Geneva Email News*

July - 2016 

First A Few Notes of Geneva Interest:

 

4th of July Parade & Festival info can be found in this “Email News” below under July 4 or on Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/TheVillageofGenevaFL

 Geneva History Tidbit – We hear a lot about what it takes to make a Village and how we all came from immigrants - except the Native Americans amongst us. Well, I don’t know about other villages, however, the earliest settlers that made the Village of Geneva what it is today came from 9 states and 6 foreign countries.  The states were Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Vermont.  The foreign countries they came from were the British West Indies, England, France, Ireland, Russia & Sweden.  As we all know, most of us are here today because we ourselves or our ancestors were immigrants coming to a blessed country and a blessed village. 

It’s time for Geneva to have a Permanent Military Monument to honor the service & sacrifice of our men & women who serve(d) in the Armed Forces. Hometown Heroes! It is to be erected in the vicinity of the present wooden Honor Roll Board now in front of the Comm. Ctr.  The goal is to raise the $3000 by Labor Day so the monument can be dedicated on Veteran’s Day in November.  Donations of every size –- individuals, companies & organizations - are welcome!  Info: Tracey Stebbins, 407-314-0115.  

In case you haven’t seen it, Geneva has a Little Free Library at the corner of 1st and Main, under the sycamore tree by the historic brick school (Rural Heritage Center & Folk Center).  The top shelf has adult books and the bottom shelf has kid’s books.  Come and take a book & then leave a book, always free. Keep those kids reading during the summer and bring their old books for others to read! It was built and is maintained by the Geneva Village Homemakers. 

Geneva Links: 

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

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

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

Rural Heritage Center & Folk School  http://www.ruralheritagecenter.net/   (Be patient, slow)

- "The Dispatcher" by Seminole County Sheriff's Dept. - 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 your neighborhood events, County safety warnings, etc. Go to www.Nextdoor.com.  

 

July Events 

(Events written in blue ink are newly added eventsEvents in black ink are those which take place weekly or monthly.)  

July 1 (every 1st Friday) – Genevans are invited to a Prayer Vigil for our Seminole County Law Enforcement Agencies & Seminole County Sheriff Deputies that occurs at 12:15 PM, 1225 E. Broadway, Oviedo, Florida.  

July 3 (1st Sun. of month) - The Dulcimer Gathering meets at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E. Main St, Geneva at 1:00 PM.  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 learning to play it better.  Questions: Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697.  

July 3 (every Sun.) - Brendon Square Dancers - If you have been looking for a place to have fun, meet your neighbors & make new friends this is it. Located in the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E. Main St, Geneva, our club dances every Sunday from 4:30-6:30. More info:  mikelinde@bellsouth.net. Stop by any Sunday afternoon & see how much fun square dancing can be.  

July 3 (every Sun.) - Mini Music Jam at the Community Church of God on SR 46 every Sun at 5 PM.  Bring a musical instrument, your voice, and learn with us.  We'll help you learn to play a stringed instrument. Free.  407-474-7847.  

July 3, Sunday – 4th of July Festival Setup – If you can help set up chairs, tables, awnings, etc. at the Rural Heritage Center, please come at 1:00 PM - or whenever you can get there.  Much help is needed.  High Schoolers who need Community Service hours can get some good hours and Scouts needing service projects can help, too.  

          July 4, Monday – “Hometown Heroes” Geneva 4th of July Parade & Festival – Schedule 

8:30 AM – The Pre-Parade Festival Vendors & Music will be ready for your pleasure at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 1st & Main, and Antique Vehicles can also be viewed in the school parking lot.  Restrooms and water fountains open in the Rural Heritage Center. 

 

9:30 AM sharp – Parade Line-up - All floats, bicycles, etc. participating in the parade should be in the Geneva Baptist Church Parking lot for the Parade Line-up and Judging.  Enter at the Main Street entrance. You must Register your float to win a prize. (Float registration form - www.123contactform.com/form-1500248/2016-4th-Of-July-Parade-Registration.)  Info: Dorothy.Hardee@gmail.com.  

Antique cars line up in the Elementary School's front parking lot.

