Community Calendar for the week of May 16

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Withlacoochee board to meet

The next meeting of the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council Board of Directors is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m., at the WRPC office located at 1241 SW 10th Street, Ocala.


CEE to meet

Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) will meet on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at the Williston Community Center. On the agenda are this year’s four major projects.

CEE is continuing to gather signatures for a state constitutional amendment to restore to the budget funding for maintenance and restoration of state lands and waterways. 

The group is also gathering signatures of citizens stating their belief that corporations are not people and money is not speech. 

On the agenda as well is the ongoing interest in saving the U.S. Post Office from privatization —urging U.S. legislators to drop the 2006 law that requires the USPS to fund retirement benefits for 75 years into the future. Representative Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, has introduced a bill in Congress to eliminate this law (HR 630), and there is also a bill in the Senate (S 316) to that effect. In addition there is a petition on the White House website. The group will discuss getting citizens involved.

The fourth project, voter rights and voter registration, is a work in progress. CEE is researching ways to work under a group certified to register voters. Next year is an important election year.

New members and visitors are welcome. Anyone with questions may call (352) 465-4862 or e-mail citizensengaged2012@gmail.com.


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 May meeting will feature an introduction to Macro photography, led by Camera Club members Ron Grey and Susan Watson, who both have a wide range of experience in macro photography.  The discussion will begin with basics and expand to using special accessories as time permits.  The program will be followed with a “lessons learned” review of our 2nd Annual Spring Photo Critique held in April, and sharing photos from our April field trip to the Okefenokee Swamp. 

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


Knitters, crocheters gather

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


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 NE U.S. Highway 27A, Bronson. For more information, call 352-486-5003.



Rotary fishing tournament in Cedar Key

The Chiefland Rotary Club Fishing Tournament begins at  7 a.m. at Cedar Key. Entrants receive a free Goody Bag and T-shirt and qualify for cash and prizes up to $7,500. Come join us for a great day of fishing and support Chiefland Rotary Club projects. Boat entry fee icludes two anglers, two T-shirts and two May 16 Calcutta Dinner tickets. Entry fee is $125 per boat in advance, which includes captain and mate, $150.00 per boat after May 2. Extra anglers are $50 each and $10 each for extra dinner tickets.  More information and entry forms can be obtained by calling Robert or Jeff Beauchamp, at 352-493-4808, or by going to the Club's website at www.chieflandrotary.org.


Family Fun Fest

The City of Archer will be hosting Family Fun Fest on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Archer Community Center, 16671 SW 137th Ave., Archer.

There will be fun, food and music.

For more information contact  Archer City Hall at 352-495-2880.



Bronson Town Council meets

Town of Bronson council meets at Bronson Town Hall at 7 p.m.


Stakeholder Committee 

to meet 

The stakeholder advisory committee of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership will meet at 1 p.m. on May 20, at Florida Gateway College, 149 S.E. College Place, Lake City.

 The meeting will be held in the Wilson S. Rivers Library and Media Center, Building 200, Room 102. The agenda includes:

· Discussion of a committee recommendation on water use data that will be used in the development of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan

· A briefing on Northeast Florida-Southeast Georgia regional groundwater model development

· A report on Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers and springs minimum flows and levels

The meeting is open to the public, and there will be an opportunity for public comment.

For more information about the Partnership, visit northfloridawater.com.



AMVETS Post No. 88 Auxiliary meetings

AMVETS Post 88 Auxiliary meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The meetings are at the post home.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.

May 23

Tourist Development 

Council meets

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold its bi-monthly meeting  at 6 p.m., at the Levy County Visitor's Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., in Bronson.

The meeting is open to the public.

May 24

Chiefland Chamber meets

The Chamber members meet the 4th Friday of each monthnext meeting of the Chiefland Greater Area Chamber of Commerce is Friday, May 24, at noon, in the Haven Hospice meeting room, located at 311 NE 9th Street (off of Hwy 27). A buffet Lunch will be provided, compliments of College of Central Florida. All  Chamber members are invited to come and to share updated information, welcome our newest members to the chamber, meet and greet with other fellow chamber members and listen to the speaker of the month, all while enjoying a free lunch.

 The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce is still in the process of scheduling Luncheon sponsors for each month through the year 2013. if you or your business would like to sponsor one of our monthly meeting luncheons please contact Maureen at the Chamber office as soon as possible.


June 1

Annual Watermelon Festival reigns

The 59th Annual Watermelon Festival is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trailhead Park in the area surrounding the Old Train Depot. Arts, crafts and food vendors will be on site, along with activities and rides for children. The annual Watermelon Festival Parade will begin at 11 a.m. with the Watermelon Queen being shown off in the parade along with winners from each category. For information on being a vendor in the festival please contact John or Rebecca at 352-493-9653 or email to: bzimmermanbz@yahoo.com. 

For information on the Parade please contact Melanie at 352-493-2221 or email to: melliek71@hotmail.com. 

For more information on the Watermelon festival pageants please email: CWC2013pageant@gmail.com. 

You can go to chieflandwomansclub.org for all information and to download any of the applications for each event. 


August 10

The First United Methodist Church Annual Epic End of Summer Bash  is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event is designed to help parents and kids get ready to go back to school. Many businesses and organizations will be on hand to provide information on services, free school supplies, free haircuts, and more. There is also lots of food and fun including a water slide, dunking booth, zip-line, and more. It's a great opportunity for community connection.  If your business or organization would like to be included, please contact Diana Child  at the First United Methodist Church at 352-493-4627 or email fumc_chf@yahoo.com.


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.