David Greenbaum will give a pottery demonstration at Cedar Key Pottery from 2-4 pm on Monday, February 22nd.
The location of Cedar Key Pottery is 13951 SW 77th Place, Cedar Key, FL 32625 phone 352-215-2096.
For more information about David Greenbaum, see this website. http://greenbaumpottery.com/
Pope Francis' recent teaching - Care of Our Common Home - will be the subject of a group study/discussion beginning Thursday, February 18th, at 6:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, and continuing for five weeks. In this teaching (which can be found on the Internet), Pope Francis discusses the urgent need for care of our natural world and human society. Everyone is encouraged to come so we can all talk and learn together.
Some registered voters in Levy County won’t be allowed to vote in the presidential preference primary next month, March 2016. It has nothing to do with picture I.D. or precinct designation.
Florida is a closed primary state, and if you are not registered as a member of the party of the person for whom you wish to vote—either Democrat or Republican—you will not be allowed to vote for that person. Citizens registered as Independent, NPA, Green, Libertarian or other party affiliations may as well stay home. They won’t be given a ballot.
It is not too late to register if you have moved or changed your name or you wish to vote for the first time. Neither is it too late to change your party affiliation if you wish to vote for your chosen candidate, but the deadline is looming. To vote in the presidential preference primary, you must declare your party ahead of time by registering for that party by February 16.
To be clear, if you wish to vote for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, or any other Republican candidate, you must be registered as a Republican in order to get a Republican ballot in the primary on March 15 or during the early voting the week prior to that date.
If you wish to vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, you must be registered as a Democrat in order to get a Democratic ballot in the primary period in March.
It costs nothing to switch, and you can change right back after the vote. On the other hand, if you wish to vote in the August primary for other major party candidates, the same rules apply. You must be registered as a member of the party of the candidates for whom you wish to vote. That deadline is August 1.
Registration forms can be downloaded from the Internet at www.votelevy.com/Register-to-Vote. Completed forms can be mailed, but they must be postmarked by February 16, 2016. Forms can also be picked up at the office of the county’s Supervisor of Elections, any DMV office or public library.
I can’t imagine why anyone in America would skip the opportunity to vote. If you don’t think the person in the White House has an impact on your life, you are not paying attention.
People have died for the right to vote, and others have died so that you can have this privilege. Please exercise your privilege, your duty, your honor to vote.
6th grade: A – (N/A). A/B – Mikey Beckham, Makaylynn Bowling, Lexi Epperson, Cadence Girdler, Rebecca Langford, Caden Mann, Daniel Smith, Makenna Stottlemeyer, Bella Walters, Taylor West
7th grade: A – Natalie Stewart. A/B – (N/A)
8th grade: A – Amanda Robinson. A/B – Jayden Cannon, Jason Greenhaw, Michele DiBari
9th grade: A – (N/A). A/B – Holly Bishop, Terra Dunn, Joey Stewart
10th grade: A – MacKenzie Kirkbride, Emilie Lavoie-Ingram. A/B – Annabel Lashley, Jacob Pitts, Grayson Yearty
11th grade: A – (N/A). A/B – Ashlyn Allen, Jesse Crawford, Savannah Howard, Abby O’Steen, Gio Slifko
12th grade: A – Jasmine Kish. A/B – Chloe Brown, Marissa Hand, Noah Webster
The Young Author’s Conference is designed to inspire elementary students who will then create their own stories in a hardcover bound book. Awards presented to students include the Seagull Honor Award for participating; the Pelican Award for a well written book; and the Dottie Comfort Award for illustration.
The Elementary students use the stories they have created as their “ticket” into the conference. During the conference, stations will be set up for students to rotate around; the stations include: listening to the author and illustrator speak, storytellers, and snacks.
Each class, kindergarten through fifth grade, will be reading stories they wrote based on themes: kindergarten through second grade will be writing about various types of animals; third grade will be writing about different states; fourth grade will be writing books about how to do different things in everyday life; while fifth grade is writing about different countries.
Also featured during Young Author’s Conference is the book fair for the elementary students starting Thursday in the library. Students can purchase books and book accessories at the book fair. Mrs. Linda Campbell, the school reading coach included, “This is our 27th Island City Young Authors Conference; students have been working hard to share their own books.”
