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DEP and the Ocean Conservancy
are set to host events for
Internat'l Coastal Cleanup Day
and National Public Lands Day

Published Sept. 16, 2019 at 6:49 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
In celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day and National Public Lands Day, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites Florida residents and visitors to volunteer at events in Florida’s state parks, aquatic preserves and national estuarine research reserves Sept. 21 and 28.

 

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     Saturday (Sept. 21) is International Coastal Cleanup Day, the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect oceans, lakes and rivers, and Sept. 28 is National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands.
     International Coastal Cleanup Day events in Northeast Florida include:

2019 Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup
     The International Coastal Cleanup on Cedar Key is an annual event organized by the Ocean Conservancy. The Cedar Key community has been participating for more than 10 years.
     Please come out and join us for the cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 21. Volunteers will receive a free lunch and t-shirt (while supplies last).
     To participate, simply show up and check in at the Cedar Key City Marina (First and A Street) between 7 and 8 a.m. on Sept. 21 to pick up trash bags and get assigned to an area.
     Organizers need help counting and sorting the items collected. Participants who want to help with this part, need to travel to the Marina around 10:30 a.m. Please bring your own gloves!
     Another International Coastal Cleanup event is at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. It is on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.


National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28)
events in Northeast Florida include:

* Fanning Springs State Park
Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. – noon

* Manatee Springs State Park
Saturday, Sept. 28, 5 - 6 p.m.


Silver Springs State Park
Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 - 11 a.m.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. – noon

Rainbow Springs State Park
Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. - noon

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. - noon

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. – noon

 


Game of Tiaras scheduled for
performances on Sept. 20, 21, 22
and Sept. 27, 28 and 29

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Featured in this photo are Aidan Vanbourgondien, Laci Acevedo and Colima Acevedo-Bowden.
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Published Sept. 15, 2019 at 2:19 P.M.
     CHIEFLAND --
The Suwannee Valley Players are scheduled to perform the play Game of Tiaras these next two weekends (Sept. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29).


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Featured in this photo are Tori Thompson, Valdeen Fletcher, Enya Tapia and Kayla Coffey.


Featured in this photo is Jessey Manalastas


     Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
     Performances are in the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave., in Chiefland.
     For ticket information, call 352-493-2787.
     Directed by Angie Acevedo, this play will reveal what could happen when the king divides his kingdom between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle and the Snow Queen.
     Everyone is invited to enjoy this hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear to find out.
     Don Zolidis’ Game of Tiaras is produced here by special arrangements with Playscripts Inc.
     Assisting Director Acevedo are assistant directors Monieka Walbaum and Angie's husband, Albert Acevedo. He also is working as the stage manager.
     Sande Wilcox, her father, David Wilcox, Dawn Coffey, Albert Acevedo and many others helped to create this wonderful set. The lighting crew is Jimmy Boyle and Anya Tapia. The sound crew is Monieka Walbaum and Mykka McSherry.
     This play heralds Angie Acevedo's second time directing for SVP. She previously directed Anne of Green Gable, which was a huge success and received wonderful reviews.
     This director has been a teacher for 20 years. She currently teaches fifth grade at Whispering Winds Charter School. Like everyone in the SVP, she enjoys volunteer at the theater.

 


First Responders Fed
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Members of the Auxiliary of American Legion Post 236 of Bronson (Levy County) provided a free lunch Saturday (Sept. 7) for any first responders in Levy County who wanted it. (American Legion Post 236 is the only American Legion post in Levy County.) Members of the Auxiliary even delivered six meals to Williston Fire Rescue and Williston Police Department. Seen above are (from left) Marsha Petty, Katie Hutcherson, Auxiliary President Kathleen Harrington, Jodi Smith and Laurie Tate.

