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Community Calendar for the week of February 28

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 Today 

 

Scrabble Players Wanted

Bronson Library's next meeting of the Scrabble Players is at 10:30 a.m.  We hope to make this a weekly event, so please call the Bronson Library at 486-2015 if you want to make sure we are meeting.  

 

Haven Hospice welcomes administrator

Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties is welcoming its new administrator DeAnna M. Beverly with a wine and cheese social between 5 and 7 p.m. in the Haven Tri-Counties Care Center Courtyard at 31 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland. The event is hosted by the staff and Executive Leadership Team of Haven. 

 

Grand opening of Citrus Hospice

Hospice of Citrus County, Inc./Hospice of the Nature Coast is celebrating the grand opening of its Chiefland facility between 5 and 8 p.m. at 304 N. Main St., Chiefland. 

The facility is home to the Dixie Hospice Care Team, Hospice Thrift & Gift Shoppe and Herry's Cafe. 

The event is being catered by the Island Room at Cedar Cove and there will be entertainment. 

 

Children benefit from art fundraiser

A Children’s Art Benefit Dinner, Raffle and Silent Auction will be held at the Cedar Key Community Center, at 6th and F Streets, at 6 p.m. 

Food will be provided by the Island Room Restaurant and there are wonderful items available for the raffle and silent auction.  

All proceeds from this event will be used to sponsor art programs for the children of Cedar Key who have no art teacher in their school. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Cedar Key Welcome Center or from Cedar Key Arts Center Board Members. Come join the fun and support a great cause.

 

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 yiwomansclub@gmail.com.

 

Friday

 

Health fair in Cedar Key

The Cedar Key Lions Club holds its annual Community Health and Wellness Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 809 6th St. in Cedar Key. The event is open to the public. There will be food, drawings, and a host of information for all adults.

Brunch/lunch will be available for a nominal donation to the Cedar Key Lions Club.

 

BBQ lunch for baseball teams

The Chiefland High School Diamond Club is selling barbecue pork lunches for $8 each with proceeds going toward the Chiefland High School and Chiefland Middle School baseball teams. 

Delivery is available. Meals can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Chiefland Fellowship Hall on U.S. Highway 27A.

 

Players open “Little Shop of Horrors”

The Suwannee Valley Players' spring production "Little Shop of Horrors" opens at 8 p.m. for a two-weekend run.  The rock musical puts a man to the ultimate question: Does he choose his alien carnivorous plant or does he choose the woman he loves? 

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday, this weekend and March 7-10, with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Suwannee Valley Internet on North Main Street in downtown Chiefland. Shows are performed at the Chief Theatre, 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland. For more information, leave a message at 352-493-ARTS (2787) or visit SVPlayers.org or on Facebook.

 

Knitters, crocheters gathering

• The Kona Joe's knitting club meets every Friday at 3 p.m. on the deck of the eatery on State Road 24 in Cedar Key. It's free and all knitters are welcome.

• A knitting and crocheting group also meets at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Bronson Public Library on U.S. 27A. 

 

AARP Tax Aide 

Free tax preparation and e-file with AARP Tax Aide is available at Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland. Friday hours are noon-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clients using itemized returns are asked to make an appointment after March 1, due to delays in approval of tax law changes. 

To make an appointment, call 352-493-2758 through April 1.

 

Check out classy cars at Taco Bell

The Tri-County Cruisers Club meets to show off its 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.

 

Jackpot bingo

Landrum Memorial American Legion Post 236 hosts Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Post 236 is located at 9550 N.E. U.S. Highway 27A, Bronson. For more information, call 352-486-5003.

 

Saturday

 

Free evening of gospel bluegrass

 The Dixie County Historical Society will be hosting another evening of bluegrass and bluegrass Gospel music for your enjoyment starting at 6 p.m. at the “Old” Old Town Elementary School Auditorium located at State Road 349 and County Road 55A. Big Cypress Bluegrass will be performing. Admission is free so bring the family.

