Cedar Key Lions Ap

Cedar Key Lions Club member Steve Priessman (standing) speaks to business leaders at the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday morning (Aug. 15), including Steamer's Clam Bar and Grill owner Dennis Gill (seated), about a new ap for smart phones. This ap -- named The Seafood Festival Interactive Online Guide -- is active for six months before and after the 2018 Cedar Key Lions Club Seafood Festival. It will be active during the festival, too, and it will be beneficial to island residents and visitors those two days as people enjoy the festival. The 49th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival is scheduled for Oct. 20 and 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cedar Key Lions Club President Mike Hodge and Lions Club member Rory Brennan were among the people, with Priessman, who brought the ap into existence. The Cedar Key Lions Club is among the many interests that help residents and visitors alike to enjoy the wonders of Cedar Key. The Cedar Key Lions Club is known for its Levy County Eyesight Initiative, as well as for participating in many other activities to help people.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 15, 2018 at 3:28 p.m.


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Double Rainbow


These shots of two rainbows show one of the many benefits from rain -- rainbows. These were seen Tuesday morning (Aug. 14) looking to the east in the area of Turkey Town (Levy County).

Photos By Sharon Hardison © Aug. 14, 2018 at 8:38 p.m.


Spring Art Festival set
for Town of Suwannee

Published Aug. 5, 2018 at 7:18 p.m.
     DIXIE COUNTY –
Suwannee Library Technical Center, part of Dixie County Public Library, is scheduled to host its Annual Spring Art Festival on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The event will be held in the shady grounds of Glen Dyals Park, adjacent to the Suwannee Library and Fire Department. The festival will feature local artists and crafters, food vendors, non-profit booths, antique cars and more. 
     “We plan to build on our success at the first event last year, while keeping low vendor fees,” Suwannee Library Manager Jane Connors said. “It’s an opportunity for local artists and crafters to show their work, plus we hope to attract more experienced artists for 2019.”
     Vendor booths will be $25, with an early-bird price of $15 for those who sign up by Dec. 1, 2018.
     For vendor or general information, contact Jane Connors at suwanneetechcenter@yahoo.com, or call 352-542-8320 during business hours (Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon).


Cormorant At Dawn

Phalacrocoracidae is a family of approximately 40 species of aquatic birds commonly known as cormorants and shags. Several different classifications of the family have been proposed recently, and the number of genera is disputed. Beyond all of the Latin and science, there is this natural beauty as noticed Thursday morning (Aug. 2) in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Not photographed, but noticed on Friday morning (Aug. 3) in this same area within 30 minutes, were two sets of deer, many different kinds of birds and a relatively noticeable amount of standing water. Please be aware of wildlife crossing roadways as the animals look for dry ground. Motorists are reminded, too, don't drown turn around. If water is flowing across a road, do not attempt to cross the moving water. Water is a strong force that can move vehicles, often much to the surprise and chagrin of the drivers.

Photos by Sharon Hardison © Aug. 3, 2018 at 9:48 a.m.


New SVP season starts
Aug. 31 with unique comedy

SVP HardisonInk.com

Published Aug. 1, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The Chief Theater and Suwannee Valley Players are opening the 2018-2019 season with William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, only this will be different than the standard fare for this play.
     This timeless story is considered to be one of Shakespeare's best comedies. It includes a cast full of characters from a prince, to a hero, a couple sort of in love and a misfit group of watchmen.
     To add an extra element of fun to the hilarity of this particular production to be performed by the Suwannee Valley Players, this version is set at Woodstock.
     So, put on your bell-bottoms and your best tie dye shirt, and join the fun on two weekends Aug. 31 to Sept. 9.
     The play starts at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
     Tickets are a groovy $12 and you can get yours by calling 352-493-ARTS.
     Tickets can be reserved by calling Box Office Manager Becky Gill at 352-443-9096.
     Group rates are available. The Suwannee Valley Players look forward to seeing theater-goers at this event to help kick off an amazing season.

