CF presents ‘Endgame,’
‘Patriot Performances:
60 Years of the Arts’

Published Nov. 18, 2017 at 3:27 p.m.
     OCALA -- 
Celebrate 60 years of the arts at the College of Central Florida with a signature anniversary event featuring all of the college’s performing arts groups in one powerful, fast-paced music production, and a theatrical production of “Endgame” by Samuel Becket at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

 


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     Show times for “Endgame” are Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m. The play will be presented in the Black Box Theatre at the Dassance Fine Arts Center. Seating is limited. Adult tickets are $10, non-CF students $6 and CF students, faculty and staff are free with valid ID.
     Show times for “Patriot Performances: 60 Years of the Arts” are Saturday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium at the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center. Admission is $15 for adults, $6 for non-CF students and free for CF students, faculty and staff with valid CF ID.
     “Patriot Performances” will include CF students from Wind Symphony and Low Brass Ensemble, Patriot Singers and Chamber Choir, Patriot Winds Woodwind Ensemble, Patriot Blues Jazz Band, Jazz Combo and Saxophone Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, String Ensemble and Trumpet Ensemble. Digital Media projects will also be showcased during the production. The college and CF Foundation will recognize and thank alumni and donors who have supported the CF Visual and Performing Arts program through the years.
     To obtain tickets for “Endgame” or “Patriot Performances,” call 352-873-5810 or visit www.Tickets.CF
     Production is sponsored in part by Senior Learners Inc. Explore classes, seminars and other educational and social opportunities at https://seniorlearnersinc.wildapricot.org/.
     Learn more about CF at http://www.cf.edu/.


Sanders Family Christmas
slated for performances

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

     The theater formerly was a place for movies and it has been restored to provide an excellent venue for watching live community theater performances.
     The musical comedy titled Sanders Family Christmas is set to run for three weekends, starting on Dec. 1.
     The dates of the performances are Dec. 1, 2 and 3; Dec. 8, 9 and 10; and Dec. 15, 16 and 17.
     Friday and Saturday evening shows start at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee shows start at 2 p.m.
     "Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain," the play's creators note. "It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders, of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and 25 Southern Gospel Christmas favorites."
     If someone wants to reserve and pay for seats, prices are $15 for most adults.
     The ticket price is $13 for youth 18 years and younger, for seniors 65 years and older, for college students, for current and former military, and for active first responders (firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and law enforcement officers).
     To reserve a seat, call Becky Gill at 352-443-9096.

 


Levy County libraries offer
free movie and popcorn;
Next Showing - Nov. 21

Published Oct. 27, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.
Updated Nov. 16, 2017 at 8:07 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Everyone is invited to enjoy a fun family movie at the library, and have some popcorn too.

     All events are free and everyone young and old is invited to attend. Mark your calendars for the 2017 Disney movie: Cars 3. "Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world."
     This movie is rated G and has a running time of 102 minutes (1.7 hours). Please contact the local librarian for more information.
     
     Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. -- A.F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St. in Yankeetown
     Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. -- Bronson Public Library, 600 Gilbert St. in Bronson
     Nov. 28 at 4:30 p.m. -- Cedar Key Public Library, 460 Second St. in Cedar Key
     Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. -- Williston Public Library - 10 S.E. First St. in Williston

 

Clay Landing Days - Nov. 24 and 25

Clay Landing Days are happening at Manatee Springs State Park on Nov. 24 and 25. Park visitors can enjoy the added fun that day as part of the normal fee for entering the park. Plesase scroll down to those dates to see more details listed in the Community Calendar.


Tri-County Area
Toys For Tots
extends registration



Information from Toys For Tots
Published Nov. 16, 2017 at 5:37 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA –
The Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties has members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve who have again volunteered to provide the Toys For Tots program in this part of Florida.
     These USMC Reserve members and other volunteers have extended the registration dates.
     From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 27, 28, 29 and 30, people can register at the Tri-County Community Resource Center, 15 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Chiefland.
     From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Dec. 2 outside of Walmart in Chiefland will be the LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER.
     Documentation is required at the time of registration.
     Registration requirements are also listed below.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:
     Only children 12 years of age or younger are qualified.
     Please note the following paperwork is required to qualify.
     ● Parent or Legal Guardian’s current Government Issued Photo ID
     ● Child’s Birth Certificate or Court-Ordered Custody Records
     ● Child’s Social Security Card
     ● Proof of Residence (2 of 4, in registering guardian’s name)
     ● Driver’s License or Photo ID (with star indicating verified residence)
     ● Property Tax Bill
     ● Utility Bill (with Physical Address, not P.O. Box)
     ● Voter Registration Card
      Also required is a recent income statement/Approval Letter:
FOOD STAMPS, AFDC, SSI, MEDICAID, *CHK STB/1 Mth
* Income requirements based on 2017 US Dept HHS Poverty Guidelines


