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Things to do, places to go, people to see

 

February

WWII Vets

World War II Vets will meet Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Ivy House in Williston. This is open to all WW II vets, their spouses or caregivers.

For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

Hunter Safety Course

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in February.

Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

In Levy County, the class is Feb. 11 in Chiefland beginning at 9 a.m.

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.

WHS Baseball Alumni Day

The Annual Baseball Alumni Day will be Saturday, Feb. 11.

Baseball camp for youth ages 5-13 is from 9 a.m- noon. Lunch is provided and the cost is $25.

Call 352-318-2805 or email rnancymk@aol.com to register.

Barbecue dinners will be sold at noon for $8 each.

Wizard of Oz

Come meet Dorothy and some of her closest friends this Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Chief Theatre in Chiefland, 25 E. Park Ave. from 10 a.m. until noon. Have your picture taken with the cast. Get cuddly with the Cowardly Lion; match wits with the Scarecrow or take some time with the Tin Man.

You can also reserve your tickets to The Wizard of Oz opening March 3. For more information, call 352-493-ARTS.

AARP Meeting

Joanne Halter will be the speaker at the next AARP Chapter 912 meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Hall, 661 NW 1st Ave., Williston.

Halter will present information about Medicare and health care. Guests are invited to come at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, snacks and socializing with members.

Cowboy Bob At The Library

As part of the Black Stallion Literacy Program Cowboy Bob and his Gyspy pony, Max will be visiting the Levy County Public Library System. Cowboy Bob will read stories around the campfire. Then each child at the program will get to visit with his real Gyspy pony, Max. The events are free to youth of all ages and their families.

Local appearances will be at:

• Bronson Public Library 6 p.m. Feb. 13

• Williston Public Library 6 p.m. Feb. 22

For more information, please contact your local library branch.

CEE Meeting

The upcoming Awake Florida rally, which coincides with the opening of the state legislature general session, will be the first topic of discussion when Citizens for an Engaged Electorate meets on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at Williston Community Center.

Also on the agenda are: proposed state bills on a variety of topics; implementation of Amendment 4; the status of Sabal Trail construction and protests; and information on Republican attempts to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. The meeting will wrap up with an overview of other issues and activities in our area as well as across the state and nation.

The Community Center is located at 50 N.W. Main St., on the north side of the Walgreen's parking lot.

As always, the public is invited. For more information, phone 352-465-8461 or e-mail citizensengaged2012@gmail.com.

 

STARS Gala

The Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 at Williston Middle/High School.

The semiformal evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and mingling at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. The event will benefit the nonprofit Foundation with funds to support its scholarship and grant programs for Levy County Schools.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person and are now on sale. Sponsorship opportunities will be available at $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,000 levels.

For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Donna Turner at lcsf@levy.k12.fl.us or call (352)493-6056 (Monday through Wednesday).

Concealed Weapon Class

Covenant Connection Marriage Ministry of Unity Temple International Fellowship in their fundraising efforts will have a Basic Pistol Class through the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Saturday, Feb. 25. The cost of the class is $65.

Each participant must bring picture ID. You can also bring your gun, ear and eye protection and 25 rounds of ammunition if you have it.

The class will begin promptly at 8 a.m. at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Classroom, located at 9150 NE 80th Ave. Bronson, FL 32621.

To register, send your check or money order to Attention: Covenant Connections Marriage Ministry 2351 NE 200th Ave, Williston, FL 32696 or you can pay at the door. Register ASAP as seating is limited.

For more information contact Tori Jackson at 352-528-3556.

Chamber Celebrates Mardi Gras

Get ready when Mardi Gras comes to Williston Saturday, Feb. 25 when the Williston Chamber of Commerce hosts its Installation Banquet at 6 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church.

A New Orleans-style meal with decor, music and fun are on the agenda.

Chamber members will receive invitations soon. The general public is also encouraged to attend to learn more about the chamber. Tickets are $25 each or a table of six for $200.

For more information, call 528-5552 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

FOWL Program

Friends of the Williston Library will host James Frank, a Red Cross VA Volunteer Service Representative, Service to the Armed Forces, Family Case Worker and Logistics Generalist Manager, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

Frank’s program will chart the beginning of the American Red Cross as well as explain how the Red Cross is divided in a triangle of services. In addition, he will share how the Red Cross can help our community and, in return, how we can help the Red Cross.

This free program and refreshments are sponsored by FOWL members.

The library is located at the corner of E. Noble Avenue and SE 1st Street.

Upcoming

Civil War Reenactment

The 20th anniversary Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment will be held March 10-12 at Kirby Family Farm in Williston.

Friday, March 10 is Living History Day and it is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The entry fee is $5 per person and includes a ride on a Civil War era train. Those attending will also have the option to purchase a ticket to the Saturday or Sunday battle for the half price cost of an additional $5.

A reenactment battle is held Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m.. The gate opens at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $10 per person and includes a ride on a Civil War era train.

Ongoing

AARP Tax Aide

A free AARP tax preparation team will be at the Williston Public Library, 10 SE 1st St., Williston Feb. 2–April 7 Thursdays only from 12:30-4 p.m.

Bring with you: last year’s tax return, Social Security cards for all persons included on the 2016 tax return. This is a must.

AARP Tax-Aide will use new IRS software this year and will not have prior years’ information.

Call 528-2313 to make an appointment.

Art At The Depot

The Archer Historical Society is accepting applications for vendors, artists and craftspeople of all kinds who would like to display and sell their art, homemade handicrafts, home businesses and food of all kinds March 11 from 10-4.

See facebook.com/archerhistoricalsociety or call 535-3681 for an application or more information.

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 half 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.

Junior Mounted Horse Club

The Junior Horseman’s Club invites all children ages 5-17 years to participate in a fun, mounted horse club.  If your child loves horses and wants to learn more, this is the club for them.  The Juniors Club offers bi-monthly mounted meetings, introductions to a wide variety of disciplines, trail rides, games, mini clinics, hippology, field trips and much more.  All disciplines, breeds and experience levels are welcome.

 Children with or without a horse are encouraged to participate.

Meetings are every other Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Williston Horse Park.

Costs are $10/year plus WHA yearly family membership ($40/year).

For more information, contact Candice and Scott Miller 845-518-1239/352-512-8284 Rmsranch@icloud.com.

Square Dancing

Clover Squares of Levy County dance class will begin Wednesday at 6:30 and the regular dance at 7:30 at the Williston Crossings RV Resort, 410 NE 5th Street, Williston. 

For information or to check our holiday schedule, call 352-528-3323 or go to our website or Facebook.

Safety Seat Inspections

Free 20-minute child safety seat inspections are available by appointment at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast, 117 NE First St. Chiefland, to be sure a car seat is not recalled, damaged or expired; is appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight; is used correctly and installed securely.  Safe, new seats are available if needed at low cost for income eligible families. 

Contact Sue Littnan at 352-563-9939 ext. 235.

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 Wednesday at the Mending Fences Treatment Center, 15530 West Hwy. 326, Morriston from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Alanon Meetings

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

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.

AL Post 236 Bingo

American Legion Post 236 hosts Bingo every Monday at 6 p.m. There are all-inclusive bingo packs for purchase. If enough players are there early, there will bean "early bird" game. The last game of the night is a "winner take all" game. These two games are purchased separately if you wish to play.

The post is located at 9550 Hwy 27 Alt in Bronson. For more information, call 486-5003. Bingo daubers are sold there as well.