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Johnny Rocket’s Cycle Circus adds to
Cross City Centennial Celebration

Cross City

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Published March 25, 2024 at 9 a.m.
     CROSS CITY –
For its 100th anniversary celebration as a municipality, Cross City is pulling out all of stops on Saturday, April 20.

 

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     There is a parade, scores of vendors, live musical entertainment, beauty pageants and now, one of the vendors is going to be Johnny Rocket’s Cycle Circus.
     Freestyle motocross is a variation on the sport of the motorcycling sport of motocross, in which motorcycle riders attempt to impress the audience.
     Johnny Rocket’s Cycle Circus prides itself on its individuality and uniqueness. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that the entire family can enjoy, and they will be talking about it for years to come.

Cross City

 


47th Annual Wild Hog Canoe Race
pre-registration opens

Race scheduled for April 20
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 16, 2024 at 8 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY -
- One of the most traditional and significant fundraisers for the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) in Levy County is the Wild Hog Canoe Race.
     While the race has changed from its founding by members of the Levy County Sheriff's Office, including the now-retired Sean Mullins; and while it used to be named LARC with the late Betty Walker as its executive director; former; and while the former campus and buildings were sold and the service moved from the Town of Otter Creek to the City of Chiefland municipal service area, the ARC of Levy County continues serving some people from Levy County and elsewhere.
     The race 15 mile race by canoeists and kayakers is a challenging event, even for avid water sports enthusiasts.
     Rescue personnel are onsite, and there are checkpoints as well as individuals watching the Little Waccasassa River.
     At the finish line, there is food and drink available to purchase to help the ARC, and there is often live entertainment even beyond the fun of watching the people cross the finish line.
     To pre-register for the race as a racer, click HERE
     There is also the option to register on the day of the race (Saturday, April 20). Registration, including pre-registered check-ins, begins at 7:30 a.m. on race day next to State Road 24 at the Waccasassa Bridge starting point for the race. Registration and check-ins end promptly at 9:15 a.m.
     The race is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. on April 20 -- after a review of the rules is verbally shared with race participants. The entry fee is $30 and people who pre-register get a tee-shirt commemorating their participation.

 


Long Arm Of The Buzzsaw
Buzzsaw
This is a one-minute video of a buzzsaw at the end of a very long telescopic hydraulic arm operated by a man in a machine that can travel on wheels. The saw trims some oak trees to help vegetation control for Central Florida Electric Cooperative. This scene is near to the Carriage House Farm, where people can buy goat milk and goat cheese. The ranch or farm is adjacent to Levy County Road 347, west of State Road 345. This vegetation management action was filmed on Friday afternoon (April 12, 2024). 
Click on either of the PHOTOS to watch and listen to the video.

Buzzsaw
Click on either of the PHOTOS to watch and listen to the video. It was a little windy when this was filmed.
Video by Jeff M. Hardison © April 13, 2024 at 7 a.m.
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Busy Pollinators
Bees
Manmade boxes for bees placed next to fields for crops are seen recently near plenty of flowers on the side of a road in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County.

Bees
More than 3,500 species of native bees help increase crop yield, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects, the USDA notes.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © April 11, 2024 at 8:15 a.m.
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North Carolina artist wins
best of show at Cedar Key art fest
winner
Paul Henry Devoti, winner of 2024 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA) Best of Show title, is seen with his daughter on Saturday (April 6), and with Cedar Key Arts Center President Marci Wilcox (center) and OFCA Event Coordinator Bev Ringenberg after the first day of the two day art fest. The festival continues today on the little island municipality in Levy County.

Information and Photo Provided
By Bev Ringenberg, OFCA event coordinator
Published April 7, 2024 at 8:30 a.m.
Updated April 9, 2024 at 2:30 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
The 60th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key winners of this juried event, as announced from judging that finished on April 6 are noted below.
     This was a two-day festival, that also happened Sunday, April 7.

Old Florida Celebration of the Arts
2024 Award Winners

     ● Best of Show - Paul Henry Devoti of Wake Forest, North Carolina - Ceramics - Booth 35
     ● Best 2D - Curtis Whitwam of Tampa - Painting - Booth 60
     ● Terry Bodeker of Port Charlotte - Jewelry - Booth 65
     ● John Canterbury - Arts Center Creativity Award - Photography - Booth 12    
     ● Maria Deely - Award of Excellence - Drawing - Booth 29
     ● Susan Hutton - Award of Excellence - Jewelry - Booth 22
     ● Xiao Jiang - Award of Excellence - Painting - Booth 122
     ● Barry Lane - Award of Excellence - Ceramics - Booth 16
     ● Sergi Orgunov - Award of Excellence - Painting - Booth 42
     Awards of Distinction were earned by artists -- Alexis Barbeau - Jewelry - Booth 83; Lisa Compass - Drawing - Booth 99; Magali Cereghino-Groves - Wood - Booth 153; Nancy Connors - Painting - Booth 123 (Nancy Connors was the 2024 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Design Contest Winner, by the way); Antonio Kozlowski - Jewelry - Booth 71; Jeanne Littleton - Wood - Booth 30; Timothy Moran - Ceramics - Booth 152; and Scott Pfaff - Photography - Booth 46.
     This year’s event coordinators are Arts Center Committee - Bev Ringenberg, Faye Sanders, Patsy Schossler, Mary Prescott, Ann Morgan, Deb Mann, Denise Fieber, Kathy O'Neall, Sue Rosenthal, Eileen Senecal, Dawn Callahan, and Jim and Marci Wilcox. And there were many volunteers who helped bring this annual two-day art festival event to fruition in Cedar Key.

