Community Calendar for the week of December 6

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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.


Friday (Pearl Harbor Day)


Suwannee fair weigh-in

The weigh-in/tag-in  for feeder steers for ther 2013 Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale is 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Suwannee River Fairgrounds in Fanning Springs.


SHINE has Medicare answers

A SHINE volunteer with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs will visit the Chiefland Senior Center from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The SHINE volunteer can assist Medicare recipients in making the best informed decision for the 2013 Medicare Part D Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan.  There will be a short presentation followed by individual counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased, and confidential counseling.  Low Income Medicare beneficiaries should ask about Extra Help (LIS) to help pay for  2013 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan costs.  

Each Medicare recipient should being their Medicare Card, the 2012 Plan card (if any), and all prescription drug bottles, or a 90-day listing of prescriptions from a pharmacy.

To be referred to a SHINE site or a SHINE volunteer, call 1-800-262-2243. 


Candlelight remembrance of loved ones

An evening of music, hope, and healing is the theme for the 2012 Hope Illuminates Candlelight Remembrance...to Honor the Memory of our Loved Ones. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services at 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland.  The remembrance will include an inspirational speaker, memorial video tribute and interactive candle lighting followed by a cookie and  hot chocolate social. To RSVP, submit a photograph for the memorial video or for additional info, contact Pam Leaptrot at 352-493-0050.


Check out classy 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.


Jackpot Bingo

Landrum Memorial American Legion Post 236 hosts Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Post 236 is located at 9550 N.E. U.S. Highway 27A, Bronson. For more information, call 352-486-5003.




Car Show in Fanning Springs

The Tri County Cruisers will have a car show this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Fanning Historical Park. Organizers say they expect between 80 and 100 cars to be on display.

For more information, call Jay Carlton at 352-219-0709.


Suwannee fair swine, heifer weigh-in

The weigh-in/tag-in for swine and heifers competing in the 2013 Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale is 7-9:30 a.m. for swine and 10 a.m. to noon for heifers at the Suwannee River fairgrounds in Fanning Springs.


Christmas book sale at the Bronson Library

Looking for a gift for an avid reader? Or a little something to read over Christmas vacation?

Head to the Bronson Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the book sale. Hardback books will be selling for 50 cents and paperbacks, children's books and videos will be sold for 10 cents each.

All proceeds will be used by the Friends of the Bronson Library for special programs and projects for the Library.  For more information call the Bronson Library at 486-2015.  


Christmas bazaar, pancake breakfast

Parsons Memorial Presbyterian Church at 5850 Riverside Drive, Yankeetown, is having a Christmas Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. The congregation will be selling handmade crafts, books and a pancake breakfast for $4 per person. The breakfast includes pancakes, bacon or sausage and beverage.

For more information, call 352-447-1979.




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.




American Legion bingo

American Legion Post 91 bingo game held weekly at 7 p.m. is open to Tri-County Area residents. The Post 91 bingo hall is smoke-free and no alcohol is served. Proceeds support programs for veterans and youth in the community. The post is located on U.S. Highway 129 between the towns of Trenton and Bell (across the highway from the “Field of Dreams”). 




Veterans open house

All veterans are invited to American Legion Post 91 Meeting Hall every Wednesday from 7 to 9 a.m. for free donuts and coffee during the weekly Veterans Open House. The post is located on U.S. Highway 129 between the towns of Trenton and Bell (across the highway from the “Field of Dreams”). 


TOPS meeting

The Chiefland TOPS group meets from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at St. Alban's Church, U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland. Both sexes are welcome. For information, call 352-463-9111.


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, in Ocala. Doors open at noon. The club also meets the second 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. 


Legion Auxiliary meeting

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 383, Old Town, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a member, call 352-542-7788. 


December 8


Tri-County Outreach bazaar, sale

Hundreds of Christmas decorations, gently used toys, gift items, half-price clothing will be on sale at the Tri-County Outreach Annual Christmas Bazaar and Sale. Proceeds benefit the emergency food pantry. 

The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 708 N. Main St., Chiefland. 


December 13


WWII vets meeting

The WW II Vets group will meet in Williston at Melanie's Diner at 11:30 a.m. Bring a spouse or friend with you. Hope to see you there.

For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310. 


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 Wednesday 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.









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 4 p.m. Members and others interested in this land trust are welcome.


December 14


AMVETS three-day fundraiser

AMVETS Suwannee River Post No. 422, of Fanning Springs, will host a three-day fundraiser from Dec. 14 – 16 with music and food.

On Dec. 15, there will be a poker run through the county. Registration at the post is at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 352-463-6669.


December 15


Cookie Sale

Turning Point Ministry will hold its Annual Cookie Sale — Cookies by the Ton, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church facility at 16750 N.W. 60th Ave./County Road 341,  just outside Trenton. 

The sale features some of the best cookies to be found in the area. Coffee and cookies will also be available that morning.

Proceeds will benefit all activities of the ministry.

Please call the Ministry at 352-463-1882 or Ruth Davis at 352-462-8804 for further information.


Dec. 16




December 19

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, in Ocala. Doors open at noon. The club also meets the second 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. 




December 22 and 29


Lighthouse open for holidays

Celebrate the holidays on Seahorse Key at the free open house hosted by Cedar Keys National  Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of the Refuge. 

There will be historians in period dress and the opportunity to visit the light station which site on the highest point in the Gulf of Mexico.

The light station is open Saturday, Dec 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Visitors must obtain their own transportation to the island via private vessel or tour boat departing from Cedar Key.


Through Dec. 22


Dunnellon library friends sale

Friends of the Library for the Dunnellon Public Library are having a Christmas Book Sale. The Half-Price Sale will run through Dec. 22. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. All proceeds benefit the Dunnellon Public Library.

The Friends Books Store at 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the holidays.

For more information, call 352-438-2520


January 26

Moonlight Paddle at Manatee park

Manatee Springs State Park will host a moonlight paddle event on the Suwannee River starting at 5:45 p.m., at Manatee Springs State Park,11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland.

Participants will learn about the history of the river while enjoying the beautiful scenery by moonlight. The park’s Citizen Support Organization will provide a short program following the moonlight paddle. Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve a rental kayak for $20.00 or canoe for $30.00 through Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures, call 571-230-0906. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring bottled water, a flash light and whistle. Children under the age of six and pets are not allowed. Park entrance fees of $6 per carload of up to eight people will apply. For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.

Other moonlight paddles will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

For more information, call Melissa LeMatty at 352-493-6072 or Joleen Dudley at 352-493-6736.




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.



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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.