Please scroll down and look at the July 24 event
on the Community Calendar if you are interested
in Duke Energy's future substation and transmission
line to be built in Williston -- and to Bronson.


Fall 2018-spring 2019
Appleton Art class schedule
and registration now available

Published July 19, 2018 at 2:48 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, offers a full schedule of studio art classes and workshops for children and adults.


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     Classes for children begin as young as pre-kindergarten with the Museum & Me program, offered one Tuesday a month. This free program is for ages 2-5 and introduces children to the Appleton through a gallery visit, followed by an art-making activity. For ages 7-12, Art Explorations are six-week classes offered after school on Wednesdays, or on Saturdays.
      Subjects vary each session, from clay to drawing to painting. AppleTeens is a series of one-day workshops for ages 12 and up, offered on one Saturday every other month, October-April 1-3 p.m. each with a fun and unique theme. The Half-day Happenings program continues on Marion County Public School early-release days, offering a gallery visit and corresponding art-making activity for all ages. All supplies for children’s classes are included with class fee.
     Family programs include First Saturdays, offered once a month, September-May, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Each month features a different artist-themed art project that is appropriate for children ages 4 and older; accompanying adults are welcome to participate. Free for Appleton members and all children; included with admission fee for adult nonmembers. As always, the Appleton ARTSpace is open during the museum’s regular visitor hours and features a wide variety of activity stations for all ages.
     For adults, the Art 101 one-day workshop series continues. Offered once a month, these workshops are designed to be fun and successful for the participant, ranging in subject from paper quilling, to glass fusing, to sumi-e painting and more. For those looking for a more in-depth painting class, Vanessa Fuller Brown will teach a series of artist-themed painting workshops — learn to paint Monet’s tulips, Frida Kahlo’s portraits or Van Gogh’s fishing boats. In spring 2019, the Master Class Series will take artists’ skills to the next level. Sue Primeau will teach Watercolor and Tyrus Clutter will teach printmaking and bookmaking.
     Inspired by the exhibition “La Diaspora: Keepers of Heritage,” a series of workshops led by visiting artists will be offered, including linoleum printmaking with Martín García Rivera, figurative painting with Pedro Brull and small mobile sculptures with Carmen Rojas.
     The clay studios will be busy from September-May with six sessions of Dig into Clay, offering wheel-throwing and hand-building on Saturdays. New this year, open studio time is available to those who are 16 and older who have previously completed one six-week Dig into Clay session. Also new this year are one- and multi-day clay workshops. In October, Mary Moore will teach a hand-building class focusing on clay gingerbread houses. In November and February, Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph will teach two workshops on surface design for clay. In late April and May, she will teach a multi-day workshop focused on Mother’s Day vases.
     All classes and workshops are held at the museum. Complete schedule including fees and class descriptions, as well as online registration, are now available at AppletonMuseum.org. For questions, or to register by phone, contact Hollis Mutch at mutchh@cf.edu, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.
     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.


CF Enrollment Day July 26
on the Levy County Campus

Scholarships available for recent
Levy County high school graduates

Published July 17, 2018 at 6:48 a.m.
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida invites recent high school seniors and those looking to advance their career to Enrollment Day on Thursday, July 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. Highway 19, Chiefland.
     Future students are encouraged to stop by and receive assistance with the application process, financial aid, placement testing, academic advising and registration for fall semester, which begins Aug. 20. Items to bring include Social Security number, mailing address, emergency contact information, valid driver’s license or identification card, proof of Florida residency information and high school transcripts.
     Levy County students who graduated in May will be offered $1,000 merit scholarships to attend the CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus. Scholarships awarded include $500 for fall 2018 and $500 for spring 2019. To be eligible, students must have graduated from a Levy County high school in 2018 and enroll at the CF Levy Campus for the 2018 fall semester.
      Applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 and enroll in at least six credit hours each semester with at least one on-site class held at the Levy Campus. The scholarships are a one-time opportunity made available by funds raised from the Promise for the Future Campaign aimed at building and enrolling students in the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County.
     To apply for financial aid at the event, students are requested to please bring these documents: Federal Student Aid ID available at pin.ed.gov; email address; 2017 W-2 and Federal Income Tax Forms (1040, 1040A or 1040 EZ) of your and/or your parents' (if you are a dependent student); 2015 untaxed income (Social Security, disability, workman’s compensation, etc.); a driver’s license or state ID; Social Security card; spouse's or parent’s Social Security number and date of birth.
      For Florida residency verification, please bring a copy of your Florida driver’s license and a copy of your Florida vehicle registration or voter’s registration.
     For more information, call 352-658-4077.


