Community Calendar for the week of May 17

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Pancake, sausage breakfast benefit
The Levy County Tax Collector's Office is having a benefit pancake breakfast for the Heddins Family from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Levy County Courthouse.
Proceeds will be used to help defray the medical bills for James & Michelle Heddins' daughter Ashley, and she is undergoing her fourth round of chemotherapy. The latest treatment is working, according to the family, and in coming months she will begin the Stem Cell Transplant.

Bronson blood drive
The strength of a community depends on its health, and its health partially depends on an adequate blood supply.
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will hold  a blood drive at the County Courthouse between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and make a contribution that can save up to three lives in local hospitals.
 Donors are asked to eat a healthy meal, particularly breakfast, and drink plenty of fluids before donating. All donors will receive a recognition T-shirt and a complimentary cholesterol screening.  Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and show a valid photo I.D. at the time of donation.  Sixteen year old donors must have written parental consent to donate.  For more information, call toll-free (888) 795-2707.

Chiefland school bands concert
The Chiefland Middle School and Chiefland High School bands will hold their annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. in the Chiefland High School Auditorium.
A Cake and Pie Auction will accompany the event at the beginning of the concert.

Original Florida Tourism
Task Force meeting
The  Original Florida Tourism Task Force meets at 10 a.m. at the Dakota Winery in Chiefland.
American Legion meets tonight
American Legion Post 91 invites all veterans in Tri-County Area to the post monthly members meeting. Dinner  will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Legionnaire Terri White will be installed as the Post Finance Officer. Post meetings are open to the public and a $5 donation is requested for a full dinner.

Camera club meeting
The Branford Camera Club will meet at 7 p.m. at Cuzin’s Restaurant on U.S. Highway 129 across from Scaff’s Market in Branford.  Come about 5:30 p.m. to join some of us for dinner before the meeting. The first Spring Photo Critique on April 19 turned out even better than expected, and we’ll do a “lessons learned” critique of our own at the May meeting.  We’ll also evaluate the success of the photography show we held on Friday, May 11.  After an informal discussion of the photo equipment we’re currently using, we’ll share photos we’ve taken over this last month.
We are an eclectic group with experiences ranging from complete novice to consummate professional.   Please join us.
 For more information,  call Carolyn Hogue, program chair, 386-935-2044; Dick Madden, technical consultant, 386-935-0296; and Skip Weigel.


Quilt museum open house
The Log Cabin Quilters are planning an Open House and to celebrate  Winnelle Horne's life on Saturday, May 19, at the Levy County Quilt Museum. Since Winnelle's death, we have been busy reorganizing and getting ready for this day.   We will also celebrate the new Levy County Sheriff's substation that will be housed in the Museum. We invite you to come out and see what we are doing.  We have set aside a corner to honor Mrs. Horne. We are at 11050 N.W. 10th Ave, Chiefland, about one mile north of Alt 27 on NW 10th Ave between Chiefland and Bronson.

Chiefland UMC chicken dinner
The Chiefland United Methodist Men will have a Chicken Dinner  between 5 and 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church, 707 N. Main St., Chiefland.  The menu will include choice of fried, grilled or smoked chicken, green beans, applesauce, homemade buns, drink and dessert. Suggested donation is $8 — including take-out, with children 10 and under free.

Otter Springs yard sale
“You Otter Spring Clean” yard sale is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Otter Springs Park & Campground. If you’re interested in having a free booth for your goodies, contact the park at 463-0800 or info@ottersprings.com. Pre-registration is required.
Visit www.facebook.com/ottersprings/events


Levy County Republicans meet in Bronson
The Levy County Republican Executive Committee will meet starting with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7 p.m.  
Come hear the current Republican leaders and candidates tell their stories, issues, solutions and more.  Get to know them, pick up materials and shake their hands.
For more information, visit www.levyrepublicans.com.

Suwannee River Garden Club meeting
The Suwannee River Garden Club will hold their final meeting of the season with a covered-dish dinner at 6 p.m.  They will meet at the Joe Anderson Park next to the boat ramp across the river from Fanning Springs.  The new officers will be installed.  Come and bring a friend.  For more information contact Joan Pryor at 542-2211.

Help 4-H shooters go to competition
Levy County 4-H Shooting Sports is having a "Tuesday Spaghetti Dinner" at 5 p.m. at the Levy County Extension Office Pavilion in Bronson. Dinners include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert, tea. Cost is adults, $5; and children, $3.
All proceeds go to the 4 muzzle loading shooters who will be traveling to Grand Island, Neb., in June to represent Florida at the 4-H National shooting competition. Each child must raise about $800 to attend.
Dinners can be made to go,  eaten at the pavilion or delivered in the town of Bronson who can't travel.
Tickets are being sold for pre-pay orders or can be paid for the night of the dinner.
For more information call Brenda Roberts at 486-4991 or 949-2839.

May 24

Bronson homemakers annual bingo
The Bronson Home and Community Educators club will host its annual bingo from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Levy County Extension Center. The cost is $5 for two cards and $1 for two additional cards.
The club will provide drinks and dessert and there wil be prizes. For more information, call Dee Olsen at 486-2319.

