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WMHS JROTC
to host drill competition
tomorrow - Jan. 25

By Carl Childs
Published Jan. 21, 2020 at 5:09 p.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2020 at 8:09 a.m.
     WILLISTON --
The Williston Middle High School (WMHS), Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is scheduled to host its annual Drill Competition on Saturday (Jan. 25), beginning at 9 a.m.

 

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     Eleven schools have been invited to attend, with some coming from as far as Jacksonville and Taylor County, and with all having the expectation of taking home some hardware.    
     Drill competitions are just one of many events where and when JROTC cadets get to show off their hard work and dedication, which they have given throughout the school year. Countless hours are spent practicing movements in order to hopefully demonstrate without flaw during competition.
     Like most competitive events, the stakes are high, and bragging rights will be in order for those that prevail. 
     Leaders at WMHS to invite everyone in the community to come out to support these future leaders of tomorrow as they represent not only the local area, but Northern and Central Florida.
     Bring a chair, grab a burger from the concession stand, and root on the WMHS Red Devils.  

 


SHINE volunteers needed
by Elderly Affairs
Published Jan. 22, 2020 at 3:49 p.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a statewide volunteer program that offers seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers free, unbiased counseling on Medicare, prescription drugs, and other health insurance matters.
     The SHINE SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Program educates beneficiaries on how to protect, detect, and report suspected Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse. These important programs are currently in need of volunteers. Individuals who are passionate about helping prepare others for some of the most crucial decisions in life, like choosing the right Medicare plan, make successful volunteers for SHINE. Being a SHINE volunteer is very rewarding and a great service to the community.
     The rewards for volunteering with SHINE are abundant. Individuals complete a professional training by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the local Area Agency on Aging; serve the community by educating others on an individual basis and through outreach events; gain knowledge about Medicare to benefit themselves and loved ones; and become a part of an award-winning team. To participate, you must complete the volunteer application and online orientation.
     SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is operated locally through Elder Options. Specially-trained SHINE counselors help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to understand their health care options so they can make the best decisions for their individual needs. The SHINE mission is to provide free and unbiased information about Medicare and Medicaid for beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers. SHINE also educates beneficiaries to protect, detect, and report potential errors, fraud, and abuse with their Medicare coverage. To learn more call, 1-800-262-2243 or visit http://www.floridashine.org/, click the Join Our Team link at the top of the page, and complete an online application.

 


Draped hypertufa container
two-day workshop
set for Feb. 5 and 12

Limited space - register now
UF IFAS Levy County Extension HardisonInk.com
C. Richards designed this planted draped hypertufa container.

Story and Photo Provided
By Barbara Edmonds, Horticulture Program Assistant
UF/IFAS Levy County Extension
Published Jan. 22, 2020 at 9:09 a.m.
     BRONSON –
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Levy County Extension is hosting a draped hypertufa container workshop.
     This event is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 5 and Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. both days in the Levy County Extension office, at 625 N. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27) in Bronson.
     Participants will create a unique, one-of-a-kind, draped container using cement infused fabric. These containers may be used to display faux flowers, in the guest bathroom with soaps and towels, or they may be used as a decorative container for potted plants.
     These containers are perfect for gifts and special occasions. Spray or acrylic outdoor paint may complement décor or enhance plant material.
     Workshop facilitators Barbara L. Edmonds, Horticulture Program Assistant and Nature Coast Master Gardener volunteers, share tips and demonstrate draping techniques. After curing for one week, participants will plant their container with provided plants.  
     Here is what happens at the two-day workshop: Wednesday, Feb. 5 - History, introduction and lecture. Hands-on mixing, blending and draping a one-gallon hypertufa pot; Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Lecture and instruction on container gardening, irrigation, fertilization. Hands-on planting your hypertufa container.
     A $20 materials fee covers the two-part workshop, instruction, mix, tufa ready cloth, planting media and plants for a one-gallon draped hypertufa pot.
     Checks should be made payable to the University of Florida, and in the memo area “Draped Hypertufa” (include phone number). Checks should be mailed to UF/IFAS Extension Levy County, P.O. Box 219, Bronson, FL 32621.
Space is limited. Online registration and payment at Eventbrite or at the Levy County Extension office.
     This is an indoor/outdoor event. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that can become dirty.

