What's Happening?

Williams-Thomas Funeral Homes is pleased to offer a wide variety of both on-going and seasonal events. We invite you to return often to see what’s coming up on our calendar. If you’d like to keep up-to-date, we invite you to visit our social media pages.

April Events

  • Friday Family Friendly Karaoke
    Friday, April 07, 2017 to Friday, April 06, 2018

    Come join us for Friday Family Friendly Karaoke

    Featuring KJ "Cowboy Mike" Powers

    In the fellowship hall on the 1st Friday of each month (except as noted below *) at the:
    Newberry United Methodist Church
    P.O. Box 475
    248455 W Newberry Road
    Newberry, FL 32669

    Group Song: 'Easter Bonnet"
    Cost: Please tip the Karaoke Disk Jockey

    No time for supper?
    We will have food, coffee, & snacks for you! Or bring your own snacks or non-alcoholic beverages to share!

    7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Mark your calendars!

    4/7/2017-5/12/2017* - 6/2/2017-7/7/2017* - 8/4/2017-9/8/2017* - 10/6/2017-11/3/2017 - 12/1/2017-1/5/2018 - 2/2/2018-3/2/2018 - 4/6/2018

July Events

  • Friday Family Friendly Karaoke
    Friday, July 07, 2017 to Friday, July 06, 2018

    Come join us for Friday Family Friendly Karaoke
    Featuring "Cowboy Mike" Powers
    In the Fellowship Hall on the 1st Friday of each month (except as noted below *) at the:
    Newberry United Methodist Church
    P.O. Box 475
    248455 W Newberry Road
    Newberry, FL 32669
    (352) 472-4005

    Group Song: This Land Is Your Land
    Cost: Please tip the Karaoke Disk Jockey
    All ages invited: No church affiliation needed

    7:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    No time for supper??
    We will have food, coffee, & snacks for you! Or bring your own snacks or non-alcoholic beverages to share! Patriotic picnic.

    Mark your calendars!
    7/7/17 - 8/4/17 - 9/8/27* - 10/6/17 - 11/3/17 - 12/1/17 - 1/5/18 - 2/2/18 - 3/2/18 - 4/6/18 - 5/3/18 - 6/1/18 - 7/6/18

December Events

  • Family Friendly Karaoke
    Friday, December 01, 2017 to Friday, September 07, 2018

    Featuring KJ "Cowboy Mike" Powers
    December 1st 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Newberry United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 475, 248455 W Newberry Road, Newberry, FL 32669

    Cost: Please tip the Karaoke Disk Jockey

    Christmas Music will be featured!

    No time for supper? Pizza & other snacks available for you!
    Or bring your own snacks to share!

    Public welcomed to come sing or listen!
    There will also be a Christmas Movie.

    Dates; 12/1/20-2017 - 1/5/2018 -2/2/2018 –3/2/2018 – 4/6/2018 - - 5/4/2018 – 6/1/2018 – 7/6/2018 - 8/3/2018 – 9/7/2018

January Events

  • Cancer Support and Wellness Series
    Monday, January 08, 2018 to Monday, December 10, 2018

    Second Monday of each month, starting January 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
    Free class series.

    Fun and educational classes will be offered to cancer patients, family members of the community to promote health and quality of life. Classes are free, but seating is limited. Snacks and refreshments will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

    Class topics for 2018 will include:
    Palliative Care: January 8
    Dance and Movement Therapy: February 12
    Breathing for Health: March 12
    Mindful and Gentle Yoga: April 9
    Harnessing Your Inner Energy: May 14
    Nutrition: June 11
    Enhancing Sleep: July 9
    Medical Marijuana and Cancer: August 13
    Touch Therapies: September 10
    Botanical Medicine: October 8
    Meditation and Relaxation Practices: November 5
    Advance Care Planning: December 10

    A voluntary questionnaire will be given at the end of all classes to evaluate the effectiveness of this series.

