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Community Calendar for the week of March 10

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Saturday

Open house at wildlife refuges
Several events are planned from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Refuge Headquarters off CR 347.
Programs, a barbecue lunch, tours, boat rides, bat talks, fire talks, rides on the marsh master, a photo safari, book signings and a silent auction are planned for the day. For more information, visit www.friendsofrefuges.com or call 352-493-0238, ext. 223.

Cruzin’ for Kidz’ Motorcycle Ride
The Third Annual  “Cruzin’ for Kidz”  Motorcycle Ride is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williston Elementary. The event supports the school Safety Patrols’ summer trip to Washington, D.C. Registration is 8:30-9:45 a.m. and kickstands go up at 10 a.m. The ride is free and lunch is available upon return to the school. For information, call Lisa Posteraro at 352-528-6030 or 352-339-1201.

Haven run at Town of Tioga
Haven Hospice’s 2nd Annual Town of Tioga Run is at 4:30 p.m. with a twilight 5K and 10K run. Proceeds benefit patients and families served by Haven Hospice. Entertainment is by Dotti South and the Slackers at 4 p.m. Sun Country Sports Center in Jonesville will offer a children’s fun day from 3:30 to 7 p.m. for ages 3-1/2 and older for a $20 donation per child. Pre-register a child by calling Sun Country at 352-331-8773 by 5 p.m. Friday, March 4.
                                                                                
Old Time Fiddle & Folk Concert                                                                                 
Ed & Geraldine Berbaum perform an old-fashion “down home” concert at 6 p.m. at Otter Springs Park & Campground. The concert is appropriate for all audiences. Snacks are available. Concert admission is $1 per person for ages 60 and over, $2 per person ages 6-59, free for ages 5 and under. The event will be repeated on March 26.

Tuesday

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

March 10

Chiefland library friends meeting
The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library Board of Directors meeting at 11 a.m. at the library, 104 N.E. 3rd St. Chiefland.
The Friends promotes the Library’s programs and resources, and does fund-raising to augment the Library’s budget. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting.  For information, call Tom Reitz at 352-493-1896 or 352-949-5413.

Free performance at Williston library
The Friends of the Williston Public Library will present The Suwannee Valley Players from 7-8 p.m. when they will perform “The Game” at the Williston Woman’s Club, 1049 N.E. 6th Blvd.,  Williston. Also, cast members of the upcoming Suwannee Valley Players production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” will perform selected songs from the musical. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Mary at 352-528-5972.

March 11

Chiefland softball BBQ lunch, dinner
The Chiefland softball teams are having a BBQ chicken lunch or dinner on March 11. Proceeds are for equipment and uniforms for all three teams. Meals are $10 each and include half a chicken, beans and cole slaw. Preorders are needed by this Friday. Meals can be delivered or picked up at the softball field.

March 12

Time to read                                                           
Otter Springs Park & Campground and the Gilchrist County Library present  “It’s Time to Read!” Literacy Program at 10 a.m. The program is appropriate for children ages 4-8.  A guardian must be present; pre-registration is highly recommended. For more information, call the park at 352-463-0800.

March 19

Antique
Road Show
The Dunnellon-style Antique Road Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Dunnellon’s Historic Village.  Appraisers Judy Schmutzer,  Will Moore, Diane Vose and Bob Miller will do appraisals at  the Dunnellon Lions Club on Cedar Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $3 for 1 item, $5 for 2 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Annie Johnson Center.
Antique and food  vendors will be set up in booths throughout the village. For more information, call Cheryl at 352-208-5512 or email at .  

Withlacoochee
Race and Rally
The Third Annual Withlacoochee Wilderness Kayak and Canoe Race and Rally will be at 9:30 a.m. The event, which starts at the By-Pass Spillway Park off CR 40 in Inglis, helps fund the efforts of the organization to protect and preserve Florida’s Nature Coast and its’ water sources for the benefit of everyone. For registration forms, race routes and direction, visit www.warineonline.com, or e-mail kayak.canoe.race@gmail.com, or call Jack Schofield at 352-447-6152 or Dan Hilliard at 352-447-5434.

April 9
Vendors sought
for plant show
Plans are underway for the 4th annual Green Thumb Plant Show in Dunnellon’s Historic Village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vendor spaces are $40, if the application received before March 9.  Information-only booths are free. The event is sponsored by the Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon. For information, contact Nancy at 352-208-6789 or .   

Ongoing
Tuesday-Thursday
Every Tuesday and Thursday 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, go to  or 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. Call 352-463-3135 or go to .

Dixie Humane Society sale
The Dixie Humane Society has a weekly Indoor/ Outdoor Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The society is located off U.S. Highway 19 North on County Road 349 across from the bike trail in Old Town. Donations are welcome.

Heart of the Hammock Humane Society
The Heart of the Hammock Humane Society, located in the old Carr’s Furniture building at 9599 N.E. County Road 349, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donated items can be dropped at the building or by calling to arrange a pick up. Any unsold items from a yard/garage sale can also be picked up. For more information, call 352-542-1617 or 356-542-1077.

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs want clunkers
Florida Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for “Clunker Cars” to be donated to raise funds. Donors can get a tax write off. To donate, call 1-800-246-0493.

TOPS meeting
The Chiefland TOPS group meets 11a.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 meets at noon Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s on Main Street in Chiefland. Williston Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. 1st St.

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.

Bronson Homemakers
Bronson Home and Community Educators, a community service organization,  meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month with a monthly workshop 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Monday of the month. The meetings are at the Levy County Extension Office, U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson. For information, call Mary Anne Ostroman at 352-528-5076 or  for more information.

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.

Stitches from heart helps babies
Stitches From The Heart is a nationwide group of volunteers that knit, crochet and quilt for needy babies and children. These items are donated to 411 hospitals and charities. Patterns are available. Donated yarn is appreciated.
Call toll free 877-985-9212 or email  or write at 3316 Pico, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or visit  .