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Two events planned for World
Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Published May 18, 2019 at 12:09 p.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
Older people are mistreated more often than most civilized humans want to think due to several causes, including a lack of support for older people in communities, a flyer and email communications intimate.

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     Everyone is invited to two events in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is June 15.
     The first event is an Elder Empowerment Event to be held at the Gainesville Senior Center, 5701 S.W. 34th Blvd., in Gainesville on June 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guest speakers, vendors and door prizes are scheduled to be part of this event, and lunch will be served. There is an RSVP requested.
     To RSVP for the Elder Empowerment Event on June 13, a person can register online at https://agingresources.org/elder-empowerment-event/.
     Another way to RSVP for the June 13 event is by sending an email to bonillaw@agingresources.org, or by calling Wendy Bonilla at 352-692-5234.
     The second invitation is for everyone to join the effort on June 15, as participants paint a section of the 34th Street Wall to recognize the day. That happens on June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Wall on 34th.
     For this event, RSVP by June 8 by sending an email to bonillaw@agingresources.org, or by calling Wendy Bonilla at 352-692-5234.

 


Dixie County Public Library
lists summer programs

Published May 13, 2019 at 8:29 a.m.
     CROSS CITY --
The Dixie County Public Library, located at 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City has scheduled programs for each Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m., from June 5 through July 10.
     Parents or caregivers are required to stay with their children.
     The theme for the programs this summer is
     Following is  a list of the programs:
     * June 5 – Mystic Jungle
     * June 12 – Music with Rodney Swanigan
     * June 19 – Amazing Animals (Alligators) Jerry Walls
     * June 26 – Jacki Manna, Ventriloquist & Puppeteer
     * July 3 – Kinetic Kylie Mad Scientist
        Space is limited, you MUST register for this NASA Workshop.
     * July 10 – Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses
     The telephone number to reach the library is 352-498-1219.


Two exhibitions scheduled
for this summer at
the Appleton Museum Of Art

Publsiehd May 8, 2019 at 12:09 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present two exhibitions this summer from June 8-Oct. 20, “Do Not Bleach: Stephanie Brown” and “Urban Chatter: Sharon Kerry-Harlan.”

 

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Stephanie Brown’s “Do Not Bleach” public art t-shirt campaign.
Courtesy of the artist.

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Sharon Kerry-Harlan, “Urban Ecology,” 2010, Art quilt, 49.5 x 43 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

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Sharon Kerry-Harlan, “Locks,” 2011, Mixed media art quilt, 46.5 x 82.75 in.

 Courtesy of the artist.

     Through a series of mixed media installations, “Do Not Bleach” expresses and encourages melanin positivity, whether one is dark-skinned, light-skinned, or somewhere in between. The exhibition will also feature a selfie interactive station, where visitors are encouraged to try on one of Brown’s signature “Do Not Bleach” T-shirts and take a photo. Shirts will be available for purchase in the Appleton Store and are part of the artist’s public art campaign that allows people to advocate for their melanin. Other installations include “Soaps in Various Skin Tones,” which references Fenty Beauty, pop icon Rhianna’s cosmetics brand that is known for its inclusivity of all skin tones.
     The youngest of five siblings, Brown grew up a first-generation American in Delray Beach. Her parents are Jamaican immigrants. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and received her master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts and museum studies certificate from the University of Michigan.
     On view at the same time, “Urban Chatter” features the work of Sharon Kerry-Harlan. Using thread and sun-baked cloth, “the density of contemporary city living,” provides the inspiration for
this series. The figures and faces seem to meld abstraction, African sculptures and ritual masks among mid-century urban music references from the Harlem jazz scene. Born in Miami, the artist splits her time between Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and Hollywood, Florida. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University and studied art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Her body of work includes textiles, mixed media and photography.

Exhibition Event

Opening Reception and Spoken Word Showcase
     Saturday, June 8, 5–7 p.m.

Celebrate with artist Stephanie Brown at the opening of “Do Not Bleach: Stephanie Brown” and “Urban Chatter: Sharon Kerry-Harlan” with a reception from 5-6 p.m. At 6 p.m. in the auditorium, a spoken word showcase will feature performances on the topic of appearance. There is no fee to attend. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.


