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Contents Welcome

A word of introduction....................................8

Advertiser index................9 The basics The region.................................................... 10 Local history................................................. 12 The weather................................................. 14 Important dates........................................... 15 Real estate................................................... 16 Apartments.................................................. 19 Shopping...................................................... 26 Utilities........................................................ 30 Recycling...................................................... 30 Transportation (airport, car rentals, buses)... 32 Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licenses & vehicle registration.......... 33 Media........................................................... 34 Libraries....................................................... 34 Animal services............................................ 36

Government Overview...................................................... 39 Local lawmakers........................................... 40 The Clerk of Courts........................................ 41 Polling places............................................... 42 Voter registration......................................... 43

Health care Overview...................................................... 44 Major medical facilities................................. 45 Nursing homes & assisted living................... 47 Health groups & support organizations......... 48

Education Overview...................................................... 53 Early childhood education & care.................. 54 TLH Moms.................................................... 54 K-12 schools................................................. 55 Higher education.......................................... 60 Educational & parenting resources................ 65

Faith Overview...................................................... 67 Places of worship.......................................... 68

community Overview...................................................... 74

Helping organizations & services.................. 75 Social & special interest clubs....................... 76 Senior resources........................................... 78 Special needs resources................................ 81

Business & services Overview...................................................... 82 Major employers........................................... 84 Employment agencies.................................. 84 Banks & credit unions................................... 84 The Chamber................................................ 86 Other business resources.............................. 88

Sports & recreation Overview...................................................... 89 The big teams............................................... 90 Community centers & sports programs......... 92 Local parks & trails....................................... 94 Golf courses.................................................. 95 Other sports facilities & businesses............... 96 Hunting & fishing licenses............................ 97 Sports clubs.................................................. 98 Plant & garden clubs.................................... 99 Environmental groups............................... 100 The coast................................................... 100 Waterside parks & beaches........................ 101

Arts & entertainment Overview................................................... 103 20 places to go and things to do................ 104 Festivals & big events................................ 106 The social scene......................................... 107 Attractions................................................ 108 Music organizations................................... 110 Arts groups................................................ 110 Dance........................................................ 111 Art galleries............................................... 112 Museums................................................... 112 Movie theaters.......................................... 113 Theater...................................................... 113 Nightlife.................................................... 114 Dining....................................................... 115

Staying safe Emergency numbers.................................. 117 Safety agencies......................................... 117 Storm Information..................................... 117


Living Here is an annual publication of the Tallahassee Democrat, 277 N. Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301. No part of this publication can be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. It is intended to provide an accurate representation of life in Tallahassee. While our listings are comprehensive, they are not all inclusive. If your organization is not in this issue, but you would like it to be in the 2013-2014 Living Here, send contact information to livinghere@ or go to to submit a listing. Copies of Living Here are available for purchase at the Tallahassee Democrat, 277 N. Magnolia Drive. For bulk purchases of 25 or more, call Daria Cornelius, 599.2204,

Published by the Tallahassee Democrat PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER


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Tallahassee wraps around your heart and won’t let go By Kati Schardl


hen I first came to Tallahassee, I felt as if I had stepped off the Yellow Brick Road and entered the Emerald City of Oz. I grew up 70 miles west of the capital in a teeny town called Marianna. I had visited Tallahassee only occasionally, and so when I came to start my studies at Florida State University, I felt like Mary Richards in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — so thrilled to be here, I could have flung my jaunty beret into the air (had I been wearing one). I felt I had arrived, a smalltown girl in a big city — but a city that felt a lot like home. And nearly four decades later, it is home. I have moved away a couple of times — once to live on a sailboat in Key West, once to spend two very white winters in Iowa — and both times I was drawn gently but inexorably back to Tallahassee. More than the August heat is sticky about this place. If you live here long enough, or even if you’re just visiting, you become subject to the effects of the Rubber Band Theory, a local phenomenon in which folks passing through, or residents who move away, can be counted on to come back to visit. And sometimes the Rubber Band Theory’s invisible umbilical will pull folks back here for good.

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Tallahassee is a soft place to land and an easy place to nestle back in to lick your wounds, celebrate your achievements, plug back into friendships and generally reorient yourself and recalibrate your gravitational core. Things may change on the city’s surface and the infrastructure may boast shiny new gadgets and gizmos, but the heart and soul of the city remain the same. And in this Angry Birds world, that’s mighty darn comforting. Back in the mid-’90s, the city’s official motto was “Tallahassee — Florida with a Southern Accent.” That folksy slogan was eventually scrapped in favor of something snappier that pegged Tallahassee as a city moving boldly forward. But the old motto holds true, even as the city has forged ahead. The future and the past coexist comfortably here. Tallahassee has a toehold in the Brave New Florida and a foot firmly planted in the Old Florida of green rolling hills, canopy roads, pristine rivers and springs, Spanish missions and sacred Native American sites. A short drive south lies a magical, primeval landscape — the wild salt marsh and coastline of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Drive a bit farther and you are on the Forgotten Coast, a world-class series of beaches and barrier islands.

More than the August heat is sticky here.

Follow the Big Bend Scenic Byway, and you’ll wind up in Apalachicola, one of the most charming old-school seaports on the Gulf Coast, where you will find the best oysters in the world, historical homes both grand and cozy, fine dining, friendly people, a professional equity theater and a museum dedicated to Dr. John Gorrie, patron saint of air conditioning. Back in Tallahassee, two universities and a highly regarded community college keep the city on the cutting edge in business, science and the arts. Florida A&M University and Florida State University, as well as Tallahassee Community College, draw scholars from around the globe. Many of them choose to stick around after graduation and add to the vibrant population. Tallahassee is a city of enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers, from parents who contribute time and expertise at the schools to Habitat for Humanity workers who help make the dream of home ownership a reality. Tallahasseeans have big hearts — we turn out en masse for cancer walks, Downtown GetDowns that support United Way of the Big Bend and fundraisers for all manner of individuals and organizations.

We are civic-minded and hold our city, county and state government entities accountable, and we make our voices heard on the issues that matter. Most of all, Tallahassee is a place where culture builds community and community nurtures culture. We are a city of artists, writers, visionaries, music-makers, dancers, chefs, filmmakers, storytellers and dreamers. We love our trees, we are passionate about our pets and we are proud and protective of our families. We walk, we bicycle, we garden, we read voraciously. We love to eat and argue and laugh and sing together. We support each other in tangible and intangible ways, and when we say “bless your heart,” we mean it. If you want to know what makes Tallahassee special, plunge into these pages and read through the Living Here listings. If you’re just passing through, this publication could be the rubber band that wraps around your ankle and draws you back. If you’re new to town, it will help you find your own niche here. Either way, kick off your ruby slippers and relax. There’s no place like home — when home is Tallahassee. Kati Schardl is the entertainment editor of the Tallahassee Democrat and writes the weekly music column in Limelight. She lives in “Levy Park, An Awesome Neighborhood” and rides a vintage Schwinn bicycle named Buttercup. She would almost always rather be gardening or cooking.

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Advertiser index


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Abbey Funeral Home & Tallahassee Memory Gardens................................. 68 ABC Abbey Flooring Center.................................... 28 AMWAT Moving & Storage..................................... 26 Anthony’s Wood Fire Grill......................................... 4 Apalachee Center................................................... 46 Arbor Landing........................................................ 22 Arbor Station......................................................... 22 AT&T...................................................................... 13 Audiology Associates of North Florida.................... 48 Azalea Place........................................................... 22 19 Barbara Hobbs....................................................... 42 Bela Lili.................................................................... 5 Betton Hills Preparatory School............................. 59 Bonnie Fowler........................................................ 24 Bradley’s Country Store.......................................... 29 Broadview Assisted Living..................................... 79 Brush & Palette........................................................ 4 Capital City Bank.................................................... 15 Capital City Christian Church.................................. 69 Capital Eurocars..................................................... 28 Capital Properties................................................... 20 Capital Regional Medical Center.......................... 2, 3 Catering Capers.................................................... 115 Challenger Learning Center.................................. 105 Cherry Laurel Independent Retirement Living....... 78 Chrysalis................................................................... 5 Cindy Cooper.......................................................... 24 City of Tallahassee Natural Gas............................... 37 City of Tallahassee Utilities..................................... 31 Cody’s American Roadhouse.................................. 26 Coldwell Banker Hartung & Noblin Inc................... 17 Community Christian School.................................. 58 Cornerstone Learning Community......................... 55 Covenant Hospice................................................... 50 Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Homes................... 71 Debbie Kirkland..................................................... 24 Delaney Park at SouthWood.................................. 20 Design & More......................................................... 5 Divine Dog Hotel.................................................... 29 Eckankar................................................................ 69 Eco Logic................................................................ 21 Elder Care Services Inc............................................ 79 Esposito’s Garden Center........................................ 99 Evergreens at Mahan Drive.................................... 20 Executive Office Furniture...................................... 43 Eye Associated of Tallahassee................................. 50 Fellowship Baptist Church...................................... 69 First Baptist Church Tallahassee............................. 71 First Choice Wellness Care...................................... 29 Flea Market Tallahassee....................................... 109 FSU College of Business.......................................... 83 FSU Credit Union.................................................... 86 Furniture Showcase & Design.................................. 4 Georgia Turner....................................................... 24 Gray Memorial United Methodist Church............... 69 Gulf Coast Dermatology......................................... 45 Hancock Bank.......................................................... 1 Happy Trails Ranch................................................. 93 HarborChase Assisted Living & Memory Care......... 78 Hartsfield Construction.......................................... 19 Healthy Solutions Medical Weight Loss.................. 48 Holy Comforter Episcopal Church........................... 69 Holy Comforter Episcopal School............................ 58 Immanuel Baptist Church...................................... 73 Jim’s Pianos.......................................................... 113 John Paul II Catholic High School........................... 57

Josephine G. Ang................................................... 25 Kant Realty............................................................ 25 Kathy Rivenbark..................................................... 24 Killearn Country Club............................................. 97 Kraft Nissan............................................................ 33 Lena Seiler............................................................. 25 Leon County Board of Commissioners.................... 35 Leon County............................................................. 7 Louver Shop, The.................................................... 15 MaryJeanne Morse Lykes....................................... 24 Mike Ferrie............................................................. 24 Miller’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning.................... 86 Mission San Luis................................................... 109 Narcissus.................................................................. 5 North Florida Christian School............................... 56 Pacifica Senior Living/ Woodmont Assisted Living..................................... 79 Peter Wood Flooring.............................................. 29 Pink Narcissus.......................................................... 5 Premier Pools......................................................... 19 Prime Meridian Bank............................................. 85 Ragz T-Shirts.......................................................... 93 Railroad Square Art Park........................................ 28 Ray Wiley Music..................................................... 28 Ricky Wagner......................................................... 25 Robert’s Jewelry & Design...................................... 29 Sandra Cartee Realty.............................................. 25 Sarah Eden & Company.......................................... 25 Seven Hills Academy.............................................. 59 Shaun E. Laurie, M.D............................................. 51 Simply Entertaining................................................. 4 SmartStop Self Storage.......................................... 21 Southeastern Dermatology.................................... 49 Southeastern Plastic Surgery................................. 47 SouthGroup............................................................ 23 St. John’s Episcopal Church..................................... 69 St. Peter’s Anglican Church..................................... 68 Stylehouse............................................................. 27 Sunshine Savings Bank..............................Back cover Suzanne Long........................................................ 24 Suzanne McGhee................................................... 18 Tallahassee Community Chorus............................ 105 Tallahassee Farmers Market at Market Square......... 4 Tallahassee First Church of the Nazarene............... 69 Tallahassee Ford Lincoln........................................ 32 Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare......................Inside front cover Tallahassee Museum............................................ 113 Tallahassee Primary Care Associates...................... 51 Tallahassee Senior Center....................................... 79 Tally Connection..................................................... 86 Tax Collector Doris Maloy....................................... 36 Taylor Auto Sales.................................................... 28 Ten Thousand Villages.............................................. 5 That’s Mine............................................................... 4 The Chamber.......................................................... 87 The Gem Collection................................................ 27 TMH Federal Credit Union...................................... 86 Trail & Ski............................................................. 101 Trinity Catholic Elementary School......................... 57 Victoria Grand Apartments.................................... 21 Walking Shoe Shop.................................................. 4 Way Out West......................................................... 28 Westminster Oaks.................................................. 46 Wild Birds Unlimited............................................ 101 Wilderness Way...................................................... 93 Wine Warehouse...................................................... 5

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The basics The region

Here, you’ll find ‘real’ Floridians


By Gerald Ensley

t is often said that to travel south in Florida, you have to go north, north to Tallahassee and the Big Bend, the region often called Old Florida. Longtime Tallahassee Democrat columnist Gerald Ensley recently talked with Diane Roberts, a North Florida native and writer, about the intricacies of our region.

What makes this region different from the rest of Florida?

This part of Florida is different from your South Beach, your Tampa Bay and your Mouse Kingdom because it harbors actual Floridians: people who were born and raised hereabouts, instead of people who came from thousands of miles away, looking for a paradise that doesn’t exist and never did. North Florida is not

as mobile as the rest of America, so you can find people with long memories here, people who’ve been to Centennial Field, who recall when we had forward-thinking governors like Reubin Askew and Bob Graham, or when there were lovely stores downtown — Miller’s and Vardi’s and that spectacular head shop on College Avenue I was never allowed to go into. I’m glad the universities have brought new people to Tallahassee — it makes for better restaurants and deepens the gene pool. Most of them have learned the values of this place: 1. Eccentricity is good; 2. Bigger is not always better; and 3. No traffic is ever bad enough to justify widening a canopy road.

What foods and traditions are hallmarks of North Florida?

We’re very much part of the Southern Living magazine-belt, a region of the culinary imagination that encompasses, but is not limited to, the 11 states of the Old Confederacy. That means lard, sugar and corn in various forms. Fried chicken. Fried mullet. Fried catfish. Pound cake. Peach pie. Cornbread. Some of my Wakulla County kinfolk made moonshine back in the day, but I prefer hush puppies. Our best foods come from the woods, the garden or the sea. I’m talking about dewberries, mayhaws, and tupelo honey, tomatoes grown by you or by local farmers (there is no reason to eat store-bought ’maters–ever!) and Apalachicola Bay oysters — the best oysters in the world. I’m pretty sure Apalachicola Bay oysters make those of us who eat them regularly smarter

Photos: From top left, springtime azaleas, a local saxophone player, Apalachicola oysters, a patriot, Bald Point, a homegrown tomato,


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In this section The region | Local history | Weather | Important dates | Real Estate | Shopping | Utilities | Recycling | Transportation | Driver’s licenses | Libraries | Media | Animal services Diane Roberts — who also writes under the aciddipped pen name of D.K. Roberts — is a Florida State English professor and journalist, who specializes in Southern culture and skewering the Florida Legislature. She has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, Tampa Bay Times and The Times of London. She has been a commentator for NPR since 1993 and makes documentaries for BBC Radio in London, where she also spends part of the year. Her latest book is “Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and other Florida Wildlife.”

and nicer. Perhaps we could send some bushels over to the capital the next time the Legislature is in session. As for traditions, my favorite is, of course, FSU football weekends, when all the regular rules are suspended, and we are allowed to drive the wrong way down Pensacola Street, revel in unconscionable violence, and holler like a wounded hyena. At the other (less bruising) end, there’s Seven Days of Opening Nights, an embarrassment of riches, which


has included National Book Award winning novelists, fiddle bands from North Carolina, harpists from, I don’t know, Middle Earth, and Joan Rivers.

What are the not-to-bemissed festivals and other events?

Spring. I do not mean Springtime Tallahassee, that vulgar display of dubious historicity in which we are asked to celebrate Spanish colonizers, slaveholders and Andrew Jackson, Florida’s first territorial governor ­— never mind that he hated the place and only lasted a few months in the job. No, I mean the pink, green and white explosion of tulip trees, dogwood and azaleas that can make even a vacant lot look like a palace garden. It’s free and nobody’s chucking cheap beads at you. I also like the Blessing of the Animals at Mission San Luis, up on top of one of Tallahassee’s prettiest hills. It’s particularly good for cats who (as often happens) have become possessed by demons. And there’s First Friday, a big old arty party in galleries all over town, especially Railroad Square, where the art mothership, 621, is located. There’s music, there’s wine and there are open stu-

dios where you can hang out with potters and sculptors and painters such as the brilliant Ron Yrabedra, whose Egyptian reds and Roman blues take you back to the ancient world.

How has living here shaped you personally and professionally?

I’m a lucky dog. I went to the University School when it was still on FSU’s campus and still wonderfully weird; and I had teachers at FSU who spent silly amounts of their valuable time educating me. One of them, Jerome Stern, suggested that I could “learn to write for humans” (I sported a godawful high academic style back in the day) by doing some work for the Florida Flambeau newspaper. This sounded good to me. So I learned to be a journalist without even noticing. As for what Tallahassee has given me personally, well, other than the best friends you could wish for and a nice accent, anyone raised here has a high chance of suffering from a disease I call “hyper-hostessing.” It was much in evidence during the 2000 presidential election imbroglio when people invited out-of-town journalists, political operatives and lawyers they didn’t know from

Adam’s house cat over for Thanksgiving dinner and let them sleep on their sofas when they got kicked out of their hotel rooms for the FSU-Florida game (priorities!). Damn, our manners are first class! I’ve found you can get away with an awful lot if you have good manners, at least in person. Good manners in print — well, that’s different. Lucky for me, I was born without a deference gene. If you get elected to the ever-more idiotic and shameless Florida Legislature, you should not expect people like me to be nice to you. Fair, yes. Impressed: never.

What’s your favorite thing about living here?

I can’t pick just one: trees, springs, Waterworks, the house I grew up in, my mother’s Vidalia onion jelly, all those writers making stories, all those smart lawyers and environmentalists who are trying to save the place, Orchard Pond Road, Goodwood, Bradley’s smoked sausage, anhingas at Wakulla Springs, radical belles, Spanish moss, the Lake Jackson Mounds, the oysters and biscuits at Cypress. Oh, and the irreducible fact that even if none of the above existed, it would still be my home.

Winter Festival dancers, Wakulla Springs from the air, FSU Homecoming. PHOTOS BY TALLAHaSSEE DEMOCRAT STAFF


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Your guide for living in the Tallahassee area


It all started at a waterfall


By Gerald Ensley

n 1823, members of the 2-year-old Florida territorial legislature decided that they needed a place to meet between St. Augustine and Pensacola, Florida’s only two cities at the time. They met at a small waterfall in the rolling, red clay hills of present-day Leon County. That is how Tallahassee came to be — leaving out Spanish explorers, Apalachee Indians and Andrew Jackson’s army, who had previously inhabited the area. Tallahassee Democrat senior writer and columnist Gerald Ensley discusses other important times in Tallahassee with local historian Julianne Hare.

What has been the most important event in Tallahassee’s history?

The racial clashes and demonstrations centered in Frenchtown during World War II had a major and permanent impact on American society and Reconstructed versions of historic structures such as a Spanish fort allow for a glimpse into the past at Mission San Luis. For more on the Mission, see Attractions, Page 109.


Julianne Hare spent 20 years managing federal housing agencies and nonprofits before moving to Tallahassee in 1994 and embracing her enthusiasm for history. She is the author of “Tallahassee – A Capital City History” and “Frenchtown – Heart and Heritage in Tallahassee, Florida.” She is an accomplished photographer whose images have appeared in numerous media. She works with numerous agencies and museums to produce printed materials, DVDs, specialized exhibits and grant applications.

yet the story is rarely told. As a country, we actively recruited blacks to serve in a racially segregated military. Yet black soldiers who shed their blood on the fields of Europe were expected to keep their distance back on the home front. Push came to shove in Frenchtown when soldiers sta-


The site of that waterfall would become Cascades Park, shown here in a 1912 postcard.

tioned at nearby Mabry Field and Camp Gordon Johnston got into it in August 1944. Before all was said and done, white police officers were arresting black soldiers and threatening to shoot into the crowd. Protests followed and African-American soldiers were ordered to stay on their respective bases and not come back to town, while white soldiers were still welcomed. The incident — and a similar confrontation the following year — was widely reported in the American press. It put a spotlight on Jim Crow laws in the South and generated pressure to end such outrages. Tallahassee wasn’t the only place where protests took

Black soldiers stationed here were at the center of racial clashes during WWII. Those clashes put a spotlight on Jim Crow laws in the South.

place, but the Frenchtown events were among those that influenced President Truman to issue Executive Order 9981 in 1948 and officially end segregation in the military.

Who were some of Tallahassee’s most prominent residents?

Richard Keith Call was one of our most visionary residents. We know him as an aide to Andrew Jackson, a Territorial representative to Congress and a two-term Territorial Governor, but his greatest contribution was his aggressive effort to recruit settlers and wealthy planters to this area. The Spanish discovered the richness of land in this area long before Jackson and his entourage came along. But without Call’s marketing skills, one could argue Tallahassee would not be much more than farmland today. please see HISTORY, next PAGE


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Also on my list would be the slaves who were forced to come along with all those new property owners. They made the land work. They built the infrastructure and fueled Tallahassee’s economy. Their cultural influence permeates our art, music, religion – just about every facet of our community today.

What is your favorite place of historical importance and what’s special about it?

The Red Hills region is dotted with dozens of sites of historical significance, but if I had to narrow in on one special place, it would be Mission San Luis. It is one of the most unique places in the United States. Think about it, the mission was established some 40 years before Jamestown was settled and 55 years before the pilgrims landed in Massachusetts! The state — not to mention hundreds of volunteers — has done a fabulous job of re-creating and interpreting the history of the mission, the nearby Native American villages, and the old fort. You could visit every week for a year and never see and experience all that is there.

What’s your favorite thing about living here?

I love the cultural diversity represented by our residents and the myriad opportunities to become involved in our city’s future. Participation in public meetings is encouraged, and anyone can apply to serve on a city or county committee. If you don’t like something, you can take steps to change it. Tallahassee offers activities for people of all ages and does a credible job of making provisions for folks with physical challenges. We have access to libraries, museums and places where folks can nurture lifelong learning. Children are encouraged to mix and mingle at age-specific and multi-generational events. What’s not to like?

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Expect true seasons


By Jeff Burlew

our things set Tallahassee’s climate apart from much of the rest of Florida — winter, spring, summer and

fall. We experience the richness of the seasons, but Tallahassee has other weather phenomena in common with the rest of the state — namely tropical storms and hurricanes. Meteorologist Kelly Godsey talks about our tropicalweather risk, why sea-breeze thunderstorms are a good thing and how snow came close to town not too long ago.

What’s unique about the weather in Tallahassee?

This is one of the parts of Florida that really gets that four-season feel. You do get that summertime heat, and you see the summertime thunderstorms. But we do have a discernible winter here as well. So we get somewhat chilly compared to the rest of Florida — low temperatures can get down in the teens sometimes. It’s not really that typical of what you see on, say, a poster for Florida, where it’s going to be warm and nice beach weather all year round.

Hurricanes and tropical storms are a fact of life for people in Florida. Is our risk as high as other parts of the state?

Climatologically, we may not have seen as many hurricanes as we’ve had in South Florida over the last 100 years. But if you go back into the 19th century, this part of Florida was the most frequently hit area for the entire state. We had periods where we were seeing three or four storms a decade make landfall in North Florida, particularly

in the 1830s, ’40s and ’50s. The last hurricane that a lot of folks probably remember for North Florida is Hurricane Kate in 1985. We always like to remind folks that when Kate came through Tallahassee, it was a tropical storm — it wasn’t even a hurricane. It had winds of about 65 to 70 mph. People were without power for two to three weeks. If we had a fullblown Category 1 or Category 2 hurricane in Tallahassee, the devastation would be immense. And people need to prepare for that, even though it’s been a number of years since we’ve seen a storm of that intensity here. What about other weather events such as tornadoes, or even snow?

Tallahassee has two distinct severe-weather seasons. We have a severe-weather season late in the fall, October into November. We have another one that picks up late January into March. Those two distinct severe-weather seasons offer us the potential to get tornadoes. You mentioned snow — Tallahassee has seen snow on several occasions in the past. It’s very rare, and a very exceptional set of circumstances has to come together to see that. But just two years ago, we did have a pretty good snow event across our forecast area in southern Georgia and southern Alabama, where some areas picked up 3 to 6 inches of snow.

Sea-breeze thunderstorms are common. Can you explain what they are and how they form?

Sea-breeze thunderstorms typically develop starting in late May and continuing through about early

Kelly Godsey, a native of Johnson City, Tenn., is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee. He graduated from Florida State University in 2005 and joined the Weather Service in Tallahassee in July 2005 after an earlier internship with the Weather Service in Morristown, Tenn. He’s married to Amy Godsey, Florida’s state meteorologist. The two met while studying meteorology at FSU.

September. The difference between the temperature as the air heats up over the land and water is what drives the sea-breeze circulation. And so about 2 or 3 o’clock in the afternoon, we’ll see that sea breeze start to advance its way inland. And that is kind of like a front — it provides a lifting mechanism or gets air moving upward. That warm moist air continues to move upward and builds into a thunderstorm. The more humid the air is, the warmer we can get, the more fuel we add to the atmosphere. And that generates those afternoon showers and thunderstorms. That’s really how we get a lot of our rain in the summer months because we don’t see cold fronts get into the Southeast late in the summer. What’s your favorite thing about living here?

I like the fact that it’s just a big enough city that there’s a lot of things to do here. I came from a small town, so this is a big city to me. It’s not as big and populated say as Central or South Florida, so it does have that small-town feel to it. And that really does make it feel like home.

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The local market shows promising signs



iven the downturn in the economy, the realestate market has struggled in recent years, but things are looking up in Tallahassee. Democrat Business Editor Dave Hodges talks with Realtor DEBBIE KIRKLAND about trends in real estate: What have been the most significant trends or developments in the area’s real estate market within the past year?

Average home prices are on the rise, and the number of sales has increased in the last 12 months. The most significant trends and developments include a smaller home footprint for the average family. The focus has shifted back to homes with designs that create more family-friendly features and multi-purpose living spaces. Homes with offices and outdoor living spaces are selling faster than those with small, segmented living spaces and no outdoor features. Green features, energy-saving features and environmentally friendly mindfulness when remodeling using more natural materials are trends on the rise in both remodeling and in new construction.

A thirdgeneration Realtor in Tallahassee, DEBBIE KIRKLAND is president of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors. Her residential sales put her in the top 10 percent of active agents locally, and she devotes her time to teaching social media and marketing to real estate agents and small businesses.

home prices, mortgage constraints, insurance challenges and home inventories. Realtors realize that home sales are the key to the economic recovery and job creation that our area needs to survive, and we are seeing it improve daily. PLEASE SEE MARKET, NEXT PAGE


The real-estate zone map For real-estate purposes, Leon County is divided into four zones as specified by the Leon County Property Appraiser’s Office: northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest. The north and south zones split approximately along Pensacola Street, and the east and west zones split along Meridian Road.

How would you characterize the market now in the region and the outlook for the rest of 2012?

The market is significantly improved. Progress is being made through the short-sale and foreclosure market, interest and sales in new construction are on the rise, and existing inventories are receiving multiple offers, a sure sign of housing recovery. Realtors are helping bridge the disparities of

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hile Tallahasseeans are passionate about their town, their closest connection to local life is through their neighborhoods. The city has many new and older neighborhoods with distinct characteristics. Democrat writer TaMaryn Waters talks with Christic Henry about them.

What do our neighborhoods say about Tallahassee culture?

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I think our neighborhoods serve as the foundation of this community, the personality and the atmosphere for the city. Tallahassee is full of neighborhoods where people still check in on one another. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pastime that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been forgotten. You are committed to your neighbor. Nobody does it better than Tallahassee.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your advice on finding a neighborhood that fits your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs?

It depends on the type of person you are. If you are looking for a neighborhood with

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When buying or selling homes here, what are some key points to keep in mind?

Given what I mentioned above, when selling a home a seller who hopes to gain the most return on their home would be the one who presents it in better-than-average condition. The gap between a wellmaintained home and one with years of deferred maintenance and updating is significant, and Realtors can demonstrate that with comparable sales analysis data.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite thing about living here?

This is my hometown. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than giving tours of the

Christic Henry is president of the Council of Neighborhood Associations and current managing broker/Realtor at Kingdom First Realty, Realtor with Tallahassee Board of Realtors, and program coordinator and summer enrichment counselor at the Smith-Williams Service Center.

certain amenities, such as pools and club houses, then you may want to look at planned communities, such as SouthWood or SummerBrooke. Even if you are looking for that and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a budget for that, you can find an older neighborhood in Myers Park or Woodland Drive where you can make improvements thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close to a country club and community centers. There are a lot of options out there based on your price range, needs and certain amenities.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite thing about living here?

My favorite thing to do here is walk. The terrain here offers a good workout.

HOMES ON PARADE: Area builders showcase their latest designs over two weekends in May during the annual Parade of Homes hosted by the Tallahassee Builders Association. For more information, go to the buildersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; website, www. city and talking about the lifestyle and amenities of the community. From the walkability of our downtown, to the biking trails, parks and recreational facilities to the cultural events and offerings, now more than ever, there is something in Tallahassee of interest and of comfort to all ages, ethnicities and demographics.

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Arrowhead, 325 Hayden Road, 2241980,

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830 East Park, 830 E. Park Ave., 523-6100,

Ashford Club, 2055 Thomasville Road, 32306, 386-8186, ashfordat

A University View, 445 Conradi St., 224-2569 Adams St. Lofts, 2020 W. Pensacola St., 580-0000,

Augustine Club, 2001 Old St. Augustine Road, 877-5726, capreit. com

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Avalon Apartments, 1112 S. Magnolia Drive, 224-6275, aspen

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Franklin Pointe, 631 E. Call St., 222-2864,

Hidden Green, 1579 Kelly Run, 893-2500, regionalpropertyservices. com

Fulton Hill, 603 Fulton Road, 3850621,

Hidden Villas Apartments, 2131 N. Meridian Road, 385-2191

GateWay at Seminole Suites, 2421 Jackson Bluff Road, 877-6770,

Hillside Apartments, 600 Eugenia St., 513-1515, firstpropertyservices. com

Georgetown, 524 W. Tharpe St., 385-5821, southgroupapartments. com

Indian Oaks West, 1816 Jackson Bluff Road, 894-1500

Glen Hollow Apartments, 1554 Lake Ave., 576-5006

Indian Ridge Apartments, 2924 Miccosukee Road, 878-2139,

Glen Oaks, 2074 Midyette Road, 671-1790,

Inverness, 1370 Ocala Road, 3851001,

GrandMarc, 1000 W. Brevard St., 222-6272, grandmarctallahassee. com

Jackson Square at the Hermitage, 1767 Hermitage Blvd., 3863633,

Green Briar Garden Homes, 1341 Jackson Bluff Road, 32315, 894-7368,

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Lakes at San Marcos, 4768 Woodville Highway, 32305, 9421002,

Ochlockonee Pointe, 33870 Blue Star Highway, 32343, 580-4075,

Jefferson Towers, 516 W. Jefferson St., 222-5611,

Landmark Apartments, 2125 Jackson Bluff Road, 576-5421,

Osceola Lofts, 501 Chapel Drive, 224-5638,

Jeffwood Apartments, 924 W. Pensacola St., 224-5679

Legacy Suites, 415 Chapel Drive, 222-2525

Jennings Place, 2218 E. Magnolia Circle, 580-7444,

Legacy Town Homes, 1240 Conklin St., 523-0100,


Jefferson Arms, 412 W. Jefferson St., 224-9017,

Kingston Square, 410 W. Van Buren St., 224-0980, firstproperty

Lenox Parc, 630 W. Virginia St., 2220503, Leon Arms, 2502 Holton St., 5767308

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Meridian Place, 2000 N. Meridian Road, 385-1161 Mission Overlook, 2100 Del Caramel Way, 878-3134, Mission West, 2651 Vista Rise #D, 575-1495, Monterey Apartment Homes, 2301 Old Bainbridge Road, 3850536,


Osceola Ridge, 1001 Ocala Road, 575-5001,

Seminole Ridge, 1375 Pullen Road, 422-3424, Shadow Ridge, 2424 W. Tharpe St. #1G, 385-0286, Shamrock Village of Tallahassee, 3711 Shamrock St. W., 893-1197

Osceola Village Suites, 500 Chapel Drive, 222-5010, osceola

Silverleaf, 2749 W. Tharpe St., 3859881,

Palms West, 2325 W. Pensacola St., 576-6814,

Skyview, 615 West St. Augustine St., 222-4688,

Park Avenue Villas, 2102 E. Park Ave., 878-4128, remaccproperties. com

Southgate, 675 W. Jefferson St., 425-4200, southgateattallahassee. com

ParkWay Square, 2855 Apalachee Parkway, 821-9917, aspensquare. com

Spanish Oaks, 1327 High Road, 222-8496, southgroupapartments. com

Parkwood Apartments, 401 W. Park Ave., 681-9953,

Spanish Town Apartments, 125 Chapel Drive, 576-9555

Pebble Hill Apartments, 2353 Mission Road #J., 574-1240, Pinecrest West, 1380 Ocala Road, 576-8527 Plantations at Pine Lake, 1833 Halstead Blvd., 893-6003, Planterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing, 1447 Stone Road, 385-1600, plantersapartments. com Players Club, 222 N. Ocala Road, 575-3615, Pointe East, 703 Pointe Court, 4223700,

Spirit Wind, 1716 Bellevue Way, 222-9176, Springwood, 2660 Old Bainbridge Road, 562-2900, springwood-apts. com St Augustine Hills, 2415 Old St. Augustine Road, 656-6340, Stadium Place, 224 Hayden Road, 222-9176, Star Suites, 1360 High Road, 5765100, Stratford Landing, 2616 Mission Road, 575-3703, sunchaseamerican. com

North Point Apartments, 2651 North Point Court, 422-3700, first

Polo Club, 1000 High Road, 5808078,

Sweet Bay Club, 2309 Old Bainbridge Road, 383-7400, sweet

Oak Creek Place, 2350 Wanda Way., 523-0100,

Polos on Park, 2626 E. Park Ave., 309-7667,

Talla Villa, 925 E. Magnolia Drive, 877-5241

Oak Pointe, 1747 Capital Circle NE., 385-5359,

Portland Terrace Apartments, 641 Industrial Drive, 224-1424

Oakcrest, 110 Dixie Drive, 877-2522418

Portofino Villas, 770 Appleyard Drive, 574-3234,, Seville, 1420 N. Meridian Road, 2243738,

Tally Square Apartments, 1112 S. Magnolia Drive, (888) 823-0144, Tanglewood Apartments, 1600 Pullen Road, 850) 386-1030,

Providence Pointe, 1242 Stuckey Ave., 523-0100,

Tenn St Station, 600 Dixie Drive, 574-7663,

Richmond Square, 911 Richmond St., 877-252-2421

The Boardwalk Village, 1730 Pensacola St. Unit 11, 201-2900,

Ridgewood, 2100 Apalachee Parkway, 878-7298 Rockbrook Gardens Apartments, 1021 Idlewild Drive, 32311, 8784226, Rolling Hills, 280 John Knox Road, 385-2560, glassratnermanagement. com Savannah Sound Apartments, 1950 N. Point Blvd., 385-9001,

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Seminole Grand, 1505 W. Tharpe St., 383-7300,

The Commons, 1325 W. Tharpe St., 523-1000, The Cottages at Country Club, Gadsden St., 224-0980, firstproperty The Cottages of Tallahassee, 1109 Greentree Ct., 566-1506, remacc The Cove, 2210-1 Mission Road, 224-6275,

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The Evergreens at Mahan, 900 Riggins Road, 574-5000, evergreens The Heights at Tallahassee, 2915 Sharer Road, 298-4431, theheights The Lakes at University Center, 1335 Airport Drive, 576-9984, The Landing at Appleyard, 475 Appleyard Drive, 576-7500, The Osceola, 500 Chapel Drive, 222-5010, The Paddock Club Tallahassee, 1900 Centre Pointe Blvd., 32309, 878-6600,





9843, The Pointe at Adams Place, 3000 S. Adams St., 298-4200, atthepointe. com The Preserve at San Luis, 1560 San Luis Road, 513-1300, The Reserve at Heritage Oaks, 3909 Reserve Drive, 878-8520, The Retreat TLH Woodbury, 608 W. Tennessee St., 597-9783, The Savannahs, 720 W. Carolina St., 599-9200, The Village, 2241 W. Pensacola St, 878-4130,

The Park at Forest Ridge, 2677 Old Bainbridge Road, 514-4200,

Timber Ridge, 1417 Pullen Road, 580-0000, timberbridgetownhomes. net

The Park at Midtown, 1600 Old Bainbridge Road, 222-3696,

Timberwood, 2300 Timber Oaks Lane, 402-9000,

The Pines of Tallahassee, 3801 Mission Trace Blvd., 562-7441,

Twin Oaks, 2500 Merchants Row Blvd., 32311, 386-4800,

The Plantations at Killearn, 2305 Killearn Center Blvd., 32309, 6688900,

University Center Apartments, 1341 Jackson Bluff Road, 32315, 8947368, universitycenterapartments. com

The Plaza, 982 W. Brevard St., 222-

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Villa Cristina, 2030 Belle Vue Way, 575-2030,

University Courtyard, 3025 S. Adams St., 878-0300, univcourtyard. com

Villa Del Lago, 2700 W. Pensacola St., 575-8187,

University Gardens II, 401 Putnam Drive, 577-0690, universitygardens University Gardens, 400 Putnam Drive, 402-3800, universitygardens University Green, 1800 Anole Drive, 562-0589, University Lofts, 681 W. Virginia St., 577-3333,

Villa Dylano, 400 Hayden Road, 575-1600, Villa Lucia, 1845 Belle Vue Way, 580-0030, Villa Reanna, 1924 W. Pensacola St., 580-4444, Villa San Marco, 2400 W. Tharpe St., 580-6000, Villa San Michele, 1682 Baldwin Park Drive, 580-0021, willasan

University Village, 1825 W. Call St., 425-3100,

West 10 Apartments, 2614 W. Tennessee St., 574-5900, west10apts. com

Venetian Villas, 235 S. Ocala Road, 580-0060,

Westview Apartments, 812 Richmond St., 727-1700

Verandas at Southwood, 3700 Capital Circle SE., 32311, 878-5545,

White Drive Courtyard Apartments, 457 White Drive, 445-7808

Victoria Grand Apartments, 2350 Phillips Road #1101, 329-6200,

White Drive Villas, 2347 Home Ave., 224-6275,

Villa San Carlo, 205 White Drive, 575-1773,

WhiteHall Apartments, 1704 W. Call St., 222-6819, whitehallstudent

Villa Cortez, 1834 Jackson Bluff Road, 576-9949,

Windrush Village, 410 Victory Garden Drive, 878-1802


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Your guide for living in the Tallahassee area


Shop locally and in style By Elizabeth Mack


hether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re serious about fashion or just looking for the next great find, Tallahassee retailers have you covered. The fashion scene is driven with offerings from local boutiques and shops. From Downtown or Midtown to Killearn or SouthWood, you can have your choice of vintage or couture. Tallahassee Democrat staff writer Elizabeth Mack talks with Zan Bielec of Locally Owned Tallahassee about shopping options. The nonprofit is a collective of licensed, independently owned businesses and community organi-

zations that promote and sustain a vibrant, healthy and unique community. What does the local shopping scene have to offer?

Some of the most unique shops, located in shopping areas that offer a plethora of local flavor and one of a kind finds. For being a â&#x20AC;&#x153;small town,â&#x20AC;? this community offers more choices than some of the bigger cities. The people make this community, and when you infuse funky, creative business owners who strive to provide their customers with vibrant choices, you have a community that flourishes based on individuality, not the blandness of generality.

How do you get to know local businesses? Where do

you start?

To begin the journey of getting to know the local businesses here, you can simply go to and find listings based upon the type of business, name and location. Another great way is to go to places like Black Dog Cafe or All Saints Cafe and ask people what is their favorite locally owned business. You ask that question, and you will find that people love to rave about their top picks and usually will mention the owner or a staff member by name.

What are some of the most unique local vendors?

Some of the most unique local vendors are located in neighborhoods like Railroad Square Art Park, Lake Ella

Cottages, All Saints, Market Square and Midtown, where there are several shops clustered together. Tallahassee offers some of the most unique businesses including Quarter Moon Imports, Lucy & Leoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cupcakery, Loud Voice Books, Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bikes, Uptown Cafe, Hopkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eatery, Avant Garb, The Other Side Vintage, The Warehouse, St. Mikes, Cosmic Cat Comics, MoMoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza and more. What are some ways that residents can support local businesses (beyond obviously patronizing them)?

If you like a business, spread the word. Let your friends and neighbors know. There is a story where a local business was closing down and each customer would stop by and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, this is so sad. I love this store,â&#x20AC;? but they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t visited the store in months or told anyone about it. Residents letting other people know about great local businesses makes the difference of those busi-


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Zan Bielec of Locally Owned Tallahassee is also the owner of a store called Other Side Vintage, located in Railroad Square Art Park.

Here are a few shopping centers you might want to explore: n Betton Place, 1950 Thomasville Road n Carriage Gate Center, 3425 Thomasville Road n The Cottages at Lake Ella, 1621 N. Monroe St. n The Festival, 2765 Capital Circle N.E. n Gallery at Market Street, 1460 Market Street. n Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marketplace, 1514 Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square Blvd. n Manor@Midtown, 1122 Thomasville Road n Market Square, 1514 Timberlane Road n The Pavilions at Market Street, 1410 Market St. n Railroad Square Art Park, 567 Industrial Drive n The Verandas, 1355 Market St. n Village Commons, 1400 Village Square Blvd. And, of course, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the two malls: n Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square, 1500 Apalachee Parkway n Tallahassee Mall, 2415 N. Monroe St.

nesses staying open or closing.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite thing about living here?

I can spend the afternoon visiting great businesses where the owner is usually behind the checkout counter. I can go to Lake Ella and read a book and have coffee. And later that night, I can catch a show with live music, great food and drinks. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;small townâ&#x20AC;? has so much to offer, you just have to get out there to experience it. Welcome to Tallahassee! Tallahassee has dozens of unique shops such as Divas and Devils House of Style, top, and Art of the Find, plus two malls and lots of chain stores. Tallahassee Democrat file photos

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Utilities City of Tallahassee The city provides electric, water and sewer, natural gas, garbage, recycling and storm-water management to residents within city limits, as well as some services outside city limits.

GETTING CONNECTED IN THE CITY In person: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. MondayFriday, Customer Account Services, first floor, Frenchtown Renaissance Building, 435 N. Macomb St. By phone: Transfer services available by phone at 891-4YOU (4968). Utilities cannot be connected by phone. Online: View account information, request utility programs, send a comment card, turn on or off utilities, transfer utilities, pay your bill and more at By mail: Send written requests for new service or transfer to: Utility Customer Services 300 S. Adams St., Box A2 Tallahassee, FL 32301 By fax: Request utility account transfers with completed forms via fax at 891-0901. Find forms online at

PAYING YOUR CITY UTILITY BILL No fee e+ online payments: Customers can register/log in to their e+ online account to make no-fee payments; visit YOU for details. Smartbill: The electronic SmartBill is another no-fee electronic payment option that allows you to schedule and pay your utility bill directly from the SmartBill. By mail: Make checks payable to the “City of Tallahassee.” Use the envelope included in the statement and send to: City of Tallahassee, Revenue Division, Box A4, 300 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301. Remote payment locations: Utility customers wanting to make in-person payments by cash or check can do so at 17 authorized payment centers located throughout the city. For a list of locations, please visit online at remote_pay.cfm . Automatic check withdrawal: Certain banks and credit unions allow utility customers to pay their bills through automatic check withdrawal. To learn more, call the City’s Revenue Division at 891-6494 or visit

LH_2012_Working.indd 30 to complete a form. Other online payment option: Via Western Union. A service fee applies to this transaction. By phone: Via Western Union. A service fee applies to this transaction. Call toll free: (877) 765-8189. In person: Utility bills may be paid at the cashier windows on the first floor of the Frenchtown Renaissance Center, 435 N. Macomb St., 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

DISCONNECTED? If your power has been disconnected because of nonpayment: Go to Customer Account Services at the Frenchtown Renaissance Center at 435 N. Macomb St., 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, to pay the bill and any reconnection fees. Service will be restored the same day. For after-hours reconnections: Available 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. MondayFriday. Customers can reconnect via Western Union before 10 p.m. by calling 891-4968. After-hours fees are billed to the next statement and an after-hours order to reconnect is dispatched, once payment is verified. At the Police Department: Customers may also pay with check or money order at the Tallahassee Police Department, 234 E. Seventh Ave., until 9:30 p.m.

CITY RECYCLING The Smart Cart: If you are within the city’s solid-waste service area, you should have a recycling Smart Cart in addition to your garbage collection barrel. (If you live in an apartment complex, it may be different.) If your home does not have a Smart Cart, call the city at 891-4968. One side of the Smart Cart is for recycling metal, glass and plastic; the other side is for paper products. What to recycle: Glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, steel cans, tin cans, all plastic containers. Labels are OK, but discard lids. Paper: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, cardboard, and paperboard boxes (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.) What NOT to recycle: No waxcoated, plastic-coated or food-contaminated boxes (pizza, milk cartons). No hardback books or plastic bags. Pickup schedule: Pickup is once per week curbside, on the same day as your garbage collection. Garbage and recycling carts should be rolled out to the curb no earlier than the day before pickup and should be rolled back to the home no later than the day after service.




