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TUESDAY  SEPT. 21  10:11 a.m.  Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties


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Two Tails Ranch / All About Elephants
schedules fundraiser for Sept. 25-26

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One of the elephants seen during the 2019 fundraiser moves toward the area where the crowd can see the elephant.

Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 14, 2021 at 12:11 p.m.
     WILLISTON –
Everyone is invited to enjoy a fun and educational event on Sept. 25 and 26 in the Williston area, when and where they can learn all about elephants at the Two Tails Ranch.

 

 

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     This is the 10th annual Two Tails Ranch / All About Elephants, Elephant Appreciation Day fundraiser.
     It is set to happen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 25) and Sunday (Sept. 26).
     Included in the $15 admission is music, the vendor village, demonstrations, guest animals, animal educational programs and talks throughout the day.
     New for This Year is the Stunt Thrill Show!
     There is also going to be food, a bounce house, face-painting, animal interactions and more that is not included in the admission fee.
     There is no admission fee for children 2 years and younger.
     Every bit, 100 percent, of all proceeds go directly to care for the animals at Two Tails Ranch.
     Two Tails Ranch was founded in 1984 by Theodore H. Svertesky and Patricia L. Zerbini. The ranch is the only privately owned elephant facility of its kind.
     Two Tails Ranch receives no state or government funding.
     This ranch was built to board and care for both Asian and African elephants that need temporary or permanent housing, regardless of their health or dispositions.
     “We also offer educational programs, for groups or individuals, in private guided tours, you will learn and interact with elephants like nowhere else outside of Asia or Africa,” Zerbini said.
     For more information, visit the website www.allaboutelephants.com or e-mail direct to Patricia Zerbini at pzerbini@allaboutelephants.com.
     To see the story, photos and video from the 2019 event, click HERE. That Elephant Appreciation Day fundraiser included a famous high-wire performer.

 


Barnhill Bazaar set for Sept. 25
Barnhill Bazaar
A- This metal yard art with solar lighting is seen from when it was on sale at a previous Barnhill Bazaar -- held Feb. 27.

Story and Photos 
By C.L. Watson, HardisonInk Correspondent
© Sept. 16, 2021 at 3:11 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Everyone is invited to come take a stroll through the 1940s homestead of Byrd and Annie Barnhill during the Barnhill Bazaar being held at Barnhill Landscapes and Nursery, 6850 N.W. 100th St., right on State Road 345 just north of the curve, going from Chiefland.


Barnhill Bazaar
Hand-painted artwork is displayed by a vendor during a previous Barnhill Bazaar.

Barnhill Bazaar
The 1940s homestead of Byrd and Annie Barnhill is a well-preserved time capsule for visitors to walk through at Barnhill Landscapes and Nursery during the bazaar set for Saturday, Sept. 25.

Barnhill Bazaar
An interior room of the old Barnhill homestead is part of walking tour of yesteryear.


     The bazaar is scheduled to be on Saturday, Sept. 25, frm 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     The old home sat hidden in overgrowth for many years. It is almost a time capsule of the way life used to be. Parts of the floor were removed from the wooden house and replaced with brick pavers creating a walkthrough tour. The rooms are displayed furniture that was left behind many moons ago.
     The Barnhill Bazaar is a free venue for vendors and patrons. Vendors cannot sell plants, plant containers or any like items already carried by the nursery. Persons interested in participating as a vendor can contact the office at 352-999-7162 or 352-949-5127.

 


Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
and Rally scheduled for Oct. 9

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 17, 2021 at 11:11 a.m.
     BRONSON –
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
     Reggie Stacy has been leading a walk and having a rally every year in Bronson to help bring awareness.
     This year, he is hoping to see even more people participate than in some of the past years. He invites anyone who wants to participate in the walk or the rally to call him at 352-507-3968 or to send him an email at reggiestacy08@gmail.com.
     As of Sept. 17, there entertainment at the rally to be held in the James H. Cobb Memorial Park of Bronson will include one band, and Stacy himself – where he is performing under his stage name of Reggie RealStarr. He sings country music, southern rock, music from the 1980s and 1990s and Gospel music.
     The walk begins on Oct. 9, the second Saturday in October, at the United States Post Office in Bronson, 747 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), at 10 a.m. From there, walkers will take a route that leads to the James H. Cobb Memorial Park, 275 Picnic St.
     The rally will include speakers who are survivors of cancer, Stacy said, as well as at least three nurses. This event is free and everyone is welcome to participate.

