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By The Staff

The Quincy Music Theatre will present “Grease” Feb. 19-21 and 26-28. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. For ticket information, go online at www.qmtonline.com or call 875-9444.

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The Gadsden County Tobacco-Free Partnership encourages all local businesses to be smoke-free. For more information, call 386-2065 or go e-mail jcichy@lungfla.org.

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Bradwell Enterprises’  Relay for Life Team will present a pre-Valentine's Fashion Extravaganza Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Carter-Parramore cafetorium in Quincy.  Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  For additional information, contact Mattie Brown at 509-8346 or Matricia Hayward at 556-5506.  All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Members of the M.F. Moore Chapter 21  Order of the Eastern Star will host a healthy heart and fitness luncheon Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at the lodge in Quincy. For ticket or additional information, call 627-2848. All proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

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Gardening Friends of the Big Bend will meet at the North Florida Research and Education Center near Quincy at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9.  The purpose of this group is to promote gardening and gardening research by supporting and assisting the faculty and staff of NFREC - Quincy, an arm of the University of Florida's Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. For more information, contact Clara Skipper at 671-2565 or Gary Knox at 875-7162.

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The Gadsden County Extension Office is accepting applications for the 2010 Master Gardener Volunteer training program.  This year's training is scheduled every Wednesday Feb. 10-April 7. Additionally, a class meeting has been set for March 13.  This is a joint training program between the Jackson and Gadsden extension offices.  Training days are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. local times.  Cost for the 54-hour training course is $150.  Area county extension agents, specialists and other experts will share their knowledge on home horticulture topics.  For more information about the Master Gardener Volunteer Program or to request an application packet, contact the Gadsden County Extension Office at 850-875-7255.  Application deadline is Feb. 5.  Training schedule can be accessed on the web by visiting the County Extension Web site at http://gadsden.ifas.ufl.edu/.

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The Gadsden County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board will meet Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Quincy Library. In addition to its regular business, the agenda will include the CTC’s response to the evaluation findings, election of officers, a review of FTA applications, grievance procedures and bylaws. The public will have the opportunity to address the board during a public hearing time. For additional information, or if you require special accommodations at the meeting because of a disability or physical impairment, contact Vanita Anderson at the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, 20776 Central Avenue East, Suite 1, Blountstown, FL 32424 at least three working days prior to the meeting date.

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Quincy Main Street will host a Mardi Gras Block Party featuring The Fusion Band Feb. 19, from 7-10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Florida Public Safety Institute will host the Women in History Month Brunch March 19 at 9 a.m., entitled “Lady Justice: A Positive Force for Law & Order.” The brunch will be held at the Florida Public Safety Institute’s Conference Center and is open to the public. Guest speakerers are Judge Kathy Garner and Nina Ashenafi-Richardson (Leon County Circuit). For more information contact Kim Allen at 201-7964 or allenk@tcc.fl.edu.

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The Gadsden Soil & Water Conservation District is holding a public speaking contest April 19 at 7 p.m. at the USDA Service Center in Quincy, and a poster contest for grades K-3 april 12-16. For more information, call Jimmie Barkley at 627-6355.

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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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The Guy Race lunch group meets from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays at the Golf Club of Quincy. 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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Family members of Luther and Amanda Smith from Gretna are planning the fourth “Smith Family Reunion.” Descendents of Luther Smith and Mary Jane Charles and/or Rebecca and Stephen Brown are asked to contact Claudette Wideman at csw1153@yahoo.com for more information.

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George W. Munroe school employees from 1975 to current will come together for a reunion June 5. All staff members and former staff members are asked to contact Geraldine Rush at 627-2153, Gloria Youman at 856-8022 or Carrie Barkley at 856-5142 with your address information in order to receive an inviation.

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Gadsden Technical Institute’s Small Engine Program provides skilled training for a better future. Learn a new skill to improve your future earnings by applying now for the spring semester.  Call 850-875-8324, ext. 1231, or e-mail mcphaul_d@firn.edu for more information.

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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 Technical Institute is offering a nail technology program, which will prepare students to be skillful nail technicians. The class is a combination of lectures and lab hours, and is 4 months in duration. Students will learn how to do manicures, pedicures, acrylics, gels and nail art. For more information contact Mrs. Sloan at 875-8324, ext. 1237.

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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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Big Bend Hospice is hosting the Road Runners seventh annual chili cook-off benefit Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. at Shucker’s Oyster Bar, 4806 Jackson Cove Rd. in Tallahassee. Judging will begin at 4 p.m. Prizes include money and trophies. All proceeds to benefit patient care at Big Bend Hospice. For more information, call 545-0983 or 562-0944.

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The Early Learning Coalition is holding its second annual sweetheart raffle Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m. tickets are available at www.elcbigbend.org or by calling 385-0551. The winner receives a week-long stay at Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $25 each.

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The inaugural co-ed Welfare Trust Basketball Tournament will be held Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. at Florida State Hospital’s recreation hall. There are eight team slots for up to 15 players per team. Entry forms and fees are due by Feb. 19. The tournament is single elimination, and teams are responsible for their own jerseys with numbers on the front and back. Team trophies will be awarded for first and second place winners. Concessions will be sold, and there will be prizes and entertainment during intermission.  For more information on entry fees and forms, call Marie Jackson at 663-7710, Cheryl Barwick at 557-2453 or Chris Howard at 566-9098. All proceeds to benefit the Welfare Trust Fund for residents at the hospital.

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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 martial arts and fitness program is offered at Alpha UPKUDO Karate in Havana. Karate, kickboxing and Zumba fitness dance are offered. Classes are held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for youth karate. Zumba dance fitness classes are held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and a fitness training class is held on Tuesdays and Fridays 4-5 p.m. The center offers pickup from Havana Elementary and Tallavana Christian schools.  

Call 514-4334 or go online at www.upkudo.com for more information.

The world champion fighter, Grand Master Gary Lee Baker, 9th-degree black belt, will conduct a seminar on the strategies and mental philosophy of point fighting Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. For more information on how you may attend call Master Anne at 514-4334 or 566-4544 to reserve your space.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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 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.