Community Calendar, Oct. 21

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Levy County Fair Association meeting
The Levy County Fair Association will hold it's regular monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting is held at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, 1045 NE 6th Blvd., Williston.  Anyone interested in having a voice in, or being a part of next year's Fair is encouraged to attend.  Meetings are open to the public and your participation is needed to make our next Levy County Fair the best ever.  Call 538-1788 for more information.

Bronson homemakers meet

Bronson HCE (Homemakers) will have their monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Levy County Extension Office. New members are welcome. For more information Dee Olsen at 486-2319.
The Bronson Home and Community Education Club is affiliated with the IFAS UF Levy County Extension. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Long-term care group meeting
The local council of Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program meets at noon at Haven Hospice in Gainesville.

American Legion Post 91 to meet
The Jamerson-Sheffield Post 91 of the American Legion will hold it's membership/dinner meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. with a donation dinner. The regular members will meet after the dinner. The guest speaker is from the Gainesville Fisher House. They will give information as to what they will be able to provide for veterans' families while their loved one receives treatment at the Malcom-Randall VA Hospital in Gainesville. The meeting is open to the public. The Post is located between Trenton and Bell on State Road 129 next to the FFA arena.

Sweetest contest in Bronson
The 6th Annual 4-H Bake-Off--cakes, cookies, breads -- and FCS Fun Day is from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 
The bake-off will start promptly at 10:00 am with judges orientation. There were 26 participants. For more information on the contest, call Muriel G. Turner at 352-486-5131 or 352-486-5136.
Fundraiser to benefit Chiefland Elementary
Chiefland Elementary School is selling tickets to win a Rossi 12-gauge/.243 combo rifle. Funds raised will benefit several school programs, such as FCAT rewards and Teacher Appreciation Week.
Tickets cost $1 each, and are available at the school, Reed Automotive, or a Arnie's Sporting Goods. The gun is also on display at Arnie's Sporting Goods.
For more information, call Christie Reed at 221-1126 or e-mail reedautomotive1@yahoo.com.

Friends of the Bronson Library meeting
 Friends of the Bronson Library will meet on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Bronson Library.  The Friends will be electing new officers and taking
nominations from the floor.  The group is seeking input on fund raising ideas and activities for the coming year.  The meeting is open to the public and prospective members are welcome.

Moonlight paddle at Manatee
Manatee Springs State Park is hosting a moonlight paddle event on Oct. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ? weather permitting. The moonlight paddle will consist of a guided canoe/kayak tour on the Suwannee River. Light refreshments will be served.  Either bring your own or reserve a canoe/kayak through Suwannee Guides and Outfitters at 352-542-8331 for $15. Bring ring a lifejacket and safety whistle if bringing your own canoe/kayak. Please dress appropriately for weather and bring drinking water and a flashlight.  For safety reasons we ask that you leave very young children and pets at home.  The program is free with regular Park fees. For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.

Sons of American Legion chili cook-off

The Sons of the Legion of The American Legion Post 383, Old Town, is having its annual cook-off beginning at 1:30 p.m.  The judging will begin at 2:00 PM with  first, second and third place winners.  This is a fund raiser for the SAL in their endeavor to help the veterans. If your father, grandfather, or great grandfather was in the service of our country, you are eligible to become a member of the S.A.L.  We are also looking for new members of the Legion and its Auxiliary.  Call the Post at 542-2021 for more information.

October 27
Levy County HCE Club

The October meeting for the Levy County Home and Community Education Club is at the Levy County Extension building in Bronson at 10 a.m.  The Chiefland HCE Club will be hosting.  The Levy County HCE Club consists of clubs in Bronson, Williston as well as Chiefland.
 For information contact Extension Agent Muriel Turner at 352 486-5131 or e-mail mgturner@ufl.edu

