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Community Calendar for the week of October 20

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Saturdays in October

Wildflower walks at
Morningside Nature Center
The Jean Dorney Memorial Wildflower Walks start at 9 a.m. at Morningside Nature Center. On Oct. 8, the walk starts at 11:30 a.m., as part of the Native Plant Sale, please meet at the Pavilion.
The walks are guided by a Morningside Nature Center staff member. Each week, the walks will be different in focus.
Please meet at the Education Office and wear comfortable walking shoes. It is also suggested to bring any guide that may be of use on the walk.
Wildflower walks at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave., are offered free to the public courtesy of a grant from the Friends of Nature Parks in honor of charter member Jean Dorney.
For event information or to join Friends of Nature Parks, go to www.friendsofnatureparks.org or call 352-334-3326.

Today

Cattlemen, landowners group meeting
The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association is having a meeting at 7 p.m. at The Whitehurst Lodge. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. For more information, call the Levy County Extension office at 352-486-5131 or the secretary-treasurer at 352-528-3119.

American Legion Post 91 meeting
Post 91 of the American Legion located between Trenton and Bell on U.S. Highway 129 next to the FFA arena will be having its regular membership meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner. The Auxiliary Unit 91 and the Post will start their meeting after the dinner. Very important items will be discussed, so your presence is very important. Please attend and help your post be a viable organization in the county and the state.

Friday

Back by popular demand
FFA Alumni BBQ
The ever popular FFA Alumni Pork Lunch Fundraiser featuring pork, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and dessert is back.
Lunch is at noon at First Baptist Church Chiefland. The alums promise finger-licking food served in generous portions for $8 per meal.
Order early at chieflandffaalumni@yahoo.com or call the Chiefland High School Ag. Shop at 493-6035. Pick up or delivery available.  
Proceeds benefit the chapter's activities.

Trick or Treat Halloween
Party at the Library
   This program will feature Halloween-themed games for kids to play in the library. There will even be a pinata for the kids to collect goodies out of. Bring the whole family for games, stories, music and crafts. This event is free and you can come in costume if you want. It will be at the at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland at 5:30 p.m.
For more information please contact the local library or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, 352-486-5552.

Saturday—Sunday

Nature's Coast Koi & Goldfish Show
The Nature’s Coast Koi & Goldfish Show will be at Pelican Bay Island, 375 N.E. 749th St., Old Town. Activities will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking is free. Koi of all varieties will be available for sale as well as goldfish, pond supplies, fish food, plants and bamboo. For more information contact Johnny or Martha Foster at 352-542-8925

Saturday

Fowlers Bluff hold annual fire meeting
The annual meeting of the Fowler's Bluff Volunteer Dept. will be at 10 a.m. at the fire station. All members of the community are urged to attend. On the agenda are election of one director and the officers. We will also discuss the past year's discussions with the county and the possible future of our department.
For more information, please contact Bob, evenings, at 352-490-5040.

Bronson Library friends fall book sale
The Friends of the Bronson Library holds its Fall Book Sale on the porch of the County Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paperback books will be 10 cents and hardback books will be 50 cents.  Proceeds support of the Bronson Library special projects.  The Friends are taking book donations.  For more information call the Bronson Library at 352-486-2015.

Spanish Trace homeowners meet
The Spanish Trace Homeowners Association will meet to discuss the restoration of Long Pond at 10:30 a.m. at the association park in the development.

Old Gilchrist jail open house
The owner of the old Gilchrist County Jail in Trenton will host an open house from 7 p.m. to midnight for the public to see what the old jail looks like. There will be a presentation on the jail.

Sunday

Community service
The Chiefland Ministerial Association would like to invite everyone to a Community Service  at 6 p.m.  at Hardeetown Baptist Church.  The association is collecting canned goods and food staples at the service to help feed the needy in our area. Local community leaders will be honored at the service.  For more information, please call 493-1554 or 493-4523.