 


Fall 2018-spring 2019
Appleton Art class schedule
and registration now available

Published July 19, 2018 at 2:48 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, offers a full schedule of studio art classes and workshops for children and adults.
     Classes for children begin as young as pre-kindergarten with the Museum & Me program, offered one Tuesday a month. This free program is for ages 2-5 and introduces children to the Appleton through a gallery visit, followed by an art-making activity. For ages 7-12, Art Explorations are six-week classes offered after school on Wednesdays, or on Saturdays.
      Subjects vary each session, from clay to drawing to painting. AppleTeens is a series of one-day workshops for ages 12 and up, offered on one Saturday every other month, October-April 1-3 p.m. each with a fun and unique theme. The Half-day Happenings program continues on Marion County Public School early-release days, offering a gallery visit and corresponding art-making activity for all ages. All supplies for children’s classes are included with class fee.
     Family programs include first Saturdays, offered once a month, September-May, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Each month features a different artist-themed art project that is appropriate for children ages 4 and older; accompanying adults are welcome to participate. Free for Appleton members and all children; included with admission fee for adult nonmembers. As always, the Appleton ARTSpace is open during the museum’s regular visitor hours and features a wide variety of activity stations for all ages.
     For adults, the Art 101 one-day workshop series continues. Offered once a month, these workshops are designed to be fun and successful for the participant, ranging in subject from paper quilling, to glass fusing, to sumi-e painting and more. For those looking for a more in-depth painting class, Vanessa Fuller Brown will teach a series of artist-themed painting workshops — learn to paint Monet’s tulips, Frida Kahlo’s portraits or Van Gogh’s fishing boats. In spring 2019, the Master Class Series will take artists’ skills to the next level. Sue Primeau will teach Watercolor and Tyrus Clutter will teach printmaking and bookmaking.
     Inspired by the exhibition “La Diaspora: Keepers of Heritage,” a series of workshops led by visiting artists will be offered, including linoleum printmaking with Martín García Rivera, figurative painting with Pedro Brull and small mobile sculptures with Carmen Rojas.
     The clay studios will be busy from September-May with six sessions of Dig into Clay, offering wheel-throwing and hand-building on Saturdays. New this year, open studio time is available to those who are 16 and older who have previously completed one six-week Dig into Clay session. Also new this year are one- and multi-day clay workshops. In October, Mary Moore will teach a hand-building class focusing on clay gingerbread houses. In November and February, Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph will teach two workshops on surface design for clay. In late April and May, she will teach a multi-day workshop focused on Mother’s Day vases.
     All classes and workshops are held at the museum. Complete schedule including fees and class descriptions, as well as online registration, are now available at AppletonMuseum.org. For questions, or to register by phone, contact Hollis Mutch at mutchh@cf.edu, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit
http://www.appletonmuseum.org/.

 


Medieval to Metal
guitar exhibition at
the Appleton Museum of Art

Published May 10, 2018 at 7:48 a.m.
Updated Aug. 6, 2018 at 8:18 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, presents Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR, a touring exhibition that celebrates the artistic development of the guitar, on view through Sept. 2.
    
This exhibition was developed by The National GUITAR Museum and features 40 objects, ranging from the intricately inlaid Moorish oud and 6-foot-long Renaissance theorbo, to the modern Italian design of the Eko and transparent acrylic body of California's B.C. Rich guitars. Spanning centuries of design and craftsmanship, the exhibition takes visitors through the history of an object that is one of the most recognizable items on the planet.
      “Over the past several years, interest in the guitar as an icon has grown significantly,” says HP Newquist, executive director of the National GUITAR Museum. “The guitar has been a signature element of world culture for more than 500 years; now visitors can explore the design history and artistry that has played a major role in the guitar’s evolution.”
     The guitar pervades culture beyond music. It was an integral element of the work of both Vermeer and Picasso, and today it is incorporated into advertising everything from clothes and cars to the Olympics.
      “It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by the guitar, whether as players or just fans of all types of music. And while this may be apocryphal,” Newquist adds, “it’s a widely held belief that the two most recognizable man-made shapes on the planet are those of the Coca-Cola bottle and the electric guitar.”
      “Medieval To Metal” also includes life-size photorealistic illustrations of historically important guitar designs from noted artist Gerard Huerta, and 20 photographs of acclaimed musicians and their guitars from Neil Zlozower, one of the world's premier concert photographers.




