Community calendar for the week of October 17

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Through October


Scarecrow City

Chiefland Chamber’s “Scarecrow City” is on display in Trailhead Park by the Old Train Depot at U.S. Highway 19 and Southeast 2nd Avenue.


Pumpkins fund mission work

The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland's Pumpkin Patch is in action, stocked with little (and large) orbs of orange fun. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 2-6  p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, variable hours. Contact the FUMC office at 352-493-4627 for more information.


Bronson Library Raffle

 Come win a chance for the Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle. A $25 Gift Certificate to Winn-Dixie will be raffled off. Just purchase one raffle ticket for $1 or 3 tickets for $2.

Tickets on sale now at the Bronson Library and up until noon on Saturday, Nov. 16, when the drawing will be held.


Today (Thursday)


Business roundtable with Rep. Stone

You are invited to join in a roundtable discussion with state Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala (R-District 22) at 10 a.m. at Chiefland City Hall. Have your questions heard regarding jobs, development and related issues.

For more info please contact David J. Pieklik, Executive Director, Nature Coast Business Development Council (352) 493-6797.




Knitters, crocheters gather

A knitting and crocheting group 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.


Scrapbooking for seniors 

The Suwannee Adult Residence and Wellness Center offers SALT (Senior Adult Life Tapestry) Scrapbooking the first Friday of every month at 3 p.m. at Suwannee Bell. For more information, contact Annette Derks at 352-535-7681, Suwannee Bell, 282 S.E. 989th St, Fanning Springs.



Friday — Saturday


Bingo benefit in Bronson

The Children's Table, located at 680 W. Thrasher Dr., in Bronson, hosts Bingo every Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.




Cedar Key celebrates seafood

The 44th Annual Seafood Festival is this weekend, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This major event features well over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, and great local seafood in City Park dished up by non-profit groups as a fundraiser. 

There will be live musical entertainment at several places around town during the days and nights, and a parade on Saturday morning.  There is an open house at the lighthouse on Seahorse Key, the big island 3 miles to the west of Cedar Key. Explore the lighthouse, look at the exhibits and wander this beautiful island. Shuttle boats are available at City Marina. Be sure to remember your camera and binoculars! 

For arts and crafts vendor information, contact Thelma McCain at 352-543-5436.




An evening at Rock Bluff

Spend the evening at Rock Bluff Ranch enjoying food and drink, live music and fundraising to benefit unreimbursed patient care, grief support and community education programs at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information contact Stephanie Brod at 352-271-4665 or email smbrod@havenhospice.org.


Breast cancer awareness fundraiser

The 13th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Trail Ride will be held at the Tidewater Trailhead on County Road 337 in the Goethe State Forest of Levy County.  Trail ride, poker ride, fun raffles, dress-up horse and rider contest and lunch with all proceeds going to benefit local breast cancer patients. Registration is $25 per rider, includes lunch or $6 for lunch for non-riders. For more information, visit www.levycountyhorseclub.com or email levy2@flahorse.com.


Trunk-N-Treat business deadline

Trunk-N-Treat is back at First United Methodist Church in Chiefland. This year will be more fun than ever.  This year’s event will be Saturday, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m. All are welcome, but if a business would like to reserve a spot to set up a trunk the deadline to do so is today. Call the First United Methodist Church at 352-493-4627 to sign up.







Crafts fair helps victims of violence

Another Way, Inc. Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center hosts Crafts in the Country from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is at the Hopeful Baptist Church, 289 S.E. Hopeful Drive, Lake City.

There will be a beautiful display of handmade items by local crafters available for purchase. Start your holiday shopping early.  There will be door Prizes throughout the day and refreshments available by the G3 student Ministry of Hopeful Baptist Church. Suggested donation: $5, children under 5, free. For more information, call Another Way at 386-719-2700.




Palms Medical Group opens new facility

The new Palm’s Medical Group Primary care and Pediatrics care at 410 N. Main St., Suites 1 & 2. will celebrate its grand opening and ribbon cutting from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

There will be refreshments..


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.




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, October 25


Chiefland Chamber meeting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting is at noon in the Haven Hospice meeting room located at 311 N.E. 9th St., off of U.S. Highway 27A. A buffet Lunch will be provided compliments of  Hospice of the Nature Coast / Citrus County.

Reserve your seat by emailing chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net or by calling the Chamber office 352-493-1849. 


Players open “The Haunting of Hill House”

Join the Suwannee Valley Players for the performance of “The Haunting of Hill House” Oct. 25-27, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and 2.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. 

On Halloween, audience members in full costume will receive a 1$ discount on the ticket price. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for senior-youth (through 12th grade)-military. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Suwannee Valley Internet in Chiefland and Point of View in Fanning Springs. Seating may also be reserved through Becky Gill, who can be reached at 352-443-9096.

   Shows are performed at the Chief Theatre 25 East Park Avenue.

   For more information, call 352-262-2937 or email suwanneevalleyplayers@gmail.com.


