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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

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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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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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 Carter-Parramore Academy Class of 1964 will meet April 24-27 for its reunion. For more information and the schedule, 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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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 Gadsden County Farm Bureau is offering two $500 scholarships to its members. Applications are available at the Quincy and Havana offices and must be returned by April 30. Call 627-7196 for more information.

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East Gadsden High School’s PTSA will meet April 27 in the school cafeteria to plan for the upcoming school year. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

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The Gadsden County Community Development Administration is sponsoring a fair housing workshop April 25 at Gadsden Arms Apartments in Quincy, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, call 875-8659.

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The James A. Shanks Class of 1997 will come together for its “Dirty 30” birthday party planning meeting May 2 at 11 a.m. at the Quincy Library. Call 251-6620 for more information.

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The ninth annual Chattahoochee Challenge Boat Race will be held at River Landing Park on the banks of the Apalachicola River June 6-7. Daily admission is $5 for adults and children over 6 years; children under 6 get in free. Gates open at 10 a.m. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Free parking and attendees are asked to bring lounge chairs. The event is promoted by the Florida Outdoor Raicing Association and the city of Chattahoochee.

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The Writer’s Critique Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 27 at Eyes of a Child, 12 W. Washington St. in Quincy. Call 875-4199 for more information.

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A childcare training class will be held at the Gadsden County Extension Office located in the William Inman Agricultural Building in Quincy. The 10-hour infant/toddler module will be taught May 12 and 13. Cost for the 10-hour class is $35. If you need CEU’s for recertification, you can earn one CEU or 10 in-service hours. For more information or to register; call Kay or Elizabeth at 875-7261. Students must register for classes and provide payment at that time to confirm enrollment. Deadline to enroll is May 8.

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Gadsden Technical Institute is now accepting the FAFSA application for all potential students who are interested in applying for any programs for the school year 2009-10. For eligibility apply on-line at FAFSA.ed.gov. A school code is required. The applicable school code is :013997. Please submit a SAR report to the financial aid office for funds to be allocated. The deadline for application is May 1. If you have applied and received your SAR please submit a copy to the school before the deadline. For any additional information, contact the school at 875-8324, ext. 1239.

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The Havana Garden Club is holding its annual spring plant sale April 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Hazel J. Baker Community Center. There will also be a silent auction with items to beautify not only your garden but your home as well. A silent auction will include a beautiful stained glass piece by artisan Wendy Adams, a mosaic bird bath designed by artist Edgar Barnett and an original framed oil painting by renowned artist Debbie Brennen.

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Big Bend Hospice is once again partnering with Tallahassee Nurseries to host Spring Fling 2009: Under a Caribbean Moon at Tallahassee Nurseries April 30 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Log on to www.bigbendhospice.org to purchase tickets online or call 701-1375, the Big Bend Hospice reservation line. Tickets are also on sale at Tallahassee Nurseries, 2911 Thomasville Road. Recommended attire for the evening is dressy casual and valet parking services will be provided.

For more information contact Laura Glenn at 701-1341 or laurag@bigbendhospice.org.

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Effective April 13, anyone requiring emergency utility services from the Gadsden Senior Center will need to call and schedule an appointment at 627-9758. You must be 60 or older to receive aid and have not received help from any other agency in the past 6 months.

The center’s seniors will enjoy an after-Easter fashion show April 25 at 5 p.m. Call 627-9758 for more information.