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By The Staff

The Community Fiesta begins May 1 at 5 p.m. on Friday and will feature music and talent from around the world. Hispanic, Caribbean and southern traditional foods will be available.

Quincyfest Blues and Barbecue will be held May 2 on the Courthouse Square in Quincy. Local musicians will take the stage at noon, and “Harmonica” Shaw will play at 2 p.m., Eddie Kirkman at 3 and “Biscuit” Miller at 4.

Backyard Barbecue contests with over $6,000 in prizes will also take place.

Food and drink vendors will be on site for the public as well.

The Gadsden Coalition for change is asking that attendees of the Quincyfest bring canned foods to help feed the hungry. A booth will be set up to collect all donations. Call 510-40165 or 539-5338 for more information.

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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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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.

Ask about the Gadsden Arts Center's Summer Art Camp for younger children..

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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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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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 Gadsden County Humane Society will have a pet adoption booth at PetSmart in Tallahassee, 3220 Capital Circle NE May 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many adoptable dogs and cats will be there for you to meet. See photos and descriptions of available pets at www.gadsdenhumane.org.  For more information on adopting a new friend, contact GCHS at 539-0505.

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The Gadsden Department of Health and AHEC have announced that tobacco cessation classes are being held at the Havana Library each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. through May 6. Calll 875-7223, ext. 402, for more information.

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Quincy Main Street Music Festival is set for May 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Courthouse Square. Admission is free, and the event will feature jazz and rhythm and blues music. Art exhibitions at the Gadsden Arts Center will also be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be available on North Madison Street.

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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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Teen Court will be held May 12 and 26, and June 9 and 23. The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Teen Court program offers youthful offenders an alternative to prosecution through the juvenile justice system. The program meets on the above dates from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex. For more information, contact Tiffany Parsons-Braswell at 875-7596.

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Renowned vocalist Pam Laws will perform at the Sara May Love Gallery at the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy May 14. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m., followed by the concert, and end with dessert and coffee.

Tickets for the event are $37 each or two fro $70. Call 875-4866 to make your reservations or stop by the center at 13 N. Madison St.

Proceeds will benefit the center’s after school and summer education programs.

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Sycamore United Methodist Church is sponsoring a pilau lunch to help raise funds for repairs at the Centenary Camp in Gretna, and to help carry on the camp’s ministry. The event will be held May 17 at 12:30 p.m at the church, located at 3246 Sycamore Road. Meal includes string beans, cole slaw, crackers, cake and tea. Dine in or take out. For more information, call 442-6665.

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Queen’s Entertainment is hosting an “Emancipation Proclamation” celebration May 20 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Shiloh Community Park. Guest speaker is county commissioner Sherrie Taylor, and there will be live entertainment, free food and games. For more information, call 321-1037.

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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 Gadsden County NAACP Branch meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month at Union Hall at 6:30 p.m.

All interested citizens are invited to attend and join.Contact Sam Palmer at 627-2673 for 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 first and third 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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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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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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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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The members of the Midway Volunteer Fire Department are working to establish a Fire Service Explorer post. The program is a worksite-based program for young men and women who are 15-20 years old. Adults willing to serve as advisers are also being sought. If you are interested in learning about how a fire department operates and what is involved in becoming a fire fighter, please forward your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to: Midway_Explorer_Post@yahoo.com.

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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 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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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.