Week of Feb. 21
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.
Get help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at College Goal Sunday and Financial Aid Night.
College Goal Sunday will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Santa Fe College, Building I, Room 50 at 3000 NW 83rd St. and at Eastside High School, Room 2006 at 1201 SE 45th Terrace. Eastside also will offer Financial Aid Night for Seniors and parents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, also at the school.
There will be a drawing for a $500 scholarship for high school seniors and undergraduate college students.
For more information, call SF College at 352-395-5481 and Alachua County Public Schools at 352-955-7671, ext. 264 or visit www.collegegoalsundayflorida.org or www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Mike Powell & Associates — Athletic, Academic & Scholarship Consulting LLC will give away a free college bus tour during spring break to an Alachua County high school senior who wins an essay contest.
The deadline to submit the essay is March 8 and the subject is "Why Do I Think A College Education Will Make My Life Better." The essay must be 500 words or less. Essays must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Mike Powell & Associates, P.O. Box 5742, Gainesville, FL 32627.
The winner will get a free trip on the 2013 Spring Break College Tour series that will take place March 22-29.
For more information, visit www.mikepowellconsulting.com, click on the "Contact Us" link and leave a request.
The community is invited to join the city of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Porters Community Neighborhood Organization for the unveiling ceremony of the "The Ballpark" historical marker.
The unveiling will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Porters Community Center at 512 SW 2nd Terrace.
The ceremony will commemorate the history of Porters as the original ballpark in 1906 for the first University of Florida home football game and the various Gainesville teams that played there from 1883 to 1910. From 1910-1946, the ballpark was used for tent shows, community fairs and traveling circuses.
For more information, call 352-393-8755 or email email@example.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.
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 March 9 at Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic information.
To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local college and university students are being encouraged to apply for the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections scholarship.
One $1,200 scholarship will be awarded statewide. The deadline to submit applications to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections is March 18. The scholarship will be awarded in June.
Applications can be obtained online at www.VoteAlachua.com or from the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office at 111 SE 1st Ave.
Applicants must be full-time students attending an accredited Florida university or college. They also must be enrolled or accepted as a junior or senior and be either a political science major, public or business administration major or a journalism/mass communications major. There also is other criteria.
For more information, call 352-374-5252.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
The Waldo Community Concerned Citizens will present "A Look Back at the Past."
It will be held through Saturday 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. On Saturday, the viewing of the displays will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the center.
The speakers will be: Thursday, Vivian Filer, a Gainesville storyteller; Saturday, 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 Workshops R Us will present the National Women's Health Conference.
It will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday 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 email@example.com or visit www.stephaniepollard.org.
VITA and AARP Tax-Aide Assistance are offering free income tax help to residents.
VITA tax preparation sites are now open and you can schedule an appointment by calling 2-1-1. AARP Tax-Aide are now open and you can make an appointment via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The name of one of the cast members of "Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963" was misspelled in last week's edition of the Guardian.
His name is Kouvaris Coles. The play was a production by the Star Center Children's Theatre.
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For more information, call 352-337-0360.