Week of Jan. 31
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
The Gainesville Housing Authority will accept applications for its waiting list for public housing for up to five bedrooms.
Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 8 online only at www.gainesvillehousingauthority.org. Only one application per family will be accepted.
Individuals who are disabled and need reasonable accommodations to apply can call 352-872-5500 ext. 222 for assistance.
For the hearing impaired, call TDD 352-872-5503.
The Education Foundation of Alachua County will be providing about $106,000 in scholarships to the class of 2012-2013.
The requirement is that students attend Alachua County Public Schools. Other requirements are set by the individual scholarships. The application deadline is March 1.
Students may apply for multiple scholarships using the online STARS — Scholarship Tracking and Review System — application at www.acpsf.org by clicking on "Programs" and then on "Senior Scholarships. Students can also visit their school's guidance office.
The Dreamer's Foundation Inc. will present "A Fashion Show Extravaganza" featuring male and female models.
It will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave. Tickets are $15 and refreshments will be served.
The Dreamer's Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves intellectually disabled and disadvantaged youth and adults.
For more information, call 352-374-7955.
Envision Alachua will host a community discussion on the future of eastern Alachua County.
A workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., there will be sign in and a light dinner will be provided. Child care also will be provided.
Those interested in attending can get an update on the project, see how the vision is shaping up and provide feedback.
For more information, visit www.envisionalachua.com.
The Gainesville Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will host its annual Black and White Valentine's Affair.
It will be held from 7 p.m.-midnight Feb. 16 at the Paramount Plaza Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. Tickets are $45 each or $450 for a table for 10. Sponsorships also are available from $45-$1,000. Dress is strictly formal black and/or white only.
This year's ball will once again feature the band UMOJA performing hits from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, along with a heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet.
To purchase tickets and for more information, call 352-281-3681.
IHOP is inviting guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day.
It will be held from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday at the restaurant at 3613 SW 13th St.
On this day, guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities.
For more information, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.
Applications are now being accepted for two vacancies on the Alachua County Library District Board of Trustees.
The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday and applications must be signed and mailed or delivered to the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave. Applications are available at each branch library and online at www.aclib.us.
The current vacancies are for one Alachua County representative and one city of Gainesville representative. The board meets once each month.
For more information, call 352-334-3910 or 352-334-3909.
Kohl's department stores are accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers for the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program.
Nominations are for children and teens ages 6 to 18 and will be accepted beginning Friday through March 15 at kohlskids.com. Nominators must be 21 years or older.
Two nominees from each of the stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl's gift card. More than 200 store winners will win $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education, and Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner's behalf.
For more information, visit kohlskids.com.
Guardian ad Litem
Help children build a bridge of hope rather than despair by advocating in court for abused and neglected children as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.
Legal and staff support will be provided. The next class will take place on Feb. 25.
For more information, call 352-548-3823 or go to www.gal.alachua.fl.us.
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.
Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and and 3 p.m. Sunday 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.
The University of Florida will offer free baseline concussion tests for children ages 9 to 18 through the Concussion Surveillance and Management Research Program, a community research project conducted in partnership with Florida State University researchers.
It will be held from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at HealthStreet at 2401 SW Archer Road.
For more information, call 352-294-4880.
Experience a world of medieval magic, where jousting knights, dancing gypsies and historic heroes will mingle with visitors at the 27th annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.
It will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday for a special School Day at the Alachua County Fairgrounds at 2900 NE 39th Ave. Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5.
About 160 talented artisans, who travel from across the country, will display and sell their wares. There also will be entertainment and a food court.
For more information, call 352-334-ARTS.
You can be a firefighter for a day by participating in the 2nd annual Citizens Fire Academy.
It will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9 at Gainesville Fire Rescue at 1025 NE 13th St. Space is limited to 20 residents and the application deadline is Feb. 7.
To participate, be at least 18 years of age, be willing to get dirty and complete an application, available by calling 352-393-8461 or at www.gfr.org.
The Gainesville Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will sponsor the Listen to Your Heart 5K "Red Tutu" Run/Walk.
It will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Northeast Park on NE 16th Avenue and 2nd Street. The run/walk is for adults and children 10 years old and older. The registration fee is $25 online through Thursday at www.listen2yourheart5k.com and $30 the day of the event. Those interested also can purchase a red tutu for $10. The first 300 participants will receive a T-shirt.
For more information, call 386-365-4316.
There also is a drive to purchase malaria insecticide-treated bed nets for children in Haiti. The cost is $5 each and Thursday is the last day for donations. Mail checks or money orders to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., P.O. Box 12245, Gainesville, FL 32604. In the memo section, write: Bed nets for Haiti.
For more information, call 352-514-6118.
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 are now open and you can schedule an appointment 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., bring your electronic gadgets for a discussion and illustration, and from 1-3 p.m., learn Excel tips and how to create spreadsheets.
On Feb. 9 at Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic information about your computer.
To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.
The African American Multicultural Association Inc. will sponsor its Black History Month event.
It will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Spring Shores Community Center at 590 Silver Road in Ocala. It is free and open to the public.
Featured will be a film, speaker, poet, dance acts, vendors and displays.
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