Dixie Music Center to host
Annual Christmas Concert
on Sunday, Dec. 3, in Old Town


One view from the stage shows some members of the audience. Everyone is invited to this free concert. Please bring a can (or more) of food to help other people.

Information and Photo
Provided by Dotti Leichner
Published Nov. 16, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
     OLD TOWN --
Dixie Music Center is scheduled to host its Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec 3 beginning at 1 p.m.

     The concert is slated to be held on the grounds of Dixie Music Center located at 26626 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Old Town.
     This event is FREE and open to the public, however attendees are asked to bring a contribution of a non-perishable food item (or three) to be donated to a local service agency.
     This year's scheduled performers include the the Beamis Family Band, Kerry Gordon, Krista Campbell, The Scraps, Mike Land, Kelli Coughlin, Rod Swanigan, the Fanning Springs Community Church Praise Band, and Dotti South and the Slackers with special guest Karen Powers.
     Some surprise guest performers may be expected as well.
    The Dixie County Historical Society is slated to be selling hot chocolate and other snacks. Dixie County COPs will be helping with parking and selling snacks as well.
     While Bob and Dotti Leichner hope Santa is planning to make an appearance, it has not been confirmed as yet. Children of all ages will receive free candy canes for sure, though!
     Everyone is invited to bring the family, and chairs or blankets and to plan to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful Christmas music. The food donations will be a big help to assist some of the less fortunate.
     Dixie Music Center, established in 1991, is owned and operated by Bob and Dotti Leichner. For more information, call 352-542-3001.

 


Back Road Sunset

The sunset starts on Monday (Nov. 13) in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Seen here from a back road in the region, the beauty of nature is noticed near the end of daylight at the start of the workweek.

Photo by Sharon Hardison © Nov. 14, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.

 



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

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

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


Appleton Museum of art
introduces the
Inspired Speakers Series


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

Photos Provided

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

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


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

 


Webber Gallery to host
'Best of the Season'
up to Dec. 8

Published Oct. 25, 2017 at 12:47 p.m.
Updated Nov. 15, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, will host “Best of the Season” from the Visual Artists’ Society from now through Dec. 8.
     The exhibit is free.
     The Visual Artists’ Society has more than 85 members from Marion County and other parts of Central Florida, including professional and amateur artists, and many of CF’s talented students. Exhibits showcase a variety of styles and mediums, including more traditional paintings and photographs, as well as jewelry, sculpture and digital media. The theme of this year’s judged and juried exhibition is “Transformation.” 
     “When an artist is presented with a theme for an exhibit, the artist has been challenged,” said Linda Harlow, longtime member of VAS. “The challenge is a three-part process: interpreting the theme to see how the art relates, resisting the urge to look under the bed, out in the garage, or in the attic for something that might fit the theme, and finally putting paint on the canvas or whatever medium you choose and starting a special creation that will make you proud.”
     Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Saturday, Sundays and college-observed holidays. For more information call 352-873-5809.
     To learn about other CF events, visit CF.edu.


 

