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By The Staff

Thursday, Dec. 13

World War II Veterans

All World War II veterans are urged to attend the monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Homestead Restaurant in Fanning Springs.

There will not be a gift exchange but everyone is asked to bring a gift for a child up to the age of 12 years old. A Toys for Tots box will be waiting for the gift drop off.

Betty and Gene Rapp of Haven Hospice will be the guests of the day. They will present veterans who are present with a special lapel pin to honor their military service to the United States.

For more information, call Billie Cooper at 493-9368 or Dot Halvorsen at 542-7697.

Bronson Chamber of Commerce

The Bronson Chamber of Commerce will meet Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Levy County Housing Authority Facility located in Bronson on Pine Street. The Pine Street facility is located between Weeks Car Wash and the Hungry Howie?s Plaza on Alt. 27.

Please plan to attend or send a representative from your business.

Topics that will be discussed will be the future of the Bronson Chamber and address elections/installation of officers.

If you wish to serve on the Board of Directors, please plan to attend.

Levy Fair Meeting

The Levy County Fair Association invites all who wish to join the association and participate in planning to begin by attending the monthly member meetings scheduled to start Dec. 13 (the second Thursday of each month to follow) at 6:30 p.m. at the Williston Community Center, beside Williston City Hall.

Friday, Dec. 14

VFW Craft/Bake Sale

The V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Christmas Craft and Bake Sale Dec. 14-15 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Post Home, 1104 S. Main St., Chiefland.

Santa Photos

Santa Claus will be at Perkins State Bank Bronson, 331 E. Hathaway Ave. on Friday, Dec. 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the main lobby.

The Humane Society of Levy County, Inc. will be there taking pictures for those that would like them. The donation to the society will be $8 or you can just come and talk to Santa.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Food Distribution

SHARE Florida will distribute pre-ordered food packages Saturday, Dec. 15 at First United Methodist Church, Chiefland from 9-10 a.m. All orders are prepaid and must be picked up that morning or those items will be resold.

The basic SHARE package is $18 and a 50 cents transportation charge is assessed for each order.

For more information, call 463-8804.

Shrine Breakfast

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its semi-monthly country breakfast Dec. 15 from 7-10:30 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, coffee and orange juice for $4 per person.

A turkey shoot will take place from 9-11 a.m.. The cost is $3 per shot. Shells are furnished in 12, 16 and 20 gauge.

Rabies Vaccinations

On Saturday, Dec. 15, Levy County Animal Services will host a Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic at the Levy County Animal Services Shelter, 12055 NE. 69th Lane, Bronson, off C335 at the Levy County Landfill from 3-4 p.m.

Rabies vaccinations are needed for the quality of the environment and the protection of pets. Rabies vaccinations will be $10 for dogs and cats. The only rabies vaccinations recognized by the state of Florida are those administered by a licensed veterinarian.

The Humane Society of Levy County is also holding an adoption event that same day at the shelter. There is a variety of cats and dogs for you to choose from.

Remember that your pet?s safety during the holidays is just as important. Take special care with tree decorations and electrical cords for lights.

Table scraps and leftovers can cause upset tummies and/or diarrhea.

Chocolate is often toxic to pets.

Cajun Christmas Festival

The Trenton Community Farmers? Market will host a Cajun Christmas Festival at the historic Trenton Train Depot at the Nature Coast Trailhead on Hwy. 129 Saturday, Dec. 15 from noon-5 p.m.

The Yazoo Kickstarts will perform traditional Cajun dance music and Dave and Marietta Massey will be teaching Cajun dance. There will be Cajun food, and arts and crafts on the platform. Pottery, handspun yarn, wooden toys, creative sewing, and watercolors will be available for early Christmas shoppers.

This event is free to the public. Questions and vendor inquiries should be directed to Ellen at (352) 472-7632 or at paletteable@aol.com .

Winter Arts and Crafts Festival

Rustic Manor will sponsor its first winter arts and crafts festival Dec. 15. The event will be located south of Newberry on 46th Avenue.

Gates are open 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

If you?re interested in a booth, call 472-6810.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Sewing Guild

The Trenton Treadlers Neighborhood Group of the American Sewing Guild will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe in Trenton.

