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Deer, Butterflies And A Snail
Butterflies gather nectar Link to a video of Deer and Butterflies Levy County Florida
This short video shows two deer crossing Levy County Road 347 recently, and then it flips to one part of The Ink Pad where several butterflies are gathering nectar. CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE of the bush and butterflies to see the video.

Butterflies gather nectar in Levy County Florida
This still shot shows a close-up on at least three butterflies at once.

Topdside of a snail in Levy County Florida
This view of a snail is from its topside as it slides along a glass door across the dew that collected on the door one morning.

Bottom side of a snail in Levy County Florida
This view of a snail is from its underside as it slides along a glass door across the dew that collected on the door one morning.

Photos and Video By Jeff And Sharon Hardison © Oct. 15, 2020
All Copyrights Reserved


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Levy County Visitors Bureau

Sunset, Sunrise
Sunset on Oct 14 2020 in Levy County Florida
The sun sets on Wednesday Oct. 14 and shortly after the red ball disappears over the horizon the light is still visible on clouds above.

Sunrise on Oct 15 2020 in Levy County Florida
Fog rolls over some freshly cut hay on Thursday morning (Oct. 15) in the Jemlands area of Levy County. Later that morning, the sun burned off the fog.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 15, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.


Inglis Yankeetown
Lions Club sells poinsettias;

Order deadline is Nov. 13
By Donna Norton, Lion
Published Oct. 12, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
The Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club is excited to announce the Lion’s Holiday Poinsettia Sale with the convenience of local curbside pick-up.
     The order deadline is Nov. 13.
     Each high-quality poinsettia is florist grade, double-planted (2 per pot) in a 6.5-unch festive foil wrapped container and will be sleeved in a clear covering.
     On average, these poinsettias will be 14- to 18-inch tall plants with a full symmetrical display. They will have on average of five to eight branches per pot.
     These poinsettias are red, white and pink.
     Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club President Rob French said “COVID-19 has definitely impacted IYLC’s annual fundraising efforts. Last spring, we had to cancel our Nature Coast Challenge Kayak Fishing Tournament fundraiser. Then we had to cancel our annual November Seafood Festival for just the second time in over 40 years.”
     One hundred percent of net proceeds from the sales of these poinsettias will benefit charitable activities of the IYLC, with the majority of those funds used to support local needs.
     National Poinsettia Day is Saturday, Dec. 12.
   An order form can be found online at
     Online orders must be pre-paid when the order is placed by following PayPal instructions at the link. Buyers also can mail an order with a check or money order for $15 per plant (no tax) postmarked by Nov. 11 to:
Poinsettia IYLC
P.O. Box 314
Inglis, FL 34449.
    Pick-up will be at the Lions Clubhouse, 22 59th St. in Yankeetown, shortly after Thanksgiving. Buyers will be notified. Buyers should be sure to include their email address and/or their phone number. Delivery can be arranged for special situations.
     If you have questions, please contact your favorite Lions Club member or call 352-505-7936.
   Gifting a poinsettia is a great way to show someone you care and at the same time support local fundraising in the spirit of Christmas.


FDOH revises free COVID-19 testing days in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 7, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is changing the days of the week for its free drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County.
     The new testing schedule begins Monday (Oct. 12) and the advertisement for the new dates is scheduled to be on all seven pages of starting on Oct. 12.
     All COVID-19 testing will take place outside in the selected testing site parking lots.
     These tests are NOT rapid tests or antibody tests. All test specimens will be processed by a commercial laboratory and results will be returned to the FDOH. Someone from the FDOH will contact participants by phone to give them their test results within five to 10 days.
     If a person tests positive for COVID-19, the FDOH will ask them about who their close contacts are and provide further instructions on what they should do.
    Below is specific information for each county, which starts on Monday (Oct. 12).

Florida Department of Health in Dixie County
149 N.E. 241st St.
Cross City, FL 32628
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Testing begins at 9 a.m. Be in line at 9 a.m. Drive-through line is behind the health department.

