About Town

Week of Feb. 28


Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.

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 Friday.

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.

Essay contest

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 mrtpowell1@gmail.com 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.

Buffalo Soldiers

Learn all about the U.S. Army's Buffalo Soldiers from the Buffalo Soldiers Society, a Jacksonville motorcycle club.

The program will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-0165.

NAACP

The Alachua County branch of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wilhelmina Johnson Center at 321 NW 10th St.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

AIDS prayer

More than 60 area churches will participate in the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.

The week will be held beginning Monday through March 9 and educational material and testing will be available.

The week also highlights the HIV awareness campaign that mobilizes faith communities and highlights the contributions and the impact congregations make in prevention, testing, direct service, advocacy and community engagement.

For more information, call 352-334-7972.

Homebuying workshop

Spirit of Faith Christian Center will host a free homebuying workshop.

It will be held at 9 a.m. March 9 at the church at 1414 NE 23rd Ave. The community is invited.

The workshop will feature representatives from Alarion Bank, Bosshardt Realty Services, Chris Doering Mortgage Co. and Keller Williams Realty and others who will discuss the following topics: Easy steps in the homebuying process; traditional lenders vs. mortgage brokers, purchasing programs available and what to look for during the home inspection process.

To register, call 352-505-0192 ext. 2003 or email jhurst@sofccg.org.

Community Action

The Central Florida Community Action Agency will host its inaugural Community Partner Awards Breakfast.

It will be held at 8 a.m. March 27 at the Paramount Plaza Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. Tickets are $15 and are now available. Raffle tickets also are being sold for $2 each.

During the breakfast, awards will be presented to businesses and organizations that have assisted the agency over the years. The speaker will be Mary Wise, the University of Florida women's volleyball coach.

Proceeds will benefit the agency's self-sufficiency, energy assistance and home weatherization programs.

For more information, email mharrison@cfcaa.org or visit www.cfcaa.org.

Tutoring program

The Youth Leadership Transformation free after-school program is planning an event.

It will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 14 at Landmark Holy Temple of God at 1220 NE 23rd Ave. It is free and open to the community.

The speaker will be Margaret Harris, who will discuss Exceptional Student Education, or ESE, laws and how to speak to school staff when an ESE student is having problems.

For more information, call 352-375-8822.

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.

Ghanaian dance

Learn traditional dances and drumming from Ghana, Africa.

Classes will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Wilhelmina Johnson Resource Center at 321 NW 10th St. Children and adults are welcomed.

For more information, call 352-871-2310.

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 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.

Citizens Academy

The city will offer "Gainesville 101: the Citizens Academy," a six-week program designed to teach residents about the inner workings of local government and city management.

Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon every Wednesday beginning March 13 and will meet at various locations throughout the city, such as the Public Works Compound and Morningside Nature Center. It is free and open to the community, but enrollment will be limited to 30 residents.

For more information, call 352-334-5017, visit http://academy.cityofgainesville.org, or email gainesvillepio@cityofgainesville.org.

Scholarships

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

Applications will be accepted through Friday. 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.

Elections scholarship

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.

Kohl's scholarship

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.

Show chorus

Are you interested in learning and singing women's a cappella barbershop harmony music?

The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is holding a membership drive. Rehearsals will take place from 7-9:30 p.m. Thursdays at Covenant Church at 3115 NW 16th Blvd.

For more information, call 352-318-1281.

Tax prep

VITA and AARP Tax-Aide Assistance are 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 are now open and you can make an appointment via email at taxaide4u@gmail.com.

Correction

Old Central Academy High School in Palatka was the first Negro high school in Florida to receive accreditation. A story last week that appeared in the Guardian about a book written about Lincoln High School stated otherwise.

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For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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