday

Puttin' on the Ritz

Title sponsors Marcus and Casey Adolfsson and Jay and Kathy Curtis are excited to announce Children’s Home Society of Florida’s 23rd annual Puttin’ on the Ritz! The event will take place at the Florida Museum of Natural History on Sunday, March 28 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the new theme, A Spectacular Safari, promises to make this the most memorable event to date.

Tickets are general admission seats $140 in advance/$150 at the door. Sponsorships are available from $400 and up with benefits including access to the Safari Soirée, media recognition and more (depending on sponsorship level). Tickets and sponsorship information are available by phone at 866-427-5451 or at www.chsRitz.com.

Monday

Pre-schoolers program

at Chiefland library

Join the Levy County Library System for pre-school storytime, a program using books and music to present young children with the concept that books, reading, and libraries are fun and enjoyable. These program is at 9:30 a.m. at Luther Callaway Public Library and will  last about 30 minutes.

For more information please contact your local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, youth services coordinator, 352-486-5552.

Spooky movie at Bronson library

Join the Levy County library System for a movie about werewolves and sparkly vampires at 5 p.m. at the Bronson Public Library..

The 2009 movie based on a Stephenie Meyer Book will be shown. It has a running time of two hours, 10 minutes.

It is rated PG-13 for some violence and action.

For more information please contact the local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, youth services coordinator, 352-486-5552.

Wednesday

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 1

Love and Remembrance Memorial

Haven Hospice’s Love and Remembrance Memorial is at 6 p.m. at Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center Garden, 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland.

The services are open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones that can be placed on our Table of Memories. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.

 

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,  www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

April 3

Charity golf tournament

CFEC employees Relay for Life Team – 2nd Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament held at Chiefland Golf and Country Club will be Saturday, April 3, shotgun start at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. The tournament’s registration fee is $150 for a four-person team. This includes green fees, cart, and longest and straightest drive, closest to the pin competition with lots of prizes, fun and food.

Call Mark Story at 352-535-7622 or AD Goodman at 352-949-2096 for further information.

Garage sale

Alpha Beta Omicron, a ladies service organization supporting local charities, will be sponsoring a garage sale Saturday, April 3 from 8 a.m. ‘til ? at 27935 SE Hwy 19, Old Town, second house on the right going north after the bridge.

Williston library friends book sale

Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its First Saturday Book Fair at the Williston City Hall Community Center from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Prices are: hardbacks, $1 each; softbacks, 50 cents each; paperbacks 25 cents; and magazines,tapes, and puzzles, 10 cents to $1.00.

All proceeds are used for the benefit of the Williston Public Library.

April 8

Friends of  Chiefland Library meeting

    The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library, the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System, will hold their monthly meeting at the Library, 104 NE 3rd Street,  at 11 a.m.

    

This month’s agenda will include consideration of a proposed revision of the organization’s by-laws. The Friends support the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the programs and resources, and through fund-raising projects to augment the Library’s budgett.

    Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting.  For further information, call Friends President Tom Reitz at 493-1896 or 949-5413.

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 10

Withlacoochee canoe, kayak race

    The 2nd Annual Withlacoochee Wilderness Canoe & Kayak Race and Rally, hosted by Withlacoochee Area Residents, Inc., starts at 9:30 a.m.

    All proceeds benefit the organization''s projects. The By-Pass Spillway Park located off County Road 40 in Inglis will be the launch site.  This year's Challenge offers two options for the participants: option one is a race with men’s, women’s, and tandem kayak/canoe categories; and option two is a River Rally, no classes or groups, for those who choose to just relax and enjoy the scenery.

    Lunch will be served . Fees received before Friday, March 26 are $35 for a canoe, $25 for a kayak, and $35 for a tandem kayak.  Later entries will be at the launch site only, between 8 and 9 a.m. and are $40 for canoe, $30 for kayak and $40 tandem kayak. Fees include entry, race hat (guaranteed only for pre-registration), fruit, water and lunch.

    For more information, check www.warinconline.com for registration forms, race routes and directions, email 2009canoe.kayak@gmail.com or call Jack Schofield at (352) 447-6152.

Battle of Bands entry deadline

    Today is the last day to enter the Battle of the Bands being held at Goethe Trailhead Ranch.  For more information or to enter call (352) 489-8545.

Garden festival

The Third Annual Fanning Springs Garden Festival is Saturday, April 10 at Fanning Springs State Park 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 13

Tobacco meeting

    The Levy Coalition Against Tobacco will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Bronson First Baptist Church, 460 S. Court Street, Bronson

 

April 15

Bronson Homemakers annual bingo  

 

Bronson Home and Community Educators, also known as the Homemakers, is a community service organization,  is holding its annual bingo from 1 to 4:30 p.m. There will be lots of fun, prizes and snacks will be served. There will be a $5 fee at the door.

      The bingo will be held at the Levy County Extension Office on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson.  For more information please contact Mary Anne Ostroman at (352) 528-5076 or maostroman@msn.com.

 

April 16

Golf tournament benefits Reed scholarships

   An April 16 gold tournament to be held at Chiefland Golf and County Club will benefit a scholarship fund established in memory of slain Dixie County Sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed Sr.

   The scholarship will go to a graduating high school senior who will be going into public service.

    Reed, who was killed in the line of duty by a multiple shooting suspect on Jan. 14

   Hole sponsorships are $250 each and the three-person team entry fee is $250. Shotgun starts are 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. There will also be a silent auction, raffle drawings and mulligans for sale.

    Registration and sponsorship forms can be downloaded at the foundation website.

     For more information, call Stacy Marlow at (352) 542-3181 or  (352) 262-4081, or email to staceyjones2000@hotmail.com.

April 17

Country breakfast

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its semi-monthly country breakfast on March 20 from 7-10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on Highway 26, about a half mile north of Fanning Springs.

The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, pancakes and coffee for $5.50 per person.

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. 

Yankeetown Library friends book sale

    The Friends of A. F. Knotts Public Library are having their semi-annual white elephant/what-a-bargin book sale beginning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library grounds at 11 56th Street in Yankeetown.

    The sale will continue in the library from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday,  April 20,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22.  All sale proceeds benefit the library.

    The Yankeetown/Inglis Woman's Club is also hosting a pancake breakfast at 8 am right next door.

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.

April 24

    A Battle of the Bands will be held at Goethe Trailhead Ranch. Entry is a $10 donation fee per person at gate.

    The entry deadline for bands is Saturday, April 10. For more information or to enter call (352) 489-8545.

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.