 

Horses line up behind the Baptist Church in the gate off Main St. (Negative Coggins certificate required.)   

10:00 AM – The Parade - "Hometown Heroes" - the only parade in Central Florida on the 4th of July. Good viewing of the parade from Avenue C, 2nd Street, Pine Street, & 1st St.  (Note: The Parade direction will be reversed this year to head north from the First Baptist Church in a counter-clockwise direction, down 1st and left to Ave. C, etc. This is for several reasons including safety reasons from the Sheriff's Dept.)  The Antique Vehicle Parade will start at 10:00 AM.  The Antique Plane Flyover takes place towards the beginning of parade.  After the Antique Vehicles have completed the parade route, the Traditional Parade will start with floats, band, bicycles, horses, etc.  The parade is guaranteed to give you that small-town Americana feeling.   

11:15 AM – The Festival begins at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 1st and Main: flag ceremony; barbecue, pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs & tacos; marching band, dulcimers, & band music; cake-walk; vendor booths; pony rides; kid’s craft activities; 50/50 raffle; etc.  The deputies will have a helicopter in the school playfield.  Antique cars will be in the school front parking lot.  You can even register to vote!  Fun for everyone!    

July 5 – July 29 - If you are looking for a fun, safe place for your child to go this summer, join the Natural Lands Program staff at Eco Camp!!!   With a different theme each week,  your children will have fun fishing, hiking, setting traps, learning about the animals in the Nature Center, playing games, art & crafts, and more!!!  Scholarships available.  Call 407-349-0959 for scholarship or general information.  Registration Form  -  Parent Handbook  -  Brochure

July 5 – August 5PAL Summer Day Camp is held at the Youth Services Prevention & Enforcement Center, 1151 E. 28th Street, Sanford.  The PAL Summer Day Camp has sessions 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: www.seminolecountypal.org/ 

July 5 (every Tues.) - Geneva Boy Scout Troop 837 meets at the NW corner of 1st & Main in the old Baptist Church building (320 1st 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. Questions: contact Scoutmaster Randy Deavers, 407-718-9584, troop837geneva@gmail.com

July 5 & 8 (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 for a discussion meeting for any alcoholic or nonalcoholic.  On Friday, they meet at 7:00 PM - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions.   For more information, go to www.cflintergroup.org/meetingguide.html.  

July 6 - August 3, summer Wednesdays -  The First Baptist Church of Geneva has its Centershot Archery Ministry,  ages 5 and up, every Wednesday.  Free pizza is served at 5:30, and shooting begins at 6:00. Registration forms can be downloaded from fbcgeneva.com.

July 5 (all summer).  Geneva Elementary School is open for Registration of New Students Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  School is closed on Fridays during June & July.

July 6 & 8 (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.

July 6 & 9 (every Wed. & Sat.) - The Thrift House in Geneva is open from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. There are daily specials so 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. 

July 7 (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.  Please be a good neighbor and tell those who don't have email about both of Geneva's Food Pantries. 

July 7 (every Thurs.) – Need computer help? There is a new Computer Clinic that is open from 2 - 5 PM at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 1st & Main, Geneva.  If you are having trouble with a computer - laptop, phone, or tablet, bring it in and we’ll work on your problems -  - such as email, browsing the internet, virus and firewall protection. On computers too big to carry in, we’ll answer questions.  Sorry, but we can’t do work on hardware problems such as disk drives, etc.  The fee is $20 per hour (minimum $20).  

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

July 10 & 24 (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.  Check out Geneva's interesting history at www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.

July 11 (every Mon.) - Cub Scout Pack 837 meets at 6:00 PM at the NW corner of 1st and Main in the old Baptist Church building (320 1st street).  The Geneva Community Church of God is proudly our charter organization and the desire is to make this age-old, time-proven program available to even more families in Geneva. It is for boys entering 1st through 5th grade or ages 7–10. If you have questions, contact Randy Deavers at 407-718-9584, pack837gemeva@gmail.com.