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CITY GARBAGE What goes in your garbage barrel: Non-recyclable, nonhazardous household waste. Pickup schedule: Pickup is once per week curbside, on the same day as your recycling collection. Helping hands: For customers who live in a single-family home or townhouse and are physically unable to roll a recycling or garbage cart to the curb, Helping Hands Service provides weekly garbage and recycling pickup at the back door at no extra charge. A Helping Hands application is available at; call 891-4968 with questions. Premium service: A fee-based service for customers who wish to have their garbage and recycling pulled, emptied and returned to the house.

YARD WASTE What can be picked up: Grass clippings, pine straw, leaves, shrub trimmings, small limbs. To prepare for pickup: Place yard waste in heavy-duty bags or boxes. For shrubs and limbs, make piles 6 by 4 feet and 4 feet high. The maximum size for limbs is 6 feet long, 4 inches diameter. For tree-stump removal, call a tree service. For pickup: Yard waste from residences is collected every other week, and shall be placed at the curb for collection in accordance with your Red or Blue week schedule (available at, and separate from other solid waste.

BULKY ITEMS What can be picked up: Large items that don’t fit in your garbage barrel. These items include appliances (water heaters, washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators), furniture, mattresses, lamps, bicycles, swing sets (disassembled), plastic pools, barbeque grills and other large items (no electronics, which are hazardous waste). Remove doors from refrigerators or place them door-side down so children can’t climb inside. For pickup: Bulky items from residential establishments are collected every other week, and shall be placed at the curb for collection in accordance with your Red or Blue week schedule (available online at, and separate from other solid waste. Keep items separate from yard-waste piles. Can’t exceed 6 feet long, 4 feet high and 4 feet deep.

ELECTRONICS What can be picked up:

Computers, electronic toys, televisions, etc. For pickup: Place at the curb on Thursdays by 6:30 a.m.

Garbage & recycling outside the city WASTE PICKUP Residents in unincorporated Leon County can subscribe with Waste Management Inc. (574-3000) for curbside garbage and recycling pickup. Unincorporated residents may also use the Rural Waste Service Center in their area. Leon County Solid Waste Management has three full-service centers in the county at the Fort Braden, Miccosukee and Woodville sites. Two centers for garbage and recycling drop-off are at 4363 Holder Road and at the Solid Waste Facility on Apalachee Parkway. Visit SolidWaste for locations and hours. Call 606-1824 for more information. To report problems with county pickup, call 606-1851.

DROP-OFF SITES The Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility at 7550 Apalachee Parkway is open for clean yard debris disposal (no bagged yard debris) Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The garbage drop-off area for unincorporated residents is open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permits to use the drop-off area are available in building F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The landfill at the Solid Waste Management Facility no longer accepts construction and demolition debris. Marpan Recycling, 6020 Woodville Highway, accepts these materials, along with carpet, padding, furniture, appliances, swing sets and other bulky items. 216-1006 or Household hazardous waste: Paint, cleaners, yard and pool chemicals, rechargeable batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs and other toxic materials cannot be thrown in a regular trash container. Bring these to the Hazardous Waste Center, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday for proper disposal and recycling. 606-1816 or www. Electronics Recycling: Because electronic equipment, which includes televisions, computers, printers, cell phones and more, contains hazardous materials, these items are not collected curbside.

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Residents should bring these items to the Hazardous Waste Center during operating hours. Swap Shop: Leon County’s Household Hazardous Waste Swap Shop is open Monday-Saturday. Residents may pick up or drop off items that could be used by other residents. Residents can “swap” up to five items per day for personal use. You can find paint, varnishes, pesticides, glue and more. 606-1816.

COUNTY RECYCLING & EDUCATION SERVICES Recycling: Leon County residents subscribing to Waste Management Inc. services for curbside garbage collection automatically receive curbside recycling. Five Rural Waste Service Centers are available for plastic bottles, aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars and paper and cardboard recycling from all county residents. Residents may also bring up to four tires per day and one electronic item (such as a computer or TV) per day, free of charge. 606-1823 or www. Education Services: Leon County’s Community Education Coordinator will bring a “trash-talking” presentation to your class, school, scout





troop, community group or homeowner’s association. Groups may also come to the Solid Waste Management Facility at 7550 Apalachee Parkway for a presentation and landfill tour. To learn more, call 606-1827.

Talquin Electric Talquin Electric Cooperative provides electric, water and wastewater needs in portions of Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla and Liberty counties.

CONNECTS & DISCONNECTS Customers must request service in person at any area office. Requests to disconnect services are accepted at any area office. Offices are open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday with the exception of the Hosford Office, which is open 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday on first 15 days of each month. Online payments, meter reading submittals, outage reporting and more are available at www. Service Interruptions (outages) should be reported to: 866-899-4832 (Automated Systems) 888-802-1832 (Live Operator) Para Espanol, marque el numero

(850) 907-5515. Si el servicio de electricidad no funciona después de las horas oficiales de la oficina marque el numero (888) 802-2832.

OUT-OF-TOWN OFFICES Headquarters: 1640 W. Jefferson St., Quincy, 627-7651 or 878-4414 Quincy Area Office: 1607 W. Jefferson St., 627-9666 Wakulla Area Office: 681 Wakulla Arran Road, 926-7422 Hosford Area Office: 20557 NE Cooperative Way, 379-8679 (8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. first 15 days of month) Liberty Area Office: 10850-A Northwest State Road 20, 643-2828

TALLAHASSEE OFFICES Crossway Road Area Office: 326 Crossway Road, 877-2111 Lake Jackson Area Office: 4808 Portal Drive, 562-0125 Bradfordville Area Office: 6724 Thomasville Road, 893-6853

Cable & satellite services Comcast of Tallahassee: The cable company offers a variety of packages, including digital cable with video



on demand, high definition, digital video recorders, high speed Internet access, home telephone service and more. Hours of operation are: Mon.Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 24/7 customer service. Located at 3760 Hartsfield Road. Contact: 574-4000, 800-comcast or Direct TV: This satellite provider is available through several local outlets. For information on area dealerships, equipment costs and installation, call 800-347-3288, 800-5315000 or visit

Telephone service Several wireless companies — Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, among others — offer cell-phone service in this area. See local stores or company websites for more information. For land lines, there is CenturyLink, which provides local and long-distance phone services, high-speed Internet and TV, as well as advanced data and voice services for businesses. Visit or call 907-2070 or 599-1005. Retail locations in Tallahassee are at 1410 Market St. and 1544 Governor’s Square Blvd.




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Transportation Tallahassee Regional Airport The airport is served by four major airlines (including their subsidiary carriers), which enable travelers to fly to virtually every major destination in the world. Carriers include: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines and US Airways Express. The airport is at 3300 Capital Circle S.W. Call 891-7800 or go to

Airlines serving the Airport American Airlines: or (800) 433-7300. Daily flights to Miami and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Continental Airlines: or (800) 523-3273. Daily flights to Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Delta Air Lines: or (800) 221-1212. Daily flights to Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale and Memphis, and connections to destinations around the world. US Airways Express: www.usair-




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Yellow Cab/Capital Transportation: 580-8080, 3941 W. Pensacola St. AAA Checkers Cab: 386-6666, 1320 Idlewild Drive Discount Taxi: 421-8294, 2105 Lake Bradford Road. Skyline Transit Inc: 574-0770, 916 S. Lipona Road. Designated Drivers of Tallahassee: 325-6824, 300 W. Tennessee St. or (800) 428-4322. Daily flights to Charlotte.

Other airline facilities Tallahassee Regional Airport operates a dedicated air-cargo facility. Delta Cargo: or (800) 352-2746 FedEx: or (800) 238-5355 DHL: or (800) 463-3339

Car service

Hotel Shuttles Doubletree Hotel: 224-5000 Quality Inn: 877-4437

Car Rental Agencies at the airport Alamo: (800) 462-5266 Avis: (800) 331-1212 or (850) 5764166 (local) Budget: (800) 527-7000 Dollar Rent A Car: 575-4255 (local) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 575-0603 (local) Hertz: (800) 654-3131 Thrifty: 575-2584 (local) National: (800) 227-7368

Budget Car Rental: 915-0600, 628 N. Monroe St., Enterprise Rent-A-Car: (850) 575-0603, n 552-0660, 2810 Sharer Road, Ste. 11 n 574-4321, 1485 Blountstown St. n 878-1500, 3404 Mahan Drive Hertz: (800) 654-3131, n 576-3266, 3204 W. Tennessee St. n 402-5581, 1850 Capital Circle

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Taxi Service

Avis Rent A Car: 222-3744, 1414 S. Monroe St.,

City Taxi Inc.: 562-4222, 811 Mabry St.

Bus service StarMetro Star Metro Mass Transportation & Dial-A-Ride: 891-5200 StarMetro, the transit system for the city of Tallahassee, operates 12 crosstown routes, as well as the university shuttles serving Florida State University and Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. In addition, StarMetro operates routes serving Tallahassee Community College. Students attending FSU, FAMU and





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TCC may ride StarMetroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s routes for free â&#x20AC;&#x201C; anytime, anywhere. Faculty and staff employed by FSU also may ride free. StarMetroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paratransit service, DialA-Ride, provides transit service for senior and disabled customers living within three-quarters of a mile of a StarMetro fixed route in an unincorporated area. On average, StarMetro provides nearly 4.5 million trips per year. To learn about StarMetroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus routes and time tables, visit Talgov. com/starmetro or call 891-5200. Ride Guides are available on StarMetro buses, as well as at C.K. Steele Plaza,111 W. Tennessee St., and StarMetroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrative offices, 555 Appleyard Drive. StarMetroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fare Options n Monthly Pass: $38 (A $3 service

charge will be applied to the purchase of new reloadable fare cards.) n Seven Day Unlimited Pass: $10 n Seven Day Reduced Fare: $7.50 n One Day Unlimited Fare: $3 n Regular One-Trip Fare: $1.25 n Reduced One-Trip Fare: 60 cents n Dial-A-Ride (paratransit service): $2.50





n Infant in arms: Free n Transfers: Free

Customers may purchase passes at C.K. Steele Plaza and StarMetroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrative offices. Customers must have cash. Reduced fare is for seniors, children 17 and younger, people with disabilities and those with a Medicare card. ID cards are required for a reduced fare. ID cards may be obtained at StarMetro offices or other social service agencies. For more information, contact StarMetro at 891-5200 or visit Talgov. com/starmetro. Other ways to view information include â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;likingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; StarMetroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official Facebook page at and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;followingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; StarMetroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official Twitter page at

Private Bus Lines Astro Travel & Tours: 514-1793 Big Bend Transit: 574-6064 Sessaly Rose Transit Inc: 222-8232 Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tours & Charters: 575-1245 Greyhound Bus Lines: 222-4249, Sun World Travel: 681-9074, www. Tour Transport: 933-5959



Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licenses & vehicle registration Find an online guide to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles at This website also offers help in driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license renewal, license plate renewal, getting a learnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permit and finding an approved traffic school.

Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licenses The Division of Driver Licenses, Bureau of Field Operations, has driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license offices throughout Leon County. Appointments are provided at all full-service offices. Offices issue driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licenses and ID cards and give driving tests.

OFFICES Offices open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. except as noted. n 1210-G SE Capital Circle 32301. 488-4735. n 2810 Sharer Road, 488-4735. Reinstatements only. n 870 Blountstown Highway, Suite A, 488-4735. n 3477 South Monroe St., 488-4735. Driving tests by appointment only. n 3425 Thomasville Road No. 19, 488-4735. n Hardship driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licenses may be available for those under suspension who need a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license for work: 2900 Apalachee Parkway, Room A-125 32399. 617-2449. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. please see VEHICLE registration, next PAGE


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Media Publications American Classifieds: Weekly ads. 2441 Monticello Drive. 385-0505;; Capital Outlook: Covers topics of interest to the African-American community. 1363 E. Tennessee St. 877-0105; Cultura Latina Magazine: Bilingual magazine geared toward the Hispanic community. P.O. Box 20961. 879-2698; FAMUAN: Campus newspaper of Florida A&M University. 510 Orr Drive, Suite 3081. 599-3159 or 5993379;; FSView & Florida Flambeau: Independent newspaper covering Florida State University. 954 W. Brevard St. 561-6653; classifieds, 644-1598; Home & Design: A bimonthly magazine focusing on Tallahassee homes. Distributed in the Tallahassee Democrat and at Publix stores. Joni Branch, 599-2255, Natural Awakenings: Free, monthly healthy living magazine.; The Osceola: Covers Florida State University sports. 222-2190; www. The Tallahassee Advertiser: Weekly classified ads. 3471 N. Monroe St. Unit A. 574-0520; www. The Tallahassee Democrat: The capital city’s daily newspaper. 277 N. Magnolia Drive. 599-2100; Tallahassee Magazine: Lifestyle magazine. Rowland Publishing Inc., 1932 Miccosukee Road. 878-0554; Tallahassee Woman Magazine: A free lifestyle and information publi-

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cation. 893-9624; info@TalWoman. com; The Wakulla News: Weekly newspaper covering Wakulla County. P.O. Box 307, Crawfordville, FL 32326. 926-7102; Your Health: A monthly healthy lifestyle publication. Joni Branch, 599-2255,

Broadcast TV (Cable channels are Comcast) WTWC: Channel 40 (cable 12). NBC. 893-4140. WTLH: Channel 6 (Cable 6) CW. 5764990. WCTV: Channel 6 (cable 9). CBS. 893-6666. WTXL: Channel 27 (cable 7) ABC. 893-3127. WTLH: Channel 49 (cable 10). Fox. 576-4990. WTBC: Digital 2405 (cable 73-12). North Florida Baptist Church station. 386-6500. WFSU/WFSG: Channel 11 (cable 5). Local and national public television. 487-3086 or 487-3170. WCOT TV 13: City of Tallahassee government access channel. 891-8533.

FM radio

88.1: WAYT, Way FM. Contemporary Christian. 888-422-9293. wayt. 88.9: WFSU, FSU’s public radio. National and local programming. 487-3086; 89.7: WVFS, FSU’s college alternative station. 644-9692; 90.5: WANM, the Flava, FAMU’s urban, jazz, gospel, old school R&B and hip-hop station. 599-3083; 5998448 (requests); 91.1 and 104.5: WUJC and W283AW. CSN International, Christian radio. (800) 357-4226; 91.5: WFSQ, FSU’s public radio, classical. 487-3086;



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93.3: WGWD, Country. 627-7086. 94.1: WAKU, Wave 94, Christian music. 926-8000; 94.9: WTNT, country. 385-9868; 96.1: WHBX FM, Jamz, urban adult contemporary. 201-5269 (requests); 97.9: WJZT FM, jazz. 561-8400, 98.9: WBZE FM, Star 98.9, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 201-3000, www.mystar98. com. 99.9: WEGT, Hank FM. 386-8004; 5319990 (requests); 100.7: WFLA, 100.7, talk radio. 4223107; 205-WFLA (9352, talk line); 101.5: WXSR, X101.5, new rock. 4223107, 386-3101 (requests), www. 102.3: WWLD FM, Blazin’ 102.3, hiphop, R&B. 201-3000, www. 104.1: WGLF FM, Gulf 104, rock. 201-3000; 681-0436 (requests); www. 104.9: WHTF, Hot 104.9. 383-1049; 422-1031 (requests); www.hot1049. com. 105.7: WFRF, Faith Radio Network Inc. 201-1070, 107.1: WTLY, My 107.1, adult contemporary. 422-3107;

AM radio

1070: WFRF, Christian. 201-1070; 1270: WNLS, the Team, Fox-sports affiliate. 422-3107; 205-WFLA (9352, talk line); 1410: Gospel. 201-3049; 1450: WTAL, talk. 877-0105; 6711450 (requests),

Online radio

Worship and Glory Online radio featuring modern praise and worship music.


The county tax collector handles motor vehicle services such as registration; and tag and title services for cars, trucks, trailers, vessels and mobile homes; specialty tags; and disability parking permits. Tax collector Doris Maloy P.O. Box 1835, Tallahassee, FL 32302 488-4735,

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OFFICES Open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. n 870-1 Blountstown Highway, 488-4735. n 315 S. Calhoun St., Room 210, 488-4735. n 3425 Thomasville Road, Suite 19, 488-4735. n 1210-G Capitol Circle S.E., 488-4735. n 2810 Sharer Road, Suite 17, 488-4735.

LIBRARIES Leon County Public Library System The main Leon County Public Library is downtown at 200 W. Park Ave., but the system has several branches. For information about the library or its branches, go to To reach the main library, call 606-2665. The main library is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Branch libraries are closed Sundays and Mondays. They are open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Fort Braden branch, 16327 Blountstown Highway, 606-2900 Dr. B. L. Perry Jr. branch, 2817 S. Adams St., 606-2950 Lake Jackson branch, 3840302 N. Monroe St., 606-2850 Northeast branch/Bruce J. Host Center, 5513 Thomasville Road, 606-2800 Parkway branch, 1210 Capital Circle S.E, 606-2750

Other local libraries Florida Geological Survey Library, Gunter Building MS No. 720, 903 W. Tennessee St., 4884191, Park behind building on Antartic Way; get permit from administration and take to car. Publications for sale (many also free online, geology/publications/listofpubs. htm); free to K-12 teachers and students, and to government employees. State Library, R.A. Gray Building, 500 S. Bronough St., 245-6600, State Archives, R.A. Gray Building, 500 S. Bronough St., 245-6700, Legislative Library, Room 701, The Capitol, 488-2812, dlis.dos. Supreme Court Law Library 500 S. Duval St., 488-8919,

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A pet is a lifetime commitment


By Jordan Culver

he Tallahassee area has plenty of ways to pick up a special friend, and Erika Leckington, director of the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center, knows exactly where to start.

What type of research should you do before adopting an animal?

You and your family need to decide what you are looking for in a pet and what resources you have to provide lifelong responsible care. As part of research into different kinds of pets, you should take the opportunity to talk with people who own that type of pet and figure out if your

Erika Leckington is the director of the TallahasseeLeon Community Animal Service Center on Easterwood Drive near Tom Brown Park. Leckington was named director Sept. 27, 2010, after serving as interim director starting in April 2010. Prior to coming to Tallahassee, she was manager of the Humane Society of St. Thomas in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

expectations will be met. Space, financial costs, time commitment, expectations of the animal and frequency of care should all be considered in determining the appropriate pet for your

family. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve narrowed your search, you can search online for the availability of those animals in shelters and rescues near you through www.

How much of a financial commitment is adopting a pet?

Pets vary in financial commitment as much as they vary in size. A healthy adult cat may only cost about $800 annually, whereas a healthy large dog may cost $3,000 annually, depending on specific needs of the animal, its age, history and breed type.

How can Tallahassee area residents best support animal services?

The single best way Tallahassee residents can sup-

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port animal services is by being a responsible pet owner. Being a responsible owner entails spaying and neutering their pet, keeping up with regular veterinary care, providing the basic needs (proper food, water, shelter) and making sure their pets are properly tagged with a rabies tag, an identification tag and microchip. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite thing about living here?

Our incredible parks (one of which our shelter is located in.)




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Animal services & groups lowing services: Investigates reports Animal control of animal cruelty, enforces animal Tallahassee Animal Control: The City of Tallahassee Animal Control Division investigates reports of animal cruelty, enforces animal control regulations, responds to complaints about dangerous or nuisance animals, rescues animals in distress and educates the public about responsible pet ownership. For more information, visit or call 891-2958. Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. A 24-hour oncall officer is paged for after-hours and weekend emergencies (sick, injured or aggressive animals in city limits) by contacting the Tallahassee Police Department at 891-4200 or the Leon County Sheriff’s Office 9223300. 1125 Easterwood Drive, www.

Animal shelters The Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center: The ASC performs the fol-

control regulations, responds to complaints about dangerous or nuisance animals, rescues animals in distress, provides humane care for 9,000 animals impounded annually, provides microchip ID for pets adopted from the center, helps people find lost pets, seeks homes for shelter animals, humanely euthanizes animals that cannot be adopted, coordinates foster homes, as resources allow, for some adoptable pets; provides humane euthanasia, at an owner’s request, for terminally ill pets and educates the public about responsible pet ownership. Online kennel features adoptable pets at the ASC. Lobby Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Kennel closes 30 minutes prior to lobby closing. 1125 Easterwood Drive; 891-2950; www. Wakulla Animal Shelter: Relies on contributions and volunteers to pro-


owners and lovers. Meets the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at Dorothy B. Oven Park, 3205 Thomasville Road. Jill 841-1773, www.

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vide a haven for lost, sick, injured, abused or unwanted pets. 1 Oak St., Crawfordville; 926-0890.

Bird enthusiasts Big Bend Bird Club Inc.: Parrot enthusiasts will enjoy meeting others who share their love for and interest in exotic birds (even if you do not have one). This nonprofit group hosts an annual bird fair in August, provides bird rescue and adoption, educational outreach and mentoring programs for exotic bird

BIRDLAND ... Parrots for Life: A nonprofit organization formed to improve the quality of life of parrots and their people by providing education, outreach and other services. The group’s primary mission is to work with people to keep their birds in their homes. birdlandtallahassee@, 933-8656 Tri State Avian Society: Supports research and bird-related causes. Club members share their birds with the public, and help foster or adopt unwanted and surrendered birds. 364-4666;;

Dog enthusiasts Apalachee Coursing Club (ACC): Sanctioned by the American please see ANIMALS, next PAGE


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responsible pet ownership, including Camp Bark-ly, a summer camp for kids ages 6-12. TREATS, Inc., P.O. Box 14806, Tallahassee, 32317-4806.; info@treatsinc. org.


Sighthound Field Association to hold field trials for all sighthound breeds. Field trials open to the public, no fee. John Bruntlett, 877-3565; www. Ochlockonee River Kennel Club: Welcomes those interested in purebred dogs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whether they are breeders or exhibitors, animal-care professionals, or interested pet owners. Holds monthly meetings. 222-2218.

Pet rescue Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue: Volunteers dedicated to helping pets find loving homes. Healthy dogs, cats, all breeds, ages, sizes, available for adoption at PetSmart. 562-3200,

Tallahassee Dog Obedience Club: Offers competitive and petowner dog-training classes. Holds AKC-sanctioned obedience and agility trials and seminars. 562-4421;

Tallahassee Collie Rescue Inc.: Matching Collie lovers with Collies in need. Often offers Collies for adoption by appointment. 309-1593.

Emergency care Allied Veterinarians Emergency Hospital: After-hours care for sick and injured animals. 6 p.m.-8 a.m. Monday-Friday, noon-8 a.m. Saturday and all day on holidays. 2324 Centerville Road; 222-0123. Big Bend DART: The volunteers of the Big Bend Disaster Animal Response Team work as disaster responders when called upon by the state, local officials, the Red Cross or the Humane Society. The team is trained to rescue and retrieve animals left behind during a disaster or evacuation and shelter them. The DART team also operates emergency pet shelters in conjunction with Red Cross shelters to house pets of evacuees. Volunteers available to talk to groups, schools, or organizations about disaster preparedness for animals. Haven Cook, 443-1662;; or Northwood Animal Hospital: Provides emergency care for injured and sick animals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also accepts sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for St. Francis Wildlife Association. 1881-B N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; 3858181 (Emergency requests); 3857387 evenings, weekends, holidays.

Humane societies & aid organizations Animal Aid & Spay and Neuter Center: Committed to reducing the overpopulation of pets by spaying and neutering, eventually eliminat-

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Nimh the dog gets a bath during a fundraiser for the The Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center at Tom Brown Park.

ing the euthanasia of adoptable pets, while providing low-cost, necessary services to domestic animals. 2270 Boone Blvd.; 386-4148. www. Animal Shelter Foundation: An all-volunteer, nonprofit organization established to help homeless pets. ASF supports the Tallahassee Animal Service Center by providing specialized surgeries and heartworm treatments to help ready shelter pets for adoption, community micro-chipping, and free spay/neuter vouchers for the pets of needy residents. ASF also provides a doggie manners class to adopted shelter dogs and delivers educational materials to new pet owners. Membership and volunteer opportunities. P.O. Box 13858, Tallahassee, FL 32317. 8946738. ; Be the Solution Inc.: A nonprofit devoted to ending pet overpopulation, providing financial assistance to those who cannot afford the cost of a spay or neuter surgery and educating residents about the benefits of having pets spayed or neutered. 1400 Village Square Blvd., Suite 3-306 and Tallahassee Mall (across from Payless and two doors down from Barnes and Noble); 545-2043. Citizens for Humane Animal Treatment (CHAT of Wakulla): Formerly Wakulla Humane Society. A nonprofit organization in Wakulla

County committed to improving the health, safety, and well-being of domesticated animals. Adoptable pets, animal health services, chip and dip, volunteer opportunities. 1 Oak St. Crawfordville; 926-0890 or 926-0891; Gadsden County Humane Society: An all-volunteer rescue organization that seeks adoptions for pets and has a foster program. See adoptable pets at PetSmart. P.O. Box 1268, Havana, 32333; 539-0505. Leon County Humane Society: The oldest animal welfare organization in the Tallahassee area, this nonprofit organization promotes animal welfare through foster/adoption services, discounted spay/neuter vouchers and humane education. Membership and volunteer opportunities. 413 Timberlane Road; 2249193;; Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society: Primary goal is to improve the lives of lost, homeless and abandoned animals. 180 Big Star Drive, Thomasville, Ga.; (229) 228-0613. TREATS Inc.: Treats is a not-forprofit group that helps domestic animals in need. It provides a free spayneuter program for cats and dogs and a pet medical-assistance program for people facing pet medical expenses they cannot afford. TREATS also provides programs about humane treatment of animals and

Wildlife assistance Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Inc.: Provides rehabilitation to sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife. The sanctuary maintains a network of volunteers who provide care to the animals, prepare food, build cages, help with transportation and assist in fundraising. Animal hotline: 545-3491. www. goosecreekwildlife; info@goosecreekwild lifesanctuary. org St. Francis Wildlife Association: A local, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife in north Florida and south Georgia through the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife and public education. 6274151,

Other groups Pets Ad Litem: An alliance of advocates and professionals providing a legal voice for animals. 119 South Monroe Street, Suite 300, 222-7500. Sundance Oaks Miniature Horse Farm: Breeds and raises miniature horses, and welcomes visitors to see the minis. The miniatures go to schools and other organizations. 5026 Sundance Lane, 893-5057.; TMH Animal Therapy: A volunteer animal-visitation group sponsored by Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. 1300 Miccosukee Road. (850) 6716342. Contact stephanie.perkins@

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It’s a work in progress



allahassee has been a capital city since 1823, even before Florida was a state, serving as the seat of government for the then territory. Changes have come steadily to Tallahassee, and the Capitol, ever since. From statehood in 1845 through secession, Reconstruction and more modern times, Tallahassee has more than once fought off attempts to move the capital elsewhere in the state. Few have seen more of the changing scene at the Capitol than Joan Morris. She was coauthor and then sole author of the Florida Handbook, an engaging compendium of state government information and history published every other year between 1947 until 2011. Allen Morris continued publishing the Handbook, later with Joan’s help, until his death in 2002. Joan Morris continued the work until she herself retired from the labor-intensive effort. The 33rd edition of the Florida Handbook was the last of the information-packed, entertainingly written publication. In 1952, Allen Morris started what would become the Florida Photographic Collection at Florida State University. After Joan and Allen married in 1966 — they’d met while she was a library student at FSU — Allen went on to his post with the House. Joan took over the photo collection, increased its scope and oversaw its move to the Department of State, where it now resides at the R.A. Gray Building. Work with those images

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A major renovation of the Old Capitol was completed in mid-2012.

gave Joan an intimate familiarity with Tallahassee’s and the state’s past. “I worked with the photographs for 30 years,” Joan said. “I’d finish my day of work and feel like I’d been living in the ‘40s. It truly was that feeling of having traveled through time.” She was living in Tallahassee while working on the collection as Allen Morris continued to produce the Handbook every other year, with Joan’s help. Those days in the ’60s and ’70s are now as nostalgiatinged to more recent arrivals as those earlier years were to Joan. Lawmakers were more collegial, more friendly with each

other in the past, Joan said. “In the ’40s the Legislature met every other year,” Joan said. Lawmakers would stay in town for the full 60-day session, not traveling back and forth to home as almost all do now. “In the late ’50s, as late as the mid-’60s, people would rent their houses in town,” Joan said. “People would double up. A lot of them didn’t go home.” The rise of Republicans, representation dominated by large population centers and air travel that facilitates a Monday afternoon to Thursday afternoon schedule to the legislative session have all had their effect, but Joan Morris thinks a more-

Joan Morris had a closeup look at the workings of Florida’s government as the coauthor with husband Allen and then the sole author of the Florida Handbook. The 33rd edition of the Handbook, released in 2011, was its last.

recent change, a seemingly smaller event, altered the Tallahassee scene more than any other. In 2005, in a special session, the Legislature passed ethics legislation that included a total ban on lawmakers accepting gifts from anyone. Now, a lobbyist or constituent or reporter is forbidden to buy a lawmaker a drink or pay for her meal. Money still flows around elected officials, but it’s now in huge political accounts. The casual lubrication of money and entertainment has changed. But in those pre-gift ban days, there were haunts where lawmakers were almost always to be found. The Silver Slipper, Joe’s Spaghetti House and the Talquin Inn were among the important spots. Allen and Joan Morris were regulars at the Silver Slipper, a legendary restaurant where deals were made and relationships were sealed with drink and steak. The Morrises could be found on Friday night, always in the same room — the first on the right — even as the restaurant changed locations. “That was my night out, that was the night I didn’t cook,” she said. Those close quarters and more-constant contact led to friendlier relations, Joan said. “There was much more conversation,” she said. “It was much more bipartisan. Everybody partied together, spent more time together.”

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Meet those elected to lead By Democrat Staff

The governor In the 2010 election, Florida voters elected Gov. Rick Scott to lead the state, and along the way came a string of new state leaders. Scott, 59, from Naples, beat Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink by fewer than 100,000 votes in the race for the state’s top office — the closest race since Gov. Lawton Chiles was re-elected in 1994. Scott, who never held political office, was sworn in as the 45th governor on Jan. 4, 2011. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, a retired Navy commander and Jacksonville Republican, was chosen by Scott to be his running mate. Previously, Carroll was in the Florida House of Representatives. She was the first black woman Republican elected in the Florida Legislature’s history. The Governor’s Office has a citizens services hot line (4884441) and a general switchboard (488-7146). For people with hearing loss or speech disability, call 850-922-7795 (TTY) or 711 (Florida Telecommunication Relay).

National and state representation In a fortunate compromise, the early settlers of St. Augustine and Pensacola ports decided to split the distance and chose Tallahassee as their seat of government. The 22story Capitol dominating our skyline stands for the economic engine of the Big Bend, with state government as our biggest employer and purchaser of local services and materials. U.S. Rep. Steve Souther-

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land, R-Panama City, (5613979) was first sworn into office Jan. 5, 2011. Both he and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, (942-8415) have offices here. Southerland’s Tallahassee office is located at 3116 Capital Circle NE, Suite 9, and Nelson’s Tallahassee office is located at the U.S. Court House Annex, 111 N. Adams St. Both Southerland and Nelson face re-election campaigns in 2012. Most major federal agencies have a Tallahassee branch. The federal complex is at 111 N. Adams St. The Big Bend’s representatives in the Legislature include state Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, (487-5004); state Rep. Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, (488-7870l); Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee (4880965); and Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee (488-1798). All state lawmakers face reelection in 2012.

The Leon County Commission The Leon County Commission is a seven-person board, with each member serving a four-year term. To contact commissioners, call 606-5300 or visit Bill Proctor was elected to the County Commission in 1996 and represents the citizens in District 1. He served as chairman of the board in 2006. His priorities as the District 1 commissioner are affordable housing, quality health care and extending sewer lines to the southern part of the county. Proctor was re-elected to a fourth term in the 2010

Joseph La Belle | Tallahassee Democrat

Gov. Rick Scott hangs out with some of his youngest constituents during Children’s Week at the Capitol in 2012.

general election. Jane Sauls has served the citizens of District 2 since 1996. Her priorities include resurfacing and safety improvements to Highway 20, establishing a new branch library in Woodville and funding to widen Woodville Highway. John Dailey was elected in November 2006, serving the citizens of District 3. Dailey began his professional career at the Florida League of Cities, where he worked on issues involving local governance. His

priorities are sustainable growth, environmental protection and economic development. Dailey, currently serving as chairman, was re-elected in 2010 with no opposition. Bryan Desloge was elected to represent District 4 in 2006. His priorities are economic development and preserving the quality of life in Leon County during a time of budget cuts and increasing efficiencies in county government. Kristin Dozier was elected to her first term during the

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2010 general election. She serves the citizens of District 5, and she serves as a board member for Sustainable Tallahassee and the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science. Her priorities include economic development, Innovation Park and Blueprint 2000 sales extension, referring to money that will be used to pay for capital projects. Akin Akinyemi was elected as an at-large commissioner in November 2008. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University’s School of Architecture. He is president and CEO of Akin & Associates Architects Inc. His priorities include environmental stewardship, accountable and accessible government and economic and community development. Nick Maddox was elected to his first term as an at-large commissioner during the 2010 general election. His priorities include economic development, fiscal sustainability and community development.





lead utility regulatory attorney for 10 years in the law firm of Katz, Kutter, et al., P.A. and for six years with Knowles, Marks & Randolph, P.A. Marks and his son, John Marks IV, have their own firm — Marks & Marks. The mayor served eight years on the Florida Public Service Commission, including two years as chairman. He also served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force. Marks was elected to a third term in 2010. At the age of 23, Commissioner Andrew Gillum became the youngest person ever elected to the City Commission in 2003. At the time of the election, Gillum was a student at Florida A&M University majoring in political

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The FLORIDA Channel The FLORIDA Channel is a public affairs programming service funded by the Florida Legislature and produced and operated by WFSU-TV. The service features programming covering all three branches of state government. It is Florida’s only source for live unedited coverage of the Governor and Cabinet, the Legislature and the Supreme Court. The FLORIDA Channel’s programming can be seen on the digital multicast of Public Television stations in Florida on cable systems and on public, educational and government channels in the state. You may also watch on seven separate web streams on computers or mobile devices including iPhones, iPads and Androids. The FLORIDA Channel operates 24 hours a day with original programming. When the state Legislature is in session, the service offers live gavel to gavel coverage from the chambers of the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives, along with committee meetings, press conferences and caucuses. During session, Capitol Update is produced Monday through Friday and airs live at 5:30 p.m. on Comcast cable channels 4 and 201 and CenturyLink 12. Throughout the year, The FLORIDA Channel airs coverage of the oral arguments of Florida Supreme Court, meetings of the Governor and Cabinet, the Florida Public Service Commission, along with a wide variety of news conferences and public hearings. For more information, call 850-488-1281.

Legislators applaud during the governor’s State of the State address in 2011. The regular Legislative Session begins in March each year. In 2012, mark the date March 5.

The mayor and City Commission The mayor and City Commission serve as the governing body of the city; they set policies and rules by which the city is operated, including establishing goals and target issues, as well as setting tax rates. The mayor and city commissioners each serve four-year terms. The terms of office are staggered, with elections for two commission seats being held every other year. The mayor is considered a “leadership mayor” whose role includes presiding over City Commission meetings, serving as the ceremonial head of government, serving as the official head of the city for civil processes and executing legal documents. For more information, call 891-8181 or visit www. John Marks, Tallahassee’s mayor, was a shareholder and


Tallahassee Democrat file photo

The Clerk of Courts Come to the Leon County Clerk of Courts’ office to pay traffic and criminal fines, initiate or contest a civil case, pursue probate issues and make child support payments. The office helps residents file domestic violence injunctions and seek help for a loved one with mental health or substance abuse issues. The clerk’s office also accepts passport applications and issues marriage licenses, and even performs wedding ceremonies. 301 S. Monroe St., No. 100, 5774005,

science. In August 2004, Gillum was re-elected to serve for a full four-year term. He was reelected in 2008 without opposition and he is running again this year. Nancy Miller was elected to her first term during the 2010 general election. Miller, a selfemployed urban-planning consultant, was an original member of the Economic and Environmental Consensus Committee — the group that created the Blueprint 2000 initiative. Mark Mustian is the founding member of the Economic and Environmental Consensus

Committee. Mustian is a former member of the Young Lawyers Board of the Florida Bar, former chairman of the Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Apalachee Land Conservancy. His last term ends this year. Gil Ziffer was appointed to the City Commission in 2009 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Allan Katz, who stepped down Aug. 14. Ziffer was elected to serve his first term in 2010. He is the owner of Ziffer Stansberry Advertising & Public Relations.

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Polling places 1201 Vacant Precinct (Unpopulated) 1203 John Wesley United Methodist Church 1689 Old St. Augustine Road 1205 Hilaman Park Golf Course 2337 Blair Stone Road 1213 Vacant Precinct (Unpopulated) 1230 Hilaman Park Golf Course 2337 Blair Stone Road 1251 Jack L. McLean Community Center 700 Paul Russell Road 1255 Faith Christian Family Center 310 Laura Lee Ave. 1257 Woodville Community Center 8000 Old Woodville Road 1259 Southwood Community Center 4675 Grove Park Drive 1301 Lincoln Neighborhood Center 438 W. Brevard St. 1302 Lincoln Neighborhood Center 438 W. Brevard St. 1303 Palmer Munroe Teen Center 1900 Jackson Bluff Road 1309 FAMU - Grand Ballroom Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (St. Union) 1311 Dr. B L Perry, Jr. Library Branch 2804 S. Adams St. 1313 Smith-Williams Service Center 2295 Pasco St.

1315 Jacob Chapel Baptist Church 2519 Lake Bradford Road 1317 Jake Gaither Community Center 801 Tanner Drive 1319 Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church 615 Tuskegee St. 1321 Jack L. McLean Community Center 700 Paul Russell Road 1327 Southwood Baptist Church 5177 Capital Cir SW 1351 Jacob Chapel Baptist Church 2519 Lake Bradford Road 1353 Jacob Chapel Baptist Church 2519 Lake Bradford Road 1355 Southwood Baptist Church 5177 Capital Cir SW 1359 Southwood Baptist Church 5177 Capital Cir SW 1361 Woodville Community Center 8000 Old Woodville Road 1501 Family Worship and Praise Center 1609 Branch St. 1502 Family Worship and Praise Center 1609 Branch St. 1503 Lawrence-Gregory Community Center 1115 Dade St. 1505 Springfield Community Center 1702 Joe Lewis St. 1507 Co-Cathedral - St. Thomas More 832 W. Tennessee St.

2251 Woodville Community Center 8000 Old Woodville Road 2252 Woodville Community Center 8000 Old Woodville Road 2303 St. City Church of God 1415 Daniels St. 2305 Tallahassee Community College- AMTC 444 Appleyard Drive 2307 Crossway Baptist Church Baptist Church â&#x20AC;¨ 405 Crossway Road 2355 Jacob Chapel Baptist Church 2519 Lake Bradford Road 2358 Tallahassee Community College- AMTC 444 Appleyard Drive 2359 Bethel Methodist Church 1470 Bethel Church Road 2363 Crossway Baptist Church 405 Crossway Road 2365 Fort Braden Community Center 16387 Blountstown Highway 2366 Crossway Baptist Church 405 Crossway Road 2380 Generations Church 3080 W. Tennessee St. 2401 Moose Lodge 1478 Capital Circle NW 2451 Bethel Methodist Church 1470 Bethel Church Road 2502 Palmer Munroe Teen Center 1900 Jackson Bluff Road 2503 FSU Salley Hall 2506 Calvary United Methodist Church 2145 W. Pensacola St.



2507 First Christian Church 1319 High Road 2509 Mission San Luis 2100 West Tennessee St. 2511 Generations Church 3080 W. Tennessee St. 2513 Moose Lodge 1478 Capital Circle NW 3101 Tallahassee Little Theatre 1861 Thomasville Road 3103 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 3131 Thomasville Road 3105 Jamestown Woods Apartments 3150 Windsong Drive 3107 Faith Christian Center 3361 Raymond Diehl Bus Lane Road 3109 University Sales & Service 1850 Capital Circle NE 3401 Freedom Church 1st Assembly of God 2801 Thomasville Road 3403 The Episcopal Church of the Advent 815 Piedmont Drive 3405 Piedmont Park Alliance Church 3210 Thomasville Road 3409 Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church 866 Golden St. 3411 Huntington Oaks, Suite 200 3840 North Monroe St. 3412 Huntington Oaks, Suite 200 3840 North Monroe St. 3413 Wildwood Presbyterian Church 100 Ox Bottom Road

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Your guide for living in the Tallahassee area 4167 Bradfordville Baptist Church 6494 Thomasville Road 4173 Indian Springs Baptist Church 5593 Veterans Memorial Drive 4184 Westminster Presbyterian Church 4501 Centerville Road 4401 Community of Christ Church 400 Timberlane Road 4403 Good Shepherd Catholic Church 4665 Thomasville Road 4405 Wildwood Presbyterian Church 100 Ox Bottom Road 4408 Summerbrooke Golf Club 7505 Preservation Road 4451 Timberlane Church of Christ 921 Timberlane Road 4453 Florida Association of Court Clerks 3544 Maclay Blvd 4455 Christ Presbyterian Church 2317 Bannerman Road

4457 Canopy Roads Baptist Church 925 Bannerman Road 4459 Epiphany Lutheran Church 8300 Deerlake Road 4461 Deer Lake United Methodist 8013 Deer Lake South 5101 Westminster Gardens, formerly Georgia Belle Apts. 301 E. Carolina St. 5103 Courtyard Marriott 1018 Apalachee Pkwy. 5105 Sue H. McCollum Community Center 501 Ingleside Ave. 5107 St. Stephens Lutheran Church 2198 N. Meridian Road 5109 Sue H. McCollum Community Center 501 Ingleside Ave. 5110 United Church of Tallahassee 1834 Mahan Drive 5113 Vacant Precinct (Unpopulated) 5115 Grace Lutheran Church 2919 Miccosukee Road





5153 Calvary Chapel 8614 Mahan Drive 5203 Optimist Park 1806 Indian Head Drive E 5204 Parks & Recreation Dept. 912 Myers Park Drive 5205 John Wesley United Methodist Church 1689 Old St. Augustine Road 5207 Jackson Lodge 2818 Apalachee Pkwy. 5209 Tallahassee Elks Lodge 276 N. Magnolia Drive 5211 Towne East Baptist Church 1055 Richview Road 5212 Capital City Christian Church 6115 Mahan Drive 5214 First Church of the Nazarene 1983 Mahan Drive 5219 Life Point Church 224 Pedrick Road 5220 Piney Z Plantation Lodge 950 Piney Z Plantation Road 5221 Dept. of Agriculture Complex 3115 Conner Blvd.



Voter registration The Leon County Supervisor of Elections Office offers several options for registering. You can register in person at the office or at a number of voter-registration branch sites, including schools, banks and government agencies. The Supervisor of Elections Office is in the Bank of America building, now known as the Leon County annex, at 315 S. Calhoun St., Suite 110. Find a list of off-site voter registration locations and a voter-registration form at Print the application, fill it out, sign it and mail it to Leon County Supervisor of Elections, P.O. Box 7357, Tallahassee, FL 32314. You can contact Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho at Vote@leon The phone number is 606-VOTE (8683); fax is 606-8601. You can request a form to be mailed to you by calling the office. As of May 31, 2012, Leon County had 172,347 registered voters: 94,782 registered Democrats; 48,656 registered Republicans; and 28,909 voters who are registered to other parties or have no party affiliation. 5223 Gospel Light Church 3415 Apalachee Pkwy. 5225 Southwood Community Center 4675 Grove Park Drive 5227 Tallahassee Heights United Methodist 3004 Mahan Drive 5251 Morningside Baptist Church 1560 Pedrick Road

5258 Gospel Light Church 3415 Apalachee Pkwy. 5260 Woodrun Baptist Church 8203 Apalachee Pkwy. 5261 Celebrate New Life Church 3050 Agape Lane 5263 Dorothy Spence Community Center 4768 Chaires Cross Road

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Health care

In this section Introduction | Major medical facilities | Nursing homes & assisted living | Health organizations & support groups

A community focused on health


By Dave Hodges

ealth-care services in Tallahassee have taken giant steps forward in recent years with more facilities and treatment options to serve residents throughout the Big Bend. Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, chief medical officer for Capital Health Plan, talks about health care in the region. What is our health-care community doing to improve the health of the community, improve the patient experience and manage the cost of care?

There is currently a number of new and ongoing community initiatives focused on improving each of these aims. Examples include the Leon County Health Department’s MAPP program, which seeks to better define and address the health issues and disparities deemed most critical in the community. The CHP

Champions program, which works with the local school districts to provide children with regular school-based fitness activities. And, the recently launched 95210: Health by the Numbers initiative that brings together local health-care providers, nonprofit agencies and city and county governments to focus the community on factors that can positively impact an individual’s health. As a local health plan, Capital Health Plan works closely with the local hospitals, physicians and other medical providers to ensure our members receive high quality evidence-based care. Capital Health Plan consistently ranks among the best health plans in the nation for member satisfaction and many quality of care measures.

How healthy are we as a community?

