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--UPDATED--
THURSDAY  JULY 29  8:11 a.m.  Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties


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Mother Deer And Two Young
Deer in North Central Florida  HardisonInk.com
A mother deer and two of her offspring were frolicking on a lime rock road somewhere in the Tri-County Area of Levy County on Friday (July 23).

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A light drizzle fell in the area at the time. A journalist who has photographed many deer in the Tri-County Area over the past 16 years, and published many in the 11-year-old daily news website over the past decade-plus, chose against using the dash cam.

Deer in North Central Florida  HardisonInk.comThe mounted car camera is adequate, but the potential exist for a better shot with a better camera. Switching to the available long lens was not smart, due to the probable quick disappearance into the nearby woods of the photo subjects. Click. Click. Click.

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Then, there is a relatively speedy switch to video mode and idle the 2013 Nissan Juke forward. Bingo! A video is made, although a bit more bumpy than with a windshield-mounted camera. Click on THE ABOVE PHOTO to see a 14-second video that captures more than the still shots.

Photos and Video By Jeff M. Hardison © July 24, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
All Copyrights Reserved

 

 

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Bird On A Tree
Birdd on a tree in Levy County 2021
A bird, probably a woodpecker, is seen very, very high on the leftmost set of branches in an extremely tall dead pine tree in the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands in Levy County on Saturday afternoon (July 17). There are many different types of wildlife found in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © July 18, 2021 at 2:11 p.m.

 


Swallow-tailed Kites
Swallow-tailed Kites
As noted in the Audubon Field Guide, ‘Our most beautiful bird of prey, striking in its shape, its pattern, and its extraordinarily graceful flight. Hanging motionless in the air, swooping and gliding, rolling upside down and then zooming high in the air with scarcely a motion of its wings, the Swallow-tailed Kite is a joy to watch. At one time it was common in summer over much of the southeast, but today it is found mostly in Florida and a few other areas of the deep south.’ As noted in a scientific journal, the Swallow-tailed Kite is the only species in the genus Elanoides. As for the two kites seen flying in this picture, they are part of at least six of their kind that were dining on insects from a harvested field of watermelons in Levy County on Wednesday (July 14).

Photo By Sharon Hardison © July 15, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.

 


Saturday’s Young Gator
Small Alligator poses for Jeff M. Hardison
This two-foot long alligator was seen walking through the grass somewhere in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County or Gilchrist County on Saturday morning (July 10). The gator seemed unafraid of the photographer, which may not be good for him or her.

Small Alligators Poses for Jeff M. Hardison
Meanwhile, a momma alligator might have been in the area watching out for her young ‘un. This young gator looks like a transistorized version of one that snuck up on a photographer some years ago while he was taking a picture of another one. This baby gator is named Little Swisher for his or her relatively wide tail, which propels the reptile through the water.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © July 10, 2021 at 5:11 p.m.
 


CF nursing program
creates academic learning community

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published March 30, 2021 at 3:11 p.m.
     OCALA — The
College of Central Florida Nursing program has announced a new student learning community called Nursing Crew.
     Pre-nursing students will have an opportunity to learn together in their first two years in college, achieving academic success and preparing for the nursing admissions process. Students will follow a pre-nursing pathway including nursing and general education courses to complete an Associate of Arts degree.
     “By establishing relationships with fellow pre-nursing students this will support and encourage academic achievement,” said Dr. Stephanie Cortes, dean of Health Sciences. “Our goal is to support students through this unique partnership with Academic Advising, Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Enrollment Services and Student Life.”
     Interested students need to fill out the CF admission application, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and submit a letter of interest by July 19 to be considered for the Nursing Crew 2023 class.
     For more information and to attend an information session, visit https://www.cf.edu/nursing-crew-2023/.

 


