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Soup Contest in Yankeetown


Author to speak about Rain
in Cedar Key on Jan. 18


Cynthia Barnett

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Published Jan. 16 at 10:17 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
Everyone is invited to join the Cedar Key Historical Society and award-winning Florida author Cynthia Barnett at the Community Center, 809 Sixth St. in Cedar Key, at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 for her program Rain: A history for stormy times.

 


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     Barnett, a former Cedar Key resident who still writes on the island, is scheduled to talk about her latest book Rain, long-listed for the National Book Award, gold medal winner for best general nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson award for literary science writing.
     From the torrents of rain that filled the oceans four billion years ago to the modern story of climate change, Barnett covers the rain-related topics.
     A wellspring of life, rain also has a place in the souls of humans. In an ancient perfume region in northern India, villagers bottle the scent of rain from the monsoon-drenched earth, while in Manchester, England, and America’s Seattle, leaden skies helped inspire Morrissey and Kurt Cobain’s grunge.
     The scents and songs capture rain in small ways. Humans have long been convinced they could control the atmosphere with ideas much bigger, from the Roman rain god Jupiter Pluvius to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straightjacket the Mississippi River.
     Now, after thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it; burning witches at the stake to stop rain or sacrificing small children to bring it; even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war, humanity has finally managed to change the rain.
     Changing rainfall patterns are some of the earliest tremors of our warming globe. Armed with computer models looking forward, there is much to learn from looking back.
     Barnett's program promises to be interesting.


Daddy Daughter Camo Hop
is set for Jan. 27
at Camp Anderson;

Advance tickets are available
Published Jan. 16, 2018 at 9:07 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY --
January 27 is the date, from 6 to 9 p.m. is the time and Camp Anderson is the place.

     This is the night and place when and where daddies and daughters are scheduled to get together for the 7th Annual Daddy Daughter Camo Hop.
     This year, invite dads and daughters are scheduled to spend a magical evening at “A Fantasy Forest Camo Hop.”
     Sponsored by the Dixie County Rotary Club with additional support from many local businesses, especially Camp Anderson, this special event for Dads and their Daughters and for Daughters and their Dads (or special father figure in their life) will once again take place at the Pavilion at Camp Anderson along the banks of our beautiful Suwannee River in Old Town.
     Advance tickets can be purchased for $25 per Dad and Daughter, and just $5 more an additional daughter. This includes admission, complementary dinner, party favors and access to photos taken during the event.
     Dads can go in comfy camo, boots and jeans. Daughters can go to this event as camo-comfy or camo fancy as they wish.
     Advance tickets can be purchased  at the following Cross City offices Anne G Hodges CPA , Drummond Community Bank, Badcocks Furniture, The UF/IFAS Dixie County Extension Office, The Anti-Drug Coalition Office (inside Ameris Bank); and in the Dixie County Property Appraiser’s office in the Dixie County Courthouse.
     In Old Town, tickets are available at Drummond Community Bank and the Dixie School District Finance Office.
     Tickets purchased at the door are $30 per couple. Call 352-498-7067, 352-210-6110 or 352-356-0306 for more information.


9th Annual GCSO Chili Cook-off
scheduled for Feb. 16 in Trenton

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 15, 2018 at 8:47 a.m.
     TRENTON --
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz is continuing a tradition he accepted when he took office, as he is now in his second four-year term.
     The 9th Annual Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Chili Cook-off, Cake Auction and Luncheon is scheduled to be at the Trenton Woman's Club. The chili lunch costs $5 and is open to the general public from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
     The first cook-off was during the administration of former Gilchrist County Sheriff Daniel Slaughter, and the cause always has been to fight cancer.
     In years past, the chili entrees were judged on four criteria, on a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the highest. They were judged on smell, color, thickness and flavor.
     All proceeds from this event go to help the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of the Tri-Counties.
     The rules for entry to the chili cook-off follow:
     ● Register before Feb. 14.
     ●  Bring your pot of chili (preferably in a crockpot) to the Gilchrist County Woman's Club between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 16. This allows 15 minutes before judging begins.
     ● The cost to enter the chili is $5, and you get a lunch -- just like all of the diners who will pay $5.
     ● Judging starts at 11 a.m. Chili is judged on look, smell and taste. There is a Most Unique category.
     A special trophy is to be given for Best Chili and Most Unique.
     To register, call Krystal Holley at 352-225-1774. To donate a cake for the silent auction part of this fundraiser, call Kieran Bryan at 352-213-7218 or Julee Brideson at 352-949-3516.


