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Lizards Uncover Missing Bolt
Lizards Uncover Missing Bolt Levy County Florida
It started with a picture of one lizard being noticed as blending with the tire it was standing on because it matched the tire in color. Once the picture was reviewed, though, the second lizard was noticed. Then there was the observation that one of the five bolts used to hold a wheel in place was missing. An even closer examination then showed the top of the bolt appeared to be sheared off somehow. A review of the situation is scheduled for Monday (Nov. 30), due to the Thanksgiving break.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 25, 2020 at 1:10 p.m.

 

 


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Toys For Tots Car Show
scheduled for Dec. 5

By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 23, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.
     FANNING SPRINGS –
People who enjoy participating in car shows or who like to attend them are invited to the Toys For Tots Car Show In the City of Fanning Springs on Dec. 5.
     The show is that Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fanning Springs Historical Park, located on the southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and the Suwannee River.
     Participants and attendees are reminded to please remember the Florida Department of Health’s advice regarding COVID-19 – wear a facemask in public and try to distance yourself from others.
     As in other car shows held at this venue during this time of year, the car show registration is free. Steve Smyrski and Paula Ruden, who are putting on the show, noted they would appreciate a generous donation for Toys For Tots.
     Donations can be new, unwrapped toys of all kinds, and cash of all denominations.
     All donations go to Toys For Tots. That is 100 percent of the donations go to Toys For Tots, not just the profits. Smyrski and Ruden are donating all trophies, prizes, etc., again this year.
     While this is not a Tri-County Cruisers event, the members of that group have noted they are “very proud to help our great friends Steve Smyrski and Paula Ruden.”
     For more information, please call Steve Smyrski at 727-422-0787 or e-mail Dana Sheffield at itzaluks@outlook.com.

 


CF commencement ceremonies
Dec. 11 featured online
Program to feature remarks
by the Honorable Charlie Stone

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Nov. 12, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida is scheduled to host its fall 2020 commencement Friday, Dec. 11, with two virtual video ceremonies to honor graduates.
     A livestream of the Associate in Arts commencement video will begin at 3 p.m. and livestream of our Certificate, Associate in Science and bachelor’s degrees will begin at 5 p.m. Both virtual commencement messages will be featured on YouTube (@CollegeofCentralFL). Links can be found at https://www.cf.edu/graduation.
     Prior to the ceremony, graduates will have an opportunity to upload a photo, video and personal message to create a custom slide that will be combined to become part of the full ceremony. They can then view with friends and family to hear their name announced and see their custom message. Individual clips will also be shareable on social media.
     “We have been determined to keep our students and their families safe during the pandemic, and at the same time ensure we still celebrated their success,” said Dr. Saul Reyes, vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “We are excited to bring students together virtually, to honor their hard work and share their stories with as many people as possible.”
     The video will feature remarks from CF’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, the Honorable Charlie Stone, who helped champion 2019 funding support for the Appleton Museum of Art while serving in the Florida Legislature.
     CF will post a PDF of the commemorative graduation program online and printed copy of the program will be mailed to each graduate in the coming weeks.
     For more information about CF graduation or to access the video visit https://www.cf.edu/graduation.

 


Chiefland restarts
student recognition program;

