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Community Calendar for Week of July 7

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Through August 12

4-H Summer Camps
The Levy County 4-H hosts a variety of camps at the Bronson Agricultural Center this summer. Campers must be at least 8 years old by the date of the camp. The cost is $25 per camp or $50 for ATV camp. Camps are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Camp fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, field trips and recreation.
Camps are Shooting Sports I (June 27-July 1), Sports Fishing (July 4-8), Shooting & Fishing II (July 11-15), International Food, Fun & Fitness (July 18-22), Remote Control & Science of Flight (July 25-29), Bugs & Outdoor Adventures (Aug. 1-5) and Wildlife Adventures (Aug. 8-12). For more information, call 352-486-5131.
Sewing camps also will be offered this summer. For more information about those, contact Ms. Muriel at 352-486-5131.

Through July

Manatee & Fanning Springs
Reading Program
Manatee and Fanning Springs state parks are holding a summer reading program. For the entire month of July, children can read a paragraph out of a book to a ranger at Manatee or Fanning Springs and get a free day pass.

Christmas in July book sale
The Friends Book Store, 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, will have a store-wide half-price sale during the month. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

July 7

Grief support group for men
Haven Hospice is offering a free six-week support program for men who have experienced a loss in six 90-minute weekly sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The meetings are at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 18278 S.E. Highway 19, Cross City.
For more information, call Haven Hospice at 352-493-2333. There is no cost to attend.
 
Crazy for crazy quilting
 Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild  meets 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1521 N. W. 34th St., Gainesville. Refreshments are served at 9:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome.
Member Joan New, renowned for her expertise in the specialty of crazy quilting, will present a trunk show of her crazy quilts and discuss the unique construction methods and lavish embellishing of crazy quilts
For more information on the guild, go to www.qacdg.org.

July 9

Brown Masonic Lodge yard, bake sale
The Ladies of Brown Masonic Lodge will hold a combined yard and bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lodge next to the Chiefland Public Safety Complex on East 1st Street. Articles for sale include a refrigerator, household goods, linens and tools. The bake sale will include cakes, brownies and other sugar-laced goodies.

Cedar Keys NWR open house
Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to an open house on Seahorse Key  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Bring a camera, fish a little, walk along the beach and enjoy the young pelicans through the spotting scope. The lighthouse on Seahorse Key, atop the 54-foot tall dune, offers great perspective for wildlife photography as the adult and juvenile birds fly by the tower. Visitors will see brown pelicans, ibis, cormorants, herons and this year’s new couple – reddish egrets flying from the rookery.  Eagles and osprey also visit throughout the day from their nearby nests. This year, ghost-like figures in period dress will tell tales of the light station and its challenges, as well as the history of the two cemeteries on the island, both Civil War sailors’ and light keepers’. For more information, call 352-493-0238.

Withlacoochee Folk Artist Concert series
The third concert in the Withlacoochee Area Residents Folk Artist Concert Series will be at the Historic Train Depot, 11123 N. Williams Ave., Dunnellon. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a homemade dessert and coffee sale. The concert will feature “Something Special” with Doug Purcell and Lucky Mud is from 7 - 9 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Withlacoochee Area Residents with their ongoing initiatives to protect and preserve the environmentally sensitive lands of the Nature Coast.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be welcomed. For more information, call Lee Paulet at 352-795-4506, Jack Schofield at 352-447-6152 or go to warinconline.com.

July 12

Anti-tobacco meeting
The Levy Coalition Against Tobacco will have a meeting from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Capital City Bank of Chiefland. The public is encouraged to attend.

July 16

CK Pirates in Paradise host JennieFest
The Cedar Key Pirates in Paradise are holding a fundraising event to benefit Jennie Pinto. She recently had brain surgery and will require an extended period of recovery. The theme for Jenniefest is “Cedar Key — A Small Town with a Big Heart.”
Activities begin at 9 a.m. and last into the evening. Among the activities: children selling lemonade, a barbershop quartet and other talent strolling through town sharing their songs and donating their tips , an a rummage sale. Two-thousand pink hearts will be sold for a donation of $1 each. Donors can sign them and include a note as the hearts will be delivered to Pinto at the end of the event.
To participate, call Bobby or Jan McCabe at 352-543-5623 or email mccabe4slc@aol.com.

