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Week of April 4

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 8:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 8:48 p.m.

Financial Peace

The Gainesville chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is partnering with Springhill Baptist Church to sponsor the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University seminar.

It will take place for nine weeks on Thursdays beginning April 11 at the church at 120 SE Williston Road. The cost is $95 for a kit that contains books, CDs and other materials.

Those attending will learn to get rid of debt, build wealth and learn to make the right decisions about money and finances.

To sign up and for more information, call 352-374-6623 or email daryllamarpcooper@gmail.com.


The Alachua County branch NAACP will host a community mass meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave. The community is invited.

The topic of discussion will be the school to prison pipeline here in Alachua County.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

Lincoln Estates

The Lincoln Estates Neighborhood Watch will host a free hurricane preparedness workshop.

It will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Alachua County Health Department at 224 SE 24th St. The community is invited. Dinner will be provided and there will be prize drawings.

Featured will be Bill Quinlan, chief meteorologist at WCJB TV20, and Ebbin Spellman, coordinator of Alachua County Emergency Management.

Those attending will get the latest updates on helping neighbors during a weather crisis and also learn how to program phones to receive weather alerts.

For more information, call 352-214-3966.

Stork's Nest

The Delta Sigma Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is holding a Stork's Nest open house.

It will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Caring and Sharing Learning School at 1951 SE 4th St.

Featured will be giveaways, orientation and information. Supervised children also are welcome.

The Stork's Nest program is designed to promote prenatal care and healthy behaviors during pregnancy.

For more information, call 352-372-1004.

Arts festival

Get ready for the 44th annual Santa Fe College Springs Arts Festival.

It will take place from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday along NE 1st Street in downtown Gainesville and the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave.

Featured will be 220 artists with artwork, jewelry, sculptures and more, entertainment and food. Also on Saturday, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Thomas Center, there will be a free concert feturing Tropix and Ramos Pinta, both Latin bands.

For more information, call 352-395-5355.

Florida Museum

The Florida Museum of Natural History is looking for boys and girls ages 12-17 for the summer junior volunteer program.

The application deadline is Friday. Download the application at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/volunteers/JV_application.pdf and mail to Amy Hester, Volunteer Coordinator, P.O. Box 112710, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710.

For more information, call 352-273-2055 or email volunteers@flmnh.ufl.edu.


Do your part to make Alachua County beautiful by donating a few hours of your time during the 18th annual Great American Cleanup.

It will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Westside Park at 1001 NW 34th St. Volunteers are needed and supplies will be provided.

Recycling Services of America will offer confidential document destruction from 8 a.m.-noon, also at Westside Park. For more information, call 352-379-5797.

Other items that will be accepted for recycling are:

— Printer and copier cartridges.

— Rechargeable, automotive and marine batteries.

— Tires.

— Light bulbs and tubes.

— Cardboard boxes.

Also, Alachua County Hazardous Waste will accept electronics, used oil, paint, poisons, medications, household cleaners and motor oil. For more information, call 352-334-0440.

To organize a cleanup in your neighborhood and for more information, visit kacb.org.

Free Fridays, Jest Fest!

The "Free Fridays" concert series and the inaugural Jest Fest! will kick off this weekend at the Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza.

The concert will be held from 8-10 p.m. Friday with "Mike Boulware & The Dreamcatchers" playing songwriter classics. The Jest Fest! will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday with the Cirikli Stilt Bird puppets, the living tree character TreeMan and comedy juggling by Todd Key, aka TreeMan.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., featured will be roving entertainers. There also will be a preview of the Hippodrome Theatre production, "Robin Hood," which opens April 10.

For more information, call 352-393-8746 or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

Adult football

The Team Florida Stingrays of the Gridiron Developmental Football League, a men's pro developmental team, still has positions open for those 18 and older.

Practices are held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at 2000 SW 43rd St. behind the fire station off SW 20th Avenue. Those interested are asked to bring shoulder pads and helmets. The team will start hitting on Tuesday

The season will start on May 4 and home games will be played at Union County High School in Lake Butler.

To sign up and for more information, call 407 408-9861 and 904 955-9293 or visit www.gdfl.net and search for "Stingrays."

Softball team

The Orange Lake Ballers softball team is making a comeback.

The team will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at T.B. McPherson Park for a meeting and the first practice.

Team members will include females 18 years of age and older.

Sponsors also are needed.

For more information, call 352-444-0644 or 352-281-7287.

Community Day

Springhill Baptist Church will host a Community Connection Day.

It will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Woodland Park Boys & Girls Club at 1900 SE 4th St. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be entertainment, games, prizes, a clothing giveaway and food. There also will be information provided on a local GED program.

For more information, call 863-651-6853 or email communications@springhillmbc.org.

Spotlight on Youth

The CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services will host its 14th annual Spotlight on Youth teen talent show.

It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College at 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at the Fine Arts box office.

Nearly 90 high school students from all over North Central Florida will be performing, including dance groups, musicians and vocalists.

In addition, there will be a visual arts display.

Refreshments will be prepared and served by the Gainesville Job Corps Center culinary arts students.

Funds raised will support the Interface youth shelters, which assist almost 1,000 young people each year.

For more information, call 352-244-0628 or visit www.cdsfl.org.

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