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Community calendar for the wee of October 3

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 Thursday

 

Yard Sale for Alzheimer's

Tri-County Nursing & Rehab will have a Yard Sale on the nursing home grounds at 7280 S.W. State Rd 26, from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Oct 4th.  All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association. 

 

Friday

 

Knitters, crocheters gather

A knitting and crocheting group meets at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Bronson Public Library on U.S. 27A. 

 

Classy cars at Taco Bell

The Tri-County Cruisers Club meets to show off its classic vehicles from 6:30-8 p.m. on Fridays at Taco Bell on North Young Boulevard, Chiefland. Just show up to show your car and have a good time.

 

Scrapbooking for seniors 

The Suwannee Adult Residence and Wellness Center offers SALT (Senior Adult Life Tapestry) Scrapbooking the first Friday of every month at 3 p.m. at Suwannee Bell. For more information, contact Annette Derks at 352-535-7681, Suwannee Bell, 282 S.E. 989th St, Fanning Springs.

 

Friday — Saturday

 

Bingo benefit in Bronson

The Children's Table, located at 680 W. Thrasher Dr., in Bronson, hosts Bingo every Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.

 

Saturday

 

Scarecrow City

Chiefland Chamber’s “Scarecrow City” goes up Oct. 5 between 10 a.m. and noon in Trailhead Park by the Old Train Depot at U.S. Highway 19 and Southeast 2nd Avenue.

There is a $25 entry fee to be paid in advance. Applications are available at the Chamber office. 

 

Suwannee River cleanup 

The Great Suwannee River Clean-up at Fanning Springs State Park, 18020 N.W.  Highway 19, Fanning Springs is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clean-up will start at Fanning Springs and end at Clay Landing Boat ramp (8.3 river miles). Volunteers will chip in to improve and restore the lands and facilities the public uses for recreation, education, exercise and connecting with nature.  Please dress appropriately for weather conditions and don’t forget bug repellent.  Water and light refreshments will be served by the Citizen Support Organization. Volunteers can join in on land or by water, bring your kayak/canoe or motorized vessel or clean up the river banks on foot and enjoy a day of helping protect one of Florida’s natural treasures. 

For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. There is no fee for this event.

 

Dudley Farm hosts Quilt Day

Dudley Farm Historic State Park presents “Quilt Day” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with quilting,  crocheted rugs, tatting,  spinning, pine needle basket weaving,  palm weaving, inkle loom and cornhusk brooms. There will be historical skills demonstrations from 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Also partnering are The Levy County Quilt Museum, Florida Quilt Groups and quilt vendors. There will be quilts for sale. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 

 A bed-turning program from 11 a.m. to noon will feature quilts representative of the Dudley Era. Admission to the state park is $5 per car with up to eight occupants. The park is at 18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry. For more information, call 352-472-1142 or visit www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org.

 

Monday

 

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.

 

Wednesday

 

AMVETS Post No. 88 

Auxiliary meetings

AMVETS Post 88 Auxiliary meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the post home on State Road 24 by the Bronson Speedway.

 

Legion Auxiliary meeting

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 383, Old Town, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For information, call 352-542-7788. 

 

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.

 

October 7

 

FFA Alumni membership drive 

There will be an FFA Alumni membership drive Oct. 7 in the Chiefland High School agriculture building beginning at 6 p.m.

Join in for food, fun and FFA. You don't have to have a student in FFA or have ever been involved with FFA. For more information, email chieflandffaalumni@yahoo.com.

 

October 10

 

Vets meet in Chiefland

World War ll Vets and Proud of it will meet at The Gathering Table in Chiefland Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant is located at ll6 N. Main St. You are welcome to bring spouse, friend or care giver.

 For more information,  call Virginia Lewis, 352-528-23l0.

 

Saturday, October 12

 

Cancer fundraiser

The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of The Tri-Counties and "Team Z-Pac" (Zumba Passion & Commitment), will be hosting a Pink Party Zumbathon at Old Town Elementary School Cafeteria from 4-6 p.m.  The door fee is $10, and there will be raffles for prizes, as well.

For more information, call 352-443-2354, or email ZumbaSarahBeth@gmail.com.

 

Pumpkins make annual appearance

The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland's Pumpkin Patch will soon be back in action! Those little (and large) orbs of orange fun will be arriving around 9 a.m. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 2-6  p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, variable hours, so contact the FUMC office at 352-493-4627 for more information.

 

Swallow-tailed kites at FMNH

The story and beauty of the Swallow-tailed Kites’ annual 10,000-mile round-trip migration from Florida to South America is the subject of a new Florida Museum of Natural History exhibit opening Oct. 12.

 

October 18 — 20

 

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is sponsoring workshops on “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” near West Palm Beach and again on March 7-9, 2014, near Ocala. There is a $50 discount for early registration.

 

Saturday, October 19

 

An evening at Rock Bluff

Spend the evening at Rock Bluff Ranch enjoying food & drink, live music, and fundraising to benefit unreimbursed patient care, grief support and community education programs at Haven Hospice in the Tri-Counties. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information contact Stephanie Brod at 352-271-4665 or email smbrod@havenhospice.org.

 

Breast cancer awareness fundraiser

The 13th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Trail Ride will be held at the Tidewater Trailhead on County Road 337 in the Goethe State Forest of Levy County.  Trail ride, poker ride, fun raffles, dress-up horse and rider contest and lunch with all proceeds going to benefit local breast cancer patients. Registration is $25 per rider, includes lunch or $6 for lunch for non-riders. For more information, visit www.levycountyhorseclub.com or email levy2@flahorse.com.

