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Roadside Rooster
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A rooster stands next to Gilchrist County Road 232, near to where it intersects with State Road 26 on Saturday (Oct. 16) morning. Farm animals as well as wildlife are often next to or on the roadways in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 16, 2021 at 3:11 p.m.

 

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Cedar Key Woman’s Club Calendar
becomes available

Story Provided 
By CKWC Publicist Kathy Salkaln
Published Oct. 7, 2021 at 8:11 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The 2022 Cedar Key Woman’s Club Calendar has arrived in town!

     Last year, this wonderful souvenir sold out by January, and its popularity and the quality of this year’s production will guarantee even higher sales. 
     Members and friends contributed the Cedar Key high quality photographs again this summer, and the result has been the production of another very professional calendar. At just $10, the calendar makes an excellent souvenir for visitors and off-island friends, but it is just as popular with locals. 
      “We are just so pleased with the reception the calendars have had in Cedar Key,” said Vicki Crumpley, who coordinates the project. “People love the pictures, and know that the proceeds from the sales stay here to benefit Cedar Key. We have new community contributors every year!”
     With a surge in online shopping last year, nearly 100  calendars were delivered locally or shipped. You can order by emailing to cedarkeywomansclub@yahoo.com, or by writing to the Woman’s Club at Box 631, Cedar Key, FL 32625. 
     Support for the project from a number of Cedar Key businesses is a large part of its success. The calendar is also available from the Welcome Center and Woman’s Club members. 
     With over 50 members, the Cedar Key Woman’s Club is a continuing tradition in the City, supporting community projects from 1960 on. Each year the Club donates a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating CKS student, as well as donating to other school projects. The CK Seniors Lunch program, Library, our Fire Department, the Food Pantry, and Another Way Women’s shelter are also supported. In addition, in the last five years the Woman’s Club has raised over $14,000 on the quilt raffle toward Fisher House, a continuation of the Support Our Troops initiative which has sent hundreds of boxes to Cedar Key men and women stationed in the Middle East or elsewhere serving our country.
The Cedar Key Community support for the calendar project has been overwhelming, and it helps to support these important Cedar Key programs.

 


CCPD’s Scarecrow Square starts Oct. 16
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 4, 2021 at 12:11 p.m.
     CROSS CITY –
The Cross City Police Department (Dixie County) is kicking off its first ever Scarecrow Square fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 16.

     This fundraiser is the same day as the big barbecue event at Hart Springs (Gilchrist County) and the first of two days of Cedar Key Lions Club’s Annual Seafood Festival (Levy County).
     Scarecrow Square is a fundraiser for the CCPD Scholarship Fund. 
     Scarecrow Square kicks off with a Community Build Day on Oct. 16, starting at 10 a.m. and going until some point later. For the people who cannot complete their entry on Oct. 16, they will have until Tuesday morning (Oct. 18) – when all submissions must be completed.
     Business owners, organizations and families around the community are invited to purchase a scarecrow space, which costs $20 and measures six-feet by six-feet. Each spot includes the rental of a wooden frame, which must be returned on Nov. 1.
     There is also going to be hay and newspaper pages for stuffing scarecrows. All decorations must fit within the six-by-six foot space.
     Scarecrow builders will want to bring the clothing, string, a staple gun and all of the other materials to decorate the scarecrow space. No electric power will be available to any space.
     This display will be up for two weeks around the City Hall Courtyard of Cross City (Oct. 16 through Oct. 31). All money generated from this goes toward the CCPD Scholarship Fund.
     Spots can be reserved by a $20 payment made in person at City Hall, 99 N.E. 210th Ave., Cross City, FL 32628. Another method to reserve a spot is to contact your favorite CCPD officer or send an email to CCPDScarecrowSquare@gmail.com.
     This is a competitive scarecrow event as well as being a fundraiser. Prizes will be awarded in three categories – Businesses, School or Youth Groups, and Families.    

