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Real Cat
Ink the cat Hardison in the Code Orange Office
Inky, keeping it real in the Code Orange Office. 

Photo By Sharon Hardison © Aug. 13, 2022 at 2:12 p.m.

 


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Look Up
half Moon
The half Moon seen in the night sky above Levy County on Aug. 4 is captured in a digital image similar to how those pictures were formerly preserved on certain types of paper for photographs. Seen here through a slight mist in the atmosphere, this biggest satellite circling Earth is planned to house humans at some point in the future as people explore space in manned expeditions. To date, only one country has succeeded in landing humans on the moon -- the United States of America.

Rainbow
A journalist traveling from The Ink Pad, based in the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands in the unincorporated part of Levy County, notices a relatively hidden rainbow captured in video on a dash camera, during a drive to cover a news event in Williston on Aug. 2. This still photo shows part of that video.

sky
Shades of pink, white and gray clouds accent a blue background of sky during the evening of Aug. 4. An antenna for collecting television transmissions that are sent through the air is noticed in the photo of a place somewhere in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County on that eve.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 7, 2022 at 10:12 a.m.

 


Obscured by clouds,
July supermoon peeks out

Supermoon of July 2022
The Supermoon of July is seen partially obscured by cloud on Wednesday night (July 13).

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © July 16, 2022 at 5:12 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
The biggest and brightest supermoon of 2022 drew a videographer out into his neighbor’s hayfield in the darkness of Wednesday night (July 13).


Supermoon of July 2022
This clear shot of the Moon was captured after repeated trips out into the night, waiting for clouds to clear.

Super Moon Video of July 2022
Click on the still photo above to see the video, which includes the sound from the night. There is one point early-on in the video where the sound of the motor moving the lens is heard, too.


     Jeff M. Hardison had a clearer view of the moon by sauntering just to the south of The Ink Pad that night.
     July’s Full Buck Moon showed up after a point Wednesday night, but it couldn’t be captured on the horizon because it was too cloudy at moonrise that night.
     Checking for a view at 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 p.m. brought results. As far as he Moon’s actual size, it remains the same. However, with its placement in space and time in relation to Earth, the full moon on this month made it a supermoon, appearing to be about 7 percent larger than a typical full moon.
     The full moon on July 13, appeared larger and brighter than other full moons.
     The moon reached perigee at 5:06 a.m. EDT Wednesday (July 13), and was officially a full moon at 2:38 p.m. EDT, but it shined bright for much of the week, going as far as into Tuesday (July 19), according to information from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
     The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains that July’s full moon is gets its name of Buck Moon from Native Americans.
     As for this being a special view of the Moon, this satellite’s orbit around Earth isn’t circular, it’s elliptical. Although the distance between the moon and Earth varies throughout the month and even the year, the average distance is approximately 238,855 miles, according to NASA.
     “I enjoy getting out to take pictures of the full Moon on occasion,” Hardison said. “This one was very challenging. I wanted to get it closer to the horizon, because then it can be seen as the super moon that it is.
     “One year, long ago, there was a super moon rising over the track that has now become known as the former Bronson Speedway,” Hardison said. “That was a very neat photo. I also took a relatively good one in 2022.”
     As for this shooting experience, it was different in another way. He made a video.
     “I kept going out that night,” Hardison said, “and I wandered into the grass. Usually, when I’m out in the area in the pitch dark, Needles the Community Cat of Jemlands comes up and give me a little start by rubbing next to leg.”
     On this night, the poster cat for trap-neuter-release in Levy County was out somewhere else catting around, although not making kittens.
     “It was relatively noisy with the crickets, frogs and katydids,” Hardison said. “So, I went out and held the camera in my hand rather than using the tripod. I zoomed in on the Moon a couple of times. Meanwhile, the sounds of the night played like a natural song for me.”

 


Deer!
Deer
A deer sees a photographer in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County on Tuesday morning (July 5).

Deer
The deer then provides a profile photo opportunity before darting into the woods and disappearing from view.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © July 5, 2022 at 10:12 p.m.

 


Extension joins library
in summer program

Children at a Levy County public library
Children enjoy transplanting Cuban oregano liners to take home. This was during the Levy County Public Library System’s week of exploring Italy during its four-week program this summer, where children ‘visited’ four different countries.
Photo Courtesy of Yovanka C.

Story and Photo Provided 
By Barbara Edmonds, Horticulture Program Assistant
UF/IFAS Extension Levy County
Published June 28, 2022 at 8:12 a.m.
     BRONSON --
Dozens of excited children participated at the 2022 Levy County Library Summer Program during each of the four weeks of different programs at the five public libraries in Levy County.