     Exhibition events are free for Appleton members and CF students; $10 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased in advance at AppletonMuseum.org.
Exhibition Events

All exhibition events will be held at the Appleton Museum of Art.
     From jazz guitarist to Army officer to corporate executive, Howard Paul is a man of many talents. A gifted musician and business leader, for years he has maintained dual careers in music and business. In 2006, he was named president and CEO of Benedetto Guitars, the world’s foremost maker of custom archtop jazz guitars. Paul will give a presentation on guitar sounds and how they are made.
     Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on State Road 40. Free parking is available. For more information, call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

 


Three shows opening
this summer at
the Appleton Museum of Art


Published June 6, 2018 at 1:38 p.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will open three new shows this summer: “Shadow & Reflection: Visions of Florida’s Sacred Landscapes” from June 30-Sept. 30, “Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett” from Aug. 4-Nov. 25 and, “Flourish: The Ceramic Artistry of Beth Garcia” from Aug. 11-Jan. 13.
      “Shadow and Reflection,” an exhibition by photographic artist Suzanne Williamson and writer John Capouya, re-envisions the past with images and words inspired by their exploration of Florida’s Native American mound sites. Using photographs printed on transparent fabric, metal and paper, as well as creative nonfiction texts, they create an installation — an environment — that illuminates the multiple meanings of these monuments.
     Capouya writes, “This is exotic stuff, but a sustained look at mound-making native civilizations also reveals how much their lives resembled our own. We still make monuments; one Florida archaeologist sees football stadiums as our ceremonial equivalent. Native Americans were tribal, as are we — sometimes to our detriment. And humans still crave community, still search for meaning and order.” The artist and writer will give a talk at the Appleton on Sept. 9, 2-3:30 p.m. called “Envisioning Florida’s Sacred Landscapes through a Collaboration of Words and Images.” There is no fee to attend this event.
     In “Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett,” the artist explores his relationships with women — as artist, friend and husband. Using saturated colors and loose brush strokes that emphasize emotional connections, Bennett suggests the beauty and complexity of the bond between the artist and subject. From representations of his wife’s empty dresses that speak of his longing while she was away serving in the U.S. military, to an almost life-sized depiction of an African-American Wonder Woman, Bennett’s paintings speak of power, love and loss.
      “Flourish: The Ceramic Artistry of Beth Garcia” features flower-like, sea anemone forms that create fantastical imagery. In addition to individually displayed work on pedestals, Garcia will install a large-scale, site specific “reef” installation in the gallery.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit http://appletonmuseum.org/.

 


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Aug. 21, Tuesday
     10:30 a.m. --
The monthly meeting of Gilchrist County AARP Chapter #2133 is scheduled to be held in the ForVets Inc. Lodge House at Otter Springs Pake and Campground. If you are over 50, you are welcome to fellowship and freely dine with us for your first visit as our guest. In these meetings, you'll receive valuable information as to what is happening in the local area, be informed about many local volunteer options, enjoy good fellowship, have a great lunch, and maybe even win a door prize. Get involved, join this great local organization in community caring and sharing. See Chapter Treasurer Katherine LaBarca for membership information. Health Chair Susan Wells will be joining us with excellent up to date information concerning Senior health choices and to check Vital Signs. Program Chair Janice Rogers informs us that Gilchrist County School Superintendent Robert Rankin will be updating us on any changes in our school system. He will also be collecting donated school supplies which members have brought to donate. Hospitality Chair Faye Sheffield said that we will be dining on a Sandwich & Salad Luncheon at meeting's close. Please bring your favorite entree, drinks, chips and/or desserts to be shared by all. Each meal is always enjoyed, thanks to our chapter's awesome hospitality team and cooks. Please remember "Can In Hand" and bring a "non-perishable and/or hygiene" item for the local food bank. Also, don't forget to bring a school supply item. For more information on agenda call Program Chair Janice Rogers at 352-463-1889.


