Community Calendar for the week of April 17

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Camera club meets

The Branford Camera Club will meet today at 7 p.m., at Hatch Park Community Center, 403 SE Craven St., Branford.  

The day's program will be “Cheap Shots” – How to create your own family portraits without fancy lighting setups.  Master Photographer Thomas Rutkowski will be the instructor.  


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.


Today, Monday, Tuesday


Chiefland Walking Club

The Walking Club is starting again. All interested in walking are welcome. We will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Chiefland Skateboard Park. Scheduled days to walk are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The goal will be to walk two miles or as much as you can. If you don't want to walk, bring your bike and ride along with us. Everyone is invited.  For more information. contact Alice Monyei at 352-262-4224.




Advanced Life support 

meeting in Chiefland

The City of Chiefland will be holding a workshop on why Chiefland Fire Rescue needs Advanced Life Support Tuesday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m., at the Tommy Usher Center. The public is invited to attend.




Easter egg hunt on Good Friday

There will be an Easter egg hunt at the Tri County Nursing Home, in Trenton, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children 12 years old and younger are invited to participate. There will be 7,000 eggs to hunt in this event, sponsored in part by New Beginnings Baptist Church.

The first 200 kids to arrive will receive a free Easter basket, and there will also be entertainment from the Martengale Bluegrass Band, as well as a bounce house, free face painting, hot dogs, chips and snow cones.


Check out classy cars 

The Tri-County Cruisers Club meets to show off its classic vehicles from 6:30-8 p.m. on Fridays at the Gathering Table in Chiefland. Just show up to show your car and have a good time.


Post family night 

(4th Friday of the month)

Join American Legion Post 91, in Trenton, for Family Night every fourth Friday at 6 p.m.  The Post serves dinner for a donation of $5 for adults, $2.50 for children, and will be showing a family-oriented movie. Admission for the movie is free. The American Legion Auxiliary uses the donations for the dinner and snacks, to help with programs, activities and needed supplies for the Veterans and children in our community.  

The Legion Post is located on US 129 on the curve between Trenton and Bell, across from the Field of Dreams.


Friday - Saturday


Regiment musters at Dudley Farm

The 7th Florida Infantry Regiment Muster at Dudley Farm Historic State Park on April 18-19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Witness history as living historians and interpreters portray the lives of the members of the Confederate States of America Army —  in character — in 1862.

Admission is $5 per vehicle 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.




Winding River Garden Club Plant Sale

Just in time for Easter!  The Winding River Garden Club will hold a plant sale at the Food Ranch Plaza, on U.S. 19, in Inglis, Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  If you’re looking for some gorgeous plants for spring, garden décor or yummy Easter treats, look no farther.  With a variety of potted plants to choose from and numerous garden themed décor items, there’s something for everyone.


Flower photo exhibit

Famed Gainesville photographer John Moran will showcase some of the state's wildflowers in an exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History that runs from April 19 to Aug.3.

The exhibit, “La Florida: 500 Years in the Place of Flowers,” features 15 large-format photographs taken by Moran, who traveled the state in search of his subjects.

For more information about the exhibit, visit http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/exhibits/coming-soon/upcoming/ or call 352-846-2000.








Free CPR course in Gilchrist

The Gilchrist County Emergency Management Department will offer its third free CPR class to the public on Saturday April 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center located at 3250 N. US Hwy 129 in Bell.

The course will have a strict limit of 30 students and will be on a first come first serve basis.  Students may be of any age as long as they are able to understand the material and perform the hands on portion of the course.  Students under the age of 18 will require guardian consent.   

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the Gilchrist County Director of Emergency Management David Peaton at 386-935-5400, toll free at 1-866-751-1728, or email at dpeaton@gilchrist.fl.us.



Happy Easter!




Pre-school story time at library

A pre-school story time will be at Luther Calloway Public Library in Chiefland at 10 :30 a.m. 

The program uses books and music to present the young children with the concept that books, reading and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages. The programs last 30 minutes.

For more information, contact your local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, youth services coordinator, 352-486-5552.


Grand Slam Bridge

Playdate 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.


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.




Post bingo

Every Tuesday night at the American Legion Post in Trenton is Bingo night.  Games begin at 7 p.m.  The Canteen is open so that you can come early and have dinner.  There are the regular items - drinks, candy, popcorn, chips, but the Post also has hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, French fries and personal-sized pizza.  

The proceeds from Bingo go to the Veterans and youth in our community.  

The Legion Post is located on US 129 on the curve between Trenton and Bell, across from the Field of Dreams. 


