Week of Aug. 8
Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.
Back to school events
Community events providing free backpacks filled with school supplies and activities for the entire family will help to get families and their students off to a great school year.
The 14th annual Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Santa Fe College in the gym at 3000 NW 83rd St. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Featured also will be entertainment and booths representing various departments from Alachua County Public Schools. The keynote speaker will be Dave Gamache of Rachel's Challenge, a non-profit organization established by the father of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre in 1999.
For more information, call 352-505-6839.
A Back to School Bash will be held from 1-3 p.m., also on Saturday, in Duval Heights at the basketball court on NE 25th Street north of 8th Avenue.
Featured will be door prizes, entertainment, speakers and a prayer for a successful school year.
For more information, call 352-219-4907.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Spirit of Gainesville Awards.
The awards, sponsored by The Gainesville Sun and Gainesville Magazine, honor those who stand out for their singular dedication to creating a better community. The simple nomination process is underway at www.gainesville.com/spiritofgainesville.
The deadline for nominations is Sept. 7.
This year, the awards include special new categories for young people and educators. The six categories are Community Service, Arts, Education, Entrepreneurship, Medicine and Youth. Sportsmanship is now folded into youth, education or community service, whichever is most appropriate.
For more information, email Gainesville Magazine Editor Jacki Levine at firstname.lastname@example.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.
The city of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department wants to keep making a splash this summer at the new Kersplash wall at Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool.
During August, get a free one-day pool pass good for any city pool when paying for a regular admission or using a season pool pass at Mickle Pool at 1717 SE 15th St. Admission is $2.45 for adults and $1.35 for youth (3-17) and seniors 50+.
Mickle pool hours through Aug. 18 will be noon-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, with Family Fun Night from 5-7 p.m.; noon-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Beginning Aug. 19, hours will be 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. During Labor Day weekend, from Aug. 31-Sept. 2, pool hours will be noon-5 p.m.
For more information, call 352-393-8736 or email email@example.com.
Certified Nursing Assistant and American Heart Association CPR classes are still being offered.
Classes are held at Mount Moriah Baptist Church at 718 SE 11th St.
To register and for more information, call 352-535-5482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gainesville Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will present The White Linen Affair.
It will take place from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday at the Paramount Plaza Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. Admission is $30 per person. The attire is business casual in white only.
Featured will music by Sam Cornell and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
To purchase tickets and for more information, call 352-281-3681.
The Santa Fe College Community Outreach and East Gainesville Instruction will offer free computer classes.
Classes are held at the Porter's Community Center at 512 SW 2nd Terrace, Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. and Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave. Space is limited to 10 each class.
On Saturday, get basic training at Library Partnership from 10-11:30 a.m. and at Porter's from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
On Aug. 17 at Mount Carmel, learn basic skills from 10-11:30 a.m. and from noon-2 p.m., there will be templates and more Word.
To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.
The Reichert House Youth Academy is expanding its program to add elementary students and accepting applications for boys in grades 3-12 or ages 9-18.
To apply and for more information, call 352-371-2347 or visit the academy at 1702 SE 2nd Ave.
Register your child now for school and avoid long lines the first day of school for Alachua County Public Schools.
The first day of school is Aug. 19. Parents and guardians can register by appointment or walk-in at your child's zoned school.
To find your child's zoned school, call 352-955-7700.
Several community organizations will sponsor a birthday celebration for the late Marcus Garvey, an early 20th century civil rights activist.
It will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17 at S.A.F.E. ID 4 Families at 1620 SE Hawthorne Road.
It will feature an exposition on Garvey with some of his famous quotes; a talent competition with singing, poetry, dancing and more; book, food and other vendors; a bounce house and other activities for children and a food giveaway.
The sponsors include AyokaGifts International African Cultural Center Inc., Circle of Love, Community Networking as Partners, New Tech City, Women Networking with Women and others.
For more information, call 352-359-8068 or 252-792-3268.
Start making plans for auditions for "Dreamgirls," a Broadway musical based on the aspirations of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and others.
Auditions will take place from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave.
Those interested will be required to sing 16 bars of an upbeat soulful song.
For more information, call 352-505-0174 or email email@example.com.
Due to the collegiate break between summer and fall sessions, Regional Transit System will be impacted.
Beginning Saturday, 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 University of Florida 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 their normal Summer 2013 schedule. Paratransit service also will not be affected.
Later Gator service will resume on Aug. 21 and fall service will begin Aug. 19, the first day of classes.
For more information, call 352-334-2600 or visit www.go- rts.com.
Alachua County is looking for citizens interested in joining the Alachua County Historical Commission.
There are no formal requirements, but knowledge of local history is important and persons who are active in local historic preservation efforts and local historical organizations are encouraged to apply.
Students of history, architecture, planning, law and historic preservation are also eligible.
For more information, call 352-374-5249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, the program will be available through Aug. 16 at the following sites:
Eden Park Apartments, 1330 NE 39th Ave., 352-379-7772.
Tiger Bay Court, 2415 SE 4th Lane, 352-373-1166.
Woodland Park Boys & Girls Club, 331 SE 20th Place, 352-377-8003.
Learn African dance moves at a free class for all ages.
It will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave.
For more information, call 352-334-3900.
The Alachua County Crisis Center is seeking volunteers to become crisis line counselors.
Sixty hours of in-depth training will be provided. The next training class will begin on Sept. 11.
For more information, call 352-264-6782 or visit http://www.alachuacounty.us/crisis.
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 resident Chris McCarty, a charismatic national performer known for writing catchy hooks and meaningful songs.
For more information, call 352-393-8746 or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.
Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders 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. Aug. 15 at the Alachua Regional Service Center at 14107 NW Highway 441 in Alachua.
For more information, call 888-831-0404 or visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.
Susan B. luncheon
The Friends of Susan B. Anthony will hold their annual luncheon to celebrate Women's Equality Day and the 19th Amendment.
It will be held at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Paramount Plaza Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. Tickets are $19 for adults and $9 for those under 18.
The speaker will be Berta Hernandez Truyol, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
During the luncheon, Victoria Condor Williams will be honored for her work with the Latino community.
To RSVP and for more information, call 352-374-8158 or visit www.fosba.com.