 


Two CF commencement
ceremonies set for May 9

Information Provided By CF Marketing and Public Relations
Published April 18, 2024 at 3:45 p.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida is scheduled to hold its spring 2024 commencement on Thursday, May 9, at the World Equestrian Center, Expo Center 1, located at 1751 N.W. 80th Ave., Ocala.

     This year’s event will feature two separate ceremonies to honor the achievements of its graduates.
     The first ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., and will recognize graduates receiving baccalaureate degrees, Associate in Science degrees and certificates. The second ceremony will be held at 3 p.m., and will celebrate graduates receiving Associate in Arts degrees.
     For ease of access, attendees are advised to use the second entrance on State Road 40, heading west. Complimentary parking will be available, and guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure enough time is allotted for parking.
     Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on the College’s official YouTube page.
     This year, the CF Foundation will honor Marty Smith, CF Athletics manager and Baseball head coach, with the Distinguished Alumni Award. CF’s Distinguished Service Award will be awarded to Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, who retired in 2023 from her position as CF’s vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations.
     Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management student Heather Trono-Russano and Associate in Arts student Hernan Gonzalez-Romero will be the graduation speakers for each ceremony, respectively.
     For more information, please visit CF.edu/Graduation or contact the Ocala Campus at 352-854-2322, ext. 1391 or ext. 1739; Citrus Campus at 352-746-6721; or Levy Campus at 352-658-4077.

 


Levy County 4-H Day Camps
registration opens
Cloverleaf registration ends May 24 

Information Provided By UF/IFAS Extension of Levy County
Published April 3, 2024 at 2 p.m.
     BRONSON –
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Office in Levy County is scheduled to offer Summer Day Camps throughout the months of June and July.

     Camps include Cloverbud Nature Camp (5-7 year olds), Teen Summer Camp (14-18 year olds), Baking 101 (8-13 year olds), Junior Fishing Camp (8-10 year olds), Intermediate Fishing Camp (11-13 year olds), Junior Naturalist Camp (8-10 year olds), Cloverbuds Crafty Camp (5-7 year olds), Grill Masters (8-13 year olds) and 4-H Shooting Sports (10-18 Year olds).
     Following are the dates planned for these day camps at the Bronson office.
     ● Cloverbud Nature Camp: June 3-6 (20 spots)
     ● Teen Summer Camp: June 10-11 (12 spots)
     ● Baking 101: June 12-13 (12 spots)
     ● Junior Fishing Camp: June 17-June 18 (24 spots)
     ● Intermediate Fishing Camp: June 20-2 (24 spots)
     ● Junior Naturalist Camp: June 24-27 (15 spots)
     ● Cloverbud Crafty Camp: July 8-July 11 (20 spots)
     ● Grill Masters: July 15-18 (12 spots)
     ● 4-H Shooting Sports: July 22-25 (24 Spots)
     Registration for the first camp closes on May 24. Be sure to register early to secure your camper’s spot.
     Parents and guardians can find links to the registrations and descriptions for these camps on the Levy County 4-H website by clicking HERE
     For more information about Levy County 4-H summer day camps, please call the office at 352-486-5131.

 


Gilchrist County
Tire Amnesty Day is Aug. 3

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 28, 2024 at 8 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
All Gilchrist County residents are urged to use Tire Amnesty Day to bring in car and light truck tires ONLY on Gilchrist County Tire Amnesty Day.
     On Aug. 3, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., bring the tires to the Gilchrist County Solid Waste Transfer Station at 1659 N.W. 10th St. in Bell. This is for Gilchrist County residents only. No commercial or business interests are invited. The limit is FIVE TIRES per person. No large truck or agricultural tires will be accepted. Bring proof of Gilchrist County residency. For more information, call 352-463-3185.

 


Gilchrist County Yard Cleanup Extravaganza
is set for Oct. 5 through Oct. 12

By Jeff M. Hardison © March 28, 2024 at 8 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
The Gilchrist County Yard Cleanup Extravaganza is scheduled for one week only to let Gilchrist County residents to drop off certain items to the Gilchrist County Solid Waste & Recycling Center for free, rather than paying a fee.
     This event is set from Oct. 5 through Oct. 12, during normal operational hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
     Where there is normally a fee charged for certain items that are brought to the solid waste transfer station at 1659 NW 1oth
St., in Bell, on those days, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., the solid waste department will be collecting: battery-operated tools; lawnmowers; lawnmower blades; wheelbarrows; 
water hoses and sprayers; metal swing sets; shovels; rakes; axes; hoes; cutting shears; hand tools: such as screwdrivers, saws; power tools: such as drills, saws, air compressors; plastic yard toys; swimming pools; camping tents; patio and lawn furniture and umbrellas; yard canopies; sport tents; bikes; grills; satellite dishes; trampolines; outdoor chairs; and pressure washers.
     For more information, call 352-463-3185.

