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Sunday Sundown
Sundown
Clouds reflect the sunlight after sundown on Sunday (Jan. 29) over one of the many hayfields in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 31, 2023 at 9:12 p.m.

 

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Passion fruit
is plant of the month for February

Passion Fruit
Photo By UF/IFAS


Story Provided By Cynthia B. Sanders, Ph.D.
Director UF/IFAS Alachua County Extension
Published Jan. 30, 2022 at 5:12 p.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce that the February “Plant of the Month” is passion fruit.

     Passion fruit is a delicious and nutritional fruit that also produces a beautiful flower. Both the pulp and seeds are nutritious and can be eaten directly from the fruit. It is a source of nonheme iron, or plant-based iron and contains vitamins A and C, as well as fiber and potassium.
     February is a good time to grow passion fruit in North Central Florida.
     The Plant of the Month program is a collaborative effort between Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteers, Alachua County Public Library, and Working Food.
     For more information, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County at 352-955-2402.

 


Needles Climbs
Needles the Community Cat of Jemlands
Needles the Community Cat of Jemlands climbs one of the oak trees at The Ink Pad on Tuesday morning (Jan. 24). While he blends in with pine needles, he is more easily seen on the oak tree. The cat notices Sharon Hardison taking his picture. He appears to be disapproving of this scene having been captured on film. Needles is seen in a 2019 video on cat patrol, too, and that can be viewed by clicking HERE. In the Dec. 22, 2017 story with photos, seen by clicking HERE, people can read how this cat became the first feline in the Levy County Animal Services' Trap-Neuter-Release program for community cats in Levy County. After five years in the program, he has grown.

Photo By Sharon Hardison © Jan. 24, 2023 at 10:12 a.m.

 


Library’s friends enjoy
musician’s visit at annual meeting 

Friends Of The Library
The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown joined Head Librarian Linda Cohan, who hosted a dinner at Blackwater Restaurant in Yankeetown. Here at the restaurant are (from left) Larry Cohan, Linda Cohan, Peter Fletcher and Chris Fineout.

Story and Photos By Peter Weiss
HardisonInk.com Correspondent
Published Jan. 18, 2023 at
     YANKEETOWN –
The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown enjoyed a visit from a classical guitar musician on Monday (Jan. 16).

Friends Of The Library
Ann Sayward, the President of the Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library (shown here at the Blackwater Grill), led the meeting and introduced the keynote guest Peter Fletcher at the library. Seen here at a table at the grill located next to the Withlacoochee River in Yankeetown are (from left) Debra Weiss, President Sayward and Mike Sayward). 

Friends of the Library
Peter Fletcher performs at the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown on Jan. 16.

Friends of the Library
After the event, various delicious snacks were served. A wonderful time was had by all.


     In January of 1959, the Yankeetown Library opened in the back of the Knotts Real Estate Office.
     It had 300 books -- back in 1959. In December of 1974, the current building was gifted to the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club, which has taken over the bulk of the upkeep to this day. As part of the Levy County Public Library System, which has five public libraries throughout the county, the county staffs the facility in Yankeetown.
     Buildings in Bronson, Cedar Key, Chiefland, Williston and Yankeetown are provided by those municipalities.
     Eventually, the Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown formed to help maintain the library. The Friends raise money through book sales and donations. The Friends are now an integral part of the library's day-to-day operations and special events. Many of these events involve the local children and adults with games and projects.
     Once a year, on Monday federal holiday specified to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929-April 4, 1968), the Friends have their annual meeting. In addition to the normal business reporting, there is always a special guest. 
     On Monday (Jan. 16), the special guest was classical guitar musician Peter Fletcher, who performed for the Friends with his acoustic guitar.
     Fletcher had his first guitar lesson at the age of 7. Fletcher earned his Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1995. There, he twice earned the Eastman Graduate Award.
     His reputation began to spread. He started touring the country. Fletcher has played at many venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has appeared on many television and radio programs.
     His current tour ended with his appearance in Yankeetown on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023.
     The Friends’ members and guests, with a crowd of about 50 individuals, enjoyed an absolutely wonderful performance. Fletcher explained many of his pieces prior to playing them.
     After the show he spoke with nearly everyone who had attended.

