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10 Turkeys Strolling
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Ten wild turkeys stroll across a field somewhere in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 17). The Osceola or Florida wild turkey is found only in peninsular Florida, as noted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The wild turkey is a woodlands bird and prefers open forests and forest edges and openings, the FWC noted. For turkey season dates and bag limits, please check with the FWC. Wild Turkey Bourbon is super-premium American bourbon, made in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, by Master Distiller Jimmy Russell.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 17, 2020 at 10:10 p.m.

 

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Onward Through The Fog
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A phrase carried forward from an artifact of the Out of Sight! Shop of St. Pete Beach from the 1960s, ‘Onward Through The Fog’ may be interpreted many ways – as it has been over the past several decades at different points on the globe. Regarding this picture taken Wednesday morning (Feb. 12), the phrase may carry the concept of moving forward with hope, despite what is unknown ahead. This is a view looking south to a very large hayfield adjoining The Ink Pad property in Levy County.  The antenna seen in the photo provides television signals carried though a long cable to the residence. One perspective from this picture, for people who watch ghostly TV series, is that mingled in this mist are happy and helpful spirits from some souls that enjoy meandering near to places where people know the essence of love, happiness and all that is good and proper – despite some level of other types of things that may exist in the nation or the in the world. Another point of view might be that this is a bunch of particles of water floating above the grass. These particles have been through a lot of space and time, forming as water, perhaps as ice, evaporating, and being used for many things as water is so inclined.

Photo By Sharon Hardison © Feb. 14, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.

 


Gold Coast Terrier
Performance Trial
set for Feb. 22 and 23

By Bob Levesque, President
Levy Animal Friends Inc.
Published Feb. 14, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     LEBANON STATION -- 
  Levy Animal Friends continues to work with the Gulf Coast Terrier Club as a fundraiser for Levy County rescue and (Trap Spay/Neuter & Release) work.
     We invite the community to the Historic Lebanon Station to enjoy or help with this fun event. Visitors can also enjoy these buitiful historic grounds with food and beverages available all weekend. Come out to see Jack Russell Terriers and other types of working terriers, compete in an exciting combination of events designed to show the speed, determination and versatility of these unique dogs.
     Racing pits six terriers at once running out of a starting box, chasing a lure down a 300-foot-long track on the flats and then over hurdles to a foam barrier at the end with a nine-inch hole. The first one through on the backside of the hole wins. There will be classes split by age and height. This is an exciting event that starts at 8:30 a.m. and usually continues until just before noon.
     After racing and a lunch break all of the other timed events will begin. Go-to-ground consists of a 30-foot wooden tunnel with three turns to negotiate in the dark with a caged rat at the end. The dog must stay and "work" (bark, dig, stare, etc.) the rat for one minute.
     There is a 10 foot tunnel for novice dogs and puppies. Super Earth has a longer 70-foot tunnel and more turns. TNT Tunnel is like Go-to-ground but the tunnel has plexiglass sides so you can see the dogs go through the tunnel. In Brush Hunt, a rat safely enclosed in a short tube is hidden within a brushy area and the dog must find it. Lure Course is a long, round track in which the dog chases a lure. It gets two tries and its fastest time counts,
     This is an open terrier trial and the dogs do not have to be registered to enter. Beginners can come and enter the day of the event. Lure Course is a good place to start for any dog that likes to chase things and has classes for dogs that are over the 15-inches height requirement for Jack Russells and other terriers. One for 15- 16-inch dogs and one for dogs over 16 inches.
     This event is located in the Crossroads Lodge At Historic Lebanon Station, 11350 State Road 121, Inglis. Text Bob 352-286-1980

 


Photographer Billy Joe Hoyle
to speak at the Appleton
Museum Of Art on Feb. 27

Billy Joe Hoyle at the Appleton HardisonInk.com
“Untitled, Calcutta, India 1999,” hand printed silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.
Courtesy of the artist Billy Joe Hoyle.

Billy Joe Hoyle at the Appleton HardisonInk.com
“Siblings, Islamabad, Pakistan 2001,” hand printed silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.
Courtesy of the artist Billy Joe Hoyle.

