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Community Calendar for June 23

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Today

Tourism grant meeting
The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Agricultural Center, 625 N. Hathaway Ave. in Bronson. The meeting is for the 2011-2012 advertising grant application review and recommendations. The meeting is open to the public.

Tourism task force to meet
The monthly meeting of the Original Florida Tourism Task Force will take place June 23, at 10 a.m. at the Best Western Inn Plus of Wakulla in Crawfordville.
For more information, contact Director Bryan Thomas at 352-955-2200, ext 106.

Friday-Saturday

Bronson Summer Book Sale
The Bronson Library Summer Book Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dogan Cobb Municipal Building on U.S. Highway 27/Hathaway Avenue. Books will be sold for $1 per full brown paper bag. For more information or where to bring donations, call at 352-486-2015.

Saturday

Open bass tournament
The Suwannee River Breast Cancer Awareness Association is having an open bass tournament, sponsored by Bass Assassin Lures Inc. in Mayo. The tournament is from safe light to 3 p.m. with a weigh-in at Clay Landing. The cost is $70 per boat with an optional big bass pot for $10 per boat. There will be door prizes, a raffle after the weigh-in and free hot dogs and water will be available. There will be a 60 percent payback, with $1,500 for first, $500 for second and $350 for third. The payout is based on 50 boats. Proceeds benefit the Suwannee River Breast Cancer Awareness Association. For more information, contact Jamie Albritton at 386-209-0166, Donnie Feagle at 386-365-1191 or Ruben Thomas at 386-288-4691.

Football, cheer signups
The Chiefland Area Athletic Association will have signups for youth football and cheerleading from 9 a.m. to noon at Strickland Park Saturday.
Football practice begins on July 25 and Chiefland will play its season opener at Dixie County on Aug. 27. Games also are played in Bell, Branford, Cross City and Trenton. For more information, call 352-949-0601.

Monday

HIV testing, Hepatitis screening
The Levy County Health Department, 66 West Main Street, Bronson, will be offering any interested Levy County residents free HIV testing and hepatitis screening from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-6 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Levy County has seven new cases of Hepatitis C reported every month and 81 known residents living with HIV/AIDS.

Through August 12

4-H Summer Camps
The Levy County 4-H hosts a variety of camps at the Bronson Agricultural Center this summer. Campers must be at least 8 years old by the date of the camp. Cost is $25 per camp, or $50 for ATV camp. Camps are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Camp fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, field trips and recreation.
Camps are Shooting Sports I (June 27-July 1), Sports Fishing (July 4-8), Shooting & Fishing II (July 11-15), International Food, Fun & Fitness (July 18-22), Remote Control & Science of Flight (July 25-29), Bugs & Outdoor Adventures (Aug. 1-5) and Wildlife Adventures (Aug. 8-12). For more information, call 352-486-5131.
Sewing camps also will be offered this summer. For more information about those, contact Ms. Muriel at 352-486-5131.

Monday

CHS volleyball camp
The Chiefland High School volleyball team is hosting volleyball camp for children ages 7-13. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school gym. Coaches and varsity players will instruct the basics, such as rules, passing, serving, hitting, setting, and fitness and conditioning training.
The cost of the camp is $55 and will include a T-shirt, daily snack and lunch on Friday. The cost of pre-registration is $50. For more information, call 352-949-4556.

Tuesday

CFCAA board to meet
The Board of Directors of the Central Florida Community Action Agency will meet June 28, at 3 p.m. in Ocala at 3510 N.E. 14th St.
For more information, call Monique Harris at 352-373-7667, ext 204.

July

Manatee & Fanning Springs
Reading Program
Manatee and Fanning springs state parks are holding a summer reading program. For the entire month of July children can read a paragraph out of a book to a ranger at Manatee or Fanning Springs and get a free day pass.

Christmas in July book sale
The Friends Book Store, 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, will have a store-wide half-price sale during the month. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

July 2

Shrine Club breakfast
The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its monthly country breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on State Road 26, about a half-mile north of Fanning Springs.
The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, pancakes and coffee for $6 per person.

Williston festival and fireworks
The City of Williston is hosting its Independence Day Festival and Fireworks at Horseman Park, 803 S.W. 19th Ave., Williston. A parade down main street begins at 5 p.m., Horseman's Park opens at 6 p.m. and the opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with the Shane Wooten Band followed by a fireworks display. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, bug spray and a patriotic attitude.

Suwannee fireworks
The Dixie County coastal town of Suwannee has its annual 4th of July fireworks exravaganza this year on Saturday. The event has grown considerably over the last few years, and this year's production will feature live entertainment all afternoon leading up to, and after, the fireworks.
Artists performing will include Section 8, Dotti South and the Slackers, Shauna Clark, Ginger Majority, and Spare Parts. The event is free and open to the public. 

July 4

Bronson's 4th of July Fest
The town of Bronson is hosting its 3rd Annual 4th of July Fest at the Bronson Sports Complex. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. There will be music, dancing, kick ball games, pick-up softball games, face painting, bounce houses and kids games. Concessions provided by the Bronson Youth League. Fireworks begin at dark.

