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Baby Birds
baby Birds
This is a look into the next of sparrows, which is where the videos were made of the parent sparrows feeding their babies, and then the babies leaving the nest. The best set of video clips of that is currently (4:12 p.m. on May 18, 2022) on the Life Page.

Photo By Sharon Hardison © May 18, 2022 at 4:12 p.m.

 

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Bunny!
Wild Bunny Rabbit
Life in rural Florida includes seeing wildlife more often than in the metropolitan or urban areas. Here a wild bunny is captured digitally somewhere in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Gilchrist or Dixie counties.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © May 18, 2022 at 4:12 p.m.

 


Monday Night Supermoon 
Supermoon of May 16, 2022 seen from The Ink Pad
People in North America, Central America, South America, Europe and Africa saw the total lunar eclipse during Sunday night (May 15) and very early morning of May 16 (Monday). Plus, on Monday night, the Moon was a supermoon. The lunar eclipse took place one and one-half days before the moon reached perigee, its closest point to Earth for the month. Hence, this full moon Monday night (May 16) was a supermoon. Seen in this photo, the supermoon is captured digitally as it rises in the east over a hayfield of the friendly neighbor to the south of The Ink Pad (home of The Code Orange Office), in the unrecorded subdivision of Jemlands, in the unincorporated part of Levy County about four miles west of State Road 345, adjacent to, and for a mile or so south of Levy County Road 347.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © May 17, 2022 at 8:12 a.m.
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Lunar Eclipse Of Monday Morning
Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse
The photos above were taken from Levy County on Sunday night (May 15) and Monday morning (May 16). They capture some points during the eclipse of the Moon by the Earth’s shadow as the relative positions of the Sun, the Moon and the Earth bring about the expected total lunar eclipse. The Blood Moon of the total eclipse is from the reduced amount of sunlight for a normal full moon being reflected from the Moon, as well as that light being filtered through the Earth’s atmosphere, and the sensory receptors in the brain decoding this to be the color. The Full Moon of May has a number of different names, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac and other reference books.
Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © May 16, 2022 at 9:12 p.m.

 


Levy County public libraries
prep for summer program

Set to be June 6 through July 1

By Jeff M. Hardison © April 12, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2022 at 8:12 p.m.
     BRONSON –
The five different libraries of the Levy County Public Library System are preparing for this summer, according to information recently shared by Layce Hallman, manager of the library system.

     Hallman serves under Levy County Library Services Coordinator Darlene Slattery.
     The theme for the summer is “Explore The World.
     Students are invited by the library to “Come travel with us to four different countries this summer.”
     This program sounds similar to years ago when children would experience art, food, literature, culture and other aspects of different countries during the summer. This year, it is a one-month program.
     The Levy County Public Library System presents its program from June 6 through July 1 this year.
     Programs will be presented 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.
Mondays - Bronson Public Library, 600 Gilbert St., in Bronson.
Tuesdays - Williston Public Library, 10 S.E. First St., in Williston
Wednesdays - A.F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St., in Yankeetown
Thursdays - Cedar Key Public Library, 460 Second St., in Cedar Key
Fridays - Luther Callaway Public Library, 104 N.E. Third St., in Chiefland.
     Library Manager Hallman is in charge of the program this year. It is free.

 


Farm Harvest Art 
Harvest Art
This art in a field shows crops growing as well as a representation of them being transported and weighed. Some outdoor artists in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County continue providing the general public with art to see.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © May 13, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.

 


Sparrows Feed Baby Sparrows
Sparrow Video

Sparrow Flies
The photos above show two frames from the 242 one-minute videos that were edited to become 128 videos and then the top half dozen were cut to be about a minute and a half. The top photo shows a sparrow waiting to launch from a porch siderail to a flowerpot where there is a nest with four eggs. The next still shot shows a sparrow coming in for a fast landing after the few feet of flight from the rail to the side of the flowerpot. In this minute and a half video there a couple of points showing two sparrows performing the feeding routine. There is also the short video of a lizard showing off his stuff. More videos are being made and there may be a point where baby sparrows take flight from there home on the porch of The Ink Pad in the unrecorded subdivision of Jemlands. Click on the photo of the sparrow getting ready to take off the see the VIDEO. (The video is better than these still shots.)

