About Town

Week of Aug. 22


Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

North Lincoln/Canty Heights

The North Lincoln Heights and Canty Heights neighborhoods will host a Family and Friends Community Picnic.

It will be held at noon Saturday on the corner of SE 14th Street and 4th Avenue. Featured will be entertainment, food, camaraderie and family.

Many individuals from these two neighborhoods have gone on to achieve some extraordinary accomplishments.

For more information, call 352-281-6766 or email babywhite1@cox.net.

FAMU game

Take a ride with the FAMU Alachua County Alumni Association to the first home game of the season.

The bus will leave at 7 a.m. Sept. 7 from Mount Olive AME Church at 721 SE 8th St. The cost is $100, and includes roundtrip transportation, a light snack and a ticket to the game. The cost is $80 for current alumni association members in good standing.

FAMU will play Tennessee State University at 2 p.m. that day.

For more information, call 352-372-7370 or 352-352-262-0954.

Foreclosure help

Free legal services for homeowners at risk of foreclosure will be available for an additional two years under a program funded by a legal settlement with the country's largest mortgage companies.

Three Rivers Legal Services has already assisted nearly 300 homeowners in its 17-county service area since the program began in March. The program, which was scheduled to expire July 31, was extended for another two years, the nonprofit organization announced.

Three Rivers can help with foreclosure defenses and alternatives, and with lowering mortgage payments.

To apply, call 800-495-0039.

United Downtown

United Downtown will kick off the giant street parties held the Friday before University of Florida home football games.

The events will be held from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 30, Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Nov. 22 in downtown Gainesville on 1st Street between University Avenue and SE 2nd Place. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be music, food vendors, a children's area, a beer garden and other activities.

For more information, call 352-333-0855 or email kfaenza@unitedwayncfl.org.

Also, United Way and the Florida Track Club are teaming up for the Sunset 5K Race.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 during the United Downtown party. To participate, register online at www.active.com and create a personal race donation page at goo.gl/pbPI9.

For more information, call 352-672-6700.

Class meeting

The Eastside High School Class of 1974 will hold a meeting to discuss plans for the 40th anniversary reunion.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave.

For more information, email eastsidehighschoolclassof1974@gmail.com.

Pink Wish

The Gainesville chapter of the Pink Wish Foundation will be hosting its Pink Backpack event.

It will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave.

The event will allow those attending to participate in a community service project as well as learn the importance of making a positive difference in the lives of other youth. Pink Wish members also will pack school supplies to be donated to children in local shelters.

For more information, visit www.pinkwishfoundation.org.

Emissary program

The Parent Emissary Program will hold a Back-to-School Orientation for volunteers.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the D.R. Williams Fellowship Hall at 618 NW 6th St.

To RSVP and for more information, call 352-334-5015 or email youngsr@cityofgainesville.org.

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.

For more information, email Gainesville Magazine Editor Jacki Levine at levinej@gvillesun.com.

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.

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 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, 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.

Auditions

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 madearskidswrld@aol.com.

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 Irie Ones, formerly Iration, a roots reggae band.

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

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. Saturday 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.

Benefit dinner

The Waldo Historical Society will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

It will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Waldo Baptist Church Family Life Center. The cost is $6 and will consist of a garden salad, garlic toast, a drink and dessert. Dinners also will be made to go.

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. Remember: The Guardian no longer accepts announcements via fax or dropoff.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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