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FDOH offers free COVID-19
tests in Levy, Dixie
and Gilchrist counties

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 2, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
Updated July 6, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
     BRONSON --
The Florida Department of Health's Levy County Unit, Gilchrist County Unit and Dixie County Unit are offering free COVID-19 drive-through testing, according to Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton, and Wesley Asbell of the Florida Department of Health.

 

 

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     These tests are available Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. at Levy and Dixie counties, and by appointment at Gilchrist County, Asbell said.
     People taking the tests in Levy and Dixie counties must be in line with their vehicles starting at 9 a.m., Asbell said.
     For more information about the Levy County testing Monday through Friday, call 352-486-5300.
     To make an appointment for Gilchrist County testing, call Monday through Friday, 352-463-3120.
     For more information about the Dixie County testing Monday through Friday, call 352-498-1360.

 


CF provides virtual information
sessions in July and August

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published July 2, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.
     OCALA -
The College of Central Florida is conducting virtual information and academic program sessions for potential students, parents and guardians of high school teens interested in learning more about CF and the programs that the college offers.
     Future and newly admitted students are encouraged to register and receive assistance with the application process, financial aid, placement testing, academic advising or registration for fall classes that begin Aug. 17. Sessions last about an hour and provide details about resources available to help students be successful, as well as expectations and outcomes for the specific academic programs. Parent and dual enrollment sessions are also available.
     Sessions in July and August include:
Physical Therapist Assistant, Monday, July 6, at 4 p.m.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m.
Engineering Technology, Tuesday, July 7, at 9:30 a.m.
General Information, Wednesday, July 8, 11 a.m.
Radiography, Tuesday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m.
General Information, Tuesday, July 14, 2 p.m.
Parent Information, Tuesday, July 14, at 6 p.m.
General Information, Thursday, July 16, 11 a.m.
General Information, Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Tuesday, June 21, at 2 p.m.
Dual Enrollment, Wednesday, July 22, at 6 p.m.
General Information, Thursday, July 23, 1 p.m.
General Information, Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m.
General Information, Thursday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m.
General Information, Monday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m.
General Information, Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m.
Parent Information, Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m.
     For information about any of the sessions or to register, visit https://www.cf.edu/Informationsession or email admissions@CF.edu.

 


SHINE offers Virtual Medicare
Classes via Zoom in July

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 29, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     MID-FLORIDA --
SHINE is actively working remotely and virtually at least through the month of July, according to Kristina A. Young, SHINE outreach and education specialist.
     Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders is a free program provided by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Trained, unbiased SHINE volunteer counselors help senior citizens and the disabled, as well as their families and caregivers navigate through the often difficult path of health insurance.
     Due to danger from COVID-19, rather than potentially making older Floridians sick or killing them from the virus, Elder Options is serving them via the telephone and Internet and this is continuing at least through July.
     Specialist Young of the Elder Options’ Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging reminds everyone that SHINE is still available by calling or emailing through the following numbers and email:
     Statewide Elder Helpline - 1-800-963-5337
     Local Elder Helpline - 1-800-262-2243
     Email: shine@agingresources.org
     “We are also continuing to host Virtual Medicare Classes via Zoom,” Young noted as she sent the July schedule. “Everyone is welcome to join us. Zoom has been a very user friendly process for all joining us!”
     The 16 counties served by the Elder Options’ Mid-Florida Agency on Aging are Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union counties.
     Medicare is a federal system of health insurance for people who are 65 years of age and older, and for certain younger people with disabilities. It is not free, except for those in abject poverty. Individuals who are 64 years old are advised to start conducting research to enroll in the system.
     Learning about Medicare before its onset as a health insurance option is advisable for all people in the United States. There are many options, and each person’s healthcare and financial needs vary. Choosing one path over another can prove to be beneficial for people who want the best return on their money regarding the expense of routine and other types of medical care.
     Following is the SHINE Virtual Medicare Classes via Zoom schedule for July. To register for any of these classes Call 352-692-5262 or send an email to shine@agingresources.org.


