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Master Gardener Winter Meeting is Dec. 3

Interested in finding out about the University of Florida Master Gardener program? Want to learn about sustainable, Florida-friendly gardening and landscaping practices? 

You are invited to the Winter speaker meeting and luncheon, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, City Hall Auditorium Fanning Springs, 17651 N.W. 90th Court, Fanning Springs.  Please bring a covered dish to share. 

For more information, call Levy County Extension, 486-5131.




Chiefland Christmas Festival & Parade

The 2010 Chiefland Christmas Festival & Parade theme is "Let It Snow" and will begin at 6 p.m. after a full day of events in downtown Chiefland at the historic train depot, Trailhead Park and the surrounding area on US Highway 19 South.

The Festival will begin at 10 a.m. with arts and crafts, music and song, and activities for children. The lighted parade will be followed by the evening celebration that includes the lighting ceremony, caroling and visits with Santa.

Non-profit groups are invited to sell food items or crafts for fundraising. Choirs, musicians and other entertainers are invited to perform. Local businesses are reminded to enter the storefront lighting and decorating contest.

For further information or registration forms please call the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce at 352-493-1849 or visit our website at www.chieflandchamber.com.


The Great Suwannee River Clean-up

The historic river‘s loving fans have been working their way from Georgia since September and now it's up to folks to gather at Fanning Springs at 10 a.m. to finish the cleanup from Camp Azalea, through the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, to the town of Suwannee. 

It's the final 20 miles. To help and reserve your T-shirt, call 493-0238, ext. 223, or e-mail the Ranger at pam_darty@fws.gov


Old St. Nick Gift Headquarters 

Visit the Cedar Key community center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for one-of-kind shopping. Local artists and craft vendors will be offering their goods, and food will be available from the Cedar Key Woman's Club.


Cowboy Church hosts Kids Ranch Rodeo

Please announce that Cross Brand Cowboy Church will be hosting the Kids Ranch Rodeo at the Williston man's Park Sat. at 4:00p.m Sign up is at 3. Kids 12 and under are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Ginny Keith at 352-221-4951.



Old Town UMC cookie walk

The Old Town United Methodist Women will hold a Cookie Walk on from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Cookie Walk is where you purchase a cookie tin in the size you wish to fill and with a gloved hand you walk past tables of fancy cookies and fill your tin with the cookies of your choice.

These funds are used to support mission projects locally, nationally and around the world. The church is near the traffic light in Old Town.


Williston FOL book sale

Friends of the Williston Public Library will have its December First Saturday Book Fair, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Williston City Hall Community Center. This will be the last book fair before Christmas and will be an excellent opportunity to pick up a book or two for gifts for your friends who are readers. Book lovers love used books as long as they are clean and in good shape and if  covers, pages and bindings are whole and firm. Some books are new or barely held. Tapes and videos and puzzles are also available and everything is very low priced.

There is no book fair in January. This will be the last time to stock up on books before February.




Toastmasters, Gavel Club meeting

The Toastmasters and Gavel Club will meet  at the Cedar Key Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m. Young people of Levy County have an unique opportunity to participate in leadership growth and public speaking as members of the Gavel Club. There are no fees or dues. We encourage the youth of Levy County to join us.

Gavel Club members are under the age of 18. Toastmaster members are 18 years of age and over. Potential members and visitors are welcome.

For the past several meetings we have had at least two prepared speeches per meeting. Members learn techniques that enhance effectiveness.

Stretch your horizon. Join the Cedar Key Gavel Club or the Toastmasters Club.




Coping with the holidays after a loss

Haven Hospice is holding a support program, Coping with the Holidays after a Loss, to help you on your journey toward healing.

Please note that date, time and location is subject to change and will be confirmed when you call to register. While the sessions are free, you must register to attend.

The programs will be at Haven Hospice Tri-Counties, 311 N.E. 9 St. Chiefland, on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec.14, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. 

For more information or to register, please contact Alesha Smith at 352-493-2333.



December 11


Cookies by the ton

Turning Point Ministries Inc. will hold it's third annual  Cookies By the Ton Sale between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.   The sale will be held at Turning Point, 16750 NW 60th Avenue, (Dairy Road),Trenton.                                                                                                              

The Turning Point Elves  have been busy baking and decorating cookies for your buying pleasure.  Cookies will be sold by weight and the customer will able to select their own.

All proceeds will be directed towards ministries of the church.


Methodist Women Holiday Bazaar 

The Cedar Key Methodist Women will host their Holiday Bazaar. Baked goods, crafts, and cookie walk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch also available: choice of beef stew or chili for $10, kids 12 and under $6.


Lighted Boat Parade, Santa Clam, Community Night 

Start the evening out by watching the boats of Cedar Key decorated and lit as they follow a water course around the back of Dock Street. When the parade ends at City Park, visit with Santa Clam and enjoy a community-wide potluck. Bring a covered dish if you can. And If not - come anyway.


December 16


Cedar Key recognizes contributions

The City of Cedar Key will hold its annual Holiday Gathering to recognize the efforts of all the City Boards, Committees, Staff, Volunteers, Contractors and Consultants.  The event will be upstairs at the Library from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.





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.


Lunch at Shrine Club

Lunch is being served every day, except on Thanksgiving, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Suwannee River Shrine Club, located 1/2 mile east of Fanning Springs on State Road 26. The menu includes burgers, hotdogs and chili. 

Proceeds benefit the club and are not tax deductible.


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. 

Heart of the Hammock Humane Society

The  Heart of the Hammock Humane Society, located in the old Carr's Furniture building at 9599 N.E. County Road 349, is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Donated items that include furniture, household goods and wearing apparel are for sale on site.  With new items arriving daily there are always great bargains to be found.  Donated items can be dropped off at the building or calling to arrange a pick up.  You may also call to have any unsold items from your yard/garage sale picked up.   For additional information please call 352-542-1617 or 356-542-1077. 


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.