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Things to do, places to go, people to see

Remember Me Thursday®

Rapscallion to the Rescue & Williston Animal Group are uniting with animal lovers and animal welfare organizations around the world to participate in a Remember Me Thursday® candle-lighting ceremony.

Remember Me Thursday® aims to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations to be an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them. RttR & WAG encourages Levy County residents to participate in the public candle-lighting ceremony, Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Park Pavilion and to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

FOWL Zoo Program

Members of the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo will be at the Williston Library at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 to discuss the importance of Florida Native Species.

They will bring Florida native animals and discuss ecosystems, keystone species, invasive species and how you can help.

For more information call or text Lisa Posteraro at 339-1201.

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

October

TDC Meeting

The Levy County Tourist Development Council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at 620 N Hathaway Avenue, Bronson, FL (U.S. Alt. 27) (Levy County Road Dept. Office Building).

The meeting is open to the public.

Purple Pinkie Peanut Run

The Rotary Club of Williston will host its 5th Annual Purple Pinkie Peanut Run Saturday, Oct. 7 to kick off the Peanut Festival. The event includes a 5K Fun Run or 1 Mile Walk open to all ages.

Proceeds from the run go toward the Rotary Club of Williston’s service projects, Levy County Youth programs and the Rotary International Purple Pinkie project.

Registration is just $30 for adults and $15 for students.

For more information about the run and to register visit Rotary Club of Williston Florida on Facebook or register online at www.willistonrotary.com/register. You can also register the day of the event at 7 a.m. at check in.

Baseball Pancake Breakfast

A pancake breakfast to benefit the Williston Middle High School baseball team will be held from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday Oct. 7 at the Williston Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Contact rnancymk@aol.com or any baseball player for the $5 tickets.

WWII Vets

World War ll Vets and Proud of it will meet at Hobo’s Restaurant in Trenton at 11 a.m. Oct. 12.

Last month's meeting was cancelled due to the hurricane.

For more information call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310. Vets, spouses and caregivers are encouraged to attend.

CHS Class Reunion

The Chiefland High School Class of 1968 has issued a "save the date" call for Oct. 13-14 to class members.

The class will celebrate its 50th Year Reunion next year, and the group is planning a gathering on Friday evening, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 to start the planning process.

The group plans to gather for dinner at Beef O'Brady's in Chiefland Oct. 13 at a time to be announced later, and then will gather for a covered dish lunch at the Fowler's Bluff home of classmate Mary Beth Green Yoder at noon on Oct. 14. Bring your favorite dish and folding chair.

Class President Franklin Watson asks that all classmates send updated contact information (mailing, phone, email) to him at fwatson@tallynet.com.

Beast Feast

The annual Levy County Schools Foundation Beast Feast is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Etheridge Produce Farm in Williston.

The annual fundraiser event features a variety of great food from clam chowder to “yard bird on a stick” prepared and served by cooks from local businesses and civic groups in a casual, picnic setting. The evening will include door prizes and drawings.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 8-17. Tickets go on sale Aug. 21st.

Proceeds from the event support Levy County School programs promoting student learning, effective teaching and scholarships for Levy County seniors.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information please e-mail Donna Turner at lcsf@levyk12.org.

Ongoing

Total Fitness Class

Each Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11 a.m., a total fitness class is held at the Bronson Community Church, next to Levy County Transit.

Participants use free weights, step and resistant bands.

Bring a towel and water, and get ready to sweat. A $2 donation is asked.

Text 352-215-2081 for more information.

Tri-County Pregnancy Center

Tri-County Pregnancy Center has phased out walk-ins at the Williston center.  Please call for an appointment.  The center is open open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

A non-profit organization, Tri-County Pregnancy Center exists to help women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy with emotional and practical assistance.  All of the services are free.

Call 352-528-0200 for more information.

Buy a Paver; Honor Veterans

Funds are still needed to complete the Veterans Memorial in Williston's Heritage Park.

A project by the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the memorial 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. Veterans do not have to be from Williston – or Levy County – to be honored.

To date, more than $50,000 has been raised for the memorial. The monument, bricks, sidewalks, flagpoles and landscaping exceeds that amount.

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

No One Dies Alone Program

Haven Hospice believes that we can assist with reducing the number of patients who die alone with our new Volunteer Based Program “No One Dies Alone”. This program will be volunteer driven and will be available to help patients and families during their journey.

Haven is actively recruiting volunteers who may be interested in volunteering for the No One Dies Alone Volunteer Program. This program will be offered to our families in all areas served by Haven Hospice. The volunteers will be specially trained and have a deep desire to help in end of life visitations. If you would like more information on this program or are interested in volunteering please contact Vondla Sullivan, Volunteer Coordinator, 352-493-2333 or vdsullivan@havenhospice.org.

Lions Club Meeting

The Williston Lions Club meets on the first Friday 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 and is always accepting new members and volunteers who want to help out in our community. Guests are welcome anytime.

Future events are being planned and the club would appreciate your assistance. Call 352-214-3315 or 352-362-6553.

• Fridays: 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.

• Every Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Indoor Flea Market/ Thrift Store. Vendors can set up outside for free.

Offering FREE Eyesight Screenings for adults and children over 7.

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.

Alanon Meetings

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

Williston Junior Horseman’s Club

NEW MEMBERS WANTED: 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 Williston Junior Horseman’s 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 ($45/year).

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

Upcoming

Ugly Sweater 5K Registration

Registration is now underway for the fourth annual Ugly Sweater 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Blue Run Park at 19680 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon.

Fees are $25 now through Friday, Dec. 1, for the 5K, and $30 the day of the race. Cost is $20 for the 1-Mile Fun Walk through the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Dunnellon High School athletics programs.

Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers as well as the male and female master’s division winners (50 and older) as well as the top three placers in 10 and younger, 11 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 30, 31 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74 and 75 and older.

Registration forms are available at the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association office at 20500 E. Pennsylvania Ave., or the Riverland News office at 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., or register online at runsignup.com/Race/FL/Dunnellon/UglySweater5KandMileFunWalkRun.