Anne Of Green Gables plays
in Chiefland July 20-22 & 27-29


Seen here are the young performers in the SVP (from left) Eowyn Verhaeren,  Brenna Colson, Christian Bender, Olivia DeMille, Kolby Schultz, Jackson Asbell (seated), Liam Meeks, Lorelie Smith, Jenna Walbaum, Audrey VanDyke (kneeling), Jenna Sundberg, Bailey Smith, Laci Acevedo and (seated on the bench) Tommy Davis.

Story and Photo
Provided By Will Rucker of the SVP
Published July 9, 2018 at 11:18 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The Chief Theater home of the Suwannee Valley Players (SVP) invites everyone to see the play Anne of Green Gables the SVP's summer children’s production.
     The show runs July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29.
     Fridays and Saturdays, the show is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
     The Chief Theater is located at 25 E Park Ave., in Chiefland - right across the street from the Chiefland Police Department.
     Tickets are $12. They can be reserved by calling Box Office Manager Becky Gill at 352-443-9096.
     Tickets are reserved over the phone and paid with a debit or credit card. Tickets are also available without seat reservations. Walk-ups are welcome, but seating may not be guaranteed in case a show sells out. Also, walk-ups aren’t always able to pick the most ideal seats.
     The best method is to reserve a seat.
     Concessions are provided during intermissions.
     The SVP has enjoyed having great audiences for the last two shows - Putnam County Spelling Bee and Noises Off.
     Now the performers are inviting the patrons of the performing arts back again for Anne of Green Gables.
     Anne of Green Gables is a wonderful show for the whole family. Now the middle of summer is here, and school is looming just around the corner, it's time to take the whole family out for a nice dinner that ends with a fun show.
     The SVP like to think of performance nights as times to bring families in the community together, to enjoy one another’s company. Live theater is a great time to form new memories that will last a lifetime.
     Anne of Green Gables is the final show of our 2016-2017 season.
     The next season will kick off with Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. Now is the time to contact the Box Office at 352-493-2787 and ask about our season pass, which delivers a great value at being able to see all of next season's shows.


Seventh Annual Epic End
of Summer Bash set for July 28

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 10, 2018 at 5:48 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
The Seventh Annual Epic End of Summer Bash is scheduled for July 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., according to an announcement from Diana Child, the administrative assistant to the pastor at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland.
     The church is located at 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland, and the event will center around the C. Doyle McCall Pavilion, which is located behind the church in the big field between the church and U.S. Alt. 27.
     Initiated seven summers ago by former First United Methodist Church of Chiefland Pastor Terry Wines, this event was first considered as a replacement for vacation Bible school back then.
     This year, First UMC Chiefland Pastor Alex Christian his wife Velma Christian are scheduled to be the pastoral leaders for the host church - First United Methodist Church of Chiefland.
     Sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, this year’s Epic End of Summer Bash, like the predecessor bashes in years past, is bound to include hundreds of parents and children participating, with plenty of vendors and volunteers making sure everyone revels in the day and goes home with lots of free school supplies.
     This event is 100 percent free for participants. People can expect to accept free food, free school supplies, free backpacks, free clothes, free use of an inflatable water slide and more.
     Child notes that exhibitor space is available, and all donations and volunteers who want to help in the event are very welcome and greatly appreciated.
     To be an exhibitor or to donate time or any other resources, please call the church at 352-493-4627, extension 1, and speak with Diana Child. Another method to donate time, be an exhibitor or offer service to help the church in this community-outreach program is to send an email to office@fumcchiefland.com.


