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Community Calendar for the week of April 19

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Today

AARP driving course in Cross City
Cross City Rehabilitation is sponsoring an AARP Safe Driving Course from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Insurance companies must give a discount to those completing an AARP Safe Driving Course. 
This course is open to all people age 50 and older. The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.  Cross City Rehabilitation is providing lunch, snacks and beverage. 

Branford Camera Club meeting
The Branford Camera Club will meet at 7 p.m. at Cuzin’s Restaurant on U.S. Highway 129 across from Scaff’s Market in Branford.  Come about 5:30 p.m. for dinner. The first Spring Photo Critique, to be moderated by a professional judge will be held. Those entering photos please arrive by 6:30 to check in the photos, The activity is open to anyone who would like to submit photos for critique. If you’re not  a member of the Camera Club, please contact one of the following members for information: Carolyn Hogue, program chair, 386-935-2044; Dick Madden, technical consultant, 386-935-0296; and Skip Weigel, technical consultant, 386-935-9382.

Friday

Volleyball benefits Relay for Life
The Relay for Life Volleyball Tournament & BBQ Chicken Dinner is from 6 to 10 p.m. at First Baptist Church in  Williston. There will be 15-minute lightning rounds and a trophy and bragging rights will go to the winning team. Games begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the barbecue dinner are $7 each can be purchased from any First Baptist Church relay team member or by contacting Jana at janabug8274@aol.com or at the church office.
Pick-up for the dinners will be between 6-7 p.m. in the Family Life Center at First Baptist.

Saturday

Cycle for Education hits the trail
 Cycle for Education is a fun way to help raise money for the Levy County Schools Foundation and do a leisure ride on the Greenway Trail. Registration is at Chiefland Shopping Center at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfact. The ride can be as long or short as you want, although the official path is through Fanning Springs, on to Cross City and back. Stops are in Fanning Springs, Old Town and Cross City with food and beverages available. A complimentary lunch will be served from 11 a.m. To 1 p.m. for all riders. The entry fee is $25. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit www.active.com/cycling/chiefland-fl/lcsf-cycle-for-education-2012.

Friends of the Bronson Library Book Sale
Books will be on tables at the Bronson public library just waiting for you to purchase. Come to the Bronson Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Hardback books are 50 cents each and paperbacks are 10 cents each.

Lighthouse Word bike ride
The Lighthouse Word Church Motorcycle Club will sponsor a motorcycle ride leaving from the church  at 2350 N.W. U.S. Highway 27A in Chiefland at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome.  The group will stop for lunch at the halfway point.  Call 493-1554 for more information or  visit www.lighthouseword.org/motor.html.

Author DuLong to speak at Dunnellon
The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library will host a free program featuring Terri DuLong, author of the women’s fiction Cedar Key series, in the Dunnellon Public Library Meeting Room at 10:30 a.m. The library is at 20351 Robinson Road,  Dunnellon.  
DuLong has written "Spinning Forward," "Casting About," "A Cedar Key Christmas," "Holiday Magic" and her latest, "Sunrise on Cedar Key", published by Kensington Books.
For more information, call 352-438-2520.

Sunday

State park to host Earth
Day scavenger hunt
The Fanning and Manatee Springs state parks and Nature Coast State Trail will host a scavenger hunt throughout the park for Earth Day from 1 p.m. To 4 p.m.
Park Ranger Howard Meyer will read Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' book, “The Secret River” before the hunt. The reading will take place on the stage in Fanning Springs park from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place participants in the hunt and everyone will receive a certificate of participation.  
   Activities are free with a paid park admission of $6 per carload of up to eight people. For more information, please call the park at 352-493-6072 or visit  www.FloridaStateParks.org.

April 25 - May 30

Free living healthy program
The Living Healthy program is a six-week workshop that meets 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at First Baptist Church of Bronson through May 30.  Discover new skills for living better with ongoing health conditions like: arthritis, heart disease, depression, diabetes, cancer, bronchitis, asthma and more.  You'll also learn to: manage symptoms, use your medication effectively, exercise, handle difficult emotions, solve problems, relax, communicate better about your health with doctors, family and friends.
The workshop is limited to 16 people. Pre-registration is required by calling Juanita at 352-339-0747 or Swain at 352-304-9477.

April 26

Cattlemen, landowners meet
The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association gathers for 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 Office at 352-486-5131 or the secretary-treasurer, Bill Bennett, at 352-528-3119.

April 27
 
Chiefland Chamber meeting
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce meets at noon at Haven Hospice, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland. Lunch will be sponsored by Pinnacle Home Care. The speaker will be Annette Long who will present information on water issues we are facing. Space is limited, please reserve a seat by calling the Chamber office at 352-493-1849, or email chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net.
 
