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By The Staff

The Gadsden County Tobacco Free Partnership will meet Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. in the TCC Quincy House in Quincy. For more information, call Eric Gipson at 850-386-2065.

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Literacy Volunteers of Gadsden County will host its annual Bridge the Gap Literacy Summit Sept. 19 at the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center in Quincy. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and feature guest speaker Richard Crutcher. Call 875-8680 for more information.

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The East Gadsden High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association will meet Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

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The James A. Shanks Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization will meet Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.

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Capital Health Plan’s Savvy Senior program will feature Anna Johnson speaking on “Getting Better With Age” Sept. 24 at noon at the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy. Cost is $69. Call

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Big Bend Hospice will host its annual professional bereavement conferernce Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the TCC Center for Economic and Workforce Development. Call 309-1628 for more information.

Carter-Parramore High School Class of 1970 will meet Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. at the home of Ethel and Carl Marshall in Gretna to work  on finalizing plans for their 40th reunion. Call 874-1327 or 856-5408 for more information.

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The fourth annual Gretna Health and Help Day will be held Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul PB Church in Gretna. Information on health insurance, health supplies and general health department services will be available.

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Havana’s Bead Festival is set for Oct. 3-4. Bead lovers from all around the world come to Havana to find that one special piece in one of Havana’s most “colorful” events. Approximately 40 dealers from all over the U.S., with anything from one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces to wholesale beading supplies will be exhibiting. This event always offers a broad array of beads jewelry, findings and on-site creations. Admission is $4. Call 539-6343 for more information.

The Pumpkin Festival Kickoff Shrimp Boil will be held Oct. 3. Tickets for the5 p.m. dinner are $10. An auction will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 10. Proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Located at 104 N. Main St. Call 539-1544 for more information.

Havana’s annual Pumpkin Festival will be held Oct. 17.  The festival is Havana’s signature event and the perfect way to celebrate the beautiful fall season. Streets are lined with art, crafts, and food vendors selling their wares. The town comes alive in a carnival-like atmosphere full of activities for the entire family: hay rides, pony and carriage rides, costume contests, live auction, face painting, magicians, pumpkin decorating and much, much more. Local merchants show their creativity with beautiful displays of pumpkins, Halloween and fall décor. Visit the uniquely decorated “pumpkin patch” where you can purchase that perfect pumpkin…and hear an old fashioned yarn told by the mesmerizing storyteller! Pumpkin festival proceeds benefit, in part, benefit Native Americans  and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information, call 539-1544.

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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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The Foundation for Dreams is offering afterschool services for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grades. Each child will receive a snack, homework assistance and group tutoring as needed. Additional activities include arts and crafs, indoor and outdoor activities, games and computer access. Individual tutoring is also available. The program is held at Antioch MB Church in Quincy, Monday-Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday morning sessions are also available. Call Cheraka Thomas at 850-212-4764 for rates and more information.

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 The Havana Learning Center Inc., a local nonprofit organization committed to helping Havana's citizens to expand their education and helps those seeking employment to have the tools they need, is holding in cooperation with Tallahassee Community College its fall computer classes each Monday through Oct. 26, from 6-9 p.m. at Havana Middle School. Classes will cover computer basics, Internet fundamentals, e-There will also be classes on financial literacy provided by GadsdenSAVES (part of the Consumer Federation of America for those who seek to learn how to be fiscally responsible and save money). Those classes also are $25. Call 850-321-8512 or 850-228-5782 to register or e-mail marvinj38@yahoo.com.

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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 through 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.

Learn about collecting art during a seminar Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Workshop registration is $35 for members, $45 for non-members, and includes snacks, coffee and a guided exhibition tour. Call the center or register online at www.gadsdenarts.org.

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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Chattahoochee will host the annual Native American Pow Wow Oct. 23-25  at the Chattahoochee River Landing Park. The event will feature Native American drumming, inter-tribal dancing, arts and crafst, story telling and a living history village. The public is welcome and admission is free. Times are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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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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The Poppell family reunion will be held Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Havana Golf and Country Club, Highway 27, in Havana. The event is a covered dish luncheon.

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The Gadsden County Humane Society will hold a craft show and sale fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the White Dog Plantation, 200 Coca Cola Ave., in Havana.  Come out and shop arts and crafts vendors and food booths, and meet adoptable dogs.  All proceeds directly benefit homeless animals in Gadsden County.  For more information or to reserve booth space, contact Marcia Singleton at marciamae3474@yahoo.com or leave a message at 539-5318.

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Tiny Tots Academy of Quincy, located at 104 East Davis St., is participating in the USDA child care food program, a federally-funded program that reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to enrolled and eligible children. Call the center for details at 627-6279.

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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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Celebrate Recovery family program has gender-specific support groups that address addictions, relationship issues, finances, depression and more. Children and youth may attend with parents. Dinner is served. Meetings are on Saturday nights at Turn It Around Inc., 104 East. Washington St. Call 627-8426 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 Georgie Reffner at 627-6795.

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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.