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Week of Oct. 31


Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:14 p.m.

‘Color Purple'

DanceCentral Entertainment LLC will present the Broadway musical, "The Color Purple."

The play will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln Middle School at 1001 SE 12th St. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at madearskidsworld.Webstarts.com.

The play is a rendition of the Oprah Winfrey musical adapted from "The Color Purple," Alice Walker's 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who — through love — finds strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.

For more information, call 352-505-0174.

NAACP banquet

The Alachua County branch NAACP will hold its annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center at 1714 SW 34th St. Tickets are $50 per person.

To purchase a ticket and for more information, call 352-870-7013 or 352-222-5930.

Food drive

The 2013 Strike Out Hunger Food Drive and Basket Giveaway is in need of food and monetary donations to help local food banks and pantries and needy families this Thanksgiving.

The food drive and giveaway will be held from Nov. 1-9 at the Alachua County Fairgrounds at 3100 NE 39th Ave.

To donate non-perishable food items, visit the fairgrounds from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday for "Government, Educational, Civic Organizations and Business Community Day," Sunday for "Faith Community Organizations Day," and on Monday for individuals willing to donate. The other dates will be set aside for pick-up of the donated food by food banks, pantries and a select group of residents.

Monetary donations should be made payable to the "Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc." and sent to the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc. at 1712 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville, FL 32609.

For more information, call 352-374-2245.

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 Monday.

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

Boo at the Zoo

The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo will once again be the gathering place for young trick-or-trickers this Halloween.

The event will be held from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the zoo at SF College at 3000 NW 83rd St. Admission is one canned good per person.

For more information, call 352-395-7538.

Halloween event

The brothers and sisters of the Order of the Rising Sun Lodge No. 10 and the Azalea Chapter No. 27 will host "Lighting the Way for Trick-or-Treaters."

The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at 412 NW 3rd St. It is free and open to elementary and middle school students.

The first 250 students will receive Halloween safety material, such as flourescent bands and whistles, and there also will be healthy treats.

For more information, call 352-260-2341 or 352-494-7492.

Tacachale parade

Tacachale will host its annual Christmas Parade and organizers are looking for those who want to participate.

The parade will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at Tacachale at 1621 NE Waldo Road. The community is invited.

For more information, call 352-955-5958.

Class meeting

The Lincoln High School Class of 1969 will host a meeting to continue plans for the 45th reunion and also this year's holiday gathering.

It will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at Ruby's restaurant at 308 NW 5th Ave. All alumni are invited to attend, including those who began the school year at Lincoln in 1969, but ended up graduating from Gainesville High School, P.K. Yonge, Hawthorne, Mebane or any other school.

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.

Sweetwater Park

Join the Matheson Museum for the annual Sweetwater Park cleanup.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday 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.

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.

Trashformations

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.

Computer classes

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

On Saturday 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 GramFest, a tribute to the life and music of country rocker Gram Parsons.

Correction

Superintendent Dr. Percy C. Days Jr., pastor of Fountain of Life Church of God in Christ in Gainesville, is not relocating to Memphis.

However, Days will be attending a convention in St. Louis, Mo.

The Guardian reported otherwise in the Oct. 24 edition of the paper.

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