Billy Joe Hoyle at the Appleton HardisonInk.com
“Triathletes, Clermont, Florida 2000,” hand printed silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.
Courtesy of the artist Billy Joe Hoyle.

Published Feb. 11, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to host a conversation with photographer Billy Joe Hoyle on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.
     Hoyle’s work is on display in the Appleton’s Balcony Gallery now through June 21 in a solo exhibition titled “At Home and the World.” Hoyle has spent the last two decades traveling the world and documenting diverse customs, beliefs and lifestyles. Every country has its own identity, and the collection of environmental portraits in “At Home and the World” explores these differences.
     Hoyle is a traditionalist who adheres to the philosophy that photographs are never altered or cropped. His “decisive moment” technique is evident in his photographs. In his typical street photographer style, Hoyle’s photographs are unexpected encounters that give an authentic look into the lives of his subjects.
     Appleton Curator of Exhibitions Patricia Tomlinson will join Hoyle onstage for a conversation on his inspirations and technique. After, join them in the exhibition for an opportunity to meet the artist and ask questions about his work.
     This event is free for Appleton members, and it is included with museum admission fee for nonmembers.
     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 State Road 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 http://appletonmuseum.org/.

 


Long Pond Baptist Church
40th Homecoming to be March 1

Lindsay Huggins of Nashville HardisonInk.com
Lindsey Huggins (seen above) slated to perform.

Story and Photo Provided
By Rhonda Cook of Long Pond Baptist Church
Published Feb. 17, 2020 at
     LEVY COUNTY --
Long Pond Baptist Church, home of WTBH 91.5 FM, invites everyone to the church’s 40th Homecoming, Sunday March 1, at 10:30 a.m.
     Christian recording artist Lindsay Huggins of Nashville is scheduled to kick off the day with a concert at 10:30 a.m. Dinner on the ground will follow at 12 noon. The church will provide the meat, and people are asked to please bring side dishes, desserts and drinks. Join together for a great day in the Lord! Door prizes will be given away. This event is free and open to the public, a love offering will be received.
     Long Pond Baptist Church is located at 8950 N.W. 75 Ave. in Chiefland. For more information please call 352-493-2650.
     Lindsay Huggins’ music mirrors her personality. It is vivacious, joyful and relentlessly enthusiastic while maintaining an uncanny ability to speak with honesty and vulnerability about life as it is, and about life as it should be.
     Music has been a touchstone in her life for as long as she can remember. Her dad has been a musician all his life and her mom, who is a gifted singer in her own right, was Lindsay’s first vocal coach.
     By the time Lindsay graduated from high school, there was no doubt in her mind about her future calling. She packed her bags and headed for Nashville – where she earned a degree in business with an emphasis on music industry from Trevecca Nazarene University.
     Lindsay had plenty of opportunity to see both the music industry and the music ministry from both sides of the microphone. She toured regularly as part of a Christian vocal ensemble with the university, then later interned and worked for country music superstar Reba McEntire for five years. Lindsay left McEntire’s organization when she felt called to launch her own ministry, a move she says Reba supported.
     Lindsay Huggins is a multi-talented Christian recording artist who expresses her musical ideas in her own inimitable style. But ministry is more than a hit record for her. It is a calling, and a way of life. Lindsay desires to use her music to minister to hearts and souls, to encourage believers, and to reach non-believers with the message of the Cross.
     Lindsay currently lives outside of Nashville with her husband Craig and their two children, Tanner and Eliza.

 


First Saturdays are free at
the Appleton starting in March

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Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida.

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Visitors of all ages can now enjoy the Appleton free of charge on the first Saturday of each month.

