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Community calendar (Week of 3-20-2014)

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Month of March

Artist of the Month
The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for March is Russ Raethka. Raethka has been a member of this artists’ co-op for 15 years. His acrylic and watercolor paintings depict classic Cedar Key scenes. His trademark work is watercolors of virtually all the fish found in the waters surrounding Cedar Key. Additionally, he creates notecards and postcards of his art images. All his work is creatively framed and matted.
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op with 23 local and regional members. The gallery has been a working enterprise supporting the arts in Cedar Key and displaying the works of artists for 48 years. The Keyhole is located on historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday

Jones to speak at Coffee program
The Cedar Key Historical Society will be hosting its March Monthly Coffee program on Thursday, March 20 at 10 a.m. The event will be held at the Cedar Key Community Center. Gene Jones, author of “Suwannee Divide,” a Civil War novel, will be the guest speaker. Jones will talk about early Florida settlers as well as the Civil War.  The general public, as well as Society members are invited to attend and learn more about the important history of early Florida.

Amateur radio club forming
A new Amateur Radio Club is forming in Levy County – The Gator Amateur Society. Interested parties should go towww.w1gas.com  for  further information. The club will have monthly meetings and offer classes to prepare you for your first Amateur Radio license, as well as upgrade testing for those already licensed.
If you do not have internet access, please call 352-528-0992 for information.

Saturday

Hospice Poker Run
The Second Annual AmVets Ride for Haven Hospice Poker Run, to benefit the Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland, will be held on March 22, beginning at 9 a.m. Riders will begin and end at the AmVets Post 422 at 17131 NW U.S. Highway 19 in Fanning Springs.
Participants will collect cards during the four stops which will include AmVets Post 42, AmVets Post 444, AmVets Post 88 and City Bar in Trenton. Best hand wins a three-night cabin stay at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground.
The cost is $15 for drivers and $5 for each passenger or each additional hand. The fee includes a barbecue dinner and an after-ride party with prize drawings, a 50/50 drawing and live music. For more information, or to register for the poker run, please contact Eric Daniels at 352-356-1949. All proceeds from the event will go to support the unreimbursed programs and services that Haven Hospice provides to patients and families in the Tri-County communities.
Prize sponsors include Haven Hospice and AmeriCare Home Health.

Wednesday

‘Gardening for Butterflies’
On Wednesday, March 26, the Cedar Key Garden Club will be hosting “Gardening for Butterflies” by Alice Lattimer. Attendees will learn about nectar plants and host plants that will bring a host of butterflies to your yard. The program will begin at 10:15 a.m. and will be held in the Cedar Key Library meeting room.

March 31

Kids’ Wildlife Habitat contest
On Earth Day, in April of next year, the Florida Wildlife Federation will award a commemorative plaque and an age-suitable gardening book to the Florida kid or kids 12 years old or under who have helped to establish and maintain a habitat for wildlife at home or on school property. The habitat will also be featured on our website and in our newsletter. Entries close March 31, 2014.
It’s easy to enter. Just tell us how the habitat provides the following elements: food, water, cover and a place to raise young. Send some photos of your habitat, preferably with children working there.
Teachers, please note that it is not necessary for schoolyard habitats to be certified by National Wildlife Federation or any other organization, just that they provide the four necessary elements for a good wildlife habitat. We are especially interested in the science that students learn in the habitat.
A description and photos of the habitat can be mailed to the Blairstone Pines address, or e-mailed to patricia@fwfonline.org.
Email patricia@fwfonline.org  or call the FWF office at 850-656-7113 for more information, if needed.  See our website at www.fwfonline.org for photos and information about previous winners and the PowerPoint and videos there for general habitat information.

April 12-13

Cedar Key Arts Festival
There is something for everyone at Cedar Key’s 50th Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.
The annual festival will be held April 12-13.
While there, festival goers can expect to see:
 • 120 fine artists and craftsmen will share their creations on historic 2nd Street from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;
 • Art demonstrations will take place Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.; watch as 14 talented artists from a variety of disciplines share their techniques;
 • Kids can do Fish Rubbings at the Cedar Key Arts Center’s Children’s Activities Booth;
 •  A new mural, commemorating the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival, will be ready for viewing;
 • An exhibit at the Cedar Key Arts Center will highlight the colorful history and art from “Fifty Years of Art Festivals in Cedar Key”;
 • And, of course, there will be seafood, homemade goodies, hand-squeezed lemonade, music and lots of family fun both days in the Beachfront City Park.
To find out more about the event, visit www.cedarkeyartsfestivel.com or call Bev Ringenberg, Event Coordinator at 352-543-5400.

April 19

Cedar Key Garden Tour
On Saturday, April 19, the Cedar Key Garden Club will be hosting a “Cedar Key Garden Tour” from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Those interested in taking the tour are to meet at the Cedar Key Community Center.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Faraway Inn, located at the corner of Third and G Streets, will once again be hosting an annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. The event will be held on Saturday, April 19, beginning at noon.
Organizers are asking the community to get involved to help make this year’s event the biggest and best yet. For more information, contact Doreen Bauer at 543-5330.

May 2-5

30th Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet
The 30th Cedar Key Small Boat Meet is usually the first full weekend in May. Organizers are looking at May 2-5. It is completely informal. Tides and weather are still the only organization. There are no planned events, signups or fees.
All shallow draft boats are welcome: canoes and kayaks, catboats and catamarans; trimarans, rowboats and sailing dinghies; scows, sharpies and sampans; punts, pirogues, prams and pirates’ yawlboats. Wildlife observers note: the food chain at Cedar Key is complete in the water and ashore. The nutrients flowing out with the clean Suwannee mix with oxygenated water riffling through the cape’s islands and channels. Birds, bugs, fish, shellfish, turtles, alligators, marine mammals‚ all thrive. For information call Dave Lucas at  941-704-6736, or email at: skipjack@tampabay.rr.com, or 586-215-7060, huhorton@gmail.com.

Ongoing

Zumba offered twice a week
Zumba Fitness with Sarah Beth will be offered at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 6th Street. This program is designed for everyone - all ages, sizes and fitness levels. Class is each Sunday and Tuesday evening 6-7 p.m. and is $5 per class. For more information, contact Sarah Beth at 352-443-2354 or via email: zumbasarahbeth@gmail.com.

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.