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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – MAY 5 CINCO DE MAYO – MAY 5 Blues Fest at Red, White & Blues Farm – May 7 & May 8

The 2022 blueberry season is right around the corner and we are celebrating our blueberry harvest at Blues Fest on April 30th, May 1st, 7th and 8th. Red, White & Blues Farm, 3250 NE 140th Ave, Williston, FL is having a day full of blueberry treats, live music, delicious food, amazing local arts and crafts from wonderful local artists, and fun-filled farm activities for the whole family to experience.

Join us from 10 am to 5 pm and enjoy picking your very own tasty blueberries and stunning sunflowers from our family farm. Thank you for supporting your local family farm where you can experience joy in every season. TICKETS ARE LIMITED. FMI: AndBlueFarms

Haven Hospice Volunteer Fair – May 7Haven Hospice volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of patients and families in the community! If you are interested in volunteering or learning more please join us for a volunteer fair being held Saturday May 7 at the Haven Attic Resale Store, 112 Rodgers Blvd., Chiefland 10 am-12pm. Haven offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages and skill levels, including veteran, patient, retail, pet visitors and more. You can even help from home with an administrative or phone caller role. We look forward to meeting you! Questions? Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Vondla Sullivan at or 352-538-0857.

Williston Tractor Supply Co. Farmers Market – May 7

Come join us May 7th for Tractor supply 1st Farmers Market, Saturday May 7 9 am-1pm, 515 W. Noble Ave., Williston.

This event is free to set up. Want to be a vendor? Contact us and let us know what you are bringing. Vendors please come 45 mins before start time so you can have time to set up. Vendors scheduled so far are FFA selling BBQ sandwiches and chips, Boiled peanuts, Plants, Chickens, Eggs, Homemade soap, Sour dough and sour dough kits, Homemade sauces, Home made vinegars, Homemade candles.

Spring Book Sale – May 7

The Bell Library will be holding its spring book sale on Saturday, May 7th, from 9 am to 1 pm Hundreds of books for all ages and interests will be available. Books are not priced but are available for whatever donation patrons can give. Come out and help support this great all-donation, all-volunteer library. The Bell Library is located at 1140 S. Main Street, Bell. For more information please call 352-463-0043.

MOTHER’S DAY – MAY 8 Spoken Word Motorcycle Rally – May 13-15

The first annual Spoken Word Motorcycle Rally, hosted by Camp Anderson Anchored, 536 NE 168th Old Town, FL, is an event like no other! Come out and join us May 13 at 3pm to May 15 12pm for good food, great fellowship, and tons of fun! We can’t wait to hear from the Christian Motorcycle Association’s speakers and gather together in a time of worship with you! Remember, Stay Anchored in Old Town! Ticket Prices are as follows: WEEKEND – $ 75, WEEKEND CAMPER – $ 135, SATURDAY PASS – $ 55. Visit our website at to learn more and view the schedule for the weekend. Reach out to us at info @ if you have any questions. We are SO excited to see what God is going to do through this event!

Sonshine Chapter Rally – May 13-15

Everyone is welcome, membership is not required. Strawberry Fields RV Park, 1043 NE 4th Street, Chiefland. Call the RV Park for site reservations, 352-507-7035. FMI: visit campers4

Chiefland Rotary Club Fishing

Tournament – May 14

For more information, visit

Beautify Bronson Day – May 14

The Town of Bronson is seeking volunteers to help in gathering trash and debris from the sides of roads and streets. Volunteers will gather at Town Hall at 10 am Roll-off containers will be dropped off at at Town Hall May 13 by GFL Environmental and will be picked up at this same location May 16. Those wanting to provide assistance in the cleanup work should reach out to Sue Beaudet via phone at 352-486-2354 or email at

ARMED FORCES DAY – MAY 21 Chief Theater Hosts Tea Party Fundraiser – May 21

The Suwanee Valley Players are hosting a tea party fundraiser at the Chief Theater, located at 25 E Park Ave in Chiefland on Saturday, May 21 with two seatings to choose from: 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. They will offer a selection of teas and treats, and sell an assortment of tea pots.

The Victorian-costumed cast of the upcoming Domestic Bliss show will also be on hand.

Tickets are $ 25 per person and can be purchased at or by calling (352) 493-2787. All proceeds support the Chief.

MEMORIAL DAY – MAY 30 68th Annual Watermelon Festival – June 4

For over a half century, visitors from miles away have come to Chiefland to enjoy our annual Watermelon Festival.

