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.

 


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     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.


Sun Out Of The Box

The sun decides to think outside the box, by putting itself into a box shape on Thursday morning (March 23).

Photo by Sharon Hardison © March 23, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
 
 
Movie and free popcorn
set for Levy County libraries


 
Published March 22 at 8:17 p.m.
on the Calendar Page of HardisonInk.com
     LEVY COUNTY --
A free movie with free popcorn is slated to be at four Levy County public libraries.

     The move Sing lasts for one hour and 48 minutes.
     "Come to the library!" exclaimed Youth Services Coordinator Jenny Rodgers. "We'll show a movie and hand out popcorn for free!"
     Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon, a dapper koala, presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal-some, might even say delusional-optimist, who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.
     Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, Buster has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition.
     The libraries and dates and times for the free movie and popcorn are listed below.

 
     ● Bronson Public Library, 600 Gilbert St., in Bronson
Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m.
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     ● Cedar Key Public Library, 460 Second St., in Cedar Key
Friday, March 31, at 5 p.m.
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     ● Luther Callaway Public Library, 104 N.E. Third St., in Chiefland
Friday, March 31, at 6 p.m.
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     ● Williston Public Library, 10 S.E. First St., in Williston
Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m.

 


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 March 1–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.


Volunteers sought for
TCCR Birthday Party

Published on the Calendar Page of HardisonInk.com
March 21, 2017 at 9:37 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The TCCR is in need of volunteers for the Tri-County Community Resource Center’s annual community birthday celebration on Saturday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the following categories:
     ● 4 Volunteers: Set up/decoration (8:00?-9:30A)
     ● 2 Volunteers: TCCR booth; cotton candy machine - no experience necessary - can be made and bagged prior to start of event (9A-1P)
     ● 1 Volunteer: Exhibitor coordination / registration (8:30A-10A)
     ● 1 Volunteer: Attendee registration table (9:30A-1P)
     ● 1 Volunteer: Bounce house monitor (10A-1P)
     ● 4 Volunteers: Event clean up/take down (1-2P)
      This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn community service hours, or for a youth group to participate in an outreach activity; please share if you know of someone who might help us meet this need.
     Sign up by contacting Beverly Goodman at beverly.goodman@pfsf.org or by calling 352-507-4003.


March happenings
at Trenton's Senior Center

Published March March 14, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.
Updated March 25, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
on the Calendar Page of HardisonInk.com
     TRENTON --
The Senior Center is located at 1439 Gilchrist County Road 307A in Trenton is open Monday through Friday; for more information call 352-463-1895.
     Following are dates and times for some events.
     Friday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. Cookie and Candy Bingo is scheduled. And this is the day when we have our March Birthday Party. There is Pizza, Cake and Ice Cream. We will be playing host to the Seniors from Ayers Nursing and Rehab. The space will be limited. So please come early.  Nancy Allen will have fresh coffee ready for early birds.
     Our exercise and Zumba Classes are in full swing every Monday and Wednesday morning. On Tuesday and Thursday, we are doing Tia Chi at 11 a.m.
     If you come in Monday afternoon at 1 p.m., you will find the "Gigglin' Grannies" knitting and crocheting. They would love to have you come and join them, whether you are a novice or an expert.  Norm Conti said he is sure that you will enjoy this class. They have already made more than 400 caps for cancer patients of all ages.


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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.
 

March 29, Wednesday
     10 a.m.
-- An oil painting class is scheduled to be available at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City. This is a Bob Ross oil painting class with Sylvia Wilkin as the instructor. There is a $50 fee. No experience is necessary to take this class. Registration is required.  Call 352-498-1219 to register.
     2-4 p.m. -- Quit Your Way. Quitting tobacco isn't easy. Tobacco Free Florida is offering free tools and services to help people start. Pre-registration for this help at Tri-County Community Resource Center, 15 N. Main St., in Chiefland, is required. Call toll free 1-866-341-2730 to register. This program provides free nicotine replacement patches , gum and lozenges (while supplies last and if medically appropriate). There is a free community worksite and clinic groups offered. This program is offered through Tobacco Free Florida, the Partnership for Strong Families and the Tri-County Community Resource Center. The Tri-County Area is Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

March 28, Tuesday
     10 a.m.-12 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the Grandparents and Child Custody workshop. This is a free legal workshop sponsored by Three Rivers Legal Services Inc., the Partnership for Strong Families and the Tri-County Community Resource Center. The Tri-County Area is Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. This workshop will include the topics of grandparents raising grandchildren; custody versu adoption; family law versus dependency and more! It is being held at the Tir-County Community Resources Center, 15 N. Main St., in Chiefland.