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All paid and volunteer first responders in municipalities and in the unincorporated parts of Levy County were invited for this free gift of sandwiches, drinks and desserts. Among the desserts were brownies, homemade pineapple upside down cake, cookies and more. Seen above is one piece of the upside-down cake made by Katie Hutcherson. (Two samples provided to one journalist and his advertising designer proved to be delicious. The random quality-control tasting may be one reason the journalist has earned two Investigative Reporting awards from the Florida Press Association. Not being a first-reponder, although an honorably discharged member of the United States Army, the member of The Fourth Estate also accepted one sample of bottled water late on that hot afternoon as a safety measure to reduce odds of dehydration or heat-related health issues.)

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In addition to the Williston first responders, some Levy County Sheriff's Office deputies, some Emergency Medical Technicians, or Paramedics, and a couple of firefighters from Bronson Fire Rescue enjoyed the free meals. President Harrington said the Post wanted to show its appreciation to first responders in Levy County. The post is located just outside the town limits of Bronson, heading toward Williston, at 9550 U.S. Alt. 27, Bronson. Among the donors beyond the Post and Auxiliary were Hitchcock's of Newberry, which provided sandwich meats, cheese and bread; and The Grocery Depot of Williston, which donated three cases of Zephyrhills water.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 8, 2019 at 7:29 a.m.

 


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AARP Driver Safety Classes
listed for September and October
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Revival set for Sept. 15-20
By Diana Child
Published Sept. 10, 2019 at 9:39 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
Everyone is invited to join Pastor Joe Link and Randall Hughes Ministries at the North Chiefland Church of God as they welcome National Evangelist John Richeson for a Holy Ghost Revival.
     There will be nightly singing, preaching of the gospel, prayers for the sick, signs and wonders beginning Sunday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., continuing Monday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. nightly. The Holy Ghost Revival will be at the North Chiefland Church of God, 1705, N.W. 27th Ave. in Chiefland. Everyone is welcome.

 

 


Elephant Appreciation Day
set for Sept. 21 and 22

Williston Florida
This is an elephant and the Two Tails Ranch logo.

Photo Provided

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 29, 2019 at 12:09 p.m.
     WILLISTON --
Elephant Appreciation Day is set for Sept. 21 and 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of those two days.
     On that Saturday and Sunday, visitors to Two Tails Ranch, 18655 N.E. 81st St., in Williston, are slated to join the fun, and to learn All About Elephants!
     The gate admission is $12 a person (children who are 2 years and younger are free). Proceeds from this event go 100 percent to the elephants.
     Among the scheduled activities are animal talks and demonstration, and animal interactions. At this educational facility, there are elephants, zebras, camels, lemurs and other animals.
     There is food and live musical performances scheduled as well.
     Also on the grounds that day is the Vendor Village.
     Chief Executive Officer Patricia Zerbini operates All About Elephants without any state or federal funding. The only source of income is from visitors, donations and off-site events.
     She seeks help to support the cause and the elephants.
     The is the Eighth Annual Elephant Appreciation Day. Zerbini offers sponsor levels of $500 and $250 for business interests.
     For $500, the sponsor receives a banner displayed at the ranch for a year, as well as six tickets to the event, a logo on All About Elephants flyers and booth space at the event.
     For $250, the sponsor receives three tickets to event and the sponsor's name on flyers.
     Zerbini accepts any other amount and in-kind donations. Please contact Patricia Zerbini at 352-359-6676 or by email: pzerbini@allaboutelephants.com to learn more about donating to All About Elephants.
    All About Elephants is a nonprofit facility, and is qualified as a 501-C-3 corporation.
    For more information about All About Elephants, visit the website at https://allaboutelephants.com/.

