.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Community Calendar

-A A +A
By The Staff

The Gadsden County NAACP Branch meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month at Union Hall at 6:30 p.m. All interested citizens are invited to attend and join.Contact Sam Palmer at 627-2673 for information.

••••

Teen Court will be held April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, and June 9 and 23. 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.

••••

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

••••

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

••••

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

••••

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

••••

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

••••

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

••••

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

••••

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

••••

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

••••

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

••••

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

••••

Pilot Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, in the fellowship hall.

••••

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

••••

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

••••

Home-schooled children age 6-12 are invited to join the sports program at Tallavana Christian School. Sports opportunities include volleyball, girls and boys basketball, fast-pitch softball and baseball. Call the school office at 539-5300 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for more information.

••••

Gadsden Leadership and Law Academy will offer three programs to all high school seniors. The traditional correctional basic training program trains students to become certified correctional officers and requires 592 hours of study. In 2007-8, the academy added two additional programs including public safety telecommunications ddispatch (911 operator training) and armed and unarmed private security officer ttraining, requiring 232 hours and 80 hours of study, respectively. Each graduate of the corrections programs earns 28 college credits, a three-year scholarship to Tallahassee Community Colege and, after successfully completing the state of Florida correctional officer examination, will be eligible to earn a starting salary between $32,000 to $34,000 per year. For further information, call Tinika McNeil, East Gadsden High School Academy coordinator, at 539-5882, ext. 1127 or Kimblin E. NeSmith at 545-5597.

••••

The family of Curtis King, the Talquin Electric lineman killed during Tropical Storm Fay, has established an education fund for King’s daughter Kendall. Contributions may be made at any Envision Credit Union. Make checks payable to “Kendall King Education Account.”

••••

Veterans may qualify for a bonus, retirement, medical, dental or life insurance. Contact NC1 Gaines or PS2 Tyson at 575-0014 or 575-0671, 251-1419 or 528-9353.

••••

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.

••••

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

••••

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.

••••

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.

••••

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.

••••

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.

••••

The city of Quincy asks that before digging in any service area, please call the Sunshine State one-call line at 811 or 1-800-432-4770 for utility directions.

••••

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.

••••

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.

••••

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 April 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 and Gadsden County Extension. Transportation from the Gadsden County Extension Office will be provided to the Jackson County Extension Office. Applications can be obtained by calling 875-7255. 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.

••••

The Gadsden County Community Health Council meets the second Wednesday of each month in the TCC Quincy House Conference Room at 10 a.m.

••••

To better understand ways to prevent cancer the American Cancer Society is recruiting 5,000 adults across the U. S. and Puerto Rico for a landmark new research study cancer prevention study-3(CPS-3). Erollment will take place at Quincy Relay April 24, from 6-10 p.m. Individuals may choose to participate if they are between the age 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study(which involves completing a followup questionaire every few years. For more information, visit www.cancer.org/cps-3, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org. You may also call Emma Baker, local volunteer chair, at 627-8734.

••••

Nations Traffic School is offering classes in traffic safety. Call 539-1143 or go online at www.nationstrafficschool.com for more information.

••••

The Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a poster contest for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Students are encouraged to create posters that express their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues. Contest date is April 13-17 at the USDA Service Center Livestock Pavilion, 2148 W. Jefferson St. in Quincy.

There is also a public speaking contest for students in grades 6-12, and is open to any student. This contest is designed to develop speaking skills and to stimulate awareness in natural resource conservation efforts. Contest date is April 20 at 7 p.m., also at the pavilion, and cash prizes will be awarded.

Contact Jimmie Barkley at 627-6355, ext. 3, for more information and contest rules.

••••

Would you like to become a program commissioner and manage a city recreation program? Quincy Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for the following programs: youth softball, T-ball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball. Call Greg Taylor at 618-0042 for more information.

The city of Quincy Governance Committee will meet April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Quincy City Hall. Meetings will be held the first Thursday of each month. Call 618-0042 for more information.

••••

A memorial scholarship has been established in the name of Bobby Presnell for students attending Robert F. Munroe or Sneads High School. Students who wish to apply must have at least a “C” average, and include a resume of school and community activities with a completed application. Students must also explain why they need financial assistance to attend college. This can be don e in a personal letter. Applications and more details are available in the offices of the schools’ guidance department. Deadline for application submission is April 10.

••••

The Quincy Kiwanis Club is sponsoring its 11th annual golf tournament to raise funds for its college scholarship program. The tournament will be held April 24 at the Golf Club of Quincy. Format is select-a-shot, with two-person teams at $120 per team, with a shotgun start of 9 a.m. There will be prizes for three flights, closest to the pin, longest putt and longest drive, plus a $10,000 hole-in-one. Lunch and practice balls will be provided. Hole sponsorships are available. Contact Judge Helms at 627-2205 or Richard Combs at 385-4078 or 627-9647 for more information.

