Horses Viewed

Horses are among the various forms of livestock in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Here are a couple of members of the equine family seen in a recent drive through the area.

Photo by Sharon Hardison © April 19, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.


 


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Levy County Public
Library System invites
everyone to paint rocks


A painted rock

Photo provided

Published April 6, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.
Updated April 20, 2017 at 9:27 p.m.
on the Calendar Page of HardisonInk.com
     LEVY COUNTY --
The Levy County Public Library System has issued an open invitiation for all people to paint rocks at the libraries.

     All ages of painters are invited. This is a free event that is open to the public. All materials will be provided.
     The event starts at 6 p.m. Following are the places and dates and times of this event.
    
     ● A.F. Knotts Public Library - 11 56th St., in Yankeetown on Wednesday, April 26
     ● Cedar Key Public Library - 460 Second St., in Cedar Key on Friday, April 28


3rd Annual Bronson
Blueberry Festival set for May 13

Published March 25, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.
On the Calendar Page of HardisonInk.com
     BRONSON –
Everyone is invited to the Third Annual Bronson Blueberry Festival on May 13.

     And there are pre-events before that. Following is the schedule:
     ● Blueberry Pageant Saturday May 6 starting at 10 a.m.
     ● Blueberry Parade Friday May 12 starting at 6:30 p.m.
     ● Blueberry Stomp 5-K Run Saturday May 13 starting at 7 a.m.
     ● Blueberry Festival Saturday May 13 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
     At the Blueberry Festival slated to be held in James H. Cobb Park, there is where you will find all things blueberry, from fresh blueberries to a wide assortment of other foods made with blueberries. Other delicious foods and drinks will be for sale there too.
     The Blueberry Festival will host local growers with fresh berries for sale. Vendors will be on hand selling a wide assortment of crafts and other goods. There will be music and a children’s play area.
     The morning of the festival the 5k Blueberry Stomp will take place with registration starting at 7am and the race starting at 7:30 p.m. The 3.2 mile course will wind through town to finish in the James H Cobb Park.
     The festival will be held Saturday May 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Anyone who is interested in being a vendor is asked to please contact Bronson Town Hall for an application by calling 352-486-2354.


SVP accepting reservations
for And Then There Were None

Published March 25, 2017 at 10:47 a.m.
on the Calendar Page of HardisonInk.com
     CHIEFLAND --
Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N. Owen.

     Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret.
     That evening, reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realize the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again...
     Join us at the Chief Theater in Chiefland (east of U.S. Highway 19 on Park Avenue) as the Suwanee Valley Players present Agatha Christie's popular murder mystery And Then There Were None.
     Performances are slated for May 5, 6 and 7, and 12, 13 and 14. Make your reservations now as seats are already filling up. Call 352-493-ARTS for more information.
 


Unicorns and mermaids
coming to museum;

Families invited to a Magical Night
at the Appleton Museum of Art on May 6

Published March 23, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
on the Calendar Page of HardisonInk.com
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present its annual family event “Magical Night at the Museum,” Saturday, May 6, from 6-9 p.m.
     With Golden Tablet in hand, guests ages 4 and up are invited to embark upon an enchanted adventure around the Appleton that includes unicorn carriage rides, artwork that will come to life, a magician, mermaids and a photo opportunity to step inside a larger-than-life version of a painting from the museum’s collection. In the ARTSpace, enjoy eye-popping art activities; light refreshments will be served in the café.
     Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets are available at AppletonMuseum.org.
     Tickets for Appleton Members:
Family Package: $30 (includes two adults and up to three children)
Single Tickets: $10 (all ages)
     Tickets for Nonmembers:
Family Package: $45 (includes two adults and up to three children)
Single Tickets: $15 (all ages)
     Or, become a member of the Appleton at the Family Level ($60) from now through May 6 and receive $10 off the Family ticket package for members. To join, contact Colleen Harper, harperc@cf.edu or 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.
     Funds raised from the event support the museum’s Education Department and scholarship fund.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free.
     For more information call the Appleton at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.


