About Town

Week of June 27

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:23 p.m.


The Alachua Country branch NAACP will hold its monthly meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Showers of Blessings Harvest Center at 2615 SE 15th St.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

Tire roundup

The city of Gainesville Public Works Department is holding a tire roundup.

It will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Public Works Compound at 405 NW 39th Ave. Residents can bring in up to six tires to be recycled free of charge.

The roundup is part of the 17th annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 23-29) since tires often hold standing water, which is a perfect breeding site for mosquitoes.

For more information, call 352-393-8287 or visit www.cityofgainesville.org.

Clothing sale

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

It will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday 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.

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. Thursday 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.

Benefit trip

Sit back and relax on a night bus trip to Port Canaveral to board the Victory Casino cruise ship.

The trip will take place on July 27. The cost is $65, and includes the bus trip, a snack, entry onto the ship, a $10 gambling voucher, dinner buffet and live entertainment. A payment of $35 will be due Friday, with a final payment of $30 due on July 12, with no refunds after this date.

Pickup on July 27 will be at 3:30 p.m. from the parking lot of Walmart on Archer Road. The expected time of return will be 3-3:30 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit 2013 college freshmen.

For more information, call 646-319-8795 or 646-319-8765.

Pleasant Street

The Pleasant/2nd Street Heritage Association will be planning its 3rd annual neighborhood family gathering cookout.

Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at Jesus Christ of Nazareth Worship and Praise Temple Church at 436 NW 2nd St.

To find out the day of the meeting and for more information, call 352-281-6577 or email dct32641@yahoo.com.

Museum movies

The Florida Museum of Natural History will be showing free movies.

The movie series will begin at 7:30 p.m. July 6 with “King Kong” at the museum at SW 34th Street and Hull Road. The event is free and open to the community and is a part of the “Creative B” program, which will be held from 6-10 p.m.

Other movies in the series will be: “Harry and the Hendersons,” July 13; “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” July 20, and “Trail of the Skunk Ape,” July 27. Parental discretion is advised.

For more information, call 352-273-2061.

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.

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 Friday.

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.

Gym memberships

The Gainesville Health and Fitness Center is offering free membership to Alachua County residents ages 13-17 through 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.


Antonio Rizzo is a member of the Gainesville Rockets fourth-grade youth basketball team.

His name was omitted in a story in last week’s edition of the Guardian.

Guardian deadline

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

Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com. Beginning July 5, announcements will only be accepted via email.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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