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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.

 

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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.


Stephen Cool Bird
Provides A Fly-By

Swallowtail kite by Jeff M. Hardison
These three photos of the swallow-tailed kite named Stephen Cool Bird by one observer capture the feathered friend as he performs a fly-by over The Ink Pad recently. The Ink Pad is in the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands in Levy County, between Carter's Crossroads and Fowler's Bluff.


Swallow-tailed Kite By Jeff M. Hardison
All three pictures show the bird looking at the lens, including in the last picture where the swallow-tailed kite provides an over-the-shoulder 'I am a model' type of photo op. In the top picture, the swallow-tailed kite is seen in a traditional pose for that species. In the center shot, Stephen Cool Bird is showing his rocket style of flying, in honor of the upcoming launch of humans in a SpaceX vehicle set for blast-off in late May from Florida.

Swallow-tailed Kite By Jeff M. Hardison
A few days earlier, seven swallow-tailed kites were flying around the area together. They glided and circled with all of the grace and style one might anticipate from these birds. The swallow-tailed kite is a pernine raptor which breeds from the southeastern United States to eastern Peru and northern Argentina. It is the only species in the genus Elanoides. The kites eat all kinds of insects and small animals, including frogs, anoles and snakes. By early July, they begin to gather in large communal roosts for the migration back to South America. The future of swallow-tailed kites depends on protection of lowland forests throughout their breeding range, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Fisheating Creek (Highlands-Glades counties) is an important staging area for swallow-tailed kites before their migration to South America in August, according to the FWC. Jeff M. Hardison, a former editor of the Glades County Democrat, earned awards from the Florida Press Association and the Florida Press Club for his series of stories and photos in the 1980s regarding Fisheating Creek being among the sovereign lands that are owned by all of the people of Florida.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © May 9, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
All Rights Reserved

 


Rural Tobacco Summit
goes virtual this year;

Limited space, register now
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 4, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
     THE WORLD –
The 12th Annual Rural Tobacco Summit is a week of webinars this year.
     There are five different webinars that start at 10 a.m. each day from May 18 through May 22.
     The QuitDoc Foundation, and the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, and the UF Health Cancer Center, and Palms Medica Group are working together to offer this year’s summit. Each day, presenters are scheduled to bring participants the latest emerging tobacco issues facing youth, policymakers and medical professionals.
     Registration is limited, so participants are asked to please plan on attending each session for which they register.
     Here’s the lineup:
     May 18 –
Dr. Jordan Alpert of the University of Florida is presenting “Marketing and Advertising Tactics of E-Cigarette Brands Targeting Young Adults.”
     May 19 – Hillary Jackson of the Marion County Children’s Alliance is presenting “Hidden in Plain Sight.”
     May 20 – Dr. Barry Hummel of the QuitDoc Foundation is presenting “E-Cigarettes: Truth, Lie and the Electronic Vape.”
     May 21 – Dr. Ellen Hahn of the University of Kentucky is presenting “An Evidence-based Policy Advocacy Intervention to Reduce Tobacco Disparities in Rural Communities.”
     May 22 – Laura Eatmon of AdventHealth Ocala is presenting “Cherish Every Breath-Focusing on Lung Health.”
     To register: Click HERE.

 


Butterflies And Flowers
Butterflies and Flowers in Levy County

Butterflies and Flowers in Levy County

Butterflies and Flowers in Levy County
Butterflies drink nectar and spread pollen as they flit from flower to flower at The Ink Pad in Levy County.

Butterflies and Flowers in Levy County
Almost a carpet of yellow flowers replace the primarily purple flowers on U.S. Alt. 27 in Levy County as springtime moves forward. The annual progression from purple to yellow reflects a natural and anticipated change in the environment during this time of year.

Photos By Sharon Hardison © April 22, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.

 


Ground Review For Bugs
Woodpecker in Levy County
A woodpecker finds food on the ground Friday (April 17) at The Ink Pad property in the unrecorded subdivision of Levy County that is known as Jemlands. He is among the many species of birds enjoying life in the woods of rural Levy County.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © April 18, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.

 


Turkey Running

This is a dash cam video from Tuesday, March 31, in Levy County. The turkey is only picked up by the video halfway across the street as it runs from right to left. This is a classic turkey running across the street, which can be seen relatively often in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Other animals seem running across the roadways or standing on the roadways or seen before they launch to fly away in the Tri-County Area include, but are not limited to alligators, armadillos, bobcats, bobwhites, chickens, cows, crows, deer, dove, eagles, gopher tortoises, hogs, opossum, quail, pigeons, raccoons, snakes, turtles, turkey vultures and unidentified creatures both feathered and furred.

Video by Jeff M. Hardison © April 6, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
All Rights Reserved

 


Woodpecker Visits
Woodpecker in Levy County Florida
As noted in the Audubon Guide to North American Birds, this Pileated Woodpecker is big, with a flaming crest. It is the largest woodpecker in North America (except the Ivory-bill, which is almost certainly extinct). Excavating deep into rotten wood to get at the nests of carpenter ants, the Pileated leaves characteristic rectangular holes in dead trees.