 

Monday

 

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.

 

Tuesday

 

Teachers of 

Year honored

The Levy County School board is hosting a reception honoring the Teacher of the Year for each of the county's schools at 5:30 p.m. at Hilltop School Auditorium in the old Bronson High School. The board will hold its regular meeting following the reception.

 

American Legion bingo

American Legion Post 91 bingo games are held weekly at 7 p.m. is open to Tri-County Area residents. The Post 91 bingo hall is smoke-free and no alcohol is served. Proceeds support programs for veterans and youth in the community. The post is located on U.S. Highway 129 between the towns of Trenton and Bell (across the highway from the “Field of Dreams”). 

 

Wednesday

 

Bring your questions on Medicare

The SHINE volunteer will be in Williston from 10 a.m. to noon at the public library and in Bronson from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the public library to help those who have questions about Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, 

Part D Prescription Drug Plans, Low Income Programs or Medicare billings.

The volunteers, part of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provide one-on-one, 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.

 

Legion Auxiliary meeting

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 383, Old Town, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a member, call 352-542-7788. 

Veterans open house

All veterans are invited to American Legion Post 91 Meeting Hall every Wednesday from 7 to 9 a.m. for free donuts and coffee during the weekly Veterans Open House. The post is located on U.S. Highway 129 between the towns of Trenton and Bell (across the highway from the “Field of Dreams”). 

 

TOPS meeting

The Chiefland TOPS group 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.

 

DVA Auxiliary bingo

The Disabled Veterans of America Auxiliary Unit 63 of Cross City bingo begins at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. All proceeds go to the DVA projects.

For more information, call Debbie at 724-719-0156. 

 

Stamp club

The Gen. Francis Marion Stamp Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks, 8375 S.W. Highway 200, in Ocala. Doors open at noon. The club also meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church library, 6455 S.W. Highway 200 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.ocalagfmstampclub.com. 

 

March 7

 

Filmmaker guest speaker 

at Save Our Suwannee

Save Our Suwannee, Inc. is hosting a free public education meeting with renowned film maker/scuba diver Jill Heinerth as the featured speaker. She will show her recent short documentary titled 'We Are Water'.   

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the High Springs Civic Center, 330 N.W. Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs.

For more information, call Barbara Ferguson at 386-965-0901.

 

March 8

 

Withlacoochee friends host manatee talk

Ivan Vicente, visitor services specialist at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, will speak on  "Future Plans for Three Sisters Springs including Manatee Protection at the Springs" at 1 p.m. at  the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. 

The popular springs are located off of Kings Bay in the Crystal River area. Learn about the manatee management plan while enjoying the splendid views at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve.

 The meeting is sponsored by the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, Inc. For directions, visit www.withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com.

 

March 9

 

5th Annual ‘Cruzin’ for Kidz’

Motorcycle Ride 

The 5th Annual “Cruzin’ for Kidz”  Motorcycle Ride  to benefit the Williston Elementary School Safety Patrol's  Washington, D.C., trip. This is a law enforcement escorted ride. Registration is 8:30-9:45 a.m. with kickstands up at 10 a.m. T-shirts will be for sale. There will be free coffee and doughnuts for riders. Lunch will be available upon return to the school. The ride is free, but donations will be accepted. 

 

March 14

 

Meet WWII vets at their meeting

WW II Vets and Proud of it meet at 11:30 a.m. at Hobo's Restaurant, 115 N.W. lst St., Trenton

For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310. Bring a friend, care giver or spouse with you. 

 

CK Woman's Club fashion show

The Cedar Key Woman's Club annual luncheon and fashion show begins with the opening of the boutiques at 10:30 a.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center. Lunch is served at noon, followed by the fashion show. Fashions are courtesy of Deja Vu

Tickets are $12 per person and are available from club members, at Deja Vu and Cedar Key Emporium. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Key School. 

 

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 Wednesday 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.