 


Tri-County Area Toys For Tots
program starts for Christmas 2021

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 3, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
Over the past 20 years, people like Vince and Pat Arcardi, “Hutch” Hutcherson, Bryan Chrisp, (Ret.) USMC Lt. Col. Harvie Hampton, Beverly Goodman and others have been among the leaders of the Toys For Tots program in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

     During the most recently past years, the Partnership For Strong Families via the Tri-County Community Resource Center (TCCRC) has teamed up with the United States Marine Corps Reserve and many local agencies and business interests to bring the program to fruition year after year at Christmastime in the Tri-County Area.
     On Friday (Oct. 1), the TCCRC kicked off the Tri-County Toys for Tots Campaign when applicants began to pre-register online.
     Tri-County Area Toys For Tots recipient applicants who were approved in 2020, who submit applications without any change in information (such as their address, number of children, etc.) will be automatically approved.
     The 2020 recipient families do not need to take any further action, such as attend a verification event.
     For the community partner agencies connecting with the TCCRC who are referring a family for registration, they are requested to please enter the staff member’s name, agency, and contact information in the “Additional Comments & Instructions” section of the online application.
     A family will not have to attend a verification event when a referral is confirmed.
     First-time applicants or those individuals who did not participate in 2020 will need to attend a verification event to present the required documents at TCCRC or a community partner location (documents and locations are listed on the website).
     To apply, visit https://newberry-fl.toysfortots.org.
     For sponsorships, donations, and toy drives, or for additional information, please send an email to tricountytoysfortots@gmail.com.

 


Levy County Democratic Party
to hold fundraising dinner Oct. 23

Information Provided
By the Levy County Democratic Party
Published Sept. 24, 2021 at 6:11 a.m.

 

     WILLISTON -- The Levy County Democratic Party is scheduled to hold a fundraising dinner on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Two Hawks Hammock, at 17950 N.E. 53rd Lane in Williston.
     Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $40 per adult and $10 for ages 12-17.
     State Rep. Angie Nixon of Jacksonville will be the guest speaker at the event, which will include a barbecue dinner, dancing and live music.
     “Let’s come together to celebrate our ‘Blue’ accomplishments,” said Gussie Boatwright, chair of the Levy County Democratic Executive Committee. “This jamboree is the perfect setting for enjoying family, friends and the wonderful freedom that we share as Americans.”
     Attendees are requested to follow current CDC recommendations for outdoor events.
     For tickets or additional information, contact Donna Bushnell at djbushne@bellsouth.net, Amy Gernhardt at 352-215-2096 or Amyjojones4@gmail.com or Gussie Boatwright at gmboatwright@gmail.com.

 


 

COVID-19 testing
and vaccinations are available

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

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

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

 


Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
and Rally rescheduled for Oct. 30

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 17, 2021 at 11:11 a.m.
Updated Oct. 2, 2021 at 2:11 p.m.
     BRONSON –
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
     Reggie Stacy has been leading a walk and having a rally every year in Bronson to help bring awareness.
     This year, he is hoping to see even more people participate than in some of the past years. He invites anyone who wants to participate in the walk or the rally to call him at 352-507-3968 or to send him an email at reggiestacy08@gmail.com.
     As of Sept. 17, there is going to be entertainment at the rally to be held in the James H. Cobb Memorial Park of Bronson. That entertainment so far will include one band, and Stacy himself – where he is performing under his stage name of Reggie RealStarr. He sings country music, southern rock, music from the 1980s and 1990s and Gospel music.
     The walk was set for Oct. 9. Stacy needed to change the date. The new date is Oct. 30. The walk begins on Oct. 30, the fifth Saturday in October, at the United States Post Office in Bronson, 747 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), at 10 a.m. From there, walkers will take a route that leads to the James H. Cobb Memorial Park, 275 Picnic St.
     The rally will include speakers who are survivors of cancer, Stacy said, as well as at least three nurses. This event is free and everyone is welcome to participate.


