About Town

Week of July 4

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.

Foreclosure help

Grant funding for free legal assistance for people facing foreclosure has been extended another month.

Low- to moderate-income residents have until July 31 to seek help from Three Rivers Legal Services, a nonprofit corporation serving 17 North Florida counties. The organization has helped more than 200 homeowners since the program began in March.

To apply, call 800-372-0936.

Market canceled

The Pleasant Street Farmers & Cultural Arts Market has been canceled indefinitely.

The market was being sponsored each month by the POWER Group, whose purpose is to revitalize the 5th Avenue/Pleasant Street neighborhood.

For more information, call 352-682-7132 or email blaac2basics@cox.net.

Pink Wish

The Pink Wish Foundation will host the Camp I Love Me for girls and teens ages 5-17.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 17-19 with a Pink Mom/Daughter Reception at 5 p.m. July 16 at the Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave. The cost is $25.

The camp will focus on self-expression, forming healthy relationships, emotional intelligence and entrepreneurship and will feature hair and skin care tips and I Love Me glam photos.

For more information, visit www.pinkwishfoundation.org.

RTS station

The operating hours of the RTS Rosa Parks Downtown Transfer Station have been changed.

Hours will be 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customer service phone lines will be available during the same hours.

For more information call 352-334-2600 or visit www.Go-RTS.com.

Guardian ad Litem

Advocate for abused, neglected or abandoned children in Alachua and Marion counties through the Guardian ad Litem program.

No special background will be needed and legal and staff support will be provided. The next Gainesville class will be held on July 22 and the next Ocala class will take place on Aug. 5.

For more information, call 352-548-3823 or 352-274-5231.

WIA adults

The Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker program at FloridaWorks has resources for unemployed workers.

Those interested must attend a mandatory orientation held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at FloridaWorks at 4800 SW 13th St. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call 352-955-2245.


Do you know someone who has a life-limiting illness who could use emotional support, education, information and resources, counseling and volunteer assistance with companionship?

Then, why not consider Haven Transitions, a program that provides all of these things.

For more information, call 352-692-5133 or 800-330-2858.

Swim lessons

There is still time to get swimming lessons for yourself and your children.

Classes will be offered for all swimming levels from July 22-Aug. 9 at Northeast Pool at 1100 NE 14th St. The cost is $38.50 for city residents and $58.50 for non-city residents.

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

HIV testing

The Minority AIDS program at the Health Department will offer free HIV testing.

Testing will take place from 5-7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Sam Wesley Bail Bonds at 739 NW 5th Ave.

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. The final payment of $30 will be 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. Saturday 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.

‘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/.

Summer reading

The 2013 Alachua County Library District Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults will run through Aug. 18 at the Alachua County Library District.

In addition to book reading, special programs also have been planned.

For more information, call 352-334-3900 or visit www.aclib.us.

African dance

Learn African dance moves at a free class for all ages.

It will be held at 11 a.m. July 13 and Aug. 10 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-3900.

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.

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 the All-American Song Fest, with songs about America.

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


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.

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.

Guardian deadline

Want to submit announcements to the Gainesville Guardian? The deadline is noon Fridays.

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

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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