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Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.

Meet the teacher

Parents, don't forget to carry your child to his or her zoned school for the Meet the Teacher events.

Below is the schedule for schools in east Gainesville:

Duval Elementary School, 2106 NE 8th Ave: noon-1:30 p.m. Friday.

Lake Forest, 4401 SE 4th Ave.: Noon-2 p.m. Friday.

Metcalfe, 1250 NE 18th Ave.: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday.

Rawlings, 3500 NE 15th St.: Noon-2 p.m. Friday.

Williams, 1245 SE 7th Ave.: 1-2 p.m. Friday.

Howard Bishop Middle School, 1901 NE 9th St.: 1-2 p.m. Thursday.

Lincoln, 1001 SE 12th St.: 10-11 a.m. Thursday.

Eastside High School, 1201 SE 45th Terrace: 9-11 a.m. Friday (incoming freshman).

Horizon/New Pathways Center, 2802 NE 8th Ave.: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Professional Academies Magnet @ Loften High School, 3000 E. University Ave.: 9-11 a.m. Thursday, ninth-grade orientation.

Spirit awards

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 levinej@gvillesun.com.

School registration

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.

CROP

The Santa Fe College College Reach-Out Program, a free college preparatory program at Santa Fe College, is accepting applications for its after-school program for students in grades 6-12.

The application deadline is Sept. 3 and classes will begin on Sept. 16.

For more information, call 352-395-5268 or visit www.sfcollege.edu/crop/.

Financial series

Are you interested in improving your financial situation and putting in the commitment and dedication needed to reach your goals?

If so, you may want to consider participating in the free Financial Fitness series, the first phase of "Bridges to Prosperity," a three-phase program to help families save money and reach financial stability and prosperity.

Classes will be held at 6 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 5, and also Sept. 12, Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 at Catholic Charities at 1701 NE 9th St. Child care is provided and dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. before each class.

To participate, call 352-372-0294.

Class meeting

The Lincoln High School Alumni class of 1969 will host a meeting to make plans for its 45th reunion.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ruby's restaurant at 308 NW 5th Ave.

All alumni are invited to attend, including those who began the school year at Lincoln, but ended up graduating from Gainesville High School, P.K. Yonge, Hawthorne High, Mebane High or any other schools.

Author visit

The Alachua County Library District invites the community to meet LaQianya Thompson Huynh, a local author and romantic poet whose books include "Lovely Endearments" and "Compilations of Love."

The event will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Thompson Huynh will read from her works, along with musical accompaniment and dance performances.

For more information, call 352-334-3909 or visit www.aclib.us.

Mickle Pool

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 Sunday 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. Monday, 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 weydertme@cityofgainesville.org.

Computer classes

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 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.

On Aug. 24 at Mount Carmel, there will be a discussion about computers and other elctronic gadgets, and from noon-2 p.m., learn spreadsheets and Excel.

To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.

Crisis Center

Become a volunteer crisis line counselor at the Alachua County Crisis Center.

Sixty hours of in-depth training will be provided in active listening, crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Training will begin on Sept. 7.

For more information, call 352-264-6782.

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 Tom Shed performing big band, country, jazz and folk music on guitar and banjo.

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

Ombudsman

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. Thursday 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.

Guardian deadline

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The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday.

Make sure all pertinent information is included.

Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com.

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