Dance Recital Planned For Dec. 11
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 15, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     CHEIFLAND –
After the prayer and the pledge, Chiefland Mayor Chris Jones opened the Tuesday night (Oct. 13) regular twice-monthly meeting of that city’s leaders with recognition of the Students of the Month.
     Chiefland city leaders recognized three children -- one each from Chiefland Elementary School, Chiefland Middle School and Chiefland High School.
     The Williston City Council at its recent meeting chose against restarting the program in that city to help prevent the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. Some government leaders are choosing to follow the advice of the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). Some leaders are choosing to gamble more with the health of the general public rather than to follow the advice of scientists and doctors who serve the residents and visitor of Florida – in regard to public health.
     The day after this evening meeting om Chiefland, the Levy County portion of the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Bronson did not allow anyone in the courtroom without a mask and without prior cursory screening. All people were required to remain at least six feet apart.
     Practitioners of law, participants and observers in this circuit, which includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties, are following the FDOH advice to wear masks
in public and to keep at least six-feet of distance between people, as well as to avoid crowds, closed spaces and close contact.
     Meanwhile, though, Chiefland’s leaders invited children and families into their closed space and did not requiring people to wear face masks.
     Mayor Jones read narratives that had been submitted about each student. He presented certificates to each of the students with $20 gift certificates provided by Chiefland Rotary Club to shop at Walmart.
     Also at the meeting, Debbie Dean of D&D Dance Studio, told the City Commission about a Christmas dance recital planned to be conducted in the studio’s parking lot -- with an outdoor stage and lighting. Admission to the recital will be a toy or canned good, Dean said, which will be given to a charitable organization to distribute to needy families.
     Dean asked the municipal leaders to close the street near
105 N.W. Third Ave. on Dec. 11 to keep traffic away from the recital there. The D&D Dance Studio’s Christmas Dance Recital is slated to be from 6:30 to about 8:30 p.m., she said,
     The City Commission approved closure of the Northwest Third Avenue, from U.S. Highway 19 (Main Street) going west to the end of the street on the evening of Dec. 11, a Friday.
     City Manager Mary Ellzey told Dean that the city will provide the wooden sawhorse barricades on Thursday, Dec. 10, for the dance studio to use on the evening of Friday, Dec. 11, to close the street to traffic. Dean said people who want to go to the recital can park in the shopping center parking lot – near The Print Shop of Chiefland and the Levy County Tax Collector’s Office, and then they can walk with lawn chairs to the parking lot near the dance studio and dry cleaning shop on Northwest Third.
     In other business by the city leaders, they approved Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris seeking and accepting various grants for equipment.

 


Levy County
Legislative Delegation meeting
scheduled for Dec. 14 in Williston

Information Provided By Tonya Shays
Of the Office of State Sen. Jennifer Bradley
Published Nov. 24, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
     WILLISTON --
The 2020-21 Levy County Legislative Delegation hearing has been scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14 in Williston.
     The hearing is set to be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Room at Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. Seating at the venue will provide for appropriate social distancing and the use of facial coverings is encouraged due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
     State Sen. Jennifer Bradley (R-Fleming Island, Dist. 5) and State Rep. Joe Harding (R-Williston, Dist. 22) will be in attendance at the public hearing and welcome input from Levy County officials and residents as they prepare for their first terms in the Florida Legislature.
     “I am extremely humbled to be representing the people of Levy County in the Florida Senate and look forward to discussing issues of importance to the community,” Sen. Bradley said.
     Harding, another freshman state leader commented as well.
     “It is a tremendous honor to serve in the Florida House, representing my native county and hometown, and I cannot wait to get to work on issues impacting local communities,” Harding said.
     The 2021 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
     Members of the public who would like to be placed on the agenda may email legislative staff at shays.tonya@flsenate.gov or call 904-278-2085. Any member of the public who would prefer to submit written comments to the delegation as an alternative to attending the meeting is welcome to email or call legislative staff.

 


WGA Chamber starts accepting Christmas Parade applications
Deadline to apply is Dec. 15
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 3, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.
     INGLIS-YANKEETOWN –
The Withlacoochee Gulf Area (Inglis-Yankeetown) Chamber of Commerce has started accepting applications for people and organizations interested in being part of the 2020 Community Christmas Parade.
     Applications and hold harmless disclaimers must be submitted by Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Applications can be submitted at Inglis Town Hall or Yankeetown Town Hall.
     The theme for the parade, which often turns out to be quite the parade, is “Christmas Carols.”
     The parade starts by participants lining up at the field next to Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce building on Levy County Road 40 West at 3:30 p.m. Some people call CR 40 Highway 40, but it is a county road.
     The parade ends at Yankeetown Town Hall and the Blackwater Grill and Bar on Riverside Drive.
     Numbers will be distributed in the staging area and should be displayed on the driver side of the entry. Participants must maintain a 20-foot distance between entries.
     The entry fee for this parade, which is judged, is nothing – zero dollars.
     As for the judging, pre-judging is in staging area from 3:45 to 4:00 p.m., and it is based on workmanship and creativity. Judges also will be along the parade route to determine crowd appeal, employment of theme, and durability. Please DO NOT stop in front of the judges.
     The Santa Claus condition is being observed. Only one Santa (or Santa look-alike) will be in the Parade, and this Santa will be provided by the Parade Committee. Elves are OK.
     Regarding CANDY – There will be no throwing of candy or any other items from floats or vehicles. Candy may be handed out along the parade route, not thrown.
     Regarding ANIMALS -- All animals MUST have a clean-up crew! This includes in the staging area.
     Regarding DECORATIONS -- Floats will be viewed from both sides of the street.
     Participants are advised that if they fail to adhere to these rules, then they risk not participating in this parade or not being allowed to participate in future parades.

