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50th Annual Cedar Key
Lions Club Seafood Festival
scheduled for Oct. 20

Cedar Key Seafood Festival HardisonInk.com
This is one example of a long list of amazing seafood items that will be available at the festival.

Story and Photos
By Rory Brennan
Published Sept. 19, 2019 at 12:19 p.m.
Updated Oct. 18, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The 50th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival offers seafood, arts and crafts, as well as live music at points all along Second Street and into the park next to the Gulf of Mexico on Cedar Key, on Oct. 20.

 

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The Children’s Art area provided plenty of opportunities for children to have fun with art at the event last year.


Musicians perform on the working clam boat in the park.

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One of several parade units is seen here.

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The scene here in front of the Island Hotel & Restaurant reflects one part of the area for artists and craftsmen to show and sell their items on Second Street.


     Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club, this two-day weekend festival this year heralds a half-century of fine food, entertainment, and shopping and family fun.
     The festival is slated to happen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
     The Lions 50th Seafood Festival celebrates the area’s fishing heritage, offering two days of fantastic eating.
     Seafood is in the name, but this Lions Club event includes landlubber’s favorite dishes, as well as the excellent seafood, which this festival is famous for.
     The 50th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival is slated to include a family-friendly Seafood Festival parade, 120 arts and crafts exhibitors, free live music from a working clam boat stage in the park, and family fun on the beautiful Old Florida island city of Cedar Key.
     Cedar Key is the Place to Be on Sunday, Oct. 20!
     To reach Cedar Key, in Levy County, take State Road 24 and go toward the Gulf of Mexico.
     The festival is along Second Street and leads into the City Park next to the Gulf of Mexico. The Seafood Festival Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.
     To see the story and photos about the 2018 Cedar Key Seafood Festival, click HERE.


Full Hunters Moon
Full Hunters Moon Oct. 13, 2019 HardisonInk.com
Last Month, the Full Harvest Moon was published on HardisonInk.com and this month, the Full Hunters Moon is seen floating over a hayfield in Levy County on Sunday night (Oct. 13). As noted in the website, 'Full Moon Phases,' a Full Hunters Moon appears in October. The first moon after the Harvest Moon is the Hunters Moon, so named as the preferred month to hunt summer-fattened deer. Like the Harvest Moon, the Hunters Moon is particularly bright and long in the sky. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunters Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes. Note that some years the Harvest Moon falls in October instead of September. The Hunters Moon of October is sometimes referred to as the Travel Moon or the Dying Grass Moon.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 15, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.

 


Flipped Scorpion

Scorpion Levy County HardisonInk.com

This scorpion was living outside in the unrecorded subdivision of Jemlands in the unincorporated part of Levy County. On Friday morning (Oct. 11), the scorpion was found dead, lying on his or her back as he or she is seen here. The creature had wandered into residential area of The Ink Pad. One theory about his demise is that he attempted to perform the 'play dead' trick like Goldy the cat Hardison -- as seen in the video by clicking HERE.
The scorpion, though, wanted to outperform the senior mascot of HardisonInk.com, and he or she went too far with playing dead -- and died. In any event, a short service with a eulogy and prayers were said for the scorpion before putting his or her body to rest. Good or bad, all creatures great and small, deserve a decent burial. Another theory about the demise of Scare-a-scorpi, which became his or her name posthumously, is that either Goldy or Inky the cat Hardison played with the scorpion (an arachnid) and one of the claws from the cats (mammals - go mammals!) caused the creature to die. Neither cat showed any sign of being stung. Another theory about the death of Scare-a-scorpi is that upon his or her realization that he or she somehow had meandered into the same structure that holds The Code Orange Office, it was just too much for his or her arachnid nervous system, and the creature died. There may be some debate about the level of consciousness of a scorpion and whether it could comprehend The Code Orange Office, much less become so filled with fear that it died. In any event, this scorpion is not stinging any frogs that might have offered to help it cross a river.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 12, 2019 at 4:19 p.m.