    The Conference Center at Wilmot Gardens
    University of Florida
    2023 SW Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32611

    Parking: Wilmot Gardens visitors can park in the small, handicap-accessible parking lot next to the conference center. Additional parking is available in the West Garage, located at the northwest corner of Archer Road and Center Drive, across from the Dental Tower. Parking vouchers will be provided.

February Events

  • Hawthorne Branch Library - Computer Club: Google CS First
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 : 4:00 PM to Wednesday, March 28, 2018 : 5:30 PM

    Computer Club: Google CS First

    Wednesdays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room

    Use the computer to design your own stories, create and share your own animations, and learn how technology is used in the film and media industry. Club will meet weekly with grades 4 through 8 student club members. All skill levels welcome. Google CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education.

March Events

  • Hawthorne Branch Library - Storytime
    Thursday, March 01, 2018 : 10:30 AM to Thursday, March 29, 2018 : 11:10 AM

    Thursdays, March 01; 08; 15; 22; 29 10:30am - 11:10am
    Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room
    Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplay art music and puppetry for people identifying with aged five and under and their caretakers.

  • Hawthorne Branch Library - Computer Class for Seniors
    Thursday, March 01, 2018 : 11:30 AM to Thursday, March 29, 2018 : 1:30 PM

    Computer Class for Seniors
    Mondays, March 05; 12; 19; & 26 11:30am - 1:30pm
    Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room
    Wallace Russell leads seniors through the basics of computer usage. Bring your computer questions and enjoy this 6 week course. Ages 55+ Space is limited: Registration is required.

  • Hawthorne Branch Library - Computer Club with Google CS First
    Wednesday, March 07, 2018 : 4:00 PM to Wednesday, March 28, 2018 : 5:30 PM

    Computer Club with Google CS First
    Wednesdays, March 07; 14; 21; & 28 4:00pm - 5:30pm Ages 4th through 8th grade students
    Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room

    Discover computer science and coding with Scratch while having fun with club members. Create and share your own digital stories! Use the computer to design your own stories, create and share your own animations, and learn how technology is used in the film and media industry. All skill levels welcome. Space is limited: registration is required.

  • Hawthorne Branch Library - Yoga Stretch
    Thursday, March 08, 2018 : 5:55 PM to Thursday, March 29, 2018 : 6:55 PM

    Yoga Stretch
    Thursdays, March 08; 15; 22; 29 5:55pm - 6:55pm
    Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room
    Feel more confident in a stronger more flexible body! Caroline Anaya MS certified Ayurvedic Yoga (ancient practice) YogaFit
    (Yoga for the fitness industry) & 200-hr Yoga Alliance. 21 Years' experience teaching Yoga.

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2811 - Welcome Home Veterans
    Saturday, March 24, 2018 : 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    POST 2811
    1150 NE Waldo road
    I am with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2811 located here in
    Gainesville. We are putting on a "Welcome Home Veterans" event on Saturday, March 24th from 10am till 6pm at our Post on Waldo Rd. The purpose of the event is to give the local community the opportunity to tell our Veterans welcome home and to say thank you for your service. We are having guest speakers (the Mayor of Gainesville; a WW2 veteran and others) vendors, live music, a motorcycle ride-in (Rolling Thunder, American Legion Riders) and a car show. We would like to extend an invitation to you to be a part of this event. We have some time slots left for speakers or you could purchase an ad in our keepsake program. You or your company might like to be a vendor at the event. Maybe you have an idea that would be great to add to the event. Any help in this endeavor would be most appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.
    The person to contact for info is:
    David Bickford
    352-727-2408 sailboat6960@yahoo.com

    Please see attached

  • Easter Egg Hunt and Water Ski Show
    Saturday, March 24, 2018 : 12:00 PM

    Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce presents our Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 0-12 years old. With over 6000 eggs, Free Raffles for Bikes and goodie filled Easter Baskets. Registration starts at Noon, Hunt starts at 1pm. Then at 3pm the GatorLand Ski Show Club will perform on the beautiful Suwannee River. FREE Admission to the Fanning Springs State Park for the entire day. More information can be found on Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce facebook page.

