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Melrose Sr. Community Center

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The Melrose United Methodist Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a ceremony unveiling a historical marker on Saturday, April 14th. The public is encouraged to attend.

The church was first organized as Melrose Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1868. Early members included familiar names in Melrose history: Barnette, Craig, Earl, Goodson, Jackson, Lambdin, McCullough, McGregor, McRae, Mizelle, Moody, Price, and Vogelbach. The current structure was erected by the congregation in 1879, using heart pine. The sanctuary was expanded in 1931. Hagglund Fellowship Hall was built in the 1950’s, and Holstun Hall was added in 1995.

Melrose United Methodist Church has been an integral part of the community since its inception. The church bell has been used as a fire alarm, to call people to community meetings, to warn citrus growers of possible freezes, and even to announce the arrival of the steamboat from Waldo at Melrose Bay. The bell, which was installed in the 1890’s, still calls people to worship each Sunday. When the Melrose school burned in 1947, the church served as classroom space for first and second graders for two years.

The historical marker designates the church as a Florida Heritage Site. It is sponsored by the church and the Florida Department of State.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on April 14th. Tours of the church will be conducted and light refreshments will be provided. Old Florida music will be provided by “Blue Skies,” with Mac and Paula Tyner.  Melrose United Methodist Church is located at 5802 Hampton Street in Melrose.

For Further Information, Contact: Tim Price 574-904-8308

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Melrose Open Air Arts

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Open mike 3rd Sunday of each month

2-4 PM Open mike at senior community center

read your poems, prose or sing a song

sign up when you arrive.


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Coffeetalk March schedule

March 1, 2018   Lee Kelly, Bill Snyder   

Lee Kelly began learning guitar in college around 1967 and has been performing since, except for a 15 year hiatus when he studied motorcycles, riding, and the people that ride.  Lee has performed at many different venues including festivals, clubs, and benefits.  His song collection includes traditional Irish, Appalachian, Americana, old country and some hippie rock from the late ‘60’s. Bill Snyder will join Lee with his dynamic acoustic bass.   For more info on Lee you can check his website at

March 8   Blue Skies – Paula & Mack Tyner  perform a variety of musical styles including swing, classic country, bluegrass, doo wop and Paula’s original tunes with Mack on bass fiddle and Paula May on guitar and banjo, sharing vocal leads and harmony.  Mack has sung in Barbershop Quartets and other acapella groups since high school.  As a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and budding songwriter, Paula May has played music professionally over 25 years and was the 2006 winner of the Florida State Old Time Guitar Finger picking competition. They may be contacted for bookings at:

March 15      St. Pat’s Day Irish Music w/Virginia Boone    As part of this “breath of Ireland”  Victoria Van Arnam, a talented young lady who plays hammered dulcimer will join in as well. George will be reciting Scottish poems (and providing some history) with his beautiful accent.  Virginia has played traditional Irish music since 1997.  Her main instruments are flute & Irish whistle.  She also plays the Bodhran (Irish drum), and Anglo concertina, sings and seannos (old style) Irish dance.  Dance troupe: Inisheer ( we now mainly perform set dances, and Seannos)  Virginia attends Irish music sessions typically on a weekly basis.   She has performed at the Florida Folk Festival, Ormond Beach Celtic festival, and the Celtic fest in Jackson, MS.

March 22 Al Poindexter    If you want to hear songs about Florida legends, colorful characters and backwater places then listen to Al Poindexter perform his own songs, old timey songs and blues tunes backed up on his National steel bottleneck guitar or fast picking claw hammer banjo. Al has been a performer and avid collector of Florida folk lore and songs for over 20 years and writes fresh, new tunes about life in old Florida.

March 29  Harri Buffalo: Lee Pinkerson and Bill Snyder      Harri Buffalo celebrates the natural beauty of our planet in a musical journey.  With passionate exuberance, leaping across clouds and countries, idling on the islands, mesmerized by the mountains, Harri Buffalo gathers songs.  Bill Snyder is at the root of all this. He gets Harri Buffalo off the ground with his dynamic acoustic bass playing.  His years of experience playing with many different kinds of musical groups give him the versatility to navigate Harri Buffalo around the world.  Some call him the music ambassador.  Lee Pinkerson is the singer, songwriter and guitarist for Harri Buffalo.  You can learn a lot about Native Americans, Florida history, ancient Greece, and the Blue Ridge Mountains from her songwriting, available on cd’s.  For more information, check out her website:

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Bike Riders Might Enjoy This Ride

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Mossman Hall Class Schedule

Class Schedule for January_February 2018

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March 2018 Events for Hawthorne Branch Library

Adult Events:

Book Club

Thursday, March 01     5:30pm – 6:45pm

Hawthorne Branch       Meeting Room

Join the Bookish Sort Book Club for fun food and lively discussions! All are welcome! Even if you haven’t read this month’s selection join us to see if the book is to your liking: Mar 1 A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrick Backman will be discussed.


