Community Calendar for April 7

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Haven memorial service
The Haven Hospice Love and Remembrance Memorial is 6 p.m. at the Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center, 311 N.E. 9th Street, Chiefland. The memorial is 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.  For more information, call Haven Hospice at 352-493-2333.


'Huge' Yard Sale in Otter Creek
Creekside Christian School, 171 S.W. 3rd Street, Otter Creek, is having a huge yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Proceeds will benefit students going to a regional convention. For more information, call 352-486-2112.


Vendors sought for plant show
Plans are under way for the 4th Annual Green Thumb Plant Show in Dunnellon’s Historic Village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information-only booths are free. The event is sponsored by the Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon. For information, contact Nancy at 352-208-6789. 

Passport Day

The Gilchrist County Clerk of Courts Office will participate in "Passport Day in the USA" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Applications are available in the clerk's office or they can be downloaded from travel.state.gov. Fees must be paid by check, and there is also an additional $25 fee from the clerk's office.
Passports take 4-6 weeks to process. Items needed to obtain a passport include:
Birth certificate, old passports, certificates of naturalization, ID cards (drivers license), photos for passports, which can be taken at the clerk's office for $10 or done through CVS, Walgreens or Walmart. For more information, call Cindy Chadwick at 352-463-3170.

Go native at the 2011 Spring
Native Plant sale
With spring almost here, now is a great time to replant with native plants that are adapted to North Florida's climate of cold in the winter and heat in the summer.
The largest offering of native plants in North Florida will be at the 2011 Spring Native Plant sale at Gainesville's Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 9. Cash and checks only.
The sale features thousands of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines grown at area nurseries. Vendors are members of the Florida Native Plant Society, which is cooperatively hosting the event along with the City of Gainesville's Nature Operations Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Friends of Nature Parks.
Proceeds of the sale benefit environmental and cultural history programs offered by the City of Gainesville. This is a family-friendly event that features flowers, food and music. For more information, call 352-334-3326 or visit www.natureoperations.org.

CFEC Relay for Life Golf Tourney
The Central Florida Electric Cooperative is hosting the 3rd Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club. There will be breakfast starting at 7 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $150 per four-person team and includes green fees and carts, plus competitions for the longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. For more information, call Tony Wasson or member services at 800-227-1302.

Bake sale in Dixie
The Ladies of Joppa Lodge No. 4 has a bake sale that begins at 7 :30 a.m. in front of Gail's Cafe in Old Town. Proceeds benefit the group's Dixie County High School Scholarship Fund.

Guardian Angels open house
The public is invited to attend an open house from noon to 3 p.m. at the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc., 3251 N.E. 180th Ave., Williston. For more information, contact Kay Gaither at 352-490-6253.


Manatee Division drills in Yankeetown
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps, Manatee Division, has drills at the Coast Guard Station in Yankeetown on the second weekend of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Sea Cadets are for ages 13-17 years old. There also is a Navy League Cadet unit for ages 11-13 years old. The division provides a fun and challenging environment that is free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and gangs. Youth are guided to become adults whether they decide to join the military or not. Also develop leadership abilities and broaden cadets' horizons using hands-on and self-paced training. For more information, contact commanding officer LTJG Todd Dunn at 352-212-4573 or at tdunn@manateediv.org.


The public is invited to the Genealogy Society of Levy County meeting at 2 p.m. at the Dixie County Cultural Center (formally the Old Town school), 761 S.E. Hwy. 349, Old Town. There will be a tour of the center and information about the historical and genealogical resources will be available.


Learn about bees
The Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hold its monthly meeting from 7-9 p.m. at the Suwannee River Water Management District office, 9225, C.R. 49, two miles east of Live Oak. The public is welcome as there will be a program presented by master beekeepers Ellyn Hutson and Roger B. Twitchell of Caney Branch Farm in Monticello. For more information, contact Sylvia Dunnam at 352-362-3256 or at dunnams@windstream.net.


Pastor and Church Leaders
Freedom Forum
The First Baptist Church of Chiefland on U.S. Alt 27 will have Harry Mihet, senior litigation counsel for the Liberty Counsel, host a Pastor and Church Leaders Freedom Forum from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 352-493-1554 for more information.

April 14

Haven Hospice chamber mixer
Haven Hospice, 311 N.E. 9th Street, Chiefland, is hosting a Chamber Mixer honoring the National Day of Decision from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event includes a special proclamation. For more information, call Patrick Allen at 352-493-2333.

Bronson Homemakers Annual Bingo
The Bronson Home and Community Educators, also known as the Homemakers, is hosting its annual bingo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 235 Court Street, Bronson. Admission is $5, which entitles you to two cards. Extra cards are two for $1. Lunch will be provided (sandwiches, salads, desserts and drinks). For more information, contact Linda Johnson and 352-486-1535.

