The month of February
Artist of the Month
The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for February is Joey Barkhouse, who creates all manner of fish using driftwood, dried coral branches, copper wire and beads. Each fish is different because Barkhouse lets the driftwood dictate the shape. Where we see a piece of wood on the beach, Barkhouse sees a fish. She also paints rocks to look like owls and mounts them on driftwood. Her prices are extremely reasonable and her fish are a big hit with practically everyone who comes into the gallery.
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op with 23 local and regional members. The gallery has been a working enterprise supporting the arts in Cedar Key and displaying the works of artists for 48 years. The Keyhole is located on historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key. It is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rick Smith to talk
Author Patrick Smith’s son, Rick, a professional media producer and avid fan of his father’s work, will be presenting a high energy, multimedia experience about his famous father, his life and the experiences that led him to write his books.
The event is presented by the Cedar Key Historical Society.
The event will be held Feb. 13, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Cedar Key Community Center.
Valentine Flower Sale
Annual Valentine’s Day Flower Sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13 and 14., near the Cedar Key Post Office (if raining, under the Library Porch).
The sale is sponsored by Friends of the Library. All proceeds go to the C.K. Library.
Valentine dinner, dance
The Cedar Key Lions Club will be hosting its annual “Bring Your Valentine” dinner and dance on Friday, Feb. 14.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. The fee is $25 per person and includes a dinner catered by The Island Room Restaurant.
There will be a live band and a silent auction. Tickets are available from any Lions Club member.
Coastal Birding lecture
Tim Keyes, of the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, Wildlife Biologist specializing in coastal birding, will be speaking at the Cedar Key Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Seminole re-enactors at Seahorse Key
The Cedar Keys Light Station will be open this weekend. To celebrate wading birds of the area, the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will host a lighthouse open house on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own boat or take a tour boat out into the Gulf to join in the fun.
The Refuge will provide a spotting scope to view the many species of wading birds that are readying to nest, rest and raise their young in the rookery on Seahorse Key. The University of Florida will be co-hosting the event with touch tanks and island ecology walks. For more information, call 352-493-0238.
Silent Film Festival
The Annual Silent Film Festival, with Jesse Beller on keyboard, is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Cedar Key Community Center. The event is free, though donations are appreciated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner
The Cedar Key Woman’s Club is preparing for its 28th Spaghetti Dinner, a winter tradition for locals and visitors alike. The dinner will be Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Cedar Key Community Hall on 6th St. A $10 donation will buy a wonderful spaghetti dinner with salad and garlic bread, a selection of homemade desserts and iced tea or coffee.
The Cedar Key Woman’s Club was formed in 1960 and members volunteer at various community events with proceeds from fund-raising supporting Cedar Key at places like the Cedar Key School, the Cedar Key Library, the Food Pantry, Another Way and the fire department. They also have been active in Support our Troops and in raising funds for Fisher House.
Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner are available from members of the CKWC and at DÉJÀ VU on Second St.
Dinner is available from 5-7 p.m. with a choice of dine-in or take-out. Dinner for children under 12 will be $5.
Karaoke at the fair
The Levy County Fair Association has announced that the first preliminary competition for the adult Karaoke Contest will take place at The Junction Tavern in Williston on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.. The Top three winners from each preliminary contest will advance to the Karaoke Finals to be held during the fair on Sunday, April 13, at 5 p.m.
To be eligible for the adult Karaoke Contest, a contestant must be an amateur singer, 15 years of age or older. The Jr. Karaoke competition (Ages 14 and under) will take place at the Fairgrounds on April 13, at 3:30 p.m. The entry fee for both contests is $5. Sign up early.
For complete Karaoke rules and entry form please go to the fair website at LevyCountyFair.com.
Growing citrus workshop
The Cedar Key Garden Club will host a workshop on growing citrus, presented by Wendy Wilber, Feb. 26, at 10:15 a.m., in the Cedar Key Library meeting room.
Clean out your closets, your shelves, your garage and your drawers and bring all your useable, but not being used, arts or crafts supplies to the Cedar Key Arts Center Swap Shop on Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden (weather permitting, if rain upstairs in CKAC). You can set up your items and shop for items that you need. No charge for setting up or swapping items (unless swapper needs reimbursement for equipment or some special things). You can return at 2 p.m. to pick up your unswapped items or donate them to the Kids Summer Art Program or donate them to Hospice Thrift Store (we will transport). So bring your brushes, your paper, your glass pieces, your paint or glazes, your fabric, whatever and swap for items you need. You are welcome to come to the CKAC Swap Shop to just shop too.
Paddle Cedar Key wilderness
On Monday, March 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, a free Ranger-led paddle to North Key in the Cedar Keys National Wildife Refuge, normally closed to all, will be held. Only 20 paddlers may go. Call 352-493-0238, ext 223 to make your reservation. Leave your contact information; you will be called the following week to confirm your reservation.
Celebrate Florida Archaeology Month on March 6 and 13 at 10 a.m. Discover 6,000 years of history with a Ranger-led tour at Shell Mound in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge for an illustrated walk back in time to the days of the Shell People.
Shell Mound is located off County Road 347, just 10 minutes from Cedar Key.
‘Green Fire’ to be shown
On Wednesday, March 12, and again on April 16, “Green Fire” will be shown at the Cedar Key Library, 2nd St., next to City Hall.
“Green Fire” shares highlights from Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world, highlighting modern projects that put Leopoldís land ethic in action in a multitude of ways.
The showing will be held from 10:30-11:45 a.m. each day.
Kids’ Wildlife Habitat contest
On Earth Day in April of next year, the Florida Wildlife Federation will award a commemorative plaque and an age-suitable gardening book to the Florida kid or kids 12 years old or under who have helped to establish and maintain a habitat for wildlife at home or on school property. The habitat will also be featured on our website and in our newsletter. Entries close March 31, 2014.
It’s easy to enter. Just tell us how the habitat provides the following elements: food, water, cover and a place to raise young. Send some photos of your habitat, preferably with children working there.
Teachers, please note that it is not necessary for schoolyard habitats to be certified by National Wildlife Federation or any other organization, just that they provide the four necessary elements for a good wildlife habitat. We are especially interested in the science that students learn in the habitat.
A description and photos of the habitat can be mailed to the Blairstone Pines address above, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email email@example.com or call the FWF office at 850-656-7113 for more information, if needed. See our website at www.fwfonline.org for photos and information about previous winners and the PowerPoint and videos there for general habitat information.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.