Hey Santa! Hay Art

The smiling face of Santa Claus is seen in the hay art piece on Levy County Road 347 between U.S. Alt. 27 and U.S. Highway 19. While this road is not very smooth and is among the stretches being sought for help in funding repair via the Florida Department of Transportation, the holiday art with hay has become a traditional treat for passersby.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 10, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.


 


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Williston presents
a movie in the park on Dec. 15


Film Photos Provided by City of Williston
Published Dec. 5, 2017 at 12:57 p.m.
     WILLISTON --
The City of Williston presents a Movie in the Park.
     Everyone is invited to enjoy a family-friendly movie at the Heritage Park Pavilion on Friday, Dec.15, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
     Admission is free and popcorn and drinks will be provided free of charge. Bring a chair or blanket and your family and enjoy.

 


Sanders Family Christmas
slated for performances;
Final weekend

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 17, 2017 at 9:42 a.m.
Updated Dec. 3, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.
Updated Dec. 14, 2017 at 7:47 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The Suwannee Valley Players are in rehearsal for another stellar set of live performances by those stars at The Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave., in Chiefland, according to information from Becky Gill, a patron of the local performing arts.

     The theater formerly was a place for movies and it has been restored to provide an excellent venue for watching live community theater performances.
     The musical comedy titled Sanders Family Christmas is set to run for three weekends, starting on Dec. 1.
     The dates of the performances are Dec. 15, 16 and 17.
     Friday and Saturday evening shows start at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee shows start at 2 p.m.
     "Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain," the play's creators note. "It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders, of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and 25 Southern Gospel Christmas favorites."
     If someone wants to reserve and pay for seats, prices are $15 for most adults.
     The ticket price is $13 for youth 18 years and younger, for seniors 65 years and older, for college students, for current and former military, and for active first responders (firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and law enforcement officers).
     To reserve a seat, call Becky Gill at 352-443-9096.


Holiday Train Exhibit
Returns To CF Dec. 16-30


The Webber Gallery at the College of Central Florida and the Ocala Model Railroaders’ Historic Preservation Society present the 22nd annual exhibit “Trains at the Holidays” Dec. 16-30. The Webber Gallery is located at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. The exhibit features modular train layouts and railroad memorabilia. Many of the layouts are inspired by historic Ocala landmarks, such as the Six-Gun Territory. The exhibition will open Saturday, Dec. 16, with a reception from noon-2 p.m. Admission to the reception and exhibit are free. The exhibit will be open daily during special gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 30; it will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. For more information call 352-873-5809. To learn about other CF events, visit www.CF.edu.
Published Dec. 9, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.

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Walk to Bethlehem 'til Dec. 23
Published Nov. 30, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
     MORRISTON --
Walk To Bethlehem, a narrated interactive journey, presumed to have been taken by Mary and Joseph leading up to the birth of Jesus is happening again this year in Morriston.
     Located at 4551 S.E. State Road 121, it is in Morriston between Levy County Road 326 and CR 464.
     This is a FREE event that is open every evening from Dec. 9 through Dec. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.
     Everyone is welcome to come out and stroll through the Christmas fantasyland, check out the many new displays, see Santa and enjoy refreshments, in addition to joining a caravan on the journey to Bethlehem.
     For the people who are unable to walk, this event is still able to be enjoyed because Pastor Dana and Callie Fields have golf carts to help make it more accessible to people who cannot walk.
     This annual event is sponsored by Living Water Life Center, Morriston.
     For more information, call Callie Fields at 352-438-4545.

 


Youth Christmas parties
planned for libraries


Published Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:07 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Children of all ages are invited to join in a fun celebration of Christmas at their local Levy County Public Library.
     Come listen to a Christmas Story, make crafts, enjoy refreshments, and have pictures taken with Santa! Plan to arrive early to see Santa. The pictures will be printed at the party for free.
     The A.F. Knotts Public Library will not have a visit by Santa. The children at those locations will have pictures taken with a holiday scene.
     Please contact one of the four listed public libraries for more information.

Luther Callaway Public Library (Chiefland)
Friday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Williston Public Library
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

Bronson Public Library
Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.



