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Community Calendar for the week of Jan. 12

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Today

Branford Camera Club meeting
The Branford Camera Club will start off the new year with a meeting at 7 p.m.  The group will be meet at a new location, Cuzin’s Restaurant, on U.S. Highway 129 across from Scaff’s Market in Branford.  Come about 6 p.m. to join members for dinner before the meeting.
Lou Kellenberger from St. Mark’s Photo Club is the special guest speaker. He will share skills, tips and tricks for photographing wildlife. If you would like to get to know him and view some of his work before our meeting, please visit loukellenbergerphotography@zenfolio.com
If you got a new camera for Christmas and need some help getting started, bring it with you to the meeting along with the instruction manual.  You’ll find folks ready and willing to help you out.  After Kellenberger’s  class, members will share  Christmas homework pictures and other photos as time permits.
The Branford Camera Club meets on the third Thursday of each month, with an occasional exception such as this meeting, for the purpose of sharing, learning and enjoying all things photographic. Please join us.

Friday
Honey Dewdrops coming to Cedar Key
The Honey Dewdrops, a country/folk duo and winners of 2008’s “A Praire Home Companion” Talent Show, will be in Concert on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center.
The event will be presented by the Cedar Key Friends of the Library and more details will be coming.

Film, performance reclls writer Zora Hurston
The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Library invite the public to join the January activities that  the under-recognized talent of black artists of another age through books, films and a live performance.  The A.F. Knotts Public Library at 11 56th St., Yankeetown, is the place to meet.
At 11 a.m., there will be a viewing of the PBS documentary “Zora’s Roots” and at 1:30 p.m. a showing of the 2005 Oprah-produced movie “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, based on Zora Neale Hurston’s best known novel. Hurston was an award winning novelist in the first half of the 1900s, was raised in Eatonville and was a close friend of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
On Monday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m., Phyllis McEwan will prerform “Zora Live” under the sponsorship of the Florida Humanities Council.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m., the Book Talk Group will discuss Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
Visit the Friends website at friendsofafknotts.com for more information and ongoing activities.

Saturday

Free movie in Bronson
Bronson United Methodist Church will show a free movie, “Soul Surfer,”  at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  There will be popcorn and soft drinks provided.  
“Soul Surfer” is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt,  Carrie Underwood and Dennis Quaid.
This will be the first of a monthly event. The church is located at 235 Court St., Bronson, just north of the Levy County Courthouse. For more information. call the church office at 352-486-2281 or Sue Bazin at 342-486-4094.

Sunday

Musicians return for arts festival benefit
The 2nd Annual Acoustical Afternoon for the Arts featuring Joe Peters and Friends, Linda Hicks and singer/songwriter duo Bishop-Davidson and artist Susan Dauphine return to help raise money for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.
Dauphine will paint an artwork for the silent auction during the event that begins at 2:30 at the Island Room at the Cove in Cedar Key.
 Appetizers and cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased from OFCA Committee Members (Kathy Fotteral, Allison Nelson, Chris Ford, Kathy Carver and Bev Ringenberg, 543-0362, beverlyring@bellsouth.net).
Proceeds from the concert and silent auction support the festival planned for April 28-29.   For more information, call Mandy Cassiano at 352-543-5400 or email artsfestival @bellsouth.net.

Monday
 Levy County Republicans meet
The Levy County Republican Executive Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. for fellowship and food, followed by business at 7 p.m. Bubbaque’s Restaurant in Chiefland.  Anyone needing a ride to attend, call Juanita at 352-339-0747.
Find the Levy County GOP on Facebook and visit www.levyrepublicans.com for activities, contact info and more.   
Also anyone between the ages of 17 and 26 who wants to work with forming a Republican age group,  contact Michelle at 1-877-734-LEVY (5389).