The 2012 County Health Rankings lists Leon County as the 7th healthiest county of the

Dr. Nancy Van Vessem is chief medical officer for Capital Health Plan. She is board certified in internal medicine and has developed innovative disease management and quality improvement programs promoting the use of best-evidence medicine, propelling CHP to national recognition for its quality of care.

67 counties in Florida; however, despite this high ranking, we still face a number of significant health challenges including higher-than-average rates for adults who are overweight, rates of breast and prostate cancers, and increased rates of infant mortality. Are there particular ways in which health-care providers are working to meet this area’s unique needs?

Health-care providers are working together in a number

Tallahassee has two major hospitals, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, left, and Capital Regional Medical Center.

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of areas to address our community’s needs. One program of note is the Capital Medical Society’s We Care program, which has been serving the community since 1993. The program provides needed specialty care for underserved residents at little or no cost through a network of volunteer physicians and other local medical providers. Finally, Capital Health Plan’s Center for Chronic Care works with our most chronically ill and complex members to ensure that they receive the care they need in an effective and efficient manner.

What’s your favorite thing about living here?

We love Tallahassee living and its proximity to worldclass beaches. We have been going to St. George Island and Carrabelle for years, frequently, and never tire of the white sand beaches, bay views and raw oysters.


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Major medical facilities Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Hospitals TMH encompasses a not-for-profit Capital Regional Medical Center CRMC boasts a state-of-the-art facility, an Ortho/Neuro Unit and an Express-Care division of its Emergency Department. 2626 Capital Medical Blvd. 325-5000 www.capitalregionalmedical HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital An inpatient hospital that provides outpatient services and offers occupational, physical and speech therapy. 1675 Riggins Road 656-4800 John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital A nonprofit hospital in Thomasville, Ga., with a level-2 trauma center that provides inpatient and outpatient health-care services for patients. 915 Gordon Ave.,Thomasville, Ga. 800-341-1009 229-228-2000

hospital, which is the eighth-largest hospital in Florida and the largest medical facility in the area, as well as a number of satellite facilities and family medical centers in the five counties surrounding Leon County. 1300 Miccosukee Road General information: 431-1155 Patient information: 431-1111 Select Specialty Hospital A hospital that provides extending acute care for short-term acute to specialized extended acute. 1554 Surgeons Drive 219-6800

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663-4643 â&#x2013; 2382 Crawfordville Hwy, Suite C Crawfordville, 926-6363 Neighborhood Health Services Volunteer staff and physicians provide Leon County residents and the neighboring counties with comprehensive primary health care. Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m.8 p.m. Thursday. 438 W. Brevard St. 224-2469

Other facilities & organizations Apalachee Center Inc. Responds to individuals who are in an emotional or psychotic crisis. Provides detoxification services to individuals abusing potentially dangerous substances.

2634 Capital Circle N.E. 523-3333 Capital Health Plan A nonprofit health plan founded by local citizens in 1982. CHP serves Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson and Wakulla counties. 383-3311 Administrative Center: 1545 Raymond Diehl Road Health centers (serving CHP members): 2140 Centerville Place, 1491 Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square Blvd. Centre Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Centre Pointe Health and Rehabilitation provides in-and outpatient therapy as well as skilled nursing services to patients who have complex medical needs. 2255 Centerville Road 386-4054 Capital Regional Cancer Center The center provides a range of cancer treatments, including: TomoTherapy, radiation therapy and brachytherapy.




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2003 Centre Pointe Blvd. 878-2273 www.CapitalRegionalCancer Gulf Coast Dermatology Gulf Coast Dermatology is a full-service dermatology practice specializing in medical and cosmetic skin care for all ages. 1350 Market St., Suite 200 386-3376 Radiology Associates Provides the following diagnostic technologies: X-Rays, contrast radiography, ultrasound, mammography, bone density measurements/ DEXA scans and CT scans. 1600 Phillips Road 878-4127 Southeastern Urological Center, P.A./Southeastern Surgery Center A urology clinic that provides outpatient surgery for its patients. 2000 Centre Pointe Blvd. Appointments: 309-0400 Administration: 309-0500 Toll-free: (800) 689-6678

Tallahassee Memorial Center for Pain Management An ambulatory surgical center. 2824-2 Mahan Drive 558-1270 Tallahassee Neurological Clinic 1401 Centerville Road, Suite 300 Neurology: 878-8121 Neurosurgery: 877-5115 Pain Clinic and Open MRI: 2824-1 Mahan Drive 558-1260 or 558-1280 Tallahassee Neurological Clinic, Division of Pain Management A pain management clinic. 2824-1 Mahan Drive 558-1260 Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Facility specializing in general and sports physical therapy, with a special emphasis in Certified Hand Therapy and with the only therapeutic pool for aquatic therapy in the Big Bend. Locations in Tallahassee, Crawfordville and Madison. 3334 Capital Medical Blvd., Suite 300 877-8855

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Tallahassee Outpatient Surgery Center A state-of-the-art, multispecialty outpatient facility with surgical expertise in many areas, including: orthopedics, podiatry, ENT, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, general surgery, oral surgery and pain management. 3334 Capital Medical Blvd. Suite 500 877-4688 Tallahassee Single Day Surgery An ambulatory surgical center offering the following specialties: general surgery, dentistry/oral surgery, gynecology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic/constructive surgery, podiatry and urology. 1661 Phillips Road 878-5165 Tallahassee Sleep Diagnostic Center Diagnoses and treats wake and sleep disorders. 2013 Miccosukee Road 878-7271







Nursing homes & assisted living facilities Brookdale Senior Living Sterling House 1780 Hermitage Blvd. 422-3397 Brookdale Senior Living Clare Bridge 1980 Centre Point Blvd. 309-7500 Broadview Assisted Living 2110 Fleischmann Road 270-7775 www.broadviewassistedliving Capital Health Care Center 3333 Capital Medical Blvd. 877-4115 Cherry Laurel Independent Living Retirement Community 1009 Concord Road

391-7285 Georgia Belle Apartments 301 E. Carolina St. 224-8021 Harborchase of Tallahassee 100 John Knox Road 531-0404 Heritage Health Care Center 3101 Ginger Drive 877-2177

Miracle Hill Nursing Home and Convalescent Center 1329 Abraham St. 224-8486 St. Augustine Plantation 2507 Old St. Augustine Road 309-1982 Westminster Oaks Continuing Care Retirement Community 4449 Meandering Way 878-1136 or (866) 937-6257

Heritage Oaks Retirement & Assisted Living 4501 Shannon Lakes Drive W. 273-4579

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Health groups & support organizations Southeastern Community Meets at Conference Room A Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blood Center (SCBC): Divison of (Cafeteria) of Tallahassee Memorial Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project Inc.: A support and service provider for caregivers of people with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and related dementia. Services are provided free, including support groups, counseling, respite and the Project Lifesaver Program, a wanderer recovery program. 301 E. Tharpe St., 386-2778, www. Wakulla County Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group: Offers caregiver and respite support groups. Pat Ashley, 984-5277, or Recie Culpepper, 386-2778.

Blood disorders & services Hepatitis Support Group: For patients with hepatitis or any liver disease, to provide education, support and resources. Meets at TMH -Diabetes Center every first Monday of the month, 1981 Capital Circle N.E. Pamela Langford, 443-8029.

Florida Blood Services. Sole blood supplier to every hospital in the 26 counties in north Florida and south Georgia. SCBC operates seven bloodmobiles that are scheduled at least a month in advance for visits to any group that signs up 12 or more donors. 1731 Riggins Road, 877-7181, (800) 722-2218, www. Sickle Cell Foundation Inc.: Offers free sickle cell screenings. Counseling by appointment is provided to people with sickle cell disease. Peer support group meetings also offered. If needed, funds are available for assistance with prescription medicines, transportation, utilities and rental assistance, up to $250. 1336 Vickers Road, 222-2355,

Brain injury & stroke Big Bend Brain Injury Support Group: Offered by the TMH NeuroScience Center for survivors of brain injury, family and professionals.

Hospital. 431-5037. Stroke Support Group: For stroke survivors and their families. Meets at Harbor Chase Assisted Living, 100 John Knox Road. 431-5037.

Breast feeding Breast Feeding Support Group: Meets at Tallahassee Memorialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, 1301 E. Sixth Ave. A lactation consultant attends. 4314928. La Leche League of Northeast Florida: Breastfeeding information and support group. Call for up-todate meeting information. 552-3948; National contact, (800) LA-LECHE ((800) 525-3243);

Cancer American Cancer Society: A nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization focusing on cancer. 297-0588; cancer information, 24 hours a day: 800-

227-2345, Bosom Buddies: Women living with or survivors of breast cancer. Montly meetings, lunches. Daleen Gilpin, 668-3515; 877-2544, or Murt Mayne, 878-1747 or jamesmayne@ Cancer Care: Professional counseling for cancer patients or caregivers, either individually or through support groups available online, via telephone or onsite. (800) 813-HOPE (4673), Chicken Soup: A 40+ womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group of survivors and newly diagnosed members. Catherine Moore, 627-7818. CHiCKS (Choosing Hope in Cancer): Informal group of younger women survivors of or newly diagnosed with cancer. Meets monthly. Caroline Miller, 297-0588, ext. 3702; Paula Clark, 251-9724. I Can Cope: The American Cancer Society presents an educational series for adults with cancer and their loved ones that helps people learn more about facing cancer. For more information, call 800-227-2345, ext. 2417. American Cancer Society, 2619 Centennial Blvd. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: An agency offering sup-

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system and helps arrange for needed support and resources. Peggy, 431-3433 or 431-LIFE (5433). Reach to Recovery: American Cancer Society program offering support for breast cancer patients by connecting them with breast cancer survivors who can guide them through their experience. To learn more, call 800-227-2345, ext. 2417. Women with Cancer: A group for cancer survivors and those newly diagnosed with cancer. Dinner meeting monthly. Cindy Wilson, 668-0088.

Caregivers Caregivers Support Group: Meets monthly at the Senior Center 1400 N. Monroe St. 431-5037.

Children’s services Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition: This nonprofit organization works to provide the immediate services and support moms need to have healthy babies. Services include childbirth education, parenting classes, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation classes, breastfeeding education, home visits and

more. 1311 N. Paul Russell Road, Suite A101, 488-0288; Children’s Miracle Network: A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals across North America. Children’s Miracle Network local office, 2834 Remington Green Circle, Suite 101-A, 386-6417, Ronald McDonald House: A home-away-from-home for families of pediatric patients. 712 E. Seventh Ave., 222-0056,

Crohn’s disease Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: Nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The North Florida Chapter hosts a monthly support group in Tallahassee. P.O. Box 14959, Jacksonville; (646) 370-9359; www.,

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Support Group: Quarterly evening meetings. Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center, 1981 Capital Circle N.E., 431-5404. Type 2 Diabetes Support Group: Quarterly evening meetings. Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center, 1981 Capital Circle N.E., 4315404. Bariatric Support Group: For candidates or existing bariatric surgery patients. Monthly meetings. Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center, 1981 Capital Circle N.E., 4315404. Diabetes Education and Support Group: Focuses on obtaining supplies for treatment and eating properly. Meets monthly. Smith-Williams Service Center, 2295 Pasco St., 8911860.

Down Syndrome Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee Inc.: Meets monthly. Everyone who has a child with special needs is welcome. 2910 Kerry Forest Parkway D4-212;, info@ please see groups, next PAGE


port, education, advocacy and financial assistance for cancer patients. Lynette Mills, 800-868-0072. Look Good, Feel Better: An American Cancer Society Program to help restore appearance and self image. Held monthly. For more information, call 800-227-2345, ext. 2417. Man to Man of Tallahassee: Education and support for men dealing with cancer and its aftermath. American Cancer Society 2619 Centennial Blvd.,, 894-4853. National Cancer Institute: Coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination and other programs. (800) 4-CANCER ((800) 4226237), Ovarian Cancer Survivors: Support for survivors, families and friends. Meets the second Monday of each month on the fifth floor of the Suntrust Bank at 3522 Thomasville Road. Mittie Moffett, 893-1596. Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center Breast Cancer Navigator: The navigator guides patients through the health-care


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new job or school) Sliding fee scale. Appointments, 841-7733, www.


Epilepsy Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend: Private, nonprofit organization serving men, women and children with epilepsy/seizure disorders and their families in 14 Panhandle counties. The association provides services, information and a support group. 1215 Lee Ave., Suite M4, 2221777;

Grief counseling The Compassionate Friends of Tallahassee: A nonprofit organization that supports families after the death of a child. www.facebook. com/pages/The-CompassionateFriendsTallahassee-Chapter, tcfot@, 422.8404. Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place Grief Counseling Center: A nonprofit grief and loss counseling center providing counseling and education by licensed clinicians for adults, families and children experienceing any type of loss, including divorce, death, abandonment (foster care/imprisonment) trauma and life transitions (moving,

Heart & lungs American Heart Association: Committed to reducing disability and death from heart disease and stroke. 2851 Remington Green Circle, Suite C, 878-3885, American Lung Association: Aims to to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. (800) LUNGUSA or 386-2065, and Better Breathers: Survivors of and/ or living with lung ailments. Jennel Johnson-Pendleton, 386-2065. Broken Hearts of Florida Inc.: Supporting, educating and connecting families affected by congenital heart defects and other pediatric heart diseases. Family & Friends Dinner Night, first Friday of every month, 6:45-8 p.m., at St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 2198 N. Meridian Road. 668-5864, www.brokenhearts, info@brokenhearts




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HIV/AIDS Big Bend Cares: Provides education and comprehensive support to people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. 2201 S. Monroe St., 6562437,

Hospice Big Bend Hospice: A nonprofit organization that serves patients with a life-limiting illness and their families in eight counties. Provides physical, emotional, spiritual and practical care tailored for each family. Together with the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own physician, the Hospice team provides expert pain and symptom control. A Hospice House provides care for patients with acute medical needs that require 24-hour medical supervision. Big Bend Hospice remains with each family for up to a year following the death of a loved one to provide support through the grieving process. Grief support programs are available to anyone in the community regardless of whether they have used Hospice. 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, 878-5310 or

Covenant Hospice: Provides caring for people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and loved ones. Covenant Hospice is nonprofit and is an independent, unaffiliated organization, working with hospitals, nursing facilities and adult living facilities when living at home is not possible. 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 102, Lina Nunez, 575-4998.

Mental health & addiction Al-Anon/Alateen: The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics. Teenagers also welcome. PO Box 13163, Tallahassee, 32317. 222-2294; Alcoholics Anonymous: A fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope so they may recover from alcoholism. 224-1818, Anxiety & Behavioral Health Clinic: If you experience uneasiness in social situations or panic, you may be eligible to receive free treatment. Also free smoking cessation treat-






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Florida Council for Community Mental Health: Statewide association of community-based mental health and substance abuse agencies. 316 E. Park Ave. 224-6048, Florida Psychological Association: FPA is a voluntary organization for psychologists. A person in need of services can call for a listing of licensed psychologists by location and by specialty. 408 Office Plaza Drive; Connie Galietti, 656-2222,, Freedom From Smoking: The American Lung Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smoking cessation program. 539 Silver Slipper Lane, Suite A. 386-2065. Mothers in Crisis: MIC is a nonprofit networking organization comprised of families in recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions. Offered exclusively online. 222-7705. Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place Grief Counseling Center: A nonprofit grief and loss counseling center providing counseling and education by licensed clinicians for adults, families and children experiencing any type of loss, including divorce, death, abandon-

ment (foster care/imprisonment) trauma and life transitions (moving, new job or school) Sliding fee scale. Appointments, 841-7733, 216 Lake Ella Drive, NAMI Tallahassee: Local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental health education, advocacy and support organization. 841-3386, Narcotics Anonymous: A nonprofit fellowship of people who have a problem with drugs. 224-2321; tollfree, (877) 340-5096; www.bigbend Overeaters Anonymous: A fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. No dues or fees for members. Meets in lobby of the TMH Behavioral Health Center, 1616 Physicians Drive. Sarah, 3858421. Townsend Addiction Recovery Center (ARC): Individual and intensive outpatient treatment. Also, mental health counseling and substance abuse evaluations for court and DOT. 2898 Mahan Crive, Suite 6. 656-5112; TMH Behavioral Health Center: Facility offers inpatient and outpaplease see groups, next PAGE



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tient mental health services to children and adults. 1616 Physicians Drive. 431-5100, behavioral. Tallahassee Memorial Recovery Center: Inpatient and outpatient help for drug and alcohol addiction and co-dependence and family concerns. Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center, 1616 Physicians Drive. 431-5910; www. Turn About Inc.: Provides services for children, adolescents and college undergraduates who are at-risk for or have alcohol, drug and/or behavioral problems and/or who have been victims of violence. 2771 Miccosukee Road. 671-1920, www.

Neuromuscular/ nervous system Lafayette Park Center Multiple Sclerosis Support Group/ Sclerosis Support Group: Meets the second Saturday each month. 501 Ingleside Ave. 385-5956 or 8930930. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: For information or dates, call 668-3888. Muscular Dystrophy Association: Voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases. 1574-B Village Square Blvd., 681-6763, www. National Multiple Sclerosis Society North Florida Chapter: Offers monthly self-help groups, informational workshops, referrals and financial support. (800) 3444867, FLN. United Cerebral Palsy of Tallahassee: A private, not-for-profit organization focused on advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. 1830 Buford Court, 878-0892.

Nutrition & fitness Club 50 Fitness: A fitness club for men and women 50 and over. 3111 Mahan Drive, Suite 11 (in the Publix Shopping Center), 32308, 216-2003,,www. Jenny Craig: Weight loss. 1891

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Capital Circle N.E., No. 1,, 219-1700. Medical Nutrition Therapy of Tallahassee Inc.: Registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. 120 Reece Park Lane, Carole Bullock, 878-7917 or 212-0383, CBtheRD@ TOPS: Support group for weight loss. Lafayette Park,, 894-9496.

Organ transplant Tallahassee Transplant Support Group: For people waiting for a transplant, dialysis patients, family members, people who have received transplants and anyone interested in information. Meets monthly at the North Florida Nephrology Associates office, 1609 Physicians Drive. Dee Wilder, 942-6613 or 878-1171.

Parkinson’s Big Bend Parkinson’s Support Group: Meets monthly at Cherry Laurel Assisted Living, 1009 Concord Road, off Mahan Drive. 431-5082.

Pregnancy/ parenthood Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition: This nonprofit organization’s services include childbirth education, parenting classes, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation classes, breast-feeding education, home visits and more. 1311 N. Paul Russell Road, Suite A101, 488-0288, Planned Parenthood of North Central Florida: Provides affordable reproductive health care and education. 2121 W. Pensacola St., 574-7455 (clinic), Pregnancy Help and Information Center (PHI): Provides free pregnacy tests, counseling, infant and maternity needs, referrals and abstinence education, as well as parenting classes and support groups for post abortive, single parenting and adoption placement. All services free. 1710 S. Gadsden St., 222-7177,

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gyn; HIV/AIDS primary care; mental health/substsance abuse; health care for the homeless; adolescent and adult medicine; and geriatrics. 1720 S. Gadsden St. 576-4073, bondchc. com. Integrative Healthcare: Offers primary health care, this may include information on natural therapies. 2016 Delta Blvd., 878-4434, www. Neighborhood Health Services: Well-known in Leon and surrounding counties as a provider of primary care and urgent care for the medically underserved, uninsured and people who are homeless. 438 W. Brevard St., Tallahassee, 224-2469,

Professional groups Big Bend Doulas: Local doulas connect to discuss information pertaining to childbirth and being a doula. 219-0405; capitalcitydoula@ The Capital Medical Society: A professional membership organization for physicians from Leon, Jefferson, Gadsden and Wakulla counties. Provides Physician Referral and Information Service to the public, sponsors the We Care Network, through specialists who donate specialty medical care to low-income, uninsured patients. Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Capital Regional Medical Center and labs, imaging centers, home-health and medicalequipment companies donate care as well. 1204 Miccosukee Road, 8779018, Community Health Charities of Florida: Community Health Charities of Florida is a federation of Florida’s top health charities. 15 A Crescent Way, Crawfordville, Gwen Cooper, 926-7003,,www.healthcharitiesfla. org. Healing Arts Alliance: A network of health-care practitioners who offer conventional and complementary or alternative services. www. healing

Rehabilitation Kessler Rehab Centers: Kessler, one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation services. (888) Kessler,

Women The Women’s Imaging Center: Offers a full range of diagnostic and interventional imaging services including mammograms, breast ultrasound, biopsies and DEXA (osteoporosis scan). 1600 Phillips Road, 32308, 878-6104, www.rad Sisters Alive/Soul Survivors: All women’s support and educational group. Harriet Hudson, 644-7943.

Other groups & organizations Angel Flight Southeast: Provides medical transportation. A national, nonprofit organization providing a link between home and hospitals for ambulatory and medically stable patients and for those who cannot afford the cost of travel. (800) 3524256, (352) 326-0761, Community Health Charities of Florida: Formed by Florida’s top health charities to connect employees in the workplace with trusted health charities. 3333 W. Pensacola St., Suite 240, 597-7745, www.florida. March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation: Works to give all babies a fighting chance against prematurity, birth defects and low birth weight. 1990 Village Green Way, Suite 3, 422-3152, National Stuttering Association: Support group for people who stutter, friends and families. 1609 Medical Drive, 216-1931, www.we Prevent Blindness America: The nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness. (800) 331-2020, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary: TMH Auxilians perform a variety of tasks to help patients and guests during their hospital stay. 431-5331,www. Capital Area Polio Association: Supports public education and awareness about the effects of postpolio syndrome and ways to manage disability as people age. Meets montly. Office, 3909 Reserve Drive Suite 2811, Mark Ravenscraft 5802227, 766-3555,

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We’re always learning


By Doug Blackburn

here’s a common misperception that because Tallahassee is the capital of the Sunshine State, state government is the No. 1 industry here. Not true. It’s education. Try as you might, you wouldn’t be able to squeeze into Doak Campbell Stadium all of the students in Tallahassee. We caught up to the Student Government Association presidents at Florida State University and Florida A&M University to talk about the role education plays in their lives and in the overall community. First up is Rueben Stokes of FSU:

How does having three higher-ed institutions affect the flavor of Tallahassee?

We have three institutions all working to create a young, vibrant and progressive oasis for both personal and cultural enhancement.

What are your favorite things about campus?

My favorite parts of the FSU campus are the many unique individuals who inhabit it every day. The bricks and mortar are very beautiful in their own right, but I am most appreciative of the special bonds that have shaped the person I am today.

How has FSU affected your life?

FSU has provided me an incredible opportunity to learn

about myself, build relationships and exceed my own expectations.

How can the university and community at large work together?

I believe that both the university and surrounding community need to develop a more inclusive attitude toward one another. Through unsolicited communication, both sides would learn that they are much more alike than they are different.

Favorite thing about living here?

Many aspects of Tallahassee contribute to my affinity for this city, but one of my favorite points is its size. Tallahassee is large enough to not feel disconnected but at the same time small enough to feel welcomed and not intimidated. Marissa West is starting her fifth year in the pharmacy program at FAMU:

How does having three higher-ed institutions here affect the flavor of Tallahassee?

Because students make up a great fraction of the population here, many aspects of the community cater to and consider the needs of young people from social events to stances on legislation that affects student cost for higher education.

What are your favorite things about campus?

The fact that there’s something for every student to get involved in. For any student who seeks to engage in the campus community, there is something for them to do, new people to meet and rarely a dull moment.

GLENN BEIL | Tallahassee Democrat

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How has FAMU affected your life?

Rueben Stokes, president of FSU’s student government, is a graduate student in the university’s College of Business. Marissa West, SGA president at FAMU, is starting her fifth year in the pharmacy program.

Being a Distinguished Scholar Award recipient from the big city of Chicago, Illinois, it took a little while for me to adjust to the FAMU environment, from its Southern hospitality to its diverse students from all over the country. FAMU in many ways challenged me to be better in my academic endeavors, but as well in my personal life. FAMU truly gave me opportunities like no other, brought me out of my shell and has helped mold me into the young woman I am today. I wouldn’t trade FAMU for any other institution in the world.

How can the university and community at large work together?

From community service to new initiatives, there is a lot to be accomplished that will be more successful with collaboration and cooperation between the university and the community.

Favorite thing about living here?

My favorite thing about living here is the lifelong friendships and relationships I have been blessed to foster here that can benefit me anywhere else that life takes me beyond here. Living here has allowed me to meet and network with tons of great people. You also can’t beat Florida’s great weather, which has spoiled me over the years.

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Early childhood education & care A Little Heavens Child Care, 2521 Mahan Drive, 2015 S. Monroe, 4104 Apalachee Parkway, 656-7195 A Wonderful World for Kids, 611 Miccosukee Road Advent Parish Day School, 815 Piedmont Drive, 386-5100, www.; adventschool@ All Stars Day School, 702 E. Orange Ave., 877-8870 Ann’s Preschool & Kindergarten, 1777 N. Meridian Road, 386-5827 Answorth Academy Northampton, 2919 Kerry Forest Parkway, 668-9072 Betton Hills Preparatory School, 2205 Thomasville Road (Seven Hills Preparatory School) 422-2464, 1815 N. Meridian Road (VPK4 Center) 2970049, Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend, 306 Laura Lee Ave., 656-8100, www. Brandon’s Place at Lincoln, 438 W. Brevard St., 414-9815, Bright Star Kid Care, 2920 Old Bainbridge Road, 224-7827 Budd Bell Early Learning Center, 306 Laura Lee Ave., 219-0037, www. Candra’s Home Preschool, 2414 Gothic Drive, 422-8491 Childcare Network, 1967 Raymond

Diehl Road, 385-0553, Childcare Network, 2881 E. Park Ave., 519-0370 Child Growth & Development Inc., 1989 Commonwealth Lane, 385-2258 Covenant Presbyterian Preschool, 2221 Old Bainbridge Road, 385-9911 Creative Child Learning Center, 4390 Grove Park Drive, 513-1121 Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services, 240 Mabry St., 671-3569 or 574-3906 Downtown Babies & Kids, 311 S. Calhoun St., 224-0003 Education Inc. Learning Center, 2619 S. Meridian St., 877-2778 Faith Baptist Church Child Development Center, 3333 Apalachee Parkway, 877-7159 First Baptist Church, Weekday Education, 108 W. College Ave., 2225470, First Class Kids, 10223 Woodville Highway, 421-5437 First Presbyterian Preschool, 110 N. Adams St., 222-4587,, Franklin’s Academy II Inc., 1800 Capital Circle N.E., 575-4826 Freedom Church Preschool, 2801 Thomasville Road, 523-0808 Gibson’s Learning Academy, 1408




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Hendrix Road, 878-9217 Great Beginnings Preschool, 1904 Talpeco Road, 562-5437 Great Oaks Day School Inc., 4840 Tower Road, 562-0489 Growing Room Child Development Centers, 1271 Metropolitan Blvd., 386-4769, growingroomchildcare. com Immanuel Baptist Child Care Center, 2351 Mahan Drive, 877-2531 Jolly Jo’s Child Care Center, 1702 Gibbs Drive, 224-2002 Kid’s Club Preschool Inc., 236 Ross Road, 877-4000 Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend, 2326 Centerville Rd, 414-9800, www. Kid’s World Academy, 1849 Capital Medical Court, 656-6655 Kidz Academy Education Center, 324 E. Georgia St., 222-4730 Kidz Academy Education Center 2 Inc., 1023 N. Duval St., 224-3004 Killearn Lakes Preschool, 8051 Deerlake East, 893-0134 Kinderschool, 3561 Timberlane School Road, 668-1457 Little Folk Haven Day Care, 2311 Monday Road, 878-5677 Little Heaven’s Academy, 2015 S. Monroe, 877-0825 Little Red School House, 7980 Blountstown Highway, 575-6609 Miracle Temple Day Care Center, 2201 St. Marks St., 575-2632


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meal to serve to her father when he came home to our clean and tidy house. Fast forward 17 years, and today I am a single mom with six amazing children who are ages 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17. The reality is that I spend my days getting GI Joes out of the toilet, explaining to my girls that they can’t cut their hair like they do their Barbie’s and trying to convince myself that ketchup on a hotdog counts as a vegetable. A far cry from the perfect picture of motherhood that I envisioned. The truth about motherhood is that from the time you find out you are pregnant, things

will not always go according to plan. It is more challenging than you ever imagined, but more rewarding than you ever thought possible. Over the years, I have found the greatest source of strength to come from other moms. was created as a place for moms to connect and get information on everything from pregnancy to parenting children from birth through the teenage years. You can read blogs and stories from real moms that will inspire you, make you laugh and give you strength. It is a place where you can share your

Miracle Years Child Care Center, 2403 W Tharpe St., 383-1622 Miracle Years Child Care Center II, 217 Ausley Road, 576-9500 Miracle Years Child Care Center at Old West, 2344 Lake Bradford Road, 906-9378 Miracle Years Enrichment Center, 2034 Harold Court Precious Years Day Care Center, 4224 Crawfordville Highway, 6568575 Scottsdale Academy, 3498 E. Mahan Drive, 219-2400, www.scottsdale Seven Hills Academy, 2205 Thomasville Rd., 656-8754 Sutton’s Too Educational Preschool & Day Care, 7586 Woodville Highway, 421-2843 Tallahassee Museum Pre-School, 3945 Museum Drive, 575-8684, www. Timberlane Church of Christ Pre-School, 3569 Timberlane School Road, 893-9680 Watch Me Grow Child Care, 431 W. Virginia St. Wee Care Child Care at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3705 N. Monroe St., 562-0047 YMCA Children’s Playhouse, 2001 Apalachee Parkway, 878-1255, www.,

Connect with Tallahassee Democrat reporter and website moderator Blythe Newsome online at Email her at bnewsome@ or call 599-2299.

own thoughts and stories with other moms. You will also find information on topics ranging from health and fitness to food and travel. There are fun ideas of activities to do with your children and a calendar of fun family activities that are going on in our community. Find it all at You can also follow us on Twitter @TLHMoms or on Facebook.

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eon County Schools serve about 33,000 students in 24 elementary schools, eight middle schools, six high schools, five charter schools and six special programs. The superintendent of schools is elected in a countywide election and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the school system. He also serves as secretary and executive officer to the School Board. Superintendent Jackie Pons has served in that position since 2006 and will be running for re-election in November 2012. Here, he answers some questions about Leon County and its schools. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the overall mission and direction of Leon County

Jackie Pons, superintendent of Leon County schools, is a former principal, teacher and coach. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Florida A&M University.

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The fast facts on the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ranking The Leon County system is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? ranked by the State Department of Education and has more than 2,200 teachers. The 2012-13 school year begins Aug. 20 and is scheduled to

end on May 31, 2013.

School Board members The Leon County School Board sets policy and each of its five members is elected by the voters in their district. Currently, the members are; Forrest Van Camp, Residential Area 1, Term Expires: 2014 Dee Crumpler, Residential Area 2,




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Term Expires: 2012 Maggie B. Lewis, Residential Area 3, Term Expires: 2014 DeeDee Rasmussen, Residential Area 4, Term Expires: 2012 Georgia M. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joyâ&#x20AC;? Bowen, Residential Area 5, Term Expires: 2014

Board meetings The board meets on the second and EDUCATION, FROM PREVIOUS PAGE

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re focusing on several things. We will continue to look at the budget to be as creative as we can and maximize resources. Academically, one of our concerns is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got new graduation requirements in the EOC (state-mandated End of Course exams). Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to provide the instruction for those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to make sure we do everything we can. In August, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bringing all the teachers in early for a week of professional development in order to help them prepare for all the changes put in place in the last year by the Legislature.

What successes has the school system experienced recently?

MIKE EWEN | Tallahassee Democrat

W.T. Moore Elementary School students release balloons in celebration of their accomplishments in reading.

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been an A district for nine years, and being an A ranked district is something we can be very proud of. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re transitioning (school buses) to natural compressed gas, and will have a ribbon-cutting in September for our new fueling station. I take a lot of pride in how we managed to get through the

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budget cuts since 2007 and keep our system strong and efficient. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been very challenging.

What challenges lie ahead?

The transition to Common Core (Standards) is a major challenge. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge, but also an opportunity. Change is good. We all need some change.

How can parents and others get involved in our community schools?

Our community in Tallahassee, they get it, they are so supportive of education. I am so proud of the level of support. There is something in our school system for every parent. We want you involved, regardless of what you hear or what your child may tell you, we want you at the school. This school system belongs to you. We need you to participate with us as a trusted partner.

What is your favorite thing about living here?

I was born and raised here, and I think the way our community supports education and the fact that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a great place to raise a family. Everyone cares so much about education. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great.

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Enrolling in Leon Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public schools By Ashley Ames

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Elementary schools To enter kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the year being enrolled. To enter first grade, a child must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the year being enrolled. Enrolling at the Leon County school where the student is scheduled to attend is easy and takes just a short time. MIKE EWEN | Tallahassee Democrat Families will need to Accompanied by Mom, a student arrives for the first bring two proofs of day of school at DeSoto Trail Elementary. residence (such as a you a blue form to show the utility bill), proof of school that all shots are up to a recent physical exam, a birth date. If you are not sure that certificate or other evidence of you have all the documents the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age, the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s you need, call the school to ask social security number and what you need to bring as eviproof that the student has received all the required immu- dence. You will be asked to comnizations. plete forms that show your Immunizations can be obtained from the public health name, address, phone number, department or a private doctor, emergency contact information and any health problems your but they must be current. Your child may have. health-care provider will give

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Records are kept private and are only used to contact families when necessary. Access to these records is limited to a very few people at the school site and records are never shared with the public.

Middle or high school students enrolling for the first time in Leon County Schools will need to show the same types of evidence as elementary students. These include a social security number, proof of residence, proof of a recent medical exam and a record of current immunizations.

time and attend each day. Florida Law requires school attendance for school-age students who are not registered as being home-educated. School age means the student is at least 6 years old and not yet 16 years old. Some absences, such as illness, can be counted as excused with the proper documentation. By law, parents are responsible for ensuring that students are at school every day. There are legal consequences for parents who do not take this responsibility seriously. Schools contact families when students show a pattern of tardiness or absence. Talk to the school about the attendance policy requirements.

Which school? Transferring from Students are assigned to another school district Leon County schools based on Families are encouraged to bring a copy of the most recent report card or other proof of academic achievement in addition to the documents noted above when they are transferring to the Leon County School District. This will allow the school to place each student quickly. Each schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal is responsible for determining the placement of students at the school.

Attendance The school year includes 180 days of instruction and students are expected to be on

their actual residence address at the time of school registration. Attendance zone boundaries can be found on the district website, www.leon.k12.fl. us/ newLCShomeFiles/planning_ Policy_Dev.html. Leon County also offers a variety of school choice options for students. These choice options include magnet schools and programs, McKay Scholarships and other special programs to better serve studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; academic needs. Contact the School Choice Office at 487-7546 for more information about attendance zones and choice options.

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Canopy Oaks, 3250 Pointview Drive, 488-3301, www.canopyoaks. Chaires, 4774 Chaires Crossroads, 488-5977, Conley Elementary School at SouthWood, 2400 Orange Ave. E., 414-5610, Desoto Trail, 5200 Tredington Park Drive, 488-4511, www.desoto-trail. Fort Braden School, 15100 Blountstown Highway, 488-9374, Gilchrist, 1301 Timberlane Road, 893-4310, Hartsfield, 1414 Chowkeebin Nene, 488-7322, www.hartsfield.leon.k12.

Hours for public schools in Leon County are standardized except as noted. Public elementary schools are in session from 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.; middle schools from 9:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; and high schools from 7:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Hours for private schools vary. Check with each school for up-to-date information. Please be aware that listed times may change.

Sullivan, 927 Miccosukee Road, 487-1216, www.sullivan.leon.k12. Woodville, 9373 Woodville Hwy., 487-7043, www.woodville.leon.k12.

Middle schools Cobb, 915 Hillcrest Ave., 488-3364, Deerlake, 9902 Deerlake West, 9226545,

Hawks Rise, 205 Meadow Ridge, 487-4733, www.hawksrise.leon.k12.

Fairview, 3415 Zillah St., 488-6880,

Killearn Lakes, 8037 Deerlake East, 893-1265, www.killearn-lakes.leon.

Fort Braden School, 15100 Blountstown Highway, 488-9374,

Moore, 1706 Dempsey Mayo Road, 488-2858,

Griffin, 800 Alabama St., 488-8436,

Oak Ridge, 4530 Shelfer Road, 4883124,

Montford Middle School, 5789 Pimlico Drive, 922-6011,

Pineview, 2230 Lake Bradford Road, 488-2819, www.pineview.leon.k12.

Nims, 723 W. Orange Ave., 4885960,

Riley, 1400 Indiana St., 488-5840,

Raa, 401 West Tharpe St., 488-6287,

Roberts, 5777 Pimlico Drive, 4880923,

Swift Creek, 2100 Pedrick Road, 414-2670, www.swiftcreek.leon.k12.

Ruediger, 526 W. 10th Ave., 4881074, Sabal Palm, 2813 Ridgeway St., 488-0167, www.sabalpalm.leon.k12. Sealey, 2815 Allen Road, 488-5640, Springwood, 3801 Fred George Road, 488-6225, www.springwood.

High schools Chiles, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane, 488-1756, Godby, 1717 West Tharpe St., 6174700, Leon, 550 E. Tennessee St., 4881971,

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Lincoln, 3838 Trojan Trail, 487-2110, Rickards, 3013 Jim Lee Road, 4881783, Sail, 2006 Jackson Bluff Road, 4882468, School hours: 8:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m.





Pace Secondary School, 3413 Zillah Road, 488-8927, www.pace. School hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Charter schools

District-wide schools Adult & Community Education, 283 Trojan Trail, 922-5343, Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Arts & Sciences, 3208 Thomasville Road, 386-6566, School hours: 9:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m. Imagine School at Evening Rose, 3611 Austin Davis Ave., 877-5187, School hours: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Everhart School, 2750 Mission Road, 488-5785, www.Everhart.Leon. School hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

STARS, Middle School, 1234 Blountstown Highway, 681-7827, School hours: 9:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

Lively Technical Center, 480 North Appleyard Drive, 487-7555,, School hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Life Skills Center, 324 N. Adams St., 599-9190, www.lifeskills School hours: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Ghazvini Learning Center, 860 Blountstown Highway, 488-2087, School hours: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Steele-Collins, 428 W. Tennessee St., 681-1929, www.steelecollins. School hours: 8:45 a.m.-3:05 p.m.


K-12 private and laboratory schools John Paul II Catholic High, 5100 Private schools Terrebone Drive, 201-5744, Grades: Betton Hills Preparatory, 2205 Thomasville Road, 422-2464, www., Grades: PK3-6th Bethel Christian Academy, 406 N. Bronough St., 222-6605, www., Grades: PK3-6th Community Christian, 4859 Kerry Forest Parkway, 893-6628,, Grades: K-12th

Epiphany Lutheran School (also serves infants), 8300 Deerlake Road West, 385-9822,, Grades: PK-18 months (half day), PK3, PK4, Early Bird, Lunch Bunch, After School, Community Kids Club







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Sakkara Youth Institute, 1209 Paul Russell Road, 878-0540, Grades: PK-8th Seven Hills Academy, 1500 Miccosukee Road, 656-8754, Grades: K-12th Trinity Catholic, 706 E. Brevard St., 222-0444, www.trinityknights. org, Grades: PK3-8th Woodland Hall Academy, 5746 Centerville Road, 893-2216, www.

Lab schools

Heritage Academy/ Gingerbread Day School, 3324 N. Monroe St., 562-3169, Grades: PK-8th


Magnolia School, 2705 W. Tharpe St., 385-3834,

Rose Academy, LLC, 1268-B Timberlane Road,, 893-8743, Grades: K-8th

Cornerstone Learning Community, 2524 Hartsfield Road, 386-5550,

Great Oaks Day School, 4840 Tower Road, 562-0489, Grades: PK-8th

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Maclay School, 3737 N. Meridian Road, 893-2138,, Grades: PK-12th

North Florida Christian, 3000 N. Meridian Road, 386-6327, www., Grades: PK-12th

Grassroots Free School, 2458 Grassroots Way, 656-3629, Noncompulsory education for children ages 5-11

Kids listen up in a kindergarten/first-grade class at Buck Lake Elementary.


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Holy Comforter Episcopal, 2001 Fleischmann Road, 383-1007,, Grades: PK3-8th

FAMU Developmental Research School, 400 W. Orange Ave., 599-3325,

Innovation Schools of Excellence, 2532 W. Tharpe St., P.O Box 2520, 32316, 575-5580, www.

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Florida State University

CAMPUS Florida State University is one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite research universities, composed of 16 colleges and 99 centers and institutes. It offers more than 300 programs of study, as well as programs in law and medicine.

ENROLLMENT About 41,000 students are enrolled at Florida State. Each year, the university awards nearly 7,900 undergraduate degrees and 3,000 graduate and professional degrees.

TUITION In-state tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year was $5,825 for two semesters at 15 hours per semester, for those not enrolled in the Florida Prepaid Tuition Program before July 1, 2007, and those who started after summer 2007; or $4,865 for those

already in school before summer 2007 or enrolled in the Florida Prepaid Tuition Program before July 1, 2007. Out-of-state tuition for the 20112012 academic year was $20,992 for two semesters for those not enrolled as of summer 2007; or $20,032 for those already enrolled as of summer 2007.

IMPORTANT DATES Aug. 27, 2012: Fall 2012 term begins. Jan. 7, 2013: Spring 2013 term begins. The extended Academic Calendar with all dates for the coming year can be found at www.registrar.fsu. edu/extended.htm. Consult the website for the start dates for summer sessions. Tallahassee Democrat file photos

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Your guide for living in the Tallahassee area Photos: From left, a happy graduate in Spring 2012, the view toward the Westcott Building, dancers put on a show at the August 2011 Presidential Barbecue, and university President Eric Barron does the Seminole chop.





Notable facts about FSU 1

Established in 1851, Florida State University is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida.


Florida State’s 16 colleges offer more than 300 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a vast array of disciplines critical to society.


The university boasts an outstanding faculty that includes a Nobel Laureate; members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Pulitzer Prize winners; Oscar winners; and Guggenheim, Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities fellows.


In 2011, Florida State students had an average SAT score of 1205.7 and an average ACT score of 26.5. Many undergraduate students participate in honors programs and work directly with their professors to conduct research, an activity once reserved for graduate students.


Since its inception in the spring of 2005, the Florida State University Office of National Fellowships has assisted some of FSU’s most talented students. In the last seven years, students have won more than 100 nationally competitive awards, including three prestigious Rhodes scholarships, three Truman scholarships, six Goldwater scholarships, 11 Hollings scholarships, four Pickering fellowships and 48 Fulbright grants. The university’s students have travelled to more than 40 countries, expanding FSU’s influence around the globe.


Nearly 73 percent of black students now graduate from Florida



State within six years, a rate that exceeds the (Florida) State University System by more than 20 percentage points and the national average by 17 percentage points. Florida State currently ranks third among top public research institutions in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to blacks. The Survey of Earned Doctorates also has ranked Florida State among the top 15 institutions for the number of black students earning doctoral degrees.

From September through April, the College of Medicine features some of the country’s top physicians, scientists and researchers speaking on topics of interest in health care and medicine. The Grand Rounds lectures are open to the public, Thursdays from noon-1 p.m. in the College of Medicine auditorium at 1115 W. Call St. Visit www. and search “Grand Rounds” for more information.


With award-winning students whose accolades include numerous Student Academy Awards and College Television Awards (commonly referred to as “Student Emmys”), the College of Motion Picture Arts is one of the top film schools in the nation. In 2011, the college partnered with Digital Domain Media Group to create a new South Florida facility that will give students educational opportunities in creating the world’s best digital effects.

The university is home to the $812 million National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which features the world’s most powerful magnets. Each year, around 600 teams of visiting scientists from around the globe conduct research at the laboratory.


Professors conduct scientific research with real-world implications at centers such as the HighPerformance Materials Institute, a nationally recognized leader in the development of cost-effective composite materials and systems.


Professors also conduct cultural research in interdisciplinary programs such as the History of Text Technologies, where modes of transmitting ideas going all the way back to prehistoric cave paintings are studied.


The College of Music is one of the nation’s oldest and largest, with a graduate program ranked fifth among public institutions. It holds hundreds of concerts annually and has more than a dozen world music ensembles. The college graduated Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in music, who was named 1999 Music Composer of the Year by Musical America and now teaches at the college.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS Interested in attending Florida State University? Go online to and click on “Students,” and then click on “Prospective Students.” All the information you need is there. Apply online at online or just get more information about attending Florida State.

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Florida State is home to the Flying High Circus, one of only two collegiate circuses in the nation. The student-run circus performs every spring under its own Big Top circus tent in the heart of campus. The circus also has performed in Europe, Canada, the Bahamas and the West Indies.


Florida State has foreign study centers in Florence, Italy; London, England; Valencia, Spain; and Panama City, Panama. It also has international summer programs in Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Israel, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey and Uruguay.

The second key website is Visitor Services: The Visitor Services staff provides a wealth of information about the university and can take you on a tour of campus. Call (850) 644-6200.

CONTACTS All admissions information is available at www.admissions.

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Florida A&M University

Founded on October 3, 1887, Florida A&M University (FAMU) is part of the State University System of Florida and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

CAMPUS Distinguished by lush foliage and massive oaks, the main campus comprises 156 buildings spread across more than 422 acres atop the highest of Tallahasseeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven hills. The university also has several satellite campuses including a site in Orlando where the College of Law is located and sites in Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa for its pharmacy program.

