Community Calendar for the week of November 29

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Santa arrives Dec. 1 in Chiefland

The 2012 Chiefland Christmas Festival and Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 1, in downtown Chiefland at the historic train depot, Trailhead Park and the surrounding area on U.S. Highway 19 South.

The Festival will begin at 10 a.m. with the opening of booths and arts, crafts, music and activities for children. The lighted parade starts at 6 p.m., followed by the evening celebration that includes the lighting ceremony, caroling and visits with Santa.  Walgreen’s will be providing a photographer for pictures to be taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Orders can be taken at that time and a price list will be available. 

Local entertainment of church choirs, musicians and other entertainers are invited to perform.

Attention all businesses, food and beverage vendors, artists, crafters and non-profit organizations — booths will be available for the following fees:

• non-profit organizations, $15,

• informational booths, $30,

• food vendors, $50 for businesses.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 19th, but remember booth availability is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For further information or for registration forms for the festival or Parade please call the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce at 352-493-1849 email chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net.


Florida’s Eden at CKAC

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Cedar Key Arts Center will present the works of artists affiliated with Florida’s Eden, a group dedicated to uniting art, culture and North Florida’s Natural Resources in the Main Gallery. Bev Ringenberg will delight with her showcase of Contemporary Fusion Glass in the Member’s Art Gallery.

There are fantastic opportunities to spark a creative fire during the month of December by taking advantage of the workshops at the Cedar Key Arts Center.  Call the Keyhole Artist Co-op to make your reservation 352-543-5801





Garden Club plans Christmas Party

The annual Cedar Key Garden Club Christmas Party will be on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at noon in the Fellowship Hall of Christ Church Episcopal Church.  The traditional covered dish dinner and plant drawing is planned.  Bring a side dish to share, ham will be the main dish.  Bring a plant to swap in the drawing. 

Come get ideas for Christmas decorations made using native materials.  Visit with friends in Cedar Key, including those returning snowbirds. Learn more about the projects and plans of the club. Take home an interesting flower, herb, vegetable, or house plant. Free bromeliads will be offered.

To make your reservation, call Mary Stone at 543-6007.


December 8


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.


December 10


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. 



December 11


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 first workshop will be on Dec. 4 and the second one on Dec. 11.


December 12


Levy legislative delegation meets

State Sen. Charles Dean (R-District 5) has announced the Annual Levy County Legislative Delegation meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 9 a.m. in Courtroom A at the Levy County Courthouse,  at 355 S. Court St. in Bronson.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear presentations and requests for legislation to be filed and considered in the legislative session that begins on March 5. Legislators must file requests for drafts of general bills and joint resolutions by Jan. 25 and the deadline for filling bills for introduction is noon on March 5. The last day of the session is May 3.

If any member of the public would like to address the delegation, please contact Judy Wells in Senator Dean's office at 352-860-5175 or toll free  866-538-2831.



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.