 


Hey, Art - Hay Art
Hay Art Levy County HardisonInk.com
Two triggers are causing people in the Tri-Co-County Area to create art with hay. One is 4-H Week, which was Oct. 6-12, and the other is Halloween. Here is some art seen in the Tri-Co-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties recently. This hay art (above) is a pumpkin on a vine.

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Hay Art Levy County HardisonInk.com

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The eight pictures above are by different groups in the Levy County 4-H Club.

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This work of art shows a werewolf driving a pickup truck. It is adjacent to State Road 345, south of Chiefland and north of Carter’s Crossroads Convenience Store, at a private residence. There are also scarecrows galore across the Tri-County Area -- including in southern Levy County, where the Withlacoochee Gulf Chamber of Commerce is having a contest again this year.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 12, 2019 at 5:09 p.m.

 


25th Annual Tommy Usher
Golf Classic slated for Oct. 24

Published Oct. 16, 2019 at 5:09 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
On Thursday, Oct. 24, golfers will compete in the 25th Annual Tommy Usher Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Classic held at Chiefland Golf and Country Club.
     This tournament has raised more than $1 million for the Children’s Miracle Network over the last 24 years.

EVENT DETAILS
     • Morning and afternoon tee times with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
     • Drummond Community Bank is sponsoring a hole-in-one contest with two $1 million prizes!
     • Participants receive a complimentary lunch, courtesy of Farm Credit of Florida
     • A reception following the afternoon round will include the announcements of winners of:
     Five grand prize raffle winners:
     Five night’s accommodations in Boca Raton
     Winchester Tradition 42 model gun safe
     Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw
     Full-day charter fishing trip
     A $300 credit to Mitch’s Gold & Diamonds
     (A total combination raffle prize value of approximately $5,400.)
     • Lowest gross and lowest net scoring teams – Win a round of golf at an exclusive private club in north Florida!
     • Closest to the pin shoot-out and longest drive (men and women)
     • Longest Putt Challenge – Win a prize and chance to win $5,000, too.

TAKE ACTION
     Register to play golf, sponsor the event or make an individual donation by contacting Melina New at 386-462-7649 or mnew@FarmCreditFL.com.

 

 


Dog Halloween Contest
set for Manatee Springs
State Park on Oct. 26

Halloween Dog HardisonInk.com
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Published Oct. 10, 2019 at 6:09 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY --
A two-hour fundraiser at Manatee Springs State Park, 11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland, promises to be fun for dogs and their owners, and for other people watching the event.
     Bark In The Park is a Dog Halloween Costume Contest scheduled to be Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.
     The cost to participate is a $2 donation to the Friends of Manatee Springs, for each dog entered in the contest.
     The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Fees for admission are $6 per vehicle, with a limit of two-to-eight people per vehicle. There is a $4 fee for single occupant vehicles and motorcyclists. The cost to enter the park is $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers, beyond the eight per vehicle.
     Everyone is invited to join the Friends of Manatee Springs State Park for a furry good time! Food and refreshments are available from Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures.
     The winners of the costume contest are selected by the audience. Everyone is invited to bring friends and family to vote for their favorite furry friend. Prizes are going to be awarded to all participants.
     The event is free to watch with regular paid park admission. For more information, contact Park Services Specialist Bryan Summerlin at bryan.summerlin@dep.State.FL.US or call 352-493-6736.

 


Veterans Appreciation Luncheon
scheduled for Nov. 8;

RSVP by Oct. 31
Published Oct. 19, 2019
     CHIEFLAND –
United States military veterans are invited for a free appreciation luncheon on Nov. 8 in Chiefland.
     The event is sponsored by Haven and it is at the Haven Community Building, 311 N.E. Ninth St. in Chiefland.
     The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. All veterans who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Vondla Sullivan at 352-493-8084 or via email to vdsullivan@BeYourHaven.org before Oct. 31 to confirm a place will be reserved.