ENROLLMENT Florida A&M University enrolls more than 13,000 students from coleman library courtesy of famu; all other photos from Tallahassee Democrat files

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more than 40 states and many countries.

FEES PER CREDIT HOUR (Fees as of 2012-2013) Undergraduate residents: $142.87 Undergraduate nonresidents: $540.89 Graduate residents: $348.82 Graduate non-residents: $965.19 Law residents: $392.46 Law non-residents: $1,034.49

OTHER FEES Rattler Card ID: $5 Athletic Fee: $13.97 Technology Fee: $5.16 (Undergraduate); $14.52 (Graduate); and $16.50 (Law) Health Fee: $59 Transportation Fee: $65

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Photos: Counterclockwise from below, students bustle to and from Coleman Library, FAMU graduates line up outside the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium, and students discuss a play in class. At right, a campus landmark, the eternal flame, stands near Lee Hall.



Notable facts about FAMU 1

FAMU was named one of the “Best Colleges in the Southeast” in The Princeton Review 2012 edition.


Florida A&M University was named one of the Top 15 most popular universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. FAMU was the only historically black college or university that is ranked in the Top 15 with Ivy League universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton. The University of Florida is the only other university in Florida to be listed in the top 20.

in the Top Ten at the competition.


FAMU was ranked as the No. 1 public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the 2012 U.S. News and World Report college ranking for HBCUs.


In September 2011, Washington Monthly magazine ranked FAMU as one of the “Top 100 National Universities.” This was FAMU’s second consecutive year making the list.


For the second year in a row, FAMU has been selected by The Princeton Review for its list of the 322 top green campuses in the United States and Canada. FAMU is the only historically black college and university to be selected.


Students in the School of Business and Industry won first place in the National Deloitte Case Study Seminar beating out Notre Dame, University of Miami (Ohio), University of Washington, University of Texas and Brigham Young.

HOUSING Room rent (average range): $1,886 to $3,150 per semester

FALL 2012 Dates April 14-Aug. 26: Regular registration Aug. 22-26: Residence halls open Aug. 27: Late registration and add-drop period Aug. 27: First day of class Sept. 3: University closed in observance of Labor Day Nov. 3: University closed, Veterans Day Nov. 22-23: University closed, Thanksgiving Dec. 7: Last day of classes Dec. 10-14: Final examinations Dec. 14: Fall commencement

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS As of July 1, 2011, Florida A&M

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University offers 52 bachelor’s degrees and 27 master’s degrees. FAMU has 14 schools and colleges. The university also offers a juris doctor at its College of Law in Orlando. Eleven doctoral programs are offered at FAMU, including 10 Ph.D. programs: chemical engineering; civil engineering; electrical engineering; mechanical engineering; industrial engineering; biomedical engineering; physics; pharmaceutical sciences; educational leadership and environmental sciences.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS Grants, scholarships, loans and employment opportunities are available to help families meet the cost of investing in an education at Florida A&M University. For information, visit


The university has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. This designation covers the academic year 2012 through 2017.


FAMU students won the Altitude Award at the NASA University Student Launch Initiative Competition for launching a rocket closest to one mile without going over.


The College of Law’s Hispanic American Law Student Association (HALSA) Moot Court Team participated for the first time in the Hispanic National Bar Association 17th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition and finished


In September 2011, FAMU was named one of Forbes magazine’s 2011 Best Colleges in the nation in its annual ranking of top colleges.


In 2011, FAMU was selected as one of The Princeton Review’s “311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.” The list focused solely on colleges that have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

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Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee Community College is one of the nation’s top community colleges and offers all the excitement and intellectual stimulation of a mid-size college—with the individual attention that comes from small classes and caring faculty. Every semester, about 15,000 students choose TCC as the next step in their education journey. Many are preparing for transfer to a university, while others are learning the skills they need to move directly into the workforce in diverse fields from healthcare to law enforcement to computer programming and information technology.

LOCATIONS Main Campus: 444 Appleyard Drive, 850-201-6200 TCC Capitol Center: 300 West Pensacola St., 850-201-7662 Quincy House: 216 North Adams, Quincy, 850-558-3620 TCC Wakulla Center: 5 Crescent Way, Crawfordville, 850-922-6290; 2932 Crawfordville Highway (anticipated Fall 2012 opening) Florida Public Safety Institute: 75 College Drive, Havana, 850-2017000 Center for Workforce Development: 444 Appleyard Drive, 850-201-8760 Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education: 1528 Surgeons Drive, 850-558-4500

ENROLLMENT TCC enrolls about 15,000 students each semester.

FEES In-state tuition and fees per hour: $96.83 Out-of-state tuition and fees per hour: $373.99 KEY DATES Aug. 27: Fall main session begins Jan. 7, 2013: Spring main session begins

ACADEMIC OVERVIEW Programs offered: TCC offers more than 90 academic and career programs and more than 700 courses. The college offers the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree for students planning to transfer to four-year universities, as well as associate degrees in health care, information technology, business, child development and

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other professions for those seeking to directly enter the workforce. A full-time student can complete an associate degree in two academic years or less, but TCC’s flexible scheduling — including evening classes, online courses and express sessions — makes it easy for students to attend part time as well.

TCC also offers a number of career certificates in everything from health care to law enforcement and from technology to business. Certificate training usually takes one year or less to complete. TCC’s Florida Public Safety Institute in Gadsden County offers programs for those interested in becoming law enforcement officers, corrections officers or firefighters. By the numbers: Nearly 75 percent of TCC’s A.A. graduates transfer into the State University System within a year — the highest percentage in the Florida College System. Last year, TCC ranked ninth nationally among two-year institutions for the number of associate degrees awarded.

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS The college provides about $20 million in scholarships and grants every semester.

ATHLETICS The 2011-12 season saw TCC’s student-athletes achieve tremendous success in and out of the classroom. A total of 24 student-athletes received all-academic honors from the Panhandle Conference in 2012. Twelve went on to receive similar honors from the Florida College System Activities Association. During the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters, 53 student-athletes earned a spot on TCC’s academic honor roll.

KEY CONTACTS Enrollment Services and Student Success: 201-8555 Disability Support Services: 2018430 Academic Support: 201-8505 Financial Aid and Scholarships: 201-8399 Veterans Affairs: 201-8406


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Tallahassee Community College holds an annual Parade of Nations, a tribute to its many international students.

Notable facts about TCC 1

TCC began as Tallahassee Junior College in September 1966. Now, Tallahassee Community College has locations in Crawfordville, Quincy, Havana and downtown Tallahassee, as well as the main campus on Appleyard Drive — a total of nearly 2 million square feet.


TCC features the Learning Commons—a comprehensive learning center for tutoring and other academic support services in reading, writing, math and computer skills. In Fall 2011, students logged in for academic support 154,503 times.


TCC ranks 4th nationally among two-year institutions for the number of associate degrees awarded to AfricanAmerican students.


TCC’s health care graduates pass their professional exams in extremely high numbers. TCC’s graduates in the dental hygiene, nursing and pharmacy technician programs all achieved 100 percent pass rates on their latest professional exams.


TCC’s Model United Nations (MUN) team is consistently excellent. The team recently received a Distinguished

Delegation Award at the National MUN conference in New York City.


TCC attracts students from all over the world. TCC’s international student population includes students from more than 86 countries.


TCC has outstanding disability support services. Of the institutions in the Florida College System, TCC graduates the highest percentage of people with disabilities with A.A. degrees.


TCC offers an honors program for high-achieving students in the Associate in Arts degree program.


TCC offers dual enrollment to allow students to earn college credit while still in high school.


TCC has expanded its commitment to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and, by becoming a STEM Center of Excellence, will work to improve the pathway from area school districts — primarily those in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties — to TCC for students interested in STEM. TCC is also committing about $20,000 in scholarships for STEM students.

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Keiser University (KU), a private, not-for-profit university founded in 1977, serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing doctoral, master’s bachelor’s and associate degrees. The university has been regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1991 and employs more than 3,500 faculty and staff on 15 campuses. The main Tallahassee campus opened in 1992 and the Graduate School campus opened at Metropolitan Boulevard in 2011. The largest degree programs are nursing, culinary arts and occupational therapy assisting.

Sixty-two percent of KU students graduate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and health care fields, providing the talented workforce necessary for Florida to compete globally. The University ranks 1st in Florida and 2nd in the nation in production of Associate of Science graduates in health care professions and 2nd in Florida and 3rd in the nation in production of Associate of Science in nursing graduates. (Source:

Community College Week evaluation of US. Dept of Ed--Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System IPEDS) Keiser University’s educational reach extends globally through its international programs including the Latin Division, a cooperative agreement in the Eastern European nation of Moldova, and a campus in Shanghai, China.

WHAT’S AVAILABLE n Financial aid, available to those

who qualify n Career placement assistance n Flexible scheduling options

including day, evening, online and hybrid (combination of on campus and online) classes n Small class sizes, low student-

faculty ratio n Year-round enrollment options

contact Keiser The main Tallahassee campus is located at 1700 Halstead Boulevard. To learn more, call 906-9494 or go to

Other area institutions AVEDA INSTITUTE OF TALLAHASSEE 2020 W. Pensacola St. Tallahassee, FL 32304 (850) 222-4299

BAINBRIDGE COLLEGE 2500 E. Shotwell St. Bainbridge, GA 39819 (229) 248-2500

BARRY UNIVERSITY Woodcrest Office Park Plaza 325 John Knox Road Building A, Suite 100 385-2279

CORE INSTITUTE School of Massage Therapy and Structural Bodywork 223 W. Carolina St. 222-8673


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Tallahassee Community College, 444 Appleyard Drive 201-8330

FLAGLER COLLEGE Located on the TCC campus, 444 Appleyard Drive 201-8070

LIVELY TECHNICAL CENTER 500 N. Appleyard Drive 487-7555


THOMAS UNIVERSITY 1501 Millpond Road Thomasville, GA 31792 (229) 226-1621




Educational & parenting resources network of associate and specialized Education support centers that provides support services to exceptional student education & outreach programs;; Air Force Association, Col. H. M. Bud West Chapter 419: AFA is an independent, nonprofit, civilian education organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. It is a totally inclusive organization, without restrictions on membership. In Tallahassee, the Bud West Chapter supports area AFROTC, AFJROTC and Civil Air Patrol programs. Be Brave School Safety Hotline with Leon County Sheriff’s Office: Offering a toll-free number that accepts anonymous reports of guns, drugs and possible violence in Leon County schools; 2825 Municipal Way; (877) 7-BE BRAVE. Communities In Schools of Leon County Inc.: Program brings community resources, services, parents and volunteers into schools to help “at-risk” students successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. 444 Appleyard Drive; www.cisleon. org; 201-9750. Early Learning Coalition: Serving Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla. Offering training and technical assistance to early learning network providers to promote quality early education programs in the Big Bend region. 1940 North Monroe Street, Suite 70;; 3850504. Educational Success By Design: Consultants helping parents, teachers, and school districts on the state and local level facilitate student achievement and school success. Irene Y. Gaines, trigaines@yahoo. com, 570-8079. Florida Child: Statewide organization that carries out wishes schools have for their children’s education, from pre-school through college, by providing information, assistance and financial aid; www.floridachild. org; (800) 805-4485. Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System Miccosukee: 3955 W. Pensacola St; a statewide


Florida Education Foundation: Helping foster the development of community and private sector resources for education. 325 W. Gaines St., Suite 1524;; 245-9692. Florida Prepaid College Board: The State of Florida offers two affordable, tax-free college plans that make it easy to save for college sooner rather than later. The Florida Prepaid College Plan is guaranteed by the State of Florida to lock in the cost of college tuition, local fees and dormitory housing at today’s prices. The new Florida College Investment Plan offers a variety of investment options to help save for other college expenses, in Florida and out of state;; (800) 552-GRAD (4723). Florida Virtual School: Providing students with high-quality, technology-based educational opportunities to succeed in the 21st century;;; (407) 513-3587. Global Ambassador Program: The Global Ambassador Program receives requests from K-12 schools, FSU and the Tallahassee community for international students, scholars and faculty to give presentations about their country and culture. This provides opportunities to engage globally and across cultures without having to leave Tallahassee. 110 S. Woodward Ave.; Aleks Nesic, 6441702,, http:// globalambassador.cfm. Institute for School Innovation: A private, nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to enhance classroom instruction through technology and active learning. Programs include: Project CHILD, a program for grades K-5 that transforms traditional self-contained teaching by using an innovative triangulated approach; and PCPlus, a supplemental tutorial model to help please see resources, next PAGE

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students who have fallen behind to catch up;; 671-3706. Leon County Schools Foundation: A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in education; www.lcsf. org; 224-2378. Panhandle Educational Consulting Services: A consulting, coaching and training firm that provides integrated educational services for K-12 school improvement, college and career preparation, postsecondary education, and adult education., feedback@, 366-3415. Leon Wakulla Retired Educators Association: A professinal organization open to educators from any state., Information@, 877-7618 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Registration: For children who are 4 years old by Sept. 1; facilitated by Arbor E&T, in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend. 1940 N. Monroe; Program.html; 385-0504. West Point Society of Tallahassee: A nonprofit fraternal, community-service organization whose members are graduates and friends of the United States Military Academy dedicated to promoting the legacy of West Point and its core ideals. WPST provides liaison to regional high schools, offering guidance to qualified students interested in attending West Point.; http://fl8.; 212-6720. World Class Schools of Leon County: An alliance between the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and Leon County Schools, promoting excellence in our public schools through business and community involvement; www.; contact: Laura Rogers; 224-8116.

Foreign language Alliance Francaise de Tallahassee: Offers four sessions of French classes for adults and children per year, other social and cultural activities.,, 391-8309.

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Forget Me Not School of Russian Language: School of Russian language for all ages. 1645 Phillips Road, 228-2229. RussianTallahassee. com German School of Tallahassee: A nonprofit organization devoted to teaching the German language and introducing the culture of Germanspeaking countries to children and adults. Once-a-week classes taught mostly by native speakers; optional exams at the end of the school year for official German Language Diplomas; extra-curricular activities.,, 894-1842. Tallahassee Chinese School: The TCS-Taiwan has a diverse student population that comes to school from neighborhoods all over Leon County. The school is equipped with excellent teachers. Open from 1:303:30 p.m. each Sunday. 2945 Compton Way; Carl Huang, 9426766,

Mentoring & enrichment 100 Black Men: Group offers mentoring and drop-out prevention for African-American seventh graders and up, plus continued help for higher education for youth completing the program; P.O. Box 5132; 5998623. Alpha Leadership ProgramAlpha Phi Alpha Frat: Program pairs adult mentors with minority male students in grades 7-10 to improve academic, social, public speaking, decision-making skills and financial management skills. 1882 Capital Circle N.E., Suite 102; www. Black Male College Explorers Program at FAMU: Aiming to increase educational achievements, facilitate college entry and reduce delinquent referrals in the enrichment program for males in grades 7-12. 302 Gore Education Center, Unit B;; 561-2408. College Reach Out Program at TCC: Scholarships, mentors and sponsorship are offered for children from low income families to promote future success. 444 Appleyard Drive;; 201-8314. Jumpstart Tallahassee: A program that recruits college students




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to work in head start centers to help increase and encourage young childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school readiness. 644-4555.

damental skills. 3111 Mahan Drive Suite 31-32;; 2196284.

Leon County Schools School Volunteer program: Program recruits, trains and coordinates individual and corporate volunteers to work with students and to act as mentors in the schools. 2757 W. Pensacola St;; 487-7800.

Panhandle Educational Consulting Services: In-home and online tutoring.,, 366-3415.

University Experience Program at FSU: Program brings high school juniors and seniors to FSU for two weeks during the summer to experience college and to encourage the economically disadvantaged to pursue higher education. A component of the College Reach Out Program. 5400-A University Center; www.fsu. edu/~care; 644-9699.

Parenting help Jinger Jones Sellinger, parent coach: Works with parents and caregivers of children of all ages to help with the challenges of parenting by helping to develop skills for effective discipline, communication and the general issues that families face. One-on-one or group meetings available. 6250 Old Water Oak Road, 566-6985.; Rosemary N. Palmer: Provides parent/teacher seminars on disability discrimination and how to obtain appropriate services at school for students who are disabled. Advocacy; litigation when necessary. 5260 Pimlico Drive; floridalawlady@; 668-9203.

Tutoring Advanced Learners: Affordable inhome tutoring; Pre-K-college, all subjects; Choose a tutor from a wide selection of highly qualified and compassionate professionals; www.; (866) 3588867. Club Z In-Home Tutoring Club: In-home tutoring for all ages, including SAT/ACT prep, foreign languages and individualized studies assistance;; 8939600. Kumon Math and Reading Centers: Developing untapped potiential of children through building confidence and developing fun-

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic: Serves as an educational library of audio textbooks serving people who cannot read standard print effectively because of visual impairment, learning disability, or other physical impairment. 2639 N. Monroe St., Suite 151-A1; Deborah Cucinella. Rose Speech & Academic Center: Serving those in grades pre-K-college in all subjects, including speech therapy. 1268 Timberlane Road; 8938743. Isabel Sheridan: Offering assistance in college application process, specializing in the new SAT verbal section, essay writing; language tutoring for grades K through 12. 3653 Killarney Plaza Drive; 668-0785. Solution Skills: Serving those in grades K-12 in all subjects, including test prep for SAT, ACT, FCAT, GRE, GMAT, and CLAST. 565 E. Tennessee St.;; 681-6543. Sylvan Learning Center: Serving all ages in reading, writing, math and study skills, as well as test prep for SAT and ACT. 2811 Capital Circle N.E, Suite #3;; 385-8696.

Special needs Dyslexia Research Institute: Institute operates full-time school and provides educational counseling, diagnostic testing, tutorial services, parent workshops and adult support groups. 5246 Centerville Road;; 8932216. Capital Therapy: Innovative treatment for communication disorders; facilitating Beyond Words, a theraputic program for preschoolers, including pre-linguistic and socio-communication development; plus Super Pals, offering support for handwriting and auditory skills for slightly older children with learning and communication difficulties; 2424 Mill Creek Court, Suite 1, www.capitaltherapy. net.

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Faith Faith is ‘alive and well’ Introduction | Places of worship


By Sharon Kant-Rauch

allahassee’s first church was established in 1824 — Trinity United Methodist Church, now on the corner of Park and Duval streets. Over the years, the faith community has continued to grow and prosper. Just after the Civil War ended in 1865, for example, 116 black Christians formed Bethel AME Church, now on Orange Avenue. Today, there are more than 200 churches in Leon County. People from other religions, including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and paganism, are also part of the community. We talk with Leo Sandon, a former FSU religion professor who wrote a weekly column for the Tallahassee Democrat for more than 20 years, about the local faith community.

What role does faith play in the lives of Tallahasseeans?

Faith is alive and well in Tallahassee. When I moved here in 1969, I was impressed with the vitality of religious institutions. I was tempted to

invite friends from the northeast who were absorbed by ideas of “the secular city” to come to Tallahassee and stand on the corner of Monroe and Tennessee streets on Sunday morning just to see how many people were attending church services. Still true in 2012.

Are we more/less religious than other areas?

Probably a bit more religious than the U.S. as a whole; less intensely religious than other areas of the Bible Belt.

What role does faith play in the local culture?

Again, a larger role than in other parts of the country, which have more secular leanings. But there clearly is not a domineering role played by religion. Certainly no one denomination dominates. The vast majority of Tallahassee’s population, not surprisingly, has a bias toward religion rather than irreligion.

Do we have diverse denominations represented here? How do people of faith connect?

We have a rather impressive diversity of denominations:

Leo Sandon is professor emeritus of religion and American studies at Florida State University.

Mainline and Evangelical Protestants; Roman Catholic and Easter Orthodox (Greek and Coptic); Reform, Conservative and Orthodox (Chabad Lubavitch) Jewish congregations; Muslim mosques; a rather large Latter Day Saints community; Mennonites, and Friends (Quaker). Tallahassee is no longer the gothic Southern town it once was. State government, along with students and faculty in two state universities and a large community college, make for a diverse citizenry. The most common way(s) people of faith connect is by word of mouth. Almost as common is participation in mutual ministries and causes of religious-charitable and social action interests. If you are new to town, and looking for a place to

worship, where do you start?

Take at least six months to discern where you would prefer to attend. Congregational web sites can be very informative. If the clergy publish sermons, reading some of them can help in getting a sense of the group’s mission and the nature and scope of its ministry. Attend several services and other meetings to see how it feels to your sensibilities.

What are your favorite things about living here?

The rocks and rills. Drive any direction from the middle of downtown Tallahassee and in 20 minutes, you are in open country. The water is good. The air is still relatively unpolluted. Did I mention the trees? General culture. Florida State’s distinguished schools of music and dance, its theater of distinction and its pioneering new film school combine to provide almost an embarrassment of riches in opportunities to enjoy the arts. Division I sports teams provide ample access to the enjoyment of nationally competitive teams in a number of men and women’s sports. The mix of state government and higher education make Tallahassee an unusually interesting city in which to live.

Tallahassee Democrat files

Photos: From left, a Christmas Eve candlelight service at the Thomasville Road Baptist Church, cooks at Temple Israel prepare for the Jewish Food Festival, Leon County officials pray at a celebration to observe the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Apostolic Apostolic Church of Tallahassee, 877-2287, 228 Gaile Ave., www.actlh. com

of God, 386-4924, 2801 Thomasville Road, Heritage Assembly Of God, 6561755, 298 Crossway Road, Mosaic Church, 575-1122, 418 Hayden Road, Oak City Assembly of God, 5754054, 3080 W. Tennessee St., www. Trinity Assembly of God, 8773333, 4852 Mahan Drive,

Baptist Baptist Campus Ministry FAMU, 224-7151, 1729 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Baptist â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collegiateâ&#x20AC;? Campus Ministry FSU, 222-4444, 200 S. Woodward Ave., Calvary Baptist, 681-6864, 1915 Dale St., Chapel Hill Baptist, 222-6900, 3471 N. Monroe St. Meets at Tallahassee Community College, Building 38, www.chapelhillbaptist. org


Connections Fellowship, 4474115, 18781 Starhill Lane. Meets at Fort Braden Community Center.

Crossway Baptist, 877-5216, 405 Crossway Road,


Leon Ebenezer Baptist Church, 576-1404, 8453 Blountstown Highway




Maranatha Baptist, 386-8909, 2532 W. Tharpe St.,


North Florida Baptist, 385-7181, 3000 N. Meridian Road, www.

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Miracle Temple Apostolic Holiness Church, 575-2933, 2201 St. Marks St.

Gospel Light Baptist Church, 222-2232, 3415 Apalachee Parkway,

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Southwood Baptist Church, 8781117, 5177 Capital Circle SW, www.

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Baptist – Missionary

Crossway Baptist Church, 8775216, 405 Crossway Road, www.

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 222-8440, 2240 North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,

East Hill Baptist, 224-9911, 912 Miccosukee Road,




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Dhyana Sitting Group, 228-8805, 647 McDonnell Drive, www.tallahasseebuddhist,

Restoration Life Church, 6561219, 2302 Jim Lee Road,

Drikung Dzogchen Community, 524-2556, 647 McDonnell Drive,


Pema Tallahassee, 274-4270,

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 877-3311, 302 Wallis St.

Faith Baptist, 877-6511, 3333 Apalachee Parkway,

New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 878-8850, 14723 Mahan Drive

Fellowship Baptist, 562-2040, 3705 N. Monroe St.,

Tallahassee Buddhist Community, 228-8805, 647 McDonnell Drive, www.tallahasseebuddhist,

St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 576-7012, 2125 Keith St.

First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, 222-5470, 108 W. College Ave.,

Tallahassee Chan Group, 2743996, 647 McDonnell Drive, www.

First Baptist Woodville, 421-3315, 9500 Woodville Highway,

Tallahassee Shambhala Meditation Group, 224-1515, 2700 Apalachee Parkway Suite A,

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, 942-7551, 10770 Capitola Road Spring Hill Missionary Baptist, 878-5808, 3018 Hill Court Tabernacle Missionary Baptist, 575-2739, 615 Tuskegee St., www.

Baptist – Primitive The Greater Saint Mark P.B. Church, 562-6447, 5820 N. Monroe St., Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church, 222-7129, 1027 N Dewey St. Mount Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, 877-6606, 2130 Midyette Road Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church, 386-3994, 3115 North Meridian Road, Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church, 222-5549, 840 West Dunn St., St. Rosa Primitive Baptist Church, 386-1011, 3148 Mission Road,

Baptist – Southern Aenon Baptist Church, 576-6911, 6073 Blountstown Highway, www. Antioch Baptist Church, 5767315, 5605 Gum Road Bradfordville First Baptist, 8930893, 6494 Thomasville Road, Canopy Roads Baptist, 906-0047, 925 Bannerman Road, Celebration Baptist, 893-1709, 3300 Shamrock St. E., City Church, 347-4100, 1184 Capital Circle N.E., www.

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Immanuel Baptist, 878-1021, 2351 Mahan Drive, www.immanuelonline. com Lake Bradford Baptist Church, 576-2721, 3024 S. Lake Bradford Road Lake Talquin Baptist, 576-4641, 21335 Blountstown Highway, ltbc@ Lakeview Baptist Church, 2225946, 222 W. Seventh Ave., www. LakeviewBaptistChurchTallahassee. com LIFEBASICS Church, 2940 E Park Ave. Suite B, 877-4141. Meeting at Conley Elementary School, 2400 Orange Ave E. Morningside Baptist, 878-5503, 1560 Pedrick Road,

Catholic All Saints Catholic Community, 656-3777, Blessed Sacrament Catholic, 2221321, 624 Miccosukee Road, www. Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More and Catholic Student Center, 222-9630, 900 W. Tennessee St., Good Shepherd Catholic, 8931837, 4665 Thomasville Road, www. Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Mission, 401 Timberlane Road, 893-9090,

Northwoods Baptist, 562-1188, 3762 Capital Circle N.W.,

St. Eugene Catholic Chapel and Student Center, 222-6482, 701 Gamble St., www.steugenechapel. org

New Life Baptist, 877-2215, 3625 Woodville Highway,,

St. Louis Catholic, 562-5140, 3640 Fred George Road,

Seminole Baptist, 562-8069, 3330 Mission Road, Thomasville Road Baptist, 3864288, 3131 Thomasville Road, www. Unity Baptist, 575-2288, 4219 Springhill Road,

Charismatic Abundant Life Fellowship World Outreach Center, 576-3593, 3881 N. Monroe St.,

Capital City Christian Church, 877-7315, 6115 Mahan Drive, www. First Christian Church, 224-7329, 1319 High Road, King’s Way Christian, 562-7712, 2132 Lake Forest Drive Restoration Place, 727-7307, 3881 N. Monroe St.,

Christian Methodist Episcopal Allen Temple CME Church, 5741976, 849 Kissimmee St., www. St. James CME Church, 224-1673, 1037 Richmond St.

Christian Missionary & Alliance Piedmont Park Alliance, 3867157, 3210 Thomasville Road, www.

Christian Science First Church of Christ, Scientist, 385-1490, 128 N. Adams St., www.

Church of Christ Capital City Church of Christ, 224-0914, 2002 Williams Rd., www. Church of Christ, 422-3720, 4015 Centerville Road, Church of Christ, 878-0085, 916 Paul Russell Road

Agape Life Fellowship, 219-8088, 1224 Pedrick Road,

Meridian Woods Church of Christ, 422-3657, 2870 N. Meridian Road,

Christian Heritage, 562-3156, 2820 Sharer Road, www.chctoday. com

Timberlane Church of Christ, 893-6469, 3569 Timberlane School Road,


Faith Christian Center, 224-6322, 3361 Raymond Diehl Business, Lane Road,

Church Of God

Cypress Tree Zen Group, 8774663, 1818 Atapha Nene, http://

Fresh Fire Worship Center, 3502020, 102 Chapel Drive,

Tallahassee Church of God, 2222239, 1304 Central St.,

Woodland Hills Community Church, 422-1919, 2720 Blairstone Road, Suites F & G,

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Church Of God In Christ Life Changers Church,of God in Christ, 656-3940, 601 Miccosukee Road, Life Deliverance Ministries, 6712982, 3377 Jim Lee Road, Love Deliverance Family Center Church of God In Christ, 656.2009, 1160 Capital Circle SE, Ldfccogic@ First Mission Christ Temple, C.O.G.I.C, 224-0510, 419 W Carolina St., New Harvest Christian Center Church of God in Christ, 4216422, 6205 Woodville Highway Powerhouse Church of God In Christ, 583-1758, 454 Belair Drive, Prayer Temple, 224-5799, 1936 Saxon St. Watson Temple Institutional Church of God in Christ, 2240646, 665 W. Brevard St.,

Church Of God Of Prophecy Church of God of Prophecy, 2225611, 1221 Dade St., dscogop1221@





Quincy Branch, (and Spanish Speaking), 627-6342, 816 Pat Thomas Parkway, Quincy Thomasville Ward, 229-226-0957, 807 Remington Ave, Thomasville, Ga.

Episcopal Chapel of the Resurrection at the Episcopal University Center, 222-4053, 655 W. Jefferson St. (on the campus of Florida State University), rugehall Episcopal Church of the Advent, 386-5109, 815 Piedmont Drive, Holy Comforter Episcopal, 8772712, 2015 Fleischmann Road, www. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 562-1595, 3413 Old Bainbridge Road, www.stfrancis-tlh. org St. John’s Episcopal, 222-2636, 211 N. Monroe St., www.saint-john. org St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 681-0844, 1405 Melvin St.,

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Freewill Baptist Jacob Freewill Baptist Church, 574-3150, 2333 Lake Bradford Road,

Foursquare Gospel

Thomasville Road Chapel, 8787115, 3717 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, Madison Branch, 9712133, 1374 W Base St., Madison

Abundant Life Foursquare Church, 877-6360, 3721 Crawfordville Road

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Greek Orthodox Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church, 878-0747, 1645 Phillips Road,

Hebraic Lion of Judah Hebraic Christian Congregation, 566-2436, 2809 Sharer Road, LionofJudahTallahassee. com

Hindu Gujarati Samaj Hindu Temple, 877-3596, 9100 Apalachee Parkway

Holiness First Church of the Nazarene, 877-2650, 1983 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, True Fellowship Holiness Church, 222-7104, 123 FAMU Way

Independent Bible Believers Fellowship, 5765698, 6341 Blountstown Highway, Faith Christian Family Center, 671-5755, 310 Laura Lee Ave. Trinity Revival Church, 321-2635, 3626 Apalachee Parkway,

Witnesses — West, 575-3038, 4010 W. Orange Ave., www.watchtower. org


Lake Jackson United Methodist Church, 562-1759, 4423 N. Monroe St.,

Temple Israel – Reform, 877-3517, 2215 Mahan Drive,

Pisgah United Methodist, 6684777, 7000 Pisgah Church Road,


St. Paul’s United Methodist, 3855146, 1700 N. Meridian Road, www.

Epiphany Lutheran Church and School, 385-7373, 8300 Deerlake Road W, Faith Lutheran Church, 383-1125, 2901 Kerry Forest Parkway, www. Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA), 877-5423, 2919 Miccosukee Road, St. Stephen Lutheran Church (ELCA), 385-2728, 2198 N. Meridian Road, University Lutheran Church and Student Center, 224-6059, 925 W. Jefferson St.,


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Gray Memorial United Methodist, 385-6441, 2201 Old Bainbridge Road,

Hillel at FSU Foundation Jewish Student Center, 222-5454, 843 W. Pensacola St.,

Islamic Center Al-Furqan, 5140100, 3617 Old Bainbridge Road,

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s

Killearn United Methodist, 8931116, 2800 Shamrock St. S., www.

Tikvat Ami Messianic Synagogue, 364-8925, 3324 N. Monroe St.,

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses — SouthWood, 8782084, 4750 Capital Circle S.E., www.

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Congregation Shomrei Torah, 893-9674, 4858 Kerry Forest Pkwy.,

Islamic Center Al-Ansar, 6819022, 1020 W. Pensacola St., www.

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses — Arbor Hill, 893-7478, 2991 Raymond Diehl Road, www.


John Wesley United Methodist Church, 877-1738, 1689 Old St. Augustine Road,

Messianic Judaism

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses — Astoria Park, 3864255, 2641 Old Bainbridge Road,


Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle/Tallahassee, 523-9294, 2601 N. Meridian Road, www.


Jehovah’s Witness


Bethel United Methodist Church, 576-1454, 1470 Bethel Church Road, www.bethelumctlh. com Calvary United Methodist Church, 576-3124, 2145 West Pensacola St.,

Tallahassee Heights United Methodist, 877-6276, 3004 Mahan Drive, Trinity United Methodist, 2221120, 120 W. Park Ave., www.tumct. org

Pentecostal Holiness Anointed Tabernacle of Praise Ministries Inc., 562-6401, 2312 Apalachee Parkway Praise Cathedral Pentecostal Holiness, 562-3018, 3206 Capital Circle N.W. Christian Life Fellowship, 3856111, 3608 Centerville Road, www. Greater Praise Temple of Truth, 893-4875, 4377 Crawfordville Road,

Presbyterian Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian, 222-8553, 814 N. Gadsden St., www. CenterPoint Church (PCA), 2224884, 1200 S. Monroe St., www. Christ Presbyterian, 893-7472, 2317 Bannerman Road, www.cpcusa. org

Wesley Foundation, 222-0251, 705 W. Jefferson St.,

Cornerstone Presbyterian, 6689504, 2904 Kerry Forest Parkway,

Woodville United Methodist, 421-7205, 10322 Old Woodville Road, Woodville

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 385-2512, 2221 Old Bainbridge Road,

Metropolitan Community Gentle Shepherd Metropolitan Community Church, 878-3001, 4738 Thomasville Road,

Missionary Restoration and Refuge Center, 561-3900, 202 Hazelwood Road, refugestore@, Tallahassee Mission, 893-4243, 1535 Killearn Center Blvd.


Deer Lake United Methodist, 668-0314, 8013 E. Deerlake Road S.,

Red Hills Pagan Council, 2120145, P.O. Box 15311, Tallahassee,

FAMU Wesley Foundation, 4258307, 1747 S. Adams St.,


Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 893-4919, 3720 Capital Circle S.E., www.

Faith Chapel Pentecostal, 3858074, 108 Henderson Road, www.

Faith Presbyterian, 385-6151, 2200 N. Meridian Road, Fellowship Presbyterian, 8930617, 3158 Shamrock South, www. First Presbyterian, 222-4504, 110 N. Adams St., www.oldfirstchurch. org Lafayette Presbyterian, 877-4428, 4220 Mahan Drive, Presbyterian University Center, 222-6320, 548 W. Park Ave., www. Tallahassee Korean Church, 2281414, 2800 Shamrock St. S., Trinity United Presbyterian, 5762320, 620 Gore Ave. Westminister Presbyterian Church (PCA), 894-4233, 4501 Centerville Road, Wildwood Presbyterian, 8941400, 100 Ox Bottom Road, www., info@

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Salvation Army

Buck Lake Road, www.unity-eastside. org

Eckankar Fl Satsang Society, 8943706, 3602 Bellingrade Court

The Salvation Army Church, 2220304, 206 W. Virginia St.,

Unity of Tallahassee, 562-5744, 2850 Unity Lane,

Seventh-Day Adventist

Various denominations/ non-denominational

Element Three Church, 264-1956, 3540 Mahan Drive, Every Nation Tallahassee, 205-0140, 2555 N. Monroe St.,

Ohana Ministries, 566-8194, 1126 Central St. Tallahassee First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 877-9901, 618 Capital Circle N.E.,

Taoist Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, 224-5438, 2100 Thomasville Road,

Unitarian Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, 385-5115, 2810 N. Meridian Road, www.uutallahassee. org

United Church Of Christ United Church in Tallahassee, 878-7385, 1834 Mahan Drive, www.

United Pentecostal Soul’s Port, 877-7900, 9301 Mahan Drive,

Unity Unity Eastside, 656-1678, 8551

Abundant Living Faith Ministry, 671-4390, 4213 Woodville Highway, Agape Covenant Fellowship Church Inc., 536-0777, 3471 N. Monroe St., www.agapecovenant. org Aglow International Tallahassee Community Lighthouse. Meets every fourth Saturday. 2055 Thomasville Road, ALARM International, 216-1800, 367 Marpan Lane, Baha’i Center, 219-2111, 1310 Cross Creek Road Calvary Chapel, 514-1929, 8614 Mahan Drive,

Family Worship &, Praise Center, 656-9378, 1609 Branch St. Fellowship @ Midway Church, 702-0700, 32319 Blue Star Highway, Midway, www.fellowshipmidway. com Genesis Church, 942-5433, 4070 Mission Road, Grace Church of Tallahassee, 224-9606, 731 N. Gadsden St,, www. Grace Covenant Church International, 284-0428/ 575-9700, 1560-11 Capital Circle NW, www. Greater Praise Temple of Truth, 893-4875, 4377-C Crawfordville Road, Greater Works Outreach Ministries, 224-8303, 2025 S. Adams St., Hare Krishna Temple, 224-3803, 1323 Nylic St.

Celebrate New Life Tabernacle, 671-4519, 3050 Agape Lane, www.

I Love Jesus Worship Center, 4216194, 11032 Brigade Drive

Chosen Generation Worship Center, 224-8303,

International House of Prayer Tallahassee, 906-9170, 2820 Sharer Road,

Community Of Christ, 668-0826, 400 Timberlane Road, www.cofchrist. org

Kingdom Word Ministries, 8934076, 508 W. Brevard St.

New Covenant Church, 561-1001, 548 Bradford Road

Lifepoint Church, 219-8088, 1224 Pedrick Road,

Ebernezer Outreach Ministries Inc., 329-7476, 2729 W. Pensacola St.,

Living Stones International, 7650320, 604 Eugenia St.,


Love And Faith Community Church, 878-4930, 1410 East Indian Head Drive, New Hope International Outreach Ministries, 219-9950, 3426 Crawfordville Road, www. New Life Deliverance Ministries, 574-3400, 1133 W. Orange Ave., Tallahassee, 243-0075, 115 Lynnwood Drive, Bainbridge, Ga., New Life International Outreach Center, 386-6129, 2633 Hartsfield Road, Restoration and Praise Christian Fellowship Center, 656-1265, 1098 Paul Russell Road, Restoration Life Church & Outreach Center, 656-1219, 2302 Jim Lee Road, www.restorationlife. net Tallahassee Korean Baptist, 9421018, 4225 Crawfordville Road, The Lighthouse Praise and Worship Center, 877-5306, 3220 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 5, www. Trinity Community Church, 8935303, 2285 Bannerman Road, www. True Wisdom New Hope Ministries International, Development Center, 504-0730, 1477 Capital Circle NW, twnhmidc@ Turning Point International Church, 350-0218, 6866 Blountstown Highway Woodland Hills Community Church, 422-1919, 2720 S. Blairstone Road, Units F & G, www.

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In this section Introduction | Helping organizations | Social, service & special interest clubs | Seniors | Special needs resources

Local volunteers serve vital roles By Sharon Kant-Rauch


ave a skill you’d like to share? You’re bound to find a place to use it in the hundreds of volunteer opportunities that take place in Tallahassee every year. Nonprofits put people to work doing everything from fundraising to answering telephones. Churches often offer service year round. We talked with Jeri Bush, director of VolunteerLEON, about how to find a meaningful volunteer experience.

If someone is interested in volunteering, how should they decide which organization is the best fit? Where should they start?

Once you make the decision to become a volunteer, you should ask yourself a number of questions to ensure that you choose the organization and the role that are the best fit for you: 1. What causes matter the most to me? 2. What would I most like to learn by volunteering? 3. What don’t I want to do as a volunteer? 4. What do I have to offer to a volunteer position? 5. Do I want an ongoing or short-term assignment? 6. Do I want to work alone or as part of a group? To easily become connected to a volunteer opportunity, take advantage of VolunteerLEON’s online volunteer matching system that connects volunteers’ interests to needs in the community. Once you decided on where you would like to volunteer, attend the organization’s volunteer orientation session to

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Jeri Bush has served as the director of the Volunteer Center for 20 years and oversees the center’s programs and services. Bush has served as the County’s Volunteer and Donations Manager since 1994, training and managing spontaneous volunteers during disasters.

make sure that this is a good fit for you. Expectations of your role as volunteer as well as the agency’s expectation of its volunteers should be clearly defined. What’s the impact of volunteerism in our community?

Even though the need for volunteers has been greater in recent years, volunteerism has a long tradition in American history, and is one of our most common activities. Last year, volunteers serving in various Leon County departments and divisions contributed more than 100,000 hours of time, augmenting and supplementing county services. What are most people looking for in a volunteer experience?

People are interested in doing meaningful, mission critical work and they want to feel good about their contributions to the organizations and that their time spent volunteering is not wasted.

What opportunities are available for training of volunteers in our community?

nizations and volunteer managers. Due to the high demand for volunteer management training, this course will be offered this fall and again in the spring of 2013. Additionally, Volunteer managers are encouraged to join the Directors of Volunteers Association, which is the only professional organization of its kind in the Big Bend that serves as a resource for volunteer managers. DOVA offers individuals and agencies the opportunity to network with similar professionals, provides monthly “lunch and learn” meetings and quarterly workshops, and advocates for volunteer issues.

How has volunteering become such an important part of the Tallahassee community?

For many nonprofit organizations in Leon County, volunteers do all the work, from planting the trees to paying the

bills. Organizations depend on volunteers to staff telephone hot lines, lead scout troops, provide tutoring, coach youth sports teams, serve hot meals, organize fundraising events, and stuff envelopes. It’s the broad sense of shared purpose and collective action across neighborhoods and politics “neighbor helping neighbor” that adds greatly to the quality of life that we enjoy in Leon County.

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Every day, I meet everyday citizens who step forward to change lives and strengthen our community through volunteering their gifts, skills and talents. The people here in Tallahassee are friendly, welcoming and diverse, which creates the great sense of community that we all enjoy and makes Leon County an even better place to live and call home. Student Calvin Merritt gives a big hug to Rocco Giordano, a volunteer at Montford Middle School. Merritt has grown up with the kindly man, who says his volunteerism has kept him young. mike ewen | Tallahassee Democrat

Each year VolunteerLEON offers the Florida Volunteer Administration Certificate, a three-day, six-course series workshop in volunteer management for community orga-

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Helping organizations & services clubs, camps and special interest Kids & families workshops. 615 Paul Russell Road. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend: The 13 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend in Leon, Jefferson and Franklin counties offer safe, affordable, structured afterschool programs for children ages 6-18. 6568100. Capital Region YMCA: Promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all ages through a wide variety of recreational programs. 2001 Apalachee Parkway, www.capitalregionymca. org,, 877-6151. Capital City Youth Services: CCYS is a private, nonprofit organization that operates: Someplace Else (in Tallahassee), an emergency shelter for runaway, homeless, abused and youth in crisis, ages 10 to 17; The Family Place, offering family counseling and other services to school-age youth in crisis and their families in Leon County and seven surrounding counties; and Project Safe Place, a national outreach program. 2407 Roberts Ave. Melanie Carty, 5766000,, www.ccys. org. Children’s Home Society of Florida: Adoption Services, including counseling and services for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and couples or individuals wishing to adopt domestic infants or international children of all ages. 1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive,, 921-0772. Family Learning Center: The center operates under the umbrella of Literacy Volunteers of Leon County Inc., a community-based organization whose mission is to promote and increase literacy through volunteers. The center offers children and parents one-on-one tutoring 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. 6062960, www.literacyvolunteersleon. org. Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle: Nonprofit organization aims to build girls of courage, confidence and character., Leon County 4-H: 4-H is a youth program helping youth ages 5-18 develop the skills needed to become productive citizens. Promotes handson activities that encourage positive values, social responsibility and community involvement. 4-H offers

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Tracy Tesdall, 606-5200, tesdallt@, http://leon.ifas.ufl. edu.

Lutheran Social Services: Lutheran Social Services’ mission is to develop, fund, implement and administer new programs to address the unmet needs of the low-income residents. 606 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 11; Jim Freeman, 575-4309, www., National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Provides services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered and sexually exploited children. 24-hour hotline, (800) 843-5678. www.missingkids. com. Tallahassee/Leon County Human Services Center: Specific divisions of support groups for parents and adolescents. 918 Railroad Ave., 575-4388. Tallahassee 25: Organization of young professionals who help local children. Raises proceeds from annual Bids for the Kids Gala & Silent Auction. April Brown, 459-3119,,

Literacy Capital Area Community Action Agency: Programs include job training and placement, transportation, information and referral and senior services. 309 Office Plaza Drive, 2222043, Literacy Volunteers of Leon County: The literacy program enables trained volunteers to work one-on-one with adults helping them learn how to read and write or speak English. Adult literacy services and English as a second language programs, third floor, Leon County Public Library, 200 W. Park Ave. The organization also provides family literacy programs and parenting classes at the Dr. B.L. Perry Jr. Branch, 2817 S. Adams Drive. 606-2644,

Sexual orientation The Family Tree: The Family Tree is a resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in Tallahassee. The group houses a



large library, lists of gay-friendly churches and businesses, as well as GLAAD’s National Gay and Lesbian Directory. Staffed by volunteers, 310 Blount St., Suite 205. 222-8555,, www.

its Volunteers of the Year Awards Luncheon each April. The public nominates volunteers in several categories. Nomination forms are available in December and due in March. 599-2181,

Gentle Shepherd Metropolitan Community Church: MCC, an inclusive, Protestant church, welcomes people of any sexual orientation, and is rooted in the GLBT community. 4738 Thomasville Road. 8783001, www.gentleshepherdmcc. com.