Woodpecker in Levy County Florida
This particular bird was visiting The Ink Pad in the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands in Levy County on Monday (March 9).

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © March 11, 2020 at 9:10 p.m.

 


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


COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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May 26, Tuesday
     9 a.m. --
The Levy County Board of County Commissioners have called an Emergency Board Meeting. People can attempt to listen on the phone by calling 1-312-757-3121. Enter Access Code: 442-460-677.  The phone lines will open at 8:40 a.m. This emergency meeting is for a discussion on Re-Opening Options. The meeting will be in the Levy County Annex on School Street, behind the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson. Members of the public who attend the meeting will be limited to a maximum of five minutes per person to give their comments.    
     4 p.m. -- (NOTE THE TIME) The Williston City Council is scheduled to conduct an emergency meeting in regard to the transition to a new city manager. INTERNET ACCESS TO THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. People can, however, dial in using their phones. Call 1-646- 749-3122 Access Code: 228-388-661
     Because this meeting is being held in person, Florida law requires that it be open to the physical presence of the public. To maintain proper health precautions, we will maintain 6-feet of separation in the meeting room. The city will offer additional seating in another area for the overflow if needed. Also, the city encourages the use of facemasks in the meeting room. Please note that City Hall is still closed to daily business until further notice. Council Meeting Procedures for members of the Public:
     1. All cell phones to be turned off when entering the Council Chambers;
     2. Once the audience has taken their seat and the meeting begins, there will be no talking between audience members during the course of the Council meeting. If anyone continues to talk within the audience and is called down 3 times during the course of the meeting, on the third time that person will be escorted out of the Council meeting;
     3. The audience must be recognized by the President before being allowed to address the Council;
     4. The member of the audience that is recognized will proceed to the podium, state his or her name and then proceed with his or her comments;
     5. The audience member will be limited to not more than 5 minutes to speak based on Resolution 2003-14;
     6. There will be no personal attacks made by any member in the audience toward a sitting Councilperson;
     7. There will be no conversation between a member of the audience that has been recognized and any other member of the audience when speaking while at the podium;
     8. If an audience member wants to speak more than the allotted 5 minutes allowed then that person should make a request to City Hall so that the item may be placed on the agenda for a future meeting.
     Minutes of the City Council meeting may be obtained from the City Clerk’s office.  The minutes are recorded, but not transcribed verbatim.  Persons requiring a verbatim transcript may make arrangements with the City Clerk to duplicate the recordings, or arrange to have a court reporter present at the meeting.  The cost of duplication and/or court reporter will be borne by the requesting party. In accordance with Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, notice is given that if a person wishes to appeal a decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting they will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. In accordance with Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact the Mayor through the City Clerk’s office no later than 5:00 P.M. on the day prior to the meeting.

May 29, Friday
     6:30-9 a.m. --
Fanning Springs Community Church is scheduled to be serving a Free Pancake Breakfast -- complete with sausage, juice and coffee from the location of where they assemble -- 17930 N.W. 90th Court, in the City of Fanning Springs. This breakfast will be available (dine-in or take-out) with our deepest gratitude to the sacrificial and dedicated service of local medical workers, law enforcement personnel, nursing home employees, and first responders. For more information ,please call the church at 352-463-2602. The church is located just off of U.S. Highway 19, behind Suwannee River Brake and Tire.


June 3, Wednesday
     9 a.m. -
There is a free food distribution event planned to be at AmVets Post 447, located at 405 Levy County Road 40 East, Inglis. This is a drive-through distribution being provided by Farm Share. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. It is scheduled to last until noon, however it will end before that if the food is all distributed before that time. Learn more at https://farmshare.org/.

June 18, Thursday
     10-11:30 a.m --
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is scheduled to conduct a State Technical Committee meeting by web conference. The meeting is open to the public and NRCS will solicit recommendations for establishing program criteria and priorities for conservation in Florida. Participant information is included below and meeting material is located on the NRCS State Technical Committee webpage. Join the conference on your computer: Entry link: https://ociocts-usda.webex.com/meet/NRCSFlorida  When you access the entry link above, you can choose to either install the WebEx plug-in for your preferred browser or to join the web conference using a temporary path. Dial-in: Phone: 1-888-844-9904. Access Code: 2906713. Chaired by NRCS Florida State Conservationist Juan Hernandez, the committee is composed of individuals and groups from a variety of agricultural and natural resource interests. Although the State Technical Committee has no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA gives strong consideration to the Committee's recommendations. Individuals who require special accommodations or materials in an alternative format or language contact Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554 by June 11. 

 

 


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 March 21, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
As a result of COVID-19, 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--
TUESDAY  MAY 26  7:10 a.m.
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