 

 


CF Open House on Nov. 9
scheduled for Levy Campus

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Oct. 10, 2019 at 8:39 a.m.
     CHIEFLAND
— The College of Central Florida invites recent high school seniors and individuals who are seeking to advance their careers to an open house on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.at the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland.
     Future students are encouraged to stop by and receive assistance with the application process, financial aid, placement testing, academic advising and registration for spring semester, which begins Jan. 8.
     To apply for financial aid at the event, please bring these documents: Federal Student Aid ID available at fsaid.ed.org; email address; 2017 W-2 and Federal Income Tax Forms (1040, 1040A or 1040 EZ) of you and/or your parents (if you are a dependent student); 2017 untaxed income (Social Security, disability, workman’s compensation, etc.); driver’s license or state ID; Social Security card; spouse or parent’s Social Security number and date of birth.
     For Florida residency verification, please bring a copy of your Florida driver’s license and a copy of your Florida vehicle registration or voter’s registration. Students under the age of 24, parent or guardian information is needed.
     For more information, visit https://www.cf.edu/openhouse or call 352-658-4077.

 


Lightning Strikes
Levy County Florida Lightning HardisonInk.com
Into each life, some rain must fall. Sometimes, lightning accompanies that rain. Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year, according to the National Weather Service. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. Lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured, the NWS notes. Click HERE, to see the National Weather Service's website for lightning safety. This photograph of a lightning bolt was taken from a video recorded on the dashcam of the 2013 Nissan Juke, which is now the primary transport vehicle in the fleet for HardisonInk.com. This view is from Levy County Road 347 between U.S. Highway 19 and State Road 345 during a recent afternoon lightning storm.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 9, 2019 at 1:39 p.m.

 


 

Candidate University
scheduled for Nov. 6

Published Sept. 23, 2019 at 2:19 p.m.
     BRONSON --
Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones is scheduled to hold Candidate University on Nov. 6.
     The class is for anyone interested in running for public office or just wanting to learn about the candidate process.
     The class is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office, 421 S. Court St. in Bronson.
     Candidate University consists of a three-hour curriculum focused on the fundamentals of becoming and being a candidate. Participants will be introduced to each step involved in the process including pre-filling, collecting petitions and qualifying.
     Campaign pitfalls also will be discussed as well as audits, recounts and contest of elections.
     All participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program and there is no cost to attend.
     For more information, please contact Jordan Lindsey at 352-486-5163 or jordan@votelevy.com.

 


WAR conducts
Ice Cream Sundae fundraiser
on Nov. 6 in Yankeetown

Published Oct. 19, 2019 at 5:09 p.m.
     YANKEETOWN –
Everyone is invited to join the Withlacoochee Aquatic Restoration for its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Yankeetown Inglis Woman’s Club on 56th Street.
     The meeting is open to members and the public. 
     Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a “Build Your Own Sundae” fundraiser.
     For a donation of $5, you can add all the toppings you like to a bowl of ice cream or enjoy a Root Beer Float -- all made with delicious ice cream donated by Blue Bell!
     The meeting will start at 6 p.m. and promises to be interesting and informative. An update on the ongoing river project will be provided and WAR will have two guest speakers on the subject of alternative management strategies that might be used to protect or restore the river system.
     Bruce Jaggers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will discuss the use of grass carp for management of invasive aquatic plants
     Mickey Thomason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Cross Florida Greenway manager, will discuss the benefits and barriers to the use of reservoir draw down on Rodman Reservoir, and how this might apply to Lake Rousseau.
     A panel discussion will follow the presentations where Jaggers and Thomason will field questions from the audience.
     Representatives from the Southwest Florida Water Management District are scheduled to be present as well.