 


Hands-on grafting workshop
set for Jan. 31 in Bronson

Space is limited
Pre-registering is required

Free plant grafting in Levy County HardisonInk.com
Wally Mathis checks cambium alignment of scion and rootstock.

Story and Photo Provided By
Barbara Edmonds, Horticulture Program Assistant
UF/IFAS Levy County Extension
Published Jan. 3, 2020 at 7:09 p.m.
     BRONSON –
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) Extension Levy County is hosting a free, hands-on grafting workshop.
     This workshop is scheduled to be held Friday, Jan. 31, at Levy County Extension office, 625 N. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), in Bronson.
     Workshop facilitators Bill Alexander, Wally Mathis and Frank Vande Linde are scheduled to share tips and demonstrate grafting techniques. After graduating with a forestry degree, Alexander was recruited by Brunswick Pulp and Paper Co. Bill Alexander and wife, Marilyn Alexander were long-time Chiefland residents.   
     Wally Mathis brings a wealth of knowledge and practical tips for successful tree grafting. The plant you graft will be yours to keep. Satsuma (citrus) scion will be grafted to tri-foliate orange rootstock. The edible (deciduous) persimmon scion will be grafted to native persimmon. 
     Frank Vande Linde has 50 years of grafting experience with Brunswick Pulp and Paper Co., developing superior slash, loblolly and long leaf pine trees.
     Space is limited. Pre-register by calling 352-486-5131 or online at Eventbrite by clicking HERE. Plants will be provided. There is no charge for the program.
     If you have questions about these or other gardening practices, contact your local Extension office, https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/.

 


9th Annual Daddy Daughter
Camo Hop set for Feb. 1
in former DCHS gym

By Anne G. Hodges
Published Jan. 6, 2020 at 9:09 a.m.
     CROSS CITY --
The 9th Annual Daddy Daughter Camo Hop is scheduled to be in Cross City at the former Dixie County High School Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb 1.
     This is a new location and date in comparison with years past.
     This event is for all girls and their dads or special father figures in their lives. There will be Fairy Tale Magic galore as the festivities begin at 6 p.m., with a complimentary buffet dinner.
     Tickets are available at the following locations: Drummond Community Bank in Cross City and Old Town, Badcock’s in Cross City, Dixie County School Finance Office in Old Town, Dixie County Property Appraiser’s Office of Balog and Hodges CPAs (formerly Anne G. Hodges, CPA), and the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition office located inside of Ameris Bank in Cross City.
     Tickets purchased in advance are $25 per couple, or $30 if purchased at the door. (Additional daughters are just $5). The ticket includes dinner, dancing, party favors, activities during the event and access (through Shutterfly.com) to photos taken during the event.
     Special activities planned for this year’s event include the return of Beauty and the Beast, a magician to entertain during dinner, and recognition of prior Camo Hop Queens and their King, and Princesses and their Prince. There will be plenty of dancing with dad, line-dancing, door prizes, a slide presentation showcasing prior years’ camo hop and this year’s sponsors. The evening will culminate with the crowning of the 2020 Camo Queen and King and the 2020 Camo Princess and Prince.
     This is a special event for daddies and their daughters. Moms, you are NOT invited (and the organizers know that Moms hate being excluded), but Moms can be involved in helping their daughters plan the perfect camo outfits, whether hunting camp attire or a camouflage gown with ruffles and lace.
     And Moms can encourage dad that this night will be a lifetime memory, which he and his daughter (s) will cherish. No tuxedoes are expected here. He can come comfy in his camo attire, boots and jeans.
     The Daddy Daughter Camo Hop is an annual community project of the Dixie County Rotary Club, made possible with help from sponsors, including the Dixie County Historical Society and the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition, and many others.
     Community businesses recognize the importance of the strong father-daughter relationships and provide financial support through annual sponsoring of this event. They will be recognized throughout the evening.
     For more information, call 352-498-7067 (days) or 352-542-7135 (evenings) or 352-356-1632.

