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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

Thursday, Jan. 31

Tourist Council Meeting

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will meet Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at the Visitors Bureau Office, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

Call 486-3396 for more information.

Suwannee Poets

Suwannee River Poets will meet Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 6591 N. W. 140th St., Chiefland.

Meetings are always the last Thursday night of each month. Visitors and new members are always welcomed.

For more information, call Ruth Nott at 490-7650.

Friday, Feb.1

CFCC Homecoming

Central Florida Community College will celebrate its 50th anniversary homecoming on Friday, Feb. 1.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. beside the softball field on the CFCC Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Alumni and their families are invited to the event, which will include a bon fire, barbecue and fireworks. There is no charge to attend.

The event is sponsored by the CFCC Alumni Association and Student Life. For information or to reserve your space, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1436.

Saturday, Feb.2

Spaghetti Dinner

It's that time of year to travel to Italy, Woman's Club style, for the annual spaghetti dinner. As usual the sauce is made from the old family recipe of the Woman's Club "sisters." The pasta is cooked to al dente perfection. The salad ingredients are fresh from the garden and tossed with love. The coffee and tea is brewed with precision. And the desserts will have you yelling, "Mama Mia!"

Dinner will be served in Little Italy, better known as the Cedar Key Civic Center, formerly the Lions Club, on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5 until 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Curmudgeonalia on 2nd Street, at the door, or from Cedar Key Woman's Club members.

The Woman's Club works with various community groups and raises money for local projects, such as the Cedar Key School scholarship fund and "Support our Troops."

Shriner Breakfast

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its semi-monthly country breakfast Feb. 2 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, coffee and orange juice for $5 per person.

A craft sale will also take place.

Bluegrass Pickin'

Otter Springs RV Resort will host bluegrass music Saturday, Feb. 2, beginning at 6 p.m.

The music will take place inside the lodge.

For more information, contact Cloud Haley at 284-0668 or Mr. Stacy at 386-935-3337.

.Divorced Parents Class

The Levy Center of Central Florida Community College will offer Parent Education and Stabilization training on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The course is required by state law for divorcing parents who have children in the home.

The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Levy Center, 114 Rodgers Blvd. in Chiefland. The training covers legal issues, emotional issues for parents and children, family relationships, financial responsibility to the child, and issues regarding spousal or child abuse.

The fee is $34 and must be paid at the time of registration. The deadline for enrollment is noon on Thursday, Jan. 31. You must provide case number and judge's name at registration.

To register, visit the Levy Center or call 352-493-9533.

Star Party

The Cedar Key Star Party is set for Saturday, Feb. 2-9.

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.

Monday, Feb. 4

Relative Caregiver Meeting

Representatives from Grand Families, a not-for-profit organization that helps grandparents raise children will be at Spring Ridge Church of God, 5529 NE 52nd Place, High Springs, at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb.4,

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Kim Weise at 535-7748 or e-mail rcaregiv@aol.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

AARP Meeting/Luncheon

The February meeting of AARP will be Tuesday, Feb 5. at 10:30 a.m. at St. Albans church, located four miles north of Chiefland on the east side of Hwy. 19.

Lunch follows the meeting. The club provides coffee and the meat. Visitors and guests are asked to bring a covered dish and your place setting. Come and bring a friend.

Saturday, Feb. 9

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.

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.

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 designed for people who want to get healthy and lose weight but need assistance and support.

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 meet 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.

The Humane Society of United States will have its specialized Rescue Rig, a tractor trailer, outfitted for disasters.

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 "County Cousin Don" and Chris Cagel.

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

Upcoming

Dance Lessons

Square dancing and line dancing instruction will begin at the Chiefland Senior Center on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. after the first of the year.

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.

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 participate 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

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.