 


Chasing The Full Worm Moon
Full Worm Moon 2024
The first picture of the Full Worm Moon on March 24 at about 8:30 p.m. in Charlotte County shows it looks relatively the same during a trip where there is a change in latitude through eight counties during the Moon’s period of visibility in the sky on March 24 and 25.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 27, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.
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     FLORIDA –
As noted by Space.com, March's full moon, the Full Worm Moon, rose over Earth’s horizon on Sunday, March 24, exactly two weeks before the total solar eclipse that will cross over North America on April 8.
     Some years, the Full Worm Moon is the last one of winter. Spring started on March 19 this year in the northern hemisphere of Earth.
     The final full moon of winter in the northern hemisphere appeared on March 25 and owes its name to Native Americans who noted winter's end by the trails of earthworms it illuminated on the newly thawed soil, according to some conversationalists.
     According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), southern Native American tribes specifically call it the Full Worm Moon due to the “earthworm casts that appear as the ground thaws.” For similar reasons, other tribes named the moon based on different signs of spring, according to NASA.
     The Full Worm Moon of 2024 was marked by a slightly less dramatic lunar eclipse than the whoop-tee-do April 8 solar eclipse that is slated to be seen by some people in the United States of America that day.
     Avid readers of the daily news website (HardisonInk.com) that earned first place and second place out of the top three places in the 2023 Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Competition know there are often stories about the full Moon of the month, with pictures published therein.
     On Palm Sunday (March 24), one of those avid readers was speaking to another person while none other than the multiple award-winning journalist himself (Jeff M. Hardison, who is doing business as HardisonInk.com) was in the room. This happened in a spacious house in Port Charlotte (Charlotte County).
     A resident of the house mentioned that the Full Moon can be seen that night by walking to the end of the driveway and looking over the roof of the house.
     At about 8:30 p.m. on March 24, in Port Charlotte, the Full Worm Moon was photographed.
     As a reminder, The Florida Press Club presented many awards to journalists from throughout the Sunshine State in January at a location on Clearwater Beach (Pinellas County). These included:
Online, Independent News Site, Class A-C
First Place - Jeff Hardison, HardisonInk.com
Second Place - Jeff Hardison, HardisonInk.com
Third Place - Sallie James, Parkland Talk

     The flyer given to participants that night noted that special thanks are noted to Keith Kohn, a journalist for over 42 years. He is executive editor of the Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas); and the Cleveland Press Club; the Idaho Press Club; the Los Angeles Press Club; The Milwaukee Press Club; the New Orleans Press Clun; the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania; the Syracuse Press Club; and Minuteman Press, Deerfield Beach.
     The road trip to and from Clearwater Beach in January, and the road trip to Port Charlotte on March 24, and back to Levy County on March 25, all reminded the native Florida journalist that his home state has become too attractive for motorists. There are too many vehicles per square inch in Florida from Citrus through Charlotte counties on the Gulf Coast in his opinion, he said.
     One option for driving in reduced traffic is traveling at night and in the wee hours of the morning.
     With an 8:30 p.m. Full Worm Moon photographic opportunity exercised on Sunday night (March 24) and about two or three hours sleep that night, the photojournalist departed back north to Levy County at 4 a.m. on Monday, although he had considered a 3 a.m. launch the night before.
     He was amazed at how many other drivers had decided to use the wee-hours method.
     Traffic was very heavy going northbound on Monday, although it was even heavier when he went southbound on Palm Sunday.
      Traffic on U.S. Highway 19 in Citrus County was thick, but north of Inglis (Levy County), traffic was more tolerable going south and north.
     As for Interstate 75 (Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties), the Veterans Expressway (State Road 589) (Hillsborough County) and the Suncoast Parkway (SR 589) (Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties), the traffic was heavy and, lo and behold, some drivers were exercising unsafe driving methods.


Full Worm Moon 2024
The Full Worm Moon of 2024 is seen from U.S. Highway 19 in the area of Gulf Hammock on the morning of March 25.

The Full Worm Moon of 2024
The Full Worm Moon of 2024 is seen from Levy County Road 347, a bit east of State Road 345 on the morning of March 25.
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Full Worm Moon 2024

The Full Worm Moon of 2024 is seen from a lime rock road east of Jemlands in Levy Countyon the morning of March 25.

Full Worm Moon of 2024
The Full Worm Moon of 2024 is seen in perspective from a hill on a lime rock road east of Jemlands (an unrecorded subdvision) in unincorporated Levy Countyon the morning of March 25.



