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Community Calendar for the week of September 22

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Through Saturday

Friends half-priced book sale
The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library's bookstore is overstocked in all categories. The store, 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, will sell all hard-covered and paperback books for half price during the two-week sale. All proceeds benefit the Dunnellon Public Library.

Today

TDC meeting
The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Vistiors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.

Saturday

It's Time to Read
literacy program
Otter Springs & Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave, Trenton, will host "It's Time to Read" literacy and interactive program for children ages 4-8 and their families from 10-11 a.m. Also presented by the Gilchirst Public Library, there will be a fun story that will be followed by a puppet show and activities related to the chosen book. A guardian must stay to participate with their children during the hour-long program. Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure there are adequate supplies for this free event. Call 352-463-0800.

Health and fitness expo
The Business Women's Alliance of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the original Women's Health & Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River. Preregister your firm before June 17 and choose preferred exhibit space. After June 17, registration will open to health-, fitness- and wellness-related organizations on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information, call 352-795-3149.

Monday

Levy legislative delegation hearing
 The Levy County Legislative Delegation hearing is 3-5 p.m. at the Levy County Courthouse, 355 S. Court St., Bronson, in the County Commission Chambers.
 If any member of the public would like to address the delegation,  contact Teresa Watson in state Rep. Leonard Bembry’s office at 352-493-6848 or teresa.watson@myfloridahouse.gov, to be placed on the agenda.  Appearance cards will also be available at the hearing for anyone who wishes to be heard.
 
Learn how to manage turkeys
Integrating Land and Wildlife Management Workshop Series opens with "Turkey on Your Land," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Learn how to manage land to increase turkey populations. Class is at Levy County Extension Office, 625 N. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Highway 27A), Bronson. Reistration fee, which includes dinner, is $5. To register, call 352-486-5131.

Tuesday

Free dance lessons
There will be a free evening of fun, friendship and an introduction to square dancing at 7 p.m. at the Carpenters' Union Hall, 1910 NW 53 Ave., Gainesville. No experience necessary.  
Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 352-377-1828.

Oct. 1

Chamber's ScareCrow City
The Chiefland Chamber of Commerce will be hosting "Scarecrow City" for folks to come out and construct scarecrows to be on displayed until Nov. 19. It will be at the Trailhead Depot on U.S. Highway 19. This event is open to the public with several categories like business, personal and clubs. For more information or to register for this event, call the chamber at 352-493-1849.

First Saturday Book Fair
in Williston
Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its First Saturday Book Fair, Oct. 1, at the Williston City Hall Community Center from 8:30 a.m. 'til 1:30 p.m..
Prices are: hardbacks, $1; soft backs, 50 cents; paper backs, 25 cents; children's books, 10  cents; audio tapes and video tapes, $1 each or by the set if appropriate. Magazines will not be accepted any longer as they do not sell well.
"Friends" asks that donors of books make sure they are clean and in good condition. Children's books should be especially clean so that the young reader will appreciate books.

Oct. 2

Oktoberfest at
Good Shepherd Lutheran
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will hold its annual Oktoberfest after the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Food will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in enjoying good food and fellowship. The menu includes brats, sauerkraut, potato salad, dessert and much more.

Stand for Life Chain
Stand for LIFE for one hour while praying to end abortion. Men, women and children will hold signs saying, "Jesus Forgives and Heals," "Pray to End Abortion,"Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation," "Adoption: Loving Option," and "Abortion Hurts Women."
Signs will be provided, but bring your own water, hats and chairs if needed. Life Chains in the area will be from 1-2 p.m. in Bronson on Alt 27 and State Road 24 and 2-3 p.m. in Cedar Key on SR 24 and bridge, in Chiefland on U.S. Highway 19 and SR 121, in Fanning Springs on Alt 27 and bridge, in Newberry on SR 26 and U.S. Highway 27 and in Trenton on County Road 121 and SR 26. For more information, contact Juanita Melchoir at 352-339-0747.

Oct. 8

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 in 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.

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.

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.
mation, 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.