Community Calendar for the week of February 6

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Victory celebration

Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE)  will hold a victory celebration on Saturday, Feb. 8, for getting the Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the 2014 state ballot.

The purpose is not only to celebrate the success of the amendment but also to honor the volunteers’ hard work over the past year. For more information, call (352) 465-4862.


Food distribution schedule

Food For Life/Children's Table food distribution is 10-11:30 a.m. at the following locations on alternating Saturdays. There is a requested donation of $3.50.  This program is open to everyone.  Bags are provided, but you can bring your own containers.  

• On the second Saturday of each month the food distribution is at the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland.

• On the fourth Saturday of each month the distribution takes place at St. James Methodist Church of Chiefland.


Attention trikers

The Nature Coast chapter of the Brothers of the Third Wheel, an association for all trikers, meets the second Saturday of each month at the Bronson restaurant on Alt. US 27, in Bronson. Coffee at 9 a.m., meeting starts at 10 a.m. sharp. New members very welcome. For more information, contact Joe Graves at 352-208-0517.




Suwannee Valley Players 

monthly meeting

Join SVP members Monday, at 7 p.m., for the group's monthly theatre meeting. Members will be discussing current topics with the theatre and upcoming shows. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and no theatre/acting experience is necessary. Interested in volunteering at the Theatre in non-acting roles, such as helping with set building or volunteering during shows to help out? Please come out to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Chief Theatre. The meeting is held at the Chief Theatre at 25 E. Park Ave, Chiefland. 

For more information, call 352-493-ARTS or email at SuwanneeValleyPlayers@gmail.com., or visit SVPlayers.org.


Marine Corps meeting

The Tri-County Marine Corps League meets the third Monday of the month. All former and active Marines are welcome. For more information, call League Commandant Mike Harrell at 352-542-7204.


Crochet Club

The Chiefland Crochet Club meets the second Monday of the month at 4 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.


Valentine's Day book sale

The Friends of Dunnellon Public Library are preparing for its One-Week Valentine Sweetheart Book Sale, held in the Friends Book Store, located within the Library.  It will run from Feb. 10 to 14, with all items being half price (specially priced books included).  The store hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

All proceeds from the book store, membership fees and other fund raisers benefit the Dunnellon Public Library.  

For more information, call 352-438-2520.




Bird talk in Lake City

Four Rivers Audubon invites the public to a bird talk titled: "Heroic Deeds by Common Birds: What Bluebirds, Cardinals and Tufted Titmice do For Us and For Other Species". 

The speaker, Katie Sieving, is a professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. Her talk will be Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., at the Lake City main Library. 

No reservations needed. For more information, contact Judee Mundy at 386-758-9558 or Sylvia Dunnam at 386-362-3256.


Visit with Rep. Stone

State Rep. Charlie Stone (R-District 22) who represents Levy County in the Legislature will hold office hours on the first Tuesday of every month in Williston and Bronson. The meeting locations and times are:

• Bronson, 9-11:30 a.m., Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building, 660 E. Hathaway Ave./ U.S. Highway 27A, and 

• Williston, 1:30-4 p.m. in the Williston Council Chambers, 50 N.W. Main St.

The public is invited to bring their concerns and any issues they have on the state and local governments.




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.




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.


Visit your legislator 

The last Wednesday of each month State Rep. Charlie Stone, who represents Levy County in the Florida House, will be in the office at the Old Train Depot for open visits from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.














Healing workshop

The next workshop in the “Life Steps … stepping forward, remembering always” Healing Outreach takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Haven Hospice community room, located at  311 NE 9th St., Chiefland.  

The  unique Life Steps program offers a variety of excellent topics for those who  have experienced loss. The topics are tailor-made to provide practical next  steps in the healing journey.  Each workshop includes a different topic of interest and a different speaker. This is a free community outreach. Seating is limited; register your attendance by Jan. 21, to Beverly Brown at 352-671-6466.


February 13


Library friends meet

The Friends of the Luther Callaway  Public Library (FLCPL), the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System, will hold their monthly meeting at the Library, 104 NE 3rd Street, Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m., Feb. 13. 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 more information, call FLCPL president Ann Brown at 352-226-7413.


Vets group to meet

World War II Vets and Proud of It will meet Feb. 13 in Bell, at Akins Bar-B-Q at 11:30 a.m. All Veterans, their spouses, care givers and friends are invited to attend. 

For more information, contact Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310. 


An evening with "A Land Remembered"

For anyone living in Florida, “A Land Remembered,” by the late Patrick Smith, is a must read. The struggles and triumphs of three generations of the MacIvey clan who settled in North Central Florida on the eve of the Civil War will make you laugh and cry.  The public will have an opportunity to get to know the author through his son, Patrick Smith Jr. “Rick” in an event at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center. 

The event, presented by the Cedar Key Historical Society, is free. For more information, call 352-543-5549.


