Community Calendar for the week of Dec. 8

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  World War II Veterans Club

All World War II Veterans are invited  to meet Thursday, Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in Cedar Key at the Island Room at the Cedar Cove Beach & Yacht Club.

Once again, there will be a Toys For Tots box to fill, or if you wish, you may make a donation to our Soldiers Angels collection which goes to our men and women now serving our nation.  

Hope to see you on Dec. 8. Bring your spouse, a fellow veteran or caregiver and join the camaraderie. We may even sing a few Christmas caroles.

If you have any questions, call Virginia Lewis 352-528-2310 or Dot Halvorsen 352-542-7697.




Chiefland Family Fun 

Center  ribbon cutting

The Greater Area Chiefland Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a ribbon cutting for its newest member, Chiefland Family Fun Center, at noon, and the public is invited. 

Chiefland Family Fun Center is located at 1545 N.W. 26th Ave, Chiefland. Please take some time to welcome Chiefland Family Fun Center into our community.


Hope Illuminates Candlelight Memorial

The 2011 Hope Illuminates Candlelight Memorial to honor the memory of loved ones is Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland. The memorial will include a performance by the First United Methodist Church Choir, an inspirational speaker, a memorial video tribute, interactive candle lighting followed by a cookie and hot cider social.  To submit a photograph for the memorial video or for additional info, contact Pam Leaptrot at 352-493-0050.


Rodeo in Newberry

Haven Hospice will be presenting the 2011 Newberry Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10. The rodeo showcase event will be benefitting Haven Hospice.

On Friday, doors open at 7p.m. with the event beginning at 8 p.m. On Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m. with the event getting under way at 7 p.m.

The rodeo will be held at Canterbury Equestrian Showplace, 3100 W. Newberry Road, Newberry.

Tickets are $10 apiece for adults; $5 for children, 10 and under. For advanced ticket sales, contact Stephanie Brod at (352) 378-2101.




 Cookie walk at St. John the Evangelist

The St Vincent de Paul Society at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church on 27A in Chiefland is sponsoring a Cookie Walk for the food shelf from 10 a.m. to noon. Members of the church will be making batches of their favorite cookie recipes for sale to the public.

Folks are invited to come in and purchase a bag for $8. They then walk around filling the bag with their choice of cookies. Since all of the cookies are donated, all of the money raised will be used to purchase food for the food shelf. It's a win-win. You have cookies to eat or put in the freezer for your Christmas guests, and the St Vincent de Paul Society will have funds available to restock the empty food shelves.


Classic car show in Fanning Springs

The Tri-County CFGC and the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce present the 16th Annual Festival of Lights at Fort Fanning Park. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, with awards beginning at 3 p.m. Classics, late models and imports welcome. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 vehicles. There will be food and drinks as well as music by DJ Jeff. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.

Preregister by Dec. 3 for an entry fee of $15. The entry fee is $20 on the day of the show. For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or by email at phillips1311@bellsouth.net.




Extension Office hosts 

potluck Christmas party 

The Levy County Extension Office will be hosting their annual Christmas party, starting at 6 p.m., in Bronson. Come out and enjoy activities by the 4-H clubs and a meal starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a side-dish and a dessert. The sliced meat will be provided. Also, donations of cakes or cupcakes are needed for the Cake Walk. 

For questions or more information,  call the office at (352) 486-5131.




Play auditions

Auditions for the Suwannee Valley Players' musical "Master of Time" by local author Krista Perryman will be held on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chief theater, 25 Park Ave. Check out the web site at www.svplayers.com for more information.


Dec. 15 — 30


Train display at College of Central Florida 

The Ocala Model Railroaders and private collector Bruce Richardson are partnering with the College of Central Florida to again present the 16th Annual Trains at the Holidays with exciting layouts and models with historic and holiday themes.

The exhibit at the Webber Gallery of the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road, opens on Thursday, Dec. 15

There is no fee for the exhibit or a Dec. 17 reception from noon to 2 p.m. Keith Marr of Operation Lifesaver will entertain and educate visitors with train-related music and a safety presentation for parents and children. From 2 to 4 p.m., Ocala Model Railroaders will conduct a workshop and demonstration on the art of model railroads.

The Webber Gallery has extended hours for the exhibit, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily including weekends through Dec. 30; the gallery will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25.

For more information, call 352-873-5809. 



Dec. 17


Cookies by the ton

The bakers at Turning Point Ministry present their 4th Annual "Cookies by the Ton" Sale.

The sale will take place at the Church on County Road 341,Trenton, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

A wide variety of cookies will be available for you to purchase.  Come enjoy and let us do your baking for you.  Proceeds will be used to further the programs of the Ministry.

For more information, call the church office at 352-463-1882 during morning business hours.


Thrift store

Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club Thrift Shop regular hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Thursday, 5-7 p.m.  Additional hours will be Friday, Nov. 18, 4-7 p.m. during the Woman’s Club Great American “Pig Out,” pulled pork dinner, and Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. during the Seafood Festival.  The shop will be closed the week of Thanksgiving and reopen Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.  








Tax-Aide needs volunteers

AARP Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers to help folks in the community with tax preparation. Tax-Aide also needs instructors and computer technicians. The Luther Callaway Public Library is the Chiefland tax site. For more information, contact Bob at 352-463-8936, or by email at rcburkhardt@earthlink.net.



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.


Cedar Key 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 meetings 

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 bingo

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 store also will be open from 5-7 p.m. Proceeds go to scholarships for students who have attended Yankeetown Scghool. 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.


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 week day at noon.

For more information, call 352-490-7055.


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.


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.


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. For more information, call 352-463-3135.


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.


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, noon Wednesday, BubbaQue’s, Main Street, Chiefland. 

Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, noon Thursday, BubbaQue's, Main Street, Chiefland 

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


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.


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 meetings

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.