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Community Calendar for the week of July 5

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Through July 31
Raethka is Artist of the Month
The Cedar Keyhole Gallery announced its Artist of the Month for July 2012 as Russell Raethka. Chiefland watercolorist, Raethka creates Cedar Key scenes that emote nostalgic thoughts of seaside living. His many works include wildlife along with remnants of weathered buildings and assorted cast-offs. His style is unique in it’s sharpness of detail as well as true to life colors. Russ will have all his latest paintings at the Cedar Keyhole during the month of July.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Cedar Keyhole, located on 2nd Street (across from the Library) in Cedar Key, also maintains a display of many other works by over 20 contributors to its artists  cooperative. These works include paintings (oils, acrylics, pastels, and watercolors), metal works, stained glass, jewelry, fiber arts, leatherwork, pottery and woodworking among others. For more information, please call  The Keyhole  at 352-543-5801.

July 17

Cat Caregiver workshop planned
A Community Cat Program Colony Caregiver Workshop,  will be held on Sunday, July 17, from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. at Otter Creek Town Hall, sponsored by Sheltering Hands. This program is for people managing stray and feral cat populations who are interested in participating in a subsidized spay and neuter program for those cats. This is not a program for pet/housecats. Sheltering Hands is a non-profit cat rescue active in Marion and Levy counties. For more information, visit www.shelteringhands.com or call CCP at 352-509-5228.

 
Ongoing

Volunteer Advocates Needed
Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns.  Special training and certification is provided.
All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents — who often have no one else to advocate for them — are encouraged to call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit the program’s website at www.ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Alcoholics Anonymous
- Keep It Simple, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, SR 24 and 5th Street (open/no smoking)
- Cedar Key Step Meeting, Mondays, 7 p.m., Cedar Key Library, upstairs meeting room (open/no smoking)

Beekeeping Club
The Levy County Beekeeping Association (LCBA) will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at 4 West Park Ave., in Chiefland. Anyone interested in keeping bees is invited to attend.

City Commission
The City of Cedar Key Commission meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at City Hall.

CRA meeting
The Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency Board meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at City Hall.

Grief & Loss Support Group
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss support group from 6-7 p.m. This group meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Key. For more information, contact the local office at 800-677-5428.

Historical Society
The Cedar Key Historical Society board and members meet the third Thursday of the month at 5 p.m., at the second floor meeting room of the Andrews House behind the museum. Anyone interested in joining the Historical Society is encouraged to attend.

Lions Club
The Cedar Key Lions Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, with a social beginning at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a member is encouraged to attend.

Nature Coast Conservancy
Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy board of directors meets at 4 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month. Members and others interested in this land trust are welcome to join the meeting at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Laboratory on State Road 24.

Narcotics Anonymous
The Methodist Church in Cedar Key will be hosting N.A. meetings on Thursdays, at 7 p.m. The meeting is open for A.A. members as well as N.A. members.

Pet spaying clinic - low cost
Operation PETSNIP, a non-profit  spay/neuter clinic is now available to Levy County. The cost is $40 for cats and $60 for dogs. Got to www.nmhp.net or call 352-376-6647 for details.

Poetry Club
The Poetry Club meets at 2 p.m. every Thursday through April at the Cedar Key Library. Bring your own poetry writing (plus 6-7 copies to share) and enjoy the critique and workshopping process with published writers and poets.

Free Yoga, Pilates offered
Ongoing, free Yoga and Pilates, upstairs at the Library:
 - Gentle Yoga - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-4:15 p.m., beginners welcome.
 -Intermediate Yoga - Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8-9:30 a.m.,  instructed by audio CD, some yoga experience necessary.
 - Pilates - Tuesday and Thrusday 8-8:40 a.m.; group instruction, all-levels (work at your own pace).

To list your ongoing meetings an events in this section, email editor@cedarkeybeacon.com.