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Things to do, places to go, people to see


DAV Cookout

On Saturday, July 16, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Tri-County Chapter 63  is hosting a Fundraising Cookout.  It is a day of fun, with music by local “DJ Nasty”, free prizes, and a menu of hamburgers/hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw or potato salad for only $6. Drinks will be available too.  We will begin serving at 11 a.m. and continue  through 2 p.m. at Chantilly Place Salon, 310 Main Ave., Bronson, across from  Drummond Bank in Bronson.

For more information, call 352-317-9767, email davchapter63@gmail.com or visit davchapter63.org

Bronson Fall Sports

Bronson Parks and Recreation is accepting fall sports registration forms through July 18. The cost for BPR contact football and cheerleading is $85 and fees must be paid at the time of registration. 

Late registrations will be accepted after July 18, however the fee will be $100 and will be due at the time of registration. 

Forms can be obtained at Bronson Town Hall, 650 Oak Street, Bronson. For more information, call  352-486-2354.

Pitmasters Wanted

Smokin-N-The-Country, a barbecue festival and cookoff is planned for Saturday, July 23 from noon until 8 p.m. at Cornelius Williams Park.

Hobby or professional cooks are invited to enter the cook-off and compete for a $500 cash prize.

Families can eat, drink, relax and listen to music or shop the vendors who are set up in the park.

For more information, call 538-4474 or 872-4500 or email smokinnthecountry@gmail.com.

Chief Audtions

Auditions for Smoke on the Mountain to be held at The Chief Theater in Chiefland, 25. E. Park Ave. will be held July 23 from 9 a.m. – noon and July 26 at 6 p.m. 

Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into "the modern world." Between songs, each family member "witnesses" -- telling a story about an important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true -- and hilariously imperfect - natures. 

Actors needed include four males and three females who can sing.  If you also play an instrument it’s a bonus, but not required for the roles. The play will be on stage weekends from Sept. 30 – Oct. 16.

Town Hall Meeting

A town hall meeting, hosted by Williston City Councilwoman Nancy Wininger, will be held  Thursday, July 28, from 7 – 8:30 p.m .in the Williston City Council room.

 Leaders of all organizations, churches, clubs, etc., as well as all citizens are invited to attend.


JBE Back to School Bash

The Annual JBE Back to School Bash will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. There will be several community organizations and businesses with booths set up for families. Some booths will even have special giveaways. Students will also be given their much anticipated class assignments so they can then go and visit their new classroom and meet their teacher. Students are welcome to bring their supplies on this night in order to avoid the first day rush.

Fall on the Farm

The 10th Annual Fall on the Farm, a fundraiser to benefit Haven Hospice, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Rocky Hammock Preserve – the Historical Drummond Farm, located at 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland.

There will be dinner, drinks, live music and a silent auction.

For more information, contact Courtney Quirie at  CaQuirie@havenhopice.org or by calling 352-692-5170.


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.


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 plan to dance through the summer on Wednesday evenings if there is  at least one square.  New hours are 7-9 p.m. at the Williston Crossings RV Resort community center, 410 NE 5th St., Williston.

  For verification, call 352-528-3323 after noon on Wednesdays.  A new class will begin in the fall.


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.