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Dixie County Business Expo And Fly-In
includes live musical entertainment

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By Bob Leichner, Musician, Audio Tech & Teacher
Published April 14, 2021 at 1:11 p.m.
     CROSS CITY AIRPORT –
As if the Dixie County Chamber of Commerce’s Fly-In, Cruise-In, Business Expo, and Centennial displays weren't enough excitement set for Saturday (April 24), this year's event also will feature live music performances by some of the area's best and most popular entertainers.

 

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     The scheduled entertainers include Houston Keen, Gordon & Goose and Jamey King. The live music stage will come to life at 10:30 a.m. It is located on the airport approach just before the Trail Riders Club.
     Chiefland native, Houston Keen, is one of the area's busiest performers working from Steinhatchee, to Jacksonville to Daytona, to Sarasota -- when he is in the area. He has another Texas tour booked for this summer. Houston Keen had a very successful run in Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world, for about a year. He is expected to be well received once again in the Lone Star State.
     Gordon & Goose are Kerry Gordon and Goose Goodrich. Kerry is well remembered as the founder of the Gordon Brothers Band (with his brother Rick) and the Gordon Clay Band prior to that. Michael “Goose” Goodrich is relatively new to Dixie County and operates Wild Bean Recording Studio. He is renowned as a great guitarist and vocalist. Likewise, he is renowned as an excellent studio engineer, especially for his exceptional work history in Georgia.
     Dixie native Jamey Michael King is another hardworking area performer. Jamey's entry into the local performance arena was with his band, Steel Bridge, a very popular bar band several years ago. He had a very successful run with his later group, Memphis Belle, performing in the fabled honkytonks on Nashville's lower Broadway, like Tootsies, Legends, and many others, playing to packed houses every night. He is back performing in the area's clubs, restaurants, and lounges.
     The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce's annual event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cross City Airport. It is family-friendly, open to the public and is free to everyone.

 


Art fest this weekend
has focus on art and safety
Music and pets are out,
reduced onsite food options

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By The Cedar Key Arts Center
Published April 11, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
The 57th Annual Spring Arts Festival is scheduled to happen this weekend (April 17 and 18) in Cedar Key.
     Since 1964, when Cedar Key hosted one of the first arts festivals in Florida, the community has joined together to welcome fine artists and craftsmen to this small island city, benefitting local non-profit groups, businesses and strengthening Cedar Key’s reputation as a destination for art enthusiasts.
     Longtime residents remember when it “got too big.” Others remember when it “was just a craft show.”
     This year it may be remembered as being “unique” in some ways.
     As coordinating sponsor, the Cedar Key Arts Center has “re-envisioned” this year’s event in a COVID-conscious way with the focus on ART and SAFETY.
     Visitors will notice that fewer artists have been invited and the booth layout has changed to allow generous spacing and facilitate one-way flow of foot traffic. Wide walkways, hand sanitizing stations provided by the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County, directional signage and frequent reminders that “We are All in this Together, Mask-Up, Back-Up and Wash-Up” will remind attendees to respect each person’s health and safety.
     Even though this is an outdoor event, and many visitors may be fully vaccinated, organizers encourage everyone to wear masks when adequate social distancing cannot be maintained.
     Obviously, anyone recently exposed to COVID-19 or with symptoms suggestive of infection should not plan to attend.
     To keep the focus on ART and reduce congestion, the event has deferred some festival favorites such as music, non-profit information booths, and Children’s Art in the Park, to future years.
     Food will be served in the park by local non-profit groups, but booths will be spaced farther apart than in years past, with GRAB and GO common, and seating reduced and appropriately distanced.
     Unlike festivals in the past, organizers have made it abundantly clear that art is the focus this year, rather than food and family fun.
     Visitors are to leave pets at home.
     The event is sponsored by Palms Medical Group, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County, Steamers Clam Bar and Grill, and others.
     It would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers with the Lions Club, park coordinators, and the Cedar Key Arts Center. For more information, call 352-543-5400 or contact organizers at CedarKeyArtsFestival@gmail.com.

 



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

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 26, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA --
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is offering its free drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County.
     The newest schedule starts Monday, March 29, according to the FDOH.
     People who have an urgent need for testing, can call the Florida Department of Health for their county
     The testing schedule is on the advertisement for on all seven pages of HardisonInk.com, as well as in this article.
     All COVID-19 testing will take place outside in the selected testing site parking lots.
     These tests are NOT rapid tests or antibody tests. All test specimens will be processed by a commercial laboratory and results will be returned to the FDOH. Someone from the FDOH will contact participants by phone to give them their test results within five to 10 days.
     If a person tests positive for COVID-19, the FDOH will ask them about who their close contacts are and provide further instructions on what they should do.
    Below is specific information for each county.

