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Community Calender

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By The Staff

Gadsden County 4-H is seeking 4-H alumni to help celebrate the 100th year of Florida 4-H. Call Sydney Pryer at 875-4682 or e-mail to dpvtrainer@yahoo.com.

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STAR ACTS has opened its doors for its inaugural summer session for students ages 4 to 14. The program will provide academic remediation or advancement, FCAT and ACT preparation, including intensive focus on reading, math, writing and science. Classes will be held in Gretna, Bristol and Blountstown. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Visit www.staracts4u.com/summer_program.html or e-mail inf@staracts4u.com. Call Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews for more information at 643-1745.

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The Gadsden County Health Department wil hold back to school “clinics” for immunizations and school physicals Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. An immunization clinic is held Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Immunizations are free for all children up to 18 years old. Kindergarteners and seventh graders re required to have certain shots for school entry. School physicals are available at a cost of $45. Parents are asked to bring a complete shot record for each child. If you are not sure which shots your child needs, check with your child’s doctor. For more information, call 875-7200.

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The Gadsden Arts Center is offering a Photoshop workshop Aug. 13 from 1-4 p.m. Participants will learn to use Photoshop elements to enhance digital photographs and add creativity to them, while correcting some of the most common imperfections.

Workshop tuition is $25 members/$35 non-members and pre-registration is required. To register, visit gadsdenarts.org, call 875-4866 or stop by the Gadsden Arts Center.

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The Quincy Public Works Department will conduct a city-wide tire pickup Aug. 17. Public works workers will pick up unwanted tires from residents if the tires are placed in the right-of-way of the street in front of the home. Any tires remaining in yards after that date will result in citations by code enforcement.

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AmeriCorps Gadsden Reads is seeking reading tutors. Applications are available at Gadsden Elementary Magnet School between 8 and 11 a.m.Call 627-9409 for more information.

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James A. Shanks Middle School will hold an open house Aug. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. A ribbon cutting will be held Aug. 21 at 10 a.m..

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Carter-Parramore Class of 1959 will celebrate its 50th reunion Aug. 22-23. A memorial observance will begin at the Calry Conference Center on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. Call 442-4934 for more information.

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Gadsden Medical Center will host a free hot dog lunch and health fair Aug. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at the center, located at 278 LaSalle Leffall Dr. in Quincy. The event will feature free school supplies for the first 250 children, as well as free health, weight and vision screenings for children. For adults, there will be free health screenings as well, for cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and bone density.

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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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Quincy Kiwanis Club meets at Kittrell’s every Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

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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 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 Reffner at 627-6795. In Chattahoochee, those with needs or wishing to donate can call Jackson at 567-2004; in Quincy, call Riley at 627-7242.

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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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Gadsden NAACP Branch No. 5149 meets monthly on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. at Union Hall,14 W. Jefferson St. Members are encouraged to attend.  Visitors are welcome to attend and join.  Contact Sam Palmer at 850 627-2673 for more information.

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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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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 will be making it easier for Gadsden County residents to save up to 50 percent or more off their groceries when Centenary United Methodist Church becomes a SHARE host site in March. 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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Gadsden Technical Institute’s School of Practical Nursing is holding free blood pressure screenings each Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. All participants should bring their driver’s license or Florida ID to check in. For more information, call 875-8324.

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The Guy Race lunch group meets from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays at Kittrell’s Restaurant. 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 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.