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By The Staff

Today

Halloween fun at Chiefland library

Join in on the Halloween fun as kids young and old are invited to decorate and eat cookies from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland. The library will provide all materials needed for this free event. Large groups are welcome, but please inform the library staff in advance.  For more information contact the local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, 352-486-5552 or jrodgers@neflin.org.

Book signing at Knotts Library

The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown will host a presentation and book signing by Kenny Wayne Fields, award winning author of “The Rescue of Streetcar 304” at 7 p.m.  Fields will discuss his book which chronicles his experience of being shot down in Laos during the Vietnam War and the heroic action of the rescue pilots who got him out after 40 hours on the run from enemy forces. This was the third largest air rescue during the Vietnam War.

In 2007, the book was the No. 1 selling book at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  In 2008, Fields received the Naval Institute Press award for 2008 Author of the Year — 2nd Place.

The public is invited. The library is located at No. 11 56th St., Yankeetown.

Friday

FFA Alumni selling barbecue pork lunch

 The Chiefland FFA Alumni chapter is sponsoring a BBQ pork lunch meal at noon.  Tickets are $8 and are on sale from FFA Alumni members.  Delivery will be to the businesses in the area.  For more info, please call 493-6035.

Fanning Chamber holds yard sale, lunch

The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce will hold a yard sale and sell pork plate lunches in the parking lot of  the Bear’s Den from 9 a.m. until everyone leaves. Bear's Den is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and State Road 26 in Fanning Springs.

 The funds raised from the yard sale and lunches will help fund the 21st Annual Festival of Lights and Christmas Boat Parade.  To donate to the Chamber yard sale, please call (352) 463-9089, 214-7026 or 339-2248.

 The pork plate lunch which will include the meat, baked beans, coleslaw, roll and a surprise side dish. The cost is only $6 each and delivery is available in the Trenton, Chiefland and Old Town area starting at 11 a.m. Call any of the above numbers to order lunch.

Saturday-Sunday

St. John the Evangelist yard sale

 A giant yard sale will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church  this semi-annual event,  probably the largest held in the Chiefland area is scheduled for two days this year due to the amount of donations and the event's popularity.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. All items will be half-price on Saturday. This sale will be held inside and partially outside, depending on the weather. The church is located east of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 27A.

Saturday

Joppa Baptist holds Fall Festival

Joppa Baptist Church will hold this year's Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 24, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on the church grounds..  This is a fun event for the whole family.  There will be hay rides, games booths, cake walk, music, dunking booth, food and more.  Joppa is located at 7530 NW 165th St. in Fanning Springs.

Shard Distribution at First United Methodist

 SHARE Distribution for the month of October will be held at the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church in Chiefland,  from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Please remember to bring containers to take food orders home.  All food orders are prepaid and ordered the prior month.

 Available this month will be a complete Thanksgiving dinner package for $27.50.  This package includes a turkey and all the sides that make up a wonderful meal.  Other specials are available, as well as fresh produce.

 If you are interested in saving money, please come take advantage of SHARE. The SHARE program is not a charity, but is a food-buying service that can help you spend those precious food dollars wisely.  If you have further questions you may ask for information at the SHARE Site or by calling 352-463-8804.

Grand opening for Western Wishes

The Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce will sponsor  a grand opening for Western Wishes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to welcome Western Wishes, located at 9691 N.W. County Road 345, Chiefland, to our community. Western Wishes specializes in western attire.

NAACP holds annual banquet

The Levy County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its 19th annual banquet on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at Usher Pineland Center in Chiefland. Speaker for the event is Brother O.C. Graham.

Tickets for the dinner are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Checks should be made payable to the NAACP, P.O. Box 636 Williston, Fla. 32696

For more information, call Al J. Carnegie, president, at (352) 316-4064, or Rev. Scott, vice president, at (352) 221-1352.

Monday

Fall into Fun at CHS

The Chiefland High School Future Interact club will host "Fall into Fun at CHS" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the school. The event is free to all participants and is for children ages 13 and under. Come dressed in a costume to enjoy activities and candy that will be passed out at most classroom doors.

Tuesday

Action agency meets

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Central Florida Community Action Agency will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Gainesville office located at 2606 NW 6th St. Committee meetings will be held before the board meeting.

Call Monique Harrison at 352-373-7667 Extension 204 for more information.

Free Wills and Estate Planning Talk

The Cedar Key Lions Club invites the public to Speaker Night at the Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. featuring Cedar Key Lions Past President and attorney, Michael Day.

Day presents a talk on "Wills — Living and otherwise and thoughts on basic estate planning and asset protection."

Without proper planning, a large portion of an estate could end up being taxed by the government, or go to unintended heirs, rather than your loved ones or intended charities. Also, it is important to understand your choices available for life support or not in the final stages of your life.

That's why, in these troubled economic times, wills and estate planning take on a new urgency and importance as families face the uncertainties of the future.