Women’s resources

Safe Zone: This program helps identify allies of GLBT people in the community. Participating businesses, organizations and individuals display the Safe Zone symbol (a pink triangle in a green circle). 644-2003,

Volunteers Center for Leadership and Civic Education: The center provides community service opportunities for students and faculty, promotes the linking of service to the curriculum and collaborates with communitybased organizations on community improvement projects. 644-3342, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of North Florida: A nonprofit organization representing returned Peace Corps volunteers. Road to Recovery: Lack of transportation is one of the biggest challenges for thousands of cancer patients. This program provides volunteer drivers to transport cancer patients to and from life-saving cancer treatments. To become a volunteer, call 800-227-2345. VolunteerLEON: VolunteerLEON’s mission is to strengthen individuals and organizations through volunteerism. 918 Railroad Ave., 606-1970, Volunteer Florida: This organization’s mission is that “strengthening Florida’s communities through volunteerism and service” is not just a mission statement; it’s a way of life. 401 S. Monroe St.; Voice/TTY 9215172, Volunteers of the Year Awards Luncheon: The Tallahassee Democrat honors local volunteers at

My Sistah’s Keep-Her Women Society: The MSK Society goal is to empower and uplift women of color while serving the community. Jasmine Tubig, 894-0172, MSK_tet@ Refuge House: Offers domestic violence and sexual assault emergency services, counseling, safety planning and advocacy services. Hotline, emergency shelter and rape crisis response. Call if you are hurt in your relationship or feel you have been sexually assaulted and want to talk. 24-hour hotline, 681-2111; toll free, 800-500-1119.; www.refuge

Other resources Celebrate Recovery: A Godcentered, 12-step program focused on recovery and healing from hurts, hang-ups and habits. Offers programs for the whole family. Child care is provided. 2800 Shamrock St. S., 893-1116; The Compassionate Friends of Tallahassee: A nonprofit organization that supports families after the death of a child. www.facebook. com/pages/The-CompassionateFriendsTallahassee-Chapter, tcfot@, 422.8404. Florida Alliance for Information and Referral Services (FLAIRS): Statewide association of agencies and individuals committed to the provision of quality information, referral and hotline services. www. Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged: Helps disadvantaged people with transportation information. 2740 Centerview Drive, Suite 1A, 4105700; helpline (800) 983-2435. www. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD): The mission of MADD is to stop drunk driving, support its victims and prevent underage drinking. 1018 Thomasville Road, Suite 101. 681-0061, 1-800-772-6233. www.

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Social, service & special interest clubs 1060,, drmikef@ Daughters of 1812, Treaty of Affinity Ghent Chapter: Meetings are on Tallahassee Old Timers Club: Mostly retired professional citizens, interested in the Tallahassee area and its present, past and future., 599-5464. The Tallahassee Parrothead Club: A not-for-profit organization. www.tallahasseeparrotheadclub. com. Tallahassee Seminole Club: For alumni and friends of Florida State University. Meetings and activities. Tallahassee Social Club: A group of single or married adults who get together for social events. Meets on the third Tuesday of each month. 5412 Touraine Drive.; 878-2286, U.S.S. Khai Tam: The Tallahassee Chapter of Starfleet the International Star Trek Fan Association.878-3616,

Civic Citizens For Responsible Government/Tallahassee: Nonpartisan political action group focusing on political issues and candidates at all levels of government. Works to restore sound fiscal policies and Constitutional principles. http://, stanwillis@, 491-6449. League of Women Voters of Tallahassee: Nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Influences public policy through education and advocacy. P.O. Box 10216, 219-9966, Springtime Tallahassee: An organization dedicated to the promotion of Tallahassee. Sponsors community celebrations. 209 E. Park Ave., 2245012, www.springtimetallahassee. com.

Collecting Tallahassee Stamp & Cover Club: Promotes stamp and cover (envelope) collecting. Club offers clinics, workshops, exhibits, free evaluations of collections, prize drawings, auctions and quarterly newsletter. 385-

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Culture & heritage Asian Coalition of Tallahassee: Aims to heighten awareness and understanding of Asian cultures. 339-5227, Caroline Brevard Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Monthly luncheon meetings at noon on third Tuesdays, September through May at the Ramada Inn, 2900 N. Monroe St. Evelyn Risk, 926-8700. Chaba Lubavitch of the Panhandle: Provide Jewish services to all Jewish people regardless of observance level or affiliation. Adult education, children’s programs, Hebrew school, summer and winter camps, Sabbath and festivals services and programs, woman’s club, Tefilin club and support for Jewish students at FSU, TCC and FAMU. 402 Plantation Road. 523-9294,, Chanie@ Colonial Dames of the 17th Century: Society of women who trace their ancestors to the founders who settled the 13 original colonies before 1701. Meetings are on the first Monday in October, December, February and May. Linda Dean Thomas,; Daughters of the American Revolution : Organization for female descendants of ancestors who served the American cause during the Revolutionary War. http:// Daughters of the American Revolution, Fort San Luis Chapter: Organization of women who trace their ancestors to those who served the American cause in the American Revolution.,, 421-9162. Daughters of the American Colonists, Mission San Luis De Apalachee Chapter: Meetings are on second Saturdays September through May. Sonja Guthrie, 5622406., sonja.guthrie@embarqmail. com.

fifth Saturdays. Evelyn Smith, 8781380;,

Falun Dafa Practitioners Association of Florida: Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese qigong practice that consists of moral teachings, meditation and gentle exercises that resemble tai chi. Instruction provided by volunteers at Lake Ella, Monroe Street and Eighth Avenue.,, 847-1918. French Association of Tallahassee: Offers French classes and cultural events. 264-7985, www., Haitian Cultural Club of Tallahassee: The club is comprised of students and Tallahassee residents who are united in their interest in the rich culture of Haiti. The organization has also been very active in earthquake relief efforts. All meetings and other activities are conducted in English, and all are welcome. (239) 304-6871, haitiancc.,

Taiwanese community to interact. Events throughout the year. www. or chair@tallytaiwan. org, 942-6766 or 443-1613. Tallahassee Genealogy Society: Anyone interested in genealogy is invited to join. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on last Tuesdays (excluding March and December) at the R.A. Gray Building auditorium. Tallahassee Jewish Genealogical Society: Meets quarterly on a Sunday at Temple Israel. Steve Fregger, 386-9468, sfregger@msn. com. Tallahassee Tamil Sangam: Aims to bring people together who speak and love Tamil, the South Asian Indian language. Organizes festivals. 219-9799, site/tallahasseetamilsangam, tlh. United Daughters of the Confederacy, Anna Jackson Chapter 224: Historical programs held September through June; monthly meetings on first Tuesdays at the Brokaw-McDougall House, except January and June (Saturday meetings). Annette Harrell,;

India Association of Tallahassee: A nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the activities of people from India. 339-2699,,

Fine art, literature & crafts

International Friendship Program: Matches new international students at FSU with people in the community to share friendship and culture. 945 Learning Way; Aleks Nesic, 645-4893, culturaledprograms/intlfriendsprogram.cfm,

American Sewing Guild, Tallahassee Chapter: Part of a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance sewing as an art and life skill. Members meet monthly in Tallahassee and Havana., 576-3678.

Italian-American Club of Tallahassee: Aims to preserve Italian heritage and promote Italian culture. Parties and dinners throughout the year. 878-9738.

Canopy Oaks Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America: Membership open to anyone interested in needlework. 901 Thomasville Road; DeanLindaM@aol. com, or canopy.html.

St. Andrews Society of Tallahassee: Honors contributions made by Scots and Ulster Scots to the foundation and growth of the U.S., Scotland and the world. Members gather several times each year. 386-4953,, geoholz14@comcast. net. The Taiwanese American Association of Tallahassee: Encourages members of the local

Cuppa Critique: For serious writers interested in crafting stories for children. Meets monthly at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library. 656-8671; Magnolia Decorative Painters: Nonprofit organization. Meetings are third Saturdays. Bonnie Fisher, 8934616 or

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Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee: Offers learning and enrichment opportunities to anyone interested in quilting. 893-5321;; Seven Hills Handweavers Guild: An informal group of weavers. Main guild meets on second Sunday of each month. 2006 E. Indianhead Drive; 656-6182, 7hillshandweavrs. org, Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild: Brings together polymer clay artists, crafters and enthusiasts. Meetings are at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. 410 Vinnedge Ride, 656-2887; info@polymerclayart. org; Tallahassee Writers Association Inc.: Offers writers education, connection and encouragement. Meets third Thursdays at the American Legion Hall at Lake Ella.,

Games Game Tally: An organization for game players of all ages. Board games, card games, miniature war games, role playing, computer and online gaming, play by email (PBeM). Meet-ups: Noon to close Saturdays at GameScape in the Tallahassee Mall; from 6 p.m. to midnight second Fridays at Element3, 3540 Mahan Drive, and from 6 to 11 p.m. fourth Fridays at Lofty Pursuits, 1415 Timberlane Road in Market Square., Tallahassee Duplicate Bridge Club: An ACBL-sanctioned club offering friendly, competitive games with a focus on fun. 1400 North Monroe St.,, 7783228.

History & science Center for Inquiry – Tallahassee: Local branch of international organization with mission of fostering a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Monthly public lectures, potluck dinners for members, and other special events., stilwellg@, 383-8595. Tallahassee Historical Society: Explores Tallahassee and Big Bend history. Special tours and activities. Meetings are third Thursdays,

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October through May. 656-2629. Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation: Organization supporting historic preservation. 423 E. Virginia St., 488-7334,,

Mental pursuits Tallahassee Duplicate Bridge Club: Open to public. ACBLsanctioned games. 222-5797; bridge. Tallahassee Mensa: Local chapter of Mensa, the society for those who rejoice in the exercise of the mind.

Military American Legion Post 13: Welcomes veterans of all military services. 229 Lake Ella Drive, 2223382, or American Legion Auxiliary Sauls-Bridges Unit 13: The mission of the auxiliary is to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of veterans, military and their families, both at home and abroad. Meets in the Auxiliary Room of American Legion Post 13, 229 Lake Ella Drive. auxiliary/unit13index.html, ALA Sauls Bridges on Facebook, Marine Corps League: The Marine Corps League welcomes all former Marines meeting the third Thursday of each month at the VFW post 3308 at 2765 1/2 W Tennessee St. 7 p.m. 113 Mills Green Canyon Road, Crawfordville; Goerge McKee, 4214622, Veterans of Foreign Wars: VFW aids veterans and active military, their families, provides patriotic events and programs to the community and schools. Local Posts in Tallahassee, Bristol, Quincy, Monticello and Crawfordville. VFW District 2, 576-0762, duncan_570@hotmail. com. West Point Society of Tallahassee: A nonprofit fraternal, community-service organization whose members are graduates and friends of the United States Military Academy. http://fl8.westpointaog. com,, 2126720.





Big Bend Ghost Trackers: A professional group of paranormal researchers. Investigates reported hauntings in the Big Bend and Southeast. Also conducts a Haunted History Walking Tour on Saturday nights in Monticello. Betty Davis, 508-8109,

Tallahassee Apple Computer User Group (T-Apple): Community-based computer resource for users of the Macintosh computer. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on second and fourth Thursdays in classroom A, Challenger Learning Center, 200 S. Duval St. Bob O’Lary,


Women’s clubs

Business and Professional Women/Tallahassee: Part of a national organization that acts as an advocate for working women. It functions to build powerful women, personally, professionally and politically. Members have opportunities for community service, mentoring and networking.

GFWC Woman’s Club of Tallahassee: The Woman’s Club offers the opportunity to work with other women on a wide variety of service projects. Monthly luncheons in Los Robles clubhouse. 1513 Cristobal Drive, 224-0825,,

Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals: A volunteer-driven, community-based organization dedicated to helping make Tallahassee a city where young professionals choose to live, work, play and stay by offering opportunities for young professionals to network, socialize and expand their professional horizons. Hosts a variety of activities to attract and retain young professionals in the Tallahassee area.; (914) 906-2277.

Service clubs Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks: A fraternal organization whose mission is to quicken the spirit of American patriotism, to support veterans and youth and to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization by serving the community through benevolent programs. 276 N. Magnolia Drive; 877-1652, www., mgr937@ Pilot Club of Tallahassee: Part of Pilot International, a worldwide service organization. Group spearheads efforts in the areas of brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, and is an active participant in the local community. The Pilot Club of Tallahassee also sponsors Anchor Clubs in three local high schools. 294-1188;,

Junior League of Tallahassee: A nonprofit organization of women committed to improving the lives of children and families through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 404 E. Sixth Ave.,, jltoffice@, 224-9161. Just Us Gals: A group of single and married women who get together for dinner. Meets on the second Tuesday of each month. No dues or obligation required. 539-1683, Killearn Ladies Club: Promotes friendship and aims to coordinate the interests of women in Killearn Estates and Dublin Downs. 9060543. Tallahassee Alumnae Panhellenic Inc.: Holds monthly networking events, annual Scholarship Luncheon. 656-2288,, president@ Tallahassee Christian Women’s Club: A nondenominational Christian women’s club open to all women in the Tallahassee area. Monthly luncheons are at 11:30 a.m. on first Thursdays at the Killearn Country Club. Barbara Duke, 6681678. Tallahassee Women’s Newcomers Club: New and longtime residents welcome. Rita Moore, 668-8460. Women on the Move in Tally: Group of diverse women who come together monthly. (904) 410-6117,

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Getting involved By Jordan Culver

allahassee is a college town, but plenty of seniors find welcome here too. Democrat reporter Jordan Culver spoke with Sheila Salyer, manager of Tallahassee Senior Services, about the many opportunities for engagement that this area offers older adults. What advice would you have for a senior looking to get involved?

A good place to start is at the Tallahassee Senior Center or oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s church. We encourage people to stop by the center and get a tour so they can learn about all of the different programs and activities. Then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to try different things until they find what best fits their interests. Churches are also good ways to connect. Many have senior programs and can introduce them to other activities in the community. How do seniors contribute





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Our community is fortunate to have so many opportunities for seniors to volunteer. The Senior Center alone enlists more than 400 volunteers who serve in all capacities of center operations. Other service providers, such as Elder Care Services, Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project and Big Bend Hospice also benefit from hundreds of volunteer hours. Our organizations could not provide the level of service we do without the assistance of these seniors and other volunteers who make a tremendous impact on our community. What are the benefits of volunteer and lifelong learning for seniors?

Research shows that staying active and involved in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community lends itself to a healthier and higher quality of life. Volunteering and continuing to learn new things are two ways seniors can stay active.

How are seniors recognized and honored for their work?

Each of the senior services

Sheila Salyer is manager of Tallahassee Senior Services. She helps manage more than 400 volunteers and is a part of the Silver Star Awards, which honor volunteers older than age 70.

organizations mentioned above formally and informally recognizes their volunteers through simple appreciation events, as well as at luncheons and galas. The Tallahassee Senior Center, in addition to treating our 400plus volunteers to dinner at the University Center Club, recognizes eight individuals in the community who are still serving after the age of 70. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite thing about living here?

What I love about Tallahassee is its small-town feel that comes with interacting with a wide diversity of people, and the multitude of recreational, educational, cultural and social things to do.

THE Osher Lifelong Learning Institute AT FSU We all know the old saying about old dogs and new tricks. Well, while the thought that learning has an age limit might still apply in the canine world, scientists have been discovering that for humans, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a myth. As a matter of fact, the brain activity associated with acquiring new knowledge and skills can help seniors live better, healthier, longer lives. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s among the top reasons lifelong learning has become so important to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older population. Another reason for its growing popularity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just plain fun. According to the Bernard

To learn more For more information about OLLI at FSU, go to http://olli. or call 644-7947.

Osher Foundation, which provides funds for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Florida State University, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The interest of older adults, many of whom are at retirement age, is in learning for the joy of learning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; without examinations or grades.â&#x20AC;? Courses at OLLI at FSU span art, culture and music; current

events; genealogy; history; language and literature; science and writing. Among recent courses: a memoir-writing workshop, contemporary Hollywood cinema, life drawing, genealogy, workings of the Florida Legislature, paleoclimatology, the work of Stephen King, the roots of â&#x20AC;&#x153;juke jointsâ&#x20AC;? in Tallahassee, and wine and food pairing. The yearly cost of membership in OLLI at FSU is $120. Class fees range from $30 to $55 per class depending on the length of the class. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Special to Living Here

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September is National Senior Center month, and the Tallahassee center will celebrate Sept. 13 and 14 with an Active Living Expo featuring more than 100 exhibitors.

Want to become involved? The Senior Center welcomes volunteers. Want to offer support? Become a member of the Tallahassee Senior Foundation or sponsor an event.


Why is this a good place to retire?

There is no substantial difference that matters in what boomers want and what we

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Senior resources AARP: National organization that conducts community-service programs such as crime prevention, defensive driving and tax assistance. Offers group health insurance policies, discounts on travel and a motoring plan. Local chapters provide monthly meetings and educational opportunities. Anyone age 50 and older may join. AARP Florida Legislative Representative: Legislative advocacy program for state issues affecting Floridians age 50 and over. Lori Parham, Legislative Advocate, 5775180, 200 W. College Ave., Suite 304; 866-595-7678,, AARP 55-Alive/Mature Driving Program: The nation’s first and largest classroom driver-improvement course intended to help drivers 50 and older improve their skills while teaching them to avoid accidents and traffic violations. Classes are taught in two, four-hour sessions spanning two days, or one eighthour class on Saturdays. This class could qualify you for a discount on insurance. For information on Saturday classes, contact Sgt. Steve Gauding, 891-4266 or office manager Terri Chick, 891-4261. 888-AARPNOW. Aging with Dignity: This organization strives to provide practical information, advice and the legal tools necessary to ensure that aging loved ones’ wishes will be respected. (888) 594-7437 or 681-2010, www.aging American Home Patient: Provides skilled nursing visits, medical social worker visits, physical, speech and occupational therapy and home health aides. Oxygen, wheelchairs, hospital beds, bedside commodes, walkers, canes and other equipment are available through Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. 1307 N. Monroe St., 222-1723. Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee: Volunteers offer inhome care to AD or related memory impaired patients. Day respite program is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and a support group for caregivers is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on second and fourth Fridays at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1700 N. Meridian Road. Newcomers welcome. 301 E. Tharpe St., 3862778, Area Agency on Aging: a nonprofit organization that serves as an aging

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resource center, Providing information and assistance in linking individuals to resources such as Medicare, Medicaid, Elder Abuse, Health and Wellness, and other programs and services for seniors and caregivers. 2414 Mahan Drive., (800) 963-5337.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FSU: Activities for the fun of learning — including courses, field trips, guest speakers, and social and cultural activities for mature learners. 636 W. Call St. — the Claude Pepper Center. 644-7947,;

Bill Sittig CPA, LLC: Full service tax and investment advisory firm specializing in services to seniors. 1695-7 Metropolitan Circle, 3862639,, Comfort Keepers: Tailored services available by the hour, day or week. Serving Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson and Gadsden counties. 327 Office Plaza Drive, 402-0051,, Elder Care Services Inc.: A nonprofit United Way Agency that helps to improve the lives of seniors through programs such as Meals on Wheels, adult day care, in-home services, transportation and more. Senior volunteer opportunities also available. 2518 W. Tennessee St. 9215554, Florida Council on Aging: Committed to serving Florida’s diverse aging interests through education, information-sharing and advocacy. 1018 Thomasville Road, Suite 110, 222-8877, moreinfo@fcoa. org,

Senior Life Resources Center: A faith-based ministry of the Capital City Christian Church that offers lectures, classes, concerts, community service, trips, fellowship, arts and crafts festival, art show, retreats and more. 6115 Mahan Drive, 877-7315, SPECIAL TO LIVING HERE

The Tallahassee Senior Center sponsors dance events, classes and a multitude of other activities year-round. For more on the Senior Center, see Page 79.

repairs, lawn work and counseling to economically disadvantaged elderly persons. 242 Lafayette Circle, 4120016; Hopewell Nursing and Living Assistance: Specializing in affordable, in-home health services. 2121-H Killearny Way, 386-5552. Home Instead Senior Care: Provides companionship and home helper services. 2528-2 Barrington Circle, 297-1897.

Florida Department of Elder Affairs: This is the primary state agency responsible for administering human services programs for the elderly. Its purpose is to serve elders in all aspects to help them keep their self-sufficiency and self-determination. Programs include SHINE as well as the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which is a statewide, volunteer organization seeking to ensure the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents. The LTCOP program trains and certifies volunteers to respond to the concerns of, and advocate for, individuals in Florida’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. All services are confidential and free. (888) 831-0404, 4040 Esplanade Way, 414-2000, http:\\elderaffairs.state.fl. us;

Leon Wakulla Retired Educators’ Association: A local professional organization open to anyone interested in the promotion of public education. As professionals, members work together to develop individual interests, volunteer in the community, provide emotional and educational support for members and provide scholarships to students majoring in education. LWREA meets the first Tuesday of each month on the second floor of Envision Credit Union.

Good News Outreach Elder Services: Provides food delivery, transportation to medical facilities, social and religious activities, house This website serves as a resource for seniors, publicizing special offers from merchants, plus local events

Interim Home Health Care: Home health services including skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapists and companion/homemakers. 1962-B Village Green Way, 422-2044. www.interimhealthcare. com/tallahassee.

Social Security Administration: Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Building B, Suite B12, 942-8978, (800) 772-1213, or (800) 325-0778 TDD, Talkug Computer Group: Very informal, small, round-table group in which each participant gets to tell current computer problems and the rest of the group try to help solve the problems. Meets at Senior Center, North Monroe Street and Seventh Avenue. 222-3091. Tallahassee Memory Disorder Clinic: Free public screenings, diagnosis, care plans plus caregiver training for memory disorders. Professional Office Building, Suite 504, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, 1401 Centerville Road, 431-5001. TMH Adult Day Care Services: Services include: nursing care, social activities, recreation and rehabilitation services. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 2039 N. Monroe St, 531- 0712, Tallahassee Old Timers Club: Primarily for retirees interested in what’s going on in Tallahassee. Ole Times Country Buffet, 1701 N. Monroe St. Meetings at 11 a.m. third Mondays. Don Pumphrey Sr., 3852290. Tallahassee YMCA: Three locations provide opportunities for seniors to continue to improve their spirit, mind and body through social activities and fitness programming, including senior fitness classes and water aerobics.

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Special needs resources The Able Trust/The Florida Governor’s Alliance for Employment of Citizens With Disabilities: Supports on-the-job coaching, supported employment, job skills training, job development, employer outreach, ADA facility compliance, skills evaluation and programs leading to employment. 224-4493, Voice/TDD (888) 838ABLE, Agency for Persons with Disabilities: Assists in helping people who have developmental disabilities. Also helps in provision of specialized services such as therapy, supported employment and living, respite care and adult transition programs. 2639 N. Monroe St., Suite B-100; Lynne Daw, 487-1992, www. The ARC of Florida: Advocacy organization for rights and freedoms of people with developmental disabilities. 2898 Mahan Drive, Suite 1, 921-0460, Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities: A nonprofit organization providing protection and advocacy services. 2728 Centerview Drive, Suite 102, TDD (800) 346-4127, Toll free (800) 342-0823, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at FSU: Provides services to autistic individuals and their families as well as technical assistance, training programs and public education. 1940 N. Monroe Street Suite 72, 644-4367, http:\\autism.fsu. edu. Challenger Sports: A program that provides school-age children with mental and/or physical disabilities an opportunity to participate in team sports. sports-4specialkids@, Children’s Home Society of Florida: Provides early intervention screenings for infants and toddlers with disabilities and intensive inhome services. CHS expanded from adoption services originally to emergency shelter care, evaluation, counseling and treatment for abused and neglected children. 1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive, www., 921-0772. Children’s Medical Services: Offers medical services for children from birth to age 21 with special health-care needs whose conditions require extensive preventive and maintenance care. 2390 Phillips

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Road, local office, 487-2604, www. Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services: Offers services for children from birth to 5 years including child care, educational services and early intervention. Summer camp program for children up to age 10. Children with special needs receive physical, occupational, speech and audiological therapy. 240 Mabry St., Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology: FAAST serves Floridians with disabilities to ensure that they continue to benefit from assistive technology. 487-3278, 3333 W. Pensacola St., Building 100 Suite 140, The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Inc.: Helps coordinate federal, state and local agencies providing assistance to people with developmental disabilities and their families. 124 Marriott Drive, Suite 203, 488-4180, TDD 888488-8633, Florida Blind Services: Organization dedicated to helping the visually impaired. 1320 Executive Center Drive, Room 201, toll free (800) 672-7038. http://dbs.myflorida. com/. Services for blind or visually impaired FSU students, contact Ana Saint-Fort, 245-0370. The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association: Provides information and education about the therapeutic value of recreation, promoting participation in leisure activities, developing accessible outdoor facilities and programs and advocating for inclusion. 2475 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 205; David Jones, 201-2944, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: Aims to enable individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. 2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Building A, 2453399, Voice/TDD (800) 451-4327, Florida Independent Living Council Inc.: Promotes independent living opportunities for persons with disabilities. 1416 N. Adams St., 488-5624, Voice/TDD (877) 822-1993, Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc.: A nonprofit organization providing specialized telecommunications equipment for residents who are hard of hearing, deaf, deaf/blind, or speech impaired. 1820 E. Park

Ave., Suite 101; Voice (800) 222-3448, TTY (888) 447-5620, Goodwill Industries — Big Bend, Inc.: Offers job training and placement assistance to anyone needing help finding a job, especially people with disabilities. Also offers accessible/affordable apartment complexes for people with disabilities and elderly individuals. For the general public, Goodwill supplies free computer training and GED preparation. 300 Mabry St., 576-7145,; Leon Advocacy and Resource Center Inc.: Provides vocational services, referrals, community activities and residential services for people with disabilities. 1949 Commonwealth Lane, 422-0355, Lighthouse of the Big Bend: The Lighthouse of the Big Bend is a nonprofit agency dedicated to guiding people through vision loss and assisting them in their pursuit of independence. Free services provided without charge to any child up to age 5 or individual age 14 to 114+ who is legally blind and lives in the following counties: Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla. 3071 Highland Oaks Terr.; 942-3658; tollfree, (888) 827-6033; http://www.; Partner in Communication: Provides sign-language interpreters for medical and legal services. 1262 Paul Russell Road.; 942-6882, e-mail Pyramid Inc.: A private, nonprofit organization providing training to adults with developmental disabilities. Two centers teach life, social and vocational skills through visual and performance arts. 1770 Thomasville Road, 2645 W. Tennessee Street Unit #5, 671-1690; Sharon Daugherty, 513-1733, www. Respect of Florida: Provides Florida agencies with products and services produced by the disabled and helps employ those with disabilities. 2475 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 205. 487-1471, Special Olympics–Leon County: Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition locally and around the state in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 317 E. Call St.; 597-9265;



Sunrise Community Inc.: A private, nonprofit organization that seeks to provide people with developmental disabilities assistance and support. Services include foster care, supported living and respite.1830 Buford Court, 922- 5630 Tallahassee Autism Support Coalition: Unincorporated nonprofit membership association providing support and social programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, their families, friends and the community. 110 N. Adams St., 412-0141;; Tallahassee Developmental Center: Provides care for the developmentally disabled. 455 Appleyard Drive, 575-0619. Workshop for Adult Vocational Enhancement: A nonprofit organization comprised of parents and educators dedicated to empowering adults with developmental disabilities by providing employment opportunities and social support. WAVE provides social activities for people ages 13 and older with developmental disabilities. 2898 Mahan Dr., Suite 6, 412-9279, www.

SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES Leon County Schools Exceptional Student Education: Specialized, educational services for infants, children and adults with exceptional needs as defined by Florida: autistic, deaf/hard of hearing, developmentally delayed (pre-K), dual sensory impaired (deafblind), emotionally handicapped, gifted, homebound or hospitalized, mentally handicapped, physically impaired, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impaired and visually impaired. 2757 W. Pensacola St., 487-7158, www.ese. FSU Regional Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center: Assessment of school-age children suspected of having learning disabilities. FSU, 715 W. Gaines Street; 644-2222, Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources Systems: A network of centers providing support services to educators, parents and other professionals working with exceptional students. 3955 W. Pensacola St., 4872630;,

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Business & services

In this section Introduction | Major employers | Employment agencies | Financial institutions | The Chamber | Business resources

Enterprise finds support here By Dave Hodges


ith two colleges of business at our local universities, two active Chambers of Commerce and several additional sources of support and training, a budding entrepreneur has plenty of support in Tallahassee. We talk business with Karen Moore, founder and CEO of Moore Communications Group and chair of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee-Leon County.

What have been some of Tallahassee’s recent accomplishments in business and economic development?

The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee-Leon County recognizes the need to focus our efforts locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally to create jobs. The recent relocation of Bing Energy from California to Tallahassee is a brilliant example of this global emphasis, as it helped establish our relationship with Ruago, China. As Rugao is one of Tallahassee’s official sister cities, the EDC is exploring the ways in which this relationship can be mutually beneficial to both. Beyond Bing Energy, additional exciting things are happening in the renewable energy and the environmental industry. The recruitment of SunnyLand Solar to Tallahassee highlights the cutting-edge research taking place at our higher education institutions and the tremendous value companies place on these discoveries. SunnyLand will be manu-

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facturing a solar tube using technology that will create an efficient, low-cost solar option – technology that was created by physicists at Florida State.

What industries show promise in our area’s future?

The EDC focuses on six targeted industry sectors that match of our area’s strengths and ensure a diversified local economy: aviation, aerospace, defense and national security; transportation and logistics; engineering and research; health sciences and human performance enhancement; renewable energy and the environment; and information technology. Health care is one of the EDC’s targeted sectors in which we’re going to see an explosion of activity. Tallahassee already boasts world-class resources — Florida A&M’s pharmacy program, Florida State’s medical school and Tallahassee Community College’s health

A successful business owner and entrepreneur, Karen Moore is founder and CEO of the awardwinning Moore Communications Group, a diversified marketing and public relations firm serving clients now for 20 years. She is also chair of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee-Leon County.

care training programs. Additionally, we have two outstanding hospitals, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and Capital Regional Medical Center, and a nationally recognized HMO, Capital Health Plan. In the near future, Tallahassee will also be home to a VA hospital. All of this lays the foundation for our community to become a medical hub.

What role does small business play in the local community?

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Dean Minardi, CFO of Bing Energy Inc., speaks at an Economic Development Council news conference at Innovation Park. The event was held to welcome Bing Energy and its cutting-edge technology.

The EDC and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce work closely together to offer a wide variety of tools to help businesses of all sizes succeed.

What are some examples of resources available to help new ventures get started?

From local incentives like the City of Tallahassee/Leon County Targeted Business Program and Community Redevelopment Agency to state incentives like the High Impact Performance Incentive Grant and the Urban Job Tax Credit Program, Tallahassee boasts a business-friendly environment that is unmatched. The EDC also offers targeted support to early stage start-up businesses through its Entrepreneurial Excellence Program. If you are a new business owner, I encourage you to learn more about the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County at and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce at

What’s your favorite thing about living here?

I moved to Tallahassee in 1985 from the Netherlands, having lived overseas for 10 years, so my husband could go to law school. We were attracted by the quality of life in Tallahassee — from Seven Days of Openings Nights and Rails to Trails to the canopy roads and Wakulla Springs — and we knew we wanted to raise a family here. Tallahassee is a community where neighbors look out for each other. Your children can receive a world-class K-12 education, stay on to attend a nationally ranked post-secondary institution, and eventually raise their family and be successful in business here, too.

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Major employers In Leon County, the public sector employs more people than any other job category, as shown by these numbers from the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee-Leon County. The areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest employers rank as follows: State of Florida (nonuniversity) 30,918 Florida State University 6,450 Leon County Schools 4,444 Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare 3,130 City of Tallahassee 2,708 Publix Supermarkets Inc. 2,084

The Florida Bar 326 FBMC Benefits Management 325 CenturyLink 278 Big Bend Hospice Inc. 275 General Dynamics Land Systems 250 Comcast Cable Television of Tallahassee 250 Danfoss Turbocor 210 Tallahassee Primary Care Associates 229 Teligent EMS 166 GT Technologies 163 First American Title Co. 160

Leon County 1,918

Culpepper Construction 157

Florida A&M University 1,888

Tallahassee Democrat 154

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 1,300

Tandem Health Care 152

Capital Regional Medical Center 890

Apalachee Center for Human Services 150

ACS, A Xerox company 852

Miracle Hill Nursing & Convalescent 147

Tallahassee Community College 796

The Zimmerman Agency 140

Capital City Bank Group 560

Proctor Dealerships 130

Capital Health Plan 452

Champion Chevrolet 121

St. Marks Powder 400

HealthSouth 120

Westminster Oaks 367

T-Formations 115

Employment agencies American Employment Agency Inc. 119 E. Georgia St. 222-6673

Labor Finders 520 W. Brevard St. 222-7378

Adecco Employment Services 716 N. Calhoun St. 561-8715

Management Recruiters of Tallahassee Inc. 743 E. Tennessee St. 219-3043

Aerotek 1820 E. Park Ave. 219-4700

Manpower 2417 Mill Creek Court, Suite 3 386-8150

Capital Career Solutions Inc. P.O. 3370, Tallahassee, FL 32315 385-5550

MDT Personnel 1901 N. Monroe St. 386-2052

Cardinal Services 1897 Capital Circle N.E. 513-3000

Remedy Intelligent Staffing 1550 Village Square Blvd. 523-0005

IntegriSource Inc. 1689 Mahan Center Blvd., Suite B 575-0894

Trojan Labor 509 Saint Francis St. 222-2030

Kelly Services 1891 Capital Circle N.E. 297-2040

Workforce Plus 2525 S. Monroe St. 413-0315

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Financial institutions 3615 Apalachee Parkway, 386-2225 Banks 6529 Thomasville Road, 386-2225 Ameris Bank n 1989 Capital Circle N.E., suite 13, 656-2110 BB&T n 102 N. Blair Stone Rd., 877-0140 n 123 S. Monroe St., 297-6007 n 3233 Thomasville Road, 385-7774 Bank of America n 2262 N. Monroe St., 385-4473 n 2930 Apalachee Parkway, 9426390 n 3003 Mahan Drive, 402-8880 n 315 S. Calhoun St., 561-1876 n 3430 Thomasville Road, 668-6200 n 5676 Thomasville Road, 668-1717 n 803 Lake Bradford Road, 576-4246 Florida Bank n 2915 Kerry Forest Parkway, No. 501, 894-2870 n 3425 Thomasville Road, No. 23, 668-9994 Capital City Bank n 1828 W. Tennessee St., 402-8410 n 2111 N. Monroe St., 402-7800 n 3528 Thomasville Road, 402-8340 n 1301 Metropolitan Blvd., 402-8000 n 1801 Apalachee Parkway, 402-8500 n 217 N. Monroe St., 402-7700 n 6691 Thomasville Road, 402-8080 n 1456 Capital Circle N.W., 402-8100 n 1860 Capital Circle N.E., 402-8410 n 2020 W. Pensacola St., 402-8330 n 2375 Centerville Road, 402-8110 n 3255 Mahan Drive, 402-8140 n 3404 S. Monroe St., 402-8400 n 3513 Apalachee Parkway, 4028300 n 3815 N. Monroe St., 402-8180 Farmers & Merchants Bank n 2000 Apalachee Parkway, 8782626 n 2626 Mahan Drive, 942-2626 n 3320 Thomasville Road, 893-5100 n 3490 N. Monroe St., 514-2626 n 4210 W. Tennessee St., 224-2626 Hancock Bank n 1706 W. Tennessee St., 425-3320 n 2437 N. Monroe St., 425-6100 n 2613 S. Monroe St., 425-3300 n 101 N. Monroe St., No. 150, 4256140 Peoples First Community Bank n 2105 Capital Circle N.E., 386-1488 n 2453 Mahan Drive, 325-6595 n 292 Kerry Forest Parkway, 8941488 Premier Bank n 1639 Village Sq. Blvd., 386-2225 n 1953 Thomasville Road, 386-2225 n 2780 W. Tennessee St., 386-2225 n 3110 Capital Circle N.E., 386-2225

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Prime Meridian Bank n 1471 Timberlane Road, Suite 124, 907-2300 n 1897 Capital Circle N.E., 907-2301 Pro-Bank n 536 N. Monroe St., 681-7761 n 1812 Martin Luther King Blvd., 222-2488 n 8110 Killearn Plaza Circle Suite 101 668-6336 Regions Bank n 2000 Capital Circle N.E., 523-4600 n 201 S. Monroe St., 523-4600 n 2266 N. Monroe St., 523-4600 n 3516 Thomasville Road, 523-4600 n 3621 Apalachee Parkway, 5234600 Sun Trust Bank n 1401 Miccosukee Road, 907-5031 n 104 N. Woodward Ave., 644-6724 n 4021 Lagniappe Way, 878-1860 n 3522 Thomasville Road, 907-5172 n 2051 Thomasville Road, 298-1577 n 215 S. Monroe St., 425-6724 n 2727 Apalachee Parkway, 8784397 n 3535 Apalachee Parkway, 6712630 n 3575 Blair Stone Road, 325-2078 n 6779 Thomasville Road, 894-0222 Sunshine Savings Bank n 1400 E. Park Ave., 219-7200 n 3534-A Thomasville Road, 2197427 n 1700 N. Monroe St., 219-7229 n 3266 Mahan Drive, 219-7421 Superior Bank n 1276 Metropolitan Blvd., 668-3563 n 2721 Capital Circle N.E., 385-3221 Tallahassee State Bank n 3471 Thomasville Road, 576-1182 n 601 N. Monroe St., 576-1182 n 1868 Capital Circle NE, 567-1182 n 2720 W. Tennessee St., 576-1182 Wells Fargo Bank n 1201 N. Monroe St., 425-2500 n 150 S. Monroe St., 681-2880 n 1701 W. Tharpe St., 425-2530 n 3121 Mahan Drive, 425-6035 n 3400 S. Monroe St., 425-2503 n 3529 Thomasville Road, 425-6030 n 3652 Coolidge Court, 656-5466 n 3471 Thomasville Road, 576-1182 n 1997 Capital Circle NE., 668-4035 Wakulla Bank n 2101 Capital Circle N.E., 386-2222 n 2906 Kerry Forest Parkway, 8948400 n 3641 Coolidge Court, 878-8868 PLEASE SEE FINANCIAL, nEXT PAGE

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Credit unions Credit Union 24 n 2120 Killarney Way., 701-2824 Envision Credit Union n 440 N. Monroe St., 942-9234 n 421 Appleyard Drive, 942-9024 n 5500 Thomasville Road, 942-9000 n 3618 N. Monroe St., 562-7547 First Florida Credit Union n 2521 S. Blair Stone Road, 488-3852 n 1661 Raymond Diehl Road, 922-7855 Flag Credit Union n 3115 Conner Blvd., 488-6781 Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union n 1610 S. Monroe St., 222-4541 Florida Commerce Credit Union n 2330 Mahan Drive, 488-0035 n 1741 Old St. Augustine Road, 9220035 n 1460 Capital Circle N.W., 922-0035 n 6725 Thomasville Road, 488-0035 Florida Rural Electric Credit Union n 2916 Apalachee Parkway, 219-0468

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About joining a credit union Credit-union membership requirements vary from institution to institution. Call the individual credit union for specific information on how to qualify to join.

Florida State University Credit Union n 3534 B. Thomasville Road, 2244960 n 2806 Sharer Road, 224-4960 n 832 W. St. Augustine St., 224-4960 n 1612 Capital Circle N.E., 224-4960 Score Federal Credit Union n 1447 Mahan Drive, 488-1015 n 3218 N. Monroe St., 562-6702 Southeast Corporate Credit Union n 3692 Coolidge Court, 701-4000 State Employees Credit Union n 2711 Blair Stone Road, 402-5800 n 2770 Capital Circle S.E., 402-5800 Tallahassee Federal Credit Union n 216 W College Ave., 222-1421

The focus of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is, and has always been, making Tallahassee a better place to live by helping build successful businesses that provide jobs, support families and give back to the community. In 2012, the Chamber enhanced member benefits, revamping programs and offering direct return on investment for each of its members. The organization tells members, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Business is Your Business,â&#x20AC;? because meeting individual, real-time business needs is the best way to build a vibrant business community. n Every year, the Chamber evaluates

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Affiliate programs Access Tallahassee Connects and engages emerging young professionals, in programs designed to help them build business relationships, develop personally and professionally, and contribute to the economic development and quality of life in the Capital region. Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County Inc. A public/private partnership between the city, county and private

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investors who are committed to creating jobs and building a stronger business community. By connecting the private sector, education and local government, the EDC helps join forces to foster entrepreneurship, advance local businesses, grow targeted industry sectors and attract innovative companies to our area. Through product development, marketing, research, technical and business assistance, management of special incentives and zones, and establishment and oversight of industry sector initiatives that strengthen the competitive advantage of the region, the EDC is aggressively serving the needs of regional employers and creating an opportunity for our graduates and our children to stay in Tallahassee. Leadership Tallahassee A program that cultivates a diverse network of emerging and experienced leaders committed to improving the community. The organization offers leadership opportunities and programs for professionals, high-school juniors


Find the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, better known as just the Chamber, downtown at 115 N. Calhoun St.


and community newcomers. www. World Class Schools of Leon County Inc. Enhances the educational experience of our students in Leon County. The organization forges ahead to focus and hone the partnership

between our local businesses and the Leon County school system. The goal of World Class Schools is to propel students to high academic standards and equip them with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed as productive citizens. www.wcs

Contact the Chamber Contact the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce at (850) 2248116, online at www.talchamber. com, or stop by the office downtown at 115 N. Calhoun St.




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Other business resources & organizations American Public Works Association, Big Bend Branch: A professional organization made up of public works employees and officials. Main goal is to educate the public. Meetings are third Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Golden Corral, 1630 N. Monroe St., 606-1540, Association for Women in Communications: Open to people working in or studying communications disciplines; champions the advancement of women in communications. Big Bend Society for Human Resource Management (BBSHRM): Organization’s mission is to further the professional growth and development of members and to provide them with a forum. Priya Hiraga,, 228-2904; Business & Professional Women/ Tallahassee: Helps women advance their careers or build businesses. Offers the opportunity to meet other professional women at monthly professional development meetings with informative speakers. www., president@, 447-4631. Capital City Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber’s mission is to help member businesses succeed in the marketplace. The Chamber works to expand the local economy by attracting new jobs and creating economic opportunities. 1602 S. Monroe St., 224-0152, info@; Downtown Improvement Authority: Hosts Tallahassee’s premier open air market every Saturday, March through November. Also working on the Downtown Connectivity Plan to transform downtown into an 18-hour walkable community. 106 E. Jefferson Street, 3rd Floor, 224-3252, Downtown Merchants & Business Association: This group focuses on all aspects of downtown community life. The association covers a wide area from Gaines Street to Georgia Street and from the FSU Campus to Franklin Boulevard 110 S. Monroe St, 385-8881. FAMU Small Business Development Center: Provides free or low-cost educational programs for small businesses. Morgan Building, Ste. 130, 2035 E. Paul Dirac

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Drive, 599-3407, www.sbdcatfamu. org. Florida Chamber of Commerce: Florida’s largest federation of businesses, chambers of commerce and business associations. This group serves as the lobbying and political arm for the statewide business community. 136 S. Bronough St., 5211200, Florida Public Interest Foundation: Support organization for nonprofit groups, providing training, coaching, capacity building and other organizational services. Sponsor of educational programs on public-interest topics. 997-2837, The Global Ambassador Program: This group makes it possible for organizations to meet international students and scholars from more than 100 countries. Requests for speakers are filled throughout the year. Request a speaker online via the website by clicking on Campus and Community Programs. International Center, 644-1324; Locally Owned Tallahassee: Locally Owned Tallahassee is a collective of licensed independently owned businesses and community organizations. The group’s purpose is to promote and sustain a vibrant and unique Tallahassee community. 607 McDonnell Drive. 224-6666, Jim Moran Institute of Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University: An institute within the FSU College of Business formed to help entrepreneurs succeed by offering educational assistance and information at no charge. 644-3372, Mom’s Time Out: Organized by local moms-in-business who want to help promote each other. National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC), Big Bend Chapter: This group, also known as BetterInvesting, is an independent, nonprofit, member-driven organization committed to teaching individuals how to become successful long-term investors. BetterInvesting makes no stock recommendations and receives no commissions or fees from member investing activities. Brian Fitzgerald, 224-0595,,

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Leon-Gadsden Chapter 2023: Members are current federal employees and retirees. The mission is to preserve earned retirement benefits. The chapter functions as a support group for members and contributes to Alzheimer’s research. 3436 Cherokee Ridge Trail. Reuben Plachy, 894-5815; reuben.plachy@ NEBA: The Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates is a diverse group of Tallahassee business professionals, retailers and restaurateurs whose objective is to advance the interests of small business with state and local government officials and to promote local commerce. www. NorthEast Business Association: Deals with political and business issues that affect small businesses. 2791 Capital Circle N.E., www., rotag1@comcast. net, 385-9084. Office of Supplier Diversity, DMS: The OSD is responsible for measuring the state’s success as it relates to minority spending, matchmaking viable minority businesses with purchasing/contract opportunities, investigating complaints of discrimination and enhancing minority business development. Florida Department of Management Services, 4050 Esplanade Way, Suite 380, 488-2786; www.dms.myflorida. com/other_programs/office_of_supplier_diversity_osd/. PMI Tallahassee: Tallahassee Chapter of the Project Management Institute promotes professional project-management practices and education. P.O. Box 15511, www.pmitlh. org SouthWood Toastmasters Club: Meets every Wednesday. The environment is friendly and supportive, and the self-paced program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths and suggest improvements. 2585 Merchants Row Blvd. http://5459.toastmastersclubs. org, officers-5459@toastmasters Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: Promotes local tourism. 106 E. Jefferson St., 628-2866, (800) 626-2866, www.