Appleton Museum of Art to open
Con-Text: The Word-Based
Images Of Tyrus Clutter 
- June 10


‘Great Soul’ an etching by Tyrus Clutter
Art Provided

Published April 12, 2o17 at 8:07 a.m.
on the Calendar Page of HardisonInk.com
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to exhibit “Con-Text: The Word-Based Images of Tyrus Clutter” from June 10 through Aug. 6.
     Marked by exuberant color combinations and embossed textural variations, the images of College of Central Florida Associate Professor Tyrus Clutter have relied increasingly on text over the past few years.
     These recent printmaking ventures explore the ways humans interpret both words and images—how both can be “read” and reexamined when paired within the same space. Some images are literally drawn with words. All the works explore interactivity, leading viewers to personally complete them by engaging the juxtapositions of texts and imagery.
     An opening reception is scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This free event is open to the public.
     Clutter, who teaches art history at CF, has a bachelor’s degree in Art from Spring Arbor University and a master's degree in Fine Art in Painting from Bowling Green State University. He works with painting and printmaking media, as well as with mixed media assemblage. To learn more, visit TyrusClutter.com.
     In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities.
     Daily admission to the Appleton Museum of Art is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors 55 or better; $5 for students 19 and over; $4 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, faculty and staff, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.
     The museum, ARTSpace and the Appleton Store are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The facility is closed every Monday.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in Ocala, east of downtown on State Road 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free.

 


'Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints:
Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil'
slated to show at the Appleton Museum


Art Provided

Published April 17, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.
on the Calendar Page of HardisonInk.com
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to exhibit “Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil” from June 17 to Aug. 13.
     The exhibition, which features engaging photographs and works of popular art, including sculptures, paintings, prints, religious objects, toys and booklets of poetry, explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil.
     The exhibition also illustrates the complex and vibrant culture of northeast Brazil and introduces the festivals, heroes and spiritual traditions that are important to the Nordestinos, common people of Brazil’s northeast.
     Free events include:
     ● Sunday, July 16, 2 p.m., Dr. Hingrid Kujawinski, CF choral professor, will give a presentation entitled “Brazilian Extravaganza,” and a choral and instrumental recital featuring classical and popular Brazilian music.
     ● Sunday, July 30, 2 p.m., Professor Mico, Allied Capoeira League Gainesville, will give a lecture and demonstration on Capoeira, a martial art that combines elements of fight, acrobatics, music, dance and rituals.
     ● Thursday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m., Richard Kirk, CF Humanities professor, will give a talk, “Forged From the Fire: Slavery's Lasting Impact on Brazilian Culture,” examining the impact of the slave trade in Brazil, and how the blending of African, Portuguese and native Brazilian cultures eventually produced a distinct artistic heritage for the region.
     Exploring how diverse traditions come together in the region, “Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints”
uses work by historical and contemporary artists to illuminate a fascinating history that reaches into modern Brazil. The exhibition is divided into three parts.
     “The Land & Its People” presents the complicated history of sugar plantations and African slavery in colonial Brazil. It introduces the parched backlands of the sertaÞo and the challenging life of the vaqueiros (cowboys), retirantes (migrant workers) and the heroes of the ordinary people of the Northeast.
     “Expressions of Faith” presents the rich African-Brazilian religion of Candombleì, exploring its historic African roots and its intersection with Roman Catholicism. Photographs, paintings and sacred objects show colorful processions, festivals and pilgrimages of these two religious traditions.
     “Poetry, Celebration & Song” features literatura de cordel (literature on a string) produced by singing poets who “sell” their songs in small chapbooks in markets and fairs. Poetry, prints and sculptures inspired by folk legends and current events signal the dynamic fusion of tradition and improvisation in the culture of the Northeast.
     The exhibition will immerse viewers in colorful environments. Hands-on interactive, music and video components will combine with large-scale photographs and original artifacts to show the complex history, religious devotion and artistic expression that come together in the popular art of northeast Brazil.
     “Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil” was curated by Marion E. Jackson, Ph.D., and Barbara Cervenka, O.P., Con/Vida–Popular Arts of the Americas, and organized by Con/Vida–Popular Arts of the Americas and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan, in partnership with NEH on the Road/Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, Missouri.
     “Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil” exhibit-inspired education programs are sponsored in part by Northern Trust. 
     In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities.
     Daily admission to the Appleton Museum of Art is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors 55 or better; $5 for students 19 years and older; $4 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, faculty and staff, children age 9 years and younger, and active military personnel and their immediate families. The museum, ARTSpace and Appleton Store are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday -- and closed every Monday.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on State Road 40 (exit 352 east off of I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free.


