About Town

Week of Dec. 13

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.

5th Avenue

Santa Claus will be coming to the historic 5th Avenue/Pleasant Street district during Christmas On the Avenue, a holiday parade and community party.

The event will take place Saturday, with the parade from noon-1 p.m. beginning at NW 5th Avenue and 4th Street and the party from 2-4 p.m. in the Tot Lot on the corner of NW 5th Avenue and 10th Street.

Featured will be a toy giveaway, entertainment, food and more.

For more information, call 352-284-5242.

Also, RTS bus Route 6 will be detoured during the parade and will last from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Route 6 will head straight up N. Main Street and then west on NW 8th Avenue and continue its normal operation.

For more information, call 352-334-2600 or visit www.go-rts.com.

Lincoln class

The Lincoln High School Class of 1969 will host its annual holiday gathering.

It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Buffet in the Oaks Mall Plaza at 6795 Newberry Road. Dinner will be at everyone's expense.

Classmates, family members and friends are asked to attend for food, fellowship and catching up on old times.

For more information, call 352-373-3269 or 352-372-6278.

Museum Nights

The Harn Museum will host "Museum Nights: Cultural Connections," an evening of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas traditions.

It will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Harn at SW 34th Street and Hull Road. Money also will be collected to purchase mosquito nets for malaria-infected countries, such as Haiti and Liberia.

Featured will be music, food, art activities and a scavenger hunt.

For more information, call 352-392-3892.

Spotlight on Youth

Teens can help teens during the 14th annual Spotlight on Youth talent show, the signature event of CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services Inc.

All interested high school students can now apply to audition for the show. The deadline is Dec. 19. The show will be held in early April.

Needed are performers and visual and spoken word artists.

To apply and for more information, call 352-244-0628 x3865 or visit www.cdsfl.org.

Oratorical event

Middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in the inaugural King Week oratorial presentation.

Auditions will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St. Winners will be chosen from ages 11-14 and 15-17.

Participants will write and memorize an oration in response to the question, "What has happened to the 50-year-old dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Teens must give at least one main idea, two details, and an example to explain. The oration, which should be at least 3 minutes, should end with teens sharing how it makes them feel.

Points will be earned for content, clarity, expression, poise, eye contact, memorization and adherence to the time limit.

For more information, call coordinator Cynthia Mingo at 352-222-9425 or email cynpeace2u2@hotmail.com.

Project Manhood

Mentors are needed for Project Manhood, a program designed to help middle school students transition from boyhood to manhood and into a brighter future.

Mentors will meet with their students at least one Saturday each month. The program is sponsored by the Beta Pi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Charlie Jackson, president of Beta Pi and director of Project Manhood, said mentors will receive training and must undergo a background check.

For more information, call Jackson at 352-494-5005.

Golf benefit

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will host its Gainesville Alumni Golf Tournament.

It will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Ironwood Golf Course at 2100 NE 39th Ave. Registration will be held at 7:30 a.m. and will include a continental breakfast.

The entry fee is $65, and pre-registration is advised because the event is limited to 80 players. The entry fee includes cart and green fees and lunch and prizes, which will be awarded to the first three places.

For more information, call Ironwood at 352-334-3120.


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. Thursday at Haven Hospice at 4200 NW 90th Blvd. to discuss current activities. A short video introducing the program will play 15 minutes before the meeting.

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

T-shirt donations

Taylor Boswell, a junior dual-enrolled student at Santa Fe College and Buchholz High School, is collecting white undershirt T-shirts in all sizes to be given to residents in local nursing homes.

T-shirts can be dropped off at Watson Realty at 4516 NW 23rd Ave.

For more information, call 352-318-3931.

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.

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 training, and from 1-3 p.m., learn Publisher.

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

Benefit cruise

Cruise with AAMCA Inc. and Victory Casino Cruises.

It will be held on Jan. 12. The cost is $65 per person (age 21+), and includes roundtrip transportation, a light breakfast, entry onboard the ship, entertainment, a $10 rebate voucher, and a buffet meal. The last day to pay is Friday. Seating is limited.

Pick-up will take place at 7 a.m. that morning in the parking lot at Best Buy in Butler Plaza.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 646-319-8795 or 646-319-8765 or email aamcainc@yahoo.com.

Guardian ad Litem

Share your time by advocating in court for abused and neglected children as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.

No special background is needed and legal and staff support will be provided. The next class will be held on Jan. 14. Sign up before the holidays because class size is limited.

For more information, call 352-548-3823 or go to www.gal.alachua.fl.us.

Guardian deadline

Want to submit announcements to the Gainesville Guardian?

The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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