Free milk and cookies
are offered with
Santa Claus on Dec. 19

Published Nov. 30, 2017 at 2:37 p.m.
     WILLISTON –
For the second Christmastime, Santa Claus has sent an email to note that he is pleased to announce that he will again be at the pavilion in Heritage Park of Williston.
     Santa Claus is scheduled to be there on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. so that children can enjoy having milk and cookies with Santa.
     Santa Claus is slated to arrive on the back of a firetruck at his request, due to his reindeer getting ready for his annual trip to deliver toys to all of the good boys and girls around the world.
     In addition to milk and cookies, a Christmas movie is scheduled to be shown. This is a free event. It is open to the public.
     Santa Claus notes that his partners in this event are T.G. Lee Dairy, Winn-Dixie, the Williston Fire Rescue Department and the Williston Police Department.
     Santa is excited about the event and looks forward to meeting with children of all ages.
     For more information, please contact the Williston Police Department at 352-528-4991.


Appleton And Gulf Archaeology
Research Institute to present
exhibition about life
at Historic Fort King

Published Nov. 14, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to present “On the Edge of the Florida Frontier: Perspectives on Life at Fort King.”

     Organized by the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute, the exhibition runs Jan. 17 through April 8, 2018.
     An opening reception is set to be held Friday, Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m. There is no fee to attend.
     “On the Edge of the Florida Frontier” includes artwork, archaeological objects and historic reproductions that highlight what life was like for those who visited Fort King in the 19th century. Fort King was built in 1827 and was one of the key forts during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842).
     The purpose of this fort was first to try and contain the Seminole Tribe to a reservation and then ultimately to remove Seminoles from Florida altogether. Therefore, this single structure would have had very different meanings to the people who visited ― from soldiers, to Seminoles, to the citizens of Florida. To some it signified safety to others it was a symbol of danger. With these conflicting emotions in mind, this exhibit utilizes archaeological findings in conjunction with archival and historical information to provide a unique window into the material culture of the past.
     While highlighting how archaeology has helped to tell a more meaningful story about Fort King, the exhibit also showcases the role Gulf Archaeology Research Institute, a dedicated nonprofit organization, has had in preserving and interpreting this important National Historical Landmark.
     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.
     Through January 2018, the main portion of the museum will not be available to visitors due to a heating and cooling equipment replacement project. The Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery, ARTSpace, art classrooms and a mini Appleton Store are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed every Monday.
     During this time, the regular admission fees will be replaced with a pay-what-you-wish donation option.


Appleton Museum of art
introduces the
Inspired Speakers Series


(from left) Rising-star ballerina Kate Stone; Emmy award-winner Mark Emery; master sculptor and painter Nilda Comas; scholar and author Dr. Lisa DeBoet; and designer and 'Project Runway' star Fabio Costa.

Photos Provided

Published Nov. 3, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.
Updated Nov. 29, 2017 at 6:27 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, introduces the Inspired Speakers Series.

     These monthly presentations are a new addition to the museum’s programming, featuring individuals who are not only experts in their fields, but also an inspiration to others. 
     Appropriate for all ages, speaking topics are multi-disciplinary and range from fine arts, photography, dance, fashion, and beyond.
     This event is free for Appleton members, CF students, staff and faculty; $10 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets in advance at AppletonMuseum.org or call Visitor Services, 352-291-4455.
      For more information about the Inspired Speakers Series, contact Patricia Tomlinson, tomlinsp@cf.edu, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1837.


2017-2018 Inspired Speakers Series Schedule
     Unless otherwise noted, events are held at the Appleton Museum of Art and are free for Appleton members; $10 for the public. Advance ticket reservation and purchases are recommended by visiting AppletonMuseum.org or calling Visitor Services, 352-291-4455.
      ● Dr. Lisa DeBoer, Scholar and Author (will speak on Rembrandt van Rijn) -- Friday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.
      ● Kate Stone, Rising-Star Ballerina -- Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
      ● Nilda Comas, Master Sculptor and Painter -- Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.
      ● Fabio Costa, Fashion Designer and “Project Runway” Star
Sunday -- April 22, 2 p.m.
     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 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

 


Appleton presents
‘Mysteries of the Amazon:
Visionary Artwork of
Pablo Amaringo and
His Students’ up to Jan. 14