 



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Oct. 17, Sunday 
     10 a.m.-4 p.m. -
- The Cedar Key Lion's Club is hosting the 51st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival at Cedar Key City Park. The 51st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, after a year’s absence due to safety precautions taken during the global COVID-19 pandemic, is back with a town fully energized for a great festival weekend. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club, this 51st festival marks over a half-century of great food, entertainment, shopping opportunities and family fun. The Seafood Festival celebrates the area’s fishing heritage, offering two days of fantastic food, a Seafood Festival parade, Second Street lined with arts and crafts exhibitors, free live music by local musicians, and family fun on the beautiful old Florida island city of Cedar Key. Cedar Key is in Levy County. It can be reached by taking State Road 24 toward the Gulf of Mexico.
     11 a.m.-2 p.m. – There is an Open House scheduled for the Nature Coast Biological Station, 552 First St., in Cedar Key. The NCBS is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. At this Open House, there will be opportunities to visit the Aquarium and Wet Lab.


Oct. 19, Tuesday
     10 a.m. --
The Friends of Lower Suwannee & Cedar Key Refuges Board of Directors are scheduled to meet at the Cedar Key Public Library, 460 Second St., in the City of Cedar Key, and on Zoom. All are welcome. Discussions will include a review of the Seafood Festival Friends' booth activities and other fall membership activities. For an agenda or Zoom link, please send an email to friends@friendsofrefuges.org.
     10:30 a.m. – Tri-County Friends Helping Friends are scheduled to hold the regular monthly meeting in the Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton. A Back To School Theme is planned. Everyone who is 50 or older is invited to fellowship and freely dine with the group as a guest on his or her first visit. In these meetings, people receive valuable information as to what's happening in the area. Attendees are informed about many volunteer options, as well as enjoying fellowship and a meal. Get involved. Join this great local volunteer service-minded organization in community caring and sharing. Treasurer Katherine LaBarca will fill provide membership information. Club dues for 2021 remain at $10. Correct amount appreciated. Health Chair Susan Wells will provide up-to-date health information. Program Chair Janice Rogers said that Coordinator of Career Pathways Christie McElroy will be our guest speaker. There will be a luncheon. Please bring your favorite dish, salad, desert or drinks. Coffee is furnished by the chapter. Everyone is thankful for the club's awesome cooks and hospitality team. Please remember the yearly school supplies collection drive is going on; as well as the "Can In Hand" drive. Please bring non-perishable and/or personal hygiene items for the food bank. For more information on the agenda call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 352-463-1889.



Oct. 23, Saturday
     8 a.m. –
Registration for the 2oth Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Trail Ride by the Levy County Horse Club Trailriders is at 8 a.m. This is a scheduled all day ride. This trail ride starts at the Tidewater Trailhead in the Goethe State Forest located at the south end of County Road 337 in Levy County. This is a benefit event. Everyone is invited to participate, even if they are not bringing a horse. The GPS address for the event is at Tidewater Trail Head in the Goethe State Forest at 12550 S.E. 137th St., Dunnellon, Fl 34431. To donate for this event or for more information please check our web page at https://levycountyhorseclub.com or send an email to Levy2@flahorse.com.
     8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. -- The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve (WGP) are scheduled to conduct a Boardwalk and Trail cleanup day. Anyone who would like to join this effort as a volunteer is invited to come to the Education Center at 8:30 a.m. Pizza is planned for all of the participants after the cleanup. Volunteers are reminded to bring weed whackers, blowers, loppers and pruners. And as always, water, bug spray, gloves, etc. are recommended for particpants' safety and comfort. For more information please contact the Friends at  friendswgp@wgpfl.org. The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is owned and operated by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with funding from the Florida Communities Trust. The Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. Visit https://wgpfl.org/ for directions and information on upcoming events.
     CANCELLED 10 a.m.-3 p.m. -- A Fall Resource Festival WAS scheduled to happen in Cornelius Williams Park – east of Williston. This festival is planned to include food, music and games -- but most importantly there will be vendors at tables to show people what they offer for resources for low-income individuals and families. Those vendors are planned to include agencies and organizations that poor people may not know are available to help them now. THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR THIS TO HAPPEN IN 2022.
     3-7 p.m. -- The Levy County Democratic Executive Committee has scheduled its 2021 Blue Horizons Jamboree, which is a major fundraising event. For the past two years it was known as the Blue Horizons Gala. The first year it was in Cedar Key. The second year it was conducted virtually using Zoom.It is set for Saturday, Oct. 23, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Two Hawks Hammock, at 17950 N.E. 53rd Lane in Williston. Gates open at 2:45 p.m. The scheduled guest speaker at the event will be Florida State Rep. Angela "Angie" Nixon (D-Jacksonville, Dist. 14). Other inspiring messages are anticipated to be shared by state Democratic Party members. This event is slated to include a live auction, a barbecue dinner, live music and dancing.Tickets are being sold only in advance. Tickets cost $40 per adult, or $10 for children from 12 to 17 years old. Everyone who wants to help Democrats is invited to buy tickets and come to this fun, family-oriented event. Attendees are requested to follow current recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols for outdoor events.Please expect an afternoon of socialization outdoors with friendly, like-minded people, great live musical entertainment, and a fun time for the kids with the barnyard animals. For more information, including having an order form mailed to purchase one or more tickets, send an email to info.LevyCountyDemocrats@gmail.com.
     5-8 p.m. -- Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton, is hosting the Fall Festival. This spooktacular event is fun and everyone is invited. There is free popcorn for everyone and free pre-bagged candy for children. Animal exhibits, a cake walk and games for children are planned as well. Yjere is a chili cookoff competition with a $5 entry fee for that part of the fun evening. This is the second year for this Fall Festival.

