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  •  The Suwannee Valley Players are so pleased to be able to present its annual musical, Master of Time, which was written by a local writer, Krista Perryman. Not only is SVP honored to produce this play, it is privileged to have Perryman as the musical director and choreographer, while working closely with a SVP veteran director, Janice Grant. The large cast is made up of residents from all parts of our Tri-County area. SVP is proud of its accomplishments. 

  • By SHARON HUSTON
    For the Riverland News

    Rainbow Springs State Park staff, Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS) members and volunteers have begun preparations for the annual Cracker Days event, which is presented for the public each February. This year the event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  •    The Bronson FFA Alumni Organization's Annual Food Fest will be Friday, March 2, at First Baptist Church in Bronson, with entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. and food service at 5:30 p.m.
       There will also be a singing group from the local Cowboy Church, a cake auction, a silent auction and door prizes.
    Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance for $10 or for $15 at the event. Proceeds go to the Bronson FFA Alumni Scholarship Program and to send local students to leadership conferences.

  • OLUSTEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida’s first state park, will host the 36th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee on Feb. 17-19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.
    For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/olustee or http://battleofolustee.org.

  • Warmer temperatures and lack of snow in parts of North America are setting the stage for what could be a most intriguing 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, coming up this weekend.
    Bird watchers across the U.S. and Canada are getting ready to tally millions of birds in the annual count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

  • The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St John the Evangelist Church in Chiefland on U.S. Highway 27A is hosting a Valentine's Day spaghetti dinner on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    The menu includes salad, bread, and homemade pies for dessert. All are welcome.
    The cost? A bag of groceries for the Society's food shelf. Canned goods, peanut butter, cereal and soups are always needed. If that is difficult or inconvenient, a cash donation is always appreciated.

  •   AMVETS Post 88 is getting ready for another great running of the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on April 28. This is our 7th year hosting this wild and exciting canoe and kayak race. Two kayak classes have been added this year: women and seniors.
    Please check out the website www.wildhog.wetpaint.com.
       The annual race benefits the Levy ARC in Otter Creek.

  • All it took was a little rain to encourage the trees, shrubs and plants with buds waiting to awaken from their winter sleep. Although Chiefland only got 0.12 inches of rain on Monday, the forecast calls for more precipitation this weekend.

  •    Kanapaha Botanical Gardens' 30th Annual Winter Bamboo Sale is now underway.  Kanapaha has the state's largest collection of bamboos and annually offers bamboos for sale on a dug-to-order basis from Jan. 1 until March 1.  Fifteen types are offered this year, including Buddha Belly Bamboo, Stripestem Bamboo, Golden Goddess, Chinese Goddess and the incomparable Black Bamboo.  See price/availability listings at www.kanapaha.org/calendar or call 352-372-4981. Bamboo workshop Sat., Feb 11, 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., $10 indiv., $15 couple.

  •    Author and historian Carolyn Cohens, a self-taught artist from Chiefland, will be part of a show "Variations on a Dream: Black History, Liberation & Spirituality" celebrating African-American History Month at Bellamy Road in Melrose through March 4.
       Cohens' artworks celebrate the folk-life of African-Americans in Levy County and the surrounding region. In three series of acrylic paintings she depicts turpentining, spirituality, and the lives of individuals who carry the rich cultural traditions of her community.

  •    The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library (FLCPL) Board of Directors, will hold its  monthly meeting at the Library, 104 NE 3rd Street, Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 9.
      For further information, call FLCPL president Tom Reitz at 493-1896 or 949-5413.

  •    Do you have questions about your options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare Billings?
       If you do, come see SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, for one-on-one counseling. 
       SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance. If you cannot come to a site call the

  •    The Genealogy and History Society of Levy County will meet on Sunday,
    Feb. 12, at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 NW 10th Avenue, Chiefland.
       Toni Collins, Levy County historian and author, will be the guest speaker, presenting a PowerPoint program on the history of some of the 82 known Levy County family, church, and community cemeteries. Collins also will give a brief history of the persons interred in the cemeteries that will be visited on the armchair tour.

  • You are going to love all the wonderful activities at the Cedar Key Arts Center during the month of February.
    Gallery show opens on Feb. 4, from 5-7 p.m., with Susan Dauphinee’s Florida Landscapes in the main gallery and Connie Nelson showing in the Member’s Gallery.
    n Feb. 22nd at 6 p.m.: Summer Children’s Art Program Benefit Dinner and Raffle of lovely little works of art. The Island Room will cater the three course gourmet dinner. Call 352-543-6520 to make your reservations. Seating is limited.

  • From the outside it looks like just another of the portables at Chiefland Elementary School.
    But the No. 10 portable is a special place with lavender curtains and pretty teacups in formal settings on a long table covered with a tablecloth and decorated for an afternoon party.
    No desks are in sight.
    Instead, about 30 fourth grade students at Chiefland Elementary School are taking a break after doing good on their practice tests for the writing portion of the FCAT — Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and Cedar Key Museum State Park will host the National Stars-n-Parks Programs on Monday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 24.

  • A Chiefland civic group has a plan for the city to capitalize on the area's rural beauty while at the same time contributing to charitable foundations.
    Suwannee Valley Rotary President Paige Brookins told the Chiefland City Commission Monday night that the group is planning to organize a bike ride in June in conjunction with the city's annual watermelon festival.
    Tour de Melon is the name of the event, and Brookins said she hopes to have hundreds of people participate

  • The 12th Annual STARS Gala, hosted by the Levy County Schools Foundation, will be held Saturday at Chiefland Elementary School, but this is much more than a gathering of the county's movers and shakers. The event's theme this year is Set Sail For Education: Port Levy,
    The event raises money for students to go on field trips, for teachers to help classes take on educational projects and for high school graduates to attend college.

  •    “This is our 26th annual Spaghetti Dinner, and it promises to be the best ever!” said Jane Moore, President of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club. Every year the Woman’s Club serves around 200 spaghetti dinners, and this is their biggest fund-raiser of the year.

  • Levy County's public library director told the Chiefland Rotary Club that they should judge their libraries the way an investor would judge a business — by the return on the investment.
    And when it comes to Levy County's five branches that return is a whopping $28 for every taxpayer dollar invested in the system. "I want you to know what my return on investment is," said Brasher.