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  • The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges will hold a group paddle and picnic in Cedar Key. All are welcome.
    Bring your own kayak or rent one in town. Bring a lunch and we will gather after the paddle at the Cedar Key Park to eat together.

  • Ceder Key Lions and volunteers Paula Wescott, George Sresovich, Dick Wescott,  Lannie Cardona, Frank Molitor and Marve Franks. Not pictured are: Judy Duvall, Jennie Pinto, Teri and Rory Brennan  who collected 14 bags of trash alongside the newly renamed stretch of Highway 24  honoring fallen Cedar Key serviceman,  Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing.
     

  • The Eagles of Cedar Key proudly placed a floral tribute in honor of Cedar Key residents who lost their lives in service to our country. The group asks that everyone remember them every day.

  • Researchers from the University of Massachusetts say there’s something special about Cedar Key dolphins.
    “They have unique feeding behaviors not seen anywhere else in the world,” said PhD candidate Stefanie Gazda in a phone interview Friday.
    Gazda heads up the Cedar Key Dolphin Project, a program that operates in the area for a few short weeks each year aimed at a better understanding the creatures and the environment they live in.

  • Join area libraries for Fairy Tales and Bedtime stories from all around the world. We will listen to international University of Florida students, make crafts, play games, listen to music and enjoy snacks.
    Come to one event or all of them. Large groups welcome, but please notify us in advance.
    All events begin at 10 a.m.

    Williston Public Library - Mondays
    June 18 - China
    June 25 - Greece
    July 9 - Pakistan
    July 16 - Italy
    July 23 - TBA
    July 30- USA Butterfly Tales

  • The Cedar Key Lions Club held its annual election of officers and board members for the July 2012 - June 2013 year and celebrated with an installation dinner on May 8.
    The Board of Directors and officers for the coming year are: Pam Oakley, President; Lannie Cardona, Immediate Past President; Steve Rosenthal, 1st Vice President; Dale Register, 2nd Vice President; Faye Sanders, Secretary; Sarah Cardona; Treasurer; Marvin Franks, Director; Bill Stephens, Director; Maurice Hendrix, Director, and Ralph Selby, Director.

  • The Levy County Public Safety & Hurricane Preparedness Expo, sponsored by the Levy Department of Public Safety, will be Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Williston Airport. Admission is free.
    There will be demonstrations of vehicle extrications using the Jaws of Life, and working dogs for Search & Rescue and the Sheriffs’ Office.
    Displays will include ambulances, fire trucks, helicopters, hazardous materials equipment, police cars, a medical simulator lab, and forestry equipment from several counties.

  • Levy County Delta Kappa Gamma Society assembled in Cedar Key to induct new officers and members.  

  • Rick and Patti Fabiani gave the Cedar Key Woman's Club a presentation on the Fisher House coming soon to Gainesville.
    And, after a short video on the foundation, there were few dry eyes in the clubhouse.
    The Fisher House, according to the organization’s website, is about “Supporting America's military in their time of need, we provide 'a home away from home' that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time — during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury."

  • What are you doing July 2 through 6?

  • A Children’s Summer Art Program at the Cedar Key Arts Center for 1st through 12th grade students is planned.
    Youth can learn from the experts about ceramics, drawing, sculpture, photography etc.
    Classes are from 9-11:30 am daily and there will be an exhibit of students’ work on Friday, July 27.
    Registration forms are available at the Cedar Keyhole, Chamber of Commerce or from Kathy Hudson at Cedar Key School.
    Enrollment is limited and deadline is June 112. There is a $20 materials cost, but scholarships are available, just ask.

  • Story Submitted by Island Arts
    If you’ve visited Island Arts across from the Post Office on Second Street in the past two weeks you’ve probably asked “Where’s Bo?”  If you don’t know who Bo is, then let me tell you, you missed meeting the coolest shop cat in Cedar Key.  

  • Artist of the Month for May 2012 at the Cedar Keyhole Gallery is Virginia Stevenson.
    Using a variety of fabrics and dyeing methods, Virginia Stevenson has steeply advanced the sophistication of her creations. Her works have appeared in a number of shows as well as collections. Stevenson has also been commissioned to devise fabric solutions for decorator challenges. Never idle, Stevenson uses many of her original fabric designs in producing ready-to-wear fashions. All of her latest creations will be on display at the Cedar Keyhole during the entire month of May.

  • At 79, Henry Gernhardt’s hands have twisted, turned, pressed, pounded, painted and baked globs of earth into works of art for more than 73 years.
    The artist, who now lives and works just outside of Cedar Key with his wife, Amy, grew up in rural Connecticut in a family he describes as being mostly engineers and mechanics.
    “I just couldn’t get into that,” he says. “I always did things different.”
    So, Gernhardt started a formal education in the arts at Norwich Art School in the early 1950s.

  • The months of February and March provided an opportunity for Levy County Visitors Bureau to host two international groups of travel writers, a television segment shoot and a writer and photographer from Southern Living magazine.

  • By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger

  • By MELISSA WATERS
    Special to the Beacon
    Roxy Blues is a fictional story based upon the lives of real people.  It is the story of two ordinary people who live in Cedar Key and the impact that an extremely effective pain killing medication has upon their lives. 
    Roxy Contin overtakes a husband and wife's life and becomes an addiction.  This is a novel about what could happen to any of us, writes Pierce Kelley the author, an attorney in Cedar Key.

  • By Donna Thalacher
    Wintertime Cedar Key resident
    I probably got started into composting for the wrong reason. In Iowa, John and I live on the Des Moines River and I love to garden.  As the years have passed, my flower beds have both grown in size and number, including a rather large wildflower bank meadow.  And if that isn’t enough, once the grandchildren started arriving, our fruit and vegetable gardens started growing as well.