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Florida Gateway College
to hold Fall Commencement

Published Dec. 11, 2019 at 8:09 p.m.
     LAKE CITY
– Florida Gateway College is scheduled to hold its fall graduation ceremony on Friday, Dec. 13.

 


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     The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Howard Center.
     For many years, two ceremonies in May had been the only opportunity for students to take part in graduation.
     In 2017, a Fall Commencement Ceremony was added to accommodate the increasing numbers of graduates who wish to participate. This Fall Commencement will honor mid-year graduates, many of whom plan to attend a university in the Spring.
     More than 100 students will participate in the ceremony, graduating from programs ranging from occupational
certificates to bachelor’s degrees.
     Family, friends, and all other attendees will require a ticket to enter the Howard Center for the ceremony.
     Additional viewing will be available via live video in the Levy Performing Arts Center. The event will be broadcast live on FGCTV (local Comcast Channel 8) and livestreamed at www.fgc.edu.

 


OW Moon Last Night;
Full Moon Pending

Moon over Levy County HardisonInk.com
The Moon is seen from The Ink Pad of Jemlands (unrecorded subdivision in some of the northwestish unincorporated part of Levy County) after dark on Tuesday night (Dec. 11). While there were moments when it was obscured by clouds (O), it is also seen in its waxing mode (W) as it moves forward in time and space to be seen as the Full Moon of December from this vantage point on planet Earth. Interestingly, for people who like to make acronyms and the like, the Moons visible volume goes to its waning stage after the Full Moon and then might still be (W). The Full Moon that appears in December is called the Cold Moon.
Moon over Levy County HardisonInk.com

During December, the winter has come and the cold fastens its grip, giving the Cold Moon its name. The Cold Moon of December was sometimes also referred to as the Long Night Moon by some Native American tribes. Also known as the Full Moon Before Yule, this Moon is going to be seen as full at about 12:12 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 12), according to some writers who would view it from Cedar Key. Full Moons are an astronomical phenomenon that occur roughly once a month when the Earth is positioned between the Sun and the Moon. Interestingly, for people who contend the Earth is flat, this phenomenon would not occur. When Earth, Sun and Moon align to present a Full Moon, the face of the Moon that people can see from this planet is Fully illuminated by the closest star to Earth, appearing like a relatively perfect circle. Technically, the term Full Moon refers to the specific moment when the Earth's only natural satellite is directly opposite the sun. This moment will take place at 12:12 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, more or less from the Cedar Key perspective.

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This was a shot made during a brief recess from excessive clouds, however there was still some level of mist between the lens and the natural satellite at this point in time and space. It is the best partially Full Moon shot of the 15 minutes invested in shooting the Moon that night. For people interested in numeric alignment, that makes the moment of the December 2019 Full Moon to be at 12:12 on 12-12-19. For people hoping to seen the Full Moon of December 2019 from Cedar Key, The Weather Bug is predicting clouds, clouds, clouds. Ow! Of course, there is the option of getting into an aircraft to go above the clouds, or to find a flight and buy a ticket to go to some place where the clouds are not forecast to obscure that Full Moon.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 11, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.

 