 


3rd Annual Vet Fest
set for Nov. 16

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 30, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
Veterans, their families, friends and everyone else is invited to the 3rd Annual Vet Fest and Free Day at Otter Springs Park and Campground in Gilchrist County.
     The event is Nov. 16 (a Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     This year’s Vet Fest promises to be even better than last year, Debbie Destin, park manager said. The event is going to happen rain or shine, she said, because it is in the Lodge House at the Park.
     Yard sale donations are being accepted now for the event, she said.
     ForVets Inc. and Meridian Supportive Services for Veteran Families invites everyone to join in the fun at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton.
     This community fundraiser is to help support the Camp Valor Project.
     It promises to include a yard sale, a playground, civil war display, vendors, bounce house, and music. Everyone is invited to enjoy Otter Spring by swimming there, too.
     Anyone who has items to donate for the yard sale, the hosts will accept furniture (solid wood only), household items, tools, farm equipment, collectables, sports items, autos, boats, and chain saws, etc. However, NO CLOTHING Please!
     To donate to the yard sale, please bring the donations to the Otter Springs Park in Gilchrist County, or call Robert Wells at 352-318-2416.
     This event has FREE ADMISSION.
     There are going to be games, live entertainment, food and more. Veteran Service Providers will be on hand to provide information, and to assist veterans and their families.
     Some of the organizations scheduled to be there are Veteran Services Departments from Levy, Gilchrist, Dixie and Alachua counties; The ForVets Riders; The American Legion, North Central Florida Alliance; Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc., and ForVets Inc.
     Dan Cavanah, president of ForVets Inc., said this group has identified the critical need nationwide for the delivery of physical, psychological, educational, and recreational programs, and support services for severely wounded veterans in singular, onsite facilities.
      As a result, ForVets designed a prototype residential facility:
“Camp Valor” at Otter Springs Park and Campground in Gilchrist County.
     Cavanah noted that participation in the program will require residents to commit to ForVets four core fundamentals: Rehabilitation for the body; Education for the mind; Enterprise for the spirit; and Recreation for the soul.
     “Camp Valor is a unique concept in the delivery of consolidated services and support,” Cavanah wrote. “All programs focus on empowering and enhancing the lives of the men and women who have greatly sacrificed for our country.”
     To learn more about ForVets and Camp Valor, visit http://forvets.us/.


Democrats plan
fundraiser in Cedar Key;

Event set for Nov. 23
By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 30, 2019 at 5:39 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
The Blue Horizons Gala is the first planned fundraising event for the recently reorganized Levy County Democratic Party.
     Scheduled for Nov. 23 with a reception at 2 p.m. and a gourmet dinner at 3 p.m., this event is scheduled to be in the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 Sixth St. in Cedar Key.
     This is planned to be an afternoon filled with great entertainment, silent auctions and inspiring messages from distinguished members of the Florida Democratic Party as well as from the keynote speaker for this event – State Rep. Kionne McGhee (D-Miami, Dist. 117) – Democratic Minority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives.
     Tickets are $50 per person (send check or purchase through Act Blue at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bluehorizonsgala.
     People who are paying by check, should make checks payable to the Levy County Democratic Party, and mail to: Levy County Democrats, P.O. Box 693, Bronson, FL 32621.
     Money generated from the Blue Horizons Gala will be used to support communications with Democrats in Levy County, to assist Democrats running for office representing Levy County, to support Democrats participation in community events that promote the Democratic Party, to fund Get Out The Vote drive (GOTV) in Levy County and to encourage Democratic voter participation in all upcoming elections.
     The 2020 election is of critical importance in determining the future of the United States of America. Florida is a key battleground state. Small counties like Levy County will play significant roles in achieving successful results.
     The Levy County Democratic Party intends to be among the determining forces in turning Florida blue.

 


Savvy Caregiver Training
is coming to Williston
from Oct. 8 to Nov. 19;

Register now
Published Sept. 27, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.
     WILLISTON --
Savvy Caregiver Training is coming to Williston.
     Elder Options is scheduled to help anyone who is caring for another person who has dementia.
     Savvy Caregiver is a FREE seven-week training program designed for caregivers who assist persons with dementia. This training is available to anyone seeking to improve their caregiving experience. 
     Savvy Caregiver Training is happening in the City of Williston Community Room, 50 N.W. Main St., in Williston. It is every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – starting Oct. 8 and ending Nov. 19.
     Respite reimbursement is available on a limited, as-needed basis.
     Call or email to register today.
     Please call Judi Calle Tanner 352-692-5233 or send an email to tannerj@agingresources.org for more information.
     Following is a graphic with the Week and Objectives:

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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).

