Community Calendar for the week of April 12

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Community blood drive at CKS
 LifeSouth, Cedar Key School and Cedar Key Community invite you to be a part of saving lives when they team up to host a blood drive on Friday, April 13.  After the high school drive from 9 a.m. until noon, look for the bloodmobile at City Hall between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
 All who donate will receive a LifeSouth backpack and a complimentary cholesterol screening.  Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and have photo I.D.  Sixteen-year-old donors must have signed parental consent.  For more information about becoming a donor or about blood drives in your area, call LifeSouth at 888-795-2707.

Weight management group to meet
Please join us this Friday morning, April 13, at 9 a.m. at the Cedar Key Arts Center for a very low-stress, low pressure weight management group. We are doing a little art directive (no, you don’t have to be an artist) and having a goal setting/discussion. If you are managing your weight in a healthful way and neither need to lose nor gain weight, please come and share your experiences with us. There is no fee required at this time.

April 22

Earth Day scavenger hunt
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fanning and Manatee Springs state parks and Nature Coast State Trail will host a scavenger hunt throughout the park for Earth Day.
Park Ranger Howard Meyer will read a book by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings called “The Secret River” before the hunt begins. The reading will take place on the stage located in the park from 1-1:30 p.m. and from there the hunt will begin. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place participants and everyone will receive a certificate of participation.  
Activities are free with a paid park admission of $6 per carload of up to eight people. For more information, please call the park at 352-493-6072 or visit  www.floridastateparks.org.
The event will take place: on Sunday, April 22, from 1 – 4 p.m.  at Fanning Springs State Park. 18020 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, Fanning.

April 27

A sweet tradition continues...
For many years, the Cedar Key Woman's Club has offered to bake for restaurants over Festival weekends. This offers a service to our Island hosts over three extremely busy days when thousands of visitors come to Cedar Key and the donations for "Festival Cakes" help our community. The CKWC supports the community with donations to the school, to our punlic library, the food pantry, the seniors' lunches and other Cedar Key charitable projects.
For the past two years the Woman's Club extended this service for private household orders, too – and the community responded.
 A large homemade cake or other dessert may be ordered and delivered. You can request a delicious dessert and support our community by calling 352-543-9409 anytime up to Festival weekend.

April 28

AMVETS gets ready for Wild Hog race
AMVETS Post 88 is getting ready for another great running of the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on April 28. This is our 7th year hosting this wild and exciting canoe and kayak race. Two kayak classes have been added this year: women and seniors.
Please check out the website www.wildhog.wetpaint.com.
The annual race benefits the Levy ARC in Otter Creek.
The community's help is needed to make this happen. If you would like to sponsor the race, regardless if you are a business or individual, we welcome you. We need racers. AMVETS members are out and about in the Levy county area selling sponsorships and raffle tickets and asking businesses to be sponsors.  If you would like a sponsor form or a brochure to register for the race or if you have any questions, call Margie or Clyde McGarva at 352-486-2535.

May 9

Recycling awards coming May 9
The City of Cedar Key, in conjunction with the Energy Advisory Panel, is holding an educational/awards meeting on May 9 at 9 a.m. at the Community Center. This meeting, which is intended for business owners and managers, will be brief and to the point. Awards will be given to businesses that have fully implemented recycling along with information and assets to help all businesses to increase recycling.

April 29

Worldwide Pinhole Day
Sunday, April 29, is Worldwide Pinhole Day. On that day anyone, anywhere in the world, who makes a pinhole photograph on that last Sunday in April, can scan it and upload it to: www.pinholdeday.org where it will become part of the annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day celebration’s online gallery.
 Those Arts Center members interested in participating in the Pinhole Day will meet every Wednesday between now and April 29 at the Arts Center darkroom to learn about and explore pinhole photography. No prior knowledge in photography is required. Participants, with help from Chris Harkness, will learn how to make their own pinhole cameras, and make and process pinhole photos in the Arts Center’s Darkroom.