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Community Calendar for the week of March 10

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Thursday,

March 10

WWII Veterans

meeting

All World War II veterans are invited to attend the WWII Veterans meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 10 at Cherry's Steak & Seafood in Trenton.

Come join the camaraderie, bring your spouse, a friend or a fellow veteran. For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

Junior Class Fundraiser

The Chiefland Middle High School Junior Class will hold a fundraising spaghetti dinner on March 10. The menu includes meat sauce with pasta, salad and a roll for $6. Pickup is 4 to 6 p.m. at the Chiefland Elementary School cafeteria.

Thursdays

Library Friends meeting

The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library (FLCPL), the Chiefland branch of the Levy County Public Library System, meet on the second Thursday of the month, except in July and August, at 11 a.m. at the library, 104 N.E. 3rd St., Chiefland.

The Friends support the library by promoting the library’s programs and resources and through fund-raising projects to purchase reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment.  There are no dues.

For more information call Friends President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413.

Fridays

Tri-County Cruisers

The Tri-County Cruisers meet 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.

Post family night

  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 from 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 U.S. 129 on the curve between Trenton and Bell, across from the Field of Dreams.

Fridays,

Sundays

AMVETS 444 hosts karaoke

AMVETS Post 444 hosts karaoke every Friday and Sunday, starting at 7 p.m. 

The post is at 13751 N.E. 52nd Place, Williston.

Friday - Saturday,

March 11-12

Tri County Outreach yard sale

The Tri County Outreach is holding mega yard sale to benefit their emergency food pantry on March 11-12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, There will be furniture, antiques, a 30 gallon fish tank, Easter baskets & bunnies, toys, books, name brand purses & shoes, housewares, and all clothes will be $1. Tri County Outreach is at 708 N. Main St., Chiefland. For information, call 352-493-2310

Friday - Sunday, March 11-13

'A Street Car Named Desire' at Chief

The audience reviews for “A Street Car Named Desire,” presented by the Suwannee Valley Players, have been fantastic. The final weekend is Friday-Sunday, March 11-12 at 8 p.m. and March 13 at 2 p.m. at the Chief Theater on East Park Avenue.

For tickets and to reserve your spot in the audience call Becky Gill at 352-443-9096 to make reservations.

Fridays,

Saturdays

Divine Mercy Thrift Center

The Divine Mercy Thrift Center, located on the grounds of St. John the Evangelist Church, 4050 N.W. Highway 27A, is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sales go toward feeding the needy in the area. Donations are also accepted.

For more information, call 352-493-9723.

Church thrift shop open in Bronson

The Bronson United Methodist Church will open a thrift shop Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the back building on Capital Street.

If you need more information or have donations, call the church office and leave a message at 352-486-2281.

Thrift shop at

Cross City Church

The thrift shop at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Cross City has used furniture and low prices. It is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information or to donate, call 352-542-0157.

Saturdays

South Levy Marketplace on 4th Saturday

Please join us at the South Levy Marketplace, a place for local farmers, fisherman, and artisans to sell their homemade and handcrafted products, seafood, produce, and more.

The marketplace is on the 4th Saturday of each month. It is located in Inglis, on Highway 40, west of Highway 19, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, call 352-302-1771.

Food for Life Distribution

The Food for Life distribution at Chiefland First United Methodist Church is on the second and fourth Saturdays starting at 10 a.m. with a suggested donation of $3.50. Please see the calendar listing for that date.

Saturday,

March 12

Cedar Key Old Families Reunion

The Cedar Key Old Families Reunion will be held on March 12, at the Cedar Key Community Center. Come, bring a covered dish and enjoy visiting with family and friends.  Dinner is served at noon.

Contact: Brenda Coul-ter, P.O. Box 294, Cedar Key, FL 32625 or call 1-352-543-5508.

Monday,

March 14

Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association

The Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 14, from 7-9 p.m. at the Suwannee River Water Management District Office, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, 2 miles west of Live Oak. The public is invited.The program will feature Dawn and John Griffin. They will share their various hiking experiences on the Wicklow Trail in Ireland.

Mondays

Retired Educators Meeting

The Levy/Gilchrist Retired Educators Association meets on the third Monday of every month at the Gathering Table in Chiefland with no June or July meeting. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch. Any retired educator from Gilchrist or Levy Counties is invited to attend.

Grand Slam Bridge

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.

TOPS meeting

The Chiefland TOPS group meets from 10:45 to 11: 45 a.m. on Mondays at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland. Both sexes are welcome. For information, call 352-463-9111.

Jackpot bingo at Legion Landrum Memorial

American Legion Post 236 has Jackpot Bingo on Mondays beginning at 6 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.

Tuesdays

Grief, loss

workshops

Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast office host Ten Touchstones For Grief:  Learn to rely on the “10 Touchstones For Grief” to find your way to hope and healing on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The workshops are open to any who has suffered a loss. 

Groups meet at the hospice center at 304 N. Main St, Chiefland. 

