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In Cedar Key On Oct. 21

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Living Color At The Ink Pad

A butterfly lands on some caladiums growing in planters at The Ink Pad located in the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands in the unincorporated area of Levy County. This natural beauty was captured early Friday evening (Oct. 6).

Photo by Sharon Hardison © Oct. 7, 2017 at 9:47 p.m.

 


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Levy Public Library System
hosts youth Halloween parties

Published Oct. 13, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
This month youth of all ages can join visit libraries for fun Halloween Parties at each of the five branches of the Levy County Public Libraries.
     Project Princess Inc. has agreed to provide a free Halloween party at the libraries. Youth can come in costume if they would like. Local author, Kierra Brown will be reading her book Royal Responsibilities and will have copies available for purchase - however this special addition is just for the library in Chiefland. There will be princesses at the Chiefland event too.
     There will be games, crafts, a piñata, music and lots of candy at each party! These events is free.
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A.F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St. - Yankeetown
Oct. 18, Wednesday, at 4 p.m.
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Luther Callaway Public Library, 104 N.E. Third St., Chiefland
(Please notice the special addition noted above at this party. Last year, the Williston branch enjoyed the added benefit.)
Oct. 20, Friday, at 5 p.m.
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Bronson Public Library,
Oct. 23, Monday, at 6 p.m.
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Cedar Key Public Library
Oct. 25, Wednesday, at 4:30 p.m.
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Williston Public Library
Oct. 27, Friday, at 5 p.m.


Free concerts
and recitals at CF;

Next is Nov. 15
Published Oct. 8, 2017 at 2:17 p.m.
Updated Oct. 13, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida Wind Symphony and CF Patriot Singers presented the first free fall combined concert on Oct. 13 outside on the front terrace of the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     The Wind Symphony portion of the concert will be conducted by John D. Ash, associate professor of Music in the Visual and Performing Arts Department. The CF Patriot Singers will present their program directed by new director Jason Longtin, assistant professor of Music.
     Future events include a piano and vocal recital Wednesday, Nov 15, at 12:30 p.m., and a symposium Concerto Competition Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 12:30 p.m. The winners of the competition attend a symposium in Jacksonville in the spring 2018.
     Admission is free for these events and tickets are not required. For more information contact the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810. To learn about additional CF events, visit www.CF.edu.


Toys For Tots lists
Tri-County Area registration
dates and locations

Published Oct. 2, 2017 at 12:07 a.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA –
The Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties has members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve who have again volunteered to provide the Toys For Tots program in this part of Florida.

     These USMC Reserve members and other volunteers have established registration dates and locations in the Tri-County Area.
     Registration requirements are also listed below. Registration in Levy County will be open to all three counties, however, to ease transportation barriers.
     Another reason for Levy County registration sites open to the other two counties as well is to ensure that there is sufficient volunteer assistance on-hand for each site.
     Leaders of the 2017 Tri-County Area Toys For Tots program encourage residents to take advantage of registration dates in their home counties, when possible.
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Levy County: Monday through Thursday, Oct. 9 through Nov. 15, from a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tri-County Community Resource Center, 15 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Chiefland
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Dixie County: Friday, Oct. 20, at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 U.S. Highway 19, Cross City
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Gilchrist County: Friday, Oct. 27, at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 N.E. 11th Ave., Trenton
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REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:
     Only children 12 years of age or younger are qualified.
     Please note the following paperwork is required to qualify.
     ● Parent or Legal Guardian’s current Government Issued Photo ID
     ● Child’s Birth Certificate or Court-Ordered Custody Records
     ● Child’s Social Security Card
     ● Proof of Residence (2 of 4, in registering guardian’s name)
     ● Driver’s License or Photo ID (with star indicating verified residence)
     ● Property Tax Bill
     ● Utility Bill (with Physical Address, not P.O. Box)
     ● Voter Registration Card
      Also required is a recent income statement/Approval Letter:
FOOD STAMPS, AFDC, SSI, MEDICAID, *CHK STB/1 Mth
* Income requirements based on 2017 US Dept HHS Poverty Guidelines


Scarecrow contest starts
in south Levy County

Published Sept. 23, 2017 at 8:07 p.m.
     INGLIS-YANKEETOWN --
The Inglis/Yankeetown Scarecrow Contest sponsored by the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce has started.

