Community Calendar for the week of February 21

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Long-Term Care Council meeting

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The local council meets at the Alachua Regional Service Center, 14107 N.W. Highway 441 in Alachua to discuss the program’s activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues. These public meetings begin at 1 p.m.  Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.


Camera Club

Branford Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at Cuzin's Restaurant on U.S. Highway 129, across from Scaff's  Market in Branford.  

Jeanne VanArsdall, local artist and photographer, will share the “Western Wonders,” pictures taken on her trip to the Four Corners area.  Those of you who had the opportunity to see the pictures Jeanne took in Africa will know the treat in store for us.  

Following the program, members will share our photos and discuss other upcoming activities, including our 2nd Annual Spring Photo Critique and a field trip to the Okeefenokee Swamp.  If you’d like some help with getting acquainted with your own camera equipment, please bring your camera and owner’s manual.  

The Branford Camera Club meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information,  contact: Carolyn Hogue, program chair, 386-935-2044; Dick Madden, technical consultant, 386-935-0296 or Skip Weigel, technical consultant, 386-9382


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.


Scrabble Players Wanted

Bronson Library's next meeting of the Scrabble Players is at 10:30 a.m.  We hope to make this a weekly event, so please call the Bronson Library at 486-2015 if you want to make sure we are meeting.  


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 yiwomansclub@gmail.com.



Concert at CHS

Tickets are on sale for a concert at Chiefland High School from 7 to 9 p.m. with performances by: Houston Keen and The Masons, N.L. Bell Music, Faith Ann McClellan & Kinsey Ward.

The concert will be at the Chiefland High School Auditorium. Student tickets are $2 and adult tickets are $3 


AARP Tax Aide 

Free tax preparation and e-file with AARP Tax Aide is available at Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland. Friday hours are noon-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clients using itemized returns are asked to make an appointment after March 1, due to delays in approval of tax law changes. 

To make an appointment, call 352-493-2758 through April 1.


Check out classy cars at Taco Bell

The Tri-County Cruisers Club meets to show off its 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.



Bronson library book sale

Like to read?  Need something new to read? The Friends of the Bronson Library are having a Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bronson Library.  Paperbacks are 10 cents each and hardbacks are 50 cents.

To donate before the sale, call the Library at 486-2015.



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.


Chamber honors Citizen of the Year

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will disclose its 2013 Citizen of the Year  at its annual banquet at the Tommy Usher Community Center. 

This year's banquet theme is “Happy 100th Birthday Chiefland” and the colors will be purple and gold. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Reserved and paid in advance tickets are $25 each and reserved paid at the door for $30. Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber office at  352-493-1849 or with any Chamber board of directors member.


American Legion bingo

American Legion Post 91 bingo games are 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”). 


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. 


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.


DAV Auxiliary bingo

The Disabled Veterans of America Auxiliary Unit 63 of Cross City bingo begins at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. All proceeds to the DAV projects.

For more information, call Debbie at 724-719-0156. 


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. 


February 28

Children benefit from art fundraiser

A Children’s Art Benefit Dinner, Raffle and Silent Auction will be held at the Cedar Key Community Center, at 6th and F Streets, on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. Food will be provided by the Island Room Restaurant and there are wonderful items available for the raffle and silent auction.  

All proceeds from this event will be used to sponsor art programs for the children of Cedar Key who have no art teacher in their school. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Cedar Key Welcome Center or from Cedar Key Arts Center Board Members. Come join the fun and support a great cause.


March 1

BBQ sale for baseball teams

The Chiefland High School Diamond Club is selling barbecue pork lunches for $8 each with proceeds going toward the Chiefland High School and Chiefland Middle School baseball teams. 

Delivery is available. Meals can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Chiefland Fellowship Hall on U.S. Highway 27A.


Players open “Little Shop of Horrors”

The Suwannee Valley Players' spring production "Little Shop of Horrors" opens at 8 p.m. for a two-weekend run.  The rock musical puts a man to the ultimate question: Does he choose his alien carnivorous plant or does he choose the woman he loves? 

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, this weekend and March 7-10, with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Suwannee Valley Internet on North Main Street in downtown Chiefland. Shows are performed at the Chief Theatre, 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland. For more information, leave a message at 352-493-ARTS (2787) or visit SVPlayers.org or on Facebook.

March 7


Filmmaker guest speaker at Save Our Suwannee

Save Our Suwannee, Inc. is hosting a free public education meeting with renowned film maker/scuba diver Jill Heinerth as the featured speaker. She will show her recent short documentary titled 'We Are Water'.   

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the High Springs Civic Center, 330 N.W. Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs.

For more information, call Barbara Ferguson at (386)-965-0901.



March 9

5th Annual “Cruzin’ for Kidz”  Motorcycle Ride 

The 5th Annual “Cruzin’ for Kidz”  Motorcycle Ride  to benefit the Williston Elementary School Safety Patrol's  Washington, D.C., trip. This is a law enforcement escorted ride. Registration is 8:30-9:45 a.m. with kickstands up at 10 a.m. T-shirts will be for sale. There will be free coffee and doughnuts for riders. Lunch will be available upon return to the school. The ride is free, but donations will be accepted. 


March 20 

Salad luncheon supports scholars 

The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club will hold their Education Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, March 20, at noon at the clubhouse on 56th St., Yankeetown.  Due to limited space the ladies are pre-selling tickets.  There are only 100 tickets available. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door if available.  To purchase your ticket, see any club member, or stop by the Second To None Thrift Shoppe Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or call 352-447-2057.


April 11-14

Levy Fair dates

The Levy County Fair will be April 11-14 at the Williston Airport Industrial Park,  across from the Williston Horseman’s Park. Visit www.LevyCountyFair.com to learn about the events and enter the contests. 





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, The Gathering Table, meeting room, North Main Street, 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.