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April 25, Tuesday
     6 p.m. --
The first meeting of the Dixie County Literary Club is scheduled to be at the Dixie County Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City. All readers are welcome. Please call 352-498-1219 to register. This is a free event. Two completely different writing styles are the topic of discussion for this first meeting. This discussion involves the books Lincoln on the Bardo by George Saunders and Unexpected World by Chris Pike.

April 28, Friday
     9:30 a.m. --
Norm Conti of Gilchrist County notes the Orlandos are returning to the Trenton Senior Center. All seniors citizens are invited. The day begins with early coffee, followed by Big Mystery Bingo at 9:30 a.m. 'til 11. The Orlandos start their Gospel Music Concert at 11:15 a.m. and will run until 12 noon when a delicious Bar-B-Q lunch is scheduled compliments of Akins Bar B-Q on U.S. Highway 129 in Bell. All birthday parties must have cake and ice cream and we will, too. Remember to bring your raffle tickets as there will only be one drawing. We now have a new bus with four steps instead of two, so that it will much easier for you to climb aboard.  Many thanks to Rob Rankin, Gilchrist County Superintendent of Schools and the entire School Board.

April 29, Saturday
     9 a.m. --
Auditions for the Summer Children's Productions at The Chief Theater are scheduled now. If you want to be an aspiring young actor or if you know a child that would like to pursue acting, then this is the opportunity for you. The Suwannee Valley Players are conducting open audtions for the plays Charlotte's Web and What Fools These Mortals Be. Auditons consist of reading from the script or acting out scenes. There are many roles for all ages. For audition information, please call Laura Blanton at 352-221-3976.


May 2, Tuesday
     10 a.m.-5 p.m. -- 
There is a blood drive competition between the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and the Gilchrist County Courthouse staff in Trenton. The LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be at the Gilchrist County Courthouse located at 209 S.E. First St. in Trenton. Donors may give at either location. Remember to credit your donation to the desired group at registration. Donors must be 17 or older (16 with written parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and show photo ID. All donors receive a recognition item and a cholesterol screening.
 
May 3, Wednesday
     9 a.m.-6 p.m. --
 There is a blood drive competition between the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and the Gilchrist County Courthouse staff in Trenton.  The LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be at the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office located at 9239 South U.S. Highway 129 in Trenton. Donors may give at either location. Remember to credit your donation to the desired group at registration. Donors must be 17 or older (16 with written parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and show photo ID. All donors receive a recognition item and a cholesterol screening.


May 4, Thursday
     6 p.m. --
The Levy County Tourist Development Council is scheduled to meet in the TDC office at 620 N. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), in Bronson. This is the Levy County Road Department Office Building that is across the street from UF/IFAS Levy County Extension campus. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, please call 352-486-3396.

May 5, Friday
     6 p.m.-Midnight --
The Relay for Life of the Tri-Counties event is scheduled to be on the Trenton High School track. Trenton High School is located at 1013 N. Main St., in Trenton. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer. To join a Relay For Life Event click HERE.
Following is the schedule:

     5:30 p.m. -- Campsite Judging
     6 p.m. -- Opening Ceremony
     6:15 p.m. -- Survivor/Caregiver Lap
     6:30 p.m. -- Survivor Dinner
PURPLE LAP - Wear as much purple as you can
      7 p.m. -- Scavenger Hunt
PATRIOTIC LAP-Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Dept/Superhero Lap

      7:30 p.m. -- COLORS OF CANCER LAP – Wear the color of cancer that you are fighting for
      8 p.m. -- Say Yes to the Dress
CRAZY HAT LAP-wear crazy hats