May 25

Chiefland Chamber meeting
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon in the community room at Have Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center. at 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland. Call for reservations at 352-493-1849 or visit chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net.

May 26

May Day Extravaganza
The 29th Annual May Day Extravaganza, sponsored by the Chiefland Men's Club, will be  from noon to 6 p.m. at Buie Park.
   The event promises fun for the whole family. Children should bring their swim suits to play in the water games.  
   For ticket information, call Jake Wynn at 352-463-8014.

May 29 — June 30

Friends of the Dunnellon
Public Library sale
The Friends Book Store, operated by the Friends of the Dunnellon Library, announces the “June Jubalee Book Sale”  with hard-cover books for $1 and paperbacks for 25 cents. This pricing does not include specially priced books.
The inventory changes daily depending on book donations. All proceeds benefit the Dunnellon Public Library.
The bookstores is at 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon. For more information, call 352-438-2520.

May 31

Public hearing on Tarmac permit
A hearing to take public comment on the fraft environmental statement for the Tarmac King Road mine will be held at 7 p.m. In Inglis.
The hearing is being held by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection along with the Army Corps of Engineers, the agency which drafter the report.. For more information visit www.kingroadeis.com.

Through May

Yankeetown thrift,
bingo begin
hiatus at end of month
May is the best month for shopping the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club Thrift Shop because there’s a 50 percent off sale on everything in the shop, no exclusions. Each Tuesday in May there will be one super special revealed for that week.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday evenings 5-7 p.m. before bingo.
The Thrift store will close May 31st for the summer. 
Also bingo at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club will have the last games for the summer on Thursday, May 31. The Woman’s Club would like to say thank you to all those who come, buy tickets for “Bingo Baskets”, eat at Thursday Kitchen and browse the thrift shop. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to provide scholarships and incentives to local students as well as filling the various needs of Yankeetown School and our communities.
Both events will resume in September.

June 2
Chiefland Watermelon Festival, bike ride
The Chiefland Woman’s Club is hosting the 58th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival in historic downtown Chiefland and partnering with the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club's 1st Tour De Melon.  The Tour De Melon is a cycling event for cyclists of all ages on the Greenway Trail and local roadways.
The Watermelon Festival will include a parade, watermelon pageants for all ages, watermelon contest, family fun, fanfare, arts, crafts, food and much more.
For more information visit: www.chieflandwomansclub.org and www.tourdemelon.com
June 4
Awards ceremony for CMS
The Chiefland Middle School Awards Ceremony will be Monday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chiefland High School Auditorium.
June 9
BACK Fighting Cancer golf tourney
The Swinging for a Cure golf tournament is being replaced by a new tournament,  the BACK Fighting Cancer golf tournament to be held at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.
Proceeds will benefit BACK Fighting Cancer which in turn supports families in the Tri-County area who have a child who has been diagnosed with cancer. Area families will be able to apply for a grant to help support the family while their child is going through cancer treatments.  BACK stands for Benefitting Area Kids with Cancer.

Classic car show
The 4th Annual Chiefland Flea Market Classic Car Show holds registration from 9 a.m. to noon with awards presented at 2 p.m. at the flea market on North Young Boulevard.  The show donates a portion of the proceeds to local veterans' organizations.
The annual event is sponsored by Tri-County Cruising for Grins Club and the Chiefland Flea Market.
The event draws vehicles from through the state and region with classics and late models for car lovers to oogle. Music will be provided by DJ Jeff. There will be food, drink and arts and craft vendors. Door prizes will be awarded.
Entry fee is $15 until May 27, then $20 the day of the show.
For more information, contact Ron Tucker at 352-493-7846 or phillips 1311@bellsouth.net.
The group's other shows are the Veterans Day show on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the flea market and the Festival of Lights show at Fort Fanning Park on Saturday, Dec. 8.


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.

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Anyone with an interest in Southern heritage or learn the history of the South and the Civil War can join the Sons of Confederate Veterans at their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6p.m. At Cypress Inn, Cross City.
For more information, call 352-542-9107.

Sen. Oelrich staff office hours in Bronson
Legislative staff from the office of state Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville) will  be on hand  the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Levy County Commission Chamber at the courthouse in Bronson. Persons interested in meeting with staff may set an appointment time by calling 352-375-3555 or walk-ins are welcomed.

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.

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.

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, Capital City Bank, Community Meeting Room, North Young Boulevard, 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.

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
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.

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.
The Thrift Shop at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club has been a staple in the community since 1966.  Stocked solely by donations from club members and the community, the Thrift Shop is one of the finest in Levy, Citrus and Marion Counties.
The shop is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and staffed by volunteers.
For the month of February, all men's, infant and children’s clothes will be BOGO (buy one get one free).  As a way to thank those who have served our country, a 10 percent discount is offered to all veterans (with ID) on their total purchase.   For questions or information call 352-447-2057. 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.

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.

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 hosts Jackpot Bingo at 7 p.m. on Friday. Post 236 is located at 9550 N.E. U.S. Highway 27A, 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
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 from 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.

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
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.