 

 


 

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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 starts on Sept. 24 and meets the fourth Tuesday of the month.
     Those dates are Sept. 24, Oct. 22, 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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Oct. 20, Sunday
     10 a.m.-4 p.m. --
The 50th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival offers seafood, arts and crafts, as well as live music at points all along Second Street and into the park next to the Gulf of Mexico on Cedar Key. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club, this two-day weekend festival this year heralds a half-century of fine food, entertainment, and shopping and family fun. The Lions 50th Seafood Festival celebrates the area’s fishing heritage, offering two days of fantastic eating. Seafood is in the name, but this Lions Club event includes landlubber’s favorite dishes, as well as the excellent seafood, which this festival is famous for. The 50th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival is slated to include a family-friendly Seafood Festival parade, 120 arts and crafts exhibitors, free live music from a working clam boat stage in the park, and family fun on the beautiful Old Florida island city of Cedar Key. To see the story and photos about the 2018 Cedar Key Seafood Festival, click HERE.

Oct. 23, Wednesday
     12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
-- The Cedar Key Public Library, 460 Second St., is a location to get Flu Shots, by the Levy County Health Department. These are free of charge for Medicare recipients, and there's a nominal charge for others. No appointment is necessary.

Oct. 25, Friday
     10 a.m. -- Pre-K and Kindergarten from Cedar Key School will visit the Cedar Key Public Library, 460 Second St., as part of their Pumpkin Field Trip. Froggy will be at the library – live – to read a new book, and the children will enjoy a fun craft. They also will visit the Pumpkin Patch at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church that morning.


Oct. 26, Saturday
     9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Tri-County Cruisers Annual Halloween Car Show And Swap Meet is scheduled to be at the Chiefland Farmer’s Flea Market. Once again, with help from flea market owner Sonny Griffeth, the car club members and guests are looking forward to another memorable show. All makes are welcome. There are going to be cash prizes and awards. There is a three-foot tall Best of Show Trophy and there is a Sonny’s Pick Trophy as well as other prizes. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, and the set of awards are slated to be presented at 2 p.m. The pre-registration entry fee (due before Oct. 19) is $15. The day-of-show entry fee is $20.

     10 a.m. -12:30 p.m. -- Reggie Stacy is leading the 9th Annual Cancer Awareness Walk and Rally in Bronson. The Walk starts at 10 a.m. at the Bronson Post Office and goes down Hathaway Avenue (U.S. Alt. 27) until it turns to go to James Cobb Park (Bronson Sports Center). They rally is scheduled to last until 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the Walk and Rally.
     10 a.m.- 12 p.m.-- A two-hour fundraiser at Manatee Springs State Park, 11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland, promises to be fun for dogs and their owners, and for other people watching the event. Bark In The Park is a Dog Halloween Costume Contest scheduled to be at the park. The cost to participate is a $2 donation to the Friends of Manatee Springs, for each dog entered in the contest.  The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Fees for admission are $6 per vehicle, with a limit of two-to-eight people per vehicle. There is a $4 fee for single occupant vehicles and motorcyclists. The cost to enter the park is $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers, beyond the eight per vehicle. Everyone is invited to join the Friends of Manatee Springs State Park for a furry good time! Food and refreshments are available from Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures. The winners of the costume contest are selected by the audience. Everyone is invited to bring friends and family to vote for their favorite furry friend. Prizes are going to be awarded to all participants. The event is free to watch with regular paid park admission. For more information, contact Park Services Specialist Bryan Summerlin at bryan.summerlin@dep.State.FL.US or call 352-493-6736.
     10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- The Annual Dixie County Fire Expo is scheduled to be at Dixie County High School, 17924 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, just south of Cross City. Everything is free and everyone is welcome. There is free food, live fire demonstrations, includeing a vehicle fire. There are going to be games, a bounce house and many vendors. Everyone is invited to meet and greet Marshall, Skye and Chase from Paw Patrol. Smokey Bear plans to be there, too. In addition to the planned presence of significant represenation from Dixie County Emergency Services, personnel from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Forestry and other agencies are anticipated as well. Trucks, boats, helicopters and other vehicles will be on the scene as well. For everyone who comes dressed as a first responder or a member of the military will be given a free prize.
     10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- A Drug Take-Back Day is set for Bronson, Cedar Key, Chiefland, Inglis and Williston. This ia an operation of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the Chiefland Police Department, the Cedar Key Police Department and the Williston Police Department. The operation is funded by the Levy County Prevention Coalition. This event will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the sites noted in this announcement. (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions are asked. Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 26 Take Back Day event, go to https://takebackday.dea.gov/.  Here are the places to bring the drugs for Take Back Day: in Bronson -- the Levy County Sheriff’s Office; in Cedar Key, the Cedar Key Police Department; in Chiefland, either WalMart or the Chiefland Police Department; in Inglis, the Inglis City Hall; and  in Williston, the Williston Police Department.
     11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- The Town of Inglis is sponsoring the Trail of Trunk Treats, A Safe Alternative to Trick or Treating. This is set to be at the South Levy Area Market in front of Food Ranch Plaza.