Story and Photos Provided
By Tina Banner
CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Feb. 11, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
     OCALA --
First Saturdays at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, are about to get an upgrade!
     First Saturdays have always been free for children. Beginning in March, every visitor will receive free entry on the first Saturday of the month.
     This monthly, community appreciation day will be year-round and continue to include a special art activity in the Artspace for the whole family. New to First Saturdays, the Appleton will host a Museum & Me story time and art activity for ages 2-5 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
     The Appleton welcomes you to take advantage of this opportunity to see the ever-changing permanent collection galleries, as well as the special exhibitions on loan from artists and other museums. The Artspace features art activity stations, children’s art books and a toddler play area. There’s something for everyone.
      “The College of Central Florida’s Appleton Museum of Art is Ocala and Marion County’s arts gem and community-centric educational and creative hub. It’s multi-faceted, truly reflecting our communities coming together to generate and enjoy an authentic and one-of-a-kind nexus space, said Appleton Director Jason Steuber. “Free First Saturdays continue the generous vision of the Appleton family that started over 30 years ago in partnership with Ocala civic leaders. The Appleton is a safe gathering place to witness masterpieces from the past 5,000 years of human creativity. Free admission on First Saturdays grants opportunities for everyone to visit, appreciate and recognize the important roles the visual and performing arts play in our everyday lives.”
     Free First Saturdays are scheduled on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
     2020 Free First Saturday Dates: March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.
     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 http://appletonmuseum.org/.

 


Artists sought for the
Lower Suwannee Art
& Nature Festival on March 14

By Jane Connors
Published Jan. 18, 2020 at 2:19 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
This March, the tranquil Gulf Coast community of Suwannee, on the estuary of the famous river which is its namesake, will come alive as artists, crafters, food vendors and festival attendees arrive to celebrate amid the natural beauty of the area.
     The Lower Suwannee Art & Nature Festival, hosted by Suwannee Library Technical Center, part of Dixie County Public Library, is set to take place Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     “We will continue to accept vendor applications until March 2 or until we run out of spaces,” Suwannee Library manager Jane Connors said. “We are particularly keen to add more local artists, artisans, and food vendors. We are also looking for musicians to perform during the festival. “
     The event is set to take place in the grounds of Glen Dyals Park, just outside Suwannee and alongside the Dixie Mainline trail which traverses one edge of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.
     21340 S.E. Dixie County Road 349, near the community of Suwannee.
     In addition to local artists, artisans, crafters, food vendors, and non-profit booths, a children’s art class will take place in the adjacent library, and there will be a paddling trip on the Refuge.
     Vendor booths are $25 per 10-foot by 10-foot space. For vendor or general information, or to sign up for the children’s art class or paddling trip, contact Jane Connors at suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com or call the Suwannee Library Technical Center at 352-542-8320.

 


Trenton’s Quilt and
Artisan Festival set for March 21;

More vendors and
volunteers are welcome to join

By Diane Clifton
Published Feb. 16, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
     TRENTON --
Trenton’s Quilt and Artisan Festival has adjusted to changes for its first festival under that name.
     Previously known as the Suwannee Valley Quilt and Old Time Craft Festival, the new event now known as Trenton’s Quilt and Artisan Festival will continue to focus on quilting, as well as on old time crafts and antiques. Quilt displays from quilting artists and groups, as well as sales of quilting materials and supplies will continue to be the festival’s focus
     This year, the festival is set for March 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     Most activities will be located on Main Street and at the historic Trenton Railroad Depot. The Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe closed in the spring of 2019, and the building that previously housed the Quilt Museum has new owners.
     Festival President Pat Watson is enthusiastic about preparations for the 2020 festival.
     “We’ve a number of very excited new board members bringing ideas for enhancing the festival experience for our visitors,” Watson said. “We’ll have a lot for visitors to see and do. We expect to have many of our same vendors from previous festivals, as well as new ones.”
     The City of Trenton continues its support for the festival, an event that brings thousands of visitors to the community every year. Festival publicity for 2020 features the City’s quilt block,
which is located on U.S. Highway 129 near the fire station and the Southside City Park. This colorful yellow quilt block includes tractors, train engines, and watermelons, and incorporates the city’s motto “a community of friends.”
     The annual quilt festival is often referred to as one of the friendliest events in the area.
     More people are invited to become involved. Sponsors are needed as well as volunteers to contribute their skills and energy to continue the success of this wonderful annual event.
     Anyone who is interested in helping, or participating by showing quilts, or by becoming a vendor, is asked to contact the festival leadership soon.
     For more information, contact the festival leadership at 352-463-4000, or visit the Festival website https://trentonquiltfestival.com/. The festival is sponsored by the City of Trenton and Gilchrist County Tourist Development Council.