  • Easter Eggstravaganza
    Saturday, March 24, 2018 : 1:00 PM

    Easter Eggstravaganza is a fundraising event supporting the Florida Baptist Children's Home. The event is on March 24, 2018 from 1-4PM featuring single and combo bounce houses, inflatable slides, 80 foot inflatable relays, carnival games, pictures with Alberta, a 1,000+ Easter Egg Hunt, silent auction, crafts, concessions, and much more.

    The Florida Baptist Children's Home is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, stable, Christian homes to orphaned children. They also have services such as foster care, adoption, emergency services, compassion ministries, and Brave Moms service. They are committed to helping One More Child; Last year alone, they served more than 74,000 children.

    Easter Eggstravaganza will take place at Grace Baptist Church (7100 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32606). The Egg Hunt will be at 2PM and pictures with Alberta will be from 2-3PM. We are hoping to have around 300 people attend the event and raise $1,000 for the Children's Home Society.

  • Hawthorne Branch Library - Legal Concerns of a Small Business Startup
    Saturday, March 24, 2018 : 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Legal Concerns of a Small Business Startup
    Saturday, March 24 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room
    Are you thinking about starting your own small business, but puzzled by all of the licenses, forms and processes involved? Join SCORE for this workshop for Small Business Startups! This workshop will focus on aspects of starting your business that may involve Federal, State or local government, and help you to understand what you must do, when, and in what order to do it. The presenter is Don Gorenberg an experienced retail business owner, Chairman Emeritus of the local SCORE chapter, and an attorney. Mr. Gorenberg has experience with Real Estate, Rental Services and Leasing

  • Hawthorne Branch Library - Tools to Quit Tobacco
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 : 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Tools to Quit Tobacco
    Tuesday, March 27 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room
    This program developed by ex-smokers will provide you with valuable tools that needed to quit tobacco. These tools include: Talking about what triggers you to smoke, dip, or chew. Specific ways to deal with withdrawal. Up to four FREE weeks of nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges. Pre-Registration is required. Please call 866-341-2730 to reserve your spot! Presented by the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program and Suwannee River Area Health Education Center.

  • Ernest K. Emurian’s “The Living Last Supper”
    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    Ernest K. Emurian’s “The Living Last Supper” will be presented on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church located at 826 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida. This presentation is free and open to the public. Call 352-375-2845, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or go to www.WesleyUMCon23.org for more information.
    Background and Summary
    “The Living Last Supper” is a live dramatization of the gospel story as depicted by the famous 1498 fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, “The Last Supper”. During the play each apostle comes alive to give a passionate testimony of his life with Jesus and his reaction to Jesus’ statement "Tonight one of you will betray me." As the apostles ponder their relationship with Jesus and their motives for becoming a disciple, all, except one, express fear that they might be the betrayer.

    This drama was first presented in Portsmouth, Virginia, on Palm Sunday in 1954. Since its publication, the play has been presented by countless groups across the nation and internationally.
    Wesley United Methodist Church first presented this play beginning 1990 to 2004. After a twelve-year absence, the play was revived in 2016. Since then it has been presented annually by a cast and crew of volunteers as a source of hope and inspiration to the community.

  • Hawthorne Branch Library - Teen Movie Matinee: Enjoy a movie at the Library
    Thursday, March 29, 2018 : 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Teen Movie Matinee: Enjoy a movie at the Library
    Thursday, March 29 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room
    Join us for an afternoon movie selected for teens. However, all ages may attend our movie matinee!

  • Easter Egg Hunt in Alachua!
    Saturday, March 31, 2018 : 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Easter Egg Hunt in Alachua, The Good Life Community

    *Free for all children*
    Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

    Saturday, March 31, 2018
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    at the Hal Brady Recreation Community Center

    More information - The City of Alachua (386) 462-1610

    Eggs & Baskets donated by Dollar General
    Candy donated by Alachua Local Businesses

April Events

  • Annual Easter Sunrise
    Sunday, April 01, 2018 : 7:00 AM

    Come to Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Town Lake Park
    April 1, 2018 7:00 a.m.
    Bring a chair!