Plans for MLK Week celebrations
are progressing for Levy County

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 7, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Pastor Lance Hayes of Potter House Exalting of Chiefland, and chairman of the Chiefland Martin Luther King Committee of Levy County, recently sent information about progress being made for the Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Events for Chiefland -- and other cities in Levy County.
     The celebration is currently scheduled to begin with the Commemorative Heritage Gala Banquet, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 S.W. Fourth Ave. (State Road 345), in Chiefland.
     During this gala, the Chiefland Martin Luther King Committee of Levy County is scheduled to honor three senior citizens who are older than 75 years old and who have served the people in the Chiefland community as an educator, a religious leader, and as an historian.
     There is a $25 donation for each person who attends the Gala. All proceeds will be placed into a Scholarship Fund to help students who qualify to attend the university or college of their choice.
     There will be food, singing, guest speakers, as well as a meet and greet period during this event. (Bronson and Williston MLK Committees support this event, too).
     On Sunday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. there is Gospel singing scheduled to be at the Bronson Church of God by Faith, 360 Glover St., in Bronson. This is south of East Thrasher Drive (State Road 24).
     Singers, quartet groups, choirs, mime dancers, praise and worship dancers, poetry, and other aspects of celebration are scheduled during this event. This event is hosted by the Bronson MLK Committee of Levy County.  (The MLK Chiefland and Williston Committees will be supporting this event as well).
     The Williston MLK Committee of Levy County is scheduled to be hosting events there in Williston. This includes on Saturday Jan. 18, when there will be an MLK Parade. Also, a Gala at the Williston Middle High School Gymnasium is currently slated to be on Saturday Jan. 18. While exact times and additional event details are not yet available, Pastor Hayes noted, Chiefland and Bronson MLK Committees will support these events also. 
     On Sunday Jan. 19, starting at 6 p.m., at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 11030 N.W. 30th Ave., in Chiefland, there is an event hosted by the Chiefland MLK Committee, Pastor Hayes noted.
     The main event is The MLK Parade and MLK Celebration at Trail Head Park on the south end of Chiefland, Pastor Hayes noted.
     The parade on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 20) is scheduled to begin at Chiefland High School at 10 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. at the Trail Head City Park on the south end of Chiefland, on the west side of Main Street (U.S. Highway 19).
     All parade participants are asked to be there at the high school at 9 a.m.  The MLK Celebration in the Park is scheduled to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2: p.m.  There will be food, games, dancing and singing.
     Local pastors and city officials are anticipated to address the crowd as well. (Bronson & Williston Committees will support the parade and celebration at the park.)
     To see the story, photos and video from the first-ever love march to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chiefland, click HERE.

 


Walk To Bethlehem
set through Dec. 23

Information Provided
By Pastor Dana and Callie Fields
Published Dec. 3, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.
Updated Dec. 12, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
Walk To Bethlehem, a narrated interactive journey, presumed to have been taken by Mary and Joseph leading up to the birth of Jesus is scheduled to be available now through Dec. 23.
     This event is located at 4551 S.E. State Road 121, in Morriston, between Levy County Road 326 and CR 464.
     It is a FREE event, open every evening, from 7 to 9 p.m., through Dec. 23.
     Everyone is welcome to come out and stroll through the Christmas fantasyland, check out the many new displays, see Santa and enjoy refreshments, in addition to joining a caravan on the journey to Bethlehem.
     This annual event is sponsored by Living Water Life Center, Morriston. For more information, call Callie Fields at 352-438-4545.

 


Clay Landing Days succeeds;
Living history draws crowd to park
Clay Landing Days HardisonInk.com
The covered wagon sits parked this year. For many years, this and a flatbed trailer were used to take people to see an offsite replica of a Native American village. There is a cutout for children to pose their faces in to be photographed as if they are a park ranger.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 30, 2019 at 5:09 p.m.
     MANATEE SPRINGS STATE PARK
-- Volunteers and staff at Manatee Springs State Park provided another fun and educational event on Friday (Nov. 29) and Saturday (Nov. 30) at the state park.

 

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Shannon Slaughter of Brooksville wears 1800s clothes and speaks with visitors about the methods for preserving eggs from that time about 300 years ago. This is her second year as a reenactor settler at Clay Landing Days.

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Matt Milnes of Tarpon Springs and Levin Slaughter of Brooksville sit next to a fire as they cook rabbit on a spit over a campfire. These two reenactors shared lots of information with visitors about live in the mid-1800s of North Florida.

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This is a close-up view of the rabbit-ranch raised rabbit being cooked. In the 1800s, wild rabbits were eaten. This is a fresh one from a bunny farm.

