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By The Staff

Saturday, Sept. 5

Fair Yard Sale

The Levy County Fair Association will host a yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the grass lawn next to the Winn Dixie parking lot.

Vendor spaces are available for $10. For more information, call the Fair office at 528-1030.

Bluegrass Pickin’

The Suwannee Valley Bluegrass Pickin’ takes place at Otter Springs RV Resort, Saturday, Sept. 5. Bring your homemade favorite dessert to share as you listen to some of the best bluegrass groups from Florida. The music will start at 6 p.m. in the Big Cypress Lodge and the music will go on until everyone goes home. This event will be free to the public but a donation to help out on the groups’ travel expensive is appreciated.

For more information, call Cloud Haley at 352-284-3245 or Otter Springs RV Resort 352-463-0800 or www.ottersprings.com Otter Springs Park & Campground, 6470 SW 80th Avenue, Trenton.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

Circle of Parents

What is Circle of Parents? It is exactly that. A “circle” of parents (or any interested adult) who get together with other parents and adults to discuss common issues.

These issues can range from child development to goal setting, from positive discipline to budgeting. Participants decide the topic.

Circle of Parents’ meetings are parent-led, voluntary, confidential and free.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Tri County Pregnancy Center in Williston.

For more information, call 528-0200.

Friday, Sept. 11

AARPee^Flu Shot Clinic

AARP Area Chapter 912 will hold the annual Flu/Pneumonia Shot Clinic Friday, Sept. 11 at Williston City Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Maxim Health Systems, LLC will administer the vaccinations this year.

Costs are: influenza $25 and pneumonia $35 for those paying for their immunizations. Medicare recipients need a picture identification and your Medicare card in order for Medicare to be billed directly at no cost to the consumer. Those with insurance covering the cost of the injection(s) will receive a receipt to submit to insurance for reimbursement.

It takes two weeks for your body to become resistant to the flu virus so the clinic is earlier this year, as recommended by health authorities.

Human testing of the H1N1 vaccine has begin in some areas of the country. When the vaccine becomes available to the general population, you should have had your influenza shot long enough for it to become effective.

When the H1N1 vaccine becomes available, Maxim Health Systems will be scheduled for two more clinics to administer the vaccination.

For more information, call 528-5024.

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.

Ride to Provide

The Fourth Annual 2009 Ride to Provide to benefit Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) through 60 of the prettiest miles in Levy County is Sept. 12.

The ride has a new starting point: the new Bronson Middle High School leaving at 10 a.m. It will reach Chiefland between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m., on its way to the LARC campus in Otter Creek where it ends with as picnic lunch.

This is a law-enforcement escorted ride, and all intersections are held for riders – no red lights.

Entry in the ride is free, although organizers will ask nicely for a donation to help support LARC.

Last year's ride provided $10,000 for the organization that serves more than 40 developmentally disabled adults in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

For more information, to pre-register for the Ride or to be a sponsor, call Sean Mullins at 352-528-2222 or email smullins@ridetoprovide.net, or visit www.ridetoprovide.net.

Sunday, Sept. 13

Genealogy Society

The Levy County Genealogy Society will meet on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Levy County Quilt Musuem.

Elmer Spear, Founder of Elmer’s Genealogy Library Madison, will give a presentation of the resources found in his unique library. His library consists of 20,000 books covering every state in the union and many overseas countries.

Members are encouraged to attend and visitors are welcome.

Monday, Sept. 14

Girl Scout Roundup

There will be a Girl Scout Roundup for girls and women ages kindergarten through 12th grade for the Girl Scouts. Adults are needed in leadership roles.

The roundup will take place from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church in Williston.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Driver Safety Class

An AARP driver safety class for those 50 and older will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22 and Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 1-5 p.m. at Rainbow Lakes Estates Clubhouse, north of Dunnellon.

Cost is $14 per person for all materials, except pen or pencil. If you are an AARP member, the cost is $12. Bring your AARP card with you.

Graduates may qualify for auto insurance discounts.

For more information, call 489-1574.

Saturday, Sept. 26

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.

Child Safety Day

Williston Ornan Masonic Lodge will host the Second Annual Child Safety Day Sept. 26 from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. at the Lodge, 250 NE 6th Blvd., Williston for special needs children and senior .

The Ornan Masonic Lodge, in cooperation with the Williston Policeand Fire Departments, Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids of North Central Florida will be on hand helping to make our community safe place for children.

There will be free hot dogs, chips and soda Every family that chooses to participate will receive a free Child ID kit, which unlike any other Child ID kit can be updated every year as your child grows and changes.

The kit includes digital photos of the child, a digital video, digital finger prints and a full description all on a CD. A DNA sample and two laminated ID cards (one for the parent and one for the child) are also available.

Fair Bike Run

The First Annual Bike Run, sponsored by the Levy County Fair Association, will be held Sept. 26 beginning at Williston Horseman’s Park Road, off Hwy. 41.

Registration is at 9 a.m. and kickstand time up time is 10 a.m. The designated route will be given to participants prior to start up. Meal tickets will be available for $5 each, as well as additional poker hands.

Cost is $10 per rider, $5 for passenger.

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

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