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Community Calendar for the week of Jan. 5

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"Rumors" play hottest gossip in Ocala
Neil Simon’s hit comedy "Rumors" opens tonight at Ocala Civic Theatre and runs through Jan.15. It's a lightning-quick farce full of fast-paced banter, zany physical comedy and explosions galore.  The zingers fly like bullets in this crazy show, widely regarded as one of Neil Simon’s funniest work.
Four high-society couples gather one evening to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary of Charley and Myra Brock at their posh home just outside New York City.  The first guests to arrive find an apparently deserted house with no signs of an impending party: no food, no staff and no hosts. The unlucky first guests, Ken and Chris Gorman, soon locate Charley, their host, upstairs in his bedroom, barely conscious and bleeding profusely from a bullet hole in his earlobe.  His wife is nowhere to be found and there has been talk of affairs on both sides.  Charley is the deputy mayor of New York City and as his best friends, Ken and Chris, feel compelled to hush up this potential scandal and conceal the truth – all the while trying to find out what the truth really is.
NOTE: This play contains profanity and strong language, which may be offensive to some people.
Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at $20 for adults, $18 for Signature Series subscribers and $10 for full-time students. To reserve tickets, call 352-236-2274 or visit www.ocalacivictheatre.com. There is a service charge for tickets purchased online.

Saturday

Free evening of bluegrass
The Dixie County Historical Society will be hosting an evening of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music from 6-9 p.m. at the "Old" Old Town Elementary School Auditorium located at State Road 349 and County Road 55A. Performers include Big Cypress Bluegrass and special guests, Blueshades of Grass from Cairo, Ga.
Admission is free so bring the family and enjoy.

Monday

Cedar Key Book Club
All are welcome to the book groups. Bring a friend.   
The Book Bunch will meet on Monday, Jan. 9, at 1:30 p.m., at the Cedar Key Library's top floor meeting room.  Tea Obreht's “The Tiger's Wife” will be discussed.  Subsequent books will be selected at this January meeting.
 
Tuesday

Coalition Against Tobacco meeting
The Levy Coalition Against Tobacco meets from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Capital City Bank of Chiefland. The public is encouraged to attend.

Jan. 12

Branford Camera Club meeting
The Branford Camera Club will start off the new year with a meeting at 7 p.m.  The group will be meet at a new location, Cuzin’s Restaurant, on U.S. Highway 129 across from Scaff’s Market in Branford.  Come about 6 p.m. to join members for dinner before the meeting.
Lou Kellenberger from St. Mark’s Photo Club is the special guest speaker. He will share skills, tips, and tricks for photographing wildlife. If you would like to get to know him and view some of his work before our meeting, please visit loukellenbergerphotography@zenfolio.com
If you got a new camera for Christmas and need some help getting started, bring it with you to the meeting along with the instruction manual.  You’ll find folks ready and willing to help you out.  After Kellenberger's  class, members will share  Christmas homework pictures and other photos as time permits.
The Branford Camera Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, with an occasional exception such as this meeting, for the purpose of sharing, learning, and enjoying all things photographic. Please join us.

Jan. 13

Honey Dewdrops to perform for library
The Cedar Key Friends of the Library will host a concert at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center. The Honey Dewdrops, a folk/country duo will perform.  The concert is free to the public and dessert will follow the event.
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, who are The Honey Dewdrops, make their home in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Va.
The couple has been playing music in some capacity for over 15 years. After their appearance and first place win on a 2008 talent show broadcast of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, the Dewdrops began their careers as songwriters and have since released two critically acclaimed albums, “If the Sun Will Shine” (2009) and “These Old Roots” (2010) both of which have charted at the No.1 and No.2 positions on the Folk DJ-L Charts for 2010.
Any donation will go to Cedar Key Friends of the Library. For more information, call 352-467-4703.

Jan. 14
Free movie in Bronson
Bronson United Methodist Church will show a free movie, "Soul Surfer,"  at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  There will be popcorn and soft drinks provided. 
"Soul Surfer" is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt,  Carrie Underwood and Dennis Quaid.
This will be the first of a monthly event. The church is located at 235 Court St., Bronson, just north of the Levy County Courthouse. For more information. call the church office at 352-486-2281 or Sue Bazin at 342-486-4094.