Saturday, October 26

Beast Feast supports schools

The Levy County Schools Foundation will be hosting its 4th Annual Beast Feast at the Etheridge Cracker House, located at Northeast 140th Avenue, Williston. The Cracker House offers a beautiful country setting, with a covered area in case of less-than-perfect weather. The gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin being served at 6 p.m.  Specialties such as gator tail, possum ribs and venison, along with some good old fashioned southern classics like mullet, grits and swamp cabbage will be served up by some of Levy County’s very own businesses, politicians and community groups.  There will be something for every taste.  Door prizes will be given throughout the evening, and the event will wrap up with a live auction. Adult tickets are $20 each in advance or $25 at the gate. Student tickets are $10 for children 8 to 17 years old ? available at the gate only. Children 7 years and under are free. Adult Tickets may be purchased at any Capital City Bank, Drummond Community Bank, Suncoast Schools Credit Union branches across Levy County and at Beef O’Brady’s in Chiefland.  If your business, community organization, club or group of individuals would like to participate, you may prepare and serve a food, donate door prizes or auction items.  There are also sponsorships available for $500, which includes four tickets, and $250, which includes two tickets.  Please contact Angela Johnson with the Levy County Schools Foundation at 352-486-3404.


8th Annual Ride to Provide aids ARC of Levy County

The 8th Annual Ride to Provide, a fundraiser for the ARC of Levy County starts at Bronson High School with registration, breakfast treats and coffee at 7:30 a.m.provided by Southern Sisters Hospitality. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.ridetoprovide.net. 

This law enforcement- escorted ride is approximately 64 miles and will travel through scenic Levy County.  This ride is free of cost but donations are greatly appreciated.  

Riders and the public can purchase a buffet style meal with hamburgers and hotdogs at the end of the ride.  Ride to Provide T-Shirts will be available for purchase prior to and the day of the event.  To order a T-Shirt, call Levy ARC at 352-486-4293.  For more information or to help sponsor this event,  call Sean or Beth Mullins at 352-316-3260 or 352-528-2222.


Langston Benefit Rodeo

A rodeo to help Rob Langston of Chiefland and his family with medical expenses will he held at the Gilchrist County Agriculture Complex. Details of the event are to come.  


Pets can party for Halloween

A Howl-O-Ween Party from 4 to 7 p.m. will allow pets to celebrate the holiday with their humans at Family Pet Vet at U.S. Highway 27A just before Haven Hospice.

Events Include a pet photo corner, best costume contest– owner and pets, apple grab ,? door prizes and a grand prize drawing for a wellness package for a pet valued at $100. 

Comedian Larry the Trailer Trash

 will perform along with entertainment by Country Cuzzin Don

There will be treats for tricks. 



Trunk-N-Treat back at UMC

Trunk-N-Treat is back at First United Methodist Church in Chiefland. This year will be more fun than ever.  This year’s event will be from 5-7 p.m. All are welcome, but if a business would like to reserve a spot to set up a trunk, please call the First United Methodist Church at 352-493-4627 before Wednesday, Oct. 23.


Inglis celebrates Halloween 

The Inglis Recreation Committee is sponsoring the 2013 Trail of Trunk Treats and Halloween Festival in Inglis from 4:30 to 8 p.m  This is designed to be a safe alternative for the trick or treaters in the area.  Interested parties (trunks) will need to sign up at the Inglis Town Hall. The fee is $1.  The festival will be at the Inglis Community Center. Planned activities include the haunted house, maze, jail and bail, pumpkin painting, pre-carved pumpkin contest, music, food and games. Volunteers and inquires are welcome,  point of contact is Ruth at 352-447-0236.



October 30

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. 




Safe trick-or-treat at Ayers

Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center in Trenton is celebrating their annual Safe Place to Trick or Trick from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It is vendors of the local communities that make this event possible with donations of candy.  Please call 352-463-7101 for candy pick up or feel free to drop your donation of candy off at Ayer health & Rehab Center.


November 2


Quilt Museum hosts local writers

The Levy County Quilt Museum is hosting a Book Signing Event for local writers. Local writers are needed. This is an opportunity for authors and readers to meet and mingle, buy books and autograph books. 

It is also a celebration of the birthday of the Museum's founder, Winnelle Horne (1924-2012).

For more details email levyquilts@gmail.com or call 352-493-2801. 

The Levy County Quilt Museum is at 11050 N.W. 10th Ave, Chiefland. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit its website at levycountyquiltmuseum.org


Cookie walk bazaar, sale

The Sun Shine Disciples from First United Methodist Church of Chiefland are having their famous annual "Cookie Walk and Bazaar" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for the congregation's missions and local charities.


November 11

Thank you Veterans!

Veterans Day parade in Cedar Key

The City of Cedar Key is sponsoring the 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade. We look forward to your participation. The parade is at 11 a.m. Staging will be on G Street and Second Street. Should you your entry be trailered in park at the ball field behind the Cedar Key High School. The parade will begin at 1st and G Street, turn onto Dock Street, and then proceed onto 2nd Street terminating at F Street. Interested parties should contact Cedar Key City Hall at 352-543-5132 and speak with either Tracy or Lisa to register. We look forward to a big parade and hope to see you there.


November 16


Bronson Library Book Sale and Raffle


Last chance to buy a ticket in the Bronson public library's Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle.  A $25 Gift Certificate to Winn-Dixie will be raffled off.  Just purchase one raffle ticket for $1 or 3 tickets for $2. Tickets must be purchased by noon at the library. The drawing is at noon.

The Bronson Friends of the Library will hold a Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  All paperbacks are 10 cents and hardbacks are 50 cents.  Many other items are also at reduced prices.  Call the Bronson Library at 486-2015 for more information or to donate books.


November 22


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. 


November 23-24

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.


Friday November 29

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


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

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.


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.


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

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.