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Things to do, places to go, people to see

November

   Calling High School Juniors

Santa Fe College will host a pair of recruiting events geared toward high school juniors in November. The events will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville.

Juniors will get to explore a variety of potential degree programs as well as meet with current college students and organizations. This incredibly helpful event will inspire juniors to discover a potential college option, while giving insight into important college preparation steps.

If you are a high school junior who is seeking higher education programs, hoping to meet college students and get the inside scoop, wondering if Santa Fe College could fit into your plan having no idea what is next after high school, this is the event for you.

High school juniors interested in attending should register by contacting their school’s guidance counselor, or emailing rachael.jukarainen@sfcollege.edu.

WWII Vets Luncheon

On Nov. 9 at 11 a.m., WWII Vets and Proud of It will meet for lunch at the Moose Lodge in Fanning Springs.  All veterans of WWII, spouses, and/or caregivers are invited to attend.  Contact Virginia Lewis,at 352-528-2310 for more information.

Economic Development Kickoff

The city of Williston will host its Economic Development Plan kickoff meeting Thursday, Nov. 9 from 1-4 p.m. at the Williston Municipal Airport.

The Department of Opportunity (DEO) will be there as well as members of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) will be in attendance, along with Dr. Lynn Patterson, to help lead the city through its own, customized needs and economic development plan.

TEC Fundraiser

Bootlegging BBQ Bash to benefit Tomorrow’s Equestrian Center will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 at United Hay Sales, 13101 W. Hwy, 26, Ocala.

Dinner tickets are $8 or reserve a table of 10 for $100.

The barbecue and auction preview begin at noon with the auction starting at 1 p.m.

Veterans' Luncheon

Haven, located at 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland, will host a Veterans’ Appreciation Luncheon at noon, Friday, Nov. 10 in the Haven Community Building.

All veterans are invited to attend.

Please RSVP to Vondla Sullivan at 493-2333 or vdsullivan@BeYourHaven.com.

FOWL Book Sale

Friends of the Williston Library will hold a book sale Saturday, Nov. 18 at the library from 8:30– 11:30 a.m. There is a large selection of books, DVDs, books on CD and more.

Turkey Shoot

The Lake Tropicana Civic Association will host a Turkey Shoot Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lake Tropicana Civic Association Clubhouse, 3380 SW 181st Court, Dunnellon, located north of town off highway 40.

Walmart Gift Certificates of $15 for a turkey will be the prize for those who score best of six shooters on the targets.

Bring a 12 gauge shotgun and the club will provide the shells. Cost per shot is $4. Shotguns will be available, or bring your own.

If bringing other than a 12 gauge gun, you need to bring your own 7½ shot. Food, soda and coffee will be available for sale during the event.

For more information, call Bill at 465-4500.

Ongoing

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.

Farm Bureau Food Collection

Levy County Farm Bureau offices in Chiefland and Williston will collect non-perishable food items for local families this Thanksgiving. Farm Bureau will donate turkeys to complete the meals.

Have donations in by Friday, Nov. 17.

For more information, call Alyssa or Nancy at the Williston office 529-1188 or Stephanie in the Chiefland office 493-4780.

Diabetes Classes

Would you spend just two hours a week to learn how to stay active and enjoy life?

Elder Options will host a series of classes geared toward diabetes self management from 9:30 a.m. until noon every Thursday through Nov. 16.

Trained volunteers will help you set goals and make a plan toward better living.

To register, call 538-4474 or Betty Flagg at 692-5219.

Classes will be held at Fountain of Life Church, 623 Noble Ave., Williston.

Christmas Parade Theme

"The Songs of Christmas" is the theme for the Williston Chamber of Commerce's annual parade down Noble Avenue.

Choose your song, religious or secular, and start planning your float or marching unit. Prizes will be given to the Most Original, Best Depiction of Theme and Best in Show.

Entrants will need to register at the Chamber to be in the parade.

Applications are now available. Call 528-5552 for more information.

Square Dance Class/Dance

Clover Squares of Levy County will hold a beginner’s class at 6:30 and dance at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Williston Crossings RV Park Community Center, 420 NE 5th Street, Williston.  For information call 352-528-3323.

SHINE/Medicare Aide

SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will assist you in making the best informed decision for your 2018 Medicare Part D Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan. Bring your Medicare Card, your 2017 Plan card (if any), and all your Prescription drug bottles or a 6 months listing of your prescriptions from your pharmacy.

Please call 1-800-262-2243 for a site near you or to be referred to a SHINE volunteer.

Come see a SHINE Volunteer at:

Bronson Public Library, Dec. 6 1:30-4:40 p.m.

Williston Public Library, Dec. 6 9 a.m. -noon.

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.

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

Lions Club Meeting

The Williston Lions Club meets on the first Monday 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.

Total Fitness Class

Each Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.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.

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.

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.

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

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

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. f 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.