Community Calendar for the week of January 23

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The Month of January


Artist of the Month

The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for January is sculptor, Susan Coffin. Coffin works in soapstone, alabaster, slate and other rock material to create images of the fauna which are indigenous to central Florida. Some of her sculptures are 3D while others are images which are incised on slabs of stone and then mounted on interesting branches or pieces of wood.  Many of the slab pieces resemble fossil material, adding visual interest to the work.

The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-operative of 22 local and regional artists. These artists exhibit works of glass, jewelry, leather, wood, pottery, mosaics, paper, oil, and acrylic paintings, photography, copper, steel, stone and silk. The Cedar Keyhole is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. It  is located on historic 2nd St. in Cedar Key, an island fishing village set amidst breathtaking scenery and a step back in time for those who want to experience Florida as it was 50 years ago.



Through January 28


Wearable Art Project

Art and fashion have always gone hand in glove and many museums are featuring wearable art these days. In January, the Cedar Key Arts Center will be featuring the Wearable Art Project in the Main Gallery which will include a number of local artists who have thought outside the dress form to create some museum-worthy pieces. 

The show will run until Jan. 28. Gallery hours are from 10 - 5 p.m., daily. 

For more information, contact Sarah Westenberg 352-543-5603.



Beginning January 16


Arts Center January workshops

Thursday & Friday, Jan. 16-17 – Freedom of Acrylics with Jane Slivka, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Slivka will demonstrate how to paint vibrant and exciting paintings that will come to life with ease. She is an award-winning artist and a highly recommended teacher. Contact Jane at  janeslivaka@gmail.com.

Monday, Jan. 20 – Texturized Tinting Watercolor Painting for Everyone with Sandra Allen. Time is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch).  No previous experience required. Class size limited to six.  You may wish to bring your own watercolor paints and brushes if you have them. Contact Sandra at sallen41@frontier.com or 352-543-6208.



January 16


Dinner, auction to benefit

children’s art program

The Cedar Key Community Center will be the setting for a gourmet dinner catered by the Island Room with a  raffle and silent auction that will benefit the children’s arts programs. 

Sponsored by the Cedar Key Arts Center the event is on Thursday, Jan. 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. The Community Center is at 6th and F Street in Cedar Key.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Keyhole and from arts center members.

All proceeds will go to the CKAC Children’s Art Summer Program, including scholarships for youngsters and other Children’s Art activities.


January 22


Concert to benefit Cedar Key schools

Ernie Evans and The Florida State Bluegrass Band, and Minnesota’s “premier bluegrass & gospel quintet,” Monroe Crossing, will be performing a benefit concert for Cedar Key Schools at the Cedar Key High School Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. 

Cedar Key HS Auditorium is located at 951 Whiddon Avenue in Cedar Key.  General admission tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door (kids 12 & under are free), and are now on sale at The Island Hotel (Cedar Key), 543-5111, The Gathering Table (Chiefland) 493-1590, Ace Hardware (Bronson) 486-4014 and Herschel’s Quick Stop (Otter Creek) 486-6584.


January 29


Empty Bowls fund raiser

The Cedar Key United Methodist Church will be hosting Empty Bowls, a fund raiser for the Cedar Key Community Food Pantry. The event will be held on Jan. 29, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Marie Lewis at 352-467-4703.


Keys to gardening in North Florida 

Barbara Edmunds will conduct a workshop on gardening Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 10:15 a.m., in the Cedar Key Library meeting room.


February 13


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.


February 26


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.




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.