About Town

Week of May 9


Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.

Sugarhill

The Sugarhill Committee will host the annual Sugarhill Reunion Celebration.

It will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Woodland Park Boys & Girls playground at 1900 SE 4th St. The theme will be "Celebrating Unity."

Featured will be entertainment, games and food.

For more information, call 561-281-1336 or email clementsdoll@yahoo.com.

PIPSA

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

It will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday 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. Her presentation will focus on synthetic drugs such as K2/Spice, Bath Salts and Molly and the dangers associated with their use.

Also, the Hippodrome Improvisational Teen Theatre of the Hippodrome Theatre will present a session on alcohol and marijuana and Joe Johnson of JJ Speaks will discuss youth empowerment.

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

Black nurses

The Greater Gainesville chapter of the National Black Nurses Association Inc. will host its annual city-wide scholarship luncheon.

It will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday during National Nurses Week — which ends Sunday — at the Best Western Gateway Grande Hotel at 4200 NW 97th Blvd. Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Sponsorships also are available from $250-$1,000. The theme is "Advancing the Profession of Nursing through Education, Practice & Leadership."

The keynote speaker will be Amy Johnson, director of Clinical Operations for Hospital Corporation of America Inc. and a former member of the Greater Gainesville association.

Also, several nurses from Shands at the University of Florida will discuss day-to-day care and the journey they take through the process of empowerment.

For more information, call 352-332-9249.

Class meeting

The Lincoln High School Alumni Class of 1969 will host a meeting to make plans for the 45th reunion.

It will be held at 1 p.m. May 18 at Ruby's restaurant at 308 NW 5th Ave. All alumni are invited to attend, including those who graduated from Gainesville High School, P.K. Yonge, Hawthorne High School and Mebane High School in Alachua.

Tutoring

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.

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 May 16 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

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.

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 "‘64 Nickels," a Gainesville band that plays classic music from the 1950s to the 1980s, with most of the songs from 1964.

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

Archer fest

The Archer Cultural Progressive Organization will host its 32nd annual Mother's Day Weekend Arts Festival.

It will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Maddox City Park in the Holly Hills area of Archer. The community is invited.

Featured will be entertainment, including a children's talent show, beauty pageant, softball games, car and bike show, food and more.

For more information, call 352-258-4908.

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