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By The Staff

Your best bet for tickets to see “Peter Pan” at the Quincy Music Theatre is this Friday or Saturday night – looks like Sunday is a sell-out. Get your tickets online at www.qmtonline.com or call 875-9444. Seats are $16.50 for adults, and $13.50 for students and seniors. In this production, Peter really flies...and there’s even homemade cookies at intermission. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Bluegrass band the Gandy Brothers of Albany, Ga. will appear at the theater Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. Cost is $12 per person.

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Big Bend Hospice will host a clergy appreciation reception and forum Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Washington Masonic Lodge in Quincy. RSVP by calling 320-0011.

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The M.R. Moore Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 21 will host a breast cancer awareness luncheon Oct. 10 at 11 a.m.at the lodge, located on Washington Street in Quincy. Call 510-8132 for information and tickets.

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Midway Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house Oct. 10 at noon. Included in the event are a search and rescue demonstration and games and treats for children. You can also sign up for smoke detectors to be installed in your home. Call 598-6822 for more information.

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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 Robert F. Munroe Class of 1989 will celebrate its 20th reunion Oct. 9-10. Festivities kick off at the RFM homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, followed by a party. Alumni will meet Saturday afternoon at RFM for lunch and a tour of the school, followed by dinner. E-mail rlayerd@yahoo.com for more information.

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The Gadsden County Humane Society will host a pet adoption booth at PetSmart in Tallahassee Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call GCHS for more information at 539-0505.

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The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce Bass Fishing Tournament will be held Oct. 17 at Lake Talquin. All funds will benefit the TCC GadsdenLEARN scholarship program. Anyone can register (child must be accompanied by an adult) but a boat is required. Two-person team  entry fee is $125.  Call 627-9231 for more entry information.

Businesses are encouraged to take advantage of several reasonably priced promotional opportunities to sponsor this event while showing their community spirit. The chamber is requesting general sponsors as well as door prizes and goody bag giveaway items. All donations are welcome for this fundraising event. Sponsor logos are requested for T-shirts, banners and other signage.

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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 1985 will meet Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. at Quincy City Hall to plan its 25th reunion.E-mail Shelia at denisethomas01@aol.com 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 city of Quincy will begin flushing fire hydrants and the water system Oct. 19-23. Residents are cautioned to examine water quality prior to washing clothes. Stain remover is available upon proof of damage at no charge through the utilities department.

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The Faircloth reunion will be held Oct. 24 at Pat Thomas Park in Quincy at noon. Lunch will follow a business meeting and program. Attendees should bring a basket lunch, and photographs and family history items, as well as fishing poles. Call 627-2340 for more information.

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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 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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Big Bend Hospice will host “Teen Woe-Be-Gone,” a retreat for grieving teens, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held at Bradley’s Pond in Tallahassee. Call 878-5310 for more information.

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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 Tourist Development Council meets the third Monday of each month at 4 p.m.

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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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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.

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