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Week of April 11

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Baby shower

Parents of children birth to 5 years old are invited to the 9th annual World's Greatest Baby Shower.

It will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Middle School at 1001 SE 12th St.

Featured will be workshops and giveaways of gift cards and baby items. Breakfast and lunch also will be provided.

Tax prep

VITA and AARP Tax-Aide Assistance are still 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.

To make an appointment with VITA, call 2-1-1. To make an appointment with AARP, email taxaide4u@gmail.com.

Golf benefit

The Nu Eta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host its annual House of Alpha Scholarship Golf Tournament.

It will be held April 20 beginning at 8 a.m. with registration, followed at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at Ironwood Golf Course at 2100 NE 39th Ave. The cost is $50 each, and will include lunch, prizes and gifts and cart and green fees. The deadline for players and sponsorships is April 17.

Needed also are sponsors and donors, from $25-$300, who will be recognized during the awards ceremony and also in the program booklet. There is no deadline for donations.

For more information, call 954-445-0699 or email mauricemspence@gmail.com.

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 Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills.

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

Poetry month

The Alachua County Library District invites the community to celebrate National Poetry Month with an "Open Mic Night."

It will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave.

Featured will be aspiring poets, spoken word artists and rappers.

For more information, call 352-334-3909 or visit www.aclib.us.

MaDear's Kids

MaDear's Kids will be producing "The Color Purple" this summer.

Auditions will be held in May, with the date and time to be announced. However, head shots and resumes are now being accepted.

Send items via email to madearskidswrld@aol.com.

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 April 18, May 16 and June 20 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.

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 beginning Thursday 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 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 Youth Leadership Transformation free after-school program for students in Pre-K through 12th grade is accepting applications.

The tutoring program offers a strong academic curriculum that will focus on FCAT preparation and character education with parental involvement in the mix.

Tutoring will be offered from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at Landmark Holy Temple of God at 1220 NE 23rd Ave.

For more information, call 352-375-8822.

Free Fridays, Jest Fest!

The "Free Fridays" concert series and the inaugural Jest Fest! continues at the Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza.

The concert will be held from 8-10 p.m. Friday with "Quartermoon," a Gainesville-based folk rock band. The Jest Fest! will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday with Barbara and Ina with their living breathing human statue exhibit.

Also on tap will be South Florida's Ken Silkie with a comedic interactive show, "An Evening with Bob," and Arsene Dupin, a noted Parisian silent clown, who will perform his Magikhana show, a mix of magic, comedy and juggling.

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 players and cheer dancers 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. The cost is $80 for football and $35 for cheer dancers. The season will start on May 4 and home games will be played at Union County High School in Lake Butler.

The team will host a swimsuit bash from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday at the All Star Sports Bar & Grill at 4251 SW 13th St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. There also will be a swimsuit contest for ladies.

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

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.

Softball team

The Orange Lake Ballers softball team is making a comeback.

Practices will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at T.B. McPherson Recreation Center at 1717 SE 15th St. 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.

Relay for Life

Do your part in the fight against cancer by forming a team to participate in the 2013 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of East Gainesville.

The relay will take place from 6 p.m. May 3-noon May 4 at the Howard Bishop Middle School track at 1901 NE 9th St. The registration fee is $100.

All you need to do is get 10 friends, family members or co-workers together to form a team.

For more information, call 352-240-5055 or email connie.criswell@cancer.org.

Zeta Phi Beta

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is recruiting ladies who believe in the ideals of scholarship, service, finer womanhood and sisterly love for the Zeta Amicae organization.

The group is for females 18 years of age and older who are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the community.

For more information, call 352-377-6894 or email book4mark@yahoo.com.

Guardian ad Litem

Advocate in court for abused and neglected children as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.

Legal and staff will be provided. The evening class will be held on April 22 and the next daytime class will take place on June 17. Space is limited, so do not wait to apply.

For more information, call 352-548-3823 or go to www.gal.alachua.fl.us.

Jewelry making

You can make beaded jewelry for free at Beading for Adults with Avalon and Beading Just for Youth.

Classes will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-0160.

Tutoring benefit

Micanopy Tutoring, which provides children with one-on-one help, is having its 10th anniversary fundraising party.

It will be held from noon-4 p.m. April 20 in Warehouse 2 on Cholokka Boulevard near the Micanopy Historical Society Museum. Festivities will include a $10 chicken dinner, free desserts, a silent auction, music and presentations by the children.

For more information, call 352-466-3220.

Benefit cruise

The AAMCA will sponsor a Victory Casino Cruise.

It will take place on May 18 from Port Canaveral. The cost is $65 and includes roundtrip pickup, a light breakfast, $10 gambling voucher, lunch buffet and live entertainment. Payments will be due April 19 and May 3. Those paying in full by April 19 will receive a $5 discount.

Pickup will take place at 7 a.m. at Best Buy in Gainesville and 7:30 a.m. at Cracker Barrel off I-75 at exit 354 in Ocala. The expected time of return will be 6-6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 646-319-8795 or 646-319-8765.

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