 


Free admission to
the Appleton on Sept. 21 with
Smithsonian Museum Day 

 Published Aug. 24, 2019 at 9:19 a.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is pleased to participate in the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 21.
     This program grants free admission to participating museums and cultural institutions across the country. Download your ticket, good for up to two guests, and present your paper or e-ticket anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 21. Tickets can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
     On view at the Appleton during this time, “Stephanie Brown: Do Not Bleach,” a series of mixed-media installations, encourages melanin positivity; “Urban Chatter: Sharon Kerry-Harlan,” featuring art quilts and mixed-media works of art that meld abstraction, African masks, and reference from the Harlem jazz scene; and “Florida Impressions: Relief Prints by Leslie Peebles.”
     Guests may also visit the ARTSpace for art-making activities for the whole family.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit http://appletonmuseum.org/.

 


Legislative Delegation hearings
slated for Levy County,
Gilchrist and Dixie counties

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 5, 2019 at 9:39 a.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA --
State Sen. Robert “Rob” Bradley (R-Fleming Island, Dist. 5), chairman of the Levy County Legislative Delegation, announced Wednesday (Sept. 4) that the delegation’s annual public hearing has been scheduled for Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., Legislative Assistant Tonya Shays of Sen. Bradley’s office noted.
     The location of the hearing is the Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building, 660 E. Hathaway Ave. in Bronson. The delegation hearing is held annually to afford local officials, members of the public and other interested parties the opportunity to present legislative proposals or express opinions to their elected state representatives. The delegation includes Sen. Bradley and State Rep. Charlie Stone (R-Ocala, Dist. 22).
     District 5 of the Florida Senate includes Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Lafayette, Suwannee, Union and part of Marion counties. District 22 of the Florida House of Representatives includes all of Levy County and a western part of Marion County.
     “Representative Stone and I are honored to represent the residents of Levy County in the state legislature,” Sen. Bradley said. “We look forward to discussing state issues that are of interest to local officials and residents.”
     The Gilchrist County Legislative Delegation and the Dixie County Legislative Delegation includes Sen. Bradley and State Rep. Charles Wesley "Chuck" Clemons Sr. (R-Newberry, Dist. 21).
     Florida House of Representatives District 21 includes all of Dixie, Gilchrist and part of Alachua counties.
     Rep. Clemons is the chair of both of those delegations.
     Both of those delegation meetings are set to be in the respective County Commission meeting rooms of those two counties, and they are both on Oct. 7.
     The Gilchrist County Legislative Delegation hearing is set for the Gilchrist County Commission meeting room on Oct. 7, starting at 1:30 p.m.
     The Dixie County Legislative Delegation hearing is set for the Dixie County Commission meeting room on Oct. 7, starting at 3:30 p.m.

     To be placed on the agenda to address the Dixie County Legislative Delegation or the Gilchrist County Legislative Delegation, please contact Robin Steele at (robin.steele@myfloridahouse.gov) or 352-313-6542 in Rep. Clemons’ office by Wednesday, Oct. 2. All materials or handouts for this meeting must be sent to Robin in Representative Clemons’ office no later than Friday, Oct. 4.
     The 2020 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature is scheduled to convene on Jan. 14, 2020 in Tallahassee.
    
 The Dixie County Legislative Delegation and the Gilchrist County Legislative Delegation hearings are open to the public. One or more county and/or city commissioners may be in attendance. For additional information, contact Ellen Boukari, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Clemons at ellen.boukari@myfloridahouse.gov or 352-313-6542.
 


Elder Options offers
Medication Management
Series of classes
for senior citizens and caregivers

Published Sept. 8, 2019 at 9:39 a.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
Elder Options, ElderCare of Alachua County and the Community Coalition for Older Adults are sponsoring a seven-week series for senior citizens and caregivers that meets once per month (except November and December) regarding medication management.
     This series starts on Sept. 24 and meets the fourth Tuesday of the month.
     Those dates are Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 24, April 28 and May 26.
     Sign-in starts at 1:30 p.m. and class is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
     These free classes are set to be at the Gainesville Senior Recreation Center, 5701 N.W. 34th Blvd., in Gainesville. The program presenter is David M. Angaran, MS, FASHP, FACCP.
     The series will help participants:
     ● Understand insurance drug benefit and the medication use system.
     ● Identify and use credible medication information
     ● Understand the need for creating an accurate and complete personal medication list.
     ● Deal with medication management related "hassles."
     ● Identify medication cost management strategies.

