Week ahead calendar


Published: Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

BEST OF TODAY

"Blast!" Brass, percussion and visual performance, 5 p.m. today, Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road. Tickets: $25-$40. (392-ARTS)

EVENTS

Gainesville Wedding Expo: Presented by Jay's Bridal, noon Jan. 13, Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road. Tickets: $10. (392-ARTS)

Open Mic - Poetry Untitled: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. (334-3900)

Civic Media Center Film: "Sicko," Michael Moore's documentary on health care in America, 8 p.m. Monday, 1021 W. University Ave. (373-0010)

Films at the Library: "Mother of Mine," 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. (334-3900)

Women's Dinner and a Movie: Hosted by Mama Raga and the Pride Community Center, 5 p.m. today, 3131 NW 13th St. $5. (mamaraga.com)

High Springs Community Garden Work Day: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, James Paul Park. (386-454-3950)

Historic Haile Homestead Tours: Visit the 1856 plantation house, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Historic Haile Homestead, 8500 SW Archer Road. $5 general; free for ages younger than 12. (336-9096)

Paynes Prairie: Gentle walk and talk, 9 a.m. Thursdays; Wildlife Walk, 8 a.m. Saturdays, La Chua Trail, 4801 Camp Ranch Road. (466-3397)

THEATER

"The Dead Guy:" Reality television brings him fame and fortune, but at the end of the week, viewers decide how he dies, 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 5 and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 3, Hippodrome State Theater. Preview nights: 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets: $25-$30 general; $20 seniors; $10 students; $15 previews. (375-HIPP)

"This is College:" Improv and sketch comedy performed by UF's Theatre Strike Force, 8 p.m. Thursday, UF Campus. Constans Theatre, McCarty Drive. Free. (273-0500)

"The Right to Remain Silent:" Drama by Mark Fauser and Brent Briscoe, 8 p.m. Friday, The Chief Theatre, 25 E. Park Ave., High Springs. Tickets: $5. (493-ARTS)

"Grease" Auditions: Casting for nine men, eight women actors and musicians, 7 p.m. Monday, The Chief Theatre, 25 E. Park Ave., High Springs. (493-ARTS)

DANCE

Kim Tuttle and Friends: Performance by Dance Alive National Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road. Tickets: $10-$50. (392-ARTS)

Contra Dance: Dance contras, circles, squares and waltzes to live music by the Kumquat Kapers, 4-7 p.m. today, Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave. $7 general; $5 ages 21 and younger. (371-2342)

Swing and Sway Snowball Dance: Ballroom dance with live music by Don's Blue Notes and dance instruction by Dan Wojoski, 8 p.m. Friday, Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave. $18 couple; $9 single. (334-2189)

YOUNG PEOPLE

Adventure Camp Weekend: Weekend retreat for children ages 9-12 in the foster care system, Feb. 22-24. (386-658-5118)

Princeton Review: Free practice tests to determine whether students will do better on the SAT or ACT, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 19. Contact Vanessa Robinson. (372-5402)

Boys and Girls Club Volleyball: Registration for ages 9-14 open now until full, 2-7:30 p.m. daily at 2700 NW 51st St. $40 fee. (372-5305)

Storytime Thursdays: Stories, activities and snacks, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Goering's Book Store, 1717 NW 1st Ave. (377-3703)

MUSIC

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: With Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin soloist, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road. Tickets: $30-$60 reserved seating. (392-ARTS)

The Artie Shaw Orchestra: Led by Dick Johnson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Levy Performing Arts Center, Lake City Community College, 149 SE College Place. Tickets: $14 general; $13 seniors; $12 students and staff. (386-752-3370)

CLASSES & LECTURES

"The Secret of Religious Science:" Lecture by the Rev. Maria Clemente followed by discussion, 2 p.m. today, Milhopper Branch Library.

"Getting Financially Organized:" First of a four-part series, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave. Free. Registration required.

English Class: Learn conversational English, 3 p.m. today, Civic Media Center, 1021 W. University Ave. (373-0010)

English Class: 7 p.m. today, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221st St. (481-3388)

Displaced Homemakers: Free classes open to displaced homemakers ages 35 or older entering the job market, begins Jan. 14. Registration required. (395-5047)

Primetime Institute: "Welcome to SFCC - 2008," by Portia Taylor, 3 p.m. Tuesday, SFCC, 3000 NW 83rd St.; "Fitness in the New Year," tour Gainesville Health & Fitness Center, 2:45 p.m. Thursday, 4820 Newberry Road. (395-5193)

Hip Stitchery: Learn about fabric art creation, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221st St. (481-3388)

"Tax Changes for 2007:" 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. (334-1272)

