About Town

Week of Sept. 26


Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 3:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 3:59 p.m.

Job Fair

If you're unemployed and seriously looking for a job, then the Library Partnership Job Fair could provide you with a face-to-face meeting with local employers and an opportunity to learn more about available jobs.

The job fair will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

For more information call, 352-334-0161.

Scholarship fair

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida, in collaboration with Mike Powell & Associates — Athletic, Academic and Scholarship Consulting LLC, will kick off King Celebration 2014 at the Keeper of the Dream College and Scholarship Fair for middle and high school students and their parents.

The free event will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St.

Representatives from numerous universities and colleges will be present to talk to students and parents, and numerous organizations that award scholarships will also be present.

For more information, call 352-256-2360.

NAACP

The Alachua County branch NAACP will hold its monthly meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe College Blount Center at 401 NW 6th St.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

‘Gloria' film

"Discovering Gloria," a documentary about the late Gloria Merriex, a longtime teacher at Duval Elementary Fine Arts Academy, will showcase Merriex's math teaching techniques.

It will be shown from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Middle School at 1001 SE 12th St. It is free and open to the community.

The event also will include memories of Merriex shared by her family members, students and colleagues.

For more information, call 352-273-0289.

EGI forum

Santa Fe College will host the 11th annual Santa Fe College Community Outreach & East Gainesville Instruction Community Forum.

It will be held from 6-7:15 p.m. Thursday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave. It is open to the community and will provide residents with information on education and parental empowerment programs in east Gainesville and ways to support EGI initiatives.

For more information, call 352-395-5767 or email karen.cole-smith@sfcollege.edu.

Task force

The next meeting of the Black on Black Crime Task Force will feature an update from local law enforcement officials about gang activity in Gainesville and Alachua County.

It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Alachua County School Board Conference Room at the Kirby Smith Building at 620 E. University Ave. The community is invited.

For more information, call 352-393-7521.

GatorTRAX

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. Saturday and also 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.

Sickle cell walk

The Sickle Cell Association of North Central Florida will sponsor the 3rd annual Sickle Cell Awareness Walk.

It will be held Saturday with registration from 8-9 a.m. at Citizens Field at 1100 NE 14th St., followed by the two-mile walk to T.B. McPherson Recreation Center at 1717 SE 15th St. The route will be south on Waldo/Williston Road to SE 11th Avenue left to SE 15th Street right then south to the recreation center.

The registration fee will be $10 for teams of 10 or more walkers, $12 for individuals and $15 the day of the event. To register in advance, visit http://tinyurl.com/scdwalk. Walkers will receive a T-shirt, food and drinks.

After the walk, physicians from University of Florida Health will speak and representatives from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers of Gainesville will be on hand to conduct a blood drive and screenings for the sickle cell trait, which causes sickle cell anemia in children born to parents who both have the trait.

For more information, call 352-591-4703.

Matheson Museum

Experience the rich heritage, culture and history of Alachua County during the inaugural Matheson Museum Now and Then History Bus Tour.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Friday beginning at the Matheson at 513 E. University Ave. Tickets are $19.95 per person and light refreshments will be served.

The tour, the first in a series for adults only, will bring to life the history of the historic Evergreen Cemetery. Before the tour, those participating can view the Matheson's fall exhibit, "Twentieth Century Gainesville: Through the Decades."

For more information, call 352-378-2280 or email info@mathesonmuseum.org.

Food pantry

The Gainesville Community Ministry is in urgent need of nonperishable food items.

Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Gainesville Community Ministry at 238 SW 4th Ave. or from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the Thrift Shop at 5001 NW 34th St.

For more information, call 352-372-8162.

GRU LEEP

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.

Credit repair

Make plans to attend a free credit repair workshop.

It will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday 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.

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: bullet and bold for each

Thursday, 6-7 p.m.: Brain Bowl packets will be distributed, Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.

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.

Latino fest

The Chamber of Hispanic Affairs in Gainesville will host the 12th annual Downtown Latino Festival.

It will be held from noon-8 p.m. Saturday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be food vendors, informational booths, cultural performances, live music, and more.

For more information, call 352-665-0019 or email chamberofhispanicaffairs@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 Saturday at Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., get basic help, and from 1-3 p.m., get information on LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals.

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

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 Gilberto DePaz and Tropix, a tropical fusion band based in Gainesville.

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

Benefit cruise

Cruise with AAMCA Inc. and Victory Casino Cruises.

The cruise will take place on Oct. 19 at a cost of $65 per person (age 21+) and will include roundtrip transportation, a snack pack, entry onboard, live entertainment, a $10 rebate voucher and buffet meal.

The second and final payment of $30 will be due on Oct. 4.

Bus pick-up will take place at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Best Buy in Butler Plaza and will return at 6:30-7 that evening.

For more information, call 646-319-8795 or 646-319-8765 or email aamcainc@yahoo.com.

Correction

The University of Florida HealthStreet program will offer a fitness bootcamp from 4:45-6 p.m. Thursday at 2401 SW Archer Road. The Guardian reported otherwise in the Sept. 12 edition.

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