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By The Staff

 The Gadsden County Public Library System will be presenting a series of adult computer training workshops through May 5.  Classes will run 5:45-7:45 p.m. at the McGill Library in Quincy, Havana Library and Cowen Library in Chattahoochee.  Topics to be covered include Computer Basics, Internet Explorer, E-mail, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Registration is limited to availability each night of class.  Arrive early to book your seat.  See the complete schedule below, or phone 627-7106 for more information.

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The Quincy Music Theatre will present “Grease” Feb. 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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There will be a large garage sale at Capital City Bank in Havana March 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Havana Relay for Life.

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Southeastern Community Blood Center's bloodmobile will be parked at the Salem United Methodist Church Health Fair Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All donors who give blood at the event will be entered to win a diamond ring, in addition to a pair of diamond stud earrings. Salem UMC is located at 202 E. 9th Avenue in Havana.

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The Gadsden County Humane Society will host a pet adoption booth at PetSmart in Tallahassee, 3220 Capital Circle NE, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Many adoptable pets will be there for you to meet.  See photos and descriptions of adoptable pets at www.gadsdenhumane.org.  For more information on adopting a new friend, please contact GCHS at 539-0505.

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About 42,000 pounds of surplus food from South Florida will be distributed Feb. 27 to needy families in Leon County and surrounding areas by student leaders, as a part of Farm Share Inc. Distribution begins at 11 a.m. at the Walker Ford Community Center, located at 2301 Pascoe St. in Tallahassee. Local citizens and volunteer agencies making deliveries to outlying areas are invited to pick up vegetables salvaged from fields in South Miami-Dade County. Contact Tim Perrier at 850-212-5316 for more information.

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Gardening Friends of the Big Bend will host Dr. John Tobe March 9. He will speak about Tobe Botanic Garden in Quitman, Ga.  Tobe Botanic Garden is situated on rolling hills of former longleaf pine forests on land that transitioned to plantation ownership and was eventually broken up into leased agricultural fields.  From barren agricultural fields of 1970, the first seeds that would become the backdrop for the garden were planted in a reconstructed forest on former agricultural land.  Within the leafy shade of longleaf pines, hickories and oaks, there are garden follies, a teahouse and temple lanterns that punctuate meandering walks through collections of camellias, maples and magnolias.  Curiosity about plants and garden creation has resulted in an artistic endeavor by the Tobe family and friends and a retelling of the reason for a garden. This lecture will include a history of almost 40 years of garden making, the philosophy of the efforts and what future plans will bring. A business meeting will follow.  The meeting will take place at North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Rd. in Quincy at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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Midway Volunteer firefighters will host an Easter egg hunt and spring carnival March 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the department, located behind Midway City Hall. The hunt for ages 4 and under will begin at 11, at 11:15 for ages 5-7, and 11:30 for ages 8-10. Concessions will include hamburgers and hot dogs. There will be games and prizes. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras for photos with the Easter Bunny at 11 a.m.

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Bring your friends, gun and ammo and come play Wobble Trap for a great cause! All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Havana Relay for Life. Cost is $25 per person or $100 for a 5-person team. Price includes lunch. The fundraiser will be held at the Coonbottom Gun Club in Havana Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contact Kristina for more information at 850-933-0007.

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Gadsden Technical Institute has been approved by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs to receive funding for all programs offered for higher education.  Tuition deferment will be available to any veteran or other eligible student covered under Title 38, USC. The scholarship allows one tuition deferment each academic year and an additional deferment when a delay in benefits occurs. Apply early for fall benefits. For additional information contact Margaret Farmer 875-8324, ext. 1239.

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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 through 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 West Florida Livestock Steer and Market Swine Show will be held March 3-4 at the William Inman Agricultural Center in Quincy.  The show animals will arrive March 3. There will be a 4-H judging contest starting at 6 p.m. with youth from surrounding counties in the area participating. The public is invited. The Swine Show will be March 4 at 9 a.m.  The Steer Show will be at 1 p.m.  There will be approximately 30-40 animals in the shows. An old-fashioned barbeque supper will be served to the public March 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the center. Plates are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Carry-out plates will be available. The awards presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the auction of animals around 7 p.m. The pig scramble for kids under 8 years old will be held following the auction. Registration and release forms for the pig scramble are available at the pavilion and must be signed by parents before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. If you have questions regarding the show, please call 875-7255. The public is invited to come out and enjoy this great youth event.

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The first-ever Havana Springtime 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run will be held March 13.  Hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Havana, the event will benefit Havana's Relay For Life.  All net proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society to help fund research and provide services to cancer patients. There is a $12 early registration fee to the address on the registration form.  Your entry must be post-marked no later than March 1 to guarantee a T-shirt. Additional registration forms at the Gulf Winds Track Club Web site at http://www.gulfwinds.org. Race day registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m., but you can guarantee a T-shirt by registering early.

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The spring open house for new and perspective kindergarten and pre-k students for the 2010-11 school year at Robert F. Munroe is being held at the Quincy King Street location March 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  All interested students and parents are invited to visit the facilities and meet the faculty and staff.  No appointments are necessary.  Robert F. Munroe Day School is now accepting applications for the coming school year.  For further information call the kindergarten at 850-627-8048 or the main campus at 850-856-5500 for other grades.

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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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The inaugural co-ed Welfare Trust Basketball Tournament will be held Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. at Florida State Hospital’s recreation hall.

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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.

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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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St. John Elementary Classes 1967-69 will host a Friends and Family Day May 28-29. RSVP by March 5. Go online at stjohn69bff@yahoo.com for more information.

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Volunteers are needed at Shanks Middle who speak Spanish. Community service hours will be awarded. Call 539-5338 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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Gadsden Technical Institute offers financial assistance for the following programs for the 2010 spring semester.  These programs include Gasoline Small Engines, Cosmetology/Barbering and Nail Technology.  This assistance is offered to Gadsden County residents only and is income based. Apply early for this assistance is limited as well as seating in these perspective   programs.  GTI also offers an array of assistance and information as it relates to student services and other programs, which includes Welding Technology, Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Patient Care Technology and Practical Nursing. Please contact Margaret Farmer at 850-875-8324, ext.1239, for further 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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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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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 can now make it easier for Gadsden County residents to save up to 50 percent or more off their groceries, now that Centenary United Methodist Church has become a SHARE host site. 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 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.