 


CF International Film Series'
next performance Sept. 24

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Aug. 14, 2019 at 11:39 a.m.
Updated Sept. 10, 2019 at 8:39 a.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida’s International Film Series kicked off in September, starting with “Shoplifters” on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
     “I am Not a Witch” is set for on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
     The show starts at 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art and at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building 8, Room 110.
      “I am Not a Witch” features an 8-year-old girl who turns up alone in a rural Zambian village where she is quickly found guilty and sentenced to a state-run witch camp. This film is in English, Nyanja and Tonga with English subtitles. It is rated NR and has a total run time of 90 minutes.
     Viewings are free at CF. Series membership, which includes fall and spring screenings at the Appleton Museum of Art, is $15 for individuals, $25 for dual membership and includes a bonus film each year. For information about membership, call 352-873-5808.
     For a full series list and more information on the International Film Series, contact Joe Zimmerman at 352-873-5800, ext. 1233, or visit https://www.cf.edu/filmseries.

 


Healthy Community Initiative
meeting set for Sept. 25

Published Sept. 8, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.
     YANKEETOWN --
The Yankeetown Inglis Woman’s Club (YIWC) has scheduled its next Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) meeting to be Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the YIWC on 56th Street.
     The discussion will include holiday events and donations, the Christmas Parade (which will have a marching band this year) and how to coordinate events and support service organizations. 
     The HCI meeting is open to everyone in the community who is interested in participating with the group.

 


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     Publisher’s Note: All events are listed chronologically. Please email announcements to hardisonink@gmail.comPlease look ahead on the Calendar and RSVP if the organizer requests that. Please check daily. Things change. If you do not see a notice that was sent, please send it again. Include a name and address when submitting events, so that we can confirm them and so people can contact the sender for more information. TO SUBMIT AN EVENT, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO hardisonink@gmail.com. Please include the date, time and place. Please note if it is free and open to the public. Please note if reservations are required.
 

Sept. 21, Saturday
     7 a.m.-12 p.m. --
The International Coastal Clean-Up is slated to be at Cedar Key City Marina, Dock Street, in Cedar Key. The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup is on the third Saturday of September each year. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt and hotdog lunch (while supplies last). To participate, check in at the Cedar Key City Marina starting at 7:30 a.m. Volunteers can clean up by boat or on foot. Trash bags are provided, but bring your own gloves.
     11 a.m.-5 p.m. -- The Eighth Annual Elephant Appreciation Day is set to be at Two Tails Ranch, 18655 N.E. 81st St., in Williston, where eveyone can learn All About Elephants! Gate admission is $12 a person (children who are 2 years and younger are free). Proceeds from this event go 100 percent to the elephants. Among the scheduled activities are animal talks and demonstration, and animal interactions. At this educational facility, there are elephants, zebras, camels, lemurs and other animals. There is food and live musical performances scheduled as well. Also on the grounds that day is the Vendor Village. Chief Executive Officer Patricia Zerbini operates All About Elephants without any state or federal funding. The only source of income is from visitors, donations and off-site events. Please contact Patricia Zerbini at 352-359-6676 or by email: pzerbini@allaboutelephants.com to learn more about donating to All About Elephants. For more information about All About Elephants, visit the website at https://allaboutelephants.com/.

