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Community calendar (Week of 4-10-2014)

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April
Amateur radio club forming
A new amateur radio club is forming in Levy County – The Gator Amateur Society. Interested parties should go to www.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.

Exhibits opening today
“Fifty Years of Old Florida Celebration of the Arts” opened at the Cedar Key Arts Center on April 5. Also, the Member's Art Gallery will be featuring the Cathy Christie Collection.

Saturday - Sunday

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.

Volunteer for children’s art
Help is needed for the Children’s Art Booth during the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Festival, April 12 and 13. If you can donate a couple hours of your time on either Saturday or Sunday to help kids complete a simple art project, please contact Milli Chapell at mchapell@gmavt.net as soon as possible. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated and rewarded with happy little smiles.

April 14

Book Bunch News
The Fiction Book Bunch meets on the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Library.   
The next meeting will be April 14, to discuss "Still Alice"  by  Lisa Genova.

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.

April 24

Cattlemen to meet
The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association will host its spring meeting on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at Don Quincey’s river home located at 11751 NW 132nd PL, Chiefland.
Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend. If you would like additional information call the Levy County Extension Office (352-486-5131) or Devin Whitehurst (352-528-4724).

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 and 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.