Community Calendar for the week of May 24

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BP Settlement meeting set
Information on the BP settlement agreement pertaining to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be presented by Rhon Jones, one of the 15 Attorneys on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the multi-district (federal) litigation. Jones, of the Beasley Allen Law Firm, will also discuss how to participate in this settlement.  Businesses associated with the clam farming and fishing industries may meet with Jones on Wednesday, May 30 from 4-6 p.m. at the Community Center in Cedar Key.

Non-Fiction Book Bunch to meet
The Non-Fiction Book Bunch will meet on Wednesday, May 30, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Library when Erik Larson’s “Issac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History” will be discussed.  Please bring suggestions for the October meeting with you.  Proposed thus far are:
• S.C. Gwynne’s  “Empire of the Summer Moon”;
• Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”;
• Cornell University’s Legacy Project “Thirty Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans”;
• And Candice Millard’s “River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey”.
The Book Bunch had its last meeting for the season several weeks ago. As the last turnout was small, we ask that you e-mail your suggestions for books to read in the fall to Maggi Funchion at funchiond@bellsouth.net. One suggestion is that, as the group has read much historical fiction this year, perhaps memoirs or classic novels may be in order.

Volunteer Advocates Needed
Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns.  Special training and certification is provided.
All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents — who often have no one else to advocate for them — are encouraged to call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit the program’s website at http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.

May 31
Public hearing on Tarmac permit
A hearing to take public comment on the draft environmental impact statement for the Tarmac King Road mine will be held at 7 p.m. at the Inglis Community Center in Inglis.
The hearing is being held by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers, the agency which drafted the report. For more information visit www.kingroadeis.com.

June 2
Chiefland Watermelon Festival, bike ride
The Chiefland Woman’s Club is hosting the 58th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival in historic downtown Chiefland and partnering with the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club’s 1st Tour De Melon.  The Tour De Melon is a cycling event for cyclists of all ages on the Greenway Trail and local roadways. The Watermelon Festival will include a parade, watermelon pageants for all ages, watermelon contest, family fun, fanfare, arts, crafts, food and much more.
For more information visit: www.chieflandwomansclub.org and www.tourdemelon.com
June 9
BACK Fighting Cancer golf tourney
The Swinging for a Cure golf tournament is being replaced by a new tournament,  the BACK Fighting Cancer golf tournament to be held at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.
Proceeds will benefit BACK Fighting Cancer which in turn supports families in the Tri-County area who have a child who has been diagnosed with cancer.

July 16

Summer art teachers needed
The Cedar Key Arts Guild’s Summer Art Program Coordinators are wondering if there is anyone among you who might be interested in teaching a 2 1/2 hour (9-11:30 a.m.) workshop to children (either elementary or secondary level or both groups at different times) during the weeks of July 16-27. We still have six time slots to fill (three teachers if they will do both groups) and there is a small stipend involved.
Please call Donna Bushnell for more information on how to be a part of this fun opportunity.  Donna can be reached at 352-493-1807