Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 2

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AARP driving classes
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.  Open to individuals age 50 and older.  Contact your agent for discount amounts.  Update yourself to earn a discount and get newly enacted motor vehicle and traffic laws.  Course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 all others.  Call instructor Linda Cochran at 352-493-1742 to register for the following Levy County classes. All being at 9 a.m.:
•  Jan. 30, 9 a.m. , at 1st Baptist  Church, Williston, 339 E. Noble Ave., Williston; and
•  Feb. 21, 9 a.m. at Capital City Bank, North Young, Blvd, Chiefland.


Chiefland FFA
The Chiefland FFA Alumni are having their 3rd Annual Homemade Chili Cook-Off at the Chiefland High School Ag. Building.  Cost is $15.00 per entry and this also includes the hot dog/chili meal.  
Check-in time for entrants is 4:45p.m., with a minimum of one gallon of chili.  
Prizes will be awarded.  Hot dog/chili meals will be sold to the general public for $5, beginning at 5:30.  The Chiefland FFA Chapter Cake Auction begins at 6 p.m.  
For more information  call 352-493-6035 or email  chieflandffaalumni@yahoo.com.  

Deadline for Yankeetown crafting
class benefits library
The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club is delighted to have Candy Robertson, an accomplished textile artist and designer, teach a class on “Fabric Covered and Lined Boxes."  Join us Monday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the clubhouse on 56th St, Yankeetown. 
Cost for the class is $40 with all proceeds to benefit the AF Knotts Library. Contact Marty at 447-5434 or sretto2@comcast.net for a reservation. Space is limited and all reservations must be paid by Feb. 3.


Old-Fashioned plow days
Dudley Farm Old-Fashioned Plow Days will showcase agricultural practices before the tractor and mechanization. Highly skilled draft horse and mule teams plow the crop fields in preparation for spring planting. There will be traditional skills demonstrations, food and music. Demonstrations between  10 a.m.-2 p.m. The farm is located on State Road 26 (Newberry Road), four miles east of Newberry and seven miles west of I-75 exit 387.  Admission $5/vehicle. For information, call 352-472-1142 or visit www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org.


Free evening of bluegrass
  The Dixie County Historical Society will host another evening of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music for your enjoyment at the Dixie County Historical Society Auditorium located at State Road. 349 and County Road 55A. There will be Big Cypress Bluegrass and special guests, Pam Curtis and Up the Creek from Cairo, Ga.,  performing. The music will start at 6 p.m. and will finish when the music stops. Admission is free so bring the family and enjoy.


Chamber mixer at Chiefland Billiards
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its next mixer at Chiefland Billiards & Sports Bar on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The business is located in the old Chiefland Bowling Alley,  behind TireMart, at 1545 N.W. 26th Ave, Chiefland.
Light refreshments will be served and there will be a door prize and 50/50 raffle.
For more information, call the Chamber office at 352-493-1849.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Feb. 10

Fowlers Bluff fire meeting changed
The board of directors of the Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 9 a.m. at the fire station located at 4591 N.W. County Road 347.

Steak dinner in Yankeetown
A steak dinner will be served 4-6:30 p.m. at Parsons Memorial Presbyterian Church in Yankeetown. Dinners are $6.50 each
Drawing for a $50 gift card to Helen Nursery will be held.
Take-out is available. To order, call 352-447-2506

Feb. 11

Butterflies in refuge topic of talk
Barbara Woodmansee will give a presentation about the butterflies in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge at 10:30 a.m. at the Cedar Key Library.  The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.
Using her extensive collection of photos from the Refuge, she will focus on the families of butterflies in the refuge.  Barbara will provide tips on how to distinguish different species and how to locate them.  She will also distinguish the difference between day-flying moths and butterflies. Barbara will bring a check list for folks interested in recording their sightings of butterflies.

