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By The Staff

Saturday, Oct. 24

NAACP Banquet

The 19th annual banquet of the local NAACP chapter will be held at Usher Center in Chiefland at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Checks should be made payable to the NAACP and may be sent to P.O. Box 636, Williston, Florida 32696.

For more information, please call Al J. Carnegie, president, at 352- 316-4064 or Rev. Scott, vice president, at 352-221-1352.

Relay for Life Yard Sale

The city of Williston Relay for Life Team will hold a yard sale, Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the community center. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Woman’s Club Fashion Show/Luncheon

The GFWC Williston Woman’s Club will host a luncheon and fashion show Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday Oct. 31. The event will take place at the GFWC Williston Woman’s Club building on North State Road 121. Only Saturday tickets remain.

The luncheon will be prepared by members of the club, and will begin at 11 a.m. Those who have previously attended will be astonished at the quantity and quality of the new fashions for 2009.

This event is being held for the benefit of Heifer International, an organization set up to help alleviate the root causes of hunger throughout our nation and the world.

The cost of tickets is $15, and can be obtained from Naomi Petteway, 528-3907, or Bunny Sandlin, 528-6762.

Trail of Treats

Trail of Treats will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m.

If your business plans to participate and give treats to area children, contact the Williston Chamber of Commerce so you are listed on the Trail map.

If your business is out of town and you wish to participate, you can do so by setting up a table in the pavilion in Heritage Park but let the chamber know so you, too, can be listed on the map.

Poster Contest

The Bronson Pumpkin Festival is seeking area youngsters to enter a poster contest that will help publicize the Bronson Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Bronson Youth Park.

The child’s name, address and parent contact information should be on the back of the standard size (24” x 30” poster). In addition to the event, date, and place, the poster should include this information: Live RADIO 98.5, games, music, food, rides, contests, auctions, prizes, face painters and trick or treat.

Entries should be in by Oct. 10 and may be taken to the nearest chamber office.

Bronson Pumpkin Festival

The Bronson Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the town of Bronson, will host its first Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Bronson Youth Park.

There will be a Halloween costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, clowns and face painters, food and arts and crafts vendors.

There will also be a Pumpkin Festival Poster Contest in which all Levy County art classes are asked to participate. The poster contest rules are :

1. Posters must display the words "Bronson Pumpkin Festival" and the date Oct. 31, 2009

2. Posters should not exceed 24" x 30" (regular poster board size)

3. Posters must be turned in by noon on Oct. 14. They can be turned in at Bronson Town Hall 486-2354, Bronson Ace Hardware (486-4014) or Affordable Solutions (486-5066). In addition, posters can be turned in on Oct. 17 at the chamber yard sale in front of Affordable Solutions.

4. Content is not important as long as the criteria set forth in the rules are met.

5. Posters must be able to be displayed in the period leading up to the festival

6. Participant's name, age, and contact information should be listed on the back of the poster.

At the end of the day, there will be trick or treating for all the children.

Additional vendors and sponsors are needed. Call the chamber at 486-6150 if you would like to participate.

Pumpkin Fest Schedule

Setup 8-10 a.m.

Opening Ceremony 10 a.m.

Marine Corps League

Pie Baking Contest 10:30 a.m.

Dessert Auction Noon

Pie Eating Contest 1:30 p.m.

Pumpkin Carving Contest 2:30 p.m.

Costume Contest

Ages 1-7 3:30 p.m.

Ages 8-16 4 p.m.

Trick or Treat 4:30 p.m.

Bronson Chamber

Dessert Auction

The Bronson Chamber will hold a Dessert Auction at its upcoming Bronson Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Chamber is asking the “Great Bakers” of Levy County to participate and whip up something scrumptious for this exciting fund-raiser.

There is no limit on the size or type of dessert, so be creative. (No store-bought desserts permitted). Remember the better the dessert looks - the more money it will generate.

You must pre-register to participate in the Dessert Auction. For a registration form or for complete guidelines, contact the new Bronson Chamber phone line at 486-6150. Visit the new website at www.bronsoncoc.com and click on the “Forms” tab for the Dessert Auction Registration Form.

You can also e-mail info@bronsoncoc.com if you have other questions.

Upcoming

WHS Band Yard Sale

The Williston High School Band will have a car wash and yard sale Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 pm.

Toys for Tots Bike Run

The Fifth Annual Nature Coast Toys for Tots run will be Saturday, Nov. 21.

Register at Bubbaque’s in Chiefland from 10:15 a.m. until noon.

Riders will leave at 12:15 p.m. with a law enforcement escort and travel to Charlie’s Bar in Cross City.

A prize will be given to the best decorated bike. There will be live music, auction, vendors and food for a donation, in addition to a full service bar.

The toy run is authorized and sanctioned by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

For more information, visit www.tri-countytoysfortots.org.

Wranglers and Rhinestones

The GFWC Williston Jr. Woman’s Club will present “Casino Night”, a nontraditional fund-raising event New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 at the Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club.

Mosey on down for some old fashioned fun and help us raise lots of loot for our local schools. Hang up your guns and enjoy a casual evening filled with a silent auction, casino gaming with local dealers and a heap of hometown hors d’oeuvre. Get ready to get down because music will play all night by DJ Lewis Stokes from 93.7 K Country. A New Year’s Countdown Party will start at 11 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available now. Visit www.willistonjuniors.org and click on the Casino Night logo. The proceeds will go to the Levy County Schools Foundation.

For more information call Jessica at 352-318-2940 or jessicaevangel@hotmail.com.

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.

Ongoing

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, Free Centrum vitamins, Caltrate and housepaint are also available.

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

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

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.