Published Aug. 18, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
Updated Nov. 19, 2017 at 6:27 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, with guest curator Scott Olsen, Ph.D., present “Mysteries of the Amazon: Visionary Artwork of Pablo Amaringo and His Students.”
     On view until Jan. 14, 2018, this exhibition features approximately 95 paintings by Peruvian artist Pablo Amaringo and his students from Olsen’s private collection.
     Completed 2001-2016, the large-scale, acrylic paintings are considered to be some of the best examples of Mestizo vegetalista and ayahuasquero shamanism gathered in one place. Exhibiting brilliant use of color, the paintings depict the plant, animal and angelic spirits encountered in deep ceremonial visionary experiences. In addition, groupings of Peruvian ethnographic objects let the viewer further experience these unique cultural groups.
     “The Indigenous Shamanic path may well be humanity’s most ancient spiritual tradition,” said Olsen. “It has proven to be a powerful method for the transformation of consciousness. Not unlike the reports from near-death experiencers and initiates of the various mystery schools, participants have often experienced deep empathic connection with nature's plants and animals – in fact, all living beings – including profound insights into the underlying patterns and mathematical structure of the cosmos. ‘Mysteries of the Amazon’ is intended to assist Indigenous Shamanism to achieve its rightful recognition as one of the world's great Wisdom Traditions.”
     Exhibition Events at the Appleton Include:
     ● Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-3:30 p.m.
Guest curator Scott Olsen, Ph.D., will give a talk, “Ancient Wisdom and the Golden Ratio.”
     ● Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
A musical performance by Tribe of Love, including organizer Susanna Raven with Maryn Azoff and Jan Paul Werge.
     For more information, contact AppletonMuseum@cf.edu. For a full listing of on- and off-site events, please visit AppletonMuseum.org/exhibits/Special/mysteries.html.
     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.
     From Sept. 15, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018, the main portion of the museum will not be available to visitors due to a heating and cooling equipment replacement project.
     The Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery, ARTSpace, art classrooms and a mini Appleton Store will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed every Monday. During this time, the regular admission fees will be replaced with a Pay-What-You-Wish donation option.
     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 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

 


Fashion collides with folk art at
Appleton Museum of Art in

‘Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art’
To be presented Feb. 3-April 29

At left, Fabio Costa, ‘Agnus Dame,’ hand-quilted nylon, raw silk mesh, cotton fiber, Japanese raw silk yarn, and Japanese bamboo yarn, with stuffwork. Photograph by Mete Ozeren. At right, the inspiration piece for Costa’s garment, Artist Unknown, ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus,’ c. 1900, Paint on wood. Collection American Folk Art Museum.

Published Dec. 6, 2017 at 11:07 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to present “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art,” Feb. 3-April 29, 2018.
     Fashion has always found inspiration in unpredictable sources: art, life, history — there are no boundaries. In this spirit, “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art” explores the relationship between inspiration and creation. Thirteen established and emerging designers have created original ensembles inspired by artwork in the American Folk Art Museum’s collection.
     The exhibit, guest curated by Alexis Carreño, includes 15 original ensembles and 23 works of art from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum.
     This traveling exhibition is organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, and circulated by the Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama. The tour of this exhibition is supported in part by the Leir Charitable Foundations in memory of Henry J. & Erna D. Leir, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


Exhibition Events:
Director’s Circle Sneak Peek
Friday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m.
Appleton Director’s Circle members are invited to join Curator of Exhibitions Patricia Tomlinson for a sneak peek of “Folk Couture.” Beverages and hors d’oeuvres included. RSVP required to Colleen Harper, harperc@cf.edu or 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.
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Fashion Show
Saturday, April 21, 5-8 p.m.
Dress to impress for this art-inspired fashion show with VIP guest Fabio Costa, designer and “Project Runway” star. Enjoy sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres as area designers showcase their own work on the runway, as well as one ensemble inspired by a work of art in the Appleton’s collection. VIP Package is $125 and includes front row seats, a meet-and-greet reception with Fabio Costa, and more. General Admission is $60; $50 for Appleton members. All tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting AppletonMuseum.org or calling Visitor Services at 352-291-4455.
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Inspired Speakers Series with Fabio Costa
Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.
Designer and “Project Runway” star Fabio Costa will give a talk on his life in fashion. Free for Appleton members; $10 for nonmembers. Reservations and tickets must be obtained in advance by visiting AppletonMuseum.org or calling Visitor Services at 352-291-4455.

     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.
Through February 2018, the main portion of the museum will not be available to visitors due to a heating and cooling equipment replacement project.
     The Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery, ARTSpace, art classrooms and a mini Appleton Store are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed every Monday. During this time, our regular admission fees will be replaced with a pay-what-you-wish donation option.
     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 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

 


Rep. Charlie Stone
Local Office Hours -- Near The Bottom of this Page

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SHINE LISTINGS -- BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
(Updated Nov. 29, 2017 at 6:17 a.m.)

