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Community Calendar

If you would like to have anything added to the community calendar, please email Rick Patrick at rick@greenepublishing.com or give us a call at (850) 973-4141.

Second Monday of every month

Tobacco Free Florida offers “Quit Your Way” classes the second Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison County Memorial Hospital, located at 224 NW Crane Ave., in Madison. To register or for more information, call 1 (877) 848-6696.

First and second Friday of every month

The Monticello/Greenville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 251 will sponsor fundraising cookouts on the first and second Fridays of each month to help raise funds for their annual Veteran's Day Celebration in November. Cookouts are held from 11 a.m. until the food runs out, at Haffye Hays Park in Greenville, along Highway 90 East. The meal will be a selection of chicken, ribs, and fish.

Fourth Tuesday of every month

The Madison County Healthy Start conducts car seat classes on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 3:30 p.m. These will take place at the Women’s Building in the Madison County Health Department at 218 SW Third Ave. Car seats are available to purchase for $20. On-site certified technicians will educate caregivers about proper car seat installation. For questions or additional information, contact Nita Mitchell, at (850) 973-5000 ext. 2151.

Every Thursday

The Madison Public Library holds their Preschool Story Time every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. Movies, crafts and games are sure to entertain and delight! The library is located at 387 College Loop, in Madison.

First Wednesday of every month

The Republican Club of Madison County holds their monthly meeting the first Wednesday of every month. It is held at Cucinella's Brick Oven Pizzeria in “The Meeting Place.” Join them at 11:30 a.m. to order lunch, and the meeting will begin at 12 p.m.

Third Wednesday of every month

Representatives from Congressman Al Lawson's office will be on hand to meet with Madison County residents on the third Wednesday of each month at the Madison County Courthouse Annex, located at 229 SW Pinckney St., in Madison.

Fourth Tuesday of every month

Shepherd's Hands of the Suwannee Valley, Inc. holds a free health clinic the fourth Tuesday of every month at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, located at 140 NE Horry Ave., in Madison. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Certain eligibility requirements must be met. For more information, please call (850) 973-8338.

July 21

On Friday, July 21, the Madison County Senior Citizens Center will host a Health Fair at the Lee Town Hall, located at 286 NE County Road 255, in Lee, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. There will be health screenings, food, vendors, door prizes, and more. For more information, please contact the Madison County Senior Citizens Center at (850) 973-4241.

July 28

The Madison County High School (MCHS) Vaquero Guard Marching Band will hold a chicken dinner fundraiser on Friday, July 28, beginning at 5 p.m., in the MCHS cafeteria. The price is $8 per plate and includes grilled chicken, green beans, cole slaw, a dinner roll, dessert, and a drink. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from any band member. The MCHS Vaquero Guard will be on hand to perform a preview of their upcoming show for the 2017 season. For more information, e-mail MCHS Director of Bands Justin Bell at bell.justin@ hotmail.com.

Everyone is invited to stop by the US Post Office lobby, located at 197 SW Pinckney St., in Madison to help celebrate the retirement of Opal Strickland on Friday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 29

Gospel Train Outreach Ministry will be holding a Back-to-School Explosion on Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the old middle school building located at 1282 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., in Madison. Children attending the event will receive free school supplies. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A free hot dog lunch will also be provided.

The annual “We Still Got It” dinner and dance event will take place at the Madison Senior Citizens Center on Saturday, July 29, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free, the first 51 couples to RSVP will be guaranteed a seat. RSVP by calling Merv Mattair at (850) 673-1003 or Tamara Johnson at (850) 973-5000 ext. 1171, by Monday, July 24. The Senior Citizens Center is located at 1161 SW Harvey Greene Dr., in Madison.

August 2

The Madison County Office of the Florida Department of Health will host a Back-to-School Bash on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madison County Public Library. Backpacks and some school supplies will be given away. Information on vaccinations, tobacco prevention, and more will also be available. For more information or to participate, contact Trista Agner at (850) 973-5000 ext. 1561, or by e-mail at trista.agner@flhealth.gov. The Madison County Public Library is located at 378 College Loop, in Madison.

September 14-17

Jellystone Park Jam, one of gospel music’s largest events, is set to take place from Thursday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 17, at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison. Morning chapel services will be held on Friday and Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Robbie Harrington and on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., with David & Rusty. Admission to all concerts is free! Evening concerts are held indoors in a temperature-controlled building. Matinee concerts will be held on the outdoor stage. Seating is provided. For the schedule of appearances, lodging discounts and more, visit www.jellystoneparkjam.com or call (850) 464-0114 or (229) 977-0595.