About Town

Week of Jan. 12

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.

Promise Driven

The spring semester hours at Promise Driven Educational Center for free tutoring help with state licensing exams in cosmetology, nail technology and skin care and the retail business program have been established.

Beginning Jan. 23, tutoring will be held from 2-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and by appointment only Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the center at 2406 NE Waldo Road in Ashley Park Square.

For more information, call 352-378-1200 or visit www.PromiseDriven.org.

Volunteers and meeting

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.

The local council will meet at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., to discuss the program's current activities and to give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues. Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 888-831-0404 or visit ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Ritz Chamber

The Ritz Chamber Players will bring their fresh new energy to classical music to Gainesville.

The ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at University Auditorium on the University of Florida campus. Tickets are $12 for UF students and $25-$35 general admission.

To purchase tickets, call the Phillips Center Box Office at 352-392-2787 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

For more information, visit www.performingarts.ufl.edu/events/2012/.


The AIMS Research Foundation invites students interested in pursuing a college education in technology and/or engineering to apply for three separate $1,000 scholarships.

The scholarships, which will be awarded in March, are for graduating high school seniors and also first-year, currently enrolled undergraduate students in good academic standing, and Feb. 29 is the deadline to apply.

Students must have a high school GPA of "B" or better; excel in math, engineering or physical sciences and technology courses and submit a graded assignment, submit two letters of reference, and write a 500-word essay describing your higher education plans and goals.

For more information, email david.lady@masteraims.org or visit www.masteraims.org.

Utility bill help

To help with heating costs, the Central Florida Community Action Agency has funds for those who are within 150 percent of federal poverty levels.

To make an appointment, call 352-373-7667 beginning at 8 a.m. on Mondays. Appointments are given on a first come, first served basis, so funds will not last long.


The Library Partnership is now offering free notary services.

The service will be offered from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 14 and March 28 at the Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-0160.

Christmas lights

The city of Gainesville Solid Waste Division sponsors a year-round string light recycling program.

Bring your old Christmas or other string lights to the Public Works Center at 405 NW 39th Ave.

Also, wrapping paper and gift boxes can be recycled in your curbside orange bin and Christmas trees can be placed at curbside to be picked up on your regular trash day.

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

On Jan. 21, from 10-11:30 a.m., get basic instruction, and from 1-3 p.m., learn PowerPoint I, both at Mount Carmel.

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

Early voting

Early voting for the Republican presidential preference primary election and the city of Gainesville election will be available beginning Jan. 21. The election will be held Jan. 31. Early voting will be held Jan. 21-28. Florida Law requires voters to present a photo and signature ID.

Dates and times are as follows: Jan. 23-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Voting will take place at the County Administration Building, 12 SE 1st St.; Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St., and Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75th St.

For more information, call 352-374-5252.

Casting call

The Write Side of Me Productions Inc. is looking for actresses for a stage play and a full-feature film.

Needed for the play is one African American ages mid-30s to mid-40s. Needed for the film are one each African American, white, Hispanic and Asian ages 20s to 40s.

Experience is preferred, but not required. Send a resume to Barry S. McLeod at iballwrite@aol.com. For more information, call 352-371-2700 or visit www.thewritesideofme.com.

Community ed

Registration is under way for the winter term of the Santa Fe College Community Education program.

Classes will begin the week of Jan. 21. For phone-in and walk-in registrations, office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Online registration also is available.

For more information, call 352-395-5193.

Medieval Faire

Experience a world of medieval magic, where jousting knights, dancing gypsies and historic heroes mingle with visitors at the 26th annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.

It will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5, with a special school day from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Ave. Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 5 to 17 and free for children under 5.

Featured will be artisans' booths, actors, musicians and street performers, a food court and children's entertainment. For more information, call 352-334-ARTS or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

Healthy living

Learn healthy living at the free Healthy Living Workshop.

Classes will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Jan. 18-Feb. 22 at the new Gainesville/Alachua County Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th St., and from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 19-Feb. 23 at HealthStreet at the University of Florida Eastside Campus at 2124 NE Waldo Road, Building 1628, Suite 1200.

The scientifically proven-to-work workshops are designed to educate participants about common chronic diseases (diabetes, arthritis, COPD, cancer, heart disease, etc.), prevention strategie, and regaining function. To enroll and for more information, call 352-692-5219.

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.

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.

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. Saturday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2505 NE 8th Ave. Tickets are $12 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 through 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. Saturday, 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.

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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