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Community Calendar, Dec. 30

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Today and Tuesday

Free tutoring twice weekly
The Potter's House is holding free tutoring sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pastor Minnie Hayes is the tutor.
The Potter's House is located at 217 S.W. 4th St., Chiefland. For more information, please call 352-493-0533.

Sunday

Toastmasters & Gavel Club to meet
Toastmasters and Gavel Club Meeting will be held Sunday, Jan. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Cedar Key Library upstairs Meeting Room.
Stretch your horizon in 2011. Join the Cedar Key Gavel Club or the Toastmasters Club. Gavel Club members are under 18 years of age; there are no fees or dues. Toastmasters members are 18 years of age and older. In addition to the public speaking program, new officers will be elected for those positions recently vacated, including a new president replacing Jim Green, a founding member who has relocated to the Gainesville area. Jim remains a supportive member of the Cedar Key Toastmasters. Come learn techniques that enhance your effectiveness. Come check us out and have a Happy New Year. For more information contact Gene Benedict at (352) 949-0411.

Wednesday

Manna from Heaven food pantry
Manna from Heaven Food Pantry is open for pickups from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The coordinator for the Food Bank is Jeannette Doakes who can be reached at 352-490-0819 for additional information.
The Food Pantry’s address is 11030 N.W. 30th Ave. , Chiefland, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church where Donnell Sanders is the pastor. The Food Pantry is for Levy County residents only.  Please bring one form of picture identification to the pickup.
Manna from Heaven Food Pantry is a not-for-profit organization started to feed needy people and improve their lives. 

Potter's House has hot meal
Free hot meals are being served to those in need from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Potter's House, 217 S.W. 4th St., Chiefland.
For more information, please call 352-493-0533.

January 4

USDA commodity distribution in Inglis
The USDA commodity distribution available to all eligible recipients is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Inglis Community Center.
For those who have not registered, certification will be available. For information, please call 352-336-0839.
Other distribution dates and locations are:
n Jan. 8, 2011 -- Chiefland at the First United Methodist Church, 707 Main St.,  from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
n Jan. 11, 2011 -- Williston at the Masonic Lodge from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
n Jan. 12, 2011 -- Bronson at the Agriculture Building, U.S. Highway 27A, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
n Jan. 12, 2011 -- Otter Creek Town Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

January 6

Lion's Club meeting
 The Chiefland Lions Club meets at 5:30 p.m. at Deke's Steakhouse.  The Club's goal is helping the community to see one  pair of glasses at a time. Glasses can be donated at local business and books for ages up to 7 years old can be dropped off at Gatorworks Computers. For more information, please call, 352-463-6440.

January 8

USDA commodity distribution in Chiefland
The USDA commodity distribution is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 707 Main St., Chiefland.
The food is available to all eligible recipients. For those who have not registered, certification will be available. For information, please call 352-336-0839.
Other distributions are as follows:
n Jan. 11, 2011 -- Williston at the Masonic Lodge from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
n Jan. 12, 2011 -- Bronson at the Agriculture Building, U.S. Highway 27A, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
n Jan. 12, 2011 -- Otter Creek Town Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Notes from Cross Creek
Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in  “Notes from Cross Creek”  at 11 a.m. at the Dunnellon Public Library, 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon.
This performance, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library. For more information, call 352-438-2520.
January 11

USDA commodity distribution in Williston
The USDA commodity distribution will be at the Masonic Lodge in Williston from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The food is available to all eligible recipients.
For those who have not registered, certification will be available. For information, please call 352-336-0839.
Other distributions are:
n Jan. 12, 2011 -- Bronson at the Agriculture Building, U.S. Highway 27A, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
n Jan. 12, 2011 -- Otter Creek Town Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

January 12

USDA commodity distribution in Bronson, Otter Creek
The USDA commodity distribution is at the Agriculture Building, U.S. Highway 27A, Bronson from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Creek Town Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The food is available to all eligible recipients. For those who have not registered, certification will be available. For information, please call 352-336-0839.

January 20

Levy County Economic Summit
The Nature Coast Business Development Council, Enterprise Zone Development Agency, College of Central Florida and the Chambers of Commerce in Levy County are hosting an Economic Summit at Bronson High School from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Keynote speaker is Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program, GrowFL.  Popularly known as “economic gardening”, GrowFL offers technical assistance and resources to businesses that have grown beyond the startup phase and need access to information and tools typically available only to larger companies.
The summit will include roundtable discussions designed to lay out the tactics and innovations businesses need right now, such as small business loans and investment capital; sustainable industry trends; training and funding sources; innovative marketing strategies and more.
For more information, contact your local Chamber of Commerce.

January 22-23

Florida Manatee Festival in Crystal River
Two days of fine art, crafts, children games, manatee education, delicious food and lots more will take place at the Florida Manatee Festival in the historic downtown Crystal River Florida. The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, the Crystal River Rotary and the City of Crystal River are proud to host this annual family festival.
The Florida Manatee Festival hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each day will include continuous live entertainment, a Jimmy Buffet sound alike contest, fine art exhibitors, children’ games, a manatee education area, manatee boat tours, a beer and wine garden, and over 150 craft vendors and food booths.  This year will also feature a “Marketplace” for local businesses and non-profit organizations.  The manatee boat tours allow visitors (for a minimum charge) to take a 20-30 minute boat tour to see the manatees and other wildlife.   
A shuttle service will be provided at the Crystal River Mall.  For only $1 per person (round trip), you can beat the traffic and be dropped off right at the event gate. Entry into the event is $3 per person, with children under 12 free.
 For additional information, visit www.citruscountychamber.com. Or, call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at 352-726-2801.

January 24

Guardian ad Litem has January class
Be the person who makes a difference in a neglected or abused child’s life.  Volunteers are everyday people who advocate for the best interest of children in court.  Legal and staff support provided. Application deadline for next class for Gilchrist and Levy Counties is January 24th.  Training will be held in Chiefland.  Call 352-493-6051 for information or go to www.guardianadlitem.org.

Ongoing
Tuesday-Thursday
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.
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.