Community Calendar for the week of January 31

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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.




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.


Celebrate Wildlife!

The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting Celebrate Wildlife! on Feb. 2, from 1-4:30 p.m.

The event will be held on Seahorse Key and include a viewing of the lighthouse, a tour of the University of Florida Marine Lab, including touch-tanks, and will provide many photo opportunities.

Visitors will be required to obtain their own transportation to Seahorse Key.

For more information, call 352-493-0238.


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 9

27th Spaghetti Dinner set

The Cedar Key Woman’s Club is preparing for its 27th Spaghetti Dinner, a winter tradition for locals and visitors alike. The dinner will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Cedar Key Community Hall on 6th St.. A $10 donation will buy a wonderful spaghetti dinner with salad and garlic bread, with a selection of homemade desserts and iced tea or coffee.

The Cedar Key Woman’s Club was formed in 1960, and members volunteer at various community events, with proceeds from fund-raising supporting Cedar Key at places like the Cedar Key School, the Cedar Key Library, the Food Pantry, Another Way and the fire department. They also have been active in Support our Troops and in raising funds for Fisher House.

Tickets for the spaghetti dinner are available from members of the CKWC and at the Cedar Key Emporium. Dinner is available from 5-7 p.m., with a choice of dine-in or take-out. Dinner for children under 12 will be $6.



February 13

Library to sell Valentine flowers

Friends of the Cedar Key Library will be selling live Valentine flowers on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Jiffy Store on 2nd Street, near the post office.

Flowers will cost $15 a bunch or $25 for two bunches. All proceeds will go to support the Cedar Key Library.


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 24

FNCC to meet in Cedar Key

The annual meeting of Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy (FNCC) will be held on Feb. 24, 1-4:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the Island Hotel, Cedar Key. The FNCC will provide grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, a variety of side dishes, soft drinks as well as beer and wine. The meeting is open to all members and anyone considering membership.

The FNCC is a charitable land trust whose goal is to maintain the natural wildness of our beautiful Gulf coast. The FNCC owns some land locally which it holds for the public in perpetuity and help maintain the railroad trestle trail in Cedar Key. The FNCC is actively seeking new members. Annual individual memberships are $15 and family memberships are $25. Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a member of FNCC should come to the annual meeting and/or go to the website  .


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.


April 20

Apalachicola antique & classic boat show

The 15th annual Antique & Classic Boat Show in Apalachicola will be Saturday, April 20. There will be classic boats, home-built traditional craft, work boats, classic designs, antique outboard motor collections, antique and classic automobiles, artwork and more.  

For details and applications go to www.antiqueboatshow.org or call 850-653-9419.