 

March 30, Thursday
     5 p.m. --
John McPherson – Story of Cedar Key’s Water is part of the Cedar Key Public Library Winter Lecture Series. All library programs are FREE and open to the public. The Cedar Key Public Library is located at 460 Second St. in Cedar Key.

 

April 1, Saturday
     Sat. 1 10:30 a.m. --
Russ Hall – Tram Trail Biodiversity Project is part of the Cedar Key Public Library Winter Lecture Series. All library programs are FREE and open to the public. The Cedar Key Public Library is located at 460 Second St. in Cedar Key.

April 2, Sunday
     Noon-2 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to Saint Alban's Episcopal Church, 7550 N.W. 149th Place, north of Chiefland, on the west side of U.S. Highway 19. There is going to be an Ice Cream Social and Chinese Auction. The cost is $2 for social. The Chinese auction is a fundraiser where people will be bidding on lots of items that have been donated to the church.

April 7, Friday
     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.

April 8, Saturday
     8:30 a.m. --
Registration for AmVets District XVI's Camp Valor Poker Run goes from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The last bike out is at 10:30 a.m. The last bike in is at 4 p.m. The entry fee is $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. Additional cards are $5 each. This run includes two-wheel, three-wheel and four-wheel vehicles. There is a dinner included with the entry fee. The menu for the dinner shows it is pulled pork or ham, beans, potato salad, macaroni salad and dessert. This meal sells for $7 per-plate for non-riders. The registration and ride starts at Camp Valor at Otter Springs RV Campground. The first stop is AmVets Post 42, at 14472 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, (on the west side of U.S. 19 just north of Chiefland, just after the gas station-convenience store). The second stop is AmVets Post 444, at 13751 N.E. 52nd Place (next U.S. Alt. 27 between Bronson and Williston), Williston. The third stop is AmVets Post 447, at 405 Levy County Road 40 East, near Inglis. The fourth stop is AmVets Post 88, at 10050 N.E. State Road 24, Archer (east of Bronson on SR 24 near the stockcar racetrack). The last stop is AmVets Post 422, at 17313 N.W. U.S Highway 19, in the City of Fanning Springs. Anyone can join in on this Camp Valor Poker Run. It is to help raise funds and awareness for the Camp Valor Project at Otter Springs. There are going to be raffles and music, as well as the food at AmVets Post 422 after the last bike is in at 4 p.m. All AmVets members, family and friends are hoping to see a huge turnout for this, because they think Camp Valor will be a great place for all veterans. For more information, please call Pat Plemmons at 352-317-5685 or 352-493-4883.
     10 a.m. -- Suwannee Library Technical Center is hosting a Kids Easter Painting Class. The class will be led by teacher Millie Beasley who will demonstrate step-by-step how to paint an adorable picture of a bunny with a carrot. Each student will be able to take home their rendition of this picture. The class is suitable for all ages 6 years and older. All supplies are provided. Registration is required so that enough materials will be available for all students. The materials fee is $5, payable on the day. Please register by April 1. To register, email suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com, or call 352-542-8320 or stop by during business hours. Suwannee Library Technical Center is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. It is located at 21340 S.E. Dixie County Highway 349, adjacent to the Town of Suwannee Fire Station.


