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Geneva Email News*

September/October 2014

 

Notes of Geneva Interest:

The Geneva Business of the Month is MJM Food Store / Mobil Gas, your convenient corner store at SR46 and 1st Street. They carry a little bit of everything from groceries to Sobik's Subs, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Edy's Ice Cream, fried chicken, and hot foods. 407-349-9966.  Stop by, gas up, get a snack!   

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office needs School Crossing Guards! They are currently needed for posts in the Geneva area and substitutes are needed countywide. Guards work 10 hours / week and help make a positive difference for our kids! For more information or to download an application go to:  http://www.seminolesheriff.org/external/MasterEmployments.aspx?pageID=17  

School has started.  Time to collect Box Tops for Education, Campbell's soup labels, Tyson A+, Coke Rewards and of course TAB TOPS for the annual contest in support of the Ronald McDonald House. They can be dropped off in the front office or given to a child to bring in. The school has won a monetary reward for the last 5 years for collecting the most.  Thank you!  

The Historical Society announces that it has now finished the renovations of the pavilion at Fort Lane Park. The park/pavilion is once again ready for you to use for family gatherings, meetings, or non-hookup camping. Stop by and see how nice it looks now that the 2004 hurricane damage has been repaired. Fort Lane Road off Jungle Rd.  For more info go to: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/fort_lane_park.htm  

I received this request "Can you please post the article #JusticeForAaron about the autistic boy from Okeechobee who was beaten up by other kids in that community?  We don't want that to ever happen in Geneva."    Amen.  

Geneva has a Facebook page. Go to it and Like it!  Check it out. Thanks Dorothy for keeping it going!  https://www.facebook.com/TheVillageofGenevaFL  

Contacts &  Information on Geneva's parks, churches, cemeteries, organizations for youth/ adults, places to hold events, etc., can always be found at  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/geneva_organizations.htm  

Events  

September 1, Monday - Time to register for a booth for the Community Yard Sale at the Rural Heritage Center (historic brick schoolhouse) which will be held on October 25.  The Yard Sale will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.   $10 for a 10’x10’ spot.  Call Gail at 407-792-0758 to register and for more information.  

September 2 & 5 (every Tues. & Fri.)  There is an open AA group that meets at the Church of the Nazarene, 205 W SR 46, Geneva, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:00 PM.  For more information on Alcoholics Anonymous go to www.cflintergroup.org/pdf/meeting/lg_meetingguide.pdf.

September 3 & 5 (every Wed & Fri.) - The Community Church of God's Inasmuch Food Pantry provides fresh and healthy food for Geneva residents in need on Wednesdays 9:00 to 10:00 AM and Fridays from 8:00 to 9:00 AM.  We 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. You can mail contributions to the Geneva Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO Box 1164, Geneva, Fl 32732. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities contact Rick Hughes at genevafoodpantry@gmail.com or 407-461-7066.  

September 3 & 6 (every Wed. & Sat.) - The Thrift House 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.  

September 3 (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!   Check the sign in front of the Church on 1st Street for the main dish of the week.  

September 4 (every Thurs.) - The First United Methodist Church of Geneva has a 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. 

September 5, Friday - It is Fall Picture Day at Geneva Elementary School.  Dress nice and smile!

September 7, (every 1st Sun.) - The Mountain Dulcimer Gathering meets at 1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St.  Bring your dulcimer and learn to play it better or try out one of our dulcimers to see if you might like to learn.  As usual, come a little early for individual help.  $5 for expenses.  A dulcimer is an easy instrument to play.  Questions, call Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697.   

September 7 (every Sun.) - You are invited to come watch the participants of the Waltz Lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing) which started in July.  Come enjoy seeing the dancers from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, and see if you might like to come when new lessons for couples begin in the fall.  No experience is required and the $5 cost per couple is donated to the Rural Heritage Center. Check out the links below to see a sample of a Waltz and a Rumba danced 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  

September 7, (every Sun.) - Music Lessons / Practice at the Community Church of God on SR 46 every Sun at 5 PM, followed by Bible Study at 6:00 PM.  Bring your instrument & your voice and join in. Questions - Pastor Leonard O'Donnell, 407-474-7847.  

September 7 (every Sun.) - BrenDon Square Dancers - If you have been looking for a place to go 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.  