 


FDOH offers free COVID-19 testing days in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 7, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
Updated Nov. 5, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA --
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is offering free drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County.
     The testing schedule began Oct. 12 and the advertisement for the new dates is scheduled to be on all seven pages of HardisonInk.com started on Oct. 12.
     All COVID-19 testing will take place outside in the selected testing site parking lots.
     These tests are NOT rapid tests or antibody tests. All test specimens will be processed by a commercial laboratory and results will be returned to the FDOH. Someone from the FDOH will contact participants by phone to give them their test results within five to 10 days.
     If a person tests positive for COVID-19, the FDOH will ask them about who their close contacts are and provide further instructions on what they should do.
    Below is specific information for each county, which starts on Monday (Oct. 12).

Florida Department of Health in Dixie County
149 N.E. 241st St.
Cross City, FL 32628
352-498-1360
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Testing begins at 9 a.m. Be in line at 9 a.m. Drive-through line is behind the health department.

Florida Department of Health in Gilchrist County
214 S.E. Third Ave.
Trenton, FL 32693
352-463-3120
Wednesdays and Fridays
Testing begins at 10:30 a.m. Be in line at 10:30 a.m. Drive-through line is at the South Side City Park in Trenton.

Florida Department of Health in Levy County
66 W Main St.
Bronson, FL 32621
352-486-5300
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Testing begins at 9 a.m. Be in line at 9 a.m. Drive-through line is behind the health department.

 

Stop The Spread
Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Chiefland Florida  Levy County
This sign posted at the Chiefland Post Office recently shows that the Florida Department of Health is urging people to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Levy County by wearing a face mask and trying to keep six-feet of distance between each other when possible. As of today (Thursday, Nov. 5), more than 230,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to federal government health officials. In Florida, the death toll stood at 16,922 individuals who have died from COVID-19 so far – as of today, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Photo By Sharon Hardison © Nov. 5, 2020 at 4:10 p.m. 

 


4th Annual Art Festival
in Suwannee set for March 15

By Jane Connors
Published Nov. 23, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
Suwannee Library Technical Center, part of the Dixie County Public Library System, is planning to host the 4th Annual Art Festival on Saturday, March 15, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     “Our 2021 Lower Suwannee Art & Nature Festival has been in planning since early this year, but with flexibility in mind as we have watched the progress of COVID-19 locally and statewide,” said Jane Connors, Suwannee Library manager. “At this point, we are moving into full swing with advertising and preparation, keeping in mind that we must have an increased emphasis on health and safety.”
     In an email sent Nov. 20 at 2:43 p.m., Connors expressed optimism that the event would be able to take place.
     “Our fully outdoor location, typically breezy March weather and a plan to move booths farther apart than in previous years is giving us confidence,” she said.
     Once more, the event will fill the grounds of Glen Dyals Park, located at the south end of Dixie County Highway 349, just outside the waterfront community of Suwannee. Glen Dyals Park is adjacent to the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. The festival will feature local artists, artisans, crafters, food vendors, non-profit booths, music, a guided paddling trip and more.
     “Last year’s festival was smaller due to the virus, but many vendors did well and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves,” Connors said. “We encourage both returning and new vendors to contact us as soon as possible to reserve their space.”
     Vendor booths are $25 (10 x 10 space). For vendor or general information, contact Jane Connors at suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com, or call the Suwannee Library at 352-542-8320. Glen Dyals Park is located at 21354 S.E. Highway 349, Suwannee, FL 32692.

 


GIN Cats
Goldy the cat Hardisomn
Goldy, Inky and Needles (GIN) are the three most often published cats of this daily news website. Goldy is the senior cat (seen above). Goldy was a harbinger of HardisonInk.com arriving unexpectedly about 11 years ago (2008-2009). She was a tiny kitten found near an air-conditioning unit on a storm evening in Levy County, where she must have been dropped from the sky by a hawk or an eagle because she was too bony to eat. She became the senior mascot. She is extremely soft, light and furry. Goldy is a Maine Coon breed of cat.