 


Levy County schedules
poll worker orientations

By Jordan Lindsey, Levy County Assistant Supervisor of Elections
Published Jan. 13, 2023 at 7:12 a.m.
     BRONSON –
The Office of Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones is scheduled to host multiple poll worker orientations throughout the year. 
     This is a mandatory orientation for anyone interested in becoming a Levy County Poll Worker. The purpose of this orientation is to provide details about the requirements of being a poll worker.
     Any person who plans to attend one of the orientations is asked to please contact the office at 352-486-5163 or send an email to jordan@votelevy.gov.
     Following are the dates and times for poll worker orientations in Levy County.
     ● Thursday, April 27 at 10 a.m.
     ● Tuesday, June 20 at 10 a.m.
     ● Thursday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.
     ● Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m.
     ● Thursday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.

     The orientations will be held at 421 S. Court St. in Bronson. Please use the side entrance rather than the front entrance of the Levy County Elections Office.

 


TCCRC plans 8th Annual Spring Fling
Exhibitors sought for big event

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 12, 2023 at 7:12 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The Tri-County Community Resource Center, 15 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland, invites everyone to its Eighth Annual Birthday Celebration, which has become known as The TCCRC Spring Fling.
     This two-hour celebration features food, games, a bounce house, birthday cake and several information booths. This is an event to help everyone know about locally available resources. It’s a free and family-oriented event. Last year, more than 45 organizations participated.
     To register as an exhibitor, please click -- Exhibitor Intake Form.
     The deadline to register as an exhibitor is Feb. 22. However, there is a limit to the number of exhibitors that can be accommodated, which could push the deadline up on the calendar.

 


Deadline of March 10 approaches
for scholarship applications

Information Provided
By Levy County Assistant Supervisor of Elections Jordan Lindsey
Published Jan. 5, 2023 at 8:12 a.m.
     BRONSON --
The Florida Supervisors of Elections will offer four $1,200 scholarships for 2023 to college students, according to Levy County Supervisor of Elections, Tammy Jones.

     Applicants must be registered Florida voters and live in the state for at least the preceding two years.
     Applicants must be either a Political Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, or Journalism/
Mass Communication major and be at least a junior in college. Students must be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida and have at least a "C" average or above for the previous year.
     The deadline to apply for a scholarship is March 10.
     Applications are available online at https://www.votelevy.gov/ or may be picked up from the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office, 421 S. Court St., in Bronson.
     Applications must be submitted to the elections office of the county in which the applicant is registered to vote. Each county will select one finalist to send to the FSE Scholarship Committee for consideration.
     For additional information, please visit https://www.votelevy.gov/ or call 352-486-5163.

 



Community Calendar HardisonInk.com
     Publisher’s Note: All events are listed chronologically. Please email announcements to hardisonink@gmail.comPlease 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 that 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. If a person or group has an event, please send the information to hardisonink@gmail.com and it will be listed, and attention will be drawn to it. Please remember that given there can be communication and meetings via webinars, telephone, Skype, Zoom, etc., if those meetings are scheduled, then they can be listed here too.
 


Feb. 4, Saturday
     1-3 p.m. --
The Cedar Key Historical Society invites everyone to come to the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 Sixth St. in Cedar Key for a celebration of life for those known only to God. The Cedar Key Historical Society invites everyone to honor those lost, but not forgotten, in a special Celebration of Life Event. The gathering will be held to commemorate unknown burials. Music and presentations are scheduled to be by Brothers in Christ, Johnnie Lee Phillips, Shana Smith, Saint John Missionary Baptist church, Reggie Stacy, Jim and Marci Wilcox, The Rosewood Family Children’s Choir, Ebony Pickett, Carolyn Cohens and Anna White Hodges. A procession through the Cedar Key Cemetery is scheduled to happen after this gathering, and that procession is set to be led by Cedar Key Police Chief Edwin Jenkins.