     The theme for this summer was “Explore The World.
     Students went to the five public libraries in Levy County as the “traveled” to four different countries.
     The Levy County Public Library System presented its program from June 6 through July 1 this year.
     Programs were from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) each of the five days of the week at the libraries listed below on those days.
     During the week of the summer program when the children “visited” Italy, UF/IFAS Extension Levy County, in cooperation with Levy County Library Director Darlene Slattery, and Library Office Manager Layce Hallman, let children enjoy a program focused on common herbs and crops of Italy, specifically corn, basil, and oregano.
     Nature Coast Master Gardeners (NCMG) visited five branch libraries during the week-long program for Italy. The traveling roadshow provided 90 minutes of fun and educational activities.
     Goals of this one week of the four weeks of events in the libraries included discussing factors influencing seed germination, functions of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and plant-insect-human interdependence.
     During the sensory experience, children squeezed leaves of basil and oregano plants releasing essential oils. Many found the aroma familiar, reminding them of spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce. They examined NCMG’s portable herbarium specimens identifying similarities and differences of roots, leaves and flowers.
     After manipulating the square stemmed salvia Duke H. asked, “are all plants with square stems mints.”  Liam shared that an herbarium was “a place to buy herbs.”
     The NCMG portable herbarium documents and holds information about plants in Dixie, Gilchrist, and Levy counties. It is a collection of dried plant specimens mounted on archive safe scrapbook paper. Each bound book covers one season: spring, summer, autumn or winter. It documents plant diversity, and our collection travels to festivals, events, and is designed to be handled. The collection is housed at the Levy Extension Center, Bronson.
     Using hand magnifying lens participants got an up-close look at the short, dense, and somewhat spiny hairs on okra and a pressed herbarium specimen, bull nettle (Cnidoscolus stimulosus). The latter is covered with stiff stinging hairs. 
     Children compared the rough, prominent vein of sweet corn compared to the feathery, wispy stalks of juvenile dog fennel (Eupatorium capillifolium), and leathery oak (Quercus spp.) leaves. Children were cautioned to never eat anything growing in the wild without adult supervision. 
     After describing seed characteristics, shape, color, size and identifying seed dispersal methods, Gaillardia seed pods were dissected. Children pulled gaillardia seeds tufts from freshly collected seed heads. Children packaged seeds in herbarium-grade glassine envelopes to take home. Bella D, aged nine- and-a-half, asked “how long does it take seeds to grow [germinate]?” Adults were provided sowing directions.
     Local gardens were identified, and adults encouraged to expand upon this learning experience by exploring gardens, parks, preserves and plant nurseries. Based on participants’ comments, both adults and children had a good time. 


 


Alligator Growls
Alligator By Jeff
People who live near to rivers, lakes or ponds in Florida may want to anticipate encountering one or more alligators. The alligator seen here is about three feet long. It was seen Friday (June 10) in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County or Gilchrist County near to one of the rivers. As the photographer approached, the alligator made a grunting sound or perhaps a growl often associated with bull gators. The photographer’s wife who remained in the newsmobile, a 2013 Nissan Juke, reminded her husband of another time when he had exited a vehicle to capture an alligator on film, only to turn around and find a bigger gator approaching him from behind. ‘And they can move fast,’ she said. ‘I am quick – quicker than a cat,’ he replied, adding, ‘However, gators can eat cats. Thank you for the reminder. I will use my longer lens in the future shots of alligators in the wild.’

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © June 12, 2022 at 11:12 a.m.

 


Broom Lizard
Lizard in a broom
A lizard explores the end of a broom somewhere in the Tri-County Area. Lizards ae among the many reptiles found in this part of Florida.

Photo By Sharon Hardison © June 5, 2022 at 1:12 p.m.
Cat And Tortoise
Needles the Cat and Timmy the Tortoise
Needles the community cat of Jemlands sees a gopher tortoise that meandered onto The Ink Pad property. The tortoise was escorted to the Trail of Nature, Beauty, Peace and Harmony in some nearby woods. The tortoise walked into the woods to continue his adventure of the day there.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © June 5, 2022 at 1:12 p.m.

 


Mushrooms' Growth
Mushroom
The brown rounded top of two mushrooms pop out of the ground in a place somewhere in the Tri-County Area.

Mushroom

Mushroom
As the ‘shroom grows it flattens on the top and becomes like a small table or perhaps a short stool. This could be a stool for a toad in the area. Then, it would be a toadstool. In the picture above, the small one could be a toadstool and the larger one could be a toadtable, next to the stool. The Mushroom Huntress notes in part that a toadstool can be defined as a spore-bearing fruiting body, usually as a round cap on a stalk, particularly one that’s believed to be a poisonous mushroom and unfit for consumption. Some toadstool species grow on buried scraps of wood or dead roots. Although the term ‘toadstool’ solely applies to inedible or poisonous mushrooms, it’s also used to define those that have the classic umbrella shape (dome-shaped cap with a stem) but are edible. As for a mushroom, The Mushroom Huntress notes in part that can be described as a fungal growth that a mushroom usually has the structure of a dome-shaped cap supported by a stalk. Gills sit on the underside of the cap, which is the most conspicuous above-ground structure. Nevertheless, it makes up a fraction of the entire fungal body.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © June 5, 2022 at 1:12 p.m.