      8:30 p.m. -- Chubby Bunny
      9 p.m. -- LUMINARIA
      10 p.m. -- DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY - Dress one fellow up on your team like a  Lady (make sure they have a purse to go around the track to collect money) 
      10:30 p.m. -- Spirit Stick Judging                      
      11 p.m. -- CANCER BLOWS-Bubble Lap/Pajama Lap
      11:30 p.m. -- Go Green-Clean up Lap-Take as many from your team as possible around the track to clean up
      11:45 p.m. -- Closing Ceremony
***Please stay until Midnight.  If you do have to leave, please plan on leaving your tent and coming back on Saturday to pick it up
.

May 6, Saturday
     10 a.m. --
Clergy, community leaders and residents and visitors of Gilchrist County are invited to participate in a program titled "Bridging The Divide, Re-imagining Police-Community Relations." Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. "Bobby" Schutz III invites all of the interested people to meet at th Train Depot in Trenton. This event is a community walk. This will be a community discussion to engage law enforcement officers and the community leaders to devise new ways to reduce crime and build public trust. One goal is to increase the safety and security of police officers and the people in the communities they serve. It is the goal of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office to harvest and maintain a positive, ethical image while earning the trust of the people that the GCSO is sworn to protect and serve. Community trust is the key to effective policing, Sheriff Schultz said, and the GCSO encourages participating in group discussion, training activities and community events. The GCSO contact for this event is Capt. Sheryl Brown. Her email address is sbrown@gcso.us.


May 11, Thursday
      1-2 p.m. --
Marion Senior Services, 1101 S.W. 20 Court, in Ocala, has scheduled a free Ocala Alzheimer's Association program titled "Safety Issues Related to Dementia." Care Consultation is available following program from 2 to 4 p.m. by appointment. Call for more information. Space is limited, please register by calling 800-272-3900.

     6-8 p.m. -- Critter Crusaders a non-profit pet support group, invites everyone in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties to join in a discussion on spay and neutering of pets. The Critter Crusaders have a limited supply of applications for those who qualify for assistance. The goal is to reduce the overpopulation of the animals in the Tri-County Area. This Meet And Greet event is at Haven Hospice Community Center, 311 N.E. Ninth St., in Chiefland. For more information about Critter Crusaders and how to help, please call 352-210-1602 or 352-493-4857.

May 20, Saturday
     11 a.m.-4 p.m. --
There is a dog was scheduled by Critter Crusaders, a non-profit pet support group. This is a fundraiser and it is at the Tractor Supply Co. in Chiefland. This fund drive is for the benefit of pet owners who are in need of food, flea medications, veterinary services and spay/neuter procedures. Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy residents are invited to bring dogs to be washed. For more information about Critter Crusaders and how to help, please call 352-210-1602 or 352-493-4857.

May 21, Sunday
     4 p.m. --
The members of Cedar Key United Methodist Church invites everyone to join them at Cedar Key City Park for a free picnic and concert. Will and Liz Yearty are scheduled to be playing the guitar and keyboard and singing praise music in the gazebo. The church will provide grilled gourmet hot dogs and drinks. Bring a side dish to share, if you can, and a blanket or chair.  This event is sponsored by the Cedar Key United Methodist Church.

May 23, Tuesday
     6:30 p.m. --
There is a public safety memorial service event scheduled to remember fallen heroes in Columbia County. The Columbia County Public Safety Memorial Service is slated to be conducted in the Fellowship Hall of The First Baptist Church of Lake City, 182 N.E. Justice St., in Lake City. This event honors and remembers the ultimate sacrifice made by local public safety officers. This service honors 15 individuals who have died while protecting their communities through public service since the year 1900. The keynote speaker this year will be Florida Highway Patrol, Northern Patrol Operations Chief Mark Brown. Florida Highway Patrol Troop B Commander Maj. Eileen Powell will be the master of ceremonies. A proclamation by the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners will be presented and the Hon. Judge Tom Coleman of the Third Judicial Circuit will be lighting a candle just prior to the Memorial Roll Call. The Fallen Hero’s Ceremony will conclude with the playing of Taps, a bagpipes salute and a benediction. Local residents and visitors to the area are cordially invited to join the members of the Columbia County Public Safety Memorial Committee in memory of, and to honor, the heroism, courage and sacrifices of local fallen heroes and their surviving families.

