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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

The Quincy Parks and Recreation Department Governance Committee will meet Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Quincy City Hall in the commission chambers.

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Shiloh Community MB Church will host an education resource event Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Shiloh Community on Spooner Road.  The Gadsden County School District Mobile Resource Unit will be there, along with Superintendent Reginald James and officers from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office. There will also be free food and clothes.

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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 is offered at UpKudo Karate in Havana. Karate and Zumba fitness dance is offered. Classes are held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for karate, Zumba classes are held at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, and a fitness training class is 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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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 James A. Shanks Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization will meet Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.

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The UF/IFAS/NF Research and Education Center will host a fall Field Day Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. Featured tours this year will target the following groups:  Bio-Energy and Forestry, Forage and Turf, Fruit Crops, Hydroponics, Vegetables, and Wildlife.  Each participant will have their choice of two tours.  Between tours, refreshments will be served while giving everyone time to visit the different booths and displays.  These booths will offer you information and literature on different types of agricultural programs.

The event is for professionals and non-professionals alike, who are interested in gardening, landscape, farming, and the quality of life in north Florida.  The NFREC field days provide the most current research information on agricultural practices and highlight the importance of agriculture to North Floridians and surrounding areas.

This field day is free to the public, compliments of ADAGE http://www.adagebiopower.com/. However, pre-registration is required by Sept. 14. For registration information go online at http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/events/pdf/FallFD-Sep2009.pdf or call 850-875-7100, ext 0.

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Any Gadsden County resident who has wanted to see England or study abroad has a new opportunity through Bainbridge College, which offers Georgia’s in-state tuition to Gadsden residents. The college is offering a five-week U.S. history class in London next summer that Dr. Dave Nelson of Quincy will teach. Other classes being offered in England include theater, psychology, watercolor, literature and political science.

To learn more about BC’s study abroad those interested may contact Nelson atdavid.nelson@bainbridge.edu or attend an information session on campus Sept. 20 at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center where a typical British tea will be served at 3 p.m. The college is located at 2500 E. Shotwell St. in Bainbridge, Ga.

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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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Gadsden NAACP Branch No. 5149 will meet Sept. 10 at New Bethel AME Church at 6 p.m. (executive committee) and 7 p.m. for the general membership. New members are welcome. Call 627-2673 for more information.  

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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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A caregiver support group, sponsored by Big Bend Hospice, meets at Magnolia House the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Call 878-5310 for more information.

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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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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.