Birds enjoy summer sky
in Cedar Key on July 15

Roseate Spoonbill in Cedar Key HardisonInk.com
A roseate spoonbill checks out a possible food location in the water next to Cedar Key.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © July 17, 2018 at 9:38 p.m.
 
     A variety of birds enjoyed the sky and waters in the Cedar Key area on Sunday (July 15).



In this video, pelicans are seen paddling against a slight current as some other birds make noises from atop a weather-detecting station on the Big Dock at Cedar Key on Sunday (July 15). A visit to the island can be very relaxing.

 

Cedar Key Birds HardisonInk.com

Roseate spoonbills eat in the background (upper right) as this tall bird stands in shallow water.


A white ibis strolls next to a shore.

Cedar Key Birds HardisonInk.com

A great egret flies.

Cedar Key Birds HardisonInk.com
A great egret prepares to land1

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Cedar Key Birds HardisonInk.com
Spoonbills dine.

Cedar Key Birds HardisonInk.com
A bird dries feathers while standing on an oyster bed at low tide.


A gull flies in the blue.

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A sail catfish flips its tail before being returned to the Gulf of Mexico from the big fishing dock on Cedar Key.

Cedar Key Birds HardisonInk.com
Pelicans look for fish.




A small sailboat becomes a golf cart.

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Steamer's Clam Bar & Grill on Dock Street is a great place to eat and drink.

 


 

Hot treasure hunt uncovers
fiddler crabs strolling

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A fisherman in a small boat is seen in action Friday afternoon (July 6) as he is viewed from the observation deck at the end of the boardwalk near the archeological site area of Shell Mound Park in Levy County.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © July 8, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Hunting for treasure is a sport that is best enjoyed for the participation rather than the end result.


In this video fiddler crabs are seen strolling in the inter-tidal mud flats near Shell Mound Park. A fiddler crab is any of approximately 100 species of genus Uca. As members of the family Ocypodidae, fiddler crabs are most closely related to the ghost crabs of the genus Ocypode.

Fiddler Crabs at Shell Mound Park in Levy County HardisonInk.com

Fiddler Crabs at Shell Mound Park in Levy County HardisonInk.com


Oysters seen at low tide from the observation deck at the end of the boardwalk near the archeological site area of Shell Mound Park in Levy County are one type of treasure by showing the outer homes of these creatures.

Boardwalk at Shell Mound Park in Levy County HardisonInk.com
Looking from the observation deck at the end of the boardwalk down that stretch shows some of the natural beauty of this park.

Salt Marsh at Shell Mound Park in Levy County HardisonInk.com
This salt marsh, also known as a tidal marsh, is a coastal ecosystem in the upper coastal intertidal zone between land and open saltwater or brackish water that is regularly flooded by the tides. It is dominated by dense stands of salt-tolerant plants. There are many acres of this ecosystem in the area of Levy County’s Shell Mound Park.


