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Levy County to hold
pet adoption event
tomorrow -- Saturday, Aug. 19


Goldy the cat Hardison, the senior mascot of HardisonInk.com pauses for a moment as she thinks about people who may want a cat. Goldy endorses adopting dogs and cats from Levy County Animal Services. Goldy fell from the sky, as best as can be determined, when a predatory bird (probably an owl) thought she was too much fur and bones to bother eating. Therefore, this is not a recommended method for obtaining a cat. The best method to obtain a dog or cat is to adopt one from Levy County Animal Services. The best time to do that in the near future is Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Please learn about all of the other days and times, too, though.)

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © July 18, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

Published July 18, 2017 at 9:17 a.m.
Updated Aug. 18, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
Normally open only during the weekdays, Levy County Animal Services is having an after-hours adoption event on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help people more easily adopt a dog or cat that may otherwise be euthanized.



Called away from her cat guard duty of being on the lookout for lizards running on an outdoor deck -- where they run free from cat claws as they are on the other side of a glass door, Inky the cat Hardison, the junior mascot of HardisonInk.com notes, too, that while she was adopted from The Family Pet Vet of Chiefland (Dr. Ronald Spink, DVM), she too recommends that people seeking a cat or a dog as a pet visit the Levy County Animal Services kennels located in part of the unincorporated area of Levy County between Bronson and Williston - next to the Levy County Solid Waste Transfer Station (the dump). Goldy and Inky are donating $50 on this day to cover the cost of the first two male cats to be adopted.
Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © July 18, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

 


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     Other than this special event, adoptions can be done Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., although staff needs people to start the adoption process by 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.
     For at least the past 10 years, Levy County has reduced the number of dogs and cats it must destroy each year by its strong efforts to find homes for these potential pets.
     During this special event on Saturday, the prices are as follows: male dogs $40/female dogs $55; male cats $25/female cats $40.  If the dog/cat happens to already be spayed/neutered prior to arriving here the cost is $25. This will be cash only.
     These fees include spay/neuter, microchipping, rabies/distemper/parvo vaccinations, heartworm testing, Capstar for fleas and a dewormer.
     This is quite a deal for the cost. Animals will have to be picked up a day or two (depending on their gender) after the adoption takes place. Everyone should feel free to visit and adopt pets before and after the special event on Aug. 19. It is just that this event will be on a Saturday!
     Just as during the regular week, all transactions such as adoption, impounding, etc., are cash payment only – no checks or cards.
     Levy County Animal Services is an animal shelter that takes in unwanted or stray pets. It is by no means a boarding facility for the general public. Animals that are housed here are dogs or cats that are owner-released, people drop off, or strays.
     The policy for this facility is to hold dogs or cats that are dropped off or picked up as a stray for three to five working days. This gives the pet’s owner time to reclaim their pet.
     After those days, the animal may be adopted, rescued or destroyed humanely. All animals that are adopted or rescued from the Levy County Animal Services are required by Florida Law to be spayed/neutered and also have a rabies vaccination.
     Other than this special event, adoptions can be done Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The staff encourages people to get there by 3:30 p.m. to give them time to complete the required paperwork. All adoptions are done on a first come basis. A current list of adoptable dogs and cats can be found at the website by clicking HERE.
     To get to the facility from Gainesville -- take State Road 24 west to Bronson and then turn left on U.S. Alt. 27 (as if you are going to Williston from Bronson) continue on U.S. Alt. 27 to Levy County Road 335 (at the bottom of a slight hill) and turn left. Follow the signs for Levy County Animal Services/Levy County Landfill (Solid Waste Transfer Station). The street address is 12055 N.E. 69th Lane, (Bronson - although some GPS works better using this address for Williston). The shelter location is next to the landfill.


