Community Calendar for January 9

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Vets group meets in Williston

All WWII Vets and Proud of it will meet today at the Ivy House in Williston at 11:30 a.m. Bring your spouse, a fellow Veteran or care giver and join us. Hope to see you there. 

For more information, call Virginia L. Lewis at 352-528-2310.


Library friends meet

The Friends of the Luther Callaway  Public Library (FLCPL), the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System, will hold their monthly meeting at the Library, 104 NE 3rd Street, Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m. today.  The FLCPL supports the Luther Callaway Public Library. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting.  

For more information, call FLCPL President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413.


Flood mitigation grants meeting

The bureau of mitigation will hold a workshop today at the Inglis Town Hall, 135 Highway 40 W, at 2 p.m., on flood mitigation grants for property owners.




First Friday for seniors

The first Friday of every month  The Suwannee Adult Residence and Wellness Center  Offers SALT (Senior Adult Life Tapestry) Scrapbooking from 1 to 3 p.m. at Suwannee Bell, (Free scrapbook unless you want your own large SALT scrapbook). For more info contact Annette Derks at 352-535-7681, Suwannee Bell, 282 S.E. 989th St., Fanning Springs.




Food distribution

The Food For Life/Children's Table food distribution will begin at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a requested donation of $3.50.  This program is open to everyone.  Bags are provided, but you can bring your own. 




Gail Carson Trio in Dunnellon

The Will McLean Foundation begins the new year with the Gail Carson Trio at the first 2014 Sunday Sampler performance on Jan. 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St., Dunnellon.




Bronson town charter workshop

The Town Council will be meeting at Town Hall at 5 p.m. Jan. 13, to discuss matters associated with updating the town's charter.


Suwannee Valley Players 

monthly meeting

Join SVP Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. for its monthly theatre meeting. Members will be discussing current topics with the theatre and upcoming shows. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and no theatre/acting experience is necessary. Please note that the monthly general membership meeting will now be held on the second Monday of the month instead of the third Monday. The meeting is held at the Chief Theatre at 25 E. Park Ave,, Chiefland. 

For more information, leave a message by calling 352-493-ARTS or email SuwanneeValleyPlayers@gmail.com or visit the SVP website SVPlayers.org or follow them on Facebook.


Packing Light for 

Backpacking and Hiking

The Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 13 at the Suwannee River Water Management District Office from 7 - 9 p.m., located on US 90 and CR 49, 2 miles east of Live Oak. 

The program will feature Sue Turner, who will present a program called “Getting the Mindset to Hike Light.” 

For more information, call Irv Chance at 386-330-2424 or Edwin McCook at 386-364-7597 in the evening.


Crochet Club

The Chiefland Crochet Club meets the second Monday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland. Anyone interested in needle work of any sort is welcome to attend. 


Jackpot bingo

Landrum Memorial American Legion Post 236 hosts Jackpot Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Post 236 is located at 9550 N.E. U.S. Highway 27A, Bronson. The public is welcome. For more information, call 352-486-5003 or 352-317-5685.




Meet the Local Aquatic Preserves

FDEP will discuss the resource management and partnerships associated with local waters Jan. 15, at 10 a.m., at the WGP Ellie Schiller Education Center in Yankeetown. The discussion will present opportunities for participation in various outreach events including a water quality program and seagrass monitoring.


Children's Table welcomes seniors

The Children's Table at 680 W. Thrasher Dr., Bronson, will serve a light lunch to seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


TOPS meeting

The Chiefland Take Off Pounds Sensibly support group for weight loss and maintenance meets from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays at St. Alban's Church, U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland. Both sexes are welcome. For information, call 352-463-9111.


Visit your legislator 

The last Wednesday of each month State Rep. Charlie Stone, who represents Levy County in the Florida House, will be in the office at the Old Train Depot for open visits from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..


January 16


Transportation for the 

disadvantaged board to meet

The Levy County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board announces its annual public hearing and regular quarterly LCB meeting to be held Jan. 16 at 10 a.m., and will be immediately followed by the quarterly LCB meeting. The hearing and meeting will be held at the Levy County Courthouse in the County Commissioners’ Board Room.

For more information, contact Lauren Yeatter at 352-732-1315 ext. 225 or lyeatter@wrpc.cc. 


Victory celebration

Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE)  will be holding a meeting Jan. 16 at the Williston Community Center at 7 p.m. to plan a victory celebration for getting the Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the 2014 state ballot.

The celebration itself will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, and coordinated and facilitated by the statewide legacy campaign. The purpose is not only to celebrate the success of the amendment but also to honor the volunteers’ hard work over the past year. On that day, also, we will learn the amendment’s number on the state ballot. Place and time of the February event will be decided at the Jan. 16 meeting.

For more information, call call (352) 465-4862.


January 21


Healing workshop

The next workshop in the “Life Steps … stepping forward, remembering always” Healing Outreach takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Haven Hospice community room, located at  311 NE 9th St-Chiefland.  

The  unique Life Steps program offers a variety of excellent topics for those who  have experienced loss. The topics are tailor-made to provide practical next  steps in the healing journey.  Each workshop includes a different topic of  interest and a different speaker. This is a free community outreach. Seating is limited; register your attendance by Jan. 21 to Beverly Brown at 352-671-6466.


January 24


Chiefland Chamber meeting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber members meet the fourth Friday of each month at noon in the Haven Hospice meeting room at 311 N.E. 9th St,  off U.S. Highway 27A.  A buffet lunch will be provided by Pinnacle Home Health. All Chamber members and prospective members are invited to attend to share information, welcome our newest members, meet and greet other fellow chamber members and listen to the speaker of the month. 

