Sumter Calendar of Events - February 23, 2012

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Continental Country Club Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Each year an estimated 10,354 people in the Central Florida area will be diagnosed with cancer. This disease affects everyone in some way. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to saving lives through programs such as Relay for Life. Once again this year, Continental Country Club in Wildwood will be hosting the best golf tournament in the area to raise funds for Relay for Life.
The Pro Am event will be on Feb. 24 hosting pro golfers from all over the globe. On Feb. 25 and 26 you can play with the pros in the Wildwood Open. Last year 119 professional golfers attended and played in this event.
All of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the Sumter County Relay for Life. For more information about the tournament or about becoming a sponsor, please contact Joe Tomasello at 352-689-0220 or Betty Stripling at 352-748-5370.


Bus trip to Sewing and Quilt Expo
Rosemary Sandefer of Grandma’s Crafts and Treasures is coordinating a charter bus to the Sewing and Quilt Expo in Lakeland. The 3-day Sewing Expo features classes, demonstrations, hands-on projects, vendors, and the latest products for quilting, sewing and crafting. The class catalog and other information on the show can be found on line at www.sewingexpo.com.
The cost for the bus trip is $30, which includes admission (worth $10), one class (worth $19) a tote bag, lapel pin and transportation to and from The Villages and Leesburg. Pickups will be made at Walmart on Hwy. 441 in The Villages at 7:30 a.m. and Palm Plaza in Leesburg at 8 a.m.
To reserve your seat, call 352 350-7124 for details and payment deadlines. Payment can be sent to SEWING EXPO, 1717 Pebble Beach Lane, Lady Lake FL 32159.
A limited number of seats are available.
Rib Night
VFW announces Rib Night. Ribs smoked to perfection. Three rib dinner with cole slaw, green beans, or baked beans, Texas toast. Cost for this lavish feast is $8 American. Extra ribs can be purchased. There’s coffee, iced tea and soda or beer, wine and mixed drinks at the bar. VFW 10137 is located two miles north of the National Cemetery on C.R. 476 B. For more information call 352-793-8539


Together we can knock out cancer
Join us at the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex in Bushnell for the First Annual Softball Tournament hosted by the Sumter County Relay for Life – SECO Energy Team. Entry Fee is $200 per team and must be paid in cash no later than Feb. 18. Entries limited to 10 teams. Must be 18 years or older to play.
• Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Balls can be purchased at the field for $5. Double-elimination tournament play will begin at 8:30 a.m. Contact person: Byon Smiddy 352-303-7737 or byon.smiddy@secoenergy.com. $100 of your entry fee can be used for a Track Marker Sponsorship at the 2012 Relay for Life. All proceeds benefit the Sumter County 2012 Relay for Life.
Craft show
Red Oaks RV Resort, 5551 S.W. 18th Terrace, Bushnell, will have its craft show. For information call 793-2152.


School advisory meeting
Wildwood Elementary School Advisory Committee meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at Wildwood Elementary School in Building 1 Room 009. Multiple topics concerning all school stakeholders will be discussed.


‘Seeds Of Hope’ Concert
Norb Zielinski and Stars of The Villages will present a “Seeds of Hope” concert at 7 p.m. at the United Church of Christ at The Villages, 12514 County Road 101, one mile north of County Road 466, on the left, in Oxford.
Featured entertainers are: Norb Zielinski, producer – director; Howard Westin – MC; Performers: Billie Thatcher, Dawn DeNome, Steve Camp, Betsy Star, R.J. (Bob) Dauhn, and Dawn Pendley.
The concert benefits the Wildwood Soup Kitchen and the Wildwood Food Pantry. Admission: Nonperishable food items and/or monetary donation. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, call Bonnie Kusky, 352-259-4994, or go to seedsofhope-wildwood.com.

World Wide Airborne Club lunch/meeting
There will be lunch during the meeting at 1 p.m., Redsauce Restaurant, 1000 Canal Street in Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL 32162 (across from RJ Gators) for the World Wide Airborne Club, whose membership is open to all qualified paratroopers/air assault personnel of all branches of service from all countries. We currently have paratroopers from Canada, England, Israel and Italy, as well as several U.S. branches of service.  We invite new members from Sumter, Marion, and Lake counties.  Wives, widows, children and significant others of qualified personnel are encouraged to attend, and are offered Associate Memberships. Please plan on attending.
For more information call M.J. Wardle at 350-4486 or Dan McCoy or 259-3611.


Spring craft bazaar
Continental Arts & Crafts Club Spring Craft Bazaar, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Route 44 - between Wildwood and Leesburg. There will be door prizes, coffee, donuts and bake sale. For information call Joan at 330-0398.

The Friends of the Panasoffkee Community Library will have a book sale from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the recreation center, 1582 County Road 459. Only sale set in 2012, get all the books you want. For information call 793-2007.


Low Cost Vaccination Pet Clinic
The Annual Low Cost Vaccination Clinic is from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Animal Care Center of Wildwood (in the Wildwood Shopping Center on U.S. 301, near Sav-A-Lot). This saves pet owners from an additional office visit charge.
Rabies vaccinations are required under Florida law for all dogs and cats. Spring starts the spread of the deadly parvo virus and all dogs are at risk. Cats are at risk of contracting feline distemper and feline leukemia too. Call the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. at 352-793-9117 or the Animal Care Center of Wildwood at 352-748-6348 for more information. Prices are: rabies vaccination for dogs and cats $9, canine distemper/oarvo $11, canine bordetella $11, feline distemper $11, feline leukemia $16.
Proceeds benefit the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. thanks to the generosity of Dr. Timothy Porter and the Animal Care Center of Wildwood. For everyone’s safety, please have all animals on leashes or in carriers. The line forms early so don’t be late


Art in the Park
Visit with Florida’s artisans as they showcase their talent. Photography, painting, and crafts will be among some of the creative arts showcased. Show takes place on April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show is free with park entrance fee of $3 per vehicle and $2 for walkers or bikers. If you need special assistance to enjoy the show, please contact the park office in advance. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, Florida 33513, 352-793-4781.


Messages of Hope - Unique Theater Event
Central Florida spiritual author and presenter, Suzanne Giesemann is featured in a documentary, Messages of Hope, 9 a.m., at Old Mill Playhouse, Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages. This event is based on her latest book of the same title. This true story of transformation will answer some of your most important questions. Why are we here? Is this life all there is? What happens when we die? Can we connect with loved ones who have passed? Don’t miss this incredible chance to view the documentary and meet Suzanne! See www.OneMindBookClub.com for more information.


Class reunion
Wildwood High School Class of 2002 will be having a class reunion, 7 p.m., at Harbor Hills Country Club. For more information, check us out on Facebook or contact us at wildwoodhighschool.classof2002@gmail.com. Tickets for sale now!