Community Calendar for the week of March 14

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Cedar Key FFA caladium sale

Save room in your flower gardens for beautiful and colorful caladiums.

The Cedar Key FFA will be selling caladiums during the first weeks of March. The fundraiser will help support projects around the school, including the gardens and greenhouse. Ultimately, this will help fight hunger in the community as we continue to raise fresh vegetables.

The FFA is working to increase its vegetable  donations to the Cedar Key Food Pantry.



Scrabble at the Bronson Library

 Come join the Scrabble game at the Bronson Library every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. There are multiple  boards and another has been added. Call the Bronson Library at 486-2015 to confirm the group is meeting.


Chiefland library Friends meeting

The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library, the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System, will meet at the Library, 104 N.E. 3rd St., Chiefland, at 11 a.m. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting.  For further information call Friends President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413.


Meet WWII vets at their meeting

WWII Vets and Proud of it meet at 11:30 a.m. at Hobo's Restaurant, 115 N.W. lst St., Trenton

For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310. Bring a friend, care giver or spouse with you. 


CK Woman's Club fashion show

The Cedar Key Woman's Club annual luncheon and fashion show begins with the opening of the boutiques at 10:30 a.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center. Lunch is served at noon, followed by the fashion show. Fashions are courtesy of Deja Vu

Tickets are $12 per person and are available from club members, at Deja Vu and Cedar Key Emporium. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Key School. 


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.


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.


Friday — Saturday

Homemakers annual yard sale 

The Chiefland Home and Community Educators (HCE) Annual Yard Sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Woodman's Lodge, 4939 State Road 26, Trenton.  All proceeds go to charities and services in the Tri-County Area.

Donations can be dropped off on March 14 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or call 490-6674. 


Knitters, crocheters gathering

• The Kona Joe's knitting club meets every Friday at 3 p.m. on the deck of the eatery on State Road 24 in Cedar Key. It's free and all knitters are welcome.

• A knitting and crocheting group also meets at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Bronson Public Library on U.S. 27A. 


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.


St. Patty's dinner at Chiefland church

The United Methodist Men will serve the annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner from 5-7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 707 North Main St, Chiefland.  The menu includes corned beef and cabbage, green beans, potatoes, rolls, beverage, and dessert.  Suggested donation is $10 per adult, children 10 and under, free. Take-out meals are $10 each.


Quilt festival in Trenton

The 6th Annual Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Trenton. It will  feature over 30 quilt guilds and demonstrations from groups throughout Florida who will be displaying hundreds of quilts inside and outside of Trenton’s historic buildings. The Quilt Festival will also include old time crafts, antique cars and tractors as well as a number of antique dealers, food vendors and live music. Main Street will be closed to accommodate all of the activities, which will include fun events for children. For details, visit trentonquiltfestival.com or call The Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe at 352-463-3842, Stephanie Metts at 352-316-5900 or Pat Watson at 352-463-3467.


Cedar Key Spring Bazaar

The Annual Spring Bazaar at United Methodist Church in Cedar Key is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the church. Donations will be accepted for the luncheon of  corned beef and cabbage or beef stew. 

There will also be a cookie walk and rummage sale. 


Antique tractors, cars at Dudley Farm

Antique tractor and car day at Dudley Farm Historic State Park is from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. The Friends of Dudley Farm CSO invite you to learn about our rich heritage as members of the North Florida Antique Tractor Club demonstrate the importance of the tractor to agriculture. They will plow a sugar cane field on a variety of vintage machines, dating from the 1930s.  As an accompaniment to the ‘old time’ tractors, the local Antique Automobile Club of America will display their cars.

Admission is $5 a car, with up to 8 occupants.

For more information, call 352-472-1142 or visit www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org. The park is at 18730 W. Newberry Rd. Newberry.


Run for Haven in Gainesville

The 4th Annual Run for Haven Hospice, 5K and 10K runs and evening party at Tioga in Gainesville. Runners can wear costumes themed to the St. Patrick's Day celebration. 



