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 Today

 

Tourism board meeting

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

 

Friday

 

 Chiefland Chamber mixer 

at Edward Jones

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Mixer at Edward Jones of Chiefland. This event is from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Edward Jones office at 220 N. Main St., Chiefland. Chamber members are asked to bring a prospective member.

 

FFA cake auction and 

chili cook-off entry deadline

The Chiefland FFA will have its 2nd Annual Sweetheart Cake Auction and Chili Cook-off Feb. 4 at the Chiefland High School Ag Department.

The cake preview and meal starts at 5:30 p.m.  The cake auction is at 6 p.m. A chili supper will be available for $5.

The chili cook-off contestants need to apply by Jan. 28, and each entrant must submit one gallon of chili and pay a $10 entrance fee. Chili will be placed into one of three categories: Spiciest/Hottest, Most Original and Best Overall.

For more information on how to enter, call 352-493-6035.

All proceeds will benefit the Chiefland FFA chapters.

 

Keeping track of manatees

"Keeping Track of Our Manatee Population" will be presented at 10 a.m. by Joyce Kleen of US Fish & Wildlife Service at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve at the Ellie Schiller Education Center, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. Kleen will talk about aerial manatee survey data, the survey area, how the survey flights are conducted, how the data is used, peak and average counts, statewide manatee surveys, and the new manatee emergency rule. 

 She has worked for USFWS since 1981 as a biological technician, wildlife biologist, and assistant refuge manager.  She has conducted and/or coordinated wildlife surveys for wading birds, waterfowl, deer, black bears, alligators, beach-nesting birds, sea turtles, and manatees. 

 

Saturday

 

Manatee Awareness Month event

Manatee Springs State Park will host a program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of its celebration of Manatee Awareness Month in January. With the cooler weather, the featured guests will be the manatees, along with partners in manatee protection awareness, education and enforcement.

Activities for each Saturday program are free with a paid park admission in January. For more information please call the park at 352-493-6072. For more info, visit  www.floridastateparks.org. 

 

January 29

 

Get to know coastal lowlands of  Big Bend

The Cedar Key Library will host a talk at  10:30 a.m. by Ellen Raabe, a physical scientist with the Coastal and Marine Geology Program at the U.S. Geological Survey in St. Petersburg. She will talk about the unique geology, vegetation, and history of Florida’s Gulf coast lowlands from Franklin to Pasco County. 

 

Spaghetti dinner in Cedar Key

The Cedar Key Women's Club holds it's 25th annual spaghetti dinner  fundraiser at  the Cedar Key Community Center on 6th Street. The menu includes homemade spaghetti sauce, salad, garlic bread, desert and a choice of tea or coffee for $10 per person.

 

February 1

 

Give blood, save lives in Bronson

LifeSouth and the Town of Bronson invite you to be a part of saving lives when they host a blood drive at two locations.  Look for the bloodmobile at the Sheriff’s Office from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and at the Levy County Courthouse at 12:30 - 4 p.m.

Each donor will receive a recognition item and a complimentary cholesterol screening.  Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and have photo I.D.  Donors who are 16 must have a signed parental consent.  For more information, call LifeSouth at 888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org.

 

February 4-5

 

Dudley Farm Historic State Park’s 

Old Fashioned Plow Days

Dudley Farm Old-Fashioned Plow Days will showcase agricultural practices before the tractor and mechanization as highly skilled draft horse and mule teams plow the crop fields in preparation for spring planting.     There will be traditional skills demonstrations, wagon rides and music. The  event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The park is located on State Road 26 (Newberry Road), 4 miles east of Newberry and 7 miles west of I-75 exit 387.  Admission is  $5 per vehicle. For more information call 352-472-1142 or go to www.floridastateparks.org/dudleyfarm.

 

February 5

 

AmVets grand opening

William Crow  AmVets Post 447 in Inglis will have their long-awaited grand opening on Saturday, Feb 5.  There will be food, door prizes and a drawing every 30 minutes for a free drink and entertainment. For more information, call 352-447-4473.

 

Learn about sharks in the Gulf

"Sharks of the Gulf of Mexico" will be presented by Robert E. Hueter, Ph.D, director of the Center for Shark Research of Mote Marine Laboratory at 10 a.m. at the Ellie Schiller Education Center, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. Hueter will also lead a discussion on the shark nursery areas off the Withlacoochee River, whale sharks in the Gulf, and other research being conducted at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.

