Community Happenings

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By The Staff

Thursday, March 18

Williston FOL

The Friends of the Williston Public Library will present the March program March 18 at 7 p.m. at the library.

The retired principal of local schools, Reggie Williams, will show slides of his daughter's wedding in Africa.

Saturday, March 20

Easter Egg Hunt

Williston Rotary Club will host its annual Easter Egg hunt Saturday, March 20 beginning at 11 a.m. at John Henry Park.

Band Car Wash

Williston High School Band Boosters will be at the school Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. washing cars.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser will go toward the end-of-year trip.

Theatre Auditions

The Suwannee Valley Player are holding auditions for the next production Name That Murder, a comedy spoof that is a play within a play. Auditions are open and will begin at 10 am on Saturday, March 20 at the Chief Theater at 25 Park Ave., Chiefland.

Phantom of the Op’ry

The Suwannee Valley Players will showcase its spring musical “The Phantom of the Op’ry” March 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Chief Theater in Chiefland.

Tickets for the musical are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors  and students. The show will run for two weekend with 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. matinees on Sunday.

Tickets are available at the box office.

Sunday, March 21

Spring Concert

The Sugarmill Chorale will present its spring concert “America:ee^A Patriotic Celebration” Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m. at Curtis Perterson Auditorium on Hwy 491.

The concert features patriotic music, Massing of the Colors and recognition of veterans.

Tickets are $5 in advance by calling 746-6829.

Tuesday, March 23

AARP Safe Driving Class

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be taught Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24 from 1-4 p.m. at Rainbow Lakes Estate Clubhouse, Dunnellon.

The cost is $14 per person and $12 if you are an AARP member, age 50 or older.

Class size is limited. For information or reservations, call Dale Stephenson at 489-1574.

Wednesday, March 24

Jazz Festival

The Gainesville Friends of Jazz will presnt their eighth annual Jazz Festival Wednesday, March 24 showcasing The Michelle Amato Quartet.

The concerts will be at the Thomas Center at 302 N.E. 6th Avenue in Gainesville at 8 p.m. General admission is $20, GFOJ members $15 and students $10.

For more information visit gnvfriendsofjazz.org or call the Jazz Hotline at 352-379-0300.


WHS 1980 Reunion

Willison High School Class of 1980 will hold a reunion June 18-20.

On Friday there will be a mixer; Saturday night dinner/dancing at the Williston Crossings and a barbecue Sunday at Rainbow Springs.

If you are a part of the class, or know how to contact those who are, contact Dedee McLeod 352-494-9595 or Gail Poupard 352-219-6889.

AARP Safe Driving Class

Florida is a mandated State for automobile insurance, therefore, an insurance company doing business in Florida is mandated to give a discount to those completing an AARP Driver Safety Course. Contact your agent for discount amounts. Take a refresher course to earn a discount good for three years. Enlist a friend to attend with you.

 Course fee is $14, for AARP members $12. Call the listed instructor to register

The new ONE DAY classes are six hours. The instructor will give you all the information.

Times are:

April 13, 9 a.m. at Haven Hospice, 311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland. Call Linda Cochran  at (352) 493-1742

Wild Hog Canoe Race

The Wild Hog Canoe/Kayak Race will be held April 17, with “Return to the Wild” paddling options April 16 for boaters to paddle down some of our most beautiful waterways.

Procceds from the event will benefit the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens.

This year there are eight classes. The 'parent/youth' class is back. For anyone wanting to sponsor the race, please see the website http://www.wildhog.wetpaint.com. If you would like to receive a brochure, loaded with information, please call Margie McGarva at 486-2535 or email: maggimac43@yahoo.com or wildhograce@yahoo.com.

This year's race promises to be the biggest yet. Earlybirds will receive a T-shirt in their size, but if you wait until the day of the race you will not be guaranteed your shirt size.

There will be plenty of food, music and entertainment for everyone. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax on the banks of the Waccasassa River.

Check out the website: http://www.wildhog.wetpaint.com for information.

Philpot Retirement

The Williston FFA Alumni and other friends are in the early stages of planning a retirement reception for Robert Philpot.

Philpot has been an Ag Teacher at Williston High School since 1973 and is retiring at the end of this school year. The reception has been planned for Saturday, May 15 at the Williston Middle School Cafetorium from 3-6 p.m.

If you would like to participate in the planning, or if you would like to make a donation or other contribution, please contact Sara Berry at Williston High School, 427 West Noble Ave. You can call Sara at the school at 352-528-3542 or e-mail her at berrys@levy.k12.fl.us.

If you choose to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Williston FFA Alumni and note “Retirement” in your memo.



The SHARE Florida Food Networkannounces it 2010 registration and distribution dates. Registration times are 1-3 p.m. and pick up times are 9-10 a.m. Both take place at Cornerstone Assembly of God. Distribution March 27

Registration:ee^April 9, Distribution April 24

Registration:ee^May 7, Distribution May 22

Registration:ee^June 7, Distribution June 26

Registration:ee^July 9, Distribution July 31

For more information, call Elsie Neal at 528-5709.

Farmers’ Market

The Williston Lions Club will open their Farmers’ Market Friday and Saturday through December and hold Bingo every Friday at 7 p.m.

This week, the club will feature young starter plants and vegetables.