Republicans meet in Bronson

The Levy County Republican Executive Committee's monthly meeting starts with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Bronson Restaurant. Every meeting has informative Republican ideas, information and plans for the future. Come hear about the great time we had at our Lincoln/Reagan Dinner on  Feb. 23, with Congressman, Ted Yoho; state party Vice Chairman, Blaise Ingoglia; and state Rep. Dennis Baxley.


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 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”). 



Children's Table welcomes seniors

The Children's Table facility at 680 W. Thrasher Dr, Bronson, will be open to area seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A light lunch will be served.


Bring your questions on Medicare

The SHINE volunteer will be at the Chiefland Senior Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  to help those who have questions about Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, 

Part D Prescription Drug Plans, Low Income Programs or Medicare billings.

The volunteers, part of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provide one-on-one, free, unbiased and confidential assistance.  

If you cannot come to a site call the  Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a SHINE Volunteer near you.  


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.


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. 


Children's Table feeds seniors

The Children's Table facility at 680 W. Thrasher Dr, Bronson, will be open to area seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A light lunch will be served.


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.


DVA 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 go to the DVA projects.

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

March 21

Great Depression in Florida topic of talk

The Great Depression in Florida will be the topic of a presentation at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center, F & 6 Streets in Cedar Key. The speaker will be Florida Historian Dr. Joe Knetsch. He will discuss his latest book “The Great Depression in Florida: Desperation and Defiance.”

The event is hosted by the Cedar Key Historical Society as part of its Third Thursday Speaker Series. 

Knetsch’s presentation will center on the life of the common people citing examples from Levy County and other surrounding areas.

A resident of Tallahassee, Knetsch holds a doctorate in History from Florida State University and has authored more than 200 articles on Florida history. Knetsch's books include “Florida’s Seminole Wars 1817-1858;” “Fear and Anxiety on the Florida Frontier,” a history of the Second Seminole War; “Faces on the Frontier,” a history of surveying public lands in Florida; and “Florida in the Spanish-American War.” All of the books will be available for purchase and signed by the author on the day of the talk.

For more information call the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum at 352-543-5549.


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.  

The March meeting will be an Open Forum, focusing on preparations for the club's 2nd Annual Spring Photo Critique at the April 18 meeting.  Skip Weigel, retired local professional portrait photographer, will be the host.  The Critique and the Photo Show in May are open to the public, both for participation and/or observation.  The guidelines for the Critique will be discussed and refined during this March meeting, so please attend if you’re planning to participate in either event.  For a copy of the guidelines,  contact Carolyn Hogue . 

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


March 23

‘Paint Out’, auction set

Cedar Key Arts Center will be hosting “Paint Out” from 1-5 p.m. with an auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Arts Center. Bidders are encouraged to preview works in progress. 

Watch a local artist create a work of art in an afternoon, various mediums will be on display. 

At 5:30 p.m. an auction of the newly created work will be held upstairs at the Arts Center.


5th Annual Withlacoochee Wilderness Challenge

Withlacoochee Area Residents, Inc has upped the ante for the 5th Annual Withlacoochee Wilderness Challenge. A morning of fun will begin at Winding River Park in Yankeetown with a Poker Paddleon the Withlacoochee River.  Open to all persons over 18 years of age, registration fees received before March 20 are $25 per person.  Registration after that date will be $30 per person at the launch site only from 9 to 9:30 a.m. The fees include entry, water and homemade lunch of baked ziti, salad and garlic bread.  

This event is not a race, go at your own pace and enjoy the beauty of the river.  Hosted by W.A.R., Inc., all proceeds will help fund the efforts of the organization to protect and preserve Florida’s Nature Coast and its’ water sources for the benefit of everyone. 

After the “Poker Paddle”, participants and spectators will gather at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club for awards, door prizes from our sponsors and lunch.  Those not participating in the paddle can purchase lunch at $8 for adults and $5 for children. 

For registration forms and directions email warinc.directors@gmail.com or visit www.warinconline.com; or call Jack Schofield at 352-447-6152


An Easter celebration in Williston

“Jesus Saves,” an Easter celebration, will be held at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Williston. The church is located at 213 W. Noble Ave., Williston.  


