Community Calendar for the week of March 6

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Month of March


Artist of the Month

The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for March is Russ Raethka. Raethka has been a member of this artists’ co-op for 15 years. His acrylic and watercolor paintings depict classic Cedar Key scenes. His trademark work is watercolors of virtually all the fish found in the waters surrounding Cedar Key. Additionally, he creates notecards and postcards of his art images. All his work is creatively framed and matted. 

The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op with 23 local and regional members. The gallery has been a working enterprise supporting the arts in Cedar Key and displaying the works of artists for 48 years. The Keyhole is located on historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.





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.




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

On Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. upstairs in the library, there will be a Giant Book Sale. Take as many books as you like, then leave a donation. It’s that easy. All proceeds go to the Cedar Key Library. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.



Native Plant Sale

On Saturday, March 8, the Cedar Key Garden Club will be holding a Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until noon by the Cedar Key City Hall.


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.


Cedar Key FFA hosts gardening seminar

The Cedar Key FFA will be hosting a Gardening Seminar on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Cedar Key School auditorium. The chapter is holding the seminar in order to inform people of the hunger need in our world today, how and why it is important to eat healthy, how to properly plant a garden and how to properly care for that garden as it grows its crop. The FFA members will be giving a tour of their other projects on campus and will provide an opportunity for questions when the program is finished. Guests will also receive a grow bag with a tomato or potato plant growing in it to take home.



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 14


Patchouli returns to Cedar Key

Don’t miss Patchouli in concert on Friday, March 14, at 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 and instrumental Spanish-style guitar.

A social hour and Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library precedes the performance at 6 p.m.

The event is free to the public.



March 15


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 at 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 for their trip to Washington, D.C.

Registration 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 take part in the event.

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



Mad Hatter Tea Party, Plein Air Art Auction

When: March 15, 4:30 - to 7 p.m.

Where: The garden of Scott and Andrea Dennison, 1651 Susan St., Cedar Key

Call 352 -543-6313 for reservations by March 12.

All proceeds will benefit the Cedar Key Arts Center Building Fund


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 22


Hospice Poker Run

The Second Annual AmVets Ride for Haven Hospice Poker Run to benefit the Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland, will be held on March 22, beginning at 9 a.m. Riders will begin and end at the AmVets Post 422 at 17131 NW U.S. Highway 19 in Fanning Springs.

Participants will collect cards during the four stops which will include AmVets Post 42, AmVets Post 444, AmVets Post 88 and City Bar in Trenton. Best hand wins a three-night cabin stay at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground.

The cost is $15 for drivers and $5 for each passenger or each additional hand. The fee includes a barbecue dinner and an after-ride party with prize drawings, a 50/50 drawing and live music. For more information, or to register for the poker run, please contact Eric Daniels at 352-356-1949. All proceeds from the event will go to support the unreimbursed programs and services that Haven Hospice provides to patients and families in the Tri-County communities. 

Prize sponsors include Haven Hospice and AmeriCare Home Health.



March 26


‘Gardening for Butterflies’

On Wednesday, March 26, the Cedar Key Garden Club will be hosting “Gardening for Butterflies” by Alice Lattimer. Attendees will learn about nectar plants and host plants that will bring a host of butterflies to your yard. The program will begin at 10:15 a.m. and will be held 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.


April 12-13


Cedar Key Arts Festival

There is something for everyone at Cedar Key’s 50th Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.

The annual festival will be held April 12-13.

While there, festival goers can expect to see:

 • 120 fine artists and craftsman will share their creations on historic 2nd Street from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;

 • Art demonstrations will take place Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.; watch as 14 talented artists from a variety of disciplines share their techniques;

 • Kids can do Fish Rubbings in at the Cedar Key Arts Centerís Childrenís Activities Booth;

 •  A new mural, commemorating the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival, will be ready for viewing;

 • An exhibit at the Cedar Key Arts Center will highlight the colorful history and art from “Fifty Years of Art Festivals in Cedar Key”;

 • And, of course, there will be seafood, homemade goodies, hand-squeezed lemonade, music and lots of family fun both days in the Beachfront City Park.

To find out more about the event, visit www.cedarkeyartsfestivel.com or call Bev Ringenberg, Event Coordinator at 352-543-5400.



April 19


Cedar Key Garden Tour

On Saturday, April 19, the Cedar Key Garden Club will be hosting a “Cedar Key Garden Tour” from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Those interested in taking the tour are to meet at the Cedar Key Community Center.




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.







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.