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Community Calendar for the week of March 22

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Friday

Tax help
There will be a free tax preparation and e-file with AARP Tax Aide at Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland. Volunteers will be at the library between noon and 4 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 352-493-2758.

Friday — Saturday

HCE, Woodmen hold yard sale
The HCE Chiefland Club will hold a joint yard sale with the Woodmen Lodge of Trenton from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on State Road 26 in Trenton. The Woodmen Lodge will sell hotdogs and drinks.
Proceeds of the sale will be donated to charities in the Tri-County area at the end of the year.

Saturday — Sunday

2012 Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival
The Spring Garden Festival at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The festival will feature around 200 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, educational exhibits and arts and crafts. There will also be a walk-through butterfly conservatory, live entertainment, and food and drink.
Visitors will be able to learn about the environment, including local flora and fauna and local green initiatives from several organizations and societies located in Gainesville.
The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens are located on 4700 SW. 58th Drive, just west of I-75 off Archer Road. Parking is free and two off-site parking areas are serviced by shuttle buses. Admission is $8. For more information call 352-372-4981.

Saturday

Bronson UMC yard sale
The Anzonetta Epperson Circle yard sale will be at the Bronson United Methodist Church, 235 Court St., Bronson, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A featured item is a Hammond CX-1 electric organ that is in very good condition. Proceeds will benefit a church beautification project.

Relay for Life Texas Hold 'em tournament
A Texas Hold 'Em Tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Williston’s Relay for Life teams will be at Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club, at 1 p.m.
There is a $50 buy-in with half going to the pot and half to the Relay. There is a 100 seat limit. Snack food is included
The pay-out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places is 50 percent, 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively.  Spectator admission is $10 and will not be allowed to be near players.
For reservations, call Dedee McLeod at 352-494-9595.
 
Woman’s Club pulled pork lunch
 The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club will have a pulled pork lunch starting at 11:30 a.m., in conjunction with the Withlacoochee Wilderness Kayak and Canoe Challenge.  The 4th Annual Challenge hosted by Withlacoochee Area Residents, Inc. will start at 10 a.m. at the Winding River Park, Yankeetown, and end at noon.  If you’re looking for something to do, join in the Challenge and show support for your local environmental group.  If it’s a great lunch you crave, join participants and spectators at the clubhouse for a delicious homemade pulled pork sandwich with beans, slaw and tea; adults $8, children $5 and sandwiches $4.  This will also be a chance for you to get your tickets for the 21st and 22nd Circuit Court Benches being raffled by Withlacoochee Area Residents, Inc.  These handmade cedar benches will be on display with the drawing to be held in May. The Woman’s Club Thrift Shop will open at 10 a.m. for those who want to check out all the bargains that arrive daily.
All proceeds from the Challenge will be used to fund efforts of W.A.R. Inc. while proceeds from the lunch will be used by the Woman’s Club for their ongoing community projects.
For information on lunch call 352-447-2057.  For information on the Challenge, visit www.warinconline.com  email: warinc.directors@gmail.com; or call Jack Schofield at 352-447-6152 or Jenny McCarthy at 352-447-2199.

Monday

Learn about bromeliads
The Suwannee River Garden Club will meet at the Fanning Springs Community Center located behind the Cadillac Motel in Fanning Springs.  The club meets on the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Michael McCleary of Ft. White will give a program on bromeliads and bring some to sell.
The meetings are open to the public, so come and bring a friend. For more information contact Joan Pryor  at 352-542-2211.

March 29

Tourist board meets
The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m. at the  Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.
 
March 31

Go native at Morningside Nature Center
It's time to plant with Florida native plants that are adapted to the drought and the heat of summer. And you can find the largest offering of native plants in North Florida during the 2012 Spring Native Plant sale at Morningside Nature Center, between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring cash and checks only.
The sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville's Nature Operations Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Friends of Nature Parks and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.
The Native Plant Sale features thousands of beautiful native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines grown at area nurseries. Vendors are members of the Florida Native Plant Society and certify that plants are nursery propagated and grown.
For event information or to join Friends of Nature Parks or the Florida Native Plant Society, call 352-334-3326 or visit www.natureoperations.org. Proceeds from the sale benefit environmental and cultural history programs offered by the City of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Morningside Nature Center is located at 3540 East University Avenue, three miles east of downtown Gainesville.

April 7

Yard sale benefits Relay for Life
A yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Williston to benefit Relay for Life.
The sale will be in the church yard at 213 W. Noble Ave. Rent for a space with a table is $15.
To reserve a spot or for more information, call Sharon Holder at 817-3876 or email almostheaven@yahoo.com to reserve.
 
