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Community Calendar (week of 7-31-14)

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Friday

2015 OFCA design contest
The theme for the 2015 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Design Contest is “Seeing the Art in Nature.”
Surrounded by nature’s beauty, Cedar Key is the perfect place to see, experience and celebrate the art in nature all around us. In addition to being used on all promotional materials (posters, ads, postcards, T-shirts, etc.) the design will be the symbol of our goal to implement Cedar Key’s first sustainable festival and further enhance our reputation as a model for energy awareness, conservation and sustainability.
Entries are due by Aug. 1, 2014. Digital images should be forwarded to cedarkeyartsfestival@gmail.com.
Maximum of two entries per artist. Winner will be announced by Sept. 1, 2014.

Deadline to nominate Chiefland business
The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the 2014 Annual Industry Appreciation Banquet. Each year at this banquet, the Chiefland Chamber, along with the community, honors an outstanding local business.
Nominations for the greater Chiefland Area’s Outstanding Business of the Year are now open. The deadline to receive nominations is Friday, Aug. 1. If you would like to nominate an outstanding local business, please contact the Chamber at 352-493-1849 for details.

The Banquet to honor and salute 2014’s Business of the Year will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Tommy Usher Center. The doors will at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m.. and a catered dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations are now open for the event and the public is invited to attend. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
If you are interested in being a sponsor for this annual banquet, please contact the Chiefland Chamber at 352-493-1849.

Saturday

Social media workshop
The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce is offering a free class to any members that want to learn about social media, why it is important for business and how to get your company started on the various platforms.
This class will be hosted by Cedar Key RV Resort, in the clubhouse on Aug. 2, from 1-4 p.m.  Cedar Key RV Resort is also offering the use of its pool after the class for any attendee to go swimming.  All  you need is you and your laptop, iPad or tablet, and the desire to learn.

End of Summer Bash
The 4th Annual Epic End of Summer Bash, a free event to help the community get ready for the coming school year, will be on Saturday, Aug. 2.
Booth space is available and those wishing to pass out information or school supplies, to volunteer or to donate prizes, call 352-493-4627 or email office@fumcchiefland.com
The event also offers family fun with exhibits from public safety agencies and activities for children including a dunk booth and water slide. There will be free food, activities, back packs, school supplies, prizes, fun and information plus much more.
It will be held at Chiefland First United Methodist Church, 707 N. Main St., Chiefland.

August 9

Guardian Angels open house
International Assistance Dog Week proudly celebrates the impact and services that medical service dogs provide for those dealing with disabilities. These highly skilled animals provide assistance such as guide dogs for visual impairment, hearing assistance, seizure and insulin alert, PTSD assistance, mobility and much more. These amazing animals can take up to two years to fully train.
In recognition of International Assistance Dog Week, Guardian Angels will be hosting an open house at its Williston facility headquarters, located at 3251 N.E. 180th Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 1-4 p.m. The open house will feature light refreshments, tours of the facility (weather permitting), previews of a potential weekly television show, video photo gallery and a live demonstration by Elvira, our demonstration dog, who recently co-starred in the movie “A Blind Man.” Elvira will showcase some of the amazing things service dogs can do to assist their recipients. These incredible animals allow their recipients in many cases to go back to school, return to the workforce and even start businesses.
This event is open to the public.

August 19

Sierra Club to hold presentation
“Seven Wonders of the Suwannee–St. Johns Sierra Club,” sponsored by the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Cedar Key Arts Center on Aug. 19 from 6-8 p.m.
The fascinating and informative presentation will be led by Jon Brainard, Education Chair for the Suwanee-St. Johns Sierra Club. The presentation will address some of the issues that the Sierra Club is focusing on, such as habitat loss, climate change and water conservation, just to name a few.

September 1

Collector's show planned
For January 2015,  the Cedar Key Art Center would like to have a show of the fine works of art and crafts found in the homes of area collectors. If you own art work, paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs or fine crafts and would be willing to visually share those pieces with the rest of the community and our visitors to Cedar Key, we would like to display the work from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1. We have space for at least 30 pieces and maybe a few more depending on the size of the pieces submitted. The artwork, may be for sale, if for sale, it must have a price indicated, if not, NFS. All art work must be ready to hang with your name, title of the piece and price or NFS clearly indicated on the back. Your name will not be used on the exhibit card identifying the piece unless requested. If you are interested in lending to this show, please contact Henry Gernhardt, Gallery Director at 352-543-9165.
Schedule of deadlines and events:
Sept. 1 (2014) – last day to show intent to participate;
Dec. 15 –  Indicate number and sizes of work you will submit;
Jan. 5 (2015) – deadline for the delivery of your art to CKAC;
Jan. 10 – The show will open with a reception  5-7 p.m.;
Feb. 2, 3 – pick up your art and return it to that empty space on your wall.

October 10

Fly Fishing Expo in Crystal River
The Florida Fly Fishing Expo – the state’s only fly fishing show – returns to Plantation on Crystal River with fly casting and fly tying workshops for men, women and children of all skill levels. Featuring fishing stars Bob Clouser and Wanda Taylor, and the Southeast’s top fly casting instructors and expert fly tiers, the fifth annual expo is a chance to learn about the unique and varied fly fishing opportunities in Florida and the region.
The Florida Fly Fishing Expo takes place Oct. 10-11.
For more details on the EXPO please call 850-212-5396 or visit the web site fedflyfishers.org/Councils/Florida/EXPO.aspx

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.

Monthly Grief Support group
“Ten Touchstones for Grief,” an ongoing support group to help anyone who is grieving find hope and healing, is held from 10-11:30 a.m. the last Tuesday of every month at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast (licensed 1985), 304 N. Main Street in Chiefland. You may start attending this group at any time. For more information, call Grief Specialist Brian J. Coleman at 386-454-1338 or 866-642-0962 (toll free).