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By The Staff

Today

World War II Veterans to meet

 The April meeting of World War II veterans will be held at 10 a.m. at Branford High School in Branford. Veterans will visit classes and speak to the students, answer their questions. The Veterans will also be honored in a program prepared by the students.

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

"911 Be Prepared"

Tri County Foster Care Association will sponsor “911 Be Prepared” at the Chiefland Assembly of God April 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Manatee Rd., just past the blinking light on the right. There will be fire drills on evacuation, first responders, ambulance tours, fire trucks and loads of information on how to handle an emergency.

For additional information contact Tonda Helgesson, 352-221-4305.

Nature Coast meeting

The Nature Coast Business Development Council, Inc. will meet on Thursday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m. at 660 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. This meeting is open to the public.

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 budget.

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

Friday

Beast Feast tonight, needs desserts

The 17th Annual Beast Feast is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gilchrist County FFA Alunmi Rodeo Arena. Homemade desserts are needed.  Please deliver desserts on Friday to Gilchrist County FFA Alumni Rodeo Arena, Bell Elementary, Bell High, Trenton Elementary, Trenton High School, Gilchrist County Courthouse, Supervisor of Elections and School Board offices,  Refrigeration is available at all sites.

For information call Sharon Bard 213-0829, Connie Sanchez 463-3194, Julie Thomas 494-8070 or Tiffany Turner 463-3244

Friday-Tuesday

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.

Saturday

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.

Garden, pond tour

The annual garden and pond tour in Cedar Key will begin at 11 a.m. with a meet-up at the Community Center Parking Lot at F Street and 5th Street. Participants will carpool and receive maps at that location.

This is a free event.  All are welcome.  Please call Marci at 813-215-0050 for more information.

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

SRWMD meeting

Tuesday, April 13, the Suwannee River Water Management District’s Governing Board will meet at 9 a.m. at Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 601 Everett Way, Perry. The meeting is to consider District business and conduct public hearings on regulatory and land acquisition matters. A workshop will follow the Governing Board meeting. The next day there will be a trip to Northwest Florida Water Management District. A Governing Board teleconference meeting will be held April 26, 1 p.m., at District Headquarters in Live Oak.

All meetings, workshops, and hearings are open to the public.

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

 

Canning, preserving methods classes

 Spring is here and the garden soon will be producing tons of vegetables and fruits, or  perhaps you are planning to take advantage of farmer’s markets, road-side stands or you-pick operations to buy a large amount of food to put away for later in the year.

   Preserving some of that food  will give you great taste and good nutrition and will also make memories for a lifetime.  

   Join us on for a canning update. at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m., Alachua County Extensio Office, 2800 N.E. 39th Ave., Gainesville; to register, call (352) 955-2402;

 All classes will cover  pressure canning for vegetables, boiling water canning for fruits, sweet spreads and pickles. This is for the novice as well as the experienced.  Seating is limited.  Please call each location to reserve your seat now.  There is an optional $3 fee for the workshop.  You may just pay at the door, so please bring the correct change.

    The programs are sponsored by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  Levy and Alachua County Extension Services.  For more information, please contact Muriel Turner at 352-486-5131 or Brenda Williams at 352-955-2402.

April 15

Chiefland Chamber hosts mixer

 

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commercewill hold a business mixer that will be held for  Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in  Chiefland from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

     Haven Hospice of Chiefland is located at 4770 NW 140th Street in Chiefland. Please come out to Haven Hospice of Chiefland, meet your fellow Chamber members and bring a prospective member.

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 16-17

It’s time for the big one

     Warm weather means bigger yard sales and the season’s biggest will be at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland.

     The better the sale the more fun everyone has, so  this year the already low prices on Friday will be cut in half on Saturday.   The sale will be held inside and outside the church facility.

       Sale hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Everyone is welcome. No rain allowed !

     Donations can be made by calling the St John’s Parish Office between 10 a.m. and 3p.m. at 493-9723

April 17

Cemetery cleanup

There will be a workday at the Ellzey Cemetery on April 17. If you have family at the cemetery please come and help clean. Bring your yard tools and come early.

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.

