About Town

Week of Feb. 14


Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.

Author visit

Sharon Draper, an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, will discuss her life, inspirations and writing.

The teacher-turned-writer will visit Gainesville at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave. It is free and open to the community.

Draper uses the insight she gained during her many years as a teacher to write books for children and teens.

For more information, call 352-334-3909.

School choice

The Alachua County School Board is now accepting applications for school choice for the 2013-14 academic year.

Applications are available online at www.sbac.edu by clicking on the "Zoning" link and then the "School Choice Form." The deadline to apply is Friday. Applications also can be faxed to 352-955-7990.

Parents will be notified by letter beginning Feb. 25 if the application has been approved or denied.

Youth conference

Teens and young adults ages 15-25 are invited to the Youth Empowerment Conference on purpose and vision.

The free event will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Florida Physics Building, Room 1001, on the corner of Museum Road and Gale Lemerand Drive. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information, call 352-519-2093 or email actso.rbrown@gmail.com.

Dental work

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

It will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday 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.

UF Mobile Clinic

If you're sick, but don't have insurance or money to see a doctor, don't despair, just visit the University of Florida College of Medicine Mobile Clinic.

Physicians and nurses will provide free health services, including general check-ups, screenings for HIV/AIDS and STDs, family planning, resource and referrals, and other health services on a first-come, first-served basis.

In east Gainesville, the Mobile Clinic stops at the following sites:

Bartley Temple United Methodist Church, 1936 NE 8th Ave.: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Village Green Apartments, 3101 NE 15th St.: 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays.

Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call 352-262-0162.

HIPPY

The Gainesville Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Inc., or HIPPY, will host International Day.

It will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Thelma Boltin Center at 516 NW 2nd Ave. It is free and open to the community.

The event, which will include activities and food, will highlight the different countries represented in the HIPPY program.

For more information call 352-870-3787 or 401-226-8094.

P.A.U.S.E.

Teens ages 13-18 are being encouraged to P.A.U.S.E.

Peers Advocating for Unified Services and Education trains teens to provide accurate and up-to-date information on domestic/dating violence, drug/alcohol abuse and other issues.

The next training session will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Alachua County Health Department at 224 SE 24th St. The registration deadline is Friday.

For more information, call 352-334-7972 or email teresa_white2doh.state.fl.us.

Pink Wish

The Gainesville chapter of the Pink Wish Foundation will host the inaugural Pink Path to College Tour for grils ages 8-16.

It will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Santa Fe College at 3000 NW 83rd St. It is free and open to the public.

Featured will be a tour of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Zoo, along with an overview on the admissions process and the program of study offered at the college.

For more information, call 800-391-9633 or visit www.pinkwishfoundation.org.

Food stamp fraud

Florida officials are cracking down on fraud in the food stamp program through a new system that verifies client's identities before an application is processed.

More than $100 million was lost to fraud in the food stamp program from 2010 to 2011.

Department of Children and Families employees who administer the program will now use the same technology as banks to verify an individual's identity. This includes asking questions about the recipient's financial history and residence.

The agency is also monitoring social media sites like Craigslist to stop people from buying and selling food stamp debit cards.

Other steps include monitoring multiple requests for replacement cards and automatically closing certain cases when benefits expire.

— The Associated Press

Park-n-Ride

Gainesville Regional Transit System has opened its first official Park-n-Ride facility.

It is located at the new Wal-Mart Supercenter located off NW 34th Street, just south of U.S. 441.

Commuters can park their vehicles in the designated area within the Wal-Mart parking lot and ride RTS Route 8 to the University of Florida and Shands. There are 43 parking spaces available and there is no charge for use.

For more information, call 352-334-2600 or visit www.go-rts.com.

Scholarships

The American Chemical Society is offering scholarships to minority chemical science students.

Applications will be accepted through March 1. Apply online at www.acs.org/scholars. The renewable scholarships are for $1,000 to $5,000 per year.

For more information, call 800-227-5558 or email scholars@acs.org.

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.

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. Friday at Metcalfe Elementary School at 1250 NE 18th Ave. There also will be door prizes.

For more information, call 352-955-6713.

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.

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 Saturday 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.

Ombudsman program

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. Feb. 21 at the Alachua Regional Service Center at 14107 NW Highway 441 in Alachua to discuss the program's current activities and 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.

Waldo celebration

The Waldo Community Concerned Citizens will present "A Look Back at the Past."

It will be held beginning Monday through Feb. 23 at the Waldo Community Center. Events are free and open to the community.

Featured will be speakers and displays related to the military, black churches, old black schools and more. Viewing of the displays will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and also Feb. 23.

The speakers will be: Tuesday, Wayne Sparkman, Florida Black Heritage Trail; Feb. 21, Vivian Filer, a Gainesville storyteller; Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Clifford Ferguson, turpentine; Buddy and Marilyn Thompson, cane syrup; Chief Tony Jones, Gainesville Police Department, and others.

For more information, call 352-226-9610.

Health conference

Health Workshops R Us will present the National Women's Health Conference.

It will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at 1475 Tampa Park Plaza in downtown Tampa. It is free, and open to the public, and transportation will be provided to and from Gainesville. The theme is "Be a Better You."

Featured will be speakers and presentations on heart disease, annual physicals, cancer awareness, arthritis, surgery recovery and pain management, hypertension in women, stress management and even finances.

For more information, call 352-256-5823, email spollard142@aol.com or visit www.stephaniepollard.org.

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