Jan. 17
AARP driving classes in Cedar Key, Levy County
Florida is a mandated state and any insurance company doing business in Florida must give a discount to those completing an AARP Safe Driving Course.  Open to individuals age 50 and older.  Contact your agent for discount amounts.  Update yourself to earn a discount and get newly enacted motor vehicle and traffic laws.  Course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 all others.  Call instructor Linda Cochran at 352-493-1742 to register for the following Levy County classes. All begin at 9 a.m.:
• Jan. 17, Christ Episcopal Church, Highway 44, Cedar Key;
• Jan. 24, at Capital City Bank, North Young Blvd., Chiefland;
• Jan. 30, at 1st Baptist  Church, Williston, 339 E. Noble Ave., Williston; and
• Feb. 21, at Capital City Bank, North Young, Blvd.

Wednesday
Medicare answers available
The SHINE volunteers will be at Chiefland Senior Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to help Medicare recipients.
Medicare recipients with any questions about options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, disability, supplemental insurance, Part D prescription drug plans, or Medicare billings.
SHINE is a program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for one-on-one counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance by trained volunteers.  If you cannot come to a site call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243.

Reservations due for Gala
Reservations are due for the Levy County Schools Foundation gala featuring a dinner, silent auction, door prizes and entertainment by county students will begin at 6 p.m. at Chiefland Elementary School.  Doors open at 5:30.
Tickets for the annual event are $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available — Gold Patrons for those who give $1,000 each and receive eight tickets to the Gala; Silver Patrons are donors who give $500-$999 to the Foundation and receive four tickets; and Bronze Patrons who  donate $250-$499 to the foundation and receive two tickets.
For more information, to become a Patron make reservations or donate door prizes or auction items, call  352-486-3408 or email lcsf@levy.k12.fl.us.

Jan. 21

Florida Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
Come learn about Florida Sandhill and Whooping Cranes from Marilyn Spalding. Since 1990 she has been involved in the effort to re-establish Whooping Cranes in Florida. The presentation at 10:30 at the Cedar Key Public Library is sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges.
Sandhill Cranes, both resident and migratory in Florida, have provided useful information and techniques in the effort to re-establish Whooping Cranes, the world’s most endangered bird. This effort provided a unique opportunity to study the health of an entire population of Whooping Cranes in Florida.
The presentation will cover some of the successes and failures of the project with special attention to habitat alterations and their consequences. Marilyn Spalding is a wildlife disease specialist with a particular interest in the diseases of wild birds, particularly cranes. She has worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida.

Jan. 27-29

Citrus County Fair  truck, tractor pulls
The 13th Annual Truck and Tractor Pull, sponsored by the Citrus County Fair  Association will be at the fairgrounds in  
Inverness. Located at 3600 S. Florida Ave. (U.S. Hwy. 41 South).
There will be pulling each day for trucks and tractors of all sizes, including garden tractors. There will be a junior tractor race each day. There will be plenty of food for sale and camping is also available.
The event will be held rain or shine with three sleds pulling in the covered  arena.
Advance tickets are available at the Citrus County Fair Office, the Citrus  County Chamber of Commerce offices in Crystal River and Inverness. Tickets at the gate are $10 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 4-11.
All proceeds are awarded as scholarships for Citrus  County youth.
For more information call the Fair Office 352-726-2993 or visit www.citruscountyfair.com.

Jan. 28

Gala benefits schools, scholarships
The Levy County Schools Foundation gala featuring a dinner, silent auction, door prizes and entertainment by county students will begin at 6 p.m. at Chiefland Elementary School.  Doors open at 5:30.
Tickets for the annual event are $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available — Gold Patrons are contributors who dgive $1,000 each and receive eght tickets to the Gala; Silver Patrons are donors who give $500-$999 to the Foundation and receive four tickets; and Bronze Patrons who  donate $250-$499 to the foundation and receive two tickets.
For more information, to become a Patron make reservations or donate door prizes or auction items, call  352-486-3408 or email lcsf@levy.k12.fl.us .