Florida Department of Health in Gilchrist County
214 S.E. Third Ave.
Trenton, FL 32693
Wednesdays and Fridays
Testing begins at 10:30 a.m. Be in line at 10:30 a.m. Drive-through line is at the South Side City Park in Trenton.

Florida Department of Health in Levy County
66 W Main St.
Bronson, FL 32621
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Testing begins at 9 a.m. Be in line at 9 a.m. Drive-through line is behind the health department.


SHINE program offers free,
unbiased Medicare counseling
and virtual Medicare classes

By Kathy Dorminey
Human Resources & Communications Specialist
of Elder Options
Published Oct. 3, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.
Florida’s SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program provides free, unbiased Medicare counseling and virtual Medicare classes to assist beneficiaries, families and caregivers.

     Topics include:
     • Medicare 101 (English & Spanish)
     • Medicare Financial Assistance
     • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
     • Medicare Part C - Medicare Advantage Plans
     • Medicare & COVID-19
     • Navigating
     • SHINE & Preparing for Open Enrollment
     • Be Scam Smart (English & Spanish
     To speak with a counselor or join us for one of the above classes: call 1-800-963-5337; visit for class dates and times; email to receive your invitation to register.


CF offers computer access
to new SkillUp
online training platform;

Starting Aug. 28, CF Levy lab
opens on Wednesdays and Fridays

By Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC
Communication Manager
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
Published Aug. 14, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
The College of Central Florida has partnered with CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion to help Levy County residents access a free, dynamic online training platform.
     SkillUp Citrus Levy Marion features over 5,000 courses through the Metrix Learning system that can lead to more than 180 in-demand industry certificates.
     Those without the Internet connection needed to access SkillUp may use a designated computer lab at the CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus. Beginning Aug. 28, the lab will be available Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Levy Campus is located at 15390 U.S. Highway 19 north of Chiefland and south of the City of Fanning Springs.
     “This is a great opportunity for Levy County residents who are looking to advance in their career by achieving one or more certifications,” said Holly McGlashan, provost of CF’s Levy Campus. “We are excited about the partnership with CareerSource and are happy to provide the access community members might need to land a new job or move up with their current employer.”
     McGlashan added that to maintain social distancing and comply with other public health precautions, anyone interested in scheduling lab time to access SkillUp should call 352-658-4077. Those using the lab are required to wear face masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
     SkillUp is ideal for anyone looking to improve skills, earn industry certificates, work their way up the career ladder or launch into new careers. The SkillUp portal can be reached 24/7 at
     “While the program allows participants to learn at their own pace, we realize that distance learning can’t work if you don’t have an internet connection,” said Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion. “That is why we are so pleased CF is making it easy for anyone to access this program.”
     CareerSource CLM connects businesses with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities. All services are provided at no charge and are accessible by phone, email, Live Chat and video conferencing.  In-person meetings with staff are available by appointment only at the Levy County career center, 2175 NW 11th Dr., in Chiefland. The center is located in the Suwannee Plaza near the Walmart Supercenter.
     For more information about the CF Levy Campus call 352-658-4077. For more information about SkillUp Citrus Levy Marion or CareerSource CLM call 352-493-6813 or 1-800-434-JOBS or visit


Bench Raffle Set For Nov. 7
Cedar Bench Open For A Winner
Jim Menasco, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland’s congregation, built this beautiful, solid Cedar wood bench from a tree. It is going to be won by some person participating in the raffle for it. Tickets to participate are a recommended minimal donation of $5. All proceeds from this raffle go to help the Sunshine Disciples of First UMC Chiefland. This bench raffle is part of the Nov. 7 Cookie Walk planned for the church as a fundraiser. For more information on how to donate in exchange for a raffle ticket, please call the church office at 352-493-4627 during office hours. The church office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Three elements of a raffle exist – chance (odds of random selection); prize (the bench) and consideration (a recommended $5 donation for the chance to win). Florida law allows this form of gambling to exist when the proceeds are for a non-profit organization, such as the Sunshine Disciples of First UMC Chiefland.
Published Sept. 25, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.

