Week of Jan. 17
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:21 p.m.
VITA and AARP Tax-Aide Assistance will be offering free income tax help to residents.
VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, an IRS-sponsored program that works with the United Way of North Central Florida and community partners, and the AARP Tax-Aide Assistance Program, sponsored by the AARP Foundation in partnership with the IRS, will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing through April 15, when the tax season ends.
VITA serves families or individuals whose income for 2012 is $51,000 or less, while AARP Tax-Aide has no income requirements.
VITA tax preparation sites will open on Jan. 23, but you can schedule an appointment now by calling 2-1-1. AARP Tax-Aide will open its sites on Feb. 4 and you can make an appointment now via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 templates and more Word.
To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.
Legendary Jam Pony DJ's Slick Vic and Loc Cool Joc will be performing live.
The concert will take place from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday at the All Star Sports Bar & Grill at 4521 SW 13th St. in Gainesville.
For more information, call 352-301-0393.
Learn how to sell on eBay and ship with the United States Postal Service.
A free seminar will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the General Mail Facility at 4600 SW 34th St.
For more information, call 352-334-7697 or email email@example.com.
Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is in need of volunteers to join its corps of 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 1 p.m. Thursday at the Alachua Regional Service Center at 14107 NW U.S. Highway 441 in Alachua to discuss the program's current activities and to give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues.
For more information, call 888-831-0404 or visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.
The Youth Leadership Transformation free after-school program for students in Pre-K through 12th grade is accepting applications.
The tutoring program offers a strong academic curriculum that will focus on FCAT preparation and character education with parental involvement in the mix.
Tutoring will be offered from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at Landmark Holy Temple of God at 1220 NE 23rd Ave.
For more information, call 352-375-8822.
Get ready for the inaugural Road to Zero Block Party on HIV/AIDS, violence and drug abuse.
The event will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St.
For more information, call 352-316-4023 or 305-951-2806.
The Alachua County Crisis Center is seeking volunteers to become crisis line counselors.
The next training class will begin on Saturday, 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.
The Actors' Warehouse will present "The Amen Corner," a classic play by James Baldwin that explores the role of the church in the African-American family, centers around a wife who is a preacher having to deal with her long-wandering jazz-playing husband who comes home to die.
The play opens with a free special preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, followed by other performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-26, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St.
Tickets, which are $15 general admission and 2 for 1 on Thursdays, are available at the door and online at www.actorswarehouse.org. Click on "Now Showing" and then on "Tickets."
For more information, call 352-301-5823 or 352-870-0064.
Join the AAMCA Inc. of Ocala on a trip on May 4 to the Holy Land Experience for adults 19 and over.
The cost is $65 each or $75 each with a food voucher and includes breakfast, a snack, admission to Holy Land and a tote bag.
Payments will be due Feb. 9 and March 9. Make checks payable to AAMCA Inc. and don't forget to add $10 to the final payment if purchasing the food voucher.
Those paying in full by Feb. 23 will receive a free raffle ticket for a $20 prize. Refunds must be made in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 9 for the full amount and March 9 for half the amount.
For more information, call 646-319-8795 or 646-319-8765.
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.
If you are African American between the ages of 18 and 75 and have been diagnosed with asthma for more than a year, you may be eligible for a research study at the University of Florida.
Enrollment will take place through December at the Shands/Eastside Community Practice.
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