 


Empty Bowls Soup Supper
in Cedar Key set for Feb. 5

Bowls in Cedar Key Florida HardisonInk.com
Bowls created by Anne Lindgren are pictured here.
Photo Provided By Amy Gernhardt

By Boyd and Linda Kimball
Published Jan. 3, 2020 at 7:09 p.m.
Updated Jan. 15, 2020 at 1:09 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The Annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper is scheduled to be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 Sixth St., in Cedar Key.
     Attendees enjoy a warm bowl of soup and dessert in exchange for a donation to the Cedar Key Food Pantry. This event is a major fundraiser for the pantry.
     The Empty Bowls Project is an international event that had its beginnings in a school 30 years ago. Two artists, one a high school ceramics teacher, came up with a creative idea for students to raise funds to fight hunger. Guests at a fundraising event were served a simple meal of soup and bread and invited to keep student- created bowls as a lasting reminder of hunger - that there are always empty bowls in the world.
     The Cedar Key Empty Bowls Supper has been a success because people consistently dig deep into their pockets and generously donate to this cause. The homemade soups and desserts donated by volunteers in our community are delicious. Over the years, Amy Gernhardt has donated hundreds of bowls to this event, and other potters are now donating their time and expertise to create beautiful bowls offered to diners.
     The artists and attendees at this “soup-er” supper all share the Empty Bowls’ mission of raising dollars to help end hunger by contributing to the community’s food pantry.
     In Levy County, the Cedar Key Food Pantry offers nutritious food to community members who meet federally established income qualifications.
      Each Wednesday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., the working poor, the elderly living on a fixed income, grandparents raising grandchildren and disabled veterans come to the pantry for food.
     More than 400 people in the local community have qualified as recipients, including more than 100 children. The number of elderly individuals coming to the pantry has increased from 25 to 42 individuals, almost a 70 percent increase in number.
    The United States Department of Agriculture supplies some of the food, and the Cedar Key Lions Club ensures that there is milk for all who come to the pantry. Additional food, such as vegetables and meat, are purchased from the Bread of the Mighty in Gainesville. This year, the need for funds is even greater than in previous years.
     The Cedar Key Food Pantry, a standing-on-its-own non-profit, will have increased operating costs at its new location including utilities, garbage collection and insurance. The money raised through Empty Bowls helps to financially support the pantry that serves the needs of the Cedar Key community.
     Everyone is invited to help end hunger in Cedar Key by coming together at this community’s Empty Bowls Soup Supper.
     Anyone who is interested in volunteering or who has questions about this event is asked to please contact Joan Selby at bunice2@verizon.net.

 


CF hosts Dare to Dream
Black Male Enrichment
Conference on Feb. 20;

Seating Limited - RSVP
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Jan. 18, 2020 at 3:09 p.m.
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida will host a conference for black males in grades seven through 11 and their families, Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6-8 p.m., in the Ewers Century Center, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala. The event is free.
     Participants will hear success stories from black men from outside our community who have ties to Ocala, learn about opportunities for higher education as well as resources to help them in their growth toward college. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.
     Conference speaker and Forest High School alumnus Anthony D. Thomas, managing partner of Thomas Thomas Law LLC in Tallahassee, will share his personal journey from growing up in Ocala to becoming a corporate lawyer.
     Thomas wants to help black male students and their parents create a vision for success and make their dreams a reality. Group facilitators are attorney Michael Mills of Graham and Mills, Attorneys at Law in Orlando, and Major Earl Filmore Jr., CF and Lake Weir High School alumnus and director of Military Services and Affairs for Bethune-Cookman University. They will promote higher education, career exploration and self-development.
     The conference is funded by a CF Foundation New Initiative Grant.
     Seating is limited. To RSVP visit CF.edu/DaretoDream, or for more information contact Dr. Lisa Smith at 352-873-5800, ext. 1243.