Gardening workshop
set for Aug. 13 in Bronson

Information Provided
By Barbara Edmonds, UF/IFAS Levy Extension
Published July 4, 2021 at 11:11 a.m.
     BRONSON –
Everyone is invited to a gardening workshop set for Friday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Levy County Extension Center, 625 N. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Highway 19), in Bronson
     Improve your skill with bulb propagation during the hands-on, make-n-take bulb chipping session.
     There will be discussion and instruction on cool season vegetables, and this program includes sowing seed and potting up edibles.
     Extension staff will demonstrate and discuss trees from the roots up. Participants are scheduled to learn about making a tabletop composter -- working with nature’s wonder, the worm.
     This practical application workshop and learning exercise encourages participants to take an active role in the learning process.
     This workshop promises to be useful for the curious gardener.
     This is an outdoor event. Wear closed-toe, secure footwear.
     This program is in partnership with the Levy County Board of County Commissioners, the Suwannee River Water Management District and the Levy Soil and Water Conservation District.
     Participants will practice gardening techniques, enhance skills and deepen their gardening knowledge.
     Pre-registration is recommended. The $5 Early Bird fee covers instruction and all materials. Checks are to be made payable to the University of Florida. Memo: Gardening Workshop.
     Checks can be mailed to 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson, FL  32621, or people who plan to participate can stop by Levy Extension Center at that address and deliver their checks themselves.
     The cost will be $10 at the door. This workshop is first-come, first served. Please let the Extension Office know if special accommodations are required.
     Anyone who has questions about this workshop or other UF/IFAS Extension matters in Levy County is asked to call 352-486-5131.
     All Extension programs and services are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin or handicap.  
     
 


FDOH revises COVID-19 testing schedule
AND lists vaccination days and times

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 16, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
Updated June 22, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA –
The Florida Department of Health units in Dixie County, Levy County and Gilchrist County are continuing to offer free testing for COVID-19 and free vaccinations against COVID-19.
     COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in the Tri-County area is available at the following Heath Department units, regardless of a person’s residential home address – Dixie County, FDOH in Cross City; Gilchrist County (Southside Park) in Trenton; Levy County, FDOH in Bronson.
TESTING
     Effective starting, Wednesday, June 16, the new schedule for COVID-19 drive-thru testing is: Dixie County – Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; Levy County – Thursdays at 9 a.m.; and Gilchrist County – Fridays at 9 a.m.
     If you are interested in testing, please:
Bring your driver’s license or State ID. Do not eat or drink anything at least one hour prior to testing. Children under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian present to sign a consent form.
     Please arrive at the testing site at 9 a.m. at the places and days noted above. Testing begins promptly. Anyone in line at that time will be tested, weather permitting.

VACCINATIONS
     Effective starting, Wednesday, June 16, the new schedule for COVID-19 drive-thru vaccinations BY APPOINTMENT is: Dixie County – Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Levy County – Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and Gilchrist County – Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
     Call the Health Department to schedule an appointment. Staff members at the Health Department are happy to help. Bring your ID and COVID-19 vaccine card if this is your second dose. If possible, complete a consent form prior to arriving to appointment. Consent forms can be printed by clicking HERE.
     Please arrive at your scheduled time for vaccinations.
     If there is an urgent need for testing or vaccination outside of these days/times, please call your health department and ask to speak to a COVID team member to assist you. These services are provided free of charge.
     For more COVID-19 information from the Levy County unit, please visit http://levy.floridahealth.gov/ or call 352-486-5300.
     For more COVID-19 information from the Gilchrist County unit, please visit http://gilchrist.floridahealth.gov/ or call 352-463-3120.
     For more COVID-19 information from the Dixie County unit, please visit http://dixie.floridahealth.gov/ or call 352-498-1360.
     While Florida is caring for many people through the FDOH services, there is a national public health agency for everyone in the United States of America.
     The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national public health agency of the United States.
     The CDC notes on its website that “If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
     “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” the current notation on the website shows.
     People who have not been vaccinated yet, are urged to find a place to obtain the vaccine and to become vaccinated.
     In addition to the FDOH services, people in the Tri-County Area can be vaccinated at pharmacies and through contacting their healthcare providers at facilities such as the Palms Medical Group.
     The FDOH Mission: “To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.”
     The FDOH Vision: For Florida “To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.”
     FDOH Values: (ICARE)
     ● Innovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
     ● Collaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals and solve problems.
     ● Accountability: We perform with integrity and respect.
     ● Responsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers and engaging our partners.
     ● Excellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning and continuous performance improvement.

  


TCAC signups Tuesdays and Thursdays
Information Provided
By Victoria Larkin
Published June 23, 2021 at 8:11 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
Parents of children interested in Pop Warner football and cheering can sign up for teams on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at Buie Park, 1102 S.W. Fifth St. (Buie Park Road) in Chiefland.
     The Tri-County Athletic Commission is signing up players and cheerleaders.
     Football costs $75 and cheering costs $30.
     The breakdown of age groups is 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, and 14 and under. With brand new equipment and the above age brackets, the hope is to bring more opportunity and better competition to the interested athletes.
     Anyone who is interested or who has questions is asked to contact Melissa Gonzalez at 352-210-4792 or Vick Larkin at 352-949-3500. Interested people can view the Apex Predators on Facebook to see more.

