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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

Thursday, Feb. 7

Organizing Classes

Central Florida Community College will hold sessions Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. on Organizing Boot Camp for Small Business.

The sessions will focus on strategies that organized people use to maintain efficiency and productivity.

For more information or to register, call 493-9533.

Friday, Feb. 8

Fair Yard Sale

The Levy County Fair Association will hold a yard sale Feb. 8-10 outside at the Chiefland Farmers' & Flea Market. Any type of donations are being accepted. If you have items or donations, please leave a message at our Fair Message Center at 486-3747. A drop off point in your area will be designated and arrangements will be made for pickup

Saturday, Feb. 9

Cemetery Cleanup

The United Methodist Church Cemetery at Hardeetown will have a work day at the cemetery on Saturday, Feb. 9 beginning at 9 a.m. Bring your tools for a little work and a light lunch.

Automotive Swap Meet

An automotive swap meet car corral and show will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 806 Industrial Park Dr., Perry.

For more information, call 850-838-1168.

Star Party

The Cedar Key Star Party continues through Saturday, Feb. 9.

Astronomers and star gazers will view the heavens from the city park Monday-Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

An astronomy slide show and night stargazing will take place at the Cedar Key State Museum Tuesday and Friday from 7-10 p.m.

Nature and binocular stargazing will take place at the Cedar Key Scrub Reserve Wednesday (Thursday if it's too cloudy) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Hayrides will be available. For reservations, call 543-5567.

Pageant

Moonbeam's 2008 Chiefland Winter King, Queen and Baby Pageant will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at Bell's Restaurant in Chiefland.

The contest is open to girls and boys of all ages.

All contestants will receive a trophy and gift.

For more information, call 372-6133.

Monday, Feb. 11

Woman's Club Meeting

The Chiefland Woman's Club will meet Monday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse, located at 825 E. Park Ave. The group will plan the 2008 Watermelon Festival.

New members are welcomed. For more information call 493-4747.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Water Management Meeting

The Suwannee River Water Management District's governing board will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 12 at the district headquarters, Hwy. 49 and 90 East, Live Oak.

A workshop will follow the meeting.

Thursday, Feb. 14

World War II Vets

World War II veterans will meet Thursday, Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Salt Creek Restaurant on Hwy. 349 in Suwannee.

Feb. 22-25 the Keystone Airpark in Keystone Heights will host a vintage aircraft show. World War II air ships like the B-25, B-17 and B-24 will be on display.

For more information, contact Billie Cooper at 493-9368 or Dot Halvorsen at 542-7697.

Friday, Feb. 15

Business Council Meeting

The Nature Coast Business Development Council board of directors will meet Friday, Feb. 15 at 8:30 a.m. at the Levy County Road Department conference room, 660 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Weight Management Workshop

Over 60 percent of people in Levy County are overweight or obese. Are you tired of carrying all that extra weight around? Tired of all those crazy diets?

The Levy County Health Department is conducting a two-part workshop on weight management on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and 26 at the Levy County Extension Office located at 25 N. Hathaway (27A) in Bronson.

Participants will learn how to count calories and determine portion sizes, plan and prepare healthy meals, create exercise programs and other skills. This class is being provided as a free service of the Levy County Health Department. For more information, call the Health Promotion Program at 352-486-3405.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Homemakers Meeting

Bronson Home and Community Educators, (Homemakers), will meet Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Levy County Extension Building. New members are welcome.

Peanut Producers Meeting

The 33rd Annual membership meeting of the Florida Peanut Producers Association will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Penn Ave., Marianna.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. (CST) and is followed by the traditional smoked steak dinner.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Bark-N-Purr Fund-raiser

The Humane Society of Levy County, Inc. will host the "Bark-N-Purr" Charity Concert - BBQ Cook-Off and More Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Bronson Youth League, 220 Picnic St., Bronson.

Some of the events scheduled include a sanctioned barbecue cookoff with the Florida BBQ Association and the Disconnected K-9's performance.

A silent auction will be held featuring autographed NASCAR memorabilia, a cat tree, quilts and many more items.

Entertainers include the Rick Gordon Band and "Country Cousin Don" and Chris Cagle.

Tickets are on sale at Bronson Town Hall, Chiefland Farm Supply, Klover Leaf of Williston, Wishful Thinking of Ocala and Gainesville or on the web at www.humansocietyoflevycounty.com.

Gates open at noon and stay open until 9 p.m. Parking will be available at Bronson High and Elementary Schools.

Tickets for adults $15-$35; children: $6. Call 352-486-5705 for more information.

Upcoming

Newberry Watermelon Festival

The 63rd Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival will be held May 17 in Newberry.

The festival includes parades, pageants, food and other contests.

For more information, call 316-6628.

Dance Lessons

Square dancing and line dancing instruction have begun at the Chiefland Senior Center on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.

For more information, call Art at 490-5619.

Wild Hog Canoe Race

The 31st Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race will be April 26.

The event is hosted by AMVETS Post 88, Bronson, and the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens.

For sponsorship, or more details, visit the website at www.wildhog.wetpaint.com or contact Margie McGarva at 486-2535 or by e-mailing wildhograce@yahoo.com.

The Fanning Springs Garden Festival will be held Saturday, March 15 at Fanning Springs State park, off U.S. 19.

Admission is free and the event will feature food, music, tours of native landscaping, training classes, plant identification experts, natural fertilizer information, insect and plant disease control and safe inexpensive watering tips.

For more information, visit www.fanningspringsgardenfestival.com.

Normandy Reunion

The Fraternal Military Association of the USA will tour the Normandy Invasion beaches, London, Bastogne, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and more departing from New York June 17.

Current, past military personnel, dependents, friends and others are invited to partcipate in this journey to commemorate the 64th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 1944.

For more information, call Sy Canton at 561-865-8495 or write 14130-C Nesting Way, Delray Beach, FL 33484.

Ongoing

Black History Exhibit

The city of Chiefland is hosting a month-long exhibit celebrating Black History Month at the Train depot Museum.

The exhibit features photos and artifacts from Chiefland and Levy County and is hosted by Carolyn Cohens, a local artist.

The Train Depot will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for visitors.

To arrange a guided tour for school children or larger groups call Laurie Copeland at 493-6711.

The museum is located off Hwy. 19 at 23 SE 2nd Ave., Chiefland.

Donations Accepted

LARC Thrift Store in Otter Creek is once again accepting donations.

Nature Walks

The first Monday of each month is the Nature Walk at the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge.

The walk starts at 9 a.m. at Refuge Headquarters. These walks will go on each month through May. For information call Joan Stephens 352-463-1095.

Tax-Aide

Free Tax Aide Preparation and E-file with AARP Tax-Aide begins Feb. 1.

Sites will be open at libraries in Trenton (Monday 1-5 p.m.), Cross City (Tuesday noon-3 p.m.), Williston (Thursday noon-3 p.m.) and Chiefland (Friday noon-4 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) throughout the tax season.

Tax-Aide serves taxpayers of all ages with special emphasis on those age 60 and older. Guidelines for Tax-Aide are posted at area libraries.

Visit or call your library for an appointment.