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Spay-neuter service
planned in Old Town

Registration Aug. 24 and Sept. 8
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 21, 2019 at
     DIXIE COUNTY --
The mobile unit to provide low-cost spay and neuter services is scheduled to be performing them in Old Town on Sept. 22, according to information from Pay To Spay volunteer Lucille Rese.

 

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     "We are planning for the Pay To Spay/Cares Affordable Animal Clinic Mobile Surgery Unit to be performing procedures in Old Town (rear of Affordable Hair Salon) on Sunday, Sept. 22," Rese said.
     Two registration dates have been set for this event. 
     Registration for this event is set for Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 8. Registration on both of those days is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the meeting room at the Dunkin Donuts on U.S. Highway 19 (near Walgreens) in Chiefland.
     The fees for spay or neuter are $20 for a cat, or $40 for a dog.
     Persons wishing to register for the Sept. 22 spay/neuter procedure date must register in person at the location and on the dates listed above.
     There is a limited to two pets per family.
     A limited number of "seats" for dogs that way 30 pounds or more are available. 
     Payment for the low-cost procedures must be remitted at the time of registration. Cash, check or money order (payable to Pay To Spay Inc.) are accepted. No credit cards can be accepted.
     All other details shall be provided on registration dates, Rese noted.


3rd Annual Vet Fest
set for Aug. 24 at Otter Springs

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 31, 2019 at 5:09 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
Veterans, their families, friends and everyone else is invited to the 3rd Annual Vet Fest and Free Day at Otter Springs Park and Campground in Gilchrist County.
     The event is Aug. 24 (a Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     This year’s Vet Fest promises to be even better than last year, Debbie Destin, park manager said. The event is going to happen rain or shine, she said, because it is in the Lodge House at the Park.
     Yard sale donations are being accepted now for the event, she said.
     ForVets Inc. and Meridian Supportive Services for Veteran Families invites everyone to join in the fun at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton.
     This community fundraiser is to help support the Camp Valor Project.
     It promises to include a yard sale, a playground, civil war display, vendors, bounce house, and music. Everyone is invited to enjoy Otter Spring by swimming there, too.
     Anyone who has items to donate for the yard sale, the hosts will accept furniture (solid wood only), household items, tools, farm equipment, collectables, sports items, autos, boats, and chain saws, etc. However, NO CLOTHING Please!
     To donate to the yard sale, please bring the donations to the Otter Springs Park in Gilchrist County, or call Robert Wells at 352-318-2416.
     This event has FREE ADMISSION.
     There are going to be games, live entertainment, food and more. Veteran Service Providers will be on hand to provide information, and to assist veterans and their families.
     Some of the organizations scheduled to be there are Veteran Services Departments from Levy, Gilchrist, Dixie and Alachua counties; The ForVets Riders; The American Legion, North Central Florida Alliance; Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc., and ForVets Inc.
     Dan Cavanah, president of ForVets Inc., said this group has identified the critical need nationwide for the delivery of physical, psychological, educational, and recreational programs, and support services for severely wounded veterans in singular, onsite facilities.
      As a result, ForVets designed a prototype residential facility:
“Camp Valor” at Otter Springs Park and Campground in Gilchrist County.
     Cavanah noted that participation in the program will require residents to commit to ForVets four core fundamentals: Rehabilitation for the body; Education for the mind; Enterprise for the spirit; and Recreation for the soul.
     “Camp Valor is a unique concept in the delivery of consolidated services and support,” Cavanah wrote. “All programs focus on empowering and enhancing the lives of the men and women who have greatly sacrificed for our country.”
     To learn more about ForVets and Camp Valor, visit http://forvets.us/.