 


Fisher House of Lake Nona
fundraiser sponsored by
AmVets Post 444 Williston
on March 27, 28 and 29

Information Provided
By Ruth Wittmann, Commander AmVets Post 444
Published Feb. 20, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.
     WILLISTON --
AmVets Post 444 located at 13751 N.E. 52nd Place in Williston is scheduled to hold an Open House Fundraiser Weekend March 27-29 to benefit Fisher House of Lake Nona (Orlando).
     Fisher House provides comfort homes across the United States built by the Fisher House Foundation. Any veteran or active military personnel, wartime or peacetime is eligible to have a loved one stay at a Fisher House. These homes are built on the grounds of major military and VA centers. The homes enable family members to be close to loved ones at the most stressful times.
    On Friday (March 27), dinner is set to be at 5:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by the band Bad Rebel.
     Saturday (March 28) will start with breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., with vendors and crafters during the day from 8 a.m.  to 2 p.m.
     Anyone who is interested in setting up a 1o-foot by 10-foot space can do so for a $10 donation. To get this done, first contact Darlene at 352-284-5496.
     Also, on Saturday, the post is offering a light lunch from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. and Missunderstood taking the stage at 7 p.m.
     Sunday (March 29) breakfast is from 8 to 11 a.m.
     There is a Quarter Auction from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m.
     AmVets Post 444, Sons and Ladies, will have officers around to answer any questions. For more information please, call the Post at 352-528-2550.

 


Student art exhibition
opens at CF March 30

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Feb. 20, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida will showcase the talent of its Visual Arts and Digital Media students in an exhibition that opens on Monday, March 30, at the Webber Gallery, Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     The student exhibition is an annual tradition for CF and the Webber Gallery, and provides students with an opportunity to present their work in a professional environment. There will be a variety of work on display.   
     “With the increasing expansion of the Visual Arts and Digital Media programs at the College of Central Florida, the annual student exhibition is the best venue to see the talents of CF students on display,” said Tyrus Clutter, associate professor of Visual Art. “Each year our students submit work that leaves little doubt as to why so many of them are able to easily transfer into the programs of their choice at various state universities.”
     The exhibition will be judged and juried by Shelia Goloborotko, associate professor of Printmaking at the University of North Florida. Purchase Awards will also be given to students whose work has been chosen by the college to become a part of its permanent art collection.
     The public is invited to the opening reception and awards ceremony on Monday, March 30, from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free. The exhibit will continue through Thursday, April 30.
      Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and college-observed holidays. For additional information, call 352-873-5809.

 


CF presents ‘Chicago’ April 3-5
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Feb. 20, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida’s Musical Theatre Department presents “Chicago,” Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, starting at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m., in the Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     The musical explores the themes of celebrity, scandal and corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age. “Chicago” centers on two murderesses, a vaudevillian and a housewife, who find themselves in jail together awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago.
     Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, “Chicago” is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins and script adaptation by David Thompson. “Chicago” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company, and includes adult content, simulated gun shots and is recommended for audiences age 14 and up.
     Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for non-CF students. CF students, faculty and staff are free with CF identification. For tickets and more information, call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810 or visit https://cf.universitytickets.com/w/default.aspx. The box office is located in lobby of the Fine Arts Center and is open from 1-4 p.m. and an hour before show time.

 


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Feb. 20, Thursday
     5 p.m. -- The Cedar Key Public Library invites people to enjoy a presentation of a film that is free and open to the public. "The Serengeti Rules" is a PBS film, in which award-winning biologist and author Sean Carroll tells stories of the pioneering scientists who sought answers to some of life's most profound and important questions. One of those scientists is Dr. John Terborgh, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at Duke University, who currently is affiliated with the University of Florida of Gainesville, and Cook University of Cairns, Australia. He lives in Cedar Key. His work focuses on tropical ecology, plant-animal interactions and trophic cascades. Dr. Terborgh plans to be the guest at the film's showing.
     6 p.m. -- The Town of Inglis has been awarded grant funding from the State of Florida through the Local Funding Initiative Program for a feasibility study regarding the construction of a wastewater collection and treatment system for Inglis and the surrounding area. The first phase of a feasibility analysis was completed in 2019 by engineering consultant Woodard & Curran. Seven needs areas are identified where there is sufficient population and terrain conditions to warrant further investigation. The second phase of this study has started. A preliminary engineering analysis will help determine potential sites for disposal, facility siting as well as conducting environment assessments and revising project cost estimates. The public is invited to the Town of Inglis Community Meeting set to be in Town Hall, 135 Levy County Road 40 West, in Inglis. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Feb. 22, Saturday

