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Levy County libraries offer
wooden book-bin making events;

Pre-registration required;
Limited number of participants


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By Levy County Library System Youth Services-IT Manager Jenny Rodgers
Published Jan. 3, 2019 at 1:38 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
This month's Family MakerSpace program will be wooden book bins.


 

 

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     Each of Levy County’s five library branches will provide all of the material and tools needed for each registered family to create and decorate a wooden book bin.
     These bins are the perfect place to store your family's library books.
     Levy County Public Library System branches will each be hosting a Family Book Bin MakerSpace Event. The library will provide all the materials needed for each family to create and decorate a wooden book bin.
     The events will be limited to the first 10 families that register at each branch.
     For more information or to register for the program, please contact the local librarian.
      All EVENTS START AT 5:30 p.m.
A.F. Knotts Public Library (Yankeetown) - Thursday, Jan. 17
Luther Callaway Public Library (Chiefland) - Friday, Jan. 18
Williston Public Library - Friday, Jan. 25
Cedar Key Public Library - Wednesday, Jan. 30

 


Register now for free
Tai Chi Chuan classes in Trenton;

Class is limited in number
Published Jan. 9, 2019 at 10:58 p.m.
     TRENTON --
People who are interested in participating in a free Tai Chi Chuan class in Trenton will want to register early because the class is limited in size.
     Tai Chi Chuan: Moving for Better Balance is an adapted form of Tai Chi created for seniors and others who are in danger of falling because of impaired balance.
     Research has shown that Tai Chi is helpful in improving balance and reducing falls. This class is sponsored by Elder Options and follows the curriculum of Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., of the Oregon Research Institute.
     The instructor will be Susan Levi, a volunteer with Elder Options.
     The start date is Tuesday, Jan. 22. The time and days are 11 a.m. until noon, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for 12 weeks -- ending on April 11
     This class is being conducted at the Trenton Senior Center, 1439 S.W. CR 307-A in Trenton.
     This is a 12-week class with instructions progressing from one week to the next. If you know of a conflict that would interfere with your attendance for more than one or two classes, you may find it more
beneficial to wait until the next time the class is offered.
     Classes are limited to 20 people and fill up quickly, so register early!
     To register, contact one of the following people at Elder Options: Betty Flagg, by telephone 352-692-5219 or by email flaggb@agingresources.org; or Velma Chandler, by telephone 352-378-6649 or by email chandlerv@agingresources.org.

 


Yankeetown-Inglis
Woman’s Club slates
3rd Annual Woman’s Wellness
Weekend for Jan. 19 and 20

By Poco French
Published Dec. 31, 2018 at 7:08 a.m.
     YANKEETOWN --
The Yankeetown/Inglis Woman’s Club invite all women to take time for themselves.
     Looking for a new perspective, needing to reach a goal, or simply want to relax your mind? This weekend event will surprise you and make a difference in the way you feel!
     Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, is the 3rd Annual Woman’s Wellness Weekend, which will feature yoga, aromatherapy, mindfulness, beauty, art, decorating, conventional and integrative health, dance, exploring nature and more.
     The cost is $50 for both days or $30 for one day.
     The Meet & Greet is slated to be at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club on Friday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wine and cheese, and an opportunity to meet the speakers as well as to ask direct questions is free with registration.
     To see the full schedule of all workshops on Saturday and Sunday visit http://www.yiwomansclub.com/events.
     A healthy lunch and-or brunch is scheduled to be provided each day. Participants are invited to feel free to bring snacks and a water bottle. Some walking to and from other locations may be necessary. So, please wear comfortable footwear and clothing. You may also wish to bring a yoga mat or blanket for active participation.
     Additional for-fee options such as massage ($1/minute), instructed painting ($20) and eco-tours ($30) of the river are available.
     Please notify us if you are interested and we will contact you about scheduling. Vendors and presenters may have items available for purchase. Looking and learning is encouraged with no pressure or requirement to buy. The Yankeetown/Inglis Woman’s Club expresses its appreciation to everyone for donating their time to share helpful information.  
     Applications are available at the Second To None Thrift Shoppe, 5 56th St., in Yankeetown, or by email to yievents@gmail.com.
     For more information contact Liz Westers liz.westers@gmail.com.