He is senior scientist and director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, designated a national research center by Congress in 1991. Hueter has studied sharks for 37 years and has published more than 150 scientific articles and reports on sharks, and has edited four volumes on shark biology.  

 

Williston library friends book sale

Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold the February First Saturday Book Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 5 in the City Hall Community Center.

There will plenty of books to choose from because there has not been a book fair since early December. Prices are $1 for hardbacks, 50 cents for softbacks, 25 cents for paperbacks, $1 for tapes and videos and 10 cents for magazines.

All proceeds go to the library for items, books and  events.

For more information, call Mary McDaniell, 528-5972.

 

Silver Prom

The Levy County Fair Association will present The 2011 Silver Prom Saturday, Feb. 5 from 6:30–11 p.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be free champagne at 8 p.m. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $15 for singles, $25 for couples.

Call 352-528-2518 for tickets, which are also available at the door.

 

February 9

 

Springs working group meets

Everyone is welcome to the meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Tommy Usher Pineland Community Center in Chiefland. Topics for the meeting include commercial forest management and springs protection with Ken Griner of Usher Land & Timber, the benefits of rotational grazing dairies with Alliance Dairies, and mapping underwater caves of Manatee Spring with underwater cave explorer Mike Poucher. 

There will be a field trip from 3:30-5 p.m. at Manatee Spring for a walk through the woods above the underground caves that lead to Manatee Spring, guided by Mike Poucher. 

For more information contact Carol_Lippincott@cox.net or (352) 377-8693.

 

February 14

 

Have Valentine's at St. John's

Treat your Valentine right by going to the St. Vincent de Paul spaghetti supper at St. John the Evangelist Catholic church from 5-7 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread and delicious homemade desserts, even some low in sugar, all for the cost of a bag of nonperishable foods for the community food shelf. For directions and just to be sure there is enough food, please call 352-949-3607 for reservations.

 

February 14-19

 

Dunnellon library friends 

hold book lover's sale

Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Book Store at 20351 Robinson Road (just behind Sweet Bay) in Dunnellon, will hold a one-week Valentine’s Book-Lover’s Book Sale with all books going for half-price. The sales starts Monday, Feb. 14  and runs through Saturday, Feb. 19.  Store hours are weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All sales benefit the Dunnellon Public Library. For more information, call 352-438-2520

 

February 19

 

Levy County African American Festival

An African American festival will take place in Bronson on Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 66 W. Main St.

There will be food, vendors and entertainment.

For more information contact Katherine Manuel at 352-213 6824.  Interested vendors can contact Lillian at 352-486-6077, Beatrice at 352-642-2603 or Mary Joe at 352-221-5285.

 

March 5

 

 Cruzin’ for Kidz’ Motorcycle Ride 

The Third Annual  Cruzin’ for Kidz’ Motorcycle Ride will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williston Elementary.

This is a fund-raising event supports the school Safety Patrols' trip June 21-25 to Washington, D.C.

Registration is 8:30-9:45 a.m. and kickstands go up at 10 a.m. Lunch is available upon return to the school.

For more information, call Lisa Posteraro at 352-528-6030 or 352-339-1201 or e-mail wescruizinforkidz@yahoo.com.

 

April

 

Vendors sought for 

Green Thumb Plant Show

Plans are underway for the 4th annual Green Thumb Plant Show in Dunnellon’s Historic Village.  The event is slated for Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along West Pennsylvania Ave., Cedar and Walnut Streets and on the lawns, porches and parking lots of local shops and cafes.

Approximately 40 vendors participated in last year’s show which featured native plants, herbs, trees, shrubs, woody ornamentals, succulents, flowering plants which attract butterflies and hummingbirds, orchids, lillies, vegetables, worm castings, clay pots, UV gardening hats, tropical lava plants, palms, bamboo and more. Several agencies educated festival goers with literature about our aquifer, fertilizer recommendations, soil testing and other county extension services and more. Several local garden clubs also participate in an effort to tell residents about membership opportunities, to sell their local garden guides and tickets to upcoming garden tours, etc.  

Vendor spaces are $40, if the application received before March 9.  Information only booths are free.  The event is sponsored by the Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon.  For more information please contact Nancy at 352-208-6789 or myers10925@bellsouth.net.   

 

Ongoing:

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

 

Walking club

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.  

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).  For more information, visit 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.