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March / April 2015  

Notes of Geneva Interest:

Our "Geneva Business of the Month" is Geneva Construction. Steve Smith's Geneva-based business was recognized by Historic Sanford Renovation for its quality and honesty. Contact them at 407-349-5904, www.genevaconstruction.com, or genevaconst@aol.com.  Steve also is one of our volunteer cooks at the 4th of July festival.  

Geneva History Tidbit: Did you know that during the Second Seminole Indian War, Fort Lane (in Geneva) was the first in a chain of forts built along the St Johns River to support the soldiers who were chasing the Seminole Indians toward the Everglades. (Fort Christmas was the next fort south..  Fort Lane is now a beautiful park on Lake Harney off Jungle Rd. which is open to the public and maintained by the Geneva Historical Society. http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/fort_lane_park.htm  

The Rural Heritage Center has an anonymous donor who will match up to $2000 (totally tax deductible) for the purchase of very much needed extra tables and chairs. We must receive the donations no later than March 15 for the matching.  They will pick up your check or cash or you can mail it to the RHC, P.O. Box 847, Geneva, 32732.  Please help us meet this goal. The RHC also needs a used upright vacuum cleaner.  

The Geneva Little Free Library is open for you to "take a book(s) and leave a book(s)".  It is under the big sycamore tree at 1st & Main by the Rural Heritage Center. Take a few books to read, then bring a few back for others to read. Kid and adult books. Always free! Maintained by the Geneva Village Homemakers.  

Geneva Links: 

-  List of info. on Geneva Parks, Organizations, Churches, & Places to Hold Events -  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/geneva_organizations.htm.

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

-  Rural Heritage Center - http://ruralheritagecenter.net/

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

Events

February 28, Saturday - The first Planning Meeting for the Independence Day '15 Parade & Festival will be held at 8:30 AM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main, ending before 10:00 AM. If you would like to mark your calendar in advance, we will have four more meetings: April 11; May 9; June 6 & June 27.  The first meeting will be to help us get acquainted and to pick a theme for our 2015 events. Please don't be bashful, newcomers are always welcomed with open arms, Geneva country style!

March 1, (every 1st Sun.) - The Mountain Dulcimer Gathering meets at 1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St.  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 dulcimer and learn to play it better.  As usual, come a little early for help with tuning, etc.  $5 for expenses.  Questions, Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697. 

March 1 (every Sunday) - Foxtrot lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing) are being taught for couples from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street.  Also, please feel free to stop by anytime & watch.  As always, no experience is required for the lessons and the $5 cost per couple will be donated to the Rural Heritage Center.  For questions, call 407-349-9255 or email mikelinde@bellsouth.net. Click on the links below to see a sample of dances by the Geneva dancers. Waltz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQrt6PQJbY  Rumba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DER_Y2sPFzU&feature=youtube_gdata&noredirect=1

March 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, 101 E. Main, Geneva. Our club dances every Sunday from 4:30-6:30. Our next classes for new dancers will be starting soon. If you would like to learn more about square dancing, please email mikelinde@bellsouth.net.  Stop by any Sunday afternoon and see how much fun square dancing can be.  

March 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.  March 3, (every Tuesday in March)  The Ladies Bible Study group is having “Breathe” by Priscilla Shirer: a 5 week Bible study.  Mark your calendars & RSVP to Jane Thomas or the Geneva Baptist Church office, 407-349-5411. Study books are $12 and can be preordered now. Make checks payable to FBCG & be sure to write “Breathe” on your payment.  

March 3 (every Tuesday) - Geneva Boy Scout Troop 837 meets at the Geneva First Baptist Church in the old Sanctuary on the NW corner of 1st and Main Street, at 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.  

March 3 & 6 (every Tues. & Fri.)  The Geneva Trailblazer AA group 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.   

March 4 & 6 (every Wed & Fri.) - The Community Church of God's Inasmuch Food Pantry provides food for Geneva residents in need on Wed. 9:00 to 10:00 AM and Fri. from 8 - 9 AM.   They can always use donations of food, toiletries, other necessities and tax deductible donation's. Drop them off during open hours or call the number below for pickup. Mail contributions to the Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO Box 1164, Geneva, 32732. Information: Rick Hughes, genevafoodpantry@gmail.com,  407-461-7066.  

March 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 Shop is located in the house on Church Street behind the Methodist Church playground.  All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.  Volunteers needed. Information - Stacey at Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com or 407-754-7948.  