     10:30 a.m. --  The Cedar Key Public Library invites people to enjoy a presentation that is free and open to the public. "Medicare Be Scam Smart," is a special program of Elder Options to teach people about detecting, reporting and protecting against scams, identity theft and fraud. It will cover genetic testing, scams on braces and other topics. Kristina Young, SHINE Outreach and Education Specialist, will be the presenter.
     11 a.m.-2 p.m. -- The Humane Society Of North Central Florida and Pay To Spay-Fix Them All - Free Spay/Neuter has an open registration for Levy County Residents only.  The registration is scheduled to be held at Dunkin' Donuts, 2209 N. Young Blvd. (U.S. Highway 19), in Chiefland. The Humane Society's grant includes the following free services: rabies vaccine, E-collar for male dogs and pain medication. Proof of  Levy County residence is required (such as a driver's license or utility bill). For more information, call 352-348-1615.
     3:30 p.m. -- The next meeting of the Levy County Democratic Party is scheduled to be held at the Bronson Public Library, located at 600 Gilbert St. in Bronson (U.S. Alt. 27, across the street from Save-A-Lot). The first meeting of the Democratic Environmental Caucus will also be held.  Light refreshments will be served. All interested Democrats are invited to attend. For more information, visit https://levydemocrats.org/ or call 352-363-1622.
 
Feb. 24, Monday
     5 p.m. -- One of Cedar Keys Audubon's February presentations includes an open invitation for everyone to discover the wonders of Manatee Springs State Park through the eyes of someone who grew up there and now cares for it.  Assistant Park Manager Joleen Dudley is scheduled to speak on “Growing Up With a Park” at the Cedar Key Public Library,  460 Second St. This will be in the upstairs meeting room. Manatee Springs State Park is a popular summer recreation site. It includess 2,500 acres along the Suwannee River, and features springs pouring out 100 million gallons daily from one of the longest cave systems in North America. The park is known for its manatees who seek refuge there during the winter months. Manatees can sometimes be viewed in the springs or from the park’s 800-foot long boardwalk along the spring run. Manatee Springs offers boating, kayaking, hiking and SCUBA opportunities. Dudley's childhood was spent in nearby Chiefland. So, the park became an important part of her life when she was young. It was a magical place of treasure hunts in sandboxes, visits with Santa in the day-use area and Halloween walks on the loop trail. Dudley is scheduled to talk about the park’s virtues and her own evolution from a “park kid” to passionate park protector. This program is free and open to the public.
     6-8 p.m. -- Anyone who is interested in helping Dixie County residents recover from addiction is invited to a free meal and a meeting being hosted by the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition. The title for this meeting is "Creating A Recovery Community In Dixie." The featured speaker is Florida Recovery Project Director Ginny LaRue. LaRue was hired by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association in January of 2018 to help start eight new Recovery Community Organizations around the state. She is scheduled to help people learn how to make recovery from alcohol abuse and other forms of drug abuse a reality in Dixie County. This event is scheduled to be at New Life Church,  28 N.E. 159th Ave., in Old Town. This is the first of two opportunities where people can join the effort to reduce alcohol and drug addiction in Dixie County. This will be the feature presentation during regularly scheduled Overcomers' meeting. This event is free and open for all people to participate. Space is limited. Please RSVP (reserve a seat) by calling 352-210-2601 before Feb. 24.

     7 p.m. -- The Friends of the Williston Library are hosting a book-signing event at the Williston Pubic Library, 10 S.E. First St., in Williston. Teresia Dulaney is scheduled to be selling her book How To Train S Superhero: A Story About Autism. Everyone is invited to meet Dulaney and to learn about her family’s journey. Individuals will have an opportunity to purchase her book and have her sign it. Please call Lisa Statham Posteraro at 352.339.1201 for more information.

