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Community Calendar for the week of October 6

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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.

Friday
 Moonlight paddle
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Manatee Springs State Park will host a moonlight paddle event every month on the Suwannee River beginning Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 through April 7, 2012, excluding January.
Participants will learn about the history of the river while enjoying the beautiful scenery by moonlight. The park’s Citizen Support Organization will provide a short program following the moonlight paddle. Light refreshments will be served.
To reserve a rental canoe/kayak for $15 through Suwannee guides and outfitter’s, call 352-542-8331. For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org.

Friday — Saturday

Do Christmas shopping at DAV
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 63 Auxiliary is having an inside yard sale that promises to be the place to do some early Christmas shopping on Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and  Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at the chapter hall, 125 N.E. 165th Ave, Cross City.
There will be free coffee and desserts available.  

Saturday

Spaghetti dinner
The United Methodist Men will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 707 N. Main St., Chiefland.  The menu will include spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverage.  Eat in or take out. The cost is $8 for adults, kids 10 and under free, eat-in only.
 
 First Christian yard sale
Yard sale at First Christian Church, 6591 N.W. 140th St., Chiefland, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the foster children Christmas fund.

McCall's Chapel hosts
Blessing of the Animals
A Blessing of the Animals service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at McCall's Chapel, 7755 S. State Road 349, Branford.
The service that prays each animal be given a long life, good health and a happy home honors the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi. He was also the founder of the Franciscans Order and the Order of Poor Clares, a women's enclosed order.
Anyone with a service animal, seeing eye, law enforcement or military K-9 can call to arrange a special time for the blessing.
For more information on the service, call Pastor Fred Taylor at 396-935-9340.

Beast Feast
The 2nd Annual Levy County Schools Foundation Beast Feast will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Black Prong Equestrian Center  on County Road 337 in Bronson. An interesting selection of specialties like gator tail, possum ribs and venison, along with some good old fashioned Southern classics like mullet, grits and swamp cabbage will be served. There will be door prizes throughout the evening and a live auction. Adult tickets are $20 each in advance, or $25 at the gate. Student tickets are $10 for children 8 to 17 year's old — available at the gate only and children 7 years and under, no charge. Tickets may be purchased at any Capital City Bank, Drummond Community Bank and Perkins State Bank branch. If your business, community organization, club or group of individuals would like to participate you may prepare a food, donate door prizes or an auction item.  There are also sponsorships available for $500 and $250.  Contact the Levy County Schools Foundation at 352-486-3408 or lcsf@levy.k12.fl.us for more information.

Monday

Suwannee trail chapter meeting
The Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet at 7 p.m. at the Suwannee River Water Management District,  9225 County Road 49, Live Oak. Barbara Hines, Outreach Coordinator for the North Florida Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will present a program about the native plants and people of Florida.  
Hines is a registered Professional Archeologist who specializes in 19th and early 20th century historic archeology.  Her interests include the turpentine and lumber industry, specifically focusing on the social aspects of “camp life.”
The public is welcome. For more information, call Sylvia Dunnam, 362-3256.

Oct. 13

Volunteer training for hospice
Volunteer training for Hospice of the Nature Coast will begin with a General Orientation Class for New Volunteers at 9:30 a.m. in the meeting room of Capital City Bank, 2012 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland. This class prepares volunteers to help in the organization’s Thrift & Gift Shoppe and participate in community outreach work. Those who wish to assist patients and their families will also need to complete the Patient Support Training Class to be scheduled soon.
To reserve your space in this class, or for more information, call Volunteer Services Manager Emily Hines at 386-454-1338  or toll-free at 866-642-0962.

Oct. 14 — 15

St. John's yard sale
A large yard sale will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 4050 N.W. Highway 27A, Chiefland. There will be all kinds of gadgets, new kitchen cupboards, toys, books, etc. Sale opens at 8 a.m. both days. 

Oct. 15

3-D Archery Tournament
The first 3-D Archery Tournament, hosted by Crossheirs Outdoor Ministries, will be at the First Baptist Church, 511 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the tournament set for 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided after the tournament along with a message. After the message, there will be prizes and gifts.
There also will be a Big Buck an Doe Contest. Deer must be taken on this day. No high-fence deer. Antlers and weight to determine big buck winner and weight for the doe winner. The weigh-in will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Prizes for the event will be awarded on the following day. These are free events.
For more information, email matt@crossheiroutdoors.com.

Cat Rescue book sale
Sheltering Hands Cat Rescue of Williston and Ocala has launched a campaign to try and control the cat population. Sheltering Hands will have a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise funds to spay and neuter cats.
The book sale will be in the parking lot of Curves, 515 S. Main Street (US 19/98), 1/4 mile south of the intersection of US 19/98 and CR 345 and next door to the LARC Thrift Store.
Donations of books for the sale will be accepted at CURVES on Oct. 14 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call Mary Flickinger at (352) 472-1338.

Yankeetown community potluck
The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club hosts a community pot luck "Dancin’ to the '50s" celebrating the 50-year  anniversary of Elvis Presley filming “Follow That Dream” in the area.
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. at the Club on 56th Street in Yankeetown. Bring a dish to share and drinks. The Club will have water and sodas for sale.

Oct. 19

Springs Working Group meeting
There will be a meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown High Springs at the Opera House above the Great Outdoors Cafe. This is a joint meeting where the Santa Fe Springs Working Group will focus on "Evolving Agriculture Best Management Practices: Protecting Groundwater Flowing to Springs." There will be an afternoon field trip to farms to see BMP implementation.

Oct. 20

Cattlemen and Landowners
Association 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.

Oct. 22

Bronson Library friends fall book sale
The Friends of the Bronson Library hold their 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.

Old Gilchrist jail open house
The owner of the old Gilchrist County Jail in Trenton 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.

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. 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 BubbaQie's in Cross City. The last bike in is 4 p.m. Food tickets are $10 each.  Activities include a 50/50 reffle, door prizes, raffles.
For more information, call Steve Gardner at 352-258-2702

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.

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.
   
Nov. 3

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
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.

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.