     A single-man expedition during the height of the heat on Friday afternoon (July 6) provided one hunter with insight as well as a relatively easily anticipated final result of natural treasure, although there were some surprises along the way.
     Hobbyist treasure hunter Jeff M. Hardison began his sojourn through Levy County with a plan made on the fly as he went to the center and then to the west center of Levy County.
     “The first surprise I uncovered,” Hardison said, “was a spotless city park. The James H. Cobb Memorial Park was spotless. I was amazed at how well Bronson Parks and Recreation Director Curtis Stacy, and town workers
Russell Mitchem and Glen Smith cleared the area of litter after the big Fourth of July fireworks event.”
     The journalist mentioned that Deputy Town Clerk Melissa Thompson was among the town workers who helped during the fireworks, as did Town Councilwoman Katie Parks, who is the council member that is the liaison for events in the town.
     Hardison used a metal detector as he searched for dropped coins. The treasure hunt was on!
     He searched far and near in the huge complex, only to find zero that dropped coins were to be detected there. (Unless or except some metal objects indicated to be beneath the dirt – that may have been coins. However, with him not wanting to dig up the pretty grass in the park, they remained there below the surface.)
     Not only was the park very clean, but the water fountain near the area where the fireworks were launched this year provided a cool drink of water on that hot afternoon.
     From Bronson, where not another soul occupied the park for those 30-plus minutes at the peak of afternoon, the treasure seeker went to Cedar Key.
     “My plan was to visit the nice sandy beach next to Cedar Key City Park,” Hardison said. “As I drove there, my vision was of an empty beach, where I would be scanning and finding lots of coins.”
     Upon arrival at Cedar Key City Park on Friday at 1:45 p.m., the man who was certain he would label himself as a “treasure finder” or “coin recovery specialist” that afternoon found there were not enough parking spaces to put the 2008 PT Cruiser (Newser) near to the potential search area.
     The visitor to Cedar Key remembered how there are times when parking is a premium there.
     “I have driven onto Cedar Key only to find parking on Dock Street and the City Park to be so scarce that it was an indicator that too many people had arrived before me,” he said. “My theory that the Fourth of July fun would have wrapped up by Friday was incorrect.”
     Forever undaunted, the explorer aimed the PT Newser at its next destination – the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands, which is home of The Ink Pad campus that includes the Code Orange Office.
     “I was cruisin’ in the Newser,” Hardison said, “because my next hunt would be at The Ink Pad. On that road, though, it dawned on me that the wonderful people who work in the Levy County Road Department have paved Levy County Road 326 off of CR 347.
     “So, I pointed the nose of that vehicle down that nice, smooth road,” he said. “As I rode along it, I noted the 45 m.p.h. sign and I knew this was going to be one, smooth, pretty and relaxing cruise to Shell Mound Park,” he continued.
     The metal-detector remained in the Newser as the photographer-videographer exited the vehicle. Shell Mound Park, boat ramp and camping ground is part of the Levy County Parks venues.
     It is located about nine miles north of Cedar Key, off of CR 347 by going down CR 326. Surrounded by the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, the park offers a small campground with hookups and is a mecca for fishermen and their airboats.
     While he was tapped for energy to wave the metal detector over areas in search of coins, hobbyist treasure hunter Hardison, however, had a feeling that he might be able to capture on video some fiddler crabs strolling.
     He was correct. Mission accomplished. Treasures found and shared.


Medieval to Metal
guitar exhibition at
the Appleton Museum of Art

Published May 10, 2018 at 7:48 a.m.
Updated July 19, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, presents Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR, a touring exhibition that celebrates the artistic development of the guitar, on view through Sept. 2.
    
This exhibition was developed by The National GUITAR Museum and features 40 objects, ranging from the intricately inlaid Moorish oud and 6-foot-long Renaissance theorbo, to the modern Italian design of the Eko and transparent acrylic body of California's B.C. Rich guitars. Spanning centuries of design and craftsmanship, the exhibition takes visitors through the history of an object that is one of the most recognizable items on the planet.
      “Over the past several years, interest in the guitar as an icon has grown significantly,” says HP Newquist, executive director of the National GUITAR Museum. “The guitar has been a signature element of world culture for more than 500 years; now visitors can explore the design history and artistry that has played a major role in the guitar’s evolution.”
     The guitar pervades culture beyond music. It was an integral element of the work of both Vermeer and Picasso, and today it is incorporated into advertising everything from clothes and cars to the Olympics.
      “It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by the guitar, whether as players or just fans of all types of music. And while this may be apocryphal,” Newquist adds, “it’s a widely held belief that the two most recognizable man-made shapes on the planet are those of the Coca-Cola bottle and the electric guitar.”
      “Medieval To Metal” also includes life-size photorealistic illustrations of historically important guitar designs from noted artist Gerard Huerta, and 20 photographs of acclaimed musicians and their guitars from Neil Zlozower, one of the world's premier concert photographers.




     Exhibition events are free for Appleton members and CF students; $10 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased in advance at AppletonMuseum.org.
Exhibition Events

All exhibition events will be held at the Appleton Museum of Art.
Inspired Speakers Series with Howard Paul
Sunday, July 29, 2 p.m.