     ● Medicare 101 – July 7, Tuesday 2-3:30 p.m.
     ● Medicare Financial Assistance Programs -- July 8, Wednesday 2-3:30 p.m.
     ● Be Scam Smart, July 9, Thursday – 10-11:30 a.m.
     ● Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage – July 14, Tuesday 10-11:30 a.m.
     ● Introduction To SHINE, July 15, Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m.
     ● Medicare Part C – July 16, Thursday 2-3:30 p.m.
     ● Navigating Medicare.gov – July 21, Tuesday 2-3:30 p.m.
     ● Medicare 101 -- (Español) 22 de Julio, Miércoles 2-3:30 p.m.
     ● Medicare & COVID-19 – July 23, Thursday 2-3:30 p.m.

 


Thanking First Responders
Rally HardisonInk.com
Sylvia King (left) is joined by one of the people who stood by the highway during a promotion of showing appreciation for first responders in the Tri-County Area. The male participant in the picture said he preferred to not give his name. A number of people from the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties stood beside a section of U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland for a few hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Sunday (June 28) to show their appreciation for first responders. This was a relatively spontaneous event promoted via social media beforehand. Law enforcement officers, medical professionals and firefighters who are the first to respond to calls for help were honored.

Rally HardisonInk.com
Every person publicly showing their support for first responders on Sunday has reasons for expressing their backing of those workers. Seen above are Dawn Estes (left) and Steve Estes, formerly of Sarasota. They live in the Chiefland area now. Mr. Estes retired from the Sarasota County Fire Department after 25 years of public service in that profession. Their son Nicholas Estes, 28, just started as a police officer on the Daytona Beach Police Department on Friday. Nicholas Estes also is active in the Florida National Guard as a lieutenant, and it is anticipated he will be promoted to captain in the near future. National Guard Lt. Estes graduated Florida Southern College (Lakeland) in 2014, after having accepted a full scholarship from the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © June 28, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

 


Postal Moth
Postal Moth in Chiefland Florida HardisonInk.com
A colorful moth finds shade on the United States Post Office in Chiefland on Friday (June 26). Mockingbirds are often seen and heard in this neighborhood, although not in this photo. The common mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is the state bird of Florida. The northern mockingbird is an omnivore. The birds' diet consists of arthropods, earthworms, berries, fruits, seeds and occasionally lizards. As for this moth, it may be off of the menu for the local mockingbirds. A big lizard, though, might see the moth as something to dine upon. In any event, the moth found a bit of shade from the summer sun in Chiefland on Friday, and it was willing to pause for a photo opportunity as it began to wrap up its busy workweek of mothing about town.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © June 28, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.

 


Back-to-School sales tax holiday
scheduled for Aug. 7, 8 and 9

Florida Department of Revenue 2020 HardisonInk.com
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 28, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
The Florida Department of Revenue announced on June 24 its intent to provide Florida shoppers with a Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday on Aug. 7, 8 and 9.
     During this sales tax holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on:
     • purchases of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item;
     • purchases of certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and
     • the first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers and certain computer-related accessories, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
     This sales tax holiday does NOT apply to:
     • Any item of clothing selling for more than $60;
     • Any school supply item selling for more than $15;
     • Books that are not otherwise exempt;
     • Computers and computer-related accessories purchased for commercial purposes;
     • Rentals or leases of any eligible items;
     • Repairs or alterations of any eligible items; or
     • Sales of any eligible items in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.
     Consumers and retailers who want a more exact answer to questions about exempt and non-exempt items can click HERE for the Florida Department of Revenue’s Tax Information Publication about this three-day sales tax holiday.

 
Butterfly Narrowly Escapes Lizard
Butterfly catches its breath before flying more Hardisonink.com
This butterfly was flitting through the air as it enjoyed its life as a butterfly on Saturday (May 30). Meanwhile, a lizard noticed what looked like a potentially large meal. With a flick of its tongue, the lizard almost won in the struggle of life, but it only tasted a small piece of the tail part of one wing (bottom left of wing area in photo). The butterfly then glided over to one of the porches at The Ink Pad, located in the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands in Levy County. Once there, it caught its breath so that it could launch for another set of flying, nectar drinking and pollen spreading in the neighborhood.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © May 31, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.