Florida Department of Health in Dixie County
149 N.E. 241st St.
Cross City, FL 32628
352-498-1360
Thursdays Only
Testing begins at 9 a.m. Be in line at 9 a.m.
Drive-through line is behind the health department.

Florida Department of Health in Gilchrist County
214 S.E. Third Ave.
Trenton, FL 32693
352-463-3120
Fridays Only
Testing begins at 10:30 a.m. Be in line at 10:30 am
Drive-through line is at the South Side City Park in Trenton.

Florida Department of Health in Levy County
66 W Main St.
Bronson, FL 32621
352-486-5300
Mondays and Tuesdays
Testing begins at 9 a.m. Be in line at 9 a.m.
Drive-through line is behind the health department.

 


Expo and Fly-In
set for Cross City Airport on April 24
Dixie County looks
at coming centennial celebrations

Archived photo from Fly-In at Cross City Airport
This photo from the 2015 Dixie County Chamber Expo and Fly-in shows a biplane flying over Cross City Airport on May 16, 2015. That fly-in heralded the 75th anniversary of that airport. Dixie County is on the brink of celebrating its 100th year as a county and the Chamber and others are planning methods to celebrate that centennial.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © March 10, 2021 at 9:11 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
     CROSS CITY –
What has been a huge event in years past is slated to happen at the Cross City Airport (KCTV), 508 N.E. 241st St. in Cross City on April 24, a Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Central Florida Electric Cooperative and Duke Energy Florida
This photo from May of 2015 shows a traditional hanging of the American flag by Central Florida Electric Cooperative and Duke Energy Florida working together on that venture each year.


     The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce Expo and Fly-In has added “Cruise-In” to its name over the years with the addition of cars and other vehicles on display.
     Admission is free again this year. This year, plans show there are military, rescue and sports aircraft, as well as show car, trucks and motorcycles set to be on display.
     Added to that are business exhibits, food and drink vendors as well as people showing and selling their art and crafts.
     Kiddy rides are slated to be on tap. Helicopter and plane rides are scheduled to be available, too, for a fee.
     For business interested in exhibitor and vendor information, they are asked to call 352-498-5572 or send an email to PromoteDixie@gmail.com.
     Cross City Airport covers 591 acres. It has two asphalt paved runways: Runway 4/22 is 5,005-feet by 75-feet and Runway 13/31 is 5,001-feet by 100-feet, according to information from the Federal Aviation Administration.
     To see coverage of the 2019 Dixie County Chamber of Commerce's Expo and Fly-In, click HERE. There are other Fly-In stories, photos and videos s in the archives of HardisonInk.com. The archives can be visited by clicking on the square at the bottom of the ads on the right side of each of the seven pages of the daily news website, at the bottom of the ads on those pages.

 


Levy County works on revised zoning map
Meetings set for public input

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 31, 2021 at 12:11 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2021 at 7:11 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
The Levy County Board of County Commissioners recently announced the board's intention to develop and adopt a zoning map for the unincorporated area of Levy County, Planning and Zoning Director Stacey Hectus recently announced.
     The County Commission has scheduled meetings for members of the general public to receive information and to provide input to the five County Commission members -- Levy County Commission Chairman John Meeks (Dist. 1); Commissioner Rock Meeks (Dist. 2); Commissioner Mike Joyner (Dist. 3); Commissioner Lilly Rooks; and Commissioner Matt Brooks (Dist. 5).
     All of the meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates and at the following places. The meetings are anticipated to last for one hour, Hectus said.
     Only the April 26 meeting at the Levy County Annex will have the ability for people to attend via teleconference. The call-in number for that date, time and place is 1-312-757-3121. The access code is 443-460-677, Hectus noted.


Meeting Schedule
Thursday, April 22 - Inglis Community Center - 137 S.W. Levy County Road 40, Inglis
Monday, April 26 - Levy County Annex - 310 School St., Bronson
Thursday, April 29 - Williston City Hall, R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Room, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston

 