    Hawthorne, SR 301, just south of Diane's BBQ

    Sponsored by Ministry United!
    (the Greater Hawthorne Ministerial Association)
    An opportunity will be provided to donate to the benevolence fund.

    Interested in singing in the Community Choir?
    Rehearsal at First Baptist Church March 25 at 4:00 p.m.
    Call Robin for more info: 352-339-3182

  • Cedar Key Historic Tour
    Saturday, April 07, 2018

    Name: Cedar Key Historic Tour
    Event Date: April 7, 2018
    First Name: Maureen
    Last Name: Magee
    Email: maureenmagee121@aol.com
    Phone: 352-543-5549
    Additional Info: Cedar Key Historical Society has the Key to Open Doors to the Past Cedar Key Historical Society will open the doors to ten of Cedar Key’s Historic houses, churches and hotels on Saturday, April 7. Five of the tours are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with an additional five tours scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Plan to visit all ten locations. Easy-to-follow maps will be available. In addition, tour locations will display festive banners and signs to guide ticket holders to the door! Book your tickets early through www.eventbrite.com. Go to “Cedar Key Historic Tour.” The cost, $20, includes both morning and afternoon tours. Tickets may also be purchased at the Historical Society Museum, on the corner of Second Street and D Streets. Open Sunday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For additional information, call 352-543-5549 or email ckhs.director@gmail.com. Benefits go to The Cedar Key Historical Society, a 501c3 non-profit. Join us for a chance to peek into the past as you wander through these beautiful houses, churches and hotels.

  • Huge Flea Market & Bake Sale
    Saturday, April 07, 2018 : 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Saturday, April 7, 2018
    from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    16'x16' spaces available outside
    $15 each space. Sign up now!

    Fundraiser sponsored by :
    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 230
    @ American Legion Post 230
    20370 East Hawthorne Road (SR20)
    Hawthorne, FL 32640

    The American Legion Auxiliary will offer a sausage gravy biscuit breakfast as well as hot dogs, chili dogs, or slaw dogs with chips and drinks for lunch

    For more information, call (352) 481-4483

  • Keep Alachua County Beautiful Hosts A Clean Your Block Party
    Saturday, April 07, 2018 : 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    ALACHUA COUNTY, FL- Keep Alachua County Beautiful (KACB) will hold its 25th annual Great American Cleanup “Clean Your Block Party,” on Saturday, April 7. Come join us at Albert "Ray" Massey (Westside) Park, 1001 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. As in years past, we will provide supplies and you can choose a site or we can choose one for you. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon.
    Individuals, businesses, groups and service organizations across Alachua County are invited to help beautify our community by removing invasive plant species, painting over graffiti, and picking up litter from our streets, parks, creeks and other public areas. As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Keep Alachua County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, also needs sponsors for the GAC.
    KACB invites everyone to mark their calendars for this signature event and encourages you to visit kacb.org and pre-register your group or yourself. All volunteers and sponsors are invited to join us at a Thank You Party at noon on April 7 for food, entertainment, raffles and prizes, too.
    To register, become a sponsor, or for more information on other available dates for cleanup and beautification projects, please visit our website, kacb.org, or contact KACB at 352-371-9444 or greatamericancleanup.kacb@gmail.com.

  • Alachua's Third Annual World Autism Day Celebration
    Saturday, April 07, 2018 : 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

    J&B Autism Adventures presents.....
    Alachua's Third Annual World Autism Day Celebration

    Join us as we lead the charge to promote and educate Autism awareness for World Autism Day in Alachua, Florida.

    Saturday, April 7, 2018*
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Skinner Field (15120 NW 141st Street)
    Alachua, Florida 32615
    *In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on April 14, 2018

    For sponsorship, booth or more information, please contact:
    J&B Autism Adventures
    (352) 792-7565

    April is Autism Awareness Month!

  • 8th Annual Horseshoe Beach Spring Festival
    Saturday, April 07, 2018 : 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    8th Annual Horseshoe Beach Spring Festival on April 7, 2018. Open from 10 - 4 with over 50 Vendors selling arts, crafts, food, and fun. Parade at 11. Face painting, live music, kiddy rides and more. Giant Raffle at 3pm. Located on Route 351 in Horseshoe Beach.

