Community Calendar for September 27

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Tourism panel meeting

The Levy County Tourist Development Council has cancelled its bi-monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.


Fridays through October 12


Grief, loss support group meetings

Haven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss support group  at Cross City Rehab and Health Center, 583 N.E. 351 Highway, Cross City, on Fridays through Oct. 12. The group meets from 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 352-493-2333. 




7th Annual Pickin' In The Pines

The 7th Annual Pickin' In The Pines is at the Forest Capital Park in Perry this weekend. Among the entertainers is Chiefland's own Shannon Slaughter performing with his group Shannon and Heather Slaughter & County Clare, FL State BG Band, Blue Shades of Grass and the Stone Family. On-site camping is available for $25 per site per night. Space is limited, call 850-584-5366 for reservations. Dry camping is available for $10 per night. 

There will be arts, crafts and food vendors. Tickets are $15 per person for the entire weekend. 

For more information call 850-584-5366 or visit www.floridastatebluegrass.com.




Hutch's run to benefit Haven

The 2nd annual "Hutch" Hutchinson's Legacy Poker Run is being organized with proceeds to benefit Haven Hospice.  

Registration is 9–10 a.m. and a $15 donation per bike/hand, plus $5 per rider and additional poker hand is requested. Customized rides can be entered in the bike show for a $5 donation. T-shirts are available for pre-registration only at Beyer Auto Salvage, Erwin Insurance and Custom Accessories for a $30 donation. Shirt sales end Sept. 27.

The best hand will win a Blue Ridge motorcycle package that includes a three-night cabin stay at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground in North Carolina, a $50 gas card, set of Dunlop tires and basic oil change. 

Event entertainment is by DJ Mr. October. There will be a 50/50 raffle, and food and drink for sale with proceeds going to Masonic Lodge No. 51 in Hutch's memory. 

The ride starts at Custom Accessories and stops at Chiefland Liquor & Tobacco, Black Dog Bar & Tables in Cedar Key, McKenzie's Four Corners in Bronson, Bubba's Place in Fanning Springs and Beef O'Brady's in Chiefland. All hands must be turned in by 3 p.m. 

For more information, call 352-493-0044.


Help remove invasive exotics on trail

   The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Nature Coast State Trail, Fanning Springs State Park and Manatee Springs State Park will host an invasive exotic removal day on the trail as part of National Public Lands Day. Participants will meet at Fanning Springs State Park at 8:30 a.m., and are asked to wear long pants, boots, long sleeve shirt and a hat as the group will be working with herbicides.  Water will be provided. Work will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 352-493-6072 or 352-463-3420 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. 


Make-A-Wish training in Lake City

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida will host a Wish Granting Training Session in Lake City from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for volunteers in the Northeast Region. 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions. Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity or to sign up for the class please contact Stephanie Smith at ssmith@wishcentral.org or call 407-622-4673 ext. 201. 


3rd Annual Beast Feast 

benefits schools

The Levy County Schools Foundation hosts its 3rd Annual Beast Feast on Sept. 29, at  Black Prong Equestrian Center on County Road 337, Bronson.  Dinner service begins at 6 p.m. with  gator tail, possum ribs, and venison on the menu along with Southern classics like mullet, grits, and swamp cabbage. The food is prepared and dished by Levy County businesses and community groups. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the evening and the event will wrap up with a live auction. Tickets are $20 each for adults in advance, or $25 at the gate. Student tickets are $10 for children 8 to 17 years old at the gate only. Children 7 years old and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at any Capital City Bank, Drummond Community Bank, and Perkins State Bank branches in Levy County.

To participate in the food service, donate an auction or door prize item, purchase a sponsorship call  Angela Johnson at the Levy County Schools Foundation at 352-486-3408 or email lcsf@levy.k12.fl.us.


Craft Dayz at Cornmaze

Craft Dayz at the Cornmaze is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a $3 parking fee. 

Come shop a variety of vendors, including many local hand crafters. 20015 West Newberry Road, Newberry. For more information call 352-316-4859.




