Thursday, Oct. 15
Free Concert at Library
On Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. the Friends of the Williston Public Library will celebrate “Hispanic Heritage Month.”
The Latin Band “Tropix” will perform, featuring band leader Gilberto DePaz.
Originally from Puerto Rico, DePaz has resided in Gainesville for over 30 years. He has been in the music profession for 45 years. He is an accomplished performer and is locally, nationally and internationally popular. The program is free.
Friday, Oct. 16
It usually takes less than 10 minutes for the actual donation of blood, and in that time, you could be saving the lives of up to three people.
LifeSouth invites you to be a part of saving lives when they team up with the Williston community to host a blood drive on Friday, Oct, 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17. Look for the bloodmobile at city hall between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
All who donate will receive a recognition item and a complimentary cholesterol screening.
Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and have photo I.D. Sixteen- year-olds must have written parental permission. For more information about becoming a donor or about blood drives in your area, call LifeSouth at (888)-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org.
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. 17
Miracle Vision Tabernacle Outreach in Raleigh will be Tailgating in the Spirit Saturday, Oct. 17 beginning at noon as part of the Life Acts Outreach ministry.
The event coincides with the University of Florida’s homecoming celebration.
Chamber Yard Sale
The Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a yard and pumpkin sale Saturday, Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Main Avenue and the Grass Triangle in Bronson as a fund-raiser for its Pumpkin Fest. Oct. 31.
Individual sellers may also set up a 10’x10’ space the day of the sale for $10.
Gospel Singing at Otter Springs
The Suwannee Valley Gospel Sing will take place at Otter Springs RV Resort, Saturday, Oct. 17 Bring your favorite homemade dessert to share as you listen to Southern Gospel groups from Florida. The music will start at 6 p.m. in the Big Cypress Lodge and will go on until everyone goes home.
This event will be free to the public but we would appreciate a donation to help out on the groups’ travel expensive.
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 Ave., Trenton.
Levy Fair Fund-raiser Dinner
There will be a Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo at the Holy Family Catholic Church, located on Highway 27 west of Williston on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Dinner and bingo is a fund-raiser for the Levy County Fair and will start at 5 p.m. Bingo will be presented by the American Legion Post 236, Bronson at 7 pm.
For information call the Fair office at 528-2516.
Cedar Key Seafood Festival
The 40th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival will offer over 150 arts and crafts booths, live music, family fun – and, of course, seafood - from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct 17 and Sunday, Oct 18.
The festival, celebrating the area’s fishing heritage, is Levy County’s largest event.
On Saturday morning at 11 a.m. the crowd-pleasing Lions Club-sponsored Seafood Festival Parade will roll down Gulf Boulevard.
Live music in the Park will begin at noon each day and continue until 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 18
Church to Honor Pianist
Norma Pendray will be honored for her 25 years of service as pianist of the First Presbyterian Church Sunday, Oct. 18 at noon in the fellowship hall.
Monday, Oct. 19
Relay for Life Fund-raiser
Driftwood Restaurant will donated 10 percent of all its dinner receipts to the American Cancer Society from 4-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 as a fund-raiser for the city of Williston’s Relay for Life Team.
For more information, call 528-3060.
Girl Scout Roundup and Sock Hop
A 1950s sock hop and Girl Scout Roundup will be held Monday, Oct. 19 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Morriston Baptist Church for all girls grades kindergarten through fifth grade.
For more information, call 528-9455 or 528-2472.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Yankeetown-Inglis Republican Club
Chad Johnson, Levy County commissioner, will be the featured speaker of the Oct. 20 meeting of the Yankeetown-Inglis Republican Club.
The club meets in the Lions’ Clubhouse on Hwy. 40 and 59th Street. Dinner, featuring chicken cordon bleu, salad and dessert is $10 and will be served at 6 p.m.
For more information or to make dinner reservations by Oct. 16, call Nancy Tobergte at 447-1447 or Don Caldwell at 447-2622.
Saturday, Oct. 24
Movie in the Park
The Williston Junior Women’s Club plan to show a movie in the John Henry Park has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
There will be no charge when these events take place but the club will collect a non-perishable food item per person to help stock Williston’s Food Bank.
All park rules apply, meaning no tobacco or alcohol is allowed.
Concessions will be available.
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.
Advertising for the program is continuing until Oct. 14.
For more information, please call Al J. Carnegie, president, at 352- 316-4064 or Rev. Scott, vice president, at 352-221-1352.
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 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
Friday, Oct. 30
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.
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.
Saturday, Oct. 31
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.
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.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Decorate Halloween cookies at library
Kids young and old are invited to decorate and eat Halloween cookies at any one of the local libraries.
The library will provide all materials needed for this free event! Large groups are welcome, but please inform us in advance. For more information contact your local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, 352-486-5552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bronson Public Library
4:30 to 5 p.m.
• Williston Public Library
4:30 to 5 p.m.
• Luther Callaway Public Library - Chiefland
5 to 5:30 p.m.
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.
Ages 1-7 3:30 p.m.
Ages 8-16 4 p.m.
Trick or Treat 4:30 p.m.
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 email@example.com if you have other questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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).
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.
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