     From jazz guitarist to Army officer to corporate executive, Howard Paul is a man of many talents. A gifted musician and business leader, for years he has maintained dual careers in music and business. In 2006, he was named president and CEO of Benedetto Guitars, the world’s foremost maker of custom archtop jazz guitars. Paul will give a presentation on guitar sounds and how they are made.
     Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on State Road 40. Free parking is available. For more information, call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

 


Three shows opening
this summer at
the Appleton Museum of Art


Published June 6, 2018 at 1:38 p.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will open three new shows this summer: “Shadow & Reflection: Visions of Florida’s Sacred Landscapes” from June 30-Sept. 30, “Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett” from Aug. 4-Nov. 25 and, “Flourish: The Ceramic Artistry of Beth Garcia” from Aug. 11-Jan. 13.
      “Shadow and Reflection,” an exhibition by photographic artist Suzanne Williamson and writer John Capouya, re-envisions the past with images and words inspired by their exploration of Florida’s Native American mound sites. Using photographs printed on transparent fabric, metal and paper, as well as creative nonfiction texts, they create an installation — an environment — that illuminates the multiple meanings of these monuments.
     Capouya writes, “This is exotic stuff, but a sustained look at mound-making native civilizations also reveals how much their lives resembled our own. We still make monuments; one Florida archaeologist sees football stadiums as our ceremonial equivalent. Native Americans were tribal, as are we — sometimes to our detriment. And humans still crave community, still search for meaning and order.” The artist and writer will give a talk at the Appleton on Sept. 9, 2-3:30 p.m. called “Envisioning Florida’s Sacred Landscapes through a Collaboration of Words and Images.” There is no fee to attend this event.
     In “Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett,” the artist explores his relationships with women — as artist, friend and husband. Using saturated colors and loose brush strokes that emphasize emotional connections, Bennett suggests the beauty and complexity of the bond between the artist and subject. From representations of his wife’s empty dresses that speak of his longing while she was away serving in the U.S. military, to an almost life-sized depiction of an African-American Wonder Woman, Bennett’s paintings speak of power, love and loss.
      “Flourish: The Ceramic Artistry of Beth Garcia” features flower-like, sea anemone forms that create fantastical imagery. In addition to individually displayed work on pedestals, Garcia will install a large-scale, site specific “reef” installation in the gallery.
     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 the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit http://appletonmuseum.org/.

 


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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July 21, Saturday
     10 a.m. -- The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve (An Undeveloped Piece of Florida's Nature Coast) have planned “Ham Radio Day” at the WGP Education Center. This will be a live demonstration of Ham Radio. Come learn about Ham Radio (amateur radio), both as a fun hobby and how it can be used in an emergency when the power and phone lines are down. An amateur radio operator uses a call sign on the air to legally identify his or her station. To celebrate the anniversary of the filming of Elvis' FOLLOW THAT DREAM, movie the WGP call sign for the day will be W4E (w4elvis). The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is owned and operated by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with funding from the Florida Communities Trust. The Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown Florida. Visit the web site (https://wgpfl.org/) for directions and information on upcoming events.

     10 a.m. - 6 p.m. -- The Steinhatchee Community is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile at Roy’s Restaurant, 100 1st Avenue SW, Steinhatchee. 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.  All donors in July will be entered to win a new scooter, courtesy of Campus Scooters.
 

July 24, Tuesday
     4-7 p.m. --
Duke Energy invites everyone to its Open House event at Holy Family Catholic Church, 17353 N.E. U.S. Alt. 27, near Williston. Duke Energy plans to build a new substation and a new 230-kilovolt transmission line. This event at Holy Family is a drop-in event. There is no formal presenation planned. Just visit and ask questions, and they will be answered. This project will connect a new substation to be built in Williston to an existing substation in Bronson. The new line will support Duke Energy customers as well as the customers of other utilities, such as Central Florida Electric Cooperative, who are in the region. Project information, including an interactive map, also is scheduled to be available online starting July 24 at https://www.duke-energy.com/WillistonBronsonLine.
 
July 27, Friday

     11 a.m. - 6 p.m. -- Steinhatchee Community is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile at Roy’s Restaurant, 100 1st Avenue SW, Steinhatchee. 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.  All donors in July will be entered to win a new scooter, courtesy of Campus Scooters.