 

Feb. 6, Monday
     10 a.m. --
As part of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve’s program series, a program titled Shell Middens And Ceremonial Centers is scheduled. Everyone is invited to join Nigel Rudolph from the Florida Public Archaeology Network as he explores the indigenous people of Florida who constructed middens and ceremonial centers. The program is set to be in the Education Center at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 old rock road in Yankeetown. The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is a 413-acre parcel of undeveloped wetlands, consisting of mixed hardwood, pine, and cabbage palm forest, tidal marshes and several salt ponds. The Preserve has a 30-foot observation tower, a salt pond boardwalk. It is accessible by canoe or kayak dock from the Gulf of Mexico, as well as by traveling down the lime rock driveway. It has a 4,500 squar- foot Education Center, where this program will be presented. This program is free and open to everyone. 

Feb. 10, Friday
     10 a.m.-2 p.m. --
The Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and official grand opening celebration for the R & J Fuel Stop convenience store at 660 S. Main St. (U.S. 129) in the City of Bell, a bit south of the Cemetery Road/Pine Avenue intersecction. This Marathon fuel station is open 24-hours-day. Owner Jeff Jordan recently opened the newest convenience store and fueling station in Gilchrist County.
     5:30 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to buy a $75 ticket to the "I Love Williston Valentine's Fundraiser" for the Williston Community Animal Shelter. The $75 ticket will allow the buyer to enjoy an evening of merriment, dinner and refreshments to celebrate your love. There is also going to be a silent auction. This event is at Firemen's Park, across the street from Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St. The event will start at City Hall and then patrons will be taken to the fun across the street. All proceeds go to benefit the Williston Community Animal Shelter. Tickets are on sale now at Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St.



Saturday, Feb. 11
     9 a.m.-1 p.m. --
The Cedar Key Woman's Club is selling items to buy for sweethearts to celebrate Saint Valentine's Day. The sale is happening in front of the Jiffy Store at 526 Second St. in Downtown Cedar Key. They are selling candy, cupcakes, cookies, greeting cards, the CKWC Cookbook, jewelry and even whole cakes. If you want a fresh home-baked cake, it needs to be pre-ordered by calling Judy at 352-507-1177.
     3-6 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to see The Works, featuring the artworks and books of Carolyn Cohens-Gent -- a local artist, author and historian. The event is at the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 S.W. Fourth Ave., in Chiefland.

 

Feb. 14, Tuesday
Saint Valentine's Day

Feb. 25, Saturday
     9:30 a.m. --
 The Annual Meeting Of The Friends Of Lower Suwannee And Cedar Key Refuges is set to be at the Refuge headquarters. Sign-in and other pre-program activities start at 9:30, followed by the Refuge and Friends' update, the featured presentation, lunch, and guided nature walks. This year's guest speaker -- Dr. Ken Sulak -- is scheduled to present Finding Florida - Crossing the Lower Suwannee River in the 1800s: Early Ferries, Bridges and Trestles.

March 4, Saturday
     10 a.m.-12 p.m. --
 The Tri-County Community Resource Center, 15 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland, invites everyone to its Eighth Annual Birthday Celebration, which has become known as The TCCRC Spring Fling. This two-hour celebration features food, games, a bounce house, birthday cake and several information booths. This is an event to help everyone know about locally available resources. It’s a free and family-oriented event. Last year, more than 45 organizations participated.

March 9, Thursday
     5:30 p.m. --
The Dixie County Public Library is having a meet the authors event at the library - 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City. This event is sponsored by Fawn's Book Club. The authors scheduled to be there are Olivia Brown, Caresse Carter, Cindy Chewning, Sandra Killian, David Mather, Tammy Mowery and Dolores Leggett Walker. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

March 11, Saturday
     10 a.m.-3 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the Lower Suwannee Art and Nature Festival scheduled to be at Glen Dyals Park, 21354 S.E. Highway 349 (Dixie County Road 349) in the community of Suwannee. There is no gate fee. Parking is convenient. This event will include local artists showing and selling their works. Artisans and crafters are set to be there, too, showing and selling their crafts. Music is planned, as are food vendors. A kiddie play area is going to be available again this year, too. Vendors who want to be part of this great annual event are being accepted until the spaces are filled or until March 1. Vendor spaces, measuring 10-feet by 10-feet, are available for $30. For more information, vendor forms and directions, please visit http://suwanneeartfest.com/, or call 352-542-8329 or send an email to suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com.

