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Suwannee Spring Art Festival
blends local art and nature

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Gene Rantz picture: Although landscape artist Gene Rantz spends half his year painting in Michigan, most Suwannee residents consider him to belong first to this area. His use of light and color bring our familiar landscapes into breathtaking life on canvas.

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Provided By Jane Connors
Published March 4, 2019 at 4:19 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY
- Everyone is invited to spend the day, or even the night for the (Community of) Suwannee’s Spring Art Festival, on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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New to the area, artist Doran Pierce often allows his painting of iconic Florida scenes to flow off the canvas and over the frame. He and his wife Connie have recently opened the Estate House in Fanning Springs. They will have art and collectibles in their booth at the festival.

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Artist Tom Knous (at left) is seen with one of the metal creatures he fabricates entirely from recycled materials. 

     Enjoy a variety of artists, crafters, and food (barbecue, street tacos and more) that showcase area talent and the special natural beauty of Florida’s Hidden Coast.
     You’ll have an opportunity to buy originals and prints from a variety of artists, including exceptional Florida nature artists Gene Rantz (Michigan and Suwannee) and Linda Della Poali (Jena). There will be a casual antique car show (Just show up with your vehicle!) and a small animal petting zoo.
     The setting is Glen Dyals Park, 21340 S.E. Highway 349, in Dixie County, just outside the waterfront community of Suwannee. The park abuts the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. The Dixie Mainline hiking/biking/driving trail forms one border. Just a minute away, you can launch a boat or kayak or canoe for a trip into salt or freshwater streams, or for direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.
     “Our vision for this library-sponsored art festival is a blending and art and nature,” said Jane Connors, Suwannee Library Technical Center, the primary organizer for the festival. “We invite attendees and vendors to enjoy the day and natural setting of the festival, then perhaps launch a canoe or kayak for an afternoon paddle or stay for dinner and a sunset view.”
     This year, paddle guide Lars Anderson of Adventure Outpost in High Springs will lead a kayak and canoe tour, “The Wild Lore and History of the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge” on Sunday, March 24 following the festival for those who would like to spend the night. Lars leads around 100 guided paddle tours each year on more than 60 Florida rivers and he says, “I’m always very happy to return to the Suwannee River area.”
     To reserve a place on this trip, or if you have questions, call Lars at 386-454-0611.
     For more information on the festival please email suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com, call 352-542-8320 during business hours (Tues. and Thurs. 10-5; Wed and Fri. noon-5 and Sat. 9-1). For overnight accommodation information (rooms, campgrounds, house rentals) go to http://visitdixie.com/.

 



 


Senior Citizens Enjoy
Free Tai Chi Chuan Classes In Trenton

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Senior citizens who enrolled in a free Tai Chi Chuan class in Trenton are seen participating here. 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. This class is sponsored by Elder Options and follows the curriculum of Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., of the Oregon Research Institute. The instructor is Susan Levi, a volunteer with Elder Options. The group started Jan. 22 and are scheduled to end their sessions on April 11.
Published March 1, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.

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Church and faith-based
leaders are invited
to free training for disasters;

Pre-registration is required
Published Feb. 19, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A free training opportunity is available for church and faith-based leaders and their staff members as a courtesy of the Salvation Army and the Levy County Emergency Management.
     This training is March 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
     “Preparing Your Congregation For Disaster” is designed for church leaders.
     This course is designed for churches and other faith-based organizations looking to start a disaster preparedness and response program. The course reviews key concepts in emergency management.
     It also examines the responsibility of faith-based organizations in preparing their members and facilities for an emergency and how to effectively develop a disaster response plan to serve others.
     To register, email David Peaton at davidpeaton@levydisaster.com or call 352-486-5213.

 


Autographed guitar
to help fund scholarship;

Odds are 1-in-500 to win
Drawing set for April 8

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Dotti Leichner holds the autographed guitar.