April 9, Sunday
    9 a.m. --
Fanning Springs Community Church is celebrating its 20th year of ministry at the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion, on U.S. Highway 19 in Fanning Springs. Worship service begins at 10:30 am and will feature Rick Lawrence as the keynote speaker. We cordially invite all friends, past and present, as well as anyone from the community that has interest in the happenings at FSCC. It is our prayer that this event will draw someone who is currently seeking a church to call home! If this is you, please come and be our guest. Come early to enjoy a continental breakfast and make a new friend or two during our time of “meet and greet” beginning at 9 a.m. After the main service, we invite you back to our current church building located at 17930 N.W. 90th Court, Fanning Springs for a complimentary delicious lunch, featuring BBQ pork and Tom Griffin’s Famous BBQ Chicken with all the fixins’. Rick and Vicki Lawrence are long-time friends of FSCC. Rick is the former Director of Missions for the Harmony Baptist Association and was instrumental in the launching of FSCC on April 13, 1997.  Rick has served as a pastor in various locations including locally at First Baptist Church of Trenton. Additionally, Rick served as Church Planter and Church Plant Director for the Florida Baptist Convention. Rick now serves as a ministry consultant to local churches within the Florida Baptist Convention. Vicki Lawrence is actively serving on staff at the North Central Florida Baptist Association in Gainesville. For more information please contact Pastor David Jones
at Fanning Springs Community Church 352-463-2602.

 

April 10, Monday
     10 a.m.-1 p.m. --
Gopher Tortoise Day - Goethe State Forest is scheduled to happen at the Apex Trailhead - Goethe Office, in the Goethe State Forest, 9110 S.E. Levy County Road 337, Dunnellon. Join the Florida Forest Service for a celebration of our friend, the gopher tortoise! It's time for Gopher Tortoise Day. Between 10 a.m. and noon folks will be able to look down into a burrow with a gopher camera at the Goethe office. At noon we will travel to the Buck Island Pond Trailhead for a nature walk led by Brian "The Frog Doctor" Camposano. Brian studied reptiles at Goethe for the University of Florida. Call 352-465-8585 for more information.

April 12, Wednesday
     10 a.m.-2 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida Citrus Campus will host a College and Community Resource Expo in the CF Citrus Learning and Conference Center, Room 101, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, in Lecanto. More than 25 agencies will showcase their programs and services, including the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, The Centers, Citrus County Health Department, CF, Early Learning Coalition, United Way of Citrus County and the YMCA. Several agencies will offer breakout sessions on their services. The event is sponsored by the United Way of Citrus County, CF and the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center. For more information, please contact Rebecca York-Alcor at 352-249-1215, or yorkr@cf.edu. To learn more about CF, visit www.CF.edu.

 

April 15, Saturday
     10 a.m.-3 p.m. --
The Cross City Airport Fly-In and Expo, sponsored by the Dixie County Chamber of Commerce and others, is free. A classic car show is planned as part of the fun. There are many things scheduled to be at this event, including a military display, vendors, airplane rides, helicopter rides, radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations, and live music.

April 16, Easter Sunday

April 21, Friday
     9 a.m.-3 p.m. --
There is an Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop scheduled to be at the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Auditorium, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road in Ocala. Everyone is invited to learn about identifying and controlling cogongrass, Japanese climbing fern, Old World climbing fern, Chinese tallowtree and exotic animals, such as feral hogs. Earn pesticide applicator CEUs and forestry CFEs and connect with partnership and assistance opportunities. The cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included. Register at https://fsp-workshop042117.eventbrite.com/ or call Marion County Extension at 352-671-8400 to reserve a space. This program is presented by the Big Scrub Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, Florida Forest Stewardship Program and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

April 22, Saturday
     10 a.m.-1 p.m. --
The Tri-County Community Resource Center (for Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties) is celebrating its second birthday with a fun event. There is going to be cake, games and a bounce house -- similar to last year's celebration. The big event is happing at the Tri-County Community Resource Center, 15 N. Main St. in Chiefland. Everyone is invited to this free event.

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.
      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 Feb. 15, 2017 at 9:17 a.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 5 at 10 a.m.-Noon in the Williston Library
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Wed., April 5 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Bronson Library
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Wed., April 12 at 10 a.m.-Noon in the A.F. Knots Library (Yankeetown)
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Wed., April 19 at 10 a.m.-Noon in the Bell Community Center
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Wed., April 19 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Chiefland Senior Center
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Wed., April 26 at 10 a.m.-Noon in the Trenton Library
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Wed., April 26 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Cross City Library

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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  MARCH 26  8:07 a.m.
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