Community Calendar for the week of April 12

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Haven hosts
memorial ceremony
Haven Hospice is hosting A Love & Remembrance Memorial: A Time to Heal: A Community Celebration of Life at 6 p.m. This is a service provided at no charge to anyone in the community who has lost someone. It will be held in the Tri-Counties Care Center courtyard, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland. For more information, call 800-677-5428.

Friday — Saturday

Old Town UMC yard sale
Old Town United Methodist Church is having its annual fundraising yard sale. There is a good assortment of articles for sale along with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and assorted soups. Also, a bake sale will be held along with the yard sale. For more information, call 352-542-8521.

Bowling for pets
A Bowl to Save a Pet fundraiser will be sponsored by 4 Pets Sake at Lake City Bowl. Registration is 1 p.m. and game time is 1:30 p.m. Prizes are for men and women. There is also a prize for lowest score. The cost is $10 for two games which includes shoes and ball. Please let us know if you will attend by calling 386-925-0975 or e-mail  fourpets sake1@windstream.net so enough lanes can be reserved.  All proceeds go to 4 Pets Sake.

Thrift store sale
St. Madeleine Church in High Springs is opening their Thrift Store, Lilly’s Country Store, from 8 a.m. until noon.  Free coffee will be available while you shop for those special, gently used items.  There will be  jewelry, knick-knacks, craft items, kitchen ware, toys, books, music, a few pieces of furniture, and a large Christmas section.  There is something for everyone. We do not have clothes.  Our address is 17155 N.W. U.S. Highway 441, between High Springs and Alachua.  The store will also be open on May 5 during St. Madeleine’s Spring Flea Market.


Levy Republicans meeting
The Levy County Republican Executive Committee will meet at Bronson Restaurant starting with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.
Republican leaders and candidates have been attending to share their stories, issues, solutions and more. This is an opportunity for voters to get to know them, pick up materials and shake their hands.
The committee is on Facebook and the website is  www.levyrepublicans.com.

Chiefland Chamber mixer
Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties will have a Chamber/Community mixer 5:30-7:30 p.m., to support National Healthcare Decisions Day. The day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for health care decisions. Haven will have staff available to assist with completing advance directives. The Philman Brothers Band will perform and there will be light snacks.  The mixer will be in the courtyard at Haven Hospice, located at 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.


Bronson Chamber meeting
The Bronson Chamber of Commerce meets at 7 p.m. at the Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building on U.S. Highway 27A.
Important information about the sewer system will be discussed. Please make plans to attend, as this affects all businesses and residents in Bronson. Everyone is welcome.
Charlie Kennedy with Gainesville Roofing is hosting the April meeting.

AARP meets at Otter Springs
AARP will hold its regular monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Lodge of Otter Springs.
Stacy Scott, the Public Defender for the 8th Judicial Circuit, will give us an overview of the office.
This month the Chapter will be providing ham, and members are asked to bring salads, veggies, desserts and drinks to round out the meal.
Please be sure to wear your red shirts and name tags. If you do not have a name tag, Felice Swalla, our membership chair will provide one.
See you at the meeting with CAN IN HAND.

Emergency Planning Committee meets
The District 5 Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. At the Florida State Fire College, 11655 N.W. Gainesville Road, Ocala.
For more information or an agenda, call 352-732-1315, Ext. 228.

April 19
AARP driving course in Cross City
Cross City Rehabilitation is sponsoring an AARP Safe Driving Course from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our facility. Florida is a mandated state and any insurance company doing business in Florida must give a discount to those completing an AARP Safe Driving Course. 
This course is open to all people age 50 and older.  Individuals should contact their insurance agents to inquire about discounts. So update yourself to earn a discount and also get newly enacted motor vehicle and traffic laws.  The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.  Cross City Rehabilitation is providing lunch, snacks and beverage.  There is a limit of 25 seats. Call Linda Cochran at 352-493-1742 to reserve your seat

Branford Camera Club meeting
The Branford Camera Club will meet at 7 p.m. at Cuzin’s Restaurant on U.S. Highway 129 across from Scaff’s Market in Branford.  Come about 5:30 p.m. for dinner before the meeting. We are excited about our first Spring Photo Critique, to be moderated by a professional judge.  The object will be to learn how to improve our own photography and appreciate the photographic techniques of others.  A reminder for those entering photos for the critique:  Please be sure to arrive by 6:30 to check in your photos, so we can start the critique promptly at 7.
The activity is open to anyone who would like to submit photos for critique. If you’re not currently a member of the Camera Club and would like to participate, please contact one of the members listed below for more information. 
For more information, please contact: Carolyn Hogue, program chair, 386-935-2044; Dick Madden, technical consultant, 386-935-0296; an d Skip Weigel, technical consultant, 386-935-9382.