 


Artists sought for the
Lower Suwannee Art
& Nature Festiva on March 14

By Jane Connors
Published Jan. 18, 2020 at 2:19 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
This March, the tranquil Gulf Coast community of Suwannee, on the estuary of the famous river which is its namesake, will come alive as artists, crafters, food vendors and festival attendees arrive to celebrate amid the natural beauty of the area.
     The Lower Suwannee Art & Nature Festival, hosted by Suwannee Library Technical Center, part of Dixie County Public Library, is set to take place Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     “We will continue to accept vendor applications until March 2 or until we run out of spaces,” Suwannee Library manager Jane Connors said. “We are particularly keen to add more local artists, artisans, and food vendors. We are also looking for musicians to perform during the festival. “
     The event is set to take place in the grounds of Glen Dyals Park, just outside Suwannee and alongside the Dixie Mainline trail which traverses one edge of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.
     21340 S.E. Dixie County Road 349, near the community of Suwannee.
     In addition to local artists, artisans, crafters, food vendors, and non-profit booths, a children’s art class will take place in the adjacent library, and there will be a paddling trip on the Refuge.
     Vendor booths are $25 per 10-foot by 10-foot space. For vendor or general information, or to sign up for the children’s art class or paddling trip, contact Jane Connors at suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com or call the Suwannee Library Technical Center at 352-542-8320.

 


Rolling Mist
Fog in the Tri-County Area in January 2020 HardisonInk.com

The fog rolls in Monday morning (Jan. 13) over a hayfield somewhere in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. For the observer there and at that moment, it reflects the natural beauty of small water particles floating near the ground. For travelers farther out in time on this morning and in other parts of the Tri-County Area, the fog presents a potential driving hazard as it obscures things that might otherwise be seen. Meanwhile, for the horror-story writer, it offers a setting leading to – horror. For the casual observers here, the picture mirrors the natural art from an almost black and white photograph capturing the shades, shadows and tones between the two ends of the polarity of visible light.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 16, 2020 at 3:09 p.m.

 


Savvy Caregiver training
is coming to Levy and Dixie;

First class is Jan. 27 in Cross City
RSVP Required - Limited Spaces

By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 16, 2020 at 3:09 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA --
Elder Options is offering the Savvy Caregiver program in Levy County and Dixie County in the coming months.
     The Savvy Caregiver program is a free, seven-week training designed for caregivers who assist person’s with dementia (including Alzheimer’s). This program is also open to anyone interested in the topic and wants to learn more.
     Throughout the series, participants will be offered an opportunity to learn to:
     Differentiate the different types of dementia and the progression of the disease.
     Improve caregiver self-care skills.
     Gain confidence to set and alter caregiver goals.
     Learn skills in regard to responding to dementia behaviors.
     Increase opportunities for family involvement.
     The first series of free lessons is scheduled to be provided in the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in Cross City.
     Those lessons in Dixie County are slated to be each Monday, from Jan. 27 through March 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     The second series of free lessons is scheduled to be provided in Cedar Key, at the Cedar Key Public Library on the second floor of the building at 460 Second St., in Cedar Key.
     The Cedar Key lessons are scheduled to be Tuesdays, from March 10 through April 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     Reserving a space to participate is required. To RSVP, call Renee Horne at 352-692-5226 or register online at http://agingresources.org/savvy-caregiver-for-families/.

 

 


Sunday Sunset
Sunday Sunset Levy County HardisonInk.com
The second Sunday sunset of the decade is captured as it stands on the brink of turning into twilight on Jan. 12 somewhere in Levy County. This view across a hayfield toward a planted pine crop captures the peace of the moment. Meanwhile, children and teens complete their homework as they prepare for the coming week of school. Workers likewise conduct their pre-work preparations for the coming days of toil. Of course, the evening can include relaxing and even libations for those who are 21 years or older. Likewise, retirees and unemployed individuals of every age see their Sunday daylight activities fade as time moves into whatever nighttime fun might happen. Perhaps some individuals are reading a book, or watching a television, or checking out the latest news on the daily news website, or they are at band practice in preparation for a performance. As for the weather on this winter eve in this one part of one Florida county, it hovers in the high 60- to low 70-degrees of the Fahrenheit realm. (European, Asian and other readers can calculate the Celsius numbers.) And as that day comes to an end, horseshoe throwers, lawn mowers, and peace sowers enjoy the moments of sunset as they turn the focus of their minds into nighttime activities, which also may be enjoyed.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 13, 2020 at 10:09 p.m.


