Community Calendar

November 20, 23 AA meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Lloyd Woman’s Club, Old Lloyd Road. For more information call 850-251-0278.

thru November Jefferson Arts will have on display ‘Creature Comforts,’ mixed media creations by Debo Groover of Debortina Studios, through the month, in the Gallery. Gallery days and hours of operation for viewing are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or call 850-997-3311 or email to for an appointment. The Jefferson Arts Gallery is located at 575 West Washington Street in downtown Monticello.

November 21 Come all ye thankful to the first Thanksgiving Dinner at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1401 1st Street in Monticello, from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is free. Come join with neighbors, family, and friends for an evening of entertainment, food, and fun. For more information call 850-997-3760. Sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center of Monticello Florida.

November 21 Howard Academy Alumni Association meets from 12 to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday at the Jefferson County Bailar Public Library. For more information contact vivian.royster

November 23 Line dancing classes will be available at the Jefferson Senior Citizens Center beginning on Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. Call 850-342-0242×237 to register.

November 23 BINGO every Monday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Capri Lounge. 10 games will be played. The first three games are free. Games four to eight cost just $1 per card. Games nine and ten cost $2 per card. The cash collected for the cards is given to, or divided by, the winners. Snacks are free and brought in by the players and BINGO organizers Cindy Frye and Kim Taylor. Donations are accepted with all money collected going back into the purchase of food, and popcorn of course!

November 24 Woodworking classes will be available at the Jefferson Senior Citizens Center beginning on Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. Call 850-342-0242×237 to register.

November 24 Flab-To-Fab weight loss support group meets on Tuesday at the Monticello Health & Fitness Center, 760 East Washington Street, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for weigh-in and discussion. Share recipes, stories, and ideas. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Coordinator Chelsey McCoy. Free; donations accepted.

November 25 Kiwanis meets at 12 p.m. every Wednesday at the Jefferson Country Club for lunch, a program and a meeting. For more information, contact President Floyd Faglie at or 850-997-6300. November 25 Crazy Quilters meet from 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at Jefferson Arts. Anyone is welcome to drop by to sew, or to chat.

November 26 Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday in the Family Ministry Center of the First United Methodist Church serving from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. This annual event grows each year with more and more neighbors joining for a time of family, friends, and good food. The dinner is free of charge but donations are accepted for the next year. If you would like to volunteer to help contact Dean Jerger at 850-997-1653 or 850-510-7666. Or, if you’d like to make a ‘pie’ donation, that would be just wonderful… just bring it with you.

November 30 Martin Luther King Community Center Committee meets at 6 p.m. on the last Monday, 1420 First Street, Monticello. Contact Charles Parrish at 850-997-3760 for more information. December 1, 15 Knitters & Crocheters Group meet at 10 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday at the R.J. Bailar Public Library. Bring your projects to work. Someone is available to help. Contact Nancy Banks at 850-948-2829 for more information.

December 1 Montcello Woman’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday at the clubhouse on East Pearl Street for a program, lunch, and a meeting. Contact Club President Jaunita Faircloth at 850-509-6152 for more information.

December 1 Sons of the American Legion (SAL) meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday at the Otto Walker Post 49 on South Water Street in Monticello. For more information, contact Commander Leighton Langford at 850-997-8947 or Past District III Commander Buddy Westbrook at 850-997-2973.

December 3 Community Prayer Breakfast will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. on Thursday. Plan to come enjoy this time of fellowship and good food. Your attendance will continue to promote Christian values in the community. For more information contact Coordinator L. Gary Wright at 850-997-5705 or 850-933-5567.

December Jefferson County Bailar Public Library Children’s Book Club at 10 a.m. every third Thursday for the more fluent readers. For more information contact Library Assistant Heather McClelland at 850-342-0205.

December Big Bend Hospice Caregivers Luncheon at 12 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, at 1669 Mahan Center Boulevard. These monthly gatherings are offered to give caregivers a break from their daily routine. Caregivers are invited to come enjoy a light meal and the opportunity to share caregiving experiences with others who are caring for their loved ones. There will be a short program during the luncheon to help remind the caregivers that they can’t care for anyone else unless they first take care of themselves. For more information, directions, and to register, contact Sharon Davidson at 850-878-5310.

December Computer classes will be available at the Jefferson Senior Citizens Center on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. Call 850-342-0242×237 to register. December Jefferson County Bailar Public Library Children’s Story Time at 10 a.m. every Thursday designed for children ages 2 to 5 years of age; older siblings are welcome. Contact Library Assistant Heather McClelland at 850-342-0205 for more information.