     11 a.m. -7 p.m. -- The 2019 Chiefland Fall Festival is the start of a potential new tradition. Located in Trail Head Park -- which is on the west side of the 200 block of South Main Street (U.S. Highway 19) in the open fields across from the Chiefland Train Depot, there are going to be many vendors of food, drinks and more. Eight bands are scheduled to perform during this big event that is being held to raise money fo the Chiefland Police Department to buy Christmas gifts for less fortunate children. This is an event of family fun that will include Trunk or Treat as well as a costume contest.
     3:30 p.m. -- The next meeting of the Levy County Democratic Party is scheduled to be held in the Bronson Public Library, located at 600 Gilbert St. in Bronson (U.S. Alt. 27, across the street from Save-A-Lot). Light refreshments will be served. All interested Democrats are invited to attend. For more information, call 352-363-1622.



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This airplane is among those flown to serve wildlife.
Photo provided By Cedar Keys Audubon
Oct. 28, Monday
     5 p.m. --
Cedar Keys Audubon has scheduled a meet and greet as it resumes its monthly lecture series at the Cedar Key Public Library, 460 Second St. in Cedar Key. Jim Wortham, a wildlife biologist pilot - with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Migratory Bird Program, is the guest lecturer. For more than 60 years, a small group of wildlife biologist pilots have operated within the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Conducting aerial surveys, natural resource law enforcement activities, wildlife relocation projects, and responding to natural disasters, these men and women have served as the “Eyes and Ears” of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service throughout North and Central America. Along the way, the aircraft, the technology, and the required skillsets have had to evolve as the suite of missions has expanded. Using airplanes, helicopters, and ground crews covering over two million square miles encompassing the breeding areas of multiple species in North America, Jim and his crew estimate the size of waterfowl populations and evaluate habitat conditions.


Oct. 30, Wednesday
     4 p.m. --
A free program is planned at the Dixie County Public Library 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City. Jerry Walls is going to talk about Amazing Arachnids - spiders and scorpions, and he will be talking about snakes as well. He has been known to bring live creatures to the library before. Walls is a professional Naturalist and served as the Chief Naturalist for the City of Houston, Texas. Walls' Amazing Animals is a traveling educational program series which introduces the audience to the fascinating world of animals. The programs are upbeat, fun, educational, affordable, entertaining and interactive.

Oct. 31, Thursday, Halloweeen
     5 p.m. - until? --
The Cedar Key Public Library, 460 Second St., has a program titled, Halloween Trick or Treat in Downtown Cedar Key. The whole town turns out for a wonderful, safe family evening on Second Street. We will have treats for all goblins, princesses and others. Fun for all!

