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Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 2:43 p.m.

Empowerment summit is Saturday

The African American Empowerment Summit II will meet Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the auditorium of the Alachua County Health Department, 224 SE 24th St., Gainesville. The group will focus on its developing strategic plan and on Prosperity Day, to be held in January.
The meeting is open to the public.

City having holiday camp for area youth

Register now for day camp running 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 19-22 and Dec. 27-30 at Eastside Recreation Center, 2841 E. University Ave., and at Union Academy/Rosa B. Williams Center, 524 NW 1st St. Open to children ages 5-12. Cost: $37 per resident, $56 per nonresident.
Register at Eastside Recreation Center, Rosa B. Williams Center and at the city of Gainesville administrative office (352-334-2714).

Area groups and classes

Gainesville's Recreation and Parks Department: The city of Gainesville's Recreation and Parks Department offers the following free classes at Eastside Community Center, 2841 E. University Ave.: sculpting classes, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays; and African/Reggae aerobics, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Fridays (352) 334-2714).
Professional Networking Group: Meets from 5-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Alachua One-Stop Career Center, 4800 SW 13th St.
Offers professionals seeking employment an opportunity to network with other professionals for job leads and employment tips.
Geriatric and Disabled Care Management Program: Social work and nursing services are provided for those overwhelmed with today's health care and social service systems. Call for appointment. (352-377-7705) Workshops for the Separated and Divorced Support for those going through the grief of separation and divorce runs 6:30 - 8 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Patrick's Parish meeting room, 500 NE 16th Ave. Children's workshop helps 5- to 10-year-olds. Free. (352-372-0294) Drum opportunities: Studio Percussion Inc. offers the following: performing community drumline, middle-school age through adults, rehearses 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays; hand drumming and shona marimba instruction runs 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Free. (352-338-8302) Taking Off Pounds Sensibly: Nonprofit weight-loss support group meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays at The Atrium, 2431 NW 41st St. (352-332-4666); and a second group meets 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the Shands Medical Plaza, room 2107. (352-372-0083) Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network: Survivors support groups run at various times and locations in Gainesville and Starke. Free and confidential, childcare provided at evening groups. Call (352) 377-5690 or (800) 393-7233.
Debtors Anonymous Group meets 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Oak Park Executive Center, 2002 NW 13th St., Suite 100. (352-332-4636) Codependents Anonymous: Support group for those who want to improve their relationships with themselves, others and their Higher Power. (352-332-8339) Overeaters Anonymous: A recovery program for compulsive eaters meets at 7 p.m. Sundays at 2002 NW 13th St.; at 9 a.m. Saturdays at 2002 NW 13th St.; at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Shands at AGH, 801 SW 2nd Ave.; at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays (newcomers at 7 p.m.) at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1521 NW 34th St.; and at noon Wednesdays at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st St. (352-491-5069) Breast Cancer Support: The American Cancer Society's "Reach to Recovery" program offers one-on-one visits with specially trained breast cancer survivors. (352-376-6866, ext.144) Nicotine Anonymous Meeting to help gain freedom from nicotine starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at St. Patrick's Church office. 412 NE 16th Ave., and at 12:30 p.m. Sundays at the Triangle Club, 1005 SE 4th Ave. (352-376-0897)

Do you love to cook?

The St. Francis House homeless shelter is looking for generous and caring people to help with their Evening Meal Program.
Food can be brought in, ready to serve, or prepared by the volunteer group in the SFH kitchen. Plan on serving 40 people.
Contact Sara Marie Sargent (352-378-9079, ext. 313)

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