Tai Chi For Beginners Starts June 4;
Registration Starts Now

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A free, four-week Tai Chi for Beginners Course is being offered by Tai Chi Instructor Liz Dalusio at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland's Fellowship Hall (basement), 707 N. Main St. in Chiefland. Classes are June 4 through June 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in June. Classes are free, however there is limited class size of 25 participants. The instructor is Liz Dalusio. To register for this, please call the instructor at 352-246-4573.
Published May 6, 2019 at 10:49 a.m.

Photo and Information Provided By Gerry Jesk


Flowers Abound

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Florida is named for its flowers, which are still bountiful -- centuries after Spanish and other explorers found the area brimming with life.

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These purple and yellow flowers are among those in Turkey Town -- near U.S. Alt. 27 and Levy County Road 347. This set was seen on Wednesday afternoon (May 1). There are flowers all over the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © May 1, 2019 at 5:09 p.m.

 


Bingo Winners
Bingo is Every Thursday

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Ron Santamore (right) was the winner of a $20 gift certificate to the Gathering Table Restaurant in Chiefland on March 28. Irene Richardson was the $100 Bingo Jackpot winner at the game held in the Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground. Bingo is played every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Otter Springs Lodge. Everyone is invited to bring family and friends, to meet campers for a very enjoyable evening each Thursday. There will be chili and hotdogs available for purchase to help support the Camp Valor Project. Otter Springs Park and Campground is located at 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton in Gilchrist County.
Published April 4, 2019 at 7:29 a.m.

Photo by Debbie Destin

 


USCG Auxiliary plans
events for Safe Boating Week
May 18 through May 24

Published April 20, 2019 at 9:08 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAUX), District 7, Division 15 (Florida's Nature Coast), Flotilla 15-2 has planned events for National Safe Boating Week in Levy County.
     National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) this year is May 18 through May 24.
     This is the traditional kick-off of the recreational boating season.
     During this week, there is an emphasis on boating safety, boating education, and especially wearing a life jacket.
     The first event has happened.
     Leaders in the City of Cedar Key declared on April 16 its support of NSBW.
     May 17 - Wear your life jacket to work
     May 18 - Fishing Tournament - Vessel Safety Checks joint Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and USCGAUX
     May 19 - Safety Patrol in Cedar Key, Vessel Safety Checks Blitz at Cedar Key Marina
     May 21 - Boating Safety overview for students in kindergarten through fifth grade at the Cedar Key Public Library
     May 23 - Program visitor visitations

 


‘Summer Spotlight’ exhibition
scheduled for May 22-July 19

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Don Borie - Arroyo Hondo Sheep

Story and Art
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Published April 25, 2019 at 2:39 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Visual Artists’ Society (VAS) presents the 22nd “Summer Spotlight” exhibition May 22-July 19 at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     “Summer Spotlight XXII” will be judged and juried. This year’s guest judge is Alfred Phillips, a Gainesville-based artist who specializes in acrylic painting. There is no fee to attend the exhibition, opening reception and awards ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m.
     “The Summer Spotlight exhibit provides a leisurely paced activity for many visitors over the summer months,” said Tyrus Clutter, associate professor of Art at CF. “The Visual Artists’ Society artists have a long relationship with the Webber Gallery, and the Summer Spotlight exhibit offers a wide range of styles and subjects by some of the best known artists in Marion County, allowing students and community members alike a glimpse into Ocala’s growing, vibrant arts scene.”
     VAS has more than 100 members from all over Marion County and Central Florida. VAS exhibits showcase a variety of styles and mediums, including more traditional paintings and photographs, as well as jewelry, sculpture and digital media.
     Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday and college-observed holidays. For additional information, call 352-873-5809.

