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Community Calendar for the week of January 17

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Today 

 

‘Hobday’ to speak to Historical Society

The Cedar Key Historical Society will kick off the 2013 season of monthly coffees today at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center, 6th  and F Streets, Cedar Key. The event is open to the public.

The speaker will be Toni C. Collins, local historian and author, who will introduce her latest book, “The Lady of the Lighthouse: A Biography.”

Collins will entertain and enlighten those who attend with the intriguing story of Catharine Dorgan Hobday, the only female to serve at the Cedar Keys Light Station on Seahorse Key. In addition, she will provide a look into Catharine’s family and her relationships with men of the sea and the ships which they commanded and sailed.

For more information, call the Cedar Key Historical Society at 352-543-5549.

 

Tourism task force meeting

The monthly meeting of the Original Florida Tourism Task Force will be at 10 a.m. at the Freedom Community Center at Kanapaha Veterans Park, 7340 S.W. 41st Place, Gainesville.

 

Transportation disadvantaged board hearing, meeting

The Levy County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board will hold its Annual Public Hearing which will be followed by the regular meeting.  The hearing will be at 10 a.m. in the County Commission meeting room at the 

Levy County Courthouse, 355 S. Court St., Bronson.  The board meetings are open to the public.

For further information call Lauren Yeatter, Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, 352-732-1315 ext. 225 or  email lyeatter@wrpc.cc.  

 

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, with an occasional exception, for the purpose of sharing, learning, and enjoying all things photographic. We are an eclectic group with experiences ranging from complete novice to consummate professional. Please join us.

For more information, please contact: Carolyn Hogue, program chair, 386-935-2044; Dick Madden, technical consultant, 386-935-0296 or Skip Weigel, technical consultant, 386-9382

 

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 yiwamansclub@gmail.com.

 

Friday

 

Calling all folks with 

the best chili recipe

It is that time of the year when the Cedar Key Eagles host the club's annual Chili Cookoff.  The group is sweetening the pot this year, with an early bird discount entry fee.

Sign up by Friday, Jan. 18., and the entry fee is only $5. Sign up on day of cook off, Saturday, Jan. 19,  and the fee is $7. All entries must be turned in at the club by 12:30 p.m. 

All fees will be returned in the form of 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.  

Chilis entered chilis will be for sale after judging so the public is invited to come by and second guess the judges. The Fraternal Order of Eagles Club is at the corner of 3rd and B streets, Cedar Key. 

For more information, call 352-543-9789. 

 

Check out classy 

cars at Taco Bell

The Tri-County Cruisin' For Grins 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

Manatee Awareness Month program

Manatee Springs State Park will host a variety of featured guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of its celebration of Manatee Awareness Month. 

The featured guest will be the manatee, along with partners in manatee protection awareness, education and enforcement. Various agencies will have booths set up so visitors can enjoy learning about the gentle giants and how to protect them.

The Manatee Spring, the head spring at Manatee Springs State Park, emits mineral-rich water at a constant 72 degrees which provides a warm water haven for the manatee when other bodies of waters' temperatures decrease below 68 degrees. 

Activities for Saturday program are free with a paid park admission in January. For more information  call the park at 352-493-6072 or visit  www.FloridaStateParks.org. 

Manatee Springs State Park is at 11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland.

 

Eagles hold annual chili cook off

The Cedar Key Eagles annual Chili Cook off begins with entries arriving by 12:30 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club is at the corner of 3rd and B streets, Cedar Key. 

The entries will be judged at 1 p.m. and sold to the public for $5 per bowl after judging so the public is invited to second guess the judges. 

Proceeds benefit the Cedar Key Scholarship Fund. 

For more information, call 352-543-9789. 

 

Magic, ventriloquism at Cedar Key library

There will be fun for the whole family  with a free program of magic and ventriloquism presented by the Cedar Key Friends of the Library. 

Don't miss Steve Charney and Harry at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center at the corner of 6th and F Street, Cedar Key. 

 

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.

 

Celebrate Florida's birthday in Yankeetown

A Viva Florida 500 presentation of Maria Velasquez Conquistradora by Elizabeth Neily of First Florida Frontiers will take place at 2 p.m. at the A.F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th Street, Yankeetown. 

The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library invite the public to join them for an afternoon of exploration in honor of the 500 years of European involvement in La Florida.  

Dressed in appropriate clothing for the trip, Maria will describe her voyage and her arrival in the New World. The program will be preceded by Friends Annual Meeting at 1:30 pm.  

All are welcome with no admission charge.

 

Tuesday

 

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

 

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.

 

DAV 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 to the DAV projects.

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

 

January 25

Charity Fish Fry benefits Haven

There will be a Charity Fish Fry at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, located at 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland.

The event is hosted by Hiers-Baxley Community Care and 100 percent of donations will benefit Haven Hospice. Tickets are $5 — a suggested donation and can be purchased in advance by calling 352-493-2333 or visit 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland. Advance purchase of tickets is not required.  

 

Chiefland Chamber meeting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce has a general membership meeting at noon in the meeting room at Haven Hospice Care Center at 311 N.E. 9th St. A buffet lunch will be provided compliments of Haven Hospice. 

Chamber members and prospective members are invited to share in the monthly meetings. Seating space is limited so please reserve your seat by emailing chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net or by calling the Chamber office 352-493-1849.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the monthly luncheon can sign up by contacting Maureen at the Chamber office at  352-493-1849.

