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Community Calendar for the week of July 31

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Libraries wrapping up summer

Readers of all ages have been exploring all things scientific this summer as the Levy County Public Library System presents “Fizz, Boom, Read!” during their summer library program.

   The 2014 Summer Reading Program is open to children of all ages. Each week will feature a presentation, craft, snack and take home goodies. For more information, call your local library or visit, www.levylib.org.

All programs are free of charge and begin at 10:30 AM.

A.F. Knotts Public Library (Yankeetown) - (Thursdays)

July 31 - Magic Mike

Luther Callaway Public Library (Chiefland) - (Fridays)

Aug. 1 - Magic Mike

 

Today

Tourist Development Council meeting

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m. in the Visitor Bureau office.

The meeting is open to the public. The Visitor Bureau is at 620 Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

AMVETS Post No. 88 meetings

(Second Thursdays of the month)

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.

Friday-Saturday

Food pantry yard sale

The Tri County Outreach Emergency Food Pantry will hold a mega yard sale on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so customers can take advantage of the state’s tax-free weekend.

All clothing is $1 and other items will be half-price.

This is the opportunity to get back-to-school clothing and free school supplies will be distributed.

The Tri County Outreach Thrift Store is at 708 N. Main Street in Chiefland. For more information, call 352-493-2310.

Friday - Sunday

"Pirates" ends this week

The last showing of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance Jr." at the Chief Theatre will begin this Friday and run through Sunday.

All performances begin at 8 p.m., Friday through Saturday, and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for senior-youth (through 12th grade)-military. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Suwannee Valley Internet in Chiefland and at Point of View in Fanning Springs. To guarantee a seat for your chosen evening please call Becky Gill, who can be reached at 352-443-9096.

For more information you can leave a message by calling 352-493-ARTS or email us at SuwanneeValleyPlayers@gmail.com. You can also get information from our website SVPlayers.org or follow us on Facebook.

Friday

Candidates forum at VFW

The VFW Post No. 5625 of Chiefland will be hosting a political forum on Friday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m.  There will be a steak dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. The VFW and its Auxiliaries have a dinner every Friday which is open to the public.  Please come and listen to the candidates who are seeking your support. 

Check out classy cars

The Tri-County Cruisers Club meets to show off its classic vehicles from 6:30-8 p.m. on Fridays at the Gathering Table in Chiefland. Just show up to show your car and have a good time.

Clover squares dancing in Williston

Clover Squares will be holding dances every Friday in July and August if at least eight people respond before noon by phone at 352-528-3323. The time is 7 p.m., and the location is the Ornan Masonic Lodge, 650 NE 6th Blvd. (SR 121), Williston.

Post family night

(4th Friday of the month)

Join American Legion Post 91, in Trenton, for Family Night every fourth Friday at 6 p.m. The Post serves dinner for a donation of $5 for adults, $2.50 for children and will be showing a family-oriented movie. Admission for the movie is free. The American Legion Auxiliary uses the donations for the dinner and snacks, to help with programs, activities and needed supplies for the Veterans and children in our community.

The Legion Post is located on US 129 on the curve between Trenton and Bell, across from the Field of Dreams.

Saturday

Free evening of Bluegrass

The Dixie County Historical Society will host another evening of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music for your enjoyment on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the “Old” Old Town Elementary School Auditorium located at State Road 349 and County Road 55A. There will be Big Cypress Bluegrass performing along with The Overall Band. The music will start at 6 p.m. and will finish when the music stops (guaranteed ‘til 9 p.m.) Admission is free so bring the family and enjoy.

Citrus Hospice holds market days

The Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Thrift & Gift Shoppes present Herry’s Market Day, a yard sale featuring lots of cool items, on the second Saturday monthly.

The market day begins at 8 a.m. at the hospice shop at 304 N. Main Street, Chiefland.

Vendor space is available by calling 866-642-0962.

For more information visit www.hospiceofcitrus.org

Sunday

Auditions for "Of Mice and Men"

The theatre group is seeking actors for 10 roles (nine men and one woman) Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Chief Theater, 25 East Park Avenue in Cheifland.

Monday

Groundbreaking for Williston schools

A groundbreaking for the construction of the Williston Middle High School will be Monday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. at the site, 100-400 S.W. 12th Ave., Williston.