October 29-31

It’s Official: “Southern Rock’s Finest” booked for the 2010 Cooter Festival
Are you ready to rock out with Sunny Cooter October 29-31, 2010?!?  Here is your chance!  Legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer and Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Artimus Pyle has assembled a troupe of Southern Rock Superstars and former members of super 1970’s bands such as Pure Prairie League, The Outlaws, The Allman Brothers and The Marshall Tucker Band that are sure to entertain the young and old.  The band, “Southern Rock’s Finest”, will perform FREE on Friday evening at the Cooterfest Kick-off Party (downtown) and will be on stage again at Wallace Brooks Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.   VIP Tickets are available for the Friday Night Bash for only $50, which includes all the food, beer, wine and tea you want as well as a designated seating area.
Joining the stage sets will be an energetic new band from Warner Robins Georgia called Not Hollywood. This group has created a unique blend of Southern Rock, Reggae, Alternative Rock and Rap with so many elements that you find yourself wondering where their music will go next. Strong vocals and heavy guitar solos are backed up with a bouncing rhythm. No matter what music you like, it's there.
Also performing Cajun and Zydeco Music will be Lee Wilkeson, son of Skynyrd Bassist Leon Wilkeson, Mitch Simmons and Cajun Dave Becknel from Citrus County’s own Neon Leon's Zydeco Steakhouse.
And do not miss the  largest  traveling Skynyrd memorabilia exhibit including guitars, gold records, stage apparel, rare photos and The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Trophy which will be located in Wallace Brooks Park with Gene Odom, head of security for Skynyrd, plane crash survivor and author of several books and documentaries, available for book signing.
For more information on the entertainment, activities, a Poker & Casino Night, Kick-Off parties and everything Cooter Festival, go to the City of Inverness’ official Cooter Festival website at www.cooterfestival.com or call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at 352-726-2801.

October 30
SHARE distribution.

SHARE Florida will distribute pre- ordered groceries this Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Fellowship Hall of the First United Church in Chiefland . Distribution will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
SHARE is a non-profit food buying service that helps its participants purchase fresh produce and meat items at savings.  SHARE is not a charity, but it  is a way to help each other during tough times. If you are interested in saving money, come to the Distribution site on Saturday and get the answers to your questions, or call 352-463-8804 for information.

Bronson Homemakers yard sale
Bronson Home and Community Educators (HCE), also known as the Homemakers is having their 2nd annual yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Levy County Extension Office at 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

November 4
Homemakers bingo event
The Levy County HCE (Home & Community Educators) County Council will be having bingo at the Levy County Extension Office in Bronson from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Verville at nancy2147@bellsouth.net.

Haven Hospice Love and Remembrance
The Haven Hospice Love and Remembrance Memorial at 6 p.m. at the Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center
311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland, is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one.
Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones that can be placed on the Table of Memories. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.  For more information, please call 352-493-2333.

November 5-6

Women's Annual Fall Bazaar
It's hard to believe fall is already here, and the Women of Good Shepard Lutheran Church will have their Annual Fall Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The bazaar will feature a bake sale, crafts and a big yard sale. A limited number of spaces are being offered to other crafters, so please call  to reserve one by Oct. 25.
To reserve a craft space, please call Kathy Agnoli at 493-4816 after 5 p.m.

November 6
Fall Festival and Cookie Walk

The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland is having their famous “Cookie Walk and Craft show” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church’s fellowship hall.
There will be many different goodies to eat, crafts to buy and even a plant or two for your garden.  So come all and enjoy a day of fun and fellowship with your neighbors.
All proceeds go to church missions.

November 10
Capital City Bank in Chiefland is sponsoring a Hometown Heroes event for Veterans'

 Week on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Shand’s Careair helicopter will land by the bank at noon – providing there are no other medical emergencies a that time. The fire department will be on hand to assist with the landing and possibly do a water show after they leave. The K-9 unit will be on hand doing presentations with the dogs Military vehicles will be on display and there will be a 21-gun salute at 12:30 p.m. There will be food, a drawing event for elementary students with the drawings on display the entire week and a winner receiving a $50 savings bond.

November 13-16
Book Sale at Yankeetown Library

The annual “what-a-bargain” book sale at the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m,; Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 17-18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The sale will be continued at the Yankeetown Seafood Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21.
All proceeds go for buying books and improving the library.  The “Friends” promise a great selection and the lowest prices around.

November 27-28
State park to host Clay Landing Days

Visitors are invited to experience a living history of Manatee Springs when the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Manatee Springs State Park and the Friends of Manatee Springs Parks, Inc. will host Clay Landing Days from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.
This event will feature covered wagon rides through the north trail system, where riders will meet characters from the past in celebration of this beautiful first magnitude spring. The event also includes hay rides to provide more opportunities to visit the Seminoles and settlers. The hay ride is accessible to persons with disabilities with little or no assistance, including wheelchairs. Participants will also witness survival skills used by Native Americans and pioneers, learn how they lived, what clothing they wore, how food was prepared over campfires and, if you master communication with them, you may even get to sample tasty morsels.
This event is free with a paid park admission. For more information, visit  www.FloridaStateParks.org.


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.  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.