CF commencement ceremonies
are set for May 7 online

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published April 15, 2021 at 7:11 a.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida will host its spring 2021 commencement Friday, May 7, with two virtual ceremonies to honor graduates.
     A livestream of the commencement ceremonies for certificate, associate in science and bachelor’s degrees will begin at 3 p.m. and a livestream of the Associate in Arts commencement will begin at 5 p.m.
     Both virtual commencement messages will be featured on YouTube (@CollegeofCentralFL). Links can be found at www.CF.edu/graduation.
     Prior to the ceremony, graduates will have an opportunity to upload a photo, video and personal message to create a custom slide that will be combined to become part of the full ceremony. They can then view with friends and family to hear their name announced and see their custom message. Individual clips will be shareable on social media.
     “We have been determined to keep our students and their families safe during the pandemic, and at the same time ensure we still celebrate their success,” said Dr. Saul Reyes, vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “We are excited to bring students together virtually, to honor their hard work and share their stories with as many people as possible.”
     The video will feature remarks from CF’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Ire Bethea Sr., who is a lifelong resident of Ocala and a graduate of Ocala High School, Central Florida Community College and St. Leo University.
     Bethea represents District 2 on the Ocala City Council and served the City of Ocala and the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County for a combined 30 years before retiring. Bethea has volunteered with multiple organizations and committees throughout his career and retirement, and many of his volunteer efforts focus on helping Marion County’s youth.
     CF will post a PDF of the commemorative graduation program online and a printed copy of the program will be mailed to each graduate in the weeks following the ceremony.

 


FGC slates several grad ceremonies
By Stephen Culotti, Florida Gateway College
Public Information Specialist
Published March 26, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     LAKE CITY –
Once again, Florida Gateway College will honor Spring 2021 graduates in smaller, in-person ceremonies over multiple days in the Levy Performing Arts Center in Lake City (Columbia County), giving students a full graduation experience, while adhering to health and safety guidelines.
     Graduates will have the opportunity to celebrate with their families and classmates all that they have achieved under the extraordinary circumstances of the past year. They and their guests will hear from featured speakers, including members of the FGC Board of Trustees and representatives of the graduating class, in live and recorded speeches.
This year’s Spring ceremonies will celebrate more than 280 graduates receiving a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, or a certificate from FGC.
     As before, masks will be required for all attendees and CDC-recommended distancing and sanitization practices will be in place as a result of health and safety precautions from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
     FGC introduced these small ceremonies in June of 2020. While COVID-19 made the college’s traditional commencement ceremonies in the Howard Center impossible, college administrators believed that holding live, in-person celebrations of academic achievement was important for the students and their families. During the Summer and Fall of 2020, a total of 23 live ceremonies were held with 8-10 graduates each and a maximum of six family and friends per student.
     The response from graduates, their families, and the community to the small, intimate ceremonies has been overwhelmingly positive.
      “The feedback from families and the graduates has been that these graduations are special and that we should always have them this way in the future,” said FGC President Dr. Lawrence Barrett. “For me to be able to see the faces and success of these students in a small setting throughout the ceremony makes an already special occasion that much more so.”
     The Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies will be held on May 4, 6 and 7 beginning at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. each day with 15 graduates at each ceremony.
     More sessions may be added as these 12 ceremonies have already reached capacity. All ceremonies will be televised live on FGCTV (local Comcast channel 8) and streamed live on the Florida Gateway College Facebook page.
     For updates and more information on FGC’s Spring 2021 Graduation, call 386-752-1822 or visit https://www.fgc.edu/students/graduation/.

 


Inky Picks Puzzle Winner
Hop To It Contest Picture
In the photo above, names of people who solved the daily word scrambles in the Hop To It Contest are scattered on the rug as Inky the cat Hardison approaches the names to select a winner.

Hop To It Contest Picture
In this moment, Goldy The Senior Mascot cat Hardison has put her nose in the handle of the basket as she prepares to again spread names on papers back onto the rug, despite the winner having been selected by Inky already.

Hop To It Contest Picture
Here Jeff Hardison reads the winner’s name – Sean Morris – as Goldy continues working to find more names. The winner of this contest receives a $25 gift card to Walmart.

Hop To It Contest Picture
In the video, which can be watched by clicking on the still photo with a symbol on it as if it is for a video, both indoor cats are involved in the process of selecting a winner for the Easter Word Scramble contest. This is the most action-packed winner selection process shown on any of the videos made in the 11-year history of the daily news website so far.

Photos and Video By Sharon Hardison © March 29, 2021 at 12:11 p.m.

Sean Morris winner of the word scramble puzzle contest

Sean Morris accepts his prize on the steps of the Dixie County Courthouse in Cross City on Monday afternoon.
Photo By Jeff M. Hardison ©  March 29, 2021 at 8:11 p.m.
 