 



Discover Levy County’s
gems at town hall meeting;

Refreshments and door prizes
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 20, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
     WILLISTON –
Robert Wells, prevention specialist with Meridian Behavioral Healthcare invites everyone to join in discovering the gems of Levy County.
     A town hall type of meeting is slated for Williston Community Center, which is in the new Williston City Hall at 50 N.W. Main St. in Williston, on Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
     “There will be presentations from some amazing resources that you may or may not be aware of in Levy County,” Wells said. “Bring your questions and join us for this very informative Town Hall Meeting.”
     Light refreshments will be served and great door prizes will be given away, Wells said.
     Some of the prizes will include a gas card, gift cards and movie tickets, Wells said. This event is open to the entire community to learn about resources and free training available to assist community members in learning about services provided by agencies and free training in things such as mental health, substance abuse prevention, and housing, he said.
     This event is being sponsored by Community Power Center Inc. and the Levy County Prevention Coalition.
     Representatives from two of the agencies that will be on hand are from Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Gainesville, Well said, and there will be others.

 

 
 

Nature Coast Business
Development Council
slates annual meeting
for Sept. 12 at CF Levy;

Levy County business interests
invited to provide input for goals;
RSVP By Sept.3

By David Pieklik, NCBDC Executive Director
Published Aug. 21, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
On Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Nature Coast Business Development Council (NCBDC) is scheduled to hold its annual meeting at the College of Central Florida' Jack Wilkinson Campus, north of Chiefland.
     Levy County business owners are invited to attend and provide input for the NCBDC’s focus and goals for the next year. Food and refreshments will be provided.
     Jeff Hendry, executive director of the North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP) is slated to be the key speaker.
     The NFEDP is a public-private, 501c(6) entity that is dedicated to facilitating economic development activity and high quality job growth, and securing capital investment in the 15-county region comprising North Central Florida, of which Levy County is a partner.
     The Florida Chamber Foundation’s “Six Pillars of the Florida Economy” is the framework for the NFEDP’s strategic goals and objectives, which can be adopted and implemented by partner counties to enhance their economic growth and sustainability.
     The meeting agenda is set to include:
     • A look at ongoing and emerging trends in the region and county
     • A review of key local projects and last year’s accomplishments
     • Roundtable discussions of key local issues
     • Development of goals addressing key issues or related areas
     • Opportunity for audience input and participation on issues and goals
     There is no cost to attend and all interested Levy County business owners are invited to participate in the meeting. RSVP by Sept. 3 to director@naturecoast.org
     The mission of the NCBDC is to foster economic prosperity and a better quality of life in Levy County. There are eight municipalities that the NCBDC works with -- Bronson, Cedar Key, Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Inglis, Otter Creek, Williston and Yankeetown, as well as the business interests in the unincorporated parts of Levy County. More information about the NCBDC can be found at https://www.naturecoast.org/.

 


4th Annual Tri-County’s
World’s Greatest Baby Shower
is scheduled for Sept. 12

Published Aug. 9, 2019 at
     CHIEFLAND –
The Tri-County’s World’s Greatest Baby Shower is scheduled to be Sept. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Chiefland Elementary School Cafeteria, 1205 N.W. Fourth Ave., Chiefland.
     This is exciting news for families expecting a new baby or families who have an infant under the age of one year old.
     The Tri-County’s World’s Greatest Baby Shower, organized through WellFlorida Council’s Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition and brought to the public by North Florida Pediatrics, Partnership for Strong Families, Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County and the Tri-County Community Resource Center, is bound to be as good as the previous three annual events.
     The Tri-County’s World Greatest Baby Shower is a free, educational event for mothers expecting a baby, and it is for for new parents. 
     The Baby Shower will educate participants in a fun and friendly atmosphere, which will promote prenatal and infant healthcare. Topics will include prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding, avoidance of tobacco and substance use, skills in parenting and infant safety, and increase knowledge of community resources. It will be presented through a partnership of numerous community members, agencies, organizations, health care providers, civic groups, businesses, and individuals.
     Participants will also be able to obtain much-needed items for baby’s future or recent arrival with door prizes and education-based drawings.
     There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not required. Fathers are encouraged to join and an exciting activity just for dads or family members will be held during the event.
     For more information on the Tri-County’s World’s Greatest Baby Shower, please contact Planning Committee Chair Erin Peterson at 352-727-0711 or epeterson@wellflorida.org.

