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Community Briefs

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By The Staff

Teen Court will be held Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24, March 10 and 24, and April 7 and 21. The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Teen Court program offers youthful offenders an alternative to prosecution through the juvenile justice system. The program meets on the above dates from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex. For more information, contact Tiffany Parsons-Braswell at 875-7596.

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To be a part of the upcoming Quincy Relay for Life, call Amanda May at 297-0588, ext. 3705, or Angie Carter at 544-1467. Groups are needed to participate, along with committee members and chairs.

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The Gadsden County Democrats executive committee meets the third Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. at Quincy City Hall.

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Gadsden Technical Institute’s GED evening preparation program is accepting applications for enrollment. This special enrollment is for persons 18 years or older who are no longer enrolled in another educational program within the Gadsden County School District. For more information, call 875-8324.

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New Macedonia MB Church is offering free tutoring sessions for all school-age children each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. For more information, call 597-7630.

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Greensboro Elementary School launched its new male involvement program, Watch Dads of Great Students. WatchDOGS will be used by the school to invite male role models to sign up for one full day of volunteering. This program isn’t just for fathers; ggrandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, godfathers and friends can participate. The males will be utilized in the school in such areas as breakfast duty, bus duty, safety patrol, weekend activities and much more.

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Eight of the region’s top artists will contribute original works of art for the upcoming live auction and “Chance to Win” portions of the Gadsden Arts Center’s Night on the Nile Gala fundraiser. These artists are known for having a true signature style in the use their particular mediums, exceptional quality work and an original, clear “voice” in their artistic expression. The artists are Julie Baroody (acrylic and mixed-media), Denise Choppin (mixed-media), William H. McKeown (watercolors), Dawn McMillan (watercolor and pastels), Dean Mitchell (watercolor and oils), Eluster Richardson (watercolor and oils), Don Taylor (watercolor) and Kathleen Wilcox (enamel and mixed-media).

These artists’ contributed works of art can be previewed at the Gadsden Arts Center Web site, www.gadsdenarts.org, on the Events page. Anyone interested in enjoying a possible bargain on one of these works is invited to purchase tickets to the gala on Jan. 24 at the Sawano Club in Quincy, and bid during the auction. Event tickets are $85 each or two for $150, or purchase a table for eight people for $650, which includes fine food and refreshments, live and silent auctions, entertainment and music by Crooked Shooz.

The Dean Mitchell work entitled, “Brighter Days for New Orleans” has been selected as the “buy a chance to win” piece, with “chances” available for a $25 donation each. The winner need not be present at the gala.

To purchase tickets, stop by Gadsden Arts or call 875-4866.

The Gadsden Arts Center is located at 13 N. Madison St. in Quincy. Gadsden Arts Center gallery and gift shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Group tours are available free of charge. Call 875-4866 for reservations.

January is a busy month for children's programs at Gadsden Arts.The Tallahassee Community College 21st Century Community Learning Centers after school program will continue every Wednesday, in partnership with TCC and the TCC Quincy House; student art exhibitions from Stuart Street Elementary and St. John Elementary schools will be featured in the Bates Children's Gallery; a Family Gallery Guide for the Journey Toward Freedom and Phil Gleason exhibitions will be available at the center and via the center's Web site, with art information, a glossary of terms and fun in-gallery and at-home activities for children; and all docent-guided tours and school programs are available by request, free of charge.

To sponsor children's art programs or to volunteer, call Grace Maloy, executive director, at 875-4866.

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Antioch MB Church is hosting a fashion show Feb. 21 at the Bowers-Gainey Fellowship Hall. All children interested in participating should contact Gladys at 627-7525, Lynn at 875-1626, Gwen at 487-9736 or Melinda at 309-0079.

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The Gadsden 4-H Saddle Club is sponsoring an open speed show Jan. 31 at the Gadsden Livestock Pavilion in Quincy. Divisions include Peewee-9 & under, youth-18 & under, as well as open classes. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the exhibition begins at noon. Runs will not begin before 1 p.m. Class pricing is $3 per run, exhibition classes; $10 per run, Peewee Poles and Cloverleaf; $15 per run, youth poles and Cloverleaf; and $15 per run, open poles and Cloverleaf. Cash prizes will be awarded, and all events are 3D, 50 percent paybaack. No refunds after a class is announced, and registration will close after a class is announced. Current negative Coggins is required for all horses on the premises. The event is sponsored by Locke’s Tree Service, and all proceeds will benefit the Saddle Club.

