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Young Hawk Poses
Dixie County
Don Adams took this picture of what probably is a juvenile red-shouldered hawk (although bird watchers can send a note if this is misidentified, and HardisonInk.com will update the caption). Adams captured the bird's likeness, as if it was posing, this past Wednesday (June 12). The bird was at Pine Landing in Dixie County.
Published June 15, 2019 at 10:39 a.m.

Photo By Don Adams

 

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Cedar Key invites everyone
for a fun and historic
Independence weekend
on July 4, 5 and 6
Cedar Key

Published June 15, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
Everyone is invited to enjoy the historic fun on Cedar Key and Seahorse Key on July 4, 5 and 6.
     On Thursday, July 4, there is a golf cart parade scheduled for noon and Best Small Town USA Fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m.
     On Friday, July 5, everyone is invited to celebrate the restoration of Seahorse Key’s Light Station. The shops in downtown Cedar Key plan to stay open late. Then people will gather on G Street at 9 p.m. to witness the ceremonial lighting of the beacon on the island offshore from Cedar Key.
     On Saturday, July 6, Seahorse Key will be open to the public for free Lighthouse Tours.
     Boat shuttles, for a fee, are scheduled to bring people to and from that island as they run half hourly from Cedar Key City Marina from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The last shuttle leaves Seahorse Key at 3 p.m.


Live Oak CRA plans
Freedom Festival to honor
World War II vets and current
first responders on July 4

By Gabrielle Redfern
published April 20, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.

     LIVE OAK — The City of Live Oak Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), along with all City Departments have begun planning the 2019 Freedom Festival to be held in Downtown Live Oak Florida on Thursday, The Fourth of July 2019.
     The Community Partnership Street Fair begins at 5 p.m., centered at Festival Park with entertainment and recognition on the Millennium Stage set to start at 6 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to light the sky behind the Historic Suwannee County Courthouse at approximately 9:30 p.m.
     “Freedom requires heroes,” said Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams, chairman of this year's Honors Committee, “We want to honor and recognize those men and women of Suwannee County who served in World War II, as well as those who work as first responders locally and continue to serve and protect us worldwide.”
     Suwannee County residents who are a WWII veteran, or the family member of a WWII hero, are asked to please contact Chief Williams at 386-362-7436.


Bilingual poll workers
needed for 2020 Election Cycle

Published June 14, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.
     BRONSON --
Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones is looking for bilingual Poll Workers to staff voting locations for the upcoming 2020 election cycle.
     The Elections Office is seeking Poll Workers who are able to understand, speak, write and read English and Spanish. These workers will help provide effective translation assistance to Spanish-speaking voters at the polls on Election Day and during Early Voting.
     To qualify to serve as a Poll Worker an individual must be registered to vote in Levy County.
     Poll Workers are also required to:
     ● Complete online and in person training;
     ● Work long hours; and
     ● Perform all of the duties required of them on Election Day.
     Please note, candidates and immediate family members of candidates are not allowed to serve as Poll Workers.
     For more information, please call 352-486-5163 or email kearston@votelevy.com.


Free sewing workshop available
for children 10 and older

     CHIEFLAND -- The Tri-County Community Resource Center, located at 15 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland, is currently accepting registrations for a Youth Sewing Workshop, scheduled for July 18-19.
     This free activity will teach basic machine sewing skills and is appropriate for children ages 10 years and older. Participants will choose up to two projects to complete. All materials are provided and no prior sewing skills are required. Call 352-507-4000 to reserve a spot for the child.


The Mississippi Kite
And The Scorpion

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Perhaps one of Aesop’s fables or perhaps from a Russian fable-teller’s origin, depending on where one conducts research, there is the story of The Scorpion and the Frog. First there is Aesop – born in 620 BC at Amorium, Turkey, he died in 564 BC at Delphi, Greece, at the age of 55 or 56. Aesop is said to have told fables to illustrate truths.

And now for The Scorpion and the Frog. A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, ‘How do I know you won't sting me?’ The scorpion says, ‘Because if I do, I will die too.’ The frog is satisfied, and they set out across the stream. In midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown. The frog has just enough time to gasp the question ‘Why?’ The scorpion replies ‘It’s my nature.’

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Meanwhile, there is The Mississippi Kite And The Scorpion. A Mississippi Kite was noticed at the top of a tree in Jemlands (an unrecorded subdivision in western Levy County) on Saturday (June 1). The Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. Mississippi Kites have narrow, pointed wings and are graceful in flight, often appearing to float in the air. While it has a white head like an osprey, and has a similar bird call, it is a type of kite and not an Osprey, as it had been tagged with the ‘Osprey’ name when first published on June 2. Thanks to Mark DeHaven, the bird is now correctly identified. This kite is less common than the Osprey, and as he noted ‘Each year during late March or early April, many outdoor savvy residents of the area look for the arrival of the migratory Kites back to our area as the official harbinger of Spring.’

