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By The Staff

The Greensboro Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a Spring Fling and benefit for the Hodge family April 10 at Greensboro Town Hall from 4-7 p.m. The event will include a car and motorcycle show. Call 663-9825 for entry details. The Singing Regals and Friends will present music. There will be family activities, door prizes and a drawing for a handcrafted quilt. Donations are $5 for one opportunity for the quilt drawing and $10 for three opportunities. Homemade cakes will be available at the cake auction. A pilau dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. The dinners are $7 per plate. Call 545-0075 for more information.

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A Career Expo will be held at Gadsden Technical Institute April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in the programs offered at the school is encouraged to attend this free, informational event. A parade will be held at 4 p.m. that afternoon.

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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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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.

On Saturday, April 10, join us at the Sawano Club for an exciting springtime event, the Gadsden Arts Goes Green fashion show. You will see a wide range of cutting-edge fashions, selected from the latest styles in New York by Ann Carlton, owner of Turner’s of Moultrie. Fashions will be modeled by lovely ladies of all ages, accompanied by Ann Carlton’s entertaining narrative, with an emphasis on recycling your wardrobe – adding new style to your favorite clothing pieces. The fashion show will be accompanied by a delicious luncheon and followed by a jewelry bazaar featuring handmade creations from area  jewelry artists.

Tickets are $35, may be purchased in advance by calling the center, 875-4866, visiting www.gadsdenarts.org/events, or by mailing a check to 13 North Madison Street, Quincy, FL  32351.  Reserved tables are available but space is limited, so call now and mark the date for a memorable afternoon.

The fashion show is presented by Turner’s of Moultrie, Magnolia House Assisted Living, and Miss Helen’s Espresso Café D’art. Funds from the fashion show and luncheon will benefit Gadsden Arts Center education programs.

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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Gardening Friends of the Big Bend will meet at the North Florida Resarch and Education Center April 13 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Clara Skipper at 672-2256 or Gary Knox at 875-7162.

All former students of Mt. Pleasant School are invited attend a reunion April 15 at Glen Julia Park. Bring a covered dish for a noon meal.

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The Quincy Kiwanis Club is hosting its 12th annual golf tournament April 23 at the Golf Club of Quincy to raise funds for college scholarships. The format is select-a-shot with two-person teams at a cost of $120 per team. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for three flights, closest to pin, longest putt and drive, and a $10,000 hole-in-one. Lunch and practice balls will be provided. Hole sponsorships are available. Call Judge Helms at 875-2205 or Richard Combs at 385-4078 or 627-9647 for more information.

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On the Move for Jesus conducts free GED classes from 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at Gretna Elementary School.

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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 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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The Gadsden County NAACP Branch No. 5149 will host a Freedom Fund banquent May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Quincy National Guard Armory. Ticket information is available by calling Sheila Foster at 875-4328, Lorie Bouie at 627-2854, Leola Palmer at 627-6514, Lizzie Thomas at 627-3821, Monica Smart at 510-4015 or Sam Palmer at 627-2673.

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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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FAMU’s Entrepreneurial Rural Business Development Project offers help to residents in rural communities who are starting or seeking to grow a business. Call the Gadsden County Extension Office at 412-5254 for more information.

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Big Bend Hospice offers a “Coping with Pet Loss” program. The first meeting will be held April 15 at 6 p.m. at the Big Bend Hospice Counseling and Referral Center, located at 1669 Mahan Center Blvd. in Tallahassee. Call Laurie Ward at 878-5310 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 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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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. Classes are also available at Yoga Dog Studio in Quincy on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

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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 genealogy information on Gadsden County’s families. Call Angela Cassidy at 422-1577 or e-mail ancestor_lady@yahoo.com for more information.