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Community Calendar for the week of April 28

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Friday-Saturday

Friends' book sale
A book sale by the Friends of the Dunnellon Library will be in the Dunnellon Library Meeting Room, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Prices: Hardcover, 50 cents; Paperbacks, 25 cents; and Saturday only, a “bag of books" for $4. The library is at 20351 Robinson Rd, Dunnellon.

Saturday

Wild Hog Race
The 34th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race begins at the Waccasassa Bridge on State Road 24, six miles west of Bronson. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the race ends at the Waccasassa Bridge on U.S. Highway 19, where there will be live music, food and fun. The event benefits LARC and is sponsored by AMVETS Post 88, the Ladies Auxillary and Sons of AMVETS in Bronson. For more information, call 352-486-2535 or visit www.wildhog.wetpaint.com.

Naval Sea Cadets recruiting in Dunnellon
The Manatee Division of the Sea Cadets will be at the Dunnellon Wal-Mart from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to recruit for the youth group. Come meet the cadets and get more information on joining the fun. The group is seeking youth ages 11 to 17. For more information, call 352-212-5473.
Antique car show
The Suwannee River Region No. 140 Early Ford V-8 Club will have its 19th Annual Antique Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center, 606 N.E. 7th St., Trenton. The event is free, but those wishing to show a car, older than 1986, must register, Cost is $12 prior to April 25, or $15 after. For more information, contact Myrna Williams at 352-463-2365.

Bronson alumni
basketball game
Bronson Middle/High School is hosting an alumni basketball game from 4-8 p.m. in the school's gymnasium. The event begins with a 3-on-3 tournament and 3-point shootout at 4 p.m., followed by the alumni game at 6 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. You must be a current BMHS student to participate in the 3-on-3 tournament and a graduate of Bronson High School to participate in the alumni game. For more information, contact Aaron Haldeman at 352-486-5260.

Trenton fishing tourney
The Trenton Rotary Club's 3rd Annual Fishing Tournament begins at sunrise at the Suwannee Marina. This is an inshore/offshore event with a weigh-in at 3 p.m. The entry fee is $125 per boat and includes a captain and mate. For more information, visit trentonrotaryclub.org or call 352-463-6613.

Spring into fun
The Otter Springs Park & Campground will host its first "Spring into Fun" community event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Park admission is free. There will be childrens’ games and door prizes. For more information, call 352-463-0800.

May 7

Shrine Club breakfast
The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its monthly country breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on State Road 26, about a half-mile north of Fanning Springs.
The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, pancakes and coffee for $6 per person.

May 8

Balloon release
The Hope Rising Mother's Day Balloon Release is at 4 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Service, 1301 North Young Blvd., Chiefland. Join us as we release balloons into the heavens in honor of mom. The is a free community event and a celebratory occasion to remember moms who have passed away as well as moms who have lost a child. For more information, call 352-493-0050.

May 11

Springs workshop
The public is invited to the meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Otter Springs Park, 6470 SW 80th Ave., 3.5 miles north of Fanning Springs. Join community members to learn about Fanning and Manatee Springs and work together to protect water flowing to these valuable community assets. Learn about the rule that protects water flow in Fanning and Manatee Springs, farm and forest management practices to protect groundwater flowing to springs, and new information on sources of nitrate pollution in groundwater that flows Fanning and Manatee Springs. For more information contact, Carol Lippincott at 352-377-8693 or at carol_lippincott@cox.net.

May 14

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Club meets
Deaf/Hearing Impaired Club of Levy County meets from 5-7:30 p.m. Meeting will be at the First Baptist Church in Bronson. All family members and friend of the Deaf/Hearing Impaired are invited, too. Please bring a covered dish. If you will be attending, contact Violet at 352-361-7768. This is a good time of fellowship.

Music and horses
The 7th Annual May Day Qualifier begins at 7 p.m. in Canterbury Arena in Newberry. The event features horses performing to musical themes for prize money and prestige. Admission is $5 per car to park. Food is available. Please leave your dogs at home. For more information, call 352-472-6758.

May 20

1st Annual Casino Night
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 1st Annual Casino Night from 6-9 p.m. with a prize auction to follow. This event will be at BubbaQues, in the conference room. Tickets go on sale on May 2. There will be Black Jack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em, Craps and Luck of the Draw. There will be many great auction items to spend your “winnings” on. Space is limited so please RSVP. For more information or to RSVP, call the chamber office at 352-493-1849

June 4

Vendors, contestants sought for
Watermelon Festival
The 57th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival's sponsor, the Chiefland Woman's Club, is looking for local craft vendors and taking applications for all watermelon pageants. For the first time the club is offering a $500 scholarship to the 2011 Chiefland Watermelon Queen. For more information, call 352-493-9653  

ONGOING

Walking club
Every Tuesday and Thursday 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.

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.

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 is having Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Friday. Post 236 is located at 9550 NE Alt. Hwy. 27, 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.

Dixie Humane Society sale
The Dixie Humane Society has a weekly Indoor/ Outdoor Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The society is located off U.S. Highway 19 North on County Road 349 across from the bike trail in Old Town. Donations are welcome.

Heart of the Hammock Humane Society
The Heart of the Hammock Humane Society, located in the old Carr’s Furniture building at 9599 N.E. County Road 349, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donated items can be dropped at the building picked up after a phone. Any unsold items from a yard/garage sale can also be picked up. For more information, call 352-542-1617 or 356-542-1077.

American Legion Post 383 activities
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.

Boys & Girls Clubs want clunkers
Florida Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for “Clunker Cars” to be donated to raise funds. Donors can get a tax write off. To donate, call 1-800-246-0493.

TOPS meeting
The Chiefland TOPS group meets 11a.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.

Rotary Clubs
Chiefland Rotary meets at noon Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s on Main Street in Chiefland. Williston Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. 1st St.

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

Bronson Homemakers
Bronson Home and Community Educators, a community service organization, meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month with a monthly workshop 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Monday of the month, except June, July and August.The meetings are at the Levy County Extension Office, U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson. For information, contact Mary Anne Ostroman at 352-528-5076.

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.

Stitches from heart helps babies
Stitches From The Heart is a nationwide group of volunteers that knit, crochet and quilt for needy babies and children. These items are donated to 411 hospitals and charities. Patterns are available. Donated yarn is appreciated.
Call toll free 877-985-9212, write at 3316 Pico, Santa Monica, Calif., 90405 or email stitchfromheart@aol.com