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Week of July 11


Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.

‘Color Purple'

Enjoy an evening of entertainment by local artists, while feasting on hors d'oeuvres, chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne at the Purple Carpet Gala to premiere "The Color Purple," an adaptation of the Oprah Winfrey Broadway musical.

The gala will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave. Tickets are $25, and will be available in advance, online at http://madearskidsworld.webstarts.com, and at the door.

The production of "The Color Purple" will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 19 and July 26, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 20 and July 27, and 4 p.m. July 21 and July 28 at the Performing Arts Center at P.K. Yonge school at 1080 SW 11th St. Tickets will be $25 in advance and $40 at the door.

‘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. Friday 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/.

Volunteers

United Way of North Central Florida and Haven Hospice are in need of volunteers.

At United Way, volunteers serve in reading and tutoring/mentoring programs.

For more information, call 352-331-2800.

At Haven Hospice, volunteers are needed in patient support programs as well as the thrift shop and administrative offices.

For more information, call 352-379-6244.

Drill team

The Flossie B. McLendon Memorial Drill Team and Majorette Troop will celebrate its 7th annual Awards and Achievement Banquet.

It will be held at 6 p.m. July 20 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church at 630 NW 2nd St. The motto of the group is "Discipline With Dignity."

The speaker will be Dr. Shelton Davis, a retired Alachua County educator.

Sponsorships also are available for churches, businesses and individuals via a brochure that will be compiled of congratulatory remarks, tributes and advertising.

For more information, call 352-373-6092 or 352-226-6028.

Poe Springs

Alachua County Public Works has reopened Poe Springs Park for swimming and picnics.

Park hours will be from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the park located in High Springs. Admission is free. Poe Springs was opened as a county park in 1992.

The park was closed due to needed repairs, including the replacement of the spring's retaining wall and steps. In addition, the park buildings now have new roofs, air conditioning and landscaping. The multipurpose building (lodge) is available for rent.

For more information, call 352-374-5245 ext. 1247 or email rma@alachuacounty.us.

Gardening workshop

The Downtown Farmers Garden is hosting an "It's Not Too Hot to Garden" Summer Gardening Workshop.

It will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Downtown Farmers Garden at the County Administration Building in downtown Gainesville. It is free and open to the community and refreshments will be provided. Those attending should bring seating.

The workshop is a collaboration of Florida Organic Growers, Grow Gainesville, the Alachua County Extension Office, and the Alachua County Office of Sustainability.

Wendy Wilbur of the Extension office will present tutorials on a variety of summer garden solutions, including cover crops, solarization, alternative summer edibles and shade cloth.

For more information, call 352-548-3765 352-377-6345 or email smclendon@alachuacounty.us or travis@foginfo.org.

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.

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. Tuesday 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.

Transitions

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 Friday, 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. 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," Saturday; "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.

African dance

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

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

For more information, call 352-334-3900.

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 Gainesville-based Morningbell, an indie, psychedelic rock band.

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

Correction

In a story about a biracial couple featured in a Cheerios ad, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Blockbuster used a biracial couple in an earlier ad. Company spokeswoman Beth Evans said that ad was not produced by Blockbuster.

The story appeared in the June 13 edition of the Guardian.

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. The Guardian will no longer accept them via fax or dropoff.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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