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Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.

Computer classes

The Santa Fe College Community Outreach and the East Gainesville Instruction have added another site for computer classes.

Classes will be held at The Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. and also at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave. Space is limited to 10 each class.

On Jan. 14, from 10-11:30 a.m., get basic information for beginners at Library Partnership.

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

Fashion show

The non-profit Dreamer's Foundation will be hosting "Fashions on Review" featuring male models.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2505 NE 8th Ave. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Couture Renaissance at 914 NE 16th Ave.

For more information, call 352-374-7955.

Guardian ad Litem

Black volunteers are needed for the Guardian Ad Litem program in the Florida Department of Children and Families 8th Judicial Circuit.

The deadline is Jan 23 to register for the next training session that begins Jan. 30.

For more information, call 352-548-3820 or visit www.gal.alachua.fl.us.

Kappa affair

The Gainesville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will sponsor its annual Black and White Valentine's Affair.

It will be held on Feb. 4 at the Paramount Plaza Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. Admission is $40 per person or $400 for a table for 10. The dress is formal black and/or white attire only.

Featured will be the band UMOJA performing hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, along with a heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet. Proceeds will benefit scholarships to students. Sponsorships also are available and range from $40-$1,000.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 352-281-3681.


Photographs taken by photographer Gary Monroe of murals painted in prison by Highwaymen artist Al Black will be on display at the Thomas Center.

"Redeemed by Art: Al Black's Prison Murals Photographed by Gary Monroe" will be on exhibit Jan. 7-Feb. 25 in the Main Gallery of the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave.

A reception and discussion will be held from 3-6 p.m. Jan. 14, also at the Thomas Center. The discussion will focus on the role of art as a means of rehabilitation.

For more information, call 352-393-8532.


Israel "Shorty B" Wilcox Jr., a local rapper/actor, will be hosting a benefit for Alachua resident Daisha Porter, an 11-year-old cancer patient.

The benefit will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Thelma Boltin Center at 516 NE 2nd Ave. It is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

The event is being billed as "Shorty B 2012: All The Way Live" and will feature performances by Shorty B and rappers and R&B groups from as far away as Atlanta.

For more information, call 352-262-2577.

CNA course

Learn Education sponsors certified nursing assistant classes.

Classes, which are now forming, are held at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 718 SE 11th St. The cost is $50 for the eight-hour class. Participants also may return to future classes at no charge for a refresher course before taking the state certification exam.

To pre-register and for more information, call 352-535-5482.

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 Jan. 21.

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


The community is invited to a free seminar on retirement and the DROP, or Deferred Retirement Option Program.

It will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave., Building DB. There will be refreshments and door prizes.

To reserve your seat, call 352-371-8400.

Delta run/walk

The Gainesville alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will host the Listen to Your Heart 5K Run/Walk to increase awareness of heart health issues.

The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 28 at Northeast Park at 400 NE 16th Ave., with on-site registration at 7 a.m.

The fee to register is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event for individuals and $200 for groups of 10. The last day to pre-register online is at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 26.

To register, go to www.active.com and search for "Listen to Your Heart 5K Run/Walk.

For more information, call 386-365-4316 or email tyranbutler@gmail.com.

New flea market

The Gainesville Flea Market is now operating in the former Gainesville Skate Park at 3500 NE Waldo Road.

The flea market will be open on Saturday and Sunday, and also will be open on Friday after the first of the year, said Mike Condurelis, a partner in the business. He said they also plan to start an auction house.

The market is open to vendors with arts and crafts and collectibles.

For more information, visit www.thegainesvillefleamarket.com.

Vets' clinic

The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture will host a free acupuncture clinic for veterans and their immediate family.

It will be held at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the clinic at 305 SE 2nd Ave. Veterans are asked to arrive by 7:15 p.m. and bring their DD214 or VA ID card.

Acupuncture boosts energy, reduces stress, alleviates flashbacks, improves sleep and more.

For more information, call 352-335-2332 or visit www.acupuncturist.edu.


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 will be provided.

For more information, call 352-955-5015, email millerr@elderaffairs.org or visit ombudsman.myflorida.com.

GIFT garden

Residents could be eligible to receive a free GIFT, or Gainesville Initiative for Tasty, garden.

If so, Florida Organic Growers, or FOG, will build a raised-bed organic garden in your yard and provide instruction and other assistance to help you grow tasty organic vegetables and fruits.

For more information, call 352-377-6345 or visit www.foginfo.org/gift.


No More Homeless Pets is offering free spay and neuter surgery for cats and dogs.

Alachua County residents on qualifying government assistance programs can get their cat or dog sterilized for free at the clinic at 4205 NW 6th St. Suite A-2.

To schedule an appointment and for more information, call 352-376-6647 or visit www.nmhp.net.


The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is offering low-cost or free doctor-recommended pap smears and mammograms to women ages 50-64 with little or no insurance.

To make an appointment, call 800-451-2229.

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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