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By The Staff

The Gadsden County Men of Action Inc. wil host a free health fair Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at  Carter-Parramore Academy. Services will include blood pressure, HIV (AIDS), cholesterol, dental, eye exams and diabetes. Call 321-2867 for more information.

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The Fairlanes are auditioning for oldies “doo-wop” singers Monday through Friday. Call Rich for infrmation at 627-4586.

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This season, host your holiday event at the beautiful, historic Gadsden Arts Center on Quincy’s picturesque Courthouse Square. The Gadsden Arts Center has added affordable rental options this year. Rent the Learning Area just $25 per hour, great for occasions for 18 or fewer people like holiday staff parties, gift exchanges or small luncheons. Rent the art studio for the same price, a great space to hold a meeting, class or informal gathering for up to 20 people. Simplify your affordable, elegant event this holiday season by having it catered by Miss Helen’s Espresso Café, and request a free docent guided tour of the gallery for your group.

For families planning reunions or weddings, the center is offering 20 percent off of the larger Bates Community Room rentals through June 30, 2010. For more information on rental opportunities at the Gadsden Arts Center, contact: Grace Maloy at 875-4866 or grace@gadsdenarts.org, or visit www.gadsdenarts.org/rentals.

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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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Gadsden County Humane Society is in urgent need of monetary donations to help cover the cost of animals being served by its program, which currently services more than 120 animals, at a cost of $1,500 to $3,000 a month in vet car, food and other costs. Donations are tax deductible and can be made via the paypal link online at www.gadsdenhumane.org or by mailing a check to GCHS, P.O. Box 1268, Havana, FL 32333. GCHS does not receive any county, state or federal funding. All funding is generated through donations and fundraisers. For more information on the program or to find out more about the animals in the program, visit www.gadsdenhumane.org.

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Gadsden County Coalition for Change is sponsoring a Bucks for Books campaign. Residents are asked to send $10 (tax deductible) to the Friends of the Library at 732 Pat Thomas Parkway, Quincy, FL 32351. Donations will make more books available to local kids.

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The U.S. Census Bureau is testing applicants for 2010 jobs. For more information, call 1-866-861-2010 or go online at www. 2010censusjobs.gov.

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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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Yoga Dog Studio, located at 103 E. Jefferson St., will accept blankets, towels, beds, dry/canned pet food, dishes and other pet supplies for the Gadsden County Humane Society. Anyone making a donation will receive a card for a free class. Call 284-3718 or yogadog@me.com for more information.

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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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Big Bend Hospice will host a Service of Remembrance Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Quincy Library. The service is a non-denominational service to honor loved ones lost this past year.

The Trees of Remembrance are adorned, for a donation, with gold ribbons, porcelain bells and angels, each bearing a personal handwritten message, providing an opportunity to recognize and remember those who are close to our hearts.  Donations made go directly to providing care, comfort and hope to Big Bend Hospice patients and their families in Gadsden County and can be made at the following locations:  Divine Grace Restaurant,  Focus Credit Union, West End Grille, Premiere Bank, Mockingbird Café and Stone’s Home Center in Havana. Donations may also be made the evening of the service. For more information, contact Travia Cohen at 850-556-1786.  

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

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A breakfast will be held Dec. 5 at 7 a.m. at 18300 Blue Star Highway to benefit the Quincy Relay for Life. Cost for the full breakfast is $5 and cost for a pancake breakfast is $3.

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The Hope for Women organization will host a senior prom Dec. 12 from 7-10 p.m. at Carter-Parramore Academy, in the cafeteria. If you did not attend your prom and are interested in attending, call Peggy at 627-1797 or Linda at 933-9133.

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The Carter-Parramore Class of 1970 will meet Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. at the home of Leonard and Viola Brown in Quincy to plan its 40th reunion. Call 875-1327 or 856-5408 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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Havana Town Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at Havana Town Hall.

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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 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.

Providence Baptist Church in Greensboro has recently partnered with the Medicine Chest to provide storage.  

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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Gadsden NAACP Branch No. 5149 will meet every third Monday at New Bethel Multi-Purpose Building 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 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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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.