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

     Publisher’s Note: All events are listed chronologically. Please email announcements to hardisonink@gmail.com. Please look ahead on the Calendar and RSVP if the organizer requests that. Please check daily. Things change. If you do not see a notice that was sent, please send it again. Include a name and address when submitting events, so we can confirm them and so people can contact the sender for more information. TO SUBMIT AN EVENT, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO hardisonink@gmail.com. Please include the date, time and place. Please note if it is free and open to the public. Please note if reservations are required. Please provide a contact method for people who want more information.

Dec. 14
     9-11 a.m. -- 
There is a blood drive competition between the Chiefland City Hall staff and the Florida Department of Transportation staff in Chiefland. From 9 to 11 a.m., the LifeSouth Bloodmobile is going to be at Chiefland City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave. 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.
     Noon-6 p.m. -- There is a blood drive competition between the Chiefland City Hall staff and the Florida Department of Transportation staff in Chiefland. From noon to 6 p.m., the LifeSouth Bloodmobile is going to be at the FDOT Office located at 1820 S. Young Blvd. (U.S. Alt. 27) in Chiefland. 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.

     3 p.m. -- There is a book fair at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City. This event is featuring local authors.

Dec. 15, Friday
     5 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida is scheduled to hold its fall 2017 commencementat First Baptist Church of Ocala, 2801 S.E. Maricamp Road, in Ocala. Jack Wilkinson, namesake of the CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, will be honored posthumously with the CF Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. Ira Holmes, longtime CF faculty member and founder of the CF International Film Series, and student Chriseanna Mitchell will be graduation speakers. For those unable to attend, the ceremonies will be webcast live at CF.edu/graduation. For more information, call the Ocala Campus at 352-854-2322, ext. 1391 or ext. 1739; Citrus Campus at 352-746-6721; or Levy Campus at 352-658-4077. 
     6:30 p.m. -- The City of Williston presents a Movie in the Park. Everyone is invited to enjoy a family-friendly movie at the Heritage Park Pavilion on Friday Dec.15, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and popcorn and drinks will be provided free of charge. Bring a chair or blanket and your family and enjoy.

 
Dec. 19, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. -- The monthly meeting of Gilchrist County AARP Chapter #2133 is scheduled to be held in the ForVets Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground. At these meetings, you will receive valuable information as to what is happening in the local area, be informed about many local volunteer options, have a great lunch, enjoy good fellowship, become involved and join this great local organization and maybe even win a door prize. Remember, if you are over fifty you are welcome to fellowship and freely dine with us for your first visit as our guest Join us in a time of community caring, sharing and Christmas cheer. See Chapter Treasurer Katherine LaBarca for membership information. Janice Rogers, Program Chair, informs us that the entertainment will be provided by Dick Grillo, Director of Community & Church Outreach, Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park, FL (1-800-647-3353). We are excited to enjoy Dick’s great performance of Christmas Cheer. He is so phenomenal, that we were thrilled when he said he would provide entertainment at this year's Christmas meeting. He will also be happy to answer any inquiry you might have concerning the facilities at Advent Christian Village. Hospitality Chair Faye Sheffield said we are having a Ham Luncheon at meeting's close. Ham provided by our chapter will be prepared by the Hospitality Committee. Please bring your favorite dish, drinks, and or desserts to be shared by all as a compliment to the entrée. Each meal is always enjoyed, thanks to the chapters awesome cooks and the hospitality team. Health Chair Susan Wells will be joining us with excellent up to date information concerning health choices and checking Vital Signs. Please bring non-perishable and/or hygiene items for local food bank. Also plesae bring lap blankets for the local FFA Chapters to donate to local centers. For more information, plesae call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 352-463-1889.
     4-6 p.m. -- Photos with Santa -- Tri-County Community Resources Center is excited to host families and their children for cookies and holiday photos with Santa Claus. The event will take place adjacent to the resource center at the Chiefland Fire Rescue Station. K. Berger Photography will offer families with children free photos with Santa, and children will have the opportunity to meet local firefighters and have their picture taken with the fire engine.
     6-8 p.m. -- For the second Christmastime, Santa Claus has sent an email to note that he is pleased to announce that he will again be at the pavilion in Heritage Park of Williston. Santa Claus is scheduled to be there so that children can enjoy having milk and cookies with him. Santa Claus is slated to arrive on the back of a firetruck at his request, due to his reindeer getting ready for his annual trip to deliver toys to all of the good boys and girls around the world. In addition to milk and cookies, a Christmas movie is scheduled to be shown. This is a free event. It is open to the public. Santa Claus notes that his partners in this event are T.G. Lee Dairy, Winn-Dixie, the Williston Fire Rescue Department and the Williston Police Department.  Santa is excited about the event and looks forward to meeting with children of all ages. For more information, please contact the Williston Police Department at 352-528-4991.
Dec. 20, Wednesday
     10 a.m. - 12 p.m. --
Make and Take Holiday Kids’ Ornament Crafts. FREE burlap reindeer ornament craft for children ages 5-12. All supplies included. Participating children will have an opportunity to “shop” in our Christmas Store for a special (free) holiday gift for a family member. This is happening at the Tri-County Community Resources Center,  15 N. Main St. in Chiefland.

