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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

A town hall meeting will be held with District 2 County Commissioner Doug Croley today at 6:30 p.m. at Tallavana Community Church in Havana. Citizens will have the opportunity to voice concerns to the commissioner and county staff, and be provided with an update on the progess of pertinent issues such as upcoming budget, property taxes and other matters of interest.

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Gadsden County Commissioners have announced the availability of downpayment and closing cost assistance under the stimulus plan. First Time Homebuyer Advance Tax Credit is available to qualified buyers. For more information, call Phyllis Moore, Gadsden County SHIP administrator, at 875-8659.

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An after school program began Aug. 24 at UpKudo Karate in Havana. Karate and Zumba fitness dance will be offered. Classes will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for karate, Zumba classes will be held at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, and a fitness training class will be held Fridays at 3:30 p.m. The center offers pick-up from Havana Elementary and Tallavana Christian schools.  Call 514-4334 or go online at www.upkudo.com for more information.

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Capital Health Plan’s Savvy Senior Program will host a program on exercise and older adults Aug. 27 at noon at the Gadsden Arts Center.

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The Piecemakers of First Baptist Church of Greensboro will host a quilt show Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall. The public is invited to come and see the many handmade quilts that will be on display.

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Adults and teens can enjoy a range of affordable drawing, painting and photography classes this fall at the Gadsden Arts Center.

Watercolor painting classes, led by artist and educator Linda Pelc, are open to beginners through advanced painters, with emphasis on individualized instruction. Southern Flowers is offered Sept. 9-Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m., and Portraits and People is offered Oct. 14-Nov. 18, 1-3 p.m. A Saturday All-Media Drawing class is open to teens and adults alike, and covers the fundamentals for using a range of drawing materials, such as charcoal, Prismacolor pencil and pastels.

Artist Joni Wildman leads the drawing class Saturdays, 2-4:30 p.m., from Sept. 19-Oct. 17. Finally, the photography series focuses on digital photography and digital photo editing on computer. Instructor Edward Babcock, an accomplished fine art photographer, will teach Introduction to Digital Photography Sept. 8-Oct. 6, and Introduction to Digital Photo Editing Oct. 14-Nov. 17, from 5-7 p.m.

Call or visit www.gadsdenarts.org to register for these classes – pre-registration is required. Tuition is $50 per 5-week class ($60 for nonmembers).

The Gadsden Arts Center is located on Quincy’s historic Courthouse Square at 13 N. Madison St.

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The Bryant and Roxanne Moore family reunion will be held Sept. 4-6 in Quincy. Door prizes are needed, along with gift bags and souvenirs. Call 627-7781 for more information.

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The Noma Community reunion will be held at Noma Town Hall Sept. 5. The hall will open at 10 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. Soft drinks, ice, cups, plates and utensils will be supplied, and attendees should bring picnic lunches. Call 850-974-8438 for more information.

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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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Gadsden NAACP Branch No. 5149 meets monthly on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. at Union Hall,14 W. Jefferson St. Members are encouraged to attend.  Visitors are welcome to attend and join.  Contact Sam Palmer at 850 627-2673 for more information.

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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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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.