Community Action Agency meeting

The Board of Directors of the Central Florida Community Action Agency will meet at the Gainesville office at 1405 N.W. 13th St., Suite B, beginning at noon. A strategic planning workshop will be at noon followed by committee meetings at 1:35 p.m. and a board meeting at 3 p.m. For more information, call Monique Harrison at 352-373-7667 at ext. 207 or email mharrison@cfcaa.org.


October 6


Scarecrow City opening

Scarecrow City, a project sponsored by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, will open for the fall season at Trailhead Park on U.S. Highway 19 South in Chiefland.  The event pits businesses and organizations against each other in a scarecrow decorating contest. Entry fee is $25. 


Zumbathon in Old Town

A Zumbathon "Party In Pink" fundraiser in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Old Town Elementary School in the cafeteria, 221 S.E. 136 Ave., Old Town.

There will be door prizes along with the 90-minute fun-filled dance workout routines. 

Proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen foundation to help further breast cancer research education/awareness, screening and treatment programs.

For more information call Sarah Pergrossi at 352-443-2354  or  email zumbasarahbeth@gmail.com.






Book sales in Williston

The Friends of theWilliston Public Library will hold its October Book Fair, at the City Hall Community Center from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Many new books will be for sale and many of the books at the book fairs are almost new. They range from $1 for hardbacks down to 10 cents for children's books and magazines. all books donated to the

library should be clean and good salable condition.


Peanut celebrated in Williston

The Central Florida Peanut Festival in Williston will be celebrated in Williston`s Heritage Park. This Williston tradition celebrates all things peanutty. Rides, crafts, music, information booths and the Little Peanut royal family. For more info contact Mary at the Williston Chamber office 352-528-5552.


October 10


Veteran job fair

There will be a job fair for Veteran job seekers on Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Post 57 in Lake City.

The event will be a one-of-a-kind hiring fair for both employers and jobseekers. It is open to all veterans, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members as well as military spouses.

American Legion Post 57 s located at 2602 SW Main Blvd., Lake City.

Veteran job seekers can register for free at HOH.Greatjobs.net. Questions should be directed to: hiringourheroes@uschamber.com.









October 12-13

Good Shepherd bazaar

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will hold its annual Fall Bazaar and Yard Sale on Oct. 12-13. There will be all kinds of goodies to buy lots of yard sale items some crafts, and, of course, our bake sale. Hotdogs and chili will also be available.


October 13


Haven event celebrates 

"Fall on the Prairie"

"Fall on the Prairie," a night of scrumptious food, live music, silent and live auction, and so much more will be sponsored by Haven Hospice at Whitehurst Ranch & Prairie in Williston. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $75 per person and sponsorship and auction donation opportunities are available.  For more information, call Stephanie Brod, 352-271-4665 or email at smbrod@havenhospice.org.


October 20


7th Annual Ride to Provide for LARC

The seventh annual motorcycle fundraiser, Ride to Provide, will be held on Oct. 20, at Bronson High School. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with free coffee and doughnuts. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.ridetoprovide.net. The law enforcement -escorted ride is approximately 64 miles and will travel through scenic parts of Levy County. Entry is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Riders will have another opportunity to support Levy ARC by purchasing a hamburger/hotdog plate at the end of the ride. All proceeds from this event directly support the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens.  

T-Shirts will be available the day of the ride.

For more information or to help sponsor this event, call Sean or Beth Mullins at 352-316-3260 or 352-528-2222.


12th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Trail Ride

The Levy County Horse Club sponsors the 12th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Trail Ride at Tidewater Trailhead in the Goethe State Forest. It begins at the south end of County Road 337 with registration at 8 a.m. for a $25 fee per rider for the poker ride. Ride at your own pace. Lunch is free with registration, or available for $6. The menu includes choice of  barbecue or lemon pepper pork with green beans and potatoes, whole kernel corn, rolls, dessert and a drink. Lunch will be followed by fun raffles.

     Overnight primitive camping is available for those coming in on Friday or staying over 'til Sunday. Water for horses and bathroom facilities are available. This is a no hunting weekend with trail use and camp fees waived. Coggins required. All donations go to benefit local breast cancer patients.

     To donate or help sponsor this event or more information please check our web page at www.levycountyhorseclub.com or email levy2@flahorse.com .


