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Friday   Merle Norman Ribbon Cutting The Greater Area Chiefland Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a ribbon cutting for one of its newest members Merle Norman Cosmetics. The even is at 1:15 p.m. at 1125 N.W. 19th Ave. in Chiefland, and the public is invited to welcome Merle Norman Cosmetics into our community. Merle Norman Cosmetics specializes in cosmetic, boutique items and spa like experience needs. Please take the time to welcome Merle Norman Cosmetics owner, Christy Couch into our community.   Saturday   SHARE Distribution for June SHARE Florida will distribute pre-paid orders  at the First United Methodist Church in Chiefland.  This is a food-buying service that can help stretch your food dollars and help to build community.   If you are interested in saving money, please call  352-463-8804 for further information or come visit the distribution site to see if this program might help your family. Food orders for July will be paid for this month and picked up in July.   American Legion Auxiliary yard sale The American Legion Post 91 Ladies Auxiliary will hold an inside yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the Post. The Post is located at State Road 129 and State Road 307 about 5 miles north of Trenton. Donations are accepted.  The Blood Mobile will also be at Post 91 taking donations.  For more information or to donate, call Edie at 352-463-3901 or Barbara at 352-493-7120.   Yard Sale Trenton’s American Legion Ladies Auxiliary is having an inside yard sale Saturday, June 26, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Post is located at 129 and 307, five miles north of Trenton. Donations are accepted. Blood Mobile will be at the Post.  For more information call Edie 352-463-3901 or Barbara 352-493-7120.   Tuesday   Tourism group meets  on grants The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. at the  Levy County Agricultural Center, 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson, for the advertising grant application review. The meeting is open to the public.   Community Action  Agency meeting A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Central Florida Community Action Agency will be held on Tuesday, June 29, at 3 p.m. in the Gainesville office at 2606 NW 6th Street. Committee meetings will take place before the board meeting. Call Monique Harrison at 352-373-7667 x204 for more information.   July 3   Manatee Park hosts  family fun days The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Manatee Springs State Park will host Family Play Day on July 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and participants can enjoy games such as the three-legged race, sponge game and more.  There will also be competitive races for family teams. Events are set up so that every visitor can safely participate with little or no assistance required. All activities are free with park admission. For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.    Williston Independence Day Celebration Williston will celebrate Independence Day in hometown style with the annual parade starting  at 5 p.m.  The parade theme is "Freedom – Isn’t Free".  Frank and Nancy Etheridge will lead the parade as the  Grand Marshals, an honor bestowed for their contributions to the community.  Following the parade, the gates at the Williston Horseman's Park open at 6 p.m. followed by  a ceremony at 7 p.m., a fair, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There is no admission fee to this event.  A $2 donation is requested for the parking attendants, The Williston High Junior ROTC unit. There will be food, rides, novelty booths, and musical entertainment from local performers such as Gabrielle O’Steen, Amberay Molder, and the main attraction “Shane Wooten Band”.  Please remember to bring lawn chairs or blankets.  Also, no coolers or pets will be allowed through the gates. To participate in the parade, or for more information, call City Hall at 352-528-3060.  The deadline for parade entries is Thursday, July 1, at noon.  Anyone interested in having a booth at the park, contact the Williston Chamber of Commerce at  352-528-5552.     July 4   Bronson to celebrate Fourth The Town of Bronson and the Bronson Youth League will team up once again for the 2nd Annual 4th of July Fest at the Bronson Sports Complex on July 4. Festivities will kick off around 4 p.m. with a fireworks display ending the evening around 10 p.m. This will be a fun-filled day for the entire family.  Once again there will be softball pick- up games, a jump house for the kids, horseshoe pitching, music and dancing. There will be a concession stand open to provide food and drinks.  For directions or more information please contact Bronson Town Hall at 352-486-2354.      July 5   Dunnellon Library Friends slash prices The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Book Store will hold a “July Blow-Out” store-wide half-price Book Sale.  The regular low prices of $2 hardcover, $1 large paperback, and 50 cents for paperbacks will all be half-priced beginning Tuesday July 5, thru Saturday, July 10, during regular store hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanks to the wonderful donations from the community, the Friends are able to provide books in all categories – children’s , mysteries, history, computer, self-help, sci-fi, religion/inspirational, books-on-tape, videos, CDs, cassettes, puzzles. The Friends Book Store (inside the Library), located at 20351 Robinson Road (just behind Superior Bank) in Dunnellon, is operated by an all volunteer staff with proceeds benefiting your Dunnellon Public Library by providing book endowments and other enhancements. For more information, contact the library at 438-2520.   