Community Calendar for the week of January 30

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Healthy lifestyles in school meeting

The Levy County School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) will meet at 4 p.m., at the Bronson Middle High School Media Center, at 351 Ishie Ave., Bronson. This meeting is open to the community, parents, students, business leaders, school districts, health agencies and elected officials. The primary mission is to influence and support healthy lifestyles within the school and community.

For more information, contact Angela Phillips, SHAC Chair, at 352-486-5261.


Soil and water conservation districts to meet 

The Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist County Soil and Water Conservation District Boards will meet on Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m., at the Suwannee River Fairground, located at 17851 NW 90th Ave, Fanning Springs.


GED grads

The College of Central Florida will hold its next GED graduation event at 6 p.m., at Life Word Church, located on Alt. Highway 27.

Forty graduates are expected to attend.

Chancellor Rod Duckworth, FLDOE chancellor of Adult and Workforce Education, will be the night's special guest speaker.




Pork dinner at VFW

The Cooties will be hosting a pork schnitzel dinner with red cabbage and apples at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at the VFW Post in Chiefland.   The proceeds will be used to purchase items for the Gainesville VA Hospital and local veterans.  The Cooties, an honor degree of the VFW, supports the Gainesville VA Hospital and Tri-County Nursing home locally.  Your support is appreciated. 

For more information, call Susan Haines at 486-3389.




The Walkers at Church of God

The Walkers, a Christian country music band from Perry, will perform their eclectic and unique combination of Country, Southern Gospel, and contemporary music at the North Chiefland Church of God at 1715 N.W. 27th Ave., Chiefland, at 7 p.m.

The concert is free but an offering will be taken.


Big Cypress Bluegrass concert

The Dixie County Historical Society will host a free evening of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music  at the “Old” Old Town Elementary School Auditorium, at SR 349 and CR 55A. Music starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. 


Marriage enrichment seminar at Joppa

A “Marriage Enrichment Evening – “I Did…I Do…I Will” – Keys to a Committed Marriage,” with Dr. Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will begin at 6 p.m. 

The seminar is sponsored by Fanning Springs Community Church and hosted by Joppa Baptist Church.


Monthly bird walk at Alligator Lake

Four Rivers Audubon will sponsor its monthly Lake City Bird Walk at Alligator Lake, off County Club Road. Meet at the pole barn at 8 a.m. All are welcome, loaner binoculars are welcome. Bird walks are always on the first Saturday of each cooler month unless otherwise notified.  The walks last from 2-4 hours depending on the weather. For more information call Judee Mundy, 386-758-9558, in the Live Oak area, or, Sylvia Dunnam, 386-362-3256.


Eco-Archaeo workshop

FDEP and the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) - Central Region will be discussing the area's ecology and archeology Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. until noon at the WGP Ellie Schiller Education Center in Yankeetown.

 For more information, visit  www.flpublicarchaeology.org/crc or facebook.com/FPANcentral.


 Williston library friends sale

The Friends of the Library first book sale of 2014 will be held, Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Community Center at Williston City Hall. We will be open from 8:30 a.m. closing at 1:30 p.m.  

Due to generous donations since our last book sale in November, we have a large selection of new books.  Come early, bring a friend, for the best

For more information, call Norma Lawrence at 352-528-5527 or Nellie Boyd at 352-528-3876. Donations accepted day of sale.


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.




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.




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.







Levy Soil and Water 

Conservation meeting

The Levy Soil and Water Conservation District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the USDA Service Center, 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.




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.


TOPS meeting

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 8


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.


February 11


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 386-758-9558 or Sylvia Dunnam 386-362-3256.


February 13


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. 


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 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.


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.