     Businesses and other organizations can enter by e-mailing their NAME and the PHYSICAL LOCATION  of their scarecrow to: dickjaninglis@gmail.com by Oct. 6.
     Scarecrows must be completed by Oct. 26. Judging will be the morning of Oct. 27.
     The first place winner will receive an Annually Rotating Plaque (Complements of the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce).
      Judging Criteria
● Originality and/or Creativity
● Workmanship and/or Attention to Detail
● Presentation and/or Crowd Appeal


Angel Street reservations
are available

Published Aug. 31, 2017 at 11:17
     CHIEFLAND --
Get your reservations now for the Chief Theatre and Suwannee Valley Players' latest production Angel Street, a drama by Patrick Harrison produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

     A Broadway hit first produced under the title Gaslight that later on became a film, Angel Street tells the story of the Manninghams and is set in 19th century London.
     The Manninghams relationship is less than ideal as Mr. Manningham tries to convince his wife that she is going insane.
     This is where the term "gaslighting" originates from. Along with the help of an intuitive Scotland Yard inspector Rough, Mrs. Manningham is able to regain her confidence and together they take on the diabolical husband as the story begins to unfold.
     You won't want to miss out on this.
     In addition to a great play, you will also be supporting a great cause. The Suwannee Valley Players will be donating half of their net profits to Another Way domestic violence and rape crisis center. We will also have information available about Another Way as October is domestic violence awareness month.
     The show dates are Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m.
     Seats may be reserved by calling the Chief Theatre at 352-493-ARTS.

Big Bend Shellfish Trail
official opening set for Oct. 21


These orange and blue clam baskets show some of the bountiful harvest from Cedar Key.

Photo by UF/IFAS

Information and Photo Provided
Published Sept. 20, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
Updated Oct. 16, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.
     BRONSON --
The official opening of the Big Bend Shellfish Trail and ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to be during the 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Cedar Key City Park Pavilion.
     The public is invited to participate in this historic event.
     The Levy County Board of County Commissioners received a grant award of $20,000 from The Conservation Fund to produce The Big Bend Shellfish Trail Map. One of five collaborative grants awarded across the Big Bend counties—Dixie, Jefferson, Levy, and Taylor counties -- this funding encourages partnerships to strengthen the region's economic vitality while simultaneously ensuring the ongoing health of its natural resources.
     “A number of partners participated in the creation of Florida’s first Shellfish Trail Map and the largest trail of its kind in the United States. This project will showcase our working waterfront communities and encourages economic growth in Levy County and in the Big Bend Region,” Levy County Commission Chairman John Meeks said.
     Over the past two years, Levy County Visitors Bureau implemented the project by developing a map and website that features a section of the Big Bend region that includes Levy, Dixie, Taylor and Jefferson counties.
     The trail will provide people with information about where to buy and eat local shellfish, and how to take an active role in protecting water quality and habitat for shellfish industries within the Big Bend Region.
     The trail highlights where recreational scalloping is allowable; where to learn about commercial production of clams and oysters; the location of recreational boat ramps; and the locations of working waterfronts in this region.
     The trail identifies locations for shellfish vendors, restaurants, seafood markets, marinas, bait and tackle shops, as well as providing information on working waterfronts, and identifying key areas to protect water quality and habitats.
     The grant was provided by The Conservation Fund, a national organization that makes conservation work for America with support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
     Earlier research on the region's economy demonstrated the critical link between the area's incredible land and water resources and its economic health. The Conservation Fund created the grant program to enhance this connection and support the needs expressed by the region's leaders.
     “The new Big Bend Shellfish Trail is a wonderful educational and economic resource for the nearby communities,” Florida Representative with The Conservation Fund Lauren Day said. “We are thrilled to celebrate its completion with Levy County and its residents, and we applaud the efforts that went into creating this unique asset that will celebrate and strengthen the area’s distinctive community character and natural resources.”
     One of the leaders helping the map come to fruition is Levy County Visitors Bureau Director Carol McQueen.
     “The Big Bend Shellfish Trail Map will encourage support of local jobs and businesses, such as clam farmers, oystermen, crabbers, shrimpers, accommodations, restaurants, shops, and all service industries,” McQueen said. “By bringing more people into the region to participate along the Gulf coast trail, our communities will see economic growth due to visitor participation and buying of local shellfish products.”
     Statewide Shellfish Specialist Leslie Sturmer of the University of Florida IFAS Extension said “Oyster trails can be found in many coastal states, such as Alabama, Maine, and Virginia. There is even a clam trail in New Jersey, but nowhere in the nation is there a shellfish trail. This project showcases the diversity of our shellfisheries and aquaculture industries along the Big Bend of Florida.”
     For more information, call 877-387-5673 to receive a free map. To view an online map, brochure and road trip itineraries go to http://www.visitnaturecoast.com/big-bend.php.