September 9, (every Tues. for 4 weeks) Beginning - Genuine Cha Cha Lessons! Join us at 7 PM, at the Geneva Community Center, 161 First Street, for your introduction to the exciting world of Cha Cha. Each lesson is one hour long and is $10 per person or $15 per couple. No experience or partner needed. Class is open to anyone 14 and up. The program is four weeks in length and we celebrate its successful conclusion with an optional night out of dancing for the entire class. Taught by Larry Silverberg and Debbi Cole. Info: 407-314-7667, debbincole@bellsouth.net.  

September 10, (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 like to give service to our community.  This all-age group also has a Card Club, Book Club, Quilt Club, Cultural Arts, and Dinner Club for those members who are interested. Working women are welcome to join and participate in evening or weekend happenings.  Questions - contact Robin at 407-349-0040 or skibtdrvr@aol.com.  

September 12, Friday (and every Friday) - The PTA at Geneva Elementary School will start selling Popcorn to students every Friday for 50 cents a bag or $15 for the entire year. The proceeds from "Popcorn Friday" are awarded directly to teachers throughout the year who use it to purchase classroom supplies!  

September 14 & 28, (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697.  It is at 165 1st Street, (next door to the Geneva Community Center).  Admission free.  Special exhibit: "Furs, Feathers, and Frocks", part of the Decades of Fashion Design which the Museum is exhibiting through 2014.  Fashions, music, and toys  of the 20's, 30's, and 40's are on display. 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.   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.  (Also open Sept.27, Saturday, below.)  

September 20, (every 3rd Sat.)  The new Geneva  Heritage Farmers Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Please help us get the word out by telling all your friends and neighbors! 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.  

September 20, Saturday - Insect Adventure Class! Do you have questions that have been “bugging” you about this large, fascinating, and diverse group of animals? Join a local entomologist and learn all about these fascinating creatures! You will also go on a hike to see what insects you can find!  Location is Ed Yarborough Nature Center, CR 426, Geneva, from 6:30 - 9:30 PM. For ages 7 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $5 per person and pre-registration is required.  You can register & pay (cash or check) at Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park OR call (407) 349-0959 to see if anyone is in the office and pay at the Yarborough Nature Center here in Geneva.  

September 20, (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music that you have been hankering for at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  There is toe-tapping, acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dogs 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 9:30.  If you play an acoustic instrument, get 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.  

September 27, (last Sat. each month) - Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group meets at Geneva General at 8:00 AM.  All Geneva men are invited. Come join us.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066 genevafoodpantry@gmail.com  

September 27, Saturday - Woodcarver, Lyn Adrian, is teaching a class in Love (Celtic) Spoon Carving.  Students in the day-long class will hand carve a Celtic spoon.  The class will run from 9 AM to 5 PM.  The tuition is $80 per student and all materials will be supplied. Students can bring their own carving tools, but tools will be supplied for those having none. To register, please pay half the tuition - $40, on or before September 20.  To register, or for more info, contact Richard Gustin, 904-625-2614, rgustin@chessie.us.

September 27, Saturday - For several years now the Museum of Geneva History has participated in Smithsonian Day.  This is a day when museums across the country are asked to have free admission, open to the public.  Our Geneva Museum will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for anyone to visit.  Then maybe stop by the Rural Heritage Center from 10:00 to 1:00 ( see just below).  For information on visiting other Museums for free on that day, go to: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.     

September 27, Saturday - The Rural Heritage Center is also celebrating Smithsonian Day.  Want to see what your old school looks like now or see what the rural community has worked so hard to preserve?  Drop by the historic brick Geneva school at 101 E Main, from 10:00 to 1:00 for a free tour of the historic building.  Then maybe stop by the Museum of Geneva History from 10:00 to 2:00 (see just above).  

September 27, Saturday - Help us celebrate National Public Lands Day by getting outdoors on the trails and join us for an Open House and Free Night Hike at the Geneva Wilderness Area, 3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva.  Enjoy getting to know the native animals that live at our Nature Center and explore the trails at night on one of our unique Seminole County Natural Lands properties. The Open House is 6:00-7:00 PM and the Night Hike is 7:00-9:00 PM.  The cost is FREE but space is limited!  You can register and pay (cash or check) at Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park OR call (407) 349-0959 to see if anyone is in the office to pay at the Yarborough Nature Center, here in Geneva.  

