Week of Dec. 27
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at the "Downtown Countdown" New Year's Eve Celebration.
The celebration will be held from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Monday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. It is free and open to the public.
Featured will be headliners Mick Marino and The Nasty Habit's Rolling Stone 50th anniversary celebration with the opening act by the reggae band Irie Ones, formerly Iration.
For more information, call 352-393-8746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city of Gainesville will continue to host its holiday camp during the winter break for Alachua County school children.
The city is hosting Winter Break Camp for children ages 6-13 and age 5 if completed kindergarten. The cost is $43 for city residents and $65 for non-city residents.
The camp will be offered from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday, Monday and also Jan. 2 at the Eastside Recreation Center at 2841 E. University Ave.
For more information, call 352-334-5067.
Volunteers are wanted to provide income tax preparation assistance and serve as greeters for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, and the AARP Tax-Aide Assistance programs.
The VITA tax season will run from Jan. 22-April 15, while the AARP Tax Assistance season will run from Feb. 4-April 16.
VITA training classes will be offered from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 14-17 at Gerson Hall on the University of Florida campus and AARP training classes will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays from Jan. 4-15 at the Millhopper Branch Library at 3145 NW 43rd St.
For AARP volunteer information, call 352-339-1801 or email AARPtaxhelp@gmail.com. For VITA volunteer information, call 352-333-0852 or email email@example.com
Alachua County Emergency Management is accepting registration for the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, program.
The classes will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 8-Feb. 19 at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center at 1100 SE 27th St. The classes are free, and the registration deadline is Jan. 7.
Class topics will include disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations, CERT organization and disaster psychology and terrorism and CERT.
For more information, call 352-264-6500 or 352-374-5284 TDD.
The Alpha Iota chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. will host its Red and Gold Gala.
It will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the Thelma Boltin Center at 516 NE 2nd Ave. Tickets are $25.
Proceeds will benefit scholarships for deserving high school graduates and current college students. Eta Phi Beta is a non-profit business and professional women's organization founded in 1942 in Detroit.
For more information, call 904-769-3361 or 386-295-0288.
The Regional Transit System will reduce its fall service due to the winter holiday breaks at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.
There will be no service on New Year's Day, and normal service will resume on Jan. 2.
On Monday, RTS will operate its Spring 2013 schedule with reduced service. Paratransit service will run as normal.
For more information, call 352-334-2600 or visit www.go-rts.com.
Residential curbside collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will be delayed one day following New Year's Day.
However, regular solid waste collection on Monday will not be affected. The regular schedule for collection will resume the week of Jan. 7.
The five Alachua County Rural Collection Centers and the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station will be closed Tuesday. The Office of Waste Collection and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
For more information, call 352-338-3233.
The Alachua County Crisis Center is seeking volunteers to become crisis line counselors.
The next training class will begin on Jan. 19, where 60 hours of in-depth training will be provided.
For more information, call Ali Martinez at 352-264-6782 or visit www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/CSS/CrisisCenter/Pages/Volunteer.aspx.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jan. 5 at Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills., and from 1-3 p.m., learn PowerPoint I.
To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.
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.
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.
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