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By The Staff

The Caring Tree Program of Big Bend Hospice will host a special event called “Lighting the Darkness” March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Tallahassee Museum, 3495 Museum Drive.  This event, to remember lives lost to suicide, will feature informational tables, luminary lighting and a remembrance ceremony including music by Illuminare:  For more information, contact Pam Mezzina at 878-5310, ext. 799, or pam@bigbendhospice.org.  

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A School Choice Town Hall meeting will be held March 23 at 6 p.m. at Carter-Parramore Academy to discuss parent choice and supplemental education services in Gadsden County.

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Literacy Volunteers of Gadsden County Inc. will host a basic literacy/reader tutoring training workshop at the Quincy Library March 23-25, and 29-31 at 5:30 p.m. Participants will receive an 18-hour certificatin. Call 875-8680 to register.

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"Cool Stuff With Light Shining On It," new works by Dean Gioia, are on display in the 22nd floor Capitol Gallery through March 25. The exhibit is free, and open Monday through Friday in the State Capitol Building, 400 S. Monroe St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The 2010 NFREC Beef Cattle/Forage Field Day will be held March 25 at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center Beef Unit. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 and lasting until 3 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The field day will include presentations and demonstrations along with field tours of on-going research and demonstrations. Topics to be covered include: 1) vaccinations and parasite control, 2) protein and energy supplementation, 3) mineral supplementation, 4) developing an AI program, 5) haylage and silage options, 6) pasture weed control, 7) pasture forage varieties and 8) ongoing forage studies.

 Additional information can be obtained by calling 850-394-9124 or visit the NFREC Web site (http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu). A registration fee of $10 will be charged.

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 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.

The Friends of the Library wil host an Author’s Dinner April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sawano Club. The dinner will feature local author Leo Lovel, who wrote “Spring Creek Chronicles” and “Spring Creek Chronicles II.” There will also be a silent auction, featuring books, jewelry and more. Call Nesta Cumbie at 539-5689 for more information.

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The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office will conduct driver’s license, DUI and vehicle inspection checkpoints in March at the I-10 exits, Hwy 90 east and west, Hwy 12 east and west, Hwy 27 north and south, Hwy 65 north and south, Hwy. 267 north and south, Brickyard Road, Providence Road, Lakeview Point Road, Cook Landing Road, Flat Creek Road, Sycamore Road, Sawdust Road, Bonne Hill Road, Hardaway Hwy., Atlanta Street, Concord Road, Rustling Pine and Solomon Dairy roads, and 4th St. and 16th Ave. in Havana.

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Dr. Gil Nelson will be the speaker at the third annual Gardening Friends of the Big Bend dinner at the Fountain H. May Sr. building, NFREC, 155 Research Rd. in Quincy. Nelson will speak on native plants for southern landscapes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for mingling and perusing the silent auction items. Dinner will be served at 7. Reservations must be made by March 24 to Clara Skipper via e-mail at claraskipper@comcast.net or online at www.thegfbb.com. Pre-registered tickets are $25 per person; tickets at the door are $30. Call 671-2565 for more information. All proceeds to benefit the Quincy NFREC.

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 Bring your children ages 2 and up to the Gadsden Arts Center April 3 for some creative Easter fun! Children and their favorite adults will work with instructor Joni Wildman to create 12-inch tissue paper Easter Bunny wreaths, and paint ceramic piggy banks with spring themes and colors. 1-3 p.m., $5 per child, all materials included.  Call 875-4866 or stop by Gadsden Arts to pre-register.

Jewelry and craft artists are invited to show and sell your wares at two upcoming Gadsden Arts Center community events. On  April 10, the center will offer a first-ever Jewelry Bazaar in conjunction with the annual spring fashion show, “Gadsden Arts Goes Green,” which draws an audience of 200 women for a fun day of food and fashion. The bazaar will offer a festival-style showcase for our region’s talented jewelry artists to show and sell their creations. Jewelry artists may participate for only $25 per booth.

On May 1, craft artists are invited to display and sell their wares during the popular QuincyFest Blues and Barbecue festival. Artists are invited to set up booths on the historic Courthouse Square in Quincy to show and sell their work. The larger festival offers a day of live blues music, family art activities, food vendors, a beer garden and competitive barbecue cooking competition with awards. QuincyFest is free and open to the public. There is no fee for craft booth space at QuincyFest; however, artists must register with Gadsden Arts. To register for a booth at the fashion show or QuincyFest, contact Grace Maloy, executive director, at 875-4866 or grace@gadsdenarts.org.

The Gadsden Arts Center is located at 13 N. Madison St. Admission is $1 (members and children admitted free). Gallery and gift shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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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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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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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.

The school is accepting the FAFSA application for all potential students for the 2009-10 school year. Go online at FAFSA.ed.gov or call Farmer for more information. Deadline for application is May 1.

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Sign up for AARP driver training class to be conducted April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. The class will meet at the Quincy Library. This class is available for the first 24 people age 50 years or older with a valid driver’s license. Completion of the 8-hour class, (now being taught in 6 hours), may entitle you to a substantial savings on your auto insurance for 3 years. No testing or behind the wheel driving is required. The insurance discount is mandated by the state of Florida to all classroom participants with a good driving record age 55 and older. To sign up and for more information, contact Ann Williams at 850-663-4122.

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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. Beginning March 1, there will be a 10 percent discount for services. 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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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. Deadline to pay fees is March 15.

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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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The Shiloh Community’s annual May Emancipation Day celebration is set for May 22 from 1-5 p.m. at Shiloh Comunity Park. Guest speaker is Judge Kathy Garner. Free food, drinks, music, games and live performances. Call Linda Nealy at 491-4825 for more information.

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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.

GCHS has a pet adoption booth at PetSmart in Tallahassee, 3220 Capital Circle NE, on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Many adoptable pets will be there for you to meet.  See photos and descriptions at www.gadsdenhumane.org.  For more information on adopting a new friend, please contact GCHS at 539-0505.

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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.