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Things to do, places to go, people to see

 April

Gospel Fest

New Zion A.M.E. Church of Raleigh will sponsor Gospel Fest 2016 Saturday, April 9 in downtown Williston. Vendor spaces are available and are $75 if reserved before March 28 – after that they are $100.

For a vendor registration form, call 904-654-3324 or contact the church at 528-5220. 

Interested vendors may also come by the church between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday, March 26 to fill out an application.

The church is located at 18295 NE 75th St. (CR335), Williston.

AARP Meeting

Bernadette Preble of Suwannee River Economic Council will be the speaker at the AARP Chapter #912 meeting Monday, April 11 at 10 a.m. at St Barnabas Episcopal Church, 661 NE 1st Ave., Williston.  She will present important information on services available for seniors and the disabled.

At this meeting members who volunteer in the community will be recognized.  Visitors are welcome.  Coffee and socializing is at 9:30 a.m.

WWII Vets

WWII Vets and Proud of it will meet at 11 a.m. April 14 at the Lighthouse in Fanning Springs. For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

Motorcycle Ride/Lunch

The Lighthouse Word Church Motorcycle Club will ride Saturday morning, April 16.  Riders will leave from the church located at 2414 NW Hwy. Alt 27 in Chiefland at noon and travel to the Yearling Restaurant in Cross Creek for lunch.  Everyone is welcome.  Call 493-1554 for more information.

DAV Poker Run

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Tri-County Chapter 63 will sponsor a Poker Run and Raffle to raise money for local veterans.

DAV is the most long-lasting veterans’ advocacy and assistance group in the country. The DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: Empowering veterans to lead high quality lives with respect and dignity.

DAV offers financial support to the veterans in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living. Veterans don’t always have the basic necessities during their stay. The fundraising efforts help provide these items.

The poker run and raffle will be held April 16 and will start start at Bett’s Big “T”   in Chiefland;  proceed to Willard’s in Williston; continue to Los Avina in Archer and Cherry’s Seafood & Steak in Trenton, then finish at Beef O’ Brady’s in Chiefland.

Registration fee is $20 and an extra poker hand is $10.

Early registration fee is $15 if registered by April 9.

Raffle tickets are available: one for $1 or six for $5 and you do not have to be present to win.

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Williston will take place Saturday, April 16 with event festivities beginning at 2 p.m. at Williston High School Football Field.  

Join local volunteers and participants from the community and celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and take action to save more lives from cancer. The opening ceremony, which includes a special Survivors’ and Caregivers’ Lap, will begin at 6 p.m. A Luminaria Ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to cancer will take place at 9 p.m.  The closing ceremony will be at 7 a.m. Sunday.  

Visit relayforlife.org/Williston or Williston Relay For Life Facebook page to learn more about the event, or contact Sheila Lewis at Drummond Community Bank 528-3101.  

Cattlemen's Meeting

The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association will have its spring meeting  Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Don Quincey’s river home, 11751 NW 132nd Pl., Chiefland.

Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.

 If you would like additional information call the Levy County Extension Office (352-486-5131) or Devin Whitehurst (352-528-4724).

Water Program

Tri-county Working Group of Suwannee-St. Johns Sierra Club will present Water Works: Stand Up and Act Now at the Williston Woman’s Club, 1049 NE 6th Blvd.,Williston,Thursday, April 21 from 6:30- 8 p.m.

  Water Works: Stand Up and Act Now is an interactive, presenter-led PowerPoint program that translates scientific facts into common language, detailing the specific impact of Florida’s and especially the tri-county’s (Citrus-Levy-Marion) water problems on jobs, property values, lifestyles, ecotourism and most importantly, our drinking water.

Developed by a Sierra Club Task Force from a variety of scientific and governmental resources, Water Works: Stand Up and Act Now also describes the impact of population growth and development in the next 15 years upon current and future water resources in the tri-county area. Attendees will learn specifically why we should care about what’s happening to our local springs, rivers, and drinking water, and what we can do about it.

For further information, please contact Nancy Kost at 352-628-0698 or nkost@tampabay.rr.com. 

Woman's Club Bazaar

The GFWC Williston Woman's Club will hold a bazaar and yard sale Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the clubhouse, located at 1049 NE 6th Blvd., Williston.

Tables are available to rent for $10. Food will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the Williston Community Theater.

To reserve your table or for more information, contact Dixie Leppert at 215-1842.

Remembering Vietnam Veterans

A tri-county Vietnam War commemoration celebration will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 30 at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 SW 80th Ave., Trenton.

The event is free to bring all veterans together to commemorate the service, sacrifice and valor of Vietnam veterans.

Veterans and their families will enjoy a free barbecue lunch and live entertainment.

For more information,  contact Levy County VSO 352-486-5210 Gilchrist County VSO 352-463-3188, Dixie County VSO 352-463-3188 or Otter Springs Park at 352-463-0800.

 

Tom Muff Car Show

The 2nd Annual Tom Muff Memorial Car Show will begin at 10 a.m. April 30 at  Holy Family Catholic Church, 17353 NE Hwy 27Alt., Williston.

Show time is 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and registration is 8-10 a.m.. The cost is $15 before April 20 and $20 the day of the show.

There will be food and beverages for purchase, door prizes, 50/50, yard sale, thrift shop and vendors with sounds by Big D.

For more information, call Roberta Devlin at 352-528-5100 or email devlin@embarqmail.com.

 

Upcoming

 

Lions Club Arts & Crafts Show

The Williston Lions Club will present its Arts & Crafts Show/Flea Market and barbecue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 6, 7 and 8th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lions' clubhouse at 401 SE 6th Avenue in Williston. 