Monday

Halloween fun in Chiefland
The Levy County Library System has a program, “Halloween is Fun,” featuring books about Halloween at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland at 11 a.m.
For more information please contact you local library or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, 352-486-5552.

Trick or Treat Halloween
 Party at the Library
   This program will feature Halloween-themed games for kids to play in the library. There will even be a pinata for the kids to collect goodies out of. Bring the whole family for games, stories, music and crafts. This event is free and you can come in costume if you want. It will be at the Bronson Public Library at 4:30 p.m.
For more information please contact you local library or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, 352-486-5552.

Tuesday

Halloween fun in Bronson
The Levy County Library System has a program, “Halloween is Fun,” featuring books about Halloween, at the  A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown at 3 p.m.
For more information please contact you local library or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, 352-486-5552.

Oct. 27

Climate change research in the
Lower Suwannee Refuge
A team of researchers with the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Florida will describe their research in the Lower Suwannee NWR estuary for the last two years. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWR, is at 5 p.m. at the Cedar Key Library.
H. F. Percival, W.M. Kitchens, M.S. Allen, C. Zweig, and M. Desa are using a combination of small mammal, salt marsh, fisheries and regional climate data to understand current population patterns and how climate change may affect the system.
They will also describe how they are establishing baseline vegetation information to better evaluate any climate changes.  Because of the Suwannee River’s discharge effect on the fisheries, they will monitor various river flow scenarios as to fishery estuary health.

Oct. 28
Trick or Treat Halloween Party at the Library
   This program will feature Halloween-themed games for kids to play in the library. There will even be a pinata for the kids to collect goodies out of. Bring the whole family for games, stories, music and crafts. This event is free and you can come in costume if you want. It will be at the  Cedar Key Public Library at 1 p.m.
For more information please contact you local library or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, 352-486-5552.

Oct. 29
Standing Up To Cancer poker run
A poker run to benefit Kendall Bush, 15, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, will have kickstands up at 10 a.m. Proceeds will be used to help the family with out-of-pocket expenses.
Registration is $10 per bike and $5 per hand and is from 8 to 10 a.m. at BubbaQue's in Chiefland. Stops on the ride are: Newberry Grill, Harley Davidson of Gainesville, Ellie Ray's River Landing and BubbaQue's in Cross City. The last bike in is 4 p.m. Food tickets are $10 each. Activities include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, raffles.
For more information, call Steve Gardner at 352-258-2702.

School celebrates 75 years
Yankeetown School 75th Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Yankeetown School will have tours, exhibits, videos to celebrate the 75-year history of the school. 

Chiefland Halloween
The City Commission has approved trick or treating for Halloween from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cedar Key Halloween
The City Commission approved celebrating Halloween on this date. Second Street will be closed to traffic that evening.
There will be a spook house on Second Street with volunteers and donations.

Oct. 31

Land and wildlife management workshop
There will be an integrating land and wildlife management workshop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Levy Extension Office, 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The workshop is about how forest management techniques to increase deer numbers. There is a registration fee of $5 and includes dinner. For more information, please call 352-486-5131 or email ewillcox@ufl.edu.

Nov. 1

Master Gardeners' dedication in Bronson
The Levy County Cooperative Extension Service and Nature Coast Master Gardeners will have a public dedication ceremony for its new Florida-Friendly Landscaping Demonstration Garden in Bronson at 10 a.m. This event is hosted by the University of Florida, IFAS Extension and Nature Coast Master Gardeners. Tours and light refreshments to follow.
   