Bowhunter course set for Aug. 26
Published June 29, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
     NEWBERRY --
Florida bowhunters are scheduled to have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) certified bowhunter education course in August in Alachua County, according to a press release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

     The course will take place Aug. 26 in Newberry at 8 a.m. The specific location for the class will be given to those who register in advance.
     The course is conducted using the online, distance learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast accesses the program on the NBEF website by entering through the Florida portal and completing the online classroom topics before attending a shortened, interactive field day.
     The Florida course is found at Bowhunter-ed.com/Florida.
     "While these courses do not satisfy the hunter education requirements for Florida, they are educational, informative and well worth taking," FWC Hunter Safety Coordinator Steve Robbins said.
     Robbins is based in the FWC North Central Regional Office in Lake City.
     Participants in this program can expect to learn all aspects of bowhunting, including:
     ● History of bowhunting;
     ● Safe and responsible bowhunting;
     ● Know your bow and arrow;
     ● Preparing for the hunt;
     ● Shot placement and game recovery;
     ● Use of elevated stands and other techniques; and
     ● Outdoor preparedness.
     Participants must bring their own equipment, including bow and field-tipped arrows. Students should register for the course they choose by calling the FWC's North Central Regional Office at 386-754-1654 or by visiting MyFWC.com/Bowhunt. Students of all ages may participate.
     Questions about the class can be directed to the FWC North Central Regional Office at 386-754-1654.

 


Food event on Sept. 12 to help
Tri-Co. Comm. Resource Center

By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 12, 2017 at 1:07 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
A competitive fundraiser named "Taste of the Nature Coast," is where chefs are vying against each other to see who makes the best appetizer, main course and dessert.
     All proceeds from this event will help the Tri-County Community Resource Center (TCCRC).
     TCCRC is the Partnership for Strong Families' fourth resource center. It is the first full-time resource center established outside of Alachua County. The Tri-County Community Resource Center is located in Chiefland and serves residents of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties residents.
     The center is staffed by a center manager employed by the Partnership for Strong Families, and aided by several volunteers. TCCRC provides an impressive array of free services and resources that residents and visitors of the communities served have indicated are a need.
     This fundraiser is being held at the Haven Hospice Community Room, 311 N.E. Ninth St., in Chiefland. It is scheduled to be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Tickets cost $25 each or two for $40.
     Ticket-buyers will be able to taste samples in three categories -- appetizer, main course and dessert.
     Tickets may be purchased at Tri-County Community Resource Center, 15 N. Main St., Chiefland, 352-507-4000; Dixie County Chamber of Commerce, 251 N.E. 210th Ave., Cross City, 352-498-5572; First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St., Chiefland, 352-493-4627; Levy County Prevention Coalition, 801 S. Main St., Williston, 352-328-3540; Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, 420 Second St., Cedar Key, 352-543-5600.
     For more information, call the TCCRC at 352-507-4000.


Tri-County Baby Shower
scheduled for Sept. 21

     CROSS CITY -- Mothers, caregivers and families will come to celebrate their expected arrivals or new additions to their families at the Annual Tri-County Baby Shower on Sept. 21, a Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m.
     The Baby Shower will be held at the Dixie District School Board Room, 823 S.E. Highway 349, Building 16, in Old Town. The Baby Shower is a fun, educational event for expectant and new parents and caregivers.
     Fathers are encouraged to join as there is an exciting activity just for dads to be held during the event. Exhibits from community partners and organizations will cover topics such as healthy lifestyles, infant safety, early literacy, positive parenting, and much more.
     Parents will have the opportunity to win door prizes and education-based drawings. There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not required. Any person or organization that is interested in donating baby items or monetary gifts for the Baby Shower, is asked to please contact Erin Peterson at 352-727-0711 or epeterson@wellflorida.org for a sponsorship package. All donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of the donations received go directly to families in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Volunteers are also needed during the event.