 


Friends of the WGP schedule
annual meeting for Jan. 27

Provided by the Friends of the WGP
Published Jan. 4, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.
     YANKEETOWN --
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is set for Sunday, Jan. 27, starting at 11 a.m., at the Ellie Schiller Education Center.
     Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this meeting.
     The officers and directors are scheduled to review the accomplishments of the year, discuss the future, and members will elect directors and officers for 2019.
     This is an important meeting! The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is facing a challenge and we need your help.
     The Yankeetown Town Council has placed a question on the Feb. 26 ballot asking whether the Town of Yankeetown should stop funding the WGP.
     If the ballot question has a majority in favor of defunding the WGP,, then the Town of Yankeetown Council will pursue turning the property back to the State of Florida.
     What would happen next? The state would try to find another entity to take over the management of the property – state, county, or a viable non-profit organization. If no organization can be found, it is possible the property could be sold to a private entity.
      The directors of the Friends of the WGP look forward to your continued support, participation in our sponsored events, and enjoyment of the WGP. Thank you!
      Leaders of the Friends of the WGP are President Debra Weiss; Vice President Kent Gardner; Secretary Sally Douglass; Treasurer Ellen Klee; and Directors Jeff Bernstein and Jeff Hall.
     Due to the Preserve's uncertain future, the Friends annual membership campaign will be delayed until after the referendum vote in February.
     The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is a 413-acre parcel of undeveloped wetlands located on Florida’s Nature Coast. It consists of mixed hardwood, pine, and cabbage palm forest, tidal marshes and several salt ponds. The Preserve has a 30-foot tall observation tower, salt pond boardwalk, Gulf-accessible canoe/kayak dock, and a 4,500 square-foot education center.
     The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve currently is owned and operated by the Town of Yankeetown. It was purchased with funding from the Florida Communities Trust. The Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, in Yankeetown. Visit the website (https://wgpfl.org/) for directions and information on upcoming events.

 


Annual Spaghetti Dinner
planned by Cedar Key
Woman’s Club on Feb. 9

Published Jan. 7, 2019 at 4:48 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The Cedar Key Woman’s Club is preparing for its 33rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner, a winter tradition for residents and visitors alike.
     The dinner is set to be Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 Sixth St. Dinner is available from 5 to 7, with a choice of dine-in or take-out.
     A $15 donation will buy a wonderful spaghetti dinner with salad and garlic bread, with a selection of homemade desserts and iced tea or coffee. Children's meals cost $7.
     The Cedar Key Woman’s Club was formed in 1960, and members volunteer at various community events, with proceeds from Fund-Raising supporting Cedar Key at places like the Cedar Key School, the Cedar Key Library, the Food Pantry, Another Way, and the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire Department.
     The members of the Woman's Club also have been active in raising funds for Fisher House at the Veterans Hospital in Gainesville.
     Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner are available from members of the CKWC, and at the Cedar Key Welcome Center – The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, 450 Second St.

 

 


Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series
brings Richard Blanco
to CF on Feb. 27 and 28


Richard Blanco Feb. 27-28.
Photo By Alissa Morris

Published Jan. 4, 2019 at 2:38 p.m.
     OCALA
— The Debra Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series presents poet Richard Blanco Feb. 27-28.
     Blanco will read from his collection at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building 8, and then at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Dassance Fine Arts Auditorium, at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     Tickets are not required and entry is free at both readings.
     Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history – the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in this role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his body of work.
     He is the author of the memoirs “The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” and “For All of Us One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey;” the poetry chapbooks “Matters of the Sea” and “Boston Strong;” the poetry collections “Looking for the Gulf Motel,” “Directions to the Beach of the Dead,” and “City of a Hundred Fires.”
     A new book of poems, “How to Love a Country,” is forthcoming from Beacon Press in April 2019. Blanco has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College and the University of Rhode Island. He has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events, such as the re-opening of the United States embassy in Havana.
     The Debra Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series honors CF English and creative writing professor Debra Vazquez, who died as a result of domestic violence in 2004.