 

 


Elder Options sponsors
free program
to improve balance;

Register early, classes fill quickly
Balance in Gilchrist County HardisonInk.com
Graphic Provided By Elder Options

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 28, 2019 at 9:39 a.m.
Updated Dec. 30, 2019 at 12:29 p.m.
     TRENTON –
A free program that lasts 12 weeks and is held each Tuesday and Thursday is starting on Feb. 18 in Trenton to help senior citizens improve their balance.
     Titled “Tai Chi Chuan: Moving For Better Balance,” this exercise is an adapted form of Tai Chi, created for seniors and others who are in danger of falling because of impaired balance.
     Tai Chi has proved to be helpful in improving balance and reducing falls, according to research used by Elder Options, the sponsor of this class.
     Elder Options’ mission is to ensure that communities have a trusted and unbiased place to turn for information, resources and assistance. The agency advocate for and cooperatively works with communities to strengthen support systems. It creates new and innovative service options that focus on personal choice and independence.
     The Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging Inc. (doing business as Elder Options) was established in 1977 as a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The agency is charged with administering state and federal grant-funded programs and providing direct services to benefit elders, people with disabilities, and their informal caregivers in a 16-county Planning and Service Area in North Central Florida, which includes:  Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union counties.
     As for this program to help people improve balance, it follows the curriculum of Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., of the Oregon Research Institute.
     The instructor scheduled for this 12-week session is Susan
Levi, a volunteer with Elder Options.
     The start date is Tuesday, Feb. 18. The end date is May 14.
     These sessions on each Tuesday and Thursday in that date range are from 11 a.m. until noon.
     The program is set to occur at the Tri County Council For Senior Citizens Senior Center, which is also known as the Gilchrist County Senior Center or the Trenton Senior Center, located at 1439 S.W. Gilchrist County Road 307A, in Trenton.
     This is a free 12-week, two-day-per-week class with instructions progressing from one class to the next. Possible participants who know of a conflict that would interfere with their attendance for more than one or two classes, may find it to be more beneficial to wait until the next time the class is offered.
     Classes are limited to the first 15 people to register, and classes fill up quickly. Participants are urged to register early,
     To register, please contact one of the following either Betty Flagg at 352-692-5219 or via email at flaggb@agingresources.org; or Lisa Kanarek at 352-692-5248 or kanarekl@agingresources.org.

 


Elder Options offers
Medication Management
Series of classes
for senior citizens and caregivers

Published Sept. 8, 2019 at 9:39 a.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
Elder Options, ElderCare of Alachua County and the Community Coalition for Older Adults are sponsoring a seven-week series for senior citizens and caregivers that meets once per month (except November and December) regarding medication management.
     This series started on Sept. 24, 2019 and meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, through May 26, 2020.
     Those dates are Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 24, April 28 and May 26.
     Sign-in starts at 1:30 p.m. and class is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
     These free classes are set to be at the Gainesville Senior Recreation Center, 5701 N.W. 34th Blvd., in Gainesville. The program presenter is David M. Angaran, MS, FASHP, FACCP.
     The series will help participants:
     ● Understand insurance drug benefit and the medication use system.
     ● Identify and use credible medication information
     ● Understand the need for creating an accurate and complete personal medication list.
     ● Deal with medication management related "hassles."
     ● Identify medication cost management strategies.

 


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Jan. 25, Saturday
Chinese New Year
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. --
The South Levy Area Marketplace, on U.S. Highway 19 just north of the Levy County Road 40 intersection in the grassy area on the west side of U.S. 19, is the place to find crafts, seafood, produce, plants, art, music and food. Interested in becoming a vendor or exhibitor?  10 x 10 spaces are $10. Civic groups, churches and military groups are Free. For an application call 352-302-1771.
     9 a.m.-- Everyone is invited to see the Williston Middle High School (WMHS), Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) host its annual Drill Competition at the school located at 350 S.W. Robert Philpot Way (12th Ave.), in Williston. Eleven schools have been invited to attend, with some coming from as far as Jacksonville and Taylor County.
     3:30 p.m. -- The Levy County Democratic Party is scheduled to meet in the Bronson Public Library, located at 600 Gilbert St. in Bronson (U.S. Alt. 27, across the street from Save-A-Lot). Light refreshments will be served. All interested Democrats are invited to attend. For more information, call 352-363-1622.

