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By The Staff

Tallavana Christian School has extended fall enrollment for new students to Oct. 19 for preschool and elementary school students only. Families moving to Gadsden and Leon counties can enroll at TCS at any point during the year in all grades. Application fee is $100.

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The Gadsden Arts Center is asking for donations for its second annual rummage sale. Old items from art, antiques, books, housewares and sporting goods (no clothes) will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the center. Call 875-4688 or go online at www.gadsdenarts.org 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. The free event features information on health insurance and health supplies, and general health department services information will also be available.

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Stewart Street Elementary School will host a community health fair Oct. 3, sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Tau Theta Omega Chapter, from 9 a.m. to noon. Free information and health screenings will be available.

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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 Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association will host a fall cleanup day Oct. 3, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and garden tools. Ladies are invited to spruce up the weather-worn arrangements put in place by loved ones. Call Robert Alcorn at 662-2855 or Phyllis Holloway at 663-8481 for more information.

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The education staff fo the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center will be at the Quincy Library Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. to provide a free program on poison prevention for all ages.

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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.

The society will host a haunted poker run Oct. 17. Registration begins at 10 a.m., $10 a hand, at Sport’s Westside Pub in Tallahassee. First bike out at 11 a.m. and last bike out at 12:30. The run ends at Castle Dread in Havana, located at 7702 Fairbanks Ferry Rd. in Havana. Last bike in at 3 p.m. There will be food, door prizes and prizes for best/worst hand. Call Tom or Betty at 539-9537, Debbie at 539-9346 or go online at www.terroron12.com for more information.

 Come join the living, the dead and the undecided at Terror on 12 Castle Dread in Havana.  Oct. 15-17, 22-24, and 28-31 with hours on Wednesday and Thursday of 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday of 7:30 – midnight.  Entry is $10 for adults, and kids 6 and under get in free. Groups of 10 or more pay $8 each.  All funds raised will benefit the Gadsden County Humane Society and the Children of Our Troops.  For more information, call 539-9346 or go to www.terroron12.com. 

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Winn-Dixie Pharmacy in Quincy will host a free total cholesterol and diabetes screening Oct. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. No appointment needed.

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Tallavana Christian School’s Booster Club will meet Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

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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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Deliverance Temple Ministries will host its Fall Festival Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carter-Parramore in Quincy. There will be games, basketball, a hot dog eating contest, music, door prizes and concession stands. Call 508-9834 for more information or to obtain a vendor booth.

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The Gadsden County Men of Action Inc. will host its third annual youth summit at new Bethel AME Church in the church’s multipurpose center Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. The rally is designed to establish relationships between members of the organization and young men who may have concerns with issues such as peer pressure, gang activity, drug abuse or parental guidance. Refreshments will be served. Call Charles Flowers at 627-3575 or Bruce James at 339-2631 for more information.

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The James A. Shanks Class of 1977 will host a benefit program for a class member, Marvin Johnson, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. at St. John AME Church. Call Geraldine Harrison at 627-2260 for information on how you can help.

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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. 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., through 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  through Oct. 6, and Introduction to Digital Photo Editing Oct. 14-Nov. 17, from 5-7 p.m.

The center will present Spiritual Music by Pam Laws Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., accompanied by Mary Roberts on piano.The concert is presented by West End Grille, with a wine reception sponsored by the Gadsden County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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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Tallavana Christian School will host its Fall Festival Nov. 6 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the school. Activities will include rides, games, food and music, and all are welcome to attend. Vendors should call 539-5300 or go by the TCS office to pick up a vendor registration form. Vendor participation is free. Deadline to register is Oct. 23.

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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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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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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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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.

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Anyone interested in starting an Alcoholics Anonymous group in Chattahoochee should call Ellen B. at 850-663-2267.