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By The Staff

Old Time Havana Day is set for May 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Havana. The family-friendly event features old-timey demonstrations, games and activities from “back in the day,” arts, crafts and food vendors, hayrides, pony rides, and an obstacle course. All shops and cafes will be open as well.

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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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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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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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A spring cleanup day will be held at Sycamore Community Cemetery May 8 at 8 a.m., and will include leaf raking, general cleanup, bush trimming, weedeating, and family plot cleanup. Pilau lunch to follow.

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Greensboro Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Information required for registration includes a certified birth certificate, a Florida physical, certificate of immunization (blue card) and Social Security card. Call the school’s guidance counselor, Cedric Chandler, for more information at 442-6327.

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Gardening Friends of the Big Bend will meet at the North Florida Research and Education Center near Quincy at 6:30 p.m. May 11.  The purpose of this group is to promote gardening and gardening research by supporting and assisting the faculty and staff of NFREC-Quincy, an arm of the University of Florida's Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences.  One of the purposes of this meeting will be to discuss and plan for the group’s educational and fund raising events for 2010.  Sue Watkins, local plantswoman and GFBB member, will present a program entitled “Gardens of Good Taste,” discussing including edibles in the landscape.  The public is invited.  For more information, contact Clara Skipper at 850-671-2565 or Dr. Gary Knox at 850-875-7162.

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Gadsden Senior Services is hosting a mini health fair May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Sylnovia Jones at 627-9758 by May 10 if you are 60 years of age or older and need transportation to this event. James Smith will present information on Alzheimer’s disease, and the podiatrist will be on site from 8 to 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided for seniors.

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Springfield AME Church will host a health fair May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature free health  and vision screenings, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, and testing for HIV and Sickle Cell. Call 868-0248 for more information.

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A scholarship banquet in honor of Willie Ruth Williams will be held May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Simon Scott Senior Center in Quincy. Williams worked more than 38 years in Gadsden County schools and to motivate students to achieve their best academically. The banquet scholarships will be awarded to a graduating senior who intends to pursue a career as a teacher. For more information, to purchase tickets or donate, call Jacquelyn W. Brown at 980-2992.

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FAMU will host the master goat and sheep program at the university’s research and extension center in Quincy from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14-15 and 28-29. The training program will include classes in production, herd health management, nutrition, pasture management and breeding.Registration fee is $45, and includes materials and meals. Call 875-8555 or e-mail joy1.dixon@famu.edu for more information.

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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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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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Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts and Fitness offers children's after school karate classes ages 6-12 years old from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Wednesday evening 6-7 p.m. karate classes for ages 6-12. Children  ages 3-6 on Tuesday 6-6:30 until summer classes take effect. Teens and adult classes are Tuesday and Thurs night 7-8 p.m., Zumba Dance Fitness is Tuesday 6-7 p.m., Conditioning/kickboxing classes are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-7. Classes in the evening remain the same after school gets out except for the 3-6 year olds and they will move to Thursdays 4:30-5 p.m. Summer camp for ages 6-12 years old starts June 7 and karate classes will be on Monday 9-10 a.m., Thursday 4-4:30 and Friday 9-10 a.m. To register for classes call 514-4334 or 566-4544 and speak with Master Anne Radke or go to www.upkudo.com

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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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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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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.