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


Published Aug. 18, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
Updated Nov. 19, 2017 at 6:27 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, with guest curator Scott Olsen, Ph.D., present “Mysteries of the Amazon: Visionary Artwork of Pablo Amaringo and His Students.”
     On view until Jan. 14, 2018, this exhibition features approximately 95 paintings by Peruvian artist Pablo Amaringo and his students from Olsen’s private collection.
     Completed 2001-2016, the large-scale, acrylic paintings are considered to be some of the best examples of Mestizo vegetalista and ayahuasquero shamanism gathered in one place. Exhibiting brilliant use of color, the paintings depict the plant, animal and angelic spirits encountered in deep ceremonial visionary experiences. In addition, groupings of Peruvian ethnographic objects let the viewer further experience these unique cultural groups.
     “The Indigenous Shamanic path may well be humanity’s most ancient spiritual tradition,” said Olsen. “It has proven to be a powerful method for the transformation of consciousness. Not unlike the reports from near-death experiencers and initiates of the various mystery schools, participants have often experienced deep empathic connection with nature's plants and animals – in fact, all living beings – including profound insights into the underlying patterns and mathematical structure of the cosmos. ‘Mysteries of the Amazon’ is intended to assist Indigenous Shamanism to achieve its rightful recognition as one of the world's great Wisdom Traditions.”
     Exhibition Events at the Appleton Include:
     ● Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-3:30 p.m.
Guest curator Scott Olsen, Ph.D., will give a talk, “Ancient Wisdom and the Golden Ratio.”
     ● Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
A musical performance by Tribe of Love, including organizer Susanna Raven with Maryn Azoff and Jan Paul Werge.
     For more information, contact AppletonMuseum@cf.edu. For a full listing of on- and off-site events, please visit AppletonMuseum.org/exhibits/Special/mysteries.html.
     In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities.
     From Sept. 15, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018, the main portion of the museum will not be available to visitors due to a heating and cooling equipment replacement project.
     The Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery, ARTSpace, art classrooms and a mini Appleton Store will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed every Monday. During this time, the regular admission fees will be replaced with a Pay-What-You-Wish donation option.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.


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

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SHINE LISTINGS -- BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
(Updated Nov. 19, 2017 at 6:27 a.m.)

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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

Nov. 21, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. --
The monthly meeting of Gilchrist County AARP Chapter #2133, starts at 10:30 a.m. in the ForVets Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground. We are in search of a Chapter President. At these meetings, you will receive valuable information as to what is happening in the local area, be informed about many local volunteer options, have a great lunch, enjoy good fellowship, become involved and join this great local organization. See Chapter Treasurer Katherine LaBarca for membership information. Remember, if you are over 50, then you are welcome to fellowship and freely dine with us for your first visit as our guest. Join us for a time of community caring, sharing and lots of healthy merriment. Program Chair Janice Rogers said that there won’t be a speaker this month since we will be having our annual “White Elephant Silent Auction” fundraiser. Also, Susan Wells will be joining us with excellent up-to-date information concerning health choices and checking Vital Signs. Hospitality Chair Faye Sheffield, informs us that this month, right after our business meeting closes, we will be having a Thanksgiving Turkey Luncheon. Turkey furnished by the Chapter. Please bring your favorite side dish, drink and or dessert to be shared by all. Thank you awesome cooks and hospitality team! Please bring non-perishable and/or hygiene items for a local food bank. For more agenda call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 352-463-1889.

Nov. 24, Friday
     10 a.m.-3 p.m. -- 
Manatee Springs State Park is scheduled to be holding Clay Landing Days -- a living history event. Clay Landing Days will bring you to a time when the Seminoles and Settlers lived in the Clay Landing area. There will be Covered Wagon Rides that take you on the North Trail with a stop at the Seminole Chickee Hut were Settlers and Seminoles will let you see what life was like in the Clay Landing Area. All activities will begin at Manatee Springs Day Use Area. The Day Use Area will also have Settlers showing cooking and crafts of the time period. There are Wheel Chair Accessible Wagon Rides available. The fee for the event is included with the normal entrance fee of $6 for a car of up to eight people. There is nothing extra to pay beyond that $6 to participate in the entire Clay Landing Days event. There have been items that were for sale at previous Clay Landing Days, such was honey-peanut and honey-cashew brittle, old-fashioned kettle corn, handmade crafts of the period and more.

Nov. 25, Saturday
     10 a.m.-3 p.m. --
  Manatee Springs State Park is scheduled to be holding Clay Landing Days -- a living history event. Clay Landing Days will bring you to a time when the Seminoles and Settlers lived in the Clay Landing area. There will be Covered Wagon Rides that take you on the North Trail with a stop at the Seminole Chickee Hut were Settlers and Seminoles will let you see what life was like in the Clay Landing Area. All activities will begin at Manatee Springs Day Use Area. The Day Use Area will also have Settlers showing cooking and crafts of the time period. There are Wheel Chair Accessible Wagon Rides available. The fee for the event is included with the normal entrance fee of $6 for a car of up to eight people. There is nothing extra to pay beyond that $6 to participate in the entire Clay Landing Days event. There have been items that were for sale at previous Clay Landing Days, such was honey-peanut and honey-cashew brittle, old-fashioned kettle corn, handmade crafts of the period and more.

