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 Today

  Karaoke at the Spirit  of the Suwannee  The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) hosts Elvis Tribute Artist and karaoke king Ted “Teddy Mac” McMullen every Monday and Thursday, starting at 5 p.m. The music begins at 7 p.m. The SOS Café and Restaurant is also open and serving. Admission is $5 and the fee can be applied against the food and beverage tab. People of all ages can take  part in the casual evening  events. The SOSMP is located in Live Oak, at 3076 95th Drive, 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. For more information call 386-364-1683, go to the website at www.musicliveshere.com or email spirit@musicliveshere.com.   Friday   VFW sells Friday  dinners The VFW Post No. 5625,  1104 S. Main St., Chiefland, is hosting Friday Night Dinners from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Friday's menu is a 16-oz. T-bone steak, baked potato, salad, roll and dessert. Menus for the following Fridays are:  July 9, all-you-can-eat fried fish, hush puppies, cole slaw, baked beans, cheese grits and dessert; July 16, country fried steak, mashed potatoes w/gravy, english peas, salad, roll and dessert. July 23, spaghetti and meat balls, salad, bread and dessert. July 30, baked ziti, salad, garlic bread and dessert. The club also serves sandwiches every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.    Saturday   Shrine club meeting The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold it’s semi-monthly country breakfast July 3, 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. Sunday--July 4th   U.S. Victory Museum open U.S. Victory Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 4th of July.  It is located in Archer, 20 minutes from U.F. There will be directional signs to the museum posted at the stoplight on SR 24 and SR 41. New exhibits and a 1.5 million-dollar collection is for public viewing. Entry fee is $5 per person but no one is turned away. God bless America.   Monday    Karaoke at the Spirit  of the Suwannee  The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) hosts Elvis Tribute Artist and karaoke king Ted “Teddy Mac” McMullen every Monday and Thursday, starting at 5 p.m. The music begins at 7 p.m. The SOS Café and Restaurant is also open and serving. Admission is $5 and the fee can be applied against the food and beverage tab. People of all ages can take  part in the casual evening  events. The SOSMP is located in Live Oak, at 3076 95th Drive, 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. For more information call 386-364-1683, go to the website at www.musicliveshere.com or email spirit@musicliveshere.com.   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.   Tuesday   Constitution discussion A U.S. Constitution discussion group is meeting on Tuesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Anyone interested will learn more about our Constitution, what it says, what it means and how if affects our lives. Concord Baptist Church is located at 5551 NW CR 336. For more information, please call 352-490-7924.   July 8   Friends of the Chiefland Library meet 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 N.E. 3rd St., Chiefland (behind City Hall), at 11 a.m. For an agenda, email tomreitz@msn.com. The Friends supports the Callaway Public Library by promoting the Library’s programs and resources, and through fund-raising projects to purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment.  Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting.  For further information, call Friends President Tom Reitz at 493-1896 or 949-5413.   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 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.   Reagan Republicans meet   The Ronald Reagan Republican Assembly, West Central Florida Region, Inc., Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion, Pasco & Sumter Counties, will meet at 1 p.m. at 938 N. Suncoast Blvd. (Hwy 19) in the South Square Plaza. Patty Adams, certified by FEMA/Homeland Security., will conduct the FEMA Disaster Preparedness Training Session, open to the public. Please call 212-6000 to reserve a course Information Kit  that is free. Subjects covered will be: "How to Prepare a Family Survival Kit," and preparing for emergencies including hurricane, fire, flood, tornado, earthquake, and hazardous spill or release. President Renee McPheeters will report the Assembly Project — Proclamations Protecting Children from Child Pedophiles and the 9-11-01 Memorial Never Forget Homecoming Event scheduled for Sept. 11  next to Crystal River City Hall. An Endorsement Convention for the R.R.R.A. West Central Florida Region will also be held for the August 24th Republican Primary. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 352- 257-5381.   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.