Community briefs

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.

Women's workshop

The 4W's Network Inc. will host a workshop for women.

It will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave. The theme will be "Stop Living Your Story and Begin Living Your Life." It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be information on ways for women to learn skills to deal with their children and also improve their self-esteem.

The 4Ws, or Women netWorking With Women, was founded by Belinda Smith of Gainesville.

For more information, call 352-872-8555 or email 4wsbms@gmail.com.

United Downtown

United Downtown will host the giant street party held the Friday before University of Florida home football games.

The events will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday and also 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.

Community fest

The community is invited to the Celebrating Safe Communities "East Fall Festival."

It will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th Ave. The festival is a new Gainesville Police Department neighborhood event.

Featured will be food, music, fun, prizes, a bounce house, swimming, a variety of resources and much more.

For more information, call 352-214 3966

Arts Competition

Black AIDS Services and Education (BASE) will host its annual Arts Competition for students in Alachua County.

All entries must be relevant to HIV/AIDS education, and cannot be derogative. The deadline for entries will be Oct. 17.

Entries will be judged in two categories: Performing (poetry, rap, spoken word, skits) and visual (painting, graphics, pen/ink) arts. The two winners in each category will be awarded $200 for first place and $100 for second place.

For more information, call 352-372-0216 or email njah52@gmail.com.


So you're a little tense and could use a massage, but your budget is tight.

Don't worry, because you can get a free massage provided by a licensed massage therapist at the University of Florida HealthStreet.

Free massages will be offered from 1-5 p.m. on Fridays at HealthStreet at 2401 SW Archer Road. There are four slots open each Friday and they fill up fast.

For more information, call 352-294-4884.

Class meeting

The Lincoln High School Alumni Class of 1969 will host a meeting to continue plans for the 45th reunion.

It will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 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.

The recipient of the class fundraiser was M. Stover. Thanks to all who participated in making this project a success.

Police academy

Wanted: Residents interested in participating in the 2013 Citizen's Police Academy to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Gainesville Police Department and gain a better understanding of police functions, practices and service through interactive and hands-on activities.

The academy is a 10-week program that will be offered from 5:45-8 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 15-Dec. 17 at the Santa Fe College CIED Center at 530 W. University Ave.

For more information, call 352-393-7752 or email collinscr@cityofgainesville.org.

Notary service

Library Partnership will offer free notary services to the community.

The services will be held from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 9 and Oct. 23, and also Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

For more information, call call 352-334-0160.


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.

Guardian ad Litem

Advocate and mentor now for an abused and neglected child.

No special background is needed and legal and staff support will be provided. The next class will start on Nov. 4.

For more information, call 352-548-3823 or visit www.gal.alachua.fl.us.

Law series

The Alachua County Library District and the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association will present the Law in the Library Series.

During October, there will be two sessions. They are:

Oct. 10: 5:30 p.m., Library Partnership, 1230 NE 16th Ave. The topic will be child support. The discussion will cover paternity and child support establishment, modification of child support, and enforcement.

Oct. 14: 6 p.m., Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave. The topic will be residential foreclosure legal issues. Attorneys will discuss foreclosure process, modification process, short sales, deeds in lieu foreclosure and more.

For more information, call 352-334-3909 or visit www.aclib.us/law.

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.


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.

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.

CNA/CPR classes

Certified Nursing Assistant and American Heart Association CPR classes are still being offered.

Classes are held at Mount Moriah Baptist Church at 718 SE 11th St.

To register and for more information, call 352-535-5482 or email caligift@hotmail.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 Relics and a tribute to the music of the Woodstock era.

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 Friday.

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.

UF Mobile Clinic

If you're sick, but don't have insurance or money to see a doctor, don't despair, just visit the University of Florida College of Medicine Mobile Clinic.

Physicians and nurses will provide free health services, including general check-ups, screenings for HIV/AIDS and STDs, family planning, resource and referrals, and other health services on a first-come, first-served basis.

In east Gainesville, the Mobile Clinic stops at the following sites:

Village Green Apartments, 3101 NE 15th St.: 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays.

Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call 352-262-0162.

Guardian deadline

Want to submit announcements to the Gainesville Guardian?

The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday. .

Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com. Remember: The Guardian no longer accepts announcements via fax or drop-off.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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