Community Happenings

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By The Staff

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.

Saturday, Aug. 22

Knights’ social

The Knights of Columbus will host a social, open to the community, Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. at Bill Backlinie’s farm in Williston.

The social will include the installation of officers, For more information, call 528-9111.

Benefit fish fry

Williston Masonic Lodge will have a fund-raising fish fry Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Williston Ornan Masonic Lodge to benefit Duncan McCallum, long-time Williston resident, who was diagnosed with blood poisoning. A $7 donation per plate is suggested.

Tuesday, Aug. 25

CFCAA meeting

The board of directors of Central Florida Community Action Agency will meet Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at 2606 NW 6th St., Gainesville.

Callee^Monique Harrison at 373-7667, ext. 204 for more information.

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.


AMVETS Karaoke

AMVETSee^Post 44 in Bronson will host its second annual karaoke contest Sunday, Sept. 6 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Post home on SR 24, east of Bronson.

This year there will be two divisions–junior, for those 15 and under and senior, for ages 16 and older.

An entry fee of $5 is required.

Prizes in the junior division will be $50 for first place and $25 for second place.

In the senior division, the winner will get $100, second place will take $50 and third place gets $25.

Each singer will be judged on two songs, no longer than four minutes each. Criteria for judging will include technical difficulty of songs, personal appearance, vocal ability, eye contact and overall presentation.

For more information, call Carol Perkins at 278-2972.

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.


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


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.


Operation Shoebox

AMVETS Post 444 Ladies Auxuliary is collecting items for Operation Shoebox.

For a complete list of items visit www.operationshoebox.com.

Drop your donations off at the post on Hwy. 27A, or call Lynda O’Toole at 528-4398 for pick up.

The auxiliary meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

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. 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.

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