Followed by a Question and Answer period, this will be an evening packed with information and sound, practical advice on wills and estate planning strategies you can use to make sure your estate is protected from government taxation and is distributed the way you want it to be.

    

October 28-29

Get a Head Start on Medicare Part D 2010

October is the month SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be assisting Medicare recipients in filling out the paperwork to find a Medicare Part D Drug Coverage Plan for 2010.

Annual Enrollment for Part D begins Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31.  SHINE will help you to find a plan that is the least expensive for you and will cover your drugs.

SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential counseling on Medicare issues.  Come by a site or call 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a volunteer or a site near you.

Shine will hold office hours on Wednesday, Oct 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Trenton Public Library and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cross City Library.

October 29-November 1

Greek Festival in Lecanto

Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church will hold its semi-annual festival with indoor dinners, gyro souvlaki, pastries and refreshments. Hours are: Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church is located at 4705 W. Gulf to Lake Highway (State Road 44) in Lecanto.

Music will be provided by “Odyssey” and there will be a variety of vendors and boutiques with Grecian items. Dance troupes will perform on Saturday and Sunday.

Parking is free, but admission to the festival is a $1 donation. There will be daily door prizes and a raffle for $1,000 cash on Sunday.

For more information, call (352) 527-0766.

October 30

Chili luncheon at courthouse

A Chili Luncheon will be held in the BOCC room at the Levy County Courthouse on October 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu is a bowl of chili, with rice, cheese, onions, crackers, dessert, and tea all for $4.

All proceeds go to help children and families in need during the holidays. For more information call Deanna or Sandy at the Clerk’s office.

October 31

Howloween Ride for pets

The Humane Society of Levy County, Inc. will hold a Pawsitive H-O-W-L-O-W-E-E-N Bikers for Pets motorcycle run on Oct. 31, 2009 to benefit the society's activities in providing medication, transportation and providing a second chance to find their “furever” home.

Registration is  8:30a.m. To 9:45 a.m. at the Bronson Youth League, 220 Picnic St., Bronson. The entry fee is $10. The ride starts at 10 a.m and lasts approximately two hours. The event will end at Willard's Resturant and Lounge in Morriston where lunch will be provided.

    This is a family fun event — no motorcycle needed — any vehicle and all families can ride to help save the lives of animals in Levy County. For more information, call (352) 486-5705.

November 5

Haven Hospice Fall  Memorial

    Haven Hospice’s Love and Remembrance Memorials are 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. Registration is not required.

    The fall memorial will be held at 6 p.m. at Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center Garden, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland For more information, call Alesha Smith at (352) 493-2333 or (800) 677-5428.

November 7

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Club dinner

    Deaf/Hearing Impaired Club of Levy County will meet for Thanksgiving Dinner at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Bronson.  All family, friends, Sign Language students, Interpreters, Teachers, etc. are welcome to attend, too.  

    If you will be attending, please contact Violet at (352) 671-6720 or by email: violet.stokes@yahoo.com

This will be a covered dish dinner.  If you can bring a covered dish of food, please call to sign up on the food list.

Sorority holds yard sale

Alpha Beta Omicron, the Chiefland chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will be having a yard sale Saturday, November 7 beginning at 8 a.m. at 27935 SE Hwy 19, Old Town. Directions are: going north on Hwy 19 from the Suwannee River bridge at Fanning Springs it will be the 2nd house on the right.

December 5

Carving Club show in Inverness

The Nature Coast Carving Club will be presenting their 12th Annual Woodcarving Show at the Citrus County Auditorium, 3610 South Florida Ave., Inverness. (US Hwy 41 south of Inverness next to the airport) on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unlimited free parking will be available.

Wood carving displays, wood carving supplies and many other items will be for sale. If you area looking for a special Christmas gift, this is the place to find it. Continual demonstrations will be performed on stage. Free catalogs for tools and supplies will be available until depleted.

Two hundred hand-carved Christmas tree ornaments will be given away as door prizes. You select your favorite ornament.

Admission at the door is $2. If you have any questions please call Dave Melton at 527-4561.

River Rise Romp Endurance 50/25 miles

    Endurance riders from throughout the Southeast will gather at River Rise Preserve in High Springs, for competition.  The sanctioned event is open to local riders but entries are limited and filling up quickly. The ride is a benefit for Animal Rescue  Friends of Gilchrist. Contact Edward Bisch for forms and questions at (352) 463-0668, or ebisch@bellsouth.net

December 12

Rock Crusher Canyon Concert

    Blake Shelton, Jason Michael Carroll, Craig Morgan will perform at Rock Crusher Canyon, Crystal River. The first performance starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $25 to $75. To order tickets, call Mike Hampton’s Pitching In Foundation at 527-3297, visit Fancy’s Pets in Crystal River or log on to  www.ticketmaster.com.