The group will make rice bag warmers and door draft stoppers. Bring your personal sewing tools and a 3-pound bag of rice. Bring your own sewing machine, if you wish. Project materials are provided at no cost.

Instead of door prizes, there will be a wrapped gift exchange. The gifts should not be expensive and should be something you have made.

GOP Christmas Party

Members of the Yankeetown-Inglis Republican Club will hold their Christmas party at the Lions Club on 59th Street, Yankeetown Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The club will provide the ham dinner, with all the trimmings, at no charge.

There will be an exchange of $5 gifts. Women should buy for women and men for men. Santa Claus will be on hand and there will be entertainment.

Call Edith at 447-2622 or Marge at 228-3829 by Dec. 14 so they know how much food to prepare.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Legion Christmas Dinner

The American Legion Jamerson-Sheffield Post 91, Trenton, will have its yearly Christmas Dinner Dec. 20 at the post home located next to the FFA arena on Walker curve on Route 129 north between Trenton and Bell.

The dinner will be from 5:30-7 p.m. with the regularly scheduled meeting to begin at 7 p.m.

The Post will provide the main course but members are asked to bring a covered dish and dessert.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Musical Christmas Program

Dixie Music Center is hosting an Old Town Musical Christmas at their store Saturday, Dec. 22 from 3-5 p.m. on their outdoor stage.

Featured entertainers include the Rick Gordon Band, Polka Dotti and the Polka Dots, Jennifer Rucker Harvard, Gail Rucker Caceres, Linda White, Hardee Myer, Dotti and the Doo Dahs, Claudette Nelson, Kinsey Ward, The Slackers, Jerry Davis and the Old Town United Methodist Choir.

Hot chocolate will also be served and free candy canes for children of all ages.

Bring your lawn chairs and come out and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful Christmas music under the live oak trees. Event is free to all, but there will be boxes set up for non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food bank.

Dixie Music Center is located at 26626 SE Hwy. 19 across from the weigh station in Old Town.

Fruit, Candy Distribution

VFW Post 5625 and its Ladies? Auxiliary will visit neighborhood area and distribute fruit and candy to the community?s children on Saturday, Dec. 22 from noon until 2 p.m.

Upcoming

Organization Class

Central Florida Community College Levy Center will offer a course on overcoming obstacles to organization.

The course, Organizing Begins in the Brain, will be offered 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 and 17 at the Levy Center, 114 Rogers Blvd., Chiefland. The course fee is $25.

The course is for individuals who would like to become organized but consider the task overwhelming. In session one, students will prepare their minds to get organized. Session two will focus on specific strategies.

For more information, call 493-9533.

Ongoing

Christmas Stockings Available

The Relative Caregiver Foundation is looking for 100 children to help this Christmas season.

Relatives raising children, custody, non-custody or adopting out are encouraged to apply for the Christmas giveaway. Other eligible persons include low-income families and parents who are not receiving child support.

Call 535-7748 to pre-register.

Raffle for Hospice

Badcock Home Furniture & More of Chiefland will sponsor its second annual raffle to benefit Haven Hospice.

Tickets to win a Phillips Magnavox large-screen high-definition TV, featuring a 47-inch LCD, are $5 each. They can be purchased at the Badcock store, Hwy. 19 North in Chiefland. A drawing to win the TV will be held Friday, Dec. 21 at the store.

For tickets or more information, call Badcock at (352) 493-4847, or contact Kathleen Bogolea, Haven Hospice associate director of development at (352) 271-4665.

All proceeds will benefit Haven Hospice in the tri-countyarea. The winner need not be present to win.

Tax Aide Volunteers Needed

AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers to train and study in January and then prepare taxes from Feb. 1 through April 15.

Call Bob at 463-8936 or e-mail rcburkhardt@earthlink.net for more information.

TOPS Meeting

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets at St. Alban?s Church north of Chiefland on Hwy. 19 Wednesday at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 542-3131.

Nature Walks

The first Monday of each month is the Nature Walk at the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge.

The walk gets started at 9 a.m. at Refuge Headquarters. These walks will go on each month through May. Every month will bring new birds, wildflowers and butterflies...and sometimes larger animals.

For information call Joan Stephens 352-463-1095.