"The EU: What, Where, When, Why, How:" Lecture by Dr. Amie Kreppel, director of The Center for European Studies, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oak Hammock at UF, 5100 SW 25th Blvd. (548-1009)

NCF-SHRM Meeting: "Hot Topics in Corporate Retirement Plans," by Ashley Banks of Merrill Lynch, 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Paramount Resort and Conference Center, SW 13th Street. $20 general; $15 members. (ncf-shrm.org)

Meditation and Healing Classes: Six-session class on non-duality led by Tad Leitho, Vedanta instructor, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 16, Unity of Gainesville Church, 8801 NW 39th Ave. Cost: $125 pre-registration. (373-1030)

PAGES

Meet the Author - Lorna Owens: Author of "Everyday Grace, Everyday Miracles" speaks at 11 a.m.; leads workshop, 1-3 p.m. today, Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave.; Book signing, 6-8 p.m. today, Barnes and Nobles, 3910 SW Archer Road. (lornaowens.com)

Faculty Reading: By UF's Poetry Department, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. (334-3900)

Writers' Roundtable: 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Books-A-Million, 6111 W. Newberry Road. (371-8420)

Gainesville Poets and Writers: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Books-A-Million, 2601 NW 13th St. (376-6623)

Jonesville Writers' Group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, Newberry Road, Jonesville. (333-2445)

MEETINGS

Daughters of the American Revolution: "American Heritage," by Eric Hague, 10:15 a.m. Monday, Western Steer Steak House, Starke. (235-6439)

AARP Chapter 363: "Sustainable Retirement," by Ed Brown, owner of Progressive Home Solutions, 10 a.m. Monday, Westside Park, 1001 NW 34th St. (334-2186)

Florida Track Club: With speaker John TenBroeck, former UF Assistant Track Coach, 7:30 p.m. Monday, 1911 SW 34th St. (378-TRAK)

Barbergators: A cappella group rehearsal and meeting, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, SFCC, 3000 NW 83rd St., Building E, Room 129. (barbergators.com)

Retired Faculty Meeting: "Generation Connection Camp," by Joel Daunic, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Harn Museum of Art, SW 34th Street and Hull Road. (392-9826)

SHINE Meeting: Learn about Medicare issues, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, High Springs Branch Library, 135 NW 1st Ave. (386-454-2515)

Friends of the Williston Public Library: Monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Williston Branch Library.

VOLUNTEERS

AARP Tax Program: IRS training course, Feb. 1-April 15. Contact Judie Davidson. (371-9824)

American Cancer Society: Transport cancer patients to and from treatments. (376-6866, ext. 127)

Alachua County Crisis Center: Become a crisis line counselor. Training begins Jan. 26. Contact Ali Martinez. (264-6782)

Guardian Ad Litem Training: Become a court-appointed volunteer for a child in the dependency court system. (374-3656)

Hoggetown Medieval Faire: Seeking volunteers for event held Jan. 26-27 and Feb. 1-3 at the Alachua County Fairgrounds. (393-8536)

Prison Ministry Volunteers:Seeking men to serve as Kairos Prison Ministry volunteers. Contact Ken Blair. (473-4766)

Respite Program: Screened Catholic Charity volunteers give weekly breaks to full-time caregivers of frail or elderly family members. Contact Linda Gardner. (372-0294)

St. Francis House: Provide evening meals to residents. Contact Josh Miller. (378-9079)

Volunteers Available: ARC of Alachua County seeks to volunteer its services to community organizations. Contact Angela Bauer. (955-7169)

SUPPORT GROUPS

Alcoholics Anonymous: Support group meets daily. Call for times and locations. (372-8091)

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alterra Clare Bridge, 4607 NW 53rd Ave.; 7 p.m. Thursday, The Atrium, 2431 NW 41st St. (alzflorida.org)

American Cancer Society Groups: For individuals undergoing cancer treatment in our area. (800-ACS-2345)

Brain Tumor Education and Support Group: For people with primary and metastatic tumors of the brain and spine, noon-1 p.m. Monday, Shands at UF, first floor, Room 1222. (273-9000)

Breast Cancer Suppport Group: 6-7 p.m., fourth Wednesdays, Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge, 2121 SW 16th St. (265-0111, ext. 87638)

Cancer Support Group: Christian-based group for those affected by cancer, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Grace at Fort Clarke United Methodist Church, 9325 Newberry Road.

