About Town

Week of March 21

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.

King breakfast

The community is invited to the 6th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast to commemorate the 45th anniversary of King's assassination.

It will be held at 8 a.m. April 4 at the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel at 4200 NW 97th Blvd. Tickets are $30 each or $300 for a table seating 10. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 2.

Featured will be the viewing of "The Witness: From The Balcony of Room 306," a documentary by the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles that focuses on the last hours of King's life. Kyles was near King on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis and witnessed the assassination.

Also, a local faith leader will be presented with the Drum Major for Justice Award and a local high school senior will be presented with the inaugural Drum Major for Justice Scholarship Award.

For ticket information, call 352-376-2442.

Cone Park library

The Alachua County Library District will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Cone Park Branch Library.

It will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday just west of the Eastside Recreation Center at 2841 E. University Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-3909.

Essay contest

The Pleasant Street Historic Society will sponsor "Standing on the Shoulders," an essay contest for middle school students.

The topic will be "Because You Did, I Can." The deadline for essays is Friday via email to PleasantStreetHistoricSociety@gmail.com. The essays, which should not exceed 500 words, will be judged on content, creativity, accuracy and grammar. The essay should discuss a person who, by his or her teachings, actions or examples, has impacted the student's life, dreams and goals and provided them with an opportunity to succeed in life and become a better person.

If writing about a person who is significant in history, do not cut and paste information from the computer or copy from a book.

The name of the person who is the subject of the essay should be centered above the essay. Below the essay, at the bottom of the page on the left, include the name, address, phone number and email address, if available, of the essay writer and also grade, teacher's name and name of school.

The top five winners will receive a check and a ticket to the Claronelle Smith Griffin Distinguished Speaker Series Banquet at 3 p.m. on April 7 at the D.R. Williams Fellowship Hall. The next three winners will receive free tickets to the banquet only.

For more information, call 352-377-4217.

Acrosstown play

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre will present "Tambourines to Glory," a musical written by Langston Hughes, the late Harlem Renaissance poet and writer.

It will be presented through March 31 at the theater at 619 N. Main St. Show times will be 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students, educators, veterans and seniors in advance and at the door.

The play centers around two unemployed women who establish a storefront church in Harlem.

For more information, call 352-505-0868.

A Nu Twist

A Nu Twist Multicultural Hair Salon will present the "Go Natural! Natural Hair Meet-Up."

It will be held from 3-6 p.m. March 31 at The Brew Spot at 1000 NE 16th Ave., Building H.

Salon owner and master stylist Antoinette Black and her staff will answer hair care questions, host live demonstrations, discuss hair products, and offer insight into the world of natural hair.

Veterans event

Area veterans are invited to the inaugural "Alachua County Transition Veterans Information and Referral Day."

It will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28 at Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park at 7400 SW 41st Place in Gainesville. Featured will be information and referrals for veterans transitioning to civilian life and securing employment.

Participating will be community organizations and agencies and educational institutions. Employment opportunities will be provided by Walmart, the city of Gainesville and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

For more information, call 352-264-6745 or 352-264-6744.

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.

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.

UF group

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

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

On Saturday, 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.


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. Thursday and also April 18 and 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.

NAACP meeting

The Alachua County Branch NAACP will hold its monthly meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. March 28 at New Macedonia Baptist Church at 1204 NW 10th St. As a part of the group's community outreach, the monthly meetings will be held at churches throughout the county.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.


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 Thursday.

For more information, call 352-395-5268.


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.

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 30 at Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills, and from 1-3 p.m., learn Publisher.

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


Neighbors in North Lincoln Heights will be holding a neighborhood cleanup on March 30. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at SE 14th Street and 4th Avenue.

Neighbors in Melton Manor and Robinson Heights held their cleanup last Saturday.

Incorrect information was reported in the March 14 edition of the Guardian.

The cleanups are in conjunction with the 18th annual Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep Alachua County Beautiful.

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