March 4 (every Wed.) - Come to the Wednesday Night Dinners for delicious home-cooked food, open to the entire community.  Dinner, dessert and drink for $5.00.  The suppers run from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Geneva Methodist Church in the fellowship hall (carry-out available).  Meet your neighbors over a great homemade meal!  

March 4 (every Wed.)  - AWANA Kids Club Night meets at the First Baptist Church of Geneva.  AWANA (pre-K thru 6th grade) meets from 6:30- 8:00 PM, check in at 6:15. (Pizza is $1 at 5:45 PM)  The R.E.A.L Youth (7th - 12th graders) is every Wednesday Night from  6:00–8:00 PM.   

March 5 (every Thurs.) - The First United Methodist Church of Geneva has its Food Pantry open every Thursday from 1 - 3 PM.  Go to the right side door of the church hall.  It is 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.  

March 5, 12, 26 (1st, 2nd, and 4th Thursday of each month) - Cub Scout Pack 837 of Geneva meets at the First Baptist Church in the old Sanctuary at the NW corner of 1st and Main Streets.  The Cubs are first grade though 10 yrs old and they meet at 6:30 PM.  The Pack is always accepting new members and is dedicated to helping the youth of today become the leaders of tomorrow.  

March 7, Saturday - There is an Owl Class at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, CR 426, Geneva, from 6:30 - 9:30 PM.  The cost will be $5 per person.  Join the Seminole County Natural Lands Program to learn about owls, the silent hunters of the night!  Dissect your own owl pellet and hike to listen for owls! Open to ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration is required at any active park (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park or Sylvan Lake Park) or call 407-349-0959 to see if you can register in Geneva.  

March 8 & 22  (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697 and is at 165 1st Street, (next door to the Geneva Community Center).  Admission free.  The museum displays include local archeology finds, an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War display, toys/musical instruments, FEC Railway display, Violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc.   We also have Geneva t-shirts/hoodies, prints, history & photo books, and new historic walking/driving tour.  Check out Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva. 

March 8 & 22, (every other Sun.) - Geneva Men for Christ will begin a 6 session series of “Faith Commander”.   All men 18 years and up are welcome to attend!  The next meeting is at 6:30 PM in the Geneva First Baptist Church fellowship hall.

March 8 & 22, (every other Sunday) - The 24/7 Ministries for Middle School & High School Girls meets at 6:30 PM at the First Baptist Church of Geneva.  

March 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 have a good time, go places, and give service to our community.  This all-age group also has a Card Club, Book Club, Quilt 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.

March 16 - 20, Monday to Friday - No School.  It is Spring Break time for Seminole County Schools which includes our Geneva Elementary School.  Classes will resume on Monday, March 23rd.

March 16-20, Mon-Fri  -  The Natural Lands Program is having another Seminole County Spring Break Eco Camp at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, 3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva.  Campers will have fun hiking, setting traps, fishing, handling the animals in the Nature Center, arts & crafts and many other fun activities!  For children ages 7 to 12. The daily time will be 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (extended day available 7:30am-5:30pm), Cost: $132 (additional $15 for the week for extended day).  For more information go to: www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/naturallands or call 407-349-0959.

March 18 & 25, Wednesdays - The Florida Trail Association invites Geneva folks  to two hikes nearby.  Feb 18th hike at CH Bronson State Forest (directions: meet at 9:00 AM at Joshua Creek Trailhead at the end of Phillips Road off Fort Christmas Road in Christmas).  Feb 25th hike at LB Econ Wildlife Management Area (directions: meet at 9:00 AM at parking area at end of Brumley Road in Chuluota).

March 19, Thursday - Geneva Horse folks take note!  The 17th annual Ranch Forum will be held at the Yarborough Ranch, Snow Hill Rd, Geneva.  Special attention this year will be on horses with - live horse evaluations, manure analyzing, hay purchasing, etc.  Besides vets and farriers, after lunch there will be professors from the University of Florida speaking on grasses, troublesome weeds and safe herbicides for the weeds.  The Forum begins with check-in at 8:30 AM.  Pre-registration assures you of a steak lunch.  Registration fee is $15. Register by calling the UF/IFAS Orange County Extension at 407-254-9200. Walk-ins are welcome (but you may have only hot dogs for lunch).   

