About Town

Week of August 2

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:07 p.m.


Your daughter does not have to be a Girl Scout to enroll in PASSAGES, a two-day workshop designed to provide girls with the necessary tools to succeed academically and socially in middle school.

In east Gainesville, PASSAGES will be offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6-7 at Lincoln Middle School at 1001 SE 12th St.

The cost is $40 and includes all program materials and daily snacks, but students must bring their own lunch and a water bottle.

For more information, call 352-376-3004.

Mason Day

Members of local Masonic lodges and women of the Order of the Eastern Star throughout Alachua County will be hosting Mason Day.

The event will be held from 2-7 p.m. Saturday at Cone Park at 2841 E. University Ave. Donations will be accepted for admission.

For more information, call 352-222-3191 or email flip3way2gmail.com.

Free haircuts

The JC Penney Beauty/Hair Salon is offering free haircuts to children in kindergarten to sixth grade.

Haircuts will take place during the entire month of August at the store at 6481 W. Newberry Road in the Oaks Mall.

To schedule an appointment, call 352-331-2222.


AyokaGifts will present the 9th annual Homowo-Afi 2012, an African first fruits festival.

It will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 19024 NE 21st St. in the Monteocha community. The theme is “Sharing Culture.” Featured will be entertainment, food, vendors, educational lectures and more.

On Friday, there will be a tree planting ceremony to honor deceased residents who have impacted the community. On Saturday at 11 a.m., small local farmers will be recognized as Unsung Heroes and there will be African drumming and dancing.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., there will be skits, short plays and church choirs.

For more information call 352-485-2079, email ayokagifts888@gmail.com or visit ayokagifts.org.

Book signing

Shereka O'Neal of Gainesville will be reading and signing her first children's book, “Ask for Help!”

The event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at P.K. Yonge at 1080 SW 11th St., where O'Neal attended school from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The book was written to motivate children ages 3 to 8 years old to ask for help whenever they are unsure about anything in school, at home, or when playing with their friends.

The book can be found at BarnesandNoble.com, Xlibris.com and www.AskForHelpBook.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a college book scholarship.

For more information, call 352-519-4959 or email uf_smiles@yahoo.com.

School drive

The Children's Home Society of Florida has kicked off its annual Back-to-School Drive.

Residents are urged to make a financial contribution or donate new school supplies, such as backpacks, pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, calculators, crayons, markers and clothing.

Donations can be dropped off before Aug. 10 at the Gainesville office at 605 NE 1st St.

For more information, call 352-334-0955.

Parenting classes

The Library Partnership is offering free early childhood parenting workshops.

Classes will be held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. Adult caregivers of children from prenatal to pre-kindergarten are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 352-375-4110 ext. 109.

Computer classes

The Santa Fe College Community Outreach and East Gainesville Instruction will offer free computer classes.

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

On Aug. 11 at Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., get basic instruction.

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


The non-profit Gville Head Hunters & Sports Association Inc. is in need of volunteers.

Needed are travel league coaches, a secretary, a head of fundraiser and education programs, boosters and also college students to serve as tutors.

For more information, call 352-256-6490.

Co-ed softball

The Bronson Community Access Center is signing up teams to participate in a co-ed softball tournament.

It will be held on Aug. 24-25 at the Bronson Sports Complex in Bronson. The entry fee is $200 per team and Aug. 14 is the deadline to register.

Each team will be required to have at least three female players and teams must bring four 47-core 12-inch Blue Dot softballs.

For more information, call 352-219-8365 or 352-507-2348.

Benefit cruise

Cruise with the African American Multi-Cultural Association Inc. and Victory Casino Cruises for a daylong benefit cruise event.

It will take place on Oct. 6, and will leave from Port Canaveral.

The cost is $65 for adults at least 21 years old and includes roundtrip transportation, a light breakfast, entry on the ship, a buffet, entertainment and a $10 rebate voucher.

The first payment of $35 is due by Aug. 10, with the second payment of $30 due by Sept. 7.

For more information, call 352-687-1274, 352-553-8074, 352-362-3660 or 352-687-1536 or email aamcainc@yahoo.com.


Alonzo Perkins, a candidate for Alachua County property appraiser in the Aug. 14 Primary Election, will be receiving a master's degree in business administration in December from Marylhurst University near Portland, Ore. It was reported otherwise last Thursday in the Guardian.

Also, the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections website can be found at www.votealachua.com.

The election stories that appeared last Thursday in the Guardian reported otherwise.

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