Videos By Jeff M. Hardison © May 11, 2022 at 4:12 p.m.
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Swallow Tail Kite Pauses
rare photo of Swallow tail kite landed
Look! Up in the sky! Well, look in that extremely tall pine tree. It’s an American Bald Eagle! No; it’s an osprey! No; it’s a swallow tail kite. Yes. And while one may not say, ‘the Eagle has landed,’ like back when the struts of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module met the powdery surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969, and Commander Neil Armstrong marked the arrival with that eight-word message back home ‘Houston. Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.’

rare photo of Swallow tail kite landed
It was said in the unrecorded subdivision of Jemlands, ‘The Ink Pad. Jeff and Sharon here. The swallow tail kite has landed.’ This swallow tail kite was seen perched in an extremely tall pine tree on Thursday (May 5). That tree died after being hit by lightning, from old age or from some other cause. The tree is in excess of 100 feet tall. In the top photo, the bird is showing its regal look. In the next picture, it is considering a food source – just before launching from that launch pad and flying to show it is, indeed, a swallow tail kite.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © May 6, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.

 


Swallow Tail Kites Fly
Swallow Tail Kite

Swallow Tail Kite

Swallow Tail Kite
Swallow Tail Kites fly in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Dixie County and elsewhere. These birds are among the wildlife seen on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s seal. In one photo, the bird appears to be looking back at the photographer.

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


Affordable housing workshop
set for Levy County
Everyone is invited
to the May 19 event in Bronson

By Jeff M. Hardison © April 20, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
     BRONSON –
Gussie Boatright, chair of the Levy County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, invited the members of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners, and every person interested in affordable housing in Levy County to a workshop.

     The Affordable Housing Workshop is scheduled for May 19 at the Levy County Government Complex, 310 School St., in Bronson. Presentations are expected to be made by representatives from the Florida Housing Coalition; Rebuilding Together of North Central Florida; the Central Florida Action Agency; the Habitat for Humanity’s Alachua County Unit; the Neighborhood Housing and Development Corp.; and some banks.
     The Florida Housing Coalition has released a new fact sheet for local governments, housing advocates, and industry groups on how to use Coronavirus State Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan to make significant investments in affordable housing. This program provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for local governments to address the affordable housing crisis. These funds can be used for affordable housing development, supportive housing services, down payment assistance, nonprofit aid, and other eligible activities.
     Rebuilding Together has a mission of “Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.” It has a vision of “Safe homes and communities for everyone.”
     The Central Florida Action Agency Central Florida Community Action Agency (CFCAA) is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization whose purpose is to reduce poverty and help low-income individuals and families become self-sufficient in Alachua, Levy and Marion Counties. CFCAA is committed to helping people strengthen their lives through community partnerships.
     With people from these agencies and others, there may become more affordable housing in Levy County in the future. Nowadays, there is not much affordable housing in Levy County. However, people are becoming “squatters” in this county and neighboring counties by individuals and families putting up makeshift tents and the like on land that is not policed.

 


Nest Of Eggs Updated
Nest of sparrow eggs
Avid readers of HardisonInk.com know that eggs from a small bird were noticed in a nest recently. This nest is buried in soil of a potted plant on a porch that is shaded somewhere in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County or Gilchrist County. There are six eggs in the nest now, and the nest appears to have been made by a small sparrow that visits occasionally

Photo By Sharon Hardison © April 21, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.

 



FDOH Tri-County Area revises
COVID-19 testing and vaccination schedule

By Jeff M. Hardison © April 21, 2022 at 8:12 a.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA –
The global COVID-19 pandemic is continuing in 2022.
     The Florida Department of Health’s Tri-County Unit that serves Dixie County, Gilchrist County and Levy County recently announced a revised schedule for testing or vaccination.
     Wesley Asbell, manager of Environmental Health at the FDOH Tri-County Unit, however noted that “If there is an urgent need for testing or vaccination outside of these days and times, please call your health department and ask to speak to a COVID team member to assist you. These services are provided free of charge.”
     COVID-19 testing and vaccination are available at the following health departments, regardless of a person’s home address. For instance, a person with a Trenton address can be tested or vaccinated in Bronson or Cross City as well as in Trenton.
     ● Dixie County Health Department: 352-498-1360
149 N.E. 241st St., Cross City
     ● Gilchrist County Health Department: 352-463-3120
119 N.E. First St., Trenton
     ● Levy County Health Department: 352-486-5300
66 W. Main St. (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street), Bronson


TESTING
     COVID-19 testing is available in Cross City starting at 8:30 a.m. on each Wednesday. Call for appointment.
     COVID-19 testing is available in Bronson starting at 8:30 a.m. on each Thursday. Call for appointment.
     COVID-19 testing is available in Trenton starting at 8:30 a.m. on each Friday. Call for appointment.