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A longtime reenactor -- Heather Burney of Zephyrhills -- is seen here as a Seminole from 1830. She is serving cake that was made while being cooked inside a pumpkin. Burney shared this treat with any visitor who was interested in tasting it. She has been reenacting for at least two decades now.

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(from left) Harvard Burney, 69, Laney Burney, 68, and their grandson Taj Smith, 16, are seen at the event. The Burney couple are reenactors who are representing 1830s Seminoles. This couple has been reenacting since 1996, and they are well-known for people who have been to Clay Landing Days over the past decades. They provide visitors with a wealth of information.


     Clay Landing Days a living history event that is a time-honored tradition. This festive occasion gives history buffs and reenactors a chance to share some of the cultural heritage of the early to mid-1800s in Levy County.
     Each year, the event is different to varying degrees. This year, the option for a ride in a covered wagon pulled by a pickup truck with a person sharing insight about the park was not available.
     Some of the settler reenactors moved to Connecticut and the visit via the covered wagon or a flatbed trailer to take people from the main area – about two miles into the woods at a location where there is a part of a Seminole or Creek Indian village reenactment has been established in the past was not available.

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Parks Manager Mebane Cory-Ogden (left) and Park Services Specialist Bryan Summerlin are among the Florida Parks Services staff who were on hand to help people enjoy their day in the park on Saturday. The parks manager is in charge of three state parks in Levy County – Manatee Springs, Fanning Springs, and the Nature Coast State Trail. She commended Summerlin on his first event at Manatee Springs State Park. Summerlin said he is happy to see people enjoying state parks.

     The hour-long tours of yesteryear may return next year, said Park Services Specialist Bryan Summerlin. This Florida State Parks employee has been helping people since 2018. Another state parks person, Parks Manager Mebane Cory-Ogden, has been serving the visitors of Florida parks since 2003.
     She is the manager for the Manatee Springs State Park, the Fanning Springs State Park and the Nature Coast State Trail (park) in Levy County. Manager Cory-Ogden said she is pleased with Specialist Summerlin's success with his first event at Manatee Springs State Park.
     While the off-site village was not active, a visit to the area just off of the parking lot showed people some aspects of how Native Americans of the 1800s would have lived in this part of Florida.
     There were a few "settlers" reenactors at the ready, too, to share a lot of information about that time period in this part of Florida.
     The focus during this event is on the history of Clay Landing and the part of Florida that became Manatee Springs State Park.
     The first Clay Landing Day was in 1981, which makes this year’s event the 38th year since then. The very first of these events was at night.
     Park Specialist Summerlin was among the park staff who assured that a good time was had by all.
     The Friends of Manatee Springs State Park and Fanning Springs State Park, and the Nature Coast State Trail
     The Friends of Manatee Springs State Park manned a booth that included applications for people who want to help the park by volunteering time or donating money or both.
    This group is a Citizen Support Organizations (CSO). This CSO helps maintain the Covered Wagon used to take people through the woods on the ranger-guided tours.
     It does all sorts of things to help the park, including in October of 2018, buying two Gravely mowers with side outlet blowers to help keep the Nature Coast State Trail clear through Levy County.
     The Friends of Manatee Springs State Park is led by President Tom Andreson, Vice President Paige Brookins, Treasurer Lewrissa Mainwaring and interim Treasurer Ashley Andreson.
     Starting in January, this Friends group is scheduled to meet each third Tuesday of the month, starting at 6 p.m., in the Conference Room at Fanning Springs State Park. Interested people are invited to come to the meeting and think about joining for $15 a year.
     As for Manatee Springs State Park. there are about 8.5 miles of trails in the park, and all but 1.5 miles of the trails are open for hikers to enjoy. The little bit of trail that is closed is for service vehicles that are used by park staff.
      A map is available at the ranger station entrance to the park that shows the trails. There are signs along the trails to draw attention to different plants and artifacts along the way.
     Swimming is possible in the springs. And there is a wonderful boardwalk to take out to the Suwannee River.
     Saturday, the second and final 2019 Clay Landing Days day, was a perfect day to be in the park. The weather was delightful and everyone was friendly and happy.
     There was no extra fee to enjoy visiting with the reenactors and historians at Clay Landing Days. Most of the people helping make this event a success and assisting so that visitors had fun while they were learning history are volunteers.
     The Clay Landing Days event is covered by the fee to enter Manatee State Park, which is $6 per vehicle with a maximum limit of eight people per vehicle. It is only $4 for a single-occupant vehicle to enter the park. The fee is $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, and for passengers in a vehicle with the holder of an annual individual entrance pass.
     In the past, there have been items available for purchase from vendors – such as honey, honey-based peanut brittle, kettle corn, beef jerky, handmade wooden furniture and other items.
     Seminole Indians and Creek Indians were both simultaneously represented by portrayers and narrators at previous Clay Landing Days. They dressed in period attire of the 1830s. Florida became a state in 1845.