April 20

Volleyball benefits Relay for Life
Relay for Life Volleyball Tournament & BBQ Chicken Dinner is April 20,  from 6 to 10 p.m. at First Baptist Church in  Williston.  
Teams need to register by April 16 at janabug8274@aol.com or by calling 352-317-5332. Teams are asked to make a donation to the American Cancer Society on tournament night.
There will be 15-minute lightning rounds and a trophy and bragging rights will go to the winning team.
Games begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the barbecue dinner are $7 each and will be sold until Monday, April 16, and can be purchased from any First Baptist Church relay team member or by contacting Jana at janabug8274@aol.com or at the church office.
Pick-up for the dinners will be between 6 and  7 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Family Life Center at First Baptist.

April 21

Author DuLong to speak at Dunnellon
The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library will host a free program featuring Terri DuLong, author of the acclaimed women’s fiction Cedar Key series. The event is at the Dunnellon Public Library Meeting Room at 10:30 a.m. The library is located at 20351 Robinson Road,  Dunnellon.  
DuLong has written "Spinning Forward," "Casting About," "A Cedar Key Christmas," "Holiday Magic" and her latest, "Sunrise on Cedar Key", published by Kensington Books.
DuLong, from Salem, Boston, has three children, went to college to become a legal secretary, then pursued a career as a registered nurse.  Her strong urge to write became stronger after working as a critical care nurse.
For more information, call 352-438-2520.

April 22
State park to host Earth Day scavenger hunt
The Fanning and Manatee Springs state parks and Nature Coast State Trail will host a scavenger hunt throughout the park for Earth Day on April 22 from 1 p.m. To 4 p.m.
   Park Ranger Howard Meyer will read Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' book, “The Secret River” before the hunt. The reading will take place on the stage located in Fanning Springs park from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from there the hunt will begin. There will be prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place participants and everyone will receive a certificate of participation.  
   Activities are free with a paid park admission of $6 per carload of up to eight people. For more information, please call the park at (352) 493-6072 or visit

April 27
Chiefland Chamber meeting
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce meets at  noon at Haven Hospice, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland. Lunch will be sponsored by Pinnacle Home Care. The speaker will be Annette Long who will be speaking to us about some of the water issues we are facing in our area. Space is limited, please reserve a seat by calling the Chamber office at 352-493-1849, or email chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net.

April 28

AMVETS gets ready
for Wild Hog race
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.
The community's help is needed to make this happen. If you would like to sponsor the race, regardless if you are a business or individual, we welcome you. We need racers. AMVETS members are out and about in the Levy county area selling sponsorships and raffle tickets and asking businesses to be sponsors.  If you would like a sponsor form or a brochure to register for the race or if you have any questions, call Margie or Clyde McGarva at 352-486-2535.

May 12

Zuckefest celebrates prolific squash
The 28th Annual Zuckefest — a celebration of zucchini cooked and baked every way imaginable — will be at the Windsor Volunteer Fire Station, 1401 S.E. County Road 234, Gainesville. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be rides, a magic show, beauty pageant and family activities, as well as arts and crafts booths.
All proceeds go to the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department.

June 9
The 4th Annual Chiefland Flea Market Classic Car Show holds registration from 9 a.m. to noon with awards presented at 2 p.m. at the flea market on North Young Boulevard.  The show donates a portion of the proceeds to local veterans' organizations.
The annual event is sponsored by Tri-County Cruising for Grins Club and the Chiefland Flea Market.
The event draws vehicles from through the state and region with classics and late models for car lovers to oogle. Music will be provided by DJ Jeff. There will be food, drink and arts and craft vendors. Door prizes will be awarded.
Entry fee is $15 until May 27, then $20 the day of the show.
For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or phillips 1311@bellsouth.net.
The group's other shows are the Veterans Day show on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the flea market and the Festival of Lights show at Fort Fanning Park on Saturday, Dec. 8.


Sen. Oelrich staff office hours in Bronson
Legislative staff from the office of state Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville) will  be on hand  the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Levy County Commission Chamber at the courthouse in Bronson. Persons interested in meeting with staff may set an appointment time by calling 352-375-3555 or walk-ins are welcomed.

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, Capital City Bank, Community Meeting Room, North Young Boulevard, 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.

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.

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.
The Thrift Shop at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club has been a staple in the community since 1966.  Stocked solely by donations from club members and the community, the Thrift Shop is one of the finest in Levy, Citrus and Marion Counties.
The shop is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and staffed by volunteers.
For the month of February, all men's, infant and children’s clothes will be BOGO (buy one get one free).  As a way to thank those who have served our country, a 10 percent discount is offered to all veterans (with ID) on their total purchase.   For questions or information call 352-447-2057. Proceeds go to scholarships for students who have attended Yankeetown School. Bring a school supply and receive an early bird special. There's an adequate supply of paper and pencils, so what's needed are one-inch binders and backpacks. 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.

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.