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Sunday Hilltop View
Jemlands Hill
This view looking west from atop Jemlands Hill on Levy County Road 347 just west of Northwest 97th Court shows the clouds lighting up just before sunrise on Sunday (Sept. 27). About 12 miles north of this point that day, a big deer crossed State Road 345 but escaped having its picture captured due to the photographer needing to focus on driving more than photography at that moment. Sunday provided another opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy all of the wonders in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 27, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.


1 Golf Cart, 1 Dirt Bike And 2 Deer
Golf Cart on State Road
Dash camera footage from the dash of a 2013 Nissan Juke that is part of the fleet of vehicles, filmed on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 18 and 19) reflects common traffic situations in Levy County. On State Road 420 West, which is also known as Manatee Springs State Park Road and by various other colloquial names, a westbound golf cart’s driver uses the bicycle lane of the state road in his travels.

dirt bike on state road in Levy County Florida
Meanwhile, at the same time, at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, on the same state road, a dirt bike motorcyclist with no headlight, taillight or license tag on that vehicle goes at speeds exceeding 55 m.p.h. eastbound from the Camp Azalea Community to the Manatee Jiffy on SR 420 West.


Deer Crosses the Road
On Saturday morning, a couple of deer are seen in this video. In the still photo, the raindrop on the windshield looks as big as the deer. One deer was standing on the right side of the road, and one scampers to catch up with its kin as they go about their day frolicking from forest to field. Often when one deer crosses a road, another one or more will cross. There can even be a herd of deer crossing. Hence, when driving in Florida’s rural areas, stay alert for golf carters, dirt bikers, deer and other wildlife, as well as for ATM operators or four-wheelers.

Photos and Video By Jeff M. Hardison
© Sept. 21, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
All Copyrights Reserved


The Greyhound
And The Alligator

In this video of two clips, a Greyhound bus arrives at Church's Chicken in Chiefland on a day in late August or early September of 2020.

Greyhound in Chiefland Florida
This still shot of the Greyhound bus taken from the video from the dash cam shows water droplets on the windshield of the 2013 Nissan Juke.

Then, also in the first week of September, an alligator is crossing a road. As for the Greyhound, it is seen from the drive-through window on the dash cam of the 2013 Nissan Juke, which is among the vehicles in the fleet.

Alligator in Florida
This still shot of the alligator taken from the video is of a quality like those of ‘Big Foot’ that are seen elsewhere. The video with the alligator walking across the road and into the high grass is better for viewing.

The alligator, also seen on the dash cam, crosses the road. Why did the alligator cross the road? The first answer is -- to get to the other side. But the story is a bit grimmer, although completely natural. This 'gator was prowling up on a momma' duck and three of her baby chicks. The driver and videographer of the Juke, and the person in the PT Cruiser behind him, did not see the outcome. Let's presume the ducks flew away. Then, the alligator found a bag of hamburgers that fell from a truck. That pickup was being used to transport the hamburgers to a team of student athletes, and the coach had bought so many hamburgers that no one missed any from that bag that fell from the back of a pickup truck. The athletes and the alligator were all well fed with no loss of ducks.

Video and Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 6, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
All Rights Reserved


Owl Finds Camera
An Owl at The Ink Pad Photo and Video by Jeff M. Hardison

An owl discovers one of the Stealth cameras at The Ink Pad on Aug. 10, 2020, at 1:47 that Monday morning. This owl is named Ike. It is a Burrowing Owl, which is one of the smallest owls found in North America. It is a ground-dwelling species and lives in burrows made by prairie dogs, ground squirrels, armadillos, skunks or tortoises. These owls are active both during the day and at night, mostly searching for their prey. These owls usually feast upon insects during daytime and hunt down small mammals in the dark, according to information on The Internet. A screech owl has been heard at The Ink Pad too.
Video By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 11, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
All Rights Reserved


Rainbow Meow
Rainbow Meow Needles and a Rainbow
Needles the Community Cat of Jemlands stands nears one of the swimming pools in this unrecorded subdivision of Levy County on Thursday morning (Aug. 6). He is not a fan of rain and has a place to find shelter when that happens. Rainbows on the other hand are something Needles can get onboard with. Needles was named years ago because his coat lets him disappear when he is on the ground with pine needles around him. Needles is the first trap-neuter-release cat in the Levy County Animal Services program.