 


COVID-19 testing is available
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug 9, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA –
T
he Tri-County Health Department units of the Florida Department of Health in Dixie County, Levy County and Gilchrist County are continuing to offer free testing for COVID-19 and free vaccinations against COVID-19.
     COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in the Tri-County Area is available through the FDOH units in Dixie County, Gilchrist County and Levy County.
     The Health Department in Dixie County is located at 149 N.E. 241st St., Cross City, Florida 32628.
     The Health Department in Gilchrist County is located at 119 N.E. First St., Trenton, Florida 32693. Testing in Gilchrist County is at the Southside Park in Trenton, which is between Southeast First Street and Sixth Street and Southeast Third Avenue and Southeast Fifth Avenue.
     The Health Department in Levy County is located at 66 West Main (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) St., Bronson, Florida 32621.

TESTING
     The schedule for COVID-19 drive-thru testing follows: Dixie County – Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.; Levy County – Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.; and Gilchrist County – Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
     If you are interested in testing, please:
     Bring your driver’s license or State ID. Do not eat or drink anything at least one hour prior to testing. Children under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian present to sign a consent form.
     Please arrive at the testing site at 8:30 a.m. at the places and days noted above. Testing begins promptly. Anyone in line at that time will be tested, weather permitting.

VACCINATIONS
     The schedule for COVID-19 drive-thru vaccinations is BY APPOINTMENT. Vaccinations are in Dixie County – Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Levy County – Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Gilchrist County – Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
     Call the Health Department to schedule an appointment. Staff members at the Health Department are happy to help. Bring your ID and COVID-19 vaccine card if this is your second dose. If possible, complete a consent form prior to arriving to appointment. Consent forms can be printed by clicking
HERE.
     Please arrive at your scheduled time for vaccinations.
     If there is an urgent need for testing or vaccination outside of these days/times, please call the health department and ask to speak to a COVID team member to assist you. These services are provided free of charge.
    
For more COVID-19 information from the Levy County unit, please visit http://levy.floridahealth.gov/ or call 352-486-5300.
     For more COVID-19 information from the Gilchrist County unit, please visit
http://gilchrist.floridahealth.gov/ or call 352-463-3120.
     For more COVID-19 information from the Dixie County unit, please visit
http://dixie.floridahealth.gov/ or call 352-498-1360.
     The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national public health agency of the United States.
     For more information about the CDC, go to
https://www.cdc.gov/.

 


CFEC cancels annual meeting
By Alison DeLoach
Central Florida Electric Cooperative
Communications Specialist
Published Sept. 14, 2021 at 3:11 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The 2021 Annual Meeting of Members is canceled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
     Business from the 2019 Annual Meeting will be carried over until the next possible Annual Meeting can be held.
     CFEC’s Board of Trustees regret this decision but have determined it to be the best course of action at this time for the health and wellbeing of CFEC's members and employees. 

 


Turkeys In The Road
Turkeys In The Road
Somewhere in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County, a turkey is seen in the road on Friday (Sept. 3). This was one of about a dozen wild turkeys seen crossing the road and then crossing back the other way after they noticed a 2013 Nissan Juke idling toward them.

Turkeys In The Road
This big turkey shakes water off its feathers, in a manner similar to how a dog shakes water out of its fur. The mist from him shaking is seen around him.

Turkeys In The Road

Turkeys In The Road

Turkeys disappear into the woods when they think a human has taken an interest in them.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 3, 2021 at 9:11 p.m.

 

Cat Days Of Summer
Cat Days Of Summer
Needles the Community Cat of Jemlands relaxes in the shade before the rain falls on Friday afternoon (Sept. 3) in the unrecorded subdivision in Levy County, between Carter’s Crossroads and Fowlers Bluff. The Dog Days of Summer 2021 in United States began on Saturday, July 3, and ended on Wednesday, Aug. 11, as noted in The Old Farmer’s Almanac and elsewhere. During this time, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. This is why Sirius is sometimes called the Dog Star. In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time as diēs caniculārēs, or “dog days.” Meanwhile, Needles the cat says these are now the Cat Days of Summer, and like all other days, he is going to relax and take catnaps whenever it suits his fancy. ‘We are past the Dog Days of Summer,” Needles is interpreted to have said when he meowed in response to a question. “These are the Cat Days of Summer. Relax. Take a break from work every now and then.”

