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Chief Theater hosts Tea Party fundraiser – May 21

The Suwanee Valley Players are hosting a tea party fundraiser at the Chief Theatre, located at 25 E Park Ave in Chiefland on Saturday, May 21 with two seatings to choose from: 10:30AM and 1:30PM. They will offer a selection of teas and treats, and sell an assortment of tea pots. The Victorian-costumed cast of the upcoming show Domestic Bliss will also be on hand. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at www.chief or by calling 352-493-2787. All proceeds support the Chief.

ARMED FORCES DAY – May 21 Meet an Arabian – May 22

Need something to do with the family on Sunday? Come meet a multi-champion. “TEESE” is the most versatile Arabian ever. Pony rides and family photos taken with Teese or our new baby filly “Lilly’s wish upon a star.” Come by and have some fun and sign our guestbook. Vinton Farm, located on SE CR 337, 1 mile north of 121 and 4 miles south of Willards (Hwy 326) in Morriston.

May Day – May 27

The May Day committee is looking for the next May Day Queen. There has not been a May Day Queen since 1967. Little Miss May Day, Ages 4-7; Junior Miss May Day, Ages 8-11; Miss Teen May Day, Ages 12-15, and Miss May Day Ages 16-18. The Pageant will be held at the Tommy Usher Center, 506 SW 4th Avenue, Chiefland, Friday May 27th, 6pm-9pm. $10 door entry fee. Contact Alice Monyei at 352-262-4224 for further information.

Dash to the Big Splash UAG Regional Qualifier – May 28-29

Tracks K9 Club Air Dogs is Proud to Host Florida’s Ultimate Air Dogs / Dash to The Big Splash Regional Qualifier. The link to our Regional Qualifier is up and running Sign up Now this is Florida’s Big Regional Event to go to the National Big Splash In Tennessee. !!! Sign up at You do not have to be a Member of Tracks K9 Club or Ultimate Air Dogs to enter this event. This event will be at Tracks K9 Club, 14841 NW 66th Ave Chiefland Florida 32626. Please call 352-535-3968 for more information.

Red, White & Blues Farm Peach Fest – May 28-30

The 2022 peach season is right around the corner and we are celebrating our peach harvest at Peach Fest on May 28-30.

Come celebrate Memorial Day at Red, White & Blues Farm’s Peach Festival! We are having a day full of peach treats, live music, delicious food, amazing local arts and crafts from wonderful local artists, and fun-filled farm activities for the whole family to experience.

Join us from 10 am to 5 pm and enjoy picking your very own tasty peaches, blueberries, and stunning sunflowers from our family farm. Thank you for supporting your local family farm where you can experience joy in every season. Red, White & Blues Farm extends our gratitude to active duty of the armed forces, veterans & first responders (police, firefighters, and paramedics), allowing them 1 free ticket to our Peach Festival. Member must present ID or badge upon entry. For more information about the festival, please visit

MEMORIAL DAY – May 30 68th Annual Watermelon Festival – June 4

For over a half century, visitors from thousands away have come to Chiefland to enjoy our annual Watermelon Festival. Everyone attending will enjoy a parade, arts and crafts, vendor booths, pageants and watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, and a host of other family-fun activities. Festival will be set up at 23 SE 2nd Ave., Chiefland, 8am-3pm. The parade begins promptly at 11:00am at Chiefland Middle High School and travels South down Hwy19. For more information visit

Melon Tour – June 4

Hosted by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club as a way to support local charities, such as the Food4Kids Backpack program, the Tour de Melon is a bike ride offering rides 15 miles to 100 miles! It truly is an amazing event and has something for every cyclist at every level. It’s also a great family ride on the beautiful Nature Coast State Trail.

This years Tour de Melon will be held Saturday, June 4th, starting at Charles Strickland park 2340 Old Fannin’ Rd., Chiefland. You can register for the event, or obtain additional information on the Tour de Melon Facebook page.