Easter Word Scramble Puzzle Answers

 


Community Calendar HardisonInk.com
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April 17, Saturday
     9:30 a.m. --
The Wild Hog Canoe Race starts at 9:30 a.m. Beyond the racers, there are the observers at the finish line. And at the finish line, too, is other fun. There is food, including BBQ pork dinners, a cornhole tournament, live performances of bluegrass music, a bounce house, a slide, a zip line, a petting zoo and more. There are raffles throughout the day (must be present to win). And there is an adopt-a-duck race (Little yellow floating rubber ducks are used, not actual ducks) to offer lots of chances for fun, fun, fun. This is a family event. Everyone is invited. All proceeds from this event go to help the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens. The finish line is south of the Town of Otter Creek and north of the Community of Gulf Hammock on the west side of U.S. Highway 19, where that highway crosses the Waccasassa River in Levy County.


April 20, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. –
Tri-County Friends Helping Friends is scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting in the Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 SW 80th Avenue, Trenton. An Easter, Spring Time Theme is planned. Everyone is invited to participate in fellowship and freely dine with the Friends as a guest on your first visit. In these meetings, attendees receive valuable information as to what's happening in the local area, as well as to be informed about many local volunteer options, enjoy good fellowship and a delicious meal. Everyone is invited to become involved by joining this great local volunteer service-minded organization in community caring and sharing. Treasurer Katherine LaBarca will fill any interested person in on the local member's information. The club dues for 2021 are still $10. Correct amount appreciated. Health Chair Susan Wells will provide us with excellent up-to-date senior citizen health information. Program Chair Janice Rogers informs us that Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Shultz is slated to be the guest speaker, bringing attendees up to date on law enforcement matters. Hospitality Chair Faye Sheffield said this will be a ham luncheon. Please bring your favorite side dish, salad, glorified eggs or drinks. Ham and coffee are furnished by chapter. A thank you to our awesome cooks and hospitality team. Please remember "Can In Hand" by bringing "non-perishable and/or hygiene" items to be given to the local food bank. For more information on the agenda, please call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 463-1889.

     7 p.m. -- Appleton Online Book Club “Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History,” by Witold Rybczynski. The book club meets one a month on Tuesdays to discuss works of nonfiction hand selected by museum staff. For more information about the Book Club or the Appleton Museum of Art, please email AppletonMuseum@cf.edu.



April 21, Wednesday
     12:30-1:30 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida Citrus Campus invites the public to a virtual presentation from the Gulf Archeology Research Institute to celebrate Earth Day. Researchers will highlight the importance of and connections between our shared natural and cultural resources stretching from pre-history to the present. After a brief review of GARI’s mission, purpose and reach, presenters will share results from sites in Citrus, Marion, Levy and Hernando counties and the increasing peril of disintegration of local landscapes and possible solutions. Visit https://www.zoom.us/ on a desktop computer or search for “Zoom” in the app store on your phone or mobile device. Use the following login information for the talk: Meeting ID 972 6206 4246, Passcode 021497. This presentation has been made possible by the CF Foundation, Jerome Cultural Endowment.



April 24, Saturday
     10 a.m. - 3 p.m. --
The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce's Cross City Airport Fly-In, Cruise-In and Business Expo is slated to happen at the Cross City Airport, 508 N.E. 241st St. in Cross City (Dixie County). Admission is free. There are going to be military, rescue and sport aircraft on display. Show cars, trucks and motorcycles are set to be seen there as well. Business interests will have exhibits. Food and crafts vendors are set to have items to buy. Kiddy rides, airplane rides and helicopter rides are planned to be available as well.



Citrus County Courthouse

 

 

April 28, Wednesday
     12:30-1:30 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida Citrus Campus invites the public to attend a virtual tour of the Citrus County Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. This unique institution preserves and shares the history of Citrus County and the state of Florida. Participants can explore the exhibits, artifacts, architecture, research archives and more during the presentation given by historical resources manager Katherine Turner Thompson and staffer Lindsey Gilbert. Visit www.zoom.us on a desktop computer or search for “Zoom” in the app store on your phone or mobile device. Use the following login information for the talk: Meeting ID 934 4591 0108, Passcode 649022. The tour has been made possible by the CF Foundation, Jerome Cultural Endowment.

 

May 11, Tuesday
     11 a.m. --
Free Virtual Art 101 Workshop – Georgia O’Keeffe’s Poppy - presented by The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. Registration for workshops must be completed at https://www.eventbrite.com/

May 18, Tuesday
     7 p.m. --
Appleton Online Book Club “Cleopatra: A Life,” by Stacy Schiff. The book club meets one a month on Tuesdays to discuss works of nonfiction hand selected by museum staff. For more information about the Book Club or the Appleton Museum of Art, please email AppletonMuseum@cf.edu.

 


 

Regular Weekly Meetings HardisonInk.com

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated March 26, 2021 at 2:11 p.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many gatherings 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.


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