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 3, 2021 at 9:11 p.m.

 



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Sept. 26, Saturday
     11 a.m. - 5 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to enjoy a fun and educational event in the Williston area where they can learn all about elephants at the Two Tails Ranch.  This is the 10th annual Two Tails Ranch / All About Elephants, Elephant Appreciation Day fundraiser.  Included in the $15 admission is music, the vendor village, demonstrations, guest animals, animal educational programs and talks throughout the day. New for This Year is the Stunt Thrill Show! There is also going to be food, a bounce house, face-painting, animal interactions and more that is not included in the admission fee. There is no admission fee for children 2 years and younger. Every bit, 100 percent, of all proceeds go directly to care for the animals at Two Tails Ranch. Two Tails Ranch was founded in 1984 by Theodore H. Svertesky and Patricia L. Zerbini. The ranch is the only privately owned elephant facility of its kind. Two Tails Ranch receives no state or government funding. This ranch was built to board and care for both Asian and African elephants that need temporary or permanent housing, regardless of their health or dispositions. “We also offer educational programs, for groups or individuals, in private guided tours, you will learn and interact with elephants like nowhere else outside of Asia or Africa,” Zerbini said. For more information, visit the website www.allaboutelephants.com or e-mail direct to Patricia Zerbini at pzerbini@allaboutelephants.com. To see the story, photos and video from the 2019 event, click HERE. That Elephant Appreciation Day fundraiser included a famous high-wire performer.

Sept. 27, Sunday
     11 a.m. - 5 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to enjoy a fun and educational event in the Williston area where they can learn all about elephants at the Two Tails Ranch.  This is the 10th annual Two Tails Ranch / All About Elephants, Elephant Appreciation Day fundraiser.  Included in the $15 admission is music, the vendor village, demonstrations, guest animals, animal educational programs and talks throughout the day. New for This Year is the Stunt Thrill Show! There is also going to be food, a bounce house, face-painting, animal interactions and more that is not included in the admission fee. There is no admission fee for children 2 years and younger. Every bit, 100 percent, of all proceeds go directly to care for the animals at Two Tails Ranch. Two Tails Ranch was founded in 1984 by Theodore H. Svertesky and Patricia L. Zerbini. The ranch is the only privately owned elephant facility of its kind. Two Tails Ranch receives no state or government funding. This ranch was built to board and care for both Asian and African elephants that need temporary or permanent housing, regardless of their health or dispositions. “We also offer educational programs, for groups or individuals, in private guided tours, you will learn and interact with elephants like nowhere else outside of Asia or Africa,” Zerbini said. For more information, visit the website www.allaboutelephants.com or e-mail direct to Patricia Zerbini at
pzerbini@allaboutelephants.com. To see the story, photos and video from the 2019 event, click HERE. That Elephant Appreciation Day fundraiser included a famous high-wire performer.

Sept. 30, Thursday
     5:30-7:30 p.m. --
The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Office in Bronson is where the Levy County 4-H Program at the annual open house, titled “Levy County 4-H Under the Big Top!” this year is set to happen. Anyone interested in learning more about the program and what 4-H clubs do is invited. Families will have the opportunity to meet members and leaders of the 4-H clubs in Levy County, to enroll in 4-H as well as to enjoy different activities and light carnival fare. As noted, this event is at the UF/IFAS Levy County Extension Office, 625 N. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), in Bronson. For admission, attendees are asked to please bring one jar of peanut butter per youth for the annual UF/IFAS Peanut Butter Challenge. The University of Florida suggests everyone to wear face coverings in all UF facilities, regardless of vaccination status. The 4-H is an all-inclusive youth organization that offers a variety of youth involvement ranging from school-based programs to community clubs. Youth are encouraged to join 4-H and find their passion by exploring the many opportunities the program has to offer. Enrollment is now open for the 2021-2022 year through the 4HOnline web portal – https://v2.4honline.com/. For more information about the Levy County 4-H Program, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Office at 352-486-5131 and ask for Jessica Emerson, 4-H Agent, or Curneisha Myers, 4-H Program Assistant.

Oct. 2, Saturday
     9 a.m.-3 p.m. --
The Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place the first Saturday of October each year in Williston's Heritage Park, which is in the 100 Block of North Main Street (U.S. Highway 41) off of Noble Avenue (U.S. Alt. 27). This Williston tradition celebrates all things "Nutty." Cutomarily there have been vendors of arts and crafts, various types of food, information booths, as well as many types of cooked and uncooked peanuts. There has been a pageant in years past for "peanut royalty."  This event traditionally has been hosted by the Williston Chamber of Commerce with the city providing support services such as utility connections.

