Community Calendar for the week of Jan. 19

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Through January

Barkhouse featured at Cedar Keyhole Gallery
Taking nothing more than the flotsam and jetsam of our native waters and estuaries, Joey Barkhouse has been able to create intricate works of art. A stray rock or piece of driftwood magically transform into owls or fish. Her carvings and rock paintings have become legend in the area and Joey is willing to work into the night to meet the growing demands of her fans. Barkhouse will have her latest works on display at the Cedar Keyhole for the entire month of January.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Cedar Keyhole, located on 2nd Street, across from the Library, in Cedar Key, also maintains a display of many other works by over 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 352-543-5801. 


American Legion post meeting
The American Legion Post 91 will be have its regular membership meeting. New officers will be installed and we would like veterans and the public to come out and meet the new officers and enjoy the fellowship.


Florida Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
Come learn about Florida Sandhill and Whooping Cranes from Marilyn Spalding. Since 1990 she has been involved in the effort to re-establish Whooping Cranes in Florida. The presentation at 10:30 at the Cedar Key Public Library is sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges.
Sandhill Cranes, both resident and migratory in Florida, have provided useful information and techniques in the effort to re-establish Whooping Cranes, the world's most endangered bird. This effort provided a unique opportunity to study the health of an entire population of Whooping Cranes in Florida. The presentation will cover some of the successes and failures of the project with special attention to habitat alterations and their consequences.
Marilyn Spalding is a wildlife disease specialist with a particular interest in the diseases of wild birds, particularly Cranes. She has worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida.

Jan. 26

Tourism council meeting
The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.

 Refuge Night: Meet the People,
Programs, and Plans
The Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges are hosting a community discussion at the Cedar Key Public Library at 5 p.m.  Recently the Refuges gained a new manager, deputy manager and wildlife officer. The community will have an opportunity to learn of the Refuge’s current and planned programs and projects, and meet the staff.
The event is cosponsored by the Friends of Library and the Friends of the Refuges.
For more information, call 352-493-0238, extension 223.

Jan. 27

Make reservations for chamber meeting
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and members meetings will be Friday, Jan. 27, at a new location.
The meetings will be at a new temporary location, Haven Hospice,  311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.
Lunch for the membership meeting is being catered in by BubbaQues Restaurant at $5 per person.
Members need to RSVP to chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net or call the office, Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Jan. 27—29

Citrus County Fair  truck, tractor pulls
The 13th Annual Truck and Tractor Pull, sponsored by the Citrus County Fair  Association will be at the fairgrounds in Inverness. Located at 3600 S. Florida Ave. (U.S. Hwy. 41 South).
There will be pulling each day for trucks and tractors of all sizes, including garden tractors. There will be a junior tractor race each day. There will be plenty of food for sale and camping is also available.
The event will be held rain or shine with three sleds pulling in the covered  arena.
Advance tickets are available at the Citrus County Fair Office, the Citrus  County Chamber of Commerce offices in Crystal River and Inverness. Tickets at the gate are $10 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 4-11.
All proceeds are awarded as scholarships for Citrus  County youth.
For more information call the Fair Office 352-726-2993 or visit www.citruscountyfair.com.

Jan. 28

Gala benefits schools, scholarships
The Levy County Schools Foundation gala featuring a dinner, silent auction, door prizes and entertainment by county students will begin at 6 p.m. at Chiefland Elementary School.  Doors open at 5:30.
Tickets for the annual event are $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available — Gold Patrons are contributors who give $1,000 each and receive eght tickets to the Gala; Silver Patrons are donors who give $500-$999 to the Foundation and receive four tickets; and Bronze Patrons who  donate $250-$499 to the foundation and receive two tickets.
For more information, to become a Patron make reservations or donate door prizes or auction items, call  352-486-3408 or email lcsf@levy.k12.fl.us .

Jan. 28-29, Feb. 3-5

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
The 26th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will be at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 28, Sunday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 5.  Enjoy one of north central Florida’s most exciting cultural events.  Visitors to the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire experience an age of chivalry and magic during the Faire’s two consecutive weekends. The winding pathways of Hoggetowne overflow with troupes of actors, musicians and street performers. Crowds cheer for armored knights as they joust on the Tournament Field, while eight stages of continuous entertainment feature majestic performances of full flight falconry, aerial acrobatics and unbelievable magic acts.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HoggetowneMedievalFaire.

Jan. 29

Cemetery association meeting
The annual meeting of the Chiefland United Methodist Cemetery Corporation will be held in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. at  707 N. Main St., Chiefland.
The purpose of this meeting is to elect directors, present reports on operations and activities and invite comments from the membership.
All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the business of your Cemetery Corporation.


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.:
n Jan. 24, at Capital City Bank, North Young Blvd., Chiefland;
n  Jan. 30, 9 a.m. , at 1st Baptist  Church, Williston, 339 E. Noble Ave., Williston; and
n  Feb. 21, 9 a.m. at Capital City Bank, North Young, Blvd.

Feb. 3-4
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.

Feb. 7
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. 11
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. 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.


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 store also will be open from 5-7 p.m. 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.

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.