Geneva Email News*

May - 2016 

First A Few Notes of Geneva Interest:

-It’s time for Geneva to have a Military Permanent Monument to honor the service & sacrifice of our men & women who serve(d) in the Armed Forces!  It will be erected in the vicinity of the current Honor Roll Board now standing in front of the Comm. Ctr.  Estimates came in around $3,000.  Our goal is to have the total amount raised by Labor Day so that it can be dedicated on Veteran’s Day.  Donations of every size –- individuals, companies & organizations!  Let’s get our youngsters involved, too!  Contact Tracey Stebbins, 407-314-0115, about a tax-deductible donation & info. 

 

-Another one of our talented Geneva Kids is figure skater Sarah Rose who, with her pairs partner Joseph Paster, won a gold medal at their first international competition in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic games in Lillehammer, Norway.  Way to go Sarah and we hope to see you in the next Winter Olympics!

 

-The 4th of July is coming up.  If you missed it, the theme is for the parade is “Hometown Heroes” so start thinking about decorating your float, youth 4-wheeler or golf cart.  Register your float at:  http://www.123contactform.com/form-1500248/2016-4th-Of-July-Parade-Registration before the parade.  There will be rewards for floats (must be registered), decorated bikes and youth 4-wheelers or golf carts. 

 

 Florida History Tidbit – After Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) ceased operations through Geneva and removed all the rails and crossties along the track (Hart Rd), a few daredevil pilots, primarily crop dusters, occasionally used the railroad bed as a landing strip and would land and taxi up to what is now the Geneva Grocery and Feed Store to get a cold soda pop!  The Museum has a photo of Ed Goit and his plane in front of the store.     

Geneva Links: 

-  Info on Geneva Parks, Cemeteries, Churches, Places to Hold Events/Parties, Youth/Adult Organizations, etc, http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/geneva_organizations.htm.

Geneva Historical Society - http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/

Fort Lane Park - http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/fort_lane_park.htm

Rural Heritage Center & Folk School - http://ruralheritagecenter.net/

- "The Dispatcher" by Seminole County Sheriff's Dept. - http://www.seminolesheriff.org

Crime Watch Map for crimes the past month in Geneva area.  - Scroll down to map and click on date you want to see. http://seminolesheriff.org/page.aspx?id=10

-  Nextdoor is a social networking service for Geneva neighborhoods. Get news about events, safety warnings, etc.  www.Nextdoor.com   

May Events 

(Events written in blue ink are newly added eventsEvents in black ink are those which take place every week or every month.) 

May 1 (1st Sun. of month) - The Dulcimer Gathering will meet this month at 1450 Lake Harney Rd at 1:00 PM in Geneva. All are welcome.  A dulcimer is one of the easiest instruments to play.  Try out one of our dulcimers to see if you might like to learn or bring your own dulcimer and have fun with us learning to play it better.  Questions: Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697.

May 1 – 18 – Time to sign up for the next Junior Olympic Archery Program (JOAD) classes at Geneva Archery on CR 426 which will begin on Saturday, May 21 and run for 5 weeks. It is from 9:00 to 10 AM for ages 8 to 20.  Go to the website at genevaarchery.com and check out the program, calendar and registration tabs.  The program is run by Phil Graves, a USA Level 4 Archery Coach who travels across the country with Olympic coaching.  Whether your child wants to be in the Olympics or just have fun and gain confidence with others while learning archery, look into this program available here in Geneva. More info: 407-221-7764, or info@genevaarchery.com 

May 1 (every Sun.) - Brendon Square Dancers - If you have been looking for a place to have fun, meet your neighbors and make new friends this is it. We are located in the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E. Main St, Geneva. Our club dances every Sunday from 4:30-6:30. (See Feb. 28 below for lessons for new people.)  More info: email mikelinde@bellsouth.net. Stop by any Sunday afternoon and see how much fun square dancing can be.

May 1 (every Sun.) - Mini Music Jam at the Community Church of God on SR 46 every Sun at 5 PM.  Bring a musical instrument and your voice, and learn with us.  We'll help you learn to play a stringed instrument free.  407-474-7847.

