Community Happenings

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Things to do, places to go, people to see

Friday, April 29

Obstacle Horse Trail Challenge
The Obstacle Horse Trail Challenge, a three-day fund-raiser for Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue takes place Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1 at Black Prong Equestrian Center, eight miles south of Bronson on CR337.
The event kicks off at noon Friday with a driving demonstration and is followed by an Obstacle Clinic from 1-4 p.m. A 6 p.m. wine tasting ends the evening.
On Saturday there will be obstacle classes from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and again Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon.
For information visit  www. blackprong.com or e-mail Cheri McDermott at cheripony@yahoo.com or call 486-1512.

Saturday, April 30

Wild Hog Race
AMVETS Post 88 is gearing up for the 34th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on April 30.  This marks the sixth year the post has hosted the race. Registration starts at 7:30.  You can visit the website at http://www.wildhog.wetpaint.com for information and print the racer’s registration form.  There is sure to be a category you can race in so get busy planning to have a great time at this year’s race. 
All proceeds go to help the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens.   
 For questions or information, please contact Margie McGarva at 352-486-2535.

Monday, May 2

 Canning Update
Spring is here and your garden soon will be producing tons of vegetables and fruits or you may want to take advantage of farmer’s markets, road-side stands or you-pick operations.
 Preserving some of that food for use later in the year will give you great taste and good nutrition and will also make memories for a lifetime.
 All classes will cover both pressure canning for vegetables and boiling water canning for fruits. Sweet spreads (jams and jellies) and pickles will also be discussed. This is for the novice as well as the experienced.
Canning recommendations have changed during the past few years and we want you to be safe. Seating is limited.
There is an optional $3 fee for the workshop. You may just pay at the door, so please bring the correct change.
Levy County classes are scheduled for Monday, May 2 at 2 p.m. and 6 p .m. at the UF IFAS Levy County Extension Office 625 North Hathaway Ave., Bronson.
 For reservations, please call 352-486-5131.
These programs are brought to you by UF IFAS Levy and Alachua County Extension Services. For more information, please contact Muriel Turner at 352-486-5131.

Tuesday, May 3

Orange Hill Cemetery
People interested in the maintenance of Orange Hill Cemetery will meet at  7 p.m. May 3 at Whitehurst Chapel, First United Methodist Church
New members are encouraged.

Thursday, May 5

Levy TDC
The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold a mandatory workshop for the 2011-2012 Advertising Grant cycle on May 5 at the Levy County Agricultural Center, 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson, at 1 p.m.
Local Chamber of Commerce and non-profit organizations wishing to apply for the 2011-2012 advertising grant must send a representative who will be administering the grant to this workshop.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol McQueen at (352) 486-3396.

Saturday, May 7

FOL Book Sale
Friends of the Williston Library will hold its monthly book fair May 7 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the City Hall Community Center
Volunteers are needed to help set up Thursday night at 6 p.m.; Friday morning at 9 a.m. and then to clean up after the sale Saturday afternoon.
Roberta Bombonato, of Morriston, will be there selling and autographing her book, “An Unconventional Family”. She was here last month and was met with approval by all who spoke with her about writing.
Also as always the monies from the sale go to the library for books and other materials needed so much by the the library.


Nimitz Reunion
USS NIMITZ (CVN68) Association 14th Annual Reunion will be held Oct. 26-29 in Pensacola. Come help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Naval  Aviation.
The banquet guest speaker will be NY Times best -selling author Stephen Coonts.  
Contact: Bill Paschall, 228-243-2699 or bpaschal@cableone.net or check out the  website: www.ussnimitzassociation.org for information.


Mentors Needed
Unity Family Community Center (UFCC) is looking for men and women to become mentors for children of incarcerated parents. UFCC will be hosting mentor training for anyone who wishes to become a mentor. The training will consist of valuable information regarding how to become an effective mentor. Training will be held 9-11 a.m.
If you need additional information, please contact Ivy Gordon or NoSheika Beard at 352-529-2030 or email us at unityfamilycc@aol.com. Refreshments will  be served.

Volunteers Needed
Feisty Acres, a no-kill all-volunter cat rescue shelter, located between Bronson and Williston is in need of volunteers.
To learn more about Feisty Acres, or to volunteer, call Nute at (352) 528-2302, e-mail feistyedna@embarqmail.com or write: Feisty Acres, Inc, PO Box 693, Williston, FL  32696

AmVets Post 444, located on Alt-27 just past the BP station on the left side headed toward Bronson, has Bingo every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The games are open to the public.
Methodist Thrift Store
First United Methodist Church Mission Thrift store is open every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The store is located at 25 SW 3rd St., Williston.

Lions Club
The Williston Lions Club hosts Bingo Thursday at 7 p.m., with two jackpots. Bring a friend and get a free game.
The flea market and Farmers’ Market is open Saturday from  8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. Volunteers and new members welcome.
The club is located at 401 SE 6th St., Williston.