Appleton to present
‘Mysteries of the Amazon:
Visionary Artwork of
Pablo Amaringo and
His Students’ -- Sept. 22-Jan. 14



Alfredo Zagaceta Cometivos  - Shipibo Hunter 2016

Art Provided By Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida

Published Aug. 18, 2017 at 8:07 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:
     ● Opening Celebration Friday, Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m.
Guests Luis Eduardo Luna, Tito La Rosa, Matthew Pallamary, Aryel Sanat, Mohamed El Naschie, and guest curator Scott Olsen, will make opening remarks. Enjoy wine, small bites and a short performance by Tito La Rosa. Appleton Director’s Circle members are invited at 5 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with the special guests. RSVP required to Colleen Harper, harperc@cf.edu or 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.
     ● Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-4 p.m.
Anthropologist Luis Eduardo Luna will give a presentation on the co-founding with Pablo Amaringo of the Usko-Ayar: Amazonian School of Painting, followed by a presentation and musical performance by Tito La Rosa, world expert on pre-Columbian musical instruments.
     ● Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-3:30 p.m.
Matthew Pallamary will give a talk, “Peruvian Shamanism,” accompanied by a short drumming performance.
     ● Saturday, Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m.
Join us for First Saturday with a painting demonstration and Peruvian music for families by Alfredo Zagaceta, Mauro Reategui, Mita Lozano and William Llerena.
     ● Sunday, Oct. 8, 2-4 p.m.
Painting demonstration by Alfredo Zagaceta, Mauro Reategui and Mita Lozano, accompanied by musician William Llerena.
     ● 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.

 

 

Dixie Music Center to celebrate
26th Anniversary Bash on Oct. 7


The Moonsnakes - featuring Steve Connelly

Album Cover Art Provided by DMC

Published Aug. 9, 2017 at 10:07 p.m.
     OLD TOWN --
The owners of Dixie Music Center are excited to announce that Saturday, Oct. 7, is the date of their 26th Anniversary Bash.

     DMC XXVI will be held on the nicely wooded Dixie County acreage adjoining the store. This year marks the 17th consecutive year that this Old Town retailer and music school has hosted this all-day live music festival.
     Performance hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with the store being open from 9 a.m. 'til 3 p.m.
     In addition to live music, there also will be prize drawings and a giant sale in the store. The event is family-friendly, free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own personal seating – such as lawn chairs.
     While the entire schedule is yet to be finalized, headlining this year's event will be Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes featuring Steve Connelly.
     Although this will be Ricky's first appearance on the DMC stage, Mr. Connelly has wowed the crowds at other past DMC events, including last year's reunion of the Real Eyes Band.
     This was the first appearance by this Tampa Bay area band in more than 40 years and drew dozens of fans from there making the trip for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
     Besides performing with the Moonsnakes as lead singer and guitarist, Ricky performs extensively with a few other acts throughout the Tampa Bay Area. He is still renowned as the drummer for Deloris Telescope, one of the top TBA bands in the 1980-90s.
     Also appearing this year will be Dotti South & the Slackers, a group comprised mainly of the owners and guitar instructor of Dixie Music Center, and the Rock Bluff Pickin' Porch Band. RBPPB was slated to perform last year, but was unable to due to a family tragedy. The remainder of the acts is expected shortly, and will be announced here at hardisonink.com.
     Food concession is expected by the area Marine Corps League, raising proceeds for their Toys-For-Tots Christmas gift program benefiting area children. Soft drinks and snacks will again be vended by the Dixie County Historical Society, while Dixie County C.O.P. (Citizens On Patrol) will be offering bottled water.
     Dixie Music Center is located at 26626 SE 19 Hwy in Old Town (across from the weigh station) and opened for business in October of 1991. The business is owned and operated by Bob and Dotti Leichner of Old Town.
     For more information, please call 352-542-3001.


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Rep. Charlie Stone

Local Office Hours -- Near The Bottom of this Page

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SHINE LISTINGS -- BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
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Aug. 18, Friday
     9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. --
Williston Community is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile at City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. To donate, a person must be 17 or older, or 16 with written parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. All donors receive a recognition item and cholesterol screening.
     Noon -- There are FREE lunch meals for senior citizens older than 60 years old at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City every Friday in August. Registration is required. Call with the Suwannee River Economic Council at 352-498-5018 to register or for more information.


