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Week of Nov. 28


Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.

Quiet Courage

The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee will host the 2013 Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee Awards Ceremony.

It will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave. It is free and open to the community.

The committee honors residents who have lived consistent with the legacy of Parks, known as the "mother of the civil rights movement" in the U.S.

This year's honorees are community activists Ruth Brown and her husband, the late Steve Brown, Joe Courter, Meshon Rawls and Phil Emmer. The Legacy Bearer Award will be presented to Charles Jones, an Eastside High School freshman.

For more information, call 352-665-4066 or 352-377-5022.

Black Hat Divas

Put your dancing shoes on and join the Gainesville Black Hat Divas for an evening of elegance at the 3rd anniversary and holiday party.

The event will be held from 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Plaza Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. The evening will feature a concert by the Amazing Jeff Floyd, a sit-down dinner, a raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $40 in advance only by calling 352-284-1433.

Holiday lighting

People, Organized, Working, Empowered and Renewed, or the P.O.W.E.R. Group, will host a holiday lighting ceremony.

It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Tot Park next to 2 Friends Coffee Shop at 1001 NW 5th Ave.

For more information, call 352-870-9640.

Tacachale holiday

Tacachale will host two community events to celebrate the holidays.

On Dec. 6, Tacachale will host its annual Holiday Parade at 10 a.m. at the center at 1621 NE Waldo Road. School bands, ROTC units, law enforcement agencies, antique cars, floats and Santa will ride through the Tacachale campus.

On Dec. 11, Tacachale will host its 29th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m., also at the center. Featured will be tree trimming and holiday songs. There also is a strong possibility Santa will make a surprise appearance. The festivities are free and open to the community.

David Snyder of WCJB-TV 20 will serve as the master of ceremonies and Father Roland Julien of St. Patrick Catholic Church will provide the invocation. Performers will include the Duval Elementary Fine Arts Academy choir and the Tacachale Carolers.

Also, the generosity of the community is needed to help meet the holiday wish list of Tacachale residents. Tax-deductible donations can be made to Tacachale Christmas 2013 and mailed to Tacachale Volunteer Services, 1621 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville, FL 32609.

For more information, call 352-955-5829 or 352-955-5958.

Matheson Museum

Explore the meticulous artwork and skillful engineering of some elaborate train sets at the Polar Express Train Show.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1-4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Matheson Museum at 513 E. University Ave. Tickets will be $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Featured will be vintage train sets that tell the story of Alachua County, with many other trains on display. There also will be an opportunity to buy train sets and accessories.

To pruchase tickets and for more information, call 352-378-2280 or email info@mathesonmuseum.org.

Mortgage funds

The Alachua County Housing Finance Authority has 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages at 4.5 percent available to first-time homebuyers who have not owned a home in the past three years.

There also is down payment and closing cost assistance up to $10,000 that will be provided as a 0 percent, non-amortizing 30-year deferred second mortgage.

Qualified veterans do not need to be first-time homebuyers. Borrowers must meet normal mortgage requirements to demonstrate creditworthiness and must live in the home as their principal residence.

The program is being offered through a partnership with the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority by the Board of County Commissioners of Alachua, Bradford and Marion counties and the housing finance authorities of Alachua and Marion counties.

For more information, call 352-337-6283.

‘Black Nativity'

Ring in the holiday season with gospel songs, pantomime, testimonials and folk spirituals at "Black Nativity," the retelling of the birth of Jesus Christ.

It will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 19-21 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St. Tickets will be $15 in advance and one hour before show time.

For information, call 352-222-3699 or visit www.actorswarehouse.org.

Auditions

The Actors' Warehouse will hold auditions for "Mountaintop," a play that explores what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might have done the night before his assassination.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St. The theater is looking for two actors — one black female and one black male.

For more information, call 786-543-5737.

City basketball

The city of Gainesville is registering boys and girls ages 5-14 for the Coed Basketball program.

The cost is $64.75 for ages 5-6 for city residents and $96 for non-city residents and $82.25 for ages 7-14 for city residents and $123.75 for non-city residents. For those who register by Dec. 2, there will be a $10 discount and there is an additional $15 discount for children on free or reduced lunch. Registration ends on Dec. 19.

To register, visit the Thomas Center, Building B at 306 NE 6th Ave. from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday or visit www.cityofgainesville.org and clicking on "Resident," "Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs," "Youth Athletics Page," "Go Register" on bottom left of page, "Register Now" then "Youth Basketball" at the bottom of the page.

Also, players will have a chance to improve their skills at a free basketball camp sponsored by Herman "Pop" Williams, coach of the Eastside High School boys varsity basketball team. The camp will be held from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 18 for ages 5-10 and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 19 for ages 11-14.

Cooking demo

Forget expensive cooking demonstrations and learn to make meals your family will enjoy at the Alachua County Extension Office.

The next and last cooking demonstration of the year will be "Healthy Cooking: Cooking with Herbs," with demonstrations and tips on how to grow herbs and make herb butters and herb vinegars.

It will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Extension Office at 2800 NE 39th Ave. The cost is $3 at the door, but you must register before Dec. 3 by calling 352-955-6209.

For more information, call 352-955-2402.

Garbage service

Residential curbside collection of solid waste, recycling and yard trash will only be affected on Thanksgiving Day and will be picked up on Friday.

Collection will be according to the regular schedule through Wednesday.

For more information, go to www.gainesvillerecycles.com and click on "Holiday Schedule."

RTS service

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Regional Transit System bus service will be impacted Wednesday through Friday.

On Wednesday, RTS will provide reduced service on Routes 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 34, 35, 36 and 43. There will be no service on Routes 21, 27, 28, 38, 39, 41, 46, 62 and 76 and there will be no changes on Routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, 24, 25 and 75. Paratransit service will run as usual.

On Thursday, there will be no bus or paratransit service.

On Friday, RTS will operate a normal Sunday service. Only Routes 1, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 25 and 35 will be running and paratransit service will operate from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., as usual.

On Saturday and Sunday, service will not be impacted and the Gator Aider game-day shuttle service will run as normal.

For more information, call 352-334-2600 or visit www.go-rts.com.

Winter food

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.

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. Tuesday 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.

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

5th Avenue

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 Saturday. 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.

Zumba

Library Partnership will host Zumba classes for adults.

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

For more information, call 352-334-0165.

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 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.

Guardian deadline

Want to submit announcements to the Gainesville Guardian?

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 drop-off.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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