Photo By Sharon Hardison © Aug. 6, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.


     Publisher’s Note: All events are listed chronologically. Please email announcements to hardisonink@gmail.comPlease look ahead on the Calendar and RSVP if the organizer requests that. Please check daily. Things change. If you do not see a notice that was sent, please send it again. Include a name and address when submitting events, so that we can confirm them and so people can contact the sender for more information. TO SUBMIT AN EVENT, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO Please include the date, time and place. Please note if it is free and open to the public. Please note if reservations are required. If a person or group has an event, please send the information to and it will be listed, and attention will be drawn to it. Please remember that given there can be communication and meetings via webinars, telephone, Skype, Zoom, etc., if those meetings are scheduled, then they can be listed here.

Oct. 21, Wednesday
     3:30-4 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida is scheduled to host a site review for accreditation of the Associate Degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. College and community members are invited to meet the visiting team and share comments about the program at a meeting. The meeting will be held online and access can be found at The meeting room can be accessed at Dial-in Information 1-877-309 2073 or (571) 317-3129. Access Code: 488-144-013. Written comments are welcome and should be submitted to Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer, 3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga. 30326, or email All written comments should arrive at the ACEN office by Oct. 21. To learn more about nursing programs at CF, visit


Nov. 16, Monday
     2:30-4:30 p.m. –
There is an online open house available to anyone interested in health sciences education. The College of Central Florida invites those interested in a health sciences career or looking to advance their career to this virtual open house on Monday, Nov. 16, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. online. Future students are encouraged to join the Zoom video conference and receive assistance with the application process, financial aid, academic advising and meet with faculty in each field to learn more about career options. Academic program information will also be available. Additional Health Science information sessions will be held throughout November and December and can be found at To register for the open house event, click HERE or call 352-873-5800, ext. 1655.

Nov. 14, Saturday
     8 a.m. - 2 p.m. --
A rummage sale, silent auction and holiday market are scheduled to be held at Christ Episcopal Church, on the corner of D Street and 5th, in Cedar Key. Early entry ticket is at 7:30 a.m. and it costs $5 per person. Among the items available are furniture, antiques, household and kitchen items, tools, art, sporting goods, electronics, specialty items, books, kayaks, a boat, crafts, holiday items and more. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the event, please email or call 352-543-6407. Social Distancing and Masks are Required. All proceeds go to missions and outreach in Cedar Key and beyond.

Nov. 22, Sunday
     12 p.m. --
The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve have announced the 2020 Annual Rubber Duck Race is scheduled. Even though the Lions Club's 2020 Annual Yankeetown Seafood Festival has been canceled this year, the WGP floaters are slated to be busting out to support the Preserve. The annual duck race is a major source of funding for the Preserve. Everyone is invited to come out and support the Preserve and have some fun. The sponsor of the fastest duck will receive $200. And, for the laid-back, the sponsor of the last duck is awarded $50. Sponsorship prices follow: One Duck - $5; Six Ducks - $25; Quackers Dozen (13) - $50; or a whole Flock (26) - $100. The race is on the Withlacoochee River where it runs next to Yankeetown. Launching sites have included the area of the river near a park. The 2018 and 2020 race viewing site is in front of the Izaak Walton Lodge, home to the Black Water Grill and Bar. Sponsorships are available online by clicking HERE.  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 Florida. Visit the  Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve website at for directions and information on upcoming events.




First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated July 7, 2020 at 8:10 a.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many gatherings of 10 or more people have been cancelled.
Please check before going to any of these. They will remain listed here beyond the point of this red-letter warning.

     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.

    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.

     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.

   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

      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.

     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.
    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.

     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.

     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 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.)

     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.

     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.

      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.

     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.

     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.

     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.

    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.

     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.


     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


      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.


     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

     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

      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.

     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.

     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. 

     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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