 


Auditions for 9 to 5: The Musical
are scheduled for Sept. 14 and 15

9 women, 7 men and
a large ensemble are needed

By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 4, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND -- Auditions
to perform in 9 to 5: The Musical are set for Sept. 14 and 15, Diana Child noted in a press release.
     Performances in Chiefland are scheduled to be Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15
     Both the auditions and and performances aer slated to be  at the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave., in Chiefland (across the street from the Chielfand Police Department), Child said.
     Auditions are set for in Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Sunday Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m., Child said.
     "Please prepare 16 bars of a song and provide your own music to sing to. There will be a piano available if you have a pianist," Child wrote in the announcement of the auditions. "There will also be a CD player, or you can use music from your phone. Please have your song memorized.
     "There will be cold readings from the script as well. This is a very large cast," she added.
     The musical requires nine women, seven men, and a large ensemble, Child noted
     Potential performers who are unable to audition on Sept. 14 or 15 are asked to contact M. Lanette Six at 304-480-1157, or 352-745-9640 and leave a message with your name and number. "She will be glad to set up another time for you," Child said.
     As for 9 to 5: The Musical, it is a 2008 musical based on the 1980 film of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It features a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the screenplay by Resnick and Colin Higgins.
     The musical premiered in Los Angeles in September of 2008, and opened on Broadway in New York City in April of 2009. It received 15 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most received by a production in a single year, as well as four Tony Awards nominations.
     The Broadway production, however, was short-lived, closing in September of 2009. A national tour of the United States launched in 2010, followed by a United Kingdom premiere in 2012.

 


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/.

 


 

Bilingual poll workers
needed for 2020 Election Cycle

Published June 14, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.
     BRONSON --
Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones is looking for bilingual Poll Workers to staff voting locations for the upcoming 2020 election cycle.
     The Elections Office is seeking Poll Workers who are able to understand, speak, write and read English and Spanish. These workers will help provide effective translation assistance to Spanish-speaking voters at the polls on Election Day and during Early Voting.
     To qualify to serve as a Poll Worker an individual must be registered to vote in Levy County.
     Poll Workers are also required to:
     ● Complete online and in person training;
     ● Work long hours; and
     ● Perform all of the duties required of them on Election Day.
     Please note, candidates and immediate family members of candidates are not allowed to serve as Poll Workers.
     For more information, please call 352-486-5163 or email kearston@votelevy.com. 

 


State Rep. Charlie Stone
Local Office Hours -- Near The Bottom of this Page

COMMUNITY CALENDAR
     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. 4, Wed.
     10 a.m. --
Elder Options announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited to attend. The meeting is scheduled to be at Elder Options Conference Room A, at 100 S.W. 75th St., Suite 301, in Gainesville. This is a scheduled meeting of the Elder Options Board of Directors. The Board will take action on matters to be determined by the members of the Board, which may include matters such as the Executive Director’s Report. The Board will review, discuss, and take action on the Older Americans Act (OAA) allocations for Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020. Should any person wish to appeal any decision with respect to any matter considered at the above-referenced meeting, he or she may need to ensure verbatim recording of the proceeding in order to provide a record for judicial review. Persons with disabilities should contact Elder Options at least 48 hours prior to the meeting in order to request any special assistance.


Sept. 12, Thursday
     6:30-8:30 p.m. --
We SOAR Inc. (We SOAR stands for Supporting Outreach through Arts and Recreation) and the Archer Cultural Progressive Organization (ACPO) are scheduled to present the Annual Step-by-Step College Prep Seminar at the Archer Community Center, 16671 S.W. 137th Ave., in Archer. This seminar is a panel discussion of college representatives and community leaders regarding planning for college and or vocational programs for high school students. The seminar is slated to include financial planning, career planning, and goal setting. Metropolitan communities often host seminars regarding college planning, and both We SOAR and ACPO are bringing these same opportunities and resources to rural communities. For more information regarding the seminar or how to sponsor or table at the event, please contact Satori Days at 352-317-1371 or satori.days@gmail.com.



