About Town

Week of Oct. 4

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.

Homebuyer program

Applications are due Thursday for the city of Gainesville Homebuyer Lease Purchase Program for first-time homebuyers.

Submit your application along with a certified lender's pre-qualification letter. The deadline is 5 p.m. and applications must be hand-delivered to the Housing Division office in Room 245 of the Thomas Center at 306 NE 6th Ave.

Homes available through the program are located in the Porters Garden subdivision.

For more information, call 352-334-5026.

Cancer symposium

Join members of the UF&Shands Breast Cancer comprehensive medical team as they discuss the latest advances in prevention, treatment and recovery at the Orange, Blue and Pink Breast Cancer Symposium.

It will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Shands Cancer Hospital at the University of Florida at 1515 SW Archer Road. Seating is limited and free valet parking will be available.

For more information, call 352-733-0000.

Stork's Nest

Visit the Stork at the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Stork's Nest.

It is open from 9-11 a.m. the first and third Saturday of each month at Caring and Sharing Learning School at 1951 SE 4th St.

Miscellaneous baby items will be available for expectant mothers and mothers of newborns who need assistance.

For more information, call 352-372-1004 or 352-377-0972.

United Downtown

Get ready for United Downtown, a street festival with music, children's activities and vendors the Friday before several University of Florida home football games.

United Downtown will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday and also Oct. 19 in downtown Gainesville along SE 1st Street beginning at University Avenue.

For more information, call 352-331-2800.


HealthStreet, a community-based effort to reduce disparities in health care and clinical trials, is moving to a new location.

Beginning Monday, HealthStreet, formerly at the University of Florida Eastside Campus, will be located at 2401 SW Archer Road. Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information, call 352-294-4880.

Plant sale

Paint your yard with the beautiful colors of native plants that can be purchased at the 2012 Fall Native Plant Sale.

It will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Morningside Nature Center at 3540 E. University Ave. Cash and checks only.

Featured will be native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines grown at area nurseries. There also will be free expert plant advice, park-a-plant service and at 11:30 a.m., a naturalist-led wildflower walk.

For more information, call 352-334-3326 or visit www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org.


The community is invited to the Union Academy/Rosa B. Williams Recreation Center to learn more about a new recreational, educational and cultural program at the site sponsored by Yopp Inc.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Rosa B. Williams at 524 NW 1st St. New hours at the center will be 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Flu vaccine

The Alachua County Health Department is now offering flu shots.

The shots are being offered from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Health Department at 224 SE 24th St. Walk-ins are accepted. The cost is $25 and free for those with Medicare Part B and those ages 6 months to 18 years who are uninsured, have Medicaid or an insurance that does not cover the immunization.

Alachua County schoolchildren who returned their permission slips will begin receiving the FluMist soon.

For more information, call 352-334-7950.

Dinner theater

A new dinner theater has a home in northeast Gainesville with the inaugural Brew Spot Cafe Dinner Theater.

The season opens with "Trouble in Silver City," a mystery where the audience will become sleuths. The audience is invited to wear their favorite western attire, and prizes will be awarded for best outfits.

It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the cafe and theater at 1000 NE 16th Ave. Building H. Tickets are $30, and include a dinner of salad, an entree, bread, dessert, coffee, tea, water, and one glass of beer and or wine.

For more information, visit www.thebrewspotcafe.com.

Porters community

The Porters community is hosting several events in October.

All events will be held at the Porters Community Center at 512 SW 6th Ave.

There will be a Health (Accessibility) Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13 for all ages, especially the elderly. Sponsored by the University of Florida Public Health Department, there will be health- and medical-related vendors, food, and car seat safety demonstrations. Those needing canes also are asked to attend.

And there will be a free haunted house from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 to celebrate Halloween.


The Santa Fe College Cardiovascular Technology Program will offer free cardiac and vascular ultrasound screenings.

The screenings will take place by appointment only on Friday and also Oct. 26 in Room WA-113 at the northwest campus at 3000 NW 83rd St.

Cardiac ultrasound involves the imaging of the heart. Vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the veins and arteries in the body. Testing is available to those 18 and older.

To schedule an appointment, call 352-395-5972 or email jennifer.weeks@sfcollege.edu.

Law series

The Alachua County Library District in partnership with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association is hosting the "Law in the Library Fall Series."

Oct. 8: 6 p.m., Library Headquarters, "Collaborative divorce: An alternative to the courtroom."

Nov. 5: 6 p.m., Alachua Branch Library, 14913 NW 140th St. Alachua, "Child support issues, questions and procedures."

Nov. 15: 6 p.m., Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75th St., "Legal issues impacting Social Security and disability benefits."

For more information, call 352-334-3909 or 352-273-0860.

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

On Oct. 13 at Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic computer skills.

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

Guardian deadline

Want to submit announcements to the Gainesville Guardian?

The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday.

Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com or drop off at 2700 SW 13th St.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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