Summer Outdoor Market – June 18

4th annual Outdoor Market hosted by Crooked Cactus Boutique with food trucks and over 35 vendors.

Levy County 4-H summer events & day camps

Bronson — Are you looking for something educational and fun for your youth this summer? If so, look no further! Levy County 4-H will be offering Summer Day Camps throughout the months of June and July. Camps include AG Discovery (8-13 year old), All About Animals (5-7 year old), Cooking Around the World (8-13 year old), Hometown Heroes (8-13 year old), Crafty Clover-buds ( 5-7 year old), Grill Masters (8-13 year old) and Fishing (8-13 Year old).

AG Discovery: June 6th-9th (24 spots)

All About Animals: June 13th – 16th (20 spots)

Cooking Around the World: June 20th- 23rd (12 spots)

Hometown Heroes: June 27th- June 30th (24 spots)

Crafty Cloverbuds: July 11th- July 14th (20 spots)

Grill Masters: July 18th- 21st (12 spots)

Fishing: July 25th- 28th (24 Spots)

Registration for our first camp closes on May 25th. Be sure to register early to secure your camper’s spot!

You can find descriptions and registration for these camps on Eventbrite by going to https://levy The link will also be available on our Facebook page: @LevyCounty4H.

If you have questions about any of our camps, please call our office at 352-486-5131.

4-H is an all-inclusive youth organization that offers a variety of youth involvement ranging from school-based programs to community clubs. Students are encouraged to join 4-H and find their passion by exploring the many opportunities the program has to offer.

Enrollment is still open for the 2020-2021 year through the Florida 4HOnline web portal:

For more information about the Levy County 4-H Program, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Office at 352-486-5131

Ongoing Meetings, Events and Opportunities

Tri-County Community Resource Center

Daily center resources include use of computers/internet, copy/print/fax, notary service, employment resources, children’s activities, book lending library, Access Benefits help, emergency food, children’s clothing, child counseling information, infant care items, parenting support & referral.

Hours are M-Th 9am-5pm and Fri 9am – noon. The center is closed daily for lunch and hours and programs may vary due to limited staffing.

For more information call 352-507-4000. TCCRC will update information daily on Facebook. All programs at TCCRC are FREE unless otherwise noted. The center is located at 15 N. Main St., Chiefland.

Fix Them All, Inc. needs volunteers

If you wish to be a part of the solution and feel as strongly as we do about the need to reduce the out-of-control population of unwanted animals, we need you! As we grow, we must increase our volunteer staff to continue our success. From three counties in 2016, we are serving 23 counties. We are a registered non-profit spay and neutral affordable fee organization. Do you have a mobile phone, printer, and PC? Please get in touch with us. You can help save many lives. Lucille 352-348-1615.

Help provided for health insurance marketplace

Need help getting health insurance? Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators are standing by. Suwannee River AHEC’s Navigators provide outreach and enrollment services to anyone looking to enroll for health care coverage in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

We assist consumers with confidential telephone, virtual, and online enrollment service appointments.

Our services are completely free.

Call 386-230-9400 or email to book your appointment today.

Help for grandparents

raising kids

The Grandparents Raising Kids Support Group meets 10 am to noon the second Tuesday of the month at First Baptist Church of Cross City, 16024 US 19 in Cross City.

The group is a safe place to receive help, and find resources, advice, a sympathetic ear and friends. For more information, call Gigi at 352-493-9183.

CareerSource helps with employment

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion works with many businesses hiring in Levy County who are looking for talented candidates right now. Speak with a career development coach for free job search services. They also provide help with unemployment benefits. Call 800-434-5627 or 352-493-6813; or visit 2175 NW 11th Drive, Chiefland.

Haven Hospice Volunteers needed for patient support

Haven Hospice is seeking energetic, outgoing volunteers in the tri-county area who support the Haven mission of honoring life while providing comfort, care and compassion to those we serve through the donation of their time.

To sign up for our next orientation or for more information, contact Vondla Sullivan at 352-538-0847 or


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