Community Calendar for the week of November 15

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Through Nov. 21


Scarecrow City display

Scarecrow City, a project sponsored by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, is on exhibit at Trailhead Park on U.S. Highway 19 South in Chiefland.  Businesses and community groups created the displays. 






Tourism task force meeting

The Original Florida Tourism Task Force Marketing Committee held immediately after the regular monthly meeting of the task force.  The Marketing Committee meeting will be at 1 p.m. at Forest Capital State Park pavilion, 3233 S. Byron Butler Parkway, in Perry.

For more information, call Bryan Thomas, director, at 352-955-2200, ext. 106.


American Legion meeting

The November membership meeting for Post 91 will start with a spaghetti dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. The membership meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Post dinners are open to the public for takeout or eat-in for a $5 donation. All Legion members, their guests, and prospective members are welcome to attend. To learn more about the American Legion and how to get involved with the local, state, and national veteran community visit us at our Post headquarters on U.S. Highway 129 between the towns of Trenton and Bell (across the highway from the “Field of Dreams”). You may also call 1st Vice Commander Rod Lacey at 352-221-2352 or visit www.facebook.com/AmericanLegionJamersonSheffieldPost91.


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 yiwamansclub@gmail.com.




Chamber moves meeting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce has moved its meeting from the fourth Friday of the month to the third Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The group meets at noon in the community room at the Haven Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. Drummond Community Bank is the sponsor of the November luncheon. To reserve a place, call the Chamber Office at 352-493-1849.


Showy 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.


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.




Fall festival, giveaway

The Potters House, part of International Covenant Ministries, is holding a fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. on the church grounds at 217 S.W. 4th St., in Chiefland. 

There will also be a distribution of clothes and boxes of food for the Thanksgiving holiday. Activities for the day include music, a bounce house and fun and games. 

For more informtaion, call 352-493-0533.


Appreciation for old cars helps children

The 2nd Annual North Florida Operation Christmas Child Antique Cars, Classic Cars, and Old Cars Appreciation Day sponsored by WQLC-102FM, Power Country Radio Station, will be 9 a.m. to noon  at the station at 9206 W. U.S. Highway 90 in Lake City.

Participant are asked to bring a gift-filled shoe box or to adopt a shoebox for $20 per participant. Lunch will be provided by the sponsor. 

Please reserve your space for the show and a seat for lunch by contacting Colleen Ruehl at 850-556-1787, via mail to 12545 S.E. County Road 25A, Jasper, FL 32052 or via email to jcruehl@aol.com.

Shoebox labels and “How to Pack a Shoe Box” information is at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ/.


Turkey shoot, sales at Shrine 

The Suwannee River Shrine Club members will hold their annual craft, yard and bake sale along with a turkey shoot and a shotgun raffle. The turkey shoot begins on Saturday, Nov. 17, and will run Monday, Nov. 19, through Thursday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. The fee is $3 per shot. Shells will be furnished. 

Proceeds of all these activities support the Suwannee River Shrine Club and its projects, and are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution.


Garden club dishes soup, dessert

The Newberry Garden Club's Soup and Dessert Fund Raiser is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 24845 West Newberry Road (right next to Hardee's), Newberry. All proceeds support the Newberry High School Scholarship Program A donation $8 per person or $15 per couple is requested.


Saturday — Sunday


AMVETS yard sale

The AMVETS Post No. 42 will have a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the clubhouse at 14472 U.S. Highway 19 North, across from the Dakotah Winery, north of Chiefland.


Fill up on seafood, more at Yankeetown

It's time for the 31st Annual Yankeetown Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival sponsored by the Yankeetown Lions Club. 

The festival is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The festival is on the tree-lined boulevard of Riverside Drive in Yankeetown – an “old Florida” coastal village on Florida’s Nature Coast. Park the car and stroll leisurely down the street taking advantage of the numerous seafood, arts and crafts offerings. 

Among the vendors: 

• Tony's restaurant from Cedar Key, dishing up its triple World Champion Clam Chowder. 

• The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library gigantic book sale on Riverside Drive between 60th and 61st Streets. Proceeds will benefit projects and activities at the library.

Among the activities: The Annual Rubber Duck Race, sponsored by the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, on Sunday at noon on the Withlacoochee River in front of the boat ramp park on Riverside Drive in Yankeetown (next to the Coast Guard Station). Catch the Friends volunteers in their kayaks and canoes helping to ‘encourage’ the ducks to the finish line. To register and buy a duck visit the Friends website at withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com. Payment can be made using a PayPal account.  

Admission is free. Proceeds from the festival support Lions activities related to sight, hearing, diabetes and other community needs. Proceeds from the duck race benefit projects at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve.





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.