 

Stormy Tuesday
Storm in Levy County Florida HardisonInk.com
These clouds seen when looking toward Chiefland from Levy County Road 347 between U.S. Highway 19 and U.S. Alt. 27, in the Turkey Town area, indicate a storm is coming late on Tuesday afternoon (May 26).

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © May 27, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

 


Needles Drinks Bird Soup
Needles Drinks From a Birdbath in Levy County
With cardinals and a plethora of other birds having finished their baths, and with his cat water fountain maintenance man having filled the birdbath with fresh water, Needles the Community Cat of Jemlands (which is an unrecorded subdivision in Levy County) enjoys a drink. Needles is a fixed cat who was never broken. He is a cool cat, even in the summer heat. While he is a community cat, Needles also is the feline resident of the outdoors part of The Ink Pad. For those who don’t know, he was named Needles because he blends in with the pine needles.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © May 18, 2020 at 9:10 p.m.

 


Free Range Deer
Deer Mother's Day 2020 HardisonInk.com
This deer seen on the edge of some woods in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County or Gilchrist County on Mother’s Day 2020 (Sunday, May 10) looks at a photographer. Relatively unaware that people in this neck of the woods are inclined to kill and eat deer, the quasi-domesticated animal did perceive a potential threat and quickly hopped over a palmetto and scampered into the nearby forest. Yes, Phoebe Buffay (the character in Friends), the 1923 book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten (and the 1942 animated movie Bambi by Walt Disney, where the Austrian deer is transformed from the book’s version into a white-tailed deer, like this one, but which is unknown in Austria), is not an entirely happy story from a deer’s perspective.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © May 13, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.

 


Flea Market And Flowers
Chiefland Farmers Flea Market
The vehicles seen parked above are among the many that brought people to the Chiefland Farmers Flea Market Saturday and Sunday (May 9 and 10). Flea Market owners Sonny and Lydia Griffeth noted on social media their appreciation to the dealers and visitors for making this a successful reopening. The Chiefland Farmers Flea Market is open Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Flowers in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties

Flowers in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties

Flowers in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties

Flowers in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties
Going from a more distant view to a closer view, yellow and purple flowers dominate the scene in a field in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Spring continues to bring the wonders of wildflowers in Florida.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © May 10, 2020 at 7:10 p.m.

 


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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July 8, Wednesday
     9 a.m. - 12 p.m. --
Farm Share has scheduled a food distribution event at AmVets Post 447 in Inglis. This is drive-through distribution. The food will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about Farm Share, please visit https://farmshare.org/. To learn more about AmVets, please visit https://amvets.org/.

July 9, Thursday
     3 p.m. –
The Nature Coast Business Development Council Inc. is scheduled to conduct its monthly Board of Directors meeting. Due to pandemic hygiene requirements to protect health, the typical venues for conducting these meetings remained closed. In consideration of human health and safety, this meeting will be conducted through Zoom. People can have access to the meeting via https://zoom.us/j/93382357298?pwd=YUtaRnpOOTgzWHVxc2xVeFNCdlZGZz09 Listeners can also call in by dialing 1-646-876-9923 and using Meeting ID: 933 8235 7298 and Password: 1985532. Since the NCBDC Board membership consists of two or more members of the Levy County RESTORE Act subcommittee, this meeting serves as a meeting of the RESTORE Act subcommittee as well. Any members of the public wishing to bring related matters before the board may do so by contacting the Executive Director via email at director@naturecoast.org. The NCBDC, formed in 1985, is committed to fostering economic prosperity and the highest quality of life in the communities it serves. 


