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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

Saturday, Aug. 29

Political Rally

A political rally will be held from noon until 8 p.m. at the Bronson Youth League Park for candidates in the Sept. 8 Bronson Town Council elections.

Three seats are up in the election. Candidates will have an opportunity to make speeches, answer questions from members of the Bronson Chamber of Commerce and meet voters and answer their questions.

Relay for Life Yard Sale

The city of Williston Relay for Life team will have a giant yard sale with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Aug. 29 at the Williston Community Center at 46 NW Main St. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bronson Friends of the Library

Come join the Friends of the Bronson Library in planning their fall schedule at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.29 at the Bronson Library.

For more information or directions to the library, call 486-2015.

Benefit Fund-raiser

The Just Friends Helping Friends Corp. is sponsoring a fund-raiser this Saturday for the Mark Simmons Family of Williston on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Williston Country Club.

“A Nite at the Races” fun horse racing action with a raffle and auction to follow. Over $5,000 in prizes!

Food and non-alcohol beverages provided. Cash bar available in Country Club.

For more info contact Dawn Saul (352) 538-1131 or Mimi DeBurger (352) 425-9536

www.justfriendshelpingfriends.org

“A Nite at the Races” includes six video horse races and betting with “funny money”.

Afterward, there will be items auctioned that can be purchased with the “funny money” and/or real cash.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

SHINE

Do you have questions about Medicare or Medicare/Medicaid, supplemental insurance, Part D prescription drug plans or medicare billings?

If you do, come see SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for one-on-one counseling.

SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance. If you cannot come to a site or want to know a site close to you, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243.

SHINE’s next site is:

Wednesday, Sept. 2 10 a.m.-noon Williston Public Library

Wednesday, Sept. 2 1:30-3:30 p.m. Bronson Public Library

Saturday, Sept. 12

Benefit Fish Fry

Williston Masonic Lodge will have a fund-raising fish fry Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Williston Ornan Masonic Lodge from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.to benefit Duncan McCallum, long-time Williston resident, who was diagnosed with blood poisoning. A $7 donation per plate is suggested.

Upcoming

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.

Concert

Blake Shelton, Jason Michael Carroll and Craig Morgan will be in concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, Rock Crusher Canyon, Crystal River.

Tickets are $25 to $75. To order tickets, call Mike Hampton’s Pitching In Foundation at 527-3297, visit Fancy’s Pets in Crystal River or log on to www.ticketmaster.com.

Lions Club Dance

The Williston Lions Club will host another era-themed dance Saturday, Oct. 10 from 7 -10 p.m. A Touch of Class will provide music.

A spaghetti dinner will be served between 5-7 p.m. Cost for dinner and the dance is $10 per person.

Cattle Drive

Saddle up your horses and take part in an old fashion cracker cattle drive. This year’s cattle drive will consist of a two day ride Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17.

Camp out Friday night with campfire, music and entertainment at camp site. Saturday, bright and early, head the cattle toward the heart of town in Hernando, picking up the riders that opted for the Saturday one day ride.

Meals on the trail are included in price. Directions and other pertinent information will be mailed to you once your registration is received. Ride one day or two.

Two Day Ride, Oct. 16 and Oct. 17: Adults $200 - 18 & under $150

One Day Ride, Oct. 17: Adult $100 - 18 and under $75

All proceeds from the Hernando Southern Heritage Days Cattle Drive and Festival benefit the continued restoration and upkeep of the Historic Hernando School.

Ongoing

Handy with a Needle?

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for babies in need. These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns are available. Donated yarn for seniors is available.

For more information, call toll free 877-985-9212 or e-mail StitchFromHeart@aol.com.

Visit www.StitchfromTheHeart.org

SVP meeting

Suwannee Valley Players’ general membership meeting is held the third Monday every month at 7 p.m. at the Chief Theatre at 25 East Park Avenue in Chiefland. For more information call 352-493-ARTS (2787).

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 Everyone is there, rain or shine, on 6th Street.

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.

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