Community Happenings

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By The Staff

Saturday, Dec. 5

5K Cancer Awareness Race/Walk

The Chiefland Woman’s Club will host its Second Annual 5K Cancer Awareness Race/Walk Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Trailhead Park in Chiefland. 

The race/walk will be the opening activity for the Chiefland Chamber Christmas Festival.  The entry fee for the race/walk is $20 and proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. 

Contact Melanie King Hutchison for an entry form or more information at 352-493-7593 or melliek71@hotmail.com.

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Dinner

Saturday, Dec. 5 there will be a Christmas Dinner in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church in Bronson from 6-8:30 p.m. for all deaf/hearing impaired, family members and friends.

Call Violet (352) 671-6720 or e-mail violet.stokes@yahoo.com to sign up on food list. If you want to be in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift $5 or under.

Sunday, Dec. 6

Toys for Tots Fund-raiser

AMVETS Post 88 will host a Toys for Tots Fund-raiser from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Dec. 6. 

There  will be chicken dinners and chili served. Santa will be there from 1-4 p.m., and you may have your picture taken with him. There will be live music and horsehoes for your entertainment. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Tri-County Toys for Tots.

Thursday, Dec. 10

Judge Smith Reception

Judge Joseph E. Smith will be honored with a reception Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Bronson Elementary School Cafeteria, Ishie Ave., Bronson.

Remarks will be made at 5:30 p.m.

Smith is retiring after more than 16 years on the bench.

Friday, Dec. 11

Light Up Williston Parade

The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for this year’s Light Up Williston parade.

The parade will be held Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.  Immediately following the parade with be the lighting ceremonies conducted by the GFWC Williston Jr. Woman’s Club in Heritage Park.

 If you would like to be in the parade please contact the Chamber office at 528-5552 or Sharon C. Brannan, CPA at 528-6558 for an application.

The Chamber of Commerce is in need of volunteers to work the parade route for the Light Up Williston parade on Friday, Dec. 11.

Volunteers will work approximately two hours that evening, assisting with directions and traffic control.

Saturday, Dec. 12

Children’s Christmas Party at Bronson Library

Be sure to come and see Santa Claus at the Bronson Library, Saturday, Dec.12 1 p.m.-3 p.m. There will be gift bags for children under 12 and refreshments for all.

For more information or directions, call 486-2015.

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Tobacco Coalition Meeting

The Levy County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Program will host a Coalition Against Tobacco meeting Dec. 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Bronson First Baptist Church, 460 South Court St., Bronson.

All individuals interested in or affected by tobacco’s impact in Levy County are invited to attend. Youth are welcome and encouraged to attend, so bring the whole family. Please RSVP by calling Lisa Johnson at (352) 486-5590. Light refreshments will be served.


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.


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.


FFA Poinsettias

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; that is if you visit the Williston FFA Chapter greenhouse.

The horticulture department has grown its annual crop of red and white poinsettias for your home, church or office. White poinsettias are able to be decorated with paint and glitter to match your décor.

Red poinsettias are $7.50 and White are $10 and will be available beginning Nov. 22. 

Quantities are limited so place your orders now by contacting Williston High School Agriculture Department  at 352-528-2153 or wilderc@levy.k12.fl.us

Bluegrass Pickin

The Suwannee Valley Bluegrass Pickin at Otter Springs RV Resort is cancelled for December and January and will resume February of 2010.                                              

Operation Christmas Child

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Suwannee Valley residents are packing shoebox gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.

Drop off your filled shoe boxes at any of the Suwannee Valley Operation Christmas Child’s twelve well-located drop off centers through out Baker, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties. 

For more information about location of Relay Centers plus days/hours open, call 1-800-409-1665 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

Veterans’ Support

The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is a drop site for anyone wishing to send items to our local soldiers through AMVETS Post 444 Ladies Auxiliary.

Any donation is welcome: toothbrushes, toothpaste, phone calling cards, instant coffee, powdered drink mixes, etc.

Stop by Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to made a donation to these soldiers.




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.

The club’s food concession is 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.

Levy County Farmers Market has fresh produce and plants.

If you have something home grown or handmade, you are encouraged to participate. If interested, call Erv at 875-7756.

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.