Monday — Thursday


Cane grinding week 

The Suwannee River Shrine Club members will be grinding sugar cane and cooking down the juice into syrup. Quart bottles of syrup will be available for $10 each and cane juice will be available for $10 per gallon. The public is welcome to come and learn about the tradition of grinding and making syrup.

 Proceeds support the Suwannee River Shrine Club and its projects, and are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution.




American Legion bingo

American Legion Post 91 bingo game 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”). 













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.


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.


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. 


Thanksgiving (November 22)

Dinner at the Shrine Club

On Thanksgiving, the Suwannee River Shrine Club will host a turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 11:30 a.m. until. The cost is $12 for each adult and $5 each for children under age 12.

   Proceeds support the Suwannee River Shrine Club and its projects, and are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution.


November 20



November 21


SHINE has Medicare answers

A SHINE volunteer with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs will visit the Chiefland Senior Center from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The SHINE volunteer can assist Medicare recipients in making the best informed decision for the 2013 Medicare Part D Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan.  There will be a short presentation followed by individual counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased, and confidential counseling.  Low Income Medicare beneficiaries should ask about Extra Help (LIS) to help pay for  2013 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan costs.  

Each Medicare recipient should being their Medicare Card, the 2012 Plan card (if any), and all prescription drug bottles, or a 90-day listing of prescriptions from a pharmacy.

To be referred to a SHINE site or a SHINE volunteer, call 1-800-262-2243. The next SHINE visit in Chiefland is Dec. 7.


November 23


Christmas celebration

The annual Cedar Key Christmas Celebration will kick-off this event with a tree lighting ceremony in the Park. But before that is the 2nd Annual Dog Parade that begins at City Park at 4 p.m.  Adorn your pup in their favorite Christmas attire and then have them proudly strut their stuff. The Parade route will begin at City Park, head down 2nd Street, around Dock Street and back to the Park where the leader of the "Pack" will be awarded honors of "Top Dog."

There will be time to catch a bite to eat at a local restaurant before the Tree Lighting Ceremony, traditionally held at dusk at City Park.  Cookies, Cider and Cocoa will be served as a Holiday treat and goody bags will be handed out to the kids, generously donated by The Faraway Inn.

Then enjoy the wonder of the brightly lit Golf Cart Parade as it meanders down the streets of Cedar Key.

This will be a fun-filled family event and the entire town, visitors and residents alike, are welcome and encouraged to attend.


November 24

Cane Boil & FiddleFest at Morningside

The Annual Cane Boil & FiddleFest at Morningside Nature Center in Gainesville is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The event is sponsored by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and the Friends of Nature Parks, Traditionally, cane boils were a time when friends and neighbors gathered for work and play. Help preserve that tradition and experience the making and bottling of sugar cane syrup, live music and costumed living history interpreters and demonstrators bringing to life a day on an 1870’s Florida farm. 

The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.  Admission is $3 for 13 and older, $1 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three. 


Friends Thanksgiving book sale

The Friends Books Store inside the Dunnellon Public Library will hold a store-wide, half-off  sale  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. All proceeds benefit the Dunnellon Public Library at 20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon. For information, call 352-438-2520


November 28

Non-Fiction Book Bunch meets

The Non-Fiction Book Bunch will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Library. The discussion will center upon Candice Millard’s “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey.”

At this gathering, we will decide upon future selections.  Please, bring suggestions with you.  Proposed thus far are: 

• S.C. Gwynne’s  Empire of the Summer Moon;

• Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.


November 29

County tourism group meeting

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.



December 1


Christmas Festival in Chiefland

The annual Christmas Festival will be held at Trailhead Park on U.S. 19 South. The city will also have its annual parade. 


December 6


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. 


December 7

Candlelight remembrance of loved ones

An evening of music, hope, and healing is the theme for the 2012 Hope Illuminates Candlelight Remembrance...to Honor the Memory of our Loved Ones. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services at 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland.  The remembrance will include an inspirational speaker, memorial video tribute and interactive candle lighting followed by a cookie and  hot chocolate social. To RSVP, submit a photograph for the memorial video or for additional info, contact Pam Leaptrot at 352-493-0050 


December 13


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.


*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 4 p.m. Members and others interested in this land trust are welcome.


December 22 & 29

Lighthouse open for holidays

Celebrate the holidays on Seahorse Key at the free open house hosted by Cedar Keys National  Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of the Refuge. 

There will be historians in period dress and the opportunity to visit the light station which site on the highest point in the Gulf of Mexico.

The light station is open Saturday, Dec 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Visitors must obtain their own transportation to the island via private vessel or tour boat departing from Cedar Key.












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, Beef O'Brady's ,meeting room, U.S. Highway 19 North, 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.