July 28, Saturday
     9 a.m. - Noon --
Everyone is invited to sell and shop at the South Levy Area Markeplace (SLAM) in Inglis. Visitors will find local goods -- including fresh organic produce, local artisan crafts and clothing, native and garden plants and quality yard sale items. Visitors are also invited to take a few minutes to do a good thing for others - - give blood in the air-conditioned LifeSouth Bloodmobile. The location is easy to find. It is just north of the Food Ranch Plaza, 40 U.S. Highway 19. Slightly north of Follow that Dream Parkway (Levy County Road 40), where Elvis Presley was in that movie. The SLAM is held the fourth Saturday of each month. Vendor spaces cost $10 for a 10x10 space. Civic groups and non-profits are free. For more information, see http://www.southlevymarketplace.com/ or call 352-302-1771.

     10 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- There is an open public candidate forum scheduled to occur at the Williston Middle High School Cafetorium. Federal, state and Levy County candidates have been invited there, although not all will be present.The WMHS Cafetorium is located at the NEW CAMPUS for the school – 350 S.W. 12th Ave., in Williston. A Google search shows the old address for the campus on Noble Avenue (U.S. Alt. 27), which is the current location for the temporary Williston City Hall. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER THROUGH THE NORMAL FRONT ENTRANCE. THAT GATE IS LOCKED. There is an unmarked, paved road almost directly across the street from Williston Peanuts that must be used to reach the school for this forum. This is the WMHS entrance that buses use to collect and drop-off students during the school year. This event is sponsored and hosted by Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) and the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) Williston Chapter 912. Doors will be open to the public at 9:30 a.m. That is when attendees will be able to write their questions to be submitted for the various candidates on the 2018 ballot. All contenders in the following categories have been invited: Federal - United States Senate and United States House of Representative Congress District 2. State - Governor, Commissioner of Agriculture and Florida House of Representatives, District 22; Levy County - County Commission Districts 2 and 4, and School Board, districts 1, 3 and 5. The forum is sponsored by the CEE and Williston Area AARP. Young people from the area will be posing the questions after the candidates introduce themselves. This candidates’ forum may be the single opportunity for residents to listen to the Levy County candidates and become better informed voters. This forum is scheduled to include timed responses from candidates and it is expected to be fast-paced.To reach the campus, travel south on U.S. Highway 41 (Southwest Seventh Street) from U.S. Alt. 27 (Noble Avenue) in Williston {There is a McDonald’s at that intersection}. Drive past Regional General Hospital. Go to the traffic light at State Road 121 and continue. The first paved road on the left (east) is unmarked, but it leads to WMHS. That road is more or less opposite from Williston Peanut. The normal front gate for the school will be closed and locked. Therefore, do not turn left at the traffic light as a GPS navigational device may instruct a person to do.

Aug. 1, Wednesday
     10 a.m. – 6 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida invites recent high school seniors and those looking to advance their career to an open house on in the Ewers Century Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Future students are encouraged to stop by and receive assistance with the application process, financial aid, placement testing, academic advising and registration for fall semester, which begins Aug. 20. To apply for financial aid at the event, please bring these documents: Federal Student Aid ID available at pin.ed.gov; email address; 2017 W-2 and Federal Income Tax Forms (1040, 1040A or 1040 EZ) of you and/or your parents (if you are a dependent student); 2015 untaxed income (Social Security, disability, workman’s compensation, etc.); driver’s license or state ID; Social Security card; spouse or parent’s Social Security number and date of birth. For Florida residency verification, please bring a copy of your Florida driver’s license and a copy of your Florida vehicle registration or voter’s registration. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.CF.edu/openhouse or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1379.

Aug. 4, Saturday
     7:45 a.m. --
Registration is at 7:45 a.m. Golfers report to carts at 8:15 a.m. And the shotgun start of tee time for the Bronson Eagle Quarterback Club Golf Classic is at 8:30 a.m. at Chiefland Golf and Country Club, 9650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland. An entry fee of $50 includes a round of golf, range balls, a cart, and lunch. There are also group packages. The touchdown package is $300 and includes entry for a foursome, as well as four tee-shirts and six raffle tickets. The field goal package costs $200 and there is two entry fees covered in this, with two tee-shirts and three 50/50 raffle tickets. Hole sponsorship costs $350 and the buyers of this get a sign near the putting green and driving range, and they also are recognized during the ceremony. This is a four-person scramble with proper dress required. Individual golfers will be matched with other golfers. Contests are the longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt. There are prizes and a raffle as well. Register to play. Proceeds from this event are scheduled to help the Bronson High School Eagles Football Program. Contact Jim Jones at 352-275-3932 or send an email to cbgator02@gmail.com for more information.