May 2-6, Mon-Fri. -  This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Geneva Elementary School. What would we do without our great Geneva teachers at our great Geneva Elementary School! 

May 2 (every Mon.) - Cub Scout Pack 837 meets every Monday night at 6:30 PM in the old Baptist Church building on the northwest corner of 1st & Main Sts.  The Geneva Community Church of God proudly remains our charter organization. The desire is to make this age old, time-proven program, available to even more families in Geneva.  If you have any questions, contact Randy Deavers at 407-718-9584.

May 3 (every Tues.) - Geneva Boy Scout Troop 837 meets at the Geneva First Baptist Church in the old Sanctuary on the NW corner of 1st and Main, 7:00 PM.  Boy Scouts are ages 11 thru 17.  The troop is always accepting new members and is dedicated to helping the youth of today become the leaders of tomorrow. Contact is Randy Deavers 407-718-9584.

May 3 & 6 (every Tues. & Fri.)  The Geneva Trailblazer AA group (Alcoholics Anonymous) meets at the Church of the Nazarene, 205 W SR 46, Geneva, on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM at a discussion meeting for any alcoholic or nonalcoholic.  Friday, they meet at 7:00 PM - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions.   For more information, go to www.cflintergroup.org/meetingguide.html.  

May 4 & 6 (every Wed & Fri.) - The Community Church of God's Inasmuch Food Pantry, located at the NE corner of SR 46 & Cochran RD, provides fresh & healthy food for Geneva residents in need.  Open Wednesdays 9-10 AM & Fridays 8-9 AM. The pantry can always use donations of food, toiletries, necessities and tax deductible donations. Drop them off during open hours or call the number below for pickup. Mail contributions to Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO Box 1164, Geneva, 32732. Information: Rick Hughes, genevafoodpantry@gmail.com, 407-461-7066.

May 4 & 7 (every Wed. & Sat.) - The Thrift House in Geneva is open from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. There are daily specials, check them out.  Also like us on Facebook at FUMC Geneva Thrift House.  The Thrift House is located on Church Street behind the Methodist Church playground.  All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.  Volunteers needed. Information - Stacey at Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com, 407-754-7948. 

May 4 (1st Wed. of month) - Come to Wednesday Night Dinner at the Methodist Church.  There is delicious home-cooked food, open to the entire community.  Dinner, dessert and drink for $5.00.  The supper runs from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Geneva Methodist Church in the fellowship hall (carry-out available).  Come meet your Geneva neighbors.

May 4 & 11 - The Awana Kids’ Ministry meets at the First Baptist Church of Geneva from 6:30-8:00 PM.  On May 4, they will have the Awana Store and Ice Cream Party and on May 11 there will be the Awana Awards Ceremony at the last meeting for the summer.  

May 4, (every Wed.) The R.E.A.L. Youth meet at the First Baptist Church of Geneva every Wednesday evening. They are 7th thru 12th graders and meet from 6:00–8:00 PM.  Come to the Fellowship Hall where pizza is available, if desired, at 5:45 for a suggested donation of $1/slice. Any questions, call 407-349-5411.

May 5 (every Thurs.) - The First United Methodist Church of Geneva has its Food Pantry open every Thursday from 1 - 3 PM.  Right side door of the church hall.  Open to any resident of Geneva who needs food.  For more information or to make donations of food or money, contact Stacey- Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com, 407-754-7948.  Be a good neighbor and tell those who don't have email about both of Geneva's Food Pantries. 

May 5, Thursdays - Cub Scout Pack 765, Geneva's WOW Pack, meets on the 1stt, 2nd, and 4th Thursday nights at 6:30 PM at the Living Word Church of the Nazarene on SR 46.  We are a parent run, Scout, and family-centered pack.  Email GenevaPack765@gmail.com for more information. 

May 5 (every Thurs.) – The Young Adult Bible Study meets in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church of Geneva at 7:00 PM.  All young adults welcome.

