Community calendar for the week of March 6

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Chiefland High School Concert tonight

Chiefland High School will be having a concert tonight beginning at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium.

For more information, call Chad Hodges at 352-493-6000.




Free beekeepers class

The Levy County Bee Club is offering a free bee keeper training class Saturday March 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bronson United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 235 Court Street.  

Class to be conducted by Chappy McChesney and guest speakers.  

For more information, call Kathy Johnson at 486-4457. 




Atheists to meet

The Williston Atheists will hold a gathering at 11 a.m. Sunday at Melanie's Diner in Williston. The public is welcome to attend





Wild About Edibles 

Join us for a Sparkleberry Chapter Meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society, which meets at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, at Hatch Park in Branford, 403 S.E. Craven St.

The guest speaker will be Scott Davis, ranger/botanist/native plant and pollinator specialist, at the St Mark’s National wildlife Refuge. He will share his knowledge of edible and medicinal plants. You might be surprised at what you can snack on during a walk on the trail, down a roadside or even in your own backyard!  Food is all around us. Come join us.

For more information, contact President Betsy Martin at betsymartin@windstream.net, or at 386-719-0467.


March 13


Lunch with an Archaeologist

March is Florida Archaeology Month, and the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is participating in Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) in celebrating by doing a weekly series on Thursdays throughout March in Yankeetown.

For more information, visit www.flpublicarchaeology.org/crc or facebook.com/FPANcentral for sites. 


Library friends to meet

The Friends of the Luther Callaway  Public Library (FLCPL), the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System, will hold its monthly meeting at the Library, 104 NE 3rd Street, in Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m., March 13.  

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


The World War II Vets and 

Proud of It meet

The World War II Vets and Proud of It will meet March 13 at The Gathering Table in Chiefland, 116 N. Main St.

The group meets the second  Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 1-352-528-2310.


March 15


Cemetery Workday

 The Chiefland United Methodist Cemetery in Hardeetown will be holding a workday on Saturday, March 15, at 8:30 a.m. You are invited to come and help with the general cleanup. If you have garden tools such as rakes, clippers, wheel barrows, etc., and can bring them along that would be helpful. Lunch will be provided.





Trenton Quilt Festival

Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Florida’s only outdoor quilt show, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 15.  Trenton will host quilting demonstrations and displays from numerous quilt groups.  An array of vendors will offer collectibles and antiques; artisans and old-time crafters will show their wares; antique cars and tractors will be on display.  The sounds of lively music, and the smells of great food from vendors and local eateries will temp festival-goers.  No admission charge.  For more information visit http://trentonquiltfestival.com or call 352-463-3842.


St. Patrick's Day dinner

American Legion Post 236, of Bronson, is having a St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 15.  Please join us.  Remember to wear your green!  The dinner starts at 2 p.m. and will continue until the food is gone. The American Legion Post 236 now has a canteen and opens at 12 noon every day, 7 days a week.  Bingo is every Monday at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone welcome.  We just started Karaoke and would love to hear you sing, so come on out.


“Cruzin for Kidz” 

The 6th Annual “Cruzin’ for Kidz” Motorcycle Ride will take place Saturday, March 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event starts at Williston Elementary School and acts as a fundraiser for Williston safety patrols on their trip to Washington, D.C.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. There will be T-Shirts for sale, as well as lunch upon return to the school. Free coffee and donuts will be offered to riders.

A law enforcement escort will also take part in the event.

For more information, call Lisa Posteraro at 352-528-6030 or 352-339-1201.


Spring Bazaar

The United Methodist Women will be hosting its annual spring bazaar on Saturday, March 15, at the United Methodist Church on Route 24. Coffee and sweet rolls will be available from 8  to 11 a.m., with a corned beef and cabbage luncheon from at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Beef stew will also be available. A bake sale will be held at the same time and local crafts will be for sale.  Donations for lunch and coffee will be accepted.

Outside, at the same time, a rummage sale will be held with all proceeds going to the Community Food Pantry.

For more information, call Marie Lewis 352-467-4703.

Quilt show in Trenton

For the seventh consecutive year, Trenton will be ablaze with quilts flying from shops, businesses and government buildings up and down Main Street and beyond for the Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Florida’s only outdoor quilt show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

For more information, contact Stephanie Metts at 352-316-5900.

ALSO: Members of three north central Florida fiber art and art quilt guilds will be among thirty quilt groups sharing their work during the festival.

The three art quilt groups that will display their work and be on hand to talk with visitors in the historic Train Depot.

For more information about the festival, visit the website, www.TrentonQuiltFestival.com, or contact the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, (352) 463-3842.


Museum summer 

camp registration

Register your child beginning March 15 for discovery and exploration at the Florida Museum of Natural History summer and field camps.

Students in grades 1-6 for the 2014-2015 school year can investigate natural history, examine fossils, discover ancient cultures and meet some of the most interesting members of the animal kingdom during the weeklong camps that run June 9 through Aug. 1.

For questions or more information, call 352-273-2061.


March 16 - 17


Preserve Bioblitz

This two-day event involves more than a dozen ecological tours, biological flora and fauna inventories and other educational programs, plus exhibits. The activities will be led by naturalists, biologists and other environmental scientists from UF, Audubon, FWC and more.

Fore more information, visit http://www.watershedecology.org/bioblitz.html, or email Jean Holbrook at JEHolbrook1@aol.com.

The website gives more detail, including proper clothing and protective gear. Some activities require advance registration.


March 22


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.


March 29


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 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 12


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.


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. 


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.