Tallahassee Lenders Consortium: Comprehensive homeownership center offering prepurchase counseling and education including financial literacy, down payment and closing costs assistance, post purchase education, delinquent mortgage counseling, and reverse mortgage counseling. TLC is a registered nonprofit organization. 224 Office Plaza, 222-6609,, Tallahassee Society of Association Executives (TSAE): Local group composed of executives and staff from various associations. 561-6124, Tallahassee Technology Alliance: The TalTech Alliance is a not-for-profit association of businesses, academic centers, entrepreneurs and individuals invested in promoting technology-based entrepreneurship, business expansion and innovation. It has 250 members representing more than 75 area technology-based companies, institutions and organizations. TalTech is the recognized technology roundtable of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County. 383-8237.; The Tallahassee Community College-Division of Economic & Workforce Development: Dedicated to providing quality services and promoting economic and work force development, the college assists companies relocating to this region. 444 Appleyard Drive, 2018760; nomic_workforce_development. Urban Tallahassee: This website provides up-to-date information on Tallahassee’s growth and development. The site tracks all major construction projects in and around the Tallahassee area, provides news updates and links to local resources, special reports and more. www. Working Well: A nonprofit whose goal is to teach employers to design and deliver wellness programs to employees. We hold monthly meetings to educate company wellness teams on different ways to bring wellness to their workplace as well as provide them with local resources (most free) to include in their programs. Executive Director Mary Barley, 1819 Atlantis Place, 509-1953; www.

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Sports & recreation

In this section Introduction | The big teams | Community centers & recreational programs | Parks | Golf courses | Sports clubs | Garden clubs | Environmental groups | The coast

It’s a beautiful place to play


By Jordan Culver

allahassee has a nationally-recognized Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department that creates family-friendly fun all year. There are sports opportunities for kids and their parents as well as arts and crafts courses. Department Superintendent Cindy Mead said year-round events — from Springtime Tallahassee to the Red Hills International Horse Trials — make Tallahassee special.

What recreational opportunities are available in Tallahassee?

The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department provides recreational opportunities for the citizens of Tallahassee and Leon County, liaison assistance for neighborhood associations and operates the TallahasseeLeon County Animal Center. Named “Best in America” by the National Recreation and Park Association in 2004, the nationally recognized agency operates and maintains 3,526 acres of well-managed parkland — ranging from neighborhood playgrounds to regional parks. The city’s park system runs the gamut from “active” recreational complexes, complete with a wide variety of athletic facilities, to so-called “passive” parks, where visitors may simply enjoy the quiet natural surroundings. A team of landscape designers, horticultural experts and maintenance crews work year-round to keep

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Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department Superintendent Cindy Mead, an FSU alumna, has been a part of the PRNA department since 1987 in a variety of roles and started her career as a parttimer while in college.

parkland clean and attractive, yet functionally useful for the thousands of people enjoying the parks. The department maintains nine multipurpose community centers, four specialty complexes including an arts and crafts center, a comprehensive gymnastics facility and an historic Tallahassee home now preserved as a meeting/reception facility, 23 playgrounds, 86 athletic fields and 55 tennis courts. The department also operates seven municipal aquatic facilities and two golf courses, the 18-hole Hilaman Park Golf Course and the 9-hole Jake Gaither Golf Course. The park system features 56 miles of trails, two dog parks, a skate park, two disc golf courses and a Miracle League Baseball field for those with disabilities. Program offerings include arts and crafts classes, fitness classes, organized playground programs and specialty programs for disabled citizens. The department also plays a leading role in the staging of Tallahassee’s special events, ranging from the Celebrate America event on July 4 to Springtime Tallahassee to the

Tallahassee’s streets and parks are host to several charitable sports events each year. These two runners seem to be having a great time participating in the Ability 1st Walk Roll Run 2012, which was held in Myers Park. Elliott McCaskill | Special to the Democrat

Red Hills Horse Trials. The Special Events unit also serves as the lead coordinating agency for the area’s largest nighttime event, the hugely popular Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights.

What’s the overall goal of parks and recreation in determining offerings for Tallahassee?

Citizen input is one factor used to determine program offerings. Another factor is field and scheduling availability.

What options are available for adults/kids?

Youth team sports: volleyball, flag football, tackle football, cheerleading, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball. Adult team sports: volleyball, flag football, softball, basketball,

soccer and baseball. Also, individual sports for youth and adults: swimming, synchronized swimming, gymnastics and tennis.

How does Tallahassee stack up to other cities its size regarding our parks and recreational opportunities?

Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs is considered among the best in the nation as evidenced by the Best in America award from the National Recreation and Park Association in 2004.

What’s your favorite thing about living here?

My favorite things about living in Tallahassee are all the recreational opportunities that are offered and the 110 beautiful parks across our city.

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The big teams

The Seminoles


By Jim Lamar

lorida State University boasts an intercollegiate athletics program that placed fifth in the 20112012 Directors’ Cup competition that measures postseason successes in all sports. For three straight years now, FSU has seen at least 18 of its 19 sports teams advance to NCAA postseason competition. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, all 19 teams advanced to the postseason — a first in school history. Seminole student-athletes have gained international rec-

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ognition for their accomplishments in combining worldclass competitive athletics, academic performance and dedication to community service. Florida State’s athletics programs have won 14 national championships since the university became co-educational and started intercollegiate competition in 1947. The Seminole football program is perhaps the most highly visible component of the athletics department. Under legendary head coach Bobby Bowden, FSU won national titles in 1993 and 1999. Thirdyear head coach Jimbo Fisher led the program to a 9-4 record and a Champs Sports Bowl victory over Notre Dame in 2011. FSU star quarterbacks Charlie Ward (1993) and Chris Weinke (2000) both won the prestigious Heisman Trophy while playing for the Seminoles. In a recent Wall St. Journal article, Florida State was rated

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above: EJ Manuel makes a run as FSU defeats the Miami Hurricanes on Nov. 12, 2011. AT Left: Fans dress to win.

the No. 1 school for producing successful NFL players. The program has had more than 100 players drafted to the NFL since 1993, more than any other school. It’s not just football where the Seminoles have earned national, and even international, recognition. The men’s basketball team won its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 2012 when the

Seminoles defeated national powers Duke and North Carolina on successive days. FSU coach Leonard Hamilton was named the league’s Coach of the Year. Former FSU track star Walter Dix won two bronze medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Former FSU baseball star Buster Posey was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2010 and led the San Francisco Giants to the World Series championship. The Seminoles have sent women’s soccer players to international competitions representing Team USA. In 2012, baseball star James Ramsey became the school’s most recent first-round draft choice. After a senior season that saw him win at least one national player of the year award, Ramsey was drafted 23rd overall by the St. Louis Cardinals.

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The Rattlers


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AT TOP: No. 36, Anthony Shutt, and No. 52, Brandon Hepburn, upend a Delaware State player as Florida A&M hosts the Hornets on Oct. 1, 2011, at Bragg Memorial Stadium. Above and right: FAMU fans and cheerleaders show some school spirit.

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By Jim Lamar

lorida A&M University fields athletics teams in 15 sports, highlighted by its tradition-rich football program, a national power among historically black colleges and universities. The Rattlers have a long list of players who tasted success at the highest level, including legendary running back Willie Galimore and Olympic gold medalist and NFL receiver Bob Hayes. The Golden Age of FAMU football was 1945-69 under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Jake Gaither, who won seven national titles and produced 42 professional football players during a 25-year span. Gaither’s footprints are pre-


served all over the campus. The Rattlers, under head coach Rudy Hubbard, won the inaugural Division I-AA championship in 1978. One of Florida A&M’s most heralded athletes was the late Althea Gibson, who came to Tallahassee on a tennis and basketball scholarship and also would dominate in golf. Gibson was the first AfricanAmerican to win both the Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis tournaments. She later broke the color barrier in women’s professional golf.


FAMU’s athletic teams have brought home 13 national championships and more than 160 conference crowns since 1938. The latest conference championship was won by the football team, which tied for MEAC honors in 2010. The Rattlers also boast one of the nation’s top volleyball programs, which at one point won more than 100 consecutive MEAC matches. The men’s basketball team five years ago won the conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

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Community Centers & Sports Programs Walker Ford Community Center: City of Tallahassee Gymnasium, playground. 2301 Pasco St., 891-3970. Pool adjacent, 891centers & programs 3973. COMMUNITY CENTERS The city of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department has six multipurpose community centers and one specialty arts and crafts center. The community centers offer classes for youth and adults including karate, aerobics, “trimnastics,” dance, cooking, and arts and crafts. Community meetings and social functions can be scheduled at these facilities. Jack McLean, Lawrence Gregory and Walker Ford also have adjacent pool facilities. Picnic facilities and playgrounds are also adjacent. Palmer Munroe Teen Center is Tallahassee’s first facility designed as a safe and enriching center specifically for local teens. It includes rooms for teens to study and do homework, develop computer and related business skills, engage in recreation and cultural endeavors including music, dance and fine art and, in general, help them mature as they grow through their teenage years. The center will also host a Community Connections program to provide at-risk teens with an opportunity to develop the critical skills necessary to connect to the community at large. 1900 Jackson Bluff Road, 891-2568. Jack L. McLean Jr. Community Center: Picnic shelters, tennis court, ball fields, playground. 700 Paul Russell Road, 891-2505. Aquatics facility adjacent, 891-2500. Jake Gaither Community Center: Playground, gymnasium, tennis courts, picnic area and ballfields. 801 Tanner Drive, 891-3940. Lawrence Gregory Community Center: Gymnasium and playground. 1115 Dade St., 891-3910. Robinson Trueblood Aquatics facility adjacent, 891-3911. LeVerne F. Payne Community Center: Playground, tennis courts adjacent. 450 W. Fourth Ave., 8913930. Sue Herndon McCollum Community Center (Lafayette Park): Playground, picnic facilities, gymnasium. 501 Ingleside Ave., 8913946.

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Lafayette Arts and Crafts Center: Offers a variety of arts and crafts classes, ceramics, painting, etc. Summer arts and crafts camps for children are also available at this site. 501 Ingleside Ave., 891-3945.

AQUATICS The Levy Park, Forestmeadows, Walker Ford, Robinson Trueblood (at Lawrence Gregory Community Center at Dade Street), and Jack McLean Aquatics Center pools are open seasonally, and the Wade Wehunt Pool (at Myers Park) and the Trousdell Aquatic Center are open year-round. Pool programs and hours differ at each location. Swim lessons for all ages, as well as Junior Lifeguard Training, are offered seasonally. To learn more, visit www. Forestmeadows Pool: 4750 N. Meridian Road, 891-3922. Jack McLean Aquatics Center: 700 Paul Russell Road, 891-2500. Levy Pool: 625 W. Tharpe St., 8913950. Robinson Trueblood Pool: 1115 Dade St., 891-3911. Trousdell Aquatics Center: 298 John Knox Road, 891-4901. Wade Wehunt Pool: 907 Myers Park Drive, 891-3985. Walker Ford Pool: 2301 Pasco St., 891-3973.

TENNIS Instructional Programs: The city of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department offers recreational tennis instruction to players from tiny tot to adults of various levels of ability. Certified professionals introduce the adult beginner to the basics of playing tennis with proper warm-up techniques, hand-eye coordination drills, and basic strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, and volley). Tiny tots begin at four years old with basic hand-eye coordination skills and juniors progress through beginner, advanced beginner, and intermediate levels before moving into more competitive programs. Junior recreational classes are offered in the afternoons at Forestmeadows, Winthrop Park,

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Tom Brown Park and the Fourth Avenue and Walker-Ford Community Centers. Tournament training is available for juniors and advanced drills and matched strategy for adults. Private and semi-private tennis lessons are also available upon request. Summer tennis camps are provided for youth ages 6 to 14 years old. Offered at both Forestmeadows and Winthrop Park and supervised by USPTA or USPTR certified instructors, the camps emphasize stroke fundamentals, tennis rules, etiquette, and fun games. Each session features a camp tournament. For more information, call the Tennis Division at 891-3920. Forestmeadows Parks & Athletic Center: Nineteen lighted tennis courts (13 clay and 6 hard), tennis backboards, 3 indoor racquetball courts, 1 indoor squash court, 2 weight rooms, locker rooms. Play available only during supervised hours. 4750 N. Meridian Road, 8913920. Winthrop Park Tennis Center: Six lighted hard courts, 2 outdoor racquetball courts. Free walk-in play

The city offers facilities geared to specific interests such as the Mike Blankenship Skate Park, above, and the Trousdell Aquatics Center, below.

during unsupervised hours. 1601 Mitchell Ave., 891-3980. Tom Brown Park Tennis Center: Twelve lighted hard courts, 12 outdoor racquetball courts. Free walk-in play during unsupervised hours. 501 Easterwood Drive, 891-3966.

SKATE PARK The Mike Blankenship Skate Park (Messer Park): The park is a state-of-the art, 26,000 square foot facility designed to provide maximum enjoyment and challenge to all who utilize it. It boasts a 5-foot deep pool with a roll down to 9 feet. Operates from sunrise to midnight. 2730 Jackson Bluff Road (Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street).

GYMNASTICS The Trousdell Gymnastic Center: The City of Tallahassee provides gymnastic classes for all ages and ability levels at the Trousdell

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Gymnastic Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home of the Tallahassee Tumbling Tots.â&#x20AC;? Recreational classes and competitive programs are available in dance and aerobics, and other classes are also offered. Class registration for the general public takes place in August, December and May. 326 John Knox Road, 891-4908.

YOUTH/ADULT SPORTS The city of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department offers cheerleading, girls volleyball, baseball (Dizzy Dean and Cal Ripken), basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, tackle football and track. Adult sports include basketball, flag football, softball and volleyball. Parents signing up kids for the youth programs should bring a birth certificate and whatever applicable fees are for the given sport. For information about both youth and adult city programs, including registration sites, call the Information Hot Line or check out the Tallahassee Democrat sports section. Information and registration also available at Call 891-3866 for late registration questions.

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BACKGROUND CHECKS All coaches and volunteers participating in Leon County youth sports programs are required to undergo a local law enforcement assisted background check. For more information on how you may become involved in youth sports programs, please call 606-1470.


Tallahassee Babe Ruth Baseball is a nonprofit organization that administers and promotes amateur baseball for youth ages 13 to 15 in Leon County. It is affiliated nationally with Babe Ruth League Inc., the largest youth baseball organization in the world. The Tallahassee-Leon County


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Parks & Trails National forest The 571,000-acre Apalachicola National Forest, the largest national forest in Florida, lies just southwest of Tallahassee. Richly diverse, it is a landscape of ephemeral ponds, pitcher-plant bogs, endangered and threatened plant and animal species, and sensitive cultural sites that could yield valuable insights about our ancestors. In descending order of forest land area, it is located in Liberty, Wakulla, Leon and Franklin counties. It contains two Wilderness Areas, Bradwell Bay and Mudswamp/ New River, and several special-purpose areas such as the Camel Lake Recreation Area, Fort Gadsden Historical Site, Leon Sinks Geological Area, Silver Lake Recreation Area and Wright Lake Recreation Area. The Apalachicola National Forest offers boating and fishing along the Ochlockonee and Apalachicola rivers, and swimming in the numerous lakes. Trails and roads accommodate hiking, mountain-bike riding, horseback riding, and off-road ATV and motorcycle riding. Primitive camping is allowed throughout the forest; fee campsites provide restrooms and water, picnic tables and fire rings.

FEES AND PERMITS Costs vary by activity. Camping fees start at $10 per night. Some areas require a day-use fee of $3 per vehicle. Annual passes are $40 per vehicle. Passes are good at: day use – Silver Lake, Leon Sinks, Camel Lake; camping – Hickory Landing, Mack Landing, Whitehead Landing.

TO LEARN MORE Visit or contact the Apalachicola Ranger District, 11152 N.W. State Route 20, Bristol, (850) 643-2282, or the Wakulla Ranger District, 57 Taff Drive, Crawfordville, 926-3561.

Regional state parks Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Museums, visitor centers and historic sites may close on holidays and two days a week. Opening and closing times may vary, so check with each park for specific hours. The entrance fee into most parks is $4-$5 per carload, up to eight people. Extra people, walk-ins and bicyclists are $2-$5 per person. Annual individual passes are $60 plus tax, and annual family

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passes (up to eight people per car) are $120 plus tax. Military discounts offered. Children under 6 admitted free. There may be additional fees for camping, tours and museum exhibitions. Parks that have Honor Stations charge $2-$10 per vehicle. Camping and lodging reservations may be made by calling the Florida State Park Central Reservation System at (800) 326-3521, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., or visit online at www. More information: Contact the Florida State Parks Information Center at 245-2157 or visit Here are details on popular state parks in the region. Falling Waters State Park: Hundred-foot deep, 20-foot wide cylindrical pit. A small stream which drops 67 feet to the bottom of the sink, flows into pit. Chipley, 6386130. Florida Caverns State Park: Caves contain dazzling formations of stalacities, stalagmites and other geological features. Boating, fishing, camping, & nature trails and more. Nine-hole, Robert Trent Jonesdesigned Florida Caverns Golf Course. Tours run from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 for ages 3-12, kids under 3 are free. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 3345 Caverns Road Marianna, 482-9598. Forest Capital Museum State Park: Dedicated to longleaf pines and the timber industry. Perry, 5843227. Ichetucknee Spring State Park: Springs discharge 233 million gallons of water a day giving rise to the clear Ichetucknee River. Tubing and canoeing rentals available; three separate nature trails. Scuba diving permitted October through March. Fort White, (386) 497-4690. Letchworth-Love Mounds State Park: One of the tallest and most architecturally complex pre-Colombian earthen mounds in Florida. Predates the nearby Lake Jackson Mounds site. 4500 Sunray Road S., Monticello, 922-6007. Lake Jackson Mounds State Archeological Site: One of the most important archaeological sites in Florida, a former chiefdom and ceremonial center of the Fort Walton Culture (1100-1550 CE). The park includes all or part of three mounds in a complex that originally included six mounds. It also includes a constructed and leveled public plaza. Picnic tables and shelter, bathrooms, trails. $3 per vehicle, $2 per pedestrian. Group tours may be scheduled




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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park has formal gardens, two lakes and trails.

14 days in advance. 922-6007. Lake Talquin State Park: Largemouth bass, shellcracker and speckled perch sport fishing. 10 miles west of Captial Circle, 14850 Jack Vause Landing Road, 922-6007. Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Site: Site of the Battle of Natural Bridge, which preserved Tallahassee as the only Confederate Capitol east of the Mississippi River never to fall into Union hands. Re-enactment of battle held in March. Woodville, 922-6007. San Marcos de Apalache State Historic Site: Nature trails through historic ruins. No admission fee for trails. Museum, $2 entry. 48 Old Fort Road, St. Marks, 925-6216. Torreya State Park: Bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River, rising more than 150 feet. Animals include deer, bobcat and the Barbours map turtle. Bristol, 643-2674.

Leon County parks One of Leon County’s best-kept secrets is the 30 or so public recreation areas strung along its magnificent array of lakes and rivers. Designed for passive use such as boating, picnicking and bird watching, the areas do have restrictions. Swimming and liquor, for instance, are prohibited. Shooting, hunting and loud stereos are taboo. Pets must be leashed. Some fees and reservations may be required at some locations. Except for overnight campers, parks are off-limits from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise. To reserve a pavilion or for more infomation, call 487-3070 or Pat Polcek, 606-1470, or visit the Canopy Oaks: Two Little League fields (one lighted), two lighted tennis courts, lighted multipurpose field, concession/restroom building, playground. 3250 Point View Drive. J. Lee Vause Park: Six picnic pavilions, 1-mile paved trail, boardwalk,

playground, restroom facility, volleyball net. 6024 Old Bainbridge Road. Tower Road Park: Multipurpose field, playground, picnic shelter. 5971 Tower Road. Stoneler Road Park: Baseball field, picnic shelter, playground, basketball hoop, trail. Off Capital Circle N.W. J. Lewis Hall Sr. Woodville Park & Recreation Complex: Multipurpose field, four Little League fields (two lighted), full-size baseball and softball fields, two basketball courts, two picnic pavilions, tot lot and playground, concession/restroom building. 7575 Old Woodville Highway. Lake Munson Park: Picnic shelter, nature trail, dock, restroom facility. 5800 Crawfordville Highway Ben Stoutamire Landing Park: Playground, landing, restroom facility. 2552 Ben Stoutamire Road. Miccosukee: Lighted adult baseball multipurpose field, two picnic pavilions, two lighted basketball courts, playground, concession/restroom building, walking trail. 15011 Cromartie Road. Kate Ireland Park: Picnic shelter, playground, trail, restroom facility. 12271 Iamonia Landing Road.

Tallahassee parks The City of Tallahassee operates and maintains a number of parks, many with amenities such as playgrounds, open grass areas, picnic tables, sports fields, tennis courts and more. To get additional information on any of the city parks, call 891-FUNN or visit A.J. Henry Park: 71.4 acres, picnic tables, playground. A.J. Henry Park Drive. Brinkley Glen Park: 8.2 acres. North Meridian Road. Carter Howell Strong Park: 11.4 acres, picnic tables. West Georgia Street. Chittenden Park: 1.5 acres. Spruce Avenue.

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Dorothy B. Oven Park & Meeting House: 7.5 acres. Picnic tables. 3205 Thomasville Road. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park: 656.1 acres, picnic tables. 4000 North Meridian Road. Guyte P. McCord Park: 21.2 acres, picnic tables. Thomasville Road. Harriman Circle Park: 8 acres, picnic tables. Harriman Circle. John G. Riley Park: 4.8 acres, picnic tables. Alabama Street. Lake Ella Park: 16 acres, picnic tables. Monroe Street. Levy Park: 609 West Tharpe Street Los Robles Park: 1.7 acres, picnic tables. Los Robles neighborhood, at the intersection of Thomasville and Meridian roads. Macon Community Park: 12.9 acres, picnic tables, playground. Henderson Road. Mabry Manor: 2.1 acres. Villamore Avenue. Mabry Park: 21.5 acres. Roberts Avenue and Mabry Street. Ninth & Terrace Park: 2 acres, playground. Corner of Ninth Ave. and Terrace St. Park Avenue Chain of Parks: Park Avenue, downtown Tallahassee. Ruthenia Park: 3.1 acres. Ruthenia Road. San Luis Mission Park: 69.1 acres, playground, picnic tables. 1313 San Luis Road. Springsax Park: 35.4 acres, Springsax Road. Sweetbay Swamp Park: Yaupon Drive. Tom Brown Park: 297.3 acres, playground, picnic tables, disc golf, trails. 1125 Easterwood Drive, off Capital Circle S.E. Waverly Pond: 7.5 acres, picnic tables. Waverly Road. Winthrop Park: 14.4 acres, picnic tables, playground. Mitchell Avenue.

Greenways & trails

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Trails: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is located between urban Tallahassee and suburban Leon County, offering a nice blend of southern charm and recreational activities. The park has formal gardens, two lakes and a series of trails, all on former plantation lands at the foot of the Red Hill district. Many trail-enthusiasts enjoy the unpaved trails in the Lake

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Overstreet portion of the park. Hikers, bikers and equestrians enjoy the beauty of the area, which serves as an integral link in the Maclay/Phipps Cultural Heritage Greenway. Recreation includes biking, hiking, horseback riding and paddling by canoe or kayak. For more on the park, see Attractions, Page 108. Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park Red Bug Trail: The Redbug Off-Road Bicycle Trail is about three miles long and offers a technically challenging ride with numerous roots, rocks and wetland areas through several ecosystems. Users will trek through a longleaf pine ecosystem, home to the red-cockaded woodpecker. As the trail drops in elevation, moisture-loving trees such as the beech and southern magnolia dominate. Access the trail from Meridian Park or the Forestmeadows Sports Center. Parking, restrooms and drinking water are available. Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway: The Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway parallels six miles of Tallahassee’s historical canopy roads through 500 acres of the Red Hills region of North Florida. The trail traverses rolling hills in hardwood and pine forests, interspersed with large pastures. Along the trail, users may observe more than 46 species of birds. Recreation also includes hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Munson Hills Off-Road Bicycle Trail, Tallahassee and St. Marks: The Munson Hills Off-Road Bicycle Trail offers a scenic and challenging ride through some of the most varied terrain in the Apalachicola National Forest. Munson Hills consists of sand dunes associated with a million-year-old shoreline that forms a foundation for a towering longleaf pine forest intermixed with ponds and wetlands. The bicycle trail often dips down in the sand hills through hammock ecosystems of hardwoods. Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, Tallahassee and St. Marks: The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail runs from Florida’s capital city, past the Apalachicola National Forest, ending in the coastal community of St. Marks. This historic railroad corridor was used to carry cotton from the plantation belt to the coast for shipment. Today, the paved trail provides a workout for road cyclists, walkers and skaters. The adjacent unpaved trail and Munson Hills Off-

Road Trails in the National Forest provide access for horseback riding. The Historic Railroad State Trail is available for walking, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and skating. Lafayette Passage Paddle Trail: Six-mile loop trail accessed from Piney Z Lake. This trail requires a short portage over a small dam to access the entire trail. The 200-acre Piney Z Lake is accessible without a portage.

ROADS WITH BIKE TRAILS Miccosukee Road: Trail runs from Centerville Road to Capital Circle Northeast Capital Circle N.E.: From Park Avenue to Thomasville Road Deer Lake Road: Through Killearn Lakes Plantation Tharpe Street: From North Monroe Street to Ocala Road Ocala Road: From Tharpe Street to Pensacola Street Hartsfield Road: From Old Bainbridge Road to Capital Circle Northwest



Golf courses PUBLIC COURSES Cross Creek Golf Course: A 9-hole, par-3 lighted course, lighted driving range, pro shop. Reservations not required. 6701 Mahan Drive, 32317, 850-6564653. Hilaman Golf Course: An 18-hole course, driving range, pro shop. Reservations preferred. Annual and daily fee packages available. 2737 Blair Stone Road, 891-2560, Jake Gaither Golf Course: A 9-hole course, pro shop. Reservations not required. 801 Tanner Drive, 891-3942, Seminole Golf Course: 18-hole course, lighted driving range, pro shop, putting green. Reservations recommended. 2550 Pottsdamer Street, 644-2582,



San Luis Trail: Numerous trails in San Luis Mission Park off San Luis Road. Easy running and hiking trail. St. Marks Trail: 19-plus miles running one way along U.S. Highway 319 from just south of Capital Circle to St. Marks River. Cadillac Trail: 4.8 mile path from Tom Brown Park past Lake Lafayette and Piney Z Lake. Spectacular scenery. Intermediate level trail with some challenging features. Lafayette Heritage Trail Park in Piney Z: Three miles of shared-use trail through forest and along the shore of Piney Z Lake. This trail intersects the Cadillac bike trail in several places to accommodate multiple users. Munson Hills: 8.3 miles of main trail. Short loop is 4.2 miles. Runs through Apalachicola National Forest off St. Marks Trail. The “Twilight” trail is 10 miles. Red Bug Trail: A challenging 3.6 miles, with 1.8 mile addition near Forestmeadows Center, Meridian Road near Miller Landing Road. Phipps-Overstreet Trail: 8.2 miles of sometimes rough terrain with multiple entries off Meridian Road North of Maclay School. Tom Brown Park: 4.5 mile woodsy loop. Alfred. B Maclay State Gardens: 2.8 miles of trail.

The Golf Club at Summerbrooke: An 18-hole course, driving range, pro shop. Memberships available. 7505 Preservation Road, 894-4653, SouthWood Golf Club: An 18-hole, 7,081 yard, par-72 championship course designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates. 3750 Grove Park Drive, 942-4653, www.

PRIVATE COURSES Capital City Country Club: 18-hole course, driving range, putting green, chipping green, pro shop. Memberships available. Tee times required. 1601 Golf Terrace Drive, 222-0419, Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club Inc.: 18-hole Tom Faziodesigned course, driving range, pro shop. Memberships available, guest greens fees. 3700 Golden Eagle Drive. E., 893-7700, www. Killearn Country Club & Inn: 27-hole course, driving range, pro shop, greens fees, reservations required. 100 Tyron Pass in Killearn Estates, 893-2144. Havana Golf & Country Club: 9-hole, 110 Country Club Drive, Havana, 539-6767.

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Other sports facilities & businesses BOWLING Capital Lanes: Forty lanes, laser tag, arcade. 820 Capital Circle N.E., 422-2695, Crenshaw Lanes: Primarily a student bowling center, but open to the public. 12 lanes (synthetic), auto scorers, billiard tables and Cosmic Bowling. 104 Crenshaw Building, Oglesby Union, 644-1819, union.fsu. edu/crenshaw. Galimore Lanes: Eight lanes (synthetic) and auto scorers. 404 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Florida A&M University, downstairs at the Student Union, 599-8081. Seminole Bowl: Featuring 24 wood lanes, auto scorers, snack bar, Cosmic Bowling, lounge, billiards and birthday parties. 1940 W. Tennessee St., 561-0894.

BOATING, CANOEING & KAYAKING Shields Marina: A full-service marina and boat retailer, Shields also offers bicycle, kayak, pontoon and float boat rentals. 95 Riverside Drive, St. Marks, 925-6158, www.shields TnT Hideaway: Offers canoe and kayak rentals to view the wildlife along the spring-fed Wakulla River, plus green guides, kayak instruction and shuttle trips to other area rivers. Open seven days a week, year round. T6527 Coastal Highway, 925-6412, The Wilderness Way: The paddlesport outfitter offers rentals, guided trips, kayak fishing, kayak birthday parties, summer kids camps, sales and instruction for beginners. Private group tours available. 3152 Shadeville Road, 877-7200, www.

CHEERLEADING Cheer Company Allstars: A competitive all-star cheerleading gym that also offers recreational tumbling and dance. 2615-B Capital Circle N.E., 894-5867, www.thecheer company. org.

DISC GOLF Tom Brown Park Disc Golf Course: 24 holes in Tom Brown Park. Tallahassee Parks and Recreation, 891-3866, Jack McLean Disc Golf Course: 24 holes, old trees throughout, heav-

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ily wooded in most areas. Jack McLean Park Paul Russell Road. Tallahassee Parks and Recreation, 891-3866,

DOG RACING Jefferson County Kennel Club: Located in Monticello, JCKC is one of Florida’s longest-running dog tracks. Season runs from mid-January to the first weekend of December. $1 admission. JCKC Poker Room has 22 tables. 3079 N. Jefferson St., Monticello, 997-2561,

FAMILY FUN Fun Station Inc.: GoCart track and thrill ride, 36-hole miniature golf course, arcade, bumper boats, batting cages, pizza kitchen and laser tag. 2821 Sharer Road, 383-0788,

FISHING AND HUNTING Online guide to hunting on public land in Northwest Florida.; Shell Island Fish Camp: Fishing, boating, dry and wet storage plus rental boats, cabins and motel rooms. 440 Shell Island Road., St. Marks, 925-6226. Treats and Retreats: Retreat for hiking and fishing, Four stocked ponds, 2 bedroom cottage, walking trails. Meals provided. 1452 Mayfield Road, Calvary, GA 39829, 545-7722; Whippoorwill Sportsman’s Lodge: Rental lodge suites, RV sites, cottages and boats. Waterfront Pubn-Grub, store, pier, boat ramp, covered boat stalls — all on Lake Talquin. 3129 Cooks Landing Road., Quincy, 875-2605; www.fishthewhip. com.

HORSERIDING Cavallo Farms: A full-service hunter/jumper equestrian center offering lessons, training, boarding, showing and camps in Lloyd, Fla., cavallofarms@comcast. net, 997-1655. Happy Trails Ranch: Birthday parties, Western riding lessons, field trips, Girl Scout and Boy Scout badges, summer camps and horse boarding. 6776 Quail Valley Road, 8930771;

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Lucas VanSickle, Tree to Tree Adventures assistant manager, rides a zip line at the Tallahassee Museum’s new course.

KITES AND JUGGLING Lofty Pursuits: Offers a superb selection of yo-yos, juggling equipment and kites. Cottages of Lake Ella, 1621 N. Monroe Street, 5210091;

MARTIAL ARTS Tallahassee Taekwondo Academy: An International Taekwondo Alliance martial arts academy open to adults and children (ages 4 and up). 2785 Capital Circle N.E.; Brad Fantle, 878-3900;, talltkdacademy@

PAINTBALL Tallahassee Paintball Park: Netted playing fields, pro shop, target range. Groups, parties and rentals welcome. 427 Crossway Road, 656-1133.

ROCK CLIMBING Tallahassee Rock Gym: Learn and

practice the sport of rock climbing. Railroad Square, 629 Industrial Drive, Suite F, 224-ROCK (7625); www.tally

ROPE AND ZIP-LINE COURSES The FSU Challenge Program: A low-challenge ropes course and a high-challenge ropes course. Open to most classes, club and organizations. Fee and reservation required. FSU Reservation. 644-6124. Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures: Experience thrilling zip lines through acres of forest and swamp land, tackle outdoor obstacles and challenges like swinging rope bridges and log crawls, and experience nature from a whole new perspective on the new zip line and adventure course at Tallahassee Museum. Three courses of various difficulties. No age limits or experience required; visit the website for height restrictions, clothing requirements and more. 3945 Museum

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Drive, www.treetotreeadventures. com, 575-8684.

SCUBA DIVING Blue Water Scuba and Travel Center: Offers classes, rentals and sales. 2320 Apalachee Pkwy., 6563483; Down Under Dive Center: Equipment, sales and service, air fills and diver training. 637 WakullaArran Road, Crawford-ville, 926-4040; Tallahassee Scuba Club: Club meets first Wednesdays at Blue Water Scuba and Travel Center. John Viehe, 321-4299;





skates. Offers public and private skate sessions, birthday parties and more. 1368 Blountstown Highway, 575-4877;

SKYDIVING School of Human Flight: Take your first jump or train to become a nationally licensed skydiver. Quincy Airport, Highway 12, Quincy, 6277643, Seminole Skydiving: The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to introduce the public to skydiving in a safe, fun â&#x20AC;&#x153;beachâ&#x20AC;? environment. Also offers scenic airplane and helicopter rides. 45 Monocoupe Circle, Panacea. 984-DIVE (3483).



Mike Blankenship Skate Park: Open to skate boards and in-line skaters, sunrise to midnight. Stateof-the art, 26,000-square-foot facility Free. Between James Messer Fields and TalTran Administrative Offices, Jackson Bluff Road at Appleyard Drive, 891-3879. Skate World: Roller skating, speed skating team, birthday parties and more. 2563 Capital Circle NE, 3864807; Tallahassee Skate Inn: Indoor roller skating using quad or inline

Warner Soccer: Year-round, fulltime, professional soccer company that runs programs, camps and leagues for ages 3 through adult. 1695-4 Metropolitan Circle, 3863866;


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Fishing and hunting are enormously popular in this area, but you generally need a license to do either. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission makes recreational licenses and permits available at county tax collectorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offices, online and from subagents such as sporting goods stores or other retailers selling hunting or fishing equipment. An Annual Hunting or Annual Freshwater Fishing license starts at $17. Prices for other options and combinations vary. To learn more or to buy a license online, visit

TENNIS Randy Hock Tennis: Year-round private and group lessons for all ages and ability levels; summer camps for kids. 1771 Woodgate Way, 385-2262, USTA 10 and Under Tennis: U.S.


North Florida Volleyball Academy: Teaches volleyball skills for boys and girls ages 7 to 18. Also has adult leagues. 3944 NW passage Way, Suite 101, 270-9779, www.

WORKOUTS Boot Camp Fitness and Training: Cutting edge, nontraditional fitness programs, Russian kettlebell training, sports and youth training, and Commando Krav Maga classes. 2815-2 Industrial Plaza Drive, 4450222, www.BootCampFitness Curves: Circuit-based workout for women using hydraulic resistance machines, aerobic exercise, stretching. 4500 W. Shannon Lakes, 8948545, Pilates with Joyce: A low-impact exercise program for all ages. 5590165,

OTHER PURSUITS Tennis Association QuickStart format tennis league for ages 10 and younger. Parent coaches recruited and trained. Fees apply. 3711 Overlook Drive, 508-5082,

Tallahassee Naturally: Rents a lake and woods near Monticello, available for nude swimming and sunbathing on weekends. Turkey Scratch Road, Monticello, 222-1886,

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Sports clubs & organizations

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Tallahassee Serinas: The Serinas offer a recreational league and a highly competitive team. Ages 7-19, all skill levels. Frances Gilbert, 8913994,

ARCHERY AND GUN CLUBS Tallahassee Bowhunters Association: For those who enjoy all types of archery. Tallahassee Rifle & Pistol Club: Private outdoor range, memberships available. 421-3998,

AUTO, MOTORCYCLE, TRAIN & PLANE CLUBS Airstream RV Owners Club: A family-oriented nonprofit club for owners of Airstream and Argosy recreational vehicles . The Big Bend Florida Unit No. 153 of The Recreational Vehicle Club of Airstream Owners features monthly camping rallies in the Big Bend, national caravans and more. www., 894-4416. American Wild Hogs: an independent motorcycle riding club. www. Big Bend MG’s: Encourages acquisition, preservation, exhibition and use of MGs. www.bigbend Big Bend Miata Club: Miata owners, enthusiasts welcome. Drive-outs, rallies, social events. Tim Brily, 2731433, Big Bend Model Railroad Association: Aims to promote and preserve model railroading. John Sullenberger, 410-8425, www. Canopy Road Cruisers: The local chapter of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA). 5395084, Capital City Classic Chevy Club: Sponsors a car show in the spring. Meets at What a Burger on Thomasville Road. Reuben Plachy, 443-6779,, www. Capital City Riders: An independent motorcycle riding club welcoming all brands of motorcycles and safe riders. http://autos.groups.

club with monthly outings. 8945557, Cruisin’ Corvettes: Meets at various locations. www.cruisincorvettes. com. Harley Owners Group, Tallahassee Chapter: Sponsored by Capital City Harley-Davidson. Monthly meetings. 205-4294, www. North Florida Mopar Association: Dedicated to Chryslers, Dodges, Plymouths, DeSotos, Imperials and AMCs. Meets monthly. nfma/. North Florida British Motoring Club: Provides British car and motorcycle enthusiasts with a venue to share common interests. 2120779;, www. Panhandle Ponies Tallahassee Mustang Club: Ownership of a Mustang not required to join. 5569881; Seminole Radio Control Club: Model aviation enthusiasts of all ages who design, build and fly model aircraft. www.SeminoleRC. com,, 656-5932. Sports Car Club of America – Dixie Region: A regional volunteer nonprofit car club based in Tallahassee that serves north Florida and southwest Georgia. Solo is the SCCA brand name for autocross competition. Solo events are drivingskill contests that emphasize the driver’s ability and the car’s handling characteristics rather than speed. First timers are welcome to participate in the novice class. P.O. Box 38561, Tallahassee, FL 32315; 8934918;; rob@ Southern Cruisers Riding Club: A family-oriented club. Meets weekly at What a Burger, Thomasville Road. Tallahassee Streetrodders: Encourages restoration and/or preservation of autos, trucks and other projects. Monthly meetings, cruisein.

Chrome Divas: The club’s mission is to give a new name to women bikers.

Tallahassee Region Antique Automobile Club of America: The regional club of the National Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).

Crosstrails Sams Club: National Good Sams RV Club chapter. Social

The Temple of Triumph: Much more than just another British car

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Society for American Baseball Research – Buck O’Neil Chapter: The Society is an international, member-driven organization fostering the research, preservation and dissemination of the history and records of baseball. The local chapter is open to all who love the game. 474 Conrad Hills Road, Havana, 4594703,; mattkeelean@

BASKETBALL Tallahassee Comets: The Tallahassee Comets is a not-for-profit organization for student-athletes in competitive girls’ basketball. Robert Hicks, 559-1351, www.cometsget. net,

BOATING AND ROWING Apalachee Bay Yacht Club: Promotes sailing, cruising or racing. Power-boat owners also welcomed as members. 69 Harbour Point Drive, Shell Point, 926-7775, www.abyc Apalachee Canoe and Kayak Club: A local paddling club that canoes and kayaks. Meets monthly. asp. Capital City Rowing: Youth rowing club. 294-8393, www.capitalcity St. Marks Yacht Club: Slips lease to members. Clubhouse available for rent. You don’t have to own a boat to join. On the Wakulla River, 36 Yacht Lane, St. Marks, 925-6606. Shell Point Sailboard Club (SPSC): Supports sailing for all ages and levels, offering free lessons, races. SPSC Commodore Bob Graves, 508-1587, Tallahassee Rowing Club: Nonprofit club to promote and teach rowing.

CIRCUS Florida State University Flying High Circus: Aside from the annual home shows held the first two weekends in April under the Big Top, the FSU Circus performs road shows throughout the academic year. 6444874,

EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES Big Bend Horseman’s Association: Sponsors an open horse show the second Saturday of every month. P.O. Box 42, Monticello, (850) 524-4442, www.BigBendHorse. com; BigBend Leon County Horsemen’s Association: Monthly shows are open to the public on the first Saturday of the month, excluding July and December. 188 Horseman Association Road, 445-8452, www. North Florida Paso Fino Horse Association: A regional affiliate of PFHA, covering all of North Florida. 14279 N. U.S. 19, Lamont. (850) 4455933, Tallahassee Riding Academy: An Interscholastic Equestrian Association team for middle and high school students in Lloyd. www.,, 997-1655.

HIKING Apalachee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association: Provides opportunities for hiking and camping. Activities throughout the year. Meets monthly. Howard Pardue, 386-1494, or Linda Patton, 668-4334. http://apalachee.florida

HUNTING Safari Club International: SCI meets six to eight times a year with a fundraiser in March. Aims to protect the right to hunt. 3964-4 Century Park Circle S. 556-2237,

SOCCER Capital Soccer Association: A nonprofit instructional youth soccer league serving boys and girls ages 4 to 17., info@, 273-4242.

TRACK Gulf Winds Track Club: Membership includes joggers, runners, race walkers and triathletes of all levels of ability and training. The club organizes races each year from 1 to 50 miles, including Springtime Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Turkey Trot.



Capital City Cyclists: Devoted to all aspects of bicycling. CCC sponsors weekly road rides and special annual events. 3158 Lakeshore Drive, 385-0488,

Beat the Streets of Tallahassee: A nonprofit organization promoting wrestling in the Big Bend area. 524-B Appleyard Drive, bts.tally@gmail. com, 264-9718.

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Plant & garden clubs The Capital City Garden Club: Encourages the art of gardening and promotes cooperative gardening. Aids in the protection of wildflowers, shrubs and trees and encourages the conservation of all natural resources. CCGC provide educational workshops on gardening. 626 Tram Road. Barbara Rollins, president, 656-7224. Florida Daffodil Society: Florida Daffodil Society is committed to the preservation of daffodils in the coastal south. Club engages in public education, provides free literature and lectures and organizes public plantings. Sarah Van Beck, 878-9753. Florida Native Plant Society, Magnolia Chapter: The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Friends of Maclay Gardens Inc.: The Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc.


The Growers’ Market: The Growers’ Market at Lake Ella provides fresh seasonal, locally grown produce, including: vegetables, sprouts, transplants, flowers and more. Buy direct from local small farmers at the Growers’ Market. Wednesdays from 3 p.m.-dusk. 229 Lake Ella Drive (behind the Black Dog Cafe). Jennifer Taylor, FAMU Statewide Small Farm Program, 412-5260. is a volunteer organization that renders support and assistance to the staff of the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. Members are involved in activities such as providing volunteer manpower for special events and support of the Gardens; generating financial support; and helping promote interest in Maclay Gardens through outreach efforts. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, 487-4115. Gardening Friends of the Big Bend: Promotes gardening and gardening research by supporting and assisting the faculty and staff of NFRE–Quincy, an arm of the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. 155 Research Road, Quincy; 671-2565,

Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society: Promotes the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.; Tallahassee Area Rose Society: Encourages rose culture and interest in our national flower. Membership is open to anyone with a love of roses. Monthly meetings are held January through May and August through November at the Jubilee Cottage, Goodwood Museum & Gardens, on the third Thursday evening. Visitors welcome. www. Tallahassee Camellia Club: Encourages the culture of camellias, our winter flower. The club is affili-


taed with the American Camellia Soicety. Membership is open to anyone interested in camellias. Treasurer Gayle Lawrence, 656-8348. President Alex Hinson, 627-7814, ahinson@ Tallahassee Daylily Society: Promotes knowledge and encourages daylily gardens. Sponsors annual daylily show and plant sale in midMay. Meetings are fourth Sundays, Sept. through May, at 2 p.m. at the Leon County Extension Service UF/ IFAS, 615 Paul Russell Road Annual membership dues, $15 for individuals; $20 for families. Sharon Agosta, 668-1368;; Tallahassee Garden Club: An organization dedicated to providing education on gardening, nature and the preservation of the environment. Membership numbers more than 600, divided into 25 circles. New members welcome. 507 North Calhoun St., 224-3371, Tallahassee Orchid Society: A gathering of orchid hobbyists and enthusiasts. Guest speakers present programs at monthly meetings.