Vets meet

The VFW Post 5625 will meet at the post at 7:30 p.m.




Vets meet

The VFW Post 5625 house committee meeting is at 11 a.m. at the post.


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.


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. 


Visit your legislator 

The last Wednesday of each month State Rep. Charlie Stone, who represents Levy County in the Florida House, will be in the office at the Old Train Depot for open visits from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


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.


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.


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. 


April 24


Cattlemen meet on Suwanee

The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association will host its spring meeting on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.  at Don Quincey’s river home located at 11751 NW 132nd PL, Chiefland.

Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend. 

For more information call the Levy County Extension Office at 352-486-5131 or Devin Whitehurst 352-528-4724.


Vets meet

The VFW Post 5625 MOCA and MOC will meet at the post at 6:31 p.m. and 7:31 p.m.


April 25 -26


Friends book sale: Dunnellon

The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library is preparing for its two-day Boomtown Day Spring Book Sale to be held at the library.  It will run Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a special “bag of books” for $4. Hard back books will be $1, and all paperback books will be 50 cents.


April 26

The annual rummage sale at Peace Lutheran Church will take place on April 26, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  There will be no early sales. Please note that this time is different from the time earlier announced.

If anyone has items they wish to donate to the sale, please call Thelma Grams at 352-465-3877 or 352-362-3963.

Peace Lutheran Church, “The Church On The Hill,” is located at 7201 S Highway 41, 5 miles north of Dunnellon.  For more information, call the church, 352-489-5881, visit www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com or see Peace Lutheran Church on Facebook.


April 26 - 27


Pioneer Days

The 38th Annual Pioneer Days Festival is being held in High Springs April 26 - 27

For morel information, call 386-454-3120 or email chamber@highsprings.com.


April 28

Paint your town Purple

Show support for the annual Relay for Life in the Tri-Counties by helping to paint your town purple, the signature color of the American Cancer Society. The event is designed to promote cancer awareness. Public officials in in Cross City, Horseshoe Beach, Fanning Springs, Bell, Trenton and Chiefland have proclaimed Monday, April 28, as “Paint The Town Purple Day.”  

Organizers of the Relay For Life of The Tri Counties are challenging the communities to paint the town purple and they are also holding a contest to see which businesses, churches, and community members put up the most decorations. 


April 30

Homeowners are invited to attend a "Make Mitigation Happen" workshop April 30. from 1 - 3 p.m., in Bronson at the Levy Emergency Operations Center, 9010 N.E. 79th Ave.

Participants will meet with experts who will provide valuable information on how homeowners can undertake one or more mitigation projects on their homes to strengthen them against the hazards that threaten Florida.

To register to participate in this upcoming workshop and for additional information, please visit: www.BeReadyFlorida.org.


May 2


Relay for Life walks for a cure

The Relay For Life of The Tri Counties event being held on May 2, 2014, 6:00pm, at the Gilchrist County Agricultural Complex, north of Trenton on Highway 129.  The walk will begin at 6 p.m. and continue through Saturday at 6 a.m. The Nature Coast (Chiefland), Dixie and Gilchrist have combined for one event in 2014. 

For more information contact Kyle Stone 352-246-5920/352-376-6866 or Tracy Ridgeway at 352-463-3445/352-222-2218 or you may visit cancer.org/(800)227-2345.



May 3

Jail Break 5K run/walk slated


The Dunnellon Police Department, in partnership with BTY Fitness, will host the inaugural Dunnellon Jail Break 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 3. The event will begin at Datesman Park at 12050 S. Ohio St. The event will benefit Special Olympics Florida.

This 5K will wind through unique multi-terrain trails as well as city streets. Running clubs and enthusiasts as well as the novice runner/walker are able to participate. Costumes are encouraged as well.

To register, visit www.active.com. Pre-registered participants will receive a Dunnellon Jailbreak 5K logo drawstring bag and race shirt, along with other goodies. Entry fee is $25; between April 1 to April 19, the fee will increase to $30. Participants can register during the day of the run, but the fee will be $35 and no free T-Shirt will be given away.

For information, visit www.active.com, like us on Facebook “Dunnellon Jail Break 5K,” or call 465-8510.


Community yard sale

Tri-County Community Resources will be hosting a community yard sale on the lawn of the John C. Fisher building in Chiefland May 3, beginning at 8 a.m.. This is a fund raising event to support the new Community Resource Center in Chiefland.

Booth rental space will be available for $10 per booth. Please contact Diana Child at 352-493-4627 or office@fumcchiefland.com to reserve a booth. 

Space is limited. 



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.