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Community Happenings

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Things to do, places to go, people to see

Saturday, March 24

Dudley Farm
Dudley Farm Historic State Park will present Star Gazing Saturday, March 24.
The Alachua County Astronomy Club, with their high powered telescopes, will assist and direct viewing, explain the planets, nebulas, constellations and clusters.  
Parking begins at 7 p.m.  Viewing is from 8 - 11 p.m. 
Admission is $5 per adult. 
The park is located at 18730 W. Newberry Rd. Newberry.  Call 352-472-1142  for more information or visit  www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org

­Thursday, March 29

TDC
The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Visitors Bureau 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

Saturday, March 31

O’Leno Chili Cookoff
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s O’Leno State Park will host the fifth annual O’Leno Ole’ Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration  Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
 Highlights will include a chili cook-off, live music, environmentally based shadow puppet shows, videos, slide shows, guided walks, interactive water education displays and children’s activities. This event is designed to teach the importance of Florida’s springs. Admission to the park is free with the donation of one can of food per person to benefit a local food bank.
 To learn more on the Springs Celebration visit www.SantaFeRiverSprings.com. To learn more on the Chili cook-off visit www.friendsofoleno.org or email friendsofoleno@windstream.net.
 The park is located at 410 Southeast O’Leno Park Road in High Springs.

Upcoming

Tri-County Pregnancy
Center Benefit

Tri-County Pregnancy Center will host its 7th Annual Rhino Outdoors Clay Pigeon Benefit Tournament  Saturday, April 21.  To register, sponsor a team or for more information,  call 352-528-0200.
There will also be prizes and raffles.  Tri-County Pregnancy Center is a 501c3, non-profit organization and depends solely on the donations of people, churches, and businesses.

Career Fair
Williston High School will host a College & Career Fair  Friday, April 13 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium.
Representatives from the Armed Forces, local businesses, trade schools and colleges/universities will be on hand to provide students with information and to answer questions.
 Students will attend the Fair during their regularly scheduled classes by grade level, beginning with 11th and 12th grade.  WHS welcomes parents and community members to attend the event as well. 

Vocational High School
Reunion

Students who attended Williston Vocational High School from 1948-1968 will hold a reunion June 1-3.
You are asked to spread the word and help locate classmates for this walk down memory lane.
Contact Avis Carnegie Seabrook at 352-528-3063 or Olivia Thompkins Scott a 904-782-3477 to register to receive more information.

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.
 
Ongoing

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 Bingo
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.