Sept. 14, Saturday
     10 a.m. - 3 p.m. --
The UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station has scheduled an open house and everyone is invited to the event at 552 First Street in Cedar Key. Just take State Road 24 and head toward the Gulf of Mexico to get there. Among the Partner Presentations scheduled are UF IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; UF IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department; UF IFAS Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; UF Veterinarian School - Marine Animal Rescue; and the Cedar Key School's S.A.L.T. Program. Research updates at this event are scheduled to include thos on Oyster Restoration; Seagrass Ecology; Sea Turtle Research; Shellfish Aquaculture; and Fisheries Management. Animal appearances are set to include Horseshoe Crab; Alligator Snapping Turtle; Diamondback Terrapin; Red Drum; Spotted Seatrout and there will be a Touch Tank. Tours of the facility are planned. Fun games and hands-on
activities for the whole family are scheduled to be part of this event.



Sept. 21, Saturday
     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/.

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.
    


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.



 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated May 15, 2019 at 7:09 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.

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
     11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The Citizens For An Engaged Electorate conduct an open discussion and luncheon at Melanie's Restaurant 112 E. Noble Ave., in Williston. This meeting is free and open to the public. People who order lunch are responsible for paying their own bills for the food and drinks. This group discusses matters of public importance.
     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/.

THIRD THURSDAY
     7 - 8:30 p.m. --
The Citizens For An Engaged Electorate conduct a business/action meeting at the Williston Community Center, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. This is free and open to the public. This group discusses matters of public importance.

EVERY FRIDAY
      7:15 a.m. -- The Citrus Business Network (CBN) exists to grow the business and profitability of our members by providing leads and referral information, sharing marketing ideas and utilizing each others' services. Everyone wants to do business with people they know, like and trust. The CBN allows us to develop that kind of relationship, not only with other members, but also with friends and business contacts. We meet Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Twisted Oak Country Club, in Beverly Hills. Breakfast and social time begins at 7:15. We would love to have you visit a meeting and see if CBN is right for you. Questions? Call Peg Weston at 352-586-2343.

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY

     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Cross City on the first Friday of the month. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every first Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from in the city park behind the Dixie County Courthouse in Cross City. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.

EVERY THIRD FRIDAY
     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Old Town. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every third Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from at the 1st District Community Center in Old Town (9223 N.E. 349 Highway). This is on Highway 349 about 10 miles north of the light in Old Town. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local  youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.


SECOND SATURDAY
      8 a.m. --  The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), hold a monthly breakfast meeting in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the church in Chiefland. 
      9:45 a.m. -- C.A.N. (Community Alliance Network) meets at the Living Water Life Center (LWLC) 6491 S.E. 123 Terrace Morriston. We’re meeting to put together resources and ideas for growing, bartering, food storage, alternative energy and other forms of self-sufficiency. Join us to hear speakers from like-minded groups share their visions and help us form ours. We always look forward to meeting new people.
      10 a.m. – First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission every second and fourth Saturday.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able.
     4 p.m. -- There is a “Community Round Table Meeting” at Inglis City Halle each second Saturday of each month. This is an open forum for residents of Inglis to come together to discuss area needs and views.

THIRD SATURDAY
     5:30 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to a Gospel Sing on the third Saturday of each month at St. Johns United Methodist Church, on the corner of Alachua County Roads 236 and 239, in Alachua. The mailing address is 10708 N.W. County Road 236. There will be a sign at corner of the intersection. Each month, there will also be a fellowship afterward with a covered dish meal.

FOURTH SATURDAY
     9 a.m. -- First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able. (There is no UMM in Chiefland in July and August.)
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The South Levy Marketplace, which is held the fourth Saturday of each month, happens in the Food Ranch Plaza, 40 U.S. Highway 19 N., just north of Follow That Dream Parkway (Levy County Road 40). Vendors provide goods, demonstrations and services. There are even free cat adoptions. Vendor spaces and quality yard sale spaces are 10x10 for $10. Civic groups and non-profit groups can have spaces for free. For more information, call 352-302-1771. 

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

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

--UPDATED--
WEDNESDAY  AUG. 21  11:09 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties


City Of Williston Florida
 



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