Nov. 28, Tuesday
     2 p.m. --
Among the Adult Classes for November at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City, is one titled "DIY (Do It Youself) Brooms." There is a $50 materials fee and registration is required. Call 352-498-1219 to register.

Nov. 30, Thursday
     5:30 p.m. --
Among the Adult Classes for November at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City, is one titled "DIY (Do It Youself) Christmas Wreaths." There is a $10 materials fee and registration is required. Call 352-498-1219 to register.

 
Dec. 1
     11 a.m.-4 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to particicipate in the Stuff The Crusier event to provide toys for children in the Tri-County Area Toys For Tots Program. The method to help is to bring a new, unwrapped toyt to the Levy County Sheriff's Office cruiser that will be parked at the Walmart in Chiefland. Many of the Tri-Area Toys For Tots boxes from last year were water damaged. That is why those boxes just recently showed up in buinsess locations. This two-day drive on Dec. 1 and 2 will be the United States Marine Corps Reserve's major event to collect toys in the Tri-County Area this year. Any help that people give to make Christmas happier for children in economically-challenged families is greatly appreciated.

Dec. 2, Saturday
     10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- 
Everyone is invited to particicipate in the Stuff The Crusier event to provide toys for children in the Tri-County Area Toys For Tots Program. The method to help is to bring a new, unwrapped toyt to the Levy County Sheriff's Office cruiser that will be parked at the Walmart in Chiefland. Many of the Tri-Area Toys For Tots boxes from last year were water damaged. That is why those boxes just recently showed up in buinsess locations. This two-day drive on Dec. 1 and 2 will be the United States Marine Corps Reserve's major event to collect toys in the Tri-County Area this year. Any help that people give to make Christmas happier for children in economically-challenged families is greatly appreciated.
     6 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to the Annual Christmas Open House of the Dixie County Historical Society, 823 S.E. Highway 349, in Old Town. This open house plans to feature the Big Cypress Bluegrass Band to perform. The Dixie County Historical Society to invites all visitors to enjoy the displays, music and light refreshments for the evening. The group will be open early, so please come and visit the varied displays. The society also extends an invitation to all to join the Dixie County Historical Society and to help preserve the history and memories of Dixie County. This group exists on annual memberships and generous donations.

Dec. 3, Sunday
     1 p.m. --
Dixie Music Center is scheduled to host its Annual Christmas Concert.
The concert is slated to be held on the grounds of Dixie Music Center located at 26626 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Old Town. This event is FREE and open to the public, however attendees are asked to bring a contribution of a non-perishable food item (or three) to be donated to a local service agency. This year's scheduled performers include the the Beamis Family Band, Kerry Gordon, Krista Campbell, The Scraps, Mike Land, Kelli Coughlin, Rod Swanigan, the Fanning Springs Community Church Praise Band, and Dotti South and the Slackers with special guest Karen Powers. Some surprise guest performers may be expected as well. The Dixie County Historical Society is slated to be selling hot chocolate and other snacks. Dixie County COPs will be helping with parking and selling snacks as well. While Bob and Dotti Leichner hope Santa is planning to make an appearance, it has not been confirmed as yet. Children of all ages will receive free candy canes for sure, though! Everyone is invited to bring the family, and chairs or blankets and to plan to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful Christmas music. The food donations will be a big help to assist some of the less fortunate. Dixie Music Center, established in 1991, is owned and operated by Bob and Dotti Leichner. For more information, 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

     11 a.m. - Noon -- Tai Chi classes are being held Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. Classes will be there up to the middle of December, minus Thanksgiving Week. This version of Tai Chi is for Balance Only and it can be done sitting in a chair if that would be more convenient for some. Please let us know if you are interested and you can call Gerry Jesk at 352-493-2842 and leave a message giving your name and phone number.
    12 p.m. – Trenton Rotary Club at the Gilchrist County Woman’s Club, 819 S.W. CR 339. (Except on Federal Holidays)