To reserve your seat, call the Chamber office at 352-493-1849.


January 25


Stop Hunger Now fundraiser

There will be a fundraiser to help fight hunger Jan. 25 at the Tommy Usher Pineland Center, sponsored by First United Methodist Church. There will be music and food and silent auctions. The church is also looking for donated items to auction.

The packaging event will happen March 1, and the church needs 30 to 40 volunteers to package 10,000 meals for school children in Haiti. Any funds over $2,500 made from the earlier fundraiser will go toward buying water filtration systems.

For more information, call 352-493-4627.





January 27


VA Dental Insurance Briefing:

• Monday Jan. 27, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

• To be held at the Dogan Cobb Municipal Building:

660 East Hathaway Ave 

Bronson, Fl 32621

The Levy County Veterans Service Office is teaming up with the “New” VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

Come meet the Delta Dental Representative to find out about low cost dental plans, coverage, and how to enroll. 

For more information, call Julie Rose or Robert Lowyns at the Veterans Service office 352-486-5210


February 1


Eco-Archaeo workshop

FDEP and the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) - Central Region will be discussing the area's ecology and archeology Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. until noon at the WGP Ellie Schiller Education Center in Yankeetown.

 For more information, visit  www.flpublicarchaeology.org/crc 



February 14-16


Fiddler Crab Festival

The festival will have crafts, food, crab races, parade and music. Go to steinhatcheeriverchamber.org for more info on the activities. There will be a list of entertainment and music talent on the web site when the festival gets a little closer. 


February 15


Bronson Annual Black History Festival

Bronson will have its annual Black History celebration Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bronson Sports Complex. Vendors are welcome. There will be a rib cook-off with 1st and 2nd place winners. 

For more information, call 352-213-7643, 352-486-2605, or 352-224-3134.


Saturday, March 15


Quilt show in Trenton

For the seventh consecutive year, Trenton will be ablaze with quilts flying from shops, businesses and government buildings up and down Main Street and beyond for the Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Florida’s only outdoor quilt show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

For more information, contact Stephanie Metts, 352- 316-5900.


Saturday, April 12


Haven benefit

Haven Hospice's signature fundraising event with over 600 attendees, Viva will again be held at the beautiful Rembert Farm with food and drink, auctions, live music and entertainment.  

For more information about this event, to become a sponsor, auction donor or to purchase a ticket, please contact Stephanie Brod at 352-271-4665 or email smbrod@havenhospice.org.


May 2


The Relay for Life

The Relay for Life of the Tri-Counties will begin at 6 p.m. and walk, walk, walk through Saturday at 6 a.m. The Nature Coast (Chiefland), Dixie and Gilchrist have combined for one event in 2014. 


Senior Citizen Center activities

The Chiefland Senior Center is at 305 S.W. 1st St., behind the Deer Camp Store on South Main Street. Activities are free: 

• Monday and Wednesday, exercise at  9 a.m., 

• Monday, Bridge at 10 a.m. 

• Tuesday and Thursday, Bingo at 9 a.m. to noon, 

• Wednesday class, Crafts at 10 a.m. to noon, 

• Friday. Line Dancing 10 a.m. to noon, 

• Shine volunteers stop by every third Wednesday to help with Medicare questions and information from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 

• hot meals are served each weekday at noon.

For more information, call 352-490-7055.


Rotary Clubs

Chiefland Rotary, noon Wednesday, The Gathering Table, meeting room, North Main Street, Chiefland. 

Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, noon Thursday, Haven Hospice, Community Room, State Road 500, Chiefland 

Williston Rotary, 11:45 a.m. Tuesday,  First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. 1st St.


CK Keyhole Gallery

The Cedar Key Keyhole, 457 2nd Street (across from the Library) in Cedar Key, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and maintains a display of many works by more than 20 contributors to its artists’ cooperative. These works include paintings (oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors), metal works, stained glass, jewelry, fiber arts, leatherwork, pottery and woodworking, among others. For more information, call The Keyhole at 352-543-5801. 


Monday - Thursday

Zumba at woman's club

Looking for a fun way to get in your exercise?  Look into the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club where everyone is invited to join in Zumba.  The invigorating classes, open to the public, are Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. and Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.  All in air conditioned comfort and yes classes will continue through the summer.  There is no fee just a donation to cover electric use.  For more information call 352-447-2057 or email yiwomansclub@gmail.com.


Walking club

Every Tuesday and Thursday there is a Walking Club at 7:30 a.m. behind the Chiefland Middle School at the Delma Locke Park. Everyone is welcome, especially beginners. For more information, 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, call 352-376-6647.


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. For more information, call 352-463-3135.


American Legion Post 383

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.


Ombudsman program seeking volunteers

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided. For information, call 888-831-0404 or go to ombudsman.myflorida.com.


Busy Bees

Busy Bees meet at Old Town United Methodist Church on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. There will be crafting, quilting, crocheting, knitting and all kinds of needle and handwork. There are different materials to share if you would like to learn. Busy Bees donates hats, lap robes and other items made to organizations and those in need. Novices are welcome, as well as, experienced crafters. Bring your crafts, needles, yarn, patterns, ideas and questions. Open to all, no age or gender restrictions. For more information, contact Gaile at 352-542-7963, Nancy at 352-542-2201 or Frances at 352-542-0543.