Welcome to March — the windy month, St. Patrick’s Day and early sights of spring just around the corner. Azaleas are beginning to spring forth from their buds, a few crepe myrtles are seen along the volunteer path, as are the array of phlox in our medians along our journeys to and from our daily adventures. The beauty of our world is a blessing to behold.
“Blessing” is my positive word for the word “lucky,” so often referred to in March; the luck of the Irish, when we offer an Irish blessing. Of blessing, Max Lucado wrote, “Blessed are those what on earth they are on earth to do and set themselves about the business of doing it.” And Izaak Walton, of whom the Izaak Walton Lodge in Levy County’s Yankeetown is named, wrote: “Health is a blessing that money can’t buy.”
As Chaplain for the Florida Lions, District 35-0, my invocations begin with “Thank you for the blessing of this day and the opportunities we have to serve others in Lionism.”
Many of us have sung that famous hymn at church, “Count Your Blessings, name them one by one.” Eddie Fisher’s hit of the late ’50s included this refrain, “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep.” That song was at the top of the Hit Parade list for quite a few weeks.
The words of those songs encourage us to be thankful and when we do, we are lifted up when we encounter beauty all around us, when we experience kindness, see children smile. (Even babies smile at me. I think it’s my smile to them and the red lipstick I wear.)
Even the smallest things we observe add up to a bounty of blessings by the end of the day. Especially looking for the good in others and affirming it to them helps us recognize blessings we may have overlooked and prepares us for blessings yet to come our way. We can balance our desires — fulfilling achievements, experiences and relationships by being grateful for the blessings that are already in our life. ... and be at peace. Blessings come in many ways. The nicest come as friends.
— This weekend’s Strawberry Festival of March 6 and 7 in Floral City is looking for male and female contestants for the Miss Strawberry Princess and Prince contests.
— The Fort Cooper Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the trustees of the Historic Magnolia Cemetery at 3131 Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Lecanto needs volunteers for their cleanup project beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 13. Call Paul Grannon at 352-422-7450.
— Citrus Abuse Shelter Association (CASA) is looking for volunteers. Call 352-344-8111. Their wish list includes Baby Orajel, ibuprofen, vitamin D supplements, soft-nipple sippy cups, disinfectant spray, and large storage bins with lids. Drop off items at 1100 E. Turner Camp Road, Inverness.
— The Nature Coast Community Band will present its “Comedy of Errors Concert” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Crystal River Mall’s Food Court at 1801 U.S. 19; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Cornerstone Baptist Church at 1100 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness. The concerts are free.
— Homosassa First United Church will present Bobby Palermo in concert on Sunday, March 7. Call 352-628-4083.
— The Black Diamond Ladies Golf Tournament is Tuesday, March 9. The event is sponsored by the Citrus County Chronicle and will benefit Citrus County Charities to assist those with cancer. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— The George Washington Carver Center Golf Tournament is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. The event will benefit scholarships and the center. Call Charles Brooks at 352-302-8658.
— Call Sarah Ellis at the Citrus County Extension Office at 352-527-5700 for the Let’s Walk Florida project that begins Monday, March 15. The program includes tracking and reporting activities that promote physical health, as well as healthy eating and chronic disease prevention.
— Crystal River United Methodist Church will host a Spring Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at 4801 N. Citrus Ave, Crystal River. The event will include an Easter egg hunt, pony rides, games, an inflatable slide, a petting zoo, refreshments and more. Call the church at 352-795-3148.
— VFW Post 4252, at 3190 N. Carl G. Rose Highway (State Road 200) in Hernando, will have a flea market from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21. Call 352-726-3339.
— The American Irish Club will hold a Golf Tournament beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, at Twisted Oaks Golf Club at 4801 N. Forest Ridge Blvd., Beverly Hills. Call Rick at 845-608-4135 by March 14.
— The VFW Post 10087 Bunco Night starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Beverly Hills Harry F. Nesbitt Post. Call 352-746-0440.
— The Marty Williams Memorial Golf Tournament is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. Call 352-586-1638.
— The VFW Auxiliary Post 4337 Chinese Auction will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the post at 906 State Road 44 East, Inverness. Call Gloria at 786-283-1795.
Until next week, be blessed and be positive.
Ruth Levins participates in a variety of projects around the community. Let her know about your group’s upcoming activities by writing to P.O. Box 803, Crystal River, FL 34423.