Local artists will display their work along with crafting vendors showcasing creative supplies and equipment. Proceeds help support the Lions' continuing efforts in our community. This is a community service event and admission is free to the public. Vendor space is still available. Please call Lion Pam Vamosi at 352/214-3315 or 352/362-6553 for details.

 

Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten roundup is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Joyce Bullock Elementary School. 

Registration packets can be picked up and dropped off. The principal will share information about kindergarten, school policies, dress code and ways to ensure your child is ready for kindergarten.

 

 

Ongoing

 

JBES Kindergarten Registration

Joyce Bullock Elementary School is now registering students for kindergarten. 

Students may register through June 9 and class/teacher placement will begin mid-June.

To register, bring a birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization records and a physical that cannot be more than one year old from the start of the school year, Aug. 10.

Incoming kindergarten students must be 5 years old before Sept. 1.

Packets may be picked up at the school during office hours and on the following nights: Tuesday, April 12 until 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 until 6 p.m and Thursday, May 19 until 6 p.m.

If your child already attends JBES Pre-K, he/she is automatically registered for kindergarten. Updated physicals and immunizations are required.

For more information, call 528-3341.

 

Love Levy Help Center

Love Levy Community Help Center is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to assist residents with food, clothing and biblical guidance. 

Love Levy also provides information about other local organizations which can help with utilities, medical, housing and employment opportunities.

 For more information, call Love Levy at 529-7663.

 

Mobile Food Pantry

The second Thursday of each month there will be a mobile pantry sponsored by From the Heart Ministry at the Masonic Hall in Williston.  The doors will open at 12:30 p.m.  All are welcome. 

 For more information, call Loretta at 352-214- 5119. 

 

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous meets every Saturday at the Midway Plaza from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

 

Alanon Meetings

Alanon meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at Midway Plaza.

 

Zumba Classes

Zumba, the dance fitness program that is suitable for all ages 0-100, is held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church gym. The cost is $1. 

 

Tri-County Pregnancy

Tri-County Pregnancy Center is open to clients between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  in the Williston Center.

Tri-County Pregnancy Center is a not for profit organization, helping area families in crisis and is located across the street from Williston High School.  Call 352-528-0200 for information.

 

 

Square Dancing

Clover Squares of Levy County will be dancing on Wednesday evenings at Williston Crossings RV Park Community Center, 410 NE 5th St.,Williston.  Classes will begin at 6:30 followed by the dance at 7:30. 

 For more information call 528-3323.

 

Buy a Paver; Honor Veterans

The plan to unveil a veterans'/war memorial in Heritage Park is thousands of dollars away from fruition.

More than $20,000 is needed to erect the lighted memorial that will pay tribute to all branches of the armed forces. To date, less than a quarter of that money has been raised.

The memorial, a project by the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), will also honor veterans – living and dead – with stone pavers at its base. 

For $50 an individual can honor a veteran with a paver/brick that  has space available for three lines to recognize the veteran’s service. 

For more information, call the Williston Chamber of Commerce at 528-5552 or Carolyn at the Williston Pioneer at 528-3343.

 

Methodist Thrift Store

First United Methodist Church Mission Thrift store is open every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. he store is located at 25 SW 3rd St., Williston.

American Legion Bingo

Landrum Memorial American Legion Post 236,  located at 9550 N.E. U.S. Hwy 27 Alt. Bronson has Jackpot Bingo every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. 

Players play for a chance of a $200 jackpot every Monday night. 

Quarter bingo is held from 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday. Snacks and drinks are available. For more information call 352-486-5003 or 352-317-5685.

 

AMVETS Bingo

AMVETS Post 444 hosts bingo every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The post is located on 27A toward Bronson, just past the BP station.

 

 Williston Woman’s Club

Women who want to make a positive difference in the Williston community are needed.

This is a personal invitation to join the GFWC Williston Woman’s Club.

Contact Georgia Browning at 352-284-5850, email gbrowning78@gmail.com or visit 

gfwcwilliston.org.

 

 VFW Post Meeting

VFW Post 5511 meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

The post is located on Hwy. 27, west of Williston.

 

 

 

 

Williston Lions Club 

The Williston Lions Club meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse, 401 SE 6th Ave., Williston. The club hosts regular weekly and monthly events for all to participate. New members and volunteers for those who want to help out in the community are accepted. Guests are welcome anytime. 

Future events and activities are planned and help is needed and would be appreciated. Call 352-214-3315 or 352-362-6553.

• Wednesdays: The Children’s Table is at the club from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

• Thursdays: Bingo at the club at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Bring a new friend or canned goods for free cards.

• Fridays and Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. indoor flea market/ thrift store. Vendors can setup outside for free.

• Offering FREE eyesight screenings for adults and children over 7. 

 

Pre-school Storytime 

Pre-school storytime uses books and music to present young children with the concept that books, reading and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages. he programs last 30 minutes.

Storytime is held at the Williston Public Library every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.   Music With Ms. Sara begins at 10 a.m.

 

Trikers Meeting

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Brothers of the Third Wheel, an association for all trikers, meets the second Saturday of each month at the Bronson Restaurant on US 27A. Coffee begins at 9 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m.  For more information, call Joe Graves at 352-208-0517.

 

Scrabble Sessions

Feel like teasing your brain? Enjoy finding those obscure words to use?

Come join our Scrabble game at the Bronson Library every Thursday morning at 10:30. e have multiple boards and just added another one.

Call the Bronson Library at 486-2015 to confirm we are meeting.

 

Chiefland Bingo

 Bingo is back at the Chiefland Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays after exercise at 9 a.m. enjoy the craft classes. Card making has moved to Mondays and all other crafts are now on Wednesdays.

 

 VFW Post Meeting