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MONDAY  MAY 17  8:11 a.m.  Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties


To See FDOH free COVID-19 testing
days in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties
click HERE

 

Watermelon Plants And Flowers
Flowers

Flowers

Flowers
A recent tour of the Tri-County Area showed flowers galore, including the yellow flowers seen here.

Watermelon Plants 2021
Another plant that is plentiful at this time of year is watermelon plants. The Chiefland Watermelon Festival, Tour de Melon Bike Ride, parade and more are all set for June 5. The parade route is significantly shorter this year after the Chiefland City Council voted to revise it due to construction at Chiefland Middle School and Chiefland High School, which are merging to become Chiefland Middle High School.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © May 15, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.

 

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Celebration to honor
Ernest A. Haile set for May 29

By Jeff M. Hardison © April 26, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND -- Alice Monyei, a former member of the Chiefland City Commission, addressed the Chiefland City Commission on March 8 to announce the annual May Day Celebration at Eddie Buie Park.
     The Ernest A. Haile Memorial Wall was unveiled at what would have been the 2020 version of the May Day Celebration (May 23, 2020), which did not happen as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
     To read the exclusively first-published story and photos about the Ernest A. Haile Memorial Wall, click HERE.
     “Since we did not have the celebration we felt Mr. Haile deserved,” Monyei said, “we have planned to try it again this year to include the dedication of the memorial wall.”
     The celebration is slated for May 29, a Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eddie Buie Park in Chiefland. The park is located south of Southwest Fourth Avenue (State Road 345) on Southwest Fifth Street (Buie Park Road).
     Monyei mentioned that Chiefland Water and Facilities Manager Shane Keene has agreed to put up a stage. A public address system is anticipated to be used at the event, too. There are going to be ball games organized by the Chiefland Area Athletic Association, Monyei said.

 

CAAA signups set for 
May, June and July 

Information Provided
By Chiefland Area Athletic Association
Published April 17, 2021 at 11:11 a.m.
Updated May 15, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
Children who want to be part of the teams of football players, flag football players and cheerleaders are invited to signup with Chiefland Area Athletic Association.
     Parental consent is required and there is a fee to be on these teams.
     The place to go to signup is Charles Strickland Recreational Park, located at 2340 Old Fannin Road in Chiefland.
     The cost to be on a flag football team is $55. The cost to be on a football team or a cheerleading team is $75.
     People with questions about flag football teams, or football teams should call Lee Bell at 352-210-2617.
     People with questions about cheerleading teams should call Kim Krowka at 352-575-2733 or call Else Conley at 352-221-4444.
     The dates and times for signups in May, June and July follow: May 22 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and June 5, 12, 15 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and July 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Memorial Day event
planned for Cedar Key

Information Provided
Published April 28, 2021 at 6:11 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
Memorial Day 2021 In Cedar Key the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-1 is scheduled to hold an event at Cemetery Point 16050 E. Point Road, Cedar Key, (just off of Gulf Boulevard) on Monday May 31, at noon to honor American warriors who have passed on.
     This event is open to the public, veterans, and friends/relatives are encouraged to attend and participate. These contemporary times call for social distancing and safety. So, please bring your facemask if you have one and wish to wear it.
     For more information please contact John Caddigan at 352-535-0654 or Michelle Petersen at 805-248-9479.

 


Financial Fitness Workshops set for June
Information Provided
By Tri-County Community Resource Center
Published May 3, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
On June 3, 10 and 17, three Thursdays, starting at 6 p.m., a three-part Financial Fitness Workshop with Bishop James Dixon of Catholic Charities is currently scheduled.
     This three-part workshop series will cover topics such as budgeting, emotional spending, saving, credit/debt management, and more.
     Participants who complete the entire series will receive gift cards from Walmart or Marathon totaling $50, and one participant will win a $100 credit on their utility bill.
     Sponsored by Tri-County Community Resources, Partnership for Strong Families, Central Florida Community Action Agency and Catholic Charities. Workshop will take place at Potter’s House Exalting in Chiefland. Space is limited, therefore pre-registration is required. To reserve a spot, call 352-507-4000.