CF Foundation 2019
Taste of Ocala set for March 2
with a new twist

Published Jan. 11, 2019 at
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida Foundation’s annual Taste of Ocala will have a new twist this year at a new location: CF’s newest campus Vintage Farm.
     “Taste at the Farm” will be on Saturday, March 2, from 6:30-9 p.m., at 4020 S.E. Third Ave, Ocala.
     In 2016, the college received its largest gift on record from the Vintage Farm family. The gift of the 103-acre Vintage Farm has allowed CF to expand Equine Studies and Agribusiness programs to include a bachelor’s specialization in equine studies and plans are underway to begin a one-year cattle management certificate program.
     Ocala’s favorite “food and philanthropy” event will feature live music and samplings from local restaurants. Guests will enjoy food, wine and craft beer tastings from Braised Onion, Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, Cakes Come True, Chefs of Napoli IV, Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Steam Shack, Edible Arrangements, Fox Den Tavern, Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grill, The Mojo Grill & Catering Co., and Tony’s Sushi & Japanese Steakhouse.
     Since its inception in 1989, Taste of Ocala has raised more than $1.4 million for College of Central Florida student scholarships.
For more information, visit www.TasteAtTheFarm.org. For information or sponsorship opportunities call the CF Foundation at 352-873-5808 or visit http://cf.edu/Foundation/.

 


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Jan. 18, Friday
     10 a.m.-6 p.m. --
The Bronson Community is celebrating with "Give Back Day" as part of the Martin Luth King celebration. Non-perishable items are being collected at the St. John Baptist Church, 498 Martin Luther King Jr. St. (Main Street) in Bronson.
     7-9 p.m. -- The Suwannee Valley Players have issued an audition notice for performers in The Musical - 9 To 5, which is scheduled to be directed by Matthew Lunsford, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, and the book by Patricia Resnick. This muscial play is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie by the same title 9 To 5.  Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. People auditioning for the play need to know they will be asked to provide 16 bars or approximately 90 seconds contemporary musical theater song (not from the show); an accompanist is not provided (please bring accompaniment on a phone or iPod); come prepared to dance at auditions AND callbacks; and - appointments are not available. This set of performances of the play is set to run Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons from April 26 through May 5.

Jan. 19, Saturday
     10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. --
The Suwannee Valley Players have issued an audition notice for performers in The Musical - 9 To 5, which is scheduled to be directed by Matthew Lunsford, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, and the book by Patricia Resnick. This muscial play is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie by the same title 9 To 5.  Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. People auditioning for the play need to know they will be asked to provide 16 bars or approximately 90 seconds contemporary musical theater song (not from the show); an accompanist is not provided (please bring accompaniment on a phone or iPod); come prepared to dance at auditions AND callbacks; and - appointments are not available. This set of performances of the play is set to run Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons from April 26 through May 5.

     10 a.m. -- The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Williston is scheduled to start at the new Williston City Hall (built right where the old City Hall existed) at 50 N.W. Main Street. (Behind the Walgreens on U.S. Alt. 27 - Noble Avenue and relatively close to U.S. Highway 41 - Main Street).
     11 a.m. -- Like the MLK Parade, everyone is invited to the Parade After-Party in Williston at Cornelius Williams Park, 21000 N.E. 40th St. -- accessible from U.S. Alt. 27, and a bit north of Frog's Barbecue Pad in the area just east of Williston proper.
     6:30 p.m. -- The MLK Scholarship Gala is scheduled to be at the Williston Middle High School Cafetorium. Tickets are $25 and include a live band, entertainment and awesome door prizes.



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Mile Twelve - Jan. 20

Jan. 20, Sunday

     6 p.m. -- There is an open forum scheduled to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at The Potter's House, 217 S.W. Fourth St. in Chiefland.
     6:30 p.m. -- Doors open 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. bluegrass concert by multi-award-winning IBMA artists Mile Twelve (shown above). The concert is slated to be at the Cedar Key Arts Center, 457 Second St., Cedar Key, in the handicap-accessible upstairs room. The band members are Evan Murphy, David Benedict, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat and B.B. Bowness. Their hometown is Boston. Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band, which is beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity." Call for tickets and information -- 813-215-0050, or visit https://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com/ to RSVP. The suggested donation is $15. A portion of proceeds benefits the Arts Center.




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Pastor Alex Christian of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland stands at the podium as Alex Christian of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, Pastor Lance Hayes of Potter House Exalting of Chiefland stands near to him on Nov. 12, 2018, when the men succeeded in starting the effort required for a march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21 in Chiefland. The received approval from the Chiefland City Commission by a 4-0 vote that night.



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After the meeting Nov. 12 meeting, some of the leaders seeking to make the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March become a reality in Chiefland are seen here. They are (from left) Pastor Alex Christian of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, Pastor Lance Hayes of Potter House Exalting of Chiefland, Minnie Hayes of Potter House Exalting of Chiefland and Robert Wells, one of the founders of the Levy County Prevention Coalition.
Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 11, 2019 at 1:48 p.m.