Oct. 5, Tuesday
     9:30-11:30 a.m. --
The Levy County Annual Legislative Delegation Hearing is scheduled to be conducted in the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Room of Williston City Hall, 50 N.W Main St. in Williston. Florida State Sen. Jennifer Bradley (R-Fleming Island, Dist. 5), who represents Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Lafayette, Suwannee, Union and part of Marion counties and State Rep. Joe Harding (R-Williston, Dist. 22), who represents all of Levy and part of southwest Marion counties are slated to listen to city and county elected leaders as well as the general public. For more information or to be placed on the agenda, contact Sen. Bradley's office at 386-719-2708 or email her staff at Shays.Tonya@flsenate.gov.

 

Oct. 9, Saturday
     10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- 
The Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Rally starts at the United States Post Office in Bronson, 747 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), at 10 a.m. From there, walkers will take a route that leads to the James H. Cobb Memorial Park, 275 Picnic St., where there will be a rally with motivational speakers, a band, and Reggie RealStarr, a singer, performing. Everyone is invited to this free event. Anyone who wants to participate in the walk or the rally is invited to call Reggie Stacey at 352-507-3968 or to send him an email at reggiestacy08@gmail.com. 


Oct. 16, Saturday
     9 a.m.-5 p.m. -- There is free general admission to Hart Springs Park and RV Campground in Gilchrist County as the BBQ From The Hart barbecue festival happens. Craft vendors, food vendors, a kid zone, first responders displays, a car show, corn hole competition and barbecue sampling are all part of what promises to be a fun, family-oriented event.

     10 a.m.-5 p.m. -- The Cedar Key Lion's Club is hosting the 51st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival at Cedar Key City Park. The 51st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, after a year’s absence due to safety precautions taken during the global COVID-19 pandemic, is back with a town fully energized for a great festival weekend. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club, this 51st festival marks over a half-century of great food, entertainment, shopping opportunities and family fun. The Seafood Festival celebrates the area’s fishing heritage, offering two days of fantastic food, a Seafood Festival parade, Second Street lined with arts and crafts exhibitors, free live music by local musicians, and family fun on the beautiful old Florida island city of Cedar Key. Cedar Key is in Levy County. It can be reached by taking State Road 24 toward the Gulf of Mexico. 
 

Oct. 17, Sunday 
     10 a.m.-4 p.m. -
- The Cedar Key Lion's Club is hosting the 51st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival at Cedar Key City Park. The 51st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, after a year’s absence due to safety precautions taken during the global COVID-19 pandemic, is back with a town fully energized for a great festival weekend. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club, this 51st festival marks over a half-century of great food, entertainment, shopping opportunities and family fun. The Seafood Festival celebrates the area’s fishing heritage, offering two days of fantastic food, a Seafood Festival parade, Second Street lined with arts and crafts exhibitors, free live music by local musicians, and family fun on the beautiful old Florida island city of Cedar Key. Cedar Key is in Levy County. It can be reached by taking State Road 24 toward the Gulf of Mexico. 

Oct. 23, Saturday
     9 a.m.-12 p.m. --
The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve are seeking volunteers for a Boardwalk and Trail cleanup day. Anyone who would like to join this effort is invited to come to the Education Center at 8:30am. Pizza and hot dogs after the cleanup. Volunteers are reminded to bring weed whackers, blowers, loppers and pruners. And as always, water, bug spray, gloves, etc. are recommended. For more information please contact the Friends at  friendswgp@wgpfl.org. The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is owned and operated by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with funding from the Florida Communities Trust. The Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. Visit https://wgpfl.org/ for directions and information on upcoming events. 


Oct. 31, Sunday Halloween

Nov. 7, Sunday Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov. 10, Wednesday
     10 a.m. –
Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones is scheduled to host a special Veterans Day program to honor those who have served and those who continue to serve in the United States military service. Part of the program includes a dedication of the expanded Vote in Honor Of A Veteran Wall in the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Nov. 11, Thursday Veterans Day
     10 a.m. --
Veteran's Day Parade in Bronson.