 


Woman's Club hosts
Chiefland Watermelon Pageant set
No general admission

By Jeff M. Hardison
 © May 3, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND -- The Chiefland Woman's Club is hosting the Chiefland Watermelon Pageant this year on Saturday, May  29.
     There is not general admission to the pageant due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
     For parents of girls who are interested in competing, the 2021 Pageants will include groups for girls aged 3-15 years and the Teen Queen categories only.
     Age groups will be provided a specific time to limit the number of people inside the building at any given time. There will be no general admission to the 2021 Watermelon Pageants due to COVID-19 restrictions.
     Please read the COVID-19 terms and conditions at https://chieflandwomansclub.org/watermelon-pageants.

 



FDOH offers free COVID-19 testing
in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 26, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA --
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is offering its free drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County.
     The newest schedule starts Monday, March 29, according to the FDOH.
     People who have an urgent need for testing, can call the Florida Department of Health for their county
     The testing schedule is on the advertisement for on all seven pages of HardisonInk.com, as well as in this article.
     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.

 

Florida Department of Health in Dixie County
149 N.E. 241st St.
Cross City, FL 32628
352-498-1360
Thursdays Only
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
Fridays Only
Testing begins at 10:30 a.m. Be in line at 10:30 am
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 and Tuesdays
Testing begins at 9 a.m. Be in line at 9 a.m.
Drive-through line is behind the health department.

 


Dixie County Public Library
Summer Program announced

Information Provided
Published May 7, 2021 at 5:11 p.m.
     CROSS CITY –
The Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City, is having live in-person programs this summer for free for children.
     Every other week the library has scheduled live animals to be part of the fun learning experience.
     Ruth Ann Lovelace has published a children's book and Rita Youngman is a Seminole.
     These events start at 10 a.m. on the following Wednesdays.
     The theme of the Dixie County Public Library Summer Program this year is “Tales and Tails 2021 Summer Program.”
     Following is the schedule for the programs:
* June 2 – Leapin’ Lizards
* June 9 - Ruth Ann Lovelace – Ima A Dress $19.99, and Rita Youngman – Tales of the Seminoles
* June 16 – Mystic Jungle
* June 23 – Ryan Fulford – Music of the Animals
* June 30 – Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses 

   Call 352-498-1219 for more information.

 


CF to host manufacturing summer camp
By Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published April 1, 2021 at 6:11 p.m.
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida is offering a Racing to Manufacturing summer camp for students ages 12-15, June 14-17, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     During the four-day camp, students will experience modern manufacturing, learn the basics of computer-aided design and 3D printing. Campers will gain hands-on experience in designing and building products, learn about FANUC industrial robots, tour local manufacturing facilities, and interact with manufacturing business leaders and entrepreneurs.
     The $99 fee includes all camp materials, a student-version 365-day license of SolidWorks CAD design software, T-shirt, and field trips. Scholarship opportunities are available. Space is limited to 15 participants and CDC guidelines will be implemented. For more information and to register, visit https://www.cf.edu/academics/noncredit-courses/corporate-college/, or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1214.
     This event is sponsored by Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association.

 


CF nursing program
creates academic learning community

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published March 30, 2021 at 3:11 p.m.
     OCALA — The
College of Central Florida Nursing program has announced a new student learning community called Nursing Crew.
     Pre-nursing students will have an opportunity to learn together in their first two years in college, achieving academic success and preparing for the nursing admissions process. Students will follow a pre-nursing pathway including nursing and general education courses to complete an Associate of Arts degree.
     “By establishing relationships with fellow pre-nursing students this will support and encourage academic achievement,” said Dr. Stephanie Cortes, dean of Health Sciences. “Our goal is to support students through this unique partnership with Academic Advising, Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Enrollment Services and Student Life.”
     Interested students need to fill out the CF admission application, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and submit a letter of interest by July 19 to be considered for the Nursing Crew 2023 class.
     For more information and to attend an information session, visit https://www.cf.edu/nursing-crew-2023/.

