About Town

Week of May 16

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:58 p.m.

Youth summit

The city of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity will sponsor its Youth Diversity Summit.

It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Ignite Family Center at 404 NW 14th Ave. The theme will be "Why Can't We Be Friends."

It is open to all middle and high school students and will focus on bullying, college access and race relations.

To register and for more information, call Sue DeBose at 352-334-5051.


GRU still has spots available in the LEEP program to help customers make energy-efficient home improvements.

Applications will be taken from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday and also 8-11 a.m. Saturday at GRU at 301 SE 4th Ave.

To apply, customers must bring the following:

Photo ID for each person living in the home.

Social Security card for each person living in the home.

Proof of home ownership.

Proof of any household income for the last two months.

For more information, visit www.gru.com/YourHome/Conservation/Energy/Rebates/leep.jsp.

WIA youth

Applications are taken year-round for the Workforce Investment Act, or WIA, Youth Program for eligible teens and young adults ages 14-21.

The program offers individual assistance, training, educational assistance, and paid and unpaid job opportunities. To apply, visit FloridaWorks at 4800 SW 13th St.

For more information, call 352-244-5921 or email ksimmonds@floridaworksonline.com.

Kids Count

Kids Count, a free after-school program, is recruiting students in grades K-3 for the 2013-2014 school year.

The program will offer one-on-one reading, tutoring, social skills development and enrichment for 30 students who will be attending Williams Elementary School.

Hours will be from 1:45-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 12:30-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Boys and Girls Club Mentor Center in Lincoln Estates. Transportation will be provided to the program only.

To register and for more information, call 352-372-1485, email Claudine.kidscount@gmail.com or sabriena.kidscount@gmail.com, or drop by the center at 1100 SE 17th Drive.

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. Saturday 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.

Guardian ad Litem

Advocate now for an abused and neglected child as a volunteer in the Guardian ad Litem program.

Legal and staff support will be provided. The day class will begin on June 17 and the night class will begin on July 22. Orientation sessions are held from noon-1 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at 14. S. Main St.

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


Auditions will be held for the play, "The Color Purple."

They will take place from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at The Actor's Warehouse at 608 N. Main St.

Those participating will be asked to perform a cold reading, sing a music score and email a head shot and resume to madearskidswrld@aol.com. Rehearsals will begin May 28.

For more information, visit http://madearskidsworld.WebStarts.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. Thursday 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

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. Thursday 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 a tribute to "The Band," one of the world's most successful and creative rock groups from 1968-1975. Gainesville guitarist Mick Marino organized the tribute. He also has organized local tributes to The Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers.

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

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.


If you have some time to spare and a desire to help the elderly and the disabled, then why not volunteer with Christians Concerned for the Community.

The group builds home access ramps, does minor home repairs, helps with spring cleaning and provides transportation to the grocery store and appointments. Donations of furniture and other household items also are accepted.

To volunteer, request help and for more information, call 352-371-1768 or visit http://cccgainesville.org.


Keira Simmonds is the manager of the WIA youth program, not the WIA manager, as stated in last Thursday's edition of the Guardian.

In addition to the program for teens and young adults, the Workforce Investment Act also has an adult component. It is called the WIA Adult or Dislocated Worker Program.

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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