June 8, Thursday
     1-2 p.m. --
Marion Senior Services, 1101 S.W. 20 Court, in Ocala, has scheduled a free Ocala Alzheimer's Association program titled "Healthy Habits for a Healthier You." Care Consultation is available following program from 2 to 4 p.m. by appointment. Call for more information. Space is limited, please register by calling 800-272-3900.

June 12, Monday
     3 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida is hosting an information session for its new two-year Radiography program. Sessions will be offered at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road, in Building 37, Room 103. The Associate in Science in Radiography begins in August. Approximately 20 students will be accepted. After completing the 77-credit-hour program, graduates are eligible for licensure in Florida as a Certified Radiologic Technologist and may apply for admission to the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist. To learn more, contact Dr. Mitchell Housenick at 352-854-2322, ext. 1645 or visit CF.edu/health

June 15, Thursday
     3 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida is hosting an information session for its new two-year Radiography program. Sessions will be offered at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road, in Building 37, Room 103. The Associate in Science in Radiography begins in August. Approximately 20 students will be accepted. After completing the 77-credit-hour program, graduates are eligible for licensure in Florida as a Certified Radiologic Technologist and may apply for admission to the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist. To learn more, contact Dr. Mitchell Housenick at 352-854-2322, ext. 1645 or visit CF.edu/health
 

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REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

EVERY MONDAY
    12 p.m. –
Trenton Rotary Club at the Gilchrist County Woman’s Club, 819 S.W. CR 339. (Except on Federal Holidays)

FIRST MONDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
The Williston High School Football Boosters' meeting is in the Williston High School Library. Meetings will continue year-round on the first Monday of every month. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

SECOND MONDAY
     9:30 a.m. --
Williston's AARP Chapter 912 meets in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 661 N.W. First Ave., Williston (behind the closed KFC restaurant). This group meets at 9:30 a.m. each second Monday from September (2015) through May (2016) for coffee and socializing. The meetings start at 10 a.m. After the meeting the club usually has a "pot luck" lunch provided by the club members.
     7 p.m. -- The Suwannee Valley Players meet at the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave, Chiefland. The players discuss things that relate to the theater and upcoming shows. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and no acting experience is necessary. For more information, please leave a message by calling 352-493-2787 or email to SuwanneeValleyPlayers@gmail.com.

THIRD MONDAY
      6:30 p.m. --
The Levy County Republican Executive Committee's monthly meeting starts with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at a new location for these meetings: The Gathering Table, 116 N Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland. Everyone is invited to come hear from county leaders who will explain what's happening now or in the future of Levy County. Every meeting has informative Republican ideas, information and plans for the future in the county, state and nation.
 
EVERY TUESDAY
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. –
Williston Rotary Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. First St.

EVERY WEDNESDAY
     11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. --
The Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site in Williston open to people who are 60 years and older. Seniors will receive a hot, nutritious, balanced meal free of charge. Donations are accepted. It’s in Thompson Hall at St. Banabars Church on 521 N.W. First Ave. (Located 1 block behind old KFC building.) Please call 352-490-7055 ext. 1 by 9 a.m. on Wednesdays to assure there will be enough meals hot and ready to serve on that day.
     12 p.m. – Chiefland Rotary Club meets at The Gathering Table, 116 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Cypress Inn Restaurant, 15568 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City.
     6:30 - 9 p.m. -- The Clover Squares of Levy County conducts a square-dance class starting at 6:30 with the regular dance at 7:30 at the Williston Crossings RV Resort, 410 N.E. Fifth St. in Williston. For more information or to check the holiday schedule, call 352-528-3323.
     7 p.m. -- The Youth Ministry Program Ignite 4:12 at Cornerstone Assembly of God continues from Sept. 18, to be each Wednesday. Director of Youth Ministry Chris Kirby said he looks forward to seeing young people come to this weekly event at Cornerstone Assembly Of God 1045 Sixth Blvd., in Williston.

