Well, hello again, and Happy Thanksgiving! It’s that time again to reflect upon thankfulness for all the blessings of the past, remembering family and friends’ gatherings, and the joy of volunteering to help others experience it, as well. Soon we will be celebrating the time-honored tradition of Thanksgiving.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), a Scottish writer, combined the ridiculous with the sublime and humor with pathos and that clever men are good but they are not the best. Of tradition, he wrote: “What an enormous magnifier is tradition! How a thing grows in the human memory and in the human imagination where love, worship and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it.”

With the passing of time, we begin to understand more fully, the word “thanks,” which is our positive Thanksgiving word for this week. Remembering how helpful our parents, volunteer friends, teachers and the leaders of our church and organizations were, we take time to savor the blessings of their loving, understanding ways and actions in our lives that have molded our character into what it is today.

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We need to continually express our thanks to those who’ve brought sunshine to our life, such as someone who helped us complete a time-consuming volunteer project along the volunteer path of service to others. A sincere thank-you note written or spoken, shared from the heart, given in affirmation and appreciation, moves out from us in every direction, blessing and unfolding the good that we can share along our life’s journey.

When we feel and express thankfulness, we unlock a door of opportunity to be a blessing to others lovingly.


  • The Path Rescue Mission has volunteer opportunities weekdays with their Christian 12-step program and activity instructors, including quilters, crochet and yoga, exercises, martial arts, art, music and games for adults and youths. Call 352-527-6500.
  • The Valerie Theatre is seeking performers, directors and behind-the-scenes volunteers for their series of plays at the theatre in Inverness. Email Ed Hardt at patherhardt@gmail.com.
  • Take Stock in Children needs mentors for middle school and high school students in preparation for college. Call 352-344-0855.
  • “Be a Santa to a Senior” is looking for volunteers for Katie Lucas’ Senior Programs wish lists that are located around town. Give Lucas a call at 352-249-1257 for a location of a tree nearest you to participate with a gift to a senior.
  • The Citrus County Family Resource Center needs volunteers for their annual children’s Christmas gift program. Call 352-344-1001 for a letter describing the child you wish to sponsor and their need.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for volunteers to help with nonmilitary and non-law-enforcement programs, including education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, security and environmental protection. Email Melissa at melissafrank@gmail.com.
  • The Community Food Bank is requesting volunteers. Call Barbara Sprague, executive director, at 352-628-3663.
  • The Veterans Administration is seeking volunteer drivers to take veterans to their appointments at the Gainesville Veterans Administration Medical Center and to The Villages Outpatient Clinic. Call 352-527-5915.
  • CASA (Citrus Abuse Shelter Association) needs baby powder, baby wipes, diaper rash cream, Kleenex, journals, pens, ketchup, pancake mix, oil, bacon, milk and cheese. Call 352-344-8111.


  • The Sugarmill Women’s Tree Auction is from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2 and 3, at Sugarmill Woods Golf and Country Club, 1 Douglas St., Homosassa.
  • The Caruth Camp Golf Challenge is Friday, Dec. 3, at the Plantation on Crystal River. The event will benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Call Tim at 352-795-7211.
  • The Nature Coast Dulcimers Players Christmas concerts are from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Love House on East Orange Avenue in Floral City; from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills; and 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 13, at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness.
  • The Tri-County RC Santa Fly-In is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Rainbow River R/C Park, 11729 Bridges Road, Dunnellon. The event will benefit the Marines Toys for Tots program. Call Chris at 352-212-9333.
  • Holy Faith Episcopal Church’s “Trains for Christmas Show” is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the church, 19924 W. Blue Cove Drive, Dunnellon. Call 352-209-5422.
  • The Chamber of Commerce Christmas parades are at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in Crystal River and at noon Saturday, Dec. 11, in Inverness.
  • The Historical Society’s “Christmas Trees Around the Square” is at the Courthouse Museum at 1 Courthouse Square in Inverness with a holiday concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Call 352-341-6428.
  • The Valerie Players will present “The Trial of Ebenezer,” on Friday through Sunday, Dec. 10-12, at the Valerie Theatre in Inverness. Email patherhardt@gmail.com.
  • The Art Center Youth Theatre’s “Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” play is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. Call 352-746-7606.
  • St. Benedict Catholic Church’s Craft and Car Show is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the church at 455 S. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River. Call Sally at 352-503-4144.
  • The Nature Coast Community Band’s Holiday Concert is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Citrus Springs Community Center; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto. Call 352-601-7394.
  • The FFRA (Family and Friends Reaching for Abilities) Christmas celebration is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club’s Hampton Room, 505 E. Hartford St., Hernando. Call 352-628-5606.
  • Living Waters UPC will present “Journey to Bethlehem,” a live nativity experience, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at the church, 1201 Bea Ave., Inverness. Call 352-400-2323.
  • Moon Over the Mounds, a guided tour at the Archaeological Park Museum at 3400 N. Museum Point in Crystal River, will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Visit https://friendsofCrystalRiverStateParks.eventbrite.com.
  • A “Tribute to Simon and Garfunkel” will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Citrus Springs Recreation Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd.

Until next time, stay positive and be thankful.

Ruth Levins participates in a variety of projects around the area. Let her know about upcoming activities by writing to P.O. Box 803, Crystal River, FL 34423.

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