 

Crafts fair helps victims of violence

Another Way, Inc. Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center hosts Crafts in the Country from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is at the Hopeful Baptist Church, 289 S.E. Hopeful Drive, Lake City.

There will be a beautiful display of handmade items by local crafters available for purchase. Start your holiday shopping early.  There will be door Prizes throughout the day and refreshments available by the G3 student Ministry of Hopeful Baptist Church. Suggested donation: $5, children under 5, free. For more information, call Another Way at 386-719-2700.

 

Trunk-N-Treat business deadline

Trunk-N-Treat is back at First United Methodist Church in Chiefland. This year will be more fun than ever.  This year’s event will be Saturday, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m. All are welcome, but if a business would like to reserve a spot to set up a trunk the deadline to do so is today. Call the First United Methodist Church at 352-493-4627 to sign up.

 

Monday, Oct. 21

The new Palm’s Medical Group Primary care and Pediatrics care at 410 N. Main St., Suites 1 & 2. will celebrate its grand opening and ribbon cutting from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

There will be refreshments..

 

Friday, October 25

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting is at noon in the Haven Hospice meeting room located at 311 N.E. 9th St., off of U.S. Highway 27A. A buffet Lunch will be provided compliments of  Hospice of the Nature Coast / Citrus County.

Reserve your seat by emailing chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net or by calling the Chamber office 352-493-1849. 

 

Saturday, October 26

Beast Feast supports schools

The Levy County Schools Foundation's annual Beast Feast will dish out everything from critters to fish to benefit students and teachers.  

 

8th Annual Ride to Provide aids ARC of Levy County

The 8th Annual Ride to Provide, a fundraiser for the ARC of Levy County starts at Bronson High School with registration, breakfast treats and coffee at 7:30 a.m.provided by Southern Sisters Hospitality. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.ridetoprovide.net. 

This law enforcement- escorted ride is approximately 64 miles and will travel through scenic Levy County.  This ride is free of cost but donations are greatly appreciated.  

Riders and the public can purchase a buffet style meal with hamburgers and hotdogs at the end of the ride.  Ride to Provide T-Shirts will be available for purchase prior to and the day of the event.  To order a T-Shirt, call Levy ARC at 352-486-4293.  For more information or to help sponsor this event,  call Sean or Beth Mullins at 352-316-3260 or 352-528-2222.

 

Langston Benefit Rodeo

A rodeo to help Rob Langston of Chiefland and his family with medical expenses will he held at the Gilchrist County Agriculture Complex. Details of the event are to come.  

 

Trunk-N-Treat back at UMC

Trunk-N-Treat is back at First United Methodist Church in Chiefland. This year will be more fun than ever.  This year’s event will be from 5-7 p.m. All are welcome, but if a business would like to reserve a spot to set up a trunk, please call the First United Methodist Church at 352-493-4627 before Wednesday, Oct. 23.

 

October 30

Visit with your legislator

State Rep. Charlie Stone (R-District 22), who represents Levy County in the Legislature, will hold office hours in Chiefland between 9 and 11:30 a.m. in the Old Train Depot in Trailhead Park. He will also hold office hours in Cedar Key City Hall from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Stone can be contacted through either his Ocala office by calling 352-291-4436 or at 3001 S.W. College Road, Suite 104, Ocala, or his Capitol office by calling 850-717-5022 or 1003 The Capitol, Tallahassee. 

 

HALLOWEEN

 

Safe trick-or-treat at Ayers

Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center in Trenton is celebrating their annual Safe Place to Trick or Trick from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It is vendors of the local communities that make this event possible with donations of candy.  Please call 352-463-7101 for candy pick up or feel free to drop your donation of candy off at Ayer health & Rehab Center.

 

November 2

 

Quilt Museum hosts local writers

The Levy County Quilt Museum is hosting a Book Signing Event for local writers. Local writers are needed. This is an opportunity for authors and readers to meet and mingle, buy books and autograph books. 

It is also a celebration of the birthday of the Museum's founder, Winnelle Horne (1924-2012).

For more details email levyquilts@gmail.com or call 352-493-2801. 

The Levy County Quilt Museum is at 11050 N.W. 10th Ave, Chiefland. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit its website at levycountyquiltmuseum.org

 

 

November 23-24

The Yankeetown Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival will be on the tree-lined boulevard of Riverside Drive in Yankeetown – an “old Florida” coastal village on Florida’s Nature Coast. Free admission. There will be food and beverages, entertainment, fine arts, crafts, games and unique merchandise. On Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets will perform at Ike's Old Florida Kitchen at the Izaak Walton Lodge. General admission tickets at $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, and bring a chair. Preferred admission, which includes seats, is $40 in advance. For more information, call 352-447-4899.

 

Friday November 29

Deadline to get registration forms in for annual Chiefland Christmas Festival Parade. This year's theme is “The Spirit of Christmas Past.” Partcipants are encouraged to celebrate Christmas from your favorite decade.

 

December 6-8 and 13-15

'Peter Pan' at Chief Theater

"Peter Pan,” written by J.M. Barry in 1904, will be coming to the Chief Theater, home of the Suwannee Valley Players.

For more information, leave a message at 352-493-ARTS and your call will be returned, or visit SVPlayers.org.

 

Saturday, December 7

Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Winter Christmas Festival In Trailhead Park by the Old Train Depot, U.S. Highway 19 and Southeast 2nd Avenue . The Christmas Festival Parade

heme is “The Spirit of Christmas Past.” Participants are encouraged to celebrate Christmas from your favorite decade.

 

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.

 

May 2

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. 

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

Senior Citizen Center activities

Chiefland Senior Center, 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 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 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

• 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.