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Things to do, places to go, people to see

Saturday, Aug. 24

School of Dance Registration

Williston School of Dance will hold its Registration Da, Saturday,  Aug. 24  from  9 a.m.-noon at 153 NW 6th St., Williston.

For class schedule, registration form and more information visit www.willistondance.com.


Quit Smoking Seminar

Tools to Quit is a two-hour seminar offering the tools you need to become tobacco free, including what triggers you to smoke, dip, or chew and how to handle withdrawal symptoms. 

The program offers free nicotine patches, lozenges and/or gum (while supplies last), as well as follow-up support. 

 The next class in the area is at the Williston Public Library Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

Call Katie Hadsock at 352-275-7489 to register for this class. Visit www.ahectobacco.com for more information.


Waldo Art Fest

There will be an Art Fest at Waldo Farmers & Flea Market  Aug. 24-25 and also Sept. 28-29. 

The festival will include unique handmade arts and crafts including pottery, watercolor and oil paintings, photography, jewelry and custom made pieces. Local artists and artisans will gather together to exhibit, demonstrate and sell their original works. For more information, call 352-468-2255 www.waldoflea.com.




Blithe Spirit at the Chief

“Blithe Spirit” written by Noel Coward and winner of the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival will be coming to the Chief Theatre, home of the Suwannee Valley Players.

Show dates are Sept. 6-8 and Sept. 13-15. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. 

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for senior-youth (through 12th grade)-military. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Suwannee Valley Internet in Chiefland, Point of View in Fanning Springs and in Cedar Key from Laura Blanton, who can be reached at 352-221-3976.

Shows are performed at the Chief Theatre,  25 East Park Ave. For more information you can leave a message by calling 352-493-ARTS. 


 The Marvelous Wonderettes Auditions

Williston Community Theater will hold auditions for The Marvelous Wonderettes,  a musical that has been performed all over the country.  

The play is set in 1958 and 1968 and focuses on the music of the time.  Four singer/actresses are needed between the ages of 18 and 30.  Those interested in auditioning should prepare a three to four minute song preferably from the time period of the play, submit a resume and a photo.  Resumes and photos may be submitted electronically to WillistonCommTheater@aol.com. Musicians, singers, bands and dancers are also needed.

Rehearsals will begin in early October.  The production is scheduled for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2014.  Interested artists should be available during the rehearsal and production dates. 

Auditions will be held at the Williston Community Center next to City Hall Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6-8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 13 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 14 from 4-8 p.m.

 For additional information call Williston Community Theater at 352-441-0234 and speak to Gary or check out the Facebook page Willistoncommunitytheater@fb.com.


Peter Pan Auditons

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie will be coming to the Chief Theatre, home of the Suwannee Valley Players.

“The everlasting classic account of two boys and a girl who follow Peter Pan and the invisible fairy, Tinker Bell, into Never Land, where children never grow old and where Captain Hook and his pirates are outwitted.”

This is the original Peter Pan written by J.M. Barry in 1904, later rewritten in novel form. It was originally performed by adults for an all ages audience. The SVP want to do the same and therefore are looking for adults, ages 18 and above. Auditions will be Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. Performances will be Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15.

Please contact director Leo Verhaeren at 352-278-1380, leoverhaeren@bellsouth.net,  or 352-493-ARTS, visit SVPlayers.org or follow them on Facebook.


Hutchinson Poker Run

The third annual “Hutch” Hutchinson’s Legacy  Poker Run to benefit the Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 14.

Riders will begin the run at the Haven Hospice Attic Resale Store in Chiefland with stops along the way at Jamerson-Sheffield American Legion  Post 91 in Bell, Keg Room in Branford, Hammerheads in Live Oak, Phish Heads  in Lake City, Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs, McKenzie’s Four Corners in Bronson and the Gathering Table Restaurant in Chiefland.

The ride  will finish at the South Chiefland Shopping Plaza with an after-party.    

Participants will collect cards along the way for the chance to win best and worst poker hands. Best hand wins a three-night cabin stay at the Blue Ridge  Motorcycle Campground. There will also be prize drawings, a 50/50 drawing and  live music.  The cost is $15 for drivers and $5 for each passenger or each additional hand. 

For one additional hand, you can bring a donation to the Haven Hospice Attic Resale store.  If you are not a motorcycle rider, but still want to join the fun, you can register to drive your car to each of the stops to claim your cards and build your poker hand.

For more information, contact Brad Groom at groomba@gmail.com


Purple Pinkie Peanut Run/5K

The Williston Rotary Club will sponsor a 5K run and a one mile fun run/walk Saturday, Oct. 5 beginning at 8 a.m.

The entry fee is $25 prior to Sept. 20 and will include a commemorative T-shirt. Participants may register after that date for $30 but T-shirts are not guaranteed.

Proceeds from the run will benefit Rotary International’s Purple Pinkie Program and local educational programs.

To register, visit active.com.