Nov. 5, Tuesday
     1 p.m. –
The Levy County Board of County Commissioners and the representatives from the City of Fanning Springs are scheduled to hold a joint workshop at the Levy County Courthouse, 355 S. Court St., in Bronson, in the County Commission Meeting Room to discuss the Fanning Springs (volunteer) Fire Department providing Advanced Life Support non-transport services. (A series of stories from five to seven years ago in HardisonInk.com covered the Chiefland City Commission and Levy County Commission workshops and meetings, as well as hiring a consulting firm to determine costs, and lengthy discussions regarding methods for saving lives, funding via special assessments, as well as the various action and inaction by elected and appointed individuals in those two government groups.)


Nov. 7, Thursday
     6-8 p.m. --
The Annual Taste of the Nature Coast event is scheduled to be hosted by Tri-County Community Resources at the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion in Fanning Springs, 17851 N.W. 90th Ave. (near to the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and State Road 26. This annual event features local chefs offering “tastes” of their best dishes. The event is slated to include raffles and live music as well. This unique event provides critical support for the work of Tri-County Community Resource Center. Mike McElroy is scheduled to serve as the official emcee of the evening, with Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Schultz III as the guest speaker. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Drummond Community Banks in Chiefland, Cross City and Trenton, or online by clicking HERE at a cost of $20 per ticket, as well as at the door on the evening of the event for $25 per ticket.

Nov. 9, Saturday

     9 a.m. -- Registration for the Ride To End Alzheimer's Benefit Poker Run is set from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Chiefland Billiards. Stop 1 is AmVets Post 42, Chiefland; Stop 2 is the Tri-County Nursing Center, Fanning Springs; Stop 3 is The City Bar, Trenton; Stop 4 is AmVets Post 88 Bronson, and Stop 5 is Chiefland Billiards. The Ole Skool Band is scheduled to perform with that show starting at the billiards hall at 2 p.m. The best hand wins a 3-nights stay at Papa Jim's Place. a $25 gift card to the Big Deck, a $25 gift card to Liam and Madi's, and brunch for 2 at the Island Room. 50-50 raffle tickets are for sale at the event. All poker hands must be turned in by 3 p.m.
     10 a.m.-12 p.m. -- The College of Central Florida invites recent high school seniors and individuals who are seeking to advance their careers to an open house on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.at the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland. Future students are encouraged to stop by and receive assistance with the application process, financial aid, placement testing, academic advising and registration for spring semester, which begins Jan. 8. To apply for financial aid at the event, please bring these documents: Federal Student Aid ID available at fsaid.ed.org; email address; 2017 W-2 and Federal Income Tax Forms (1040, 1040A or 1040 EZ) of you and/or your parents (if you are a dependent student); 2017 untaxed income (Social Security, disability, workman’s compensation, etc.); driver’s license or state ID; Social Security card; spouse or parent’s Social Security number and date of birth. For Florida residency verification, please bring a copy of your Florida driver’s license and a copy of your Florida vehicle registration or voter’s registration. Students under the age of 24, parent or guardian information is needed. For more information, visit https://www.cf.edu/openhouse or call 352-658-4077.
     11 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Dr. Kenneth A. Schwiebert, DDS, and his wife Heidi Schwiebert are holding their 10th Annual Country Circus at Two Hawk Hammock, 17950 N.E. 53rd Lane, Williston. It started with Dr. Schwiebert 's idea of having an Octoberfest, and then it evolved into A Country Circus. Each year, the couple donates a portion of the proceeds to a charity. This year, $5 of every ticket sold at the door will go to building the Williston Community Animal Shelter. Tickets are $15. Children 12 and younger enter for free. There is going to be food, craft vendors, a hobby horse race, door prizes, carriage rides and more.


Nov. 10, Sunday
     11 a.m.-4 p.m. --
Dr. Kenneth A. Schwiebert, DDS, and his wife Heidi Schwiebert are holding their 10th Annual Country Circus at Two Hawk Hammock, 17950 N.E. 53rd Lane, Williston. It started with Dr. Schwiebert 's idea of having an Octoberfest, and then it evolved into A Country Circus. Each year, the couple donates a portion of the proceeds to a charity. This year, $5 of every ticket sold at the door will go to building the Williston Community Animal Shelter. Tickets are $15. Children 12 and younger enter for free. There is going to be food, craft vendors, a hobby horse race, door prizes, carriage rides and more.


