Community Calendar for the week of January 24

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Word-A-Holics sought for Scrabble group

Anyone interested in playing Scrabble is being sought by the Friends of the Bronson Public Library.

The first get-together is Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. The Library is closed at this time to the public, so it will be quiet.

If you are interested or want more information, please contact the Bronson Library at 486-2015.





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. 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 or canoe for $30 through Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures, call 571-230-0906. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring bottled water, a flashlight 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.

Other moonlight paddles will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 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.




Acoustical Afternoon for the Arts

Set down your worries and come hoist a glass and be entertained at the 3rd annual Acoustical Afternoon Fundraiser for the Arts Festival at the Cedar Key Island Room, Sunday Jan. 27, from 3-5 p.m. This year, in addition to the sublime music of acoustical guitarist Joe Peters, come witness the Cracker Stories of local artist and storyteller Bill Roberts and the Lady Of The Lighthouse as portrayed by Toni Collins. Plus, join in the silent auction for artwork from award winning artists -you could pick up a gem for a bargain. Tickets are $20 at the Welcome Center or call Laura at 352-543-5400.  Only 100 seats are available, so book early for this never before, not-to-be-missed event.


January 31


Tourism council meeting

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Visitors Bureau,  620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.


February 1


AARP Tax Aide begins

Free tax preparation and e-file with AARP Tax Aide begins at Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland. Friday hours are noon-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clients using itemized returns are asked to make an appointment after March 1, due to delays in approval of tax law changes. 

To make an appointment, call 352-493-2758 through April 1.



February 2


Textile Retrospective to be featured

Next to be featured in the Cedar Key Art Gallery's Main Art Gallery, beginning Feb. 2, will be: Sarah Westenberg – "A Textile Retrospective, Art and Soul". 

Sarah’s creative journey began in 1977 with making a single quilt, which then blossomed into wearable art.  Sarah’s creative outlet was enhanced by taking watercolor classes at the Cedar Key Art Center in 2000.  The preparation for her show has resulted in a spiritual journey of sorts, allowing her to re-examine her life through the different phases of her life and art. Through her textiles, she hopes to inspire other women and other artists. 

“My clothes inspire my art, my art is what I wear,” says Sarah.  Anyone who has ever seen the stylish Sarah knows that statement is very, very true.


Fair organizers looking for donations

The Levy County Fair Association will be having its annual yard sale fund-raiser on Saturday, Feb. 2,  at 8 a.m. at Keeping It Green Nursery on the corner of North Main Street and Northeast 2nd Avenue in Williston, across from Williston General Dentistry.  

Organizers are looking for donations for the yard sale and encourage early spring cleaning.

The Levy County Fair Association is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Volunteers will also pick up and/or move your donations. Call Marc at 352-538-5551 to make arrangements.

The Fair will be April 11-14 at the Williston Airport Industrial Park,  across from the Williston Horseman’s Park.

Visit  and click on the Creative Arts link to see all the Creative Arts categories from baking & food preservation, to sewing and hobby crafts.  There will also be a complete livestock show, full midway, attractions, games, exhibitions and  food.


STARS to shine at schools gala

The Levy County Schools Foundation will host the 13th Annual STARS Gala, a fundraiser and showcase for student talent, at Bronson High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the program begins at 6 p.m.  and includes a meal served by Bronson High School students. Entertainment will be provided by students from across the county. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes.  

The 2013 Alumni of the Year and Gala patrons will be recognized at the event. 

Sponsorships are available at the three levels and include tickets to the event: Gold Patron at $1,000; Silver Patron at $500-$999 and Bronze Patron at $250-$499.

Individual tickets are $50 each.

To be a sponsor, purchase individual tickets, or donate door prizes call the Foundation office at 352-486-3408 or email LCSF@levy.k12.fl.us.

Tickets and sponsorships are also available from Chiefland area Foundation board members Jeff Beauchamp, Paige Brookins, Amanda Gibson, Jeff Edison, Carol Jones, Andy Lott, Ben Lott, Prentice Spann, Stacy Swain, Ryan Watson, Tami Wain, and Bob Williams. 



February 14


Lions Valentine’s Dinner/Dance

The annual Lions Club Bring Your Valentine Dinner/Dance, will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Cedar Key Community Center.

The event will feature a live band with dinner catered by The Island Room Restaurant. Tickets are $25 per person.

The event will also feature a silent auction and the event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are available from any Cedar Key Lions Club Members.









February 28


Children’s Art Benefit

The Children’s Art Benefit Dinner, Raffle and Silent Auction will be held at the Cedar Key Community Center (6th and F St.) on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. Gourmet food will be provided by the Island Room Restaurant and there are wonderful items available for the raffle and silent auction.  All proceeds from this event will be used to sponsor art programs for the children of Cedar Key who have no art teacher in their school. Tickets ($25 per person) are available at the CK Welcome Center or from CK Art Center Board Members. Come join the fun and support a great cause.


April 19


Farm Bureau scholarship applications

The  Levy County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for our 2013 Academic & Career/Technical Scholarships Award. 

Deadline for getting applications in is April 19 at 5 p.m.

For more information, call 352-493-4780.