  



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     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.

 


May 18, Tuesday
     10 a.m.-12 p.m. --
The Board of Directors Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key (National Wildlife) Refuges are scheduled to meet at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge's Office Headquarters, 16450 N.W. 31st Place, Chiefland. There is a sign leading from Levy County Road 347 between Fowler's Bluff and Shell Mound Park in Levy County to reach the meeting place. If the Friends can master the technical issues, it will be a hybrid meeting with some in-person participants and some on Zoom. People who are anticipating attending the meeting are asked to email friends@friendsofrefuges.org to attend or to receive the agenda.
     10:30 a.m. -- The Tri-County Friends Helping Friends group will hold its regular monthly meeting in the Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground. A Spring Time Theme is planned. The location is 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton. You are invited to fellowship and freely dine with us as a guest on your first visit. In these meetings, you'll receive valuable information as to what's happening in the local area, be informed about many local volunteer options, enjoy good fellowship and enjoy a delicious meal. Get involved, join this great "Local" volunteer service-minded organization in community caring and sharing. Treasurer Katherine LaBarca will fill you in on local member's information. Club dues for 2021 are still $10. Correct amount appreciated. Health Chair Susan Wells will provide us with excellent up-to-date Senior health information. Program Chair Janice Rogers informs us that RN Sheila Frierson, Community Project Director with Dixie County Project Consortium will be our guest speaker bringing us information on their programs. Hospitality Chair Faye Sheffield, said that we will be dinning on a Pot Luck Luncheon. Please bring your favorite dish, salad or drinks. Coffee furnished by chapter. A thank you to our club's awesome cooks and hospitality team. Please remember "Can In Hand" by bringing "non-perishable and/or hygiene" items for the local food bank. For more information on the agenda call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 352-463-1889.
     7 p.m. -- Appleton Online Book Club “Cleopatra: A Life,” by Stacy Schiff. The book club meets one a month on Tuesdays to discuss works of nonfiction hand selected by museum staff. For more information about the Book Club or the Appleton Museum of Art, please email AppletonMuseum@cf.edu.

May 27, Thursday
     12-2 p.m. --
The End of School Book Fair at Tri-County Community Resource Center (TCCRC), 15 N. Main St., Chiefland, is set to happen. The TCCRC, in partnership with United Way of North Central Florida’s Reading Pals program, will be giving away NEW books to support literacy and the summer reading gap. The Levy County Library System will be on-hand to sign up families for library cards and offering popcorn, giveaways, and information about their free summer programs for children. Pre-registration is requested to ensure there are enough books for everyone who attends. Call 352-507-4000.

May 29, Saturday
     10 a.m. - 3 p.m. --
The Ernest A. Haile Memorial Wall is set to be unveiled again at the 2021 May Day Celebration. To read the exclusively first-published story and photos about the Ernest A. Haile Memorial Wall, click HERE. The celebration is slated for Eddie Buie Park in Chiefland. The park is located south of Southwest Fourth Avenue (State Road 345) on Southwest Fifth Street (Buie Park Road). May Day Celebration is an annual Chiefland tradition that happens in May.

June 6, Saturday
     8 a.m. - 3 p.m. --
The Chiefland Woman's Club is hosting the 67th Annual Watermelon Festival at Trailhead Park, near Second Avenue Southwest and Main Street (U.S. Highway 19). This year it is anticipated to include entertainment, free sliced watermelon, a parade and vendors. Entertainment scheduled this year includes Houston Keen, a renowned country singer, who will be back. There is a new act by the local group named Middle Ground that s set to be performed. A clogging group from North Carolina is slated to be performing as well.

 


 

Regular Weekly Meetings HardisonInk.com

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated April 27, 2021 at 4:11 p.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,  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.

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.


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