Workout on the Waterfront set for Feb. 24
By Savanna Barry, Ph.D.
Of UF/IFAS Levy County Extension
Published Jan. 13, 2018 at 2:37 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
This will be the second year for Cedar Key’s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW).
     WoW is an exciting day packed full of fun and active events. The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts. Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit the public aquarium at Nature Coast Biological Station, the Cedar Key School, and the annual Cedar Key International Coastal Cleanup.


WoW Events
     Coastal Heritage 5K
     In this 5K, runners of all ages follow a route winding through downtown Cedar Key and along the historic waterfront. The race starts 9 a.m. at Lil Shark Park (192 Second St.) in Cedar Key. Participants may register at Active.com in advance or day of race at 6:30 a.m. Runner check-in begins at 6:30 a.m.
     The Astena Otie Kayak Challenge is for kayakers ages 18 and older. It starts at the beach in downtown Cedar Key at 10:15 a.m. The course goes around and through Astena Otie Key and back to the City Park beach. Racers must pick up at least one item of garbage from Atsena Otie’s shoreline before racing back to City Park. Register at Active.com in advance or day of race at 6:30 a.m.
     The Repurpose-It-Regatta is for all ages of participants. Individuals are invited to build their own boat from recyclable materials. This race begins at G Street and Third Street at 11:15 a.m. (Boats with children require 1 adult). Certain materials (e.g., Styrofoam) are excluded. Register at Active.com in advance or register on the day of the race at 6:30 a.m.
    There is a silent auction, lunch and awards presentation.
     Everyone is invited to join fellow racers for a lunch at City Park, and to browse the silent auction while waiting for award presentations. Awards will be given for first through third places in the 5K and Kayak race for each age and gender category.
     For the Repurpose-it-Regatta, awards will be given for the Fastest Boat, the Most Creative Boat, Pulling up the Rear (slowest boat across the finish line), and Winner of Pirate Heat (fastest out of disqualified boats).
     The UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station invites business owners, organizations and individuals to be a partner. Proceeds will benefit the Biological Station.
     Following are levels of sponsorship and what those sponsor receive:

Platinum $1,500
     * Logo or name prominently displayed on shirts and signs
     * Certificate of appreciation presented at lunch event
     * Six complimentary event registrations
     * Special recognition in a press release and at social media sites
Gold $1,000
     * Logo or name prominently displayed on shirts and signs
     * Certificate of appreciation presented at lunch event
     * Four complimentary event registrations
     * Special recognition in a press release and at social media sites
Silver $500
     * Logo or name prominently displayed on shirts and signs
     * Certificate of appreciation presented at lunch event
     * Two complimentary event registrations
     People with questions are invited to call Medny Allen at 352-222-8585 or send an email to mendywillis@ufl.edu.


CF Webber Gallery to present
‘Florida Artists Group exhibition’
Jan. 26 to March 9


Dance Fantastic by Joan Brechin Sonnenberg

Art provided by CF

Published Jan. 5, 2018 at 1:37 p.m.
     OCALA --
The Webber Gallery at the College of Central Florida presents the “68th Annual Florida Artists Group Exhibition” in Ocala, Jan. 26-March 9.

