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Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 16

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Through March 4

Bellamy Road exhibit
Author and historian Carolyn Cohens, a self-taught artist from Chiefland, is part of an exhibit "Variations on a Dream: Black History, Liberation & Spirituality" at Bellamy Road in Melrose. Cohens' acrylic paintings celebrate the folk-life of African-Americans in Levy County and the surrounding region.
 Bellamy Road is open Friday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. The showcase is located at 5910 Hampton St. (State Road 26), Melrose.  For more information, call 352-475-3435. Also contact by email bellamyroadevents@gmail.com or kbollum@comcast.net or cell phone (352) 283-9700.

Today

American Legion Post 91 meeting
American Legion Post 91 of Trenton invites all members and community veterans to the monthly membership meeting and dinner at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m.  Jim Lynch, will be the guest speaker from Forest Meadows Funeral Home. He was the Alachua County Veteran Service Officer for over 20 years.

Whooping Crane Presentation
Olivia Bailey, Biologist from Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, will give a presentation on Whooping Cranes at 1 p.m., at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. Her talk will include natural history and facts covering the wild population and early conservation efforts. Olivia will describe the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership and the current reintroduction efforts taking place. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the WGP. Email friendswgp@bellsouth.net or visit www.withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com for directions and more information.

Branford Camera Club meeting
The Branford Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at Cuzin’s Restaurant, on U.S. Highway 129 across from Scaff’s Market in Branford.  Dinner is 6 p.m.  The guest speaker is professional photographer Rob Wolfe, who will share the work he did on a trip to China.
Skip Weigel will present the guidelines for the Spring Photo Critique to be done at the April 19 meeting.  
The Branford Camera Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, for the purpose of sharing, learning, and enjoying all things photographic. 

Saturday

12th Horses for  Hospice Trail Ride
 Hospice of Marion County will hold its 12th Annual “Horses for Hospice” Trail Ride  on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. This year’s ride is in memory of Wayne Vaught, former Cross Florida Greenway enthusiast and Trail Ride chairman.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first ride leaves at 9:15 a.m. Riders will spend 2-3 hours on the trail. Following the ride  can enjoy lunch by Tommy’s BBQ, live entertainment by Bordertown, and door prizes.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Patient Care Programs. The minimum donation to ride is $30. Wagons are welcome; $30 for driver and $10 per passenger. Horse lovers who are unable to ride may purchase a $10 ticket to enjoy lunch and entertainment. For more information or to register, call 352-854-5218.

Tuesday

AARP driving classes
Florida is a mandated state and any insurance company doing business in Florida must give a discount to those completing an AARP Safe Driving Course.  Open to individuals age 50 and older.  Contact your agent for discount amounts.  Update yourself to earn a discount and get newly enacted motor vehicle and traffic laws.  Course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 all others.  Call instructor Linda Cochran at 352-493-1742 to register for the class .Class begins at 9 a.m. at Capital City Bank, North Young, Blvd, Chiefland.

Wednesday

Young artists benefit from event
The Children's Summer Art Program Benefit Dinner, a three-course gourmet dinner catered by the Island Room, will benefit the young artists program.
Following dinner there will be a raffle of original art and other fun items. This benefit dinner will be at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Key Arts Center, cost of dinner is $25.
Call 543-6520 to make reservations, limited seating available.

Feb. 25

Bronson Library Friends Winter Book Sale
Come join us for our Winter Book Sale on the porch of the Bronson Library on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paperback books will be 10 cents and hardback books will be 50 cents.  Hope you can join us in helping to raise funds in support of the Bronson Library special projects.  We are still taking book donations.  For more information call the Bronson Library at 486-2015.

Save Our
Suwannee picnic
Local water protection group, Save Our Suwannee, Inc is sponsoring a barbecue and picnic from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Santa Fe River at Bluebird Landing Pavilion, 1824 S.W. Woodland Ave, High Springs.   Live music sets by Doug Clifford.  Surprise speaker.  Bring your own beverages and kayaks. Open to SOS members and the general public.  Free admission.  RSVP on Facebook at Save Our Suwannee, Inc events page or wall or email Megan at megano1@windstream.net.

April

AMVETS gets ready
for Wild Hog race
AMVETS Post 88 is getting ready for another great running of the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on April 28. 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.
The community's help is needed to make this happen. If you would like to sponsor the race, regardless if you are a business or individual, we welcome you. We need racers. AMVETS members are out and about in the Levy county area selling sponsorships and raffle tickets and asking businesses to be sponsors.  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 fr om 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.

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.

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.