February 14


FFA Alumni whip up chili, cake

The Chiefland FFA Alumni Chapter hosts its annual chili competition and cake auction starting at 5 p.m. at the Chiefland High School Ag Building. The proceeds fund the chapter's projects for the senior and junior chapters. 

Cost is $15 per entry with the hot dog and chili meal included. Entry forms must be received by Feb. 10. Entry must be a minimum of 1 gallon of chili so everyone gets a taste. A panel of three judges will determine the official winners in the following classes: Spiciest / Hottest; Most Original and Best Overall.  

Meal starts serving at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call 352-493-6035 or email chieflandffaalumni@yahoo.com.


Church hosts steak dinner

A baked steak dinner will be held at Parsons Memorial Presbyterian Church in Yankeetown from 4;30 to 6;30 p.m. A $7 donation is requested for the dinner, dessert, and drink.

There will be a $50 money tree raffle. 

The church is at 5850 Riverside Dr., Yankeetown. Take out is available by calling 352-447-2506.


February 14-16


Fiddler Crab Festival

The festival will have crafts, food, crab races, parade and music. Go to steinhatcheeriverchamber.org for more info on the activities. There will be a list of entertainment and music talent on the web site when the festival gets a little closer. 


February 15


Bronson Annual Black History Festival

Bronson will have its annual Black History celebration Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bronson Sports Complex. Vendors are welcome. There will be a rib cook-off with 1st and 2nd place winners. 

For more information, call 352-213-7643, 352-486-2605, or 352-224-3134.


February 22



                                                           Bronson Library Friends BIG Book Sale

The Friends of the Bronson Library are having  its biggest book sale yet Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m.- 1p.m.

There will be hardbacks and DVDs for 50 cents each and paperbacks and children's books for 10 cents each. VHS tapes and magazines are free.

Be sure to come early  to browse through all the boxes of books.  

For more information or to donate, contact the Library at 486-2015 


Woman's Club Spaghetti Dinner

The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club is the place to be Feb. 22. The club's much anticipated Spaghetti Dinner Extravaganza will be in full swing from 5 - 8 p.m. Bring your own wine or beer and join us at your neighborhood “Bistro” on 56th St, Yankeetown, for a dining experience like no other. A delicious spaghetti dinner with home-made sauce, garlic bread, salad, coffee or tea awaits. The cost is $10 for adults. Children under 12 are $5, and children under 5 are free. For those with a sweet tooth, a wonderful Italian dessert will finish off your meal. 

Participants will also be able to buy tickets for the "Scrappy Millennium" quilt raffle: $2 each or 3 for $5. 

For those not able to make it to the "Bistro", take-out orders are always available. Call the clubhouse 352-447-2057 to place your order. 

Proceeds will be given back to the community in support of the AF Knotts Public Library, Yankeetown School and many other community causes.


February 26

Growing citrus workshop

The Cedar Key Garden Club will host a workshop on growing citrus, presented by Wendy Wilber, Feb. 26, at 10:15 a.m., in the Cedar Key Library meeting room.


February 28

CMHS' Diamond Club BBQ Dinner Fundraiser will be held Friday, Feb 28. Purchase BBQ pork, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and dessert for $8.00. Delivery to your place of business or pick up available at the First Baptist Church of Chiefland's fellowship hall. Proceeds go towards helping support CMHS baseball teams. See Lori Barker at the middle school or Cari Wasson at the high school for tickets.


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.


Saturday, March 29


Fallen Heroes run 

The annual Fallen Heroes 5K starts at the University of Florida commuter lot. Benefiting the Gainesville Fisher House and the UDT-Seal Association, the race honors all fallen heroes from our community. Sign up for the race on active. com and remember a fallen hero who died serving our country. 


Sunday, April 6


Golf gala

The Gainesville Fisher House annual Golf and Gala, a day full of competitive golfing at the beautiful Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club, followed by the  "Night in Barcelona" Gala. Golfers will enjoy a late-morning Bloody Mary to kick off the day, and can continue to indulge with refreshing margaritas, bang-bang shrimp, juicy sausages and more. For gala reservations, email gfisherhouse@gmail.com. For more information email Robbie Stevens at roblyn1927@gmail.com.



Saturday, April 12


Rotary sponsors Adventure Race

The Rotary Club of Trenton, Florida will be holding it's first Rotary Adventure Race.This Pedal-Paddle-Run event will begin at the historic railroad depot in Trenton and will consist of a 12 mile bicycle pedal over the scenic Nature Coast trail and country roads with bike paths to Hart Springs in Gilchrist County.  The 4-mile kayak and/or canoe paddle will take place on the historic Suwannee River, a true wilderness river, followed by ending with a 3.1 mile run through a beautiful wooded trail and country roads. The event will end with an outdoor picnic lunch in  Hart Springs.   Recreational participants can choose to enter any category or all three. Visit TrentonRotaryClub.org for details and registration as the event gets closer.



Haven benefit

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

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.