Community Happenings

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By The Staff

Thursday, Jan. 14

Congressman Talks

A representative from Sen. Bill Nelson’s office will be at Williston City Hall from 4-5 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 14.

Saturday, Jan. 16

Cheerleading Camp

There will be a WHS Cheerleader mini camp Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for all girls ages 4 and older .  This is a fun day for all girls to spend with the WHS Cheerleaders learning basketball cheers, chants, dances and stunts.  Each child will receive a t-shirt, snacks and lunch. 

There will be a show at 1 p.m. for parents to return and watch what they have learned.  Mini cheerleaders will be invited to cheer at a JV Boys’ basketball game.  Pre-register by Jan. 8 for $25; after that date, registration will be $30.  For more information call 558-4152 or email mcgowan@ymail.com.


The regular monthly meeting of the Levy County Republican Executive Committee (LCREC) is Monday, Jan. 18 at Bubbaque’s Restaurant in Chiefland. Food and fellowship begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7pm.

The group is looking for people who want to1) increase the Republicans in Levy County-November 7,535 currently 7,577; 2) education voters on issues; 3) increase Republican candidates; and 4) increase the voters at the polls.

Also if you are between the ages of 17 and 26 and want to work with your own Republican age group, contact Michelle at 1-877-734-LEVY (5389).

Monday, Jan. 18

Knotts FOL

The Friends of A F Knotts Public Library will present a free public program Jan 18 when award-winning storyteller, Carrie Sue Ayver,  presents “Stories of Florida- Con Sabor!” at 2 p.m.

The library is located at  Eleven 56th Street in Yankeetown. This free program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Friends of the Library. 

Tuesday, Jan. 19

The Gainesville Friends of Jazz will present the Ed Metz, Jr. Quartet Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Thomas Center located at 302 Northeast 6th Ave. downtown Gainesville.

For more call 352.379.0300 or gnvfriendsofjazz.org.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Williston FOL

Friends of the Williston Public Library will host Henry Sheldon, Gainesville story teller, Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the library.

Sheldon is well known in Alachua and surrounding counties for his programs. He is also a very generous entertainer, as he has asked that his honorarium be given to the Levy County Library System to be used for programs in the Levy County libraries.

Friday, Jan. 22

Bronson FOL

Friends of the Bronson Library will hold a book sale Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Bronson Town Hall.

Paperbacks and children’s books will be 10 cents each; hardback books are 50 cents.


Sunday, Jan. 24

Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve

The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, along with volunteers from the Disney Volunteer Promotion, invite you to join them Sunday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  There is no admission charge.

There will be exhibits and representatives from the Friends of Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, Nature World Wildlife Rescue, Homosassa State Wildlife Park, US Fish & Wildlife, Crystal River State Park, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Southwest Water Management District. 

Enjoy a day of free seminars with nature photographer Dick Jacobs, nature/ecology tours with Master Naturalists JD and Vicky Mendenhall and folk music by Whitey Markle.  Refreshments will be available.

The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. Take Hwy 40 west 6.5 miles from the traffic light at Hwy 40 and Hwy 19/98. 

Call 352-447-5439 for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 26


The AARP Safe Driver’s course is Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, 9 a.m. at Capital City Bank, 2012 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland and Feb. 25, 9 a.m. at the Bronson Agriculture Office, Hwy 27A, 625 North Hathaway, Bronson.

The course fee is $14 and for AARP members $12.

Call Linda Cochran at (352) 493-1742 to register.


Wild Hog Canoe Race

The Wild Hog Canoe Race will be held April 17, with “Return to the Wild” paddling options April 16 for boaters to paddle down some of our most beautiful waterways.  Check out the website: http://www.wildhog.wetpaint.com for information.

Land Judging Event

The Tri County Land Judging Event for all FFA and 4-H members will be Feb. 26.

This contest is restricted to members of FFA or a 4-H club. The host this year is Levy County. The youth will meet behind the IFAS office in Bronson on Hwy 27-A. 


Bluegrass Pickin

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


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. 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. 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.