July 10, Friday
     6-8 p.m. --
Fix Them All spay and neuter registration dates are set for this evening. Please contact Maggie for dog registration at 352-275-3536 and contact Grace for cat registration at 352-210-8800. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the people helping provide low-cost spay and neuter services are taking registrations by telephone. Please call the phone numbers listed for registration between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. only! Space is limited. Please leave a message and your call will be returned in the order in which the message is received. This service is made possible through a grant awarded by the Wagmore Foundation to Fix Them All.

July 11, Saturday
     6-8 p.m. --
Fix Them All spay and neuter registration dates are set for this evening. Please contact Maggie for dog registration at 352-275-3536 and contact Grace for cat registration at 352-210-8800. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the people helping provide low-cost spay and neuter services are taking registrations by telephone. Please call the phone numbers listed for registration between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. only! Space is limited. Please leave a message and your call will be returned in the order in which the message is received. This service is made possible through a grant awarded by the Wagmore Foundation to Fix Them All.

 


SHINE
SHINE Counseling Available
(Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
http://www.floridashine.org/
Published Nov. 3, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
Updated March 18, 2020 at 1:10 p.m.

Local: 1-800-262-2243
Statewide: 1-800-963-5337  

 


 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated june 7, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 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.

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

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

FIRST MONDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
The Williston High School Football Boosters' meeting is in the Williston High School Library. Meetings will continue year-round on the first Monday of every month. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

SECOND MONDAY
  
   9:30 a.m. -- Williston AARP Chapter #912 is scheduled to meet in the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Center at Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., on the second Monday each of month from Janudary to May and from September through December.

     Noon -- The Dixie Education Foundation meets the second Monday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     7 p.m. -- The Suwannee Valley Players meet at the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave, Chiefland. The players discuss things that relate to the theater and upcoming shows. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and no acting experience is necessary. For more information, please leave a message by calling 352-493-2787 or email to SuwanneeValleyPlayers@gmail.com.

THIRD MONDAY
      6:30 p.m. --
The Levy County Republican Executive Committee's monthly meeting starts with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at a new location for these meetings: The Gathering Table, 116 N Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland. Everyone is invited to come hear from county leaders who will explain what's happening now or in the future of Levy County. Every meeting has informative Republican ideas, information and plans for the future in the county, state and nation.

LAST MONDAY
     6-7 p.m. --
The Friends of ForVets Inc., which is the lead organization for the Camp Valor project at Otter Springs Park and Campground, has scheduled meetings at the Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 N.E. 11th Ave., in Trenton, on the last Monday of every month, except that there is no monthly meeting in December. For more information, please contact Debbie Destin at 352-215-5476. Everyone is welcome. Volunteers are needed.
 
EVERY TUESDAY
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. –
Williston Rotary Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. First St., Williston.
     4-7 p.m. -- The Newberry Farmer's Market is on the corner of 254th Street and Newberry Road in downtown Newberry each Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Sellers are offering fresh veggies, meats, eggs, mushrooms, plants, honey, jams, pickled items, fruit, baked goods, boiled peanuts and more.
     7 p.m. -- Fanning Springs Community Church is participating in a ministry named "His Grounds," which is to help free from all addictions. This support group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 N.W. 90th Court, in the City of  Fanning Springs, Florida 32693. Everyone is welcome! If you would like more information, please call Fanning Springs Community Church at 352-463-2602 or call Marcia at 352-535-3068.


SECOND TUESDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
(effective Jan. 1, 2020, and going forward) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 (Rebel Post) of Chiefland, is scheduled to have its monthly meeting at the post located at  6850 N.W. 137th St., north of Chiefland, just off of U.S. Highway 19. The monthly meeting used to be at 6:30 p.m., and years ago the VFW post was located at 1104 S. Main St. -- but the post has moved and the meeting time is changing to be an hour earlier as of January of 2020.


THIRD TUESDAY
     10 a.m. - Noon --
A support group for grandparents raising grandchildren meets the third Tuesday of each month at First Baptist Church of Cross City, 16024 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. Come join us for help, ideas and to be refreshed. Ideas are always appreciated for ways to help. You've got a tough job! Learn about school choices, stress relief and provide support to each other. Childcare is provided. For more information call Gigi 352-493-9183.

