About Town

Week of Oct. 11

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:49 p.m.


The Alachua County Branch NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the University of Florida Hilton Hotel at 1714 SW 34th St. The speaker will be Mayor Alvin Brown of Jacksonville.

For ticket information, call 352-870-7013.

Lincoln Estates

The Lincoln Estates Neighborhood Association will host a meeting and appreciation dinner for outgoing Florida Rep. Charles "Chuck" Chestnut IV.

It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the T.B. McPherson Center at 1717 SE 15th St. Those attending are also asked to bring supplies for the Rotary Boys & Girls Club Mentor Center.

For a list of supplies and more information, call 352-214-3966.

Casting calls

Auditions for three separate Gainesville productions will take place beginning this weekend.

They are:

"The Black Nativity": This is a gospel musical re-telling of the Bible's nativity scene by poet Langston Hughes.

Needed are strong gospel singers and character actors, males and females, ages 18 and older. Singers should come prepared to sing a few bars of a gospel song a capella and actors and actresses should prepare a brief monologue. A Hughes poem is suggested. Dancers should come prepared to perform a brief combination less than a minute long.

Auditions will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main Street. For more information, visit www.actors warehouse.org.

"The Jungle Book": This is a collection of tales using animals to provide moral lessons.

Needed are girls and boys ages 6-16. Those attending are asked to prepare a song and may be asked to read from the script.

Auditions will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, also at The Actors' Warehouse. For more information, call 352-870-0064.

"Shades of Blue": This is an original musical written by Felicia A. Walton showcasing music from the 1940s and 1970s. Needed are a male and a female lead 18 to 25 years old and also dancers.

Auditions will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the By Ear Music Studio at 7230 W. University Ave. For more information, call 954-557-4706 or email once.felicia@aol.com.

Library Partnership

Children ages 5-11 can learn all about black lights at "Spooky Black Light Science Art" program.

It will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 352-334-3909.

Scream for Safety

An educational and family-friendly trick-or-trick event is being planned at the 6th annual Scream for Safety.

It will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Kiwanis Safety City at 1025 NE 13th St.

It is free and those attending are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes for the contest and bring non-perishable kid-friendly food donations. The first 100 children will receive ice cream.

For more information, call 52-334-5078.


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

HealthStreet is now 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.

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. Saturday 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.

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 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.


The Florida 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. Oct. 18 at Haven Hospice at 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend. A video introducing the program will play 15 minutes before the meeting.

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

Wildflower walks

Take a guided walk on the wild side at the Jean Dorney Memorial Wildflower Walks.

They will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturdays this month at Morningside Nature Center at 3540 E. University Ave. They are free and will depart from the Education Building. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.

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

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