Community Calendar for the week of May 12

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Today (May 12)

World War II Vets meeting
World War II veterans will meet at 11 a.m. at the Ivy House in Williston. All veterans and their spouses are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310 or Dot Halvorsen at 352-542-7697.

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Club meets
Deaf/Hearing Impaired Club of Levy County meets from 5-7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Bronson. All family members and friends of the Deaf/Hearing Impaired are invited, too. Please bring a covered dish. If you will be attending, contact Violet at 352-361-7768.

Seafood Feast
Christ Episcopal Church has its 7th Annual Seafood Feast from noon to 2:30 p.m. This is a fund raiser for the church’s companion Diocese. As in the past, the menu will include mullet, grits, hushpuppies, baked beans, fish chowder, shrimp, clams, iced tea and an array of homemade desserts.
Tickets are $10 and advanced purchase is suggested. To purchase tickets, call 352-543-6128 or 352-490-1056.

Joppa Spring Festival
The Joppa Baptist Church is hosting its Spring Festival from 5-8 p.m. There will be food, fellowship and games for the whole family. The church is located at 7530 N.W. 165th Street, Fanning Springs.

Music and horses
The 7th Annual May Day Qualifier begins at 7 p.m. in Canterbury Arena in Newberry. The event features horses performing to musical themes for prize money and prestige. Admission is $5 per car to park. Food is available. Please leave your dogs at home. For more information, call 352-472-6758.


Dog-Themed Preschool Program
The Bronson Public Library is hosting a dog-themed preschool program at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jenny Rodgers at 352-486-5552.


Bronson Blood Mobile
LifeSouth and the Bronson community invite the public to help save lives during a bloodmobile stop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for the blood mobile at the sheriff's office from 9:30 a.m. to noon. It will move to the court house to take donations from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Donors must be at least 16-years-old, 110 pounds and have a photo ID. Parental consent is needed for 16-year-old donors. For more information, call LifeSouth at 888-795-2707 or visit lifesouth.org.

Tuesday-Wednesday; May 21

FWC hunter safety courses
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is offering two free hunter safety Internet-completion courses in Levy County. The first class is May 17-18 in Bronson, and the second class is May 21 in Chiefland. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must complete the the hunter safety course before purchasing a Florida hunting license. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. The location for this class will be given to those who register in advance by calling the regional office at 386-758-0525 or going to myfwc.com/huntersafety.

May 19

Legion Membership Meeting
American Legion Post 91 will have its regular membership meeting with dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting. New officers for 2011-12 will be announced. All members and prospective members are invited. The post is located at 4200 South U.S. Highway 129 between Trenton and Bell, next to the FFA Arena.

May 20

1st Casino Night
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 1st Annual Casino Night from 6-9 p.m. with a prize auction to follow. This event will be at BubbaQues, in the conference room. Tickets are on sale now. There will be Black Jack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em, Craps and Luck of the Draw. There will be many great auction items to spend your “winnings” on. Space is limited so please RSVP. For more information or to RSVP, call the chamber office at 352-493-1849.

Star Party
The Chiefland Star Party Group is presenting a telescopic view of the stars and planets at the observation tower at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in Yankeetown at 8:30 p.m.
It begins with a laser show of the Spring Constellations. Several large telescopes will be available for viewing including the largest “GoTo” Scope in the Southeast.
Multiple objects will be observed including the rings and moons of Saturn. The new moon gives little night light interference for better stargazing conditions.
The preserve has low artificial lighting, which adds to the experience and is hard to find in our electrified environment. For your safety we recommend arriving before sunset to sign in. Bring a flashlight and bug spray.

June 4

Vendors, contestants sought for
Watermelon Festival
The 57th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival's sponsor, the Chiefland Woman's Club, is looking for local craft vendors and taking applications for all watermelon pageants. For the first time the club is offering a $500 scholarship to the 2011 Chiefland Watermelon Queen. For more information, call 352-493-9653.
For inquiries about the Watermelon Pageant, call 352-493-7304, parade 352-493-2221, or sponsorship 352-493-0911.