     Meanwhile, back to this month’s Moon story, there was that lunar eclipse that was not filmed due to driving and sleeping requirements.
     The Full Worm Moon shone relatively cloud free as the driver went northbound from Charlotte County through Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Levy counties early Monday morning (March 25). Once in Levy County, he captured the natural satellite by taking pictures on March 25 in the Gulf Hammock area, and then west of the Crossroads Convenience Store at Levy County Road 347 and State Road 345, and then close to Moonset at about 7:30 a.m. on a hill that is a lime rock road east of Jemlands, looking east.

 


First space plants
photographed show spring is here
Two quail cross the road

Space Plants
Some of the purple-flowered thistle space plants are seen here. Some of them have white flowers, too.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 18, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.
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     LEVY COUNTY --
Spring officially starts tomorrow (Tuesday, March 19) this year in the Northern Hemisphere, according to the position of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun.

 

Space Plants

Space Plants

Space Plants
Also, in this picture is one strand of red fennel and then the older version of the plant brownish fennel. Horticulturists may not like these versions of names for this set of flora. 

Space Plants

Space Plants
Phlox are noticed in this picture with the tall yellow-flowered space plants on the side of road. Phlox is a genus of 68 species of perennial and annual plants in the family Polemoniaceae.

Space Plants
 

     The annual appearance of what one North Central Florida journalist (who is a native of St. Petersburg) calls “space plants” has started in Levy County, with both the tall, stalked yellow-flowered “space plants” and the purple thistle-oriented “space plants” appearing.
     There are actual manufacturing plants in the United States and elsewhere where machinery to launch rockets and their payloads into space exist. The purple and yellow “space plants” tagged by one writer-photographer-videographer about 20 years ago are among the signs of spring in North Central Florida for some people.
     Rain this morning (Monday, March 18) has rinsed some of the layers of pollen that coats structures, vehicles and everything else, and which causes some people to sneeze, cough and the like in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County. Pollen is great, though, because it is part of the whole lifecycle of plants.
     Vehicle in open-air carports remain with their yellow coats.
     Some forecasted colder weather at the outset of spring for the next few days in the Tri-County Area does NOT show a danger of freeze for residents who have planted crops of several types of peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans and a multitude of other produce (even some watermelons).
      There have been years in the Tri-County Area where a freeze caused problems for professional farmers and residential gardeners. That has caused a double dose of pollen before. 

quail
Why did the two quail cross the road? They could not answer the question because they say 'Bob White' as an answer to all their questions. Two quail are seen in this dashcam video from Saturday (March 16) as they go toward a planted pine forest. They are going toward a quail sanctuary, but really there is a potential for them to be hunted over yonder. (By the way, the first preference for the plural form of 'quail' is 'quail' although 'quails' is acceptable. To see the video, click on the still PHOTO.

 



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April 19, Friday
     7-11 p.m. --
The first of three days and nights of fun for graduates of the Northeast High School (NEHI) Class of 1974 at the NEHI 50th Class Reunion is set to happen in Pinellas County. (One of those graduates from that school in St. Petersburg, which is his hometown, is staying in Levy County to cover news in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County. Here's a shoutout to classmates! Go Vikings!)

April 20, Saturday
     9 a.m. --
 The big celebration in Cross City today starts at 9 a.m. with vendors in the park area next to City Hall, A parade is planned through Cross City starting at 10:30 a.m. as part of the celebration of Cross City's 100th anniversary. There is a program set to start at 12 p.m. (or immediately after the parade, whichever comes first) at Cross City's City Hall as well. Everyone is invited to the celebration of Cross City's Centennial. Festivities include vendors from many different areas, and it is planned to be a fun-filled day for the entire family. Family fun, live musical performances and food and drinks are all planned to be part of the celebration. Festivities are planned to begin immediately after the parade at the City Hall Block of Cross City.
     9:30 a.m. -- The 47th Annual Wild Hog Canoe Race is scheduled to start on the Little Waccasassa River. The 15-mile race by canoeists and kayakers is a challenging event, even for avid water sports enthusiasts. It is a fundraiser for the local Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC). At the finish line, which is on the western side of U.S. Highway 19 between the Town of Otter Creek and the Community of Gulf Hammock, at the point where the highway crosses the river, there is food and drink available to purchase to help the ARC, and there is often live entertainment even beyond the fun of watching the people cross the finish line. There is an option to register on the day of the race (Saturday, April 20). Registration, including pre-registered check-ins, begins at 7:30 a.m. on race day next to State Road 24 at the  Bridge starting point for the race. Registration and check-ins end promptly at 9:15 a.m. As noted, the race is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. on April 20 -- after a review of the rules is verbally shared with race participants. The entry fee is $30 and people who pre-register get a tee-shirt commemorating their participation.

