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Week of Feb. 7


Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:48 p.m.

Book reading

The community is invited to a reading of "Their Eyes Were Watching God," a book by Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston.

It will be held beginning at noon Thursday until the book is finished at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave.

Hurston grew up in Eatonville, near Orlando, and the book is considered her masterpiece.

The event, sponsored by the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, is being held in conjunction with the 2013 National African American Read-In, which is held in February.

To request a time to read and for more information, email vivianfiler@att.net or bfelkerquinn@gmail.com.

Dental work

Millhopper Family Dentistry will host its annual Care to Share event.

It will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Feb. 16 at Millhopper Family Dentistry at 3510 NW 43rd St. A team of dentists, hygienists and volunteers will help 100 people in need of such dental work as fillings, extractions and cleanings.

For more information, call 352-377-1705 or visit millhopperfamilydentistry.com.

Porters BBQ

Spend an afternoon visiting with friends and making new ones at the free Porters BBQ sponsored by the Florida Organic Growers.

The event, which will include a tour of the Porters Community Farm, will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the farm at 518 SW 3rd St.

For more information, email travis@foginfo.org.

BASE contest

Black AIDS Services and Education, or BASE, will host its annual arts competition in conjunction with National Black AIDS Awareness Day, which is Thursday.

The competition will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, followed at 6 p.m. with a panel discussion, all at the Gainesville Job Corps Center at 5301 NE 40th Terrace.

Students will compete in two categories: Performing and visual arts. The first-place winner will receive $200 and the second-place winner will earn $100.

For more information, call 352-372-0216 or email njah52@att.net.

Diabetes workshop

Take charge of your diabetes and learn to feel better during the Diabetes Self-Management Workshop for individuals and their caregivers.

The free six-week workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon beginning Feb. 20 at the Alachua County Health Department at 224 SE 24th St.

To register and for more information, call 352-692-5219.

Public housing

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 Friday 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.

Dancing/drumming

Ghanaian dancing and drumming classes are being offered for adults and children.

The free classes will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Wilhelmina Johnson Resource Center at 321 NW 10th St. The dances and drumming are used as a way to teach the history and culture of Ghana.

Dance classes are taught by Naana Banyiwa Horne and her son, Kofi Horne, teachers drumming.

For more information, call 352-871-2310.

Senior scholarships

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.

Dreamer's Foundation

The Dreamer's Foundation Inc. will present "A Fashion Show Extravaganza" featuring male and female models.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday 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.

ESE event

The Alachua County Public Schools Exceptional Student Education Department and Parent Involvement invites students and parents from all Pre-K ESE and Head Start sites to "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," a morning of activities for parents and students.

The event will take place from 9-11 a.m. Feb. 15 at Metcalfe Elementary School at 1250 NE 18th Ave. There also will be door prizes.

For more information, call 352-955-6713.

Envision Alachua

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. Thursday 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.

Kappa affair

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.

Fire academy

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 Thursday.

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.

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 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.

Tax prep

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 taxaide4u@gmail.com.

Actors' Warehouse

The Actors' Warehouse will present "Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963," a play that tells the individual stories of the four little girls killed by a bomb explosion in 1963 at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16 and 3 p.m. Feb. 16-17 at the theater at 608 N. Main St. Tickets are $6 for one or $10 for two and will be available at the door or by calling 352-871-0064.

Holy Land

Join the African American Multicultural Association Inc. of Ocala on a trip 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 aamcainc@yahoo.com 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.

Tutoring

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.

Correction

The Lake Forest Elementary School "Spring Fling Black History Celebration" will be held at 6 p.m. March 14.

It was reported as being held on March 16 in the Jan. 31 edition of the Guardian.

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