About Town

Week of Nov. 29


Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.

Tacachale parade

The Tacachale Developmental Disability Center will host its annual Christmas parade.

It will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the center at 1621 NE Waldo Road.

It is open to the public, and schools, businesses, churches, civic, social and other organizations are encouraged to participate. Lunch will be served to all parade participants.

For more information, call 352-955-5958.

Starry Night

Get ready for the sixth annual Starry Night featuring stargazing, planetarium shows and speakers.

It will take place from 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Florida Museum of Natural History at SW 34th Street and Hull Road. Admission is free.

For more information, call 353-273-2062.

Warehouse play

"Black Nativity," a play by poet Langston Hughes, will usher in the holiday season with gospel songs, pantomime, testimony and folk spirituals.

Directed by Shontae K. White, "Black Nativity," a retelling of the story of the birth of Christ, will be presented beginning Friday through Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St.

Tickets, which are $15, will be available at the box office one hour before show time, online at www.theactorswarehouse.org and by calling 352-222-3699 or 352-870-0064.

Tree lighting

The city of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will be hosting its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.

The free program will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave. and will feature caroling, holiday music, Santa, the tree lighting and light refreshments.

Carriage rides will be available from 6-9:45 p.m. at a cost of $6 for adults and $1 for children.

For more information, call 352-393-8746.

Santa letters

The city of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is collecting letters to Santa through its Operation Letters to Santa program for children in kindergarten through third grade (or any child who still "believes").

Letters must be postmarked or received by Dec. 12. They can be dropped off at the Eastside Recreation Center, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center, Porters Community Center and the Albert "Ray" Massey Recreation Center. They also can be faxed to 352-334-3299 or mailed to PRCA Administrative Office, c/o Operation Letters to Santa, P.O. Box 490, Station 24, Gainesville, FL 32627.

Each letter should be no more than one page and should contain the child's name, age, gender, mailing address (including Zip code), two accomplishments (good grades, etc.) and their top three wishes.

For more information, call 352-334-5067.

Toy drive

The Porters community is sponsoring a toy drive.

Any support is appreciated and all donations will be tax deductible. Toys and donations may be dropped off at the Porters Community Center at 512 SW 6th Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-3366, email porterscommunityorganization@yahoo.com, or visit the Facebook page at Porters Community Neighborhood Organization.

Camp/tryouts

Team FLA, a new semi-pro team in the State Developmental Football League, will host tryouts for men's football and cheer dancers for ages 18 and older.

The tryouts will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at Fred Cone Park at 2841 E. University Ave.

The team also is holding a free football camp for boys and girls ages 4-17. It will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, also at Fred Cone Park.

For more information, call 407-408-9861.

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., learn basic skills, and from 1-3 p.m., learn to manage and copy files and create folders.

On Dec. 8 at Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., get basic training.

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

Basketball tryouts

The Team Florida Juggernauts will be holding basketball tryouts for seventh- and ninth-grade boys interested in participating in traveling basketball.

Tryouts will take place from 3-5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Girls Place at 2101 NW 39th Ave.

Team Florida is a not-for-profit competitive basketball organization. The season will run from January to July and teams will compete throughout the state of Florida.

For more information, call 352-214-7887.

Job Corps

The Gainesville Job Corps Center hosts orientation each week for all interested students.

It is held from 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays at the center at 5301 NE 40th Terrace. Potential students between the ages of 16-24 are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 352-264-0300 or visit www.jobcorps.gov.

Pink Wish

The Pink Wish Foundation will host its annual International Etiquette Soiree.

It will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave.

Featured will be presentations from Children Beyond our Borders and the Pink Path to College Success, an interactive introduction to conversational Spanish and the crowning of Miss Pink Wish Spirit.

For more information, visit www.pinkwishfoundation.org.

Home repairs

Gainesville residents needing major home repairs may be eligible for free help through the Gainesville Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Applications are now being accepted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Housing Division office in the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave., Room 253.

The program will address problems with roofing, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing and heating.

For more information, call 352-334-5026 ext. 5624.

Deadline

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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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