Lions Club promises food,
fun, arts, crafts, music,
a parade and more

at 48th Annual Cedar Key
Seafood Festival
on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22


This float is a sample of some of the creative talent seen at the Seafood Festival in the past.
Photo provided by Lion Rory Brennan




Published Sept. 23, 2017 at 7:17 p.m.
Updated Oct. 13, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
Free admission with the potential of priceless memories are once again one of the many magnets drawing everyone to come and enjoy the Lions Club’s 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22 this year.
     Seafood Festival Food and Entertainment Coordinator Anna White-Hodges, has announced the City Park Food Menu and Entertainment Lineup for the upcoming Cedar Key Seafood Festival.
     “2017 marks the Lions Club’s 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival," White-Hodges said. "On Saturday Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, Cedar Key’s non-profit organizations will be cooking up tasty treats in City Park. Our Clam Boat Stage, an honest-to-goodness working clam boat, will host top-notch musical acts from across the region. Saturday’s Festival Parade offers fun for adults and kids, alike. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Big Bend Shellfish Trail on Saturday marks the opening of a regional tourist activity. With the theme of Celebrate Island Lifestyle, I can’t wait for Festival weekend to arrive. It’s going to be a fantastic event. As in years’ past, admission is FREE and memories are PRICELESS.”
    Recognized for fresh local seafood, non-profit food vendors in City Park will offer a wide variety of menu items.  All proceeds are returned to the community benefiting Cedar Key’s School, churches and various community service organizations:
Clam Fritters; Smoked Mullet; Grilled Shrimp Skewers; Smoked Fish Dip; Clam Chowder; Fried Clam Strips; Shrimp Cocktail; Steamed Clams; Fish Sandwiches; Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese; Fried Oysters; Shrimp Tacos; Crab Cakes; Corn on the Cob; Hamburgers; Hotdogs; French Fries; Fruit Smoothies; Root Beer Floats; Lemonade; Boiled Peanuts; Coffee/Tea/Soda; Funnel Cakes; and Homemade Sweets.
     The Cedar Key Lions Club will sponsor continuous entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.  A beachfront Clam Boat Stage will fill City Park with music. Acts scheduled to appear include:
Lucky Mudd
Just Maybe Duo
Fulmer & Cash
Shade Tree

and other performing artists.

     Singing and dancing are encouraged.  Lawn chairs are always welcome.  Groundcovers for picnic style seating are provided for your convenience and recycled to the Levy County Animal Shelter following the event.
     The Cedar Key Seafood Festival Parade steps off at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
     After first going down First Street, Dock Street, “A” Street and Third Street, the parade winds its way through all of downtown Cedar Key. Parade Marshall Steven Rosenthal invites local residents to join the parade adding that cash prizes will be awarded for:
Best Decorated Boat
Best Decorated Car or Truck
Best Decorated Golf Cart
Best Decorated Float
Best Decorated Bicycle
Best Decorated Motorcycle
Best Vintage Car
Best Sea Creature
Best Overall Float
     On Saturday Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. a Ribbon Cutting-Ceremony officially opening the Big Bend Shellfish Trail will take place at the Pavilion in City Park.
     This project showcases the region’s working waterfront communities and encourages economic growth in Levy County and in the Big Bend Region. The Big Bend Shellfish Trail is the largest trail of its kind in the United States.  Local communities across Levy, Dixie, Taylor, and Jefferson counties are featured in the Shellfish Trail Map, according to Executive Director of the Levy County Visitors Bureau Carol McQueen.
     Trail highlights include: areas where recreational scalloping is allowable, where to learn about commercial production of clams and oysters, the location of recreational boat ramps, and working waterfronts in this region. The trail map shows where to find shellfish vendors, restaurants, seafood markets, marinas, bait and tackle shops, information on working waterfronts, and identifies key areas to protect water quality and habitats.
     According to McQueen, dignitaries scheduled to attend the event include:
     Representative Charlie Stone of the Florida House of Representatives
     Martin May - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)  Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture 
     Mark Dehaven - FDACS Division of Aquaculture Marketing 
     John Meeks - Levy County Commission Chairman
     Lilly Rooks – Levy County Commissioner
     Bobby McCallum - Levy County Sheriff
     Jeff Edison - Levy County School Superintendent
     Keith Rowell - Suwannee River Water Management District
     Lauren Day - The Conservation Fund
     Leslie Sturmer - UF IFAS  Statewide Shellfish Specialist
     Cedar Key Mayor Heath Davis and Cedar Key Vice Mayor Sue Colson
     Cedar Key City Council Members
      White-Hodges encourages visitors to spend the day in Cedar Key.
     “Shop the crafters on downtown streets, savor fresh seafood in City Park, watch Saturday’s parade and enjoy live entertainment on our very own Clam Boat Stage,”  she said. “We promise a day of food, fun, arts, crafts, music and more.  Come and experience our island community.”