March 26

Garden club meeting

Garden Club of the  Tri-counties meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Fanning Springs Community Center in Fanning Springs. 

The March program is on propagation, presented by Cheryl Revels. 

Dues are $10 per year and everyone is welcome to join. For more information, call   352-356-1236;

352-542-9723 or 352-463-6805.

April 5-6

Chiefland Centennial celebration

The city will celebrate the 100th year of its boundaries being laid out by the Chiefland Development Company. A parade, fireworks show, festival, and various contests are planned. 

Showcase your business or family in the parade themed “Centennial – Early 1900 Period”.  Contact Melanie Hutchison at 352-493-2221 for more information.


April 6

Bicycle ride for education

A bicycle ride on the Chiefland and Tri-County greenway trails will benefit the Levy County Schools Foundation. Registration will be at Chiefland Shopping Center, 102 N. Main St./U.S. Highway 19/98,  Chiefland. The designated ride is up to 48 miles long, with the option to ride as little or as much as you want. There will be stops at Fanning Springs, Old Town and Cross City with large food and beverage provisions until noon.  

Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its First Saturday Book Fair, April 6 from 8:30 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. It will be held as usual in the City Conference Room at the spouth end of  Williston City Hall.


This is the next to last book fair for this season and as there was not a fair in March, there are many good books to choose. Come early for best selection. Prices are $1.00, hardbacks, 50cents, soft backs, 25cents for paper backs, $1.00 for tapes and videos and puzzles and ten cents for magazines and children's books. There is not a better bargain on books anywhere than the books at the "Friends" Book Fair. Get a lot of books for practically nothing for summer reading and then pass them on once you no longer want them.


Remember the date; the Saturday after Easter for books galore! Saturday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. till 1:oo p.m. at the city hall.


VIVA! Fundraiser for Haven

Haven Hospice is the beneficiary of the ninth annual VIVA! Carnival eventvent on the Rembert Farm in Alachua. 



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. 


April 19

Farm Bureau scholarship applications

The  Levy County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for our 2013 Academic & Career/Technical Scholarships Award.  Deadline for getting applications in is 5 p.m. For more information, call 352-493-4780.


April 20

Annual Antique Car Show at Ayers

The 21st Annual Antique Car Show at Ayers Health & Rehab Center returns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 606 N.E. 7th St., Trenton.  The Suwannee River Early Ford V-8 Club, with Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts the show of cars from 1988 and older.  Registration prior to April 16 is $12 per car. The day of show fee is $15 per car.


Apalachicola antique & classic boat show

The 15th annual Antique & Classic Boat Show in Apalachicola will feature classic boats, home-built traditional craft, work boats, classic designs, antique outboard motor collections, antique and classic automobiles, artwork and more.  

For details and applications go to www.antiqueboatshow.org or call 850-653-9419. 



April 27

Public does judging at talent show

“You Be the Judge” is the theme for a talent show on April 27 at 3 p.m. at the Williston High School Auditorium in Williston. The show is for middle and high school students to show off their talen and the audience votes for the best in singing, dancing and comedy. 

The grand prize is $1,000, with $500 for runner-up, $250 for third place, $150 for fourth place and $100 for fifth place. 

The entry fee is $25. The show is sponsored by Tri County Pregnancy Center, Williston.

For more information, call 352-528-0200.


Bass tournament benefits Haven

The fishing begins at dawn and ends with weigh-in at 3 p.m. in the 10th Annual Bass Fishing Tournament at the Palatka City Dock to benefit Haven Hospice. This has a $2,500 prize for first place and $1,000 prize for the big fish of the tournament. This year there's a new “Average Joe” category and the addition of activities for the whole family between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be a Ki's Casting Tournament, Kid's Fish Tank Fishing Experience. 


May 4

The 4th annual Fitness, Art and Music Festival and 5K run to benefit Haven Hospice.


June 1

The 2nd annual Ride for Haven poker run to benefit Haven Hospice.

September 7

The 2rd annual Care for Clay 5K run to benefit Haven Hospice. 


October 26

The 2nd annual Monster Dash and Creepy Crawl to benefit Have Hospice. 



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.