March 21, (every 3rd Sat.)  The Geneva Heritage Farmer's Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main, from 8 AM to 1 PM.  There will be veggies, fruits, raw honey, baked goods, pasta, plants, jams, jellies, breads & more!  Want to learn more about the history of our Village? Then a Walking/Driving Tour map by the Geneva Historical Society is available. We hope to have a "Heritage Corner" focusing on learning a "trade" or "skill".  Want to learn about growing a garden? How about beekeeping? Soap making? Your family can learn skills together.  10'X10' spots left to rent, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, thelogcabinmama@gmail.com.  

March 21, Saturday - The large Annual Seminole Woods Garage Sale is being held throughout the exclusive gated community of Seminole Woods in Geneva from 9 AM - 3PM. Enter the neighborhood via the main guard entrance, CR 426, 944 Seminole Woods Boulevard to receive a community map indicating which homes are participating.  NO EARLY ARRIVALS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE COMMUNITY.  Great opportunity to get great deals on a huge variety of items including clothing, furniture, household items and outdoor/recreation equipment.  We look forward to seeing you!  

March 21, (every 3rd Sat.) - Geneva Jam - Come for a free evening of old-time music that you remember from the past. There is toe-tapping, acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy at the Geneva Community Center.  Players range from age 11 to 82.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dog dinners are for sale at a modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts about 6:30 and goes to around 9:30 PM.  If you play an acoustic instrument, get a chair up front early and join us.  A 50/50 raffle, plus food proceeds, go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271.  

March 27,  Friday - Help celebrate Seminole County’s $580 million agriculture industry on the self-driving Seminole County 2015 Farm Tour.  Bring your friends and family. The tour starts at 9:00 AM and will visit Dutch Mill Nursery, Fern Hammock Farms, Pappy's Patch and the Yarborough Ranch. You may visit all or some of the locations. You must pre-register by March 23 and the first 150 to sign up will be accepted.  To make a reservation and receive more information, call - 407-665-5560.   Lunch will be at the Yarborough Ranch on Snow Hill Rd and the meal will include grass-fed Florida beef hamburgers and veggies - $10.  There will also be a small Farmer's Market set up at the ranch.  

March 28, (last Sat. each month) - Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group meets at the Geneva General (Café), SR 46, 8:00 AM.  All Geneva men are invited. Come join us.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066 genevafoodpantry@gmail.com  

March 28, Saturday - Founder's Day, sponsored by the Rural Heritage Center will include a Quilt Show and Car Show this year - from one end of Geneva to the other. A day full of fun and it is free. More than 200 quilts on display & also there will be Brenda Grampsas AQS quilt appraiser, children's activities, antique cars and tractors with DJ Don Musica, craft and antique vendors, food and drink, raffles and silent auctions, museum exhibits, farmer's market, local musicians & dancers, speakers, and even quilting "make and takes". The day runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at three locations - the Rural Heritage Center, the Geneva Community Center, and the Geneva Museum. Register your old or new quilt(s) for the show - $5/quilt - People's Choice Awards. Cars & tractors just show up at Baptist Church or Elem School Parking lots. Click on the following for more information - Quilt Registration Form, Quilt Rules and Regulations; Crafts - Antiques Vendor Booth Application. Questions: www.countrycottagesewing.com, ruralheritagecenter.net, or 407-929-2555.  

March 28, Saturday - The First Baptist Church of Geneva is having its annual Easter Family Fun Day.  Everyone welcome.  The Fun Day will run from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.   Bring your family to join in the activities.  

April  

April 5, Sunday - Don't miss the annual Community Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00 AM at "Summersill Hill" (the big field next to the Geneva Baptist Church Fellowship Hall). This has been organized and held for years by all of the churches of Geneva.  Come, bring a chair and join your fellow Genevans for a multi-denominational Easter Sunrise Service.    

April 9, Thursday - Kindergarten Registration from 7 AM to 7 PM in the Media Center.

If your child will be 5 on or before September 1, 2015, he or she will be eligible to attend Kindergarten during the 2015-2016 school year.   Every 2015-2016 entering child is required to have: Current Physical (dated after 8/11/2014); Current Immunization (FL 680); Birth Certificate; and 3 Proofs of Residency (Warranty Deed or Lease w/Deed, Current Power Bill, Parent Drivers License or Voter Reg.).

