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Community calendar for the week of March 20

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Old books wanted

The Friends of the A. F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown are gearing up for the Spring Book Sale. The friends are accepting donations of books, VHS tapes, DVDs and audio tapes. You may drop them at the library during library hours - Tuesday 3 - 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 9a.m.-5p.m., and Saturday 9a.m.-1p.m., at 11 56th Street, Yankeetown. 

The book sale will be held the week of April 12-19. Donations help the Friends raise funds to support our library by purchasing new books, audio books, library accessories and presenting interesting public programs to the community for adults and children.

 

 

Friday

 

Gopher tortoise meeting

A meeting of the Gopher Tortoise Technical Assistance Group (GTTAG) will be held at the Division of Plant Industry Auditorium, 1911 SW 34 Street, Gainesville, FL 32608 on March 21, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

The public is welcome to attend. Meeting materials (agenda, handouts, presentations) can be accessed on the GTTAG SharePoint site at share.myfwc.com/GT2/default.aspx. Please note that some materials may not be available on the website until the day of the meeting.  

 

HCE fundraiser yard sale

It is that time of year again, Chiefland Home and Community Educators (HCE) will be having its annual indoor yard sale to raise money to help others in the Tri-County community from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m..  It will be held at the Woodman's Lodge, located at 4939 S.R. 26, in Trenton, just 2 miles East of Route 19.   

Goodies from more than 20 families have been gathered for this event. If you have any donations, contact Gloria at 352-542-1765.

 

Classy cars meet in new place

Tri-County Cruisers has moved their cruise in on Friday nights to Mid Town Plaza next to the Pure station. They will play oldies and have other cruise information around the state available. Come enjoy the old cars and the music, which starts at 5 p.m.

 

Saturday

 

Zumba fundraiser for Relay for Life

There will be a Zumba fitness event to raise money for Realy for Life March 22, from 9 -10 a.m. at the Dixie County School Board meeting room, 823 S.W. Highway 349, in Old Town. A $5 donation is suggested.

 

Bronson Blue open for break

Bronson Blue Springs Park will open for spring break from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $2.

 

 

2nd Annual Ride for Haven Hospice Poker Run

When: March 22; registration is from 9 - 10 a.m.; after party is at 1 p.m.

Where: The run starts and ends at AmVets Post 422, in Fanning Springs (17131 N.W. US Highway 19).

Drivers will need to pay $15. Riders pay $5, with an additional $5 fee for added hands.

Participants will get a free barbeque dinner, and there will also be live music and prize drawings.

For more information, contact Eric Daniels at 352-356-1949.

 

Monday

 

Crochet Club

The Chiefland Crochet Club meets the second Monday of the month at 5 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.

 

Tuesday

 

Community Action Agency meeting

The board of directors of the Central Florida Community Action Agency will meet at 3 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 826 N.W. 23rd Ave., Gainesville. For more information, call Monique Harrison at 352-373-7667, ext. 207, or email mharrison@cfcaa.org.

 

Wednesday

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

AMVETS Post No. 88 

Auxiliary meetings

AMVETS Post 88 Auxiliary meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the post home on State Road 24 by the Bronson Speedway.

 

Legion Auxiliary meeting

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 383, Old Town, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For information, call 352-542-7788. 

 

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.

 

March 27

 

Tourism board meeting

The bomonthly meeting of the Levy County Tourist Development Council will be at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. 

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 352-486-3396. 

 

Vets meet

The VFW Post 5625 MOCA and MOC meet at the post at 6:31 p.m. and 7:31 p.m.

 

March 28

 

Karaoke contest

the final preliminary contest of the Levy County Fair Karaoke Contest will be held at The Junction in Williston at 8 p.m., March 28. This will decide the Top 15 group of finalist who will compete at the Levy County Fair on Sunday, April 13 at 5 p.m.

 

Chiefland Chamber meets

The Chiefland Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly meeting Friday, March 28, in the Haven Hospice Community Room.

 Guest Speakers this month are David Knowles, Director of Levy County Public Safety and Trevor Hicks, from Air Methods (Emergency Helicopter Serives).

Please RSVP via email reply, or phone message: www.ChieflandChamber.com, 352-493-1849.

 

March 29

 

Henry Beck Park to open

Henry Beck Park will open for the season. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $2.

 

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. 

 

April 1

 

Vets meet

The VFW Post 5625 LA-VFW meet at the post at 7 p.m.

 

April 2

The VFW Post 5625 house committee meeting is at 11 a.m. at the post.

 

April 3

Florida history lecture in Dennellon

Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library is hosting humanities scholar and Chautauquan Betty Jean Steinshouer’s “Florida History from Palmetto Leaves to River of Grass” Thursday, April 3 at 1 p.m., at the Dunnellon Public Library Meeting Room, 20351 Robinson Road. 352-438-2520

 

April 4

 

Vets dinner

The VFW Post 5625 will have a steak dinner at the post at at 6 p.m.

 

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.

 

April 8

 

Vets meet

The VFW Post 5625 will meet at the post at 7:30 p.m.

 

April 12 - 13

 

Cedar Key arts fest

There's something for everyone at Cedar Key's 50th Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.

   The annual festival will be held April 12-13.

While there, festival goers can expect to see:

 • 120 fine artists and craftsman will share their creations on historic 2nd Street from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;

 • Art demonstrations will take place Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.; watch as 14 talented artists from a variety of disciplines share their techniques;

 • Kids can do Fish Rubbings at the Cedar Key Arts Center’s Children’s Activities Booth;

 •  A new mural, commemorating the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival, will be ready for viewing;

 • An exhibit at the Cedar Key Arts Center will highlight the colorful history and art from “Fifty Years of Art Festivals in Cedar Key”

 • And, of course, there will be seafood, homemade goodies, hand-squeezed lemonade, music and lots of family fun both days in the Beachfront City Park.

   To find out more about the event, visit www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com or call Bev Ringenberg, Event Coordinator.

 

April 12 

 

Classy cars at show

The Tri County Cruisers will hold a car show at Chiefland NAPA on North Young Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a burnout contest, a flame-throwing contest, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and family fun. 

 

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 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.

 

April 15

 

Vets meet

The VFW Post 5625 MA-VFW will meet at the post at 7 p.m.

 

April 24

 

Vets meet

The VFW Post 5625 MOCA and MOC will meet at the post at 6:31 p.m. and 7:31 p.m.

 

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. 

 

May 3

Jail Break 5K run/walk slated

 

The Dunnellon Police Department, in partnership with BTY Fitness, will host the inaugural Dunnellon Jail Break 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 3. The event will begin at Datesman Park at 12050 S. Ohio St. The event will benefit Special Olympics Florida.

This 5K will wind through unique multi-terrain trails as well as city streets. Running clubs and enthusiasts as well as the novice runner/walker are able to participate. Costumes are encouraged as well.

To register, visit www.active.com. Pre-registered participants will receive a Dunnellon Jailbreak 5K logo drawstring bag and race shirt, along with other goodies. Entry fee is $25; between April 1 to April 19, the fee will increase to $30. Participants can register during the day of the run, but the fee will be $35 and no free T-Shirt will be given away.

For information, visit www.active.com, like us on Facebook “Dunnellon Jail Break 5K,” or call 465-8510.

 

 

 

 

 

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.