Aug. 19, Saturday
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
-- Levy County Animal Services is having an after-hours adoption event. The prices are as follows: male dogs $40/female dogs $55; male cats $25/female cats $40.  If the dog/cat happens to already be spayed/neutered prior to arriving here the cost is $25. This will be cash only. hese fees include spay/neuter, microchipping, rabies/distemper/parvo vaccinations, heartworm testing, Capstar for fleas and a dewormer. Other than this special event, adoptions can be done Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The staff encourages people to get there by 3:30 p.m. to give them time to complete the required paperwork. All adoptions are done on a first come basis. A current list of adoptable dogs and cats can be found at the website by clicking HERE. To get to the facility from Gainesville -- take State Road 24 west to Bronson and then turn left on U.S. Alt. 27 (as if you are going to Williston from Bronson) continue on U.S. Alt. 27 to Levy County Road 335 (at the bottom of a slight hill) and turn left. Follow the signs for Levy County Animal Services/Levy County Landfill (Solid Waste Transfer Station). The street address is 12055 N.E. 69th Lane, (Bronson - although some GPS works better using this address for Williston). The shelter location is next to the landfill.

     9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- Williston Community is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile at City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. To donate, a person must be 17 or older, or 16 with written parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. All donors receive a recognition item and cholesterol screening.
 
Aug. 22, Tuesday
     10 a.m. -- 
Among the adult classes available at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City, is the Oil Painting via the Bob Ross Style, The cost is $50 for the materials fee. Registration is required. Call 352-498-1219 to register.
     4 p.m. -- There are FREE Zumba classes at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City, every Tuesday and Thursday in August.

Aug. 23, Wednesday
     1:30 p.m. --
A SHINE representative is schedle to be at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City. To learn more about SHINE, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Aug. 24, Thursday
     3 p.m. -- The Nature Coast Business Development Council is holding its regular monthly board meeting at the College of Central Florida’s Jack Wilkinson campus, 15390 U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland. Due to the membership of the NCBDC consisting of more than one member of the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee, this meeting also will serve as a meeting for the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee. The meetings are open to the public and attendees can address the council or committee. Those individuals who want to be placed on the agenda can contact NCBDC Executive Director David Pieklik at 352-493-6797 or email director@naturecoast.org. The NCBDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to enhancing the economic prosperity and quality of life of Levy County through strengthening the business community and attracting supportive new industry.
     4 p.m. -- There are FREE Zumba classes at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City, every Tuesday and Thursday in August.

Aug. 25, Friday
     10 a.m. --
The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve invite everyone to a presentation titled "Me, Them, and Us....
an Objective Discussion on the Competition for Natural Resources in North Central Florida." The presentation is by UF/IFAS Levy County Extension Agent Anthony Drew. He will be speaking about the competition for natural resources in North Central Florida. He'll cover some basic statistical data, discuss the evolution of the agricultural and forestry industries over the last 50 years. He will attempt to define the challenges of society in balancing the different vested interests competing for land and water. 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 http://www.wgpfl.org for directions and information on upcoming events.

     Noon -- There are FREE lunch meals for senior citizens older than 60 years old at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City every Friday in August. Registration is required. Call with the Suwannee River Economic Council at 352-498-5018 to register or for more information.

Aug. 26, Saturday
     9 a.m. - Noon --
The South Levy Marketplace is  scheduled to be on Levy County Road 40, just west of U.S. Highway 19 in the Town of Inglis. Among the items planned to be available are fresh organic produce, food vendors, local artisan crafts and quality yard sale vendors. There will be lots of cute, cuddly kittens for [free] adoptions. The Inglis/Yankeetown Animal Control is in need of cat litter and cat food donations. Vendor spaces are $10 for a 10x10 space. Please call 352-302-1771 for more information.
     10 a.m.-5 p.m. -- Vet Fest is an informational festival for veterans and families. ForVets Inc., and Meridian Supportive Services for Veteran Families invites veterans and families to join the inaugural Vet Fest located at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton in Gilchrist County. There will be food, games, fun and information for the entire family. Veteran service providers will be on hand to give out information and assist veterans and their families. Some of the organizations include: Matchmaker Realty, Veteran Services from Levy, Gilchrist, Dixie and Alachua counties, Gainesville Vet Center, The American Legion, North Central Florida Alliance, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc., ForVets Inc. and others. This event is being sponsored by Meridian SSVF and ForVets Inc. For more information, please contact Dan Cavanah at 352-213-3221 or Robert Wells at 352-318-2416.
     5-8 p.m. -- As a fundraising event, the United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland are selling rib dinners for $10 per plate. Children who are younger than 10 years old can eat for free, if they dine in. All take-out dinners cost $10. For the $10, the plate includes ribs (the ribs are planned to be cooked so well that they fall off of the bone), coleslaw, baked beans, buns, a beverage and a dessert. The point of sale and dining is the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, located at 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Chiefland.