Yankeetown-Inglis
Woman’s Club Annual
Chili Cook-Off scheduled;

This Year In Inglis
Published Oct. 12, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
     INGLIS --
The Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28 from noon to 2 p.m.
     This year, it is being held at a new location.
     The event will be at the Inglis Community Center on that Saturday.
     Everyone is invited to enter their favorite chili recipe, and any contestant could be voted as the winner of this year’s Chili Chef title.
     The tastiest three will win cash prizes. First place wins $50; second place wins $25; and third place wins $10.
     Diners are invited to enjoy all-you-can-eat chili for only $7.
     If you don't cook chili, enter your favorite cornbread recipe to win the title of Best Cornbread.
     Grab your friends and neighbors, come taste the delicious chili and cornbread and cast a vote for your favorite. The ladies of the club will have homemade baked goods for sale, which make the perfect dessert or afternoon snack.
    If you have questions, call the Club at 352-447-2057, or email yiwomansclub@gmail.com.
     This Saturday on Oct. 28 will be a great day full of FUN for all.
     In conjunction with the South Levy Market Place, the Elvis Event, Trunk of Treats and Halloween Festival.
     It all starts at 9 a.m. next to the Chamber Building on Levy County Road 40 west of U.S. Highway 19 in Inglis.
     And everyone is invited to Yankeetown as well.
     Come browse The Second To None Thrift Shoppe located behind the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club at 5 - 56th St., in Yankeetown.
     The ladies of the club are constantly adding and updating the Shoppe, Man Cave and new Boutique section.
     It is stocked solely by donations from club members and the community. This thrift shop is one of the finest and least expensive in the South Levy County area.
     There are Daily Pop-Up sales throughout the day.
     The hours are: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except Thursday when it is open from 10 am to 7 p.m. -- before Bingo.
     All proceeds generated from sales are given back to the community. Call 352-447-2057 for more information.

 


‘Mysteries of the Amazon’
at CF extended through Oct. 27

Published Oct. 13, 2017 at 8:27 a.m.
      OCALA —
The Webber Center Gallery at the College of Central Florida has extended the exhibition “Mysteries of the Amazon: Visionary Artwork of Pablo Amaringo and His Students” through Friday, Oct. 27.
     The exhibition features 50 paintings by Peruvian artists from the private collection of guest curator Scott Olsen, Ph.D.
     The large-scale, acrylic paintings depict plant and animal spirits that signify the visionary experiences of each artist during transformative and spiritual ceremonies.
     Admission is free. The Webber Gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is located at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. For additional information, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1664.
     Approximately 95 additional works by Amaringo and his students will be on display at the Appleton Museum of Art through Jan. 14.


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 Oct. 13, 2017 at 8:27 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 Sept. 22, 2017-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.
     Sixty additional works by Amaringo and his students, also from Olsen’s collection, will be on display at the College of Central Florida’s Webber Gallery, Sept. 14-Oct. 20.
     “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:
     ● Thursday, Nov. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Guest curator Scott Olsen, Ph.D., will give a talk, “What I Learned in the Amazon Rainforest.”
     ● 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.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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Oct. 17, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. --
The monthly meeting of Gilchrist County AARP Chapter #2133 is set to be in the ForVets Inc. Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground. We are in search of a new President and Secretary. 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, maybe win a door prize, become involved and join this great local organization by becoming a member in good standing at only $10. Chapter Treasurer Katherine LaBarca will gladly accept your dues. 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 for a time of community caring, sharing and lots of healthy merriment. Program Chair Janice Rogers has made arrangements for Cheryl Harris, SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Area Coordinator 352-672-1046 to be the guest speaker. Cheryl will be bringing us updates on changes to the Medicare-Medicaid Insurance program. She should be able to answer any questions you might have about these government programs. Invite your friends to come and be enlightened on these programs. One may find out if they may need a second insurance. Also, Susan Wells will be joining us with excellent up-to-date information concerning health choices and checking Vital Signs. Hospitality Chair Faye Sheffield informs us that this month, right after our business meeting close, we will be dining on a Soup and Chili Luncheon. Please, bring your favorite soup, chili, crackers, drink and or dessert to be shared by all. Thank you awesome cooks and hospitality team! Please bring non-perishable and/or hygiene items, for the local food bank. Also please bring candy for the rehab's Fall Festival Events. For more informaiton, please call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 352-463-1889.