April 1, Saturday
     10 a.m.-5 p.m. --
The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key (once known by some as the Spring Arts Festival of Cedar Key), is slated to happen again. This festival is a juried Fine Arts and Crafts Event which has been named as one of the Top Art Small Town Fairs in America. The venue welcomes only 100 fine artists and craftsmen to keep the focus on art and allow for plenty of room for artists and art enthusiasts to interact. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Key Arts Center and local non-profit organizations that serves homemade goodies and local seafood in beachfront City Park during this event. More more information, please contact the coordinators via email at CedarKeyArtsFestival@gmail.com. This year's coordinators are The Cedar Key Arts Center Committee - Bev Ringenberg, Sandy Witcher, Patsy Schossler, Mary Prescott, Ann Morgan, Janet Gigeous, Gini Barss, Dee Miller, Sandy Lindhout, Sue Rosenthal, Eileen Senecal, Sherry Sicking and Marci Wilcox. 

 

April 2, Sunday
     10 a.m.-4 p.m. --
This is the second day of the fun and art in Cedar Key. The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key (once known by some as the Spring Arts Festival of Cedar Key), is slated to happen again. This festival is a juried Fine Arts and Crafts Event which has been named as one of the Top Art Small Town Fairs in America. The venue welcomes only 100 fine artists and craftsmen to keep the focus on art and allow for plenty of room for artists and art enthusiasts to interact. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Key Arts Center and local non-profit organizations that serves homemade goodies and local seafood in beachfront City Park during this event. More more information, please contact the coordinators via email at CedarKeyArtsFestival@gmail.com. This year's coordinators are The Cedar Key Arts Center Committee - Bev Ringenberg, Sandy Witcher, Patsy Schossler, Mary Prescott, Ann Morgan, Janet Gigeous, Gini Barss, Dee Miller, Sandy Lindhout, Sue Rosenthal, Eileen Senecal, Sherry Sicking and Marci Wilcox. 

April 15, Saturday
     9 a.m. - 3 p.m. --
The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce Fly-In Cruise-In and Business Expo is scheduled to be at the Cross City Airport. There is free admission. Among the anticipated items slated are military, rescue and sport aircraft; radio-controlled flying model planes; show cars, trucks and motorcycles; business exhibits; food and drink vendors; art and craft vendors; and rides for children. Airplane and helicopter rides and demonstrations are set to be there too. The Cross City Airport (KCTY) is located at 508 N.E. 241st St. in Cross City. Pedestrian gates open at 8 a.m. for airplane and helicopter rides.

 


 

Regular Weekly Meetings HardisonInk.com

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated Dec. 12, 2022 at 8:12 a.m.

As a result of organizations changing leadership, disbanding and other factors, some gatherings have been cancelled. Please check before going to any of these.

EVERY SUNDAY
     2-4 p.m. --
Every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cedar Key Public Library, on the second floor, the Song Farmers of Cedar Key are scheduled to meet and jam. A SongFarmer music chapter has been established in Cedar Key and everyone is are invited. SongFarmers chapters promote local musical activities around the world. There are currently 60 chapters in the United States. Cedar Key is the sixth chapter in Florida. Every Sunday afternoon, musicians and the public interested in playing or listening to acoustical music will meet atthe Cedar Key Public Library on Second Street. This chapter will focus on the use of acoustic stringed instruments – guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, Dobro, etc. Singing will be encouraged. There is no charge for either the musicians or audience, according to local resident John Thalacker, founder of the Cedar Key chapter. Anyone may attend, regardless of skill level or age.

EVERY MONDAY
    12 p.m. – The Gilchrist County Rotary Club in the Gilchrist County Woman’s Club, 819 S.W. CR 339 (except on federal holidays). The club also meets at Akin's Barbecue three or four times a year - on random Monday afternoons. And normally this club does not meet the first Monday of the month. Instead, they meet for a Breakfast Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Then this club has a Board and Membership Business Meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month at noon. All Gilchrist Rotarians are invited.
The rest of the month, these Rotarians meet for member-sponsored programs on Mondays at noon.
All meetings are at the Woman's Club in Trenton -- except those random meetings in Bell.

