Community Calendar for the week of Oct. 27

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Chamber of Commerce meeting

The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will meet at the Nature's Landing meeting room at 8:30 a.m. Members and potential members are invited to attend.


Climate change research in the refuge

A team of researcher with Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Florida will describe their research in the Lower Suwannee NWR estuary for the last 2 years.  

They are using a combination of small mammal, salt marsh, fisheries and regional climate data to understand current population patterns and how climate change may affect the system. They will also describe how they are establishing baseline vegetation information to better evaluate any climate changes.  

Because of the Suwannee River’s discharge effect on the fisheries, they will monitor various river flow scenarios as to fishery estuary health. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys NWR. Free and open to the public. 5 p.m. in the Library.



Halloween party at the library

This fun program will feature fun Halloween-themed games for the kids to play in the library. There will even be a piñata for the kids to collect goodies out of. Bring the whole family for games, stories, music, and crafts! This event is provided FREE and you can come in costume if you want to the Cedar Key Public Library at 1 p.m.

For more information please contact the Cedar Key library or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, at 352-486-5552.



Halloween in Cedar Key

Come and enjoy the spirits of Halloween on Second Street at Lightning’s 5th Annual Spook House. The players are all volunteers and the candy is provided by donations from the customer’s of CK Drummond Bank and the Rosewood Dollar Store. 

Extra candy goes to CK School for their rewards program. Sponsors or volunteers should contact Lightning at 352-477-0131.

The Cedar Key commission approved changing the celebration of Halloween to Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, instead of Monday, Oct. 31. Part of Second Street will be closed to traffic that evening.



Garden Dedication

There will be a dedication of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Demonstration Garden at 10 a.m., at the Levy County Extension Office in Bronson. It will be hosted by University of Florida / IFAS Extension and the Nature Coast Master Gardeners. Tours and light refreshments will follow.  Please RSVP to 352-486-5131, ext. 237.


Nov. 3

Jumping sturgeons: What's it all about?

The Suwannee River supports the largest population of the Gulf Sturgeon, a species unique to Gulf Coast Rivers.  The Gulf Sturgeon, a member of an ancient group of fishes, and the largest fish (up to 8 feet long and 200 pounds) inhabiting the Suwannee River, signals the health of the ecosystem.  When conditions are good for the sturgeon, they are good for most other fishes in the river.  

Fished commercially until 1984, the Gulf Sturgeon population has rebounded, now numbering about 15,000.  But the increased numbers of sturgeon, coupled with a habit of jumping during summer, have led to a number of boat-sturgeon collisions.  

Why do sturgeons jump?  What is this behavior all about?  What can be done to minimize collisions? Get the latest scientific information on our Suwannee Gulf Sturgeon and learn why these curious fishes jump.

5 p.m. in the Library meeting room.  Free and open to the public. 


Nov. 5

Cuban frog invasion

Eric Suarez will speak about the dangerously invasive Cuban frog that has made its way to Cedar Key. First found in Fowlers Bluff, it has taken over local yards. It is eating our native frogs and must be controlled. He will explain how to identify the invader and how to euthanize it safely and painlessly.   

Come to the Library meeting room at 10:30 a.m. to learn more or call 493-0238. Presented by the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys NWR.

Cedar Key Reunion

If you were a teen in Cedar Key during the 1960s, come by the Island Room Restaurant, just past the city park and basketball court, from 1-5 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes food and beer.


Nov. 12

Bull Chip Fall Classic

The Levy County Fair Association invites you to Devil’s Den Springs in Williston, for an evening of foot stomping music, great food, and good old fashion Fun.  

Join us from 7-11 p.m. BubbaQues will come to Williston  

and one admission price gets you dinner, dancing to Southbound Band and one Bull Chip Square.  If the bull “chooses” your square … you win prize money.

Tickets are available at Kloverleaf Tack & Western Wear in Williston, Bronson’s Ace Hardware and from any Fair board member.  For more information call the Fair office: (352) 528-2516 or (352) 528-2658. Adults $25, children $10.   Go to www.LevyCountyFair.com for additional information.


Nov. 14

The Book Bunch

Meets at the Cedar Key Library meeting room at 1:30 p.m.   Kate Grenville's The Secret River will be discussed.  Subsequent books will be selected at this November meeting.


Jan. 13-15 

Florida Crane Festival 

Thousands of Sandhill Cranes and federally endangered Whooping Cranes migrate annually to Florida, making this area a huge birding destination. The Florida Trail Association is announcing the first-ever festival celebrating wintering cranes. 

The Florida Crane Festival is Jan. 13-15 and will be centered at the Paramount Plaza Hotel Suites Conference Center in Gainesville. 

Guided nature tours and bird-watching walks are part of a weekend dedicated to the diversity of birds, wildlife lands and scenic vistas. Along with the crane tours, a variety of activities are planned; exhibits, owl prowls, bird-watching treks and guided natural history hikes. 

For more information contact Dennis Miranda at dmiranda@floridatrail.org or by phone at 352-378-8823 ext. 7006 or Lauraine Lynch at llynch@floridatrail.org or call 352-378-8823, ext. 7005.