Chiefland 3-on-3 tourney, 3-point shootout
The Chiefland basketball program is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and three-point shootout on July 16 at the Chiefland High School and Middle School gyms. Registration begins at 8 a.m., games start at 9 a.m., and the three-point contest will take place around noon.
The tournament is open to anyone in ninth grade or older. High school-aged students will need parental permission. The entry fee is $50 per team, with a five-member max per team. Only the first 16 teams to sign up will get into the tournament. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games in a pool-style format. For more information or to register, email Bobby Schultz at schultzr@pdo8.org or call at 352-221-1312.

July 21

The local council of the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to work to protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The local council meets at Haven Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd., Gainesville to discuss current activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues. The public meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.  Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.
For more information call toll-free (888) 831-0404 or visit  http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.

July 23

Kids Ranch Rodeo
   Cross Brand Cowboy holds another in its series of Kids Ranch Rodeos at the Williston Horseman’s Park located two miles south of Williston on US. Highway 41.
Events include: barrels, mutton bustin’, ranch branding, goat undressing, goat tying, and chute doggin. Ages 7 and under start at 9 a.m., with sign ups at 8 a.m. The 8-12 year olds will start at 6 p.m., with sign ups at 5 p.m. There is a one-time registration fee of $30, and then $10 per event. This unique event is for the experienced and unexperienced.
Future rodeo dates are: Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. For more information, contact Ginny at 352-221-4951.

Wood turners show in Bell
Bell WoodTurners hosts the annual Turned Wood Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bell Community Center in Bell. All attendees will receive a free weed pot. Door prizes will be drawn on the hour and attendees don't have to be present to win.  For more information visit www.bellwoodturners.com,  or email aforneris@yahoo.com.
 
July 28

Free bicycle training
There will be a free bicycle helmet safety and fitting training session at the Levy County Health Department, 66 West Main St., Bronson, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 352-393-8493.

August 2

National Night Out 2011
National Night Out brings neighbors together and shows criminals that our community is organized, educated and is taking a stand against crime. This event is aim at children under the age of 16.
To be a vendor, to participate in or to attend the planning meetings for  this event call Kat Daivs or Marilyn Ladner at 352-493-9533.

August 6

Shrine Club breakfast
The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its monthly country breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on State Road 26, about a half-mile north of Fanning Springs.
The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, pancakes and coffee for $6 per person.

Fanning Chamber meeting
New board members will preside when the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce meets at 6 p.m. at the Chamber Office.
Presiding will be June Ladewig. Other officers include: Marty Baran, vice president/secretary, Renata Smith, treasurer, and  directors Melba Goldschlager, Elvin Ladewig, Al and Jean Barett and Cherly Nekola.
The group is seeking more volunteers to serve as directors and ideas on how to rebuild the Fanning Springs Chamber . For more information, call 352-463-9089.

Aug. 7

Working Group meeting
The Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group will meet at Otter Springs. This is a change of date from the previously scheduled Aug. 10 meeting.

Sept. 24

Health & Fitness Expo
The Business Women's Alliance of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the original Women's Health & Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River. Preregister your firm before June 17 and choose preferred exhibit space. After June 17, registration will open to health-, fitness- and wellness-related organizations on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 352-795-3149.

Nov. 4

Classic car show in Chiefland
The Tri-County CFGC presents the Chiefland Flea Market Cassic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, with awards schedule to begin at 2 p.m.Classic, late models and motorcycles are welcome with separate judging for the top 20 in each category. There will be dash plaques to the first 50 vehicles and music by DJ Jeff. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local veterans' organization.
Preregister by Oct. 29 for an entry fee of $15. The entry fee is $20 on the day of the show. For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or by email at phillips1311@bellsouth.net.

Dec. 10

Classic car show in Fanning Springs
The Tri-County CFGC and the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce present the 16th annual Festival of Lights at Fort Fanning Park. Registration is from 9-noon, with awards beginning at 3 p.m. Classics, late models and imports welcome. Dash plaques to the first 50 vehicles. There will be food and drinks as well as music by DJ Jeff. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.
Preregister by Dec. 3 for an entry fee of $15. The entry fee is $20 on the day of the show. For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or by email at phillips1311@bellsouth.net.

ONGOING

AMVETS Post No. 88 meetings
AMVETS Post 88 meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The SOA 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.

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.

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.

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.

Grand Slam Bridge on Monday
Grand Slam Bridge meets 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Mondays at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland. For information, call Joan at 352-493-0279. Weekly and substitute players are needed.