 

Sept. 22, Sunday
     11 a.m.-5 p.m. --
The Eighth Annual Elephant Appreciation Day is set to be at Two Tails Ranch, 18655 N.E. 81st St., in Williston, where eveyone can learn All About Elephants! Gate admission is $12 a person (children who are 2 years and younger are free). Proceeds from this event go 100 percent to the elephants. Among the scheduled activities are animal talks and demonstration, and animal interactions. At this educational facility, there are elephants, zebras, camels, lemurs and other animals. There is food and live musical performances scheduled as well. Also on the grounds that day is the Vendor Village. Chief Executive Officer Patricia Zerbini operates All About Elephants without any state or federal funding. The only source of income is from visitors, donations and off-site events. Please contact Patricia Zerbini at 352-359-6676 or by email: pzerbini@allaboutelephants.com to learn more about donating to All About Elephants. For more information about All About Elephants, visit the website at https://allaboutelephants.com/.

Sept. 23, Monday
     10 a.m. --
State Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island, Dist. 5) chairman of the Levy County Legislative Delegation, and State Rep. Charlie Stone (R-Ocala, Dist. 22), vice chairman of the Levy County Legislative Delegation are scheduled to conduct a hearing in the Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building located at 660 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27) in Bronson. The delegation hearing is held annually to afford local officials, members of the public and other interested parties the opportunity to present legislative proposals or express opinions to their elected state representatives. District 5 of the Florida Senate includes Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Lafayette, Suwannee, Union and part of Marion counties. District 22 of the Florida House of Representatives includes all of Levy County and a western part of Marion County. The 2020 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature is scheduled to convene on Jan. 14, 2020 in Tallahassee. For additional information or to be placed on the agenda for the hearing, contact Sen. Bradley’s office toll free at 888-347-3483 or at 904-278-2085, or email his staff at shays.tonya@flsenate.gov.

Sept. 24, Tuesday
     4:45 p.m. --
Registration starts at 4:45 p.m. for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, an eight-week set of week classes at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (Fellowship Hall, in the basement). Class dates are from Tuesday, Sept. 24, to Thursday Nov. 14. Classes are from 5 to 6 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. The first class is to start 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 24 for enrollment. There are limited class sizes. The instructor is Liz Dalusio. These classes are offered by Elder Options.

Sept. 26, Thursday
     5 p.m. --
The Cedar Key Public Library is pleased to announce that popular Florida author Tim Dorsey is scheduled to visit the library located at 460 Second St. in downtown Cedar Key. Dorsey plans to meet with fans and talk about his long career as a writer. His talk, titled "Florida: a target-rich environment for writers," promises to be entertaining. When a patron comes into the library and says, "I'm looking for something to read to get my mind off of (name any general life stress issue)," the staff generally recommends the library visitor pick up a Tim Dorsey novel. These books are hilariously plotted, laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely entertaining, with some Florida folklore thrown in for good measure. The Cedar Key Friends of the Library, sponsor of library programs, are scheduled to have cold beverages available at the event, which is free and open to all.

Oct. 7, Monday
     1:30 p.m. --
The Dixie County Legislative Delegation hearing is scheduled to be held in the Dixie County Commission meeting room, which is in the Dixie County Courthouse at 244 S.W. Highway 351, in Cross City. State Rep. Charles Wesley "Chuck" Clemons Sr. (R-Newberry, Dist. 21) is the chair of the delegation, which includes State Sen. Robert “Rob” Bradley (R-Fleming Island, Dist. 5). Florida House of Representatives District 21 includes all of Dixie, Gilchrist and part of Alachua counties. District 5 of the Florida Senate includes Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Lafayette, Suwannee, Union and part of Marion counties. The delegation hearing is held annually to afford local officials, members of the public and other interested parties the opportunity to present legislative proposals or express opinions to their elected state representatives. For additional information or to be placed on the agenda for the hearing in Gilchrist County or Dixie County, Rep. Clemons’ office at 352-313-6542 or email his staff at ellen.boukari@myfloridahouse.gov.
     3:30 p.m. -- The Gilchrist County Legislative Delegation hearing is scheduled to be held in the Gilchrist County Commission meeting room at 210 S. Main St. in Trenton. State Rep. Charles Wesley "Chuck" Clemons Sr. (R-Newberry, Dist. 21) is the chair of the delegation, which includes State Sen. Robert “Rob” Bradley (R-Fleming Island, Dist. 5). Florida House of Representatives District 21 includes all of Dixie, Gilchrist and part of Alachua counties. District 5 of the Florida Senate includes Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Lafayette, Suwannee, Union and part of Marion counties. The delegation hearing is held annually to afford local officials, members of the public and other interested parties the opportunity to present legislative proposals or express opinions to their elected state representatives. For additional information or to be placed on the agenda for the hearing in Gilchrist County or Dixie County, Rep. Clemons’ office at 352-313-6542 or email his staff at ellen.boukari@myfloridahouse.gov.