December BINGO every Thursday evening at St. Augustine Church, 211 North Pinetree Boulevard in Thomasville, GA. Sponsored by the Kouncil Club of Thomasville. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Snack Bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Early Bird BINGO starts at 5:45 p.m. Regular BINGO starts at 6:45 p.m. Jackpot prizes of up to $400. To carpool or for directions contact June at 850-408-9736.

December Rotary will meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and 12 p.m. for a meeting every Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, in the parish hall. For more information, questions, or concerns about this service organization contact Patricia Garner at

December Monticello Jamboree Band performs music for dancing every Friday night at 7 p.m., at 625 South Water Street. Everyone is welcome to come dance, listen to good music, win doorprizes, enjoy soft drinks and snacks, and just enjoy some fun and camaraderie with neighbors and friends. This is a nonprofit charitable event. Donations are accepted. For questions or concerns contact Bobby Connell at 850-445-0049.

December 6 VFW Post 251 will meet at 5 p.m. on the first Sunday at the Learning Center on Marvin Street. Contact Ned Hill at 850-339-5524 for more information.

December 7 Jefferson County Lions Club will meet at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Brick House Eatery. For more Information about this service organization and its fundraising efforts contact Lion Debbie at 850-997-0901.

December 7 VFW Post 251 Auxiliary will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday at the Learning Center on Marvin Street. Contact President Mary Madison at 850-210-7090 for more information.

December 8 American Legion Post 49 and Auxiliary will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday for dinner and at 7 p.m. for a separate program at the Otto Walker Post at 1065 South Water Street; Executive Board Meetings are held at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Contact Commander Travis Hussey at 850-997-5106, or President Debbie Mitchem at 850-997-5456, 850-441-9408 for more information.

December 8 Monticello Garden Club Flounders Circle will meet at 12 p.m. on the second Thursday. For more information contact Chairman Claudette McRae at 850-997-2116.

December 10 Altrusa International of Monticello provides community service, develops leaders, fosters community partnerships, and encourages fellowship through its dedicated member activities and programs. Altrusa meets at 12 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of September through May at First United Methodist Church Youth Center. For more information, call Membership Chair Linda Benedict at 850-766-4997.

December 12 Scarlet O’Hatters of the Red Hat Society will meet for lunch and camaraderie at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at a location of their choosing for lunch and a time of fun and usually games. Contact Queen Mum Pat Muchowski at 850-997-0688 for more information about this group of fun-loving ladies.

December 12 Monticello Bike Night on the second Saturday of the month on East Dogwood Street in front of The Lazy Lizard Pizza Company. All bikes, motorcycle and bicycles, are welcome. There will be live music on the streets, motorcycle games, a 50/50 raffle, doorprizes, pizza, burgers, wings, beer, and much more. For more information call 850-997-0818.

December 13 Monticello Garden Club Camellia Circle will meet at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday. Members are asked to bring a snack and drink to share. For more information contact Chairman Georgie Joseph at 850-997-0644.

December 14 Hiram Lodge No. 5 Freemasons meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday at 235 North Olive Street, Monticello. Call 850-997-3947 for more information.

December 14 Kate Dilworth Scott Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy usually meet at noon on the second Monday of each month, September through May. Membership is open to women who are lineal descendants of men and women who served honorably in the service of the Confederate States of America, or gave Material Aid to the Cause. For more information, contact Chapter President Pat Cichon at 850-228-4633. Upcoming meeting dates include: 1/11, 2/15, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9.

December 15 Jefferson County Humane Society General Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month, at the new Wolf Creek shelter, 2123 east Washington Street. Open to the public. 850-997-2416

December 21 American Legion Post 234 meets monthly at 6 p.m. on the third Monday for business at the Teen Center on Tiger Lane. For more information contact Commander Mack Benjamin at 850-997-5977.

December 21 Monticello Garden Club Magnolia Circle will meet at 12 p.m. on the third Monday. For more information contact Chairman Anne Horton at 850-997-6035.

December Palmer Place Book Club will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. for discussion of its most recently read book. Contact Abi Vandervest at 517-290-8506 or or for more information. All are welcome to join for the discussion, to help select the next book, and to suggest authors.

December Jefferson County Shared Services meets on Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the R.J. Bailar Public Library, and is open to community residents and agencies. These informational meetings are about the goings-on in the area. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. This is an opportunity for agencies to share service information. Agenda items include agency sharing, Whole Child Technical Forum, and a guest speaker. For more information about these meetings, or to be a speaker at any of these meetings contact Cindy Hutto, business manager, at or 850-948-2741. Community Agencies Working for Jefferson County. January Monticello/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce members meet at 12 p.m. on the first Tuesday at 420 West Washington Street for lunch and a program. For more information contact Chamber Executive Director Katrina Richardson at 850-997-5552 or Members are encouraged to bring a guest and feel free to bring an item for the drawing representing your business.