Celebrate Recovery: Christ-based recovery program for those affected by a compulsive or addictive behavior, 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Westside Baptist Church, 10000 W. Newberry Road. (333-7700)

Compassionate Friends: For parents who have experienced the loss of a child. Gainesville chapter meets 7 p.m. first Wednesdays, Hospice of Northwest Florida, 4200 NW 90th Blvd.; Lake Area/Keystone Heights Chapter meets 7 p.m. second Mondays, Trinity Baptist Church, 3716 SE State Road 21. (475-1146)

Crohn's and Colitis Discussion Group: 7-9 p.m. first Tuesdays, Winn Dixie Hope Lodge, 2121 SW 16th St. Free. (338-0601)

Gainesville Breast Cancer Support Group: 7-9 p.m. third Mondays, Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 5020 NW 23rd Ave. (386-418-0454)

Gainesville Ostomy Support Group: 2-4 p.m. first Sundays, Winn Dixie Hope Lodge, 2121 SW 16th St. (376-8703)

Haven Hospice: "Families Sharing in Grief and Hope," 6-7:30 p.m. second Mondays; "Remembering the Loss of Your Baby Support Group," 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. first Thursdays, Haven Hospice North Building, 4305 NW 90th Blvd. Registration required. (692-5100)

Healing and Growth Help: Non-denominatonal group for those experiencing divorce or separation, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Catholic Charities, 1717 NE 9th St. (372-0294)

Healing Touch Cancer Support Group: For cancer patients and survivors, 5 p.m. Thursdays, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave. (376-6615)

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Gainesville Hematology-Oncology Associates, 1147 NW 64th Terrace. (332-3900)

Moms' Support Group: Moms and babies meet, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, The Birth Center of Gainesville, 810 E. University Ave. (338-7525)

Moms' and Dads' Group: Share tips, stories and snacks, 11 a.m. Fridays, The Birth Center, 810 E. University Ave. (372-4784)

Narcotics Anonymous: Group for drug addicts meets daily. Call for locations and times. (376-8008)

Ovarian Cancer Patients Support Group: For women with ovarian cancer, 6:30-7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, Gainesville Hematology-Oncology Associates, 1147 NW 64th Terrace. (332-3900)

Overcomers Outreach: Participants let go of past hurts and learn to depend on God, 6 p.m. Mondays, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave. (376-6615)

OA Meetings: Weekly meetings for those struggling with food addictions. (491-5069)

Parent Support Group: Share tips, stories and snacks, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, The Birth Center of Gainesville, 810 E. University Ave. (372-4784)

Parkinson's Support Group: 12:30-2 p.m. third Thursdays, Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1001 NE 16th Ave. (372-5751)

Stroke Support Group: For stroke survivors and caregivers, 4 p.m. Mondays, VA Medical Center, nursing home, first floor. (392-2034, ext. 251)

Survivors of Suicide: For those who have lost a loved one to suicide, 6:30-9:30 p.m. second Wednesdays, Alachua County Crisis Center, 218 SE 24th St. (264-6789)

S-ANON: 12-step program for spouses, relatives and friends of sex addicts. Confidentiality provided. (gvillesanon@yahoo.com)

Taking Off Pounds (TOPS): For those wanting to lose weight, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, The Atrium, 2431 NW 41st St.; 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Clayton Estates, 100 Castle Dr. (332-4666)

CLUBS

AARP Chapter 363: 10 a.m. first Mondays, Westside Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th St. (334-2186)

Alachua County Computer User Group: Learn how to service computers, 6:30-8:30 p.m. monthly on Thursdays, Milhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. For dates, contact Irvin Stone. (262-0040)

Alachua Lion's Club: 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at clubhouse, 15115 NW 142nd Terrace, Alachua. Dinner, 7 p.m. (386-462-1324)

Bassmasters of Gator Country: 6:30 p.m. first Mondays, Shoney's, 3857 SW Archer Road. (bassmastersofgatorcountry.com)

Civil Air Patrol: Gainesville Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol meets Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m., Southwest United Methodist Church, 2400 SW Williston Road. (871-6385 or gainesvillecap.org)

Community Coalition for Older Adults: 2:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Eastside Community Practice, Room 401. (372-0294)

Cosmos Club: Stuff pillows for the V.A. Hospital, 10 a.m.-noon third Wednesdays, The Atrium, 2431 NW 41st St. (472-4456)

Daughters of the American Revolution: "American Heritage," by Eric Hague, 10:15 a.m. Monday, Western Steer Steak House, Starke. (235-6439)

Downtown Gainesville Toastmasters: Improve public speaking, noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, SunTrust Bank, 411 N. Main St. Second floor. (334-5356)

Gainesville Area Women's Network (GAWN): Networking meeting and luncheon open to business persons, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 16, Sweetwater Branch Inn, E. University Avenue. Registration required. (318-8379)

Florida Goal-Liners Club: Woman's Gator football booster club meets 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Perkins Restaurant on Newberry Road. (331-0388)

Ft. White Quilt Sisters: For quilters of all skill level, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. last Saturday, Ft. White Town Hall. (386-497-4179)