Story and Photo
By Bob and Doitti Leichner
Published Jan. 29, 2019 at 9:48 p.m.
     OLD TOWN --
Dixie Music Center has donated yet another celebrity-autographed guitar to raise money for the Pee Wee Melton Memorial Scholarship fund.
     This latest instrument is an Ibanez acoustic guitar signed by multi award-winning Capitol Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan. Raffle tickets are available for a donation of $5 each, or $10 for three, and are available at Dixie Music Center, located at 26626 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Old Town.
     Only 500 tickets have been printed for this fundraiser. This scholarship is to be awarded by the Dixie Education Foundation (DEF), and the drawing for this great instrument is scheduled for Monday April 8 at the DEF meeting at the Dixie County Library at noon.
     The winner need NOT be present to win.
     Luke Bryan is one of the top names on today's Country Music scene. His musical career began as a songwriter, penning songs for Travis Scott, Billy Idol, and Travis Tritt before signing to Capitol Nashville in 2007.
     His first nine album releases have included fourteen number-one hits. In 2013 Luke was awarded "Entertainer of the Year" by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association (CMA). To date, he has sold over seven million albums and 27 million singles worldwide.
     Pee Wee Melton was a legendary guitarist and producer who taught at Dixie Music Center in the 1990s. Many local guitarists start their musical careers with Pee Wee at DMC -- including Easton Corbin, who won Breakthrough Artist of the Year from the American Country Awards in 2010.
     Regional performing artist Jamey King also began guitar studies under Pee Wee's direction. The store's owners Bob and Dotti Leichner are proud to present these scholarships in memory of their late dear friend.
     Internationally known artists that have autographed guitars for the Pee Wee Melton Memorial Scholarship include Easton Corbin and Josh Turner. For the most recent Josh Turner guitar signing, the artist also donated a couple of tour T-shirts.
     For more information, please call DMC at 352-542-3001 or email to dixiemc@gmail.com.

 


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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March 19, Tuesday
     9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. --
The AARP Smart Driver Class is scheduled to be at Haven Community Center, 311 Ninth Ave., off of North Young Boulevard (U.S. Alt. 27) in Chiefland. The AARP Smart Driver Class is open to anyone. A Certificate of Completion is given to each participant. Licensed drivers, ages 55 years and older can present this certificate to their insurance companies to obtain a discount on their auto insurance policy for three years. To keep this discount they would take the class again. A Florida state statute includes all companies to give a discount over and above a "safe driver" discount. A trained instructor guides participants through a workbook -- adding information and short videos to emphasize the topics. The course discusses safe, defensive driving techniques; addresses the impact of aging on driving; provides updates on the rules of the road; and is tailored specifically to the State of Florida. The classes start at 9 a.m and end 3:30 p.m. with a half hour lunch and other beaks. There are no tests. The class fee is $15 for AARP Members or $20. for non-members. The fee can be paid with a check or with cash, only. Registration is required. To register, call 352-333-3036.

     10 a.m. -- Everyone is invited to the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve to hear Florida Forest Service Public Information Officer Ludie Bond's presentation on the Florida Forest Service. The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve are hosting this event.
Are you wondering if you are ready for a wildfire should one occur in your area? Firewise Landscaping is one way to reduce the vulnerability of your home and property from the destructive impacts of wildfire.  Learn how to select low flammability plants and how to landscape with wildfire in mind. Also learn how to have a wildfire evacuation plan in place with Ready, Set, Go! The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is currently 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, Yankeetown. Visit the website https://wgpfl.org/ for directions and information on upcoming events.
     10 a.m.-Noon -- The grandparents raising grandchildren group invites grandparents in that role to join the group for help and insight into the task at hand. This month there is a speaker coming to inform listeners on "how to keep our kids safe on the Internet." There will also be a discussion about summer camp options, especially in regard to affordable, enjoyable local camps. Childcare is provided at these meetings, which are held at the First Baptist Church in Cross City, across the street from the old Dixie County High School campus. Call Gigi for details 352-493-9183.

     10:30 a.m. -- The monthly meeting of Gilchrist County AARP Chapter #2133 is scheduled to be held in the ForVets Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground. Anyone who is 50 years or older is welcome to fellowship and freely dine with the member as a guest for the first visit. In these meetings, everyone receives valuable information as to what is happening in the local area. Everyone is given information about many local volunteer options. This is an opportunity to enjoy good fellowship, have a great lunch and maybe win a door prize. Everyone is invited to get involved, and to join this great local organization in community caring and sharing. See Chapter Treasurer Katherine LaBarca for local membership and dues information. Health Chair Susan Wells will be at the meeting with excellent updated information concerning Senior health choices and will check your Vital Signs. Legal Minutes Chair Julie Waldman, Attorney, will brief us on important legal matters concerning seniors. Program Chair Janice Rogers informs us that our Guest Speakers will be Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc of Williston. Bringing dogs for demonstation and they will answer questions pertaining to seniors use of service dogs. Hospitality Chair,Faye Sheffield said that we will be having a Pot Luck Luncheon at meeting's close. Three ladies are cooking cornbeef and cabbage. Please bring your favorite lucky pot, drinks and/or desserts to be shared by all. A thankful shoutout to our chapter's awesome hospitality team and cooks. Please remember "Can In Hand" by bringing "non-perishable and/or hygiene" items for the local food bank. For more information on agenda call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 352-463-1889.