Feb. 25, Tuesday
     10 a.m. -- The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve (WGP) invite everyone to a free program about black bears in Florida. This is going to be a talk by Vic Doig, Wildlife Biologist and Fire Management Officer, with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Reserves. Biologists estimate the black bear population in Florida to be about 4,000. This is a tenfold increase since the 1970s. The Big Bend bear population is increasing and sightings in the region are not uncommon. Doig is scheduled to be discussing bear biology, ecology and population dynamics. And importantly our responsibilities as residents in bear-prone areas. The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is owned and operated by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with funding from the Florida Communities Trust. The Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, in Yankeetown. Visit the web site for directions and information on upcoming events.
     11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Anyone who is interested in helping Dixie County residents recover from addiction is invited to a free meal and a meeting being hosted by the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition. This is a "Lunch and Learn" event. The title for this get-togethr is "Creating A Recovery Community In Dixie." The featured speaker is Florida Recovery Project Director Ginny LaRue. LaRue was hired by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association in January of 2018 to help start eight new Recovery Community Organizations around the state. She is scheduled to help people learn how to make recovery from alcohol abuse and other forms of drug abuse a reality in Dixie County. This event is scheduled to be at the Taste of Dixie Diner, 16840 S.E. U.S. Highway 19,  in Cross City. This is the second of two opportunities where people can join the effort to reduce alcohol and drug addiction in Dixie County. This event is free and open for all people to participate. Space is limited. Please RSVP (reserve a seat) by calling 352-210-2601 before Feb. 25.

Feb. 26, Wednesday
     4-5 p.m. --
The Cedar Key Middle and Senior Chapters and FFA Advisor Rachel Wetherington invite people to attend a workshop to learn how to utilize burlap bags as portable container gardens. This is happening at Cedar Key School, 951 Whiddon Ave.


Feb. 29, Saturday
     9 a.m. --
Registration begins at 9 a.m. for the Ride for Meridian Charity Poker Run. This fundraiser is a poker run that starts at Harely Davidson in Gainesville. Stop 2 is Top Hog of Newberry. Stop 3 is Cherry's Seafood & Steaks in Trenton. Stop 4 is Chiefland Billiards. Stop 5 is Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Key. Its costs $20 per driver, $10 per passenger and $5 per additional hand. All motorcycles (not just Harleys) are welcome. Prizes are for the best and worst hands, and there are other ways to win. While registration starts at 9 a.m., it is kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. A meal is provided for participants at the last stop -- the Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Key. Meridian Behavioral Health has a mission "To promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illnesses and substance use disorders through prevention, coordinated treatment, and supportive services." It has a vision of "Hope, Recovery, and Wellness are within everyone’s reach." It notes its priorities, as a private, non-profit organization with roots in the community, are as part of a mental health movement, which began in the 1960s, to bring education about mental illnesses and substance use disorders and treatment of those affected to the local level. For more information, plee contact Stephanie Esposito at 352-318-2889 or email stephanie_esposito@mbhci.org.
     9:30 a.m. -- The Friends of Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges Annual Meeting is scheduled to be at the Lower Suwannee NWR headquarters off of Levy County Road 347, between the Community of Fowler's Bluff and State Road 24. A meet and greet session is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. The Friends' merchandise tent will be open. The meeting is lsated to start at 10 a.m. Swallow-tailed Kites, including "Suwannee" whom the chapter "adopted last year, will be the topic of featured presentation. Lunch will be catered by Ken and Rose McCain. In the afternoon, participants are invited to visit the historic, private Vista property, which is adjacent to the headquarters. The owners, who are life members of this Friends group, will open it exclusively for this event. As for the Annual Meeting Featured Presentation, it is scheduled to be Gina Kent, Senior Conservation Scientist for Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI). She will discuss tracking studies and conservation issues of Swallow-tailed Kites through their annual cycle. ARCI has been studying Swallow-tailed Kites since 1988, discovering their migration routes and winter range and all aspects of needs and threats along the way. She will highlight the movements and migration of the recently-tagged Kite named Suwannee.

     11 a.m.- 1 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to the College of Central Florida's Preview Night at the Jack Wilkinson CF Levy Campus. Learn about admissions, nancial aid, dual enrollment, campus life and academic programs – from short-term workforce certicates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. The $30 application fee will be waived for students who submit an application on site. Attend for a chance to win a scholarship to pay for one 3-credit undergraduate class (at the Florida resident rate). For more information about CF College Preview Night, visit https://cf.edu/explore/preview/previewnight/ or call 352-873-5800.