Photo by Jeff Hardison © Nov. 19, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

Inky the cat Hardison
Inky became Goldy’s little sister (although not by bloodlines) soon after the move to The Ink Pad on Sept. 1, 2013. Inky was adopted from The Family Pet Vet of Chiefland – Dr. Ronald Spink, who rescued her. Dr. Spink has saved countless cats. Inky is almost all black and her fur is silken. Inky is a dense, solid and muscular cat. She has a particular voice and is interpreted as saying “Murrrp” which is a singing purr and meow at the same time.
Photo by Jeff Hardison © Nov. 19, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

Needles the cat
Needles is the community cat of Jemlands. He is the first cat in the catch-neuter-release program of Levy County Animal Services. He lives the tougher life of an outdoor cat. Like his non-blood indoor sisters, he is fed at least twice a day and is given fresh water beyond what he will drink daily. He has cover from rain, and has blanket built to retain heat outdoors when it is cold. Needles is a very talkative cat who craves attention, until he decides to wander away to do outdoor cat things. He is an avid hunter.
Photo by Sharon Hardison © Nov. 19, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

Two other cats rescued from The Ink Pad property when they were found abandoned there are Houdini and Hercules. They both have gone into the unknown ether of cats that disappear from daily news stardom after being given to loving humans.

 


Moon Sliver
Crescent Moon Florida November 2020
A very thin crescent moon hangs in the sky Tuesday night (Nov. 17).

Photo by Sharon Hardison © Nov. 19, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

 


Birds Of A Feather
Birds of a feather in the Tri-County Area
Several white-feathered birds find branches over one of the swampy areas in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County. In this photo, one kind of feathered friends are seen. The idiom 'Birds of a feather, flock together' was inspired by nature. Birds of the same species often flock together to fly or roost. Most sources attribute this idiom to have its roots from a text by William Turner in the year 1545. That text was titled The Rescuing of Romish Fox. Turner wrote then 'Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.' Old English spelling is different than modern American English. The exact phrase however, reportedly was coined in 1599, which was found in the Dictionaries in Spanish and English. Some people relate this idiom to human behavior, which sometimes shows this to appear to be true.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 14, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.

 

 


Chamber Welcomes People
To Dixie County

Dixie County Chamber of Commmerce   HardisonInk.com
This sign welcomes people to Dixie County as the motorists and pedestrians make their way northbound on U.S. Highway 19 from the City of Fanning Springs, which is partly in Gilchrist County and partly in Levy County. The Dixie County Chamber has another greeting for southbound travelers along U.S. 19 as well.

Dixie County Chamber  HardisonInk.Com
These pictures were taken Friday morning (Oct. 30). The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce’s volunteers put up the signs, which were funded by donations to that Chamber through various fundraiser activities for the betterment of the Dixie County.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 31, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.

 


SHINE program offers free,
unbiased Medicare counseling
and virtual Medicare classes

By Kathy Dorminey
Human Resources & Communications Specialist
of Elder Options
Published Oct. 3, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
Florida’s SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program provides free, unbiased Medicare counseling and virtual Medicare classes to assist beneficiaries, families and caregivers.

     Topics include:
     • Medicare 101 (English & Spanish)
     • Medicare Financial Assistance
     • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
     • Medicare Part C - Medicare Advantage Plans
     • Medicare & COVID-19
     • Navigating Medicare.gov
     • SHINE & Preparing for Open Enrollment
     • Be Scam Smart (English & Spanish
     To speak with a counselor or join us for one of the above classes: call 1-800-963-5337; visit http://www.floridashine.org/ for class dates and times; email shine@agingresources.org to receive your invitation to register.

 


Cedar Key Woman’s Club
2021 Calendar are for sale now

2021 CKWC Calendar For Sale
Elaine Bonnough and her husband, who are guests at the Cedar Key RV Resort, called to reserve their three calendars the day UPS delivered them to Cedar Key. This couple is visiting Cedar Key from their Malabar (Brevard County) home. This type of continued support is the key to success for this fundraising project by the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.