Oct. 25, Monday
     5:30-7:30 p.m. --
Levy County Coordinator Wilbur Dean was granted permission by the Chiefland City Commission to use the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 S.W. Fourth Ave. (State Road 345), in Chiefland, on Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for public comment and input of the redistricting lines of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners and Levy County School Board. Each 10 years, these five districts are realigned as political subdivision of the county. This will allow the general public to provide comments to the firm hired for this purpose of redistricting the Levy County Commission and Levy County School Board.

Oct. 26, Tuesday
     2-3:30 p.m. --
The Gilchrist County Legislative Delegation Hearing has been rescheduled. State Sen. Jennifer Bradley (R-Fleming Island, Dist. 5) is the chair of the delegation this year. State Senate District 5 includes Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Lafayette, Suwannee, Union and part of Marion counties. State Rep. Charles Wesley "Chuck" Clemons Sr. (R-Newberry, Dist. 21), whose district includes all of Dixie, Gilchrist and part of Alachua counties, is the other member of this legislative delegation. Senator Bradley announced that the annual delegation hearing has been scheduled to be in the Gilchrist County Commission Meeting Facility, 210 S. Main St., Trenton, Florida. Seating at the venue will provide for appropriate social distancing and the use of facial coverings is encouraged. The legislative delegation holds a public hearing each year to afford local officials, members of the public, and other interested parties the opportunity to present legislative proposals or express opinions on state issues. The next Regular Session of the Florida Legislature is scheduled to convene on Jan. 11 in Tallahassee. For additional information or to be placed on the agenda for the hearing, contact Sen. Bradley’s office at 386-719-2708, or email her staff at Shays.Tonya@flsenate.gov.

Oct. 29, Friday
     4-6 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the Inglis Recreation Committee's Annual Trunk or Treat at the Yankeetown School, 4500 Levy County Road 40 West (also known as Follow That Dream Parkway), in Yankeetown. Come a little early for the lineup. Everyone is invited to get their trunk ready for all the ghouls and goblins. Businesses, churches, service organizations and neighbors can participate. Come on out and help the IRC give local children a fun experience and free candy.
     5:30 p.m. -- The Rock Bluff Band is slated to perform gospel, country and rock n' roll favorites at the Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton. Everyone is invited to enjoy a great evening of music by the band that provide a rocking good time for the whole family to enjoy listening and dancing fun. For more information about this great event or for more information about Otter Springs Park and Campground, the future home of Camp Valor, please call 352-463-0800.


