Community Calendar for the week of April 5

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Poetry reading
Cedar Key Poets will be meeting at the Cedar Key Library on Thursday, April 5 at 5 p.m.
Those expected to recite poetry include: Evelyn Duncan, New York State; Teri Brennan, Cedar Key; Jackie Johnson, Colorado; Ginnah Howard, New York State;  Nancy MacMilian, Ontario; Graham Duncan, New York State; Hedy Havel, Cedar Key; Jim Hoy, Cedar Key; Libby Cagle, Rosewood.
Refreshments will be served.


Butterfly walk in April
A butterfly walk will occur on the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge in April. On Saturday, April 7 meet right at the south entrance to the Nature Loop Road at 9:15 a.m. Walk leader is Barbara Woodmansee, of the North American Butterfly Association.

Community Easter Egg hunt
On Saturday, April 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Faraway Inn  in Cedar Key will be hosting its first ever  Community Easter Egg Hunt. All children are invited to attend up to age 13. It  is going to be a lot of fun, so ask mom and dad to mark it on their calendars.  
There will be over 150 goody-filled eggs to be found. Faraway Inn is located at Third and G Street, Cedar Key
For more information, contact Doreen Bauer at (352) 543-8083.

Annual Garden Club garden tour
The Cedar Key Garden Club will be hosting its free, annual garden tour on April 7, from 10 a.m.  to noon.  Please meet to park and carpool at Christ Episcopal Church Parking Lot at the corner of SR 24 and 5th St., Cedar Key.
We will tour several local gardens.  Please bring your friends, your sunglasses and visors. We will provide water.  For more information, please call Marci Wilcox at (813) 215-0050 or Katherine Dunlop at (904) 887-6902.

Book Bunch to meet
The Book Bunch will meet on Monday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Library’s top floor meeting room when Jane Smiley’s “The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton” will be discussed.


Haven offering grief/loss class
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss class the second Wednesday of every month beginning April 11 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Key. The event will be from 6-7 p.m. For more information, contact the local office at 800-677-5428.
April 13

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. 

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 prize 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 NW Hwy 19. Fanning.
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.

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.