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Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 23

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Saturday

Needy Family Project
Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1:30-5 p.m., the Fraternal Order of Eagles will be holding a fund-raising event promoting its motto: People Helping People.
For a $6 donation - which will help fund the group’s Needy Family Project - members and guests will partake in a Southern tradition of ham and split pea soup.
Carryout is available, otherwise stop by at 3rd and B Street to enjoy this worthwhile cause. For more information, call 543-9789.

Wednesday

Non-Fiction Book Bunch
The Non-Fiction Book Bunch  will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 1:30 p.m. when ‘The Immortal Live of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot will be discussed. Subsequent book include:
• Thomas L. Friedman’s and Michael Mandelbaum’s ‘That Used to Be Us:  How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back’ for March;
• Jon Krakauer’s ‘Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith’ for April;
• Erik Larson’s ‘Issac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History’ for May.

The Effect of Bees
On Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m., Pam Darty, US Fish & Wildlife Ranger, will present a program at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. Pam will give an overview of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges. She will discuss the importance of pollinating bees to these areas. Come early and enjoy a walk on one of the WGP’s scenic trails or enjoy a picnic lunch. For more information visit  www.withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com or email friendswgp@bellsouth.net.

March 2

Benefit planned for displaced family
The CK Aquaculture Association, the Oyster Association and CK School are preparing a benefit for the Berger Family who lost all they own to a fire last weekend.  It will take place on Friday, March 2, in the City Park from 4-7 p.m. The organizers have some needs and are hoping businesses and individuals can assist them with the following:
• Styrofoam boxes, large and small
• Box of foil inserts
• Items for a silent raffle
There will be entertainment, raffle, steamed clams, fried oysters, deserts and drinks
If there is any way that you can help, please contact Rose Cantwell (543-6346).

Meet the candidates forum at Inglis
The Inlis RABAC will sponsor a Meet the Candidates forum at the Inglis Town Hall on Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. This will be a basic forum format where each of the candidates will speak for a few minutes and then respond to written questions from the audience.  

March 15

Woman’s Club raffle benefits veterans
The Cedar Key Woman’s Club  is fund-raising for Fisher House, the home away from home for veterans’ families while they are being treated at the VA Hospital in Gainesville. While many other states have a Fisher House, Gainesville’s facility has yet to be built.
The club is selling 250 raffle tickets for $10 each, with a prize of $500 going to the winner. The drawing will be at the club’s fashion show on March 15 at the Cedar Key Community Center.  Tickets are for sale at Déjà Vu, Curmudgeonalia Book Store, Kona Joe’s, and from any club member.
A multitude of people in Cedar Key utilize the VA medical facility in Gainesville.  By supporting the CKWC and buying a raffle ticket, you will be helping to insure that our local veterans and their families have a place to stay when receiving care at the VA.
For more information call, Eileen Senecal at 543-9850.