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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

Gadsden County 4-H is seeking 4-H alumni to help celebrate the 100th year of Florida 4-H. Call Sydney Pryer at 875-4682 or e-mail to dpvtrainer@yahoo.com.

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STAR ACTS has opened its doors for its inaugural summer session for students ages 4 to 14. The program will provide academic remediation or advancement, FCAT and ACT preparation, including intensive focus on reading, math, writing and science. Classes will be held in Gretna, Bristol and Blountstown. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Visit www.staracts4u.com/summer_program.html or e-mail inf@staracts4u.com. Call Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews for more information at 643-1745.

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Greensboro Kiwanis will host its 34th annual July 4th celebration, with the race/walk registration at 6 a.m. The race/walk begins at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast for those in the race will be served at 8 a.m. T-shirt sales begin at 8:45 a.m., and the food trailer opens at 9. The fun run and bike races will begin at 10, and games and a penny race are set for 10:30. The watermelon eating contest begins at 11 a.m., and hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks will be available at the food trailer all morning. The evening activities begin at 7 p.m. with live entertainment at West Gadsden High School’s football field, provided by Stew Parsons and Spare Change. The national anthem, prayer and sky divers will begin at 8, followed by the presentation of Citizen of the Year and Yard of the Year at 8:45 and a speaker at 9. Fireworks will begin as soon as it’s dark. The concession stand at the football field will be open.

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The city of Chattahoochee will host the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza in Chattahoochee Saturday, with gospel music starting at 4 p.m., with food and beverage vendors and the best fireworks display in the area at dark. The event will be held at River Landing Park.

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The of Gadsden Senior Services will host its Senior Strut July 11 at 7 p.m. There will be a live DJ and hors 'douvers. For more information, contact Sylnovia Jones at 627-9758

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Volunteers are needed to give James A. Shanks Middle School a makeover July 11-18. Volunteers will paint and clean the school. Call 539-5338 for more information.

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The Gadsden County Humane Society will hold a garage sale fundraiser Aug. 1.  All proceeds will directly benefit homeless animals in Gadsden County. Donations of clothes, furniture, books and knick-knacks are needed. GCHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donation receipts are available.  E-mail gadsdenhumane@bellsouth.net or leave a message at 539-0505 to arrange drop-off or pick-up of your items.  

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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, in the fellowship hall.

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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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The Gadsden County Medicine Chest is in need of health care items such as beds, bedside tables, over-bed tables, bedside chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, canes and crutches. The items will be refurbished and given to those in need of them, with the understanding that the items will be returned when no longer needed. Volunteers are also needed for refurbishing items, as well as corporate and individual sponsors. For more information on this project or to donate items, call Reffner at 627-6795. In Chattahoochee, those with needs or wishing to donate can call Jackson at 567-2004; in Quincy, call Riley at 627-7242.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Guy Race lunch group meets from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays 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.

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The Gadsden County Humane Society meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at First Presbyterian Church in Havana 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.

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Tallavana Christian School is seeking cheerleading and baseball coaches. If interested, forward your resume to Coach B. Wilford at tallavanacs@gmail.com or fax to 850-539-8785.