Jan. 15
Musicians return for CK arts festival benefit
The 2nd Annual Acoustical Afternoon for the Arts featuring Joe Peters and Friends, Linda Hicks and singer/songwriter duo Bishop-Davidson and artist Susan Dauphine return to help raise money for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.
Dauphine will paint an artwork for the silent auction during the event that begins at 2:30 at the Island Room at the Cove in Cedar Key.
 Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased from OFCA Committee Members (Kathy Fotteral, Allison Nelson, Chris Ford, Kathy Carver and Bev Ringenberg, 543-0362, beverlyring@bellsouth.net).
Proceeds from the concert and silent auction support the festival planned for April 28-29.   For more information, call Mandy Cassiano at 352-543-5400 or e-mail artsfestival @bellsouth.net.

Jan. 18
Medicare answers available
The SHINE volunteers will be at Chiefland Senior Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to help Medicare recipients.
Medicare recipients with any questions about options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, disability, supplemental insurance, Part D prescription drug plans, or Medicare billings.
SHINE is a program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for one-on-one counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance by trained volunteers.  If you cannot come to a site call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243.

Reservations due for Gala
Reservations are due for the Levy County Schools Foundation gala featuring a dinner, silent auction, door prizes and entertainment by county students will begin at 6 p.m. at Chiefland Elementary School.  Doors open at 5:30.
Tickets for the annual event are $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available — Gold Patrons for those who give $1,000 each and receive eight tickets to the Gala; Silver Patrons are donors who give $500-$999 to the Foundation and receive four tickets; and Bronze Patrons who  donate $250-$499 to the foundation and receive two tickets.
For more information, to become a Patron make reservations or donate door prizes or auction items, call  352-486-3408 or email lcsf@levy.k12.fl.us.

Jan. 19
American Legion post meeting
The American Legion Post 91 will be have its regular membership meeting. New officers will be installed and we would like veterans and the public to come out and meet the new officers and enjoy the fellowship.

Jan. 21

Florida Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
Come learn about Florida Sandhill and Whooping Cranes from Marilyn Spalding. Since 1990 she has been involved in the effort to re-establish Whooping Cranes in Florida. The presentation at 10:30 at the Cedar Key Public Library is sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges.
Sandhill Cranes, both resident and migratory in Florida, have provided useful information and techniques in the effort to re-establish Whooping Cranes, the world's most endangered bird. This effort provided a unique opportunity to study the health of an entire population of Whooping Cranes in Florida. The presentation will cover some of the successes and failures of the project with special attention to habitat alterations and their consequences.
Marilyn Spalding is a wildlife disease specialist with a particular interest in the diseases of wild birds, particularly Cranes. She has worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida.

Jan. 28

Gala benefits schools, scholarships
The Levy County Schools Foundation gala featuring a dinner, silent auction, door prizes and entertainment by county students will begin at 6 p.m. at Chiefland Elementary School.  Doors open at 5:30.
Tickets for the annual event are $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available — Gold Patrons are contributors who dgive $1,000 each and receive eght tickets to the Gala; Silver Patrons are donors who give $500-$999 to the Foundation and receive four tickets; and Bronze Patrons who  donate $250-$499 to the foundation and receive two tickets.
For more information, to become a Patron make reservations or donate door prizes or auction items, call  352-486-3408 or email lcsf@levy.k12.fl.us .

Jan. 28-29, Feb. 3-5
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
The 26th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will be at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 28, Sunday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 5.  Enjoy one of north central Florida’s most exciting cultural events.  Visitors to the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire experience an age of chivalry and magic during the Faire’s two consecutive weekends. The winding pathways of Hoggetowne overflow with troupes of actors, musicians and street performers. Crowds cheer for armored knights as they joust on the Tournament Field, while eight stages of continuous entertainment feature majestic performances of full flight falconry, aerial acrobatics and unbelievable magic acts.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/HoggetowneMedievalFaire.

January

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 following Levy County classes. All being at 9 a.m.:
n Jan. 17, Christ Episcopal Church, Highway 44, Cedar Key;
n Jan. 24, at Capital City Bank, North Young Blvd., Chiefland;
n Jan. 30, 9 a.m. , at 1st Baptist  Church, Williston, 339 E. Noble Ave., Williston; and
n Feb. 21, 9 a.m. at Capital City Bank, North Young, Blvd.

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 store also will be open from 5-7 p.m. 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.

Rotary Clubs
Chiefland Rotary, noon Wednesday, BubbaQue’s, Main Street, Chiefland.
Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, noon Thursday, BubbaQue's, Main Street, Chiefland
Williston Rotary, 11:45 a.m. Tuesday,  First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. 1st St.

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.