April 28

AMVETS sponsors Wild Hog race
AMVETS Post 88 is getting ready for another great running of the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race. This is our 7th year hosting this wild and exciting canoe and kayak race. Two kayak classes have been added this year: women and seniors. Please check out the website www.wildhog.wetpaint.com. The annual race benefits the Levy ARC in Otter Creek.
If you would like a sponsor form or a brochure to register for the race or if you have any questions, call Margie or Clyde McGarva at 352-486-2535.

Spaghetti supper helps feed hungry
The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will serve a spaghetti supper at 6:30. Once again, the only cost is a bag of groceries for the food shelf or a love donation if desired. All are welcome. All food and funds are used for the food shelf or to assist people with financial difficulties. If you have questions or if you are coming with a group larger than six, call 352-949-3607.

May 12

Zuckefest celebrates prolific squash
The 28th Annual Zuckefest — a celebration of zucchini cooked and baked every way imaginable — will be at the Windsor Volunteer Fire Station, 1401 S.E. County Road 234, Gainesville. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be rides, a magic show, beauty pageant and family activities, as well as arts and crafts booths.
All proceeds go to the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department.

June 9

Classic car show
The 4th Annual Chiefland Flea Market Classic Car Show holds registration from 9 a.m. to noon with awards presented at 2 p.m. at the flea market on North Young Boulevard.  The show donates a portion of the proceeds to local veterans' organizations.
The annual event is sponsored by Tri-County Cruising for Grins Club and the Chiefland Flea Market.
The event draws vehicles from through the state and region with classics and late models for car lovers to oogle. Music will be provided by DJ Jeff. There will be food, drink and arts and craft vendors. Door prizes will be awarded.
Entry fee is $15 until May 27, then $20 the day of the show.
For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or phillips 1311@bellsouth.net.
The group's other shows are the Veterans Day show on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the flea market and the Festival of Lights show at Fort Fanning Park on Saturday, Dec. 8.

ONGOING

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Anyone with an interest in Southern heritage or learn the history of the South and the Civil War can join the Sons of Confederate Veterans at their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6p.m. At Cypress Inn, Cross City.
For more information, call 352-542-9107.

Sen. Oelrich staff office hours in Bronson
Legislative staff from the office of state Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville) will  be on hand  the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Levy County Commission Chamber at the courthouse in Bronson. Persons interested in meeting with staff may set an appointment time by calling 352-375-3555 or walk-ins are welcomed.

Lions Club meeting
The Chiefland Lions Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Deke’s Steak House in Chiefland. For more information, call 352-463-6440.

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.

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, Capital City Bank, Community Meeting Room, North Young Boulevard, 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.

Classic Cars at Taco Bell
The Tri-County Cruisin' For Grins Club meets to show off their 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.
 
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.

Nature Coast Conservancy
Florida's Nature Coast Conservancy board of directors meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Laboratory in Cedar Key at 3 p.m. Members and others interested in this land trust are welcome.

Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club
The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club on 56th Street is hosting bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. There will be homemade pies and cakes, plus a $100 jackpot.
The Thrift Shop at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club has been a staple in the community since 1966.  Stocked solely by donations from club members and the community, the Thrift Shop is one of the finest in Levy, Citrus and Marion Counties.
The shop is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and staffed by volunteers.
For the month of February, all men's, infant and children’s clothes will be BOGO (buy one get one free).  As a way to thank those who have served our country, a 10 percent discount is offered to all veterans (with ID) on their total purchase.   For questions or information call 352-447-2057. Proceeds go to scholarships for students who have attended Yankeetown School. Bring a school supply and receive an early bird special. There's an adequate supply of paper and pencils, so what's needed are one-inch binders and backpacks. For more information, call 352-447-2057 or email yiwamansclub@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.

Alanon meeting
Alanon meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Chiefland Methodist Church, North Main Street. For more information, call 1-800-851-1795.

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

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.

TOPS meeting
The Chiefland TOPS group meets from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at St. Albans Church, U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland. Both sexes are welcome. For information, call 352-463-9111.

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.

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 Tuesday 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.

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.

Dixie Horseman Association
The Dixie Horseman Association wants to remind all members and potential members that the Club Roping and Game Days are always on the third Friday and Saturday of each month.  Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. and the roping starts at 8 p.m. This is a Round Robin format with a ropers cap of No. 5. Cash payouts are awarded. The arena is on the Airport Road in Cross City. All ropers and riders must be club members. Memberships are available at all events. All scheduled events are subject to fair weather. For more information, call Lil’ John Driggers, Shirley Jean Davis, Cindy Chewning, Karen Wright, Jeff Watson, Terri Cason or Charles Allen.