About Town

Week of March 14

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.

Health careers

Santa Fe College will present a panel discussion of male African-American health care professionals who will discuss the shortage of black males in health care programs.

It will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Abiding Faith Christian Church at 6529 NW 39th Ave. It is free and open to the community, especially black males of all ages.

The panel of professionals and current students will tell their stories. Additionally, Pastor John Cowart, formerly of Santa Fe, will talk about the traits of a successful college student.

The programs represented will consist of cardiovascular technology, dental (hygiene and assisting), nursing (RN, LPN and assistive), nuclear medicine technology, radiography and respiratory care.

For more information, call 352-395-5000.


The 44th annual NHRA Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals will be in town this weekend.

Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville at 11211 N. County Road 225. Tickets are $10-$71.

Qualifying races will take place Thursday through Saturday, with the final races on Sunday.

For more information, call 352-377-0046.

Museum event

Spend a day watching volcanic eruptions and sifting for gems, minerals and other treasures at the seventh annual "Can You Dig It?" event.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Museum of Natural History at SW 34th Street and Hull Road. It is free and open to the community and food can be purchased. Prizes will be available by collecting stamps from the activity tables.

For more information, call 352-273-2062 or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/canyoudigit.htm.

Early Head Start

Childhood Development Services Inc. is accepting applications for its Early Head Start program in Alachua County for the 2013-2014 school year.

Early Head Start is a no-cost federal funded school-readiness program for children birth to 3 years old and for pregnant women. To be eligible for the next school year, children must be 2 years old or younger and born after Sept. 1, 2010.

Services — which are for unemployed and employed families, foster parents and families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Social Security — will be provided to all children, including those with mild to severe disabilities.

For more information, call 352-672-6979 or 352-377-3470.


The College Reach Out Program, or CROP, at Santa Fe College is accepting applications for students in grades 6-12 for the "Soar High" Spring Break Camp and also for its year-round program.

The deadline for applications for both is March 21.

For more information, call 352-395-5268.


The community is invited to "An Evening of Jazz" with The Visionaires.

It will be held from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Recreation Center at 5701 NW 34th St. Tickets are $25 in advance only.

Featured will be music, dancing and refreshments. Those attending also can bring their own food and drinks.

For more information, call 352-317-8291.

Spring Break camps

The city of Gainesville and the Florida Museum of Natural History will offer Spring Break camps for Alachua County schoolchildren.

Spring Break week is March 25-29. The cost of the city camp for ages 6-13 is $43 for city residents and $65 for non-city residents. Hours will be 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and camps will be held at the Eastside and Westside recreation centers.

The cost of the museum camp for K through fifth-graders will range from $117-$250. Hours will either be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. at the museum at SW 34th Street and Hull Road.

For more information, call the city at 352-334-5067 or the museum at 352-273-2061.

Pink Wish

The Pink Wish Foundation wll host its monthly event.

It will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave.

Featured will be sessions on physical health, conversational Spanish, emotional well-being and the Pink Path to College, followed by the "I Love Me Party."

For more information, call 352-284-2991.

UF group

Progressive Black Men Inc. at the University of Florida will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a community event and a banquet.

On March 22, members of the non-profit student group will participate in a project at Duval Elementary Fine Arts Academy.

On March 23, there will be a banquet at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Plaza Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. The community is invited. Tickets will be $30 for students and $35 for non-students, with discounts for couples. To purchase tickets, email jwervin92@gmail.com.

Featured will be entertainment, dancing and dining. The group also is need of donations.

For more information, email ufpbmanniversary@gmaill.com.

Ms. Wheelchair Florida

The 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Florida pageant is looking for contestants from all parts of the state.

The pageant will be held April 5-6 in St. Petersburg and will offer workshops and seminars aimed at teaching, motivating and uplifting those with disabilities.

The keynote speaker will be Perneita Farrar, a wheelchair-bound motivational speaker and disabilities activist.

Below is the criteria for contestants:

— Must be a woman 21-60 years of age.

— Must use a wheelchair for 100 percent of daily mobility.

— Must be a U.S. citizen.

— Must be a resident of Florida for at least six months.

— Must be available to fulfill all requirements of a state titleholder and make public appearances.

— Must possess good communication skills.

For more information, visit www.mswheelchairfl.org or email statecoordinator@mswheelchairfl.org.

Ombudsman program

Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of citizens 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. on March 21, April 18, May 16 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.

Victim services

The Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center will host several events throughout the city this year.

The first event will be "Respect Your Date Week" and it will be held Monday through March 22 at various high schools in Gainesville.

For more information, call 352-264-6760 or visit www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/CSS.

The Actors' Warehouse

The Actors' Warehouse will present "Diary of Anne Frank," a stage adaptation that charts two years of her life from 1942-1944.

Show times will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and also March 21-23 and March 28-30 and 3 p.m. Sunday and also March 24 at the theater at 608 N. Main Street. Tickets are $15, with two for one tickets on Thursday nights only.

For more information, call 352-222-3699.

Tutoring program

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

It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday 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.

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 Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills, and from 1-3 p.m., learn to create and copy files.

To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.

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 Monday. 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.

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 Friday at kohlskids.com. Nominators must be 21 years or older.

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 deadline

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The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday. Make sure all pertinent information is included.

Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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