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Audubon of Florida: Aims to conserve and restore ecosystems, focusing on wildlife. 308 N. Monroe St., 224.7546, Big Bend Environmental Forum: An alliance of organizations committed to conserving the region’s environment. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP): The lead state agency for environmental management and stewardship. 3900 Commonwealth Blvd. M.S. 49, 245-2128, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Manages fish and wildlife resources for the well-being and the benefit of people. 620 S. Meridian St., 4884676, Florida Trail Association: A nonprofit volunteer organization that builds, maintains, protects, and promotes the 1,400 mile Florida Trail. 325 John Knox Road., F-100; Kent Wimmer, 523-8576, kwimmer@fs.fed. us, Florida Wildlife Federation: A private, statewide, nonprofit citizen’s conservation education organization. 656-7113, Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful: A nonprofit, volunteerbased organization committed to keeping the community litter-free and educated about recycling, solid waste and the environment. P.O. Box 191 Tallahassee, FL 32302, 545-6507. The Nature Conservancy, Florida Chapter: The Florida Chapter has protected more than 1 million acres of critical natural lands. 625 N. Adams St., 222-0199, North American Butterfly Association – Hairstreak Chapter: NABA is a not-for-profit organization working to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies. 386-1393, Sierra Club, Big Bend Group: Dedicated to exploring, enjoying and protecting wild places. Outings and activities. Grayall 297-2052, The Wild Classroom: Offers wildlife programs for school and scouting groups, camps, club meetings and special events. Features disabled birds of prey from the St. Francis Wildlife Association. Sandy Beck, 528-0823,

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The beach stretches invitingly on a quiet day at Alligator Point, about an hour south of Tallahassee.

The ‘Forgotten Coast’ casts a memorable spell


By Elizabeth M. Mack

ith white sandy beaches, clear spring waters, scenic coastlines, miles of hiking trails and rich historic towns, you can’t really forget the Forgotten Coast. Less than an hour’s drive from Tallahassee, the beaches begin at Wakulla County locations such as Shell Point. Heading west, the beaches continue through Alligator Point and Carrabelle Beach, to St. George and Dog islands and to Cape San Blas in Gulf County. The coast continues to shine, having missed direct impact from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Curt Blair, with the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, shares more about why the Forgotten Coast, the nickname often used for our shores, is one place that is hard to forget. What’s unique about our coast?

Franklin County is unique from all of northwest Florida because of its small town historic charm, exceptional beaches and diverse and bountiful natural resources. What are some of the top outdoor recreation opportunities?

The beach, swimming, sailing, river kayaking, fishing, birding, hiking and nature tours.

What are some of the best foods to sample and where on the coast?

Seafood. Franklin County is home to the world famous Apalachicola Bay oyster. 90 percent of Florida’s oysters come from our bay. In addition, the county produces the Alligator

Point clams, scallops, fin fish including pompano, snapper, red fish, grouper and a wide variety of shrimp. Most local restaurants throughout the county serve fresh seafood from local waters. In addition, visitors can choose from a variety of seafood houses that cater to locals and guests. What does the term Forgotten Coast mean to you?

Forgotten Coast: A 20th century oasis of history, culture and recreation that once discovered remains unaffected by the crowds and hectic modern-day demands of the 21st century life. Favorite thing about living here?

After 15 years of living here, my favorite thing about the area is the diversity of wildlife. We have a grey fox in Apalachicola that visits our yard almost daily. Eagles soar above the city and in the natural forest at leisure. Bears, deer, coyote, big cats, dolphin, manatee, otters, are all common throughout (Franklin) county. Some 200 bird species live or migrate to the area and can be spotted within blocks of downtown. Not a day goes by that I am not spellbound by the area’s natural beauty. Curt Blair is the head of the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. To find the council on the web and learn more about the county, go to http://

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On the Waterfront has one of the top-rated beaches in Coastal parks the United States. Sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming are popular activities along the Gulf of Mexico & beaches and St. Joseph Bay. From offshore,

To find some of Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most incredible beaches, residents need only drive a short distance before arriving at a sparkling ocean, beautiful sand dunes, numerous amenities and more. Additionally, you will find a few lakes and springs here in Leon County or nearby that are great for swimming, sun and fun. For information on any state park in Florida, visit To make reservations at any State Park in Florida, call 800-326-3521, or visit the website, www.reserve Before traveling to the beaches, check the NOAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Weather Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current weather forecast website, www.nws.noaa. gov/om/marine/marine.shtml.

Bald Point State Park: Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along north Florida´s Gulf Coast can be found at this nearly 5,000-acre park. Located on Alligator Point where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay, Bald Point offers land and water activities. Coastal marshes, pine flatwoods, and oak thickets foster a diversity of biological communities that make the park a popular destination for birding and wildlife viewing. Every fall, bald eagles, other migrating raptors and monarch butterflies are commonly sighted as they head south. Bald Point offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches for swimming, sunbathing and fishing. Other activities include canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and hiking. Facilities include a fishing dock and picnic pavilions. From Panacea, go south on Highway 98 for about 5 miles, turn left on State Road 370, travel about 5 miles to Bald Point Road. Turn left onto Bald Point Road and travel about 3 miles to the park entrance. Managed by Ochlockonee River State Park. Beacon Hill Community Park: A small, public beach with roadside parking offering open and covered picnic tables, restrooms, a playground, two softball/baseball fields, a boardwalk to Highway 98 with dedicated beach access, a walking track and a great view. U.S. 98 in Port St. Joe. Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, 850-227-1223. Cape San Blas/St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: With 10 miles of white sugar sand, this park

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canoeists and kayakers can take in a superb view of the high dunes and sand pine scrub. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and bicycling. As a coastal barrier peninsula, St. Joseph provides excellent opportunities for bird watching; more than 240 species have been sighted in the park. A boat ramp is at Eagle Harbor on the bay side. Campers can stay in a fullfacility campground a short walk from the beach, or at primitive campsites in the wilderness preserve. Eight cabins on the bay side offer alternative overnight accommodations. Cape San Blas is on the south end of St. Joseph Peninsula. Hours: 8 a.m.-sunset. $4, per vehicle; $1 pedestrians/bicyclists; $100/night for cabins that sleep seven and are kitchen-equipped; camping, $20/ night. Near Port St. Joe. On U.S. 98 (heading East) turn onto State Road 30-A, travel to State Road 30E, turn and travel to the park. From Apalachicola, take U.S. 98 West, turn left on C-30A, then turn left on C-30E and travel to park. 850-227-1327. Carrabelle Beach: Restrooms and picnic areas are easily accessible. Enjoy sunbathing, swimming and surf fishing. Campgrounds, restaurants and the Crooked River Lighthouse are nearby. The park is located 1 mile west of Carrabelle on U.S. 98. Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, 697-2585, www.

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A lighthouse stands at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, just south of Tallahassee. For information on the refuge, see Attractions, Page 108.


Dog Island Beach/John F. Lewis Preserve: Wildlife abounds along miles of salt marshes and sand dunes, as more than half of the island is a protected nature preserve. Only accessible by boat, this barrier island is not a public beach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there are no public facilities and dogs are not allowed. The Nature Conservancy, 643-2756. Dekle Beach: A private, quiet community popular for boating, fishing and scalloping. Camping and boat charters/guides available. Swimming beaches are limited, and there are no public facilities; marina services and restaurants are at nearby Keaton Beach. Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, 800-584-5366. Frank Pate Park: A busy little place with a public boat ramp, restrooms and picnic tables on St. Joe Bay. At the corner of 98 and Fifth Street, in Port St. Joe. Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, 850-227-1223. Grayton Beach State Recreation Area: Grayton Beach has consistently been ranked among the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the U.S. The beach provides an idyllic setting for swimming, sunbathing, and surf fishing. Visitors can paddle a canoe or kayak on scenic Western Lake to get a closer look at a salt marsh ecosystem. A boat ramp provides access to the lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brackish waters for freshwater and saltwater fishing. A nature trail winds through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias, bent and twisted by salt winds, have an eerie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Middle Earthâ&#x20AC;? look. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy more than four miles of trails; the trail begins across from the park entrance on Highway 30-A. Options for overnight stays include modern cabins and a full-facility campground. The park features camping, swimming, fishing, boating and hiking. Also included are restrooms, showers and picnic areas. Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset. Admission: $4, per vehicle; $1, pedestrians/bicyclists; cabins $110/night; full facility camping $19/night; picnic pavilions are available for rent. Pets are permitted in the camping area only. Grayton Beach State Park is south of U.S. 98, about halfway between Panama City Beach and Destin. Take County Road 283 south of U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A, about a half-mile east of the intersection of County Road 30A and C.R. 283. Entrance is on the right. 850-267-8300. Hagenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission PLEASE SEE WATERFRONT, NEXT PAGE


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owns this facility, which features picnic pavilions, hiking trails and an observation tower for birdwatching. The shallow waters and grass flats are home to several species of birds, horseshoe crabs and the occasional eagle. From Perry, travel about 4.5 miles south on Highway 27A. Turn right on County Road 361 and drive 22 miles to Hagen’s Cove Road. Turn right, parking area is 1.5 miles ahead. (386) 758-0525, 850-8381306, (850)488-1600, Henderson Beach State Park: This 208-acre park, just east of Destin, is an oasis in the midst of urban growth. Activities include swimming, surf fishing, picnicking, camping, bicycle riding and nature trails, as well as leisurely walks in the sugar white sand or splashing around in the emerald green water. Admission: $4, per vehicle; $3, for single occupant; $1, per person/ bicyclists. $23.31, camping fee. Fullfacility camping, nature trail, pavilions, picnic area, fishing, playground, swimming, showers and concessions available. ADA-accessible park, three beach wheelchairs are available. All boardwalks are ADA accessible. 8377550. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park: This park spans 356 acres and is located east of Niceville, about six miles north of Destin. This park is nestled in among the Bluewater Bay Community, with almost a mile of shoreline on Rocky Bayou Aquatic Preserve. There is a boat launch in this area, with a large trailer parking area. The park has 42 campsites with electric & water hook-ups, almost three miles of nature trails, three picnic pavilions, canoe rentals, freshwater lake and more. There is no designated swimming area because of the occasional presence of alligators and other aquatic wildlife. 833-9144; Keaton Beach: Offers warm, clear waters washing a sandy beach with shaded picnic pavilions, rest rooms, 700-foot fishing pier and boat ramp – all in a quiet, laid-back atmosphere. This beach features fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scalloping, bird watching and a beautiful beach area. Campgrounds, full-service marina, hotel, condo rentals, restaurant at the point, public boat ramp. Taylor County is one of only five counties in Florida where scalloping is still allowed from July 1 until Sept. 10. Taylor County Chamber, 5845366,

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Mashes Sands/Mash Island Park: Boat ramps can be found where the wide, shallow river empties into Apalachee Bay. This is the northernmost point in the Gulf of Mexico. Mash Island Park offers a sandy beach with picnic cabanas bordering Apalachee and Ochlockonee Bays and a public beach with shallow bay water that’s seldom overrun. A favorite of locals due to its laid-back atmosphere, the beach offers swimming, crabbing, picnic tables, shelters, grills, restrooms and showers. 926-7227. Mexico Beach: Just a few miles west of Port St. Joe, there are many points of access to the emerald Gulf waters, a pier, boardwalks to the beach and beachside parks at two convenient locations. Canal park, near the Gulf & Sunset park which is right on the beach. Restroom facilities are available at each location. Community Development Council, 648-8196 or (888) 723-2546. Panama City Beach: The 27 miles of sugar white sand and emerald green waters make this the perfect destination for sun and fun. Increasingly popular with college students from Georgia, Alabama and Florida, it’s a top Spring Break destination for students from around the nation. There’s plenty to do – on and off the beach – from snorkeling, scuba diving and parasailing to championship golf and great shopping. 850-233-5070 or 800-722-3224, http:// Shell Point: A small community located on the Apalachee Bay in the north Gulf Coast of Florida. Also known as Florida’s “Forgotten Coast,” this is a region of quiet, unspoiled natural beauty. Shell Point has become a popular spot for windsurfing and sailing and also offers wildlife and bird watching, swimming, hiking, biking, snorkeling and golf. Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce, 926-1848. St. Andrews State Park: Boasting just more than one and a half miles of beach and well known for its sugar-white sands and crystal-clear emerald green water, this 1,063-acre park can get pretty crowded, but it is beautiful nonetheless. The park offers full facility camping, showers, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, boat ramp, boat tours, hiking trails, two playgrounds and picnicking. Pavilions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, reservations not available. The park also provides a visitors center. Shell Island, a barrier island just across the ship’s channel from the mainland




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remains – for the most part – undeveloped. Shuttle boats run to the island for a fee. Park entrance costs $5, per vehicle; $1, pedestrian or bicyclist. 233-5140; St. George Island State Park: A favorite of Tallahasseeans, this island boasts a north side facing Apalachicola Bay and a south side looking out on the Gulf of Mexico. The island has exceptional beaches, good fishing and plenty of beach houses for rent for weekend getaways. The park offers camping and has bathrooms, showers and picnicking facilities. $5, per vehicle; $1 pedestrian or bicyclist. There are other public beaches on St. George Island; restrooms and picnic tables are available on the island at Bryant Patton Causeway and West Gorrie Dr. Contact: Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, 850-6539419; 850-927-2111;, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: For information on this 70,000 acre coastal refuge just south of Tallahassee, please see Attractions, Page 108.

Area rivers, lakes & springs Florida State University Reservation: Waterfront park and conference room rentals, a 73-acre facility with 10 active acres, located on beautiful Lake Bradford. The “Rez” is located 1/4 mile from the airport and four miles from the Florida State campus. This unique natural setting offers canoeing, kayaking, picnicing, swimming and many other activities. No pets allowed. FSU students with ID free; Adults $2; children 7-15 $1; 6 and under free. 3226 Flastacowo Road, Tallahassee, FL. 644-6892; Outdoor Pursuits & Waterfont Rental Office 850-644-2449; fsu.campusrec. com/reservation. Lake Hall at Maclay Gardens State Park: Lake Hall provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Only boats without motors or with electric motors are allowed. Pavilions and grills along the shore provide the perfect setting for a picnic. For walking enthusiasts, two short nature trails meander through the woods overlooking the lake. Hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians can enjoy five miles of multi-use trails winding through the woods surrounding

Lake Overstreet, located on park property adjoining the gardens. $4, per carload, single occupancy, $3; $1, pedestrian or bicyclist. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, 487-4556, www. Ochlockonee River State Park: This jewel of a park is a great place to get away for a weekend or a week-long vacation. Picnic facilities and a swimming area are near the scenic point where the Ochlockonee and Dead rivers intersect. Ochlockonee, which means “yellow waters,” is a mix of brackish, tidal surge, and fresh water. Pristine and deep, the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Trails allow visitors to explore the park. A boat ramp provides easy access to the river. Both freshwater and saltwater fish inhabit the waters around the park, including bass, bream, catfish and speckled perch. There are full-facility campsites with access to restrooms and showers, and pets are allowed in the camping area. Youth group camping is also available. Located 4 miles south of Sopchoppy, on U.S. 319. 8 a.m. to sunset. Fishing areas, short nature trails through a pine forest, swimming in designated areas. $3/per car; $1/ pedestrians/ bicyclists; $6/boat launching fee; $15/camping fee; picnic pavilions available for rent. 962-2771. Wakulla Springs State Park: Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer and birds. Daily, guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the upland wooded areas of the park. The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball and is open year-round. A full-service dining room overlooks the Spring; lodge meeting facilities offer a place for retreats. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. Amenities include a lifeguard, restrooms, picnic tables, grills, boat tours, restaurant, lodge and nature trails. $4, per carload; $1, pedestrian or bicyclist. 550 Wakulla Drive. Located 14 miles south of Tallahassee on State Road 267 at the intersection of State Road 61. 5617276;

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Arts& entertainment

In this section Introduction | The 20 things list | Attractions | Top festivals & events | Museums | Dance | Music groups | Theater | Nightlife | Dining

‘If you can’t find it, you’re not looking ’


By Mark Hinson

othing to do here? Really? Democrat senior writer Mark Hinson talks to Peggy Brady, executive director of the Council on Culture & Art for Tallahassee and Leon County, about the local cultural scene.

What do you say when you hear this complaint? “Gosh, there’s nothing to do in Tallahassee?” Do you pull your hair? Reach for sharp cutlery? Offer a reasonable response?

Are you kidding? When I get that question, of course I say there’s morethanyouthought. com (an online events listing by the Council on Culture & Art). And, I caution people to not get stuck trying to find the same thing that exists in some other city. Tallahassee’s arts and culture even includes places to see native animals in their element, on the ground and zipping above them, as well as historic sites all over town. Most people are surprised when they discover the high level of artists we have here from musicians to dancers to theater and visual artists and writers and ... well, you get the picture. If you can’t find it, you’re not looking.

What was the last show — or reading, or play, or performance, or concert — that really stands out in your mind?

How much room have I got? In one recent week, I saw two fabulous theatrical pieces being work-shopped here for their New York productions. Both either directed, written or pro-

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duced by FSU Theatre or FAMU Theatre alums. The visit of violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Cirque De La Symphonie artists to the Tallahassee Symphony was magical. Not many places have a Bach Parley, with professional musicians playing real Baroque instruments. Not only do we have one, they are extraordinary. “Xanadu,” the musical play, produced by the incomparable Theatre A La Carte, was better than the original. Everything the Tallahassee Film Society features reminds you there is a difference between movies and film. If only there was more space. And, more time.

How is the arts scene in Tallahassee compared to other cities of its size?

Tallahassee may not yet have all the performing-arts facilities it needs, but we certainly pull off some terrific performing arts. And, visual arts. From LeMoyne’s season of spectacular regional artists to 621 Gallery’s eclectic and somePeggy Brady is the executive director of the Council on Culture & Art for Tallahassee and Leon County. She has written eight full-length musicals and plays that have been produced in the U.S. and Canada. Brady is also co-writer/ director of The Laughing Stock: Florida’s Musically Twisted Political Cabaret — which is, easily, 10 times funnier than The Capitol Steps troupe in Washington, D.C.

“Most people are surprised when they discover the high level of artists we have here from musicians to dancers to theater and visual artists and writers and ... well, you get the picture.”

times avant garde artists from near and far, to First Fridays where galleries from all over town and the combined galleries in Railroad Square party with the artists. There is art everywhere. ... Tallahassee has a “participatory” arts scene. While in the larger cities, you can purchase a ticket and take a seat, here you can pick up your trombone and join the Big Bend Community Orchestra or audition for a film with the FSU film school or play a part with one of several theaters in town. Dance? Write? No matter your age you can find a place to hone that skill.

How has living here shaped you personally and professionally?

Tallahassee has given me roots. Growing up in South Florida, tourists and snowbirds made up most of the population. There is still a lot of coming and going here with students and Legislators, but the people who call this home are committed to this place and to their neighbors. As an arts pro-

fessional, educator, writer and executive, Tallahassee has provided its quiet beauty and inspiring environment to support success without the craziness of a tightly wound metropolis. At the same time, Tallahassee provides a constant challenge with its intellectual stimulation in no short supply with all the smart people who make their livings here.

What is your favorite thing about living here?

Favorite thing? Like what used to be the seasons but are now basically a summer and a cold snap? They still provide some great fall and spring color. That was really a highlight to me coming from the other part of Florida. But, I think my favorite thing can be summed up to be —not having to sacrifice a great place to live (indoor and outdoor) in order to keep the creative juices flowing and make a living doing what you love. The trees and green environment and consequent birds of many feathers outside your windows. Neighborhoods where you can fix up an historic house and sit on the porch to watch the world go by or rent a townhouse in the heart of Midtown or All Saints and walk down the street to meet friends for dinner and hear some great music. The cost of living here sure beats those other cities whose similar living spaces cost you four times what you pay here. One more favorite thing that may come as a surprise to many — there are lots of us arts folks, like me, who love our Seminole sports all year long.

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By Mark Hinson

f you are new to Tallahassee, you probably noticed that it is hard to see the city for the trees. This place is practically hidden by a jungle when you arrive by air. There are oak trees, pine trees, palm trees, pecan trees, laurel trees, china-berry trees, mimosa trees, magnolia trees and pine trees. Good lord, are there a lot of pine trees. Tallahassee natives are very protective of their long-limbed friends, too. Every two years or so, some newcomer or misguided developer will say, “You know, you could get to the Wally Mart a whole lot faster if you cut down some of these 150-year-old oak trees and four-laned some of these two-lane canopy roads.” That is when some levelheaded local steps up at a public meeting and says something along the lines of, “Moving into a home along a canopy road and complaining about the trees is like moving to the beach and whining about all the sand. There is a reason Tallahassee does not look like it was built last week. It’s called having a sense of place and a sense of history, you nitwit. Please go back to the Rust Belt.” So, as long as you have come to Tallahassee without a chain saw in your hand, welcome. If you’ve come for a lifetime or if you’re just passing through, here’s a little tip sheet to help you get familiar with your new surroundings. There are 20 suggestions of things to do and places to visit listed here, in no particular order.

IT’S A SPRING THING: The whole Springtime Tallahassee street parade, festival and PG-rated Mardi Gras started in 1967 when a group of Florida Legislators discussed moving the Capitol to a swamp near Orlando. The first civic bash was held in March 1968 and called “Springtime Tallahassee:

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A Capital Affair” to woo the legislators. Be careful what you wish for, because the legislators have not yet left. Ah, but the festival caught on. Each late March or early April, young ladies negotiate hoop skirts in public. You can eat all the fried meat on a stick you can stand. Protestors always find something to yell about. The pollen count could choke a hog. Smile and pass the slaw. SHOP AT CLUB PUBLIX: If you are young and single — or, heck, if you haven’t recently lost your eyesight in a fiery car accident — make a date to shop for beer, pork rinds and other essentials at Club Publix on Ocala Road. Thanks to its location near three colleges, the aisles are packed with young shoppers who don’t believe in a strict dress code. You’ll finally see what Publix means by its advertising slogan: “Where Shopping is a Pleasure.” CLOWNING AROUND: Remember when your mom or dad told you not to clown around while you were in college? Or, maybe they told you that all college students are clowns? At FSU, it’s all kind of true. Florida State is one of the few universities in the world




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where you can study business during the day and learn to walk a tightrope at night. The Flying High Circus is made up of students who learn to perform some pretty spectacular things when it comes to juggling, acrobatics and clowning around. The Big Top shows in the spring are a don’t-miss opportunity. WET YOUR WHISTLE AT WATERWORKS: This terrific little tiki bar helped set the tone of Midtown when that part of the city began to reinvent itself in the late 1990s. It’s a slightly wacky watering hole where a guy wearing a gorilla suit named Jungo may be calling bingo one night, a salute to “Magnum P.I.” is held on Wednesdays or jazz greats Marcus Roberts (on piano) and Jason Marsalis (on vibes) are sitting in with the house jazz band on another evening. IT’S COOL TO BE SQUARE: The Railroad Square Art Park is Tallahassee’s arty heart. It’s a collection of old warehouses and storage buildings by the tracks that has been converted into a neighborhood of artist studios, galleries, boutiques, shops and a theater. On a First Friday Gallery Hop in the fall, it’s possible to hear a live band, catch a new exhibit at the 621 Gallery, enjoy an Asian dinner at the Tasty Eats trolley and take in a comedy show by the hilariously subversive Mickee Faust Club cabaret. ALL SAINTS IN THE CITY: Speaking of funky and fun, the

renovated All Saints Neighborhood, just up the street from Railroad Square, has developed its own distinct personality over the past few years. The intimate Fermentation Lounge is a hangout for writers, artists, musicians and, more importantly, beer enthusiasts. The new All Saints Hop Yard down the street is a refurbished CocaCola bottle plant that makes its own brew, throws concerts and screens cult-adored horror films (“Theatre of Blood”) once a month under the stars. Throw in a few food trucks, a vegetarian restaurant and the Voodoo Dog temple to hot dogs and you’ve got a mini-French Quarter in the making. THE VIEW FROM HERE: They say on a clear day you can see Gov. Rick Scott’s bald head from 20 miles away if you are on the 22nd floor of the New Capitol. Oh, wait, make that the Gulf of Mexico. COUNT TO SEVEN DAYS: Every February, culture vultures don’t get enough sleep thanks to the onslaught of the Seven Days of Opening Nights arts festival. Past visitors to Seven Days include novelist Salman Rushdie, Bill Cosby, soul-gospel great Mavis Staples, Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, foodie Anthony Bourdain, humorist David Sedaris and ... you get the gist. LET THEM ROLL IT TO YOU: If you like to live dangerously, grab a ringside seat during the

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mark hinson has covered arts and entertainment in Tallahassee for more than 20 years. His popular humor column, For Amusement Purposes Only, runs Sundays in TLH magazine. democrat file photos

next bout featuring The Tallahassee Roller Girls and a visiting roller-derby team that has a death wish. When these lethal ladies take a spill, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just for show. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the pre-game fun when the derby dames are introduced to the crowd by their fighting names (Fem Venomous, Pixie Pounder, Trailer Thrash, etc.).

ranked Florida State Creative Writing Program plays host to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest-running Literary Reading Series at The Warehouse on Gaines Street. One part of The Warehouse is a pool hall and the other is a concert hall with a stage. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking a place with billiards and brains. The lineup features visiting writers (Antonya Nelson, Jim Harrison), hometown heroes (Diane â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.K.â&#x20AC;? Roberts, David Kirby, Mark Mustian, Robert Olen Butler, Bob Shacochis) and graduate students who are learning their craft. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also free, which is a hard price to beat.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: Half the fun of taking the Jungle Cruise boat ride down the Wakulla River from Wakulla Spring is listening to the pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s running narratives about wildlife. Did you know an anhinga is also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the water turkeyâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;the snake bird, ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite?â&#x20AC;? Arrive early for the best view of the wild critters. A perfect place to take visiting relatives and friends.

GET THE BLUES: The BBC has an entirely different meaning in England. Around here it stands for The Bradfordville Blues Club, a cinder-block

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roadhouse and blues-music shrine that’s tucked away beneath a stand of Spanish moss-draped oak trees north of the city. If you walked into the BBC one night and saw the ghosts of Robert Johnson or Willie Dixon onstage, you wouldn’t bat an eye. DINE ON SWINE AT BRADLEY’S: If you are a vegetarian, you can skip this one. But if you dine on swine, make a beeline up gorgeous, canopied Centerville Road until you come to Bradley’s Country Store near Moccasin Gap. The place looks like something out of the era of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” so that’s cool. It’s also home to some of the most delicious sausage in the South. ON POLITICAL PARADE: When the Legislature is in session, grab a seat outside at Andrew’s Bar & Grill on the Adams Street Commons every weekday around 5 p.m. to enjoy the parade of lobbyists, lawmakers and lawyers leaving the Capitol complex. You will know them by their expensive suits and the cell phones glued to their ear lobes. MAKE A MISSION STATEMENT: See how the Spaniards did things when they were new tenants around Tallahassee at Mission San Luis. If you are the owner of a particularly grumpy cat or irritable dog, the Mission holds an annual Blessing of the Pets in the spring in which a real priest will try to put in a good word upstairs for Snowball or Fido. HIT THE TRAIL: Riding a bike around Tallahassee is hard work because it’s so darn hilly and the roads are congested with cars. The St. Marks Bike Trail, which is built over an old railroad bed that ran from Tallahassee to the coast, is flat, flat, flat. There are also no cars allowed on the paved choochoo path, though do keep an

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eye out for joggers. As a reward, you get to have one cold beer at the Riverside Cafe when you reach St. Marks.

Festivals & big events

BLACK TO THE PAST: History is both triumphant and tragic. The outstanding FAMU Black Archives Research Center and Museum presents both sides of the story by displaying shocking relics from slavery days as well as the real stories about famous black writers, politicians, artists and photographers. It’s an impressive collection.

North Florida Wine & Food Festival: FSU’s Dedman School of Hospitality hosts its annual celebration of the fruit of the vine in October. Dr. Mark Bonn, 567-1826,

MOUNDS AROUND TOWN: The original inhabitants of Tallahassee were mound-builders. If you need proof head out to the Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, which is home to six earthen temple mounds and what appears to be a burial mound. Also, check out the littleknown Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park near Monticello. It’s practically a mountain. FALL INTO FILM: The 2012 Tallahassee Film Festival, originally slated for early April, is moving to early November and enlisting the Florida State film school to play a leading role in the programming. The move to fall makes it easier for FSU to attract visiting filmmakers and larger movies that have played at major festivals, such as the one held every September in Toronto. Don’t be surprised if a few well known directors or actors make the trip, too. NOW THAT’S A SWEET RIDE: Car nuts will find plenty to drool over at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. It’s home to rare rides (an 1894 Duryea that’s worth a cool million) and pop-cult artifacts (the Batmobiles from the “Batman” movies). Owner Devoe Moore also collects everything from grand pianos to antique bikes to old toys. He’s like a hip grandfather with a large wallet and a really nice garage.

Looking for a celebration? Here’s a sampling of the area’s many events.

13th Annual Fur Ball Gala: The community dresses up to support the Leon County Humane Society., 224-9193. Seven Days of Opening Nights: Arts and culture sparkle in February as this arts festival packs the calendar with performances, exhibits, films and more. www.sevendays


spring festival is a smash hit with cine-philes and fills up the calendar with screenings, parties and workshops. Panacea Blue Crab Festival: The delectable “beautiful swimmer” and the seafood industry in general are showcased in May in Panacea. After a parade down U.S. 98, folks flock to Woolley Park to enjoy music, seafood and fireworks. Tallahassee PrideFest: The city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community celebrates each spring with PrideFest, a cornucopia of art openings, performances, theater and a day of fun at Kleman Plaza. African Dance Festival: Drummers and dancers from around the globe are drawn to this three-day festival each June. www.

Red Hills Horse Trials: Each March, some of the world’s finest equestrians and their horses come to Elinor Klapp Phipps Park for the three-day competition. Springtime Tallahassee: When the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom, more than 200,000 people flock downtown for Springtime Tallahassee. Festivities include a parade, a Jubilee in the Park with arts, crafts and food vendors, music and more. It takes place at the end of March or beginning of April. Stephen C. Smith Regatta: Spend a weekend at Shell Point in April watching boats and windsurfers compete. www.smithregatta. com Tallahassee Film Festival: This

Tallahassee Celebrates America: Thousands of patriotic souls fill Tom Brown Park each Fourth of July for a free concert and fireworks. The 2012 hoedown featured the Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson. ca2012/ca2012_home.cfm Experience Asia 2012: Each fall, the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee showcases the cultural diversity of the Asian community in the downtown Chain of Parks. This years’s colorful pageant of food, performances and art takes place Oct. 6. Tallahassee Greek Food Festival: Offer an “Opa!” toast on the grounds of Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church on Nov. 2-3. Florida A&M University Homecoming: The Rattler Nation converges on Tallahassee for festivities that include step-dancing, receptions, luncheons, a parade

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and the game Nov. 10. www. North Florida Fair: From Nov. 1-12, folks flock to the fairground to ride the rides, catch musical acts, peruse exhibits and gobble down corn dogs, funnel cakes and other fair fare.

Florida State Homecoming: The big game and the parade are always a hit, but the celebration is also big on laughs. The Powwow in the Civic Center always features a big-name comic. For 2012, the game is Oct. 27 against Duke. Homecoming week is Oct. 21-Oct. 27.

Florida Seafood Festival: On the first weekend of November, Apalachicola is jammed with seafood lovers hungry for the bounty of the Gulf and some great entertainment. www.floridaseafood

16th Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival: Some of the finest sporting and wildlife artists in the Southeast display their works at the Thomasville Cultural Center in Thomasville, Ga. on Nov. 17 and 18.


Winter Festival: The city throws its holiday party in December, with a nighttime parade, the Jingle Bell Run, a street festival and 10 gazillion white lights downtown. www. Market Days: This benefit for the Tallahassee Museum is always much anticipated. On Dec. 1 and 2, creations from more than 300 artists and artisans fill buildings and plazas at the North Florida Fairgrounds. www.marketdays. org

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like to joke and say, “I get around a bit.” It’s true; however, I promise you it’s true in a good way. Basically, the past three years have been a ball for me. Two years ago, I took on the task of being your “Girl About Town,” seeking activities for friends and families and discovering what makes Tallahassee a special space for each of us. I live to learn something new every day. And I believe we should be a connoisseur of life. Between the festivals, night outings and other special events, Tallahassee has been a thriving city full of culture and some adventure, which gives me my fill of both. When I first arrived in Tallahassee in 2004, I was convinced it was a sleepy little town with nothing going on. But I was wrong. Speaking as a young professional here, Tallahassee is definitely where I live, work and play. And when I say there are loads of things to do, I mean it. There are festivals such as Elizabeth Springtime Tallahassee, the Mack is the Winter Festival, the Crawfish Tallahassee Festival, the Greek Food Democrat’s Festival and more. If art is what TLH Topics you are into, there’s a monthly multimedia reporter and gallery hop around town and a writes two First Friday event at Railroad weekly columns about Tallahassee Square Art Park. goings-on, “Girl About Town’” We have tons of local shops, and “You are Here.” boutiques and restaurants to check out that really give character to the city. We have loads of museums, trails and parks, as well as some new attractions such as zip-lining for the outdoors types and thrill seekers. Not far from the city are lovely beaches and state parks that make for a great get-a-way, even if only for a day. If you want to know where to get started, you’re already off to a good start by having this guide. I also suggest reading your local newspaper. And I’m not just saying that because I work for the Tallahassee Democrat. Checking out the Limelight on Fridays is what got me started in discovering Tallahassee. We also have events posted online at, which is also available on your mobile devices, iPad or Tablet. Another good resource is the Council of Culture and Arts. Second, I suggest simply going out. Get out of the house and explore. Talk to people you meet. We’ve got a lot of Southern hospitality in Tallahassee. And the more you get out and about, the more you learn. Thirdly, get involved. There are several ways you can get involved, such as joining the Network of Young Professionals or Access Tallahassee. Join a sports team like our local Waka Kickball League. And there are hundreds of volunteer opportunities. I hope this gets you invigorated to explore Tallahassee. I’ll see you on the town!

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Attractions Family adventures Challenger Learning Center: A 32,000-square-foot facility in downtown Tallahassee featuring state-ofthe-art Space Mission Simulator, a five-stories-tall IMAX Theatre and a digital, domed, high-definition Planetarium & Theatre. IMAX and planetarium shows begin on the hour, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon. through Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., noon-7 p.m. Sun. Student, senior, and group discounts available. 200 S. Duval, Kleman Plaza. 645-7827, Tallahassee Museum: Take a walk on a boardwalk through natural habitats featuring animal exhibits or tour nature exhibits and historic buildings, all on 52 wooded acres southwest of town. The museum hosts educational programs and special events, including many geared toward children, throughout the year and offers a summer kids’ camp. New to the museum is the Tree to Tree Adventures zip-line course. Museum admission: $9 for adults, $8.50 for seniors 65 and older and college students with ID, and $6 for children 4 to 15 years old. Children 3 and younger and museum members admitted free. There are separate charges for the new Adventures course. 3945 Museum Drive, 5758684, Wild Adventures: Animal-oriented family theme park and zoo in Valdosta, Ga. Highlights include more than 50 rides and rollercoasters, the Splash Island water park and regularly scheduled concerts. Hours of operation vary; call or check online for details and prices. Daily and annual passes offered. (229) 219-7080,

Natural attractions Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park: On the hills overlooking Lake Hall, New York financier Alfred B. Maclay created a masterpiece of floral architecture. The 28-acre ornamental gardens contain the historic Maclay home, picnic/recreation area, boat ramp, fishing dock and 5 miles of hiking/bicycle/equestrian trails. Check at ranger-gatepost kiosk for list of programs and events. $6 per carload (up to eight people); extra people, walk-ins and bicyclists $2 per person. Open 8 a.m.-sunset daily. $6 per adult, $3 per child younger than 13, children 2 or younger

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admitted free. High bloom season at the gardens is Jan. 1-April 30. The Maclay House is usually open during that time at no extra charge. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 3540 Thomasville Road. 4874556, Birdsong Nature Center: Featuring 565 acres of lush fields, wooded forests and swampland offering a pristine haven for birds and other native wildlife and 12 miles of nature trails well-suited for casual hiking. The center also has a butterfly garden, a small picnic area and a bird window that allows upclose observation of native and migratory birds. Special events, such as nature walks and star-gazing treks, offered. Free to members. Nonmembers: $5, adults; $2.50, kids age 4-12. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., Fri., Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., North Meridian Road, 4 miles north of the FloridaGeorgia border, (229) 377-4408. Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories Aquarium: View hundreds of living animals from the Gulf of Mexico – from invertebrates such as sponges, anemones, starfish, crabs and tunicates to fish such as sharks, sting rays, moray eels and black sea bass. Pick up and touch starfish, sea pansies, sand dollars, whelks, clams and more in touchtrays and tanks. Cost: $8.50, ages 12 and up; $6 65+; $6, ages 3-11; free, 2-under and members; call for group rates and reservations. 9 a.m.-5 .m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Guided tours available by reservation. 222 Clark Drive off Highway 98, Panacea. 984-5297, The Parks of Park Avenue: Seven in number and stretching along what, in territorial days, was known as 200-Foot Street, the string of downtown parks dates to the 1880s. The parks include Cherokee Park, E. Peck Green Park, McCarty Park and Ponce de Leon Park, which hosts the Downtown Marketplace. Tallahassee’s premier open-air market features arts, crafts, music, food, a farmers’ market and children’s activities. March-November, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Monroe Street and Park Avenue. Allen Thompson, 224-3252, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: Its 70,000 acres include coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks and estuaries of seven North Florida rivers, and are home to a diverse community of plant and animal life. The refuge also has strong ties to a rich cultural past, and is home to the St. Marks Lighthouse. The Visitor Center presents a general overview




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of the refuge, a number of displays and a gift shop. $5 per car, dawn to dusk. Three miles south of U.S. 98 on County Road 59. 925-6121, www. Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy: Private nonprofit organization. Programs focus on wildlife research, conservation, land management, fire technology and education. Highlights include the 1895 Beadel House, the Jones Family Tenant House and Corn Crib, lush vegetation and a panoramic view of Lake Iamonia. Free admission. Beadel House tours are one Sunday a month. Group tours may be scheduled. Call 893-4153, ext. 264. Members may use nature trail and bird window Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call or visit website for membership information. 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, off County Road 12. 893-4153,

Historical sites Bradley’s Country Store: The Bradleys’ modest little shop in northeastern Leon County stands today as it did when it was built in 1927. The atmospheric store is also known for its sausage, grits, hogshead cheese, liver pudding, cracklings, coarse ground country milled grits and corn meal. A sure-fire, don’t-miss Tallahassee event is Bradley’s annual Old-Fashioned Fun Day each fall. 10655 Centerville Road. Closed Sundays. 893-1647,

The Capitol Downtown Cultural District: Ten blocks of culture and heritage which await exploration in the heart of downtown Tallahassee. Watch an IMAX movie, explore space in a planetarium, view public art, sculptures and memorials and more. Twenty-eight sites make up the district and hours of operation vary. 245-6300, Brokaw-McDougall House: A “Gone with the Wind” kind of Classical Revival plantation home, built in 1856. The formal gardens were laid out in the 1850s. Today the house is used as a conference and event site. 329 N. Meridian St., 8913900, The Columns: The one-time home of William “Money” Williams, a wealthy banker, this 1830s two-story is considered one of Florida’s finest remaining examples of Greek Revival architecture. 100 N. Duval St. First Presbyterian Church: This Greek Revival church, completed in 1838, is one of the oldest buildings in Tallahassee. The Territorial government designated the sanctuary as an official refuge during the Seminole Indian Wars. 110 N. Adams St. 222-4504. Florida Governor’s Mansion: This 1950s building is furnished with antiques and antique reproductions. The lushly landscaped grounds showcasing Florida’s native plants cover almost 3 acres. Tours available during legislative sessions and the holiday season. Year-round tours available by appointment. 700 N. Adams St., 922-4991, Gallie’s Hall: Grocer Alexander Gallie brought culture to the 1870s capital city with this performance hall and its twostory iron gallery. Contained the first theater and only public hall in the city from the late 1800s into the 1900s. Minstrel shows, concerts and lectures were standard fare. Northeast corner, Jefferson and Adams streets.


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Hernando DeSoto State Historic Site: The only confirmed DeSoto site in North America was discovered by state archaeologist Calvin Jones in 1987. Copper coins, links of chainmail armor and glass trade beads dating to DeSotoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit were among some 40,000 artifacts found at the 1539-40 winter camp site. 1001 DeSoto Park Drive. 245-6340. Lapham-Patterson House: Fishscale shingles, oriental-style porch decorations, longleaf pine inlaid floors and walk-through stairway with cantilevered balcony make this an outstanding example of Victorian craftsmanship. The house contains no right angles, making it one-of-a-kind. Built in 1884-85, it was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975. $5 adults, $1 children age 18 and under. Call for hours and tours. 626 N. Dawson St., Thomasville, Ga., (229) 226-7664. Lichgate on High Road: Step through the Lichgate and enter the realm of a fairy-tale creation, a curiosity out of time and place. This English Tudor-style cottage has a labyrinth and beautiful vegetable, perennial and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shakespeare gardens enhancing the grounds over which a majestic live oak presides. 1401 High Road, 3836556, Mission San Luis: A living history museum on the site of a 17th-century Apalachee Indian and Spanish settlement. Costumed â&#x20AC;&#x153;residentsâ&#x20AC;? explain cooking, gardening, blacksmithing, soldiering, and other everyday activities. Reconstructions of the fort, Apalachee council house, church, friary, and a Spanish house show visitors what historical archaeology has taught us about the people and their structures. From 1656 to 1704, this settlement was the western capital of the Spanish mission system in Florida. A visitor center houses a museum shop and exhibits, as well as meeting and reception spaces for rent. Annual events at the mission include a Chihuahua Parade in May, Blessing of Animals in October, Giving Thanks in November and a Solstice Celebration in December. Craft workshops, Historical Happenings presentations and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day camps are offered throughout the year. Entrance fees: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children 6-17, free for

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Old City Cemetery: Opened in 1829, this cemetery became the final resting place for pioneers, slaves and members of both the Union and Confederate armies, plus several Florida governors. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a selfguided walking tour brochure at the entrance kiosk. Open sunrise to sunset. Park Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Adjoining the Old City Cemetery is St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Cemetery, founded in 1840 and the final resting place for Prince Achille Murat, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife. At the corner of Call Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.


1884 Paxton House Museum: A Victorian bed and breakfast inn in Thomasville, Ga. 445 Remington Ave., Thomasville. (229) 226-5197. Pebble Hill Plantation: A tribute to the sporting life of the Deep South and home to extensive fine art, crystal, porcelain and other collections. Tours available. Grounds admission: $5 adults, $2 children 2-12, under 2 free. Main house: $10 adults, $4 children in grades 1-6, younger children not admitted. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Last tour of main house begins at 3:45 p.m. Just south of Thomasville, Ga., on Highway 319. (229) 227-5382, www.pebblehill. com.




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Music organizations Apalachee Blues Society: A nonprofit membership organization dedicated to nurturing the blues through concerts, supporting local musicians and clubs, and educational programs. www.apalacheeblues The Artist Series: Provides world class music concerts in FSU’s Opperman Music Hall. The 20122013 season features the Brasil guitar duo, the Jupiter String Quartet, mezzo -soprano Naomi O’Connell and cellist Adrian Caurov, 224-9934,, Big Bend Community Orchestra: An all-volunteer symphony orchestra open to capable musicians of all ages on a space-available basis with priority given to adults. Credit available to TCC students. 690 Industrial Drive, 893-4567,, The Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee: The Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee (BCT), directed by Earle Lee Jr., is a community outreach program for young men ages 8-18. Earle Lee Jr., executive director, 528-2403;,

nity outreach program for children in kindergarten through ninth grade sponsored by the College of Music at FSU. The program aims to teach good singing techniques and music n a noncompetitive atmosphere. There are no auditions and no music reading skills needed to participate. Everyone who comes to sing is welcome. Music-in-theCommunity/CapitalChildren-s-Choir; 6444565,

profit organization with more than 4,500 members worldwide. Offers NSAI Songwriter Workshop for all genres and levels. Second Thursdays. Ron Patrick, 509-3002., The Tallahassee Pipe Band: Founded 27 years ago for the performance and teaching of music played on the Great Highland bagpipe and Scottish style drumming. New pipers and drummers welcome. Performs at area parades, memorials, celebrations. Pipe Major Joe Ashcraft, 5459723, DEMOCRAT FILE PHOTO

French horn players perform during a PRISM concert at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

FSU College of Music: Performs more than 450 concerts and recitals throughout the year. Most performances given by the school are free. Go to for more information on events. Florida State Opera: Part of the FSU School of Music. 644-6500;; Sopchoppy Opry: Downhome country music. Held at 7 p.m. the last Saturday, January through November, at Historic Sopchoppy High School Auditorium. 962-3711.