Jan. 21, Monday
Dr. Martin Luther King J. Day

    9:15 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- The walk starts at 9:15 at the Bronson Post Office and goes toward the Health Department, where at 10 a.m. -- Everyone is invited to help commemorate the life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the pavilion in front of the Florida Department of Health Unit in Bronson (Levy County). That is at 66 W. Main St. (W. Martin Luther King Jr. St.). There is going to be food, fun, history, games and unity during this Family Fun Day.
     10 a.m.-3 p.m. -- Participants in the first-ever Love March in Chiefland to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ( Jan. 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) is scheduled to start at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St., in Chiefland. People are asked to gather at 10 a.m. and the march will begin at 11 a.m. This Martin Luther King March will go southbound from the church to the Chiefland City Park known as "Trailhead Park" on Southwest Second Avenue -- on the west side of U.S. Highway 19 -- just north of The Deer Camp. First United Methodist Church Pastor Alex Christian said that after the march there is aprogram scheduled at the park to honor the memory and accomplishments of Dr. King, and the reverend anticipates it concluding at 3 p.m. Food and fellowship are among the activities on the latest version of this planned event. Pastor Lance Hayes of Potter House Exalting of Chiefland and Pastor Christian worked together to bring this event to fruition, with help from their congregations and others.
     10:30 a.m. - Until -- Dixie County is celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. starting at 12 p.m. with a parade in Cross City. Line up for the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The parade starts at 12. Anyone wishing to have a booth needs to arrive for set up by 10:30 a.m. The program will be at the courthouse again, with vendors in the parking lot across the street.
     1:30 p.m. -- The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library are scheduled to hold their Annual Meeting at the Library, 11 56th St., in Yankeetown. After a short business meeting, Friends Board member Tim Barber will present "Hidden Treasures of the Aucilla River," an overview of his six years as Senior Dive-master, Lead Photographer and Underwater Tech Specialist for the "Aucilla River Prehistory Project," which uncovered the skeletal remains of a mastadon in association with the Page Ladson site. Also found were examples of tools and weapons used by the the Paleoindians who hunted the mastodons and mammoths in the region. The last Ice Age, known as the Pleistocene Epoch, began almost 1.8 million years ago and lasted until approximately 11,700 years ago. During this time, massive glaciers covered most of the surface of the Earth. When the Ice Age ended, water levels rose -- covering the village in layers of sand. Everyone is invited to further explore emerging Florida. The annual meeting is at 1:30 p.m., and the presentation is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. 

Jan. 23, Wednesday
     6 p.m. –
Staff members of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners have scheduled a community meeting, hosted by Dewberry Engineers, Inc., to discuss the proposed improvements to the Bird Creek Boat Ramp. The discussion will include: boat ramps, loading docks, paved parking, covered pavilions, and environmental concerns. The meeting will be held at the Inglis Community Center, located at: 137 Levy County Road 40 W., in Inglis.


Jan. 26, Saturday
     9 a.m.- 1 p.m. --
The South Levy Area Marketplace is scheduled to be in the grass lot next to U.S. Highway 19, near the Withlacoochee Plaza (home of Buddy and Fred's Hardware), 40 U.S. Highway 19, just north of Follow that Dream Parkway (Levy County Road 40). This event is where local artisans and growers bring items for sale.
     12-2 p.m. -- The Yankeetown-Inglsi Woman's Club is calling all Soup Makers, Soup Tasters, and Baked Goods Lovers. Whether you want to cook and compete or just want to eat, you’re bound to have a whole lotta FUN! Sample all of the soups and vote for the best. Purchase yummy baked goods at reasonable prices. This is happengin at the YIWC Clubhouse on 56th Street, in Yankeetown. It's next to the public library. The cost is $5 per person. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three tastiest soups:  1st place $50, 2nd place $25 and 3rd place $10. For more information please visit the website http://www.yiwomansclub.com/, or call 352-447-2057, or email: yiwomansclub@gmail.com.

Jan. 30, Wednesday
     11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. --
A Shop Talk Cancer Awareness event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center at the College of Central Florida Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. “Wellness for Cancer Prevention and Survival” will feature two guest panelists who will discuss prevention, screening and treatments of digestive cancers. Hear from George Rossidis, MD, general surgery and advanced laparoscopy for Ocala Health Surgical Group and Thomas Brown, MD, gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology Associates of Ocala. There is no fee to attend, and lunch is included. Call 352-854-2322, ext. 1236, or visit http://www.cf.edu/ShopTalk by Friday, Jan. 25, to reserve your seat. The event is a collaboration of CF, the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research Inc. and Ocala Health.

