Community Calendar for the week of February 20

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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.




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.




FNCC Annual Meeting

Come join the Florida Nature Coast Conservancy board, fellow members, guests and prospective members for socializing, appetizers and cocktails at its annual meeting in Cedar Key.

The group will meet on the patio at the Island Hotel from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Cocktails will be cash bar and appetizers catered by the hotel for members and guests.

The FNCC will be honoring Ronnie Taylor for his generosity and support of the FNCC with the presentation of the inaugural Florida’s Nature Coast Conservation Award.

New and prospective members are welcome to attend. If you have not renewed your membership, this will be the perfect opportunity. You can complete a Membership Form at the event.

Annual memberships: Supporting Conservator, $50; Family, $25; Individual, $ 15.

For additional information, contact  Allan Pither at 352-231-0748.



February 28


Swap Shop

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.


March 3


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.


March 6


Poetry reading

The Cedar Key Poets will present their annual poetry reading Thursday, March 6 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Cedar Key Library.  All are welcome.  

 The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Archaeology Month

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.


March 8

Old Cedar Key Families reunion

The Old Cedar Key Families reunion will be held on Saturday, March 8, at the Cedar Key Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a covered dish and enjoy reconnecting with family and friends. Please pass the word along to family and friends who might not live in the area. Don’t forget photo albums and pictures to share.



March 12

‘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 Leopold’s land ethic in action in a multitude of ways.

The showing will be held from 10:30-11:45 a.m. each day.


March 15


Patchouli Returns to Cedar Key

Don’t miss Patchouli in Concert on Friday March 15, 7 p.m. at the Community Center (6th & F Streets). Hear this exciting musical duo on their return visit to Cedar Key perform contemporary folk music & instrumental Spanish-style guitar.

A social hour and Annual Meeting of the Freinds of the Library preeceds the concert at 6 p.m. The event is free to the public.





March 31


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 patricia@fwfonline.org.

Email patricia@fwfonline.org  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: 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.