 

April 11, Saturday - Dawson's Run is a memorial 5K that benefits "The Truth 365" with 100% going to childhood cancer research.  Dawson Creager was a student at Geneva Elementary when he was diagnosed with cancer.  Dawson lost his 2 1/2 year battle in 2013 at the age of 13. The race begins at 8:00 AM at Geneva Elementary and ends at Geneva Elementary. We are still looking for race sponsors and donated items for raffle baskets.  We have 2 options this year: choose Dawson’s Run if you are able to participate on the day of the run or choose Dawson’s Virtual Run if you are not able to participate on the day of the run. Both participants will receive a race t-shirt and certificate. For more information and to sign up, visit  www.dawsonscircleofhope.com.  

April 11, Saturday - The Geneva Village Homemaker's Annual Yard Sale is here again.  The group's 70 members are having their big annual sale in the Geneva Community Center, 1st Street, Geneva, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.   Come shop for some great items - clothing, books, knick-knacks, tools, toys, fabric, furniture and anything else the Homemakers had that was just too good to throw away.  The group is always working hard to make Geneva just a little more wonderful for all of us.   Mark your calendar and help them with their earnings for the community! 

April 12 & 26, (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697, located at 165 1st Street, (next door to the Geneva Community Center).  Admission free.  Ongoing museum displays include local archeology finds, an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War display, toys/musical instruments, FEC Railway display, Violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc.   We also have Geneva t-shirts/hoodies, prints, history & photo books, and new historic walking/driving tour.  Check out Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.   

April 17 or 18th, Friday or Saturday- Indian Cooking Class Are you looking for delicious, healthy alternatives to party food? How about trying some vegetarian appetizers that are both tasty and low in fat and calories.  We offer Indian vegetarian cooking classes and our upcoming class will feature 3 appetizer dishes, making vegetarian cutlets, dhokala and ulama from cream of wheat.  An Indian meal is never complete without a chutney, so we will also make chutney from dates.  We will spend the first two hours of the class cooking these dishes and then the next 30 minutes enjoying the food. Join us April 17 at 6 PM OR April 18th at 11 AM The cost is only $35 per person. You will come away with the recipes. Contact: BKIndiaArt@gmail.com. 321-948-8416 Kathy Ramsdell to register for this class.  Class size is limited to 15, so don’t delay!

April 18, (every 3rd Sat.)  The Geneva Heritage Farmers Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center from 8 AM to 1 PM.  There will be veggies, fruits, raw honey, baked goods, pasta, plants, jams, jellies, breads & more!  Want to learn more about the history of our Village?  A Walking/Driving Tour map by the Geneva Historical Society is available. We hope to have a "Heritage Corner" focusing on learning a "trade" or "skill".  Want to learn about growing a garden? How about beekeeping? Soap making? Your family can learn skills together.  10'X10' spots left to rent, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, thelogcabinmama@gmail.com.

April 18, (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music that you remember from the past. There is toe-tapping, acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy  at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dogs and dinners are for sale at a modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts around 6:30 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 each month where the winner gets half the pot. The other half of the pot plus food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271.    

April 25, Saturday - Antique Appraisal Fair, 10:00 to 2:00 PM, Geneva Community Center, 1st Street.  Ever wonder what the old quilt, vase, gun or chair that your grandparents or great-grandparents gave you might be worth?  Mark your calendar and find the answer on April 26. Kevin Quinlan, an experienced well-known appraiser, donates his time for this, the second Geneva Antique Appraisal Fair.  There will be a $5 per item donation to the Geneva Historical Society for each appraisal. (Three items may be entered at a time.)  Join the fun at Geneva's "Antique Road Show."

April 25, Saturday - Nocturnal Animals Night Hike 7:00 - 9:00 PM @ the Chuluota Wilderness Area This hike is Lead by the Natural Lands Program on one of our most beautiful wilderness areas. Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Cost: $3 per person. Pre-registration is required for all hikes, space is limited. Registration Deadline: Thursday before hike by 5:00 PM. Register at any active park (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park) or call 407-349-0959 to see if they are in the Geneva area.  To see other Natural Lands hikes in the area, go to…. http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/EnvironmentalEducationandPrograms/EnvironmentalEducationanPrograms.aspx

May Preview  

May 30, Saturday - Learn to make an American Farmstead Hearth Broom in the traditional manner as would have been done by pioneer farmers. The round hearth brooms have pretty woven broom corn stalks extending up the handle a bit, but no modern materials, no nylon twine, no fancy shellac on the handle. The class will be taught at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St. from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Bring your own lunch. The cost is $30 and includes all tools and supplies. Youngsters 12-17 are accepted if a parent comes along. Register now as the class size is limited. Contact Bob Putnam for more information and to register - 407-366-9603, noizmanbob@aol.com.  

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