About Town

Week of Nov. 7

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.

Oratorical contest

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida will sponsor the 2nd annual oratorical competition for middle and high school students.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St., but the guidelines for the contest are available now. They can be picked up at the Long Foundation at 1721 NE Waldo Road.

Contestants will write and recite an oration in response to a question in the appropriate age category. The theme is "Preserving Civil Rights."

For more information, call 352-466-3320 or 352-222-9425.

Saturday Academy

The Saturday Academy at Mount Carmel Baptist Church is accepting applications for enrollment.

The academy offers free tutoring and mentoring to children in kindergarten through fifth-grade from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays at Mount Carmel at 2505 NE 8th Ave.

The academy follows the Alachua County Public Schools calendar and works with teachers and principals to continue the work the student is doing in their regular school. Transportation is provided for students who need it.

For more information, call 352-378-7322, 352-332-2367 or 352-376-0993.

Starry Night

The community is invited for an evening of stargazing, planetarium shows, speakers and prizes at the 7th annual Starry Night.

It will be held from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Florida Museum of Natural History at SW 34th Street and Hull Road. It is free and open to the community and food will be sold.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a portable planetarium show, an opportunity to view the universe in 3D, as well as rocks from space, including a 70-pound meteorite, and other activities.

For more information, call 352-273-2062.

Rams fundraiser

The Eastside High School boys lacrosse team will participate in the "Drive 4 Ur School" fundraiser.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Eastside at 1201 SE 45th Terrace.

The community is asked to take a free test car drive and Ford Motor Co. will donate up to $6,000 to the school. The more people who drive, the more the school will earn. Those participating must be 18 years old, show a valid driver's license and have proof of car insurance.

For more information, call 352-955-6704.

Library program

The Alachua County Library District will present "Family Folktales: Collecting, Sharing and Preserving Family Stories."

It will be held from 12:30-5 p.m. Nov. 23 at Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave. Local storytellers will share their family stories and others will be invited to share their stories.

The event is sponsored as a part of Tellabration!, a nationwide program by the National Storytellers Network.

For more information, call 352-334-3939.

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. 16 (not Nov. 9, as reported in last week's edition) 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.

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. 15 at the Cone Park Library at 2841 E. University Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-0720.


Library Partnership will host Zumba classes for adults.

They will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13, Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-0165.


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.

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.


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. Friday. 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.

Notary service

Library Partnership will offer free notary services to the community.

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

For more information, call 352-334-0160.


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. 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.

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 Nov. 16 at Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., there will be a basic computer class for beginners, and from 1-3 p.m., learn PowerPoint I.

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 University of Florida World Music Ensembles and invited guests.

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


The federal government would have covered about $54 billion in Medicaid expenses over 10 years from 2014-2024, if the state of Florida had not rejected it.

Also, Chip Williams & Associates, Ference Insurance Agency, the Florida Farm Bureau and their contracted agents are certified to sell Florida Blue products on and off the Obamacare marketplace.

It was reported otherwise in the Oct. 31 edition of The Guardian.

Guardian deadline

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The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday.

Make sure all pertinent information is included, such as date, time, place, speakers and admission.

Send via email to news@gainesvilleguardian.com.

Remember: The Guardian no longer accepts announcements via fax or dropoff.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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