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Community Calendar for the week of May 3

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Wednesdays through May 30

Free living healthy program
The Living Healthy program is a six-week workshop that meets 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at First Baptist Church of Bronson through May 30. Discover new skills for living better with ongoing health conditions like: arthritis, heart disease, depression, diabetes, cancer, bronchitis, asthma and more. You'll also learn to: manage symptoms, use your medication effectively, exercise, handle difficult emotions, solve problems, relax, communicate better about your health with doctors, family and friends.
The workshop is limited to 16 people. Pre-registration is required by calling Juanita at 352-339-0747 or Swain at 352-304-9477.

Through May

Yankeetown thrift,
bingo begin
hiatus at end of month
May is the best month for shopping the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club Thrift Shop because there’s a 50 percent off sale on everything in the shop, no exclusions. Each Tuesday in May there will be one super special revealed for that week.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday evenings 5-7 p.m. before bingo.
The Thrift store will close May 31st for the summer. 
Also bingo at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club will have the last games for the summer on Thursday, May 31. The Woman’s Club would like to say thank you to all those who come, buy tickets for “Bingo Baskets”, eat at Thursday Kitchen and browse the thrift shop. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to provide scholarships and incentives to local students as well as filling the various needs of Yankeetown School and our communities.
Both events will resume in September.

Friday

Grief, loss support group meets
Haven Hospice is hosting a Grief and Loss Support Group at the Haven Hospice location at 311 N.E. 9th St. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, please call 352-493-2333.

Saturday

Memorial ride benefits Haven
A 100-mile  Memorial Ride for Jane Rocks will begin at 11 a.m. at Custom Accessories on U.S. Highway 19, about 3.5 miles north of Chiefland Walmart.  The ride ends at the Brick Grill in Old Town.
Donations are appreciated and all proceeds will be donated to Haven Hospice. Sponsors of the motorcycle ride are Kubota, Custom Accessories, Brick Grill, Swamp Printing and the Chiefland Citizen.

Free evening of Bluegrass
A free evening of Bluegrass will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with performances by Big Cypress Bluegrass and Old Tyme Way. The Dixie County Historical Society is hosting the evening of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music at the “Old” Old Town Elementary School Auditorium located at SR. 349 and CR 55A.

Tuesday

Native plant club discusses
wildfire mitigation
Kurt Wisner, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist with the Florida Forest Service, will present an overview of local wildfire activity and discuss ways you can protect your property and increase your survivability when wildfire comes to North Central Florida.
This presentation for the Sparkleberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will be held at the Hatch Park Community Center, 403 S.E. Craven St., Branford, at 6:30 p.m.
For more information contact Carol Sullivan, president, at 386-364-9309,  or csullivan12@windstream.net.

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.

Wednesdays

Grief group meets at Christ Episcopal
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss support group from 6-7 p.m. This group meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Key. For more information, contact the local office at 800-677-5428.

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.

May 14

Trail association meeting in Live Oak
The Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet at the Suwannee River Water Management District Office, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, from 7-9 p.m.
 The program will be presented by Rob Wolfe, local professional photographer, who will share his experiences and extensive photographs documenting his trip to China. The public is cordially invited to attend.
 The Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Tails Association maintains the Florida National Scenic Trail along the banks of the Suwannee River in Madison, Hamilton and Suwannee Counties for the hiking public.
 Contact: Chapter Chair, Sylvia Dunnam, at 362-3256, or   dunnams@windstream.net.

May 16
Withlacoochee Area Residents quarterly meeting
The public is invited to the Withlacoochee Area Residents, Inc quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club on 56th Street, Yankeetown.  A presentation on coastal estuary  impacts due to modification of river system flows will be given by experimental physical oceanographer Dr. Robert H. Weisberg.   A professor at the Marine Science College, University of South Florida,  Dr. Weisberg is engaged in ocean circulation and ocean-atmosphere interaction studies of the west Florida continental shelf and estuaries.
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, early arrivals are encouraged or reservations  can be made by calling 447-5434.

May 22
Help 4-H shooters go to competition
Levy County 4-H Shooting Sports is having a "Tuesday Spaghetti Dinner" at 5:00pm at the Levy County Extension Office Pavilion in Bronson. Dinners include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert, tea. Cost is adults, $5; and children, $3.
All proceeds go to the 4 muzzle loading shooters who will be traveling to Grand Island, Neb., in June to represent Florida at the 4-H National shooting competition. Each child must raise about $800 to attend.
Dinners can be made to go,  eaten at the pavilion or delivered in the town of Bronson who can't travel.
Tickets are being sold for pre-pay orders or can be paid for the night of the dinner.
For more information call Brenda Roberts at 486-4991 or 949-2839

May 24
Bronson homemakers annual bingo
The Bronson Home and Community Educators club will host its annual bingo from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Levy County Extension Center. The cost is $5 for two cards and $1 for two additional cards.
The club will provide drinks and dessert and there wil be prizes. For more information, call Dee Olsen at 486-2319.

June 2
Chiefland Watermelon Festival, bike ride
The Chiefland Woman’s Club is hosting the 58th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival in historic downtown Chiefland and partnering with the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club's 1st Tour De Melon.  The Tour De Melon is a cycling event for cyclists of all ages on the Greenway Trail and local roadways.
The Watermelon Festival will include a parade, watermelon pageants for all ages, watermelon contest, family fun, fanfare, arts, crafts, food and much more.
For more information visit: www.chieflandwomansclub.org and www.tourdemelon.com
 

June 9

Classic car show
The 4th Annual Chiefland Flea Market Classic Car Show holds registration from 9 a.m. to noon with awards presented at 2 p.m. at the flea market on North Young Boulevard.  The show donates a portion of the proceeds to local veterans' organizations.
The annual event is sponsored by Tri-County Cruising for Grins Club and the Chiefland Flea Market.
The event draws vehicles from through the state and region with classics and late models for car lovers to oogle. Music will be provided by DJ Jeff. There will be food, drink and arts and craft vendors. Door prizes will be awarded.
Entry fee is $15 until May 27, then $20 the day of the show.
For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or phillips 1311@bellsouth.net.
The group's other shows are the Veterans Day show on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the flea market and the Festival of Lights show at Fort Fanning Park on Saturday, Dec. 8.

ONGOING

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Anyone with an interest in Southern heritage or learn the history of the South and the Civil War can join the Sons of Confederate Veterans at their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6p.m. At Cypress Inn, Cross City.
For more information, call 352-542-9107.

Sen. Oelrich staff office hours in Bronson
Legislative staff from the office of state Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville) will  be on hand  the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Levy County Commission Chamber at the courthouse in Bronson. Persons interested in meeting with staff may set an appointment time by calling 352-375-3555 or walk-ins are welcomed.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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 hosts Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Friday. Post 236 is located at 9550 N.E. U.S. Highway 27A, 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 from 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.

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.