Week of Nov. 21
Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.
Alachua County middle and high school students will get a chance to learn about bullying, college access and race relations at the 2nd annual Youth Diversity Summit sponsored by the city of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity.
It will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Ignite Life Center at 404 NW 14th Ave. Students are asked to register by 5 p.m. Thursday. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.
The theme will be "Why Can't We Be Friends," and Cecil Howard, director of the OEO, said the summit will end with students making a video with the theme as the title.
To register and for more information, call 352-334-5051.
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. Saturday 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.
Alachua County Public Schools will be accepting donations for an annual winter break food drive through Dec. 13.
The program is meant to help families who might rely on the Free/Reduced Meal Program during the school year.
Organizers want to put the following items in each box: two large cans of sweet potatoes and black beans, stuffing mix, instant potatoes, five cans of fruit, four cans of vegetables, dessert (such as brownie mix), breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal or grits), two large cans of Chef Boyardee or similar products, instant or boxed milk, rice, three boxes of macaroni and cheese, boxed meal with meat (such as Hamburger Helper), spaghetti and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, three cans of soup and either a $10 gift card or a non-refrigerated ham.
A complete food basket costs about $60. The foundation also accepts single food items or cash donations.
Checks can be made out to the Education Foundation of Alachua County, for the Food Basket Project, and mailed to 1725 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641.
To make a donation online, visit the "DONATE" section at www.acpsf.org and choose the PayPal link.
The community is invited to a free Thanksgiving Day meal.
It will be held from noon-2 p.m. Nov. 28 at Mount Moriah Baptist Church at 718 SE 11th St.
For those without transportation, delivery will be provided.
For more information, call 352-281-1139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 3 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.
Organizers of the 5th Avenue Holiday Parade are seeking businesses, civic organizations, community groups, vendors and others to help co-sponsor and participate in the parade.
It will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 along NW 5th Avenue. The deadline to sign up to participate and to receive donations will be Nov. 30. Vendors will be charged $25 to set up booths and food stands.
For more information, visit 2 Friends Coffee Shop at 1001 NW 5th Ave. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
You can immerse yourself in the music of jazz and blues giants at the Santa Fe College "Evening of Jazz."
Now in its seventh year, it will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the SF College Fine Arts Hall at the northwest campus at 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seats, $12 for balcony seating, $9 for seniors and children 12 and under, and free to Santa Fe College students and employees. They are available at the Box Office by calling at 352-395-4181 or 352-395-4133 and by visiting www.sfcollege.edu/finearts/.
There also will be a reception following the concert.
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.
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. Thursday 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 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 email@example.com.
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.
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. Saturday 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 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 Dec. 7 at Porter's, from 10 a.m.-noon, there will be a basic computer class for beginners.
To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.
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