Though the weather wasn’t the best, nine nature walkers had the opportunity to meet three of the new Cedar Keys State Parks staff, Tommy Pavao, Chris Camargo and Tommy Barry. We all benefited from their combined knowledge of the scrub habitat, the plants and animals that live there, and the efforts taken to keep the scrub habitat a healthy one. Chris Camargo pointed out the various scrub plants along our walk and Tommy Pavao led us to an area that had been burned in 2009. We were able to see the incredible difference between that area and the area that has not been burned in many years. Tommy and Chris helped all of us to see and understand the need for controlled fires in the scrub.
Florida Scrub Jays require a fire-maintained scrub habitat to keep open areas for them to cache acorns and the scrub oaks to be no taller than 10 feet, and probably less than that. Part of the area we walked has not been burned in many years and it was easy for us to see the difference between that area and the more recently burned area. In the unburned area, there were no open areas, other than the trail, and the scrub oaks were closer to twelve feet than ten. Florida Scrub Jays have not been seen regularly in this scrub in several years. Tommy and his staff are currently in the process of trying to return the Cedar Key Scrub to a healthier scrub habitat through controlled burns in the Cedar Key Scrub along SR 24. They are hopeful the efforts to return the scrub will bring the Florida Scrub Jays back to Cedar Key.
Our return walk to the parking lot was in a light rain, but we were rewarded with a great sighting of a male Eastern Towhee, who kindly stayed in the open long enough for all of us to get a good look! Towhees are a common scrub bird, often heard and not so often seen.
The picture of the Florida Scrub Jay was taken by Frank Morgan last year alongside CR 347. This is a rare sighting and picture of the Jay. Thank you Frank! The other pictures were taken by Vicki Crumpley. Thanks, Vicki!
The Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole in Cedar Key, FL, is Connie Stark, whose face jugs, mugs, toothbrush holders, shot glasses, sponge holders and thimbles delight collectors of all ages. .Each face has a unique personality – whimsical, comical or a bit goofy, but always entertaining. All of Connie’s ceramics are high fired and are extremely sturdy as well as being oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. Additionally, she creates one-of-a-kind yarn bowls, an essential for knitters who want to keep their yarn untangled as they knit; sculpted animals, fish turtles and birds as well as utilitarian items for the kitchen and bathroom.
The Cedar Keyhole is a 23 artist co-op which has been a working enterprise for 48 years, supporting the arts in Cedar Key and displaying the works of area artists. The Keyhole is located on historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, with a rich history in the arts and renowned for its old Florida ambiance, abundant wildlife and gorgeous scenery.
The gallery is open 7 days a week year round from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Cedar Key, a tiny island community in the Gulf of Mexico, is known as a sleepy fishing village surrounded by gorgeous scenery and abundant wildlife. But just under this surface is a thriving art community. For years the island has been a magnet for artists who live there permanently or visit regularly and two decades ago the enclave of 700 permanent residents was endowed with an arts center which sponsors classes, exhibitions, a summer art camp for kids, and a juried arts festival each spring.
Since art infuses and informs much of the daily life of Cedar Key residents, it’s no surprise that so many create it, collect it and decorate their homes with it. For the first time ever, residents will be opening their homes for the Arts Center sponsored Art-Filled Homes Tour, Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm. Ten homes will be open to the public, 5 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon. Refreshments will be offered at several of the homes and maps will be available at the Arts Center the day of the event from 9-1 pm.
Attendees can expect an array of homes on the Tour, from Historic District cottages, a restored grand old home which was recently featured in Coastal Living magazine, and other island residences filled with modern and traditional art as well as eclectic collections. Each home is unique -- some display art found on exotic foreign travels, several have one-of-a-kind handmade art furnishings and still others focus on Florida artists, past and present.
Tickets are $20/person and may be purchased prior to the event at the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op located below the Arts Center at 457 2nd St (open daily 10am – 5om) or on the day of the event between 9 am – 1pm at the Cedar Key Arts Center. Proceeds go toward the Arts Center renovation project which will make the Center more accessible and create additional studio and gallery space.
February’s Arts Center exhibit will preview art and furniture from homes on the tour as well as art items from other island residences. The exhibit debuts February 6th, 5-7pm and is open to the public throughout the month of February.