In this 2016 video, a baby armadillo is seen soon after crossing the main thoroughfare of Manatee Springs State Park from 2016. HardisonInk.com marks its 10th Anniversary on Feb. 1, 2020, and has covered this annual event several times. In this video, A car passes by soon after the little critter is safely on its way into the woods. There are many deer, armadillos and other animals able to be seen in the park. And in the winter, sometimes on cold mornings if the water level of the Suwannee River and Manatee Spring is high enough, manatees come to the spring for the water that is warmer than then river water.

Click HERE to see the 2015 Clay Landing Days coverage. Other years can be found in the archives.
 


Ducks wait...
for tidal flow before racing

2019 Yankeetown Duck Race HardisonInk.com
The ‘test duck’ slashes down after being launched by a hand-toss of Jeff Hall (in red at right in photo), a member of the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve. This is the telltale duck that served as a gauge for Withlacoochee River flow. The river was at a standstill for about 30 minutes, and at a relatively inopportune time for duck racing enthusiasts. In this photo, that splashdown is on the left just above the ‘H’ of the watermark over the photo.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison

Story By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 26, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
Photos By Jeff Bernstein and Jeff Hardison
     YANKEETOWN --
The projected starting time of high noon for the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve (WGP) Annual Rubber Duck Race became a fluid matter during the Yankeetown Seafood Festival on the Withlacoochee River on Sunday (Nov. 24), happening at least 30 minutes after projected launch time.
     Just as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration sometimes must delay a countdown, so too did the Friends of the WGP become forced to stall the race of little, yellow ducks on the river that fateful Sunday.



2019 Yankeetown Duck Race HardisonInk.com
(from left) Jeff Hall, Ann Sayward and Mike Sayward man the pontoon boat from whence the ducks would be launched. In the photo further down this page, Ann Sayward is seen in action with duck-launching duties. There was a big force of members of the Friends of the WGP and of the Lions Club who helped in this duck race.
Photo By Jeff M. Hardison

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Three of the first duck-wranglers float in the Withlacoochee River at Yankeetown. These volunteers may have thought the duck race would begin at noon on Sunday, however the tide was not right for river movement. There was a breeze, but perhaps not enough to move the ducks in a race-like fashion for at least 30 minutes on Sunday from noon to at least 12:30 p.m.
Photo By Jeff M. Hardison

     The Withlacoochee River flows toward the Gulf of Mexico and it flows away from the Gulf to some degree depending on the tides.
     Interestingly, on Saturday night (Nov. 23), there was a bit of a tidal flood, where the water went a wee bit above the "normal" high water mark, as evidenced by leaves left at certain spots on the shoreline.
     A "test duck" was tossed into the river around noon on Sunday. The duck did not go left. The duck did not go right. It did not go. By 12:30 p.m. there was some relatively insignificant movement toward the Gulf.
     By 12:35 p.m. on Sunday, one journalist noted the scheduled duck launch was too far beyond time allocated for that coverage.
     Nevertheless, Jeff Bernstein, a member of the Friends of the WGP, agreed to provide photos and information to wrap up the story of this year’s duck race, to help the causes and missions completed by one member of the free press of the United States of America, who needed to move on to other duties.