July 12, Tuesday – Beekeeping Class - Do you ever wonder about bees? Have you ever thought about keeping a bee hive OR do you keep a hive, and want to learn more and meet others who are interested? Join UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County and long-time local backyard beekeeper, Phil Robertson to learn more about honeybees and how to keep them. 6:00 - 7:30 PM • Cost: $5 at the door.  Extension Services Auditorium, 250 West County Home Rd.  Questions?  Hannah Wooten, Seminole County/University of Florida/IFAS • 407-665-5554, HWooten@seminolecountyfl.gov. 

July 14 (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.  

July 16 (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 items that our quaint village life has to offer! Visit our Facebook Page: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market for updates. Information, contact Trish at 407-733-7514.

July 16 (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. If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front and join us.  There is a change for July & August: music starts at 6:30 PM for the jammers and to give a rest to the cooking, kitchen, and set-up staff, there will be only desserts and drinks to purchase.  A 50/50 raffle is held where the winner gets half the pot goes to the upkeep of the Community Center. Meals will begin again in September. Info: 407-349-5271.   

July, 23, Saturday - The Rural Heritage Center & Folk School is having a Christmas in July Craft & Garage Sale from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  All inside so no sweat!  Come shop for priceless treasures or early Christmas presents. There will also be fun things for the kids to do while you shop. If you have craft or gift items to sell OR if you want to downsize some of your stuff, come join us!  Space is limited, call Priscilla Gray, 407-349-2169. $10 per space including table and chairs!  Contact: Priscilla Gray, 407-349-2169 or gray349@bellsouth.net. Mail check to RHC, PO Box 847, Geneva, FL 32732 and include your name, phone, email.  We will be advertising! 

July 30 (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.  Info: Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066, genevafoodpantry@gmail.com.

July 30, Saturday - Geneva Cub Pack 765 is Roller Skating this Saturday, earning their Summertime Activity Pin. The pack has planned some fun activities over the summer and boys entering Grades 1 - 5 are invited to join. Email genevapack765@gmail.com for more information on skating and joining the pack.

July 31, Sunday – Geneva Cub Scout Pack 837 is having a Summer Picnic for all boys entering 1st through 5th grade or ages 7–10.  There will be free food in the “Geneva Scout Building,” 320 First Street, at 1:00 PM.  Geneva’s Cub Scout Pack has met for more than 30 years. Come see what Cub Scouting is all about. Info: contact 407-718-9584, pack837geneva@gmail.com

August Preview

August 9 (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 their 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. 

August 10 (every 2nd Wed.) - The Geneva Village Homemakers meet at the Geneva Community Center, 161 1st St., at 10:00 AM.  Come visit and find that we are just plain folks who give service to our community, go on local trips, and just have a good time.  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

August 10 (every Wed.) The R.E.A.L. Youth starts back up at the First Baptist Church of Geneva this Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM. These youths are 7th thru 12th graders.  Everyone welcome. 

August 13, Saturday - Geneva Cub Scout Pack 765 is having a Pack Picnic this Saturday.  Boys entering grades 1 - 5 can join now and earn their Summertime Activity Pin!  Email genevapack765@gmail.com for more information on the picnic and how to join this fun group.  

August 14 & 28 (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.  Check out Geneva's interesting history at www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva. 

August 20 (every 3rd Sat.) Geneva Farmer’s Market - Join us in the Village of Geneva every 3rd Saturday from 8 AM to 1 PM in the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 1st and Main. It is inside now, so come rain or shine! It is always wonderful to spend time with old friends and enjoy some old-fashioned items that quaint village life has to offer! Visit our Facebook page: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market for updates. More info:  Trish - 407-733-7514. 

August 20 (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. If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front and join us.  There is a change for August.  Music starts at 6:30 PM for the jammers and to give a rest to the cooking, kitchen, and set-up staff, there will be only desserts and drinks for sale.  A 50/50 raffle is held where the winner gets half the pot goes to the upkeep of the Community Center. Meals will start back up again in September.  Info: 407-349-5271. 

August 24, Wednesday - Awana Kid’s Ministry at the First Baptist Church will begin its new year with pizza at 5:45 PM check-in at 6:15 PM, and the program starts at 6:30 PM. Awana is for kids from age 3 through the 6th grade. 

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