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St. John's hold monthly fish fry

St John the Evangelist Catholic Church 4050 U.S. Highway 27A, Chiefland, is holding its monthly Southern fish fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu includes, fried fish, french fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, beans, grits,  deserts and beverages.

Prices are $ 7for adults, and $ 4 for children under 7 .

Fish fry for Masons

There will be a fish fry dinner for Masons and their spouses, or girlfriends, on May 14 at the Suwannee River Shrine Club, about a half mile north of Fanning Springs on Highway 26.  The dinner will start at 7 p.m.  The menu includes fried fish, coleslaw, hush puppies, swamp cabbage, grits and iced tea.  The dinner is free to Masons and one guest.  For more information, call Ernie Lyle at 490-6693.


Shrine breakfast

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its semi-monthly country breakfast on May 15 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.  The public in invited.

Newberry looking for watermelon queen contenders

The 65th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival will be held Saturday, May 15,  and organizers are looking for contestants from newborns to 23 years of age for the annual Watermelon Pageant.

The pageant has the added distinction this year of claiming it gave a start to the National Watermelon Queen Jessica Southard of Bronson. She was the 2007 Newberry Watermelon Festival Queen who later served as the 2009 Florida Watermelon Queen. Earlier this year she was chosen to be the national queen at the National Watermelon Producers annual convention in Dallas, Texas.

To enter the Newberry contest, please contact Lisa Hughes, pageant director, at (352) 354-5385 or visit the website at www.newberrywatermelonfestival.com for an application.

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.

Cedar Key Garden Club cookout

The Cedar Key Garden Club cookout is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roger and Libby’s place at  6890 S.W. 103rd Terrace/Cessna Drive in Rosewood by Cedars Airfield.

Bring a covered dish and a beverage. Names starting with the letters A through I bring a veggie, J through R bring a salad, and S through Z bring a dessert. Hotdogs, hamburgers, bratwursts, water, tea, and lemonade will be provided.

Please RSVP to rogermac4@yahoo.com or 352-543-5232 for planning purposes. Interested new members and guests are welcome.



Chamber- Capital City Bank Mixer

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Mixer for one of its members Capital City Bank of Chiefland. This event will be held on  from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Capital City Bank at  2012 North Young Blvd., in Chiefland. Please come out to Capital City Bank and meet your fellow Chamber members and bring a prospective member.


AARP holds monthly meeting

AARP will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Lodge of Otter Springs at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be the manager of Home Respitory Systems based in Trenton. Also, Mary Lee Tanka, the local SHINE Representative, will be at the meeting to share some of the new changes in Medicare and Medicare Part D, and don't be surprised if we are visited by someone running for political office as the political party primaries are on Aug. 24.

The Board of County Commissioners will be cooking and supplying chicken for othe Picnic Meeting, and we will also be entertained by the Philman Band who have long been a local favorite.  Please bring salads, veggies, or desserts to go with the chicken.

See you at the meeting and remember to bring a can in hand.

May 19

Regional Water Authority Workshop  May 19

The Nature Coast Regional Water Authority board will meet on Wednesday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the City of Fanning Springs City Hall.  A workshop to discuss the Water and Wastewater Feasibility Study preliminary findings will be held immediately following the meeting.

City Hall is located at 17651 NW 90th Court, Fanning Springs. For more information, please contact Sheila Watson at City Hall or call 352- 463.2855, Ext 201.

May 20

Bronson homemakers monthly meeting

Bronson Home and Community Educators (HCE), also known as the Homemakers, is a community service organization that holds educational and fun meetings, workshops, and creating crafts, making caps and lap blankets, etc. for local nursing homes and other local public agencies.

The next meeting is on May 20, at 9:30 a.m.  at the Levy County Extension Office on Alt. 27 in Bronson. The workshop is on May 24, from 9 a.m. till noon.

To attend a meeting or become a member, please contact Mary Anne Ostroman at 352- 528-5076 or maostroman@msn.com for more information.

May 21

"Name That Murder" opens May 21

The Suwannee Valley Players Community Theater Group opens its spring show "Name That Murder"  on May 21 at 8 p.m. at The Chief Theater, 25 Park Ave., Chiefland.

The play, a comedy-farce written by local author Troy Allen Shearer, is filled with laughter, thrills, twist, turns and some confusion on the part of the characters in the play.

The play's audience is watching guests interacting in a murder mystery theatre as they spend the night witnessing a murder, and trying to determine “who done it.”  However, one of the guests is actually a hit man hired by the director to kill his wife and the actor with whom she is having an affair.

The play is produced by Linda Hagan, directed by Anthony Colombo and has a cast of local talent. Be sure to make your plans to attend this hilarious show and support our local writers and actors.

Additional performances are on Saturday, May 22, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 23, at 2:30 p.m.; Friday, May 28, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 29, 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, call the theater at 352-493-ARTS or email at suwanneevalleyplayers@gmail.com.