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In other creature news, or as some may say – meanwhile -- a scorpion also was found recently in southwestern Jemlands. Scorpions are predatory arachnids of the order Scorpiones. They have eight legs and a pair of grasping pedipalps and a narrow, segmented tail, with a venomous stinger at the end. There are more than 1,000 different kinds of scorpions and they range in size from about one-third of one inch to nine inches. The dead scorpion seen in this photo was about an inch long. It is believed to have died either from old age, or from having a rectangular-shaped can of charcoal starting fluid accident placed on him.

Osprey photos by Sharon Hardison. Scorpion photo by Jeff M. Hardison. © June 2, 2019 at 10:39 a.m.
Updated June 4, 2019 at 8:49 a.m.

 


Dixie County Public Library
lists summer programs

Published May 13, 2019 at 8:29 a.m.
Updatetd June 14, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     CROSS CITY --
The Dixie County Public Library, located at 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City has scheduled programs for each Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m., from June 5 through July 10.
     Parents or caregivers are required to stay with their children.
     The theme for the programs this summer is
     Following is a list of the programs:
     * June 19 – Amazing Animals (Alligators) Jerry Walls
     * June 26 – Jacki Manna, Ventriloquist & Puppeteer
     * July 3 – Kinetic Kylie Mad Scientist
        Space is limited, you MUST register for this NASA Workshop.
     * July 10 – Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses
     The telephone number to reach the library is 352-498-1219.

 


‘Summer Spotlight’ exhibition
scheduled until July 19

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Published April 25, 2019 at 2:39 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Visual Artists’ Society (VAS) presents the 22nd “Summer Spotlight” exhibition May 22-July 19 at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     “Summer Spotlight XXII” will be judged and juried. This year’s guest judge is Alfred Phillips, a Gainesville-based artist who specializes in acrylic painting. There is no fee to attend the exhibition, opening reception and awards ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m.
     “The Summer Spotlight exhibit provides a leisurely paced activity for many visitors over the summer months,” said Tyrus Clutter, associate professor of Art at CF. “The Visual Artists’ Society artists have a long relationship with the Webber Gallery, and the Summer Spotlight exhibit offers a wide range of styles and subjects by some of the best known artists in Marion County, allowing students and community members alike a glimpse into Ocala’s growing, vibrant arts scene.”
     VAS has more than 100 members from all over Marion County and Central Florida. VAS exhibits showcase a variety of styles and mediums, including more traditional paintings and photographs, as well as jewelry, sculpture and digital media.
     Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday and college-observed holidays. For additional information, call 352-873-5809.
   

 


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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June 18, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. --
The monthly meeting of Gilchrist County AARP Chapter #2133 is scheduled to be held  in the ForVets Inc. Lodge House at Otter Springs. If over 50 years old, you are welcome to fellowship and freely dine with us as a guest for your first visit. In these meetings, you'll receive valuable information as to what is happening in the local area, be informed about many local volunteer options, enjoy good fellowship, have a great lunch and maybe win a door prize. Get involved, join this great local organization in community caring and sharing. See Treasurer Katherine LaBarca for local members information and dues. Health Chair Susan Wells will provide us with excellent up-to-date senior health information and will check your vital signs. Legal Minutes Chair Julie Waldman, Attorney, will brief us on important senior legal issues. Program Chair Janice Rogers informs us that our speaker will be Julie Nichols with Comfort Keepers, speaking on home health care. Hospitality Chair Faye Sheffield, enlightens that we will be having a Chicken Dish Luncheon after meetings. Please bring your favorite chicken dishes, salad, drinks and/or desserts to be shared by all. Thanks to our chapter's awesome hospitality team and cooks, we will have another great luncheon. Please remember "Can In Hand" by bringing "non-perishable and/or hygiene" items for local food bank. For more information on the agenda, call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 463-1889.

June 20, Thursday
     1-3 p.m. –
A Democrat social gathering is scheduled. It is the Precinct 4 of the Levy County Democratic Party - Introduction Social. Due to a limited number of spaces, an RSVP is required. Like-minded people are invited to join local Democratic Party officials at the home of Anne Lindgren and Bill Dummit in Cedar Key. This social is to celebrate the New Democratic Party in Levy County. Officers and others who are planning to be there can RSVP via email to Amy Gernhardt at secretary.levycountydems@gmail.com, or to Anne Lindgren at anne.lindgren@gmail.com.