Capital Chordsmen: Tallahassee’s chapter of the national Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA) sings traditional and contemporary songs in men’s fourpart a-cappella harmony style all around the Big Bend. Beginning and experienced singers are welcome, teenagers through seniors. 2247729.;

Stubbs’ Educational Foundation: This community foundation provides an avenue for local music teachers to offer instructional programs to scholarship students. 1260 Timberlane Road, 893-8782, music@stubbs. org,

Capital City Band of Tallahassee Community College: A non-auditioned band of capable community members and TCC students (credit available). TCC, 444 Appleyard Drive, 201-8368, www, the_arts_at_tcc/music_programs,

The Tallahassee Bach Parley: The Tallahassee Bach Parley presents a three-concert season of Baroque music, with special sensitivity to historical style using period instruments. 224-8025,,

Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee: Promotes the classical guitar. Master classes, impromptu performances at monthly meetings, ensemble practice and performance. Tim Atkinson, 521-0700;

Tallahassee Brass Band: All-brass instruments, all-volunteer group dedicated to the performance of music in the style of a traditional British brass band. 2893 Duffton Loop. 562-2752,

Florida A&M University Department of Music: Prepares musicians for training positions. 5993024; FSU Capital Children’s Choir: The Capital Children’s Choir is a commu-

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Tallahassee Brass Quintet: Ceremonial or festive music for every occasion. 668-4505, Tallahassee Civic Chorale: A 40to 50-member, nonaudition, adult chorus that performs three concerts yearly. Weekly rehearsals at

Tallahassee Community College. 942-1893, Tallahassee Community Chorus: Conducted by Dr. Andre Thomas. Everyone is invited. Auditions not required, but there is a registration fee. 597-0603, Tallahassee Community College Jazz Band: A nonaudition music class that offers an outlet to learn and perform a wide variety of stage band music. Community members, TCC students and high school seniors capable of playing an appropriate instrument and reading music are eligible. TCC, 444 Appleyard Drive. Gary Coates, band director, 567-6336 or 201-8368, or coatesg@ the_arts_at_tcc/music_programs. Tallahassee Girls’ Choir of CHOICE: Open to girls ages 8-18. The girls meet at Bethel AME Church, 501 W. Orange Ave. Director Rosalie Hill, 576-7501. Tallahassee Nashville Songwriters Association International: Non-

Arts groups Artists’ League of FSU Museum of Fine Arts: Promotes regional artists and supports their personal growth by: creating exhibition opportunities, offering seminars, featuring speakers, offering networking opportunities and providing a website to promote our organization. The Arts at Good Samaritan: Provides music instruction for students of all ages in piano, guitar,

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra: The city’s resident professional orchestra presents several subscription performances annually and sponsors Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestras., 224-0461. Tallahassee Winds: An adult symphonic band that plays challenging wind band literature. Thomasville Entertainment Foundation: This all-volunteer, nonprofit arts organization’s annual concert series features internationally celebrated artists and ensembles. 600 Block, E. Jackson St. (U.S. 319), Thomasville, Ga., (229) 226-7404.; University Musical Associates: The community patrons’ group for the FSU College of Music. 132 N. Copeland St. 644-4744. music.fsu. edu; Voces Angelorum: “Voices of Angels.” Charles Witmer directs this volunteer women’s community chamber choir dedicated to classical music. Voces Angelorum sings about 10 concerts a year. Auditions held annually. To host a concert or to audition, call Witmer at 942-6075 or visit

voice, violin, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments as well as dance instruction from ages 2 through adult in pre-ballet, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and Irish stepdancing. 3720 Capital Circle S.E., Arts@GoodSamaritanTallahassee. org, 325-6753 COCA (Council on Culture & Arts for Tallahassee and Leon County): A nonprofit organization that serves as the facilitator and voice for the arts and cultural industry in Florida’s capital area. COCA serves a dual role: providing

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Dance African Caribbean Dance Theater: A nonprofit youth and adult cultural education organization based in Tallahassee. ACDT offers year-round classes, workshops and performances and is the presenter of an annual conference called the Florida African Dance Festival. 539-4087,


Eastern belly dance, flamenco, Hawaiian and Tahitian styles. 4215151, Pas de Vie Ballet: A nonprofit, semi-professional ballet company dedicated to the preservation of the art of dance through the education and inspiration of today’s youth. “Pas de Vie” translates as “step of life.” 8785113,,

The Argentine Tango Society of Tallahassee: A nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the cultural experience of the Argentine Tango and to its study, preservation and promotion. 322-8688.;

Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee: The American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum is the basis for the center’s programs. Classes offered for children, teens and adults in ballet, pointe, pre-ballet, contemporary and jazz. Home of the pre-professional youth ballet group Company Etudes Youth Ensemble Ballet. 2028 North Point Blvd., 562-1430, www.,

The Azucar! Dance Company: A nonprofit student organization at Florida State University with a mission to promote the beauty and richness of the Latin culture and its traditions. Dance Electric Dance Academy: Lessons in ballet, pointe, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap. Ages 2 to adult. 2957-1 Capital Park Circle, 322-2360. FSU Ballroom Dance Club: Group offers the opportunity to learn ballroom, popular and Latin dances. Everyone welcome. Classes are usually Sunday nights in the FSU Union Ballrooms, Student Services Building, Room 203. Partners are not required; wear comfortable attire. pandrei@ Florida State University Department of Dance: Degreegranting program dedicated to providing the highest caliber of dance training, practice and scholarship., 644-4425, In Step Studio Inc.: Multicultural

information, and promoting the arts and culture. 816 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 224-2500.; LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts: Promotes education, interest and participation in the contemporary visual arts. Since 1963, LeMoyne and its members have supported the arts in the Tallahassee community by providing exhibitions, education and a variety of art-filled experiences for all ages and backgrounds. 125 N. Gadsden St., www.LeMoyne. org,, 2228800.

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studio featuring dance, music and costuming. Dance instruction includes: flamenco (Spanish), Middle Eastern, Polynesian (Hawaiian and Tahitian). 2609 Glover Road, 4215151, Killearn Kids Dance Troupe: Family-oriented children’s dance entertainment with classes and performances in tap, jazz, ballet, pre-K, lyrical and theater. 2982 Killearn Pointe Court, 668-1162,, Mau’oli’oli Dancers/Troupe Arabesque: Classes in Middle

Plein Air Tallahassee: A collective of fine art artists who enjoy painting outdoors. Monthly planned outings are arranged from the fall through the spring to interesting regional locations. Lorraine Clark, 878-3278. Seven Hills Handweavers Guild: An informal group of weavers who come together monthly. The Sharing Tree Inc.: A reusable resource center that collects and redistributes materials while educating the community on the art of cre-

Southern Academy of Ballet Arts: Classes for boys and girls in classical ballet, tap, creative movement. 1704-C Capital Circle N.E. 2220174, Tallahassee Ballet Company: A nonprofit dance company that provides a training ground for emerging professionals. Offers quality productions of classical and contemporary works. 224-6917,, www.tallahasseeballet. org. Tallahassee Community Friends of Old Time Dance: A nonprofit organization dedicated to the enjoyment, preservation and study of

ative reuse. The Sharing Tree is an educational, environmental and artistic initiative. Everyone can get involved, whether you are looking for great deals on art and classroom materials, interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to donate. The Sharing Tree also offers classes for adults and students, birthday parties and other art education activities. 617 Industrial Drive,, recycle4art@, 264-4035. Tallahassee Film Festival: North Florida’s premier annual event designed to nurture all aspects of


American traditional and historic dance, music and song. Offers contra dancing, an energetic style of folk dancing similar to square dancing and English country dance, at the Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St., 878-6280, The Tallahassee Irish Step Dancers: Sponsored by Killearn Performing Arts, promotes Irish dance. David Jones or Shannon O’Bryan, 443-7512, Tallahassee Senior Center Dance Classes: The center hosts several dance classes, such as contra, line dance, ballroom-swing and more, for nominal fees. Check the Golden Review publication or the online calendar at for classes. 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000. USA Ballroom Dance Association: This local chapter of a national organization promotes ballroom dancing to either a DJ or live band. DJ dances: $8 for USA Dance Association members, $12 for nonmembers. Live band dances: $10 for USA Dance Association members, $15 for nonmembers. Pay or join at the door. Membership not required for participation. Dances held third Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m., lessons at 6:30. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. Check Golden Review publication or the online calendar at for schedule. Women’s Bellydance Center: Oriental dance studio, where women learn to express themselves through the art of Middle Eastern dance, also known as belly dance. 1541 S. Monroe St.,,, 590-8387. WTNT Rug Cutters: Country Western and swing dance, classes 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. American Legion Hall, Lake Ella. Sue Boyd, 2244894.

film culture and stimulate economic development, with a primary focus establishing Tallahassee as a major center of film culture. 300 W. Pensacola St., Suite 118C, 201-9499.; Thomasville Center for the Arts: Seeks to enrich the cultural and artistic life of south-central Georgia and surrounding areas through the presentation of educational programs and opportunities in the visual, performing and literary arts. 600 E. Washington St., Thomasville, (229) 226-0588.

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The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts hosts both visiting exhibits and shows by students and faculty. DEMOCRAT FILE PHOTO

Galleries Artisans: Railroad Square Art Park, 625-C Industrial Drive, 222-5444. ArtPort Gallery: Tallahassee Regional Airport, 224-2500. Bali Hi Trading Company: Railroad Square Art Park, 619 Industrial Drive. 766-7175, www., Big Bend Contemporary Gallery: Railroad Square Art Park, 629-A Industrial Drive. Black Archives Union Bank: 219 Apalachee Parkway, 561-2603. City Hall Art Gallery: second floor, 300 S. Adams St., 224-2500. Division of Cultural Affairs Gallery for Innovation and the Arts: R.A. Gray Building, first floor, 500 S. Bronough St., 245-6470. Exotica Gallery: Railroad Square Art Park, 1031 Commercial Drive, 459-1300; exoticagallery@yahoo. com. Fire Ants Fine Arts Studio: 1033 Commercial Drive, (757) 285-8029;; First Street Art Gallery: 3220 Sharer Road, Tallahassee 32312; open by appointment only; (850) 385-4703. FSU Museum of Fine Arts: 250 Fine Arts Building, 530 W. Call St. 644-6836. Gadsden Arts Center: 13 N. Madison St., Quincy, 875-4866. Jefferson Arts: 575 W. Washington St., Monticello, (850) 997-3311, www. LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts: 125 N. Gadsden St., 222-8800. Meek-Eaton Southeastern

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Museums Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum: 445 Gamble St., Florida A&M University, 599-3020.

FAMU Meek-Eaton Black Archives and Museum: Features exhibits detailing the African-American experience in North Florida and beyond. Carnegie Center, Florida A&M University, 445 Gamble St., 599-3020.

Oglesby Gallery: 104 Oglesby Union, Florida State University, 6444737,

FSU Museum of Fine Arts: The mission of the museum is twofold: to enrich the university and the community by exhibiting works that expand the understanding of art, and to serve as a teaching instrument for art instruction, particularly by holding exhibitions of informational value and by providing student artists with an arena to exhibit their work. 530 W. Call St., 250 Fine Arts Building, Florida State University, 644-6836,

Railroad Square Art Park: 567 Industrial Drive, 224-1308. Renditions, An Art Space: 625-A Industrial Drive. 224-5554.; Sally Rude Antiques and Fine Art Gallery: 1410-C5 Market St., 222-4020, Signature Art Gallery: 2782 Capital Circle N.E., 297-2422, www. 621 Gallery: Railroad Square Art Park, 621 Industrial Drive, 224-6163.; 621galleryinc@ South of Soho Co-Op Art Gallery: 629-C Industrial Drive, Railroad Square, 228-2166. Tallahassee Senior Center: 1400 N. Monroe St., 891-4000. TCC Fine Art Galleries: Fine and Performing Arts Center, 444 Appleyard Drive, 201-6070. 1020 ART: 1020 E. Lafayette St. 3831020. Thomasville Center for the Arts: 600 E. Washington St., Thomasville, Ga., (229) 226-0588.

Goodwood Museum & Gardens: This gracious antebellum plantation house and its gardens are open to the public for tours and special events. 1600 Miccosukee Road, 877-4202, www.goodwoodmuseum. org. See Attractions, Page 108. Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science (MOAS): Promotes interest in the visual arts, science, mathematics, technology and education through exploration and discovery activities as well as visual displays of artwork. Although the museum has currently suspended its daily operations to the general public, it continues to host programs. 350 S. Duval St., 513-0700; Museum of Florida History: Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official history museum features various exhibits and educational programs. Free and open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. R.A. Gray Building, 500 S. Bronough St., 245-6400.; Knott House Museum: Built in 1843, presumably by a free black builder, George Proctor. The house served as temporary Union Headquarters in 1865. Acquired by William and Luella Knott in 1928. The house is decorated in Victorian splendor with all of the furnishings original to the house when the Knott family lived there. 301 E. Park Ave., 922-2459. about/sites/. Riley House Museum: The Riley House is a historical and cultural gem. John Gilmore Riley was an educator and administrator until his retirement in 1926. The house that he built for his family in 1890 stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of AfricanAmericans. 419 E. Jefferson St., 681-7881,

22nd Floor Capitol Gallery: 400 S. Monroe St., 245-6470.

Tallahassee Museum: Features animal and nature exhibits, along with historic buildings. 3945 Museum Drive, 575-8684, tallahassee See Attractions, Page 108.

Yrabedra Studio: 636 McDonnell Drive. 222-0121.;

Tallahassee Automobile Museum: One of the Southeastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best collections of rare automobiles and collectibles. 6800 Mahan Drive, 942-0137,

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Theater Capital City Shakespeare: Performs the works of William Shakespeare at Springtime Tallahassee. Ccshakespeare@

One recent FAMU Essential Theatre season featured a production of the Fats Waller musical “Ain’t Misbehavin” staged in the Charles Winterwood Theater.

Dixie Theatre: Produces live professional theater and musical events such as “The DIXIE Does Nashville” and the Annual Apalachicola Music Fest. The professional season runs January through March with special events in October through December. (850) 653-3200,

School of Theatre at FSU: Presents productions in two venues: the Mainstage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building on the corner of Copeland and Tennessee streets and the Lab Theatre at the corner of Copeland and Pensacola streets. Season ticket packages available. School of Theatre, Florida State University, 239 Fine Arts Building, Box Office, 644-6500. theatre. The Laughing Stock: Political cabaret at its funniest! This local troupe immortalizes and scandalizes local celebrities in song. 841-4063, The Mickee Faust Club: Weird theater for the weird community. Cabarets, Shakespeare, original video and audio productions, and a Queer As Faust festival in June. 623 McDonnell Drive, 562-RATS (7287).; tlgalloway@ Monticello Opera House: Built in 1890, Monticello Opera House offers a full performing season in its historic second-floor theater. Elevator access available. Dinner option precedes most theatrical presentations.

Movie theaters All Saints Cinema 9181/2 Railroad Ave. Tallahassee Film Society 386-4404

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185 W. Washington St., Monticello, 997-4242. mopera, www.MonticelloFloridaOperaHouse. com. Panhandle Players: Nonprofit community theater organization dedicated to bringing quality theatrical entertainment to Franklin County and the Panhandle region since 1987. P.O. Box 277, Eastpoint, 927-4412. www.panhandleplayers. com; Quincy Music Theatre: The area’s only all-musical theater celebrates its 30th season this year. Visit the website for a full schedule of productions. This is a community theater, welcoming all ages, talents and abilities. 118 E. Washington St., Quincy, 875-9444, Tallahassee Broadway Series: Local audiences can get a bite of the Big Apple during the Civic Center’s Broadway series. Civic Center Box Office, 505 W. Pensacola St. 2220400, 800-322-3602, Tallahassee Little Theatre (TLT): A true community theater where novice actors tread the boards with seasoned veterans. Offers a variety of productions. Volunteers welcome. 1861 Thomasville Road, 224-8474,

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Young Actors Theatre: The nonprofit Young Actors Theatre and School for the Performing Arts (YAT) offers a comprehensive education program integrating drama, music and dance. In addition, YAT produces four main-stage shows in its 216seat proscenium theater each year. 609 Glenview Drive, 386-6602, www.; info@ Swamp Gravy: A unique folk-life play produced annually by the Colquitt/Miller Arts Council. Cotton Hall, Colquitt, Ga. Tickets sell out months in advance. (229) 758-5450, or e-mail Wakulla Community Theatre: Located in the historic Sopchoppy School Auditorium, the theater performs one major production each spring. 962-3804.

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Florida A&M University’s Essential Theatre: Produces a variety of plays — from classical to contemporary — with an emphasis on African-American culture. Tickets range in price; subscription packages available. Performances in the Charles Winter Wood Theatre at Tucker Hall on the FAMU campus. 561-2425.

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Nightlife 5th Avenue Tap Room: Live music in the Manor at Midtown. 1122 Thomasville Road. 222-4225. A.J.’s Sports Bar: A popular spot to watch college and professional sports. 1800 W. Tennessee St. 6810731. American Legion Hall Post 13: Features dance lessons, live music and more. Facility available for private parties. 229 Lake Ella Drive. 2223382. Andrew’s Capital Bar & Grill: During the fall and winter, it’s the ideal spot for pre- and post-game festivities. During the spring, it’s the place to watch the politics behind the politics, and during the summer, patrons can enjoy the outside patio’s view. 228 S. Adams St. 222-3444. Baja’s Beach Club: Dance, hip-hop and R&B. 2020 W. Pensacola St. 5742020. Beef O’Brady’s: Karaoke. 1830 Thomasville Road. 222-2157. Bella Bella: Live acoustic guitar Tuesdays. 123 E. Fifth Ave. 412-1114. Big Daddy’s Import Drafthouse: Live bands. Open every night. 654 W. Tennessee St. 561-6449. www.drink Big Guns BBQ: Blues, rock, DJs, jam sessions. 2249 Highway 319 South, Beachton, Ga. (between Thomasville and Tallahassee). (229) 377-4139. Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack: 325 N. Bronough St. 222-1075. www. Boxers Pub: Smoker-friendly pub with music, pool, drink specials. 1715 Apalachee Parkway. 329-6255. Bradfordville Blues Club: Live blues bands on weekends. 7152 Moses Lane. 906-0766. www. Bullwinkle’s Saloon: Features indoor dance club with DJ, live music in beer garden. 620 W. Tennessee St. 224-0651. Cafe Shisha Hookah Bar: Coffee shop and shisha lounge, 1416 W. Tennessee St., 222-0405, www. Calico Jack’s Seafood House & Oyster Bar: With good eats and cheap beers, CJ’s draws an eclectic crowd of older regulars and college students. 2745 Capital Circle N.E. 385-6653. Cabell’s American Bar & Grill: Acoustic music, karaoke. 2915 Kerry Forest Parkway. 893-8888.

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Capt. SeaNile’s Pool & Pub: Live rock and country music on weekends. 4360 Crawfordville Highway. 745-8462. Club Downunder: Offering performances throughout the week with nationally recognized bands, comedians. FSU Oglesby Union, A303. 644-6673,\fac Club Rayn: Features a range of music, including R&B, dance, hiphop, ’80s retro and more. 1660 N. Monroe St. 841-1100. Clusters & Hops: Restaurant and retail shop. 707 N. Monroe St. Clyde’s & Costello’s: Near the Capitol, it draws movers and shakers daily and a younger crowd weeknights and weekends. 210 S. Adams St., 224-2173. Corner Pocket Bar & Grill: 2475 Apalachee Parkway. 574-2724. Down Below/Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Restaurant: Nauticalthemed bar that features karaoke nights, plus pool, darts, foosball, live music. 1830 N. Monroe St. 385-8734. Fermentation Lounge: Beer and wine, film screenings, live music on Tuesdays and Pirate Night on the last Sunday of the month. 113 All Saints St. 727-4033. www.the fermentation La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant: Home of Atlantis’ “Sin Fin” Latin Night every Saturday. 2329 Apalachee Parkway. 656-3392. Finnegan’s Wake: Bluegrass, Irish music. 7-10 p.m. Sunday. 1122 Thomasville Road. 222-4225. The Frog & the Hummingbird Co. and Butterfield’s Roadhouse: Acoustic and blues jams, live music. 118 Municipal Ave., Sopchoppy. 862-8222. Hamaknocker’s Oasis BBQ & Sports Bar: Live music. 460 Coastal Highway, Ochlockonee Bay. 385-8734. Hi Fi Jazz Cafe: Live jazz Friday nights. 1617 S. Adams St. 298-8092. Hobbit American Grill: Live music on weekends. 5032 Capital Circle. S.W. 402-2900. www.myhobbiton Jake’s Tavern: Live music. 460 W. Tennessee St. 681-2700. www.jakes Joanie’s Gourmet Market & Fabulous Cafe: Live acoustic music on weekends. 102 W. Eighth Ave., Havana. 539-4433. Krewe de Gras Midtown Tavern: Live music. Home of Bluesday Tuesday with Big Daddy. 1304 N.




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Revelers ring in the new year at Hotel Duval, which is also the home of the topfloor Level 8 lounge and host of Little Black Dress Night on Wednesdays. DEMOCRAT FILE PHOTO

Monroe St. 222-0378. Lee’s Wine Bar: A small, relaxed wine-tasting bar with craft beers, cheese boards. 1700 N. Monroe St., Suite 19 Lake Ella Publix Plaza. 6923404, Level 8: Home of Little Black Dress Night every Wednesday. Hotel Duval, 415 N. Monroe St. 957-4001. Midtown Filling Station: Drinks and live music in an Indie-punk atmosphere. 1122 Thomasville Road. 329-7981. Mint Martini Bar: Open 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat. 215 W. College Ave., Unit 102. 329-8553. The Mockingbird Lounge: Fine dining in a casual atmosphere with live music nightly starting at 7 p.m. for diners and at 11 for the bar. 1225 N. Monroe St. 222-4956. www. The Moon: A venue for a variety of live music, including national acts. 1105 E. Lafayette St. 878-6900. www. Paradigm: Live music and DJs. 115 W. College Ave. 224-9980. www. Po’ Boys Creole Cafe: Live bands on weekends. Three locations: 224 E. College Ave., 224-5400; 1425 Village Square Blvd., 906-0020; 1944 W. Pensacola St., 574-4144. www. Posey’s Dockside Cafe: Live acoustic music. 99 Rock Landing Road, Panacea. 984-5544. Potbelly’s: Features national, regional and local live music and DJs at least four nights a week. 459 W. College Ave. 224-2233. Pockets Pool & the Grill Restaurant: Pool, live music and karaoke. 2810 Sharer Road. 3857665.

PROOF: Beer and liquor tastings, drink specials, big screen. 1717 W. Tennessee St. 878-5638. www. Ray’s Steel City Saloon: 515 John Knox Road. 386-2984. www.rays Riverside Cafe: Live music on weekends. 69 Riverside Drive, St. Marks. 925-5668. Rummy’s Italian Grill & Sports Bar: Live acoustic music. 2887 Kerry Forest Parkway. 878-8669. Salty Dawg Pub & Deli: Live rock and acoustic music. Home of the Famous Acoustic Jam the first Sunday of every month. 3813 N. Monroe St. 562-6500. Sid’s Pub: Live entertainment, karaoke. 3839 N. Monroe St. 562-7437. Top Flite Club: Weekend R&B and Top 40, dancing. 623 Osceola St. 575-7365. The Verona Cafe: Live music. 3808 N. Monroe St. 514-3800. The Warehouse: Seven regulationsized pool tables in an old warehouse setting. Live music and special events. 706 W. Gaines St. 222-6188. Waterworks: Hawaiian-themed tropical lounge with DJs playing a variety of genres. 1133 Thomasville Road. 224-1887. The Wine Loft: Upscale winery. 1240 Thomasville Road. 222-9914. The Winery @ The Red Bar: 1122-9 Thomasville Road. 219-9463, WXYZ Bar: Located in the lobby of Aloft in downtown Tallahassee. 200 N. Monroe St. 513-0313. Zingales Billiards & Sports Bar: Upscale billiards & sports bar. 1861 W. Tennessee St. 224-8644

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Dining ALL-AMERICAN Andrew’s Capital Bar and Grill: 228 S. Adams St. $$; A. 222-3444. Boston Market: 2329 N. Monroe St. $; A, C. 297-2183, 297-2178. $; A. 878-7660. The Charcoal Grill: 631 W. Tennessee St. $; A, C. 425-2780. The Dining Room at the Park Plaza Hotel: 415 N. Monroe St. $$$; A, C. 224-6000. Harry’s Seafood, Bar and Grille: Kleman Plaza, 301 S. Bronough St. $$, A. 222-3976. Jacob’s on the Plaza: DoubleTree Hotel, 101 S. Adams St. $$$; A, C. 224-5000. Monroe Street Grille: 2900 N. Monroe St. $$; A. 386-1027. Old Town Grill: Market Square, 1415 Timberlane Road. $$; A, C. 8935741. Ray’s Steel City Saloon: 515 John Knox Road, $$; A, C. 386-2984. Shula’s 347 Grill: 415 N. Monroe St. 224-6000.

AMERICAN CLASSIC All Saints Cafe: 903 Railroad Ave. $; A. 224-0805. Andrew’s 228: 228 S. Adams St. $$$; A. 222-3444. Anthony’s Wood Fire Grill: 1355 Market St. $$; A. 224-1447. Clusters and Hops: 707 N. Monroe St. $$$; A. 222-2669. Cypress Restaurant: 320 E. Tennessee St. $$$$; A. 513-1100. Decent Pizza: 1026 N. Monroe St. $$; A. 222-6400. Dog Et Al: 1456 S. Monroe St. $; V, MC. 222-4099. Food Glorious Food: Betton Place, 1950-C Thomasville Road. $$$; A, C. 224-9974. Georgio’s: Carriage Gate, 3425

A key to the guide This area has a wealth of restaurants, and this guide lists many but not all. Most listings include abbreviated details: $: Under $10 $$: $10 to $20 $$$: $20 to $30 $$$$: More than $30 per person for dinner and beverages, where applicable A: Major credit cards accepted MC: MasterCard accepted V: Visa accepted C: Local checks accepted

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Thomasville Road, 893-4161; 2971 Apalachee Parkway. 877-3211. Kool Beanz Cafe: 921 Thomasville Road. $$$; A, C. 224-2466. Marco’s Pizza: 6668-11 Thomasville Road, 422-3200; 209 N. Magnolia Drive, 577-3200. $, A, C. Mockingbird Cafe: 1225 N. Monroe St., 222-4956 Mozaik: The Pavilions, 1410-D Market St. $$$; A, C. 893-7668. One-O-One Restaurant & Lounge: Kleman Plaza, 215 W. College Ave. $$$; A. 391-1309. The Red Elephant Pizza and Grill: Capital Plaza, 1872 Thomasville Road. $$, A,C. 222-7492. Sage, a Restaurant: 3534 Maclay Blvd. $$$; A, C. 877-0343. TGI Friday’s: 3390 Capital Circle N.E. $$; A. 422-8443. Victor’s American Grill: 2000 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville. 926-2325. Vintage Bistro & Bar: 1019 N. Monroe St. $$$$; A. 224-1175. Voodoo Dog: 805 S. Macomb St. $; A. Wells Brothers Bar & Grill: 1710 W. Tharpe St. $$; A. 942-6665.

STEAKS Logan’s Roadhouse: 750 Apalachee Parkway. $$; A. 656-5756. LongHorn Steakhouse: 2400 N. Monroe St. $$; A, C. 385-4028. Marie Livingston’s Steakhouse: 2705 Apalachee Parkway. $$$; A. 270-9506. Outback Steakhouse: 1820 Raymond Diehl Road. $$$; A, C. 3851889. Ted’s Montana Grill: 1954 Village Green Way. $$$; A. 561-8337.

SEAFOOD Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Emporium: 1830 N. Monroe St. $; A, C. 385-8734. Bonefish Grill: 3491-6 Thomasville Road. $$$; A, C. 297-0460. Calico Jack’s Seafood House and Oyster Bar: 2745 Capital Circle N.E. $$; A, C. 385-6653. Catfish Pad: 4229 W. Pensacola St. $; A, C. 575-0053. Crystal River Seafood: 1968 W. Tennessee St. $$; A. 575-4418. 2721 N. Monroe St. $$; A. 383-1530. Shell Oyster Bar: 114 E. Oakland Ave. $$; cash only. 224-9919. The Wharf Express: 3348 Mahan Drive & 3813 N. Monroe St.; $, A, C. 668-1966.

SOUTHERN & BARBECUE Angelette’s Cajun Kitchen: 3551 Blair Stone Road. $; A. 656-1772.



Rummy’s Pizza, Italian Grill & Sports Bar: 2887-1 Kerry Forest Parkway. $$; MC, V, A. 878-8669. The Salty Dawg Pub and Deli: 3813 N. Monroe St. $; C. 562-6500. Tally’s Grille: Market Square, 1415 Timberlane Road. $; A; C. 893-9595. Village Inn Restaurant: 2531 Apala-chee Parkway. $; MC, V. 3852903.



The food truck scene in Tallahassee is alive and thriving, with new mobile eateries joining the lineup every week. You can find the trucks gathered at various spots around town, including Cuzzy’s Key West Seafood Shack on Tharpe Street (Thursdays), the All Saints Hop Yard (Fridays) and wherever hungry revelers are strolling, looking at art, listening to music or just out to grab a tasty bite. Above, it’s pizza by truck.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar: 1400 Village Square Blvd. (893-2800), 1355 Apalachee Parkway (222-1254) and 1401 Capital Circle N.W. (574-1444). $; A. Beef O’Brady’s Family Sports Pub: 1830-A Thomasville Road, 2910 Kerry Forest Parkway, 1208 Capital Circle S.E. $; A, C. 222-2157, 6688580, 504-2333. Cafe Huston Oven & Grill: 3197 Merchants Row Blvd., SouthWood. $$; A, C. 877-7833. Chili’s Grill and Bar: 719 Apalachee Parkway and 5730 Thomasville Road. $$; A. 877-2148, 668-2070. The Fourth Quarter Bar and Grill: 2033 N. Monroe St. $$; A. 385-0017. PLEASE SEE dining, NEXT PAGE

Coosh’s Bayou Rouge Market & Eatery: 2910 Kerry Forest Parkway. $$; A, C. 894-4110. The Country Kitchen: 5810 N. Monroe St., Oak Valley Center. $; M, V, C. 562-3293. Cracker Barrel Country Store: 2920 N. Monroe St. $; A. 385-9249. Jim and Milt’s Bar-B-Q: 1923 W. Pensacola St. $; MC, V, FSU Card. 5763998. Kacey’s Home Cooking Buffet: 2545 N. Monroe St. 727-0854. Lazy Bonz BBQ: Corner of Railroad Avenue and Gaines Street. $; C. 5196955. Olean’s Home Cookin’: 1605 S. Adams St. $; A. 521-0259. Po’ Boys Creole Cafe: 1944 W. Pensacola St. $; C. 574-4144; also, 224 E. College Ave., 224-5400. Sonny’s Bar-B-Q: 1460 Timberlane Road, 906-9996, 2707 N. Monroe St., 385-2167, and 3101 Dick Wilson Blvd., 878-1185. $; A, C. Wildfire Grill: 460 W. Tennessee St.; $$, A, C. 575-4479. Up in Smoke: 402 Tennessee St.; $$, A, C. 597-7964.


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Julie’s: 2901 N. Monroe St. $$; A. 386-7181. Miller’s Ale House and Raw Bar: 722 Apalachee Parkway. $$; A. 2220364. Ruby Tuesday: 1775 W. Tennessee St.; 2491 Care Drive. $$; A. 656-1309.

INTERNATIONAL AZU Lucy Ho’s: 3220 Apalachee Parkway. 893-4112. Bahn Thai Restaurant: 1319 S. Monroe St. $; MC, V. Beer and wine. 224-4765. Bianca Pizza and Pasta: 2790-4 W. Tennessee St. $$; A, C. 580-5588. Bamboo House (Chinese): 112 E. Sixth Ave. $; A, C. 224-9099, 2241644. Bella Bella (Italian): 123 E. Fifth Ave. $; A, C. 412-1114. Black Bean: 2205 Apalachee Parkway. $, A, C. 656-7848. Brickyard Pizzeria: 4819 Kerry Forest Parkway. $$; A. 562-7245. Cabo’s Island Grill and Bar: 1221 E. Lafayette St., Parkway Shopping Center. $$; A, C. Full bar. 878-7707. Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 2752 Capital Circle N.E. $$; A. Full bar. 2971100. China Delight: 220 W. Tennessee St. $$; A. 222-8898. China First: 400 Capital Circle S.E. $; A, C. 656-2882. China Super Buffet: 2698 N. Monroe St. $; A, C. 553-9292. CiCi’s Pizza: 1214 Capital Circle S.E. $; A, C. 216-2225. The Curry Pot: 1950 Thomasville Road. 222-2879. Essence of India: Parkway Center, 1105-A Apalachee Parkway. $$. 6567200. Far East Cuisine (Vietnamese, Chinese): Carriage Gate Center, 3425 Thomasville Road. $; A. 907-9400. Genghis Grill (Mongolian stir fry): 836 E. Lafayette St. 656-4444. La Fiesta (Mexican): 2329 Apalachee Parkway. $$; A. Full bar. 6563392. Gordo’s Authentic Cuban Sandwiches: 1907 W. Pensacola St. $; A, C. 576-5767. Habana’s Boardwalk (Cuban): Mahan Commons, 2819 Mahan Drive. $$; A. 391-9111. La Hacienda II: 2207 Bannerman Road, $$, A. 894-8655. International House of Food (Middle Eastern): 2013 N. Monroe St. $; C. 386-3433. El Jalisco: 2022 N. Monroe St. $$; A. 878-0800.

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Japanica Steakhouse & Sushi Bar: Lafayette Place, 3111 Mahan Drive. $$$; A. 656-9888. Jasmine Cafe and Lounge (sushi): 109 E. College Ave. $$; A. 681-6868. Kiku Japanese Fusion (Japanese, sushi): 3491 Thomasville Road. $$; A. 222-5458. King Buffet (Chinese, sushi): 2814 Apalachee Parkway. $$; A. 216-2188. King House Chinese Restaurant: 3491 Thomasville Road, $; A, C. 8936969. Kitcho (Japanese, sushi): Market Square, 1415 (121) Timberlane Road. $$; A. 893-7686. La Rumba Mexican Restaurant: 2690 N. Monroe St. $$; A. 385-7130. Little Athens Gyros: 666-5 W. Tennessee St. 222-2231. Little Italy Pizzeria and Restaurant: Magnolia Park Courtyard, 111-17 S. Magnolia Drive. $$; MC, V, C. 878-7781 and 878-7651. Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant: 2736 Capital Circle N.E. $$; C, A. 3859992. Mandarin House (Chinese): 220 W. Tennessee St. $; A, C. 222-0876. MASA: 1001 N. Monroe St. $$$; A. Beer and wine. 847-0003. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers: 1641 W. Pensacola St. $$; A. 5750050. The Melting Pot (fondue): 2727 N. Monroe St. $$$; A. 386-7440. Miccosukee Root Cellar: 1311 Miccosukee Road.597-7419. $$; C, A. Tapas Bar. 597-7419. Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant: 4175 Apalachee Parkway. $$; A. 8774518. Morelia Mexican Dining: 1400-35 Village Square Blvd. $; A, C. 9079173. Mori Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar: 2810-8 Sharer Road. $$; A, C. 386-8449. Mr. Roboto’s Tokyo Grill: 2043 W. Pensacola St. $$; A. 574-4126. New Stars (Chinese): 777 Capital Circle S.W. $; MC, V, D, C. 656-3311. North China Gourmet Market Square: 1415 Timberlane Road. $; A. 561-8889. The Olive Garden (Italian): 1103 Apalachee Parkway. $$; A. 878-2949. 1 Fresh Stir Fry: 1820 N. Monroe St. $; A. 422-2111. Osaka Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar: 1690 Raymond Diehl Road. $$$; A, C. 531-0222. Peking Garden (Chinese): Lafayette Place, 3111 Mahan Drive. $; A. 656-1963.




Your guide for living in the Tallahassee area

Pepper’s Grill and Cantina: 1140 Capital Circle S.E. $$; A, C. 877-2020. Pitaria Greek & Mediterranean Charcoal Grill: 631 W. Tennessee St. $; A. 412-7482. A La Provence: 1415 Timberlane Road, Market Square. $$$$; A, C, R. Full bar. 329-6870. Qdoba Mexican Grill: 1350 W. Brevard St. $; A, C. 222-3334. Reangthai (Thai): 2747 Capital Circle N.E. $$; MC, V. 386-7898. Riccardo’s Restaurant (Italian): 3305 Capital Circle N.E. $; A, C. 3863988. The Rice Bowl Oriental Restaurant (Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai): 3813 N. Monroe St., Winn-Dixie Shopping Center. $$; A, C. 514-3632. Romano’s Macaroni Grill (Italian): 1498 Apalachee Parkway. $$; A. 8771706. Sabra Restaurant & Grille: 832 W. Tharpe St. Sahara Greek & Lebanese Cafe: 1241 E. Lafayette St. $; A, C. 6561800. Sakura Japanese Restaurant:1318 N. Monroe St. $$$; A; Beer and wine. 222-9991. Samrat Indian Restaurant: 2529 Apalachee Parkway. $$. A, C. 9421993. San Miguel (Mexican): 200 W. Tharpe St. $; A, C. 385-3346. Siam Sushi (Thai, Japanese and sushi): 1700 N. Monroe St. $$$; A. 391-9021. Super Perros (Colombian): 2010 W. Tennessee St. $$; A. 421-2378. SushiLicious (Japanese, Thai): 6808 Thomasville Road. $$; A. Beer and wine. 906-0400. El Tapatio (Tex-Mex): 1002 N. Monroe St. $$; A. 224-0351. Village Pizza & Pasta (Italian): 1400-33 Village Square Blvd., Village Commons. $$; A, C. 893- 9001. Tijuana Flats (Tex-Mex): Lafayette Place, 3111 Mahan Drive. $; A. 5977001. Z. Bardhi’s (Italian): 3596 Kinhega Drive. $$$$; A, C. Wine and beer. 894-9919.

LIGHT MEALS Another Broken Egg Cafe: 3500 Kinhega Drive, Killearn Lakes Plantation; 3740 Austin Davis Ave., Building No. 1, $$; A, C. 907-3447, 765-0703. Black Dog Cafe and Coffee House: 229 Lake Ella Drive. $; C. 224-2518. Crispers: 1241 Apalachee Parkway. $; A. 656-4222.

Fanny’s Garden Cafe: Goodwood Museum and Gardens, 1600 Miccosukee Road. 942-0087. Fickle Pickle: 1605 East Plaza Drive $-$$; C. 561-3663. Hopkins’ Eatery: 1700 N. Monroe St. $; C. 386-4258. Also 1415 Market St., 668-0311. Jenny’s Lunchbox: 295 N. Magnolia Drive. $; MC, V, C. 9429766. Kosta’s Subs and Salads: South Adams Square, 1312 S. Adams St. $. 222-0945. Also: 2045 W. Pensacola St. $; MC, V. 574-8683. La Lanterna Italian Market and Deli: 2765 Capital Circle N.E. $; A. 878-9738. LeRoc Cafe: 415 N. Monroe St. 2246000. Luna’s Italian Food:1122 Thomasville Road. $; A, C. 421-5862. The Midtown Uptown Cafe: 1325 Miccosukee Road. $; MC, V, C. 2199800. Parrot’s Grill: 2045 W. Pensacola St. $; MC, V. 574-8683. St. John’s Cafe: 211 N. Monroe St. (St. John’s Episcopal Church). $. 2222636, ext. 19. Soul Vegetarian Restaurant: 1205 S. Adams St. 893-8208. Wok-N-Roll: 1932 W. Tennessee St. $; A, C. 681-2878.

OUT-OF-TOWN RESTAURANTS Angelo’s & Sons Seafood Restaurant: 5 Mashes Sands Road, at the Ochlockonee Bay Bridge, Panacea. $$$; A. 984-5168. Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe: 68 W. Gorrie Drive, St. George Island. $$; A. (850) 927-2987. The Coastal Restaurant: U.S. Highway 98, Panacea. $$; V, MC, C. 984-2933. Joanie’s Gourmet Market & Fabulous Cafe: 102 W. 8th St., Havana. 539-4433. Liam’s Restaurant: 113 E. Jackson St. Thomasville, Ga.; $$$$; A. (229) 226-9944. The Owl Cafe: 15 Avenue D, Apalachicola. $$$$; A. (850) 653-9888. Riverside Cafe: 69 Riverside Drive, St. Marks. $$; A, C. 925-5668. The Seineyard Seafood Restaurant: 8159 Woodville Highway, Woodville. $; MC, V. 4219191. Spring Creek Restaurant: 33 Ben Willis Road (State Road 365), Spring Creek. $$; A. 926-3751. Three Sisters Restaurant: 370 S. Jefferson St., Monticello. $$; C. 3217102.

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Staying Safe

Where to call Emergencies in all jurisdictions: 911 LAW ENFORCEMENT Tallahassee Police: 891-4200 Leon County Sheriff’s Office: 922-3300 Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office: 627-9233 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office: 997-2523 Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office: 745-7100 Quincy Police: 627-7111 Monticello Police: 342-0150 Gretna Police: 856-9460 Havana Police: 539-2801, 5392800 (emergencies)

Storm information Hurricanes and tropical storms are rare in the Big Bend, but this is Florida, and the weather bears watching. In June 2012, Tropical Storm Debby brought widespread flooding to the region. Areas south of Tallahassee were particularly hard hit, with one Wakulla County location reporting 26 inches of rain from the tropical system. If there is a storm brewing in the Gulf, it’s a good idea to tune in. Go to or for storm information and detailed advice on preparing for a storm. On the air: The National Weather Service radio frequency for Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties is 162.400 MHz.

FIRE DEPARTMENTS Tallahassee: 891-4310, 891-6600 (emergencies) Havana: 539-2800 Quincy: 627-7315

PHOTO: Tropical Storm Debby inundated Wakulla County in June 2012. mike ewen | Tallahassee democrat

Local safety agencies The Tallahassee area is served by two main law enforcement agencies and others including the Highway Patrol. Here’s a rundown on the agencies and some of their programs and facilities.

TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT 234 E. Seventh Ave., 891-4200 Chief Dennis Jones, 891-4341 Neighborhood Watch: This program involves the direct participation of citizens in their neighborhoods, in cooperation with law enforcement, to detect and prevent crime. The Tallahassee Police Crime Prevention Unit is responsible for the program. Crime Stoppers: To report information about a crime or a suspect, call 574-TIPS (8477) or Tallahassee police at 891-4200 (24 hours a day). Citizen’s Police Academy: Citizens can receive nine weeks of classroom and field instruction regarding the responsibilities facing police officers. Class size is limited. For an enrollment application, go to or contact Officer Michelle Yown CPA Coordinator, 891-1870; fax: 8911872,

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LEON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 2825 Municipal Way, 922-3300 Sheriff Larry Campbell, 922-3346 Crime Prevention: Offers training programs to community groups, businesses and organizations such as Personal Safety, Neighborhood Crime Watch, Home Security, Commercial Security, Homeland Security, Shoplifting, Robbery, Child Lures, Senior Citizens, Citizen’s Academy, McGruff, Operation I.D., Child I.D., Role of the Deputy, Vacation Tips, Fraud and Con Games. Call 922-3323 to make an appointment. Leon County Jail: Houses pre-trial, pre-sentenced county and state sentenced males and females, as well as juvenile offenders who have been charged as adults. 535 Appleyard Drive, 922-3500. Sheriff’s Posse: The group provides several avenues for citizens to volunteer to help the Sheriff’s Office. School Resource Officers: Assigned to Leon County middle and high schools, these officers teach youth-oriented prevention programs.

CAMPUS POLICE FSU Police Department: 830 W. Jefferson St. 644-1234 FAMU Police Department: 2400 Wahnish Way 599-3256 TCC Police: 444 Appleyard Drive 201-6100 Safety on Campus: Blue Light Trails are used at Florida State and Florida A&M Universities. Blue Light Trail systems provide instant emergency assistance to students, faculty or campus visitors. The phones connect callers directly to university police; no dialing required. Pressing the “Emergency” button alerts the police, and officers will respond.

FDLE CAPITOL POLICE Ensures a safe and secure environment at state facilities. Located at the Capitol building, 400 S. Monroe St., Suite 213, 488-1790; fax: 9223030. police/capitol_police_home.asp.

FORESTERS Gadsden County: 875-2937 Jefferson County: 342-0238 (also for Fire Department) Leon County: 875-2937 Wakulla County: 421-3101

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT State Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center: 413-9900

UTILITIES Tallahassee power outages control center: 891-4968 (streetlight outages, water, utilities and gas emergency repairs) Leon County Department of Public Works: 606-1500 (24 hour) Emergency traffic signal repair: 891-2080 (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.); 8914200 (after hours, TPD)

ANIMALS Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center Adoption and Animal Control: 891-2950

ASSISTANCE/SUPPORT American Red Cross: 878-6080 Salvation Army: 222-0304



Troop H. Headquarters: 2100 Mahan Drive, 488-8676, www.fhp. General headquarters: Neil Kirkman Building, 2900 Apalachee Parkway, 922-5319

National Weather Service Radio: 162.400 MHz for this area National Weather Service in Tallahassee: 942-8833 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays); 942-8851 (recorded weather)

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