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Community Happenings I

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Things to do, places to go, people to see

Friday, Feb. 4

Dudley Farm
Dudley Farm Old-Fashioned Plow Days will showcase agricultural practices before the tractor and mechanization as highly skilled draft horse and mule teams plow the crop fields in preparation for spring planting Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
There will be traditional skills demonstrations, wagon rides and music. Come look at these big beautiful and powerful creatures and the hard work we once depended upon them for.
School groups, by advance reservation, are welcomed Feb. 4.  The farm is located on SR 26 (Newberry Rd), 4 miles East of Newberry and seven miles west of I-75 exit 387.  Admission is $5/vehicle.
 Phone 352-472-1142; www.floridastateparks.org/dudleyfarm; www.savedudleyfarm.org

Saturday, Feb. 5

AMVETS Grand Opening
AMVETS Post 447 will host a grand opening Saturday, Feb. 5 beginning at noon at its new post.
There will be food, desserts and door prizes.
Pork, chicken quarters or turkey legs with fixings will be available for $4.
The post is located at 405 E. Hwy. 40, Inglis.
 
FOL Book Sale
Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold the February First Saturday Book Fair, Feb. 5 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the City Hall Community Center.
There will  plenty of books to choose because there has not been a book fair since early December. Prices will be low at $1 for hardbacks, 50 cents for softbacks, 25 cents for paperbacks, $1 for tapes and videos and 10 cents for children’s and magazines.
Volunteers are needed Thursday, Feb. 3, from 6-8 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m.-noon. If you can help sort books and get the center ready for this sale, call Mary McDaniell at 528-5972.
All proceeds go to the library for items, books, events, etc. that cannot be met by city, county and state programs.

JBE PTO Yard Sale
Joyce Bullock Elementary School PTO will hold a yard sale Saturday, Feb. 5 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Rent your own spot to sell your “stuff” for $10 (you’ll need to provide your own table) -OR- get rid of your “stuff” by donating it to the yard sale.
Items (not clothing) can be donated at the JBE front office or you may contact Melissa Lewis at lewism@levy.k12.fl.us or 528-3341 to rent a spot or for more information.

Silver Prom
The Levy County Fair Association will present The 2011 Silver Prom Saturday, Feb. 5 from 6:30 – 11 p.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be free champagne at 8 p.m. A cash bar will be available.
The music will begin with the 1940s and move through the years.
Tickets are $15 for singles; $25 for couples.
Call 352-528-2518 for tickets, which are also available at the door.

Monday, Feb. 7

Christian Academy Meeting
Williston Central Christian Academy Parent/Partner meeting  will be Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
For more information, call 352-529-0900.

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Jazz Concert
Celebrating Black History Month, the Gainesville Friends of Jazz will present The Doug Carn Quartet featuring Doug Carn on the piano Tuesday, Feb. 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St. in Gainesville.
 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
The fee is $20 general admission, $10 GFOJ members and students.
For more information call 352-379-0300 or visit gnvfriendsofjazz.org.

Thursday, Feb. 10

Williston FOL Programs
Feb. 10
In recognition of Black History Month, The Friends of the Williston Public Library will present the Santa Fe College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium Coordinator James Albury as its guest speaker Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Williston Public Library located at 10 S.E. 1st St. in Williston.
The program begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Refreshments will be served.
 
 March 10
The March program will be the “Suwannee Valley Players.” This event will be held Thursday, March 10 at the Williston Woman’s Club located at 1049 NE 6th Blvd in Williston.
 For more information call 352-528-2313.

Friday, Feb. 11

Woman’s Club Fashion Show
The GFWC Williston Woman’s Club Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12 at the clubhouse, located at 1049 NE 6th Blvd.
Beginning at 11 a.m., fashions and accessories will me modeled while guests enjoy a Valentine themed lunch that includes appetizer and dessert. A supply of fashions and accessories will be available to purchase onsite.
Call 528-3396, 528-6762 or drop by Mirror, Mirror to purchase tickets, which are $15. Seating is limited for each day.
A $50 gift certificate will be given away each day
All proceeds will benefit the Pavilion Building Fund for Williston Elementary School.

Saturday, Feb. 19

African American Festival
The Levy County African American Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at 66 W. Main St., Bronson. Vendors may call: Lillian (352-486-6077),  Beatrice (352-642-2603) or Mary Joe (352-221-5285).

Friday, Feb. 25

Police Banquet
The 11th Annual City of Williston Police Awards Banquet will be held Friday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Williston Crossings RV Park.
Along with dinner and entertainment, guests will have an opportunity to bid farewell to Chief Dan Davis, who is retiring in February.
Tickets are $15 each.
Contact Judy or Gail at 528-4991 for more information.

Upcoming

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.   Hillary Cowart and The Magic Man will be on hand to show a few tricks and slight of hand as he amazes the crowd.    For questions or information, please contact Margie McGarva at 352-486-2535. 

Ongoing

AARP Tax-Aide Begins
Free tax preparation and E-file with AARP Tax Aide begins Thursday, Feb. 3 at the Williston Public Library.
Tax preparers will be onsite every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. through April 15.
Call 528-2313 for an appointment.

Dunnellon VFW Post 7991
The Veterans of Foreign Wars at 3107 W. Dunnellon Rd, CR 488, Dunnellon presents: Breakfast, including a massive plate of victuals (10 items), is served the second and fourth Sunday of every month from 8:30 - 11 a.m. at a cost of $6.  BINGO with a progressive jackpot is held every Friday from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Hot dogs, burgers and french fries are available.  Open to the public.
 Regular monthly meeting of the post and auxiliary(s) is at 5 p.m. to eat, 6 p.m. to meet the third Thursday of every month.

Painted Pizza Box Contest
Angelina Mia’s Restaurant in Williston is offering a “Painted Pizza Box Contest” in conjunction with the Levy County Fair.
  Every month there will be a total of 30 boxes available to be picked up at the restaurant on West Noble Avenue.
 Paint the box any way you like and bring it back by the end of the month.  Boxes will be judged monthly and the top three winners from each month will receive a free large pizza.  They will also be displayed and judged at the Levy County Fair in the Creative Arts Tent during the April 2011 Fair.  For more information about the Fair go to LevyCountyFair.com

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

Garage/Yard Sale Space
Planet Outlet Mall, located on Hwy. 27A, three miles west of Bronson will offer free seller space for weekly garage/yard sales.
For more information, call 528-2950.

 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. 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.