Features http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/features/todaysfeatures en Community Calendar http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/community-calendar-67 <p> <b>Today</b></p> <p> Meeting canceled</p> <p> The Thursday, Dec. 18 Community Resource meeting has been canceled.</p> <p> The next meeting will be Jan. 15 at the Gathering Table Restaurant, 116 N Main St, Chiefland. The board meets at 4 p.m. and the regular meeting starts at 5 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p> Friday</p> <p> CF closed for winter break</p> <p> All College of Central Florida campuses and centers will be closed for winter break&nbsp;Friday, Dec. 19, through&nbsp;Thursday, Jan. 1.</p> Toys for Tots distribution http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/toys-tots-distribution <p> Toys distribution for all registered children will be held Saturday Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chiefland Walmart.</p> <p> Due to a small number of registered children, we will only be having one consolidated registration event. We do not anticipate having a &ldquo;make-up&rdquo; date but will readdress this later if necessary.</p> <p> &nbsp;All paper registrations will be collected this week and turned in for organizing and finalizing the counts. Online registrations will continue through this Friday at http://j1edit.com/toys/</p> Christmas at the library http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/christmas-library <p> Children of all ages are invited to attend a fun celebration of Christmas. Come listen to a Christmas Story, make crafts, enjoy refreshments, and have pictures taken with Santa! Plan to arrive early</p> <p> to see Santa. The pictures will be printed at the party for free.</p> <p> &nbsp; &nbsp;Please contact your local library for more information.</p> <p> &bull; Bronson Public Library</p> <p> Monday, Dec, 15</p> <p> 6- 7:30 p.m.</p> <p> &bull; Williston Public Library</p> <p> Thursday, Dec. 18</p> <p> 6-7:30 p.m.</p> Anonymous gifter surprises shoppers http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/anonymous-gifter-surprises-shoppers <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9505.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> An anonymous person with a big heart &mdash; and pocketbook &mdash; made a stop in the Chiefland Walmart Monday and paid for about $51,000 worth of merchandise that shoppers had put on layaway in previous weeks.</p> <p> &quot;It&#39;s a good thing. It&#39;s a great act of kindness,&quot; Walmart Co-Manager Jason Ashley said.</p> <p> Monday was the last day to pick up layaway items.</p> <p> Ashley, who has worked at the Chiefland store for about two years, said the glow on people&#39;s faces was rewarding.</p> He's makin' a list .... http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/hes-makin-list <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1741.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Santa and Mrs. Claus spend time listening to the Christmas wishes of children at Saturday&#39;s Chiefland Christmas Festival.&nbsp;</p> <p> Then he led the lighted float parade down Main Street.&nbsp;</p> Queens of Quilting http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/queens-quilting <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8356.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The ladies of the Levy County Quilt Museum are in the midst of their annual quilt show that began the day after Thanksgiving and continues until Christmas.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re a museum and more &hellip; much more,&rdquo; Myrtice Scabarozi said last Thursday as she pointed out the varieties of items for sale. Everything is handmade, more or less, by local people she said. They are also run by volunteers and supported by donations. She said they made $3,000 last month, a record month. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re extremely lucky,&rdquo; she said.</p> Higher birth weight points to higher marks in school http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/higher-birth-weight-points-higher-marks-school <p> <strong>By April Frawley Birdwell</strong></p> <p> <strong>UF Health writer</strong></p> <p> It&rsquo;s no secret that low-birth-weight babies face significantly greater risks for certain health problems early on, such as respiratory distress or infection. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Florida and Northwestern University shows that lower weights at birth also have an adverse effect on children&rsquo;s performance in school, which is likely due to the early health struggles small babies often face.</p> Elder Option hearing http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/elder-option-hearing <p> &nbsp;Elder Options will host a public hearing at 3 p.m. Dec. 22 to inform participants of an Older Americans Act service that Elder Options is proposing to provide directly through its Area Plan on Aging Update for 2015 (2013-2015 cycle). The service is the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program (aka Tai Chi for Arthritis). Participants will have the opportunity to make public comments.</p> <p> Persons with disabilities should contact Elder Options at least 48 hours prior to the meeting in order to request any special assistance.</p>