March 6, Friday
       11 a.m. - 5 p.m. --
Steinhatchee Community is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile at Roy’s Restaurant, 100 First Ave. S.W., 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 http://lifesouth.org/. All donors receive a recognition item and cholesterol screening.

March 7, Saturday
     10 a.m. --
The Inglis Candidates Forum sponsored by the Withlacoochee Gulf Area (Inglis-Yankeetown) Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to be in the Inglis Community Center. The Community Center is located behind Inglis Town Hall,  135 Levy County Road 40 W. in Inglis. Letters are being sent to all candidates inviting them to participate. This will be a timed question and answer format. Voters can write and submit questions, which will be directed to a specific candidate or all candidates as indicated on the question card. There is no limit to the number of questions a person may ask. If there are duplicate questions only one of the same will be asked and answered. This forum will be conducted in an open, RESPECTFUL and professional format.

March 9, Monday
     9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. –
There is an AARP Smart Driver class scheduled for seniors, age 55-plus. It will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 N.W. 53 Avenue, in Gainesville. There are no tests. The three-year certificate will discount your insurance based on your driving record. Learn rule changes related to driving. Learn defensive driving strategies. The class fee is $15 for AARP members, or $20 for non-members. There is a fee increase scheduled in June. To register, call 352-333-3036.

March 12, Thursday
     10:30 a.m. - until
-- The 2020 Cedar Key Woman's Club Fashion Show and Luncheon is scheduled to be at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 Sixth St. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce's Welcome Center, 450 Second St. Always a completely soldout event, this fashion show and luncheon include boutiques, which open at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. Ticket proceeds are scheduled to go to the benefit of Cedar Key School. The Cedar Key Woman's Club asks that attendees bring a gently-used item of clothing or pair of shoes for the "Soles for Souls" program.

March 13, Friday
     9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. --
High school students are invited to the Youth Career Expo of Levy County. Take this opportunity to interact with industries such as Agriculture, Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Finance, and Public Service at the Annual Youth Career Expo for Levy County. Learn the types of skills and education needed for your future career. Begin to align your education with your future career goals. There is limited space available. If you are interested in attending, please let your school counselor know. Lunch will be provided at the event, however it is only for students who have reserved a place. There is no charge to participate. This event is presented by the College of Central Florida, CareerSource Citrus|Levy|Marion and others.

March 14, Saturday
     10 a.m.-3 p.m. --
Dixie County Public Library invites everyond to the 3rd Annual Lower Suwannee Art and Nature Festival. Previously known as the Spring Art Festival, the event has been renamed the Lower Suwannee Art and Nature Festival. “The new name more clearly says what we are and where we are,” Jane Connors, Suwannee Library manager, said. “So many of our fine artists focus on the natural beauty of our area and our community is surrounded by the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.” Once again, the event takes place in the shady grounds of Glen Dyals Park, just outside the waterfront community of Suwannee and alongside the Dixie Mainline trail. The festival will feature local artists, artisans, crafters, food vendors, non-profit booths, and more. “Last year’s festival was very successful. We look forward to the return of our 2019 vendors and to adding new vendors—especially for art and good food,” Connors said. Vendor booths will be $25 (10 x 10 space). Those signing up before Dec. 1, may choose their space from those remaining on the festival location map. For vendor or general information, contact Jane Connors at suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com, or call 352-542-8320 during business hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon).


March 18, Wednesday
     9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. –
There is an AARP Smart Driver class scheduled for seniors, age 55-plus. It will be at Alachua County Senior Recreation Center, 5701 N.W. 34 Blvd. in Gainesville. There are no tests. The three-year Certificate will discount your insurance based on your driving record. Learn rule changes related to driving. Learn defensive driving strategies. The class fee is $15 for AARP members, or $20 for non-members. There is a fee increase scheduled in June. To register, call 352-333-3036.
     9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – There is an AARP Smart Driver class scheduled for seniors, age 55-plus. It will be at The Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 N.W. 43 Street in Gainesville. There are no tests. The three-year Certificate will discount your insurance based on your driving record. Learn rule changes related to driving. Learn defensive driving strategies. The class fee is $15 for AARP members, or $20 for non-members. There is a fee increase scheduled in June. To register, call 352-333-3036.