Feb. 2, Saturday
Groundhog Day
     8 a.m. --
The Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club has scheduled its Annual Pancake Breakfast & Annual Garage Sale. Breakfast: 8 a.m.-11 a.m.; Garage Sale: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club is located at 22 56th St. in Yankeetown. Breakfast costs $7 for adults and children younger than 10 years old are free (with adult). If you have items you would like to donate for the sale, please leave a message at 352-505-7936. Pickup can be arranged for large/bulky items. (Tax deductible 501c3). Proceeds from this event support the activities of the I-Y Lions Club throughout the year, including eye exams and eye glasses, support for Yankeetown School, and other community service projects.
     8:30 a.m. – The registration desk opens for the Walk-A-Thon and Fun Run of the Gilchrist County Education Foundation at 8:30 a.m.  At 9 a.m., there are opening ceremonies. At 9:30 a.m., people can walk or run! There are going to be refreshments, entertainment and fun, while raising money for the Gilchrist County Schools and Scholarships. There are prizes for the top two fundraising individuals. Runners must register. There is a $25 registration fee. For that, the runner receives a free t-shirt and an opportunity to win prizes. There are two categories adults and youths (18 and younger). There are first, second and third place prizes in both categories. For more information call 352-262-1829 and ask to speak to Marti.
     2 p.m. -- The Levy County Democrats are scheduled to meet at 8250 N.E. 61st Place in Bronson (the same location as the Jan. 5 meeting). Nominees for the Levy County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) will be voted on at that meeting by Precinct Committee Members. The newly-established Levy County Democratic Women's Club is scheduled to meet at the same location on that date, immediately following the DEC meeting.

Feb. 7, Thursday
     10 a.m.-2 p.m. --
High school and college students interested in getting assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can attend a workshop at the College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. Highway 19, Chiefland.  Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parent or guardian. Required documents to bring include the student’s photo identification, parents’ and student’s 2017 income tax returns and all W-2s, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of parents and student, and records of all 2017 untaxed income. Space is limited. Register for the event at www.CF.edu/fafsaworkshop. For more information, call 352-658-4077.


Feb. 21, Thursday
     6-7:30 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the free Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. Anyone can attend any one of the four or all four. Each has its own value independent of the other three. No matter what your age, chances are you want a better future. The problem for most of us is figuring out not only how to reach that future but how to fund it. That's why everyone is invited to join Sheila Smith, your financial advisor with Edward Jones, for four weeks of financial information that's as easy to follow as it is important. It's Edward Jones' Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. No matter how much or how little you know about investing, you will walk away from this event with new ideas and a fresh perspective on money matters. Remember, you don't have to be a financial expert to make sense of investing. You just need good information and time-proven strategies. That's exactly what you will get at the Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. The workshops are at Turning Point Ministries, 16750 N.W. 60th Ave., in Trenton. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Feb. 28, Thursday
     6-7:30 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the free Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. Anyone can attend any one of the four or all four. Each has its own value independent of the other three. No matter what your age, chances are you want a better future. The problem for most of us is figuring out not only how to reach that future but how to fund it. That's why everyone is invited to join Sheila Smith, your financial advisor with Edward Jones, for four weeks of financial information that's as easy to follow as it is important. It's Edward Jones' Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. No matter how much or how little you know about investing, you will walk away from this event with new ideas and a fresh perspective on money matters. Remember, you don't have to be a financial expert to make sense of investing. You just need good information and time-proven strategies. That's exactly what you will get at the Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. The workshops are at Turning Point Ministries, 16750 N.W. 60th Ave., in Trenton. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Tuesday  March 5,
(Shrove Tuesday)
     5-6:30 p.m.  --
Everyone is invited to the Community Church - 4640 Levy County Road 40 W., in Yankeetown, to enjoy a great meal of homemade buttermilk pancakes with all the fixings. Proceeds from this event benefit the Kidz Eatz Weekend Meal Program. The Kidz Eatz program is providing 29 students at Yankeetown School with seven meals and snacks for the weekend. The cost for this pancake dinner is adults $5 and children younger than 10 years old $3. For more information, please visit the website http://www.yiwomansclub.com/, or call 352-447-2057, or send an email to yiwomansclub@gmail.com.