For more information, contact Brian Coleman, grief specialist at 386-454-1338 or toll free at 866-642-0962.

Tuesdays,

Saturdays

Narcotics

Anonymous meeting

Narcotics Anonymous meetings are every Tuesday and Saturday nights from 8-9 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Annex at 707 N. Main St., Chiefland.

Wednesday,

March 16

Presentation on

vultures

The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve Education Center presents The Many Hats of Vultures by Andrea Junking of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Wednesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. The Educational Center is at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown.

Wednesdays

Bingo at AMVETS

AMVETS Post 444 hosts bingo on Wednesdays, starting at 6:30 p.m. 

The post is at 13751

N.E. 52nd Place, Williston.

Have a Healthier 2016

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter No. 798, a support group that works together to share information, encourage each other, and hold each other accountable meets every Wednesday 10 to 11a.m., with weigh-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.  We meet at the Live Oak Community Church of God, 10639 U.S. Highway 129, Live Oak.  For more information, call Dori 658-2767 or Barbara 362-5933.

Wednesdays,

Saturdays

Bingo benefits

disabled veterans

A fund-raising bingo every Wednesday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 63 post at 125 N.E. 165th Ave., Cross City.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 352-498-7707.

Thursday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Talk on understanding emergent ecologies

The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve Education Center presents Wild Monkeys in Florida? Understanding Emergent Ecologies by Eben Kirskey of Princeton University, on Thursday, March 17 at 5 p.m. The Educational Center is at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown.

March 18

Players selling plants

The Suwannee Valley Players will be having a plant sale on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. We will be set up at the parking lot in front of The Gathering Table. Most plants will be $1 each.

March 19

Spring Fling cookies in Cedar Key

It's time for the Spring Fling and Cookie Sale at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church. The big day is March 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Come early for the best selection of homemade cookies.  Stay for delicious reuben sandwiches for lunch and the "white elephant" rummage sale.

April 12

AARP Driver Safety courses scheduled

The AARP Driver Safety Courses for Seniors will be on April 12 and May 3 at the Haven Hospice Community Center, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.

The one-day class starts at 9 a.m. The instructors are planning to have lots of fun and show driver strategies to stop a crash that can cause injury or death. There are no tests.

The certificate of completion for the course is valid for a discount on automobile insurance policies for three years. 

Class size is limited so call 352-727-9542 to register. 

April 30

Denim & Jewels aims to end abuse

Another Way, Inc., Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center and Suncoast Credit Union present the second annual Jeans & Jewels event at Otter Springs on Saturday, April 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event will feature down home country cooking, live entertainment and a silent auction.

Tickets are $75 and include meal, beverage and souvenir photo. All proceeds go to Another Way, Inc.

“I wish we didn't need to do this, but we do,” said Donna Fagan, executive director of the organization, in addressing the crowd at the last year's fundraiser and celebration.

Fagan said when she started the shelter in Lake City opened with 11 beds and within 24 hours of moving into the new building there were 16 clients and it was full. “Never did we think this is not enough,” Fagan said. Now the group has 55 beds and a shelter in Chiefland. In one year the group has provided 24,000 nights of shelter.

For tickets or more information, call 386-719-2700.

May 6-8

The Rednecks Bite Back, a farce by R. Eugene Jackson and directed by Diana Child

will be presented by the Suwannee Valley Players on May 6-8 and 13-15.

After winning the lottery, a redneck, Heyweed Throttlebottom, moves into a mansion and becomes an insufferable snob who speaks with a fake British accent. To protect himself from "undesirable" neighbors, Heyweed makes plans to purchase the wooded lot next door. But before he can do so, a family of rednecks arrive and park their beat-up house trailer on the land. With country music blaring, the truck engine revving, and a whole lot of duct tape, this family of Bubbas soon make themselves at home―and with everyone in the family named "Bubba," there ain´t no mistakin´ they´re Bubba´s! Determined to force the Bubbas off the land, Heyweed hires the Blubber Team, a bumbling paramilitary group, to capture the Bubbas and relocate them. But the Blubbers are no match for the Bubbas´ secret weapon ― Bubba Cousin! This play is presented by special arrangements with Big Dog Plays.

If you have any questions or want to be involved, please please email director Diana Child or call her at (352) 210-8792.

May 7

Tri-County Talent Competition

The Players will host the Tri-County Talent Competition on May 20-21. Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 7th, for SVP´s Tri–County Talent Competition at the Chief Theater. The top prizes will be up to $250 for first, $150 for second, and $100 for third. (Prizes will be based on the number of entries). The top 25 acts will perform on the 20th and the top 10 from that evening will perform on the 21st. This is open to people who live or work in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie Counties. The final judges will be from outside our area and have experience in the fields of music, stage, and dance. We all know there's a lot of hidden talent in our area. It's time to showcase it for everyone to see. Send us your comedians, your magicians, and your musicians. Have that prima ballerina dance her way into our hearts. For more information, download the Talent Show Rules and Entry Form here.