Oct. 18, Wednesday
     8:30 a.m. - Noon --
There is a Suwannee Community Cleanup planned. Everyone in the Town of Suwannee is invited to boat, walk or ride a golf cart to help de-litter the roads and waterways around the Town of Suwannee starting at 8:30 a.m. Refuge staff will transport volunteers down the river from Fowlers Bluff. There is room for 16 onboard. Contact: Debbie Meeks at 352-278-5088 to RSVP for the Fowlers Bluff boat ride. Volunteers can enjoy a free smoked chicken lunch provided by Jerry Everett of the Waterfront Market. Show up at 8:30 a.m. at the Suwannee Community Center, 23465 S.E. Dixie County Hightway 349 (across the street from the Salt Creek Restaurant). Contact Debbie Meeks for more information.

     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.


Oct. 19, Thursday
     2-4 p.m. --
People who want to quit using tobacco are invited to particpate in the Quit Your Way – Tobacco Free Support event at Tri-County Community Resource Center in Chiefland. This is workshop and  support group, offering free tools (including nicotine gum, lozenges, and patches, when medically appropriate) to help quit all forms of tobacco. Please call 1-866-341-2730 to pre-register.

     7 p.m. -- The Citizens's For An Engaged Electorate are scheduled to meet at the Williston Community Center. The Community Center is located at 50 N.W. Main St., on the north side of the Walgreen's parking lot. Discussion is scheduled to open with a report on Richard Spencer's speaking event on the University of Florida campus. Also on the agenda are: discussion on bringing free health and wellness classes to Williston; a report on voting rights restoration efforts in Florida; and an update on the Gimme a Brake (light) program. The meeting will wrap up with information on activities sponsored by national groups that affect us locally. As always, the public is invited. For more information, phone 352-465-8461 or e-mail citizensengaged2012@gmail.com.

Oct. 21, Saturday
     9 a.m. - 5 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the Lions Club's 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival. Admission is free. An expansive variety of delicious seafood is going to be augmented by arts and crafts presented by more than 100 vendors. Crafters from as far away as Maine and Michigan will join fellow creatives from the across Southeast. Featured items include handmade jewelry, wood carvings, funky coconut fish, original artwork, cast and thrown pottery, succulent sauces, hand-sewn quilts, soaps and lotions, fine art photography, decorative wreaths, embroidered gifts, one-of-a-kind collectibles, hand crafted furniture and more. There will be fresh seafood in City Park. There is a parade on Saturday and enjoy live entertainment on our very own Clam Boat Stage both days. There is going to be food, fun, arts, crafts, music and more.

     9 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Registration for the Fall Car Show and Swap Meet is from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee for pre-registration (before Oct. 19) is $15. Day of show the registration fee is $20. This event is going to be at the Chiefland Farmer’s Flea Market, 316 N.W. 11th Ave. (on the west side of U.S. Highway 19, north of Hardee’s, and behind BubbaQue’s and Huddle House). The rain date for this is Oct. 22. All makes are welcome. There are cash prizes and awards. There are door prizes, a 50-50 and dash plaques. There is a three-foot tall Best of Show trophy. And there is Sonny’s Pick. For more information, call Doug Mitchell at 352-359-2664, or email to tricountycruiserscarclub@gmail.com.
     9 a.m.-2 p.m. -- The Williston Middle High School's unit of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is hosing the JROTC North Central Florida Sports Competition. The WMHS JROTC will host its first Joint (All) Services Sports Tournament at the WMHS campus, 350 Robert Philpot Way. There are seven competitive events (Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Track, Male and Female Tuga-War, and Squad Drill). High Schools JROTC units are traveling from across the state to compete. There is no admission to watch the action. Concessions will be available for purchase. Competition begins at 9 a.m. followed by a trophies presentation ceremony at 2 p.m.