Luther Callaway book sale
The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library, N.E. 1st Ave., Chiefland, is conducting a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in conjunction with the Chiefland Watermelon Festival. There will be hundreds of hard cover books, paperbacks, audio books, videos and children's books for sale at great prices. Hardly anything more than $1 and most will be priced for much less. Buy a reusable tote bag for $5 and take away as many books and items as it will hold. For more information, contact Tom Reitz at 352-493-1896 or 352-494-5413 or email tomreitz@msn.com. All proceeds benefit the library.

June 13-17, June 27-July 1

CHS Volleyball Camp
The Chiefland High School Volleyball team is hosting volleyball camp for children ages 7-13. The camp is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the high school gym. Coaches and varsity players will instruct the basics, such as rules, passing, serving, hitting, setting and fitness and conditioning training. Cost of the camp is $55 and will include a T-shirt, daily snack and lunch on Friday. The cost of pre-registration is $50. For more information, call 352-949-4556.

June 13-April 12

4-H Summer Camps
The Levy County 4-H hosts a variety of camps at the Bronson Agricultural Center this summer. Campers must be at least 8-years-old by the date of the camp. Cost is $25 per camp, or $50 for ATV camp. Camps are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Camp fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, field trips and recreation.
Camps this summer are Marine Science (June 13-17), Shooting Sports I (June 27-July 1), Sports Fishing (July 4-8), Shooting & Fishing II (July 11-15), International Food, Fun & Fitness (July 18-22), Remote Control & Science of Flight (July 25-29), Bugs & Outdoor Adventures (Aug. 1-5) and Wildlife Adventures (Aug. 8-12). For more information, call 352-486-5131.
Sewing camps also will be offered this summer. For more information about those, contact Ms. Muriel at 352-486-5131.

July 2

Williston Festival and Fireworks
The City of Williston is hosting its Independence Day Festival and Fireworks at Horseman Park, 803 S.W. 19th Ave., Williston. A parade down main street begins at 5 p.m., Horseman's Park opens at 6 p.m. and the opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with the Shane Wooten Band followed by a fireworks display. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, bug spray and a patriotic attitude.

Senior Citizen Center Activities
The Chiefland Senior Center, 305 S.W. 1st St., behind the Deer Camp Store on South Main Street is open and offering a full slate of activities free of charge. They are: 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 week day 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.

Dixie Humane Society sale
The Dixie Humane Society has a weekly Indoor/ Outdoor Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The society is located off U.S. Highway 19 North on County Road 349 across from the bike trail in Old Town. Donations are welcome.

Heart of the Hammock Humane Society
The Heart of the Hammock Humane Society, located in the old Carr’s Furniture building at 9599 N.E. County Road 349, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donated items can be dropped at the building picked up after a phone. Any unsold items from a yard/garage sale can also be picked up. For more information, call 352-542-1617 or 356-542-1077.

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs want clunkers
Florida Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for “Clunker Cars” to be donated to raise funds. Donors can get a tax write off. To donate, call 1-800-246-0493.

TOPS meeting
The Chiefland TOPS group meets 11a.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 meets at noon Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s on Main Street in Chiefland. Williston Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. 1st St.

Grand Slam Bridge on Monday
Grand Slam Bridge meets 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Mondays at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland. For information, call Joan at 352-493-0279. Weekly and substitute players are needed.

Bronson Homemakers
Bronson Home and Community Educators, a community service organization, meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month with a monthly workshop 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Monday of the month, except June, July and August.The meetings are at the Levy County Extension Office, U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson. For information, contact Mary Anne Ostroman at 352-528-5076.

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.

Stitches From Heart Helps Babies
Stitches From The Heart is a nationwide group of volunteers that knit, crochet and quilt for needy babies and children. These items are donated to 411 hospitals and charities. Patterns are available. Donated yarn is appreciated.
Call toll free 877-985-9212, write at 3316 Pico, Santa Monica, Calif., 90405 or emailstitchfromheart@aol.com

Zumba Dance Classes Offered
The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club, 56th Street, Yankeetown, hosts a "fitness party" featuring the new dance craze "Zumba" on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, call 352-447-2057 or email yiwomansclub@gamil.com.