Suwannee Valley Times is distributed into the following cities and towns: Lake City, Live Oak, Madison, Branford, Dowling Park, Falmouth, Lee, Wellborn, Jasper, White Springs, Fort White, High Springs and Alachua


Published 3-31-21


Easter Festival & Egg Hunt

Staff Reports

April 3, 2021 – Come enjoy a morning of family fun on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Wellborn Baptist Church with inflatables for the whole family and over 4,000 eggs to be found!

     Elementary age Egg Hunts will be at 10:30am, 11:30am, & 12:30pm. Preschool and younger age Egg Hunts will be at 11:00am & 12:00pm. 

Wellborn Baptist Church is located at 4146 Lowe Lake Road in Wellborn.



Covenant First Presbyterian Church will worship with a Service of Darkness on Good Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. The service will include scripture readings and choral meditations. After each meditation the sanctuary will be darkened a little.

     The Tenebrae Service dates from the 6th century. It is a dramatic service to remember the death and passion of Jesus Christ. The literal translation of the Latin word, “tenebrae” is “shadows;” thus the service moves from light to darkness. In the early church it was celebrated on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Holy Week.

     The purpose of the Tenebrae Service is to help us focus on the total impact of the darkest day in the history of Christianity. The day Jesus died on the cross. The service is in complete contrast to Easter. The mood is what the followers of Jesus felt on the Friday long ago: shock, despair, gloom, grief and sadness; however, at the close of the service, the Christ candle returns to give us hope for the resurrection. This Good Friday service will encourage the congregation to consider how their lives should reflect this historical and spiritual event.

     This will be purely a service of reflection. There is no admission charge and no offering will be taken. Covenant First Presbyterian Church is located at 421 White Avenue in Live Oak.

     For more information call 386-365-4932.

Columbia Toxic Round-Up Event

April 10, 2021 – Time to clean out the garage! Don’t send harmful waste to the landfill, drive it up to the Columbia County Fairgrounds at 164 SW Mary Ethyl Lane from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for easy disposal. Items accepted include, but are not limited to:

Computers, TVs and household electronics

Paints and Paint Products


Fertilizers and pesticides

Aerosol Cans


Household Cleaners


Fluorescent lamps

Cooking Oil

Fire Extinguishers

Propane Tanks

and more!

     For a full list, visit

The Toxic Round Ups are a partnership between the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Department, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Columbia County Commission.

     The event is FREE for residents; however Alachua County Environmental Protection Department must assess small businesses a nominal fee for eligible quantities of all aforementioned waste items. Small businesses may contact (352) 334-0440 for more information about associated fees and program availability.

Heritage Park & Gardens 5K Run/Walk

April 3, 2021  – Heritage Park & Gardens in Live Oak hosts a free monthly 5K Run/Walk the first Saturday of every month. The run/walk starts at 7:30 a.m. and they ask participants to please arrive at least by 7:20 a.m. There are no road crossings on the course, so it is child-friendly. The park is privately managed by a non-profit group, “Friends of Heritage Park & Gardens.” It is located at 1004 Helvenston Street SE, in Live Oak.



LIVE OAK -- The Live Oak Garden Club is hosting their Annual SPRING BAZAAR on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 8AM to 2PM.

     The Bazaar will be held at the Garden Club’s clubhouse, located between Lake city Medical Center Live Oak (formerly Live Oak Shands Hospital) and the Suwannee County Coliseum at 1300 11th Street, SW.

     The Bazaar includes a like-new yard sale as well as a huge plant sale and many vendors with an amazing selection of crafts, goodies and gifts.  One of the area’s most popular Food Vendors, “Smokin’ Like a 57 Chevy” will offer amazing and yummy barbecue.

     In addition to supporting the Garden Club’s projects in the community, proceeds from the yearly event help fund the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs’ youth projects.  Collectively, Florida Garden Clubs sends thousands of youths from first through sixth grade to camp in Longwood at Camp Wekiva for a nature experience.  Garden Clubs also sponsor an environmental conference for high school students, SEEK (Saving Earth’s Environment through Knowledge), held each summer in Ocala.  The Live Oak Garden Club sends four Suwannee High School students to the conference each year.  Scholarships are also available for college students entering a Florida college/university and for all levels of college coursework.  Their course of study must meet garden club objectives.

