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Nature Coast Business Development Council meeting

The Nature Coast Business Development Council, Inc. will have a special meeting at 9 a.m. today at 660 East Hathaway Ave, Bronson, 32621. The Meeting is open to the public.


Through Wednesday


Heart of the Hammock 

Humane Society yard sale

A large part of Heart of the Hammock's funding is generated through the sale of generously donated items that are part of the yard/bake sale being held through Oct. 13 at the old Carr's Furniture Building, 9599 N.E. County Road 349, about nine  miles north of the Old Town traffic light. Many beautiful, useful and collectible items will be up for sale with all  proceeds going directly towards the creation and funding of the project, and ultimately the animals.  For additional information please call 352-542-1617 or 356-542-1077.




Charity yard sale

First Baptist Church of Chiefland is having a huge yard sale to raise money for the food pantry and clothes closet. There will have many items for sale, free coffee, and great fellowship. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 




Workshop on 

    feeding North       Florida birds

UF/IFAS Levy County Extension presents the first in the Homeowner Gardening for Wildlife series – Providing Food for North Florida birds. Fall and winter present opportunity to take up a popular and growing pastime, bird watching. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Levy County Extension office, 625 N. Hathaway Ave.,   U.S. Highway 27A, Bronson.

Emma Willcox, UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Agent, Wildlife/Natural Resources will discuss attracting birds of North Florida with native plantings and supplemental food sources. Tips on plant selection, based on your landscape, and a tour of the demonstration garden will illustrate an integrated approach to home landscaping that may provide food for birds and other wildlife visitors. 

This free course and demonstration are sponsored by Nature Coast Master Gardeners and Southwest Florida Water Management District. Light refreshments will be served. Offered free of cost but space is limited – pre-register by calling toll free 866-542-4496. To register or for more information, call Barbara Edmonds, toll-free 866-542-4496 or email  savemygarden@gmail.com.




Deadline today to order 

Woman's Club sweets

'Serve it up' summarizes the Cedar Key Woman's Club roster of events for the upcoming year.   

Back by popular demand, Woman's Club members will serve luscious, strawberry shortcake with whipped cream topping Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Seafood Festival.   

For those businesses or individuals entertaining out of town visitors that weekend, CKWC festival cakes may now be ordered by calling Jan Hendrix (543-6837) by today.

For a donation of $20 each, serve up a homemade dessert.

Proceeds go toward CKWC community service projects.


Legion holds indoor yard sale

American Legion Auxiliary No. 91 will hold its semi-monthly fundraising effort, the Inside Sale, seeking only cash donations from 8 a.m. to noon.

The group is receiving donated items all the time and buyers cannot beat the price. The Post is located by the FFA Arena on State Road 129 and County Road 307 between Trenton and Bell. For more information, please call 352-463-3901.


 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.




Aquatic jewels in Old Town

Pelican Bay Island, a 5-acre spread owned by Johnny and Martha Foster in Old Town is open for the Nature’s Coast 10th Annual Koi & Goldfish Show this weekend. Koi can be one of the world’s most expensive pets going for as much as  $20,000. But the average koi sells for $25 to $100. 

Admission to the water garden tour is free and there is plenty of parking. Hours for the show are Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Directions to Pelican Bay Island: Head north on County Road 349, five miles from the light in Old Town, and look for the signs. 

For more information, call Johnny at 542-8925.




Old fashion community pot luck, 

open house     

The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club would like to invite the communty to an Open House, Pot Luck and Neighborhood Social.  Stop by the Clubhouse on 56th Street in Yankeetown, from 1p.m. to 3 p.m.  After eating, there will be scrapbooks to check and take a trip down memory lane for some great history of Yankeetown and Inglis. Or, just enjoy visiting with neighbors. The Woman's Club will provide hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks for everyone bringing a covered dish to share.  The Thrift Store will be open for shopping.  




Real Florida gardening comes to Suwannee

There is a lot of talk these days on using native plants for our Florida Landscapes.  If the right Native plants are chosen they are drought tolerant so they save water and they will thrive in our hot humid summers and they are gorgeous unique plants.  Would you love to learn more about Florida’s native plants? Or do you already know about Florida’s native plants and would just like to meet others with the same passion? Or would you like to get involved helping those in the community around you understand the importance of preserving all our wonderful native plants? The Florida Native Plant Society(non-profit group) is starting a chapter in southern Suwannee County. All Native Plant Society meetings are open to the public participants do not have to live in the county where the meetings are held.  

Come to our "Meet & Greet" at The Gathering Cafe, 26804 State Road 247, Branford, at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Betsy Martin at 386-935-2453 or Carol Sullivan at 364-9309.


Chiefland HCE  meeting

The Chiefland Home and Community Education Club will meet at the Hide-a-Springs Club house.  Lunch  will be at noon.  The meeting will follow.

Several members who attended the HCE State Conference in Altamonte Springs, will share the enrichment programs presented at the Conference.  The club's meetings are not only informative, but also fun with mystery trips, pool parties and occasional meetings at restaurants.

The club is continuing the workshops to make items for several worthwhile organizations.  From the fund raiser held earlier this year, it was decided to donate to the Children's Table, Ronald McDonald House and Tri-County Outreach.  Other donations will be made at a later date.

Anyone interested in further information may contact Caroline Norton (353) 490-5437.

The Chiefland Home and Community Education Club is affiliated with the UF IFAS County Extension, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).


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 15

ABC Kindergarten & KinderCare ribbon cutting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a ribbon cutting for one of its newest members ABC Kindergarten & KinderCare. on Friday, Oct. 15, at noon. The public is invited to welcome ABC Kindergarten & KinderCare to the community. It is located at 2510 N.W. 15th Lane, Chiefland. 


October 18


Joppa Baptist Church will hold this year's Fall festival, Saturday, Oct 23rd from 5-8pm on the church grounds.  This is a fun event for the whole family.  There will be hay rides, game booths, cake walk, music, food, and more.  Joppa Church is located at 7530 NW 165th St in Fanning Springs. 



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.


Octber 21


Bronson HCE (Homemakers) will have their monthly meeting o at 9:30 at the Levy County Extension Office. New members are welcome. For more information call Dee Olsen at 486-2319.

The Bronson Home and Community Education Club is affiliated with the IFAS UF Levy County Extension. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.


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.


October 30

Bronson Homemakers yard sale

Bronson Home and Community Educators (HCE), also known as the Homemakers is having their 2nd annual yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Levy County Extension Office at 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.







Every Tuesday and Thursday is a Walking Club at 7:30 a.m, behind the Chiefland Middle School at the Delma Locke Park.  Everyone is welcome to come, especially beginners.  I

For more information, please contact Swain Strickland at the Levy County Health Department at 352-486-5300.


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.