Other books discussed were:
(The program schedule still is underway, and there may be changes to the current draft. Programs described as TBA are tentatively booked, but will not be listed until confirmed. Stay tuned.)
Thursday, January 14 – 5 p.m. – Cedar Key State Parks Updates with new Park Manager Tommy Pavao and Parks Specialist Christopher Camargo, including news from Cedar Key Scrub State Park, Cedar Key Museum State Park and the Wacassassa Bay Preserve.
Saturday, January 16- 10:30 a.m. –The new Nature Coast Biological Station Dr. Mike Allen, Director, and his team, with introduction of programs designed to improve conservation and management of natural resources in the region.
Thursday, January 21 – 5 p.m. – Same Latitude, Different Attitude a visit to Vietnam, with Libby Cagle and Roger McDaniels. Libby’s quest to visit her sixth continent and Roger’s desire to re-visit the place where he lived in 1967, brought surprises and interesting experiences, as well as reflections on the changes over the past half century.
Saturday, January 23 – 10:30 a.m. – TBA
Thursday, January 28 – We will have no program here at the library. North Florida Marine Science Symposium and Big Bend Science Symposium will be taking place at Community Center. On Thursday, the Evening Poster Presentation, a catered event, is open to the public (with registration) and the Friday Keynote Presentation at 9 a.m. is open to the public. Those planning to attend the Thursday event are asked to register at http://sfrc.ufl.edu/nfmss.
Saturday, January 30 – 10:30 a.m. – Jacqui Sulek, Audubon Society Chapter Conservation Manager, will talk about the organization and its conservation and advocacy programs.
Wednesday, February 3 – 11 a.m. – Community Gardening – Cedar Key Garden Club.
Thursday, February 4 – 5 p.m. Nesting and Roosting Oystercatchers – Janell Brush .
Saturday, February 6 – 10:30 a.m. – Growing up in a Japanese Internment Camp – Rodger Nogaki.
Wednesday, February 10 – 7 p.m. – Silent Film Festival with Jesse Beller on keyboard.
Thursday, February 11 – 5 p.m. – Katie Glodzik – Hydrology of the Big Bend.
Saturday, February 13 – Valentine’s Flower Sale with CK Garden Club
Thursday, February 18 – 5 p.m. – Lola Haskins reading from her work.
Saturday, February 20 – TBA
Thursday, February 25 – 5 p.m. Whitney Lab Group with updates.
Saturday, February 27 – 10:30 a.m. Nest Abandonment on Seahorse Key – Coleman Sheehy, Peter Frederick, Vic Doig
Thursday, March 3 – 5 p.m. – TBA
Saturday, March 5 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Friends of the Library Book Sale and Garden Club Plant Sale.
Thursday, March 10 – 5 p.m.- Annual Cedar Key Poets Reading
Saturday, March 12 – 2 p.m. – Dr. Ken Sassaman with updates from Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Archaeology Project
Wednesday, March 16 – 11 .m. – Garden Design by Eileen and Lamar Greene – Cedar Key Garden Club.
Thursday, March 17 – NO PROGRAM DUE TO CK HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNER.
Friday, March 18 – 6:30 p.m. – PATCHOULI at CK Community Center – Annual Meeting of CK Friends of the Library – FREE to all, refreshments, entertainment.
Saturday, March 19 – 10:30 a.m. – What’s New on the Lyme Disease Front – Brenda Boleyn.
Thursday, March 24 – 5 p.m. – Mary Opall, Director of Nature World Wild Life Rescue on Triage, First Aid and Transport of Injured Wild Life.
Saturday, March 26 – 10:30 a.m. TBA
Thursday, March 31 – 5 p.m. – Janie Veltkamp, Birds of Prey Northwest – Raptors and Social Media
The 52nd Annual Arts Festival will be held April 9 and 10, 2016.
Our website is Cedar KeyArtsFestival.com.
The Lions Club is in charge of the park vendors and music in the park.
Tickets: $12 donation.
DINE IN or TAKE OUT!
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Two branches of the Levy County Public Library System (Chiefland and Williston) will offer FREE tax preparation services for low- to moderate-income taxpayers aged 50 and over. The patrons must call the individual library to make an appointment.
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