May 21-23

Purple Hatter’s Ball  May 21-23 at Spirit of the Suwannee

Bear Creek Presents and New Earth Music will host the Third Annual Purple Hatter’s Ball honoring the memory of  Rachel Hoffman.

This three-day festival will be held May 21-23 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak.

The line-up for the Purple Hatter’s Ball includes Big Gigantic, DubConscious, Yo Momma’s Big Fat Bootyband,, The Ralph Roddenbery Band, The Burnin’ Smyrnans, The Malah, 3rd Stone, Catfish Alliance, Greenhouse Lounge, Gravity A, Flight Risk, Corporal Boil, Trial By Stone, Pepper Drive, Dead Circus and Lucid Groove. On Saturday, May 22, all guests are invited to wear costumes that include the color purple, commemorating Rachel’s favorite color.

Festival tickets are $40 and include the music, three nights of primitive camping and all taxes and fees.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is also offering a discount on cabins and golf carts. A cabin for two nights and a golf cart for four is $400.

For more information call the park at 386-364-1683, go to the website at www.musicliveshere.com or email the park at spirit@musicliveshere.com.

May 22

Legion bake sale

    American Legion Auxillary Post 91 in Trenton is holding a fund-raising inside sale and bake sale, from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of County Roads 219 and 307, between Trenton and Bell, next to the FAA arena. Outside vendors welcome. For more information, call Edye at 463-3901.

May Day Extravaganza

The Chiefland Mens Club will host its 27th Annual May Day Extravaganza May 22 at Buie Park, in Chiefland.  There will be a train ride, softball and basketball games, plus a drawing to win a .22 Magnum Henry Rifle and a cash prize.  Lunch will be offered at $3.50 a plate.  All proceeds will be used for an annual scholarship program.

Youth Theater auditions, stage help

    The Suwannee Valley Players will be hold auditions for their Summer Youth Theater Production of "Twain's Tales" on Saturday May 15 at 10 a.m. and on May 22 at 10 a.m. at The Chief Theater, 25 Park Ave., Chiefland. Anyone interested in any part of the production should attend at least one of the auditions. There is a need for set builders, light and sound technicians, back stage help and of course, we need actors.

    For more information contact the Theater at 352-493-ARTS or email at suwanneevalleyplayers@gmail.com.

May 24

Bronson homemakers workshop meeting

Bronson Home and Community Educators (HCE), also known as the Homemakers, is a community service organization that holds educational and fun meetings, workshops, and creating crafts, making caps and lap blankets, etc. for local nursing homes and other local public agencies.

    The workshop, held at the Levy County Extension Office on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson, is from 9 a.m. to noon.

    To attend a meeting or become a member, please contact Mary Anne Ostroman at (352) 528-5076 or maostroman@msn.com for more information.

May 25

Community Action Agency meeting

    The Board of Directors of Central Florida Community Action Agency will meet at 3 p.m. in the Gainesville office at 2606 N.W. 6th St.

    For more information, call Monique Harrison at 352-378-5892.

May 26

Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group

    Everyone is welcome to the quarterly meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group on Wednesday, May 26 at the Fanning Springs City Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an open forum where the community can learn from each other and from experts about threats to Fanning & Manatee Springs, and work together to protect groundwater flowing to the springs.

    Learn about how water gets to Fanning & Manatee springs, how spring ecosystems function, and how schools are teaching students about springs. Join the fieldtrip on Thursday, May 27 to see the geology of the springshed.

    For more information, please contact the working group coordinator, Carol Lippincott, at Carol_Lippincott@cox.net or (352) 377-8693.

May 29

Busted Knuckles Car Club presents Gilchrist County’s 1st Annual All American Car Show, A Salute to Our Veterans, will be held Saturday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tyler Creek business community on SR 47 in Trenton. It is open to all American made and/or American powered vehicles.

Pre-registration fee of $15 needs to be in by May 15. Registration of $20 ‘til noon on day of show; no registration fee for active military.

Vendors are needed for swap meet and car corral, $10 per 10x20 space.

There will be Dash plaques to first 100, door prizes, 50/50, food, music and vendors.

There are 17 award classes and Best of Show. Classes are subject to change based on number of entries.

Proceeds will benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.

Contact Dan at 352-535-5906 or Russ at 352-221-0500 for information.

June 22

AARP driving course in Yankeetown

    A one-day AARP Safe Driving Course will be held starting at 9 a.m. at the Yankeetown Woman’s Club, 5 Fifty-Sixth Street, Yankeetown.

    The course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non members.   For information or to register, call Patricia Matheny at 352-528-9009.

     Florida is a mandated state and any insurance company doing business in Florida must give a discount to those completing an AARP Safe Driving Course. The class is open to all persons 50 and older. Contact your agent for discount amounts. Update yourself to earn a discount.

 For information regarding future classes, call Don Slough @ 352-201-1461


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.

Dixie Humane Society sale

    The Dixie Humane Society holds a weekly Indoor Outdoor Yard Sale onThursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The Society is located off of U.S. Highway 19 North on County Road 349 across from the bike trail in Old Town .

    Donations to help the animals are welcome.  

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.