Jan. 26, Sunday
     4 p.m. --
Ventroloquist Steve Charney is scheduled to present a comedy act at the Cedar Key Art Center on Second Avenue in Cedar Key. Full of jokes, magic tricks and clever songs, this show is funny from beginning to end. But it’s Harry, Steve’s dummy, who steals Steve’s thunder with his irreverence and verbal mayhem. Charney is a nationally known children's entertainer, magician, ventriloquist, songwriter, children’s author and recording artist. He’s written dozens of songs for Jim Henson productions and the Walt Disney Channel. Donations collected at this special event will be donated to the Cedar Key Empty Bowls program.

Feb. 1, Saturday
     8 a.m. - 12 p.m. --
The Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club has scheduled its annual indoor garage sale and pancake breakfast to be at the clubhouse located at 22 59th St. in Yankeetown. Breakfast is from 8 to 11 a.m. The breakfast fee is $7 for adults and children who are younger than 10 years old will eat for free if they are with an adult. The menu is pancakes and more, plus a beverage. Anyone with items to donate to the Garage Sale, is asked to please call 352-505-7936 and leave a message. This is a fundraiser with proceeds going to help the Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club's projects.


Feb. 3, Monday
     1:30 p.m. –
A program titled “Autism?” is scheduled to be presented by the  Friends of A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown. This is to be presented by Teresia Dulaney, author of How to train a Superhero: a story of autism a book of encouragement for parents and caregivers of those with special needs. Here’s a chance to learn about autism from a parent who has successfully raised two boys and lived to tell about it.

Feb. 4, Tuesday
     3 p.m. --
The Levy County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee is scheduled to hold a committee meeting at the Levy County Courthouse – 355 S. Court St., in Bronson, in the Board of County Commissioners’ Meeting Room. The RESTORE Act Advisory Committee meeting will also serve as a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in anticipation of two or more members of the Board of County Commissioners being in attendance. The RESTORE Act is a United States federal statute that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 6, 2012. It was enacted by the 112th United States Congress as an amendment to the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" bill, a far-reaching transportation bill that included many other provisions. The act was in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010, which caused significant environmental, ecological and economic damage to the Gulf Coast of the United States. Levy County is gaining access to use some of these funds for specific purposes.


Feb. 5, Wednesday
     3:30-5:30 p.m. -- The Annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper is scheduled to be held at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 Sixth St., in Cedar Key. Attendees enjoy a warm bowl of soup and dessert in exchange for a donation to the Cedar Key Food Pantry. This event is a major fundraiser for the pantry. Over the years, Amy Gernhardt has donated hundreds of bowls to this event, and other potters are now donating their time and expertise to create beautiful bowls offered to diners. In Levy County, the Cedar Key Food Pantry offers nutritious food to community members who meet federally established income qualifications. Each Wednesday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., the working poor, the elderly living on a fixed income, grandparents raising grandchildren and disabled veterans come to the pantry for food. More than 400 people in the local community have qualified as recipients, including more than 100 children. The number of elderly individuals coming to the pantry has increased from 25 to 42 individuals, almost a 70 percent increase in number. Everyone is invited to help end hunger in Cedar Key by coming together at this community’s Empty Bowls Soup Supper. Anyone who is interested in volunteering or who has questions about this event is asked to please contact Joan Selby at bunice2@verizon.net.

