About Town

Week of Aug. 29

Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.

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.


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 Tuesday 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.

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.

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+.

During Labor Day weekend Mickle Pool hours will be from noon-5 p.m., including Monday.

For more information, call 352-393-8736 or email weydertme@cityofgainesville.org.

Free soccer

Noah's Endeavor and the city of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will offer soccer for all.

The free program will take place from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 at the Albert "Ray" Massey (Westside) Park at 1001 NW 34th Blvd. It will teach children to be comfortable on the field while they have fun and learn important safety skills.

Noah's Endeavor is a non-profit corporation for children with special physical and developmental needs.

For more information, call 352-275-9639, visit www.noahsendeavor.org or email info@noahsendeavor.org.


GatorTRAX, a University of Florida program, will again hold sessions this fall.

The free program is designed to get students in kindergarten through 12th grade, especially minority students, interested in engineering and related fields.

Sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16 in Weil Hall, Room 270 on the UF campus.

In addition to the Saturday sessions, the program also includes campus tours, mentoring and classroom instruction that will take place on Saturdays, too.

To register and for more information, visit www.ufgatortrax.com.

Labor Daze

Get ready for the 3rd annual Labor Daze Fest.

It will be held from 4-10 p.m. Sunday at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be live local music, speakers, food and merchandise, children's activities, chair massages and more.

For more information, call 352-231-3647 or email at mama_trish@hotmail.com.

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.

Brain bowl

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc. is preparing for the 2014 Black History and Cultural Brain Bowl event.

The event, which will be held on Jan. 16, will consist of middle and high school students competing in the black history competition and fifth-graders taking part in the spelling bee.

The following planning meetings will take place:

Sept. 1, 6-7 p.m.: Get final copy of rules and review questions and answers, Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.

Sept. 26, 6-7 p.m.: Pass out questions, Library Partnership.

Oct. 24, 6-7 p.m.: Meet with officials/coaches, Library Partnership.

Oct. 24, 7 p.m.: Meet students interested in the oratorical contest, Library Partnership.

For more information, call 352-222-9425 or email Cynpeace2u2@hotmail.com.

Photo contest

The city of Gainesville invites residents and visitors to take part in the 5th annual Gainesville Photography Contest.

The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 16 or once 500 photographs have been submitted, whichever comes first. The theme this year is "One Gainesville."

Those interested may enter the contest by submitting photographs online that depict the photographer's view of how we are all connected to "One Gainesville."

For details on how to submit photographs, the scope of the contest and official contest rules, visit http://photos.cityofgainesville.org.

Elder Options

Elder Options is hosting a public meeting of the board of directors.

It will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 at Elder Options at 100 SW 75th St., Suite 301.

For more information, call Cindy Roberts at 352-692-5260.

Sickle Cell walk

The North Central Florida chapter of the Sickle Cell Association of Florida will host its 3rd annual Sickle Cell Awareness 2K Walk to promote awareness of the disease and the trait.

It will be held on Sept. 28 beginning with registration at 8 a.m. at Citizens Field on NE Waldo Road just north of 8th Avenue. The entry fee is $10 per person with a team of 10 or more, $12 for individuals and $15 the day of the event. A T-shirt will be included with the fee.

The walk will end at the T.B. McPherson Recreation Center at 1717 SE 15th St., where there will be food, music and information booths on sickle cell. The LifeSouth bloodmobile also will be on-site for a blood drive and bone marrow registry.

For more information, call 352-591-4703 or email brushlot@aol.com.

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.

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 Sept. 7 at Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., get basic help, and from noon-2 p.m., learn to manage and copy files and create folders.

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.


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 Crooked Counsel, a five-piece classic rock cover band, which is fronted by vocalist Shuri Pass, who lives in Keystone Heights.

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

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

Want to submit announcements to the Gainesville Guardian?

The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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