About Town

Week of May 2

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.

Free paint

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department will hold its 19th annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway.

It will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 5125 NE 63rd Ave., two miles north of NE 39th Avenue off Waldo Road.

The paint will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available in five-gallon pails in six colors: off white, beige, gray, terra cotta, green and blue. There is a 10-gallon limit per resident. The paint is suitable for interior or exterior use.

For residents unable to attend the event, non-recycled free paint is always available from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the same location.

For more information, call 352-334-0440.

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. Friday to noon Saturday at Howard Bishop Middle School at 1901 NE 9th St. Featured will be food, entertainment and many walks around the track.

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


Embracing Destiny, a mentoring and leadership development program for girls and teens ages 8-18, will hosting the "Dream Big!" Vision Board Workshop.

The workshop will be held from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be goal-setting information, lunch, door prizes and gifts.

For more information, call 352-514-7722 or visit www.embracing-destiny.com.


The Partners in Prevention of Substance Abuse Coalition of Alachua County will host the annual Town Hall meeting.

It will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 9 at Lincoln Middle School at 1001 SE 12th St. The theme is "Be Over, Not Under the Influence of Alcohol and Other Drugs." Featured will be door prizes and food.

The speaker will be Dr. Cynthia Lewis-Younger, medical director of the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa.

For more information, call 352-244-0628 ext. 3831 or 352-955-7671 ext. 274.

Driver's licenses

Residents can now get help with driver's license services from the third and final branch of the Alachua County Tax Collector's Office.

The office at the Southwest Gainesville Branch is in Butler Plaza behind Walmart. The address is 3207 SW 35th Blvd.

Alachua County Tax Collector Von Fraser has taken over the handling of driver's license services following the March closure of the state-run office.

The tax collector now provides these services at its three Gainesville offices: the southwest branch, the downtown branch at 12 SE 1st St. and the northwest branch at 5801 NW 34th Blvd., according to a news release.

The downtown and southwest branches offer basic driver's license services, while the northwest location is the place to go if you need an advanced transaction.

County boards

Alachua County is looking for residents to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and the Housing Finance Authority Advisory Board.

To apply, go to www.alachuacounty.us, click on "Stay Engaged," then "Advisory Boards."

The committee reviews policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations, and the comprehensive plan to recommend actions to encourage affordable housing. The board, which issues tax-exempt bonds to finance qualified affordable housing, is looking for residents knowledgeable in labor, finance or commerce.

For more information, call 352-264-6904 or email jflynt@alachuacounty.us.

DCF meeting

The Department of Children and Families will hold a public meeting to discuss child welfare in Circuit 8.

It will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 16 at the Florida Department of Transportation Building at 5301 NE 39th Ave. The community is invited.

Topics of discussion will be what is working in the current system of care, identification of gaps in services, and critical areas needing improvement.

Circuit 8 consists of Alachua, Baker Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties.

For more information, call 352-415-6269 or email james_e_taylor@dcf.state.fl.us.

Youth sports

The Dolphins of Gainesville youth sports program will be signing up boys and girls for youth football and cheerleading.

Registration will take place from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park on SE 15th Street. Those participating will be divided into the following age groups: 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.

For more information, call 352-745-2901.

Free Fridays

The "Free Fridays" concert series continues at the Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza.

The concert will be held from 8-10 p.m. Friday with "The Alley Cats," a Gainesville band that plays music from a variety of artists, including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Gainesville's own Tom Petty.

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 3 p.m. Saturday 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.

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. Thursday 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.

Ghanaian dance

Learn traditional dances and drumming from Ghana, Africa.

Classes will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Wilhelmina Johnson Resource Center at 321 NW 10th St. Children and adults are welcomed.

For more information, call 352-871-2310.

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. Thursday 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., 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. Saturday 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.

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 will be provided to all children, including those with mild to severe disabilities.

For more information, call 352-672-6979 or 352-377-3470.

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. The last payment will be due Friday.

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.


Jordan Taylor McNeill, winner of the 2013 Miss Charm Teen pageant hosted by the Alachua County Charmettes, recited "The Road Not Taken," a poem by Robert Frost, for her talent, in addition to the Bible verse she recited as an introduction to the poem.

Also, in stories on the Charmettes' "All Occasion Tea Party" held in March and the advance story on the "Breakfast for Madame" benefit, her last name was misspelled.

Guardian deadline

Want to submit announcements to the Gainesville Guardian? The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday.

Make sure all pertinent information is included, such as date, time, place, speakers and admission.

Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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