Community Calendar

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By The Staff


Aug. 8

Back-to-School Rally

WE SOAR, Inc., will host the 15th Annual Back-to-School Rally on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Allen Chapel AME Church located at 48 NE 9th Street, Williston.

A rally program will feature the WE SOAR Step/Mime team and other youth performing arts groups. There will be free school supply packs (assembled by appropriate grade-level), door prizes and refreshments.

This event was designed to promote school readiness as well as provide school supplies to the youth and families throughout the community.

The organization is asking for co-sponsors for this project. Your sponsorship may be in the form of school supplies, door prizes, gift certificates, refreshments, or monetary donations (payable to WE SOAR, Inc.).

For more information, please contact Mimi Johnson at 352-528-2170/352-361-6528 or Fannie Bernard 352-528-6370.

Withlacoochee Friends

The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve will meet Saturday, Aug. 8 at 10a.m. at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. Bring enthusiasm, a folding chairand your favorite insect repellant.


Aug. 10

AARP Luncheon

AARP Chapter #912 members will be carpooling to the Golden Corral in Ocala for lunch on Monday, Aug. 10. Members will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Dixie parking lot (near McDonald's).

The next regular meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church Hall.


Aug. 15

Stuff the Bus

Take advantage of back-to-school specials now and buy school supplies to help the Levy Schools Foundation Stuff the Bus on Aug. 15.

All supplies collected will be distributed among the county’s teachers for use by Levy County students.

In Williston, a bus will be at Hitchcock’s Foodway from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and in Bronson it will be at the Buy N Save Grocery.

Cash donations are welcomed and will be used to buy supplies in bulk.

Items needed include:

• Pens

• Pencils

• Erasers

• Colored Pencils

• Paper

• Pocket Folders

• Crayons

• Markers

• Scissors

• Glue

• Kleenex

• Hand Soap/Sanitizer

• Backpacks

All donations are tax deductible.

For more information, call Levy County Schools and remember to help Stuff the Bus Aug. 15.

For your convenience, a drop box for items is available at Warehouse Flooring in Williston.

Hot Summer Night

The Fourth Annual Hot Summer Night event is planned for Saturday, Aug. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Dunnellon’s Historic Village. This year’s focus is on helping others as we come together as a community to have fun listening to music, shopping and eating on a hot summer night.

Abigail’s Café will host an outdoor barbecue on the grounds and donate the proceeds to the Annie Johnson Center who is trying to raise $3,500 for a much needed food storage building so they can better care for the hungry in our community.

Musical entertainment at Abigail's Cafe will change hourly during Hot Summer Night Saturday, Aug. 15 from 5-9 p.m.

Beginning at 5 p.m., Tom and Ingrid Ellis will sing and play instruments. At 6 p.m. "Song Story" with Lee and Betsy Paulet will take over for an hour. From 7 to 8 p.m. "Starbird" will entertain and from 8 - 9 p.m. "Too Many Smits" will take the stage.

Antique & Classic Cars are encouraged to call Clovis at 352-502-2232 and plan to drive in and show off for the evening.

Holy Faith Episcopal Church of Dunnellon will offer youngsters a turn in their Bounce House for a small fee and cold drinks for sale to raise money for their food pantry on the grounds of Always Something Gift Shop.

Live classic rock will be performed on the porch of the Grumbles House by local KARS (Kelly’s Auto Repair Service) owner Kelly Michels and his family band, Final Note. Vanguard High School students Taylor Myers, Robin Henry, Avery and Chris Rice will play popular tunes for teens. Donations of canned food and cash will be accepted on behalf of Mission Possible Ministries there.

Friday, Aug. 21

Head Start

Open House

Childhood Development Services, Inc. Head Start/Early Head Start will hold Open House Aug. 21 from 1-3 p.m. at All Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms

Staff will be there to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Come and meet your child’s teachers.

Meet JBE Teachers

Class lists were available on Monday, Aug. 3 for parents of students at Joyce Bullock Elementary.

You may call the school at 528-3341 to find out your student’s teacher and meet the teacher will be Aug. 21 from 9-11:30 a.m. Supply lists are also available in the front office.


Hospice Benefit

Black Prong Equestrian Center, a property and facility designed for the equestrian enthusiast and located in the heart of Florida's timberland, will open its doors to guests of Fall at the Derby 2009, a benefit for Haven Hospice. The country casual evening will feature gracious southern cuisine prepared by The Ivy House of Williston, fun festivities and live music by the Rick Gordon Band.

The evening is set for Saturday, Oct. 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

All proceeds from Fall at the Derby 2009 benefit the many unfunded support programs, community outreach and educational programs Haven Hospice provides.

Tickets are $75 per person for Fall at the Derby 2009.

For tickets, reservations, corporate sponsorships or additional information, contact Sara Walker at (352) 379-6258.

Tickets may also be purchased at the following Drummond Community Bank locations:

1627 N Young Boulevard, Chiefland, (352) 493-2277

408 E Wade Street, Trenton, (352) 463-3010

7060 C Street, Cedar Key, (352) 543-5450

200 SW Cedar Street, Cross City, (352) 498-7733

Vendors Needed

American Legion Auxiliary Post 236 of Levy County will sponsor an Annual Arts and Crafts Event Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Craft vendors are needed. Cost for a 10x10 booth is $25.

Call the American Legion at 352-486-5003 and ask for Chris Haney or e-mail floridapost236@aol.com ATT: Chris Haney.


Pioneer Seeks Back-to-School Photos

Start digging through the photo albums. The Williston Pioneer is looking for back-to-school photos for its August gallery.

Submit your favorite photo by noon Aug. 21 for publication in our Aug. 27 edition. All submitted photos will be published.

Photos may be e-mailed (minimum 150 resolution/200 is preferable) to editor@willistonpioneer.com or mailed/dropped by our office at 28 NW First Ave., Williston.

Farmers’ Market

The Lions Club has their food concession open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. They are there to answer your questions and help you sign up for membership. There is an indoor flea market, table spaces are available. This week there will be many new items, including furniture and fresh seafood.

If interested, call Erv at 875-7756 or come out and see us at the Lions Club of Williston on Saturday. The group has also partnered with Harmony Holistic Healing Center and the Levy County Farmers Market–all non-profit organizations. Everyone is there, rain or shine, on 4th Street.

Harmony Holistic Healing Center will be giving away Silver Centrum Vitamins. They are working on bringing house paint out to give away. Harmony is taking applications for food vouchers. If interested, call Cindy at 486-6229.

Levy County Farmers Market has beautiful fresh produce, plants, garden starters, orchids, honey and herbs. They accept food vouchers.

If you have something home grown or handmade, you are encouraged to participate.

There are spaces available: $10 for a 12 x 12 space.

Kindergarten Registration

Parents of all kindergarten-aged children may stop by Joyce Bullock Elementary between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to register their child for the 2009-2010 school year.

Volunteers Needed

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program is comprised of 17 local councils throughout the state, and each council is seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents who often have no one else to advocate for them are encouraged to call toll-free (888) 831-0404 or visit the program’s web site at http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Grief Support Group

A grief support group for parents and grandparents who have experienced the death of a child meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church, 1501 SE Hwy 19 in Crystal River. There is no cost to attend.

Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) is a national non-profit, self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope, especially for newly bereaved parents and grandparents, so they may rebuild their lives following the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.

For more information about the Citrus County Chapter of The Bereaved Parents of the USA, contact Bernadette Passalacqua at 352-746-4664 or

visit www.bereavedparentsusa.org