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Community Calendar for the week of March 27

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 Today

 

Tourism board meeting

The bi-monthly 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.

 

Friday

 

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 finalists 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.

 

Saturday

 

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. 

 

Monday

 

Crochet Club

The Chiefland Crochet Club meets the second Monday of the month at 4 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

 

Vets meet

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

 

Wednesday

 

Vets meet

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 3

 

Historical portrayal at 

Dunnellon library

Betty Jean Steinshouer returns to the Dunellon Public Library April 3, at 1 p.m., to portray the lives of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Marjory Stoneman Douglas in one program called "From Palmetto Leaves to The Yearling to River of Grass."

The library is located at 20351 Robinson Ave.

For more information, call 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 5

 

Church yard sale

Turning Point Ministry, of Trenton, will hold a two-day yard sale on April 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location of the sale will be at 135 NE 173 Ave., Old Town.

Proceeds from the sale will further the programs of the ministry.

Fore more information, call 352-463-1882 or 352-542-7048.

 

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.

 

AARP senior diving course

AARP will hold a safety driving course for seniors April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Capital City Bank, 2012 North Young Blvd, Chiefland.

The certificate is valid for a discount on auto insurance rates fro three years. There are not tests, but registration is required to attend. Call Linda at 352-493-1742.

 

April 12

 

Alligator Lake Spring Festival  

 

The Alligator Lake Spring Festival in Lake City will take place April 12, with guided bird and butterfly walks beginning at 8 a.m.

About 40 vendors will participate in the festival, which is free to the public. Reservation must be made for the bird and butterfly walks: 386-497-4185 or 386-466-2193.

The festival will be held at Old Country Road, about 1.2 miles south of Baya Drive.

 

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 19

 

Flower photo exhibit

Famed Gainesville photographer John Moran will showcase some of the state's wildflowers in an exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History that runs from April 19 to Aug.3.

The exhibit, “La Florida: 500 Years in the Place of Flowers,” features 15 large-format photographs taken by Moran, who traveled the state in search of his subjects.

 For more information about the exhibit, visit http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/exhibits/coming-soon/upcoming/ or call 352-846-2000.

 

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.