2019 Yankeetown Duck Race HardisonInk.com
Duck wranglers at work are Kent Gardner (duck hat), and Sue Pratt (background).
Photo By Jeff Bernstein

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Ducks are placed in the river from the boat.
Photo By Jeff Bernstein

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Jeff Bernstein is seen with the megaphone used for public address at the race.
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Bernstein
(Provided by request of Jeff M. Hardison, who requested that Corbe Feeney see that this photo landed in a certain email address. Thanks Corbe! You and Jeff B. are the best.)

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Four lazy ducks taking a siesta during the 2019 duck race.
Photo By Jeff Bernstein

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Ducks race on the Withlacoochee River as they help the Friends of the WGP.
Photo By Jeff Bernstein

     The race is decided by the first and last duck to cross the finish line. All of the ducks have numbers on them. Thoughtful donors who want to contribute to the welfare of the WGP, buy one or more ducks to be in the race.
     The First Place winner this year was Susan Steinhorst. She received the $200 prize.
     The Last Place winner this year was Steve Schuemann. He received the $50 prize.
     The annual duck race is a major source of funding for the WGP.

 


Cedar Key Lions Club's
Recycle for Sight collection effort
nets over 400 eyeglasses


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Cedar Key Lions members conclude this year’s sorting of donated eyeglasses for recycling to Lions projects around the world. Lions Left to right: Jay and Donna Bushnell, Becky LaFontain, Nancy Sera, George Sresovich, Greg Harrington, Joan Selby. Not pictured:  Anna Hodges, Esta Johnson, Rory Brennan.

Story and Photos
By Rory Brennan, Cedar Key Lion
Published Nov. 18, 2019 at 2:49 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
On Tuesday (Nov. 12), Cedar Key Lions Club members sorted and boxed more than 400 pairs of prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses and readers for shipment to Lions eyeglass recycling and distribution centers.

 

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Lions sorting glasses, left to right: George Sresovich, Greg Harrington, Mike Hodges, Joan Selby, Esta Johnson, Jay Bushnell, Becky LaFountain, Nancy Sera.

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Lions Vice President George Sresovich, President Mike Hodges and Board member Greg Harrington hold the boxes of sorted eyeglasses, sunglasses, readers and lenses to send to a Lions Recycling center for distribution to those in need.


     These eyeglass recycling and distribution centers are where the donated eyewear will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution to sight and hearing-impaired poor people in developing countries. These are countries where vision and hearing care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.
     The Cedar Key Lions Club Recycle for Sight project has donation locations in Cedar Key and Bronson. Cedar Key Lions also are accepting donations of used printer cartridges and cell phones.
     The printer cartridges are sold to recyclers to benefit Lions' programs and the cellphones are provided to victims of domestic violence and to older people who cannot afford them. Even without a cell phone carrier the phones can be used to dial 9-1-1 for emergency help.
     “As we begin a new year of collection, we hope everyone will go through their drawers and cabinets to pull out and donate used eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones,” Cedar Key Lions Club President Mike Hodges said. “In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages. A single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.”
     To donate used glasses (including sunglasses, reading glasses as well as hearing aids, cellphones and printer cartridges,) place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes or in the Cedar Key Lions Golden Bucket collection container at the following locations:


In Cedar Key
Drummond Community Bank
Cedar Key City Hall
Cedar Key Library
The Cedar Key Art Center
Christ Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall
The Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center


In Bronson
Drummond Community Bank
Bronson Town Hall

     Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.
     Cedar Key Lions also assist those in need in obtaining vision exams and eyeglasses, as well as eye surgery and hearing aids and through the Kidsight program screen preschool age children in Levy County for possible early childhood vision problems.
     For more information about the Lions vision care program, Kidsight program and hearing aid assistance, please click HERE, or send an email to CedarKeyLionsClub@google.com.

