Community Calendar for the week of December 5

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'Peter Pan' at Chief Theater

"Peter Pan,” written by J.M. Barry in 1904, will be coming to the Chief Theater, home of the Suwannee Valley Players.

For more information, leave a message at 352-493-ARTS and your call will be returned, or visit SVPlayers.org.




Note: See Page 1A for more Saturday events


Christmas Jubilee Jam 

Concert helps children 

A Christmas Jubilee Jam Concert Toy Drive featuring performances by Joy Banks Community Choir/MLK, Lanard Perry, Eastside High School Gospel Choir, Voices of Unity, The Phlegmtones, Michelle Lamb, Heidi Schweibert, The Jewels, Speaking Silence and an appearance by Santa Claus will be held 7–9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at 4000 N.W. 53rd Ave., Gainesville. All toys go to children in the Guardian ad Litem program in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. 

There will be a Toy Drive for kids, a fun Sing-A-Long, a Living Christmas Tree and Santa Claus.

For more information, visit christmasjubileejam.com or contact Lanard Perry at 352-283-9316. 

Admission is free, but adults are asked to bring two  new unwrapped gifts for kids.  The toy drive is also accepting sponsors and donations. 


UMC Women’s bazaar on Saturday

The Cedar Key United Methodist Women hold their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church on State Road 24. There will be a cookie sale and walk with $8, $6 and $4 boxes. There will also be crafts, baked goods and more for sale.

Lunch will be stew, chili, cornbread, dessert and drinks.

Donations will be welcome. 

For more information, call Marie Lewis at352-467-4703.


Audobon Bird Walk

Four River Audubon will sponsor its monthly Lake City Bird Walk at Alligator Lake Park on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 a.m.

Once in Lake City, take Baya Drive for 2.6 miles, crossing US 41 and US 441, before you reach the traffic light at S.E. County Club Road. Take a right and drive 1.2 miles to park entrance. Meet at the pole barn. 

Loaner binoculars are available. Walks usually last from two to four hours, depending on the weather. Participants can leave any time they wish. 

For more information, call Judy Mundy at 386-758-9558.




Crochet Club

The Chiefland Crochet Club meets the second Monday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland. Anyone interested in needle work of any sort is welcome to attend. 


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.




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.


Legion Auxiliary meeting

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 383, Old Town, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For information, call 352-542-7788. 


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.


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.


December 12


WWII vets meet in Trenton

The December meeting of the WWII Vets will be at Hobo's Restaurant in Trenton 12/12/13 at 11:30 A.M. Any questions please call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310. Hope to see you there with spouse, care-giver or friend. We will eat lunch as usual. 


Library Friends December meeting

The Friends of the Luther Callaway  Public Library (FLCPL), the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System, will hold its monthly meeting at the Library, 104 N.E. 3rd Street, Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m. Dec. 12.  The FLCPL supports the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the Library's programs and resources and through fund-raising projects to augment the Library's budget for the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment.  Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting.  For further information call FLCPL president Ann Brown at 352-226-7413.


Elder Options board to meet 

The Elder Options Board of Directors will meet Dec. 11, at 12:30 p.m., at the Elder Options conference room A, located at 100 S.W. 75 St, suite 301, in Gainesville. The public is invited to attend



Saturday, December 14


CK Methodist Women Holiday Bazaar

The Cedar Key Methodist Women will host their Holiday Bazaar at Fellowship Hall at 4th Street and State Road 24. Baked goods, crafts and cookie walk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch also available: choice of beef stew or chili for $10, kids 12 and under $6.


CK boat parade, Santa Clam's arrival

The Cedar Key Lighted Boat Parade, which precedes the arrival of Santa Clam, and Community Night in the Park begins at 5:45 p.m. 

Start your evening out by watching the boats of Cedar Key decorated and lit, watch as they follow a water course around the back of Dock Street. The parade begins at 5:45; line-up at 5:30.  When the parade ends at City Park, visit with Santa Clam and enjoy a community-wide potluck. Bring a covered dish if you can. Please call Rose if you are interested in having your boat in the parade 543-6346.


Sunday, December 15


Children's Christmas party in Bronson

The Bronson Friends of the Library would like to invite all children to the Bronson Library on  Sunday, Dec. 15, from 1-3 p.m. for the groups annual children’s Christmas party. Santa will be visiting each child and there will be refreshments for all.

For more information, call 352-486-2015.  


Saturday, December 28


Refuge hosts Holiday Lighthouse

The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Holiday Lighthouse Open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seahorse Key.  The University of Florida shares information about their lab on Seahorse Key for visitors during this wonderful outing.  Enjoy a day of history, heritage and ecology for the holidays. 

Visitors are responsible for their own transportation to the island. Tour boats are available at the Cedar Key boat launch. 


Saturday, March 15


Quilt show in Trenton

For the seventh consecutive year, Trenton will be ablaze with quilts flying from shops, businesses and government buildings up and down Main Street and beyond for the Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Florida’s only outdoor quilt show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

For more information, contact Stephanie Metts, 352- 316-5900.


Run benefits Haven Hospice

Join the 5th annual Run for Haven in the Tioga Town Center with the course going through the Town of Tioga (in Gainesville). This event will feature a 5K and 10K run/walk with a St. Patrick's Day theme. The registration fee includes the chip-timed run, a pre-run warm-up, live music, food, drinks, a shirt for the first 700 registered runners, a commemorative medal for the 700 registered runners, expo booths, awards ceremony for overall winners and more. 

For more information about this event, to become a sponsor, auction donor or to purchase a ticket,  contact Stephanie Brod at 352-271-4665 or email smbrod@havenhospice.org.









Saturday, April 12

Haven Hospice's signature fundraising event with over 600 attendees, Viva will again be held at the beautiful Rembert Farm with food and drink, auctions, live music and entertainment.  

For more information about this event, to become a sponsor, auction donor or to purchase a ticket, please contact Stephanie Brod at 352-271-4665 or email smbrod@havenhospice.org.


May 2

The Relay for Life of the Tri-Counties will begin at 6 p.m. and walk, walk, walk through Saturday at 6 a.m. The Nature Coast (Chiefland), Dixie and Gilchrist have combined for one event in 2014. 






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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.