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Community Calendar

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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.

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Teen Court will be held April 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.

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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 first and third 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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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.

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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 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.”

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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.

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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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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 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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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 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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.” She will also attend and share some stories at the Gadsden County Library author dinner May 12 at the Suwano Club in Quincy, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person and tables for eight are available. RSVP by may 4 to Nesta at 539-5689. The book is currently available at the Gadsden Arts Center. E-mail Shapley at barbaashapley@comcast.net for more information.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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

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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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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 at the Gadsden Arts Center. 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 center now offers Saturday art classes for children and youth, ages 8 to 18, in the center's beautiful second-floor art studio. Each week, students will experiment with a different art material to create a project: watercolor, charcoal and graphite, tempera and acrylic paint, soft pastels and clay. Students will learn new skills, learn to express themselves, and view and discuss works of art in the center's galleries. Classes are offered on Saturdays, 1-3 p.m., from May 9-30. Tuition is $65 and all materials are included. Registration closes April 30. For more information, call 875-4866 or stop by the center. For younger children, ask about the Gadsden Arts Center's Summer Art Camp.

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.

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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 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.

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The Gadsden County Humane Society meets at 6:30 p.m. 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.

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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.

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The Class of 1970 will meet in the Quincy Library April 18 at 5 p.m. to plan its 40th reunion. Call Leonard Brown at 875-1327 or Ethel McCray Marshall at 856-5408 or 544-6336 for more information.

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The Carter-Parramore Class of 1967 will meeet April 18 at 4 p.m. at the Bowers-Gainey Fellowship Hall at Antioch MB Church.

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Gadsden County Schools, together with Gadsden Technical Institute, will host a Career Expo April 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at GTI. Tours, exhibits and vendors will be on hand for the event. The public is invited to attend. Prospective students interested in enrolling are encouraged to attend. The day’s activities will end with a parade at 4 p.m. at the school, with grand marshall Charlie Frost. The parade will move along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Quincy.