Oct. 30, Saturday
     10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- 
The Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Rally starts at the United States Post Office in Bronson, 747 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), at 10 a.m. From there, walkers will take a route that leads to the James H. Cobb Memorial Park, 275 Picnic St., where there will be a rally with motivational speakers, a band, and Reggie RealStarr, a singer, performing. Everyone is invited to this free event. Anyone who wants to participate in the walk or the rally is invited to call Reggie Stacey at 352-507-3968 or to send him an email at reggiestacy08@gmail.com. 
     11 a.m.-3 p.m. – The House Of The Happy Cats & Dogs, a registered 501c3 animal welfare organization, is scheduled to conduct a dog wash event to raise money for its service to the Tri-County Area animals this group serves through low-cost veterinary care. This dog washing service is happening at Chiefland Tractor Supply Co., which is in the same shopping center as the Winn-Dixie on U.S. Highway 27. The fee for the dog wash is based on dogs’ weights. For dogs that are up to 20 pounds, it is $10. For dogs that are 21 pounds and more, it is $20. There are no reservations required. Please bring your four-legged best friend for some TLC as the dog washers bathe your buddy. This is a lot of fun to be had not, only by dogs but by their owners, too. Another reward beyond having a squeaky clean pet is that the people funding the washing of the dogs will be supporting House Of The Happy Dogs & Cats in its work to help the pets in the Tri-County Area.

Oct. 31, Sunday Halloween

Nov. 1, All Saints Day

Nov. 7, Sunday Daylight Saving Time Ends

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


Nov. 11, Thursday Veterans Day
     10 a.m. --
Veteran's Day Parade in Bronson on Hathaway Avenue (U.S. Alt. 27).

     10:30 a.m. -- The 21st Annual Veterans' Day Ceremony and Parade is set for downtown Cross City. The parade is at 10:30 a.m., marching from the County Manager's office south on U.S. Highway 19 to Wandle Wheeler Park (behind the Dixie County Courthouse), where the ceremony is scheduled to commence at 11 a.m.

Nov. 20, Saturday
     8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. –
The Tri-County Community Resource Center (TCCRC) has scheduled the next drive-through Farm Share event in Chiefland, in partnership with Central Florida Electric Cooperative, City of Chiefland, Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Citizens on Patrol, Florida Department of Health, and many others. The TCCRC is currently seeking many volunteers to help ensure this annual event is successful. Each year, an average of 30,000 pounds of food is distributed to more than 1,300 Tri-County Area residents. This could never be accomplished without such wonderful community collaboration. To sign up as a volunteer, or for additional information, contact TCCRC Manager Beverly Goodman by sending an email to beverly.goodman@pfsf.org.

     9 a.m.-5 p.m. -- The Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club's 40th Annual Yankeetown Art, Crafts and Seafood Festival is scheduled to take place on Riverside Drive in Yankeetown. This year, the festival is commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the filming of Elvis Presley in the movie Follow That Dream. Most notably in that regard are the beach scenes that were filmed at the Bird Creek Bridge on Levy County Road 40, east of the Gulf of Mexico. There will be a live Elvis tribute artist performing both afternoons. There is free admission and free live entertainment again this year. Along with a colorful extravaganza of arts and crafts, the traditional delicious of seafood and other culinary treats are planned. Now, a community tradition for four decades, the Yankeetown Art, Craft and Seafood Festival, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, has something for everyone. Proceeds from this event help the mission of the Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club.


Nov. 21, Sunday
     9 a.m.-4 p.m. -
-The Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club's 40th Annual Yankeetown Art, Crafts and Seafood Festival is scheduled to take place on Riverside Drive in Yankeetown. This year, the festival is commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the filming of Elvis Presley in the movie Follow That Dream. Most notably in that regard are the beach scenes that were filmed at the Bird Creek Bridge on Levy County Road 40, east of the Gulf of Mexico. There will be a live Elvis tribute artist performing both afternoons. There is free admission and free live entertainment again this year. Along with a colorful extravaganza of arts and crafts, the traditional delicious of seafood and other culinary treats are planned. Now, a community tradition for four decades, the Yankeetown Art, Craft and Seafood Festival, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, has something for everyone. Proceeds from this event help the mission of the Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club.

