Community Calendar

August 1
The Madison County Cowboys Baseball team will be selling grilled chicken dinners, Friday, August 1, between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Plates will include grilled chicken, green beans, coleslaw, roll, dessert and a drink for $5. Delivery will be available for individuals or businesses ordering three or more dinners.
August 1 – August 24
Taylor Gymnastics will be taking orders for donuts from Johnson’s Bakery, August 1 until August 24, with fresh doughnuts delivered the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 9.  Donuts are sold for $10/dozen and donut holes for $3/dozen.  Anyone interested can contact Renee Demps at (850) 766-2868 or email at sissirenee5604@yahoo.com.  All proceeds will go towards competition costs for next year’s competition season.
August 5
Divine Events, 5806 N.E. Colin Kelly Hwy., is hosting a free CLA Estate Planning Workshop, Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at 9:30 a.m., providing valuable information for seniors on securing one’s estate and retirement planning. You will receive a workbook and gain useful information you can act upon immediately. CLA Estate Services is a firm devoted to assisting area residents in protecting their assets and ensuring their money lasts.  Seating is limited; please call 1-866-252-8721 to confirm your attendance. We hope the information presented will help you have a better understanding of your planning choices. For more information, contact Beth Morphis, Data Research Assistant 903-567-2400 ext. 110.
August 9
It’s time again for the annual “Back to School – Stay In School Explosion” at the NFCC Fitness Center, Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m..  Sponsored by the Madison Prevention coalition and its community partners, the Madison County Department of Health and Tobacco Free Madison, “Back to School – Stay in School” is a fun community event that brings business leaders, public officials, churches and community volunteers together to make sure Madison County school children get the resources they need to succeed in school.  Parents or guardians are encouraged to bring their children to receive free school supplies.  Registration is required at the door, and supplies are limited, but they will given away while they last, along with free food and entertainment for a fun and festive atmosphere (to give you an idea of how many people attended last year’s event, volunteers grilled and gave away nearly 2000 hot dogs).  There will also be information booths with everything parents need to know about getting their children ready for the 2014-2015 school year.  For business and community leaders who would like to help with monetary donation, school supplies or food, checks can be made out to “HPPI – Madison” and all donations can be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce, 248 Range Avenue.  All sponsors and donors will be recognized in a media release/newspaper story following the event.  For more information, including finding out how you can volunteer and participate in the event, contact Jerome Wyche at (850) 464-0196 or Lamar Tookes at (850) 673-9116.
August 12
The Joe P. Burns Funeral Home, next to the Woman’s Club on Lake Frances, is holding an Open House for its new facility, Tuesday, August 12.  The event begins with a ribbon cutting at noon, followed by a an Open House from 1 – 7 p.m., where people can drop by anytime for refreshments, tours and a chance to meet the owners, talk to them and ask questions.  At 7 p.m., they will hold a dedication ceremony for their new chapel, with Bro. Steve McHargue as guest speaker.
August 13
The Senior Citizens Council of Madison County will be holding their annual Senior Health Expo, Wednesday, August 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All seniors, caregivers, loved ones and friends are welcomed to attend the event that will include special presentations and vendor booths, offering education and information on services available, along with door prizes and plenty of food. Seniors, come out and learn how you can, “Be the best you can be!”
August 17
Thursday, August 21, MAT & FRAME WORKSHOP, hosted by Branford Camera Club members, with special guest from HARMON’S PHOTO LABS in Gainesville.  This workshop will be held at the Hatch Park Community Center and is designed to improve our presentation skills in preparation for our Fall Photo Show in October.  Participation in both the workshop and the Fall Photo Show are open to the public, so let one of the members listed below know if you’d like a to participate in either event: Carolyn Hogue, Program Chair, (386) 935-2044; Rob Wolfe, Publicity Chair, (386) 362-6771; Esta Eberhardt, Creative Consultant, Captured Memories by Esta, (386) 623-011; Gary Kueppers, Technical Consultant, (386) 362-6957; Skip Weigel, Technical Consultant, (386) 935-1382.  The Branford Camera Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, with an occasional exception, for the purpose of sharing, learning, and enjoying all things photographic. We are an eclectic group with experiences ranging from
complete novice to consummate professional. The only requirement for membership is a keen interest in photography; there are no membership fees.  Please join us.  Visit our Facebook page at Branford Camera Club.
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