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Community Calendar (Week of 5-2-13)

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Today

Beekeepers meeting
The Levy County Beekeepers Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., 4 W. Park Ave., Chiefland. Anyone interested in bees or beekeeping is welcome to attend. Experienced beekeepers will be available to answer questions, share ideas, experiences and much more. No need to be a beekeeper to attend, just have an interest in saving the honeybee and other pollinators.
For more information, call Byron Teerlink at 352-493-2216 or Chappie McChesney at 386-462-2637.
   
Cattlemen and Landowners Association
The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association will have its spring meeting at 7 p.m. at Don Quincey's home on the Suwannee River.
   Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend. For more information, call the Levy County Extension 0ffice.

Day of Prayer service tonight
The public is invited to a National Day of Prayer, held at 7 tonight, May 2, at First Baptist Church of Chiefland.
The speaker is Dr. Glen Owens.

Friday

Knitters, crocheters gather
A knitting and crocheting group also 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.

Jackpot bingo
Landrum Memorial American Legion Post 236 hosts Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Post 236 is located at 9550 N.E. U.S. Highway 27A, Bronson. For more information, call 352-486-5003.

Saturday

National Tourism and
Travel Week-May 4-12
The Levy County Visitors Bureau will be celebrating National Tourism & Travel Week by hosting a tourism booth at the Levy County Courthouse from Monday, May 6, through Friday, May 10, during normal operating hours of the courthouse.
Be sure to stop by to view the many “Things to Do” and “Places of Interest” Levy County has to offer. Light refreshments will be served on Tuesday, May 7 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Williston's last book sale of season
Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its May Book Fair from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

This will be last book fair for the season, and fairs will resume in September of this year. There are many books on hand and "Friends" is going to charge half-price for every book, puzzle and tape.
Please bring any donations to the library by May 4th. Bring only books for donation that you would buy if you saw it in a sale.
Stock up for summer reading then. Everything half-priced!
 
Monday

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

Wednesday

Legion Auxiliary meeting
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 383, Old Town, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a member, call 352-542-7788.

Children's Table welcomes seniors
The Children's Table facility at 680 W. Thrasher Dr, Bronson, will be open to area seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A light lunch will be served.

Stamp club
The Gen. Francis Marion Stamp Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks, 8375 S.W. Highway 200, in Ocala. Doors open at noon. The club also meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church library, 6455 S.W. Highway 200 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.ocalagfmstampclub.com.

Veterans open house
All veterans are invited to American Legion Post 91 Meeting Hall every Wednesday from 7 to 9 a.m. for free donuts and coffee during the weekly Veterans Open House. The post is located on U.S. Highway 129 between the towns of Trenton and Bell (across the highway from the “Field of Dreams”).

TOPS meeting
The Chiefland TOPS group 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.

Thursday

AMVETS Post No. 88 meetings
AMVETS Post 88 meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The Sons of AMVETS meets the second Wednesday 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.

May 11

Windsor goes crazy for zukes
The Windsor Volunteer Fire Department will host the 29th Annual Zukefest at the fire station in Windsor from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds of the event support the fire department.
There will be fried zucchini, zucchini bread, barbecued chicken by Mike Hill and other veggies by Cracker Boys Hunt Club.
The is a family event with rides, a magic show, beauty pageant and activities throughout the day. There will also be arts and crafts vendors.
The station is at 1401 S.E. County Road 234 in Ganesville.

Old Town Hunting Heritage banquet
The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Heart of Dixie Purrs & Spurs Chapter will host its first Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, May 11, at the 1st District Community Center, on highway 349 in Old Town. There’s going to be fun for the whole family with games, raffles, auctions, a chance to win several guns and a great meal. Doors open at 5 p.m. For information and tickets, call Edyie Hollender at 352-210-9647 or Greg Pyle at 352-494-8929.

May 12

Haven Mother’s Day balloon release
Haven Hospice will be holding a Mother's Day Balloon Release May 12, at 4 p.m., in honor of all mothers who have passed.
Haven Hospice is located at 311 N.E. 9th Street, in Chiefland. For more information, call 352-493-2333.

May 14

Florida native plant society meeting
Join us for a Sparkleberry Chapter Meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society, which meets at 6:30 p.m, on the second Tuesday of the month, at Hatch Park at 403 S.E. Craven St., Branford.
For more information, contact president Mae Brandt, 386-466-0915, maebrandt@bellsouth.net, Carol Sullivan, 386-364-9309, csullivan12@windstream.net. For more information on the Florida Native Plant Society: www.fnps.org.

May 14

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

May 16

Camera Club
Branford Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at Cuzin's Restaurant on U.S. Highway 129, across from Scaff's  Market in Branford.  
The Branford Camera Club meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information,  contact: Carolyn Hogue, program chair, 386-935-2044; Dick Madden, technical consultant, 386-935-0296 or Skip Weigel, technical consultant, 386-9382.

May 17

Rotary fishing tournament
in Cedar Key
The Chiefland Rotary Club Fishing Tournament begins at  7 a.m. at Cedar Key. Entrants receive a free goody bag and T-shirt and qualify for cash and prizes up to $7,500. Come join us for a great day of fishing and support of Chiefland Rotary club projects. Boat entry fee icludes two anglers, two T-shirts and two May 16 Calcutta Dinner tickets. Entry fee is $125 per boat in advance, which includes captain and mate — $150.00 per boat after May 2. Extra anglers are $50 each and $10 each for extra dinner tickets.  More information and entry forms can be obtained by calling Robert or Jeff Beauchamp, at 352-493-4808, or by going to the Club's website at www.chieflandrotary.org.

May 18
The City of Archer will be hosting Family Fun Fest on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Archer Community Center, 16671 SW 137th Ave., Archer.
There will be fun, food and music.
For more information contact  Archer City Hall at 352-495-2880.

June 1
Annual Watermelon Festival reigns
The 59th Annual Watermelon Festival is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trailhead Park in the area surrounding the Old Train Depot. Arts, crafts and food vendors will be on site, along with activities and rides for children. The annual Watermelon Festival Parade will begin at 11 a.m. with the Watermelon Queen being shown off in the parade along with winners from each category. For information on being a vendor in the festival please contact John or Rebecca at 352-493-9653 or email to: bzimmermanbz@yahoo.com.
For information on the Parade please contact Melanie at 352-493-2221 or email to: melliek71@hotmail.com.
For more information on the Watermelon festival pageants please email: CWC2013pageant@gmail.com.
You can go to chieflandwomansclub.org for all information and to download any of the applications for each event.

The 2nd annual Ride for Haven poker run to benefit Haven Hospice.

August 10
The First United Methodist Church Annual Epic End of Summer Bash  is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event is designed to help parents and kids get ready to go back to school. Many businesses and organizations will be on hand to provide information on services, free school supplies, free haircuts, and more. There is also lots of food and fun including a water slide, dunking booth, zip-line, and more. It's a great opportunity for community connection.  If your business or organization would like to be included, please contact Diana Child  at the First United Methodist Church at 352-493-4627 or email fumc_chf@yahoo.com.

September 7
The 2rd annual Care for Clay 5K run to benefit Haven Hospice.

October 26
The 2nd annual Monster Dash and Creepy Crawl to benefit Have Hospice.

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.