Oct. 22, Sunday
     9 a.m. - 5 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the second of two days of the Lions Club's 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival. Admission is free. An expansive variety of delicious seafood is going to be augmented by arts and crafts presented by more than 100 vendors. Crafters from as far away as Maine and Michigan will join fellow creatives from the across Southeast. Featured items include handmade jewelry, wood carvings, funky coconut fish, original artwork, cast and thrown pottery, succulent sauces, hand-sewn quilts, soaps and lotions, fine art photography, decorative wreaths, embroidered gifts, one-of-a-kind collectibles, hand crafted furniture and more. There will be fresh seafood in City Park. Everyone is invited to enjoy live entertainment performed on the Clam Boat Stage. There is going to be food, fun, arts, crafts, music and more.


Oct. 24, Tuesday
     6 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to a free program to learn why everyone needs an estate plan to deal with what happens to a person's assets after they die. The "default plan" in Florida is that the state accepts the property not designated to go to a survivor. This event is being hosted by Sheila K. Smith, a financial planner with Edward Jones at the office located at 220 N. Main St. (in the same plaza strip as The Print Shop of Chiefland). There will be a local attorney explaining about the need to have a last will and testament. People who want to attend this event, which includes refreshments, need to call Janet at 352-493-4948 by Oct. 20 to reserve a seat.

Oct. 28, Saturday
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The South Levy Marketplace heralds its second anniversary at the event today. The group is having the unveiling of the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber (Inglis-Yankeetown) of Commerce's "Follow That Dream" Elvis Visitors Attraction at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to come to the event and meet the "Follow That Dream" movie extras and share stories. Cote Deonath, the 2017 Tupelo Elvis Festival Grand Champion will be at this event to sing and take photos with you and your family. Local artisan crafts, various plants, organic produce and food vendors. Call 352-302-1771 for more information. The event is on We are on Follow That Dream Parkway (Levy County Road 40), west of U.S. Highway 19.
     Noon- 2 p.m. --
 The Yankeetown-Inglis Womans Club is having its annual Chili Cook-Off.This year, it is being held at a new location. The event will be at the Inglis Community Center on that Saturday. Everyone is invited to enter their favorite chili recipe, and any contestant could be voted as the winner of this year’s Chili Chef title.The tastiest three will win cash prizes. First place wins $50; second place wins $25; and third place wins $10. Diners are invited to enjoy all-you-can-eat chili for only $7. If you don't cook chili, enter your favorite cornbread recipe to win the title of Best Cornbread. Grab your friends and neighbors, come taste the delicious chili and cornbread and cast a vote for your favorite. The ladies of the club will have homemade baked goods for sale, which make the perfect dessert or afternoon snack. If you have questions, call the Club at 352-447-2057, or email yiwomansclub@gmail.com.
     5:30-6:30.m. -- The Inglis Recreation Committee and the Town of Inglis announce they are hosting the Trail of Trunk Treats event. The trail is in the easement behind the Inglis Community Center. Parking for tick or treaters will be behind the Inglis Fire Rescue Station on Levy County Road 40, west of U.S. Highway 19. For more information, please call 352-447-2203.
     6-9 p.m. -- The Town of Bronson is hosting a Trunk For Treats event at James Cobb Park, which is also known as the Bronson Sports Complex. Everyone is invited to enjoy the haunted house, costume contest, concessions and various booths as well as people who will have their vehicles decorated to give out candy and the like. Please bring a canned food item to donate to the Backpack 4 Kids program.

Oct. 29, Sunday
     3 - 7 p.m. --
At a location in Williston, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a hunter safety internet-completion course. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces. The specific locations for this class will be given to those who register in advance. Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.

Oct. 30, Monday
     6:30 p.m. --
The Annual Tri-County Area Relay For Life is set for the first meeting for the entire event. All participants are invited to the 2018 Team Mingle! gathering scheduled to be at Beef 'O' Brady's, 7050 N.W. 140th St., on the west side of U.S. Highway 19 north of Chiefland. This first event is especially for Team-Participant Registration; Theme Voting; and Food and Fun. Everyone is invited to register online by clicking HERE. The Relay for Life of the Tri-Counties is not listed there yet. The Relay for Life of Williston is scheduled for April 21, 2018. The American Cancer Society website shows that as of Wednesday morning (Oct. 18), there is no listing yet for any Relay for Life event in Trenton, Chiefland, Cross City, Tri-Counties, Dixie County, Levy County, or Gilchrist County.