Aug. 28, Monday
     10 a.m. --
The Dixie County Public Library, which is part of the Three Rivers Library System, is hosting a program titled Health & Hygiene. This will be at the loibrary located at 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City. It is free and everyone is invited, although registration is required. Register by calling 352-498-1219. Everyone is invited to learn from Lola Butler, the preparedness and response county coordinator and community health educator with the Dixie County Unit of the Florida Department of Health. She plans to give people an opportunity to learn about methods to keep families healthy. She intends to show participants how to keep families healthy; how germs are spread; and the best methods to stop the spread of disease. Butler will also show that sleep matters to improve health, and that a balanced diet makes a difference.

Sept. 3, Sunday
     9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. --
Williston First Baptist Church is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile at 339 E. Noble Ave., Williston. To donate, a person must be 17 or older, or 16 with written parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. All donors receive a recognition item and cholesterol screening.



Sept. 9, Saturday
     8 a.m. -- There is a fundraiser to help Julianna Driggers, a young child with a health issue. The Team Jules 5-kilometer Run has a Start-End Point of Cross City's City Park at 350 N.E. 214th Ave., in Cross City. Registration at the Park only -- beginning at 8 a.m. The run is tentatively set to start at 8:30 a.m. There is a $25 Entry Fee. Runners who are 10 years old and younger can run for free. The first 50 participants to sign up will receive a T-Shirt. Call 352-215-7904 for more information.
     10 a.m. -- The Friends of Manatee Springs Parks Inc. will be holding a meet and greet event at the Fanning Springs Conference room located in Fanning Spring State Park, 18020 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, in the city of Fanning Springs. Everyone that comes to the meeting will receive a free food and a free park pass. The state parks system is showcasing the CSO (Citizens Support Organization) for the Manatee Springs State Park, the Fanning Springs State Park and the Nature Coast State Trail and the support given to the parks by the CSO. Everyone is welcome to join the CSO and the current members and park employees would love to share all the great things that are happening at these parks. Individuals coming into the park at this time are urged to be certain to mention that they are coming to support the CSO and they will get into park for free that morning.

Sept. 12, Tuesday
     6-8 p.m. --
A competitive fundraiser named "Taste of the Nature Coast," is where chefs are vying against each other to see who makes the best appetizer, main course and dessert. All proceeds from this event will help the Tri-County Community Resource Center (TCCRC). TCCRC is the Partnership for Strong Families' fourth resource center. It is the first full-time resource center established outside of Alachua County. The Tri-County Community Resource Center is located in Chiefland and serves residents of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties residents. The center is staffed by a center manager employed by the Partnership for Strong Families, and aided by several volunteers. TCCRC provides an impressive array of free services and resources that residents and visitors of the communities served have indicated are a need. This fundraiser is being held at the Haven Hospice Community Room, 311 N.E. Ninth St., in Chiefland. It is scheduled to be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Tickets cost $25 each or two for $40. Ticket-buyers will be able to taste samples in three categories -- appetizer, main course and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at Tri-County Community Resource Center, 15 N. Main St., Chiefland, 352-507-4000; Dixie County Chamber of Commerce, 251 N.E. 210th Ave., Cross City, 352-498-5572; First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St., Chiefland, 352-493-4627; Levy County Prevention Coalition, 801 S. Main St., Williston, 352-328-3540; Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, 420 Second St., Cedar Key, 352-543-5600. For more information, call the TCCRC at 352-507-4000.