  • We Will Rock You! The Buchholz Players
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 to Sunday, April 29, 2018

    We Will Rock You!
    Date: April 19 @ 8 pm, April 19-22 & 26-28 @ 7 pm, April 21,28 & 29 @ 2 pm

    Additional Info: The Buchholz Players close their season with the high-energy rock musical by the band Queen; We Will Rock You! The Buchholz Players are only the second High School Theater Troupe in the southern and southeastern United States to bring Queen’s power ballades to the stage. In the year 2302, on the I-Planet formerly called Earth, people aren’t allowed to make their own music. All forms of original music are illegal and has been replaced by computer-generated pop from the corporation. While the brainwashed Gaga Kids live in isolated conformity, only Galileo Figaro remembers rock, hearing fragments of the old songs in his dreams. The only hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance of rebel Bohemians, who await a leader to bring rock back to the people. We Will Rock You! is an uproarious celebration that will have you laughing, cheering and singing along. Many of Queen’s hits are here. Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, Who Wants to Live Forever, No One But You, I Want It All and many more. Performances are April 19 at 8 pm (following the Buchholz High School International Cultural Fair), April 20, 21 and 22 at 7 pm, April 26-28 at 7 pm and three 2 pm matinees April 21, 28 and 29. All performances are at Buchholz High School, 5510 NW 27 Ave, Gainesville, FL. Tickets are $12 at the door. Information on this and other Buchholz High School productions is available at (352) 955-6702.

    Saturday, April 21, 2018 to Sunday, April 22, 2018


    Celebrate Culture
    The 5th Avenue Arts Festival, one of Gainesville longest running events that celebrate culture in beautiful Gainesville.
    The event is hosted by the Cultural Arts Coalition(CAC), a community based nonprofit organization, which addresses the needs of the residents in the community. The group offers the community after-school programs, cultural enrichment, and socioeconomic programs. CAC and hundreds of volunteers organize the event.
    The 5th Avenue Art Festival is an outdoor family friendly two days event filled with performance and visual arts. The festival showcases live music and performances from local and nationwide artists, art exhibits, resources for the community, children activities (MAD SCIENCE), multi-culture food, car show and much more. Including a free historical tour which highlights Pleasant St neighborhood, Quinn Jones Museum, Haile Plantation, Williams Plantation and The Cotton Club.
    The event takes place in the charming historical downtown Gainesville, 600 NW 5th Avenue, on Saturday from 10 am-7 pm and Sunday, April 22-23 from 12pm-5pm. The festival event is a permanent exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and listed in the Florida Black Heritage Trails.

    Follow us for current updates on Facebook or http://www.culturalartscoalition.org/annual-5th-ave-arts-festival/

  • 4th Annual Tom Muff Memorial Car Show
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 : 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

    4th Annual Tom Muff Memorial Car Show
    April 21, 2018
    Additional Info: 4th ANNUAL TOM MUFF MEMORIAL CAR SHOW: April 21st, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, 17353 NE Hwy 27 Alt., Williston, FL. Registration from 8-10 a.m. Awards at 2:30 p.m. $15 pre-registration fee by April 13th and $20 the day of the show. All makes and models are welcome! Free admission and parking for general public. Food and beverages for purchase, door prizes, 50/50, Angel House Thrift Shop, yard sale and music by Big D. Top 25, Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards. Dash plaques for the first 50 registered. For more information contact Roberta at 352-528-5100 or devlin@embarqmail.com. Download registration flyer at http://holy-family-church.org/carshow.htm.

  • Run the Good race
    Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Run the Good race
    Date:April 28th, 2018
    First Name:Carol
    Last Name:Ellis
    Additional Info:This is the 3rd Annual Run the Good Race 5k/10k Walk/Run. This year The Sarantos Family, World Help, and Created Gainesville will raise awareness for human trafficking locally and around the world. Walkers/runners may sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Gainesville/RunTheGoodRaceGainesville and for more information may visit rungoodrace.com