 

January 26

 

Moonlight Paddle at Manatee park

Manatee Springs State Park will host a moonlight paddle event on the Suwannee River starting at 5:45 p.m., at Manatee Springs State Park, 11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland.

Participants will learn about the history of the river while enjoying the beautiful scenery by moonlight. The park’s Citizen Support Organization will provide a short program following the moonlight paddle. Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve a rental kayak for $20 or canoe for $30 through Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures, call 571-230-0906. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring bottled water, a flash light and whistle. Children under the age of six and pets are not allowed. Park entrance fees of $6 per carload of up to eight people will apply. For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.

Other moonlight paddles will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

For more information, call Melissa LeMatty at 352-493-6072 or Joleen Dudley at 352-493-6736.

 

January 27

 

Acoustical Afternoon for the Arts

Set down your worries and come hoist a glass and be entertained at the 3rd annual Acoustical Afternoon Fundraiser for the Arts Festival at the Cedar Key Island Room, from 3-5 p.m. This year, in addition to the sublime music of acoustical guitarist Joe Peters, come witness the Cracker Stories of local artist and storyteller Bill Roberts and the Lady Of The Lighthouse as portrayed by Toni Collins. Plus, join in the silent auction for artwork from award winning artists -you could pick up a gem for a bargain. Tickets are $20 at the Welcome Center or call Laura at 352-543-5400.  Only 100 seats are available, so book early for this never before, not-to-be-missed event.

 

January 29

Chiefland chamber mixer

The Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce and Capital City Bank in Chiefland will host a mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the bank at 2012 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland.  For more information call the Chamber office 352-493-1849. 

There is no charge for the event and all are welcome.

 

 

February 2

 

Levy Fair's yard sale

The Levy County Fair Association's annual yard sale fund-raiser begins at 8 a.m. at Keeping It Green Nursery on the corner of North Main Street and Northeast 2nd Avenue in Williston, across from Williston General Dentistry.  

Organizers are looking for donations for the yard sale and encourage early spring cleaning.

The Levy County Fair Association is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Volunteers will also pick up and/or move your donations. Call Marc at 352-538-5551 to make arrangements.

The Fair will be April 11-14 at the Williston Airport Industrial Park,  across from the Williston Horseman’s Park.

Visit www.LevyCountyFair.com and click on the Creative Arts link to see all the Creative Arts categories; from Baking & Food Preservation, to Sewing and Hobby Crafts.  There will also be a complete livestock show, full midway, attractions, games, exhibitions and  food.  

 

Book sale in Dunnellon

A book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library will be held in the Dunnellon Public Library Meeting Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. 

All books will be 50 cents each or buy a bag of books for $2 a bag.

The Friends Book Store will also hacve a sale from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with all books costing 50 cents each.

The Dunnellon Public Library is at 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon.

For more information, call 352-438-2520.

 

STARS to shine at schools gala

The Levy County Schools Foundation will host the 13th Annual STARS Gala, a fundraiser and showcase for student talent, at Bronson High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the program begins at 6 p.m.  and includes a meal served by Bronson High School students. Entertainment will be provided by students from across the county. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes.  

The 2013 Alumni of the Year and Gala patrons will be recognized at the event. 

Sponsorships are available at the three levels and include tickets to the event: Gold Patron at $1,000; Silver Patron at $500-$999 and Bronze Patron at $250-$499.

Individual tickets are $50 each.

To be a sponsor, purchase individual tickets, or donate door prizes call the Foundation office at 352-486-3408 or email LCSF@levy.k12.fl.us.

Tickets and sponsorships are also available from Chiefland area Foundation board members Jeff Beauchamp, Paige Brookins, Amanda Gibson, Jeff Edison, Carol Jones, Andy Lott, Ben Lott, Prentice Spann, Stacy Swain, Ryan Watson, Tami Wain, and Bob Williams. 

 

February 6

 

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. 

 

February 14

 

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.

 

February 26

Chamber honors Citizen of the Year

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will disclose its 2013 Citizen of the Year  at its annual banquet at the Tommy Usher Community Center. 

This year's banquet theme is “Happy 100th Birthday Chiefland” and the colors will be purple and gold. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Reserved and paid in advance tickets are $25 each and reserved paid at the door for $30. Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber office at  352-493-1849 or with any Chamber board of directors member.

 

 

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. 

 

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.

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2

 

Levy Fair's yard sale

The Levy County Fair Association's annual yard sale fund-raiser begins at 8 a.m. at Keeping It Green Nursery on the corner of North Main Street and Northeast 2nd Avenue in Williston, across from Williston General Dentistry.  

Organizers are looking for donations for the yard sale and encourage early spring cleaning.

The Levy County Fair Association is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Volunteers will also pick up and/or move your donations. Call Marc at 352-538-5551 to make arrangements.

The Fair will be April 11-14 at the Williston Airport Industrial Park,  across from the Williston Horseman’s Park.

Visit www.LevyCountyFair.com and click on the Creative Arts link to see all the Creative Arts categories; from Baking & Food Preservation, to Sewing and Hobby Crafts.  There will also be a complete livestock show, full midway, attractions, games, exhibitions and  food.  

 

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, Beef O'Brady's, meeting room, U.S. Highway 19 North, 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.