 

April 22, Monday
     4 p.m. –
Cedar Key Audubon is featuring Heather Evans, who will present the program titled “Coastal Yardscaping for Bird Lovers.” This event is free and open to the public. It is set to be at 
Christ Episcopal Church, on the corner of D Street (State Road 24) and Fifth Street in Cedar Key. There will be a meet and greet at 4 p.m., followed by the talk at 5 p.m. Evans will talk about native plants that tolerate occasional salt inundation, like the salt inundation many Cedar Key yards experienced in August of last year, as a result of hurricane Idalia. She'll cover why insects are vital to resident backyard bird survival. She'll give specific recommendations for plants to support various species of terrestrial birds that migrate to or live year-round in Cedar Key, including both salt tolerant and quick-to-recover native species.
Master Gardener Evans writes and teaches about designing yards filled with native plants that restore humans and support wildlife. Her “Dear Avant Gardener” newsletter has garnered a following of 10,000-plus subscribers who appreciate her research-based advice.



April 25, Thursday
     10 a.m. --
The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office is scheduled to hold Poll Worker Orientation at the office located at 421 S. Court St., Bronson. Please use the side entrance of the elections’ office. This is a mandatory orientation for anyone interested in becoming a Levy County Poll Worker. The purpose
of this orientation is to provide details about requirements of being a Poll Worker. Any person who is planning to attend one of the orientations, is asked to please contact the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-486-5163 or send an email to jordan@votelevy.gov.


April 26, Friday
     7 p.m.
-- The NAACP 5114 Marion County Branch is holding its 42nd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place, 1821 N.W. 21st Ave., in Ocala. Tickets cost $75 per person or a table for two for $140, or a table of 10 for $800. The theme for the night is “Protecting Our Right to Vote.” The keynote speaker is Jerron Hawkins, the appointee at the United States Department of Justice, where he serves Policy Advisor for the office of Community Relation Services. This event shows guests wearing semi-formal attire. For more information, including how to buy tickets, contact the NAACP Office at 352-351-4560, or send an email to marioncountyflnaacp@gmail.com.


April 27, Saturday
     10 a.m.-3 p.m. --
There is a celebration planned to honor the Williston High School Red Devils Varsity Basketball Team for its second year of winning the Class 1A Florida High School Athletic Association State Championship Title. There are going to be food trucks, a bounce house, and cornhole games. This event is planned to be at Heritage Park, centering at the Dr. Kenneth A. Schwiebert Pavilion. 116 N. Main St., in Williston.
     10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- The College of Central Florida is scheduled to host the Vintage Farm Field Day at the CF Vintage Farm Campus, 4020 S.E. Third Ave., Ocala. This special event marks the 20th anniversary of the college's equine program, which began in the fall of 2003. For two decades, CF has been at the forefront of equine studies, offering courses that have shaped the careers of numerous professionals in the industry. Vintage Farm Field Day is a showcase of student achievements, a celebration of alumni success, and a testament to the significance of the CF Vintage Farm Campus for Equine Studies and Agribusiness programs. This year, CF will welcome back successful alumni who have made notable contributions to the equine and agriculture industries. These distinguished graduates will showcase their work, allowing prospective and current students, as well as community members, a glimpse into their various careers. “The Vintage Farm Field Day is open to all – students, alumni, industry professionals and the local community,” said Associate Professor and Equine Studies Program Manager Marie Davidson. “Join CF in celebrating the past, present and future of this unique campus as the college continues to lead in equine and agriculture education.”
     3-8 p.m. -- The Yankeetown Centennial Celebration continues with live music, food trucks and friends at the Winding River Garden Park, 5551 Riverside Drive in Yankeetown.

April 28, Sunday
     4 p.m. --
Everyone is invited to the 5th Annual Duke Ellington Sacred Jazz Concert. Robert Wells, the exeecutive director of Gilchrist Prevention Coalition, is among the performers. Bring seating. Admission is free to this event scheduled to be performed on the Cade Museum Lawn at 811 S. Main St., in Gainesville. ARRIVE at 3 p.m. to enjoy the museum and the vendors.

May 4, Saturday
     8 a.m. --
Registration opens for the Central Florida Electric Cooperative’s 85th Annual Member Meeting  at 8 a.m. and the business meeting will follow at 10 a.m. PLEASE NOTICE -- The 2024 CFEC Annual Meeting of Members will be held at the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion located at 17851 N.W. 90th Ave., in the City of Fanning Springs. This year there are food trucks, bounce houses and more. All CFEC members are invited.

May 11, Saturday 
     10 a.m. -1 p.m. --
The Tri-County Community Resource Center will host the inaugural Family Fun & Hurricane Preparedness Expo on the grounds of the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion, 17851 N.W. 90 Ave., City of Fanning Springs. . We hope you’ll consider joining us as an exhibitor at this FREE, family-friendly event, which will focus on providing information about community resources and disaster preparedness education. There is no fee to table at the Expo. This is also an entirely free event for residents to enjoy, therefore we ask that exhibitors not sell anything at their booths. A flyer is coming soon! To table at this event, please complete the online registration form: Exhibitor Registration Form. This expo highlights include emergency preparedness and public safety experts, community resource information, giveaways and prizes, food, games, children’s activities and more. For more information call 352-507-4000.
     12-2:30 p.m. -- Cohens Consulting Services LLC is presenting a Mother's Day Brunch, with Katrina Cohens as the host. It is planned for the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 S.W. Fourth Ave., in Chiefland. Tickets costs $35, and Carolyn Cohens and other ladies from the Chiefland area are selling tickets. Katrina Cohens said she is hoping for a diverse group of Mothers, and men can come too -- but the Mothers will be celebrated. 

