About Town

Week of Dec. 1


Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.

Health department

The Alachua County Health Department will be changing its clinic hours beginning Thursday.

New hours will be 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and closed on weekends. The following clinics will be open from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays: Immunizations, foreign travel consultations, tuberculosis, epidemiology, AIDS Drug Assistance Program, STD results and family planning.

To shorten wait times, forms that can be filled out before visits are available at www.doh.state.fl.us/chdalachua/expedite.htm.

For more information, call 352-334-7910 or visit www.alachuacountyhealth.com/.

Santa letters

The city of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will be collecting letters through "Operation Letters to Santa" for children in kindergarten through third grade (or any child who still "believes").

Letters must be postmarked or received by Dec. 13, and can be dropped off at Eastside Recreation Center, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center, Porter's Community Center, Rosa B. Williams Community Center, Albert "Ray" Massey Recreation Center and the administrative office at the Thomas Center, or mailed to P.O. Box 490, Station 24, Gainesville, FL 32602 or faxed to 352-334-3299.

Each letter should be no more than one page and should contain the child's name, age, gender, mailing address (including zip code), two accomplishments (good grades, etc.), and their top three wishes from Santa.

For more information, call 352-334-5067.

‘Divorce' DVD

Why not give the perfect gift of the DVD version of the play "Divorce N' Us" by Gainesville playwright Barry McLeod.

The cost is $10. Send a check or money order to The Write Side of Me Productions Inc., 1020 NW 23rd Ave., Suite B, Gainesville, FL 32609.

Also, "Divorce" is available to bring to your church or community.

For more information, call 352-371-2700 or visit www.thewritesideofme.com.

Sickle Cell

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of North Central Florida will host its 3rd annual Breakfast with Santa.

It will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Piccadilly at 2620 NW 13th St. The event is for children living with sickle cell disease/trait and their families.

Featured will be entertainment, door prizes, breakfast, gifts, a chance to meet and greet Santa and information on sickle cell.

For more information, call 352 591-4703.

Rights

The Restoration of Civil Rights Project will assist ex-felons with applications to have their rights restored.

The group will be available from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at The Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

For more information, call 352-273-0813.

Basketball

The Gainesville Rockets Association will be holding basketball tryouts for boys in sixth and seventh grades for the AAU/USSSA Competitive Travel Basketball Team.

Tryouts will be held from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday at Howard Bishop Middle School gymnasium at 1901 NE 9th St. Teams will play in spring and summer leagues.

Players will run through a series of skill/fundamental drills, along with game-like situations, and will be objectively evaluated to identify skill level.

For more information, call 352-870-4084 or email gainesvillerockets.management@yahoo.com.

Show chorus

The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus, part of Sweet Adelines International, will present "A Christmas Concert."

It will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave. Tickets are $5.

For tickets and more information, call 352-378-6837.

Medicare

Get answers to all of your questions on Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D coverage and Medicare Supplement Plans.

An informational meeting will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday at 1135 NW 23rd Ave., Suite K, in Gainesville. It is free and open to the pubic.

For more information, call 352-371-8400.

Medicare

Old Union Life and Health Insurance Agency of America will present a workshop on 2012 Medicare benefits and explain supplemental insurance plan options.

It will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Anointing of the Holy Spirit Ministry at 1755 SW Williston Road. It is free and open to the public and lunch will be provided.

For more information, call 352-870-1378 or 352-216-6772.

Christmas fest

The 6th annual Gainesville Christmas Festival presented by Westside Baptist Church will feature a cast of more than 300, including singers, dancers and live animals.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Dec. 9-11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 at Westside Baptist Church, 10000 W. Newberry Road.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $12 for preferred seating and free for children 5 and under online at www.gainesvillechristmasfestival.com, by telephone at 352-333-7700, at the church from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, or at the door 30 minutes to one hour before the show.

Computer classes

Computer classes are held at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2505 NE 8th Ave. Space is limited to 10 each class.

On Saturday, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic computer skills, and from 1-3 p.m., learn to manage and copy files and create folders.

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

Lincoln class

The Lincoln High School Class of 1969 will host its annual Alumni Holiday Gathering.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Cody's Original Roadhouse Restaurant at 3100 SW Archer Road. There will be dinner of your choice at your expense.

For more information, call 352-373-3269 or 352-372-6278.

Volunteers

Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Special training and certification are provided. For more information, call 352-955-5015, email millerr@elderaffairs.org or visit ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Tree lighting

The city of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will be hosting its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.

It will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Featured will be caroling, Santa, light refreshments, carriage rides for a fee and two artists' receptions.

For more information, call 352-393-8746.

Guardian ad Litem

The Guardian ad Litem program is looking for angels to sponsor a child for the holidays.

There are more than 600 children in the 8th Judicial circuit who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and many of these children will not receive gifts. For more information, call 352-384-3167 or email laura.northcutt@gal.fl.gov.

Make a New Year's resolution to advocate for abused and neglected children. Legal and staff support will be provided. The next class will start on Jan 30.

For more information, call 352-548-3823 or visit www.gal.alachua.fl.us.

Guardian deadline

Want to submit announcements to the Gainesville Guardian?

The deadline is noon Fridays for possible publication the following Thursday.

Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com, or drop off at 2700 SW 13th St., or fax to 352-338-3128, attn: Guardian.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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