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Community calendar (Week of 2-20-2014)

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By The Staff

Today

• CEE to meet
Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) will meet on Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Williston Community Center. The public is invited.
Two items planned for discussion are CEE’s future activities to support the passage of Florida Amendment One: Water and Land Legacy and the nature of the group’s involvement in registering voters in Levy County.  

• Tri-County Community
Resources to meet
Tri-County Community Resources will be meeting at 4:30 in the Haven Hospice Conference Room (311 NE 9th St, Chiefland). Topics of discussion will include Community Resource Centers for Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist Counties, Community Needs Assessments and service gaps in our communities. Anyone is welcome to attend. Please contact Diana Child at 352-493-4627 for more information.

Saturday

• Celebrate Black History Month at the UsherCenter

"Staying Focused For a Brighter Future" is the theme of this year's Black History Month celebration.
   The event will be held at the Tommy Usher Pineland Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 7 p.m.
   Special speaker for the event will be Christopher "Chris" Jones, Chiefland city commissioner.
   The event is held as fund raiser for the annual Black History Committee Scholarship fund.
   Refreshments will be available and door prizes will be awarded.
   The event is organized by Missionary Doris Jones, Pastor Robert Scott and Evangelist Rutha Scott.
   The public is invited to attend.

• Refuge open house
There will be a refuge open house Saturday at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters beginning at 10 a.m. The event is free for "friends" members and $10 for the general public. Lunch is included, as well as a full day of events and talks.

• Bronson Library Friends
BIG Book Sale
The Friends of the Bronson Library are having its biggest book sale yet from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
There will be hardbacks and DVDs for 50 cents each and paperbacks and children's books for 10 cents each. VHS tapes and magazines are free.
Be sure to come early to browse through all the boxes of books.  
For more information or to donate, contact the Library at 486-2015.

• Woman's Club Spaghetti Dinner
The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club is the place to be Feb. 22. The club's much anticipated Spaghetti Dinner Extravaganza will be in full swing from 5 - 8 p.m. Bring your own wine or beer and join us at your neighborhood “Bistro” on 56th St., Yankeetown, for a dining experience like no other. A delicious spaghetti dinner with home-made sauce, garlic bread, salad, coffee or tea awaits. The cost is $10 for adults. Children under 12 are $5, and children under 5 are free. For those with a sweet tooth, a wonderful Italian dessert will finish off your meal.
Participants will also be able to buy tickets for the "Scrappy Millennium" quilt raffle: $2 each or three for $5.
For those not able to make it to the "Bistro," take-out orders are always available. Call the club house at 352-447-2057 to place your order.
Proceeds will be given back to the community in support of the A.F. Knotts Public Library, Yankeetown School and many other community causes.

Monday

• Yoho to speak at Dixie
County Tea Party event
The public is invited to attend a Tri-county meet-up with Congressman Ted Yoho at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, at the Trail Riders Club, 294 NE 241st Street, Cross City.
Yoho will address his recent votes on several key bills before the House and offer us a preview of important impending legislation and ask for guidance.
After his initial presentation, Congressman Yoho will open the floor to questions from the attendees.

Wednesday

• Growing citrus workshop
The Cedar Key Garden Club will host a workshop on growing citrus, presented by Wendy Wilber, Feb. 26, at 10:15 a.m., in the Cedar Key Library meeting room.

February 28

• Barbeque dinner fundraiser
CMHS' Diamond Club BBQ Dinner Fundraiser will be held Friday, Feb 28. Purchase BBQ pork, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and dessert for $8.00. Delivery to your place of business or pick up available at the First Baptist Church of Chiefland's fellowship hall. Proceeds go towards helping support CMHS baseball teams. See Lori Barker at the middle school or Cari Wasson at the high school for tickets.

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 at 352- 316-5900.

Saturday, March 29

• Fallen Heroes run
The annual Fallen Heroes 5K starts at the University of Florida commuter lot. Benefiting the Gainesville Fisher House and the UDT-Seal Association, the race honors all fallen heroes from our community. Sign up for the race on active.com and remember a fallen hero who died serving our country.
Sunday, April 6

• Golf gala
The Gainesville Fisher House annual Golf and Gala, a day full of competitive golfing at the beautiful Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club, followed by the  "Night in Barcelona" Gala. Golfers will enjoy a late-morning Bloody Mary to kick off the day, and can continue to indulge with refreshing margaritas, bang-bang shrimp, juicy sausages and more. For gala reservations, email gfisherhouse@gmail.com. For more information email Robbie Stevens at roblyn1927@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 12

• Rotary sponsors Adventure Race
The Rotary Club of Trenton, Florida will be holding it's first Rotary Adventure Race. This Pedal-Paddle-Run event will begin at the historic railroad depot in Trenton and will consist of a 12 mile bicycle pedal over the scenic Nature Coast trail and country roads with bike paths to Hart Springs in Gilchrist County.  The 4-mile kayak and/or canoe paddle will take place on the historic Suwannee River, a true wilderness river, followed by a 3.1 mile run through a beautiful wooded trail and country roads. The event will end with an outdoor picnic lunch in  Hart Springs. Recreational participants can choose to enter any category or all three. Visit TrentonRotaryClub.org for details and registration as the event gets closer.

• 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.