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By The Staff

Antioch Baptist Church is hosting a movie night Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m. The film is “Second Chances,’ and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. The event is free. Call 627-3813 for more information.

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“Artfully Aging: Lifelong Learning through the Arts” is an exhibition currently open at the Gallery for Innovation & the Arts in Tallahassee. The exhibition features works from Quincy artist William H. McKeown.

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Due to the upcoming winter season, the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations of new and/or gently-used and clean blankets to distribute to Gadsden County service organizations for families and elderly citizens in need. Participants in the Fall After Hours are strongly encouraged to bring at least one blanket of any size to the event. Cleaning out a closet? Gently-used and clean comforters, bedspreads, baby blankets, and throw covers are also welcome. Blankets can also be brought to the chamber office located at 208 North Adams St. in Quincy (call 627-9231 first).

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Girlfriends Ministry kicks off Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at Friendship PB Church in Quincy. The self-help organization is a ministry for recovering women.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host “School America,” a reading initiative, at the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center in Quincy Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be reading activities and refreshments, and parents and children ages 5-18 are invited to come out. Call 663-8735 or 445-0549 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.

The center is offering a free seminar Oct. 29, featuring Paul Knoll, speaking on handling conflict without violence. No children under 12 will be allowed to attend, but teens are welcome. Pre-registration is required. The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. Call 514-4334 to register.

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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 through 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.

Instructor Edward Babcock, an accomplished fine art photographer, will teach Introduction to Digital Photo Editing through 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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West Gadsden High School will host its Student Advisory Council meeting Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.

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Gadsden County Extension Service will host a sugar cane field day, which will include a variety of activities including chewing and syrup cane, Nov. 2 from 8:15 a.m. to noon. Registration is $8. Bring your own cutting instruments. Call 875-7255 to register or for more information.

There will also be a free program about trees Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to prune trees, choose a dominant leader and determine if trees should be removed. Call 875-7255 to register.

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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.

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A ladies prayer breakfast will be held Nov. 7 at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church gymnasium from 9-11 a.m. Speaker is Maggie Brown and the ladies of St. James AME.

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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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Florida State Hospital will host a Fall Festival Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All funds raised will benefit hospital residents and the Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign. The event will be held at the John G. Johnson Pavilion in downtown Chattahoochee. The event is free and open to the public. Call 663-7756 for more information.

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The Shiloh Community will host a Thanksgiving Harvest Festival Nov. 21 at Shiloh Community Park, from 1-5 p.m. Awards will be given to the oldest deacon and mother in each church, and entrees must be received by Nov. 9 by Linda Nealy. Call 321-1037.

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Zumba fitness classes are taught at the Eugene Lamb Jr. Recreation Center in Midway Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided. Call 575-1353 for cost information.

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The annual golf cart and boat parade will be held at Lake Talquin Dec. 5.

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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 Bookmobile  will not be making rounds until November, as library personnel prepare the new bookmobile.

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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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Planning is underway for the 2010 Emancipation Day celebration on May 28. Anyone interesting in volunteering can call James Smith at 350-7729 or 875-2196 or go online at www.freedomdayquincy.com.

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The Gadsden County Tourist Development Council meets the third Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in county commission chambers.

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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 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.

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Gadsden GenWeb is in need of photos and geneology information on Gadsden County’s families. Call Angela Cassidy at 422-1577 or e-mail ancestor_lady@ yahoo.com for more information.