Nov. 3
Those crazy jumping sturgeon – what’s it all about
The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges host Dr. Ken Sulak, U.S. Geological Survey at 5 p.m. at the Cedar Key Public Library for a talk on the Suwannee River's sturgeon.
The Suwannee River supports the largest population of the Gulf Sturgeon, a species unique to Gulf Coast rivers.  The Gulf Sturgeon, a member of an ancient group of fishes, and the largest fish — up to 8 feet long and 200 pounds — inhabiting the Suwannee River, signals the health of the ecosystem.  
When conditions are good for the sturgeon, they are good for most other fishes in the river.  Fished commercially until 1984, the Gulf Sturgeon population has rebounded, now numbering about 15,000.  
Sulak will talk about the increased numbers of sturgeon,  why they jump, what this behavior is all about and what can be done to minimize collisions with boats and boaters.

Love and Remembrance Memorial at Haven
Haven Hospice will host a Fall Love and Remembrance Memorial service at the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center Garden, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.  The memorial will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one.
Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones that can be placed on our Table of Memories.
Refreshments will be served and registration is not required to attend. Please contact Haven Hospice at 800.677.5428 for more information.

Nov. 4-5
Old Town United Methodist Women yard, bake sale
 Old Town Methodist Women will hold their annual Yard and Bake  Sale on Friday, Nov. 4 , 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be lots of clothes including some nice coats for the cold weather, books, knick knacks and more.  The bake table will have homemade pies, cakes, bread and cookies. The Old Town United Methodist Men will serve a grilled lunch both days.

Nov. 4
Annual Chili Cook-off & Health Fair in Chiefland
The Annual Chili Cook-off & Health Fair will be at the Tommy Usher Pineland Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To praticpate, please bring chili prepared in a crock pot or large soup-type kettle and provide a serving ladle. Serving bowls and spoons will be provided for judges and attendants. Chili must be in place by 11 a.m. Winner will receive a prize, second place will be recognized with  "pat on the back."
Vendors also can register for the event. For more information or to register, contact Bernadette Preble at the Chiefland Senior Center at 352-493-6709.

Nov. 5

Classic car show in Chiefland
The Tri-County CFGC presents the Chiefland Flea Market Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, with awards scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Classics, late models and motorcycles are welcome with separate judging for the top 20 in each category. There will be dash plaques to the first 50 vehicles and music by DJ Jeff. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local veterans' organization.
Preregister by Saturday, Oct. 29 for an entry fee of $15. The entry fee is $20 on the day of the show. For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or by email at phillips1311@bellsouth.net., or call 352-795-3149.

Dec. 10

Classic car show in Fanning Springs
The Tri-County CFGC and the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce present the 16th annual Festival of Lights at Fort Fanning Park. Registration is from 9-noon, with awards beginning at 3 p.m. Classics, late models and imports welcome. Dash plaques to the first 50 vehicles. There will be food and drinks as well as music by DJ Jeff. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.
Preregister by Dec. 3 for an entry fee of $15. The entry fee is $20 on the day of the show. For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or by email at phillips1311@bellsouth.net.

Nov. 12
Yankeetown library fall book sale
The friends of A. F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St., Yankeetown, is having a gigantic, what-a-bargain,  fall book sale during library hours begining Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to1 p.m., and on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 3-8 p.m.,  Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 16-17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale will continue at the Seafood Festival , Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20.

ONGOING

Classic Cars at Taco Bell
The Tri-County Cruisin' For Grins Club meets to show off their classic vehicles from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays at Taco Bell on North Young Boulevard, Chiefland. Just show up to show your car and have a good time.

Nature Coast Conservancy meetings
Florida's Nature Coast Conservancy board of directors meets each 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 bingo
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. The cost is "less than $10," and there will be homemade pies and cakes, plus a $100 jackpot. The thrift store also will be open from 5-7 p.m. Proceeds got to scholarships for students who have attended Yankeetown Scghool. 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 week day 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 activities
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 11a.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.

Rotary Clubs
Chiefland Rotary, noon Wednesday, BubbaQue’s, Main Street, Chiefland.
Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, noon Thursday, BubbaQue's, Main Street, Chiefland
Williston Rotary, 11:45 a.m. Tuesday,  First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. 1st St.

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 meetings
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.