     For complete information about our Club and our events, check out the club’s website at

High Springs Playreaders Meet on April 8th

Submitted by Sharon Yeago

HIGH SPRINGS, FL – April 8 - If you love the theatre, you might enjoy a new program being offered by Y-Not Theatre and Good News Arts on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Good News Arts, located at 23352 W HWY 27, Suite 80, High Springs, Florida.  This group meets monthly every 2nd Thursday at Good News Arts.

      Everyone that acts, directs, studies, writes, designs, works in, or just loves the theatre are invited to come and enjoy new American plays and connect with others, outdoor with social distance. It’s kind of a book club for plays. No preparation is needed. 

     The goal of High Springs Playreaders is to broaden the lens and introduce new American plays to new audiences. The content of the playreaders program is focused on mature audiences. Some of the pieces have adult language and situations.

     Please contact the group’s curator Paul Gabbard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Medicare Educational Seminar


Are you age 64 )or older? The lifestyle Enrichment Center of Lake City, FL, is sponsoring a Free Educational Medicare Seminar, Tuesday, Apri1 13, 2021 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM

     The seminar will be moderated by Irv Crowetz ofC/C & Associates, Inc. 

     Subjects covered will be: What you need to know about Medicare; When to enroll; What is covered parts A B C and D, Is a supplement needed? We will answer questions for Retires, Medicaid people, Those still working and Veterans. Please bring your questions! This is NOT a sales seminar.   

     A tour of the facility will be available Please RSVP to 386-755-3476, eXt. 107

“OF A DIFFERENT FLESH” Exhibition and Opening Reception

Presented by Good News Arts in High Springs

Submitted by Sharon Yeago

April 3, 2021

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – Good News Arts, Inc. invites the public to the exhibition Of a different flesh, featuring work by artists Mär Martinez and Julia Matejcek, on view from March 31st through April 17th. The free opening reception on Saturday, April 3rd from 5-7pm will feature the artists as guests, refreshments, and seating and tents outside for safe social distancing outside of the gallery (we also always host a free play and paint area for children). Located in High Springs, Good News Arts collaborates with local, regional, and national artists to provide creative education opportunities, exhibitions, and cultural programming to the community. Good News Arts also serves as a community center, free and accessible to all. 

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 3rd from 5-7pm at the First Avenue Centre, 23352 W HWY 27, Suite 80, High Springs, FL 32643.

About the exhibition:

Of a different flesh features the works of Mär Martinez and Julia Matejcek. Each artist thinks deeply about our relationship to the world around us, using binary representations and landscape to investigate power dynamics, imbalances, and meetings. Through figurative representation, Martinez’s work challenges our need for dominance and our reliance on sexual identity, violence, and power to express this dominance. Her work confronts us, and we must grapple with these ideas, as much as the figures grapple within the pieces. Alternatively, through the absence of the figure, Matejcek’s landscapes use that void to invite us into a space of consideration, swallowing us up, and asking us to consider the power of nature and how we choose to interact with it. Both artists illustrate the violence inherent to our roles as humans in social and natural relationships, forcing us to take account of our behaviors and question our place in the world.

About the Artists:

Mär Martinez (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in sculptural painting. Her work dissects dominance, aggression and power dynamics through the lens of a culturally-enforced binary system. She received a BFA in Painting and BA in Art History at the University of Central Florida in 2020.. Select Upcoming Exhibitions include: Remembering the Words to Our Song, FL, GALEX 55 National Juried Competition, IL, ARTFIELDS 2021, SC, and Sugar, Spice, and Not Playing Nice, NY. She can be reached at or @meatvoid on Instagram.

Julia Matejcek (she/they) is an artist whose practice is based in photography and rooted in an exploration of what it might mean to decenter the human. Her work often addresses the more-than-human world—specifically animals and how we see, eat, domesticate, and admire them. 

She holds a BA in Art and Biology from Williams College and is currently an MFA candidate at The Ohio State University. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and received artist grants from MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program and the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. Julia can be reached at or @juliamatejcek on Instagram.

Learn more about Good News Arts and these events at