Story and Photo Provided
By Kathy Salkaln of the CKWC
Published Oct. 25, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The 2021 Cedar Key Woman’s Club Calendar has arrived in town!
     The 2020 version of this wonderful souvenir sold out by January, and its popularity and the quality of this year’s production will guarantee even higher sales.
     Members and friends contributed the Cedar Key high quality photographs again this summer, and the result has been the production of another very professional calendar. At just $10, the calendar makes an excellent souvenir for visitors and off-island friends, but it is just as popular with locals.
      “We are just so pleased with the reception the calendars have had in Cedar Key,” Vicki Crumpley, project coordinator, said. “People love the pictures and know that the proceeds from the sales stay here to benefit Cedar Key. We have new contributors every year, and this year there is a hidden object contest – details are on the back cover of the calendar!”
     With a surge in online shopping this fall, the calendar can be delivered locally or shipped. You can order by emailing to cedarkeywomasclub@yahoo.com.
     The calendar is of course also available from several Cedar Key businesses, the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, and Woman’s Club members.
     With over 50 members, the Cedar Key Woman’s Club is a continuing tradition in the City, supporting community projects from 1960 on. Each year the Club donates a $1000 scholarship to a graduating CKS student, as well as donating to other school projects. The CK Relief Fund, the Cedar Key Public Library, the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire Department, the Food Pantry, and Another Way Women’s shelter also are supported.
     In addition, in the last five years the Woman’s Club has raised more than $9,000 on the quilt raffle toward the Fisher House, a continuation of the Support Our Troops initiative which has sent hundreds of boxes to Cedar Key men and women stationed in the Middle East or elsewhere serving our country.
     The Cedar Key Community support for the calendar project has been overwhelming. Proceeds from this project help support these important Cedar Key programs through the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.

 

 



COMMUNITY CALENDAR
     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.


Nov. 28, Saturday
     9 a.m.-1 p.m. --
The Cedar Key Woman’s Club celebrates its 14th year of the Fall Market at the Yellow Club House at 7391 State Road 24, Cedar Key. The house is really between the communities of Rosewood and Sumter on SR 24. The members of the CKWC plan to have something for everyone to buy to help the club in this fundraiser. Among the items that are scheduled to be available are arts and crafts by local artisans, jewelry - handmade, vintage, and costume, as well as flea market style of booths in the front yard, and inside -- a snack bar, Granny’s Pantry Bake Sale, opportunities to buy tickets for the Fisher House Quilt Raffle, and the 2021 Cedar Key Woman’s Club Calendar. Proceeds from the Fall Market support local organizations and the Cedar Key School. Vendors are welcome! Call 352-949-3070 for more information.
     9 a.m.-4 p.m. – The Tri-County Area Toys For Tots campaign is having a Stuff the Cruiser event at the Chiefland Walmart. This event is being produced by the United States Marine Corps Toys For Tots Foundation’s local branch, headed by local Marines and others. The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children. In order to better execute the Program, in 1991 the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was created at the behest of the United States Marine Corps. This particular mission at the Walmart in Chiefland is to stuff a cruiser with toys. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the Levy County Department of Public Safety (Fire-Rescue) and the Chiefland Fire Department would like people to bring new, unwrapped toy donations for boys and girls, ages 1 through 12 years old. Suggested toys include Legos, dolls, action figures, board games, craft supplies and sports equipment. These toys are for local children in needy families.

Dec. 1, Tuesday
     7:30 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida’s Visual and Performing Arts Department presents “Sorry, Wrong Number” online. This classic radio thriller is about a woman driven to the edge of madness as she tries to prevent a murder she accidently overhears being plotted over the telephone. The play is being presented for free by Beginning Play Production students at CF and open to the public. It will be available on CF’s YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/CollegeofCentralFL.


Dec. 9, Wednesday
     10 a.m. --
The College of Central Florida invites recent high school seniors and those looking to advance their career to a virtual open house on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m., online. Future students are encouraged to attend one of the Zoom video conferencing sessions and receive assistance with the application process, financial aid, placement testing, academic advising and registration for spring semester, which begins Jan. 6. To apply for financial aid at the event, please have these documents available: Federal Student Aid ID available at https://fsaid.ed.gov/; email address; 2018 W-2 and Federal Income Tax Forms (1040, 1040A or 1040 EZ) of you and/or your parents (if you are a dependent student); 2018 untaxed income (Social Security, disability, workman’s compensation, etc.); driver’s license or state ID; Social Security card; spouse or parent’s Social Security number and date of birth. For Florida residency verification, please have a copy of your Florida driver’s license and a copy of your Florida vehicle registration or voter’s registration available. For students under the age of 24, parent or guardian information is needed. For more information, visit https://www.cf.edu/openhouse or call 352-873-5800, ext. 1379.


