About Town

Week of July 18

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2:35 p.m.

City bids

The city of Gainesville is accepting proposals to administer and implement services for homeless persons at the city Gainesville Innovation Center.

A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 8 a.m. Monday at the former Gainesville Correctional Institution at 2845 NE 39th Ave. Failure to attend the pre-bid conference will disqualify prospective bidders.

Sealed proposals will be received by the city until 3 p.m. Aug. 12. At that time, the bids will be publically opened.

For more information, call 352-334-5021.

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 Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream, an 11-piece rhythm and blues/soul band influenced by the Motown sound. The group’s song list includes hits from contemporary artists like Cee Lo Green, along with classics from Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Aretha Franklin. The band also will feature a medley of Earth, Wind and Fire songs.For more information, call 352-393-8746 or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

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. Saturday 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.

Swim lessons

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

Classes will be offered for all swimming levels beginning Monday through 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.

Basketball camp

Registration is ongoing for the PopWilliams Fundamentals All Star Basketball Camp.

The camp will be held from 2-6 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 10 at Eastside High School at 1201 SE 45th Terrace. The cost will be $35 for one child and $45 for two children from the same family.

It will be operated by Williams, head basketball coach at Eastside, and current and former Eastside players.

To register and for more information, call 352-339-4972 or email Mrpop23@yahoo.com.

ADA Celebration

The Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office along with the city of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity, the Center for Independent Living and MV Transportation Inc. will host the ADA Celebration to observe the 23rd anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 26 at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St. It is free and open to the community and transportation will be provided. Employers, business owners and service providers also are encouraged to attend.

The celebration will focus on disaster preparedness and emergency management. Speakers will discuss how to prepare for and what to do in the event of a hurricane, tornado or other emergency. Sessions on sensitivity training, disability etiquette and revised service animal regulations also will be presented.

For more information, call 352-374-5275 or 352-334-5051.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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 Monday 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.

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.

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: “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” Saturday, 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:

bullet for each 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., 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.


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.

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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