May 12, Sunday
Mothers Day

 

May 14, 2024, Tuesday
     10 a.m. --
The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office is scheduled to hold Poll Worker Orientation at the office located at 421 S. Court St., Bronson. Please use the side entrance of the elections’ office. This is a mandatory orientation for anyone interested in becoming a Levy County Poll Worker. The purpose
of this orientation is to provide details about requirements of being a Poll Worker. Any person who is planning to attend one of the orientations, is asked to please contact the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-486-5163 or send an email to jordan@votelevy.gov.
     6 p.m. -- The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office is scheduled to hold Poll Worker Orientation at the office located at 421 S. Court St., Bronson. Please use the side entrance of the elections’ office. This is a mandatory orientation for anyone interested in becoming a Levy County Poll Worker. The purpose
of this orientation is to provide details about requirements of being a Poll Worker. Any person who is planning to attend one of the orientations, is asked to please contact the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-486-5163 or send an email to jordan@votelevy.gov.

 

May 17, Friday
     5 p.m. -
- Six May Day Queens are going to be chosen from the pageant scheduled to be at the Tommy Usher Community Center,  506 S.W. Fourth Ave. (State Road 345), in Chiefland. The cost for admission to watch the pageants is $15 per person. Girls and women who are competing in these pageants met the May 3 deadline to register and pay the $50 registration fee. The Annual May Day Beauty Pageant will decide who is Little Miss May Day (ages 4-7); Miss Petite May Day (ages 8-12); Miss Teen May Day (ages 13-17); Miss May Day (ages 18-25); Ms. Elite May Day (ages 26-39); and Ms. Classic May Day (ages 40-plus). For more information, contact Alice Monyei at 352-262-4224, or contact Alesha Smith, Cecilia Jones, LaWanda Jones, Jeryl Brown, Franklin Schuler, Bernadette Brown, Minister Sebrenah Phillips or Terri White. 

May 18, Saturday
     10 a.m.-4 p.m. -
- The Annual Chiefland May Day Festivalis scheduled to be in Buie Park, 1102 S.W. Fifth St., Chiefland. There will be music, beauty queens, a talent show, food, games, dance, a May pole, vendors and the Class of 1975. Vendors are asked to call or text 352-231-2302. Political leaders and candidates are asked to call or text 352-262-4224. The 2024 Chiefland May Day Committee includes Alice Monyei, Alesha Smith, Cecilia Jones, LaWanda Jones, Jeryl Brown, Franklin Schuler, Bernadette Brown, Minister Sebrenah Phillips and Terri White. 


May 22, Wednesday
     9  a.m.- 3 p.m. –
Visit Seahorse Key Marine Lab and the Cedar Key Light Station. Seahorse Key is an island adjacent to the mainland of Cedar Key, managed by the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges. On these free open house dates, the public is welcome to check out the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station field research lab or explore the historical light station. Transportation by personal vessel or tour boat (includes a fee paid to the tour company by the passenger) is required. Contact the Cedar Key Welcome Center regarding current tour boat operations. Please note -- Trails leading to the light station and beach are steep and primitive in some areas. Use caution when loading and unloading vessels onto the floating docks and navigating the natural areas of the trails and beach.

May 23, Thursday
     9 a.m. --
The Levy County School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is scheduled to conduct a meeting on 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 Shawn Myers the SHAC Chair for more details at 352-486-5231 or via email at shawn.myers@levyk12.org.

 

June 1, Saturday
     7  a.m.- 2 p.m. –
Tour de Melon, is a cycling event with a family trail ride on the local, paved Nature Coast Trail or a century ride (100 miles) on an area highway route sponsored by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club. The rides start at Charles Strickland Recreational Park, 2340 Old Fannin Road, in Chiefland. Ride distances include Century (100 mi.), Half-Century (50 mi.)  and Trail (you choose, 14 miles – 43 miles).This is a ride, not a race. Free Lunch provided to all registered riders! Information at https://raceroster.com/events/2024/83336/tour-de-melon.
     8  a.m.- 3 p.m. – The 70th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival, 23 S.E. Second Ave., Chiefland is hosted by the Chiefland Woman’s Club. Free fresh sliced watermelon, live entertainment, plus numerous craft and food vendors to fill the day.
     11  a.m. – Chiefland Watermelon Parade starts promptly at 11 and goes from the high school southbound on U.S. Highway 19 (aka Main Street).

