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Community Calendar (week of 8-7-14)

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August

Artist of the Month
The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for August is Joni Hoffman. Hoffman is principally a wood carver. Her carvings of duck decoys, herons, pelicans, egrets, as well as whimsical dogs and cats, are intricately rendered and then painted in appropriate colors. While Hoffman considers herself largely a carver, she also creates drawings, etchings, paintings and walking sticks. The walking sticks are carved local woods, highly embellished and fitted with bells, which serve to alert bears that humans are in the area.
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op with 22 local and regional members. The gallery has been a working enterprise supporting the arts in Cedar Key and displaying the works of artists for 43 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.

Saturday

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.

Tuesday

SRWMD board to meet
On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the Suwannee River Water Management District’s Governing Board will meet at 9 a.m. at District Headquarters, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak. The meeting is to consider District business and conduct public hearings on regulatory, real estate and other various matters. A workshop will follow after the Governing Board meeting. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by visiting the District’s website at www.mysuwanneeriver.com.
All meetings, workshops, and hearings are 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).