 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY SECOND MONDAY
     10 a.m. --
Williston AARP Chapter #912 is scheduled to meet S
t. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Thompson Hall, 661 N.W. First Ave., Williston.  Socializing is at 10 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday each of month from January to May and from September through December.
     Noon -- The Dixie Education Foundation meets the second Monday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
 

EVERY 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.
     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.

EVERY LAST MONDAY
     6-7 p.m. --
The Friends of ForVets Inc., which is the lead organization for the Camp Valor project at Otter Springs Park and Campground, has scheduled meetings at the Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 N.E. 11th Ave., in Trenton, on the last Monday of every month, except that there is no monthly meeting in December. For more information, please contact Debbie Destin at 352-215-5476. Everyone is welcome. Volunteers are needed.
 
EVERY TUESDAY
     10 a.m. --
Gentle Yoga will be held at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. 
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. – Williston Rotary Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. First St., Williston.
     4-7 p.m. -- The Newberry Farmer's Market is on the corner of 254th Street and Newberry Road in downtown Newberry each Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Sellers are offering fresh veggies, meats, eggs, mushrooms, plants, honey, jams, pickled items, fruit, baked goods, boiled peanuts and more.
     7 p.m. -- Fanning Springs Community Church is participating in a ministry named "His Grounds," which is to help free from all addictions. This support group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 N.W. 90th Court, in the City of  Fanning Springs, Florida 32693. Everyone is welcome! If you would like more information, please call Fanning Springs Community Church at 352-463-2602 or call Marcia at 352-535-3068.


EVERY SECOND TUESDAY
     10 a.m. - Noon -- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren -- A support group for grandparents raising grandchildren meets the third Tuesday of each month at First Baptist Church of Cross City, 16024 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. Come join us for help, ideas and to be refreshed. Ideas are always appreciated for ways to help. You've got a tough job! Learn about school choices, stress relief and provide support to each other. Childcare is provided. For more information call Gigi 352-493-9183.

     6:30 p.m. -- (effective Jan. 1, 2020, and going forward) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 (Rebel Post) of Chiefland, is scheduled to have its monthly meeting at the post located at  6850 N.W. 137th St., north of Chiefland, just off of U.S. Highway 19. The monthly meeting used to be at 6:30 p.m., and years ago the VFW post was located at 1104 S. Main St. -- but the post has moved and the meeting time is changing to be an hour earlier as of January of 2020.

EVERY THIRD TUESDAY
     11:30 a.m. -- The luncheon and business meeting for Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) is scheduled on the same day the third Tuesday of every month. Lunch is at Melanie’s Restaurant, 112 E. Noble Ave., (U.S. Alt. 27), in Williston.is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The business meeting will take place at the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Center in Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., beginning at 1 p.m. CEE is a group of concerned citizens whose purpose is to make the electorate aware of issues, recommend actions, and advocate for progressive change. (This meeting was moved for March of 2020 to March 20 rather than March 17, due to room availability.)


EVERY WEDNESDAY
     9 a.m. –
Medicare Review will be held at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. 
     10 a.m. –
Summer Reading Program will be held at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. 
     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. Banabas Church at 521 N.W. First Ave. 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,  Main Street (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Dixie County Library, 
16328 S.E U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     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.
 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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.
 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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
     12 p.m. – The Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meets in the
 the Central Florida Electric Cooperative. The address is 11491 N.W. 50th Ave., in Chiefland.
     2 p.m. -- Weekly Kids Movie (Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City.
      7-9 p.m. -- ForVets Inc. is holding Bingo games every Thursday night in the Spring Lodge at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton, in Gilchrist County. All proceeds from the sales of snacks and beverages goes toward the Camp Valor Project at Otter Springs. Bingo etiquette is required. Call 352-463-0800.Every Thursday
      7 p.m. -- A Narcotics Anonymous meeting is scheduled for every Thursday at Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 N.W. 90th Court, in the City of Fanning Springs.
      7 p.m. -- Yankeetown Inglis Woman's Club Bingo is active. 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.