July 3, Wednesday
     9  a.m.- 3 p.m. –
Visit Seahorse Key Marine Lab and the Cedar Key Light Station. Seahorse Key is an island adjacent to the mainland of Cedar Key, managed by the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges. On these free open house dates, the public is welcome to check out the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station field research lab or explore the historical light station. Transportation by personal vessel or tour boat (includes a fee paid to the tour company by the passenger) is required. Contact the Cedar Key Welcome Center regarding current tour boat operations. Please note -- Trails leading to the light station and beach are steep and primitive in some areas. Use caution when loading and unloading vessels onto the floating docks and navigating the natural areas of the trails and beach.
     5 - 9 p.m. – The City of Williston is scheduled to host its annual Independence Day Celebration. The parade starts at 5 p.m., followed by the Independence Day Celebration at Horseman’s Park, 803 S.W. 19th Ave. at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at dark.

 

July 4, Thursday
Independence Day
     ??? p.m. –
The town of Bronson traditionally has hosted its 4th of July celebration at James H. Cobb Park, 650 Oak St., in Bronson. For additional Information, call 352-486-2354.

 

July 5, Friday
     4 p.m. –
Independence Day Celebration, Horseshoe Beach. Family fun festivities, fresh local seafood, and a great BBQ. Fireworks start at dark (lasting approximately 1 hour). Don’t miss the Saturday morning pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m.

Aug. 3, Saturday
     8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. --
All Gilchrist County residents are urged to use Tire Amnesty Day to bring in car and light truck tires ONLY on Gilchrist County Tire Amnesty Day. Bring the tires
to the Gilchrist County Solid Waste Transfer Station at 1659 N.W. 10th St. in Bell. This is for Gilchrist County residents only. No commercial or business interests are invited. The limit is FIVE TIRES per person. No large truck or agricultural tires will be accepted. Bring proof of Gilchrist County residency. For more information, call 352-463-3185.
     10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Vet Fest 2024 is set to be at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave. Trenton. The park and campground are not in the city limits of Trenton, but it is north of State Road 36 from Wilcox Junction. Vet Fest is a free day at the park and springs with access to vendors, information, education, demonstrations, entertainment and drawings. Everyone is invited to this free event.


Oct. 14, Monday
     9  a.m.- 3 p.m. –
Visit Seahorse Key Marine Lab and the Cedar Key Light Station. Seahorse Key is an island adjacent to the mainland of Cedar Key, managed by the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges. On these free open house dates, the public is welcome to check out the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station field research lab or explore the historical light station. Transportation by personal vessel or tour boat (includes a fee paid to the tour company by the passenger) is required. Contact the Cedar Key Welcome Center regarding current tour boat operations. Please note -- Trails leading to the light station and beach are steep and primitive in some areas. Use caution when loading and unloading vessels onto the floating docks and navigating the natural areas of the trails and beach.



Nov. 11, Monday
Veterans Day

Dec. 25, Wednesday
Christmas
 


 

Regular Weekly Meetings HardisonInk.com

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated Dec. 23, 2023 at 7 a.m.

As a result of weather, organizations changing leadership, disbanding and other factors, some gatherings may have been cancelled. Please check before going to any of these.

EVERY MONDAY
     10-11 a.m. –
The Trenton Senior Center located at 1439 CR 307A in Trenton hosts Advanced Tai-Chi with Susan Levi. All activities are free at the center. Over 60 years old please. For more information call 352-463-2940. The center will be closed until Sept. 18, 2023, so the county can use it for a special needs shelter.

     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.
 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY SECOND MONDAY
     10 a.m. -- The Williston AARP Group meets in  Thompson Hall of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 661 N.W. First Ave., Williston. All people aged 50 years and older are invited to enjoy the fun and make new friends. For more information, call 352-208-1450 and leave a message.   
     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.
 

EVERY 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.
     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.

EVERY 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
     10 a.m. --
Gentle Yoga will be held at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. 
     10-11 a.m. – The Trenton Senior Center located at 1439 CR 307A in Trenton hosts Exercise with Anne Tally. All activities are free at the center. Over 60 years old please. For more information call 352-463-2940. The center will be closed until Sept. 18, 2023, so the county can use it for a special needs shelter.

    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.


EVERY SECOND TUESDAY
     10 a.m. - Noon -- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren -- 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.

     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.

EVERY THIRD TUESDAY
     7 p.m. -- Darklub (Dixie Amateur Radio Klub) monthly meetings are every third Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. They are in the Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 N.E. 11th Ave., in Trenton, just off of U.S. Highway 129 near Trenton High School.


EVERY WEDNESDAY
     9 a.m. –
Medicare Review will be held at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. 
     10-11 a.m. –
The Trenton Senior Center located at 1439 CR 307A in Trenton hosts Advanced Tai-Chi with Susan Levi. All activities are free at the center. Over 60 years old please. For more information call 352-463-2940. The center will be closed until Sept. 18, 2023, so the county can use it for a special needs shelter.
     11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- The Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site in Williston open to people who are 60 years and older. Seniors will receive a hot, nutritious, balanced meal free of charge. Donations are accepted. It’s in Thompson Hall at St. Banabas Church at 521 N.W. First Ave. Please call 352-490-7055 ext. 1 by 9 a.m. on Wednesdays to assure there will be enough meals hot and ready to serve on that day.
     12 p.m. – Chiefland Rotary Club meets at The Gathering Table,  Main Street (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Dixie County Library, 
16328 S.E U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
      6 p.m. – AmVets Post 444 invites everyone to the post’s weekly dinner and Bingo. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. AmVets Post 444 is located at 13751 N.E. 52nd Place Williston. It is the big blue building on the right side of the road for people driving from Bronson to Williston. Call after noon for additional information -- 352-528-2550.
     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.
 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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.
 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY 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
     10-11 a.m. –
The Trenton Senior Center located at 1439 CR 307A in Trenton hosts Exercise with Anne Tally. All activities are free at the center. Over 60 years old please. For more information call 352-463-2940. The center will be closed until Sept. 18, 2023, so the county can use it for a special needs shelter.
     12 p.m. – The Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meets in the the Central Florida Electric Cooperative. The address is 11491 N.W. 50th Ave., in Chiefland.

