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Today

Tourism board to meet
The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold its bi-monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.

Friday

Chicken 'n' dumplings at Shrine Club
The Suwannee River Shrine Club  will hold a chicken 'n' dumpling dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. or until the food runs out. Dinner is available to eat in or take out. The suggested donation is $7 for all you can eat. The public is welcome.

Friday-Saturday

Perry Pickin’ In The
Pines Bluegrass Festival
Big Cypress Bluegrass will be performing at the “Pickin’ in the Pines” Bluegrass Festival at the Florida Festival Park in Perry. They will perform on Friday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Saturday

"Kicking Cancer's BUTT!" Poker Run
Austin's Warriors will host "Kicking Cancer's BUTT!" Poker Run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $10 per bike. There will be food, fun and raffles on the trip. Registration starts at BubbaQues in Chiefland at 9:30 a.m. Last Kick Stand Up is at 11 a.m. Stops will be at BubbaQues, Chiefland; City Bar, Trenton; Harley Davidson, Gainesville; Alachua Sports Pub, Alachua; Ellie Ray's River Landing, Branford; and The Bear's Den, Fanning Spring’s Last Bike In is at 4 p.m. For more information, contact austinswarriors@gmail.com.

Sunday

Fish fry honors slain Bronson soldier
AMVETS  Post 88 and Post 444 are partnering to host a fish fry on at noon to honor Army Pfc Jamie Page, a native of Bronson, killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 31. All proceeds will go to his son, Jarod, 3.
You are invited to come and spend a day with AMVETS. There will be horse shoes and entertainment. Post 88 is located next to the race track just east of Bronson on State Road 24. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day.

Withlacoochee Friends host cleanup
The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve  will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. to do some maintenance at the Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown.  The public is welcome to join in keeping the preserve a great place to visit. Bring your garden tools and brooms.  For additional information email Friendswgp@bellsouth.net.
 
Monday

Chiefland poet to sign book
Poet Ruth Nott of Chiefland will speak and hold a book signing at the Taylor County Public Library in Perry, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

September 30

Restoring Florida’s Springs presentation
Dr. Robert L. Knight, director of the Howard T. Odum Springs Institute and president of Wetland Solutions, Inc. , will speak at 7 p.m. on clearly identifying the biggest challenges to Florida springs and share the most promising solutions.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served afterward. The event will be held at Fort White Community Center on State Road 47, about 1 mile north of the U.S. Highway 27 intersection.

                             October 1-5

Citrus Library Friends’ Fall Book Sale
The Friends of the Citrus County Library Fall Book Sale will he held at the Citrus County Auditorium, U.S. Highway 41, next to the Fairgrounds. Sale hours are Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., $5 donation at the door; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., half-price day; and Tuesday. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  The cost is $3 a bag.
Books are grouped into more than 40 categories including mystery-thrillers, Westerns, large print, biography, history, cooking, children’s, classics, religion, romances, gardening, crafts and sewing, self-help, travel and foreign language with special collections like Civil War, Florida, Signed by Author and vintage treasures and Christmas. Offerings include hardcover and paperback books, with most prices ranging from $1 to $3.
Proceeds from the Friends’ semi-annual book sales benefit the Citrus County Library system, For book sale information, call 352-746-1334 or 352-527-8405 or click on  http://foccls.blogspot.com/.    

October 1

VFW menus for October
Friday night dinner menu for October at the VFW Post 5625, 1104 South Main St., Chiefland, has been announced. Dinners are served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the public is welcome.
The menus include:
Oct. 1 —  16 oz T-Bone steak, baked potato, salad, roll and dessert.
Oct. 8 — Pot roast with potatoes, carrots, roll, cole slaw and dessert.
Oct. 15 — Country fried steak, cheese potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert.
Oct. 22 — Corned Beef and cabbage, bread and dessert.
Oct. 29 — Oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and dessert.
Sandwiches are served every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 29, wear your Halloween costume for fun and prizes.

October 2

Get hummingbirds to visit
A Hummingbird Gardening presentation by IFAS will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Cedar Key Library upstairs meeting room. The event is sponsored by the Cedar Key Garden Club and is open to the public.
For more info, call Marci at 813-215-0050 or Roger at 321-698-1688.

October 3

Confederate re-enactors remember soldier
A memorial service for James Simon Bailey, 1839 - 1908, Company G, 60th Regiment, Georgia CSA on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. at Jennings Lake Cemetery.
The Memorial Service will be enacted by John Hance Osteen Camp 770,  Sons of Confederate Veterans of Bell 
Olustee Chapter 2488, the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Lake City Black Hawk Cavalry Chapter 856, and Children of the Confederacy.
Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs.

October 9

‘Sleepy Hollow’ comes to Ocala stage
The College of Central Florida will bring “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to its Ocala Campus stage. The children’s classic will be presented by Virginia-based Theatre IV, which enchanted Ocala audiences with “The Jungle Book” in 2009.
The performance is at 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Tickets are $3 per person and are available through the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810.
This performance was designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, but will also charm  adults. The event is sponsored in part by the CF Foundation Cultural and Performing Arts Series endowment chair.