Friday, Dec. 11
     6 p.m. --
ForVets presents an Elvis Christmas Tribute at Otter Springs Park and Campground's - Otter Springs Lodge, 6471 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton. This is starring Elvis impersonator Jimmy Fields. The lasagna dinner is included for the price of $10 at the door. Drinks and desserts are extra. All proceeds are to benefit the Camp Valor Project.

Dec. 14, Monday
     9-11 a.m. -- The 2020-21 Levy County Legislative Delegation hearing has been scheduled for the Community Room at Williston City Hall, 50 NW Main Street, Williston, Florida. Seating at the venue will provide for appropriate social distancing and the use of facial coverings is encouraged. Sen. Jennifer Bradley (R-Fleming Island) and Rep. Joe Harding (R-Williston) will be in attendance at the public hearing and welcome input from Levy County officials and residents as they prepare for their first terms in the Florida Legislature. The 2021 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature will convene on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Members of the public who would like to be placed on the agenda may email legislative staff at shays.tonya@flsenate.gov or call 904-278-2085. Any member of the public who would prefer to submit written comments to the delegation as an alternative to attending the meeting is also welcome to email or call legislative staff.
     7 p.m. -- Faith Baptist Church, 116 SE 146th. Ave. in Old Town is the location for the Community Men's Fellowship get-together. There will be food for the soul and for the body. The meal is FREE and everyone is encouraged to bring a friend and a side dish. All ages are welcome to this event. Come hungry and hear the WORD! We will be eating just after 7 p.m. and guest speaker Pastor Eugene Strickland will bring the word.

 


 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated July 7, 2020 at 8:10 a.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many gatherings have been cancelled.
Please check before going to any of these. They will remain listed here beyond the point of this red-letter warning.

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.

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

SECOND MONDAY
  
   9:30 a.m. -- Williston AARP Chapter #912 is scheduled to meet in the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Center at Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., on the second Monday each of month from Janudary to May and from September through December.

     Noon -- The Dixie Education Foundation meets the second Monday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     7 p.m. -- The Suwannee Valley Players meet at the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave, Chiefland. The players discuss things that relate to the theater and upcoming shows. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and no acting experience is necessary. For more information, please leave a message by calling 352-493-2787 or email to SuwanneeValleyPlayers@gmail.com.

THIRD MONDAY
      6:30 p.m. --
The Levy County Republican Executive Committee's monthly meeting starts with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at a new location for these meetings: The Gathering Table, 116 N Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland. Everyone is invited to come hear from county leaders who will explain what's happening now or in the future of Levy County. Every meeting has informative Republican ideas, information and plans for the future in the county, state and nation.

LAST MONDAY
     6-7 p.m. --
The Friends of ForVets Inc., which is the lead organization for the Camp Valor project at Otter Springs Park and Campground, has scheduled meetings at the Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 N.E. 11th Ave., in Trenton, on the last Monday of every month, except that there is no monthly meeting in December. For more information, please contact Debbie Destin at 352-215-5476. Everyone is welcome. Volunteers are needed.
 
EVERY TUESDAY
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. –
Williston Rotary Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. First St., Williston.
     4-7 p.m. -- The Newberry Farmer's Market is on the corner of 254th Street and Newberry Road in downtown Newberry each Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Sellers are offering fresh veggies, meats, eggs, mushrooms, plants, honey, jams, pickled items, fruit, baked goods, boiled peanuts and more.
     7 p.m. -- Fanning Springs Community Church is participating in a ministry named "His Grounds," which is to help free from all addictions. This support group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 N.W. 90th Court, in the City of  Fanning Springs, Florida 32693. Everyone is welcome! If you would like more information, please call Fanning Springs Community Church at 352-463-2602 or call Marcia at 352-535-3068.


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


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

     11:30 a.m. -- The luncheon and business meeting for Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) is scheduled on the same day the third Tuesday of every month. Lunch is at Melanie’s Restaurant, 112 E. Noble Ave., (U.S. Alt. 27), in Williston.is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The business meeting will take place at the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Center in Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., beginning at 1 p.m. CEE is a group of concerned citizens whose purpose is to make the electorate aware of issues, recommend actions, and advocate for progressive change. (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, 116 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Cypress Inn Restaurant, 15568 N.W. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.

