About Town

Week of Sept. 12

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.

Parent workshop

Get information about new graduation requirements and tools to help you advocate for your child at "Empowering Parents to Become Change Agents in the Public School System."

The informational session will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bartley Temple United Methodist Church at 1936 NE 8th Ave. It is free and open to the community.

The speaker will be Donna Jones, director of secondary education for the school district.

For more information, call 352-375-8822.

Family fest

The Family Resource Festival will offer one-on-one help to get families started in the process of signing up for services.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday with registration at 9:30 a.m. at City College at 7001 NW 4th Blvd.

In addition, there will be free diapers, formula, books for infants and children, raffle tickets for adults attending onsite classes, library cards and lunch.

For more information, call 375-4110, ext. 131.


The GRU Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program, or LEEP, has funds available to help customers to conserve energy and save on their utility bills.

Applications are available at GRU, by calling Energy & Business Services at 352-393-1460, or by visiting www.GRU.com. Go to "Lower My Bill" and click on "Save Energy: Home," then click on "Rebates and Incentives," "Other Programs" and then "Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program LEEP."

For more information, call 352-393-1460.


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.

Fall prevention

Senior citizens can learn to prevent falls at the Fall Prevention Awareness workshop.

It will be held from 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the Senior Recreation Senior at 5701 NW 34th St. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be information on fall prevention, tai-chi demonstrations, health screenings, door prizes, and more.

For more information, call 352-265-9040.

Warehouse play

Sibling rivalry is at the heart of "Topdog/Underdog," a Pulitzer Prize-winning play making its debut at The Actors' Warehouse.

The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and also Sept. 19-21 and 3 p.m. Sunday and also Sept. 22 at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St. Tickets will be $10-$15 at the door and online at www.actorswarehouse.org.

For more information, call 352-301-5823.


The city of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity and the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office will host the 4th annual Alachua County Employment Law Seminar.

It will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel at 4200 NW 97th Blvd. The registration fee is $99.

The seminar will provide employers with information to help avoid potential employee-related legal issues. Some of the topics to be discussed will include recent developments in employment and labor law; Fair Labor Standards Act; Family and Medical Leave Act and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace.

For more information, call 352-334-5051 or 352-374-5275.

4-H open house

The Alachua County 4-H is having a free 4-H Round-Up Open House.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the UF Horse Teaching Unit at 1934 SW 63rd Ave. The Open House will be presented by the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Service.

The Open House will give citizens who would like to volunteer or learn about 4-H programs the opportunity to get information on activities, camps, projects, youth fair & livestock show, and more. 4-H is free and open to youth ages 5 to 18.

For more information, call 352-955-2402.

Class meeting

The Lincoln High School alumni Class of 1969 will host a meeting to make plans for the 45th reunion and complete the fundraiser project.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 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, Mebane or any other schools.

For more information call 352-373-3269.

Credit repair

Make plans to attend a free credit repair workshop.

It will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

Topics discussed will include credit reports and credit scores, repairing your credit, understanding consumer rights, identity theft and managing debt.

For more information, call 352-334-0161.


Library Partnership will be providing free bread and pastries to the community on a first come fist served basis.

The giveaway will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Thursday at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-0160.

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 Friday.

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.

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. Sunday and also 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.

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:

Thursday, 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

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. Sunday 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 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.

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 Impostors, a Beatles tribute band.

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

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