     11:30 a.m. -- The luncheon and business meeting for Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) is scheduled on the same day the third Tuesday of every month. Lunch is at Melanie’s Restaurant, 112 E. Noble Ave., (U.S. Alt. 27), in Williston.is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The business meeting will take place at the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Center in Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., beginning at 1 p.m. CEE is a group of concerned citizens whose purpose is to make the electorate aware of issues, recommend actions, and advocate for progressive change. (This meeting was moved for March of 2020 to March 20 rather than March 17, due to room availability.)


EVERY WEDNESDAY
     11 a.m. - Noon -- Tai Chi classes are being held Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. Classes will be there up to the middle of December, minus Thanksgiving Week. This version of Tai Chi is for Balance Only and it can be done sitting in a chair if that would be more convenient for some. Please let us know if you are interested and you can call Gerry Jesk at 352-493-2842 and leave a message giving your name and phone number.
     11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- The Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site in Williston open to people who are 60 years and older. Seniors will receive a hot, nutritious, balanced meal free of charge. Donations are accepted. It’s in Thompson Hall at St. Banabas Church at 521 N.W. First Ave. Please call 352-490-7055 ext. 1 by 9 a.m. on Wednesdays to assure there will be enough meals hot and ready to serve on that day.
     12 p.m. – Chiefland Rotary Club meets at The Gathering Table, 116 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Cypress Inn Restaurant, 15568 N.W. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.

     7 p.m. -- The Youth Ministry Program Ignite 4:12 at Cornerstone Assembly of God continues from Sept. 18, to be each Wednesday. Director of Youth Ministry Chris Kirby said he looks forward to seeing young people come to this weekly event at Cornerstone Assembly Of God 1045 Sixth Blvd., in Williston.

FIRST WEDNESDAY
     10- 11 a.m. --
The first Wednesday of each month, interested individuals are invited to enjoy the "coffee club meeting," where Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kathryn Lancaster will discuss current updates on the market and economy in a relaxed, informal setting. This discussion is at the Edward Jones office, 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), in Chiefland. Participants need to reserve a spot at the coffee club meeting by calling the office at 352-493-4948.

SECOND WEDNESDAY
      6:30 p.m. -- Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

THIRD WEDNESDAY
     12 p.m. --
Every third Wednesday, there is a free community light lunch at Holy Family Catholic Church, 17353 N.E. U.S. Alt. 27 near Williston. Everyone is invited. For more information, please call 352-528-2893.

FOURTH WEDNESDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

FIFTH WEDNESDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

EVERY THURSDAY
    10:30 a.m. --
Rural food distribution is happening every Thursday at the United Methodist Church on the east side of U.S. Highway 19 about one block north of the traffic light in Old Town. This replaces the former distribution drop station that used to be at McCrabb Baptist Church.
     12 p.m. – Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meets at Haven Hospice, in Conference Building, 911 N. Young Blvd., in Chiefland.

      7-9 p.m. -- ForVets Inc. is holding Bingo games every Thursday night in the Spring Lodge at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton, in Gilchrist County. All proceeds from the sales of snacks and beverages goes toward the Camp Valor Project at Otter Springs. Bingo etiquette is required. Call 352-463-0800.
      7 p.m. -- Yankeetown Inglis Woman's Club Bingo is active. The games begin at 7 p.m., in the club located at 5 56th St., Yankeetown. Stop in at 5 p.m. and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6 p.m., you can eat before the games start. You don't have to play to eat, we have take out! There are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. For more information call 352-447-2057.
      7 p.m. -- There is Bingo every Thursday at the Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave. Contact Pamela Vamosi at 352-222-8267 or Deanna Barnard at 352-283-8828 for more information about the Lions Club of Williston.


FIRST THURSDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
The Disabled American Veterans meet on the first Thursday of the month at Otter Springs Park and Campground in the Spring Lodge, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton 32693.

 

SECOND THURSDAY
     11:30 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.

 



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--
MONDAY  JULY 6  7:10 a.m.
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