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Community Calendar for the week of May 30

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Friday

 

Knitters, crocheters gather

A knitting and crocheting group also meets at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Bronson Public Library on U.S. 27A. 

 

Classy cars at Taco Bell

The Tri-County Cruisers Club meets to show off its 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.

 

Jackpot bingo

Landrum Memorial American Legion Post 236 hosts Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Post 236 is located at 9550 NE U.S. Highway 27A, Bronson. For more information, call 352-486-5003.

 

Saturday

 

Tour de Melon 

The Tour de Melon is a cycling event with a family trail routes from 18 miles on the local, paved Nature Coast Trail and a century ride (100 miles) on an area highway route sponsored by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club in Chiefland.

Registration is at The Gathering Table Restaurant, 116 N. Main St., Chiefland, from 6:30 to 8 a.m. There will be vendors and sponsors on hand to truly make this ride a memorable event for both the novice and serious cyclist. Registration includes a goodie bag, an official event T-shirt, lunch, and many other enjoyable perks. 

For information, visit: TourdeMelon.com.

 

Annual Watermelon Festival reigns

The 59th Annual Watermelon Festival is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trailhead Park in the area surrounding the Old Train Depot. Arts, crafts and food vendors will be on site, along with activities and rides for children. The annual Watermelon Festival Parade will begin at 11 a.m. with the Watermelon Queen being shown off in the parade along with winners from each category. 

 

Free bluegrass concert

 The Dixie County Historical Society will be hosting another evening of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music for your enjoyment at the “Old” Old Town Elementary School Auditorium located at SR. 349 and CR 55A. Big Cypress Bluegrass will be performing. The music will start at 6 p.m. and will finish when the music stops. Admission is free so bring the family and enjoy.

 

Sunday

 

Crafting for shoeboxes 

covered dish luncheon

First Baptist Church of Bronson is hosting a Crafting for Shoeboxes Workshop and covered dish luncheon starting at noon. 

There will be something for everybody to do. No sewing is required. Please bring old t-shirts (holes accepted), hot glue guns and glue sticks, empty cereal boxes, cardstock, copy paper, markers, scrapbooking materials,  hair bands, pony tail bands, netting, elastic, lace, buttons, ribbon, pony beads, materials & scraps, plastic shopping bags.   

 Got questions or if you  have ideas to share call Juanita at 352-339-0747.

 

Wednesday

 

AMVETS Post No. 88 

Auxiliary meetings

AMVETS Post 88 Auxiliary meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The meetings are at the post home.

 

Legion Auxiliary meeting

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 383, Old Town, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a member, call 352-542-7788. 

 

Children's Table 

welcomes seniors

The Children's Table facility at 680 W. Thrasher Dr, Bronson, will be open to area seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A light lunch will be served.

 

Stamp club

The Gen. Francis Marion Stamp Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks, 8375 S.W. Highway 200, in Ocala. Doors open at noon. The club also meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church library, 6455 S.W. Highway 200 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.ocalagfmstampclub.com. 

 

Veterans open house

All veterans are invited to American Legion Post 91 Meeting Hall every Wednesday from 7 to 9 a.m. for free donuts and coffee during the weekly Veterans Open House. The post is located on U.S. Highway 129 between the towns of Trenton and Bell (across the highway from the “Field of Dreams”). 

 

TOPS meeting

The Chiefland TOPS group 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.

 

June 7 — 8

 

Breast cancer fundraiser 

Bulls for Boobs is a bull ride benefiting the “Michelle-O-Gram, a local breast cancer prevention organization.  Gates open at 6 p.m. with rides starting at 7:30 p.m. at Carters Arena off County Road 345 South.

This bull ride will help save lives. “Come see the first ever” Pink Rodeo Bull wearing a hot pink ballerina tutu. 

Tickets in advance are adult, $10; children ages 6-17, $5; family packets of two adults and 2 children  for $25, kids 5 and under. Advance ticket sales locations:  BubbaQue’s, Aaron’s Sales & lease, ABC Pizza, Ace Hardware, the Deer Camp, Deke’s Steak House and the BBQ Shack. 

Tickets day of show are adult, $12, ages 6-17, $6, family packets,$30. 

For more info email to: Renegadrodeo.net or call 352-535-5193 / 407-697-1428.

 

June 8

 

Public Safety Expo

The second annual Levy County Public Safety Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bronson Youth League Field, 220 Picnic St., Bronson.  The event is free.

There will be helicopters, fire trucks, ambulances, law enforcement vehicles and other public safety, emergency and disaster vehicles will be available for inspection. Personnel will also be on hand to explain the equipment's function. There will also be demonstrations by emergency personnel and free CPR training. 

Concessions will be available with all profits going to the Bronson Youth League. 

 

June 13

 

WWII veterans meeting

"World  War II Vets and Proud of It" will meet at Hobo's in Trenton at 11:30 a.m. The group meets in the three or four counties from September thru June. We lost one of our members, Mary Ann McQueen. She passed away this month. Please come and bring a friend, spouse or caregiver. Any questions please call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

 

June 17

 

Operation Christmas Child benefit

Beef O' Brady's on U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland will host an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox benefit from 5 to 9 p.m. Beef O'Brady's will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from orders to transport Operation Christmas Child's "shoeboxes" from the area to Atlanta. 

Churches, schools and many more will be making "shoeboxes"—filled with  toys, school supplies and basic necessities. They are given to needy children in 100 countries. 

For more information, call Juanita at 352-339-0747.

 

June 20

 

Camera Club

Branford Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at Cuzin's Restaurant on U.S. Highway 129, across from Scaff's  Market in Branford.  

The Branford Camera Club meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information,  contact: Carolyn Hogue, program chair, 386-935-2044; Dick Madden, technical consultant, 386-935-0296 or Skip Weigel, technical consultant, 386-9382

 

 

August 10

The First United Methodist Church Annual Epic End of Summer Bash  is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event is designed to help parents and kids get ready to go back to school. Many businesses and organizations will be on hand to provide information on services, free school supplies, free haircuts, and more. There is also lots of food and fun including a water slide, dunking booth, zip-line, and more. It's a great opportunity for community connection.  If your business or organization would like to be included, please contact Diana Child  at the First United Methodist Church at 352-493-4627 or email fumc_chf@yahoo.com.

 

September 7

The 2rd annual Care for Clay 5K run to benefit Haven Hospice. 

 

October 26

The 2nd annual Monster Dash and Creepy Crawl to benefit Have Hospice. 

 

ONGOING

 

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.

 

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.