 


Bowhunter Education course
offered May 25 in Newberry

By the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Published April 13, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.
     NEWBERRY --
Florida bowhunters will have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in May in Alachua County.
     The course will take place May 25 in Newberry, beginning at 8 a.m. The specific location for the class will be given to those who register in advance.
     The course is conducted using an online, distance-learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast accesses the program on the NBEF website, enters through the Florida portal and completes the online classroom topics before attending a shortened, interactive field day. The Florida course is found at https://www.bowhunter-ed.com/florida/.
     Florida does not require bowhunter education. You can take this course if you plan on bowhunting in states that require certification.
     However, persons born on or after June 1, 1975, must have successfully completed a hunter safety course to buy a license allowing them to hunt in Florida with a firearm, gun (including a muzzle-loading gun), bow or crossbow. Anyone who meets the above description must present a valid hunter safety certification card prior to being issued a hunting license (excluding lifetime licenses). 
     "While these courses do not satisfy the hunter education requirements for Florida, it is educational, informative and well worth taking," said Ashley Williams, FWC Hunter Safety coordinator in Lake City.
     Participants can expect to learn all aspects of bowhunting including:
     ● History of bowhunting.
     ● Safe and responsible bowhunting.
     ● Know your bow and arrow.
     ● Preparing for the hunt.
     ● Shot placement and game recovery.
     ● Use of elevated stands and other techniques.
     ● Outdoor preparedness.
     Participants must bring their own equipment, including bow and field-tipped arrows. Students should register for the course they choose by calling the FWC's North Central Regional Office at 386-758-0525 or by visiting https://myfwc.com/hunting/safety-education/bowhunter/.
     Students of all ages may participate.
     Anyone planning to hunt in a state that requires bowhunter education may want to consider taking the course. All states and provinces of the United States, and other countries that have mandatory bowhunter education requirements, will accept the Florida Bowhunter Education Certificate. 

     Questions about the class can be directed to the FWC Regional Office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.

 


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
     Publisher’s Note: All events are listed chronologically. Please email announcements to hardisonink@gmail.com. Please 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 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. Please provide a contact method for people who want more information.

May 21, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. --
The monthly meeting of Gilchrist County AARP Chapter #2133 is scheduled to be held in the ForVets Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campgrounds. If older than 50 years old, then you are welcome to fellowship and to freely dine with us as a guest for your first visit. In these meetings, you'll receive valuable information as to what is happening in the local area, be informed about many local volunteer options, enjoy good fellowship, have a great lunch and maybe win a door prize. Get involved! Join this great local organization in community caring and sharing. See Treasurer Katherine LaBarca for local members information and dues. Health Chair Susan Wells will provide us with excellent up to date Senior health information and will check your Vitals. Legal Minutes Chair Julie Waldman, Attorney, will brief us on senior legal items. Program Chair Janice Rogers informs us that our Speaker will be Debbie Destin of ForVets Inc. She will bring us up to date on ForVets, Inc. and the Camp Valor Project. Hospitality Chair, Faye Sheffield, enlightens that we will be having a "Pasta Party" Luncheon after meeting. Please bring your favorite pasta sauce, salad, drinks and/or desserts to be shared by all. A thank you to our chapter's awesome hospitality team and cooks. Please remember "Can In Hand" by bringing "non-perishable and/or hygiene" items for local food bank. For more information on agenda call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 352-463-1889.
     11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. – The Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition presents pudding numbers into action. Everyone is invited to this lunch and learn event at the Dixie County Public Library in Cross City. This robust meeting will provide opportunities to discuss data-shaping strategies and services being implemented in the community. Among the ideas that will be covered are action plans for implementation and the next steps in addressing the opioid, alcohol and methamphetamine epidemic. Everyone is invited to discuss and provide input on strategies and services to address the epidemic. Register by clicking HERE or call 352-578-8006 or email cale@community-together.org.

     6 p.m. -- The Cedar Key School Drama Club is hosting a Talent Show in the Cedar Key School Auditorium. Admission is $2. This is open to the public. Everyone is invited to participate. For more information, contact Marisa DeHaven at 352-543-5223 or send her an e-mail at marissa.dehaven@levyk12.0rg.

May 22, Wednesday
     10 a.m. --
The Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (doing business as Elder Options) announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited to attend. It is scheduled to be held in Elder Options Conference Room A, 100 S.W. 75th St., Suite 301, in Gainesville. This is a meeting of the Grant Review Committee of the Elder Options Board of Directors. The Grant Review Committee is scheduled to discuss and adopt recommendations regarding the applications received by Elder Options for funding for the program year beginning July 1, 2019. Programs funded for this period include: Community Care for the Elderly (CCE), Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI), Home Care for the Elderly (HCE), Local Service Programs (LSP). The committee will also consider programs that begin in January of 2020 that are funded through the Older Americans Act (OAA). Based upon its review and discussion of applications, the Committee will make funding recommendations for consideration by the full Board of Directors during the June 5, 2019, Board Meeting at 10 a.m. 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 there is a 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.