Nov. 12, Tuesday
     3 p.m. --
The Levy County School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is scheduled to conduc a meeting at the Bronson Middle High School Media Center and live via the Internet. This meeting is open to parents, students, business leaders, school district, health agencies, community partners and elected officials. The primary mission is to influence and support healthy lifestyles within our school and community. If you would like to participate, please contact SHAC Chair Angie Phillips more details by calling 352-486-5261 extension 228 or via email at Angela.Phillips@levyk12.org.

Nov. 30, Saturday
     9 a.m. --
AmVets Riders 444, located at 13751 N.E. 52nd Place in Williston, are having a Poker Run for VetSpace – Gainesville. Even though some of the verbiage is "Kickstands Up," this run is open to all vehicles. Registration is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. The registration fee is $20. The fee for a passenger or an extra hand is $10. This fee provides for a Grilled Pork Chop Dinner Included. Here are the list of stops: 1st Stop – Amvets Post 447 – Inglis; 2nd Stop – Amvets Post 42 – Chiefland; 3rd Stop – Amvets Post 422 – Fanning Springs; 4th Stop – Amvets Post 88 – Bronson; Bonus Stop – American Legion Post 236; and then it's Back to Amvets Post 444 for Dinner. There are going to be prize drawings and karaoke with Marlene. All Money raised will go to VETSPACE Inc. a Non-Profit Organization that is dedicated to helping homeless Veterans and their families. VETSPACE is not a charity, and it is not a handout; but, it is instead a hand up to those American military veterans who are at risk and homeless.


SHINE
October SHINE Counseling
(Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
1-800-963-5337
Published Sept. 30, 2019 at 7:09 p.m.

    
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.



2019 SHINE Counseling
Medicare Open Enrollment Dates

Published Sept. 11, 2019 at 8:29 a.m.
(Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
1-800-963-5337
http://www.floridashine.org/

     Following are the dates, times and places for senior citizen to visit with a SHINE representative from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 in Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties.
     This is counseling for Medicare Open Enrollment Dates.

DIXIE COUNTY
Dixie County Public Library - 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City
Oct. 23 - 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Nov. 18 - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

GILCHRIST COUNTY
Gilchrist County Public Library - 10 S.E. First St., Trenton
Oct. 23 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nov. 27 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bell Community Center - 1180 N. Main St.
Oct. 18 - 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nov. 20 - 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

LEVY COUNTY
Bronson Public Library - 600 Gilbert St.
Oct. 30 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Chiefland Senior Center - 305 S.W. First St.
Oct. 16 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 - 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Williston Public Library - 10 S.E. First St.
Oct. 30 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nov. 6 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Dec. 4 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

A.F. Knotts Public Library - 11 56th St., Yankeetown
Oct. 24 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nov. 13 - 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

 



AARP Driver Safety Classes
listed for October

Published Sept. 1, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.
Updated Oct. 14, 2019 at 9:49 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.

OCTOBER
Wed. Oct. 16 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. AARP Smart Driver class for seniors 55+. Alachua Co. Senior Rec. Center, Gainesville. $15 AARP Members, $20 non-members. No tests. Three-year insurance discount. Learn defensive driving techniques.  Register 352-333-3036
Fri. Oct. 25 at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. AARP ‘CarFit Event: at Alachua Co. Senior Recreation Center Parking lot, 5701 41st Blvd., Gainesville. All cars are not the same, have your car adjusted to fit your body with trained volunteers.  No registration or fee.
Wed. Oct. 30 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. AARP Smart Driver class for seniors 55+. The Atrium, 3241 N.W. 41st Street.  $15 AARP Members, $20 non-members. No tests.  Three-years insurance discount.  Learn defensive driving techniques.  Register 352-333-3036.

 



 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated Sept. 30, 2019 at 3:09 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 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.

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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

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SATURDAY  OCT. 19  5:09 p.m.
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