Community Calendar for the week of September 12

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Final weekend

Go see 'Blythe Spirit' at Chief

“Blythe Spirit,” written by Noel Coward and winner of the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival, is now at the Chief Theatre, home of the Suwannee Valley Players.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, youth (through 12th grade) and military. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Suwannee Valley Internet in Chiefland, Point of View in Fanning Springs, in Cedar Key from Laura Blanton at 352-221-3976, and Becky Gill at 352-443-9096.

Shows are performed at the Chief Theatre, 25 E. Park Ave. For more information, leave a message at  352-493-ARTS or visit SVPlayers.org.


Through the end 

of the month


CK Art center sale

   The Cedar Key Art Center is hosting an “Art and Fine Craft Clearance Sale” through the end of September. The center is at 457 2nd Street, upstairs from the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op.  Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.




Chiefland library Friends to meet

The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library (FLCPL), the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System, will hold their monthly meeting at the Library, 104 N.E. 3rd St., Chiefland, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The Friends supports the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the Library's programs and resources and through fund-raising projects to augment the Library's budget for the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment.  Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting.  For further information call Friends President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413.


Veterans meet at Deke's

World War II Vets and Proud Of It will meet at Deke's Steak House, north of Chiefland at 11:30 a.m. All veterans, spouses, caregivers or friends are invited to attend. For more information call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.




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.




Ride remembers Hutch Hutchinson

The 3rd annual “Hutch” Hutchinson’s Legacy Poker Run on Sept. 14 will benefit the Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland.

Riders will begin the run at 9:30 a.m. at the Haven Hospice Attic Resale Store in the shopping center at U.S. Highway 19 and 129 in Chiefland.

There will be stops at Jamerson-Sheffield American Legion Post 91 in Bell, Keg Room in Branford, Hammerheads in Live Oak, Phish Heads in Lake City, Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs, McKenzie’s Four Corners in Bronson and the Gathering Table Restaurant in Chiefland. The ride will finish up at the South Chiefland Shopping Plaza with an after-party.

Participants will collect cards along the way for the chance to win best and worst poker hands. Best hand wins a three-night cabin stay at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground. There will also be prize drawings, a 50/50 drawing and live music. The cost is $15 for drivers and $5 for each passenger or each additional hand. For one additional hand, you can bring a donation to the Haven Hospice Attic Resale store.  

If you are not a motorcycle rider, but still want to join the fun, you can register to drive your car to each of the stops to claim your cards and build your poker hand.

Contact Person: Brad Groom at groomba@gmail.com or 352-949-1330.


Auditions for 'Peter Pan'

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

It was originally performed by adults for an all-ages audience. The Players want to do the same and are looking for adults, ages 18 and above. Auditions are at 10 a.m. 

Performances will be Dec. 6-8 and 13-15.

Please contact director Leo Verhaeren at 352-278-1380, leoverhaeren@bellsouth.net,  or 352-493-ARTS, or visit SVPlayers.org.



Wednesday, September 18


Quilting retreat

The Cedar Key Quilting Retreat is sponsored by the Salty Needle Quilt Shop. Come stay in beautiful Cedar Key for four nights with most meals included. Call for cost and more info 352-543-9779 or email bethjdavis@bellsouth.net.




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.




Business of the Year

The annual Business of the Year, Industry Appreciation Banquet hosted by the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce will take place at the Tommy Usher Center in Chiefland. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The theme will be “Red, White & Blue Jeans.”  To reserve your ticket call 352-493-1849. 




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.


September 26

Tourism summit is free

A “One-Day Tourism Summit,” 

sponsored by Pure Water Wilderness (Dixie, Gilchrist, and Levy Tourist Development Boards) will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trail Riders Club, 249 N.W. 241st St., Cross City. 

The seminars on “How Your Tourism Tax Dollars are spent” and “Successfully Marketing Your Business on a Limited Budget”are free, as is lunch. Seating is limited, so register online at: www.PWWChambercoalition.com or by calling 352-463-3467. 


Levy tourism board meeting

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will meet at 6 p.m. at the Visitor Bureau at 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.


September 27

Book sale in Citrus County Sept 27-Oct. 1

The Friends of Citrus County Library will hold a book sale Sept. 27 - Oct. 1 at the Citrus County Auditorium on U.S. 41, next to the fairgrounds .

Hours are:

Friday 5-8  p.m.  ($5 donation Friday night only); Sat. 9.a.m.- 4 p.m. (“amber” light and BOGO specials); Mon. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (half price day); and Tues. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ($3 a bag).


September 28


Kicking Cancer's Butt poker run

The 4th Annual Kicking Cancer's Butt  Poker Run registers riders from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at The Gathering Table restaurant in Chiefland, then it's kickstands up for a ride through three counties. 

There will be cash prizes for the best and worst hands, a free lunch, live music and raffles. Registration is $20 per bike which includes two hands and one shirt. Extra hands at $5 each. Extra Shirts are $10 each. 

For more information, go to backfightingcancer.org/Kicking-Cancers-Butt-Poker-Run.html.


“Know Your Risk” health fair

The Levy County office of the state Department of Health is hosting the “Know Your Risk” health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free clinical breast exams, Pap smears and fecal occult blood tests, along with other non-cancer health screenings.

Attendees who complete a health survey will receive a $15 Wal-Mart gift card, as long as supplies last. 

The “Know Your Risk” health fair's purpose is to heighten awareness, provide education, and to help medically underserved residents gain access to services and resources that will increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings in Levy County. 

Other health screenings include: bone density, blood glucose, blood pressure, hearing and pulse oximetry.

The event is at the Levy County Health Department, 66 W. Main St. Bronson.

For more information, call Emely Elugardo at 352-486-3406 or email Emely_Elugardo@doh.state.fl.us. 


Tuesday, October 1

Visit with Rep. Stone

State Rep. Charlie Stone (R-District 22) who represents Levy County in the Legislature will hold office hours on the first Tuesday of every month in Williston and Bronson. The meeting locations and times are:

• Bronson, 9-11:30 a.m., Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building, 660 E. Hathaway Ave./ U.S. Highway 27A, and 

• Williston, 1:30-4 p.m. in the Williston Council Chambers, 50 N.W. Main St.

The public is invited to bring their concerns and any issues they have on the state and local governments.


Saturday, October 5


Scarecrow City

Chiefland Chamber’s “Scarecrow City” goes up Oct. 5 between 10 a.m. and noon in Trailhead Park by the Old Train Depot at U.S. Highway 19 and Southeast 2nd Avenue.

There is a $25 entry fee to be paid in advance. Applications are available at the Chamber office. 


October 18 ? 20

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is sponsoring workshops on “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” near West Palm Beach and again on March 7-9, 2014, near Ocala. There is a $50 discount for early registration.


Saturday, October 19

An evening at Rock Bluff

Spend the evening at Rock Bluff Ranch enjoying food & drink, live music, and fundraising to benefit unreimbursed patient care, grief support and community education programs at Haven Hospice in 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.

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.

Friday, October 25

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. 


Saturday, October 26

Beast Feast supports schools

The Levy County Schools Foundation's annual Beast Feast will dish out everything from critters to fish to benefit students and teachers.  


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.



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.


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.




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.