Feb. 8, Saturday
     10 a.m.-4 p.m. --
Several Civil War reenactors are inviting everyone to see the 155th Anniversary of the Civil War Skirmish at Station No. 4 of Cedar Key. This is a Living History Day in Cedar Key City Park. Everyone is invited to come visit with reenactors depicting troops involved in the skirmish at Station No. 4, which occurred on Feb. 12‐13, 1865. Reenactors scheduled to be there include Maj. Weeks and the 2nd Florida Cavalry US; 2nd USCT (African‐American); Capt. Dickison and the 2nd Florida Cavalry CS; and Capt. Lutterloh and the 1st Florida Special Cavalry (Florida Cow Cavalry). Also scheduled to be in Cedar Key Park are be camps and live demonstrations of rifled muskets and cannon used in the skirmish. This is scheduled to be a fascinating display of 30-plus antique rifles, pistols, carbines and swords from the period. Artifacts dug up from the Jacksonville area are planned to be on display as well. There will be flag displays. Everyone is invited to see how the soldiers lived and fought and just what was involved in the raid near Cedar Key during the Civil War.
     5-7 p.m. -- The Cedar Key Woman's Club has scheduled its Annual Spaghetti Dinner - A Taste of Italy to be at the Cedar Key Community Center,  809 Sixth St., in Cedar Key. This meal is Eat In or Take Out. Tickets are available for purchase at the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce's Welcome Center,  450 Second St. The cost of a ticket is a $15 donation. Tickets for spaghetti dinners for children younger than 12 years old are a dontion of $7 each.

Feb. 10, Monday
     7:30 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida will host Dr. Jean Twenge, a researcher on Generation Z or iGen, in the Ewers Century Center, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala. The event is free and open to the public. Participants will learn why today’s young people are growing up more slowly, spend more time online and less time with friends face-to-face, and are more likely to experience unhappiness, anxiety, depression and sleep deprivation. Twenge will talk about ways to find a balance with technology, leaving time for activities that are more beneficial for physical and mental health. Twenge is a professor at San Diego State University and is the author of more than a hundred scientific publications and three books based on her research. Her research has appeared in Time, USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. She holds degrees from the University of Chicago and University of Michigan.

Feb. 14, Friday, Valentines Day
     6 p.m. --
The Annual Cedar Key Lions Club Valentines Day Dinner Dance is scheduled to be at the Cedar Key Community Center. Dinner and Dance tickets cost $30 per person. Live DJ music and a silent auction are scheduled to happen as well at this fundraiser for the Cedar Key Lions Club. Tickets are available from Lions Club members and from Faye Sanders CPA, at her office at Nature's Landing 7041 Depot St., or call 352-543-9628.

Feb. 15, Saturday

     11 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Pay To Spay volunteers will be taking applications at the Chiefland Farmers Flea Market - for the next Cares Affordable Animal Clinic Neuter Commuter (scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Chiefland Farmers Flea Market). Anyone who is interested in having their pet receive a low-cost spay or neuter procedure must register their pet on Feb. 15 to qualify for the Neuter Commuter. The low-cost fees are $20 per cat and $40 per dog - two pet limit per family - weight limits may apply. These low-cost fees are made possible through The Wagmore Foundation grant. For more information, call 352-348-1615.

Feb. 29, Saturday
     9 a.m. --
Registration begins at 9 a.m. for the Ride for Meridian Charity Poker Run. This fundraiser is a poker run that starts at Harely Davidson in Gainesville. Stop 2 is Top Hog of Newberry. Stop 3 is Cherry's Seafood & Steaks in Trenton. Stop 4 is Chiefland Billiards. Stop 5 is Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Key. Its costs $20 per driver, $10 per passenger and $5 per additional hand. All motorcycles (not just Harleys) are welcome. Prizes are for the best and worst hands, and there are other ways to win. While registration starts at 9 a.m., it is kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. A meal is provided for participants at the last stop -- the Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Key. Meridian Behavioral Health has a mission "To promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illnesses and substance use disorders through prevention, coordinated treatment, and supportive services." It has a vision of "Hope, Recovery, and Wellness are within everyone’s reach." It notes its priorities, as a private, non-profit organization with roots in the community, are as part of a mental health movement, which began in the 1960s, to bring education about mental illnesses and substance use disorders and treatment of those affected to the local level. For more information, plee contact Stephanie Esposito at 352-318-2889 or email stephanie_esposito@mbhci.org.
     9:30 a.m. -- The Friends of Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges Annual Meeting is scheduled to be at the Lower Suwannee NWR headquarters off of Levy County Road 347, between the Community of Fowler's Bluff and State Road 24. A meet and greet session is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. The Friends' merchandise tent will be open. The meeting is lsated to start at 10 a.m. Swallow-tailed Kites, including "Suwannee" whom the chapter "adopted last year, will be the topic of featured presentation. Lunch will be catered by Ken and Rose McCain. In the afternoon, participants are invited to visit the historic, private Vista property, which is adjacent to the headquarters. The owners, who are life members of this Friends group, will open it exclusively for this event. As for the Annual Meeting Featured Presentation, it is scheduled to be Gina Kent, Senior Conservation Scientist for Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI). She will discuss tracking studies and conservation issues of Swallow-tailed Kites through their annual cycle. ARCI has been studying Swallow-tailed Kites since 1988, discovering their migration routes and winter range and all aspects of needs and threats along the way. She will highlight the movements and migration of the recently-tagged Kite named Suwannee.

