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The first thing you’ll notice when you visit Advent Christian Village is that it’s not your typical retirement community. It’s a rare place — one that embraces community, celebrates living life to the fullest, and dedicates itself to serving others. Whether your lifestyle is vibrant and independent, or you require a few support services, or even comprehensive nursing care, there is a place here for you.

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This month's edition of Village Streams, ACV's e-newsletter that provides useful and timely information about ACV and concerning the issues of aging and its effects on families is now available.

Valdosta Symphony Orchestra Plays in Dowling Park

Do you love music? Are you are a fan of the classics? Are you curious to hear an orchestra perform a musical piece that is over two centuries years old? We invite you to The Village Church in Dowling Park on March 6. The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, along with a full choir and four outstanding soloists, will perform Mozart’s Requiem at 2:00 in the afternoon as part of Advent Christian Village’s Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series.

Public Library in Dowling Park Takes its First Step to Reality

A crowd of Suwannee County residents gathered at the corner of Dowling Park Dr. and Marvin Jones Blvd. in Dowling Park Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, to break ground at the site of the Suwannee River Regional Library System's (SRRLS) newest addition: the Jo Kennon Dowling Park Public Library. The library, which was first proposed by Danny Hales over a decade ago, survived several obstacles to become reality and anticipation only made the event sweeter. In 2014, Suwannee County was awarded the financial support necessary to make the Dowling Park library a reality. Funding from the state is only part of what is necessary to fund the project and many in the county have stepped up to fill in the financial gap.

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Moving Your Parent to a Nursing Home: A Caregiver’s Observations

There may come a time when you need to help a loved one — due to illness, injury or condition — move into an assisted living facility or nursing home. While even the logistics of helping someone can make this type of move intimidating, the addition of strong emotions, memories, and “stuff” can easily be overwhelming. As the responsible person, you will need to consider your loved one’s finances, mail, clothing, and other personal goods, as well as the facility’s processes and approvals.

Advent Christian Village Celebrates 25 Years of Scholarships

Advent Christian Village (ACV) hosts many annual events, but an event on April 19 hosted a group of nervous high school seniors. For the 25th year, the Marvin E. Jones Memorial Scholarship finalists gathered with their loved ones in Dowling Park to learn whether they would be the recipient of a large college scholarship. “Take a deep breath and count to 10,” advised last year’s top scholarship winner, Darrah Lane, who explained — during a report on how her scholarship had helped her during her first year of college — how nervous she had been a year ago.

A ‘Ruby’ in the Rough: Dowling Park’s Postmistress and the South’s First Female Mayor

The United States of America will turn 240 years old this summer. Compared to most of the world, that is very young for a country. Similarly, Dowling Park, Florida, became a community around 115–120 years ago: very young by the world’s standards, young even when compared to most cities in Florida, but still historic for our southern United States. One historic individual who called this area home for most of her life was Ruby Estelle Jordan.

What is Cancer, Anyway?

Cancer is a major reason for deaths worldwide. It leads to more deaths when compared with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Deaths from cancer globally are forecasted to continue to increase to over 11 million in 2030.

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