Computer Class for Seniors

Mondays, March 05; 12; 19; & 26    11:30am – 1:30pm

Hawthorne Branch        Meeting Room

Wallace Russell leads seniors through the basics of computer usage. Bring your computer questions and enjoy this 6 week course. Ages 55+ Space is limited: Registration is required.


Yoga Stretch

Thursdays, March 08; 15; 22; 29   5:55pm – 6:55pm

Hawthorne Branch          Meeting Room

Feel more confident in a stronger more flexible body! Caroline Anaya MS certified Ayurvedic Yoga (ancient practice) YogaFit (Yoga for the fitness industry) & 200-hr Yoga Alliance. 21 Years’ experience teaching Yoga.


AARP Foundation Tax Aide

Saturday, March 17       1:00pm – 4:30pm

Hawthorne Branch         Meeting Room

Certified AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers provide FREE income tax preparation for people with low and middle income with special attention to those age 60 and older. Taxpayers will be served on a first come first served basis. Please arrive at least ONE HOUR prior to closing.


Legal Concerns of a Small Business Startup

Saturday, March 24         2:00pm – 4:00pm

Hawthorne Branch          Meeting Room

Are you thinking about starting your own small business, but puzzled by all of the licenses, forms and processes involved? Join SCORE for this workshop for Small Business Startups! This workshop will focus on aspects of starting your business that may involve Federal, State or local government, and help you to understand what you must do, when, and in what order to do it. The presenter is Don Gorenberg an experienced retail business owner, Chairman Emeritus of the local SCORE chapter, and an attorney. Mr. Gorenberg has experience with Real Estate, Rental Services and Leasing and Retail and Wholesale Trade.


Tools to Quit Tobacco

Tuesday, March 27          5:00pm – 7:00pm

Hawthorne Branch          Meeting Room

This program developed by ex-smokers will provide you with valuable tools that needed to quit tobacco. These tools include: Talking about what triggers you to smoke, dip, or chew. Specific ways to deal with withdrawal. Up to four FREE weeks of nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges. Pre-Registration is required. Please call 866-341-2730 to reserve your spot! Presented by the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program and Suwannee River Area Health Education Center.


Children/Family Events:


Thursdays, March 01; 08; 15; 22; 29   10:30am – 11:10am

Hawthorne Branch        Meeting Room

Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplay art music and puppetry for people identifying with aged five and under and their caretakers.


Computer Club with Google CS First

Wednesdays, March 07; 14; 21; & 28 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Ages 4th through 8th grade students

Hawthorne Branch         Meeting Room

Discover computer science and coding with Scratch while having fun with club members. Create and share your own digital stories!  Use the computer to design your own stories, create and share your own animations, and learn how technology is used in the film and media industry. All skill levels welcome. Space is limited: registration is required.


Explore Identity: Discover women from history and celebrate YOURSELF!

Tuesday, March 13          3:30pm – 4:45pm

Ages 7-17

Hawthorne Branch          Meeting Room

Discover yourself during Women’s History Month by creating your own Who Is? book craft.

Explore women’s history with the Who Was? series during Women’s History month. Then on March 13 write & illustrate your own miniature version describing yourself! List proud achievements and identify goals you have.


Teen Events:

Build-A-Space for Teens

Thursday, March 15          3:00pm – 4:00pm

Hawthorne Branch            Meeting Room

Teens ages 10 – 18 can join us for an afternoon of building and creating! Using library materials such as K-nex, Legos, Amaze’N’ Marbles, Quibits, Q-BA-Maze and more, teens can have fun and make new friends.


Teen Movie Matinee: Enjoy a movie at the Library

Thursday, March 29         3:00pm – 5:00pm

Hawthorne Branch           Meeting Room

Join us for an afternoon movie selected for teens.  However, all ages may attend our movie matinee!

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Multi-Market Sale, March 10, 9:00a-1:00p

All manner of items for sale: jewelry, arts, crafts, produce, home furnishings, etc. Vendor spaces (10×10) available for $5. Reserve yours now. Held at Heritage Park on Hwy 26, Melrose, FL. For details, contact Deb Massie at (352) 318-4760.

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