 


Volunteers needed
at Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve

Published Nov. 12, 2019 at 7:09 p.m.
     YANKEETOWN --
The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve are scheduled to conduct a Boardwalk and Trail cleanup day on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     If you would like to give us a hand, come to the Education Center at 8:45 a.m. Bring your weed whackers, blowers, loppers and pruners. And as always, water, bug spray, gloves, etc. are recommended. For more information please contact the Friends at friendswgp@wgpfl.org.
     The Friends still need volunteers to help with the Duck Race and to man the WGP booth at the Seafood Festival. For more information please contact Ellen Klee (ejklee12@gmail.com).

 


Dixie County Public Library
announces annual art fest;

3rd Annual Lower Suwannee Art
and Nature Festival set for March 14

By Jane Connors, Suwannee Library Manager
Published Sept. 26, 2019 at 7:09 a.m.
     SUWANNEE (DIXIE COUNTY) –
The Suwannee Library Technical Center, part of the Dixie County Public Library, is scheduled to host its third annual art festival on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Previously known as the Spring Art Festival, the event has been renamed the Lower Suwannee Art and Nature Festival.
     “The new name more clearly says what we are and where we are,” Jane Connors, Suwannee Library manager, said. “So many of our fine artists focus on the natural beauty of our area and our community is surrounded by the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.”
     Once again, the event takes place in the shady grounds of Glen Dyals Park, just outside the waterfront community of Suwannee and alongside the Dixie Mainline trail. The festival will feature local artists, artisans, crafters, food vendors, non-profit booths, and more.
     “Last year’s festival was very successful. We look forward to the return of our 2019 vendors and to adding new vendors—especially for art and good food,” Connors said.
     Vendor booths will be $25 (10 x 10 space). Those signing up before Dec. 1, may choose their space from those remaining on the festival location map.
     For vendor or general information, contact Jane Connors at suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com, or call 352-542-8320 during business hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon).

 


Elder Options offers
Medication Management
Series of classes
for senior citizens and caregivers

Published Sept. 8, 2019 at 9:39 a.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
Elder Options, ElderCare of Alachua County and the Community Coalition for Older Adults are sponsoring a seven-week series for senior citizens and caregivers that meets once per month (except November and December) regarding medication management.
     This series started on Sept. 24, 2019 and meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, through May 26, 2020.
     Those dates are Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 24, April 28 and May 26.
     Sign-in starts at 1:30 p.m. and class is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
     These free classes are set to be at the Gainesville Senior Recreation Center, 5701 N.W. 34th Blvd., in Gainesville. The program presenter is David M. Angaran, MS, FASHP, FACCP.
     The series will help participants:
     ● Understand insurance drug benefit and the medication use system.
     ● Identify and use credible medication information
     ● Understand the need for creating an accurate and complete personal medication list.
     ● Deal with medication management related "hassles."
     ● Identify medication cost management strategies.

 


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Dec. 12, Thursday
     2-4 p.m. -- The Tri-County Community Resource Center is scheduled to host its annual Children’s Holiday Craft Party for kids ages 4 years and older. Children will get to make two different ornaments, and we’ll celebrate with hot cocoa, freshly baked cookies, and raffle prizes. Space is limited, therefore pre-registration is required for this event. Call 352-507-4000 to reserve a spot!
     3 p.m. -- The Nature Coast Business Development Council is scheduled to conduct its monthly Board of Directors meeting in the College of Central Florida, 15390 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland. Due to the board membership consisting of two or more members of the Levy County RESTORE Act subcommittee, this meeting serves as a meeting of the RESTORE Act subcommittee as well. Any members of the public wishing to bring related matters before the board may do so by contacting the Executive Director via email at director@naturecoast.org. The NCBDC formed in 1985 as the Levy County Development Authority. It is committed to fostering economic prosperity and the highest quality of life in the communities it serves. 