FIRST WEDNESDAY
     10- 11 a.m. --
The first Wednesday of each month, interested individuals are invited to enjoy the "coffee club meeting," where Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kathryn Lancaster will discuss current updates on the market and economy in a relaxed, informal setting. This discussion is at the Edward Jones office, 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), in Chiefland. Participants need to reserve a spot at the coffee club meeting by calling the office at 352-493-4948.

SECOND WEDNESDAY
     9:30 a.m. --
Williston Garden Club welcomes those interested in gardening in North Central Florida to join us on the second Wednesday of the month, September through May. Meetings are in the hall at the rear of the First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. First St., Williston. Call 352-486-8462 for information on that month’s program and to make sure we aren’t planning a field trip that day. Come grow with us!
      6:30 p.m. -- Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

THIRD WEDNESDAY
     12 p.m. --
Every third Wednesday, there is a free community light lunch at Holy Family Catholic Church, 17353 N.E. U.S. Alt. 27 near Williston. Everyone is invited. For more information, please call 352-528-2893.

FOURTH WEDNESDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

FIFTH WEDNESDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

EVERY THURSDAY
    10:30 a.m. --
Rural food distribution is happening every Thursday at the United Methodist Church on the east side of U.S. Highway 19 about one block north of the traffic light in Old Town. This replaces the former distribution drop station that used to be at McCrabb Baptist Church.
     12 p.m. – Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meets at Haven Hospice, in Conference Building, 911 N. Young Blvd., in Chiefland.
      7 p.m. -- Yankeetown Inglis Woman's Club Bingo has restarted. The games begin at 7 p.m., in the club located at 5 56th St., Yankeetown. Stop in at 5 p.m. and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6 p.m., you can eat before the games start. You don't have to play to eat, we have take out! There are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. For more information call 352-447-2057.
      7 p.m. -- There is Bingo every Thursday at the Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave. Contact Pamela Vamosi at 352-222-8267 or Deanna Barnard at 352-283-8828 for more information about the Lions Club of Williston.

FIRST THURSDAY
      5:30 p.m. --
The Chiefland Lions Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 4 W. Park Ave. in Chiefland. For more information contact Lion Donna Maynard at 352-493-1006.
     7 p.m. --  The Levy County Beekeepers Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 4 West Park Ave., Chiefland. Anyone who is interested in bees, or in beekeeping is invited. Beekeepers are ready to answer questions, share ideas and more. You need not be a beekeeper to attend. For more information, please call Byron Teerlink at 352-493-2216, or Chappie McChesney at 386-462-2637 or Leon Bath at 352-493-2329.

SECOND THURSDAY
      11 a.m. -- The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library meet each second Thursday of the month at the library, 104 N.E. Third Street, in Chiefland. The Friends support the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the library's programs through fundraising projects to augment the library's budget for the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting. Membership is free. For more information call Friends President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413.
     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 Sixth Blvd. in Williston offers a free lunch each second Thursday. All are welcome. For more information, please call  352-528-6880.
     1:30-3:30 p.m. -- There is an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group  that meets in the Edward Jones Conference Room at 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Suite 2, in Chiefland. This support group creates a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. Participants will learn and be informed about dementia, and the group as a whole helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. RSVPs are required. Call the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to reserve a seat or to find more information.
      6-8 p.m. -- A craft club meets in the fellowship hall of the Bronson United Methodist Church, 235 S. Court St. Please bring a pair of scissors with you.  For more information, please call Peggy Rowe at 352-316-3817.

FOURTH THURSDAY
      6-8 p.m. -- A craft club meets in the fellowship hall of the Bronson United Methodist Church, 235 S. Court St. Please bring a pair of scissors with you.  For more information, please call Peggy Rowe at 352-316-3817.
 
