About Town

Week of Nov. 14

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

Common Core

Parents and students are invited to Common Core Family Night sponsored by SEEK, a non-profit organization established at Showers of Blessings Harvest Center.

Common Core math guidelines will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Showers at 2615 SE 15th St.

For more information, call 352-375-3589.

Dreamer's Foundation

The Dreamer's Foundation Inc. will host a bake sale, health fair and fall festival.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23 at Couture Renaissance at 914 NE 16th Ave. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be baked goods for sale, health information and children's activities.

To place an order for baked goods and for more information, call 352-374-7955.

FAMU alumni

Tommy Mitchell, president of the FAMU National Alumni Association, will visit Gainesville for the monthly meeting of the Alachua County FAMU Alumni Association.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at Caring and Sharing Learning School at 1951 SE 4th St.

Mitchell will discuss the presidential search, student and faculty accomplishments, academic rankings, the band, and alumni membership. There also will be a question-and-answer session.

For more information, call 352-466-3320.

St. Francis House

The St. Francis House shelter is in need of towels.

If you have towels you would like to donate, call 352-378-9079 or visit the shelter at 413 S. Main St.

For more information about St. Francis, visit http://stfrancishousegnv.org/.

Lazarus Restoration

Lazarus Restoration Ministries Inc. is collecting new and clean gently used outerwear, such as coats, jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters.

Gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sleeping bags, tents, blankets and non-perishable food items also are welcome. Especially needed are large and extra large adult-sized coats and jackets.

Items can be dropped off from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays at Lazarus at 3019 NE 20th Way, one block west of Sonny's on Waldo Road. Those needing items also can visit during this time.

Monetary gifts also are needed. Mail to Lazarus at P.O. Box 5163, Gainesville, FL 32627.

For more information, call 352-317-3928 or email lazarusrmi@yahoo.com.

Thanksgiving camps

Thanksgiving week camps will be offered by the city of Gainesville and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The city is offering a camp from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25-27 at the Eastside Recreation Center at 2841 E. University Ave. and at Westside Recreation Center at 1001 NE 34th St.

The Florida Museum will offer a camp at 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-noon or 12:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25-26 at the museum SW 34th Street and Hull Road.

For information about the city camp, call 352-334-5067. For more information about the museum camp, call 352-273-2061.

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. Friday 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. Saturday 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.


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 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.

Pet adoption

Alachua County Animal Services invites residents to take advantage of the "Fall in Love with a Shelter Animal" offer.

Throughout November, all cats and dogs with an autumn color in their coat (brown, gold, orange or red) will be available for adoption at reduced prices at Animal Services at 3400 NE 53rd Ave. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The cost will be $10 for cats and $15 for dogs.

All dogs and cats will be vaccinated and spayed/neutered.

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.

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. Saturday 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 other county schools.

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

For more information, call 352-334-0720.

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, 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.


Rinardo Jason Booth, owner of J & J Courier Service, attended Troy University in Troy, Ala., from 2001-2005.

The Guardian reported otherwise in last week's edition.

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