     6 p.m. -- The first meetup of the Yankeetown Computer Users will be at the A.F. Knotts Library, 11 56th St., in Yankeetown. Hosted by Kent Gardner, this meetup is for anyone wanting to learn more about computers and software. It will NOT focus on any specific hardware, operating system or application. Rather it will be a place to discuss computer projects you are working on, problems you are having, or ask questions about things you find curious. Each meetup also will have one or more short presentations. Topics could include: how to build a website, managing an emailing list, or what to look for when buying a new computer.

May 24, Friday
      10 a.m. - 5 p.m. --
Walmart is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile for an “All American Day” blood drive at 2201 N. Young Blvd. (U.S. 19), Chiefland. To donate, a person must be 17 or older, or 16 with written parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. All donors receive a recognition item, cholesterol screening and blood type test.


Monday, May 27
Memorial Day
     10 a.m. --
There is a Memorial Day remembrance program scheduled to be in the Gilchrist County Memorial Courtyard in Trenton. The new World War I monument was just recently installed. Everyone is invited to this event for a time of remembrance, reflection and to honor all veterans who gave their lives to keep America free.

May 31, Friday
      9 a.m. - 5 p.m. --
The Chiefland Chamber of Commerce is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile for a special community blood drive celebrating our commitment to saving lives locally. The blood drive will take place at the Chamber of Commerce, 23 S.E. Second Ave., Chiefland. To donate, a person must be 17 or older, or 16 with written parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. All donors receive a recognition item, cholesterol screening and blood type test.

June 1, Saturday
     9 a.m. – 1 p.m. –
Levy County Animal Services scheduled a pet adoption event to be at the Tractor Supply Co. in Chiefland.  This store is located in the Winn Dixie shopping center on the southern end of the complex. People who want to adopt pets from LCAS will pay $40 for male dogs; $55 for female dogs; $25 for male cats; and $40 for female cats. All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered. For more information call 352-486-5138.


June 5, Wednesday
     10 a.m. --
The Elder Options Board of Directors has scheduled a meeting to be in Elder Options Conference Room A, at 100 S.W. 75th Street, Suite 301, in Gainesville. 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 regarding the applications received by Elder Options for funding for the program year beginning July 1, 2019. Programs funded for this period include: Community Care for the Elderly (CCE), Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI), Home Care for the Elderly (HCE), and Local Service Programs (LSP). The Board will also consider programs that begin in January 2020 that are funded through the Older Americans Act (OAA). The Board’s deliberation will include consideration of the recommendations of the Elder Options Grant Review Committee. 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 a verbatim recording of the proceeding is created 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.


June 8, Saturday
     1-4 p.m. --
There is a fundraiser scheduled for the Wounded Warriors Project. Registration starts onsite at 1 p.m. It is named Dr. J's Bootcamp. It is really a "boxing in air" fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors project. The bootcamp is scheduled to take place at the Ornan Masonic Lodge, 250 N.E. Sixth Blvd. (State Road 121), in Williston. The cost is $10 per person. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the veterans in the Wounded Warrior Project. This bootcamp is open for women and men, girls and boys, aged 14 years and older, with no upper age limit. There is no contact - just fun. There is no experience needed. There will be fitness tips, footwork drills, pad work (optional), and combination drills. There will be opportunities to build mental strength. The list of things to bring to this bootcamp are water, a yoga mat, boxing gloves (optional) and a big smile. The drill instructor is Dr. J. Heines, a professional speaker, a physicist, an author and a fan of Japanese Jujitsu.


SHINE
June SHINE Counseling
Updated May 16, 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 Wednewsday 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 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.

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. Banabars Church on 521 N.W. First Ave. (Located 1 block behind old KFC building.) 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 etiquett 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--
TUESDAY  MAY 21   9:09 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties


City Of Williston Florida
 



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