Aug. 23, Thursday
     10 a.m.-4 p.m. --
Florida Department of Transportation is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile at 1820 S. Young Blvd. (Alt. 27), Chiefland. To donate, a person must be 17 or older, or 16 with written parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. For more information call toll-free 1-888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. All donors receive a recognition item and cholesterol screening. LifeSouth End of Summer Getaway - Donate blood between Aug. 19 and Aug. 31 and you will be entered to win a weekend getaway to St. Augustine, including: Two-night stay at DoubleTree by Hilton; Dinner from Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille; Admission to St. Augustine Alligator Farm; Admission for two to Xscape Our Room.

 

Aug. 25, Saturday
     8 a.m. --
The NEVER FORGET Golf Tournament being held at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club located on Manatee Springs Road will be a 3-person scramble with mulligans, 50/50 tickets, and door prizes. Breakfast and lunch will be provided! All proceeds from this tournament will go to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Memorial and the families of the slain officers, Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25. People or business interests can sponsor a hole for $150, sponsor a team for $150, or sponsor a hole and a team for $250. Individual players are $50 each. Individual players will be grouped with others to form 3-person teams. Players may sign up at the Golf Course or contact Shirley Meggs in Chiefland at 727-595-2692 for more information. Enjoy a fun round of golf on this beautiful course. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and door prizes, and especially help out these families.
      9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Otter Springs Vet Fest is hosting LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ bloodmobile at 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton in Gilchrist County. Festival hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  To donate, a person must be 17 or older, or 16 with written parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. For more information call toll-free 1-888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. All donors receive a recognition item and cholesterol screening. LifeSouth End of Summer Getaway - Donate blood between Aug. 19 and Aug. 31 and you will be entered to win a weekend getaway to St. Augustine, including: Two-night stay at DoubleTree by Hilton; Dinner from Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille; Admission to St. Augustine Alligator Farm; Admission for two to Xscape Our Room.
     9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- "Furever Friends Rescue" and friends are scheduled to have animals for adoption Tractor Supply Co. in Chiefland (on the south side of the shopping plaza where Winn-Dixie is located. Cats, dogs, kittens, puppies and rabbits are ready to find their new homes with adoptive humans. There will be a table for Levy County 4-H sign-up and Pay To Spay is scheduled to be taking applicatios for low cost spay/neuter.
     10 a.m.-3 p.m. -- Vet Fest -- a festival for veterans and families is happening at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton in Gilchrist County. ForVets Inc., and Meridian Supportive Services for Veteran Families invites all veterans and their familes to join the fun at the annual Vet Fest. There will be food, games, fun and information for the entire family. Veteran Service Providers will be on hand to give out information and assist veterans and their families. Some of the organizations include Matchmaker Realty, Veteran Services from Levy, Gilchrist, Dixie and Alachua counties, The American Legion, North Central Florida Alliance, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc., and ForVets Inc. This fundraising event is being sponsored by ForVets, Inc. and Meridian SSV. For more information, please contact Dan Cavanah at 352-213-3221 or Robert Wells at 352-318-2416.

Aug. 31, Friday
     7 p.m. --
The RockBluff Pickin' Porch Band, once known as the Rock Bluff Band, is scheduled for a concert and they are going to perform Gospel, Country, and Rock 'n’ Roll favorites. This concert is happening at Otter Spring Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton in Gilchrist County. Admission is $2. Children 15 and younger have free no-cost admission. Come and enjoy great music and dance the night away. Food and drinks will be available before show. There are 50/50 raffle tickets on sale at the door. There is a drawing that night at 9 p.m. All proceeds support ForVets Camp Valor Project -- serving wounded Veterans. For more information call 352-463-0800.