     A reception will be held Friday, Jan. 26, from 7-9 p.m. at the Webber Center, 3001 S.W. College Road. The exhibition and reception are free to attend. 
     The Florida Artists Group is a not-for-profit organization of professional visual artists that contributes to the cultural atmosphere of Florida through lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
     “Since 1949, the Florida Artists Group has held a symposium and members' exhibition each year in a different Florida city,” said Jeffrey Smart Baisden, FLAG Area VIII chairperson. “Made up of artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition, the purpose of the group is to encourage, create, and exhibit artwork of the highest standards within the State of Florida. The Florida Artist Group is excited to bring our 2018 Symposium and Exhibition to the Webber Gallery and the City of Ocala.”
     The 2018 exhibition features two and three-dimensional artwork created by 73 Florida artists. The exhibition is judged by Julie Heffernan, a Brooklyn-based painter who exhibits internationally and throughout the U.S. Heffernan received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale School of Art and Architecture, and is Professor of Fine Art at Montclair State University.
     Webber Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and college-observed holidays.
     For more information call 352-873-5809.

 


Soup contest set for Jan. 27
Published Dec. 14, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.
     YANKEETOWN --
All great soup makers are invited to reserve a spot today to try for the title of “Best Soup Chef” in the area.
     The Annual Soup-A-Thon and Bake Sale at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club are scheduled to be held Saturday, Jan. 27 from 12 until 2 p.m.
     The first place winner gets $50, second place scores $25 and third place nets $10.
     Diners are invited to enjoy all-you-can-eat soup for only $7!
     The members of the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club invite everyone to bring friends and neighbors, and to come taste the delicious soups as well as to cast a vote for a favorite.
     The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club members suggest that visitors drop by the South Levy Marketplace first in Inglis and then go west for lunch. The ladies of the Club have been busy baking and will have lots of homemade goodies for sale.
     If all the delicious soups have filled you up, take some goodies home for a “midnight” snack. The Second-To-None Thrift Store will be open too.
     For more information please call the Club at 352-447-2057, email-yiwomansclub@gmail.com. Call the Club at 352-447-2057 or email yiwomansclub@gmail.com to register your soup.


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

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

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


Appleton Museum of art
introduces the
Inspired Speakers Series


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

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Published Nov. 3, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.
Updated Jan. 2, 2018 at 7:47 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, introduces the Inspired Speakers Series.

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


2017-2018 Inspired Speakers Series Schedule
     Unless otherwise noted, events are held at the Appleton Museum of Art and are free for Appleton members; $10 for the public. Advance ticket reservation and purchases are recommended by visiting AppletonMuseum.org or calling Visitor Services, 352-291-4455.
      ● Dr. Lisa DeBoer, Scholar and Author (will speak on Rembrandt van Rijn) -- Friday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.
      ● Kate Stone, Rising-Star Ballerina -- Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
      ● Nilda Comas, Master Sculptor and Painter -- Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.
      ● Fabio Costa, Fashion Designer and “Project Runway” Star
Sunday -- April 22, 2 p.m.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

 


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


Published Aug. 18, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2018 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 until Jan. 14, 2018, this exhibition features approximately 95 paintings by Peruvian artist Pablo Amaringo and his students from Olsen’s private collection.
     Completed 2001-2016, the large-scale, acrylic paintings are considered to be some of the best examples of Mestizo vegetalista and ayahuasquero shamanism gathered in one place. Exhibiting brilliant use of color, the paintings depict the plant, animal and angelic spirits encountered in deep ceremonial visionary experiences. In addition, groupings of Peruvian ethnographic objects let the viewer further experience these unique cultural groups.
     “The Indigenous Shamanic path may well be humanity’s most ancient spiritual tradition,” said Olsen. “It has proven to be a powerful method for the transformation of consciousness. Not unlike the reports from near-death experiencers and initiates of the various mystery schools, participants have often experienced deep empathic connection with nature's plants and animals – in fact, all living beings – including profound insights into the underlying patterns and mathematical structure of the cosmos. ‘Mysteries of the Amazon’ is intended to assist Indigenous Shamanism to achieve its rightful recognition as one of the world's great Wisdom Traditions.”
     Exhibition Events at the Appleton Include:
     ● Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
A musical performance by Tribe of Love, including organizer Susanna Raven with Maryn Azoff and Jan Paul Werge.
     For more information, contact AppletonMuseum@cf.edu. For a full listing of on- and off-site events, please visit AppletonMuseum.org/exhibits/Special/mysteries.html.
     In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities.
     From Sept. 15, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018, the main portion of the museum will not be available to visitors due to a heating and cooling equipment replacement project.
     The Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery, ARTSpace, art classrooms and a mini Appleton Store will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed every Monday. During this time, the regular admission fees will be replaced with a Pay-What-You-Wish donation option.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

