Community Calendar for the week of October 4

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Jeff Bates to help humane society

Singer/songwriter Jeff Bates will perform at “Building Hope for Paws,” a fundraising dinner and concert for the Levy County Humane Society, at Usher Community Center. The event begins at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes baked ziti, garden salad, dinner rolls, tea and brownies. Proceeds of the event will go to an adoption and educational facility. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.humanesocietyoflevycounty.com.  

Admission prices are $30 per person general admission, VIP is $60 and includes a  meet and greet with Bates. All tickets include dinner. 

The Community Center is located at 506 S.W. 4th Ave, Chiefland.  

For more information visit www.humanesocietyoflevycounty.com or call 352-486-5705.



Fridays through October 12


Grief, loss support group meetings

Haven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss support group  at Cross City Rehab and Health Center, 583 N.E. 351 Highway, Cross City, on Fridays through Oct. 12. The group meets from 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 352-493-2333. 




Scarecrow City opening

Scarecrow City, a project sponsored by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, will open for the fall season at Trailhead Park on U.S. Highway 19 South in Chiefland.  The event pits businesses and organizations against each other in a scarecrow decorating contest. Entry fee is $25. 


Zumbathon in Old Town

A Zumbathon "Party In Pink" fundraiser in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Old Town Elementary School in the cafeteria, 221 S.E. 136 Ave., Old Town.

There will be door prizes along with the 90-minute fun-filled dance workout routines. 

Proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen foundation to help further breast cancer research education/awareness, screening and treatment programs.

For more information call Sarah Pergrossi at 352-443-2354 or email zumbasarahbeth@gmail.com.


Book sales in Williston

The Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its October Book Fair, at the City Hall Community Center from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Many new books will be for sale and many of the books at the book fairs are almost new. They range from $1 for hardbacks down to 10 cents for children's books and magazines. all books donated to the library should be clean and good salable condition.


Peanut celebrated in Williston

The Central Florida Peanut Festival in Williston will be celebrated in Williston Heritage Park. This Williston tradition celebrates all things peanutty. Rides, crafts, music, information booths and the Little Peanut royal family. 

For more info contact Mary at the Williston Chamber office 352-528-5552.


Free evening of Bluegrass in Old Town

The Dixie County Historical Society will be hosting its monthly evening of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music for your enjoyment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the “Old” Old Town Elementary School Auditorium located at State Road 349 and County Road 55A. Big Cypress Bluegrass will perform.  Admission is free so bring the family and enjoy.


Quilt show at Dudley Farm

Dudley Farm Historic State Park presents its 5th Annual Quilt Show  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be traditional, appliquéd, vintage, art quilts and quilted wearing apparel. Bring your quilts as  the skilled crafters love to see all quilts and hear their story.

At 11 a.m. there will be a "Bed Turning", where quilt experts will look at each quilt and discuss age, condition, colors and patterns. Enjoy traditional music throughout the day. 

Entrance fee is $5 per vehicle for up to 8 occupants. The park is located at 18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry.  For more information, call 352-472-1142 or visit www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org.




Fix the building bingo

Bingo fans can help the Disabled American Veterans Tri-County Chapter and its Auxiliary raise money to help fix the group's building. Doors open at 11 a.m. at the DAV post at 125 S.E. 165th Ave. (Airport Road), Cross City. The games begin at 1 p.m. There will be 12 games at $50 each, four games at $250 each, and four games of 50/50. Entry is $40 per person which includes a 9-on-12 games booklet and a 6-on-4 booklet. The 50/50 games will be extra. 




Plant society to learn about 

hydrologic conditions

Megan Wetherington will speak on “Hydrologic conditions in the Suwannee River Basin,” at the Sparkleberry Chapter Meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society, at 6:30 p.m., at Hatch Park, 403 S.E. Craven St., Branford.

Her presentation will include information on the current hydrological conditions in our area, with a roundup of the drought recovery after the tropical storms and some facts on water quality. Wetherington is a senior professional engineer and project manager for the Water Resources Monitoring Program.

For more information, contact Carol Sullivan, president, at 386-364-9309 or email csullivan12@windstream.net. For more information on the Florida Native Plant Society, visit www.fnps.org. 




Veteran job fair

There will be a job fair for veteran job seekers from 9 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Post 57 in Lake City.

The event will be a one-of-a-kind hiring fair for both employers and jobseekers. It is open to all veterans, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members as well as military spouses.

American Legion Post 57 is located at 2602 S.W. Main Blvd., Lake City.

Veteran job seekers can register for free at HOH.Greatjobs.net. Questions should be directed to: hiringourheroes@uschamber.com.


