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Thursday   WRPC meeting The next Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council (WRPC) Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the WRPC office located at 1241 SW 10th Street, Ocala, 34471-0323.   Florida Tourism Task Force meeting The monthly meeting of the Original Florida Tourism Task Force will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 NW 10th Avenue, Chiefland, 352-493-2801. The Levy County Tourism Development Council and the Levy Quilters will provide lunch. Please RSVP via email  Thomas@ncfrpc.org by Tuesday, April 13, for the lunch.      Chamber mixer The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will 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.   American legion meeting American Legion Post 91 reminds it's members of their April 15, membership meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and themeeting after. We encourage you to attend and bring a prospective member with you.   Friday   DAV yard and bake sale The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Cross City, is having a yard sale, bake sale, breakfast and lunch Friday, April 16, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will be at the Veteran's Hall, Airport/Prison Road, in Cross City. Outside display tables for public use are free. Inside tables are $5 on a first-come-first-serve basis. All proceeds go to veterans and the families of veterans in the tri-county area.  To donate or for more information, call Debbie Winwood at 352-542-1694.     Golf tournament benefits Reed scholarships  An April 16 golf 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 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 tostaceyjones2000@hotmail.com.    Friday-Saturday   Yard sale  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.  Donations can be made by calling the St John’s Parish Office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 493-9723.   Saturday   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 April 17, from 7 to 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 eight 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.co 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 a.m. 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.   Monday   Republican committee meeting The regular monthly meeting of the Levy County Republican Executive Committee is Monday, April 19, at Bubbaque’s Restaurant in Chiefland.  We start with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. followed by our meeting at 7 p.m.  This will be the last day to buy Lincoln Reagan Dinner tickets and to turn in ads for the program. Our Lincoln Reagan Dinner will be on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Tommy Usher Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., so come visit with organizations and Republican candidates. Please help support our local candidates by purchasing ticket and program ads. Our event speaker is Rick Tyler.   April 22   Earth Day celebration On April 22, the city of Fanning Springs will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with USDA Rural Development with a tree planting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at Fort fanning Historical Park.  For more information, call Fanning Springs City hall at 352-463-2855.   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   Antique car show The Suwannee River Region 140 Early Ford V-8 Club will hold its 18th Annual Antique Car Show on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center, 606 NE 7th Street, Trenton.                 All proceeds will be donated to charity and this event is free to the public. To show a car there is a registration fee of $12 per car if registered prior to April 20; registration the day of the show is $15 per car. To pre-register please call Myrna Williams at 352-463-2365. The show is for 1985 and older cars. Dash Plaques, Best of Show and People’s Choice to the Top Twenty Cars will be awarded; Judging will be by those participating in the car show.   Stone Crab Festival Suwannee (Dixie Co.) is having their 2nd Annual Stone Crab Festival. It will be held April 24 starting at 10 AM. Some of the events will include: arts and crafts vendors, activities for kids, a golf cart parade (starts at 11 AM), low country boil, live Music and food. All proceeds goes towards the 7th annual Fireworks to be held July 3rd. For more information please call: Tami 542-0500 or 210-0048 Derry 542-7016   Family reunion The Sims, Kirkland and Hudson families will be having a reunion april 24 at Long Pond Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring food, drinks and paper goods for your own family members.   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.     Confederate monument dedication  The John Hance O?Steen Camp 770 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is holding a public dedication of a Confederate Monument on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at the New Veterans Park, one block south of the Gilchrist County Courthouse. There will be re-enactors dressed as Confederate soldiers and in period dresses. There will also be Honor Guards, Color Guards, and cannon fire.   Everyone is invited to attend even if they do not have a Confederate ancestor. The John Hance O?Steen Camp will meet on April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bell Community Center, Bell. Lindon Lindsey will give the keynote speech on "Old Days at Cedar Keys." Lindsey, former chairman of the Levy County Archeology Committee, was born, raised and went to school in Cedar Key. For more information contact Clement Lindsey, 7th Brigade Commander, at (352) 472-0047     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.   April 30 NFDEP meeting City and County leadership will gather Friday, April 30, at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Suwannee River Water Management District Offices, 9225 County Road 49, in Live Oak for the 4th Quarter North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP) Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting. Included in the agenda for this meeting are the Regional RACEC and Rural Issues Working Group Program from Enterprise Florida, Inc., (EFI) and the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development (OTTED). The group is holding regional meetings across the state to gather input and hear concerns from the rural perspective, and to discuss the opportunities that are available. Also on the program is a presentation from the Suwannee River Water Management District on current, North Florida water issues.  The meeting is free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information and to request a registration form, please contact Brenda Green at the NFEDP,  bgreen@iog.fsu.edu or 850-487-1870. The deadline to register is Friday, April 23.    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.