Community Calendar for the week of May 23

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Tourist Development 

Council meets

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold its bi-monthly meeting Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m., at the Levy County Visitor's Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., in Bronson.

The meeting is open to the public.




Chiefland Chamber meets

The Chamber members meet at noon on the 4th Friday of each month in the Haven Hospice meeting room, at 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.

 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.


Knitters, crocheters gather

A knitting and crocheting group also 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.




Celebrate with AMVETS (Starting Saturday)

AMVETS Post 88  is celebrating Memorial Day weekend with a three-day open house. The public  is invited to come out and learn what AMVETS is about and enjoy the camaraderie of the veterans. Membership is open for all that qualify. All meals start at noon.

Saturday, the auxiliary is serving hamburgers and hotdogs with sides for $5.

Sunday, the vets are serving their famous ribs, slathered with homemade  barbeque sauce and sides for $6 

Monday, the Sons of AMVETS will be serving up a smoked pork loin with sides for $6. 

Come all three days and you won't have to cook.

The post is located right next to the Bronson Speedway on State Road 24, east of Bronson. 


May Day Extravaganza

The Chiefland Men's Club will be holding its 30th Annual May Day Extravaganza on Saturday, May 25 at Buie Park in Chiefland.

A drawing will be held with prizes,  includinga Henry rifle and a $100 cash prize.

Tickets are available for a $1 donation and all proceeds go to scholarships.

A water slide will be available for children.


Help CHS cheerleaders 

with poker run

A poker run to benefit the Chiefland High School Indian cheerleaders is being sponsored by Mangrove Creek Outfitters and Quality Landscape & Irrigation. The ride starts from the parking lot at CHS and stops at Bronson Restaurant on U.S. 27A in Bronson, Seabreeze Restaurant on Dock Street in Cedar Key, Treasure Camp restaurant on Northwest 46th Lane in Fowlers Bluff and in the CHS parking lot. 

Registration is 8-10 a.m. and the last kickstand goes up at 10 a.m. The last bike is due in at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per bike and includes one hand. Additional hands can be purchased for $5 each. Food tickets are available for $5 each with meals served from noon to 2 p.m. In addition there will be raffles and a 50/50 draw. 

For more information, call Steve Gardner at 352-258-2702. 




Happy Memorial Day

Today is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the United States of America. Take a walk through local cemeteries where veterans are buried. 


Memorial Day Ceremony

The 4th Annual Rosemary Hill Memorial Day Ceremony will be Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at the cemetery, located in Bronson.













Chiefland Commission meets

The Chiefland City Commission has moved its normal Monday night meeting to Tuesday night at 6 due to the Memorial Day holiday. The meeting is in commission chambers at City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave.  




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.


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. 


June 7-8

Breast cancer fundraiser 

Bulls for Boobs is a bull ride benefiting the “Michelle-O-Gram, a local breast bancer prevention organization.  Gates open at 6 p.m. with rides starting at 7:30 p.m. at Carters Arena off County Road 345 South

This bull ride will help save lives. “Come see the first ever” Pink Rodeo Bull wearing a hot pink ballerina tutu. 

Tickets in advance are adult, $10; children ages 6-17, $5; family packets of two adults and 2 children  for $25, kids 5 and under. Advance ticket sales locations:  BubbaQue’s, Aaron’s Sales & lease, ABC Pizza, Ace Hardware, the Deer Camp, Deke’s Steak House and the BBQ Shack. 

Tickets day of show are adult, $12, ages 6-17, $6, family packets,$30. 

For more info email to: Renegadrodeo.net or call 352-535-5193 / 407-697-1428.


June 8 

Public Safety Expo

The second annual Levy County Public Safety Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bronson Youth League Field, 220 Picnic St., Bronson.  The event is free.

There will be helicopters, fire trucks, ambulances, law enforcement vehicles and other public safety, emergency and disaster vehicles will be available for inspection. Personnel will also be on hand to explain the equipment's function. There will also be demonstrations by emergency personnel and free CPR training. 

Concessions will be available with all profits going to the Bronson Youth League. 


June 17

Operation Christmas Child benefit

Beef O' Brady's on U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland will host an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox benefit from 5 to 9 p.m. Beef O'Brady's will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from orders to transport Operation Christmas Child's "shoeboxes" from the area to Atlanta. 

Churches, schools and many more will be making "shoeboxes"—filled with  toys, school supplies and basic necessities. They are given to needy children in 100 countries. 

For more information, call Juanita at 352-339-0747.


June 20


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 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



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.