March 26, Thursday
     9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. –
There is an AARP Smart Driver class scheduled for seniors, age 55 plus. It will be at The Atrium, 2431 N.W. 41 St., in Gainesville. There are no tests. The three-year certificate will discount your insurance based on your driving record. Learn rule changes related to driving. Learn defensive driving strategies. The class fee is $15 for AARP members, or $20 for non-members. There is a fee increase scheduled in June. To register, call 352-333-3036.
 
March 31, Tuesday
     9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. –
There is an AARP Smart Driver class scheduled for seniors, age 55 plus.It will be at the Haven Community Bldg., 311 N.E. Ninth St., in Chiefland. There are no tests. The three-year certificate will discount your insurance based on your driving record. Learn rule changes, related to driving. Learn defensive driving strategies. The class fee is $15 for AARP members, or $20 for non-members. There is a fee increase scheduled in June. To register, call 352-333-3036.


April 4, Saturday
     7 a.m. --
Anglers will slide kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft into the water at first safe light. The Nature Coast Challenge - A Catch, Photo, Release Kayak Fishing Tournament is hosted by the Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club each spring. This year's fundraising event is the 9th annual tournament. Applications for the tournament and full tournament rules can be found at https://naturecoastchallenge.com/. The donation to enter the tournament is $50 per angler until March 15. After March 15, it costs to $60 for each angler. The Captain's Dinner/Meeting is at 7 p.m. on Friday April 3. This dinner and a tournament t-shirt are included in the entry fee. Prizes include cash for the top tier winners. In addition, trophies for Longest Redfish (1st, 2nd and 3rd), Longest Sea Trout (1st, 2nd and 3rd), Grand Slam (Longest combined length of one redfish and one seatrout),  Mixed Bag (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and special awards for Junior Anglers - younger than 18 years old. Everyone is welcome. If you have never fished in a kayak tournament, this is a great place to begin the adventure! The winner of an Ocean Predator Kayak will be announced at the tournament. To see the kayak and get a chance to be that winner see the Lions at the South Levy Area Market in Inglis on Saturday Feb. 22 (9 to Noon). The Lion's Club is an international service organization focusing on preventing and treating blindness, assisting the hearing impaired, childhood cancer and many other worthy community service projects. For more information, call 352 505-7936. 
     10 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- The Cedar Key Art Festival, or the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, starts with the first of two days in Cedar Key, especially along Historic Second Street. There are 120 fine artists and artisans scheduled to be in Cedar Key. This event includes great food, the kids’ art booth and music in city park. There are artist demonstrations set to happen from 1 to 4 pm both afternoons.


April 5, Sunday
     10 a.m. - 4 p.m. --
The Cedar Key Art Festival, or the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, wraps up with the second of two days in Cedar Key, especially along Historic Second Street. There are 120 fine artists and artisans scheduled to be in Cedar Key. This event includes great food, the kids’ art booth and music in city park. There are artist demonstrations set to happen from 1 to 4 pm both afternoons.


 


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Dixie County
     * Dixie County Public Library (in Cross City) - Fourth Wednesday monthly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Gilchrist County
     * Town of Bell Community Center - Third Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     * Gilchrist County Public Library (in Trenton) - Fourth Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Levy County
     * Levy County Public Library (in Bronson) - First Wednesday monthly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
     * Chiefland Senior Center - Third Wednesday monthly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
     * Levy County Public Library (in Williston) - First Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     * A.F. Knotts Public Library (in Yankeetown) - Second Thursday monthly from 2 to 4 p.m.

 


 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.

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 SongFarmers 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.

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 AARP Chapter #912 is scheduled to meet in the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Center at Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., on the second Monday each of month from Janudary 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.
     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.

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
    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.


SECOND TUESDAY
     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.


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.

     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.


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. 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, 116 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Cypress Inn Restaurant, 15568 N.W. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.

     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.

      7-9 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.
      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.


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.

 

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.
      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 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.
     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.

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

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