Celebrate Cedar Key
Celebrate Cedar Key kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. After the parade, opening ceremonies will be at Cedar Key City Park, followed by live music, games for kids and food booths throughout the day.
The Cedar Key Pirates in Paradise are planning a fan "Pirate School" and treasure hunt for kids, too. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fireworks will follow that evening at dark and will be launched from Cemetery Point.
If you would like to make a donation to Celebrate Cedar Key, contact Bruce Wilson at 352-543-5375, or drop of your check at city hall. If you would like to promote your business during the event, contact Brandy Oliver at 352-543-9109, or by email at brandyhristov@yahoo.com.

July 7

Crazy for crazy quilting
 Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild  meets 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1521 N. W. 34th St., Gainesville. Refreshments are served at 9:30 a.m., the meeting begins at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome.
Member Joan New, renowned for her expertise in the specialty of crazy quilting, will present a trunk show of her crazy quilts and discuss the unique construction methods and lavish embellishing of crazy quilts
For more information on the guild, go to www.qacdg.org.

July 12

Anti tobacco meeting
The Levy Coalition Against Tobacco will have a meeting from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Capital City Bank of Chiefland. The public is encouraged to attend.

July 16

Chiefland 3-on-3 tourney, 3-point shootout
The Chiefland basketball program is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and three-point shootout on July 16 at the Chiefland High School and Middle School gyms. Registration begins at 8 a.m., games start at 9 a.m., and the three-point contest will take place around noon.
The tournament is open to anyone in ninth grade or older. High school-aged students will need parental permission. The entry fee is $50 per team, with a five-member max per team. Only the first 16 teams to sign up will get into the tournament. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games in a pool-style format. For more information or to register, email Bobby Schultz at schultzr@pdo8.org or call at 352-221-1312.

July 23

Kids Ranch Rodeo
   Cross Brand Cowboy holds another in its series of Kids Ranch Rodeos at the Williston Horseman’s Park located two miles south of Williston on US. Highway 41.
Events include: barrels, mutton bustin’, ranch branding, goat undressing, goat tying, and chute doggin. Ages 7 and under start at 9 a.m., with sign ups at 8 a.m. The 8-12 year olds will start at 6 p.m., with sign ups at 5 p.m. There is a one-time registration fee of $30, and then $10 per event. This unique event is for the experienced and unexperienced.
Future rodeo dates are: Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. For more information, contact Ginny at 352-221-4951.

July 28

Free bicycle training
There will be a free bicycle helmet safety and fitting training session at the Levy County Health Department, 66 West Main St., Bronson, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 352-393-8493.

August 6
Equestrian drill team performs
The Great Adventure Drill Team will host a Summer Funshow at 6 p.m. at Williston Horseman’s Park, located 1.5 miles south of Williston on U.S. Highway 41. Contestants from all over Florida will compete for a buckle and other prizes.
Spectators admitted free, and food and drinks will be available. There will be barrel racing and pole bending, and some unusual races, such as the freezie pop race. For more information email info@greatadventuredrillteam.com or call 352-225-1225.


August 7

Working Group meeting
The Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group will meet at Otter Springs. This is a change of date from the previously scheduled Aug. 10 meeting.

Sept. 24

Health & Fitness Expo
The Business Women's Alliance of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the original Women's Health & Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River. Preregister your firm before June 17 and choose preferred exhibit space. After June 17, registration will open to health-, fitness- and wellness-related organizations on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 352-795-3149.

Nov. 4

Classic car show in Chiefland
The Tri-County CFGC presents the Chiefland Flea Market Cassic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, with awards schedule to begin at 2 p.m.Classic, late models and motorcycles are welcome with separate judging for the top 20 in each category. There will be dash plaques to the first 50 vehicles and music by DJ Jeff. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local veterans' organization.
Preregister by Oct. 29 for an entry fee of $15. The entry fee is $20 on the day of the show. For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or by email at phillips1311@bellsouth.net.

Dec. 10

Classic car show in Fanning Springs
The Tri-County CFGC and the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce present the 16th annual Festival of Lights at Fort Fanning Park. Registration is from 9-noon, with awards beginning at 3 p.m. Classics, late models and imports welcome. Dash plaques to the first 50 vehicles. There will be food and drinks as well as music by DJ Jeff. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.
Preregister by Dec. 3 for an entry fee of $15. The entry fee is $20 on the day of the show. For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or by email at phillips1311@bellsouth.net.

ONGOING

AMVETS Post No. 88 meetings
AMVETS Post 88 meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The SOA meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The Auxiliary meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The meetings are at the post home.

Busy Bees meetings
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.

Lions Club meeting
The Chiefland Lions Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Deke’s Steak House in Chiefland. For more information, call 352-463-6440.

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 352-486-5003.

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.

Grand Slam Bridge on Monday
Grand Slam Bridge meets 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Mondays at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland. For information, call Joan at 352-493-0279. Weekly and substitute players are needed.