Community Calendar for the week of March 1

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Benefit planned for displaced family

The CK Aquaculture Association, the Oyster Association and CK School are preparing a benefit for the Berger Family who lost all they own to a fire last weekend.  It will take place on Friday, March 2, in the City Park from 4-7 p.m. The organizers have some needs and are hoping businesses and individuals can assist them with the following:

• Styrofoam boxes, large and small

• Box of foil inserts

• Items for a silent raffle

There will be entertainment, raffle, steamed clams, fried oysters, deserts and drinks

If there is any way that you can help, please contact Rose Cantwell (543-6346).


 Do You Have Questions About Medicare?

 Do you have questions about your options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, 

Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare billings?

If you do, come see SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, for one-on-one counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance.  If you cannot come to a site call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a SHINE Volunteer near you.  SHINE will be at the following sites on :

• Friday, March 2, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Cedar Key Health Fair at the Community Center

• Wednesday, March 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Williston Public Library

• Wednesday, March 7,1:30-3:30 p.m., Bronson Public Library

• Wednesday, March 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Chiefland Senior Center.




Meet the candidates forum at Inglis

The Inlis RABAC will sponsor a Meet the Candidates forum at the Inglis Town Hall on Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. This will be a basic forum format where each of the candidates will speak for a few minutes and then respond to written questions from the audience.




First Monday Nature Walk

Please join the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges for its next nature walk on Monday, March 5 at 10 a.m. Please note: this is a time change from our previous first Monday of the month walks. The group will meet at the parking lot at Shell Mound. We will walk out to the boardwalk to look for shore birds, then walk the trail over the mound and into the woods. There is even a chance we may see a swallowtail kite on our walk. The last few years, they have been arriving at the refuge during the first week of March. 

The walk will be led by Donna and John Thalacker.




Learn from the master craftsman

The public is invited to join Henry K. Gernhardt, master craftsman, at the Cedar Key Arts Center on 2nd Street in Cedar Key on Wednesdays, beginning March 7 through April 4 from 5-8 p.m.. 

This class will include basic and intermediate hand-building - coils and slabs - using clay. Participants will complete their project, glaze and fire. Class fee is $150; $145 for members, with a lab fee of $25 for materials, including clay, firing and glazes. 

Call Henry at 543-9165 to register.


March 10


Annual Spring Plant Sale

The Cedar Key Garden Club’s Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held by City Hall on C Street on March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will have a large variety of native plants to choose from.



March 12


Book Bunch to meet

The Book Bunch will meet Monday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Library’s top floor meeting room when Geraldine Brooks’ “March” will be discussed.  Jane Smiley’s “The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton” will be discussed in April.  

 The Non-Fiction Book Bunch met on Wednesday, Feb. 29,  to discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Subsequent book include: Thomas L. Friedman’s and Michael Mandelbaum’s “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back” for March; Jon Krakauer’s “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith” for April; and Erik Larson’s “Issac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History” for May.


March 15


Woman’s Club raffle benefits veterans

The Cedar Key Woman’s Club  is fund-raising for Fisher House, the home away from home for veterans’ families while they are being treated at the VA Hospital in Gainesville. While many other states have a Fisher House, Gainesville’s facility has yet to be built. 

The club is selling 250 raffle tickets for $10 each, with a prize of $500 going to the winner. The drawing will be at the club’s fashion show on March 15 at the Cedar Key Community Center.  Tickets are for sale at Déjà Vu, Curmudgeonalia Book Store, Kona Joe’s, and from any club member. 

A multitude of people in Cedar Key utilize the VA medical facility in Gainesville.  By supporting the CKWC and buying a raffle ticket, you will be helping to insure that our local veterans and their families have a place to stay when receiving care at the VA.

For more information call, Eileen Senecal at 543-9850.


April 29


Worldwide Pinhole Day

Sunday, April 29, is Worldwide Pinhole Day. On that day anyone, anywhere in the world, who makes a pinhole photograph on that last Sunday in April, can scan it and upload it to: www.pinholdeday.org where it will become part of the annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day celebration’s online gallery.

 Those Arts Center members interested in participating in the Pinhole Day  will meet every Wednesday between now and April 29 at the Arts Center darkroom to learn about and explore pinhole photography. No prior knowledge in photography is required. Participants, with help from Chris Harkness, will learn how to make their own pinhole cameras, and make and process pinhole photos in the Arts Center’s Darkroom.