Grief group meets in Cedar Key

Haven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss support group at Christ Episcopal Church on the corner of State Highway 24 and 5th Street in Cedar Key. The event will be 6-7 p.m.

For more information please contact Haven Hospice at 352-493-2333.


October 12-13


Good Shepherd bazaar

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will hold its annual Fall Bazaar and Yard Sale on the church grounds. There will be all kinds of goodies, lots of yard sale items some crafts, and, of course, our bake sale. Hotdogs and chili will also be available.


October 13


Haven event celebrates 

"Fall on the Prairie"

"Fall on the Prairie," a night of scrumptious food, live music, silent and live auction, and so much more will be sponsored by Haven Hospice at Whitehurst Ranch & Prairie in Williston. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $75 per person and sponsorship and auction donation opportunities are available.  For more information, call Stephanie Brod, 352-271-4665 or email at smbrod@havenhospice.org.


Church yard sale buys 

gifts for children 

A yard sale will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 6591 N.W. 140th St. (across from Deke’s Steakhouse).

All proceeds will be used to provide Christmas gifts for foster children in our area. For more information, call Ruth at 490-7650.


October 14


Gatorbone Trio swings 

into Sunday Sampler

Driving bluegrass, folk, jazz, classic country, new acoustic, and more await the audience as the Gatorbone Trio, from St. Augustine, swings into the Sunday Sampler at 2:30 at the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St.

 Prize winning songwriter, Lis Williamson, on banjo, her husband Lon, on bass guitar, and Gabe Valla, national award winning mandolin player, provide multi-instrumental arrangements and provocative original songs.

Sponsored by the Will McLean Foundation for Florida Heritage in Music, the Sunday Sampler concerts begin at 2:30 and end at 4:45.  Donation is $10 at the door and free refreshments are served at intermission.  Funds help support artists who educate through writing and singing about Florida.  For information, call 352-465-2167.




October 20


7th Annual Ride to 

Provide for LARC

The 7th annual motorcycle fundraiser, Ride to Provide, will be held, at Bronson High School. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with free coffee and doughnuts. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.ridetoprovide.net. The law enforcement-escorted ride is approximately 64 miles and will travel through scenic parts of Levy County. Entry is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Riders will have another opportunity to support Levy ARC by purchasing a hamburger/hotdog plate at the end of the ride. All proceeds from this event directly support the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens.  

T-shirts will be available the day of the ride.

For more information or to help sponsor this event, call Sean or Beth Mullins at 352-316-3260 or 352-528-2222.


VFW honor society yard sale

The Military Order of the Cootie, the Honor Society of the VFW, will hold its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 7151 N.W. 115th St. (Manatee Springs Road), Chiefland.

The proceeds will enable the group to purchase comfort items for veterans at the Gainesville VA Hospital.  The group makes three trips per year to the hospital. The Cooties also support the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Mich. The National Home provides a place to live for  military families who are displaced and have nowhere else to go.


12th Annual Breast Cancer 

Awareness Trail Ride

The Levy County Horse Club sponsors the 12th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Trail Ride at Tidewater Trailhead in the Goethe State Forest. It begins at the south end of County Road 337 with registration at 8 a.m. for a $25 fee per rider for the poker ride. Ride at your own pace. Lunch is free with registration, or available for $6. The menu includes choice of  barbecue or lemon pepper pork with green beans and potatoes, whole kernel corn, rolls, dessert and a drink. Lunch will be followed by fun raffles.

Overnight primitive camping is available for those coming in on Friday or staying over 'til Sunday. Water for horses and bathroom facilities are available. This is a no hunting weekend with trail use and camp fees waived. Coggins required. All donations go to benefit local breast cancer patients.

To donate or help sponsor this event or more information please check our web page at www.levycountyhorseclub.com or email levy2@flahorse.com .


M&M Collectors Club meet

The M&M Collectors Club will hold a swap meet and picnic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tangerine Improvement Society at 7101 Wright Ave., Mount Dora. The picnic is potluck so please bring a dish to share. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. 

For more information contact Lynne or Jim Card at 352-383-1505 or email Cs4seasons@gmail.com.


October 20 - 21


43rd Annual Cedar Key

Seafood fest

The 43rd Annual Seafood Festival in Cedar Key will be held in the historic downtown and City Park. Great food and entertainment in City Park and art lines the streets of Cedar Key. Funds raised by various groups go to support charitable projects and Cedar Key School.


October 25


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.


October 26


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.


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 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 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. 


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, 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. 


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.



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.


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.


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.



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 6 p.m. at Cypress Inn, Cross City. 

For more information, call 352-542-9107. 


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.