March 14, Saturday
     10 a.m.-3 p.m. --
Dixie County Public Library invites everyond to the 3rd Annual Lower Suwannee Art and Nature Festival. Previously known as the Spring Art Festival, the event has been renamed the Lower Suwannee Art and Nature Festival. “The new name more clearly says what we are and where we are,” Jane Connors, Suwannee Library manager, said. “So many of our fine artists focus on the natural beauty of our area and our community is surrounded by the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.” Once again, the event takes place in the shady grounds of Glen Dyals Park, just outside the waterfront community of Suwannee and alongside the Dixie Mainline trail. The festival will feature local artists, artisans, crafters, food vendors, non-profit booths, and more. “Last year’s festival was very successful. We look forward to the return of our 2019 vendors and to adding new vendors—especially for art and good food,” Connors said. Vendor booths will be $25 (10 x 10 space). Those signing up before Dec. 1, may choose their space from those remaining on the festival location map. For vendor or general information, contact Jane Connors at suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com, or call 352-542-8320 during business hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon).

 


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Dixie County
     * Dixie County Public Library (in Cross City) - Fourth Wednesday monthly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Gilchrist County
     * Town of Bell Community Center - Third Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     * Gilchrist County Public Library (in Trenton) - Fourth Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Levy County
     * Levy County Public Library (in Bronson) - First Wednesday monthly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
     * Chiefland Senior Center - Third Wednesday monthly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
     * Levy County Public Library (in Williston) - First Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     * A.F. Knotts Public Library (in Yankeetown) - Second Thursday monthly from 2 to 4 p.m.

 


 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated Dec. 11, 2019 at 7:09 p.m.

EVERY MONDAY

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

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

SECOND MONDAY
  
   9:30 a.m. -- Williston 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.


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 has restarted. The games begin at 7 p.m., in the club located at 5 56th St., Yankeetown. Stop in at 5 p.m. and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6 p.m., you can eat before the games start. You don't have to play to eat, we have take out! There are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. For more information call 352-447-2057.
      7 p.m. -- There is Bingo every Thursday at the Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave. Contact Pamela Vamosi at 352-222-8267 or Deanna Barnard at 352-283-8828 for more information about the Lions Club of Williston.

FIRST THURSDAY
    7 p.m. --  The Levy County Beekeepers Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 4 West Park Ave., Chiefland. Anyone who is interested in bees, or in beekeeping is invited. Beekeepers are ready to answer questions, share ideas and more. You need not be a beekeeper to attend. For more information, please call Byron Teerlink at 352-493-2216, or Chappie McChesney at 386-462-2637 or Leon Bath at 352-493-2329.

SECOND THURSDAY
      11 a.m. -- The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library meet each second Thursday of the month at the library, 104 N.E. Third Street, in Chiefland. The Friends support the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the library's programs through fundraising projects to augment the library's budget for the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting. Membership is free. For more information call Friends President Ann Brown at 352-226-7413.
     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 Sixth Blvd. in Williston offers a free lunch each second Thursday. All are welcome. For more information, please call  352-528-6880.

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

 

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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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

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