 


Fashion collides with folk art at
Appleton Museum of Art in

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

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

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


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

     In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities.
Through February 2018, the main portion of the museum will not be available to visitors due to a heating and cooling equipment replacement project.
     The Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery, ARTSpace, art classrooms and a mini Appleton Store are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed every Monday. During this time, our regular admission fees will be replaced with a pay-what-you-wish donation option.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

 


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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Jan. 15, Monday - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
     10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Some people in Bronson have scheduled an event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The activities are set to be in front of the Health Department in Bronson on the east side of U.S. Highway 19 on Main Street (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street).
     12 p.m. -- There is a parade scheduled in Cross City to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will go from the current Dixie County High School to the Dixie County Courthouse. Everyone is invited to watch. A short program traditionally has happened on the courthouse steps in past years.

Jan. 16, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. --
The monthly meeting of Gilchrist County Chapter #2133 of the AARP is scheduled to be held in the ForVets Inc. Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground. At these meetings, you'll receive valuable information as to what is happening in the local area, be informed about many local volunteer options, have a great lunch, enjoy good fellowship, become involved and join this great local organization and maybe even win a door prize. Remember, if you are over 50 years old, then you are welcome to fellowship and freely dine with us for your first visit as our guest. Join us in a fellowship of community caring and sharing.See Chapter Treasurer Katherine LaBarca for membership information and dues. Please have correct change ($10) for 2018 dues. (That's right. $10 for the whole year.) Janice Rogers, Program Chair, informs us that Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz is scheduled to be our Guest Speaker. We are excited to be caught up on  what has transpired and changes in Law Enforcement during 2017. He will be happy to answer any inquiry you might have. Our Hospitality Chair, Faye Sheffield, enlightens us that we are having a Soup and Sandwiches Luncheon at meetings close. Please bring your favorite dish, drinks, and or desserts to be shared by all. Each meal is always enjoyed, thanks to the chapters awesome cooks and the hospitality team. Health Chair Susan Wells will be joining us with excellent up to date information concerning Senior health choices and to check Vital Signs. Please bring non-perishable and/or hygiene items for local food bank. Also, Bring Lap Blankets for Local FFA Chapters to donate to local centers. Looking to the pleasure of sharing time with you. For more agenda information call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 352-463-1889.


Jan. 20, Saturday
     10 a.m. - 1 p.m. --
A Farmshare Food Distribution is planned for the Tri-County Resource Center. There will be drive-through food distrubted. This is healthy food, even though it is being obtained in a free drive-through food distribution manner. Volunteers from Tri-County Community Resource Center, The Florida Department of Health's Levy County Unit, and from Clyatt House Learning Center are helping in this big project to give food to 300 to 500 families. There is no income qualififcation for this free food. There is no requirement to pay anything. Just drive through and get the food at the Tri-County Resource Center in Chiefland. The Chiefland City Commission agreed at its Jan. 8 meeting to close a street to make this process work. The actual drive-pattern is not established yet (as of Jan. 9 at 3:07 p.m.), but it will be in place.  The key point will be in Chiefland at U.S. Highway 19 and Northeast First Avenue. Tri-County Community Resource Manager Beverly Goodman said more volunteers are needed to assist with this event. Please contact Beverly Goodman at Beverly.goodman@pfsf.org if you are able to assist as a group or individually. For more information, call 352-507-4003.
     11 a.m. -- The City of Inverness announces its unveiling of the new Military Service Memorial by celebrated sculptor Scott Stearman. Stearman will be an event speaker, and will take part in the reveal. The lifelike bronze sculpture is of a male and female soldier that holds a piece of the fallen Saddam Hussein statue from Iraq brought back by U.S. military leaders. The event will also feature Gary O’Neal, author of the American Warrior, the true story of a legendary Ranger, to speak. This event is free and open to the public. This memorial recognizes the service and dedication of all past, present and future military service members, and the City encourages all families to attend. This will be at the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main St. in Inverness.


