Community Calendar for the week of December 6

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Artists of the month

The Artists of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole are Donna and Dave Tanck, a husband and wife team of glass artists.

Minnesota-born, but Floridians at heart, the Tancks create all types of handcrafted art glass, including jewelry, window panels, stepping stones, tables, sun catchers, vases , kaleidoscopes, incense burners, night lights and more. They work together, using a variety of processes to create their art which include fusing, slumping, elad caning, foiling and soldering. 

The Cedar Keyhole, a 21 artist co-op, is located on 2nd St. and is open seven days a week except on Christmas and Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Annual Cookie Walk planned

The United Methodist Church in Cedar Key will be hosting its Annual Cookie Walk on Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be a bake sale, crafts and a luncheon of chili or stew. The event is being hosted by the United Methodist Women. For more information contact Marie Lewis at 352-467-4703.




Bowl event benefits food pantry

An annual fundraiser for the Cedar Key food pantry will receive a big boost when  people meet at the Cedar Key Arts Center on Dec. 10 between 1-5 p.m. to make holiday items and take the opportunity to make a clay bowl for donation to the Empty Bowls event. 

The soup supper that started in Michigan and now is a nationwide event will be joined by folks in Cedar Key. The story is that we can learn to feed each other, in a small community sense. 

The bowls will be glazed and fired, and will be given away for a contribution to the food pantry at a soup supper to be held in January. All participants will get a bowl of soup, also made by a local person to share. The event is tentatively set for the Methodist Church in Cedar Key.  

If you cannot attend the soup supper, donations can be sent to P.O. Box 338, Cedar Key, 32625. 



Begining Tuesday


Pre-school storytime

These programs use books and music to present young children with the concept that books, reading and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages.  The programs last 30 minutes and will be held at the following locations:

- A.F. Knotts Public Library - Yankeetown, Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.

- Bronson Public Library, Monday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m.

- Cedar Key Public Library, Wednesday, Dec.12 at 10:30 a.m.

- Luther Callaway Public Library - Chiefland, Monday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

- Williston Public Library, every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and music with Ms. Sara at 10:00 a.m.


Haven hosting grief workshops for holidays

Haven Hospice is hosting two Holiday Grief Workshops at the Tri-Counties Care Center, located on 311 N.E. 9th St., in Chiefland, for those who have lost a loved one and are looking for support to cope during the holidays. Both workshops will be from 10-11:30 a.m. The workshop will be on  Dec. 11.



December 15


Appliclation deadline for festival

The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts applications (zapplications) is quickly coming to a close.  You can easily sign up by going to www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com and fill out the application online. Deadline for this event is Dec. 15, 2012.

If you need further information or assistance, please contact Laura Matson Hahn, at 352-543-2013.



Through Dec. 18


Quit Smoking Now classes

Do you smoke, dip or spit and want to quit?  First Baptist Church of Bronson, 460 S. Court St., Bronson is hosting Quit Smoking Now classes from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 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.


December 19


Children’s Christmas party planned

The Cedar Key Public Library will be holding its Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 1-2 p.m. Children will have an opportunity to enjoy stories, make an ornament, sing Christmas carols and enjoy light refreshments. This free family fun event is open to young and all.



December 22

Celebrate the holidays on Seahorse Key

There will be a free Open House for Cedar Keys’ historic Seahorse Key Light Station. The open house will offer spectacular holiday photo opportunities, historians dressed in period clothing and an opportunity to receive passport stamps.

The  open house will be held Saturday,  Dec. 22,  from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m and again on Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. -4 p.m.

You will be required to obtain your own transportation, by tour boat or private vessel. There are several options available to those wishing to visit the light station.

Boat shuttle information can be obtained at:

• Tidewater Tours, 543-9523;

• Cedar Key Island Tours, 352-231-4435 for boat shuttle information.  

Or for the do-it-yourselfers, contact:

• Kayak Cedar Keys, 543-9447, for a kayak;

• Cedar Key Paddling, 352-665-1276, for a canoe rental.



January 7

Beginning Throwing with Clay class 

There will be a Beginning Throwing with Clay class at the Cedar Key Arts Center in January from Monday, Jan. 7-Monday, Jan. 14. 

If you are interested, sign up at the Cedar KeyHole downstairs, or call Amy at 352-215-2096. 


January 26


Moonlight Paddle at Manatee park

Manatee Springs State Park will host a moonlight paddle event on the Suwannee River starting at 5:45 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The paddle will start at Manatee Springs State Park,11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland.

Participants will learn about the history of the river while enjoying the beautiful scenery by moonlight. The park’s Citizen Support Organization will provide a short program following the moonlight paddle. Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve a rental kayak for $20.00 or canoe for $30.00 through Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures, call 571-230-0906. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring bottled water, a flash light and whistle. Children under the age of six and pets are not allowed due to safety. Park entrance fees of $6 per carload of up to eight people will apply. For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.

Othwer moonlight paddles will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

For more information, call Melissa LeMatty at 352-493-6072 or Joleen Dudley at 352-493-6736.