Catch the Spirit

Nature Coast Volunteer Center’s annual “Catch the Spirit!” volunteer fair showcases the accomplishments of Citrus County volunteers who serve more than 100 local organizations. Celebrate National Volunteer Week and Florida Volunteer Month with entertainment, door prizes, and more. Thirty volunteer agencies will be on-site to commemorate volunteers and discuss volunteer opportunities.

Learn how you can make a difference in your community at the Fair, Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crystal River Mall. Sponsors include the Citrus County Chronicle, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center and WYKE TV.

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

Learn canning, preserving

    Spring is here and the garden soon will be producing tons of vegetables and fruits, or  perhaps you are planning to take advantage of farmer’s markets, road-side stands or you-pick operations to buy a large amount of food to put away for later in the year.

   Preserving some of that food  will give you great taste and good nutrition and will also make memories for a lifetime.  

   Join us on for a canning update at 2 p.m., Tower Road Library, 3020 S.W. 75th Street, Gainesville; to register, call (352) 333-2840;

 All classes will cover  pressure canning for vegetables, boiling water canning for fruits, sweet spreads and pickles. This is for the novice as well as the experienced.  Seating is limited.  Please call each location to reserve your seat now.  There is an optional $3 fee for the workshop.  You may just pay at the door, so please bring the correct change.

    The programs are sponsored by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  Levy and Alachua County Extension Services.  For more information, please contact Muriel Turner at 352-486-5131 or Brenda Williams at 352-955-2402.

Battle of Bands, needs musicians

    A Battle of the Bands will be held at Goethe Trailhead Ranch. Entry is a $10 donation fee per person at gate.  For more information or to enter call (352) 489-8545.

Concert benefits Haiti

    Turning Point Ministry will host The Haiti Concert to benefit the people of quake stricken Haiti. There will be bands, food, fun, fellowship and a silent auction.  All proceeds will go directly to those in Haiti.

    Donations or silent auction items may be taken to the church located at 16750 CR 341, (Dairy Rd. ) 

    For information or to help, call Michelle Zimmermann at (352) 493-0015.

April 27

   Spring is here and the garden soon will be producing tons of vegetables and fruits, or  perhaps you are planning to take advantage of farmer’s markets, road-side stands or you-pick operations to buy a large amount of food to put away for later in the year.

   Preserving some of that food  will give you great taste and good nutrition and will also make memories for a lifetime.  

   Join us on for a canning update at  2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Dixie County Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City; to register, call (352) 498-1219;

 All classes will cover  pressure canning for vegetables, boiling water canning for fruits, sweet spreads and pickles. This is for the novice as well as the experienced.  Seating is limited.  Please call each location to reserve your seat now.  There is an optional $3 fee for the workshop.  You may just pay at the door, so please bring the correct change.

    The programs are sponsored by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  Levy and Alachua County Extension Services.  For more information, please contact Muriel Turner at 352-486-5131 or Brenda Williams at 352-955-2402.

May 4

   Spring is here and the garden soon will be producing tons of vegetables and fruits, or  perhaps you are planning to take advantage of farmer’s markets, road-side stands or you-pick operations to buy a large amount of food to put away for later in the year.

   Preserving some of that food  will give you great taste and good nutrition and will also make memories for a lifetime.  

   Join us on for a canning update at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m., Gilchrist County Library, 105 N.E. 11th Ave., Trenton; to register, call (352) 463-3174..

    All classes will cover  pressure canning for vegetables, boiling water canning for fruits, sweet spreads and pickles. This is for the novice as well as the experienced.  Seating is limited.  Please call each location to reserve your seat now.  There is an optional $3 fee for the workshop.  You may just pay at the door, so please bring the correct change.

    The programs are sponsored by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  Levy and Alachua County Extension Services.  For more information, please contact Muriel Turner at 352-486-5131 or Brenda Williams at 352-955-2402.

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 seeks volunteers

   Be a powerful voice in a child’s life.  Advocate in the court system for children who have been taken away for neglect and abuse. 

   No special background is needed, staff and legal support provided. Next training starts April 27 in Chiefland.  Call (352) 463-3134 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.