     2 p.m. -- Weekly Kids Movie (Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City.
      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.Every Thursday
      7 p.m. -- A Narcotics Anonymous meeting is scheduled for every Thursday at Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 N.W. 90th Court, in the City of Fanning Springs.
      7 p.m. -- Yankeetown Inglis Woman's Club Bingo is active. The games begin at 7 p.m., in the club located at 5 56th St., Yankeetown. Stop in at 5 p.m. and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6 p.m., you can eat before the games start. You don't have to play to eat, we have take out! There are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. For more information call 352-447-2057.
      7 p.m. -- There is Bingo every Thursday at the Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave. Contact Pamela Vamosi at 352-222-8267 or Deanna Barnard at 352-283-8828 for more information about the Lions Club of Williston.


EVERY FIRST THURSDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
The Disabled American Veterans meet on the first Thursday of the month at Otter Springs Park and Campground in the Spring Lodge, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton 32693.

 

EVERY SECOND THURSDAY
     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 Sixth Blvd. in Williston offers a free lunch each second Thursday. All are welcome. For more information, please call  352-528-6880.

     Noon -- The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce meets the second Thursday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     1:30-3:30 p.m. -- There is an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group  that meets in the Edward Jones Conference Room at 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Suite 2, in Chiefland. This support group creates a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. Participants will learn and be informed about dementia, and the group as a whole helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. RSVPs are required. Call the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to reserve a seat or to find more information.
     3 p.m. – The Nature Coast Business (Levy County) Development Council is scheduled to meet, unless otherwise noticed, in the Drummond Bank Conference Room of the Jack Wilkinson, Levy (County) Campus of The College of Central Florida, located at 15390 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, Chiefland, south of the City of Fanning Springs on the western side of the highway.  The Nature Coast Business Development Council Inc. is a Levy County organization to help improve the economy in Levy County. These meetings are open to the public. Any members of the public wishing to bring any matters before the board may do so by contacting NCBDC Executive Director Scott Osteen via email at director@naturecoast.org. The NCBDC is an entity that evolved from an original group formed in 1985, which was, is and is planned to be committed to fostering economic prosperity and the highest quality of life in the communities it serves, which are in Levy County.
     7-8 p.m. -- The Levy (County) Backyard Beekeepers meet second Thursday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bronson Community Church, 948 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), in Bronson, Florida. For more information contact Steve Starks at 386-288-0741 or John Dulaney at 352-284-3211. Free honeybee removal is available.
      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 THIRD THURSDAY
     6 p.m. --
The HealingStrong organization meets in the Gilchrist County Public Library at 105 N.E. 11th Ave., in Trenton. HealingStrong is a cancer resource organization, which helps people by educating, connecting, and encouraging those seeking comprehensive, natural strategies to heal strong and stay strong. Healing Strong is a non-profit, federally approved organization made up of a growing network of HealingStrong Groups in the United States, Canada and some other countries. The power of the HealingStrong Groups comes from fostering a vibrant, synergistic, loving community where patients get inspiration and motivation, are empowered with information to take action (or change direction), and are encourage to be strong and courageous and to never give up. Meetings are free, encouraging, informative and full of hope because no one should have to heal alone. Together, people at these meetings may find strength through faith, education and connection with others.

 

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.
     9:30 a.m. - Noon – The Trenton Senior Center located at 1439 CR 307A in Trenton hosts BINGO followed by lunch. All activities are free at the center. Over 60 years old please. For more information call 352-463-2940. The center will be closed until Sept. 18, 2023, so the county can use it for a special needs shelter.

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
     Noon –
The Trenton Senior Center located at 1439 CR 307A in Trenton hosts a monthly birthday party with a special meal, cake and ice cream. All activities are free at the center. Over 60 years old please. For more information call 352-463-2940. The center will be closed until Sept. 18, 2023, so the county can use it for a special needs shelter.

     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.


EVERY SECOND SATURDAY
     8 a.m. –
The United Methodist Men of Fist United Methodist Church of Chiefland meet the second Saturday of every month. They meet in the Fellowship Hall, which is in the basement of First UMC Chiefland, 707 Main St., 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.

 

EVERY 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.

 

EVERY FOURTH SATURDAY
     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. 

EVERY 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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