Community Calendar for the week of October 25

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Moonlight paddle along Suwannee River

A moonlight paddle on the Surannee River will be hosted by Manatee Springs State Park at 6:30 p.m. on Fridlay, Oct. 26. This is the first of several paddles hosted by the park staff through March 2013. 

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 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.





Senior Adult lunch

First Baptist Church of Bronson is hosting a Senior Adult Lunch on Sunday, Oct. 28, at noon in its Fellowship Hall with guest speaker Mary Lee Tanca on Medicare 2013 changes. Medicare 2013 Part D Plans open enrollment is  through Dec. 7.  Bring a copy of your Medicare Part D Plan card and a list of  all your prescription drugs.  By reservation only,  please call Juanita at  339-0747 by Wednesday, Oct. 25.





Fall Festival in the Park

There will be a Fall Festival in the Park brought to you by some of the Cedar Key area churches and businesses on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 4-7 p.m. Fun in the form of candy, games, prizes and food (hot dogs, drinks and chips) will be provided. Costumes are not required for children to attend the event, but, if worn, they should not be scary nor should they be suggestive.

Donations of candy and prizes, etc, will be greatly appreciated.

For questions, comments or to donate candy or prizes, please contact Tom/Michelle Pearson at 352-325-0134, Todd/Star Pope at 352-543-5000, or Josh/Erin Pearson at 818-669-3652.





Book Bunch to meet

The Non-Fiction Book Bunch will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Library. Some of us have read Cornell University’s “Legacy Project Thirty Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans”  over the summer.  If you have read it, great; if not, great.

We will meet and decide upon the next months’ readings.  Please, bring suggestions with you.  Proposed thus far are: S.C. Gwynne’s  “Empire of the Summer Moon”; Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”; and Candice Millard’s “River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey”.


No treating in Williston

There will not be a Trail of Treats in Williston this year.

The Williston Chamber of Commerce, the longtime sponsor of the event, elected not to host the event this year due to safety concerns and financial obligations.



November 3


‘Global Warming and the Changing Oceans’

Cedar Key Public Library will be hosting a presentation by Captain Dan Kipnis on “Global Warming and the Changing Oceans” on Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. He is the past president of the Miami Beach Rod and Reel club and member of the Climate Reality Project.

 A Florida native and ardent fisheries conservationist, he will explain global warming and its effects on the oceans and near coastal environments. Kipnis is chairman of the Economic, Social and Health Committee of the Miami-Dade County Climate Change Task Force. He has also served on the Biscayne Bay Management Committee, Miami River Review Committee and City of Miami Waterfront Board. The captain was also commissioner of the State of Florida Marine Fisheries Commission.


November 6


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, Nov. 6 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.


November 7


A day for clams 

The Statewide Clam Industry Taskforce meeting and Clam Industry Workshop will take place at the Cedar Key Community Center at 809 Sixth St., on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The task force meeting is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The agenda includes updates on a clam marketing incentive program, USDA Farm Service Agency’s NAP program, DACS lease expansion, ISSC shellfish educational program and industry regional issues. A working lunch will follow.

The Clam Industry Workshop is 1-3 p.m. with research and extension faculty from the University of Florida and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University providing updates on a variety of applied research projects. One session will focus on the culture and marketability of the sunray venus clam. The session will end with a discussion of what is known and what is needed for commercialization of the sunray venus clam.

The Florida Aquaculture Association General Membership meting is 3:30-5:30 p.m. followed by a social hour at 5:30 p.m.

The host is the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association.

Members of the clam farming industry, as well as the public, are invited to attend. 

For more information, contact Leslie Sturmer, UF Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program at 352-543-5057 or email LNST@ufl.edu.



November 9


Hiers-Baxley to host veterans luncheon

To show appreciation for the dedicated service of veterans to this country, Tri-County Area veterans are invited to a free luncheon in their honor on Friday. Nov. 9, at the Tommy Usher Community Center in Chiefland. 

The guest speaker will be retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Elden H. Luffman. He is a former military chaplain, WWII veteran and author of “Bringing God To War.” 

Seating is limited so those wanting to participate should call for reservations by by Monday, Nov. 5, to Pam Leaptrot at Hiers-Baxley, 352-493-0050.


Through Nov. 12


Sign up for Vets Day celebration

The city of Williston will host the 2012 Levy County Veterans Day Parade and ceremony Monday, Nov. 12.

The parade will kick off around 11 a.m. and wind its way down Noble Avenue to Heritage Park on North Main Street for a short program that will include music and guest speakers.

All veterans and their families will be treated with free hot dogs and drinks at the park. Special tributes will be given to the men and women who served in our Armed Forces.

Any organization or individual that wants to participate in the parade should contact Frances Taylor at Frances.Taylor@ci.williston.fl.us or call  352-528-3060.




November 23


Cedar Key Christmas kicks off

The annual Cedar Key Christmas Celebration will kick-off this event with a tree lighting ceremony in the Park.