About Town

Week of April 21


Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.

Voter forum

The Visionaires Inc., a Gainesville civic organization for black women, will host a voter education forum featuring University of Florida political science professor Dr. Daniel Smith.

It will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be a discussion on redistricting, voter suppression and other issues, followed by a question-and-answer session.

For more information, call 352-317-5291 or email cchestnut49@gmail.com.

Men of Honor

Men of Honor Untied, a mentoring group for boys and teens ages 5-17, is in need of sponsors for the group's college tour to Tallahassee.

The trip to Florida A&M University and Florida Sate University is scheduled for May 25-26. Donations should be made payable to Men of Honor United and mailed to 4000 SW 47th St., Lot H22, Gainesville, FL 32608.

For more information, call 352-870-3787, 352-642-4478 or email menofhonor@hotmail.com.

Earth Day

The Florida Museum of Natural History will celebrate Earth Day with its annual bioblitz and butterfly-friendly plant sale.

Bioblitz will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and the plant sale will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Florida Museum at SW 3th Street and Hull Road.

The plant sale will feature more than 125 species, including wildlife-friendly and Florida native plants. The bioblitz will teach visitors how items go from being collected in the field to becoming a part of the museum collection.

For more information, call 352-846-2000 or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflies/plant_sales.htm.

Farm fest

The city of Gainesville will host its 35th annual Farm and Forest Festival.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Morningside Nature Center at 3540 E. University Ave. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3 to 12 and free for children under 3.

Featured will be food, music, demonstrations, environmental displays and activities, live animals, guided walks and talks and horse-drawn wagon rides.

For more information, call 352-334-3326 or visit www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org.

City forum

The Gainesville City Commission will hold the "Focus on the Future" community forum to seek feedback from residents about their vision for future development.

The forum will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Recreation Center at 5701 NW 34th St.

Topics of the informal roundtable discussions will be public safety, parks, public transit, economic development and the environment.

For more information, call 352-334-5000.

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.

Pink Wish

The Pink Wish Foundation will host its annual Pink Pancake Scholarship Breakfast featuring an appearance by a guest chef.

It will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon April 27 at the Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at www.pinkwishfoundation.org.

Featured will be a speaker, poetic renditions, inspirational dancing and student summaries of the Pink Wish experience.

To RSVP and for more information, call 352-284-2991.

Plant sale

Shop for native plants and get tons of information from growers at the Spring Native Plant Sale.

The sale will take place from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 27 at Morningside Nature Center at 3540 E. University Ave. Cash and checks only will be accepted.

For more information, call 352-334-3326.

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 April 27 at Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills, and from noon-2 ap.m., learn templates and more Word.

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

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 Thursday, 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.

Free Fridays, Jest Fest!

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

The concert will be held from 8-10 p.m. Friday with "The Shambles," a rock-and-roll dance band. The Jest Fest! will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday with Magical Mystical Michael and his "cool magic" show.

Also on tap will be the Jongleur Jugglers, Marc Dobson and his One Man Band, and the Fort Clarke Middle School Fresh Trash Percussion Group.

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 in Gainesville. 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 Family/Fan Day from noon-4 p.m. April 27 at the Sprinkle Field at 580 SW 6th St. in Lake Butler. There will be autographs, photos, face painting, games and free food.

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.

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.

Crab Fest

Look your best and be on the scene at the annual Crab Fest.

It will be held from 6 p.m.-midnight April 26, 10 a.m.-midnight April 27 and 1-8 p.m. April 28 on CR 318/Martin Luther King Drive in Williston.

Featured will be fair rides, games, food, a car show, music and vendors. There also will be a special "Kid's Zone" for children.

Food and craft vendors wanting to participate should call 352-325-3569.

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 Friday and also May 3. Those paying in full by Friday 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.

Correction

Terri Bailey, founder of the Pleasant Street Farmers and Cultural Market, is a co-founder of the POWER Group in the Pleasant Street/5th Avenue historic district.

It was reported otherwise in the April 11 edition of the Guardian.

Guardian deadline

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For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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