Week of Jan. 3
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 7:08 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alachua County Health Department is encouraging children and adults to get the seasonal flu vaccine and to take precautions to limit their risk of exposure to seasonal flu, an infection of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus.
Compared with most other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, influenza infection often causes a more severe illness. Symptoms can include headache, fever, a severe cough, runny nose or body aches.
The Florida Department of Health urges the following preventive steps for the flu:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medicine, except to get medical care or for other necessities.
Get re-vaccinated EVERY YEAR because flu viruses change each year.
The Alachua County Health Department will conduct two flu clinics from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Jan. 15-16 at the health department at 224 SE 24th St. Alachua County school-aged children can get the FluMistŪ vaccine for free. Health department clients can get the flu shot for free and non-clients can get the flu shot for $25. (Many insurance plans cover the cost).
For more information, call 352-334-7913.
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 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.
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 Saturday at Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills, and from 1-3 p.m., learn PowerPoint I.
On Jan. 12 at Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic 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 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.
The Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry Inc. is still collecting new and clean gently used coats through March 1.
Drop off items from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Alachua County Housing Authority at 703 NE 1st St. Especially needed are large and extra large adult-sized coats and jackets.
All donated coats will be distributed free of charge through coalition member agencies to local residents in need.
For more information, call 352-372-2549 or email email@example.com.
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.
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.
The wrong photo accompanied the story on the Hutchinson brothers, who have been invited back to compete in the "Family Feud" Big Money Tournament.
The photo in the Dec. 27 edition is from the brothers' first appearance on ‘Feud,' which was in July 2010.
Also, Kessler is using the name Brad.
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