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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

Quincy City Commission meets at Quincy City Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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Gadsden County Commission meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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Gadsden County Planning and Zoning meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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Gretna City Commission meets at Gretna City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

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Chattahoochee City Commission meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Chattahoochee City Hall.

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Havana Town Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at Havana Town Hall.

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Greensboro Town Council meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Greensboro Town Hall.

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Midway City Council meets the first Thursday of each month at Midway City Hall at 7 p.m.

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Gadsden County School Board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

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Quincy Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at the Quincy Women’s Club at 1 p.m.

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Lion’s Club meets the first and third Tuesday nights each month at 6:30 p.m. at 37 N. Cleveland St. in Quincy.

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Pilot Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Quincy.

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Quincy Kiwanis Club meets at Kittrell’s every Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

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Greensboro Kiwanis meets each Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Greensboro Town Hall. Call Ann Blount for more information at 544-0905.

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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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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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Information to help with weatherization of your home is available through the Capital Area Community Action Agency. To learn more, go online at www.cacaainc.org.

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The Community Redeveloment Agency is accepting applications for the housing rrehabilitation program. Interested persons should stop by City Hall in Quincy and pick up an application form from Charles J. Hayes, CRA/Main Street director, or Alma D. Goss, CRA administrative assistant.

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Applications are now being accepted to the patient care technology class at Gadsden Technical Institute. This course is designed to teach basic nursing skills and related technologies to prepare the nursing assistant for employment in hospital, nursing and convalescent homes and other facilities. Early application is necessary and seating is limited. Orientation is scheduled in December and class began on Jan. 6. For additional information, call 875-8324, ext. 1235 or ext. 1239.

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The Foundation For Dreams after school homework and tutoring program is currently providing services for students in pre-K thru fifth grade. Each child is asessed to determine his or her academic needs and any special assistance that may be needed. The program provdes snacks, as well as additional activities including arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, games, computer access and much more. Individual tutoring sessions can also be arranged. The program is held at Antioch MB Church, 1003 W. Clark St. in Quincy, Monday - Thursday, 3:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Contact Cheraka Thomas at 212-4764 for rates and information.

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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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The annual meeting of the Friends of the Gadsden County Public Library will be held Jan. 13 in the meeting room of the William A. “Bill” McGill Library, located at 732 Pat Thomas Parkway in Quincy. This meeting is open to the public and will come to order at 5 p.m. The slate of board members will be presented and new officers will be elected.

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Committed, a local organization that helps those in need, is sponsoring a coat, blanket, heater and winter wear drive.To donate such items, in good condition, or to make a monetary gift, call 363-2019. Make all checks and money orders payable to Committed.

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The Southeastern Community Bloodmobile will be at the Gadsden CI Monday, from noon to 4 p.m., and at the Quincy Wal-Mart Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Crossroad Academy Charter School of Business is sponsoring an inaugural bus trip to Washington, D.C. Jan. 18-20, departing from the school in Quincy. Cost per person is $300, and includes hotel accomodations and transportation. Call 875-9626 to reserve your seat.

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A caregivers meeting is held on the first and third Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Quincy library. For more information, call Mike Miller at 562-1325.

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New or gently-used sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, coats and jackets can be donated at Chattahoochee Elementary School for the “Jackets for Joy” drive through Jan. 19. All items collected will be given to local schools, community centers and nonprofit organizations.

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Gadsden Technical Institute’s open enrollment for all trade areas and adult eduction/GED will be held Jan. 5-16. Enrollees should bring their driver’s license or valid Florida identification, along with payment in the form of a voucher, SAR report, credit card, money order, debit card or cashier’s check for the trade classes. Adult education classes are free. Class sizes are restricted, so early enrollment is encouraged. Early registration will be held Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 875-8324.

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Gadsden Technical Institute has announced fee changes, effective Jan. 5. The costs are: GED complete battery, $70; writing test, $16; math test, $14; science test, $14; social studies, $14; and reading,, $14. For more information, call 875-8325.

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The Gadsden County Writers Association is seeking officers for its board of directors, including president, vice president and secretary-treasurer. For more information, call Dolores "Elf" Caracci at 875-4199 or 591-7799. The group will meet at Eyes of a Child, located at 12 W. Washington St. in Quincy.

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The ninth Florida Bull Test was conducted at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education center in Marianna. There were 65 consignments from 22 consignors from Florida, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.

There were 40 Angus, two Charolais, three Limflex, one Santa Gertrudis, seven SimAngus and 12 Simmental consignments born between August and December 2007.

Bulls were delivered in early September and initiated their 84-day test on Sept. 17. The last day of the test was Dec. 10. The diet was designed to ensure that the bulls consumed sufficient forage to reduce any incidence of metabolic problems, such as bloat. The bulls consumed significantly more forage (grass and hay) than in previous years and should adjust well to forage-based diets. At completion of the test the entire group of bulls averaged 3.40 pounds of gain per day, but ranged from 1.86 to 4.87 pounds per day.

Activities with the test conclude with a sale on Jan. 10. Only bulls meeting specific benchmarks are eligible for the sale. In addition, bulls are inspected for structural soundness and disposition and must pass a breeding soundness exam to qualify for the sale. Additional information, such as actual performance data, expected progeny differences and carcass ultrasound data will be available for bull buyers to aid in the selection of excellent quality bulls to purchase.

For more information on the Florida Bull Test, visit the Web page at http://flbulltest.ifas.ufl.edu, or telephone 850-482-9904. Catalogs will be available by request and will be printed and sent out to those who request them.

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Gardening Friends of the Big Bend, will meet at the North Florida Research and Education Center near Quincy at 6:30 p.m., on Jan. 13. The purpose of this group is to promote gardening and gardening research by supporting and assisting the faculty and staff of NFREC, an arm of the University of Florida's Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. At this meeting, 2009 officers will be installed, the past year's programs/events will be reviewed, and possible events for 2009 will be discussed. For more information, contact Jill Williams at 850-663-2280 or Gary Knox at 850-875-7162.

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Tallahassee Thunderbolts Girls 14U Fastpitch Softball Travel Team tryouts will be held Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Chiles High School in Tallahassee. Those wishing to try out must be driven, dedicated and dependable. Call 850-556-3261 for more information.

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A dance to celebrate the presidential inauguration will be held at the Michael Moore Lodge Jan. 17, from 9 p.m. until. Cost for the dance is $10. The lodge is located at 320 East Washington St.

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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 will be 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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The Gadsden County Humane Society will have a pet adoption booth at PetSmart in Tallahassee, 3220 Capital Circle NE, on Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. See photos and descriptions of our available pets at www.gadsdenhumane.org. For more information on adopting a new friend, please contact GCHS at 539-0505. The society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 213 N.E. 1st St., in Havana. Meetings are held at this location and time on the second Tuesday of each month, and everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to make a donation, foster a homeless pet or adopt a new friend, please contact GCHS at 539-0505 or check the Web site at www.gadsdenhumane.org.

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There will be a class reunion meeting for the Class of 1969, to finalize plans for the 40th reunion.Please plan to attend. The meeting will be held Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. at Bethel AME Church on Highbridge Road. For more information, call Jewel Jackson at 875-4043 or Regina Stephens at 627-7078.