Woman's Club dinner helps vets
The Cedar Key Woman’s Club's  ongoing projects, Support Our Troops, has sent 100s of “Care Packages” to area men and women who are deployed overseas. This year they have embarked on a campaign to support Fisher House, the VA hospital residence. “It is the generosity of the public that makes all this possible,” said Moore.
   The Spaghetti Dinner is held at the Cedar Key Community Center on 6th Street, with dine in or take out  available,  5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 11.
Heritage recipes for the homemade spaghetti sauce, the salad, garlic bread, beverages  and wonderful desserts are handed down as part of the Club’s tradition. Tickets are $10 and are available from Curmudgeonalia, Pelican Realty, and from members of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.

Hot Rodding for Heroes
Hot Rodding For Heroes is a classic auto tour and show starting at 11 a.m. in Haile Village Center and on Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club. Hot Rodding for Heroes will benefit active military, veterans and their families. The net proceeds will be donated to the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation for the new Fisher House coming to the VA hospital.
The show will assemble at the Santa Fe College parking lot at 9 a.m. for registrants only. The registrants leave at 10 a.m on a police escorted 30-mile tour of Alachua County and Gainesville, ending in the Haile Plantation Village Center. Arrival time will be around 11 a.m. when the festivities begin.
Online registration is $20  prior to Jan. 31.  The event is limited to 250 cars.
For more information visit hotroddingforheroes.org/ or contact Doug Baril at dougbaril@bosshardtrealty.com.

Feb. 13—17

Friends of Dunnellon  
library Valentine’s book sale
The Friends Book Store, inside the library, 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon,  will have a Valentine’s, storewide “half-price” book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. All sales benefit the Dunnellon Public Library.

Sparkelberry Native Plant Society
The Sparkleberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet the second Tuesday of the month, January 10, 2012, starting at 6:30 PM, at Hatch Park, Branford (403 SE Craven St). Directions: Once you have turned onto 247 in Branford, SE Craven St is the 7th block from 129 - you make a right onto SE Craven, Hatch Park is a few blocks down the road on the left
The program will feature Valerie Thomas. Valerie is Co-President of Four Rivers Chapter of the Audubon Society, a Master Naturalist, and Environmental Education Program Coordinator at Fort White High/Middle School's Parknership program, a program that takes kids outdoors for science labs at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. She has some great pictures of the birds that might be in your yard and will give us some insider tips so that you can identify some of them yourself.
For more information contact: President: Carol Sullivan, 386-364-9309, csullivan12@windstream.net, for more information on the Florida Native Plant Society: www.fnps.org.

Feb. 14

Native plant society meeting
The Sparkleberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society's February program is on “What You Can See in Your Yard.”
The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Hatch Park, Branford (403 SE Craven St). The public is invited

Feb. 15

Sweethearts dinner helps hungry
The St Vincent de Paul Society at St John the Evangelist Church in Chiefland on U.S. Highway 27A is hosting a Valentine's Day spaghetti dinner. The menu includes salad, bread and homemade pies for dessert. All are welcome.
The cost? A bag of groceries for the food shelf. Canned goods, peanut butter, cereal and soups are always needed. If that difficult or inconvenient, a cash donation is always appreciated.
The dinner will be served at  5 p.m. Although it is not necessary to make reservations, if you are bringing a large group or to ask questions, please call 352-949-3607.

Feb. 18

12th Annual Horses for
Hospice Trail Ride
 Hospice of Marion County will hold its 12th Annual “Horses for Hospice” Trail Ride  on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. This year’s ride is in memory of Wayne Vaught, former Cross Florida Greenway enthusiast and Trail Ride chairman.
 Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first ride leaves at 9:15 a.m. Riders will spend 2-3 hours on the trail. Following the ride  can enjoy lunch by Tommy’s BBQ, live entertainment by Bordertown, and door prizes.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Patient Care Programs. The minimum donation to ride is $30. Wagons are welcome; $30 for driver and $10 per passenger. Horse lovers who are unable to ride may purchase a $10 ticket to enjoy lunch and entertainment. For more information or to register, call 352-854-5218.

Feb. 22

Young artists benefit from event
The Children's Summer Art Program Benefit Dinner, a three-course gourmet dinner catered by the Island Room, will benefit the young artists program.
Following dinner there will be a raffle of original art and other fun items. This benefit dinner will be at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Key Arts Center, cost of dinner is $25.
Call 543-6520 to make reservations, limited seating available.


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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 fr om 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.

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.