     7 p.m. -- The Youth Ministry Program Ignite 4:12 at Cornerstone Assembly of God continues from Sept. 18, to be each Wednesday. Director of Youth Ministry Chris Kirby said he looks forward to seeing young people come to this weekly event at Cornerstone Assembly Of God 1045 Sixth Blvd., in Williston.

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

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

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

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

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

EVERY THURSDAY
    10:30 a.m. --
Rural food distribution is happening every Thursday at the United Methodist Church on the east side of U.S. Highway 19 about one block north of the traffic light in Old Town. This replaces the former distribution drop station that used to be at McCrabb Baptist Church.
     12 p.m. – Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meets at Haven Hospice, in Conference Building, 911 N. Young Blvd., in Chiefland.

      7-9 p.m. -- ForVets Inc. is holding Bingo games every Thursday night in the Spring Lodge at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton, in Gilchrist County. All proceeds from the sales of snacks and beverages goes toward the Camp Valor Project at Otter Springs. Bingo etiquette is required. Call 352-463-0800.
      7 p.m. -- Yankeetown Inglis Woman's Club Bingo 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.


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.

 

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 p.m. -- The Levy County Horse Club is scheduled to meet on the second Thursday of the month at
The Gathering Table Restaurant in Chiefland. Arrive earlier for dinner. Are you interested in horses and trailriding? Join us for our monthly social and check us out at http://www.levycountyhorseclub.com/.

 

EVERY FRIDAY
      7:15 a.m. -- The Citrus Business Network (CBN) exists to grow the business and profitability of our members by providing leads and referral information, sharing marketing ideas and utilizing each others' services. Everyone wants to do business with people they know, like and trust. The CBN allows us to develop that kind of relationship, not only with other members, but also with friends and business contacts. We meet Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Twisted Oak Country Club, in Beverly Hills. Breakfast and social time begins at 7:15. We would love to have you visit a meeting and see if CBN is right for you. Questions? Call Peg Weston at 352-586-2343.

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY

     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Cross City on the first Friday of the month. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every first Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from in the city park behind the Dixie County Courthouse in Cross City. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.

EVERY THIRD FRIDAY
     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Old Town. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every third Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from at the 1st District Community Center in Old Town (9223 N.E. 349 Highway). This is on Highway 349 about 10 miles north of the light in Old Town. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local  youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.


SECOND SATURDAY
      8 a.m. --  The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), hold a monthly breakfast meeting in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the church in Chiefland. 

      9:45 a.m. -- C.A.N. (Community Alliance Network) meets at the Living Water Life Center (LWLC) 6491 S.E. 123 Terrace Morriston. We’re meeting to put together resources and ideas for growing, bartering, food storage, alternative energy and other forms of self-sufficiency. Join us to hear speakers from like-minded groups share their visions and help us form ours. We always look forward to meeting new people.
     4 p.m. -- There is a “Community Round Table Meeting” at Inglis City Hall each second Saturday of each month. This is an open forum for residents of Inglis to come together to discuss area needs and views.

THIRD SATURDAY
     5:30 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to a Gospel Sing on the third Saturday of each month at St. Johns United Methodist Church, on the corner of Alachua County Roads 236 and 239, in Alachua. The mailing address is 10708 N.W. County Road 236. There will be a sign at corner of the intersection. Each month, there will also be a fellowship afterward with a covered dish meal.

FOURTH SATURDAY
     9 a.m. -- First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able. (There is no UMM in Chiefland in July and August.)
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The South Levy Marketplace, which is held the fourth Saturday of each month, happens in the Food Ranch Plaza, 40 U.S. Highway 19 N., just north of Follow That Dream Parkway (Levy County Road 40). Vendors provide goods, demonstrations and services. There are even free cat adoptions. Vendor spaces and quality yard sale spaces are 10x10 for $10. Civic groups and non-profit groups can have spaces for free. For more information, call 352-302-1771. 

LAST SATURDAY
     1-3 p.m. --
The Care for Caregivers group meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Williston City Hall Community Center, 50 N.W. Main St. in Williston. Williston has support for caregivers and their loved ones who have dementia.

--UPDATED--
SATURDAY  NOV. 28  9:10 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties

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