March 22, Friday
     10:30 a.m. --
Everyone is invited to the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve to hear Marc Frank's presentation on "Plant Toxicity." Frank is with the UF/IFAS Plant Identification and Information Service. He is a botanist. Frank has extensive experience in identifying a wide variety of plant materials and is a specialist in providing botanical and horticultural information to a diverse clientele. The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve are hosting this event. The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is currently 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, Yankeetown. Visit the website https://wgpfl.org/ for directions and information on upcoming events.


March 23, Saturday
     10 a.m. - 2 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to spend the day, or even the night for the Town of Suwannee’s Spring Art Festival, on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Glen Dyals Park, 21340 S.E. Highway 349, in Dixie County, just outside the waterfront community of Suwannee. Enjoy a variety of artists, crafters, and food (barbecue, street tacos and more) that showcase area talent and the special natural beauty of Florida’s Hidden Coast. This year, paddle guide Lars Anderson of Adventure Outpost in High Springs will lead a kayak and canoe tour, “The Wild Lore and History of the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge” on Sunday, March 24 following the festival for those who would like to spend the night. Lars leads around 100 guided paddle tours each year on more than 60 Florida rivers and he says, “I’m always very happy to return to the Suwannee River area.” To reserve a place on this trip, or if you have questions, call Lars at 386-454-0611. For more information on the festival please email suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com, call 352-542-8320 during business hours (Tues. and Thurs. 10-5; Wed and Fri. noon-5 and Sat. 9-1). For overnight accommodation information (rooms, campgrounds, house rentals) go to http://visitdixie.com/.


March 24, Sunday
     12-3 p.m. --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, and the Ocala Civic Theatre will host the Summer Camp Expo on the Appleton and Ocala Civic Theater’s shared property. Join the museum and theater for an afternoon of fun to learn about exciting summer opportunities for kids of all ages, all in one place. The expo will feature a broad range of organizations who are offering summer camps and children’s programs from science and nature to visual and performing arts and sports. The Summer Camp Expo is free to attend and will feature family-friendly music and activities, games, food trucks and more. The Appleton Museum of Art and Ocala Civic Theatre are located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown -- on State Road 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, contact AppletonMuseum@cf.edu or 352-291-4455.

March 30, Saturday
     7:15 a.m.-4 p.m. --
The 31st Annusl Early Childhood Conference, hosted by the College of Central Florida in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, is scheduled to be atthe Ocala Campus of CF, 3001 S.W. College Road. The conference will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center. Registration is $40 before Feb. 25, then $60 after that date. Attendees can participate in sessions and discover ideas to enhance children social and emotional development and participate in meaningful learning activities. The keynote speaker is Lillian Hubler, founder and president of Time to Sign Inc. Hubler is known for her effective sign language training for educators of young children. Featured presenters are Dr. Michael Hubler speaking on “Ways to Promote Social and Emotional Learning” and Adrienne Donaldson presenting “Today I’m Chatty, Tomorrow I’m in my Feelings.” Educators may be eligible to receive in-service credit and Continuing Education Units. For more information, contact Bebe Rahaman at rahamanb@cf.edu or 352-854-2322, ext. 1405.


April 6, Saturday
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. --
The Friends of A. F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St., in Yankeetown, are holding the Spring Book Sale beginning April 6. The sale will continue through Saturday, April 13 during regular library hours. A wide selection of bound books, paperbacks, audio books and DVDs will be available.

April 9, Tuesday
     3 p.m.-8 p.m -- The Friends of A. F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St., in Yankeetown, are holding the Spring Book Sale. A wide selection of bound books, paperbacks, audio books and DVDs will be available.
     4-6 p.m. -- There is a free workshop for First Time Homebuyers scheduled to be at the Haven Community Center, 311 N.E. Ninth St. in Chiefland. Everyone is invited to speak with experts about how to qualify for purchase assistance options, the local real estate market, housing rehabilitation programs and working with lenders. This is presented in partnership with the Tri-County Community Resource Center, the Dixie-Gilchrist-Levy Counties' SHIP Programs, the Dixie-Gilchrist-Levy Counties' Board of Realtors, the North Central Florida Regional Housing Authority, the Levy County Commission and others.