October 15

Cooter Poker Tournament & Casino Night
Want the fun of Las Vegas but not travel the distance?  Come out to the Cooter Poker Tournament & Casino Night, presented by the Senior Foundation of Citrus County at the Citrus County Resource Center at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. This night of fun will include a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, Black Jack, Craps, Roulette and Slots all done by a professional “Vegas style” host. It will also feature live entertainment and karaoke.  Light hors ‘dourves and refreshments will be available.  The doors will open at 6 p.m. for Casino Play.  The Hold ‘Em tournament will begin at 7:30 p.m. Raffle prizes to include two Carnival Cruises, flat screen TV, theme park tickets, hotel stays, golf packages, night on the town outings, gift cards and much more.  Suggested donations are $50 for Casino Play and $100 for both the Hold ‘Em Tournament & Casino Play.
Advanced purchase tickets are required. They can be purchased at the Resource Center or any Citrus County Chamber of Commerce office. For more information, contact Kathy at 527-5907 or Suzanne at 726-2801. Must be 21 years of age to participate. 

October 14

Williston Library Friends host program
Friends of the Williston Public Library will pay tribute to Hispanic Music Month when it hosts Mariachi Renancer in concert from 7-8:30 p.m.
Mariachi Renancer is a group of eight musicians who have been making music together for over 31 years.
Director Moises Rodrigues is also the owner of Little Friends Daycare Center in Williston.
Dedicated to playing only Christian music with Mariachi style, they travel all over Florida playing churches and select venues.

Southern Heritage Festival,
Cracker Cattle Drive
Hernando Southern Heritage Festival & Cracker Cattle Drive organizers will once again be driving cattle, riding the trail, and living the life of a “cowhunter”. The Drive is a two day trek (optional) through the woods and underbrush. Boots and hats are the traditional dress of the day. Entry Fee for the Cracker Cattle Drive: two day ride, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, with campout, four meals included, $200 per adult and $150 per child 18 and under; one day ride, Saturday, Oct. 23, lunch included, $100 per adult, $75 per child 18 and under. Deadline for sign-up is Oct. 14.
Proceeds from the Southern Heritage Festival & Cracker Cattle Drive benefit the continued restoration and upkeep of the Historic Hernando School. For more information or registration forms please contact Angie Rushton (352) 697-2551 or the Hernando Heritage Council office (352) 419-4857.

October 20
Get a Head Start on Medicare Part D 2011
October is the month SHINE, a volunteer program with thestate Department  of Elder Affairs,  offers to assist you in finding a Medicare Part D Drug Plan for 2011 that is the least expensive for you and will cover your drugs.
Enrollment for Part D begins Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31.  Bring your Medicare Card, your Rx Drug Plan Card and your Rx drug bottles or a printout from your pharmacy of the last 90 days of your drugs.  
SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential counseling on Medicare issues. Come by a site or call 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a volunteer or a site near you.
Shine volunteers will be at the Chiefland Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

October 29-31

It’s Official: “Southern Rock’s Finest” booked for the 2010 Cooter Festival
 
Are you ready to rock out with Sunny Cooter October 29-31, 2010?!?  Here is your chance!  Legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer and Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Artimus Pyle has assembled a troupe of Southern Rock Superstars and former members of super 1970’s bands such as Pure Prairie League, The Outlaws, The Allman Brothers and The Marshall Tucker Band that are sure to entertain the young and old.  The band, “Southern Rock’s Finest”, will perform FREE on Friday evening at the Cooterfest Kick-off Party (downtown) and will be on stage again at Wallace Brooks Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.   VIP Tickets are available for the Friday Night Bash for only $50, which includes all the food, beer, wine and tea you want as well as a designated seating area.
Joining the stage sets will be an energetic new band from Warner Robins Georgia called Not Hollywood. This group has created a unique blend of Southern Rock, Reggae, Alternative Rock and Rap with so many elements that you find yourself wondering where their music will go next. Strong vocals and heavy guitar solos are backed up with a bouncing rhythm. No matter what music you like, it's there.
Also performing Cajun and Zydeco Music will be Lee Wilkeson, son of Skynyrd Bassist Leon Wilkeson, Mitch Simmons and Cajun Dave Becknel from Citrus County’s own Neon Leon's Zydeco Steakhouse.
And do not miss the  largest  traveling Skynyrd memorabilia exhibit including guitars, gold records, stage apparel, rare photos and The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Trophy which will be located in Wallace Brooks Park with Gene Odom, head of security for Skynyrd, plane crash survivor and author of several books and documentaries, available for book signing.
For more information on the entertainment, activities, a Poker & Casino Night, Kick-Off parties and everything Cooter Festival, go to the City of Inverness’ official Cooter Festival website at www.cooterfestival.com or call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at 352-726-2801.
 
Ongoing
 
Operation PETSNIP
A non-profit  spay/neuter clinic is now available to Levy County cats ($40) and dogs ($60) www.nmhp.net  or call: 376-6647.  

Alanon meeting
Alanon meets At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays 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  486-5003.

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.