About Town

Week of Oct. 17

Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 2:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 2:59 p.m.


Everything you've ever wanted to know about butterflies will be revealed in a fun and interactive way at "ButterflyFest: A Celebration of Wings and Backyard Things," featuring a children's area, workshops, entertainment and more.

The two-day event will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Florida Museum of Natural History at SW 34th Street and Hull Road.

For more information, call 352-846-2000 or visit, www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest.

Kongo exhibit

Striking connections between the art and cultue of the Kongo Kingdom of western Central Africa and African American art and culture will be explored in Kongo Across the Waters, an exhibit of artwrok from the early Kongo Kingdom and also American.

It will run from Oct. 22-March 23 at the Harn Museum of Art at SW 34th Street and Hull Road.

For more information, call 352-392-9826.

Duval revitalization

Alachua Habitat for Humanity is seeking feedback from residents in the Duval neighborhood to learn what they would like to see in their neighborhood, whether it's affordable housing, parks, home repair, no vacant/condemned structures or other improvements.

For more information, call 352-379-4663.

Zumba benefit

Join the party at the Zumbathon for the Williams Elementary School Music Department.

It will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Northwood YMCA at 5201 NW 34th Blvd. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

For more information call 352-317-3508 or email thomasmv@gm.sbac.edu.


The Alachua County Branch NAACP will hold its monthly meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Santa Fe College Blount Center Conference Room at 526 NW 5th Ave.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

Homeless vets

Organizers are seeking help from the community to provide food for veterans during the 11th annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans.

The event will take place from noon-4:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 1 at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St.

Items needed include fresh produce, soft drinks, chicken leg quarters, dessert items, breakfast food and also boxed lunches.

During the event, homeless veterans will be connected with a variety of services, including medical services provided through the VA Hospital, and also haircuts and chair massages. Local service providers also will be on hand to help veterans connect to job services, food stamps and housing.

For more information, call 352-264-6740.

GED classes

Free GED classes are being offered.

Classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Showers Of Blessings Harvest Center at 2615 SE 15th St. To register, attend a class, which will be offered through the end of the year.

The GED test will change beginning Jan. 2 and those who have not passed all sections will have to start all over. Instructors will provide one-on-one assistance.

For more information, call 321-480-8393 or email seekcommunitycenter@gmail.com.

Teen Art Show

The community is invited to the 9th annual Alachua County Library District Teen Art Show.

It will be held Oct. 19-20 at Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave. It will feature the two-dimensional work of artists ages 12-19 in paintings, photographs, drawings, collages and more.

Last year, the show attracted 53 artists who entered more than 100 pieces of art. Prizes will be awarded. Entry forms and rules may be obtained at all branches or at www.aclibl.us/teens.

For more information, call 352-334-3941 or email kdowd@aclib.us.

Health care

The community is invited to the Igniting for Health Care Justice workshop and candlelight vigil.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Senior Recreation Center at 5701 NW 34th St. The vigil will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Northside Park, adjacent to the Recreation Center. Both events are free and open to the community. Lunch will be served during the workshop.

Featured will be physician lectures, exhibits, nutrition information, a safety program for children and more.

For more information, call 352-363-0649.


WIC or Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Education Program for pregnant women, infants and children under five years of age, is accepting applications.

The program offers nutrition education, supplemental food, counseling and breast feeding advocacy and support.

For more information, call 352-392-6911 or 800-342-3556 or visit http://www.wic.ufl.edu.

Warehouse play

The Actors' Warehouse 2013-2014 season is up and running and will present "All Shook Up," a jukebox musical and romantic comedy featuring the music of Elvis Presley.

The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and also Oct. 24-26 and 3 p.m. Sunday and also Oct. 28 at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and groups, based on availability, online at www.actorswarehouse.org and at the door.

For more information, call 352-301-5823.


Alachua County middle school, high school and college students are being encouraged to participate in the 15th annual Trashformations Art Show and Competition, a judged student show.

It will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Florida Museum at SW 34th Street and Hull Road. The exhibit will be free and open to the community.

From a turtle made from magazines to a peacock made from soda cans, reused and recyclable materials will find their way into the competition. Applications will be due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 8. Cash prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call 352-374-5245 or visit http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/PW/Waste/wasteAlternatives/Pages/Trashformations.aspx.


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.

Notary service

Library Partnership will offer free notary services to the community.

The services will be held from 2-4 p.m. 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.

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.


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. 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.

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.

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, also from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills.

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 Patchwork, the Florida-based female folk/bluegrass band.

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

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Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com.For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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