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Community calendar (Week of 2-27-2014)

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Friday

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. 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.

Sunday

30th Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet
The 30th Cedar Key Small Boat Meet will take place May 2 to 5.
All shallow draft boats are welcome: canoes, kayaks, catboats, catamarans, trimarans, rowboats, sailing dinghies, scows, sharpies, sampans, punts, pirogues, prams and even pirate yawlboats.
For information call Dave Lucas 941-704-6736, skipjack@tampabay.rr.com, or 586 215 7060, huhorton@gmail.com.

Tuesday

AARP Driver Safety Course for Seniors
n Where: Capital City Bank – Board Room, 2012 North Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626
n When: Tuesday March 4, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Certificate is valid for a discount on automobile insurance policies for 3 years. There are not tests, but registration before the event is required.
To register, call Linda at 352-493-1742.

March 13

Lunch with an Archaeologist
March is Florida Archaeology Month, and the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is participating in Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) in celebrating by doing a weekly series on Thursdays throughout March in Yankeetown.
For more information, visit www.flpublicarchaeology.org/crc or facebook.com/FPANcentral for sites.

The World War II Vets and
Proud of It meet
The World War II Vets and Proud of It will meet March 13 at The Gathering Table in Chiefland, 116 N. Main St.
The group meets the second  Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 1-352-528-2310.

March 15

Spring Bazaar
The United Methodist Women will be hosting its annual spring bazaar on Saturday, March 15, at the United Methodist Church on Route 24. Coffee and sweet rolls will be available from 8  to 11 a.m., with a corned beef and cabbage luncheon from at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Beef stew will also be available. A bake sale will be held at the same time and local crafts will be for sale.  Donations for lunch and coffee will be accepted.
Outside, at the same time, a rummage sale will be held with all proceeds going to the Community Food Pantry.
For more information, call Marie Lewis 352-467-4703.

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.
ALSO: Members of three north central Florida fiber art and art quilt guilds will be among thirty quilt groups sharing their work during the festival.
The three art quilt groups that will display their work and be on hand to talk with visitors in the historic Train Depot.
For more information about the festival, visit the website, www.TrentonQuiltFestival.com, or contact the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, (352) 463-3842.

Museum summer camp registration
Register your child beginning March 15 for discovery and exploration at the Florida Museum of Natural History summer and field camps.
Students in grades 1-6 for the 2014-2015 school year can investigate natural history, examine fossils, discover ancient cultures and meet some of the most interesting members of the animal kingdom during the weeklong camps that run June 9 through Aug. 1.
For questions or more information, call 352-273-2061.

March 16 - 17

Preserve Bioblitz
This two-day event involves more than a dozen ecological tours, biological flora and fauna inventories and other educational programs, plus exhibits. The activities will be led by naturalists, biologists and other environmental scientists from UF, Audubon, FWC and more.
Fore more information, visit http://www.watershedecology.org/bioblitz.html, or email Jean Holbrook at JEHolbrook1@aol.com.
The website gives more detail, including proper clothing and protective gear. Some activities require advance registration.

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.

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.

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.