Community Happenings

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Things to do, places to go, people to see

 Friday, March 2

Food Fest

The Bronson FFA Alumni Organization's Annual Food Fest will be Friday, March 2, at First Baptist Church in Bronson, with entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. and  food service at 5:30 p.m.

There will also be a singing group from the local Cowboy Church, a cake auction, a silent auction and door prizes. 

Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance for $10 or for $15 at the event. Proceeds go to the Bronson FFA Alumni Scholarship Program and to send local students to leadership conferences. 

Plan to come out and support the Bronson FFA Alumni organization and the FFA students. 


Saturday, March 3


PTO Yard Sale

The JBE PTO will host a yard sale  Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at WHS (next to the Methodist Church).  

If you would like to rent a yard sale spot for $10,  contact Charon Benton at 538-4706 or Melissa Lewis at 528-3341.  You must provide your own table. 


FOL Book Fair

Friends of the Williston Public Library will host the First Saturday Book Fair  March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the City Hall Community Center located near the Walgreen's parking lot.

Volunteers are needed to help unpack and sort books starting Thursday night, March 1 at 6 p.m. at the community center. On Friday morning volunteers are needed to fine tune the sorting and again on Saturday afternoon to pack up at 1 p.m.


Kids Ranch Rodeo

River Cross Cowboy Church in Trenton will host a free Kids Ranch Rodeo for children 12 and under Saturday, March 3 at 3560 SW CR 334 Trenton. 

Sign ups begin at 11 a.m and the rodeo starts at  noon. There will be food and live music.

 Events for the rodeo include Mutton Bustin, Ranch Branding, Goat Tying, Goat Undressing, Barrel Racing, Chute Doggin, and Breakaway Calf Roping. For more information contact Tim Campbell at (352)494-8973.


Relay Flea Market

The Kids-N-Company’s Relay for Life Team will host a flea market Saturday, March 3 from 7 a.m. until noon atKids-N-Company 357 North Main Street, Williston.

If you would like to come and purchase a table to sell your own items the price will be $10. 

Contact Samantha McLeod Dean at 352-528-4528 for more information.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.


Dunnellon Village Market

The Historic Village merchants of Dunnellon will host their First Saturday Village market Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. down W. Pennsylvania Avenue to Cedar Street and then up to Walnut and Chestnut streets.  This event features vendors selling their arts and crafts as well as people selling homemade goodies.  All of the shops will be open for business as usual.


Tuesday, March 6


Jazz Concert

The Gainesville Friends of Jazz  will presents the Allan Vache Quartet,  featuring Allan Vache on clarinet, Jeff Phillips on piano, Charlie Silva on bass and Ed Metz Jr. on drums, Tuesday, March 6 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 4225 NW 34th St. in Gainesville. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. General Admission is $20, GFOJ members $15 and students $10. For information call 352-379-0300 or gnvfriendsojazz.org


Thursday, March 8



The World War II veterans will meet Thursday, March 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ivy House Restaurant in Williston.

Feel free to bring a spouse, friend or fellow veteran. If you have questions, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.



Tuesday, March 13

Williston FOL

The Williston Friends of the Library will meet Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the library.

For more information, call Mary McDaniell, secretary, at 528-5972.



CNA Refresher Course

The College of Central Florida Levy Center will begin a Refresher Course for Certified Nursing Assistants on Monday, March 19. This 16-hour program is intended for nonpracticing Certified Nursing Assistants who would like to re-enter the field and CNAs who have allowed their license to lapse and need to retake the state licensure exam.

  The class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, March 19 through 28, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The course fee is $149 and no textbook is required.

  The course consists of a pre-assessment testing and review of theory as well as a thorough review and practice of the core CNA skills. This course cannot be taken as a substitute for a regular CNA course and it is not an exam prep course.

   Students may enroll in person at the Levy Center, 114 Rodgers Blvd., Chiefland, or online at CFItraining.cf.edu (select Levy noncredit classes). Deadline for enrollment is Friday, March 9. The college will be closed for spring break March 12-16.

Levy County Fair

Preparations are under way for the 2012 Levy County Fair April 12 -15,at the Williston Airport Industrial Park, just across from the Williston Horseman’s Park.

The Fair is just around the corner and there is a lot of planning under way. Visit the website at www.LevyCountyFair.com and click on the Creative Arts link to see all the creative arts categories from baking and food preservation to sewing and hobby crafts. A livestock show will include steers, heifers, dairy goats, meat goats, rabbits and poultry. 

The Levy County Fair is not just a livestock show–it also has  a full midway with rides, attractions, games, food, a variety of exhibitors and much, much more all for one low gate admission price. For more information, call 352-528-2516.


Wild Hog Canoe Race

AMVETS Post 88  will host the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race  April 28. 

This is the group’s seventh  year hosting this wild and exciting canoe and kayak race. Two additional kayak classes for women and seniors have been added. 

Visit www.wildhog.wetpaint.com. You can also review previous competitors and their race times online. Proceeds benefit the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens in Otter Creek. Sponsors for the race, regardless if you are a business or individual, are needed. 

For more information, call Margie or Clyde McGarva at 352-486-2535. 




Williston Garden Club

The Williston Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month September through May.  Anyone  interested in all aspects of gardening is encouraged to attend a meeting, 9:30 a.m. in the hall at the rear of the First Presbyterian Church, 247 NE 1st St., Williston. Call 528-9300 or 528-3323 before coming to make sure a field trip isn’t planned for that day.


AARP Tax-Aide

Free tax preparation and e-file with AARP Tax-Aide continues every Thursday at the Williston Public Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m . until April 12.

Call 528-2313 for an appointment.



Senior Assistance

Assistance is available for qualifying residents of Alachua and Marion County over the age of 60 who are being discharged from the hospital or rehab center or have experienced an illness or other crisis and need temporary services in their homes. The Community Living Program can provide help for seniors who meet eligibility requirements.

 Services may include personal care, medical equipment and supplies, home delivered meals, transportation and many other types of help.

 The Elder Helpline is toll free and available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For assistance,  call 1-800-963-5337.


Lions Club

The Williston Lions Club is accepting new and gently used teddy bears for the Teddies for Tots program. The stuffed animals are used by police and law enforcement personnel to give to children and seniors in crisis situations.

Bring your donations to the club from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The club is located at the corner of 4th Street and 6th Avenue.


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.


Free Space for Yard Sale

The Williston Lions Club at 401 S E 6th St. is offering free outside space for anyone interested in selling their yard sale/ flea market items under the shade of the oaks. Bring your own tables.  


Volunteers Needed

Feisty Acres, a no-kill all-volunteer 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.



Senior Citizen Bingo

The Williston Senior Center, 521 NW 1st Ave. host bingo every Wednesday and Thursday. 

Call Angela Neal at 528-2125 for more information.