M&M Collectors Club meet

The M&M Collectors Club will hold a swap meet and picnic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tangerine Improvement Society at 7101 Wright Ave., Mount Dora. The picnic is potluck so please bring a dish to share. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. 

For more information contact Lynne or Jim Card at 352-383-1505 or email Cs4seasons@gmail.com.



October 20 - 21


Seafood fest

The 43rd Annual Seafood Festival in Cedar Key will be held in the historic downtown and City Park. Great food and entertainment in the Park and art lines the streets of Cedar Key. Funds raised by various groups go to support charitable projects and Cedar Key School.


October 26


Chiefland Chamber meeting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce meets at noon in the community room of the Haven Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. The luncheon is sponsored by Ayers Health & Rehab Center. To reserve a place, call the Chamber Office at 352-493-1849.


November 12

County celebrates veterans

The city of Williston will host the 2012 Veterans Day Parade and ceremony. The parade will kick off around 11 a.m. and wind its way down Noble Avenue to Heritage Park on North Main Street for a short program that will include music and guest speakers.

All veterans and their families will be treated with free hot dogs and drinks at the park. Special tributes will be given to the men and women who served in our Armed Forces.

Any organization or individual that wants to participate in the parade should contact Frances Taylor at   Frances.Taylor@ci.williston.fl.us or call  352-528-3060.



November 16


Chamber moves meeting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce has moved its meeting from the fourth Friday of the month to the third Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The group meets at noon in the community room at the Haven Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. Drummond Community Bank is the sponsor of the November luncheon. To reserve a place, call the Chamber Office at 352-493-1849.


November 23


Christmas celebration

The annual Cedar Key Christmas Celebration will kick-off this event with a tree lighting ceremony in the Park. 


December 1


Christmas Festival in Chiefland

The annual Christmas Festival will be held at Trailhead Park on U.S. 19 South. The city will also have its annual parade. 

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.


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.






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 weekday at noon.

For more information, call 352-490-7055.


Rotary Clubs

Chiefland Rotary, noon Wednesday, Beef O'Brady's ,meeting room, U.S. Highway 19 North, Chiefland. 

Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, noon Thursday, Haven Hospice, Community Room, State Road 500, Chiefland 

Williston Rotary, 11:45 a.m. Tuesday,  First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. 1st St.


Stamp club

The Gen. Francis Marion Stamp Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 1 p.m. At the Bank of the Ozarks, 8375 S.W. Highway 200. Doors open at noon. The club also meets the sedond Wednesday of the month at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church library, 6455 S.W. Highway 200 at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ocalagfmstampclub.com. 


Classic Cars at Taco Bell

The Tri-County Cruisin' For Grins Club meets to show off their classic vehicles from 6:30-8 p.m. on Fridays at Taco Bell on North Young Boulevard, Chiefland. Just show up to show your car and have a good time.


CK Keyhole Gallery

The Cedar Key Keyhole, 457 2nd Street (across from the Library) in Cedar Key, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and maintains a display of many works by more than 20 contributors to its artists’ cooperative. These works include paintings (oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors), metal works, stained glass, jewelry, fiber arts, leatherwork, pottery and woodworking, among others. For more information, call The Keyhole at 352-543-5801. 



Nature Coast Conservancy 

Florida's Nature Coast Conservancy board of directors meets on the 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.



Monday — Thursday

Zumba at woman's club

Looking for a fun way to get in your exercise?  Look into the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club where everyone is invited to join in Zumba.  The invigorating classes, open to the public, are Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. and Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.  All in air conditioned comfort and yes classes will continue through the summer.  There is no fee just a donation to cover electric use.  For more information call 352-447-2057 or email yiwomansclub@gmail.com.


Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club

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. There will be homemade pies and cakes, plus a $100 jackpot. 

For more information, call 352-447-2057 or email yiwamansclub@gmail.com.


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.


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 hosts Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Friday. Post 236 is located at 9550 N.E. U.S. Highway 27A, 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

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 from 11 a.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.



Sons of Confederate Veterans

Anyone with an interest in Southern heritage or learn the history of the South and the Civil War can join the Sons of Confederate Veterans at their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Cypress Inn, Cross City. 

For more information, call 352-542-9107. 


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

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.