     If you are interested in testing, please bring your driver’s license or state identification card. Do not eat or drink anything at least one hour prior to testing. Children who are younger than 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present to sign a consent form.
     Please arrive at the testing site at the stated time on the listings above - testing begins promptly.  Anyone in line at that time will be tested, weather permitting.


VACCINATIONS
     Vaccinations for COVID-19 are available in Cross City starting at 8:30 a.m. on each Wednesday. Call for appointment. An appointment is required for vaccinations.
          Vaccinations for COVID-19 testing are available in Bronson starting at 8:30 a.m. on each Thursday. Call for appointment. An appointment is required for vaccinations.
     Vaccinations for COVID-19 are available in Trenton starting at 8:30 a.m. on each Friday. Call for appointment. An appointment is required for vaccinations.
     If you are interested in being vaccinated, please call the health department to schedule an appointment. We are happy to help. Bring your ID and COVID-19 vaccine card if this is your second dose. If possible, complete a consent form prior to arriving to appointment. Consent forms can be found at https://levydisaster.com/. Please arrive at your scheduled time.

     For more COVID-19 information from the Levy County unit, please visit http://levy.floridahealth.gov/ or call 352-486-5300.
     For more COVID-19 information from the Gilchrist County unit, please visit http://gilchrist.floridahealth.gov/ or call 352-463-3120.
     For more COVID-19 information from the Dixie County unit, please visit
http://dixie.floridahealth.gov/ or call 352-498-1360.
     The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national public health agency of the United States.
     For more information about the CDC, go to
https://www.cdc.gov/.

 


Purple To Yellow
Flower Changes In Spring

Spring Flowers
Throughout the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County, the gentle change from a predominance of purple flowers to yellow flowers appears to be happening. The annual progression from purple to yellow reflects a natural and anticipated change in the environment during this time of year. 


Spring Flowers
Roadside phlox (Phlox drummondii) is an annual flower that is not native to Florida, but widely planted on roadsides throughout the northern half of the state. It is native to Texas. The species is a flowering plant in the genus Phlox of the family Polemoniaceae. Those are the purple, blue, red and white flowers seen on roadsides and in medians in the Florida springtime.


 

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers
The yellow flowers are becoming abundant at this point in the spring this year. Some people say the yellow flowers are black-eyed Susans, but others say they are not. There are a few different kinds of yellow flowers. 

Spring Flowers
There is some certainty about one flower in Florida. The official flower of Florida is the orange blossom (Citrus sinensis). It was designated as the official state flower of Florida in 1909. Citrus bloom varies by year, typically occurring in two or three waves of flowering any time from February through the end of March, according to information provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © April 20, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
All Rights Reserved

 


Turkey Dashes
Turkey Dashes Across Road
In this video, a turkey dashes across a road in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County on April 14 at about 4:45 p.m. The driver of the 2013 Nissan Juke with its dash camera slowed the vehicle to avoid hurting the bird. Wildlife often crosses roads from forest to field, field to field, forest to forest or even from a residential yard to another yard in rural North Central Florida. To reduce the odds of death, injury and property damage, drivers are reminded to be constantly vigilant and watch out for other drivers, as well as for pedestrians, and other moving creatures. Beware of inanimate objects, too, whether they are moving or still. Focus on driving. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE the five-second video of the turkey dashing across the road.

Video and Photo By Jeff M. Hardison
© April 18, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.
All Rights Reserved


Mushroom-Eating Squirrel Captured
Squirrel
In these views through a couple of different windows at The Ink Pad, in the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands in the unincorporated part of Levy County between Carter’s Crossroads and Fowlers Bluff, a squirrel eats a mushroom. Without the hyphen, it may be linguistically considered that the mushroom is eating the squirrel. People should take great care before eating mushrooms, because some of them kill humans. Meanwhile, this squirrel who is coincidently named ‘Mushy’ enjoys a meal from this particular fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus that is grown in Levy County.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © April 15, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.

 


Garden Snake Spotted
Snake
A garden snake is noticed. Where else but in a garden? While the tagline says the snake is ‘spotted,’ people who have a relatively stronger command of English know this may indicate the snake has spots on it, or in this instance, the reptile was noticed. Snakes live a tough life because not all of them are venomous, and even those who can kill humans by injecting people with venom do not seek out people as prey. Yet, they slither around and are seen occasionally in a bad light. One good practice for snakes is to not step on or near the venomous types. If a person is struck by a snakebite, they should seek immediate medical attention.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © April 16, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.

