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Community calendar (Week of 4-24-2014)

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Thursday

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).

Monday

Paint your town purple
Show support for the annual Relay for Life in the Tri-Counties by helping to paint your town purple, the signature color of the American Cancer Society. The event is designed to promote cancer awareness. Public officials in in Cross City, Horseshoe Beach, Fanning Springs, Bell, Trenton and Chiefland have proclaimed Monday, April 28, as “Paint The Town Purple Day.”  
Organizers of the Relay For Life of The Tri-Counties are challenging the communities to paint the town purple and they are also holding a contest to see which businesses, churches and community members put up the most decorations.

Wednesday

Mitigate damage before the storm
Homeowners are invited to attend a "Make Mitigation Happen" workshop April 30, from 1 - 3 p.m., in Bronson at the Levy Emergency Operations Center, 9010 N.E. 79th Ave.
Participants will meet with experts who will provide valuable information on how homeowners can undertake one or more mitigation projects on their homes to strengthen them against the hazards that threaten Florida.
To register to participate in this upcoming workshop and for additional information, please visit: www.BeReadyFlorida.org.

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.

May 10

Dsaibility Expo

The Arc of Levy County, Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA), and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are partnering up to host the Fanning Springs Disability Expo in the Dixie, Levy and Gilchrist Tri-County area. The event will be held on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fanning Springs State Park.
Other event partners include the three county commissions, local businesses, several nonprofit partners, local providers and other state agencies.
The Expo’s goal is to provide a fun-filled day for individuals with disabilities and their family members.
FDOA has organized a SportsAbility Sampler, which includes many inclusive recreational activities such as bocce ball and sit volleyball.
Attendees can also enjoy participating in prize raffles, watching dance performances by Tacachale, and sitting down to a sack lunch from the concession stand.
In addition to the recreational experiences, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to presentations, and learn about the various services that APD and other agencies can provide. Special Olympics will also be providing the Special Smiles health screening for APD waiting list customers.
For questions or more information, please contact Ashley Anderson at resource.directory@apdcares.org.

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.