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April-May 2014  

Notes of Geneva Interest

Our Geneva Business Person of the Month is Tracey Stebbins, Woodwright.  Custom wood work of every sort - new furniture designed and built, antique furniture and buildings restored, architectural features built (cupola's, pergola's, shutters, columns, etc.), all sorts of wood gifts (jewelry boxes, humidors, carved signs). Tracey says "If It Once Was A Tree, I Work With It!" Email for information and references: Tracey Stebbins, Woodwright - semperconfidere@earthlink.net  

Did you know there are 83 bald eagle nests within a 10 mile radius of Geneva.  Watch a baby Eagle grow on Berry College's Eagle Cam - live all the time. (Site given to us by Geneva's Webelos Scouts.)  http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/     

See the 5-K Run below on April 12.  Deadline to sign up is April 1, tomorrow!   

Welcome back to Geneva to Leonard O'Donnell, returning pastor of the Geneva Church of God. 

Our Geneva Little Free Library is open and you can "take a book(s), leave a book(s)".  It is located under the sycamore tree at the corner of 1st & Main Street by the historic brick school - the Rural Heritage Center.  There are kid's and adult's books!  Sponsored by  the Geneva Village Homemakers.  

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  

April 2 & 4 (every Wed. & Fri.) - The Community Church of God's Inasmuch Food Pantry, located at the NE corner of SR 46 & Cochran Rd, provides food for those in need on Wednesdays 9 - 11 AM and Fridays 8 - 10 AM. You can drop off food, toiletries, other necessities during open hours or call the number below for pickup.  Mail tax deductible contributions to the Geneva Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO Box 1164, Geneva, Fl 32732.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Rick Hughes at genevafoodpantry@gmail.com, 407-461-7066.   

April 2 (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.

April 3 (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.  Please tell your neighbors who don't get the Geneva Email News about both of Geneva's Food Pantries.

April 4, (every Fri.) -  Come support your local Farmers and Friends at the Geneva Farmers Market!  It takes place every Friday from 2 to 6 PM at Focal Point Nursery on the corner of SR 46 and CR 426.  Local raw honey, organic produce, fresh ground grain bread, gluten free baked goods, homemade jams and jellies, plants... just to mention a few items for sale!  Come visit with your neighbors today and support our local growers!   

April 5, Saturday - Join the rest of your quilting friends for The Old School House Spring Quilt Retreat - a day full of quilting, food, and fun!  It will be from 8:00 to 5:00 at the Rural Heritage Center, 110 E. 1st Street, Geneva, FL. (visit www.ruralheritagecenter.net for directions).  We will finish our unfinished projects and also have 4 learning stations to learn new tricks.  Door prizes. The cost of the retreat including breakfast, snacks, drinks and door prizes is $35.00.  A non-refundable deposit to reserve your seat is $25.00 payable to Country Cottage Sewing, due April 1st.  Questions & more info: Sherry Goode at (407) 929-3555 or www.countrycottagesewing.com.  Benefits the Rural Heritage Center.  

April 5, 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 5:00pm. Register at any active park or call 407-349-0959 (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park).  

April 5-6, Saturday to Sunday - The Relay for Life of Oviedo (includes Geneva) is at Lawton Elementary School in Oviedo, starting at 5 PM and continues through the night until 8 AM the next morning.  Food, fun, walk for a cure!  Geneva's "All Around Geneva" team will be in the relay.  The Relay benefits the American Cancer Society.   

April 6, Sunday - The Mountain Dulcimer Gathering will meet at 2:00 PM (different time this month) at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St., Geneva, every first Sunday of the month.  Bring your dulcimer and learn to play it better or try out one of our dulcimers to see if you might like to learn.  Questions, call Mary Jo - Genevahgs@aol.com, 407-349-5697.   

