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Community Calendar for the week of February 27

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 Friday

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.

 

Giant book sale

Friends of the Library will hold its annual book sale on Saturday, March 8. from 9-2 p.m. Readers of all ages are welcome.

 

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 13

 

The life and teachings of Gandhi

Fr. Jim Wright, Vicar of Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Key, has spent much of his life studying and teaching about the life of Mahatma Gandhi. He will lead a three-week class on Gandhi beginning Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 pm, at the Cedar Key Christ Episcopal Church (SR 24 and 5th St.).

The classes will continue on March 20 and 27. During each class, we will watch a portion of the movie Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley, followed by a time of questions and discussion. In 1982 this movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Preceding each class, you are invited to Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. and a Soup Supper at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come. Contact Fr. Jim at 352-328-9848 for more information.

 

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 precedes the concert at 6 p.m. The event is free to the public.

 

Spring Bazaar

The United Methodist Women will be hosting its annual Spring Bazaar on Saturday, March 15, at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church on Route 24. Coffee and sweet rolls will be available from 8-11 a.m. with a corned beef and cabbage luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Beef stew will also be available. A bake sale will be held at the same time and local crafts will be for sale. Donations for lunch will be accepted.

Outside, at the same time, a rummage sale will be held with all proceeds going to the Community Food Pantry.

Questions? Please call Marie Lewis 352-467-4703.

 

‘Cruzin for Kidz’ March 15 in Williston

The 6th Annual “Cruzin’ for Kidz” Motorcycle Ride will take place Saturday, March 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event starts at Williston Elementary School and acts as a fundraiser for Williston safety patrols on their trip to Washington, D.C.

Registartion is at 8:30 a.m. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. There will be T-Shirts for sale, as well as lunch upon treturn to the school. Free coffee and donuts will be offered to riders.

A law enforcement escort will also tajke part in the event.

For more information, call Lisa Posteraro at 352-528-6030 or 352-339-1201.

 

Quilts to be displayed at festival

Members of three north central Florida fiber art and art quilt guilds will be among thirty quilt groups sharing their work during Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in picturesque downtown Trenton. 

The three art quilt groups that will display their work and be on hand to talk with visitors in the historic Train Depot.

For more information about the festival, visit the website, www.TrentonQuiltFestival.com, or contact the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, (352) 463-3842.

 

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.

 

May 2-5

 

30th Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet

The 30th Cedar Key Small Boat Meet is usually the first full weekend in May. Organizers are looking at May 2-5. It is completely informal. Tides and weather are still the only organization. There are no planned events, signups or fees.

All shallow draft boats are welcome: canoes and kayaks, catboats and catamarans; trimarans, rowboats and sailing dinghies; scows, sharpies and sampans; punts, pirogues, prams and pirates’ yawlboats. Wildlife observers note: the food chain at Cedar Key is complete in the water and ashore. The nutrients flowing out with the clean Suwannee mix with oxygenated water riffling through the cape’s islands and channels. Birds, bugs, fish, shellfish, turtles, alligators, marine mammals‚ all thrive. For information call Dave Lucas at  941-704-6736, or email at: skipjack@tampabay.rr.com, or 586-215-7060, huhorton@gmail.com.

 

Ongoing

 

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.