About Town

Week of April 25


Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.

Job fair

Alachua County invites residents to participate in the 2013 Spring Job Fair.

It will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the gym at Santa Fe College at 3000 NW 83rd St.

Sponsors include the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, FloridaWorks, Santa Fe College, Asterisk Communications Inc., and the Florida Employer Advisory Council.

For more information, call Alachua County Human Resources at 352-374-5219.

Cotton Club

The Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center will host a community roast and toast for Alachua County Tax Collector Von Fraser.

It will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Recreation Center at 5701 NW 34th St. Tickets are $25 in advance only.

For more information, call 352-682-1147 or email msivy@bellsouth.net.

Dismantling Racism

The city of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity Dismantling Racism Initiative will sponsor the viewing of the PBS documentary, "Race 2012: A Conversation About Race and Politics in America."

The showing will take place at 6:10 p.m. Monday, beginning with registration and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. at the Hippodrome State Theatre at 25 SE 2nd Place. The event is free and open to the community.

Following the 60-minute documentary about the 2012 presidential election, there will be a discussion. The Dismantling Racism Initiative is a five-year effort that addresses race and racism in Gainesville.

For more information, call 352-334-5051.

NAACP

The Alachua County branch NAACP will hold its regular monthly meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ignite Life Center at 404 NW 14th Ave. in Gainesville.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

Got Talent!

Wanted: Middle and high school students to audition for the Library Partnership Got Talent! contest for dancers, singers, musicians and poets.

The audition will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Cone Park Branch Library at 2841 E. University Ave. There also will be an orientation before the audition and parents are asked to be present to sign permission forms.

To sign up and for more information, call 352-334-0720.

Relay for Life

Get ready for the 6th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of East Gainesville to celebrate survivors, remember those who have lost their battle, and join in the fight against cancer.

The relay will be held from 6 p.m. May 3 to noon May 4 at Howard Bishop Middle School at 1901 NE 9th St. Featured will be food, entertainment and many walks around the track.

Teams consisting of 10 family members, friends or co-workers also are needed. The registration fee is $100.

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

Book drive

The Junior League and the United Way of North Central Florida are hosting a book drive to benefit kindergarten students in Alachua County.

New and gently used books can be dropped off through Monday at the following locations: all Publix locations, Books-A-Million at 2601 NW 13th St., and Chuy's Tex Mex at 3410 SW Archer Road.

For more information, call 352-333-0858.

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 "Hot Club de Ville," a gypsy jazz band. The Jest Fest! will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday with "The Flying Wallendas," the famous circus family, performing aerial acrobatics, juggling and comedy.

Also on tap will be the Greenwood Morris Dancers, Magic Mike, the Santa Fe College Theatre, Rainbow Tiger Circus, Alachua County Public Schools art students, Moxie Puppets and the Thomas Center Theatre for Young Audiences.

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

Star Center

The Star Center Children's Theatre Teen Ensemble will present "Grease," the 1950s rock-n-roll musical.

The show will run at 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday and also May 3-5 and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and also May 4 at The Actors Warehouse at 608 N. Main St. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and $6 for groups of eight or more.

For more information, call 352-870-0064.

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.

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 Saturday 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. Saturday at Morningside Nature Center at 3540 E. University Ave. Cash and checks only will be accepted.

For more information, call 352-334-3326.

Benefit luncheon

The Gainesville Community Foundation will present the second annual Empty Bowl Luncheon and Silent Auction to benefit the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

It will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2 at Trinity United Methodist Church at 4000 NW 53rd Ave. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

It will feature a keynote speaker and a silent auction with bowls autographed by celebrities and other items. Radio personality Storm Roberts of WKTK 98.5 FM will emcee the auction. Also, guests will receive colorful bowls handcrafted by local school children and information about the food bank.

For tickets and more information, call 352-336-0839, email foodbank7@bellsouth.net or visit www.breadofthemighty.org.

Bullying program

The Youth Leadership Transformation After-School Tutoring Program will present "Bully Proofing Your Child," a discussion for parents.

It will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at Landmark Holy Temple of God at 1220 NE 23rd Ave. It is free and open to the community.

The speaker will be Kathryn Kvols of the River Phoenix Center for Peace Building in Gainesville. Kvols also is the author of "Redirecting Children's Behavior" and president of the International Network for Children and Families.

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 noon-2 ap.m., learn templates and more Word.

On May 4 at Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., questions regarding computers and electronic gadgets, and from noon-2 p.m., learn spreadsheets and Excel.

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 take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 at By Ear Musician Inc. at 7230 W. University Ave. Those interested will be asked to sing 16 bars each of a musical theater song and a gospel song.

Head shots and resumes are now being accepted. Send items via email to madearskidswrld@aol.com.

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. Saturday 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.

Crab Fest

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

It will be held from 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday 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.

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