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By The Staff

Today

American Legion Post 91 dinner meeting

The Jamerson-Sheffield Post 91, American Legion will have its regular membership donation dinner and meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and the membership meeting starting after the dinner. As always it is a joint meeting with the  Ladies Auxiliary of the Post. Please plan to attend to keep the organization moving forward. All veterans are welcome to attend.

Friday

POW-MIA ceremony at Legion Post 383

 American Legion Post 383, American Legion Auxiliary and S.A.L. members are having a POW-MIA Ceremony on Friday, September 18,  beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Legion in Old Town.  We will be honoring our POW, Charlie Combs, who is presently at the VA Nursing Home. Refreshments and music will follow the ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend and remember not only those who served our great Country, but those who are still missing as well. Call 542-2021 for more information.

Saturday

Shrine Breakfast at clubhouse

The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its semi-monthly country breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on Highway 26, about a half-mile north of Fanning Springs. The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, pancakes and coffee. The cost is $5.50 per person. The public is invited.

Everett Family reunion in Trenton

The annual Everett family reunion will be held  at 11:30 a.m. at the Trenton Community Center, 214 SE 3rd Ave., Trenton. The brief business meeting will be followed by a covered dish luncheon.

Those attending should bring a covered dish or dishes to share. Drinks and tableware will be provided. All Everett Descendants are cordially invited to attend.

Wednesday

Get answers to Medicare questions

Folks with questions about Medicare or Medicare/Medicaid, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare billings can get answers from the SHINE volunteers.

The volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs will offer one-on-one counseling that provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance.  If you cannot come to a site or want to know a site close to you, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243.

SHINE’s volunteers will be at the Trenton Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from  10 a.m. to noon.

September 25

Chiefland Library

The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library are having a Meet and Greet on Sept. 25 at the library, 104 N.E. Third St. This casual get-together is at 7 p.m. Members and invited guests can socialize, have fun and learn about future programs slated for the library this year.

September 26

Levy Fair holds Poker Run

The Levy County Fair Association, Inc. will hold its first Poker Run  at Williston Horseman’s Park off State Road 41 in Williston. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. The designated route will be given out to those registered prior to start up.

Fees are $10 per rider, $5 for passenger and $5 for a meal wristband. The meal includes pulled pork or chicken, baked beans, Texas toast, salad and tea. There will be a 50/50 raffle and $1 dot game.

For more information call 352-450-1445.

Women’s Expo has flu shots

The Women’s Health & Fitness Expo will be held  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River. Exhibitors include experts on cardiac, vision, rehabilitation, dental, hearing and women’s health, among others. There will be a variety of free screenings, information on nutrition, exercise, vitamins, and chiropractic health, plus the LifeSouth Bloodmobile for blood donations and the Alzheimer’s Association mobile van offering memory screening.

Nature Coast Emergency Medical Service members will be on hand between 9 and 11 a.m. to administer  flu vaccinations to those 18 or older. The immunization is free with a Medicare Part B insurance card, and $30  for all other others.

October 3

Amvets BBQ and karaoke    

The Amvets William Crow Post No. 447 will have a fund raiser and open karaoke on Saturday, Oct. 3 from  2p.m. to  6 p.m.  Dinner will include wood-smoked barbecued Boston butt and lima beans cooked in ham ‘n onions, potato salad, roll, and dessert for a $6 donation.  The public is invited. The post is located at  33 Risher Avenue, Inglis,  For to-go orders, please call 447-4473.

October 11

Amvets BBQ and karaoke

    The Amvets William Crow Post No. 447 will have a fund raiser and jam session on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Breakfast will include Scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, biscuits, and gravy for a $4 donation.  The public is invited. The post is located at  33 Risher Avenue, Inglis,  For to-go orders, please call 447-4473..

October 15-22

Second Annual Fall Paddle Florida

    The second annual Fall Paddle Florida event begins at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak and concluding at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland.

    Last year’s inaugural event hosted 160 paddlers on the 123-mile, seven-day excursion.

    The fall excursion includes daily stops and overnight camping along the recently completed Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. Overnight camping is at the Suwannee River State Park, Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground, Ivey Memorial Park, Gornto Springs, and finally Fanning Springs State Park.

    Fall registration is capped at 200 paddlers. The registration fee begins at $300 per adult, $275 for senior adults and $250 for children and includes a T-shirt, boat decal, camping, maps and river descriptions and entertainment/activities for the paddlers.

    Paddle Florida is held in cooperation with the Florida Park Service and the Suwannee River Water Management District.  For more information, go to www.paddleflorida.org or call Bill Richards at (352) 377-8342.

October 16-17

Cracker Cattle Drive & Hernando Heritage Days

    Saddle up your horses and join in an old fashion cracker cattle drive the weekend of   October 16-17. Camp out Friday night with campfire, music, entertainment and much more.

     Saturday, bright and early, the cattle will be herded towards the heart of town in Hernando, picking up the riders that opt for the Saturday one-day ride.

    Meals on the trail are included in price. Directions and other pertinent information will be mailed once a registration is received.  Ride one day or two.  Cost of two-day ride:  adults, $200, and riders age 18 and under, $150. Cost of one-day, Saturday only: adult, $100, and riders 18 and under, $75.

    All proceeds from the Hernando Southern Heritage Days Cattle Drive and Festival benefit the restoration and upkeep of the Historic Hernando School.  

    For information and registration packets, call (352) 419-4857.

October 17

Gulf Hammock and Smallwood Reunion

    The Gulf Hammock and Smallwood Reunion, will be from !0 a.m. until everyone leaves at  Beck Park in Gulf Hammock. Lunch will be at 1 p.m.

    The reunion is open to anyone who lives or lived in Gulf Hammock, friends and relatives, and members of the Smallwood family. Bring a favorite dish of food, yourself, others, and a chair for each person.  For more information, please contact Donald Smallwood at (225) 598-9435 or donaldbsm@charter.net or Amelia Dampier at (352) 629-4438 or ethdampi352@aol.com

 December 12

Rock Crusher Canyon Concert

    Blake Shelton, Jason Michael Carroll, Craig Morgan will perform at Rock Crusher Canyon, Crystal River. The first performance starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $25 to $75. To order tickets, call Mike Hampton’s Pitching In Foundation at 527-3297, visit Fancy’s Pets in Crystal River or log on to  www.ticketmaster.com.

ystal River or log on to  www.ticketmaster.com.

Ongoing

Guardian ad litem program

    Volunteer to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the court system.  In Levy County, there are about 80 children in the child welfare system.  Help ensure these children are heard and not forgotten. No legal background is necessary.  

    Next training class starts Oct 20th.  Call 352-486-3308 or go to www.guardianadlitem.org.

American Legion Post 383 karaoke on Saturdays

    American Legion Post 383 in Old Town has karaoke with Stacy every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Prospective members and volunteers are also welcome. Post 383 is for all veterans and their families.

Boys & Girls Clubs want clunkers

    Florida Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for “Clunker Cars” to be donated as a way of raising funds. The benefits offered for donating include a tax write off for the donors and knowledge that the old clunker is helping a “Positive Place for Kids”. If you want to donate a car, the Florida Clubs can be reached by calling 1-800-246-0493.

TOPS meeting

    The Chiefland TOPS group meets at St. Albans church on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Both  men and women are welcome.

Rotary Clubs

    Chiefland Rotary meets at noon Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s, Main Street, Chiefland.

    Williston Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 NE 1st Street.

Grand Slam Bridge on Mondays

    Grand Slam Bridge, with two tables in play, is held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested in participating are asked to call Joan at 493-0279.

    Both weekly and substitute players are needed.