April 10, Wednesday
     9 a.m.-5 p.m. --
The Friends of A. F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St., in Yankeetown, are holding the Spring Book Sale. A wide selection of bound books, paperbacks, audio books and DVDs will be available.

April 11, Thursday
     9 a.m.-5 p.m. --
The Friends of A. F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St., in Yankeetown, are holding the Spring Book Sale. A wide selection of bound books, paperbacks, audio books and DVDs will be available.

April 13, Saturday
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The Friends of A. F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St., in Yankeetown, are holding the Spring Book Sale. This is the final day of the spring sale. A wide selection of bound books, paperbacks, audio books and DVDs will be available.0
     10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- The Annual Dixie County Celebration of the the Swamp Cabbage Cookoff is set to be at one mile south of Old Town at the corner of 55A and 349 South. There will be vendors and lunch. Funds raised at this event support the scholarship fund as well as operating expenses at the Cultural Center/Historical Society.

April 20, Saturday
     9 a.m.-3 p.m. --
Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon for the  at Chiefland NAPA. Tri-County Cruisers' Chiefland Speed & Machine - Spring Classic Car Show. There are going to classics, imports and late models. There are going to be cash prizes, awards, a 3-foot Best of Show Trophy, door prizes, dash plaques, a silent auction and 50-50. The entry fee for competitors who enter before April 13 is $15. The entry fee on the day of show is $20. For more information, call T.J. at 352-507-3430 or send an email to Dana at itzaluks@outlook.com.

April 21, Easter Sunday

April 27, Saturday
     10 a.m. - 3 p.m. --
The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to the Annual Fly-In, Cruise-In and Business Expo at the Cross City Airport, 508 N.E. 241st St., in Cross City. Admission is free. There are vendors of food, drinks and crats. Musicians are going to be performing. Parachutists are scheduled to drop from the sky. There are plane rides and helicopter rides scheduled to be available for a fee. There are going to be military displays, radio-controlled aircraft and other aircraft demonstrations. Cars, trucks and bikes will be on display on the ground. Baloon rides are slated to be from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The gates open for the general public at 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies, including the parachute jumpers is set for 10 a.m. For exhibitor of vendor information, please call 352-498-5572 or send an email to promotedixie@gmail.com.

SHINE
Updated March 6, 2019 at 8:49 p.m.
(Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) - 1-800-963-5337
    
Following are the regular monthly days, times and places for senior citizen to visit with a SHINE representative.
     SHINE can help elderly people with information about insurance. 
SHINE volunteers provide health insurance information and free, unbiased, and confidential counseling assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers.
     * Dixie County Public Library (in Cross City) - Fourth Wednesday each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Gilchrist County
     * Town of Bell Community Center - Third Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     * Gilchrist County Public Library (in Trenton) - Fourth Wednewsday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Levy County
     * Levy County Public Library (in Bronson) - First Wednesday monthly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
     * Chiefland Senior Center - Third Wed monthly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
     * Levy County Public Library (in Williston) - First Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     * A.F. Knotts Public Library (in Yankeetown) - Second Wednesday monthly from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.



 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated Feb. 23, 2019 at 7:09 a.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 at Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. This group meets at 9:30 a.m. each second Monday from September (2018) through May (2019) for coffee and socializing. The meetings start at 10 a.m.

     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. -- 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 etiquett is required. Call 352-463-0800.
      7 p.m. -- Yankeetown Inglis Woman's Club Bingo has restarted. The games begin at 7 p.m., in the club located at 5 56th St., Yankeetown. Stop in at 5 p.m. and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6 p.m., you can eat before the games start. You don't have to play to eat, we have take out! There are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. For more information call 352-447-2057.
      7 p.m. -- There is Bingo every Thursday at the Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave. Contact Pamela Vamosi at 352-222-8267 or Deanna Barnard at 352-283-8828 for more information about the Lions Club of Williston.

FIRST THURSDAY
     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.
      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.

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--
MONDAY  MARCH 18  7:09 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties


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