 

March 7, Thursday
     6-7:30 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the free Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. Anyone can attend any one of the four or all four. Each has its own value independent of the other three. No matter what your age, chances are you want a better future. The problem for most of us is figuring out not only how to reach that future but how to fund it. That's why everyone is invited to join Sheila Smith, your financial advisor with Edward Jones, for four weeks of financial information that's as easy to follow as it is important. It's Edward Jones' Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. No matter how much or how little you know about investing, you will walk away from this event with new ideas and a fresh perspective on money matters. Remember, you don't have to be a financial expert to make sense of investing. You just need good information and time-proven strategies. That's exactly what you will get at the Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. The workshops are at Turning Point Ministries, 16750 N.W. 60th Ave., in Trenton. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

March 14, Thursday
     2-6 p.m. -- 
High school and college students interested in getting assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can attend a workshop at the College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. Highway 19, Chiefland.  Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parent or guardian. Required documents to bring include the student’s photo identification, parents’ and student’s 2017 income tax returns and all W-2s, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of parents and student, and records of all 2017 untaxed income. Space is limited. Register for the event at www.CF.edu/fafsaworkshop. For more information, call 352-658-4077.
     6-7:30 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to the free Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. Anyone can attend any one of the four or all four. Each has its own value independent of the other three. No matter what your age, chances are you want a better future. The problem for most of us is figuring out not only how to reach that future but how to fund it. That's why everyone is invited to join Sheila Smith, your financial advisor with Edward Jones, for four weeks of financial information that's as easy to follow as it is important. It's Edward Jones' Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. No matter how much or how little you know about investing, you will walk away from this event with new ideas and a fresh perspective on money matters. Remember, you don't have to be a financial expert to make sense of investing. You just need good information and time-proven strategies. That's exactly what you will get at the Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education. The workshops are at Turning Point Ministries, 16750 N.W. 60th Ave., in Trenton. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.



 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated Jan. 4, 2019 at 2:08 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's AARP Chapter 912 meets in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 661 N.W. First Ave., Williston. This group meets at 9:30 a.m. each second Monday from September (2015) through May (2016) for coffee and socializing. The meetings start at 10 a.m. After the meeting the club usually has a "pot luck" lunch provided by the club members.

     Noon -- The Dixie Education Foundation meets the second Monday of each month at 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.

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.

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. Banabars Church on 521 N.W. First Ave. (Located 1 block behind old KFC building.) 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.

     2 p.m. -- The Clover Squares of Levy County meets in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 213 W. Noble Ave., Williston, if we have at least eight square dancers. During the  summer  please "Reply All" to our email by 9 a.m. on Wednesday to determine if we have enough dancers. To be added to the email list, of if you want to learn to dance, or have any questions call 352-528-3323.
     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. -- Otter Springs Park and Campground in Gilchrist County will be hosting Bingo every Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Club House at 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton. All proceeds from snacks and beverages sales go to the Camp Valor Project at Otter Springs. For more information, plesae 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
     11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The Citizens For An Engaged Electorate conduct an open discussion and luncheon at Melanie's Restaurant 112 E. Noble Ave., in Williston. This meeting is free and open to the public. People who order lunch are responsible for paying their own bills for the food and drinks. This group discusses matters of public importance.
      5:30 p.m. -- The Chiefland Lions Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 4 W. Park Ave. in Chiefland. For more information contact Lion Donna Maynard at 352-493-1006.
     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.
      6-8 p.m. -- A craft club meets in the fellowship hall of the Bronson United Methodist Church, 235 S. Court St. Please bring a pair of scissors with you.  For more information, please call Peggy Rowe at 352-316-3817.
     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/.

THIRD THURSDAY
     7 - 8:30 p.m. --
The Citizens For An Engaged Electorate conduct a business/action meeting at the Williston Community Center, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. This is free and open to the public. This group discusses matters of public importance.

FOURTH THURSDAY
      6-8 p.m. -- A craft club meets in the fellowship hall of the Bronson United Methodist Church, 235 S. Court St. Please bring a pair of scissors with you.  For more information, please call Peggy Rowe at 352-316-3817.
 
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.
      10 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 every second and fourth Saturday.  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.
     4 p.m. -- There is a “Community Round Table Meeting” at Inglis City Halle 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

--UPDATED--
FRIDAY  JAN. 18   6:28 a.m.
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