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Sept. 8, Saturday
     Noon --
There is an Inglis-Yankeetown Texas Hold 'Em Tournament scheduled. It starts at noonat the Inglis Yankeetown Lions Clubhouse - 22 59th St., in Yankeetown. There is a $30 buy-in. Here you will find for the consideration of $30, the chance to gamble and win a cash prize. Those prizes are: 1st Place $400; 2nd Place $300; and 3rd Place $100. Those prizes are based on a minimum of 50 entries. There is also going to be a cash Bar, food for $7 per person, and there will be a 50-50 raffle, where from some consideration there is a chance to win a cash prize that is split with the club 50 percent - 50 percent. To register for this poker tournament, contact Lion Al Becker at 352-257-1388. All proceeds benefit the Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club charities.

Sept. 2, Sunday
     12 - 3 p.m. --
The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual auction to be at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 Sixth St. The fun starts at noon as potential bidders can preview items offered up for auction by local merchants and community members in support of the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce. The auction will begin promptly at 1 p.m. and a great time will be had by all. This is the Chamber’s only annual auction event. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to become a bidder and help the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce.

Sept. 3, Monday Labor Day

Sept. 9, Sunday
     2 p.m. --
There is an artist talke scheduled to be at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. This talk is by photographic artist Suzanne Williamson and writer John Capouya, "Envisioning Florida’s Sacred Landscapes through a Collaboration of Words and Images." This talk is held in combination with the exhibition “Shadow and Reflection: Visions of Florida’s Sacred Landscapes,” an exhibition by Williamson and Capouya that re-envisions the past with images and words inspired by their exploration of Florida’s Native American mound sites. Using photographs printed on transparent fabric, metal and paper, as well as creative nonfiction texts, they create an installation — an environment — that illuminates the multiple meanings of these monuments. Capouya writes, “This is exotic stuff, but a sustained look at mound-making native civilizations also reveals how much their lives resembled our own. We still make monuments; one Florida archaeologist sees football stadiums as our ceremonial equivalent. Native Americans were tribal, as are we — sometimes to our detriment. And humans still crave community, still search for meaning and order.” The talk will highlight their ongoing exploration of Florida mounds from Tallahassee to Lake Okeechobee, and how they collaboratively use visual and linguistic elements to translate this exploration for viewers. There is no fee to attend the event. Williamson lives in Tampa and works at the Tampa Museum of Art as the curatorial department assistant. She has received several fellowships to the pre-eminent artist colonies, MacDowell and Yaddo, and served on the Board of The MacDowell Colony. Williamson received an award for her pictures of a Midwest drought, published in Ohio Magazine. Her photographs are in museum and private collections, and have been published in American Archaeology, Harpers, Ohio Magazine, and Texas Monthly. Currently, Williamson is photographing sacred mound sites and water landscapes in Florida. Capouya is a professor at the University of Tampa, specializing in teaching journalism and other forms of nonfiction writing. He was a working journalist in New York City for many years, including stints at Newsweek and SmartMoney magazines, and the newspapers New York Newsday and The New York Times. He has a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His book, Florida Soul, a history of rhythm and blues music in the Sunshine State, published by the University Press of Florida, recently received the prestigious Florida Historical Society 2018 Charlton Tebeau Award for a general interest book on a Florida history topic. The book was favorably reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, as well. Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

Sept. 22, Saturday
     10 a.m. - 3 p.m. --
The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Nature Coast Biological Station is celebrating its first anniversary with an Open House. This free event is open to the public. Everyone is invited to celebrate at the UF/IFAS NCBS located at 552 First St. in Cedar Key. To commemorate this milestone, the faculty and staff are hosting the event, which is slated to include Touch Tanks; Interactive Displays; Research Updates from UF Faculty, Staff and Students; Informational Booths and Promotional Merchandise. Everyone is invited to see all that NCBS has accomplished in one year, and what is planned for years to come.