May 5 (every other Thurs.)  With all the processing and genetically modifying of our foods, here is an opportunity to eat ORGANIC! Join our HEALING Co-op (Healthy Eating And Lifestyle IN Geneva) and pick up an amazing basket of certified Organics every other Thursday. The cost is less than $2/pound and the food is wonderful!  Interested, call Trish Deer at 407-733-7514.  

May 6, Friday – Also time to appreciate our Moms who do so much for the school.  Munchkins for Moms is from 7:30 to 8:30 AM at Geneva Elementary School in the cafeteria. Come and be appreciated, Mom.

May 6-13:  The Spring Book Fair week will be in the Media Center at Geneva Elementary School.  On Thursday, May 12th, is the Book Fair Family Night.  Watch for information brought home by your child. 

May 6, (every 1st Friday) - There will be a Prayer Vigil for Seminole County Law Enforcement Agencies / Seminole County Sheriff Deputies.  This will occur the first Friday of each month at 12:15 PM, 1225 E. Broadway, Oviedo, Florida. 

May 7, Saturday – You are invited to a Mother’s Day Tea at the Ol’ Barrn Junktiques, 2993 W. Osceola Rd in Geneva, anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Tea, wine, and crumpets will be served free, no purchase necessary.  There will be raffles to help raise money for the Geneva Military Permanent Monument to honor the service & sacrifice of our men & women who serve(d) in our Armed Forces (see info at top of this Email News.)  Raffle items are being donated by local artists and businesses and if you would like to donate an item, call Annette at 407-617-5703. The raffle tickets will be drawn at the close.  At 11:00 Mrs. Kathryn Page will demonstrate how to wear different hats for different styles and how to wrap a turban using scarves. Come to socialize and meet local artists.  Any attire is welcomed.  

May 7, Saturday – The Geneva Historical Society’s Annual May Day Fish Fry & Annual Meeting is coming up at Fort Lane Park, 2400 Fort Lane Rd, off Jungle Rd.  It starts around 11:00 - 11:30 and this year will be special.   We will have crispy and tender fried catfish, coleslaw, baked beans, hush puppies, sliced tomatoes and iced tea and water. In honor of Mother's Day, no covered dish required but homemade desserts are welcome. Free to members, $7 for guests.  If you are not a member, consider coming and joining.  The Society owns and maintains the Museum of Geneva History & Fort Lane Park and has informative and fun activities such as the Cemetery Tour, Antique Appraisal, and programs such as the History of Geneva, Turpentining, Steamboating, etc.  Come and join us!  To help know the amount of fish to cook, please RSVP at FortLanePark@cfl.rr.com. 

May 7, Saturday – Reptile Ramble Guided Night Hike. Join Seminole County Natural Lands staff and volunteers for a guided evening hike on one of our most beautiful wilderness areas. Experience the trails and learn about the reptiles that come out at night. 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Geneva Wilderness Area, CR 426, Geneva. $3 per person. Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Register at any active park (Sylvan Lake Park, Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park) or call 407-349-0959 to see if you can register at the Yarborough Nature Center in Geneva.  

May 8, Sunday – The First Baptist Church of Geneva has a Baby Dedication at 10:15 AM.  Please call the church office for more details. 

May 10 (every 2nd Tues.) – Got a story you’d like to tell?  The Writer’s Group is for anyone who wants to learn or likes to write - an autobiography, a song, a poem, a play, as well as a short story or novel. While the name may suggest that the group is for writers, its membership is open to anyone who has a story to tell.  Writers will meet separate from poets and songwriters allowing the two groups to focus on works.  Come and learn more & meet others who are interested.  The group meets at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E Main Street, at 7 PM.  Questions: Richard Gustin, rgustin@chessie.us.

May 11 (every 2nd Wed.) - The Geneva Village Homemakers meet at the Geneva Community Center at 10:00 AM.  Come visit and find that we are just plain folks who give service to our community, have a good time, and go on local trips.  This all-age group also has a Card Club, Book Club, and Dinner Club for those members who are interested in such activities. Those who are employed are also welcome to join and participate in evening or weekend happenings.  Questions, contact Robin at 407-349-0040 or skibtdrvr@aol.com.

