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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

Today

Tourist council meets

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have their bi-monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at: 

Levy County Visitors Bureau

620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson

The meeting is open to the public.

Friday

VFW dinner

The VFW Post No. 5625, 1104 S. Main St., Chiefland, is hosting Friday Night Dinners from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On the menu is baked ziti, salad, garlic bread and dessert.

The club also serves sandwiches every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday

SHARE Distribution

SHARE Distribution for the tri-county area will take place at the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church in Chiefland, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Participants are asked to be prompt in picking up prepaid orders.  During distribution, individuals may order and pre-pay for the month of August.  Many food items will be available for ordering. 

SHARE is a food buying service that helps stretch a family's food budget.  It is not a charity, so if you like bargains, come to SHARE and discover the savings. More information is available by coming to the distribution site or by calling 325-463-8804.

National Dance Day at Santa Fe

This is a free event open to all dancers at the intermediate/advanced level in the Dance Studio, E-109. There will be free pizza and soda provided from 11 to 11:50 a.m. The schedule is as follows: noon to 12:50 p.m.  - Modern Dance with Mandy Cox; 1-1:50 p.m. - Capoeira; 2-2:50 p.m. - Hip Hop with Herman Ramos; and 3-3:50 p.m. - African Dance with Mohamed DaCosta.

Please RSVP to the event or to Alora Haynes through Facebook or email to alora.haynes@sfcollege.edu.

Sunday

Toastmasters and Cedar Key

Gavel Club meet

The Toastmasters and Cedar Key Gavel Club will meet  at 4 p.m.,  Aug. 1, at the Cedar Key Library Meeting Room.

The Toastmasters meetings will precede the Gavel Club meetings. Gavel Club members are 18 years old or younger, and Toastmasters members are 18 years and up. Non-members and potential members are welcome and encouraged.

For information, contact Gene Benedict at 352-949-0411. The club will also be meeting on Aug. 15.

August 5

Weight Watchers free seminar

Terri Tuttle, the new Weight Watchers leader for Levy County, is hosting a free healthy eating seminar at 5:30 p.m. Individuals who have the desire to eat healthy can attend "Easy Healthy Eating Tips and Cooking Demo" sponsored by Weight Watchers in the Central Florida Electric Cooperative Drive Thru.  You do not have to be a Weight Watchers member to attend. For more information, call Tuttle at 352-275-1211.

August 6

Free bus to Walmart from Bell, Trenton

A free shuttle bus runs on the first Friday of each month from locations in Bell and Trenton.  Call 463-6646 for more information.

August 7

Shrine Club breakfast

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold it’s semi-monthly country breakfast 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.

August 14

Second Annual Suwannee River Cleanup

The Second Annual Suwannee River Cleanup sponsored by Pure Water Wilderness, will start at 9 a.m. and end  about 2 p.m.  Volunteers will be cleaning the area from Hart Springs to Hinton Landing  with a free lunch for all participants and some nice prizes.

The event is co-sponsored by Progress Energy and Quit-Doc. A limited number of canoes are available for use by participants, or bring your own. 

Volunteers must call (352) 463-3467 to reserve and register.

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 on Aug. 14, and again on Sept. 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.

August 18

SHINE volunteers can find Medicare answers

Seniors with questions about options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, disability, supplemental insurance, Part D prescription drug plans, or Medicare billings can find answers with the help of SHINE volunteers.

SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provides one-on-one counseling. SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance.  If you cannot come to a site, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a SHINE Volunteer.  SHINE will be at the following locations on these dates:

•  Chiefland Senior Center on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

• Trenton Library, Wednesday, Aug. 25,  10 a.m. to noon

• Cross City Library, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2 to 4 p.m.

August 21

Shrine Club breakfast

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold it’s semi-monthly country breakfast  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.

August 25

SHINE volunteers can find

Medicare answers

Seniors with questions about options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, disability, supplemental insurance, Part D prescription drug plans, or Medicare billings can find answers with the help of SHINE volunteers.

SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provides one-on-one counseling. SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance.  If you cannot come to a site, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a SHINE Volunteer.  SHINE will be at the following locations on these dates:

•  Chiefland Senior Center on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

• Trenton Library, Wednesday, Aug. 25,  10 a.m. to noon

•  Cross City Library, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2 to 4 p.m.

Ongoing

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 to 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.

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. 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.onThursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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 to raise 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 onMain Street in 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 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Chiefland on Mondays. 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 holds educational and fun meetings, workshops, crafts sessions, create caps and lap blankets, and more, 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 fourth 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 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.