Jan. 22, Monday
     10 a.m. --
The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve are scheduled to host a free program by Savanna Barry of the Univeristy of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Nature Coast Biological Station, which is located in the City of Cedar Key. Barry is a UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Sea Grant Agent in Cedar Key and she is scheduled to speak in conjunction with the Cedar Key Audubon Society on Shore Birds and to provide a Bird Rescue Techniques Demonstration. 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, in Yankeetown. Visit the web site (www.wgpfl.org) for directions and information on upcoming events.

     7-9 p.m. -- Williston City Planner Josie Lodder invites everyone who is interested in helping revise the plans for growth in Williston to attend a meeting to discuss part of the plan for economic development. Allison Megrath and Dr. Lynn Patterson are scheduled to present the program at the new Williston Middle High School Building. Attendees will come in the front entrance and then turn left into the High School and continue to the end of the hall to the Business Laboratory. This is the next step in the City of Williston's new Comprehensive Growth Management Plan with the new Economic Development chapter. This discussion will involve The Asset Inventory.

Jan. 23, Tuesday
     9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. -- A Driver Safety Class for Senior Citizens is scheduled to be at  Haven Hospice's Community Room, 311 N.E. Ninth St. in Chiefland. The objectives of the course include: understanding the effects of aging on driving, learning defensive driving strategies aimed at reducing crash risks, updating knowledge of the rules of the road in Florida, and increasing confidence and maintaining independence. There are no tests. Please bring a sack lunch. The Certificate of Completion provides for a 3-year auto insurance discount for seniors aged 55 years and older. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Please call Lynda at 352-333-3036.
     11:30 a.m. -- The Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition is hosting a free Lunch and Learn event at the Dixie County Public Library in Cross City. This program is to help anyone who is interested in getting involved in drug prevention efforts. The program will show how other people across the state are working to combat the drug problem. Amy Ronshausen of the Drug-Free America Foundation is scheduled to present resources and information, which members of this community could implement such as a Drug Court and interfaith work to foster change. To register online for this Lunch and Learn (which includes lunch), click HERE. For more information contact Katrina VanAernam at kvanaernam@gmail.com or 352-356-0306.
     3 p.m. -- The Levy County School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is scheduled to conduct a meeting live via the internet. This meeting is open to parents, students, business leaders, school district, health agencies, community partners and elected officials. The primary mission is to influence and support healthy lifestyles within the school and community. Anyone who would like to participate is asked to please contact Angie Phillips the SHAC Chair for more details. Call her at 352-486-5261 ext 228 or contact her via email at Angela.Phillips@levyk12.org.


Jan. 25, Thursday
     11 a.m. --
Everyone is invited to the dedication of the Deputy Sheriff Atticus Haygood Ellzey Memorial Highway. Levy County Sheriff's Deputy A. Haygood Ellzey died in the line of duty on Jan. 28, in the Town of Otter Creek after he was shot. The event is at the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 19 (State Road 55) at the sourthern limits of the Town of Otter Creek.
     5:15 p.m. -- The Cedar Key Arts Center has planned a Children’s Art Benefit Dinner that is titled “Explorations in Art” as a fundraiser. All Funds will be used for Children and Teen’s Art in Cedar Key: Including the Summer Arts Program, Festival Art in the Park, etc. Tickets cost $25. this event will be at the Cedar Key Community Center, located on the corner of 6th and F Street. There will be cocktails, a silent auction, and a raffle. Music will be by the band called Shade Tree (Bunny Hand and Friends). Dinner is at 6 p.m. Dinner is to be catered by The Island Room. Tickets are available at the Cedar Keyhole Artists Co-op Gallery, located in downtown Cedar Key -- 457 Second St.

