About Town

Week of Jan. 16

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

Financial classes

If you think you would benefit from financial literacy classes and an opportunity to establish a savings account that matches every dollar you save, then you may want to consider the Bridges to Prosperity Financial Fitness Program sponsored by Catholic Charities.

Classes will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning on Feb. 5, and also on Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 at Catholic Charities at 1701 NE 9th St. Dinner is included and also child care, upon request. Classes will be taught by Brenda Williams of the Alachua County Extension Office.

For more information, contact James Dixon at jdixon@catholiccharitiesgainesville.org and Cathyann Solomon at csolomon@catholiccharitiesgainesville.org.

Teen network

Teens can receive community service hours just by joining the "Teen Prevention Network," recruiting their friends to join and receiving prevention messages on their cell phones.

The network will provide information to youth ages 13-24 on pregnancy prevention, STD and HIV testing and prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, dating violence prevention, bullying and other topics.

For more information, call 352-334-7972.

Kappa ball

The Gainesville Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will present its Valentine's Black And White Scholarship Ball.

It will be held from 7 p.m.-midnight Feb. 14 at the Paramount Plaza Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. Tickets are $45 and dress is formal attire of black and white only with red accessories. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Featured will be live music by UMOJA of Atlanta.

Sponsorships also are available for $45-$1,000.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 352-281-3681.


In celebration of Black History and Women's History Month, The Star Center Children's Theatre is seeking African-American actors and actresses for the drama, "Harriet Jacobs," which is inspired by her book, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl."

The show opens Feb. 21 and runs thru March 3 at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St.

To schedule an audition, call 352-870-0064.

5th Avenue

The Cultural Arts Coalition is accepting applications for the 35th annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival.

The festival will be held April 26-27 at NW 5th Avenue and 6th Street.

Vendors for food, art, businesses and exhibits, including those of interest to children that are fun and informative, are encouraged to apply.

Earth Day will again be celebrated during the festival, so all groups with environmental/green information also are encouraged to apply.

To apply and for more information, call 352-372-0216.

Dinner theater

Enjoy a dinner theater event while helping to raise funds for Alachua County Public Schools and also the Duval Elementary Fine Arts Academy orchestra.

The play will be "Knockback," a mystery written by Norman Gilliland, a Gainesville native and author who lives in Madison, Wis.

The Agatha-style mystery will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 and 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Gainesville Woman's Club at 2801 W. University Ave. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 1 p.m. Feb. 9. Tickets are $85 for the Feb. 8 show and $35 for the Jan. 9 matinee.

To purchase tickets, visit www.gfwcfl-gainesvillewomansclub.org and click on events and then on the "Mystery Theatre" green tab.

For more information, call 352-376-3901.

Job openings

There is an immediate need for inventory takers.

Multiple openings are available and no experience is necessary. However, those interested must have a valid Florida driver's license and be able to lift 50 pounds, work a flexible schedule and climb up and down ladders. Experience with a 10-key microcomputer is preferred.

To apply, go to www.employflorida.com, log in or register as a new job seeker, search for job order No. 9845342 and complete the application.

Museum volunteers

Whether needing hours for a scholarship, wanting to spend time serving others, or having an interest in lifelong learning, the Florida Museum of Natural History has volunteer opportunities for everyone.

The museum will hold an orientation session from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 22, where prospective adult volunteers ages 18 and older may learn about the different opportunities available.

The Florida Museum also offers opportunities for students ages 12 to 17 through its summer junior volunteer program. Applications will be accepted March 3-28. All new applicants must undergo an interview process and a day of mandatory training. Junior volunteers must be able to commit to two consecutive weeks of service.

For more information, call 352-273-2056 or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/getinvolved/volunteers/volunteer-program/.

SHINE volunteers

Learn how to be a SHINE Volunteer in your community.

The next training session will take place from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 22-24 at Elder Options at 100 SW 75th St., Suite 301 in Gainesville. The deadline to register is Friday.

SHINE volunteers offer free counseling and assistance to Florida seniors and their families on a variety of topics related to Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care planning, Part D prescription drug plans, health care plans, supplemental insurance, fraud prevention and reporting, appeals and more.

To register, call 352-692-5264 or 800-262-2243.

Health insurance

Beginning in January, trained navigators will be available at two library locations in east Gainesville to answer questions and to enroll residents in the Affordable Care Act.

Navigators, who will be provided by the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, will explain the application process and provide guidance on the next steps to take.

They will be at the following locations:

Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave: 5-9 p.m. Feb. 3, Feb. 18, March 3 and March 17 (352-334-3900).

Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.: 4-7 p.m. Jan. 23, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 13 and March 27 (352-334-0165).

For more information, call 352-334-3909 or email nkortus@aclib.us.

Spring festival

Vendors are needed for the 2014 Alachua Main Street Spring Festival.

It will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 30 in downtown Alachua. The deadline for vendors is Feb. 28.

For more information, email alachua.business@gmail.com or visit www.alachuabusiness.com.

Bronson fest

Vendors are needed for the annual Bronson Black History Festival.

It will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Bronson Sports Complex. There also will be a rib cook-off with first- and second-place winners.

For more information, call 352-213-7643, 352-486-2605 or 352-224-3134.

Guardian deadline

Want to submit an announcement 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 only to news@gainesvilleguardian.com.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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