Community Calendar for the week of November 21

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CEE to meet Nov. 21

Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) will meet at the Williston Community Center at 7 p.m. Voter rights and voter participation will be the main topic of discussion. Getting out the vote will be a major project for CEE in 2014.

For more information,  call 352-465-4862.


CMHS sweets auction needs 

dessert makers tonight

The Chiefland Middle High School Student Government Association's annual cake and pie auction is  tonight. The doors open at 6 p.m. for previewing and bidding starts at 6:30.

The SGA is looking for bakers to supply the goodies. For information, contact Valerie Perez at  valerie.perez@levy.k12.fl.us.




Chiefland Chamber meeting

The Chamber members normally meet the 4th Friday of each month, but the November meeting has been moved to Friday, November 22, at noon in the Haven Hospice meeting room located at 311 N.E. 9th St. (off U.S. Highway 27A). A buffet lunch will be provided compliments of Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union.

All Chamber members are invited to share in monthly meetings, welcome our newest members to the chamber, and listen to the speaker of the month. 

Seating space is limited so please reserve your seat by emailing chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net or by calling 352-493-1849. 


Saturday — Sunday


Yankeetown Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival

The Yankeetown Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival will be on the tree-lined boulevard of Riverside Drive in Yankeetown – an “old Florida” coastal village on Florida’s Nature Coast. Free admission. There will be food and beverages, entertainment, fine arts, crafts, games and unique merchandise. On Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets will perform at Ike's Old Florida Kitchen at the Izaak Walton Lodge. General admission tickets at $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, and bring a chair. Preferred admission, which includes seats, is $40 in advance. For more information, call 352-447-4899.




Refuge Hosts Holiday Lighthouse

The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Thanksgiving Holiday Lighthouse Open House on Saturday Nov. 23, noon to 5 p.m.  on Seahorse Key. The University of Florida will share information about their lab on Seahorse Key for visitors during this wonderful outing.  Enjoy a day of history, heritage and ecology for the holidays. 

For more info contact The Cedar Key Area Chamber of Commerce at 352-543-5600 or email info@cedarkey.org.




Suwannee River Shrine Club events

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its annual cane grinding from Monday, Nov. 25, thru Thursday, Nov. 28. Cane syrup is $10 per bottle and juice is $10 per gallon.

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will host a Turkey Shoot Nov. 23 and 25-28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place beside the clubhouse on State Road 26 in Fanning Springs. Shells will be furnished. $3 per shot.

The Suwannee River Shrine Club is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 28, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Turkey will be served with all the trimmings. Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children (under age 12).

The Suwannee River Shrine Club is holding a shotgun raffle drawing on Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m. 


Crochet Club

The Chiefland Crochet Club meets the second Monday of the month at 5 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.


Dunnellon library book sale 

The Friends of the Dunnellon Library will hold a book sale at their bookstore from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through Nov. 26. Everything in the store is half price, including specially priced items.

The store will be closed Nov. 27-29. The store is at 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon. For information, call 352-438-2520. All sales benefit the Dunnellon Public Library




Sweets at Drummond help Haven

Drummond Community Bank will hold their annual holiday bake sale starting at 8:30 a.m.  Purchase delicious cakes, pies and other sweets to add to your Thanksgiving feast.  The baked goods are donations from the community and all purchases made that day will benefit Haven Hospice.

Drummond Community Bank is at 1627 N. Young Blvd., in Chiefland. Please call 352-493-2277 for more information or to make a baked good donation. Cash or check only. 


Visit with your legislator

State Rep. Charlie Stone (R-District 22), who represents Levy County in the Legislature, will hold office hours in Chiefland between 9 and 11:30 a.m. in the Old Train Depot in Trailhead Park. He will also hold office hours in Cedar Key City Hall from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Stone can be contacted through either his Ocala office by calling 352-291-4436 or at 3001 S.W. College Road, Suite 104, Ocala, or his Capitol office by calling 850-717-5022 or 1003 The Capitol, Tallahassee. 


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. 


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.


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.


Friday November 29


Chiefland Christmas fest parade deadline

The deadline to get registration forms in for annual Chiefland Christmas Festival Parade is Nov. 29. This year's theme is “The Spirit of Christmas Past.” Partcipants are encouraged to celebrate Christmas from your favorite decade.


A Cedar Key Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

A Cedar Key Christmas will kick off at 7 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony. Come watch the great Cedar Tree of Cedar Key light up for the holiday season, and sing some carols with your fellow neighbors. A wonderful way to kick off the season.

For more info contact The Cedar Key Area Chamber of Commerce at 352-543-5600 or email info@cedarkey.org.



November 29-30


Clay Landing Days return 

Manatee Springs State Park will be transformed into a living history lesson on the first magnitude spring and life during the area's early settlement with re-enactors for the annual Clay Landing Days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. 

The park is at 11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Manatee Springs State Park, along with the Friends of Manatee Springs (the park’s Citizen Support Organization), will host/

Clay Landing Days will feature rides through the north trail system where visitors will experience the lifestyle of early settlers and Seminole Indians. One of the rides is accessible to persons with disabilities with little or no assistance, including wheelchairs. On Saturday there will be a music performance done by local Suwannee Cracker, Bill Roberson.

