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Community Happenings

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By The Staff

Saturday, Sept. 26

River Cleanup

Manatee State Park, the Friends of Manatee Springs and Suwannee Guides are celebrating National Public Lands Cleanup Saturday, Sept. 26 beginning at 9 a.m. at Clay Landing.

Bring your own boat, or for the first 15 reservations, Suwannee Guides will provide canoes at no charge. The group will also shuttle participants from Manatee Springs to Clay Landing.

The first 50 to register will have a free lunch provided by the Friends of Manatee Springs.

For more information call 542-8331 or e-mail kaysuw@gmail.com.

Eagle Scout Project

Chris Mamay is spearheading a book drive as his Eagle Scout project. The drive will be held Saturday,ee^Sept. 26 at Winn Dixie and drop boxes will be located at Video Central, the Williston Pioneer and Williston First United Methodist Church.

Books will be donated to the Friends of the Williston Library.

Cheerleader Camp

The WHS Cheerleaders will be hosting a mini camp for girls ages 4 and up on Saturday, Sept. 26.

For more information call Scarlett at 558-4152 or go to www.whsspiritclub.webs.com.

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 seniors .

The Ornan Masonic Lodge, in cooperation with the Williston Police and 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 Junction, Hwys. 121 and 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.

Sunday, Sept. 27

WWC Country-Style Dinner

The GFWC Williston Woman’s Club will hold a Country Style Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. This community favorite is an all-you-can-eat feast of homemade delights by some of the best cooks in the area.

The meal will feature fried chicken, pork loin, company chicken as well as a variety of vegetables and desserts.

Dinners are available for carry-out or dining in the clubhouse located on Highway 121 North. Adults can eat for $8, children under 10 are $4 and those under three eat free.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Community Action Meeting

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Central Florida Community Action Agency will be Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. at 2606 NW 6th St., Gainesville.

For more information, call Monique Harrison at 373-7667, ext. 204.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Musical Performance

Cajun Dave will perform at Williston Rehab and Nursing Center Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 2:30 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Charity Auction

A charity auction for New Horizon Academy for Exceptional Students will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at 208 NE 70th St., Ocala, one mile east of Hwy. 331.

Items may be previewed at 10 a.m. Sandwiches, snacks and searing are available.

Call 288-0139 for more information.

Sweet Treat Contest

Who is the best cook in our area? The Williston Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Sweet Treat Contest during the Peanut Festival Saturday, Oct. 3. There are two categories Peanut Desserts and Peanut Brittle. This is a free entry event and the first place winner will receive $100.

Drop off your confections at 10 a.m. The winners will be announced at noon. Entry forms are available at the chamber of commerce or call Maggie Crane at 316-6665 or e-mail maggie@carpet1floorandhome.com.

All entries must include peanuts in some form.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Brock Reunion 

The annual Brock reunion will be held at Manatee Springs State Park Sunday, Oct. 4, starting at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish.  Festivities will run until 5 p.m. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. Questions? Please call (352) 490-7257 or (352) 870-9302.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Homemakers’ Yard Sale

The Bronson Homemakers will hold a yard sale Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Levy County Extension Center parking lot in Bronson.

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.

Monday, Oct. 12

Driver Safety Classes

True or False?

At an intersection while waiting to turn left, your wheels should be turned toward the left.

False: Wheels should be straight. If they are turned to the left and you are hit from behind, you could be pushed into oncoming traffic.

Take an AARP Driver Safety class as a refresher. Check with your insurance carrier to ask if you are entitled to an insurance discount, good for three years.

The course fee is $14, for AARP members $12 and will take place Oct. 12 and 13, 9 a.m. at Williston City Hall, 50 NW Main St. Call Patricia Matheny at (352) 528-9009 to register.

Friday, Oct. 16

Cattle Drive

Saddle up your horses and take part in an old fashioned 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 the 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.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Hospice Benefit

Black Prong Equestrian Center, a property and facility designed for the equestrian enthusiast 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

Saturday, Oct. 31

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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