April 6 (every Sun.) - You are invited to come watch the participants of the Rumba Lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing) which started January 19.  Come enjoy seeing the dancers from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center and see if you might like to come when new lessons begin.  Watch the Geneva Email News for exact date as the time approaches.  No experience is required for the lessons and the $5/couple is donated to the Rural Heritage Center.  Questions, 407-349-9255 or mikelinde@bellsouth.net.  Click on the links to see a sample of a Waltz and of a Rumba danced by the Geneva dancers. Rumba:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DER_Y2sPFzU&feature=youtube_gdata&noredirect=1   

April 6 (every Sun.) - If you have been looking for a place to go to have fun and make new friends, consider Square Dancing.  No previous experience is necessary.  The BrenDon Squares dance every Sunday from 4:30 - 6:30 at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, Geneva.  Once a month we have a potluck dinner after the dance. Please contact us today to sign up for our next class. You will be so glad you did. The first lesson is free and each additional lesson is only $5.00/person.  Questions: don@brendonsquares.com or 407-542-3799.  

April 8, Tuesday -  This is the day of the well-loved Kindergarten Play at Geneva Elementary School at  6:30 PM.  Come early, seats fill fast.  

April 8, Tuesday - Genuine Latin Ballroom Cha-Cha!  Join us on Tuesdays, 7 PM, beginning April 8th at the Geneva Community Center, 161 First Street, for your introduction to the rhythmic world of Cha-Cha.   Each lesson is one hour long and is $10 per person or $15 per couple.   The program is four weeks in length and we celebrate its successful conclusion with a night out of dancing for the entire class.   For further information please call 407-314-7667.  

April 8 & 11 (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.  

April 8, Tuesday - A Women’s Support Group meets at 7:00 PM in Ward Hall at the Geneva Methodist Church.  Join this group of women coming together for coffee, conversation, and support around the issues of separation, divorce, custody and blended families.  

April Field Trips - April 9, the 2nd Graders at Geneva Elementary will be going on a field trip to the Sea World.  April 29, the 1st Graders of Geneva Elementary will go to Central Florida Zoo (makeup day for rain-out in March).  

April 9, 11, 12 (every Wed., Fri. & Sat.) - The Thrift House is open from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays.  They have daily specials so please 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 are tax deductible.  Volunteers needed.    For more information contact Stacey at Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com or 407-754-7948.  

April 9, (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 has a Card Club, Book Club, Quilt Club, Cultural Arts, and Dinner Club as some of the activities 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.

April 10, Thursday - Time to Register your upcoming 2014-2015 Kindergartener for school next year.  Go to Geneva Elementary Media Center between the hours of 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM.  This is for your child if they will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014 (no exceptions). Every 2014-2015 Entering Child is Required to have: Current Physical (dated after 8/11/2013); 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,  Friday - The 2014 Seminole County Farm Tour is scheduled for Friday, April 11. We are trying something new this year by asking you to register online. Registration is free, but lunch will still be $10 and will include grass fed beef burgers and local vegetables. This year will also feature two farm tour routes to allow for easier parking. Both routes will go to the same farms, but in a different order.  Please make sure to pick either Route A or B on the registration site.  Register for the Farm Tour on Eventbrite: Farm Tour Registration.  The tour will visit a  blueberry farm, organic vegetable farm, working cattle ranch, papaya farm, organic seed farm, and retail farm/nursery.   

April 12, Saturday - There is a 5-K Run at Geneva Elementary School called Dawson’s 5-K Benefit.  It will benefit adolescent cancer awareness & research and is in memory of Dawson Creager from Geneva who lost his battle with cancer in 2013.  The race will start at 7:30 AM and the cost is $25 for adults and $10 for Seminole County students (includes t-shirt).  Sign up by April 1!  Register and more info at www.signmeup.com/97867.   

April 13 & 27, (every 2nd & 4th Sun. of month) - The Museum of Geneva History is open from 2:00 to 4:00 PM or by appointment - 407-349-5697. It is located at 165 1st Street, next door to the Geneva Community Center and admission is free.   As part of the 2014 Decades of Fashion Design, "From Hats to Hobbles" is an exhibit of clothing and photos from the 1890's to the 1910's with actual outfits displayed which were worn by the women and children of Geneva during those years. Other ongoing displays are an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, antique teapot display, pioneer craft area, old store, family genealogy records, Civil War display, old toys & musical instruments, an FEC Railway display, etc.  Our Village Store is also available with Geneva t-shirts & hoodies, historic prints, history & photo books, etc.  Check out Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.   

