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Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 9

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Through March 4

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.

Friday

Fowlers Bluff fire
meeting changed
The board of directors of the Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 9 a.m. at the fire station located at 4591 N.W. County Road 347.

Steak dinner in    Yankeetown
A steak dinner will be served 4-6:30 p.m. at Parsons Memorial Presbyterian Church in Yankeetown. Dinners are $6.50 each Drawing for a $50 gift card to Helen Nursery will be held.
Take-out is available. To order, call 352-447-2506

Saturday

Butterflies in refuge topic of talk
Barbara Woodmansee will give a presentation about the butterflies in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge at 10:30 a.m. at the Cedar Key Library.  The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.
Using her extensive collection of photos from the Refuge, she will focus on the families of butterflies in the refuge. She will provide tips on how to distinguish different species and how to locate them.  She will also distinguish the difference between day-flying moths and butterflies. She will bring a checklist for folks interested in recording their sightings of butterflies.

Woman's Club dinner helps vets
The Cedar Key Woman’s Club's ongoing projects, Support Our Troops, has sent 100s of “Care Packages” to area men and women who are deployed overseas. This year they have embarked on a campaign to support Fisher House, the VA hospital residence.
The Spaghetti Dinner is held at the Cedar Key Community Center on 6th Street, with dine-in or take-out  available,  5-7 p.m.
Heritage recipes for the homemade spaghetti sauce, the salad, garlic bread, beverages  and wonderful desserts are handed down as part of the Club’s tradition. Tickets are $10 and are available from Curmudgeonalia, Pelican Realty, and from members of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.

Stargazing at  Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve
The Chiefland Star Party Group is presenting a telescopic view of the stars and planets at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. The free program will take place near the Ellie Schiller Education Center. There will be a laser show of the winter constellations. Several large telescopes will be available for viewing. For your safety, we recommend arriving before sunset (6 p.m.) to sign in. Bring a flashlight and bug spray. In case of cloud cover, a slideshow program will take place at the Education Center. This event is sponsored by Friends of the WGP. Email friendswgp@bellsouth.net or visit www.withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com for  more information.

Hot Rodding for Heroes
Hot Rodding For Heroes is a classic auto tour and show starting at 11 a.m. in Haile Village Center and on Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club. Hot Rodding for Heroes will benefit active military, veterans and their families. The net proceeds will be donated to the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation for the new Fisher House coming to the VA hospital.
The show will assemble at the Santa Fe College parking lot at 9 a.m. for registrants only. The registrants leave at 10 a.m on a police-escorted 30-mile tour of Alachua County and Gainesville, ending in the Haile Plantation Village Center. Arrival time will be around 11 a.m. when the festivities begin.
 For more information visit hotroddingforheroes.org/ or contact Doug Baril at dougbaril@bosshardtrealty.com.

Bamboo workshop at Kanapaha
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is holding its 30th Annual Winter Bamboo Sale through March 1 and a bamboo workshop on Saturday., Feb 11, 10 a.m.-1p.m. Cost is $10 per person, $15 per couple.
Kanapaha has the state's largest collection of bamboos and is offering 15 types of bamboos for sale through March 1 on a dug-to-order basis. See price/availability listings at www.kanapaha.org/calendar or call 352-372-4981.

Sunday

Armchair tour of cemeteries
The Genealogy and History Society of Levy County will meet at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. Chiefland.
Toni Collins, Levy County historian and author, will present a PowerPoint program on the history of some of the 82 known Levy County family, church, and community cemeteries. Collins also will give a brief history of the persons interred in the cemeteries that will be visited on the armchair tour.
Historian Lindon Lindsey, author of “Cemeteries of Levy and Other Counties,” also will attend to answer questions and help interested persons with the location of cemeteries.
The program starts at 2 p.m. and the public is welcome.  For more information please call President Bonnie Hill at (352) -507-2428.

Monday — Friday

Friends of Dunnellon 
library Valentine’s book sale
The Friends Book Store, inside the library, 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon,  will have a Valentine’s, storewide “half-price” book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. All sales benefit the Dunnellon Public Library.

Tuesday

Native plant society meeting
The Sparkleberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society's February program is on “What You Can See in Your Yard.”
The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Hatch Park, Branford (403 SE Craven St). The public is invited

Wednesday

Do you have questions about Medicare?
Do you have questions about your options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare Billings?
If you do, come see a volunteer with SHINE, a program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, for one-on-one counseling 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Chiefland Senior Center.
SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance. If you cannot come to a site call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a SHINE Volunteer near you.

Feb. 16

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.

Feb. 18

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.

Feb. 21

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.

Feb. 22

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
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.

Ongoing

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.
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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 meetings
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 bingo
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 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.

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 meetings
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.