••••

Barbara Shapley, a local author and Havana resident, will be onhand May 2 at QuincyFest for a book signing for her new book, “The Woodrow Tales.” The book is currently available at the Gadsden Arts Center. E-mail Shapley at barbaashapley@comcast.net for more information.

••••

Gadsden Technical Institute is now accepting applications for the fall nail technology course, which will prepare students for the state board examination. The class is a combination of lectures and lab hours, and is four months in duration. Students will learn how to do manicures, pedicures, acrylics, gels and nail art. For more information, call 875-8324.

••••

Big Bend Hospice Gadsden County Advisory Council and the Quincy Music Theatre are partnering to present “The Sound of Music” April 23. The event is a memorial benefit for Dr. Jesse Furlow, former Big Bend Hospice associate medical director. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction at the Quincy Garden Center, followed by a live auction at the theater at 7:30 p.m. Auction items include a half-day quail shoot and catered dinner for 25. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. All proceeds will benefit Big Bend Hospice care in Gadsden County. Tickets are available at Buy Rite Drugs in Havana, Massey Drugs in Quincy, Mirror Antique Center in Havana and Focus Credit Union locations in Chattahoochee and Quincy. Call 556-1786 or e-mail travia@bigbendhospice.org for more information.

••••

SHARE Florida Food Network will be making it easier for Gadsden County residents to save up to 50 percent or more off their groceries when Centenary United Methodist Church becomes a SHARE host site in March. SHARE offers a solution of high-quality food packages containing frozen meats and fresh produce at up to 50 percent or more off the retail value to anyone who wishes to participate, regardless of income. There are no requirements to join SHARE, and Electronic Benefit Cards may be used to purchase food. SHARE strongly encourages its participants to take an active role in their community and do volunteer service for a worthy cause. SHARE has a network of nearly 300 locations run by volunteers across the state of Florida with a main warehouse in Tampa and satellite warehouses in Tallahassee, Ocala, Orlando, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Palm Beach, Broward and Homestead. Call the church at 627-9226 for more information.

••••

Gadsden Technical Institute’s School of Practical Nursing is holding free blood pressure screenings each Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. All participants should bring their driver’s license or Florida ID to check in. For more information, call 875-8324.

••••

The Gadsden Department of Health and AHEC have announced that tobacco cessation classes are being held at the Havana Library each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. through May 6. Calll 875-7223, ext. 402, for more information.

••••

The UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center will host a 2009 CEU Day April 21 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.The continuing education credit training can be used to renew licenses issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information, call 875-7101.

••••

The Carter-Parramore Academy Class of 1964 will meet April 24-27 for its reunion. For more information, call Mary McLeroy at 627-8740.

••••

Tallavanna Christian School will hold an all girls volleyball clinic in July. Coach Keli Johnston will introduce participants to the fundamentals of volleyball, including strategies, technique and skills of the game, including teamwork. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Practices will be held Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday afternoons. Times and dates are to be determined. Call Johnston for more information, including cost, at 703-226-9235.

••••

A family Easter art workshop is planned at the Gadsden Arts Center for April 11, 1-3 p.m., for ages 2 and up. Adults create with their children, painting decorative wooden Easter eggs and creating "Easter Bunny Baskets." Registration closes April 10.

Exploring creativity drawing and painting class with Linda Pelc, for adult students, beginner to advanced, will be held Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. Cost is $65 for 6-week class, April 22-May 27. Register by April 19.

Open House at QuincyFest will include artist demonstrations, children's art activities and games, face painting and sidewalk chalk. Event is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 at the Gadsden Arts Center. Free. All ages welcome.

Exhibitions continue through April 26: Dean Gioia paintings, North Florida Woodturners, Anna Carlton, the GAC Artists Guild and Shanks Middle School. Call to schedule your free group tour or just drop by.

The Gadsden Arts Center is located at 13 N. Madison St. in Quincy. Admission is $1 (members and children admitted free). Gallery and gift shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Hours for Miss Helen’s Espresso Café D’art and the Artists Guild Co-op are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Group tours are available free of charge. Call 875-4866 to make your reservation.

••••

The members of the Midway Volunteer Fire Department are working to establish a Fire Service Explorer post. The program is a worksite-based program for young men and women who are 15-20 years old. Adults willing to serve as advisers are also being sought. If you are interested in learning about how a fire department operates and what is involved in becoming a fire fighter, please forward your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to: Midway_Explorer_Post@yahoo.com.

••••

The Guy Race lunch group meets from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday’s at Kittrell’s Restaurant. No fees or membership dues; pay only for what you eat. Meeting features discussion and speakers on local, state and national issues.

••••

All branches of the Gadsden County Library System will be closed April 10 in observance of Good Friday. The Quincy branch will be closed April 12 as well.