Sept. 29. Saturday
     8 a.m. --
The Rotary Club of Gilchrist County is conducting a Poker Paddle with registration and boat pick-up from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Ellie Ray's RV River Resort. Launch is set for 10 a.m. Participants will have lunch and transportation included. Dry-Pack and whistles are going to the first 50 registrants. The grand prize is a kayak and paddle. The cost for an individual with their own boat is $50. The cost for an individual without a boat is $75. Doubles are available upon request. This is a fundraiser by these Rotarians to help the Interact Club at Bell High School and Trenton High School. Interact is Rotary for high school students.

     9:30 a.m. -- The Ride To Provide for Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) changes this year. This is the first year for it to be a poker run rather than just a ride in through the countryside. The cost to participate in this event is $15 per motorcycle and $10 for a passenger. The prize is $400 for the best hand and $100 for the worst hand. There are five stops. The first stop is for registration and the first card draw -- from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.. The registration and Stop 1 is at the Walmart, 2201 N. Young Blvd. (U.S. Highway 19),  in Chiefland. Stop 2 is McKenzie's 4 Corners Bar, 399 N. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt 27) in Bronson. Stop 3 is Angelina Mia Pizzeria, 214 W. Noble Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27) in Williston. Stop 4 is Willard's Bar and Grill, 3490 S.E. Levy County Road 337 in Morriston. Stop 5 is LARC, 351 State Road 24 in the Town of Otter Creek. There is also going to be a 50-50 drawing. A car show is planned. Silent auctions are part of this fundraiser to help LARC too. Another way to help is to purchase a $6 meal. The Saltwater Cowboys band is scheduled to be performing at the LARC campus too. The three main sponsors this year are Crystal River Harley-Davidson, Blue Knights and Chiefland Rotary.
     10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Dixie County Emergency Services has scheduled its annual Fire Expo to be at the new Dixie County High School this year. DCHS is now located at 17924 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, just south of Corss City on the west side of the highway. This event has "outgrown" the DCES Emergency Operations Center, as DCES Lt. Mandy Lemmermen has said. This set of fire and medical emergency first responders have added a "Touch-A-Truck" to the event to include more agencies. The plan this year, as always, is completely free and open to the public. There is free food, an auto-extrication demonstration, bounce house, K-9 demonstration, live fire demonstration and games. Among the agencies joining the DCES for this event are the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and the Florida Forestry Service. In addition to the agencies, among the many types of equipment to be seen are boats, helicopters, emergency vehicles, utility trucks and more. Among the mascots will be Smokey Bear, Sparky and Marshall the Fire Pup.

 




 

REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011
Updated July 12, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.

EVERY MONDAY

     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.
    12 p.m. – The Gilchrist County Rotary Club at the Gilchrist County Woman’s Club, 819 S.W. CR 339 (except on federal holidays).

 

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 in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 661 N.W. First Ave., Williston. This group meets at 9:30 a.m. each second Monday from September (2015) through May (2016) for coffee and socializing. The meetings start at 10 a.m. After the meeting the club usually has a "pot luck" lunch provided by the club members.

     Noon -- The Dixie Education Foundation meets the second Monday of each month at 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.
 
EVERY TUESDAY
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. –
Williston Rotary Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. First St., Williston.

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

EVERY WEDNESDAY
     11 a.m. - Noon -- Tai Chi classes are being held Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. Classes will be there up to the middle of December, minus Thanksgiving Week. This version of Tai Chi is for Balance Only and it can be done sitting in a chair if that would be more convenient for some. Please let us know if you are interested and you can call Gerry Jesk at 352-493-2842 and leave a message giving your name and phone number.
     11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- The Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site in Williston open to people who are 60 years and older. Seniors will receive a hot, nutritious, balanced meal free of charge. Donations are accepted. It’s in Thompson Hall at St. Banabars Church on 521 N.W. First Ave. (Located 1 block behind old KFC building.) 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 Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.

