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Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 12:54 p.m.

Labor Day

The Alachua County Library District will celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

All branches will be closed Monday and the two bookmobiles will not make their normally scheduled stops. However, online services at www.aclib.us will be available.

All branches will resume their regular scheduled hours on Tuesday.

Residential curbside collection for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will not be affected. Collection will be Monday-Thursday according to the regular schedule.

The Transfer Station at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park also will be open Monday during regularly scheduled hours. But the five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers, the Hazardous Waste Center at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and the Office of Waste Collection will be closed. They will reopen on Tuesday.

All RTS offices will be closed and there will be no RTS bus service, including ADA paratransit service.

Visionaires

The Visionaires Inc. awarded its 2011 scholarships.

Students receiving them are Chantia Taylor, Marquis Noble and Eric Spencer.

Taylor, daughter of Charmine and Larry Taylor, is attending Savannah State University, Savannah, Ga. She hopes to become a physical therapist.

Spencer, son of Elise and Edward Spencer, is at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, where he will pursue a degree in pharmacy.

Noble, son of Tiffany Noble, is enrolled at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C., where he will work toward a degree in physical therapy, too. He also is the first recipient of the Daphne Duval Williams Memorial Scholarship established in her memory as a charter/founding member of The Visionaires.

The Visionaires Inc. is a local organization of African-American women established in 1938.

Dance auditions

Children and teens ages 6-18 are needed for a new competitive dance team.

Those with or without dance experience are welcome to audition.

For more information, call 352-301-6847, email mranderson09@live.com or check out our website at www.kartsdance.weebly.com.

Sickle cell walk

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of North Central Florida and the Streetlight Project will host a Sickle Cell Awareness Walk.

It will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24 beginning at 8 a.m. with registration at Citizens Field. The fee is $10 with a T-shirt.

The walk will end at the T.B. McPherson Center, where food, entertainment and information on sickle cell will be provided.

For more information, email brushlot@aol.com.

Eastside class

The Eastside High School class of 1991 will be hosting its 20th year high school reunion.

Activities will take place Friday-Sunday in Gainesville.

For more information, go to the Facebook group at Eastside High School c/o 91 Reunion, email ramreunion91@gmail.com or call 716-791-RAMS (7267).

Recreation meeting

Community members interested in contributing to the future of Gainesville's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs can do so by giving their input and suggestions directly to city planners, designers and representatives.

Community meetings will take place to obtain the needs and priorities of the commuity. They will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Westside Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th St., and 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Eastside Recreation Center, 2841 E. University Ave.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss Gainesville's existing parks, recreation programs, open spaces, cultural facilities, events and programs, conservation lands, festivals, environmental programs and events and a variety of other subjects related to your city parks, recreation and culture affairs services.

For more information, call 352-393-8364 or 352-334-5067 or email parkma@cityofgainesville.org.

United Downtown

Get a jump on the fun of University of Florida home football games at "United Downtown" with food, other vendors and entertainment.

It will be held from 5:30-10 p.m. Friday along SE 1st Street between E. University Avenue and SE 2nd Place.

Other dates are: Sept. 9, 16 and 30 and Nov. 18 and 25. During Homecoming, the event will be held from 1:30-5:30 p.m. on Nov. 4.

For more information, call 352-331-2800.

Crisis Center

The Alachua County Crisis Center is seeking volunteers to become crisis line counselors. Sixty hours of in-depth training will be provided. The next training class will begin on Sept. 10, 2011.

For more information, call Ali Martinez at 352-264-6782 or visit www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/CSS/CrisisCenter/Pages/Volunteer.aspx.

Computer classes

Computer classes are held at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2505 NE 8th Ave.

On Sept. 10, from 10-11:30 a.m., get basic information, and from noon-2 p.m., learn to create folders and copy files.

To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.

RJE reunion

The alumni of Robinson Jenkins Ellerson (RJE) High School in Starke will be hosting a reunion.

It will be held Friday-Monday in the gym at the Richardson Community Center.

For more information, call 352-377-0781.

Benefit trip

The African American Multicultural Association Inc. of Ocala will sponsor a scholarship fundraising trip to the Holy Land Experience in Orlando.

It will be held on Oct. 22 and the bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. from Butler Plaza in Gainesville. The cost is $20-$30 for children 18 and under and $55-$65 for adults. The last payment date will be Sept. 9.

For more information, call 352-438-2810 and leave a message.

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