••••

Gardening Friends of the Big Bend will meet at the North Florida Research and Education Center near Quincy at 6:30 p.m. April 14. 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. Richard May of May Nursery in Havana will be the speaker. His topic will be "A Garden for All Seasons." The business meeting will focus upon the group's next workshop on April 18 on bulbs for the southern garden. For more information, contact Jill Williams at 663-2280 or Gary Knox at 875-7162.

••••

The Athletic Department at Robert F. Munroe Day School, along with athletic boosters, will host a dedication of the football locker room remodeling and an appreciation ceremony for the baseball scoreboard April 16, beginning at 5:45 p.m. The event will be followed by a baseball game between RFM and Brookwood School at 6 p.m. Rain date is April 21.

••••

The Gadsden County Humane Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 9 the First Presbyterian Church in Havana. Meetings are held at this location and time on the second Thursday 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 go online at www.gadsdenhumane.org.

••••

Triumphant Church of God in Quincy is accepting applications for children 6 weeks to 5 years old for TCOG Christian Academy of Hope. Call 627-6905 for more information.

••••

Greater Bethel MB Church is hosting a community-wide Easter party and egg hunt April 11 at 3 p.m. There will be prizes, food and fun.

••••

Antioch Baptist Church is hosting an Easter egg hunt April 11 at 11 a.m. There will be prizes, story time and lunch will be served.

••••

A community conversation is planned for April 18 at James A. Shanks Middle School, from 8 a.m. until noon. Topics of discussion include sharing concerns regarding Gadsden County’s students and their education, and collaboration of local residents to help make the education system better.

••••

Have you been gardening here in the Deep South believing that bulbs just will not thrive here?  Join Gardening Friends of the Big Bend to learn about those lovely flowers produced by bulbs, corms or rhizomes that will flourish, reproduce and naturalize in our climate.  Seventh generation South Carolina gardener Jenks Farmer will educate and inspire us in his presentation on lovely, diverse crinum lilies. Tallahassee’s own Linda Van Beck will tell us about the multitude of daffodils, jonquils and other narcissus that prosper here.  North Florida Research and Education Center’s Dr. Gary Knox will share his passion for rain lilies.  Local plantswoman Sue Watkins will wrap up the afternoon telling us about other bulbs that please Deep South gardeners. Registration will begin at 1:45 p.m. April 18, with the program beginning at 2 p.m., ending with door prizes at 5 p.m.  As with all Gardening Friends events this event will be held at UF/IFAS’s North Florida Research and Education in Quincy.  To cover costs of this event the pre-registration for non-members will be $10, pre-registration for GFBB members will be $5.  Registration at the door will increase to $15 for non-members, $10 for members.  Those attendees pre-registering will receive two door prize tickets. Register by 5 p.m. April 15. Call NFREC at 875-7100, e-mail Jill Williams at B419@aol.com or register online at www.thegfbb.com. 

••••

Big Bend Hospice chaplains invite area clergy and other leaders in the congregation to attend a special luncheon at noon April 16 at Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd. in Tallahassee. Come enjoy a complimentary meal and fellowship with community clergy. At this quarterly meeting, Rabbi Jack Romberg and Rev. Jack Stroman, will speak on “Finding Meaning in Suffering.” The meeting is open to all clergy in Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, Franklin, Liberty and Gadsden counties. RSVP to Candace McKibben as soon as possible at 878-5310, ext. 250 or candace@bigbendhospice.org. Feel free to invite other clergy or leaders.

••••

Today is the final makeup registration day for Head Start and pre-k. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Havana, St. John, George Munroe, Chattahoochee, Stewart Street, Gretna and Greensboro elementary schools, as well as in Midway and Quincy. For more information, call 627-3861.

••••

The fourth annual Great Yard Sale will be held April 18, from 8a.m. until 3 p.m. and April 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Quincy, at 320 North 8th Street. Everything left from the store Antiques More or Less (which is no longer in business) has been donated as well as donations from local estate sales. There will also be antique and contemporary art, silver, glassware, furniture, clothes and a whole lot more. No early birds. Coffee, doughnuts, soda and water will be available to patrons. If you wish to contribute items to sell, call Keith Andrews at 294-7618. All proceeds will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

••••

The Midway volunteer firefighters are sponsoring Easter egg hunts April 11, beginning at 10 a.m. for children up to 10 years old. Ages 4 and under will begin at 11 a.m., ages 5-7 begin at 11:15 a.m. and ages 8-10 begin at 11:30 a.m. A prize will be given to the child in each age group who finds the golden egg. Concessions will be available, including hot dogs, chips, sodas, bottled water, popcorn and cotton candy. There will be games, prizes and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras to take pictures of their children with the Easter Bunny at 10 a.m. Children should bring their own Easter baskets. The event will be held at the Midway Volunteer Fire Department.