April 13 — 14

Old Town UMC yard sale
Old Town United Methodist Church is having its annual fundraising yard sale. There is a good assortment of articles for sale along with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and assorted soups. Also, a bake sale will be held along with the yard sale. For more information, call 352-542-8521.

April 21

Author DuLong to speak at Dunnellon
The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library will host a free program featuring Terri DuLong, uuthor of the acclaimed women’s fiction Cedar Key series. The event is at the Dunnellon Public Library Meeting Room at 10:30 a.m. The library is located at 20351 Robinson Road,  Dunnellon.  
DuLong has written "Spinning Forward," "Casting About," "A Cedar Key Christmas," "Holiday Magic" and her latest, "Sunrise on Cedar Key", published by Kensington Books.
DuLong, from Salem, Boston, has three children, went to college to become a legal secretary, then pursued a career as a Registered Nurse.  Her strong urge to write became stronger after working as a Critical Care Nurse.
For more information, call 352-438-2520

April 27
 
Chiefland Chamber meeting
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce meets at  noon at Haven Hospice, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland. Lunch will be sponsored by Pinnacle Home Care. Space is limited, please reserve a seat by calling the Chamber office at 352-493-1849, or email chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net.

April 28

AMVETS gets ready
for Wild Hog race
AMVETS Post 88 is getting ready for another great running of the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on April 28. This is our 7th year hosting this wild and exciting canoe and kayak race. Two kayak classes have been added this year: women and seniors.
Please check out the website www.wildhog.wetpaint.com.
The annual race benefits the Levy ARC in Otter Creek.
The community's help is needed to make this happen. If you would like to sponsor the race, regardless if you are a business or individual, we welcome you. We need racers. AMVETS members are out and about in the Levy county area selling sponsorships and raffle tickets and asking businesses to be sponsors.  If you would like a sponsor form or a brochure to register for the race or if you have any questions, call Margie or Clyde McGarva at 352-486-2535.

May 12

Zuckefest celebrates prolific squash
The 28th Annual Zuckefest — a celebration of zucchini cooked and baked every way imaginable — will be at the Windsor Volunteer Fire Station, 1401 S.E. County Road 234, Gainesville. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be rides, a magic show, beauty pageant and family activities, as well as arts and crafts booths.
All proceeds go to the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department.

ONGOING
Rotary Clubs
Chiefland Rotary, noon Wednesday, Capital City Bank, Community Meeting Room, North Young Boulevard, 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.

Classic Cars at Taco Bell
The Tri-County Cruisin' For Grins Club meets to show off their classic vehicles from 6:30-8 p.m. on Fridays at Taco Bell on North Young Boulevard, Chiefland. Just show up to show your car and have a good time.
 
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.

Nature Coast Conservancy
Florida's Nature Coast Conservancy board of directors meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Laboratory in Cedar Key at 3 p.m. Members and others interested in this land trust are welcome.

Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club
The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club on 56th Street is hosting bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. There will be homemade pies and cakes, plus a $100 jackpot.
The Thrift Shop at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club has been a staple in the community since 1966.  Stocked solely by donations from club members and the community, the Thrift Shop is one of the finest in Levy, Citrus and Marion Counties.
The shop is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and staffed by volunteers.
For the month of February, all men's, infant and children’s clothes will be BOGO (buy one get one free).  As a way to thank those who have served our country, a 10 percent discount is offered to all veterans (with ID) on their total purchase.   For questions or information call 352-447-2057. Proceeds go to scholarships for students who have attended Yankeetown School. Bring a school supply and receive an early bird special. There's an adequate supply of paper and pencils, so what's needed are one-inch binders and backpacks. For more information, call 352-447-2057 or email yiwamansclub@gmail.com.

Senior Citizen Center activities
Chiefland Senior Center, 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 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 1:30-3:30 p.m.
• Hot meals are served each weekday at noon.
For more information, call 352-490-7055.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

TOPS meeting
The Chiefland TOPS group meets fr om 11 a.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.

Grand Slam Bridge
Playdate 10 a.m.-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.

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.

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

Dixie Horseman Association
The Dixie Horseman Association wants to remind all members and potential members that the Club Roping and Game Days are always on the third Friday and Saturday of each month.  Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. and the roping starts at 8 p.m. This is a Round Robin format with a ropers cap of No. 5. Cash payouts are awarded. The arena is on the Airport Road in Cross City. All ropers and riders must be club members. Memberships are available at all events. All scheduled events are subject to fair weather. For more information, call Lil’ John Driggers, Shirley Jean Davis, Cindy Chewning, Karen Wright, Jeff Watson, Terri Cason or Charles Allen.