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

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

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

EVERY WEDNESDAY
     11 a.m. - Noon -- Tai Chi classes are being held Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. Classes will be there up to the middle of December, minus Thanksgiving Week. This version of Tai Chi is for Balance Only and it can be done sitting in a chair if that would be more convenient for some. Please let us know if you are interested and you can call Gerry Jesk at 352-493-2842 and leave a message giving your name and phone number.
     11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- The Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site in Williston open to people who are 60 years and older. Seniors will receive a hot, nutritious, balanced meal free of charge. Donations are accepted. It’s in Thompson Hall at St. Banabars Church on 521 N.W. First Ave. (Located 1 block behind old KFC building.) Please call 352-490-7055 ext. 1 by 9 a.m. on Wednesdays to assure there will be enough meals hot and ready to serve on that day.
     12 p.m. – Chiefland Rotary Club meets at The Gathering Table, 116 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Dixie County Women’s Club, located right behind the Dixie County Courthouse in Cross City, the address is 236 N.E. 134th St., Cross City.

     6:30 - 9 p.m. -- The Clover Squares of Levy County conducts a square-dance class starting at 6:30 with the regular dance at 7:30 at the Williston Crossings RV Resort, 410 N.E. Fifth St. in Williston. For more information, call 352-528-3323. 
     7 p.m. -- The Youth Ministry Program Ignite 4:12 at Cornerstone Assembly of God continues from Sept. 18, to be each Wednesday. Director of Youth Ministry Chris Kirby said he looks forward to seeing young people come to this weekly event at Cornerstone Assembly Of God 1045 Sixth Blvd., in Williston.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SECOND THURSDAY
      11 a.m. -- The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library meet each second Thursday of the month at the library, 104 N.E. Third Street, in Chiefland. The Friends support the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the library's programs through fundraising projects to augment the library's budget for the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting. Membership is free. For more information call Friends President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413. (In the months of July and August 2017, the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library will NOT be meeting. The next meeting is Sept. 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the library.)
     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 Sixth Blvd. in Williston offers a free lunch each second Thursday. All are welcome. For more information, please call  352-528-6880.
     1:30-3:30 p.m. -- There is an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group  that meets in the Edward Jones Conference Room at 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Suite 2, in Chiefland. This support group creates a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. Participants will learn and be informed about dementia, and the group as a whole helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. RSVPs are required. Call the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to reserve a seat or to find more information.
      6-8 p.m. -- A craft club meets in the fellowship hall of the Bronson United Methodist Church, 235 S. Court St. Please bring a pair of scissors with you.  For more information, please call Peggy Rowe at 352-316-3817.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SHINE Helps
with Medicare Costs

Updated Nov. 16, 2017 at 8:07 p.m.
     Want to see if you can save money on your prescription drug costs? Can't afford to have the Medicare Part B Premium come out of your check every month? Are you new to Medicare and not sure of your options?
     Whether you are a Medicare beneficiary, family member or caregiver, SHINE, a volunteer program under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provides you with free, unbiased and confidential information. For assistance, please call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to have a volunteer return your call.
The following dates, times and places are where SHINE volunteers are scheduled to be available to help people:

Levy County
Bronson
* Wed., Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Bronson Public Library
Chiefland
* Tues, Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Chiefland Senior Center
Williston
* Wed., Dec. 6 at 9 a.m.-Noon in the Williston Public Library
Yankeetown
* Wed., Dec. 13 (AEP Ended 12/7)  at 10 a.m.-Noon in the A.F. Knotts Public Library (Yankeetown)
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Gilchrist County
Trenton
* Wed., Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.-Noon in the Gilchrist County Public Library (Trenton)
* Wed., Dec. 13 (AEP Ended 12/7)  at 10 a.m.-Noon in the Gilchrist County Public Library (Trenton)
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Dixie County
Cross City
* Wed., Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Dixie County Public Library (Cross City)
* Wed., Dec. 13 (AEP Ended 12/7) at 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Dixie County Public Library (Cross City)

To find a place for counseling anywhere in Florida, anyone may go to this website -- http://www.floridashine.org/Counseling-Sites.aspx -- and click on a county to find a list of counseling sites.

--UPDATED--
TUESDAY  Nov. 21  7:37 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties




 





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