Aug. 11, Saturday
     9 a.m.-Noon --
The University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-2 will be teaming up in Cedar Key at the city’s Clean Marina for a marine environmental protection outreach. During this event, these groups will discuss and present topics and issues regarding the Nature Coast marine environment and ways that humans can prevent disruption to the fragile marine ecosystem. For more information contacts Savanna Barry  at savanna.barry@ufl.edu or John Caddigan at uscga@caddigan.net.

Sept. 8, Saturday
     Noon --
There is an Inglis-Yankeetown Texas Hold 'Em Tournament scheduled. It starts at noonat the Inglis Yankeetown Lions Clubhouse - 22 59th St., in Yankeetown. There is a $30 buy-in. Here you will find for the consideration of $30, the chance to gamble and win a cash prize. Those prizes are: 1st Place $400; 2nd Place $300; and 3rd Place $100. Those prizes are based on a minimum of 50 entries. There is also going to be a cash Bar, food for $7 per person, and there will be a 50-50 raffle, where from some consideration there is a chance to win a cash prize that is split with the club 50 percent - 50 percent. To register for this poker tournament, contact Lion Al Becker at 352-257-1388. All proceeds benefit the Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club charities.

 




 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated July 12, 2018 at 8:08 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. – The Gilchrist County Rotary Club at the Gilchrist County Woman’s Club, 819 S.W. CR 339 (except on federal holidays).

 

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

SECOND MONDAY
     9:30 a.m. --
Williston's AARP Chapter 912 meets in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 661 N.W. First Ave., Williston. This group meets at 9:30 a.m. each second Monday from September (2015) through May (2016) for coffee and socializing. The meetings start at 10 a.m. After the meeting the club usually has a "pot luck" lunch provided by the club members.

     Noon -- The Dixie Education Foundation meets the second Monday of each month at at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     7 p.m. -- The Suwannee Valley Players meet at the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave, Chiefland. The players discuss things that relate to the theater and upcoming shows. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and no acting experience is necessary. For more information, please leave a message by calling 352-493-2787 or email to SuwanneeValleyPlayers@gmail.com.

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

THIRD TUESDAY
     10 a.m. - Noon --
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.

EVERY WEDNESDAY
     11 a.m. - Noon -- Tai Chi classes are being held Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. Classes will be there up to the middle of December, minus Thanksgiving Week. This version of Tai Chi is for Balance Only and it can be done sitting in a chair if that would be more convenient for some. Please let us know if you are interested and you can call Gerry Jesk at 352-493-2842 and leave a message giving your name and phone number.
     11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- The Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site in Williston open to people who are 60 years and older. Seniors will receive a hot, nutritious, balanced meal free of charge. Donations are accepted. It’s in Thompson Hall at St. Banabars Church on 521 N.W. First Ave. (Located 1 block behind old KFC building.) Please call 352-490-7055 ext. 1 by 9 a.m. on Wednesdays to assure there will be enough meals hot and ready to serve on that day.
     12 p.m. – Chiefland Rotary Club meets at The Gathering Table, 116 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.

     2 p.m. -- The Clover Squares of Levy County meets in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 213 W. Noble Ave., Williston, if we have at least eight square dancers. During the  summer  please "Reply All" to our email by 9 a.m. on Wednesday to determine if we have enough dancers. To be added to the email list, of if you want to learn to dance, or have any questions 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
      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.
     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 Sixth Blvd. in Williston offers a free lunch each second Thursday. All are welcome. For more information, please call  352-528-6880.

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

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.

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.


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. 
      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, 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. 

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

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

--UPDATED--
SATURDAY  JULY 21  11:48 p.m.
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