Nov. 25, Thursday Thanksgiving

Dec. 25, Saturday Christmas

Dec. 31, Friday New Year's Eve

Jan. 1, 2022, Saturday New Year's Day 2022

Jan. 17, Monday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Feb. 2, Wednesday Groundhog Day

Feb. 14, Monday Saint Valentines Day

Feb. 21, Monday Presidents Day

March 12, Saturday 
     10 a.m. - 3 p.m. --
The 2022 Lower Suwannee Art & Nature Festival is scheduled to be in Glen Dyals Park, 21354 S.E. Highway 349, Suwannee (Dixie County). For information and vendor forms, call 352-542-8320, or send an email to
suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com.

March 13, Sunday Daylight Saving Time Begins

March 17, Thursday Saint Patricks Day

April 2, Saturday
     9 a.m.-3 p.m. --
The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Seventh Annual Dixie County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and Fly-in at Cross City Airport. This event includes arts, crafts, entertainment, food, fun and information as well as socialization and networking opportunities. Aircraft as well as land-based vehicles are set to be on display. 

April 17, Sunday Easter

 


 

Regular Weekly Meetings HardisonInk.com

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated Sept. 10, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many gatherings have been cancelled.
Please check before going to any of these.

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

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

 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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.

EVERY 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.


EVERY SECOND TUESDAY
     10 a.m. - Noon -- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren -- 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.

     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.

EVERY THIRD TUESDAY
     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 EVERY WEDNESDAY
     11 a.m. - Noon -- Tai Chi classes are being held Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. Classes will be there up to the middle of December, minus Thanksgiving Week. This version of Tai Chi is for Balance Only and it can be done sitting in a chair if that would be more convenient for some. Please let us know if you are interested and you can call Gerry Jesk at 352-493-2842 and leave a message giving your name and phone number.
     11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- The Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site in Williston open to people who are 60 years and older. Seniors will receive a hot, nutritious, balanced meal free of charge. Donations are accepted. It’s in Thompson Hall at St. Banabas Church at 521 N.W. First Ave. Please call 352-490-7055 ext. 1 by 9 a.m. on Wednesdays to assure there will be enough meals hot and ready to serve on that day.
     12 p.m. – Chiefland Rotary Club meets at The Gathering Table,  Main Street (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Dixie County Library, 
16328 S.E U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     7 p.m. -- The Youth Ministry Program Ignite 4:12 at Cornerstone Assembly of God continues from Sept. 18, to be each Wednesday. Director of Youth Ministry Chris Kirby said he looks forward to seeing young people come to this weekly event at Cornerstone Assembly Of God 1045 Sixth Blvd., in Williston.

EVERY 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.

EVERY 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.

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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.

 

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

 

EVERY THURSDAY
     12 p.m. – Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meets in the City Commission Meeting Chambers of the Hardy Dean Sr. Municipal Building, also known as Chiefland City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave. in Chiefland.
      7-9 p.m. -- ForVets Inc. is holding Bingo games every Thursday night in the Spring Lodge at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton, in Gilchrist County. All proceeds from the sales of snacks and beverages goes toward the Camp Valor Project at Otter Springs. Bingo etiquette is required. Call 352-463-0800.
      7 p.m. -- Yankeetown Inglis Woman's Club Bingo is active. The games begin at 7 p.m., in the club located at 5 56th St., Yankeetown. Stop in at 5 p.m. and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6 p.m., you can eat before the games start. You don't have to play to eat, we have take out! There are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. For more information call 352-447-2057.
      7 p.m. -- There is Bingo every Thursday at the Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave. Contact Pamela Vamosi at 352-222-8267 or Deanna Barnard at 352-283-8828 for more information about the Lions Club of Williston.


EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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 THIRD THURSDAY
     6 p.m. --
The HealingStrong organization meets in the Gilchrist County Public Library at 105 N.E. 11th Ave., in Trenton. HealingStrong is a cancer resource organization, which helps people by educating, connecting, and encouraging those seeking comprehensive, natural strategies to heal strong and stay strong. Healing Strong is a non-profit, federally approved organization made up of a growing network of HealingStrong Groups in the United States, Canada and some other countries. The power of the HealingStrong Groups comes from fostering a vibrant, synergistic, loving community where patients get inspiration and motivation, are empowered with information to take action (or change direction), and are encourage to be strong and courageous and to never give up. Meetings are free, encouraging, informative and full of hope because no one should have to heal alone. Together, people at these meetings may find strength through faith, education and connection with others.

 

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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