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Community Calendar for the week of March 8

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Today

WWII veterans meet
The World War II veterans will meet Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Ivy House Restaurant in Williston.
Feel free to bring a spouse, friend or fellow veteran.
If you have questions, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

Friday

Florida native plants group meeting
The Florida native plants group meets at 10 a.m. at the Levy County Extension Office, 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.
At this meeting, not only will we share why growing native Florida plants may be easier, less expensive in the long run, and may provide food, nectar, and cover for butterflies and birds, we will do even more! We will discuss: how to easily and inexpensively begin a native plant garden and how to test the soil to maximize your success.
Meetings are open to the public.  For more information, call  Barbara at 486-5131 or email savemygarden@gmail.com.

Moonlight paddle at state park
Manatee Springs State Park will host a moonlight paddle on the Suwannee River at 6 p.m. Participants will learn about the history of the river while enjoying the beautiful scenery by moonlight. The Friends of the park will provide a short program following the moonlight paddle. Light refreshments will be served.
To reserve a rental canoe/kayak for $15  at Suwannee Guides and Outfitters, call 352-542-8331. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring bottled water, a flash light and whistle. Children under the age of six and pets are not allowed due to safety. Park entrance fees will apply.
For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.

Friday — Monday

Citrus library friends booksale
The Friends of the Library in Citrus County are holding a fundraising booksale at the Citrus County Auditorium on the Citrus County Fairgrounds, U.S Highway 41 South in Inverness. Hours are: Friday,  5-8 p.m., with $5 donation; and no admission during Saturday, 9 a.m - 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m - 4 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., half-price day; Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., $3 a bag day.  
Proceeds benefit the Friends of Coastal Region, Central Ridge, Lake Regions libraries and Citrus County Library System
For book sale information call 746-1334 or 527-8405

Saturday

Free workshop on vegetable gardening
The University of Florida/Institute for Food and Agricultural Services, Levy County Extension Office in Bronson, 625 North Hathaway Avenue,  is sponsoring a workshop on vegetable gardening from 9 a.m. until noon. Agriculture Extension Agent Anthony Drew will teach novice and experienced gardeners alike the basics of efficient and rewarding vegetable gardening including methods for pest and disease control.  
This free workshop — an indoor/outdoor event — is open to the public. For information, call Barbara at 486-5131 or email savemygarden@gmail.com.
CK Garden Club plant sale
The Cedar Key Garden Club Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held by City Hall on C Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a large variety of native plants to choose from, as well as pine straw and herbs.

Florida writer  at CK library
Jeff Klinkenberg, who writes about Florida culture and people, will visit the Cedar Key Public Library at 10:30 a.m. to give a program about his unique perspective on his home state. Klinkenberg's talk, part of the library's current "Our Stories" series, will be an entertaining, informative look at some of the state's more colorful people, places and events.
 Klinkenberg's talk, free and open to the public, will take place in the upstairs meeting room of the Cedar Key Public Library, 460 2nd St., Cedar Key.
   For more information, call 352-543-5777.

March 15

Elder program meeting at Haven
The local council of Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program meets at Haven Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd.,  Gainesville, to discuss the program’s activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues.  The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.  Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.

Levy ESE parent panel
There will be a meeting of the Levy County ESE Parent Advisory Committee at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the PAC Room at the Levy County ESE/SS Building (former Bronson High School) located at 350 School St., Bronson.  The Parent Advisory Committee is for parents and guardians of students served by the ESE/SS office.
Discussion at the meeting will include FCAT preparation and computer based testing.  Dinner will be served for those attending the meeting.
If you have any questions, please contact Joshua Slemp, SEDNET Project Manager/ESE Parent Liaison at 352-486-5240.

March 16

Gardening in Florida, grow your own
You are invited to hear Barbara Edmonds speak at 6 p.m.  at the Bronson United Methodist Church fellowship hall.  A spaghetti supper will precede the program. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for the event or supper. 
Please call 352-486-2281 by March 12 to reserve a seat. Leave your name and the number of people attending on the answering machine. The church is located in Bronson at 235 Court St. If you have questions, please call Marcia Baughn at 486-2649 or Sue Bazin at 486-4094.

March 17

Veterans benefit from DAV ride
The Disabled American Veterans Tri-County Chapter 63 holds a motorcycle poker run with proceeds to benefit veterans in the Tri-County Area. The run will start at the Chiefland Flea Market with the last bike out by noon. There will be five stops in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties with the final stop at Dave's Old Town Tavern on County Road 349 north of Old Town. Prizes will be awarded for the best two hands. First prize is a three-day cruise for two to the Bahamas and second prize is $100. Last bike is due in at 3 p.m. For more information, call Fred Heinrich at 352-493-9477 or Jerry Gardner at 352-339-0635.

Green Thumb Plant Show, Sale
  Spring is officially here and plans for the 5th Annual Green Thumb Plant Show and Sale are underway for the event that's a local favorite which happens to fall on St. Patricks Day this year,  from 9am - 4 pm in Dunnellon.
Vendors selling orchids, trees, shrubs, native plants, soil enhancers, yard art, woody ornamentals, palms, roses and a variety of flowering plants will line the lawns of the historic village of Dunnellon, home of the shopping district known for it's festivals and events. 
For booth space or more information, please contact Nancy at (352) 208-6789.
 
March 23 — 24

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 hot dogs and drinks.
Proceeds of the sale will be donated to charities in the Tri-County area at the end of the year.

April

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.

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.