 


Community Calendar HardisonInk.com
     Publisher’s Note: All events are listed chronologically. Please email announcements to hardisonink@gmail.comPlease look ahead on the Calendar and RSVP if the organizer requests that. Please check daily. Things change. If you do not see a notice that was sent, please send it again. Include a name and address when submitting events, so that we can confirm them and so people can contact the sender for more information. TO SUBMIT AN EVENT, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO hardisonink@gmail.com. Please include the date, time and place. Please note if it is free and open to the public. Please note if reservations are required. If a person or group has an event, please send the information to hardisonink@gmail.com and it will be listed, and attention will be drawn to it. Please remember that given there can be communication and meetings via webinars, telephone, Skype, Zoom, etc., if those meetings are scheduled, then they can be listed here too. .
 


Aug. 12, Friday
     4 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the Hotdogs At The Hall event sponsored by the Cross City Police Department and the Town of Cross City. There are going to be free hotdogs for everyone at City Hall, 99 N.E. 210th Ave., in Cross City. There is a dunk tank, police demonstrations and drinks at this event, too. All donations given at the Hotdogs At The Hall event will go to the Cross City Police Department Scholarship Fund.Sept. 5, Monday.

 

Aug. 16, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. –
The group named Tri-County Friends Helping Friends is scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting in the ForVets' scenic Spring Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton. Program Chair Janice Rogers notes that the speaker scheduled for this meeting will be Billie Joe Bible, director of human resources for the Gilchrist County School District, in this Back-To-School themed event. Tri-County Friends Helping Friends Treasurer Katherine LaBarca is glad to take annual dues for 2022, still $10, correct change appreciated. Health Chair Susan Wells will provide up-to-date senior health information and check your vital signs. Vice President Debbie Destin of ForVets’ Camp Valor will share upcoming events. All are invited to join the group for a delightful time of fellowship. Canned goods will be collected for the local food pantry and school supplies will be collected to support local schools and students. Hospitality Chair Faye Sheffield asks everyone to bring sandwiches and salads to share. The members of the group note they are grateful for the amazing cooks. Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz is scheduled to be the guest speaker for the Sept. 20 general meeting. For more information, call Janice Rogers, Program Chair, 352-463-1889.

 

Aug. 18, Thursday
     6-8 p.m. --
Levy County 4-H has scheduled its annual Open House (Levy County 4-H “Under the Big Top” event. This event will be held at the UF/IFAS Levy County Extension Office, 625 N. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27) in Bronson. This event promotes 4-H and educates Levy County residents of the opportunities provided by 4-H at the local and state levels. It is a carnival-themed with free hotdogs, popcorn, and all kinds of fun games and activities for participants to enjoy. For admission, the Extension Office asks that participants donate one jar of peanut butter for the UF/IFAS Annual Peanut Butter Drive, but this donation is not required.

Sept. 5, Monday
Labor Day

Sept. 11, Sunday
Patriot Day and Grandparents Day

 

Oct. 15, Saturday
     9 a.m. --
There is an open house scheduled to be on Seahorse Key. This is an island managed by the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge, which has been used as a research station by the University of Florida. Seahorse Key is an island almost three miles from Cedar Key. Access is only by boat. Travel to the island by boat can be on personal watercraft, or by renting a place on various shuttle services. For more information about available transport services to the Seahorse Key from Cedar Key, contact the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce. On Seahorse Key, there are no amenities, such as food or water on the island. Restroom facilities are limited. Should there be a medical or other emergency requiring professional assistance or evacuation from Seahorse Key, response times could be lengthy. Visitors are advised to please plan with this in mind. Visitors can walk up to the Light Station (also known as a lighthouse, but no one lives inside of it) and cross over to the beach on the far side of the island. Many visitors say it is a beautiful, adventuresome experience, albeit a bit spartan as far as eating and drinking, and using the restroom or feeling a level of comfort for medical assistance.


Oct. 31, Monday
Halloween

Nov. 1, Tuesday
All Saints Day

Nov. 2, Wednesday
All Souls Day

Nov. 6, Sunday
     2 a.m. --
Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov. 8, Tuesday
Election Day

Nov. 11, Friday
Veterans Day

Nov. 24, Thursday
Thanksgiving

Dec. 7, Wednesday
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Dec. 25, Sunday
Christmas

Dec. 31, Saturday
New Year's Eve

 


 

Regular Weekly Meetings HardisonInk.com

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated March 7, 2022 at 8:12 a.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, some 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
     10 a.m. --
Williston AARP Chapter #912 is scheduled to meet S
t. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Thompson Hall, 661 N.W. First Ave., Williston.  Socializing is at 10 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday each of month from January 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.
 

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.
     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 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
     10 a.m. --
Gentle Yoga will be held at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. 
    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
     9 a.m. –
Medicare Review will be held at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. 
     10 a.m. –
Summer Reading Program will be held at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. 
     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.
     2 p.m. -- Weekly Kids Movie (Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City.

      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.
     7-8 p.m. -- The Levy (County) Backyard Beekeepers meet secondd Thursday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bronson Community Church, 948 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), in Bronson, Florida. For more information contact Steve Starks at 386-288-0741 or John Dulaney at 352-284-3211. Free honeybee removal is available.
      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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