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Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:38 p.m.

Cotton Club

The community is invited to celebrate Juneteenth and refresh their knowledge of African-American history while also helping to raise funds for the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center restoration project.

A fundraising breakfast will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Springhill Baptist Church at 120 SE Williston Road. Tickets are $20 in advance by calling 352-281-3363.

Sponsorships also are available at $250 and $500 and for tables for eight at $160.

For more information, call 352-338-9908 or 352-376-9956.

Summer meals

Thanks to a federally funded food service program, children from infants to 18 years old will have an opportunity to receive free breakfast and lunch this summer at various community sites, community centers and churches.

In east Gainesville, meals will be served at the following sites:

Duval Elementary School, 2106 NE 8th Ave., 352-955-6703.

Eastside High, 1201 SE 45th Terrace, 352-955-6704.

Howard Bishop Middle, 1901 NE 9th St., 352-955-6701.

Hoggetowne Middle, 3930 NE 15th St., 352-367-4369.

Lake Forest Elementary, 4401 SE 4th Ave., 352-955-6710.

Lincoln Middle, 1001 SE 12th St., 352-955-6711.

Metcalfe Elementary, 1250 NE 18th Ave., 352-955-6713.

Rawlings Elementary, 3500 NE 15th St., 352-955-6715.

Williams Elementary, 1245 SE 7th Ave., 352-955-6719.

Bartley Temple United Methodist Church, 1939 NE 8th Ave., 352-376-6899.

Eden Park Apartments, 1330 NE 39th Ave., 352-379-7772.

The Glades Apartments, 4260 SE 10th Place, 352-367-8111.

Forest Pines, 1027 NE 25th St., 352-872-5500 ext. 258.

Showers of Blessings Harvest Center, 2615 SE 15th St., 352-375-3589.

Upper Room Ministries, 3575 NE 15th St., 352-264-0006.

Woodland Park Boys & Girls Club, 331 SE 20th Place, 352-377-8003.

Donning of Kente

The Ebony Appreciation Awards Committee will host its 6th annual Donning of the Kente Academic Awards Celebration.

It will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Alachua County Library District Millhopper Branch at 3145 NW 43rd St. It is free and open to the community.

Seven Alachua County high school seniors will be recognized for their outstanding academic achievement.

For more information, call 352-256-4651.

Record swim

The city of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will join the World's Largest Swimming Lesson to break a world record and send the message that swimming lessons save lives.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the three Gainesville pools. They are: Mickle Pool, 1717 SE 15th St.; Northeast Pool, 1100 NE 14th St., and Westside Pool, 1001 NW 31st Drive. To participate, arrive at 10:45 a.m. at one of the pool sites.

Team WLSL holds the current "Guinness World Record" for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 24,873 participants representing 15 different countries across five continents.

For more information, call 352-334-5067 or visit www.WLSL.org or www.CityofGainesvilleParks.org.

HIV testing

The Alachua County Health Department will participate in the annual "National HIV Testing Day" by offering free HIV Rapid Clearview and STD testing.

Testing will take place from 5-8 p.m. June 27 at the Health Department at 224 SE 24th St. All sexually active individuals, both males and females, are encouraged to get tested.

National HIV Testing Day is a nationwide awareness campaign to promote prevention, education and voluntary HIV counseling, as well as testing and referrals to those at risk for HIV. The theme this year is "Take the Test, Take Control."

For more information, call 352-334-7960.

Also, the Minority AIDS program at the Health Department will offer free testing at Sam Wesley Bail Bonds at 739 NW 5th Ave.

Testing will take place from 5-7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month.

For more information, call 352-334-7972.

City survey

The city of Gainesville is seeking the community's input to improve the user experience on its website.

The city strives to improve customer service so, as part of that effort, residents are being asked to provide feedback.

The multiple choice survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and will close on Friday, so take a few minutes to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CD9D7G2).

The city also is encouraging residents to review the current website at www.cityofgainesville.org to reacquaint themselves with the offerings.

The information collected from the survey will be used to improve the experience of residents.

Golf tournament

The Nu Eta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will sponsor the House of Alpha Scholarship Golf Tournament.

It will be held Saturday beginning with registration at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at Ironwood Golf Course at 2100 NE 39th Ave. The entry fee is $50 for individual golfers, and includes lunch, prizes and an awards ceremony.

Sponsorships also are available from $25-$2,000. Proceeds will benefit scholarships.

For more information, call 954-445-0699 or 352-494-8508 or email Mauricemspence@gmail.com or Blasjr@yahoo.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. 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.

Golf tourney

Volunteers of America and Total Motivational Services will join forces to sponsor a golf tournament.

It will take place June 22 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at Ironwood Golf Course at 2100 NE 39th Ave. The entry fee is $40 for individuals, $80 for doubles and $150 for a group of four.

Those participating will have a chance to win a top-of-the-line Aurelius Driver or a custom Zovatti watch. In addition, the top 12 players could qualify for a regional amateur tournament with an endorsement by Dixon Golf.

Proceeds will benefit homeless veterans and underprivileged youth.

For more information call 352-278-7327 or 352-745-2501.

FAMU gala

The Alachua County chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association will host the 2013 Denim & Diamonds Scholarship Drive & Gala.

It will be held from 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Senior Recreation Center at 5701 NW 34th St. Tickets are $25 each or $45 per couple. Attire will be "casual chic.

For more information, call 352-222-9424 or AlachuaRattlers@aol.com.

Health conference

The University of Florida Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program will host the "People's Scientific Conference to Promote Health and Eliminate Health Disparities."

It will be held from noon-9:15 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the UF Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy Complex at 1225 Center Drive on the UF campus. It is free for community and health care workers, $30 for college students and $60 for health professionals and researchers.

For those interested in attending the conference, free parking will be available and shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the Commuter Lot on Gale Lemerand Drive between Museum Road and Mowry Road.

For more information, call 352-273-2167 (toll free: 866-290-5770), email UFHD@health.ufl.edu or visit www.ufhealthdisparities.med.edu.

Medicare seminar

Are you ready for the Medicare facts? Now is the perfect time to ask questions.

A seminar will be held at noon Friday at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation & Economic Development at 530 W. University Avenue. Lunch will be provided.

Get answers on Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D coverage and Medicare Supplement Plans. Call today to reserve your seat at the Medicare Informational Seminar. The presenter will be Joe Richardson, a contracted and licensed agent with UnitedHealthcare Solutions.

To reserve your seat and for more information, call 352-371-8400.

Gym memberships

The Gainesville Health and Fitness Center is offering free membership to Alachua County residents ages 13-17 from June 5-Aug. 5 at its three locations.

For more information, visit http://www.ghfc.com/teen.

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.

Clothing sale

The Altrusa House of Gainesville will hold its annual Second Chance Clothing Sale.

It will be held from 8 a.m.-noon June 29 at the Altrusa House at 2002 NW 36th Ave.

Featured will be new and gently used clothing for women and children.

For more information, call 352-377-7708.


The Summer Meal Program, offered through the Alachua County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also, a child does not have to go to the same site each day to receive a meal.

The story appeared in the June 6 edition of the Gainesville Guardian.

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