About Town

Week of June 20


Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 2:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 2:43 p.m.

Financial Fitness

Are you interested in improving your financial situation?

If so, then why not participate in the free Financial Fitness series, the first phase of "Bridges to Prosperity," a three-phase program to help families save money and reach financial stability and prosperity.

The next classes will take place from 6-8 p.m. June 26, July 10, July 17 and July 24 at Catholic Charities at 1701 NE 9th St. Child care will be provided and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. before each class.

To participate in the program, call 352-372-0294.

Author visit

The Alachua County Library District will host Angela Y. Hodge, an award-winning author and motivational speaker from Tallahassee.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave. Hodge will read her poetry and sign her books. She also will have books available to purchase.

Hodge's books include "Daybreak: Gaining Strength Through Our Pain" and "Daybreak: Rising Above It All With Praise."

For more information, call 352-334-3909 or visit www.aclib.us.

Class meeting

The Lincoln High School alumni class of 1969 will host a meeting to make plans for its 45th reunion.

The meeting 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 began the school year at Lincoln, but ended up graduating from Gainesville High School, P.K. Yonge, Hawthorne, Mebane or any other schools.

Golf tourney

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

It will take place Saturday 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.

‘Drifters' concert

Enjoy enjoy a nostagic evening listening to songs by "The Drifters," a legendary R&B/soul group while helping to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida.

The concert featuring "Episode, formerly known as The Drifters" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall at 3000 NW 83rd St. Ticket are $35-$75 with a $10 discount for seniors at least 60 years of age and can be purchased at the door and online at bbbsmidflorida.org.

For more information, call 352-375-2525.

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.

— One Room Schoolhouse, 4180 NE 15th St., (July 15-Aug. 2), 352-376-4014.

— 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.

‘Thriller' concert

There has not been or probably will ever be an artist like King of Pop Michael Jackson, but "The Ultimate Thriller — A Tribute to Michael Jackson" in song and dance may be as close as it gets without Jackson.

The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. July 12 at the Phillips Center on the University of Florida campus at SW 34th Street and Hull Road.

Tickets are on sale now for $10-$45 by calling 352-392-2787 or online at http://performingarts.ufl.edu/the-ultimate-thriller-a-michael-jackson-tribute/.

CERT program

Alachua County Emergency Management is enrolling citizens in its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.

The seven classes will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from July 2-Aug. 13 at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center at 1100 SE 27th St. The classes are free, and the deadline to register is June 28.

Class topics will include disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations, CERT organization and disaster psychology and terrorism and CERT,

For more information, call 352-264-6500.

RTS service

Due to the break between Summer A and B sessions at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, Regional Transit System service will be impacted.

Changes will take effect beginning Saturday through June 30.

RTS will provide reduced service on Routes 1, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 34, 35, 36 and 43. There also will be no service on Routes 21 and 38 and UF campus service will be suspended.

There will be no changes on Routes 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, 24, 25 and 75, which will follow normal summer schedules. Paratransit service also will not be affected. Routes 22, 27, 28, 29, 39, 46, 62 and 76 will be suspended for the entire summer.

Later Gator service will be suspended between Saturday and July 4. In observance of Independence Day, there will be no bus or paratransit service on July 4.

For more information, call 352-334-2600 or visit www.go- rts.com.

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.

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.

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.

The centers are located at 4820 Newberry Road, the Main Center; 12830 SW 1st Lane, Suite 100, the Tioga Center, and 2441 NW 43rd St., the Women's Center.For more information, visit http://www.ghfc.com/teen.

Dance contest

Dancers are being encouraged to enter the Power Punch Dance Competition, a new Gainesville competition.

Those participating will win awards and cash prizes.

For more information, visit www.powerpunchdance.weebly.com.

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 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.

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.

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