May 12, Thursday - Watch for all the Fourth Grade Classes of Geneva Elementary making their Annual Trek down 1st Street to the Museum of Geneva History to learn about local archeological finds; Florida & the Civil War; daily pioneer life; and turpentine farming, fishing and work in early days. 

May 12 - Thursday evening is the Musical Mustang Program of Geneva Elementary School.  It will be at 6:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room.

May 12 and 26 (every 2nd & 4th Thurs.) The Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E. Main, Geneva, is be open the second and fourth Thursdays of every month for Game Days. Individuals and groups are welcome from 10 AM to 3 PM to have refreshments and play their favorite games with their friends & neighbors. There is a $3 entrance fee to help cover expenses. Cards and dominoes are available. Other games should be brought by those who come to play. Hope to see you there. For more information, email ruralheritagecenter@gmail.com.

May 14, Saturday - The next July 4th Planning Meeting will be at the Rural Heritage Center @ 8:30 AM. The theme this year is “Hometown Heroes”. The Geneva Citizens Association will be the sponsor of our Annual Geneva Parade while the Rural Heritage Center and Folk School will sponsor the Festival following the parade. Please join us to make new friends and have fun while helping to carry on a time-honored Geneva tradition.  Questions: Richard Creedon 407-349-1266, rtcreedon@netzero.net.   

May 14, Saturday – Snakes of Florida Seminar. Join a local snake expert as he gives an introduction to, and dispels some of the myths about, these often misunderstood cold blooded residents. You will have the opportunity to meet and hold some of the native snakes that live in our area. The program will end with a hike.  Ed Yarborough Nature Center, CR46. Open to ages 7 and up.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9:00 AM - 12 noon. $5 per person.  Pre-registration is required at any of our active parks (Sylvan Lake Park, Sanlando, Red Bug Lake Park) or call and see if you can register at Yarborough Nature Center. 407-349-0959 

May 14, Saturday -  Community Wildfire Preparedness Day.  Join Seminole County Fire Department and partner agencies as they have family-friendly events focused on preparing residents and their homes in the event of a wildfire.  10 AM – 2 PM.  Little Big Econ State Forest, 1350 Snow Hill Road, Geneva. Free.  Featuring: Treasure Hike with Prizes, Smokey the Bear, Fire Wise Preparedness Display- Keeping Your Home Fire Safe, Florida Forest Service Equipment, Seminole County Fire/Rescue/EMS Equipment, Seminole County Sheriff Helicopter Water Drop Demo, Seminole County Natural Lands Snake Displays, Educational Materials & Refreshments Provided.  More Info: 
SCFDcommunityoutreach@seminolecountyfl.gov or 407-665-5128.

May 16, 18, 20 – Geneva Elementary School has a busy last week.   Monday is the Kindergarten Water Day, Wednesday is the 5th Grade Bowling Trip, and Friday is the School Field Day.   Busy kids!  Have fun!

May 21 (every 3rd Sat.) The Geneva Farmer’s Market runs from 8:00 AM -1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, next to Geneva Elementary.It is now inside, so it is open rain or shine! It is always wonderful to spend time with old friends and enjoy some old-fashioned things that our quaint village life has to offer! Visit our Facebook Page: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market for updates.  If you need information, contact Trish at 407-733-7514.

May 21 (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from ages 12 to 83 at the Geneva Jam. There is toe-tapping acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy at the Jam at the Geneva Community Center, 161 1st St..  Burgers, sausage, hotdog dinners for sale at modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts at 6:30 PM and goes to around 9:30 PM.  If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front early and join us.  A 50/50 raffle is held where the winner gets half the pot & the other half of pot, plus food proceeds, go to the upkeep of the Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271. 