The club is also raffling off a 3-year-old paint mare, a sorrel and white, unregistered quarter horse. The horse is a female, currently 14.2 hands, vaccinated, and has just started training. Horse will be raffled as is, and delivery is not included. Drawing will be held March 28 at the Gadsden Horsemen’s Association show. Winner need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 each, and all proceeds will benefit the club. Call Elva Peppers at 566-6213 for more information.

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The Gadsden County Coalition for Change is organizing a food drive as an answer to President-elect Barack Obama’s call for Americans to give back to their communities. The drive will supply food to various food banks in Gadsden County. If you would like to donate a nonperishable food item, please call Rick at 539-5338, Johnnie Mae at 663-3900 or Monica at 510-4015.

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East Gadsden High School is hosting a parent and student FCAT Explosion, for students in grades six through 12.

While students take advantage of tutoring in reading, math, writing and science, parents will receive free gifts, including a dinner for two, gift cards, a shopping spree, and gas and phone cards.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the following locations and on these dates:

• Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Quincy Public Library

• Jan. 31, Beulah Hill Missionary Baptist Church

The Gadsden County School District's mobile Parent Resource Unit will be onsite at each location.

For more information, call Debra Lewis-Stafford at 539-2882.

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The Carter-Parramore Class of 1966 will meet Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. in Quincy City Hall. All class members are asked to attend. A reunion is planned for July 3-5. For more information, call Barbara Swann at 442-6482 or Richard Taylor at 627-3534.

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Parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschool-age children are invited to a weekly story time at the Bill McGill Library in Quincy. Young children will enjoy singing, crafts and free play every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 627-7106. The programs are free and everyone is invited.

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The Area Agency on Aging for North Florida Inc. Board of Directors will meet Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the agency’s office at 2414 Mahan Dr. in Tallahassee. The meeting is open to the public. Call 488-0055 for more information.

The agency has announced that funds are available to assist eligible households with their home energy crises in response to the drop in temperatures in Gadsden County. For more information, call the helpline at 1-800-963-5337.

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Learn how a reverse mortgage can help you retire in the comfort of your own home. Join Bank of America Reverse Loan Officer Eva Fambro-Price for a free informative seminar and lunch Jan. 24 from nooon to 1:30 p.m. at the Gadsden County Public Library. To reserve your seat, secure direction and event logistics, call 728-1062.

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The Gadsden County Humane Society will have a pet adoption booth at PetSmart in Tallahassee, 3220 Capital Circle NE on Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Many adoptable dogs and cats will be there for you to meet. See photos and descriptions of available pets at www.gadsdenhumane.org. For more information on adopting a new friend, contact the GCHS at 539-0505.

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The West Gadsden Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in Gardner Hall, 150 East 11th St. in Greensboro. Rhett DeVane, local Southern fiction author, will be the featured guest. She is originally from Chattahoochee and attended Robert F. Munroe School. DeVane will be speaking about the various books she has written. Teens to 90-year-olds have read her books, as well as various church groups. She will have a limited number of signed books available for purchase. A portion of her book royalties is designated to a support group for breast cancer patients. Everyone is invited to attend and learn more about this author from our local area. For further information, call 850-442-4041, or e-mail pvice@yahoo.com.

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The Gadsden County Extension Service, in cooperation with Florida A&M University/CESTA Extension and Outreach Programs and University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will offer a nine-day home horticulture training program Feb.18 and 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and April 1, 8 and 15. Participants that successfully complete the program will have the title of Master Gardener Volunteer. Training will be conducted jointly between Jackson County Extension (Feb. 18-March 25) and Gadsden County Extension (April 1-15). Transportation from the Gadsden County Extension Office will be provided to the Jackson County Extension Office. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 13 and can be obtained by contacting one of the following county extension telephone numbers: in Gadsen County, 850-875-7255; and in Jackson County, 850-482-9620. Registration is required. The cost of the training program is $65 with an optional textbook fee of $75. For more information, call your local county extension office.

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The Gadsden County Extension Office will provide a full day of pesticide training and exam for new and current pesticide license holders. General standards, or CORE, is a requirement to obtain or renew a Florida Deparment of Agriculture and Consumer Service Pesticide Lincense.

Current pesticide license holders will earn Continuing Education Units by attending this training workshop, which will take place at the Livestock Pavilion Feb. 4 starting at 8:15 a.m. for the morning session and 1 p.m. for the afternoon session. Participants are encouraged to attend the full day session as the topics covered will serve as a review for your evening exam.

Registration fees for a full day of training are $6; Half-day training is $3.

For more information, call 850-875-7255.