 

June 22, Saturday
     10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. --
A free program titled 10 Steps To Home Ownership is scheduled for Jones Temple Church of God in Christ, 754 N.E. Ninth St., in Williston. This program is presented by the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. It is sponsored by Jones Temple Church of God in Christ, and the Inspirational Church of Jesus, and Outreach Ministries. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Bring your own lunch. There is no need to RSVP.  People who want more information about this event are invited to call Robert Wells at 352-318-2416.


June 25, Tuesday
     6 p.m. --
All Cedar Key residents are invited to attend a community meeting Mayor Heath Davis
at the Community Center, : 809 Sixth St. Everyone is invited to bring comments and issues to this open forum. Where is your focus in Cedar Key? What are your concerns about the future of Cedar Key? How can Cedar Key improve? What should never change about Cedar Key? This is an opportunity to inform Mayor Davis. Written and oral comments will be welcomed.


June 26, Wednesday
      2-3 p.m. – The Tri-County Community Resource Center, located at 15 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland, is scheduled to host a Tie-Dye Party for children ages 6 years and older who are from the Tri-County Area of Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties. All materials are provided. Registration is not required for this free event.

July 3, Wednesday
     5 p.m. –
The city of Williston has scheduled its parade starting 5 p.m.  On Noble Avenue (U.S. Alt 27) in celebration of Independence Day. The traditional fun, which has gone on for more than 30 years now, each July 3, continues this year. Activities at Horseman’s Park will begin with the gates opening at 6:30 to 7 p.m. As usual, an impressive fireworks display is scheduled at dark. Everyone is invited to the free parade, festivities and fireworks.


July 4, Thursday
Independence Day

     4-7:30 p.m. – There is an Old-Fashioned Fun Day planned to be at the South Levy Little League Park on Levy County Road 40, east of U.S. Highway 19 in Inglis. This is a free event and everyone is invited.  Bingo, a food truck, a water slide, jousting, as well as old-fashioned games such as Cornhole (once known as a beanbag toss) are planned to be part of the fun that day.  Softball games are planned as well. For more information, call 352-302-1771.
     9 p.m. -- Volunteer firefighters with the Bronson Volunteer Fire Rescue Department are scheduled to launch $5,000 worth of fireworks, courtesy of the Town of Bronson.  Everyone is invited to this annual event, which has become relatively well-attended.  As many people will remember, this also is an event where cans of nonperishable items can be donated to help the less fortunate people.

July 6, Saturday
     10 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- 
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present the annual Museum Day and Education Open House event. There is no fee to attend. All ages are invited to enjoy the permanent collection, special exhibitions and ARTSpace. Special exhibitions on view include “Do Not Bleach: Stephanie Brown,” “Urban Chatter: Sharon Kerry-Harlan” and “Familiar Beauty: Drawings by Vicki Jones.” The education department will host an open house where visitors can watch art-making demonstrations in the studios and in the café, meet the staff and teachers — and even create some art! If you’ve been thinking about enrolling in a class or workshop, this is a great opportunity to learn more about what the Appleton has to offer. For questions, contact AppletonMuseum@cf.edu. Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455.
     At dark – everyone is invited to come join the fun for free and Horseshoe Beach. Horseshoe Beach is a town in Dixie County on the Gulf of Mexico. To get there, just follow Highway (Dixie County Road) 351 going in a generally western direction from U.S. Highway 19 (from the northern end of Cross City). The fireworks start at dark.


July 10, Wednesday
     12 p.m. --
Elder Options announces a public hearing to which all persons are invited to attend. This hearing is going to be at the Elder Options Conference Room A, 100 S.W. 75th St., Suite 301, in Gainesville. The purpose isto discuss Elder Options’ Area Plan on Aging for 2020-2022 and inform participants of the Older Americans Act services that Elder Options is proposing to provide directly. These services include Chronic Disease Self-Management, Diabetes Self-Management, Matter of Balance, Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, Enhance Wellness, Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS), Caregiver Training/Support (example: Savvy Caregiver), and Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program (aka Tai Chi for Arthritis), Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), Chronic Pain Self-Management, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and Home Meds. Participants will have the opportunity to make public comments. Persons with disabilities should contact Elder Options at least 48 hours prior to the meeting in order to request any special assistance.



    


SHINE
July SHINE Counseling
Published June 6, 2019 at 3:29 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
     * Dixie County Public Library (in Cross City) - Fourth Wednesday monthly 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 May 15, 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 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.

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. 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 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.
     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  JUNE 17   7:09 a.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties


City Of Williston Florida
 



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