EVERY FIRST THURSDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
The Disabled American Veterans meet on the first Thursday of the month at Otter Springs Park and Campground in the Spring Lodge, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton 32693.

 

EVERY SECOND THURSDAY
     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.
     3 p.m. – The Nature Coast Business (Levy County) Development Council is scheduled to meet, unless otherwise noticed, in the Drummond Bank Conference Room of the Jack Wilkinson, Levy (County) Campus of The College of Central Florida, located at 15390 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, Chiefland, south of the City of Fanning Springs on the western side of the highway.  The Nature Coast Business Development Council Inc. is a Levy County organization to help improve the economy in Levy County. These meetings are open to the public. Any members of the public wishing to bring any matters before the board may do so by contacting NCBDC Executive Director Scott Osteen via email at director@naturecoast.org. The NCBDC is an entity that evolved from an original group formed in 1985, which was, is and is planned to be committed to fostering economic prosperity and the highest quality of life in the communities it serves, which are in Levy County.
     7-8 p.m. -- The Levy (County) Backyard Beekeepers meet second Thursday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bronson Community Church, 948 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), in Bronson, Florida. For more information contact Steve Starks at 386-288-0741 or John Dulaney at 352-284-3211. Free honeybee removal is available.
      7 p.m. -- The Levy County Horse Club is scheduled to meet on the second Thursday of the month at The Gathering Table Restaurant in Chiefland. Arrive earlier for dinner. Are you interested in horses and trailriding? Join us for our monthly social and check us out at http://www.levycountyhorseclub.com/.

 

EVERY THIRD THURSDAY
     6 p.m. --
The HealingStrong organization meets in the Gilchrist County Public Library at 105 N.E. 11th Ave., in Trenton. HealingStrong is a cancer resource organization, which helps people by educating, connecting, and encouraging those seeking comprehensive, natural strategies to heal strong and stay strong. Healing Strong is a non-profit, federally approved organization made up of a growing network of HealingStrong Groups in the United States, Canada and some other countries. The power of the HealingStrong Groups comes from fostering a vibrant, synergistic, loving community where patients get inspiration and motivation, are empowered with information to take action (or change direction), and are encourage to be strong and courageous and to never give up. Meetings are free, encouraging, informative and full of hope because no one should have to heal alone. Together, people at these meetings may find strength through faith, education and connection with others.

 

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.

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY

     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Cross City on the first Friday of the month. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every first Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from in the city park behind the Dixie County Courthouse in Cross City. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.

EVERY THIRD FRIDAY
     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Old Town. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every third Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from at the 1st District Community Center in Old Town (9223 N.E. 349 Highway). This is on Highway 349 about 10 miles north of the light in Old Town. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local  youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.


EVERY SECOND SATURDAY
     8 a.m. –
The United Methodist Men of Fist United Methodist Church of Chiefland meet the second Saturday of every month. They meet in the Fellowship Hall, which is in the basement of First UMC Chiefland, 707 Main St., Chiefland.

      9:45 a.m. -- C.A.N. (Community Alliance Network) meets at the Living Water Life Center (LWLC) 6491 S.E. 123 Terrace Morriston. We’re meeting to put together resources and ideas for growing, bartering, food storage, alternative energy and other forms of self-sufficiency. Join us to hear speakers from like-minded groups share their visions and help us form ours. We always look forward to meeting new people.
     4 p.m. -- There is a “Community Round Table Meeting” at Inglis City Hall each second Saturday of each month. This is an open forum for residents of Inglis to come together to discuss area needs and views.

 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY FOURTH SATURDAY
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The South Levy Marketplace, which is held the fourth Saturday of each month, happens in the Food Ranch Plaza, 40 U.S. Highway 19 N., just north of Follow That Dream Parkway (Levy County Road 40). Vendors provide goods, demonstrations and services. There are even free cat adoptions. Vendor spaces and quality yard sale spaces are 10x10 for $10. Civic groups and non-profit groups can have spaces for free. For more information, call 352-302-1771. 

EVERY 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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