     2 p.m. -- The Clover Squares of Levy County meets in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 213 W. Noble Ave., Williston, if we have at least eight square dancers. During the  summer  please "Reply All" to our email by 9 a.m. on Wednesday to determine if we have enough dancers. To be added to the email list, of if you want to learn to dance, or have any questions call 352-528-3323.
     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 p.m. -- Yankeetown Inglis Woman's Club Bingo has restarted. The games begin at 7 p.m., in the club located at 5 56th St., Yankeetown. Stop in at 5 p.m. and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6 p.m., you can eat before the games start. You don't have to play to eat, we have take out! There are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. For more information call 352-447-2057.
      7 p.m. -- There is Bingo every Thursday at the Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave. Contact Pamela Vamosi at 352-222-8267 or Deanna Barnard at 352-283-8828 for more information about the Lions Club of Williston.

FIRST THURSDAY
     11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The Citizens For An Engaged Electorate conduct an open discussion and luncheon at Melanie's Restaurant 112 E. Noble Ave., in Williston. This meeting is free and open to the public. People who order lunch are responsible for paying their own bills for the food and drinks. This group discusses matters of public importance.
      5:30 p.m. -- The Chiefland Lions Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 4 W. Park Ave. in Chiefland. For more information contact Lion Donna Maynard at 352-493-1006.
     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.
      6-8 p.m. -- A craft club meets in the fellowship hall of the Bronson United Methodist Church, 235 S. Court St. Please bring a pair of scissors with you.  For more information, please call Peggy Rowe at 352-316-3817.
     7 p.m. -- The Levy County Horse Club is scheduled to meet on the second Thursday of the month at
The Gathering Table Restaurant in Chiefland. Arrive earlier for dinner. Are you interested in horses and trailriding? Join us for our monthly social and check us out at http://www.levycountyhorseclub.com/.

THIRD THURSDAY
     7 - 8:30 p.m. --
The Citizens For An Engaged Electorate conduct a business/action meeting at the Williston Community Center, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. This is free and open to the public. This group discusses matters of public importance.

FOURTH THURSDAY
      6-8 p.m. -- A craft club meets in the fellowship hall of the Bronson United Methodist Church, 235 S. Court St. Please bring a pair of scissors with you.  For more information, please call Peggy Rowe at 352-316-3817.
 
EVERY FRIDAY

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

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY

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

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


SECOND SATURDAY
      8 a.m. --  The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), hold a monthly breakfast meeting in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the church in Chiefland. 
      9:45 a.m. -- C.A.N. (Community Alliance Network) meets at the Living Water Life Center (LWLC) 6491 S.E. 123 Terrace Morriston. We’re meeting to put together resources and ideas for growing, bartering, food storage, alternative energy and other forms of self-sufficiency. Join us to hear speakers from like-minded groups share their visions and help us form ours. We always look forward to meeting new people.
      10 a.m. – First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission every second and fourth Saturday.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able.
     4 p.m. -- There is a “Community Round Table Meeting” at Inglis City Halle each second Saturday of each month. This is an open forum for residents of Inglis to come together to discuss area needs and views.

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

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

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

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Rep. Charlie Stone's Office Hours
      LEVY COUNTY -- Rep. Charlie Stone (R-Ocala, Dist. 22) is scheduled to hold office hours on the first Tuesday of every month in Williston and Bronson, and the last Wednesday of every month in Chiefland and Cedar Key. This member of the Florida House of Representatives is the leader for constituents in Levy County and western Marion County.
Bronson: 9-11:30 a.m.
 Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building
 660 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), Bronson
Williston: 1:30 - 4 p.m.
 Williston City Council Chambers
 50 N.W. Main St., Williston
 The state representative is holding office hours in Chiefland and Cedar Key on the last Wednesday every month.
Chiefland: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Chiefland Historic Train Depot
 23 S.E. Second Ave., Chiefland
Cedar Key: 1:30 - 4 p.m.
 Cedar Key City Council Chambers
 490 Second St., Cedar Key

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SATURDAY  AUG. 18  10:48 a.m.
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