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Things to do, places to go, people to see


NC Business Council Meeting

The Nature Coast Business Development Council will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at the College of Central Florida’s Jack Wilkinson Campus, 15390 Hwy 19, Chiefland.

Due to the membership of the NCBDC consisting of more than one member of the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee, this meeting will also serve as a meeting for the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee.

The meetings are open to the public and attendees can address the council or committee. Those wishing to be placed on the agenda can contact NCBDC Executive Director David Pieklik at (352) 447-4107 ext. 108, or email director@naturecoast.org


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.

FFA Barbecue

FFA is hosting a Homecoming Barbecue Friday, Oct. 13.  Plates are $8 and include smoked sliced pork, baked beans, cole slaw, roll, homemade dessert and drink.  FFA will serve from 5-7 p.m. in the Joyce Bullock Elementary cafeteria. Dine in or take out.  See FFA members for a ticket.

Gulf Hammock Reunion

The Annual Gulf Hammock Homecoming & Smallwood Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 beginning at 10 a.m. at Beck Park in Gulf Hammock. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.

Friends, relatives, residents, and former residents of Gulf Hammock are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact  Amelia  at 352-629-4438, Abby at 850-997-5153 or Donald at 850-997-4438.

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.

Candlelight Vigil

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to recognize survivors Another Way will host a candlelight vigil from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The church is located at 707 N. Main St., Chiefland. For more information, call 493-6810.

CEE Luncheon

Discussion will open with a report on Richard Spencer’s speaking event on the UF campus when Citizens for an Engaged Electorate meets Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at Williston Community Center.

Also on the agenda are: discussion on bringing free health and wellness classes to Williston; a report on voting rights restoration efforts in Florida; and an update on the Gimme a Brake (light) program.  The meeting will wrap up with information on activities sponsored by national groups that affect us locally.

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.

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.

  BCA Trail Ride

The annual BCA (Breast Cancer Awareness) Trail Ride for 2017 will be held Oct. 21 at the Tidewater Trailhead on Hwy 337 in the Goethe State Forest of Levy County. The GPS address for the event is at Tidewater Trail Head in the Goethe State Forest at 12550 SE 137th Street, Dunnellon, FL 34431.

 The Tidewater trailhead in Goethe State Forest, along with the rest of Goethe State Forest, was temporarily closed following hurricane Irma to allow the forestry personnel to inspect the trails and facilities for any damage.  Goethe State Forest is open and is available for the BCA event.  Tidewater trails are open, however there has been ongoing logging on the purple trail only and organizers suggest avoiding the purple trail.

 Registration is $30 and may be done at www.levycountyhorseclub.com.

Cattlemen Meeting

The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association will host its Fall Membership Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Whitehurst Lodge, located at 9820 SW CR 346, Archer, FL 32618.

Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend. You do not need to own cattle to become a member

For more information, call the Levy County Extension Office at 352-486-5131 or Devin Whitehurst at 352-528-4724.

Cancer Support Group

Victory over the Big "C", a cancer support group will begin meeting Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The location has yet to be finalized.

The group is open to cancer survivors, cancer patients and their caregivers and families.

Interested persons may call Mary Kay Schenk at 322-0771 or George Alexander at 305-898-8187.


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 Williston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors set the Dec. 2 Christmas Parade theme as "The Songs of Christmas."

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 beginning Oct. 16.

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, Wednesday, Nov. 1 1:30-4:40 p.m.; Dec. 6 1:30-4:40 p.m.

Williston Public Library, Wednesday, Nov. 1 9 a.m.-noon; Dec. 6 9 a.m. -noon.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.