Community Calendar for the week of November 14

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Month of November

Ryan is Keyhole’s Artist of the Month

The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for November is Corrine Ryan, the gallery’s only leather artist. Ryan has won awards from Texas to Florida for her exquisite portraits of  people, birds, dogs and other animals. In addition to her portraits, Ryan makes sturdy and beautifully finished dog and cat collars and leashes, most inscribed with a name or saying. “Here Comes Trouble” is a popular leash, as well as the “Gators” ones in orange and blue on both collars and leashes. Other items which Ryan makes out of leather are purses wallets, coin purses, bracelets and earrings, all of which make lovely gifts for Christmas as well as year-round. 

The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-operative of 21 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. and is located on historic 2nd St in Cedar Key, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and a step back in time for visitors who want to experience Florida as it was 50 years ago.



Ongoing this month

Share your Spring Art Festival memories

Next April 12-13, Cedar Key will be hosting its 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival. What was started in 1964 as the Cedar Key Sidewalk Arts Festival is now the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts. We are hoping to bring back memories of times gone by and feature some of the special pictures and stories that go along with 50 years of celebrating art in Cedar Key. If you have stories or pictures to share please contact: Bev Ringenberg, cedarkeyartsfestival@gmail.com, 352-543-0362 or mail items to PO Box 298, Cedar Key, Florida 32625.



No Grinch’s need apply

The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce is looking for four to five people to help decorate the tree in City Park for the upcoming holiday season.  The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Friday, Nov. 28, where music, stories and a parade will also be part of the fun.

The tree decorating is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14–15 and Nov. 21 and 22 from 3–7 p.m.

In addition to volunteer decorators, the Chamber has a couple of other needs due to the tree’s size (which is getting larger every year):

– Large plastic ornaments, the tree needs more embellishment.

– And spot lights to light the tree.  The cost of the spots will be $250 and we are looking for donations.

If you can help with any of the above needs to this community event, please contact the Chamber at 352-543-5600.


Annual Garden Club meeting

Cedar Key Garden Club Annual Meeting will be held Friday, Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Cedar Key Christ Episcopal Church Hall, 609 Fifth Street (corner of 5th street and SR 24). There will be door prizes and refreshments. New members are welcome to join the fun.


Artists’ boat tour

University of Florida has a Sea Grant opportunity to study the effect of climate change on coastal waters near Cedar Key. On Nov. 15 or 16 there will be a boat tour of the area sponsored by a Sea Grant through the University of Florida. Tide Water Tours has agreed to provide a boat with a maximum of 10 artists who are willing to take part in this program. There will be no fee for the boat ride up the Suwannee following the coastline from Cedar Key and back again on the date set.

The boat will leave the marina in Cedar Key and participants are reminded to bring sketch books, cameras, etc. to capture an image which will be fashioned into a work of art. All mediums are encouraged to apply. The artists will be featured in a Member’s Art Gallery show upstairs at the Cedar Key Arts Center in February. The show will be open to the public for one month.

Dates and times will be set when we hear from the artists. Please respond with questions to Amy Gernhardt,  amyjojones4@gmail.com,  or Sarah Thompson, sarahlou.liz.ethompson@gmail.com to enroll in this unique experience.


Art Center November Workshops

Come join us for some creative fun.

Rescheduled to Nov. 16: Beaded Bracelet with Joni Seilaff, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Create a lovely bracelet using beads and Swarovski crystals to form this unique pattern.  Contact Joni at jomi74@aol.com.

Dec. 1

Call to artists:

The next Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key is scheduled for April 12-13, 2014.  Applications for this juried fine arts and crafts festival are now being accepted through zapplications.com. 120 artists, $14,000 in awards, complementary artist’s breakfast and Saturday evening reception.  This annual event, now in its 50th year, draws over 20,000 visitors to the small island community on Florida’s Nature Coast. There is a $32 entry fee and $165 booth fee. The deadline is Dec. 1, 2013. For more information, visit www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com or call 352-543-5400.





Yoga and Pilates at the Library

Intermediate Yoga (CDs, some yoga experience helpful, free), Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8-9:30 a.m. at the CK Library.

Pilates (intermediate, free) - Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-8:30 a.m. at the CK Library.


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.