Oct. 12, Saturday
     5 p.m. --
Judging starts at 5 p.m. for the Fall BBQ Cook-off & Silent Cake Auction (the cakes don't speak, and they taste great, and people bid on them silently) in Dixie County. Pulled pork dinners are served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for $10 per meal. Each meal includes the pulled pork, buns, coleslaw, a dessert and drink. Whole Boston butts are for sale at $30 each. Proceeds from this fundraiser for the Suwannee River Chamber of Commerce are for scholarships and other initiatives by that Chamber. This event is at the Suwannee Community Center, 23465 S.E. Dixie County Road 349, in the Town of Suwannee. For people who want to compete, the entry fee, waiver and registration forms are available from the Suwannee River Chamber of Commerce by mail at P.O. Box 373, Suwannee, FL 32692. For more information, visit the website www.suwanneeriverchamber.com or call 352-542-8369.

Oct. 26, Saturday
     9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Tri-County Cruisers Annual Halloween Car Show And Swap Meet is scheduled to be at the Chiefland Farmer’s Flea Market. Once again, with help from flea market owner Sonny Griffeth, the car club members and guests are looking forward to another memorable show. All makes are welcome. There are going to be cash prizes and awards. There is a three-foot tall Best of Show Trophy and there is a Sonny’s Pick Trophy as well as other prizes. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, and the set of awards are slated to be presented at 2 p.m. The pre-registration entry fee (due before Oct. 19) is $15. The day-of-show entry fee is $20.

    


SHINE
September SHINE Counseling
Published Aug. 12, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.
(Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
1-800-963-5337

    
Following are the regular monthly days, times and places for senior citizen to visit with a SHINE representative.
     SHINE can help elderly people with information about insurance. SHINE volunteers provide health insurance information and free, unbiased, and confidential counseling assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers.

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 Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.



2019 SHINE Counseling
Medicare Open Enrollment Dates

Published Sept. 11, 2019 at 8:29 a.m.
(Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
1-800-963-5337
http://www.floridashine.org/

     Following are the dates, times and places for senior citizen to visit with a SHINE representative from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 in Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties.
     This is counseling for Medicare Open Enrollment Dates.

DIXIE COUNTY
Dixie County Public Library - 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City
Oct. 23 - 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Nov. 18 - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

GILCHRIST COUNTY
Gilchrist County Public Library - 10 S.E. First St., Trenton
Oct. 23 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nov. 27 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bell Community Center - 1180 N. Main St.
Oct. 18 - 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nov. 20 - 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

LEVY COUNTY
Bronson Public Library - 600 Gilbert St.
Oct. 30 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Chiefland Senior Center - 305 S.W. First St.
Oct. 16 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Williston Public Library - 10 S.E. First St.
Oct. 30 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nov. 6 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Dec. 4 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

A.F. Knotts Public Library - 11 56th St., Yankeetown
Oct. 24 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nov. 13 - 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

 



AARP Driver Safety Classes
listed for September and October

Published Sept. 1, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.
Updated sept11. 2, 019 at 8:09 a.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
The AARP is offering a Driver Safety Class at various locations on dates in September and October.
     Please see the information below.

