Community calendar for he week of October 18

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Seventh Annual Ride to Provide

The seventh annual motorcycle fundraiser, Ride to Provide, will be held on Oct. 20, at Bronson High School. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with free coffee and doughnuts. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.ridetoprovide.net. This Law Enforcement escorted ride is approximately 64 miles in length and will travel through scenic Levy County. This ride is free of cost but donations are greatly appreciated. Riders will have another opportunity to support Levy ARC by purchasing a hamburger/hotdog plate at the end of the ride. All proceeds from this event directly support the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens. T-Shirts will be available the day of the ride.

For more information or to help sponsor this event please contact Sean or Beth Mullins at 352-316-3260 or 352-528-2222.


Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Trail Ride

The Levy County Horse Club sponsors the 12th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Trail Ride at Tidewater Trailhead in the Goethe State Forest on Saturday, Oct. 20. It begins at the south end of County Road 337 with registration beginning at 8 a.m. for a $25 fee per rider for the poker ride. Ride at your own pace. Lunch is free with registration, or available for $6. The menu includes choice of  barbecue or lemon pepper pork with green beans and potatoes, whole kernel corn, rolls, dessert and a drink. Lunch will be followed by fun raffles.

Overnight primitive camping is available for those coming in on Friday or staying over til Sunday. Water for horses and bathroom facilities are available. This is a no hunting weekend with trail use and camp fees waived for this benefit event. Coggins required. All donations go to benefit local breast cancer patients.

To donate or help sponsor this event or more information please check our web page at www. levycountyhorseclub.com or email levy2@flahorse.com.


Concealed weapons class

The Lighthouse Word Church will be offering a Concealed Weapons Class on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 9 a.m., at the church on US Alt 27, Chiefland. Lieutenant Ray Tremblay of the Chiefland Police Dept. will be conducting the class which includes classroom and firearms training. The cost of the class is $60 and includes lunch. Lieutenant Tremblay is a certified law enforcement instructor in pistol, advanced rifle and shotgun instruction and also a certified N.R.A. instructor. Money must be turned into the church office no later than Thursday, Oct. 18. If you have any questions you can contact Pastor Walter Turner at the church office at 352-493-1554. All ladies are welcome. If you do not own a firearm, one will provided for you.


Saturday & Sunday


Seafood Festival

The 43rd Annual Seafood Festival in Cedar Key will be held in the historic downtown and City Park. Great food and entertainment in the Park and art lines the streets of Cedar Key. Funds raised by various groups go to support charitable projects and Cedar Key School. (See Pages 5-12)


October 28


Senior Adult lunch

First Baptist Church of Bronson is hosting a Senior Adult Lunch on Sunday, Oct. 28, at noon in its Fellowship Hall with guest speaker Mary Lee Tanca on Medicare 2013 changes. Medicare 2013 Part D Plans starts open enrollment from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.  Bring a copy of your Medicare Part D Plan card and a list of  all your prescription drugs.  By reservation only,  please call Juanita at  339-0747 by Wednesday, Oct. 25.



October 30


Fall Festival in the Park

There will be a Fall Festival in the Park brought to you by some of the Cedar Key area churches and businesses on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 4-7 p.m. Fun in the form of candy, games, prizes and food (hot dogs, drinks and chips) will be provided. Costumes are not required for children to attend the event, but, if worn, they should not be scary nor should they be suggestive.

Donations of candy and prizes, etc, will be greatly appreciated.

For questions, comments or to donate candy or prizes, please contact Tom/Michelle Pearson at 352-325-0134, Todd/Star Pope at 352-543-5000, or Josh/Erin Pearson at 818-669-3652.

Look at the next news edition for further information and updates.



October 31


Book Bunch to meet

The Non-Fiction Book Bunch will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Library. Some of us have read Cornell University’s “Legacy Project Thirty Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans”  over the summer.  If you have read it, great; if not, great.

We will meet and decide upon the next months’ readings.  Please, bring suggestions with you.  Proposed thus far are: S.C. Gwynne’s  “Empire of the Summer Moon”; Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”; and Candice Millard’s “River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey”.


No treating in Williston

There will not be a Trail of Treats in Williston this year.

The Williston Chamber of Commerce, the longtime sponsor of the event, elected not to host the event this year due to safety concerns and financial obligations.


November 3


‘Global Warming and the Changing Oceans’

Cedar Key Public Library will be hosting a presentation by Captain Dan Kipnis on “Global Warming and the Changing Oceans” on Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. He is the past president of the Miami Beach Rod and Reel club and member of the Climate Reality Project.

 A Florida native and ardent fisheries conservationist, he will explain global warming and its effects on the oceans and near coastal environments. Captain Kipnis is chairman of the Economic, Social and Health Committee of the Miami-Dade County Climate Change Task Force. He has also served on the Biscayne Bay Management Committee, Miami River Review Committee and City of Miami Waterfront Board. The captain was also Commissioner of the State of Florida Marine Fisheries Commission.


November 6


Quit Smoking Now classes

Do you smoke, dip or spit and want to quit?  First Baptist Church of Bronson, 460 S. Court Street, Bronson is hosting Quit Smoking Now classes from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 through Dec. 18.  Free group sessions with free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges provided. This program is sponsored by the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center and the Florida Department of Health. To register, call Juanita toll free at 1-866-341-2730. 



November 9


Hiers-Baxley to host veterans luncheon

To show appreciation for the dedicated service of veterans to this country, Tri-County Area veterans are invited to a free luncheon in their honor on Friday. Nov. 9, at the Tommy Usher Community Center in Chiefland. 

The guest speaker will be retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Elden H. Luffman. He is a former military chaplain, WWII veteran and author of “Bringing God To War.” 

Seating is limited so those wanting to participate should call for reservations by by Monday, Nov. 5, to Pam Leaptrot at Hiers-Baxley, 352-493-0050.


Through Nov. 12


Sign up for Vets Day celebration

The city of Williston will host the 2012 Levy County Veterans Day Parade and ceremony Monday, Nov. 12.

The parade will kick off around 11 a.m. and wind its way down Noble Avenue to Heritage Park on North Main Street for a short program that will include music and guest speakers.

All veterans and their families will be treated with free hot dogs and drinks at the park. Special tributes will be given to the men and women who served in our Armed Forces.

Any organization or individual that wants to participate in the parade should contact Frances Taylor at Frances.Taylor@ci.williston.fl.us or call  352-528-3060.




November 23


Cedar Key Christmas kicks off

The annual Cedar Key Christmas Celebration will kick-off this event with a tree lighting ceremony in the Park.