Jan. 27, Saturday
     12 - 2 p.m. --
Great soup makers are trying for the title of “Best Soup Chef” in the area. The Annual Soup-A-Thon and Bake Sale is at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club (located near the A.F. Knotts Public Library). Diners are invited to enjoy all-you-can-eat soup for $7. The members of the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club invite everyone to bring friends and neighbors, and to come taste the delicious soups as well as to cast a vote for a favorite. The Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club members suggest that visitors drop by the South Levy Marketplace first in Inglis and then go west for lunch. The ladies of the Club have been busy baking and will have lots of homemade goodies for sale. If all the delicious soups have filled you up, take some goodies home for a “midnight” snack. The Second-To-None Thrift Store will be open too. For more information please call the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club at 352-447-2057, or email-yiwomansclub@gmail.com.
     2-4 p.m. -- AmVets Post 42, 14472 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland, is hosting the Annual Fisher House Fundraiser. Live music will be from 2-4 p.m. by Mac and Shari and 7-until by Miss Understood. Raffles will take place in-between the music and there will be a bake sale and crockpot cookoff. It's $20 to enter the cookoff and meal tickets will be available for $7. Half of the entry fee will be donated to the Fisher House and the other half will be given as prizes for three lucky winners. It's going to be a fun-filled day! For more information please call Darlene Linnell at 352-284-5496.

Feb. 2, Friday  Groundhog Day
     10 a.m. --
Creekside Christian School has scheduled its Homecoming Parade to be in the Town of Otter Creek. Later that evening, the school is playing a basketball game against Riverside Christian School in the gymnasium of the former Bronson High School (not the new Bronson Middle High School) and the game starts at 7 p.m.

Feb. 3, Saturday
     9 a.m. --
Registration is scheduled to open for the Educaton Foundation of Gilchrist County "Walk-A-Thon!" at the Gilchrist County Courthouse,  112 S. Main St., in Trenton, at 9 a.m.. Opening ceremonies are slated for 10 a.m. and the walk is set to begin at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to participate by walking, running, bicycling, skating, roller blading or pushing a baby stoller along the two-mile course through Trenton. This even promises to include refreshments, entertainment and fun for everyone. Anyone who wants to contribute funds to help Gilchrist County schools raise money for schools and scholarships can do so through this event. For more information, please call Marti at 352-262-1829.
     9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library have scheduled a colossal book sale to be at the Octagon Building that is located to the northwest of the Chiefland Fire Station, near the corner of Northeast First Street just east of U.S. Highway 19. Book buyers know these sales are incredible. Everyone is invited. Funds from this sale are among the money the Friends are raising to put a new carpet in the library.

Feb. 10, Saturday
     7-9 p.m. --
The Board of Directors of Another Way Inc. invites everyone to The Grand Auction!  This live auction will combine the resources of the corporate community with the resources of the small-town community. Another Way has shelters in Lake City and Chiefland and it has been providing hotline, safe shelter, individual and group counseling, court accompaniment, food, clothing, hygiene items and many other supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette and Levy counties for 28 years. Sexual Assault services are provided in Suwannee County as well. This big, fun fundraiser auction is set to be held at the Chief Theater in Chiefland. To donate or register for the bidding, please contact Diana Child at 352-210-8792 or robinsonchild@gmail.com.


Feb. 16, Friday
     11:30 a.m. --
The 9th Annual Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Chili Cookoff, Cake Auction and Luncheon is scheduled to be at the Trenton Woman's Club. The chili lunch costs $5 and is open to the general public from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Feb. 17, Saturday
     8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. --
The Gilchrist County Emergency Management Department is scheduled to offer its next CPR class to the public at the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center located at 3250 N. U.S. Highway 129 in Bell. The course will have a limit of 30 participants and will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Participants may be of any age as long as they are able to understand the material and perform the hands-on portion of the course. Participants under the age of 18 must have a signed consent form filled out by a parent or guardian. Forms are available by contacting Emergency Management Director Ralph Smith. The course will be completely free except for partipants who require a two-year certification card. Certification card will be $20. Everyone that participates in the course will leave with a certificate of completion, with no cost. Space is limited to the first 30 people that register. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Gilchrist County Director of Emergency Management Ralph Smith at 386-935-5400, toll free at 1-866-751- 1728, or email at rsmith@gilchrist.fl.us.

