About Town

Week of Oct. 24


Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.

Book sale

More than 50,000 books, DVDs, games, rare books, audio books and so much more will be offered at the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.

It will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, noon-7 p.m. Monday, noon-7 p.m. Tuesday, which is half-price day, and noon-6 p.m. Oct. 30, which is 10-cent day, at the Friends of the Library Bookhouse at 430 N. Main St.

The cost of books and other items will range from $.25 cents-$4 by cash or check.

For more information, call 352-375-1676.

Health care

Do you need to sign up for health care under the Affordable Health Care Act?

Dayspring Baptist Church at 1945 NE 8th Ave. is an official site for residents to come and sign up.

Members of the Alachua County branch NAACP, along with agents from Florida Blue, will be at the church from 4-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

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 Conference Room at 526 NW 5th Ave.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

Rosa Parks event

The memory of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who would have been 100 years old this year, will be honored and remembered by the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wilhelmina Johnson Center at 321 NW 10th St.

Thursday marks the eighth anniversary of her death in 2005. Featured will be songs, prayers and remarks.

For more information, call 352-665-4066 or 352-377-5022 or email mlgriner@yahoo.com.

Homeless vets

Homeless veterans are invited to 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.

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.

Quiet Courage

Friday is the deadline to nominate persons for the 2013 Quiet Courage Award and for students to turn in essays for the 2013 Legacy Bearer Award, both of which will be awarded by the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee.

Nomination forms and essay requirements can be requested by emailing mlgriner@yahoo.com.

The Quiet Courage Award honors those involved in civil rights and other activities that lead to leaving a legacy or changing policies for years to come in Alachua County. The Legacy Bearer Award is given to the student who writes the most compelling essay on what the legacy of Rosa Parks means to them.

This year, the committee has chosen to only receive essays from students at Gainesville High School. Students at GHS who are interested in writing an essay should see their guidance counselor.

For more information, call 352-377-5022.

Tournament

The Team FLA Stingrays will sponsor its inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness Month Flag Football Tournament.

It will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at Fred Cone Park at 2841 E. University Ave.

It will feature teams with a maximum of nine player rosters playing seven-on-seven flag football for a chance to win a $275 cash prize. The registration cost is $100, and teams can register the day of the event.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Pink balloons will be released and organizers are asking breast cancer survivors to come out and be honored.

For more information, call 352-682-1524 or 407-408-9861.

Art series

The Cone Park Branch Library will host the free Fall Art Series for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade, but hurry and sign up because space is limited.

Classes will be offered at 3 p.m. Friday, and also Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 at the Cone Park Library at 2841 e. University Ave.

For more information, call 334-0720.

MAG forum

The Maslow's Advocacy Group will present the Gainesville Community Forum and Concert.

It will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St. It is free and open to the community. The theme is "Coming Together for a Common Purpose, Community Development." The Maslow's Advocacy Group advocates and promotes community growth and development through "action and awareness" campaigns.

Featured will be entertainment, food and information on resources available to the community and youth. The event also will consist of a panel discussion with University of Florida BSU President Dekendrick Murray, Reichert House Youth Academy director John Alexander Sr., FloridaWorks program manager Phyllis Marty, and Gainesville Job Corps Center director Steven Belk.

The event also will introduce an initiative for a community-based mentorship program for males ages 13-18.

For more information, email kherring032000@yahoo.com or visit MaslowMag.org or maslow.mag@facebook.com on Facebook.

Pink Wish

Members of the Gainesville chapter of the Pink Wish Foundation Inc. will host its annual Pink Baskets of Promise event.

It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave.

Featured will be age-appropriate discussions on violence prevention in relationships and unhealthy friendships. Also, group leaders will enlighten moms and daughters on cyber bullying.

The baskets will be donated to violence prevention shelters in the community.

For more information on the foundation, visit www.pinkwishfoundation.org.

Sweetwater Park

Join the Matheson Museum for the annual Sweetwater Park cleanup.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 2 at the park, which covers over three acres in downtown Gainesville. Volunteers, who are encouraged to wear long sleeves and comfortable clothing, will receive a free lunch.

Volunteers will help to remove Spanish moss from trees, pick up air potatoes and remove vines from plants and shrubs.

For more information, call 352-378-2280 or visit www.mathesonmuseum.org.

E.S.T.H.E.R. benefit

The E.S.T.H.E.R. Girls mentorship program will host a Talent/Fashion Show to raise funds for a college tour.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at The Movement at 1221 N. Main St. near Publix.

E.S.T.H.E.R. is an acronym for Encouraging Sisters Through Hope, Empowerment and Restoration. Members are girls between the ages of 13-17 who are teamed up with mentors to help them accomplish their goals and succeed in life.

The college tour will take place Nov. 8-9 to Bethune Cookman University and Daytona State College.

To purchase tickets visit https://esthergirls.eventbrite.com/ and to make a donation, check out http://www.gofundme.com/esthergirls.

HealthStreet

If you are interested in learning more about the Affordable Health Care Act, or "Obamacare," then you're in luck because the University of Florida HealthStreet will be hosting workshops with a trained and certified Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator who will discuss insurance options and assist with eligibility and enrollment.

The workshops, which are provided by the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 2014 at HealthStreet at 2401 SW Archer Road.

For more information, call 352-294-4880.

N.M.B. Shooters

N.M.B. Shooters Inc. is in need of volunteer basketball coaches.

The organization has formed a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County and will be forming girls and boys teams at the Eastwood Meadows and Woodland Park units.

The group also is looking for sponsors and donations. To donate, visit nmbshooters.org.

For more information, call 352-258-3450 or 352-222-1132.

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. Saturday at the Senior Recreation Center at 5701 NW 34th St. The vigil will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday 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.

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 3 p.m. Sunday 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.

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 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.

Computer classes

The Santa Fe College Community Outreach and East Gainesville Instruction will offer free computer classes.

On Nov. 2 at the Porter's Community Center, from 10 a.m.-noon, 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 the 6th Street Rhythm and Blues Review, with old-school R&B, blues, jump blues, a dose of jazz and old standards.

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

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