July 10   Lighthouse holds open house The lighthouse on Seahorse Key in the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will hold a free open house on July 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The date represents a change from the usual annual opening on July 4. Visitors will have to arrange their own transportation — by private boat or tour boat — for the free event. Activities include touring the observation tower with the spotting scope, visiting the  historic lighthouse and spectacular photo opportunities    Bell WoodTurners hold Demo/Sale Day  The Bell WoodTurners, the north central Florida chapter of the American Association of Woodturners,  is holding their 9th annual Demo/Sale day on July 10 at the Bell Community Center,  Highway 129, in Bell. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and goes till 3 p.m. The group has members from Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, and Levy counties. Admission is free and all attendees receive a free weedpot and are eligible for door prizes. There will be live woodturning demonstrations through the day. Also on display will be replica of a historic bow lathe.  For more information, visit bellwoodturners.com or call 352- 219-5300 or aforneris@yahoo.com. Bell WoodTurners is a registered Florida not-for-profit corporation promoting woodturning education and awareness throughout north central Florida.   Drill team holds fun show The 2010 Summer Buckle Series Fun Show hosted by the Great Adventure Drill Team is free to the public and will be held today,  August 14, and September 11 at 6 p.m. at Twin-T Acres, 2371 N.E. 109th, Bronson. Come watch riders of all ages compete in exciting speed events such as barrels, poles, and a flag race; as well as the hilarious freezie pop race. Concessions are available at the show. For more information, call 352-486-2599 or visit www.greatadventuredrillteam.com.         July 16-17     Open House at Merle Norman The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor an Open House for its new member, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio.  The public is invited to attend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio is located at 1125 N.W. 19th Ave., Chiefland. The Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio specializes in fulfilling  cosmetics needs as well as providing a day spa like experience.            July 24   John Sikorski headlines Haven  Hospice Antique Roadshow Antiques expert John Sikorski, host of the radio show Sikorski’s Attic,  is the headliner for the 4th Annual Haven Hospice Attic Antique Roadshow, on Saturday, July 24, from 2 p.m. to  5 p.m. at the Haven Hospice Attic, 300 NW 8th Ave. in Gainesville. Sikorski will evaluate the items that can bring extra cash  or just let you know what your treasured heirlooms are worth.  Admission to the event is free.  The cost of an evaluation is $10 per item, with a one-item per ticket limit.  Evaluation tickets for a reserved time slot are required and go on sale July 10 at the Haven Hospice Attic in Gainesville.   Participants who have sets for evaluation are asked to bring only one piece as a sample. Coins, firearms, stamps or textiles cannot be evaluated.  Come early to the event and be the first to shop in the Attic’s new Antique Showcase. Like the sales at the store, all Roadshow proceeds will support Haven Hospice’s unfunded patient care, bereavement and community outreach programs.  For more information, please call (352) 378-7484.    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) 463-3135 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 activities   American Legion Post 383 in Old Town has karaoke every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Monthly meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 7 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.   Ombudsman program seeking volunteers       Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program's local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents' concerns. Special training and certification is provided.       All interested individuals who care about protecting the health safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents - who often have no one else to advocate for them - are encouraged to call toll-free 888-831-0404 or visit the program's Web site at http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.   Stitches from Heart helps babies       Stitches From The Heart is a nationwide group of volunteers that love to knit, crochet and quilt for needy babies and children. Unfortunately, many premature babies often go home from hospitals with little or nothing to keep them warm.     They need volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters and hats for babies in need.       These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns are available. Donated yarn is appreciated for our seniors. Stitches From the Heart has donated thousands and thousands of hand-made hats, booties, sweaters and blankets to more than 411 hospitals and charities around the country.       Please call toll free 877-985-9212 or email StitchFromHeart@aol.com or write at 3316 Pico, Santa Monica, CA 90405. The group's Web site is www.StitchesFromTheHeart.org. Stitches From the Heart is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation.   CAAA co-ed softball   CAAA is holding sign-ups for co-ed softball at Strickland Park. Games start June 28. For more information call Mary Ann Wetherington at 221-4984.