     5 p.m. -- The Levy County Schools Foundation is having its annual gala. The event is scheduled to be in the cafetorium of Bronson Middle High School. It starts with hors d'oeuvres and mingling at 5 p.m., and then the program and dinner are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. (This is the extent of information sent.) For information, contact Donna Turner at 352-493-6056 on Mondays through Wednesdays or by e-mail at lcsf@levyk12.org.
 
Feb. 24, Saturday
     9 a.m. – Noon –
There is a Dog Catcher for a Day (or 2) event at the Black Prong Equestrian Center. Join the Levy Animal Friends to help the Jack Russell Club catch the dogs at the end of each race.  Catchers will stand in an 8'x20' fenced pen at the end of the track, catch and hold the dog until passed on to the owner. The club donated $600 to LeAF for providing these catchers. Training, Breakfast & lunch provided. Must be able to bend over, land on a knee and lift 20 pounds! Please dress appropriately for the weather and comfortable This is a fun day while helping raise funds!

 
Feb. 25, Sunday
     9 a.m. – Noon –
This is day two of the Dog Catcher for a Day (or 2) event at the Black Prong Equestrian Center. Join the Levy Animal Friends to help the Jack Russell Club catch the dogs at the end of each race.  Catchers will stand in an 8'x20' fenced pen at the end of the track, catch and hold the dog until passed on to the owner. The club donated $600 to LeAF for providing these catchers. Training, Breakfast & lunch provided. Must be able to bend over, land on a knee and lift 20 pounds! Please dress appropriately for the weather and comfortable This is a fun day while helping raise funds!


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March

March 3, Saturday
     9 a.m. --
With registration from 9 to 10:30 a.m., AmVets Post 422 is revved up for its Camp Valor Poker Run. Entry fee is $20 per rider and $5 per passenger. Additional cards are $5 each. This ride is for vehciles with two wheels, three wheels and four wheels. The last bike out is at 10:30 a.m. The last bike in is at 3 p.m. Dinner that is included is pulled pork BBQ, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and dessert. The meal costs $8 for non-riders. Here's the ride -- First Stop - AmVets Post 422 in Fanning Springs; Second Stop - AmVets Post 42 in Chiefland; Third Stop - AmVets Post 444 in Williston; Fourth Stop - AmVets Post 88 in Bronson; Last Stop - AmVets Post 422 in Fanning Springs. The best poker hand wins a night weekend cabin at Otter Springs Park and Campground, or a one-week RV hook-up at Otter Springs. There are raffle tickets and 50-50 tickets available at registration and at the completion of the ride. All Proceeds From This Poker Run are to help Camp Valor. For more information, call Lee Layne at 352-542-2470 or 352-210-1816.

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April
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May


May 4, Friday
     6 p.m.-midnight --
The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of the Tri-Counties is set to be in the City of Fanning Springs Park, 9929 Florida St., in Fanning Springs and on the Suwannee River this year.

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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. 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.

     Noon -- The Dixie Education Foundation meets the second Monday of each month at at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     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 Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.

     2 p.m., 4-5 p.m. -- The Clover Squares of Levy County conducts a square-dance starting at 2 p.m. with the dance class starting at 4 p.m. at the Williston Crossings RV Resort, 410 N.E. Fifth St. in Williston. For more information, call 352-528-3323. 
     7 p.m. -- The Youth Ministry Program Ignite 4:12 at Cornerstone Assembly of God continues from Sept. 18, to be each Wednesday. Director of Youth Ministry Chris Kirby said he looks forward to seeing young people come to this weekly event at Cornerstone Assembly Of God 1045 Sixth Blvd., in Williston.

