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Community Calendar

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By The Staff

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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Parents, you are invited to attend a district-wide “ESE Parent Day.” Bring your entire family April 18 from 8:30 a.m.-noon to Carter-Parramore Academy. The theme is “Soaring to new Heights.” Information and vendors will be available, and there will be refreshments, continental breakfast and door prizes (must be present to win). Door prizes include a computer, $25 gift certificates, a certificate for a stay at the Hampton Inn, restaurant certificates and more. Call your child’s teacher or the Family Information Resource Center at  627-9651 for more information.

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CHP Savvy Senior will host a program at Carver Heights Senior Center in Havana April 22 at noon on high risk medications for seniors, presented by pharmacist April Johnson.

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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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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 Center. 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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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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Gadsden Technical Institute’s School o f Practical Nursing prepares individuals to become qualified licensed practical nurses for employment at nursing homes, physician’s offices, clinics and hospitals. Applications for the January 2011 class will be accepted June 1-Aug. 1. Call the school at 875-8324 for more information.

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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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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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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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Havana Town Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at Havana Town Hall.

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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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Quincy Main Street meets the third Thursday of each month at 8:15 a.m. at the Gadsden Arts Center, second floor art studio. Everyone is welcome.

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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.