Dec. 13, Friday
     5 p.m. --
The College of Central Florida is scheduled to hold its fall 2019 commencement ceremony at First Baptist Church of Ocala, 2801 S.E. Maricamp Road. Mrs. Mary Brent Kraus will be honored posthumously with the CF Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and student Marjorie Ann-Elizabeth Cothron will be the graduation speaker. For those unable to attend, the ceremonies will be webcast live at https://cf.edu/graduation. For more information, call the Ocala Campus at 352-854-2322, ext. 1391 or ext. 1739; Citrus Campus at 352-746-6721; or Levy Campus at 352-658-4077.


Dec. 14, Saturday
     9 a.m.-2 p.m. -- The United Methodist Women of Cedar Key United Methodist Church, have scheduled the Annual Christmas Cookie Walk and Luncheon. There are many varieties of cookies planned to be available for purchase. The lunch is soup, with cornbread, a drink and a dessert. Donations will be accepted. Santa Claus has planned a stop there at 10 a.m., too, and people can get a picture with Santa for $5. The women also invite buyers to check out their "Curiosity Shop." This event is a fundraiser for the churh located at 6050 D St., in Cedar Key.

     10 a.m. -- The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve announced that "Ham Radio Day” is scheduled to happen at the WGP Education Center. This will be a live demonstration of Ham Radio (amateur radio). Individuals who are iterested in emergency communications, or setting up a portable amateur radio station are especially invited to this event that is free and open to all. Come meet local Ham operators and learn about Ham Radio, both as a fun hobby and how it can be used in an emergency when the power and phone lines are down. Also the weekend of Dec. 14 is the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) worldwide "ARRL Ten Meter Contest." The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is owned and operated by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with funding from the Florida Communities Trust. The Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, in Yankeetown. Visit https://wgpfl.org/ for directions and information on upcoming events.
     10 a.m.-9 p.m. -- The Chiefland Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its Christmas Festival and Parade to be in Trail Head Park - (across Main Street from the Train Depot in Chiefland), and between Chiefland High School going south on U.S. Highway 19 to the park for the parade. This year's Christmas Festival is scheduled to be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Trail Head Park (Main Street, near Second Avenue Southwest) At the festival, there will be food, crafts, vendors, entertainment, pony rides, inflatables, lazer tag, football throw, basketball toss, and more. Starting at 6 p.m., is the Christmas Parade. There is free admission, although parking is $1 to support the CMHS HOSA Program. After the parade, from 7 to 9 p.m., there is an After Glo Party at the Festival area with inflatables, carriage rides, smores, bonfire, etc. Everything is free and the everyone is invited to the festival and parade.

Dec. 15, Sunday
     2-5 p.m. --
AmVets Post 88, 10050 State Road 24, just east of Bronson, is having a fundraiser chicken dinner event to help the Elkins Family. The Post will be selling smoked chicken quarter baked beans and potato salad for $8. The band Rockslide is the band scheduled to perform. This is a local band that played back in the 1980s, and they are set to make their comeback performance starting at this fundraiser. In addition to the meal and live entertainment, the post is slated to have a 50-50 drawing, as well as raffles for a Yeti, and liquor and wine baskets. Beyond that, there is going to be a bake sale, too. 100 percent of the profits from this fundraiser go to the Elkins Family. The person to contact for more information is Karen Cox at 352-231-6711.


Dec. 17, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. --
The monthly meeting of Gilchrist County AARP Chapter #2133 is scheduled to be held in the ForVets Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground in Gilchrist County. If are 50 years old or older then 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, maybe win a door prize and enjoy a great meal. Get involved, join this great "Local" volunteer service minded 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. Program Chair Janice Rogers informs us that we will be listening to live Christmas Songs by "The 3D SoundZ." We will be swearing-in next year's officers before lunch. Hospitality Chair Faye Sheffield, enlightens that we will be having the chapter's Christmas Dinner Luncheon. Ham prepared by Faye furnished by Chapter. Please bring your favorite side dishes, salad, drinks and/or desserts to be shared by all. A thank you to our chapter's awesome cooks and hospitality team. Please remember "Can In Hand" by bringing "non-perishable and/or hygiene" items for local food bank. For more information on agenda call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 463-1889.