Sept. 21, Thursday
     4-6 p.m. --
Mothers, caregivers and families will come to celebrate their expected arrivals or new additions to their families at the Annual Tri-County Baby Shower. The Baby Shower will be held at the Dixie District School Board Room, 823 S.E. Highway 349, Building 16, in Old Town. The Baby Shower is a fun, educational event for expectant and new parents and caregivers. Fathers are encouraged to join as there is an exciting activity just for dads to be held during the event. Exhibits from community partners and organizations will cover topics such as healthy lifestyles, infant safety, early literacy, positive parenting, and much more. Parents will have the opportunity to win door prizes and education-based drawings. There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not required. Any person or organization that is interested in donating baby items or monetary gifts for the Baby Shower, is asked to please contact Erin Peterson at 352-727-0711 or epeterson@wellflorida.org for a sponsorship package. All donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of the donations received go directly to families in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Volunteers are also needed during the event.

Oct. 7, Saturday
     9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
-- Dixie Music Center is having its 26th Anniversary Bash. DMC XXVI will be held on the nicely wooded Dixie County acreage adjoining the store. This year marks the 17th consecutive year that this Old Town retailer and music school has hosted this all-day live music festival. Performance hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with the store being open from 9 a.m. 'til 3 p.m. In addition to live music, there also will be prize drawings and a giant sale in the store. The event is family-friendly, free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own personal seating – such as lawn chairs. While the entire schedule is yet to be finalized, headlining this year's event will be Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes featuring Steve Connelly. Although this will be Ricky's first appearance on the DMC stage, Mr. Connelly has wowed the crowds at other past DMC events, including last year's reunion of the Real Eyes Band. This was the first appearance by this Tampa Bay Area band in more than 40 years and drew dozens of fans from there making the trip for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Besides performing with the Moonsnakes as lead singer and guitarist, Ricky performs extensively with a few other acts throughout the Tampa Bay Area. He is still renowned as the drummer for Deloris Telescope, one of the top TBA bands in the 1980-90s. Also appearing this year will be Dotti South & the Slackers, a group comprised mainly of the owners and guitar instructor of Dixie Music Center, and the Rock Bluff Pickin' Porch Band. RBPPB was slated to perform last year, but was unable to due to a family tragedy. Food concession is expected by the area Marine Corps League, raising proceeds for their Toys-For-Tots Christmas gift program benefiting area children. Soft drinks and snacks will again be vended by the Dixie County Historical Society, while Dixie County C.O.P. (Citizens On Patrol) will be offering bottled water. Dixie Music Center is located at 26626 SE 19 Hwy in Old Town (across from the weigh station) and opened for business in October of 1991. The business is owned and operated by Bob and Dotti Leichner of Old Town. For more information, please call 352-542-3001.

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REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

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

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

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

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

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

EVERY WEDNESDAY
     11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. --
The Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site in Williston open to people who are 60 years and older. Seniors will receive a hot, nutritious, balanced meal free of charge. Donations are accepted. It’s in Thompson Hall at St. Banabars Church on 521 N.W. First Ave. (Located 1 block behind old KFC building.) Please call 352-490-7055 ext. 1 by 9 a.m. on Wednesdays to assure there will be enough meals hot and ready to serve on that day.
     12 p.m. – Chiefland Rotary Club meets at The Gathering Table, 116 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Cypress Inn Restaurant, 15568 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City.
     6:30 - 9 p.m. -- The Clover Squares of Levy County conducts a square-dance class starting at 6:30 with the regular dance at 7:30 at the Williston Crossings RV Resort, 410 N.E. Fifth St. in Williston. For more information or to check the holiday schedule, call 352-528-3323. (Clover Squares will have no dance July 5 and 12. Action resumes with a square dance class at 6:30 and dance at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.)
     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
      6:30 p.m. -- Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

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

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

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

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

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

SECOND THURSDAY
      11 a.m. -- The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library meet each second Thursday of the month at the library, 104 N.E. Third Street, in Chiefland. The Friends support the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the library's programs through fundraising projects to augment the library's budget for the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting. Membership is free. For more information call Friends President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413. (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.

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. (There is no UMM meeting in Chiefland in July and August of 2017).
      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 July 2, 2017 at 7:07 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:

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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FRIDAY Aug. 18  8:07 a.m.
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