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

SECOND WEDNESDAY
     9:30 a.m. -- The Williston Garden Club meets September through May on the second Wednesday of the month at First Presbyterian Church, 247 NE First St., in Williston. Social hour is at 9:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. C;ub members come from all walks of life. From Master Gardeners and landscape architects to hobby gardeners, and those who are happy to nurture a potted plant on their porch, all are welcome to join. The ranks include native Floridians, permanently landed snowbirds, south Florida transplants and others who are interested in gardening in the area we all call home. For more information about the club or to receive information or a reminder about the next meeting, please contact Dotti Hydue at 352-486-8462. Call in advance to make sure the club is not planning a field trip that day.
      6:30 p.m. -- Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

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

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

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

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

FIRST THURSDAY
     11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The Citizens For An Engaged Electorate conduct an open discussion and luncheon at Melanie's Restaurant 112 E. Noble Ave., in Williston. This meeting is free and open to the public. People who order lunch are responsible for paying their own bills for the food and drinks. This group discusses matters of public importance.
      5:30 p.m. -- The Chiefland Lions Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 4 W. Park Ave. in Chiefland. For more information contact Lion Donna Maynard at 352-493-1006.
     7 p.m. --  The Levy County Beekeepers Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 4 West Park Ave., Chiefland. Anyone who is interested in bees, or in beekeeping is invited. Beekeepers are ready to answer questions, share ideas and more. You need not be a beekeeper to attend. For more information, please call Byron Teerlink at 352-493-2216, or Chappie McChesney at 386-462-2637 or Leon Bath at 352-493-2329.

SECOND THURSDAY
      11 a.m. -- The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library meet each second Thursday of the month at the library, 104 N.E. Third Street, in Chiefland. The Friends support the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the library's programs through fundraising projects to augment the library's budget for the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting. Membership is free. For more information call Friends President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413. (In the months of July and August 2017, the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library will NOT be meeting. The next meeting is Sept. 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the library.)
     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 Sixth Blvd. in Williston offers a free lunch each second Thursday. All are welcome. For more information, please call  352-528-6880.

     Noon -- The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce meets the second Thursday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     1:30-3:30 p.m. -- There is an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group  that meets in the Edward Jones Conference Room at 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Suite 2, in Chiefland. This support group creates a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. Participants will learn and be informed about dementia, and the group as a whole helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. RSVPs are required. Call the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to reserve a seat or to find more information.
      6-8 p.m. -- A craft club meets in the fellowship hall of the Bronson United Methodist Church, 235 S. Court St. Please bring a pair of scissors with you.  For more information, please call Peggy Rowe at 352-316-3817.

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

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

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

SECOND SATURDAY
      8 a.m. --  The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), hold a monthly breakfast meeting in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the church in Chiefland. (The August meeting is delayed due to Hurricane Irma. The new tentative date is Aug. 16).
      9:45 a.m. -- C.A.N. (Community Alliance Network) meets at the Living Water Life Center (LWLC) 6491 S.E. 123 Terrace Morriston. We’re meeting to put together resources and ideas for growing, bartering, food storage, alternative energy and other forms of self-sufficiency. Join us to hear speakers from like-minded groups share their visions and help us form ours. We always look forward to meeting new people.
      10 a.m. – First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission every second and fourth Saturday.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able.
     4 p.m. -- There is a “Community Round Table Meeting” at Inglis City Halle each second Saturday of each month. This is an open forum for residents of Inglis to come together to discuss area needs and views.

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

FOURTH SATURDAY
     9 a.m. -- First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able. (There is no UMM in Chiefland in July and August.)
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The South Levy Marketplace is the fourth Saturday of each month. There are local artisan crafts, fresh organic produce, and garden plants for sale, and free pet adoptions. Vendor and quality yard sale spaces are $10 for a 10x10 space. The marketplace is located on Levy County Road 40 west of U.S. Highway 19 in Inglis. Call 352-302-1771 for more information.

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

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

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SHINE Helps
with Medicare Costs

Updated Dec. 22, 2017 at 7:17 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.

     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.

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