Chiefland Library Friends to meet
The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library Board of Directors has its monthly meeting at the library, 104 N.E. 3rd Street, Chiefland, at 11:00 a.m. For an agenda, email tomreitz@msn.com. For more information, call 352-493-1896 or 352-949-5413.

Easter egg hunt
There will be an Easter egg hunt for children April 14. Registration is at 10 a.m. at Fort Fanning Park. The hunt begins at 10:30. For more information, call 352-463-2855.

Boomtown Days Dunnellon
Boomtown Days Dunnellon features bands, entertainment, arts and crafts, food, pageants, antique cars, pet parade and a dinner theater play. Tickets are available at the Dunnellon Chamber of Commerce, 20500 E. Pennsylvania Ave., or by calling 352-489-2320.

April 16

FFA Fishing Tourney
The Chiefand FFA Alumni is hosting a fishing tournament from safe light (morning) to 4:30 p.m. (weigh-in) at the Chiefland High School Agricultural Building. There will be a Captain's Meeting and Dinner at 6 p.m. on April 15 at the CHS Ag. Building. The entry fee is $100 per boat (captain and mate) and $25 per extra person. Prizes, based on a 30-boat entry, are $300 for the biggest red fish, $300 for the biggest speckled trout and $500 for the biggest bag. For entry forms or more information, contact Brooke Ward at 352-535-5337 or at chieflandffaalumni@yahoo.com.

Dixie Music Center To Hold Spring Recital
Dixie Music Center will have it’s annual spring recital at 4:00 p.m. Hosted by the Dixie County Historical Society, the recital will be at the Dixie County Cultural Center (old Old Town Elementary School) on the corner of Hwy. 349 S. and 55A in Old Town. For information, please call 352-542-3001.

April 19

Republican club to meet
The Yankeetown-Inglis Republican Club Pot-Luck Dinner will be April 19 at 6 - 7 p.m. at the Lion's Club in Yankeetown, 59th Street and Highway 40. A movie, "Rediscovering God in America," will follow the presentation.Desert and popcorn will be provided by the Club. Newcomers are welcome. Please bring your favorite pot-luck dish to contribute to the meal. For details call Edith at 352-447-2622 or Don at 352-212-8875.

April 21

Levy Cattlemen and Landowners meeting
The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association will meet at 7 p.m. at the home of Don Quincey on the Suwannee River.
For more information, call the Levy County Extension Office at 352-486-5131, or 352-528-3119.

April 29-30

Book sale
A book sale by the Friends of the Dunnellon Library will be in the Dunnellon Library Meeting Room, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Prices: Hardcover, 50 cents; Paperbacks, 25 cents; and Saturday only, a “bag of books" for $4. The library is at 20351 Robinson Rd, Dunnellon. For information, call 352-438-2520. All sales benefit the Dunnellon Public Library.

April 30

Naval Sea Cadets recruiting in Dunnellon
The Manatee Division of the Sea Cadets will be at the Dunnellon Wal-Mart  9 a.m.-4 p.m. to recruit for the youth group. Come meet the cadets and get more information on joining the fun. The group is seeking youth ages 11 to 17. For more information call, Lt. j.g. Todd Dunn at 352-212-5473.


Walking club
Every Tuesday and Thursday 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.

Lion’s Club meeting
The Chiefland Lion’s 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. Call 352-463-3135.

Dixie Humane Society sale
The Dixie Humane Society has a weekly Indoor/ Outdoor Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The society is located off U.S. Highway 19 North on County Road 349 across from the bike trail in Old Town. Donations are welcome.

Heart of the Hammock Humane Society
The Heart of the Hammock Humane Society, located in the old Carr’s Furniture building at 9599 N.E. County Road 349, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donated items can be dropped at the building picked up after a phone. Any unsold items from a yard/garage sale can also be picked up. For more information, call 352-542-1617 or 356-542-1077.

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs want clunkers
Florida Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for “Clunker Cars” to be donated to raise funds. Donors can get a tax write off. To donate, call 1-800-246-0493.

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 meets at noon Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s on Main Street in Chiefland. Williston Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. 1st St.

Grand Slam Bridge on Monday
Grand Slam Bridge meets 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Mondays at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland. For information, call Joan at 352-493-0279. Weekly and substitute players are needed.

Bronson Homemakers
Bronson Home and Community Educators, a community service organization,  meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month with a monthly workshop 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Monday of the month, except June, July and August.The meetings are at the Levy County Extension Office, U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson. For information, call Mary Anne Ostroman at 352-528-5076 or  for more information.

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.

Stitches from heart helps babies
Stitches From The Heart is a nationwide group of volunteers that knit, crochet and quilt for needy babies and children. These items are donated to 411 hospitals and charities. Patterns are available. Donated yarn is appreciated.
Call toll free 877-985-9212 or email, or write at 3316 Pico, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or visit.