Construction is expected to be complete in time for the 2016-17 school year.

Grand Slam Bridge

Playdate 10 a.m. to 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.

Wednesday

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.

August 8

Food distribution

The 2nd Saturday Food for Life distribution at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland will be Friday, Aug. 8, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The church is at 707 N. Main St., Chiefland.

For more information call 352-493-4627.

Dixie County Eagles dish it up

The Dixie County Eagles Ladies Auxiliary are inviting the publ to a fund-raising “Delicious Meat Loaf Dinner” on Friday, Aug. 8 from 5 p.m. 'til for $5 each. The menu includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, pea salad, rolls and dessert. The proceeds benefits the club's projects.

August 9

International Assistance Dod Week open house

Guardian Angels Medical Services Dogs Inc will try to raise awareness of service dogs at an open house event Aug. 8, at 1 p.m.until 4 p.m., in Williston at the Guardian Angels facility, located at 3251 N.E. 180th Ave.

Exhibit on Panama Canal at Florida Museum

The Florida Museum of Natural History is celebrating the Panama Canal’s 100th birthday with a new gallery exhibition and family-friendly event.

Opening Aug. 9, “Panama: Tropical Ecosystem” focuses on the region’s biodiversity and the cultural importance of nature in a country of rain forests, volcanic beaches and mountains. On display through May 31, 2015, the exhibit features photographs, stereographs, plant illustrations, books and artifacts highlighting the rich variety of flora and fauna in the land between North and South America.

August 11

Hearing impaired can get phones

Florida residents with a certified hearing loss are eligible to receive a free amplified phone from the non-profit Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. Corded and cordless phones will be available for distribution, one per customer, on Monday, Aug. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

They can be picked up at the Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc., Chiefland Senior Center at 305 S.W. 1st St., Chiefland.

Support childrens' hospice camps

A “Good Deeds!” night is being sponsored for the Camp God Hope and Teen Encounter Grief Support Camps by Beef O'Brady's on U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland.

The event is Monday, Aug. 11, from 5 t 9 p.m. at Beef's and a portion of the tab of every customer who mentions the camps will be donated to the sponsor Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast. The camp is Sept. 27 ay Black Prong Equestrian Center south of Bronson.

August 14

CES parents go to school

The Chiefland Elementary School Meet & Greet event for students and families is Thursday, Aug. 14 , from 5 to 7 p.m.

August 22

Chiefland Chamber meeting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce membership meeting is at noon in the community room at Haven Hospice in Chiefland. To reserve a spot at the free luncheon, call the Chamber office at 352-493-1849.

August 23

Pancakes support Haven

It will be Pancakes for Haven at The Gathering Table in Chiefland, from 6 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. Visit the restaurant for breakfast and 10 percent of your purchase will benefit Haven Hospice.

Chiefland Farmers Market opens

The grand opening of the Chiefland Farmers Market will be Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Train Depot Park. Local farmers and vendors with locally made products will be on hand.

August 30

Dog days benefit for pet rescue

A Dog Days of Summer benefit for Paws & Claws Pet Rescue will be Saturday, Aug., 30, from 1 to 10 p.m. at 7550 N.W. 50th St., Chiefland.

There will be family activities, a DJ, silent auction, dinner, dancing, a bounce house, a cake walk and games.

Tickets, which cover all activities and dinner, are 50 for $25, a family pack of 100 for $40 and individual tickets for 50 cents. The cake walk and bar will be cash-only and patrons of the bar must be at least 21 years old.

Tickets are available at Never Ending Story, 616 N. Main St.; Chiefland Animal Hospital, 2630 N. Young Blvd.; and NAPA of Chiefland at 1523 N. Young Blvd., please see Patty.

September 23

Chamber honors Business of the Year

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will names its 2014 Business of the Year at its annual Industry Appreciation Banquet. The event begins at 6 p.m. ay Tommy Usher Center.

October 25

Tha annual Ride to Provide will wind its way through scenic Levy County while also raising funds for Levy ARC.

November 8

Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties fall fundraiser,Fall on the Range, is at the Etheridge Family Cracker House in Williston.

November 26

Drummond Bank Community will hold its annual Bake Sale to benefit Haven Hospice in Chiefland on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Ongoing

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.