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REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated July 2, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.

EVERY MONDAY

     11 a.m. - Noon -- Tai Chi classes are being held Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. Classes will be there up to the middle of December, minus Thanksgiving Week. This version of Tai Chi is for Balance Only and it can be done sitting in a chair if that would be more convenient for some. Please let us know if you are interested and you can call Gerry Jesk at 352-493-2842 and leave a message giving your name and phone number.
    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 a.m. - Noon -- Tai Chi classes are being held Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. Classes will be there up to the middle of December, minus Thanksgiving Week. This version of Tai Chi is for Balance Only and it can be done sitting in a chair if that would be more convenient for some. Please let us know if you are interested and you can call Gerry Jesk at 352-493-2842 and leave a message giving your name and phone number.
     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 Dixie County Women’s Club, located right behind the Dixie County Courthouse in Cross City, the address is 236 N.E. 134th St., Cross City.

     2 p.m., 4-5 p.m. -- The Clover Squares of Levy County conducts a square-dance starting at 2 p.m. with the dance class starting at 4 p.m. at the Williston Crossings RV Resort, 410 N.E. Fifth St. in Williston. For more information, 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. -- The Williston Garden Club meets September through May on the second Wednesday of the month at First Presbyterian Church, 247 NE First St., in Williston. Social hour is at 9:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. C;ub members come from all walks of life. From Master Gardeners and landscape architects to hobby gardeners, and those who are happy to nurture a potted plant on their porch, all are welcome to join. The ranks include native Floridians, permanently landed snowbirds, south Florida transplants and others who are interested in gardening in the area we all call home. For more information about the club or to receive information or a reminder about the next meeting, please contact Dotti Hydue at 352-486-8462. Call in advance to make sure the club is not planning a field trip that day.
      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
     11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The Citizens For An Engaged Electorate conduct an open discussion and luncheon at Melanie's Restaurant 112 E. Noble Ave., in Williston. This meeting is free and open to the public. People who order lunch are responsible for paying their own bills for the food and drinks. This group discusses matters of public importance.
      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. (In the months of July and August 2017, the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library will NOT be meeting. The next meeting is Sept. 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the library.)
     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.

THIRD THURSDAY
     7 - 8:30 p.m. --
The Citizens For An Engaged Electorate conduct a business/action meeting at the Williston Community Center, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. This is free and open to the public. This group discusses matters of public importance.

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. (The August meeting is delayed due to Hurricane Irma. The new tentative date is Aug. 16).
      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. (There is no UMM in Chiefland in July and August.)
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The South Levy Marketplace is the fourth Saturday of each month. There are local artisan crafts, fresh organic produce, and garden plants for sale, and free pet adoptions. Vendor and quality yard sale spaces are $10 for a 10x10 space. The marketplace is located on Levy County Road 40 west of U.S. Highway 19 in Inglis. Call 352-302-1771 for more information.

LAST SATURDAY
     1-3 p.m. --
The Care for Caregivers group meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Williston City Hall Community Center, 50 N.W. Main St. in Williston. Williston has support for caregivers and their loved ones who have dementia.

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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 Historic Train Depot
 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 Nov. 29, 2017 at 6:17 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:

Levy County
Yankeetown
* Wed., Dec. 13 (AEP Ended 12/7)  at 10 a.m.-Noon in the A.F. Knotts Public Library (Yankeetown)
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Gilchrist County
Trenton
* Wed., Dec. 13 (AEP Ended 12/7)  at 10 a.m.-Noon in the Gilchrist County Public Library (Trenton)
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Dixie County
Cross City
* Wed., Dec. 13 (AEP Ended 12/7) at 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Dixie County Public Library (Cross City)

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--
THURSDAY   Dec. 14   7:47 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties








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