About Town

Week of Sept. 5

Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.


The Alachua County Branch NAACP will be hosting a Mass Meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church at 630 NW 2nd St. The topic will be the GRU rate changes and the effects of the biomass plant.

Bob Hunzinger, general manager of GRU, will give the commuinity an update on the impact of the biomass plant on utilities.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

Flu vaccine

The Alachua County Health Department is now offering the flu vaccine.

Walk-ins will be accepted from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Department at 224 SE 24th St. This year's vaccine is effective against the major circulating strains of flu.

The cost is $25. If citizens have Medicare part B, there is no charge with a Medicare B card and any supplemental insurance. Those between the ages of 6 months and 18 years who are uninsured, have Medicaid or insurance that does not cover the vaccine may receive it free of charge.

Residents who normally receive their vaccines from providers other than the Health Department should contact that provider. Parents of public and private school students are encouraged to review and complete the FluMist consent forms provided by their child's school.

For more information, call 352-334-7950 or visit www.doh.state.fl.us/chdalachua.


Learn more about managing your medication at a community discussion.

It will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Porters Community Center at 512 SW 2nd Terrace.

The topic will be "Educate Before You Medicate: Ten Questions to Ask About Your Medication." The speaker will be Fadra Henry, RPh.

For more information, call 352-334-3366.

Literacy Award

Do you know someone who's been an advocate for adult literacy? Then, nominate them for an Alachua County Literacy Network Award to recognize volunteers.

Awards will be presented at the 25th annual Family Literacy Festival on Oct. 12 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters and the Matheson Museum. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 13.

Those nominated include individuals, organizations and businesses that have supported efforts to decrease the county's population of adults who struggle with reading.

To make a nomination, email kristen.bash@gainesville.com and include the name, address, phone number and email address of the nominee and the one who is making the nomination. Also include the nominee's contributions to literacy. A Word document also can be attached if more space is needed.

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. Saturday 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.


Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 are encouraged to participate in 4-H.

Eligible participants can join a 4-H club or sign up as an individual 4-H member. Most clubs meet on a monthly basis, although some meet more often. Florida's four 4-H camps host special programs throughout the year as well as summer camping.

Examples of 4-H projects are: Public speaking, horses, computers, theater arts, environmental education, community service and more. 4-H includes four age divisions: Cloverbud, ages 5-7; Junior, ages 8-10; Intermediate, ages 11-13, and Senior, ages 14-18.

4-H is always in need of club, co-club and project resource leaders who advise and lead the diverse group of 4-H members.

For more information, call 352-955-2402 or email benge@alachuacounty.us.

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 Saturday.

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.

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.

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. 12, 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.

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. Saturday at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave.

For more information, email eastsidehighschoolclassof1974@gmail.com.

Show Chorus

The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus will present "Sunday with your Sweeties."

The concert will be held at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave. Tickets are $5.

For more information, call 352-371-1013 or visit www.gainesvillechorus.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 Saturday 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.

On Sept. 14 at Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., get basic help, and from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Porters Center, there also will be a basic class.

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.


Make 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. Sunday 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 Monica Leadon Cooper and the Y'all Stars of Gainesville.

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. Friday at Waldo Baptist Church. The cost is $6 and will consist of salad, garlic toast, a drink and dessert. Dinners 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. Make sure all pertinent information is included.

Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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