Everyone attending will enjoy a parade, arts and crafts, vendor booths, pageants and watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, and a host of other family-fun activities. Festival will be set up at 23 SE 2nd Ave., Chiefland, 8 am-3pm.

The parade begins promptly at 11:00 am at Chiefland Middle High School and travels South down Hwy19. For more information visit www.chieflandwomans

Tour De Melon – June 4

Hosted by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club as a way to support local charities, such as the Food4Kids Backpack program, the Tour de Melon is a bike ride offering rides 15 miles to 100 miles! It truly is an amazing event and has something for every cyclist at every level. It’s also a great family ride on the beautiful Nature Coast State Trail.

This years Tour de Melon will be held Saturday, June 4th, starting at Charles Strickland park 2340 Old Fannin ‘Rd., Chiefland. You can register for the event, or obtain additional information on the Tour de Melon Facebook page.

Summer Outdoor Market – June 18

4th annual Outdoor Market hosted by Crooked Cactus Boutique with food trucks and over 35 vendors.

Levy County 4-H summer events & day camps

Bronson – Are you looking for something educational and fun for your youth this summer? If so, look no further! Levy County 4-H will be offering Summer Day Camps throughout the months of June and July. Camps include AG Discovery (8-13 year old), All About Animals (5-7 year old), Cooking Around the World (8-13 year old), Hometown Heroes (8-13 year old), Crafty Clover-buds ( 5-7 year old), Grill Masters (8-13 year old) and Fishing (8-13 Year old).

AG Discovery: June 6th-9th (24 spots)

All About Animals: June 13th – 16th (20 spots)

Cooking Around the World: June 20th- 23rd (12 spots)

Hometown Heroes: June 27th- June 30th (24 spots)

Crafty Cloverbuds: July 11th- July 14th (20 spots)

Grill Masters: July 18th- 21st (12 spots)

Fishing: July 25th- 28th (24 Spots)

Registration for our first camp closes on May 25th. Be sure to register early to secure your camper’s spot!

You can find descriptions and registration for these camps on Eventbrite by going to https: // levycounty The link will also be available on our Facebook page: @ LevyCounty4H.

If you have questions about any of our camps, please call our office at (352) 486-5131.

4-H is an all-inclusive youth organization that offers a variety of youth involvement ranging from school-based programs to community clubs. Students are encouraged to join 4-H and find their passion by exploring the many opportunities the program has to offer.

Enrollment is still open for the 2020-2021 year through the Florida 4HOnline web portal:

For more information about the Levy County 4-H Program, please contact the UF / IFAS Extension Office at (352) 486-5131

Ongoing Meetings, Events and Opportunities

Fix Them All, Inc. needs volunteers

If you wish to be a part of the solution and feel as strongly as we do about the need to reduce the out-of-control population of unwanted animals, we need you!

As we grow, we must increase our volunteer staff to continue our success.

From three counties in 2016, we are serving 23 counties. We are a registered non-profit spay and neuter affordable fee organization.

Do you have a mobile phone, printer, and PC? Please get in touch with us. You can help save many lives. Lucille 352-348-1615.

Help provided for health insurance marketplace

Need help getting health insurance? Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators are standing by. Suwannee River AHEC’s Navigators provide outreach and enrollment services to anyone looking to enroll for health care coverage in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

We assist consumers with confidential telephone, virtual, and online enrollment service appointments.

Our services are completely free.

Call 386-230-9400 or email to book your appointment today.

Help for grandparents

raising kids

The Grandparents Raising Kids Support Group meets 10 am to noon the second Tuesday of the month at First Baptist Church of Cross City, 16024 US 19 in Cross City.

The group is a safe place to receive help, and find resources, advice, a sympathetic ear and friends. For more information, call Gigi at 352-493-9183.

CareerSource helps with employment

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion works with many hiring businesses in Levy County who are looking for talented candidates right now. Speak with a career development coach for free job search services. They also provide help with unemployment benefits. Call 800-434-5627 or 352-493-6813; or visit 2175 NW 11th Drive, Chiefland.

Haven Hospice Volunteers needed for patient support

Haven Hospice is seeking energetic, outgoing volunteers in the tri-county area who support the Haven mission of honoring life while providing comfort, care and compassion to those we serve through the donation of their time.

To sign up for our next orientation or for more information, contact Vondla Sullivan at 352.538.0847 or


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