Community Calendar week of December 3

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By The Staff

Through -Dec. 6

Take a pet home for holidays

Dixie County Humane Society is participating in the national “Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays” pet fostering program starting today and having a foster/adoption event on Sunday, Dec. 6 at Walmart in Chiefland.

Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to empty their kennels for Christmas, encouraging members of the public to invite a pet home for the holidays. 

Dixie County Humane Society is happy to answer questions about the program for people interested in making this Christmas a happy holiday for a pet in need.  If you are interested in welcoming home a “Pet for The Holidays” please call (352) 542-1081. 

 Dixie County Humane Society will provide all needed supplies. The Society has an average population of 40 adoptable dogs and 40 adoptable cats.  You can view all of the pets online at www.petfinder.com. The group's goal is to have each of these pets into a home by noon on Dec. 20th. 

Also, please tune in to  “A Dog Named Christmas,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie about a dog fostered during the holidays, tonight on CBS.


Be safe driver with AARP training

It’s the holiday season and in 2008 in Florida there were 22,259 alcohol-related crashes, 15,736 injuries, and 1,169 fatalities.

To help be a safer driver, take an AARP Driver Safety class as a refresher. Class beings at 9 a.m. both days at Cross City Seventh Day Adventist Church (near Woody’s), 15 N.E. 144th  St., Cross City.

 Check with your insurance carrier to ask if you are entitled to an insurance discount, good for three years.

The course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To register, call Lee Miller at (352) 498-5004.



Cancer Awareness Race/Walk

The Chiefland Woman's Club will hold their 2nd Annual 5K Cancer Awareness Race/Walk at the Trailhead Park in Chiefland.  

The race/walk will be the opening activity for the Chiefland Chamber Christmas Festival.  The entry fee for the race/walk will be $20 and proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  

Please contact Melanie King Hutchison for an entry form or more information at 352-493-7593 or melliek71@hotmail.com.

Safety Patrol yard sale

The Chiefland Elementary School Safety Patrols will have a yard sale in the front parking lot of Chiefland High School from 8 a.m. to noon.

Second annual cookie sale

 Turning Point Ministries of Trenton will hold their 2nd Annual Cookies by the Ton Sale on from 9 a.m. to noon at their facility on County Road 341, just north of County Road 346A (Joppa Church Road).

Cookies will be sold by the pound with no charge for the container.

 Proceeds from this sale will be used to improve the outside lighting on the church property.

 For further information, watch this newspaper or call 352-463-1882 during office hours.

Santa pays a visit

Santa Claus will be at The Short Stop, 1296 S.E. Highway 317, Old Town, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Bring the kids and a camera.


Local author to hold book

signing for first novel

Rocky Kuznik, a long-time area resident, is holding a book signing party for his first novel, The Never Pals, a comical new buddy novel, on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Victorian TeaRoom, 115 SE 1st Avenue in Williston.

 Kuznik, a nationally published short story writer, lived in the Williston area for several years before moving to Ocala .

The public is invited to meet the author at this free event. Light refreshments will be provided.

For directions to Victorian TeaRoom, visitwww.victorian-tearoom.com.

Toys for Tots benefit

Southern Sons Motorcycle Club hosts its 7th Annual  Frosty Balls  Holiday Benefit & Party at 5951 NW 81st Ave. Chiefland, from noon until ??? Admission is $5 and one unwrapped new toy, per person. The event benefits the Toys for Tots program. The charge includes meals, ticket, overnight camping.  There will be drawings, door prizes and a 50/50  raffle for $500.

Dinner for deaf, hearing impaired

All deaf/hearing impaired, family members and friends are invited to a Christmas Dinner at First Baptist Church in Bronson from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall.

Call Violet at (352) 671-6720 or email at violet.stokes@yahoo.com to sign up on food list.  If you want to be in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift valued at  $5 or under.  

Carving Club show in Inverness

  The Nature Coast Carving Club will be presenting their 12th Annual Woodcarving Show at the Citrus County Auditorium, 3610 South Florida Ave., Inverness. (US Hwy 41 south of Inverness next to the airport) on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unlimited free parking will be available.

 Wood carving displays, wood carving supplies and many other items will be for sale. If you area looking for a special Christmas gift, this is the place to find it. Continual demonstrations will be performed on stage. Free catalogs for tools and supplies will be available until depleted.

 Two hundred hand-carved Christmas tree ornaments will be given away as door prizes. You select your favorite ornament.

 Admission at the door is $2. If you have any questions please call Dave Melton at 527-4561.

River Rise Romp Endurance 50/25 miles

Endurance riders from throughout the Southeast will gather at River Rise Preserve in High Springs, for competition.  The sanctioned event is open to local riders but entries are limited and filling up quickly. The ride is a benefit for Animal Rescue  Friends of Gilchrist. Contact Edward Bisch for forms and questions at (352) 463-0668, or ebisch@bellsouth.net


DAV hosts Vets Christmas dinner

The DAV and DAVA Chapter 63 is holding their Annual Veterans Christmas Dinner, starting at 1 p.m. at the DAV/DAVA chapter hall in Cross City.

The dinner is free and there will be a door prize drawing after dinner.


Take a nature walk in refuge

Please join Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuges for a nature walk on December 7, at 9 a.m.  Joan Stephens will lead the walk.  The event is free and all are welcome.


Haven Hospice Holiday Grief Support Group

     Haven Hospice is offering “Coping with the Holidays,”  a free support group for adults grieving the loss of a loved one.  Please note that the support group will held in two locations on the same date and time.  While the sessions are free, you must register to attend.

    The first session is from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Haven Hospice in Chiefland and at Cross City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Cross City. The second session is at the same time and in the same two places on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

    For information, contact Alesha Smith, at 352-493-2333 to register or for more information.


December 12

Rock Crusher Canyon Concert

    Blake Shelton, Jason Michael Carroll, Craig Morgan will perform at Rock Crusher Canyon, Crystal River. The first performance starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $25 to $75. To order tickets, call Mike Hampton’s Pitching In Foundation at 527-3297, visit Fancy’s Pets in Crystal River or log on to  www.ticketmaster.com.

December 15

Yankeetown-Inglis GOP to party

    The Yankeetown – Inglis Republican Club will be holding its annual Christmas Party at the Lions’ clubhouse on U.S. Highway 40 and 59th Street starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will be provided by the club board at 6:30 p.m.

    There will be a gift exchange (men to bring a gift for man and women bring a gift for a woman) – the gift costing between $5 and $10. The popular band “Just Us 4” will provide entertainment. Good food, good friends, good music and fun!

    For reservations, call Edith at 447-2622 or Pat at 447-5874.