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Community Calendar for the week of August 2

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Today

Candidate meet and greet
The Inglis Recreation Advisory Board Activities Committee (R.A.B.A.C.) will have a Candidate 'Meet and Greet' from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Inglis Community Center.  
All qualified candidates in the Levy County election have been invited to attend. The following candidates have confirmed attendance: Tim Browning, Christopher Cowart, Darryl Diamond, Jamie  Griffin, Robert Hastings, Tammy Jones, Bobby McCallum, John Meeks, Cyndee Munkittrick, Evan Sullivan and Brooke Ward.  The candidates will have tables set up with information. They will be given the opportunity to speak for one minute on why they feel they are most qualified for the position they are seeking and what ideas/suggestions they have for the people of South Levy.
The remaining time (after the one minute speeches) will be allotted for one-on-one with the candidates. Bring your questions and let your candidates know that we in South Levy want to be an informed electorate. Any candidates that wish to attend should please email the R.A.B.A.C. At inglis.rabac@gmail.com, or call 352-447-0236.

Saturday

Early voting starts
Early voting for the Aug. 14 primary election begins today and continues through Saturday, Aug. 11, until at the Supervisor of Elections office at 421 S. Court St., Bronson.
Voters can cast their ballots Monday through Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Make sure to bring proper identification when voting. To find out the requirements, call 352-486-5163 or go to www.votelevy.com.

Levy GOP opens elections office
The grand opening of the Levy County Republican Headquarters is 10 a.m. The office, located on the backside of Chantilly Place on U.S. 27A in Bronson, will be open from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through the Aug. 14 primary election.
Beginning Aug. 15 the office will be open Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. To 8 p.m. Through August.

Free bluegrass, bluegrass gospel concert
Enjoy a free evening of bluegrass and bluegrass Gospel music from 6 to 9 p.m. at the “Old” Old Town Elementary School Auditorium, located at State Road 349 and County Road 55A.
Big Cypress Bluegrass will perform in the event sponsored by the Dixie County Historical Society.

August 7

Grief support group
meets in Archer
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss support group at the Davis Center in Archer every Tuesday   through Aug. 14. The group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 352-493-2333.
August  9—11

Help end the blood “drought”
Blood supplies are critically low this summer and with many families on vacation it's difficult to get donors to come in and share a pint of life-giving blood. But Tri-County area residents have several opportunities to donate.
Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with parental consent, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required. Donors get cookies and a cool T-shirt.  Roll up your sleeve this summer LifeSouth really needs your help.
On Thursday, Aug. 9, the Bronson Community Blood Drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Levy County Courthouse on South Court Street.
On Friday, Aug. 10 look for the LifeSouth bloodmobile to be at the Steinhatchee Community Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Maddie’s Market.
Saturday, Aug. 11 the bus will be at the Old Town Community Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hitchcock’s Foodway.
 
August 11

2nd Saturday concert
Withlacoochee Area Residents Inc. will present the third of its 2nd Saturday Summer Concert Series. Rod Sillars will take the stage at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club at 7 p.m.  Rod's smooth voice and intricate musical style ranges from the classics of Seeger and Dylan, with some upbeat ditties.
Florida’s original bluegrass power-trio Florida Cracker Cowboys will perform at 8 p.m. The band is a spirited group that performs folk and blue grass with Florida themed originals.
There will also be a “Make your own sundae” bar. Sundaes with all the toppings and other assorted goodies will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. 
The Woman’s Club is on 56th St.  A $10 tax-deductible donation will go to W.A.R. Inc.
For information, call Lee at 352-795-4506, or e-mail warinc.directors@gmail.com. 
The final concert in the series will be Saturday, Sept. 8, featuring Songcrafters Circle.

August  14

Grief support group
meets in Archer
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss support group at the Davis Center in Archer every Tuesday   through Aug. 14. The group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 352-493-2333.

Through August
Dunnellon library friends book sale

The Friends Books Store inside the Library are having a Dog Days of August half-price Book Sale LASTING all of AUGUST.  Inventory changes daily depending on the great book donations received .  Store hours:  10am-4pm daily / 10:30am-2pm Saturdays
All proceeds benefit the Dunnellon Public Library.
Friends of Dunnellon Public Library
20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, FL 34431  352-438-2520

September 2

CK Chamber auction
The Greater Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce holds its Labor Day Auction at the Island Room.
This year's theme is Pirates and there will be Treasures Galore

September 8
Final Second Saturday concert

The final concert in the Second Saturday series will feature Songcrafter's Circle featuring, Frank Thomas, Carly Bak, Jay Wood and Lee Paulet. Details on the event location and time will be forthcoming.
The concerts are fundraisers for the Withlacoochee Area Residents Inc., a non-profit group.

September 11

Chamber honors Business of the Year
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will honor the 2012 Business of the Year at its  Industry Appreciation Banquet.
The organization is seeking public nominations for the 2012 Business of the Year. Download a nomination form at www.chieflandcitizen.com by clicking on the NEWS, then BUSINESS links on the page or visit the Chamber website at www.chieflandchamber.com. Or call the Chamber office at 352-493-1849 to have one sent, or visit the Chamber office in Train Depot Park on South Main Street/U.S. Highway 19 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

September 29

Hutch's run to benefit Haven
The 2nd annual "Hutch" Hutchinson's Legacy Poker Run is being organized with proceeds to benefit Haven Hospice.  For more information, call 352-493-0044.

October 13

Haven event celebrates "Fall on the Prairie"
"Fall ont he Prairie," a night of scrumptious food, live music, silent and live auction, and so much more will be sponsored by Haven Hospice at Whitehurst Ranch & Prairie in Williston. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $75 per person and sponsorship and auction donation opportunities are available.  For more information, call Stephanie Brod, 352-271-4665 or email at smbrod@havenhospice.org

October 20-21

The 43rd Annual Seafood Festival in Cedar Key will be held in the historic downtown and City Park. Great food and entertainment in the Park and art lines the streets of Cedar Key. Funds raised by various groups go to support charitable projects and Cedar Key School.

November 23

The annual Cedar Key Christmas Celebration will kick-off this event with a tree lighting ceremony in the Park.

Ongoing

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, Beef O'Brady's, Meeting Room, U.S. Highway 19 North, 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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

Kids ranch rodeo in 4th year
Cross Brand Cowboy Church 4th Annual Kids Ranch Rodeo series is under way. Kids age seven and under will compete in mutton bustin, goat roping, flipping and branding, barrel racing and goat undressing. Sign-ups are at 8a.m. and the rodeo starts at 9 a.m. Children eight to 12 years old will be competing in barrels, chute doggin, ranch branding, breakaway calf roping and goat tying. Sign-ups for the 8-12 year olds will be at noon and the rodeo starts at 1 p.m. There is a $30 one time registration fee and $10 per event fee for the contestants. This is a four-month buckle series. Rodeos will be every 2nd Saturday of the month, June-Sept. The rodeo will be at the Little Pig Foot Arena 16649 West Highway 318, Williston. For more information call, John at 352-239-2918. Admission is free for the public and there will be a concession stand.