Community Calendar for the week of October 25

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Through Nov. 12


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Vets Day celebration

The city of Williston will host the 2012 Levy County Veterans Day Parade and ceremony Monday, Nov. 12.

The parade will kick off around 11 a.m. and wind its way down Noble Avenue to Heritage Park on North Main Street for a short program that will include music and guest speakers.

All veterans and their families will be treated to free hot dogs and drinks at the park. Special tributes will be given to the men and women who served in our Armed Forces.

Any organization or individual that wants to participate in the parade should contact Frances Taylor at Frances.Taylor@ci.williston.fl.us or call  352-528-3060.


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. 





Cub Scout Pack 514 hosts dinner

Cub Scout Pack 514 will host dinner at Beef O' Bradys from 5 to 8 p.m. The restaurant will donate  20 percent of its sales during that time to the Pack 514. Diners should remember to tell their server they are there for the Cub Scout dinner.


Cattlemen, landowners meeting

The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association's fall meeting is at 7 p.m. at Whitehurst Lodge on County Road 346. Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend. For more information, call the Levy County Extension Service Office at 352-486-5131 or the association secretary-treasurer at  352-528-3119.


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.




Judgement House

Lighthouse Word Church's Young Adult Group is hosting a Judgment House that highlights “real people, real choices, eternal consequences.” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event will be held under the tent in the church parking lot.  There will be child care available.  For more information, call 352-493-1554. The church is located on U.S. Highway 27A south of Chiefland.





Chiefland Chamber meeting

The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce meets at noon in the community room of the Haven Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. The luncheon is sponsored by Ayers Health & Rehab Center. 

To reserve a place, call the Chamber Office at 352-493-1849.


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.


Moonlight paddle along Suwannee River

A moonlight paddle on the Surannee River will be hosted by Manatee Springs State Park at 6:30 p.m. This is the first of several paddles hosted by the park staff through March 2013. 

Participants will learn about the history of the river while enjoying the beautiful scenery by moonlight. The park’s Citizen Support Organization will provide a short program following the moonlight paddle. Light refreshments will be served. 

To reserve a rental kayak for $20 or canoe for $30 through Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures, call 571-230-0906. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring bottled water, a flash light and whistle. Children under the age of six and pets are not allowed due to safety. Park entrance fees of $6 per carload of up to eight people will apply.

For more information, visit  www.FloridaStateParks.org. 


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.




Breast Cancer Awareness walk

The annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, organized by Reginald Stacy, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Bronson Post Office. The walk will end around noon and be followed by festivities at the youth park.

Breast cancer survivors, health professionals and entertainment are included on the schedule.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.


Children's Halloween party

The Suwannee River Moose Lodge will host a children's Halloween party with games, refreshments and prizes from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lodge located at 8231 N.W. 167th Place, Fanning Springs. 

For more information, call 352-463-2838.


Open house at old jail

The Old Gilchrist County Jail is having its annual open house from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be tours of the jail with commentary on the history and, for those who want it, there will be guided tours with ghost hunting. Tours are free. The old jail is at 313 N.W. 2nd St., Trenton, behind the old depot. 




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.




Cake auction for Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts Pack 514 will hold a fundraising cake auction at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Chiefland. Proceeds of the auction will go toward the pack's activities. 


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”). 


Sons of Confederate Veterans

Anyone with an interest in Southern heritage or to 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 6 p.m. at Cypress Inn, Cross City. For more information, call 352-542-9107. 



(Wednesday, October 31) 

No treating in Williston

There will not be a Trail of Treats in Williston this year.

The Williston Chamber of Commerce, the longtime sponsor of the event, elected not to host the event this year due to safety concerns and financial obligations.


Cedar Key celebrates

Churches and residents are throwing together a Halloween alternative Fall Fest in the park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  There will be candy, games, and food (hot dogs) for children and teens. Organizers are looking for donations of prizes and candy, etc. 







November 1

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.


November 1-3


Disabled vets yard sale

The Disabled Veterans Auxiliary Unit 63 will hold a yard sale. The group is also seeking donations for the sale. To donate, call Millie at 352-498-3899 to arrange a drop-off. Drop-off can also be done at the post at 125 S.E. 165th Ave. (Airport Road), Cross City, on any Wednesday or Saturday between 2-5 p.m.


November 3


Cookie walk, bazaar, sale at UMC

The Sun Shine Disciples of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland is having their famous Cookie Walk Bazaar & Sale from 9 a.n. To 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  There will be many plants, Christmas  decorations, jewelry and many more items for sale. All proceeds will be going to local missions.

A light lunchy will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The church is at 707 N. Main St., Chiefland.



AMVETS ladies yard sale

The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 22 in Fanning Springs holds its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. until all the bargains are gone. The sale will be at the post home, 17313 U.S. Highway 19, Fanning Springs. For more information, call Judy Benton at 352-221-0488.


November 9

Veterans honored at luncheon

Veterans in the Tri-County Area will be honored for their service at a free luncheon at Usher Community Center hosted by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. 

The annual event is free to veterans. The guest speaker is retired Lt. Cmdr Elden H. Luffman, a former military chaplain and World War II veteran. He also is the author of “Bringing God To War.”

Seating is limited so veterans are asked to RSVP by Monday, Nov. 5 to Pam Leaptrot at 352-493-0050.


November 12


County celebrates veterans

The city of Williston will host the 2012 Veterans Day Parade and ceremony. The parade will kick off around 11 a.m. and wind its way down Noble Avenue to Heritage Park on North Main Street for a short program that will include music and guest speakers.

All veterans and their families will be treated with free hot dogs and drinks at the park. Special tributes will be given to the men and women who served in our Armed Forces.

Any organization or individual that wants to participate in the parade should contact Frances Taylor at   Frances.Taylor@ci.williston.fl.us or call  352-528-3060.


November 16


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.


November 17

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 by Nov. 1 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/.




November 23


Christmas celebration

The annual Cedar Key Christmas Celebration will kick-off this event with a tree lighting ceremony in the Park. 


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 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 







Veterans open house

All veterans are invited to the Post 91 Meeting Hall every Wednesday from 7 to 9 a.m. for free donuts and coffee during the weekly Veterans Open House. The Gilchrist County Veterans Service Officer Jim Mash will be available to answer questions about benefits and services available to veterans.The post is located on U.S. Highway 129 between the towns of Trenton and Bell (across the highway from the “Field of Dreams”). 


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.


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. Doors open at noon. The club also meets the sedond 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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.