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  Wednesday    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: n  Chiefland Senior Center on Wednesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 18. n Trenton Library, Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 25.   n Cross City Library, Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25.   August 19   Chiefland middle School  Meet and Greet Our Meet and Greet will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19. Students and Their families are encouraged to meet teachers and staff members while getting to know the layout of the school. School starts from 8:10 a.m. to 2:43 p.m., Monday, Aug. 23. Please note the new school hours. All seventh grade students are required to have updated immunization records on file prior to the first day of school. For more information or questions, please contact the school nurse at 493-6008. On Thursday, Sept. 2, we will hold our annual Open House from 6-8 p.m. We will provide information about CMS and the 2010-2011 school year. Our book fair will be open for students and parents to shop.   August 20   VFW Rebel Post 5625 Veterans of Foreign Wars Rebel Post 5625 in Chiefland menus for Friday dinner is country fried steak, cheese potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert. The menu for Aug. 27 is Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread and dessert August 21   Shrine Club breakfast The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its 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: n  Trenton Library, 10 a.m. to noon. n  Cross City Library, 2 to 4 p.m.   August 26   Springs working group meeting Everyone is welcome to the meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group 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 health effects on humans and aquatic animals due to elevated nitrate in groundwater and springs; improving manatee access to Fanning Spring; options for use of nitrate-rich effluent from the proposed wastewater treatment facility for the City of Fanning Springs, and springs protection and the feasibility assessment of the Nature Coast Regional Water Authority.  For more information, please call 377-8693.   September 4-6   AMVETS host Labor Day events The Sons of AMVETS will be hosting a car show on Saturday, Sept. 4, with registration starting at  9 a.m.  There will be trophies, raffles, food and drink as well as entertainment all day. On Sunday, Sept. 5, the AMVETS Post 44 will host a Karaoke contest with A Touch of Class and Carol Perkins as emcee.  There will be cash prizes, raffles, food and drink. Ladies Auxiliary will host a Pool Tournament on Monday, Sept. 6, with registration at noon and play beginning at 1 p.m. The competition will use APA rules and is open to skill levels under 7. There is a $5 entry fee, single elimination, with guaranteed $100 added for a 16-player field.  There will also be raffles, food and drink available. The post is open to the public all three days. For more information, please call, 352-486-6844   September 18   Author to speak, sign books Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library will host author/speaker, Art Adkins, the 2008 award-winning author of The Oasis Project, on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dunnellon Public Library Meeting Room. Adkins, a lieutenant on the Gainesville Police Department, oversees the crime analysis unit and crime prevention program.   The library is located at 20351 Robinson Ave., Dunnellon. For more information, please call Ginny Julavits at 438-2530.   Ongoing   Alanon meeting Alanon meets Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. at Chiefland Methodist Church, North Main Street. For more information, please call 1-800-851-1795.   Jackpot Bingo Landrum Memorial American Legion Post 236 is having Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Friday. Post 236 is located at 9550 NE Alt. Hwy. 27, Bronson. For more information, call  325-486-5003.   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 starting at 5 p.m. every Monday and Thursday. 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 at 3076 95th Drive in Live Oak, 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 online to 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 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.on Thursdays, 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 at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. 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 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Both men and women are welcome.   Rotary Clubs Chiefland Rotary meets at noon on Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s on Main 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 from 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Monday of the month. 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.