The club’s food concession is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. There is an indoor flea market, table spaces are available.

Levy County Farmers Market has fresh produce and plants. If you have something home grown or handmade, you are encouraged to participate. Call Erv at 875-7756.

The group is also planning its first anniversary celebration April 10. Watch the newspaper for details.




 Gardening Conference

Levy County Extension office will  host a polycom conference featuring UF specialists and speakers from around the state. The gardening public is invited to take advantage of horticulture instruction sponsored by UF/IFAS Extension, Nature Coast Master Gardeners and Southwest Florida Water Management District. Polycom courses are offered free of cost but space is limited – pre-register at 486-5131, extension 237.

 Courses will be held at Levy County Extension office, 625 North Hathaway Avenue, Bronson. Novice and experienced gardeners will be presented:

March 24:   

9:30-10:30    Vegetable Gardening with Sydney Park Brown, Associate Professor

Topics will include;

• Basic Vegetable Gardening

• Alternative Gardening Techniques

• Growing Vegetables Organically

• How to test soil pH and importance in garden

• Maximizing Space and Production

• Overcoming Infertile Soils and Pest Management

Homeowners will also be provided with options that may save time, energy and money while sustainably enhancing landscapes the Florida-friendly way. Questions or for more information, call 352-486-5131, ext. 237 or log onto www.ncmgfl.org.

Blood Drive and Fisher House Fund-raiser

This Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be at Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 300 NW 1st Ave., behind Hardee’s. Boy Scout Troop 163 will be on hand to assist with the drive.

In addition to the Bloodmobile, there will be food, crafts and information tables.

WRNC residents, staff and community members will also be rocking and rolling (in rocking chairs and wheelchairs) around the clock to raise money for Fisher House, which provides accommodations for military families while their vets are being treated at the VA Hospital. 

If you’d like to place a pledge for a rock ‘n roller or do some rocking and rolling yourself, please contact Activities Director, Penny Moore, at 528 3561.

Book Fair

Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its first Saturday Book Fair, April 3 at the Williston City Hall Community Center from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Volunteers are asked to help sort books Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m. and Friday, April 2 beginning at 9 a.m.

As always books are low in price, high in quality with hardbacks, $1 each; softbacks, 50 cents each; paperbacks 25 cents; magazines, tapes, puzzles 10 cents to $1.

All proceeds are used for the benefit of the Williston Public Library.

Information Fair

Childhood Development Services, Inc. will hold an Information Fair  Thursday, April 1 from 5-7 p.m.  at the Old Train Depot on US Hwy. 19 in South Chiefland.

Come join us, have some fun, and receive information on our community resources for you and your family.  There will be food, children’s activities, therapy dogs, and much more.  Call 1-800-303-7812 for more information.

Open Ship

The Manatee Division of the Naval Sea Cadets is having an “Open Ship” at the Coast Guard Station in Yankeetown.  On Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come meet our cadets and see if the Sea Cadet Corps is for you.  Contact our commanding officer LTJG Todd Dunn at 352-726-0522 or check out our web site www.manateediv.org. 

 We are also having a Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Parsons Memorial Presbyterian Church, located by the Coast Guard Station.  Breakfast is 8-11 a.m.  The $4.50 donation goes to the Sea Cadets Corps. There will be Staff and Cadets available for any question.  Come join us for a day of fun.

Arts & Crafts Festival

The GFWC Williston Woman’s Club and the GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club will host the 2010 Williston Arts & Crafts Festival, featuring artwork from local and regional artists, quality crafts, entertainment, and fabulous food including its famous Strawberry Shortcake. 

The Festival will be held Saturday, May  1 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Williston Woman’s Club located at 1049 NE 6th Blvd (Hwy 121 North), Williston.

 Anyone interested in participating as an artist or crafter contact Marion Cason at 352-528-2000 for an application.

Friends of the Withlacoochee Preseve

The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve will hold its annual meeting Sunday, March 21 at 4 p.m. at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve.

 Prior to the meeting there will be a general cleanup session starting at 2:30 p.m. 

Come early and enjoy a lunch, a stroll on our beautiful trails, do some Geocaching or sit and enjoy the quiet beauty of the Preserve. 

The Preserve is  located on Hwy 40 in Yankeetown. 

For more information and directions to the Preserve visit www.withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com.  

Bulk Trash Pick Up

 EWS will be picking up city wide all bulk trash on Friday, April 2.               

All items must be curbside. For more information,  call EWS 377-0800

Love and Remembrance Memorial

Haven Hospice’s Love and Remembrance Memorials are open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones that can be placed on our Table of Memories. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.

 The next one is at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 1 at Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center Garden, 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland

Contact Janice Kirk at 352-393-2333 or 800-677-5428 for more information.

Are you Team Jacob or Team Edward?

Levy County libraries will show a movie about werewolves and sparkly vampires, based on a Stephenie Meyer book.

 The movie has a running time of 130 minutes. It is rated PG-13 for some violence and action.

Times and locations are:

• Bronson Public Library

March 29 at 5 p.m.

• Cedar Key Public Library

March 24 at 1:30 p.m.

• Wiliston Public Library

March 22 at 4:30 p.m.

• Luther Callaway Public Library

March 25 at 5 p.m. 

For more information please contact your local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, youth services coordinator, 352-486-5552.