Gainesville Amateur Radio Society: Learn about amateur radio classes and licensing exams, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, AvMed Building, Health Care Park, 4300 NW 89th Blvd. (376-4623)

Gainesville American Legion Post 16: Bingo night, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Breakfast at the Legion, 9 a.m. first Saturdays. Cost: $5; Friday night dinners, 5-7 p.m. weekly. Cost: $5; American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary Joint Meeting, 7 p.m. second Wednesdays, 4701 NW 6th St. (372-8802)

Gainesville Bridge Club: Duplicate bridge, 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St. Cost: $3 per person per game. (870-6589)

Gainesville Junior Woman's Club: Women ages 18-40 devoted to community improvement, 6:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Gainesville Woman's Club, 2809 W. University Ave. (332-1350)

Gainesville New Friends Social Club: For couples and singles. Call for more information. (333-3036)

Gainesville Newcomers Club: Women who have lived in Gainesville for three years or less meet for luncheon with guest speakers, 11:30 a.m. first Wednesdays at Clarion Inn, 7417 Newberry Road. Cost: $11 for lunch. Reservations required. (331-9492)

Gainesville Lion's Club: Noon Tuesdays, Shoney's Restaurant, Archer Road. (665-0217)

Gainesville Photography Club: Dedicated to helping members improve their photographic and Photoshop skills, 7 p.m. third Mondays, Civitan Blood Center, 1221 NW 13th St. (331-0391)

Gainesville Toastmasters Club: 12:10-1 p.m. Thursdays, Bank of America, 1961 N. Main St.; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, CH2MHill Conference Room, 3001 SW Williston Road. (www.toastmasters .org)

GHS Has Beens - Men: Ex-students and friends of GHS meet the first Tuesdays, 8 a.m., Brown's Country Kitchen Buffet, U.S. 441 South, Alachua. (378-3246)

GHS Has Beens - Women:Ex-students and friends of GHS meet first Tuesdays, 10 a.m., The Atrium, 2431 NW 41st St. (376-9052)

Kiwanis Club of Gainesville: Programs and luncheon, noon Wednesdays, Savannah Grande Reception Hall, 301 N. Main St. Cost: Lunch less than $15. (514-7118)

Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe: 7:30 a.m. Thursdays, Brown's Country Buffet, Alachua. (www.KiwanisClubOf SantaFe.org)

Kiwanis Club of University City: Noon Tuesdays, Savannah Grande Reception Hall, 301 N. Main St. (495-1742)

Korean War Veterans Association: 7 p.m. first Wednesdays, American Legion Post 16, 47001 NW 6th St. (375-8355)

Life Line Singles Meet and Greet Social: 7-9 p.m. first Fridays, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4400 NW 53rd Ave. (376-6615)

MacPeople Macintosh Users Group: Share mac-related problems and tips, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, UF Campus, Entomology-Nematology Building, Natural Area Drive. (392-1901 or macpeoplemug.org)

New Moms' Get-Together: New and expectant moms meet. Lactation consultant answers questions, 11 a.m. Fridays, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. (334-3900)

Nordic Pole Walking Group: Learn techniques to maximize benefits of walking, 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Westside Park, NW 34th Street. Cost: poles, $5/class. (376-8549)

North Central Florida Society for Human Resources Management: Meet second Thursdays to network, share a meal and listen to guest speakers. (ncfshrm@yahoo.com)

Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild: Programs and workshops, first Thursdays, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1521 NW 34th St. (271-4998)

Stroller Club: Moms join each other to walk with their children, 9 a.m. Wednesdays, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave. (376-6615)

Sons of the American Revolution: Third Mondays, Paramount Resort and Conference Center, SW 13th Street. (gflssar.org)

Talking Gators Toastmasters Club: Improve public speaking, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Entomology Building, 970 Natural Area Drive, UF campus. (392-1901, ext. 103)

The Breakfast Club: Referral and networking group, 7 a.m. Fridays excluding first Fridays, Holiday Inn West. (375-7283 or breakfastclub.com)

The Gator Exchange Club: Noon Wednesdays, Paramount Resort and Conference Center, SW 13th Street. (373-7177)

The SweetNotes: Women's singing group performs primarily at health care facilities rehearses 1 p.m. Wednesdays, The Atrium. (386-462-2463)

The Sons of the American Revolution: Group meets third Mondays at the Paramount Resort and Conference Center, SW 13th Street.

Tree City Quilt Guild Meeting: 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Mondays, Westside Baptist Church, 10000 Newberry Road. (278-1281)

UF Students for Barack Obama: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, UF, Anderson Hall 101.

Submit your events online at gainesville.com/addevent. For more information, e-mail suzy.richardson@ gvillesun.com.

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