 


Young Eagle Swoops
Young American Eagle Swoops in front of car
A young American Bald Eagle swoops in front of a 2013 Nissan Juke that is equipped with a dash cam. The bird is not old enough to have its white feathers on top yet, but it is clearly a big bird. This video clip is very short. This was filmed on April 1, 2022, at about 5 p.m. even though the dash camera shows a time some hours before the event. The Juke pilot does not reset the dash cam clock very often and it lists an off-time due to being idle and the like. CLICK ON THE PHOTO to see the video.

Photo And Video By Jeff M. Hardison © April 3, 2022 at 12:12 p.m.
All Rights Reserved

 



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. THERE ARE MANY CEDAR KEY ART CENTER WORKSHOPS LISTED. PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE THE DEADLINE FOR THEM.
 


May 21
Armed Forces Day

May 27, Friday
     6 p.m. –
The May Day Beauty Pageant is scheduled to be in the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 S.W. Fourth Ave. (State Road 345), in Chiefland. The competitive age ranges are Little Miss May Day, ages 4 to 10 years old; Miss Teen May Day, ages 11 to 15 years old; and Miss May Day, ages 16 to 19 years old. The 2022 May Day Committee is comprised of Alice Monyei, Johnnie Phillips, Jerry Battles, Cecilia Jones and Jacqueline Bradley.


May 28, Saturday
     12 p.m. –
The Annual Chiefland May Day event is scheduled to be in Buie Park. The winners for the May Day Beauty Pageant are scheduled to be announced. Also, there will be the recognition of previous May Day Queens from this historic annual festival. Music, dancing, food, the May Pole event, softball and other activities are planned. Everyone is invited to bring their tents for their families, clubs, organizations, political candidates, etc. The 2022 May Day Committee is comprised of Alice Monyei, Johnnie Phillips, Jerry Battles, Cecilia Jones and Jacqueline Bradley.


May 30, Monday
Memorial Day
     11 a.m. --
The Cedar Key Veterans Group has planned a Memorial Day Remembrance program to be at the Cedar Key Cemetery. Everyone is invited to this event.
     11:30 a.m. -- AmVets Post 447 of Inglis has scheduled a Memorial Day Gathering at the Veterans Memorial, which is behind Inglis Town Hall, 135 Levy County Road 40 West. A flag ceremony, guest speakers and refreshments are planned at this event hosted by the Inglis Recreation Committee. Then, everyone is invited to go east on Levy County Road to the AmVets Post 447, located at 405 CR 40 East. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs and side dishes available. Veterans eat for free and all others are asked to please leave a donation to this AmVets post.

June 11, Saturday
     10 a.m.-1 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida invites anyone who wants to attend college to an all-in-one enrollment event. New students can complete the enrollment process – from the admissions application to financial aid to academic advising – all in one day. “This event puts you on the fast track to enrolling in college,” said Dr. Raphel Robinson, CF director of admissions and student recruitment. “You can get everything you need to start classes this fall.” The event will take place on the center lawn at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Attendees can take a campus tour, apply for admission and financial aid, meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. Lunch will be provided and the $30 application fee will be waived for event participants. Giveaways will include a chance to win free tuition for a three-credit-hour class this fall at the in-state rate. Registration at CF.edu/Express is highly encouraged. For more information, call 352-873-5800, ext. 1379.

June 14, Tuesday
Flag Day

June 19, Sunday
Fathers Day

July 2, 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.



July 4, Monday
Independence Day



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, many gatherings have been cancelled.
Please check before going to any of these.

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

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

 

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

 

EVERY SECOND MONDAY
     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
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. –
Williston Rotary Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. First St., Williston.
     4-7 p.m. -- The Newberry Farmer's Market is on the corner of 254th Street and Newberry Road in downtown Newberry each Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Sellers are offering fresh veggies, meats, eggs, mushrooms, plants, honey, jams, pickled items, fruit, baked goods, boiled peanuts and more.
     7 p.m. -- Fanning Springs Community Church is participating in a ministry named "His Grounds," which is to help free from all addictions. This support group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 N.W. 90th Court, in the City of  Fanning Springs, Florida 32693. Everyone is welcome! If you would like more information, please call Fanning Springs Community Church at 352-463-2602 or call Marcia at 352-535-3068.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

     Noon -- The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce meets the second Thursday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     1:30-3:30 p.m. -- There is an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group  that meets in the Edward Jones Conference Room at 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Suite 2, in Chiefland. This support group creates a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. Participants will learn and be informed about dementia, and the group as a whole helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. RSVPs are required. Call the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to reserve a seat or to find more information.
     7-8 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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