April 19, Saturday - Come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  There is acoustic, toe-tapping music -- bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel music to enjoy.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dogs, are for sale at a very modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts around 6:30 PM.  If you play an acoustic instrument, come get a chair up front as room permits.  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.  

April 20, Sunday - Happy Easter!  

April 26, Saturday (last Sat. each month) Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast at Geneva General cafe, 8:00 AM.  All men are invited. Please join us.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066 genevafoodpantry@gmail.com  

April 26, 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.  Join the fun at Geneva's "Antique Road Show."  

May

May Field Trips - May 2, the 3rd Graders at Geneva Elementary will be going on a field trip to the Kennedy Space Center.  May 9, 4th Graders will be making their annual trek down 1st Street to the Museum of Geneva History.  May 13 & 15, the 2nd Graders will be going to the Museum of Geneva History.  On May 20, the 5th Graders will go to the Oviedo Bowling Center. 

May 5, Monday -  There is a special meeting at Geneva Community Center at 7 PM  to discuss Sales Tax Increase Referendum which is scheduled for vote on Tuesday, May 20. The Geneva Citizens Association is against a new tax increase at this time.  Come and find out why the Geneva Citizen's Association thinks this 16% tax increase is not good for our citizens.  

May 6, Tuesday - The Musical Mustangs Spring Performance will be at 6:30 PM at Geneva Elementary School.   Mrs. Skibbe and her troupe of singers will perform "American POP Forever!"  Arrive early for the best seats.  Also this is Scholastic Book Fair Night.  The Media Center will be open throughout the school day until 8:00 PM and a phenomenal selection of age appropriate books, software and school items will be available for your purchase selection. Stop in to see us!  

May 9, Friday - The Geneva PTA will host Muffins for Moms from 7:30-8:30 AM.  Moms, grandmas, aunts, and like-a-moms are all welcome to enjoy a muffin for breakfast at school.  

May 10, Saturday - The Planning Meeting for the 4th of July Parade and Festival will be at 8:30 AM at the Rural Heritage Center, not the Community Center.  Note the change in location!  Anyone who would like to help plan and/or put on the event, please come.  If you would like to place an ad in the 4th of July Program, contact Richard Creedon, 407-349-1266.  

May 11 & 25 (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open from 2:00 to 4:00 PM or by appointment 407-349-5697.  It is located at 165 1st Street, next door to the Community Center.  Admission - free.  There is a loan of antique teapot, old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer craft area, old store, family genealogy records, Civil War display, old toys & musical instruments, and an FEC Railway display.  Our Village Store is also available with  Geneva T-shirts & hoodies, historic prints, history & photo books, old-fashioned toys, etc.  Check out our website: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.  

May 13, Tuesday - Genuine Nightclub Hustle!  Join us on Tuesdays, 7 PM, beginning May 13th at the Geneva Community Center, 161 First Street, for your introduction to the exciting world of Hustle.   Each lesson is one hour long and is $10 per person or $15 per couple.   The program is four weeks in length and we celebrate its successful conclusion with a night out of dancing for the entire class.   For further information please call 407-314-7667.  

May 17, Saturday - 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 music -- bluegrass, traditional country, and some old-fashioned gospel to enjoy.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dogs are for sale at a very modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts around 6:30 PM.  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 and the other half of the pot plus food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  

May 20, Tuesday - Election Day - Vote to express your opinion on the Sales Tax Increase Referendum.  Voting will take place at the First Baptist Church of Geneva, 1st and Main.  Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves; and the only way they could do this is by not voting. -- Franklin Roosevelt  

May 21, Wednesday - This year's Geneva Elementary Talent Show will be at 9:00 AM at the school.  Don’t miss it!  

May 28, Wednesday - The 5th Grade Awards Ceremony is at 9:00 AM and dismissal will be at 1:00 PM.  This is the last day of school and report cards will go home.   

Summer Note:   Geneva Elementary School will undergo several major renovation projects this summer.  A roof overlay will be placed on classroom buildings, and a new HVAC system will be installed. If time permits during the summer break, the district plans to install campus fencing to provide additional security. The office staff will be available on Monday thru Thursday over the summer (with the exception of closing 4th of July week), but may need to relocate to another location. Stay tuned for details.  

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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  

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