October  

October 4, Saturday - Did you enjoy our Independence Day Parade? Would you like to go behind the scenes to meet those of our neighbors who make it happen? If you like what you hear, might you be interested in helping us to make the July 4, 2015 Parade the absolute best ever?  If your answer is "yes" or "maybe", please join us for an Advanced Parade Planning Meeting at the Geneva Community Center @ 8:30 AM (over before 10 AM).  This meeting will ONLY be about the Parade and Parking Issues, not about the Festival which follows the Parade.  Questions, Richard Creedon rtcreedon@netzero.net, 407-349-1266.  

October 4, Saturday - Snakes of Florida - Join a local snake expert as he gives an introduction to and dispels some of the myths about these often misunderstood cold blooded residents! ! Open to ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  The location is the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, CR 426, Geneva, and time is 9:00 AM-12 Noon.  The cost is $5 per person *Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited! You can register and pay (cash or check) at Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park OR call (407) 349-0959 to see if anyone is in the office to pay at the Yarborough Nature Center here in Geneva.  

October 7, Tuesday -  Gather the neighbors, turn on your outside light, and celebrate National Night Out.   Join forces with thousands of communities for the 31st annual National Night Out from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Residents in neighborhoods throughout Seminole County are encouraged to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors and Sheriff’s Office personnel. Many neighborhoods throughout Seminole County will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities, and anti-crime rallies. Reps. from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office will be visiting neighborhoods on this night. If you live in a neighborhood in the unincorporated area of Seminole County and wish to participate in NNO, please register with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office by Oct. 1.  National Night Out is designed to strengthen neighborhood relationships, promote effective community partnerships with law enforcement, and reinforce crime prevention efforts throughout our communities.   For more info: crimeprevention@seminolesheriff.org, 407-665-6650.  

October 12 & 26, (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History will be open from 2:00 to 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697. It is located at 165 1st Street.  Admission is free.  Our present special exhibit is "Furs, Feathers, and Frocks" which is part of the Decades of Fashion Design which the Museum is exhibiting through 2014.  Fashions, music, and toys  of the 20's, 30's, and 40's are on display. Ongoing displays are local archeology finds, an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War display, old toys & musical instruments, an FEC Railway display, Violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc.  Also Geneva t-shirts & hoodies, historic prints, history & photo books, historic walking/driving tour, etc. for sale. Check out Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.   

October 18, (every 3rd Sat.)  The new Geneva  Heritage Farmers Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Please help us get the word out by telling all your friends and neighbors! 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.  

October 18, (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  There is acoustic, toe-tapping, bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel music to enjoy played by local folks from age 10 to 90.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dogs are for sale at a modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music is from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.  If you play an acoustic instrument, get a chair up front and join us.  A 50/50 raffle is held each month where the winner gets half the pot and the other half of the pot and food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  A fun evening!   

October 18, Saturday - Fright Hike!  Are you afraid of the dark? What about a dark, winding path through the woods? This Halloween brave the Fright Hike, a spooky event at the Geneva Wilderness Area, CR 426, Geneva!  The woods at night are scary enough, but this approx ½ mile trail is hidden with spooky sounds and scenes that are sure to give you a fright.  Reward yourself at the end with a stop at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center to enjoy some refreshments & meet some slithering and creepy friends. 7:30-10:00 PM, $5 per person.  Tickets are limited, purchase your tickets now.  You can register and pay (cash or check) at Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park OR call (407) 349-0959 to see if anyone is in the office to pay at the Yarborough Nature Center here in Geneva.  

October 25, Saturday - The Rural Heritage Center (historic brick schoolhouse), 101 E Main St., Geneva, is having its annual Community Yard Sale from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Still time to register for a booth at $10 for a 10’x10’ spot.  Mark your calendar so you can shop for goodies!  Call Gail at 407-792- 0758 for info and registration.

 October 25, Saturday - Owl Prowl Night Hike, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Lake Harney Wilderness Area, Osceola Fish Camp Rd,  Geneva.  Join us for a journey into the world of owls.  Learn about these amazing creatures as you go on a hike to see if you can find some of these unique animals. $3 per person.  Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult.   Pre-registration is required.  You can register and pay (cash or check) at Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park OR call (407) 349-0959 to see if anyone is in the office to pay at the Yarborough Nature Center here in Geneva.

 

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* If you would like your Geneva-based, nonprofit organization and/or non-profit educational event to be mentioned in the Geneva Email News, send an email to GenevaHGS@aol.com.  We only list events and organizations that are in the Geneva area or are specifically related to our rural village lifestyle.  Volunteer Editor - MJM

Geneva History can be found on Geneva Historical Society's website:  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/  (A copy of the Geneva Email News is also on the website monthly.)

 

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