Nov. 3, Friday
     11:30 a.m.--
United States military veterans who are in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties are invited to the annual appreciation luncheon at Haven Hospice, 311 N.E. Ninth St., Chiefland.
Lunch will be pork, baked beans, green beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese plus desserts. Presentation of the colors is scheduled to be by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. Please reserve a seat by Oct. 31 by calling Vondla Sullivan at 352-493-2333 or send an email to vdsullivan@BeYourHaven.org.

Nov. 4, Saturday
     10 a.m. - 2 p.m. --
Critter Crusaders are having a Dog Wash fundraising event at the Old Town Hardware & Supply store located at 164 S.E. 349 Highway, in Old Town. Please help the Critter Crusaders support the pets in need of veterinary care by bringing plenty of four-legged companions for a wash and some TLC. Applications for the Critter Crusaders' spay and neuter program will be on hand. For more information, please call 352-493-4857.

Nov. 10, Friday
     10 a.m. --
The Town of Bell is having a Veterans Day Parade. American Legion Post 91 will be selling chicken dinners at the Community Center. ForVets invites all veterans, family members and friends to enjoy a free day at Otter Springs Park and Campground. This is sponsored by Gilchrist County, the Town of Bell, the Gilchrist County Historical Society and the Gilchrist County Veterans Services Office. All participants who wish to enter a float or to be in the parade as a participant must complete a form, which is available at the Gilchrist County Veterans Services Office in Trenton, or at Bell Town Hall in Bell. Another method is to request the form via email at cvso@gilchrist.fl.us. All forms must be completed and returned by Nov. 6.

Nov. 18, Saturday
     a.m.-p.m. - Yankeetown Seafood Festival.


Nov. 19, Sunday
     a.m.-p.m. -- Yankeetown Seafood Festival.
     Noon --
The Friends of the WithWithlacoochee Gulf Preserve Annual Rubber Duck Race is competition that takes place during the Yankeetown Seafood Festival on the Withlacoochee River. The annual duck race is a major source of funding for the WGP. Everyone is invited to support the Preserve and have some fun. The sponsor of the fastest duck will receive $200. And, for the laid-back persons, the sponsor of the last duck to cross the finish line is awarded $50. Sponsorships will be available at the Friends of the WGP booth up to 11:30 a.m. on Race Day. Here are the rates for sponsorships: One Duck - $5; Six Ducks - $25; Quakers Dozen (13) - $50; A Whole Flock (26) - $100 (This also scores a WGP membership for the buyer.) The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is owned and operated by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with funding from the Florida Communities Trust. The Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown Florida. Visit the web site (www.wgpfl.org) for directions and information on upcoming events.
     

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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.

     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, 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.

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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 Oct. 5, 2017 at 8:27 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:

Levy County
Bronson
* Wed., Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Bronson Public Library
* Wed., Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Bronson Public Library
Chiefland
* Wed., Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Chiefland Senior Center
* Wed., Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Chiefland Senior Center
* Tues, Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Chiefland Senior Center
Williston
* Wed., Nov. 1 at 9 a.m.-Noon in the Williston Public Library
* Wed., Dec. 6 at 9 a.m.-Noon in the Williston Public Library
Yankeetown
* Wed., Oct. 25  at 9 a.m.-Noon in the A.F. Knotts Public Library (Yankeetown)
* Wed., Nov. 8  at 9 a.m.-Noon in the A.F. Knotts Public Library (Yankeetown) 
* Sat./Sun., Nov. 18/19 All Day at the Yankeetown Seafood Festival
* 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
Bell
* Wed., Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.-Noon in the Bell Community Center
* Wed., Nov. 15 at 10 a.m.-Noon in the Bell Community Center
Trenton
* Wed., Oct. 25 at 9 a.m.-Noon  in the Gilchrist County Public Library (Trenton)
* Wed., Nov. 8 at 9 a.m.-Noon in the Gilchrist County Public Library (Trenton) 
* Wed., Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.-Noon in the Gilchrist County Public Library (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., Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Dixie County Public Library (Cross City)
* Wed., Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Dixie County Public Library (Cross City)
* Wed., Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Dixie County Public Library (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--
WEDNESDAY  Oct. 18  9:47 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties





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