• Concert at FBC

    The Mast Brother’s will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, Nov. 8 at First Baptist Church in Dunnellon.  

    Yard sale

    There will be a Church yard sale Friday and Saturday Nov. 13 and 14. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • City Council

    Dunnellon City Council will meet from 5:30 to approximately 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at City Hall. The Historic Preservation Board meets on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.

    Aprender espanol

    The Community Technical Adult Education Program will continue offering the conversational Spanish classes:


    Monday, Jan. 4, Spanish I, 4 to 6 p.m. and Spanish I, 6 to 8 p.m.

    Tuesday, Jan. 5, Spanish II, 6 to 8 p.m.

    Dunnellon Elementary School:

    Thursday, Jan. 7, Spanish I, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • German church service

    There will be a German Language Church Service on Sunday at Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place/ S.R. 200. For more information call Gerhard Gross, 489-0023.

    Prayer event

  • Holiday programs

    Create lasting memories and experience quality family time at the following Dunnellon Public Library events and programs.

    Dec. 18, 2 p.m. — Victoria’s School of Dance holiday-inspired dance performance

    Jan. 27, 4 p.m. — Crafty Kids: Nature Scrapbooking (Reservations required)

    Feb. 17, 4 p.m. — Crafty Kids: Create Your Own Mouse Pad (Reservations required) Reservations are required for each crafts program. Call 438-2526 to register.   Santa at state park

  • AARP Classes

    An AARP Driver Safety Class for those 50 and older will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21 at the Rainbow Lakes Estates Clubhouse. The two-day class meets for three hours each day.

    Cost is $14 per person for all materials except a pen or pencil. However, by showing one’s AARP membership card, the cost is only $12.

    Class size is limited. Call 489-1574 for information or reservations.   

    Bridge Anyone?

  • Vacation Bible School

    this weekend

    A Vacation Bible School will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24,  and 2  p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at the Dunnellon Pentecostal Church, 1992 W. Blue Cove Dr., Dunnellon. There will be fun facts about dinosaurs, face painting, games and prizes. The Bible School is free to all children, ages three through 12

    Methodists serve

    fish dinner

  • R. Lakes Garden Club

  • Retirements and restructuring are the reasons behind new leadership announcements by Marion County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yancey.

    The announcements include both district and school principal positions. Unless otherwise noted, these changes take effect July 1, 2010.

  • Free fitness seminar

    at Curves

    Danny Russo, a nationally recognized women’s fitness coach, will bring his "Food, Exercise and Water" seminar to the women of Dunnellon on Saturday, July 17 at 10 a.m. Attend this free, hold on to your seat, event for women only and find out how to eliminate water retention, flatten your lower stomach, firm up buttocks and thighs while strengthening your lower back, and other tried and tested fitness techniques.

  • Wall-Rives Post 58

    Regular meetings of the Post and Auxiliary are held on the first Wednesday of the month starting at 7 p.m.

    Bingo is held every Thursday evening. Doors open at 4 p.m. Games start at 6 p.m. Food is available.

    ‘Love Letters’ on stage

  • Picking the Queen of the Rainbow and her court, a Dunnellon tradition since 1952, continues this year as five young women compete for the title and prizes at Boomtown Days.

    The pageant will take place Sunday, April 18 as Dunnellon hosts the 54th year of Boomtown Days. (See related story). The Queen of the Rainbow pageant predates the festival and started out as part of Dunnellon’s Labor Day celebration.

    This year pageant directors are Heidi and Amber Schwier. The assistant director is Casee Demets.

  • Judy Paradiso is passionate about protecting the aquifer.

    Her family’s home and business sits on a window to Central Florida’s underground water system.

    With her husband Ed, she operates Blue Grotto Springs near Williston, the largest clear water cavern in Florida.

    It offers a special experience to both scuba divers and shore-bound visitors. Last week it was the first stop on a tour of the Rainbow Springs Basin. Two tours were offered as part of the Marion Springs Festival.

  • Some of his friends call him “Robot Boy” and it is all because of the help he is getting from the Shriners.

    This summer doctors at the Tampa Shriners Hospital operated on Peter Frechette to correct a problem stemming from a broken leg.

    His original doctor told his parents, Peter and Debbie Frechette, that their son’s leg was within the normal range despite the fact it obviously was curving inward as he grew.

  • Annual Youth Day

  • Four generations of families have sustained business at Dinkins store year after year, six days a week.

    That era is coming to an end later this week.

    No longer will the door open before 7 a.m.

    No longer will little chicks chirp from the chicken coops in the back of the store.

    No longer will four employees have jobs.

    No longer will Bahia grass seed be available in bulk.

    No longer will bags of seed and feed be stacked high in the back of the store.

  • Baby steps pantry

    Annie Johnson Senior and Family Service Center has a special request: our agency has started a pantry called “baby steps” pantry. This panty is set up for parents that have babies and can not afford baby food or baby items.

  • During the recent St. John the Baptist Catholic Church sponsored variety show, "Around the World in 80 Minutes - or so," which took place at the church hall, the ending segment of the show was devoted to recognizing and honoring veterans.

      One "vet" in particular -- 97-year-old World War II veteran Robert G. Kramer, U.S. Navy, retired -- was singled out for special recognition.

    Kramer who celebrated his 97th birthday last October, served aboard the USS Wisconsin during her entire first cruise from April 1944 to October 1945.

  • Horizon of Hope

    Tickets are on sale for the third annual Horizon of Hope Luncheon and Fashion Show. The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Rainbow Springs Golf and Country Club. All proceeds support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and (Relay) Team Basketcases. Tickets, $25, go on sale July 1 (seating is limited). For more information, please call: Alma Tankersley, 489-1660, Sherry Roberts, 489-2121 or Kathy Nielsen, 586-4167.   

    VFW Post 7991

  • It was a big year for news in Dunnellon, with success in high school sports, an astronaut connection, a new city manager and police chief, resurgence of the Rainbow Pageant and more — all despite a sputtering economy.

    The following is a collection of excerpts from the many news items that appeared on the pages of the Riverland News from January through March 2009.

    Part two of the ‘Year in Review’ will appear in next week’s edition.