May 21, Saturday - Nocturnal Animals Guided Night Hike. Join Natural Lands staff and volunteers for a guided evening hike on one of our most beautiful wilderness areas. Experience the trails and learn about the amazing animals that come out at night.  7:30-9:30. Lake Proctor Wilderness Area, off SR 46, $3 per person. Pre-registration is required, space is limited.  Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult.  Register at any active park (Sylvan Lake Park, Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park) or call and see if you can register at Geneva Wilderness Area.  407-349-0959. 

May 22 (not open on Mother’s Day) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697, 165 1st St., next to the Community Center, admission free, donations appreciated.  Displays include local archeology finds, pioneer crafts, mercantile, musical instruments, etc.   We also have Geneva T-shirts/hoodies, prints, history books, and the new Historic Walking/Driving Tour for sale.  Check Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva

May 26, Thursday – This is the Last Day of the School Year and also the Fifth Grade Award Ceremony at 9:00 in the Multi-Purpose Room of Geneva Elementary.  1:00 dismissal and report cards go home.   

May 28 (last Sat. of month) – The Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group meets at the Colonial Room Restaurant in Sanford at 8:00 AM.  All Geneva men are invited to join the group.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066, genevafoodpantry@gmail.com.

June Preview

June 1 – all summer.  Geneva Elementary School will be open for Registration of New Students Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  School is closed on Fridays.

June 6 – August 5PAL Summer Day Camp will be held at the Youth Services Prevention & Enforcement Center, 1151 E. 28th Street, Sanford.  The PAL Summer Day Camp will be in session for 9 weeks at the weekly cost of $100.00 per child (lower rate for additional children). This fee includes ALL weekly field trips (bowling, movies, RDV ice skating, Chuck E. Cheese, the Central Florida Zoo, miniature golf, etc.) with the EXCEPTION of a few special trips such as Disney Water parks, etc. There is a $70.00 NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee per child covering administrative costs, a camp T-shirt, transportation costs, and insurance costs.  More info / registration: http://www.seminolecountypal.org/

June 6-10 – The First Baptist Church of Geneva Vacation Bible School will run from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM for a week with the theme of “Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface”.  VBS is for children pre-Kindergarten thru grade 6.   Call the Church for more details. 

June 12 & 26 (usually every 2nd & 4th Sun.) –The Museum of Geneva History is open from 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697.  It is located at 165 1st St., next to the Community Center, admission free, donations appreciated.  Displays include local archeological finds, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War, toys/musical instruments, etc.   We also have Geneva T-shirts/hoodies, caps, prints, history books, and the new Historic Walking/Driving Tour for sale.  Checkout Geneva's interesting history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva

June 15-August 3, Wednesdays -  The First Baptist Church of Geneva will once again have its Centershot Archery Ministry for ages 5 and up.  It takes place at 5:30 PM. Call the Church for more information.

June 18, (every 3rd Sat.) Geneva Farmer’s Market - Join us in the Village of Geneva, every 3rd Saturday, from 8 to 1, INSIDE the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, next to Geneva Elementary for the Geneva Farmers Market. It is always wonderful to spend time with old friends and enjoy some old- fashioned things that quaint village life has to offer! Visit our Facebook Page: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market for updates. If you need information, contact Trish at 407-733-7514.

June 18, (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from age 11 to 83 at the Geneva Jam. There is toe-tapping acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy at the Jam at the Geneva Community Center, 161 1st St.  Burgers, sausage, hotdog dinners for sale at modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts 6:30 PM and goes to around 9:30 PM.  If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front early and join us.  A 50/50 raffle is held where the winner gets half the pot & other half of pot plus food proceeds go to upkeep of the Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271. 

June 18, Saturday - Frog Hop Hike. Join Natural Lands staff and volunteers for a guided evening hike on one of our most beautiful wilderness areas. Experience the trails and learn about the amazing animals that come out at night.  7:30-9:30 PM at the Geneva Wilderness Area, CR426.  $3 per person. Pre-registration is required, space is limited.  Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult.  Register at any active park (Sylvan Lake Park, Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park) or call and see if you can register at Geneva Wilderness Area.  407-349-0959.  

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