 


Armadillos Visit The Ink Pad
Armadillos

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 24, 2021 at 7:11 p.m.
All Rights Reserved
     LEVY COUNTY –
A couple of armadillos recently wandered through The Ink Pad property between the forests and hayfields in the area.
     The Ink Pad is on the southwest corner of the unrecorded subdivision named Jemlands in the unincorporate part of Levy County west of Carter’s Crossroads and east of the community of Fowler’s Bluff. It is the home of The Code Orange Office, where a significant amount of work is done to provide the daily news website.
     The visiting armadillos seemed very friendly, with one of them wanting to help provide a close-up in a video as he bumped the camera lens by coming at it.

Armadillos at The Ink Pad of HardisonInk.com
Click on the photo above to see the 47-second video, including where one of the armadillos head-butts the camera.

     “I named a previous baby armadillo Army,” Jeff Hardison said. “These two are bound to be Army’s relatives. I had seen their signature digging spots at various points on the property.”
     The publisher said he thinks armadillos look cool.
     “This was the first time one ran at me when I trying to videotape it,” he said.


Armadillo

Armadillo

 



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July 29, Thursday
     1 p.m. --
Jena Tech Library, 4528 S.W. Highway 358 in Jena (Dixie County) is scheduled to host the Literary Club with guest Anthony Watkins, a writer and published poet. Everyone is invited to join in this afternoon of sharing . A short reading is scheduled to be followed by discussion. Writers are invited to bring anything you have written that you would like to share. This is a free event and all are welcome.


July 31, Saturday
     9 a.m. - Noon --
Chiefland First United Methodist Church, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland, has planned its Annual Back To School Bash. There are hundreds of backpacks scheduled to be given away at this free event. To learn more about the history of the bash, click HERE and read about the Eighth Annual Bash from 2019.


Aug. 3, Tuesday
     5-8 p.m. --
There is a Back To School giveaway event provided by the leaders of the Dixie County community. The elected officials (and a few citizens) of the community have pulled together and will be doing a back to school giveaway! The group is providing backpacks, paper, pens, pencils, folders, notebooks and hand sanitizer. There is also going to be hotdogs, chips and drinks. All of the items will be FREE to any student going to school this year. This event is being held at Wandle Wheeler Park -- the park behind the courthouse in Cross City. Any left over supplies at the end of the giveaway will be donated to the schools within Dixie County.


Aug. 7, Saturday
     8 a.m.-1 p.m. --
The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Heart of Dixie Purrs and Spurrs Chapter announce its Sixth Annual JAKES Day for the children of Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie counties. Jack and Marsha Cook and Families of Cook Farms are graciously hosting the event at 9359 S.W. Gilchrist County Road 337, Trenton. Activities are scheduled to include kids getting tee-shirts, a Zebco rod and reel and goody bags. This event is slated to include archery and BB-gun supervised ranges; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Taxidermy Trailer; the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service’s Smokey Bear; demonstrations by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit; fishing on ponds for all kids; lunch, snacks and drinks – all for free.
     1 p.m. -- A live auction of surplus equipment at the Dixie County Road Department is scheduled to happen at 155 S.E. 309th Road in Cross City. John Sewell, owner and auctioneer from Florida Auction Network LLC is scheduled to conduct the auction. This is open to all bidders. People who may be interested in some of the machines may want to buy them for spare parts.

Aug. 14, Saturday
     8 a.m. –
Everyone is invited to the Cross City Clean Day, a community event started by City Clerk Brenda Royal. Particpants will meet at the City Hall at 8 a.m. and work in sections picking up trash off the streets and out of the parks. Trash bags as well as gloves will be provided. There will be iced water and Gatorade provided. All are welcome to join in. If needed, someone from the city will sign off on community service hours for people who need that type of credit documentation.


 

Regular Weekly Meetings HardisonInk.com

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated July 24, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many gatherings have been cancelled.
Please check before going to any of these.

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

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

 

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. (This meeting was moved for March of 2020 to March 20 rather than March 17, due to room availability.)


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,  Main Street (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Dixie County Library, 
16328 S.E U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     7 p.m. -- The Youth Ministry Program Ignite 4:12 at Cornerstone Assembly of God continues from Sept. 18, to be each Wednesday. Director of Youth Ministry Chris Kirby said he looks forward to seeing young people come to this weekly event at Cornerstone Assembly Of God 1045 Sixth Blvd., in Williston.

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
     12 p.m. – Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meets in the City Commission Meeting Chambers of the Hardy Dean Sr. Municipal Building, also known as Chiefland City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave. 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
     11:30 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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