SEPTEMBER

Fri. Sept 13 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. AARP Smart Driver class for seniors 55+. Lake City Medical Center, Lake City.  $15 AARP Members, $20 non-members.  Learn defensive driving techniques. No tests. Three-year insurance discount.
Learn defensive driving techniques. Register (352-226-6540)

Wed. Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. AARP Smart Driver class for seniors 55+.Alachua Co. Senior Rec. Center, Gainesville. $15. AARP Members, $20 non-members. Learn defensive driving techniques. No tests. Three-year insurance discount. Register 352-333-3036

Tue. Sept 24 at 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Smart Driver class for seniors 55+.  Millhopper Branch Library, Gainesville. $15 AARP Members, $20 non-members.  No tests. Learn defensive driving techniques. No tests. Three-year insurance discount. Register 352-333-3036

OCTOBER

Thur. Oct. 10 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  AARP Smart Driver class for seniors 55+.  Trinity United Methodist Church, Gainesville. $15 AARP Members, $20 non-members. No tests. Three-year insurance discount. Learn defensive driving techniques.  Register 352-333-3036

Wed. Oct. 16 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. AARP Smart Driver class for seniors 55+. Alachua Co. Senior Rec. Center, Gainesville. $15 AARP Members, $20 non-members. No tests. Three-year insurance discount. Learn defensive driving techniques.  Register 352-333-3036

Fri. Oct. 25 at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. AARP ‘CarFit Event: at Alachua Co. Senior Recreation Center Parking lot, 5701 41st Blvd., Gainesville. All cars are not the same, have your car adjusted to fit your body with trained volunteers.  No registration or fee.

Wed. Oct. 30 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. AARP Smart Driver class for seniors 55+. The Atrium, 3241 N.W. 41st Street.  $15 AARP Members, $20 non-members. No tests.  Three-years insurance discount.  Learn defensive driving techniques.  Register 352-333-3036.

 



 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated Aug. 26, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.

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's AARP Chapter 912 meets at Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. This group meets at 9:30 a.m. each second Monday from September (2018) through May (2019) for coffee and socializing. The meetings start at 10 a.m.

     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.



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 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 has restarted. The games begin at 7 p.m., in the club located at 5 56th St., Yankeetown. Stop in at 5 p.m. and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6 p.m., you can eat before the games start. You don't have to play to eat, we have take out! There are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. For more information call 352-447-2057.
      7 p.m. -- There is Bingo every Thursday at the Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave. Contact Pamela Vamosi at 352-222-8267 or Deanna Barnard at 352-283-8828 for more information about the Lions Club of Williston.

FIRST THURSDAY
    7 p.m. --  The Levy County Beekeepers Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 4 West Park Ave., Chiefland. Anyone who is interested in bees, or in beekeeping is invited. Beekeepers are ready to answer questions, share ideas and more. You need not be a beekeeper to attend. For more information, please call Byron Teerlink at 352-493-2216, or Chappie McChesney at 386-462-2637 or Leon Bath at 352-493-2329.

SECOND THURSDAY
      11 a.m. -- The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library meet each second Thursday of the month at the library, 104 N.E. Third Street, in Chiefland. The Friends support the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the library's programs through fundraising projects to augment the library's budget for the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting. Membership is free. For more information call Friends President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413.
     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 Sixth Blvd. in Williston offers a free lunch each second Thursday. All are welcome. For more information, please call  352-528-6880.

     Noon -- The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce meets the second Thursday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     1:30-3:30 p.m. -- There is an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group  that meets in the Edward Jones Conference Room at 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Suite 2, in Chiefland. This support group creates a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. Participants will learn and be informed about dementia, and the group as a whole helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. RSVPs are required. Call the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to reserve a seat or to find more information.
      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

--UPDATED--
WEDNESDAY  SEPT. 18  12:09 p.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties


City Of Williston Florida
 



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