 

Nov. 25, Thursday Thanksgiving

Dec. 25, Saturday Christmas

Dec. 31, Friday New Year's Eve

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

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

Feb. 2, Wednesday Groundhog Day

Feb. 14, Monday Saint Valentines Day

Feb. 21, Monday Presidents Day

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

March 13, Sunday Daylight Saving Time Begins

March 17, Thursday Saint Patricks Day

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

April 17, Sunday Easter

 


 

Regular Weekly Meetings HardisonInk.com

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

EVERY SECOND THURSDAY
     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 Sixth Blvd. in Williston offers a free lunch each second Thursday. All are welcome. For more information, please call  352-528-6880.

     Noon -- The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce meets the second Thursday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     1:30-3:30 p.m. -- There is an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group  that meets in the Edward Jones Conference Room at 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Suite 2, in Chiefland. This support group creates a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. Participants will learn and be informed about dementia, and the group as a whole helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. RSVPs are required. Call the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to reserve a seat or to find more information.
      7 p.m. -- The Levy County Horse Club is scheduled to meet on the second Thursday of the month at The Gathering Table Restaurant in Chiefland. Arrive earlier for dinner. Are you interested in horses and trailriding? Join us for our monthly social and check us out at http://www.levycountyhorseclub.com/.

 

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

 

EVERY FRIDAY
      7:15 a.m. -- The Citrus Business Network (CBN) exists to grow the business and profitability of our members by providing leads and referral information, sharing marketing ideas and utilizing each others' services. Everyone wants to do business with people they know, like and trust. The CBN allows us to develop that kind of relationship, not only with other members, but also with friends and business contacts. We meet Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Twisted Oak Country Club, in Beverly Hills. Breakfast and social time begins at 7:15. We would love to have you visit a meeting and see if CBN is right for you. Questions? Call Peg Weston at 352-586-2343.

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY

     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Cross City on the first Friday of the month. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every first Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from in the city park behind the Dixie County Courthouse in Cross City. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.

EVERY THIRD FRIDAY
     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Old Town. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every third Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from at the 1st District Community Center in Old Town (9223 N.E. 349 Highway). This is on Highway 349 about 10 miles north of the light in Old Town. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local  youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.


SECOND SATURDAY
      8 a.m. --  The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), hold a monthly breakfast meeting in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the church in Chiefland. 

      9:45 a.m. -- C.A.N. (Community Alliance Network) meets at the Living Water Life Center (LWLC) 6491 S.E. 123 Terrace Morriston. We’re meeting to put together resources and ideas for growing, bartering, food storage, alternative energy and other forms of self-sufficiency. Join us to hear speakers from like-minded groups share their visions and help us form ours. We always look forward to meeting new people.
     4 p.m. -- There is a “Community Round Table Meeting” at Inglis City Hall each second Saturday of each month. This is an open forum for residents of Inglis to come together to discuss area needs and views.

 

THIRD SATURDAY
     5:30 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to a Gospel Sing on the third Saturday of each month at St. Johns United Methodist Church, on the corner of Alachua County Roads 236 and 239, in Alachua. The mailing address is 10708 N.W. County Road 236. There will be a sign at corner of the intersection. Each month, there will also be a fellowship afterward with a covered dish meal.

 

FOURTH SATURDAY
     9 a.m. -- First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able. (There is no UMM in Chiefland in July and August.)
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The South Levy Marketplace, which is held the fourth Saturday of each month, happens in the Food Ranch Plaza, 40 U.S. Highway 19 N., just north of Follow That Dream Parkway (Levy County Road 40). Vendors provide goods, demonstrations and services. There are even free cat adoptions. Vendor spaces and quality yard sale spaces are 10x10 for $10. Civic groups and non-profit groups can have spaces for free. For more information, call 352-302-1771. 

LAST SATURDAY
     1-3 p.m. --
The Care for Caregivers group meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Williston City Hall Community Center, 50 N.W. Main St. in Williston. Williston has support for caregivers and their loved ones who have dementia.

 


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