Clay Landing Days activities are free with a paid park admission of $6 per carload of up to eight people.  Breakfast will be available to park visitors for a $3 donation per person. 

For more information, call the park at 352-493-6072 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.


November 30

Cedar Key Woman’s Club Fall Market

Come join the Cedar Key Woman's Club Fall Market on Thanksgiving weekend. This event is located at the Woman’s Club building on State Road 24. Art, gifts, crafts, homemade baked goods and preserves, a snack bar, and several yard sale tables make shopping a great community outing! Vendors are welcome. For more information, call 352-543-6837.


December 6-8 and 13-15

'Peter Pan' at Chief Theater

"Peter Pan,” written by J.M. Barry in 1904, will be coming to the Chief Theater, home of the Suwannee Valley Players.

For more information, leave a message at 352-493-ARTS and your call will be returned, or visit SVPlayers.org.


Saturday, December 7

Chiefland Christmas Festival

Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Winter Christmas Festival In Trailhead Park by the Old Train Depot, U.S. Highway 19 and Southeast 2nd Avenue . The Christmas Festival Parade

heme is “The Spirit of Christmas Past.” Participants are encouraged to celebrate Christmas from your favorite decade.


Rudolf's Run returns 

The 2nd Annual Rudolf 5K Fun

Run starts at 9 a.m. Check in and pick up your packet at the Chiefland High School football field between 7-9 a.m. The first 50 entrants get a T-shirt and jingle bells. The cost is $20 pre-registration (send to the Chiefland Chamber) or $25 the day of the run. Contact Prentice Spann 352-463-6440 for more details.


Christmas under the stars

The City of Fanning Springs will host the first “Christmas Under the Stars and a Boat  

Show” at Fort Fanning Springs Historical Park. Events include a Classic Car Show at 9 a.m., Santa visit 2-4 p.m., live music with Gina Jewell Cowsert starting at 4 p.m., tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. and a boat show on the Suwannee River led by Neil Boyer at 7 p.m.  At 7:30 p.m. the Fanning Springs Fire Rescue will entertain with a water show. Food vendors will be on hand during the day and evening events.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Entry in the boat show is free. To participate in the lighted boat  

show, call Fanning Springs City Hall at 352-463-1880 or [352-463-7222 to be placed on the list.  You will need to attend the captains' meeting on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at Fanning Springs City Hall. For more  

information call City Hall. 


Christmas Jubilee Jam Concert helps children 

A Christmas Jubilee Jam Concert Toy Drive featuring performances by Joy Banks Community Choir/MLK, Lanard Perry, Eastside High School Gospel Choir, Voices of Unity, The Phlegmtones, Michelle Lamb, Heidi Schweibert, The Jewels, Speaking Silence and an appearance by Santa Claus will be held 7–9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church

 at 4000 N.W. 53rd Ave., Gainesville. All toys go to children in the Guardian ad Litem program in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. 

There will be a Toy Drive for kids, a fun Sing-A-Long, a Living Christmas Tree, and Santa Claus.

For more information, visit christmasjubileejam.com or contact 

Lanard Perry at 352-283-9316. 

Admission is free, but adults are asked to bring two  new unwrapped gifts for kids.  The toy drive is also accepting sponsors and donations. 


Saturday, December 14

CK Methodist Women Holiday Bazaar

The Cedar Key Methodist Women will host their Holiday Bazaar at Fellowship Hall at 4th Street and State Road 24. Baked goods, crafts, and cookie walk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch also available: choice of beef stew or chili for $10, kids 12 and under $6.


CK boat parade, Santa Clam's arrival

The Cedar Key Lighted Boat Parade which precedes the arrival of Santa Clam, and Community Night in the Park begins at 5:45 p.m. 

Start your evening out by watching the boats of Cedar Key decorated and lit, watch as they follow a water course around the back of Dock Street. The parade begins at 5:45; line-up at 5:30.  When the parade ends at City Park, visit with Santa Clam and enjoy a community-wide potluck. Bring a covered dish if you can. Please call Rose if you are interested in having your boat in the parade 543-6346


Saturday, December 28

Refuge Hosts Holiday Lighthouse

The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Holiday Lighthouse Open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seahorse Key.  The University of Florida shares information about their lab on Seahorse Key for visitors during this wonderful outing.  Enjoy a day of history, heritage and ecology for the holidays. 

Visitors are responsible for their own transportation to the island. Tour boats are available at the Cedar Key boat launch. 


Saturday, March 15

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, (352) 316-5900.


Run benefits Haven Hospice

Join the 5th annual Run for Haven in the Tioga Town Center with the course going through the Town of Tioga (in Gainesville). This event will feature a 5K and 10K run/walk with a St. Patrick's Day theme. The registration fee includes the chip-timed run, a pre-run warm-up, live music, food, drinks, a shirt for the first 700 registered runners, a commemorative medal for the 700 registered runners, expo booths, awards ceremony for overall winners and more. 

For more information about this event, to become a sponsor, auction donor or to purchase a ticket,  contact Stephanie Brod at 352-271-4665 or email smbrod@havenhospice.org.


Saturday, April 12

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 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.