May 14

BACK Fighting Cancer golf tournament

BACK Fighting Cancer, Inc., the non-profit organization named for four cancer survivors that helps families battling cancer, holds its annual golf tournament at Chiefland Golf and Country Club on May 14. Golfers enjoy 18 holes of golf and lunch and an auction of donated items.

The primary mission is to provide financial assistance to families in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist Counties with a child fighting cancer. The group also uses the funds from the golf tournament, and a motorcycle run later in the year to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in health care.

Bronson Blueberry Festival

Come join the Town of Bronson on Saturday May 14, for the second annual Bronson Blueberry Festival. There you will find all things blueberry, from fresh blueberries to a wide assortment of other foods made with blueberries. The Blueberry Festival will host local growers with fresh berries for sale.

The morning of the festival the 5k Blueberry Stomp will take place with registration starting at 7 a.m. and the race starting at 7:30. The 3.2 mile course will wind through town to finish in the James H. Cobb Park. Tickets may be purchased online at the following site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/town-of-bronson-blueberry-5k-stomp-tickets-...  

The weekend kicks off with a parade through the town beginning at the Post Office on U.S. Highway 27A and taking a left at State Road 24 then left again to the park entrance.

But before the parade and the festival which will feature food, family activities and arts and crafts vendors, there will be the Blueberry Queen Pageant on May 7 at 10 a.m. at Bronson Middle High School's cafetorium.

For more information on the festival, call town hall at 352-486-2354.

May 28

Watermelon Festival pageants

On May 28 at 11:30 a.m. the Chiefland Woman's Club will host the Watermelon Queen contestant interviews at Chiefland Elementary School Cafeteria, followed by the pageant competition at 2 p.m. The 2016 Watermelon Queen will be crowned at the Chiefland Watermelon Festival on June 4 at 12:45 p.m. at the festival stage at Trailhead Park/Old Train Depot Park.

 

Ongoing

Shine Program

Need help understanding Medicare or with Your Medicare Costs? Want to see if you can save money on your prescription drug costs? Can't afford to have the Medicare Part B Premium come out of your check every month? Are you new to Medicare and not sure of your options? Whether you are a Medicare beneficiary, family member or caregiver, SHINE, a volunteer program under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provides you with free, unbiased and confidential information. For assistance, please call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to have a volunteer return your call.

Rotary Clubs

Chiefland Rotary meets at noon Wednesdays at The Gathering Table on Main Street in Chiefland. The Suwannee Valley Rotary meets at noon on Thursdays at the Haven Hospice Community Center. Williston Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. 1st St.

Marines wanted

Tri-County Marine League Detachment No. 1018 Marines are looking for a few good men and women to join their organization. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The organization is located at 1381 N.E. 82nd Ave. (off U.S. Highway 19), Old Town.

Bring a copy of your DD214 or discharge. For more information, call 352-275-7838. Semper Fidelis.

Bronson Homemakers meet

Bronson HCE (Homemakers) hold monthly meetings on the first Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Levy County Extension Office. New members are welcome. For more information, call Muriel Turner at 352-5131.

The Bronson Home and Community Education Club is affiliated with the IFAS UF Levy County Extension. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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.

Ask for help

Every day, older adults are abused, neglected and denied their rights. Older adults have the right to dignity and respect; to not be yelled at, hit or humiliated; and to make their own decisions.

No one has the right to abuse our elders physically or emotionally, to threaten them, or to take their money or property without consent. Don’t let this happen to you. Be empowered to prevent becoming a victim of elder abuse. Talk to your clergy, doctor or someone you trust and call the confidential Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873), if you or someone you know is being abused.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Chiefland Senior Center

The Chiefland Senior Center located at 305 S.W. 1st St. serves breakfast and lunch, Monday-Friday. Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. is exercise class. At 9:30 a.m.-noon on Mondays we now have a card making class. Wednesday is all other crafts. Tuesday and Thursday come and socialize. Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon is line dancing.

We are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information please call Bernadette Preble at ‪352-490-7055 ext.1.‬

VFW ongoing meetings

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5625, located at 104 S. Main St., Chiefland, announces the following meetings and dinners:

Dinners served 6-8 p.m. Public is welcome.

First Friday of every month - grilled steak and sides $12.50.

All other Fridays of the month - fried haddock and sides $8.

Ladies Auxiliary Meeting, first Tuesday 7 p.m.

VFW Post Meeting, second Tuesday 7:30 p.m.

Men’s Auxiliary, third Tuesday 7 p.m.

First Friday of each month, steak dinner  6-8 p.m.

All other Fridays, fried haddock 6-8 p.m.

The public is welcome to all dinners.

The post is located at 104 S. Main St., Chiefland. For more information, call 352-493-1159.VFW Post Meeting, second Tuesday 7:30 p.m.

Men’s Auxiliary, third Tuesday 7 p.m.

First Friday of each month, steak dinner  6-8 p.m.

All other Fridays, fried haddock 6-8 p.m.

The public is welcome to all dinners.