 

March 16

 

Run for Haven in Gainesville

The 4th Annual Run for Haven Hospice, 5K and 10K runs and evening party at Tioga in Gainesville. Runners can wear costumes themed to the St. Patrick's Day celebration. 

 

March 20 

 

Bring your questions on Medicare

The SHINE volunteer will be at the Chiefland Senior Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  to help those who have questions about Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, 

Part D Prescription Drug Plans, Low Income Programs or Medicare billings.

The volunteers, part of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provide one-on-one, 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.  

 

Salad luncheon supports scholars 

The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club will hold their Education Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, March 20, at noon at the clubhouse on 56th St., Yankeetown.  Due to limited space the ladies are pre-selling tickets.  There are only 100 tickets available. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door if available.  To purchase your ticket, see any club member, or stop by the Second To None Thrift Shoppe Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or call 352-447-2057.

 

March 21

 

Camera Club

Branford Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at Cuzin's Restaurant on U.S. Highway 129, across from Scaff's  Market in Branford.  

The Branford Camera Club meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information,  contact: Carolyn Hogue, program chair, 386-935-2044; Dick Madden, technical consultant, 386-935-0296 or Skip Weigel, technical consultant, 386-9382

 

March 26

Garden club meeting

Garden Club of the  Tri-counties meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Fanning Springs Community Center in Fanning Springs. 

The March program is on propagation, presented by Cheryl Revels. 

Dues are $10 per year and everyone is welcome to join. For more information, call   352-356-1236;

352-542-9723 or 352-463-6805.

 

April 5-6

 

Chiefland Centennial celebration

The city will celebrate the 100th year of its boundaries being laid out by the Chiefland Development Company. A parade, fireworks show, festival, and various contests are planned. 

 

April 6

 

Bicycle ride for education

A bicycle ride on the Chiefland and Tri-County greenway trails will benefit the Levy County Schools Foundation. Registration will be at Chiefland Shopping Center, 102 N. Main St./U.S. Highway 19/98,  Chiefland. The designated ride is up to 48 miles long, with the option to ride as little or as much as you want. There will be stops at Fanning Springs, Old Town and Cross City with large food and beverage provisions until noon.  

 

VIVA! Fundraiser for Haven

Haven Hospice is the beneficiary of the ninth annual VIVA! Carnival eventvent on the Rembert Farm in Alachua. 

 

 

April 11-14

Levy Fair dates

The Levy County Fair will be April 11-14 at the Williston Airport Industrial Park,  across from the Williston Horseman’s Park. Visit www.LevyCountyFair.com to learn about the events and enter the contests. 

 

April 27

 

Public does judging at talent show

“You Be the Judge” is the theme for a talent show on April 27 at 3 p.m. at the Williston High School Auditorium in Williston. The show is for middle and high school students to show off their talen and the audience votes for the best in singing, dancing and comedy. 

The grand prize is $1,000, with $500 for runner-up, $250 for third place, $150 for fourth place and $100 for fifth place. 

The entry fee is $25. The show is sponsored by Tri County Pregnancy Center, Williston.

For more information, call 352-528-0200.

 

Bass tournament benefits Haven

The fishing begins at dawn and ends with weigh-in at 3 p.m. in the 10th Annual Bass Fishing Tournament at the Palatka City Dock to benefit Haven Hospice. This has a $2,500 prize for first place and $1,000 prize for the big fish of the tournament. This year there's a new “Average Joe” category and the addition of activities for the whole family between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be a Ki's Casting Tournament, Kid's Fish Tank Fishing Experience. 

 

May 4

The 4th annual Fitness, Art and Music Festival and 5K run to benefit Haven Hospice.

 

June 1

The 2nd annual Ride for Haven poker run to benefit Haven Hospice.

 

September 7

The 2rd annual Care for Clay 5K run to benefit Haven Hospice. 

 

October 26

The 2nd annual Monster Dash and Creepy Crawl to benefit Have Hospice. 

 

ONGOING

 

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, 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.