Dec. 20
     7 p.m. -- 
First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, invites everyone to attend a free Christmas Concert in the sanctuary at 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19). If anyone has any questions about this, please contact the office at 352-493-4627.


Dec. 21, Saturday
     9 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Tri-County Toys for Tots distribution is scheduled to occur this year at the Chiefland Walmart in the parking area. This event is for pre-registered families. Those interested in hosting a toy collection box or in volunteering for the future should email tricountytoysfortots@gmail.com for additional information.
     4 p.m. -- The Community Christmas Parade is scheduled for line-up at the Withlacoochee Gulf Chamber of Commerce Office in Inglis at 3 p.m.from the (Inglis-Yankeetown) Chamber office, the parade is scheduled to travel west to Riverside Drive, turning left down Riverside to the Yankeetown Town pavilion. Santa Claus is scheduled for photos. Visitors will be able to buy food and drinks, and to enjoy music being performed by musicians. This event promises to provide fun for all ages. This parade traditionally has included walking units, bikers, scooters, motorcycles, golf carters, floats, trucks and people in other modes of travel. This year, parade organizers are anticipating have a marching band, more floats, as well as the previously noted Santa Claus and more. Onlookers are reminded they can bring lawn chairs to enjoy an even bigger and better Inglis-Yankeetown Christmas Parade.

Dec. 22
     10:15 a.m. --
First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, invites everyone to attend a free Christmas Concert in the sanctuary at 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19). If anyone has any questions about this, please contact the office at 352-493-4627.


Dec. 25, Christmas, Wednesday

Jan. 1, New Year's Day, Wednesday


Jan. 16, Thursday
     10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. --
The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office is scheduled to hold Poll Worker Orientation at 421 S. Court St. in Bronson. Please use the side entrance of the Elections Office. The purpose of this orientation is to provide details about requirements of being a Poll Worker. This is a mandatory orientation for anyone interested in becoming a Levy County Poll Worker. For more information, please call 352-486-5163.

 


SHINE
SHINE Counseling
(Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
1-800-963-5337

http://www.floridashine.org/
Published Nov. 3, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
Updated Dec. 9, 2019 at 1:09 p.,.


     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.

 



AARP Driver Safety Classes
listed for November-December

Published Nov. 7, 2019 at 12:09 a.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
The AARP is offering a Driver Safety Class at various locations on dates in September and October.
     Please see the information below.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 20, Wednesday
     9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- AARP Smart Driver class for seniors age 55+. Alachua County Senior Recreation Center. Learn defensive driving strategies, rule changes, increase your confidence and independence. No tests. The certificate gives an insurance discount for 3 yrs. AARP Members $15. Non-members $20. Register 352-333-3036.
 
DECEMBER
 
Dec. 5, Thursday

     9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- AARP Smart Driver class for seniors age 55+. Trinity United Methodist Church - Gainesville. Learn defensive driving strategies, rule changes, increase your confidence & independence. No tests. The certificate gives an insurance discount for 3 yrs. AARP Members $15. Non-members $20. Register 352-333-3036.
 
 
Dec. 18, Wednesday
     9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- AARP Smart Driver class for seniors age 55+. Alachua Co. Senior Recreation Center. Learn defensive driving strategies, rule changes, increase your confidence & independence. No tests. The certificate gives an insurance discount for 3 yrs. AARP Members $15. Non-members $20. Register 352-333-3036.

 


 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated Dec. 11, 2019 at 7:09 p.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.
     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.


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
    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/.

 

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.

~~~
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

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