EVERY FRIDAY

      7:15 a.m. -- The Citrus Business Network (CBN) exists to grow the business and profitability of our members by providing leads and referral information, sharing marketing ideas and utilizing each others' services. Everyone wants to do business with people they know, like and trust. The CBN allows us to develop that kind of relationship, not only with other members, but also with friends and business contacts. We meet Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Twisted Oak Country Club, in Beverly Hills. Breakfast and social time begins at 7:15. We would love to have you visit a meeting and see if CBN is right for you. Questions? Call Peg Weston at 352-586-2343.

SECOND SATURDAY
      8 a.m. --  The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), hold a monthly breakfast meeting in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the church in Chiefland. (However, the meeting that would be on April 8, 2017 is not going to happen, because so many members will be away at that time. (THIS MONTH -- APRIL OF 2017, IT WILL BE ON THE THIRD SATURDAY -- April 15.)
      9:45 a.m. -- C.A.N. (Community Alliance Network) meets at the Living Water Life Center (LWLC) 6491 S.E. 123 Terrace Morriston. We’re meeting to put together resources and ideas for growing, bartering, food storage, alternative energy and other forms of self-sufficiency. Join us to hear speakers from like-minded groups share their visions and help us form ours. We always look forward to meeting new people.
      10 a.m. – First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission every second and fourth Saturday.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able.
     4 p.m. -- There is a “Community Round Table Meeting” at Inglis City Halle each second Saturday of each month. This is an open forum for residents of Inglis to come together to discuss area needs and views.

THIRD SATURDAY
     5:30 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to a Gospel Sing on the third Saturday of each month at St. Johns United Methodist Church, on the corner of Alachua County Roads 236 and 239, in Alachua. The mailing address is 10708 N.W. County Road 236. There will be a sign at corner of the intersection. Each month, there will also be a fellowship afterward with a covered dish meal.

FOURTH SATURDAY
     9 a.m. -- First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able.

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Rep. Charlie Stone's Office Hours
      LEVY COUNTY -- Rep. Charlie Stone (R-Ocala, Dist. 22) is scheduled to hold office hours on the first Tuesday of every month in Williston and Bronson, and the last Wednesday of every month in Chiefland and Cedar Key. This member of the Florida House of Representatives is the leader for constituents in Levy County and western Marion County.
Bronson: 9-11:30 a.m.
 Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building
 660 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), Bronson
Williston: 1:30 - 4 p.m.
 Williston City Council Chambers
 50 N.W. Main St., Williston
 The state representative is holding office hours in Chiefland and Cedar Key on the last Wednesday every month.
Chiefland: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Chiefland Chamber of Commerce
 23 S.E. Second Ave., Chiefland
Cedar Key: 1:30 - 4 p.m.
 Cedar Key City Council Chambers
 490 Second St., Cedar Key

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SHINE Helps
with Medicare Costs

Updated April 18, 2017 at 9:17 p.m.
     Want to see if you can save money on your prescription drug costs? Can't afford to have the Medicare Part B Premium come out of your check every month? Are you new to Medicare and not sure of your options?
     Whether you are a Medicare beneficiary, family member or caregiver, SHINE, a volunteer program under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provides you with free, unbiased and confidential information. For assistance, please call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to have a volunteer return your call.
The following dates, times and places are where SHINE volunteers are scheduled to be available to help people:

Wed., April 26 at 10 a.m.-Noon in the Gilchrist County Public Library at Trenton
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Wed., April 26 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Dixie County Public Library at Cross City

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Wed., May 3 from 10 a.m. to Noon in the Williston Public Library
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Wed., May 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Bronson Public Library
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Wed., May 10 from 10 a.m. to Noon in the A.F. Knotts Public Library (Yankeetown)
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Wed., May 17 from 10 a.m. to Noon in the Bell Community Center
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Wed., May 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Chiefland Senior Center


To find a place for counseling anywhere in Florida, anyone may go to this website -- http://www.floridashine.org/Counseling-Sites.aspx -- and click on a county to find a list of counseling sites.

--UPDATED--
SUNDAY  APRIL 23  8:27 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties





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