About Town

Week of Feb. 27


Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

College tours

Registration is nearing for the 2014 Spring Break College Tours for high school students sponsored by Mike Powell & Associates.

The deadline is Saturday and the costs range from $60-$215.

The tours — five one-day trips and two two-day trips — will visit colleges from Miami to North Carolina. At some colleges, eligible students could receive admission notices and scholarships on the spot.

For more information, visit MikePowellConsulting.com.

Essay contest

If you're a middle school student who has someone in your life that inspires you to be the best you can be, then write about him/her in the "Standing on the Shoulders: Because You Did I Can" essay contest.

Sponsored by the Pleasant Street Historic Society, the deadline to submit essays is March 14. Essays should not exceed 500 words and must be no more than one page long.

Email essays to PleasantStreetHistoricSociety@gmail.com or mail to The Pleasant Street Historic Society, 321 NW 8th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601.

For more information, call 352-377-4217.

NAACP

The Alachua County branch NAACP will hold its monthly meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe College Blount Center Conference Room at 526 NW 5th Ave.

For more information, call 352-870-7013.

Early voting

The city of Gainesville will hold an election for its At-Large 2, District 2 and District 3 seats on the City Commission.

Early voting will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Monday through March 8 at the Supervisor of Elections Office at the County Administration Building at 12 SE 1st St. and the Millhopper Branch Library at 3145 NW 43rd St. To vote, residents must have a picture and signature ID.

The election will take place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 11 at various city precincts.

For more information, call 352-374-5252 or visit www.votealachua.com.

Warehouse play

This is the last weekend for the play "Harriet Jacobs," the story of unimaginable sadness and the indomitable spirit of a young woman who escapes from slavery to become an abolitionist speaker.

The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St. Tickets, which are $10, are available online at www.starcenter.ticketleap.com and at the door.

For more information, call 352-301-5823.

Fun day

Phenom 4, or P-4, a pop-singing group of four 13-year-olds from Gainesville, will host a community fun day.

It will be held from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Cone Park at 2841 E. University Ave. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be free hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks and games, such as three-on-three basketball and sack races.

Members of the group are Khalleil Jackson, Austin Neal, Amando Parra and Israel "Shorty B" Wilcox Jr.

For more information, call 352-318-6413.

Flea market

The Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World, University City Temple No. 900 is hosting a Giant Flea Market.

It will be held from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. March 15 at 511 SW 4th Ave. Dinners also will be sold.

Sell your wares and keep the money. The cost will be $10 for space/table.

For more information, call 352-575-7019, 352-372-7806 or 504-810-7631.

Board vacancies

Are you interested in serving on a board that will set the direction of your community for years to come?

The Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency is seeking members for the following boards: College Park University Heights Redevelopment Advisory Board (3), Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board (2), Eastside Redevelopment Advisory Board (2), and the Fifth Avenue Pleasant Street Redevelopment Advisory Board (5).

Applicants can apply online at www.gainesvillecra.com. The deadline to apply is March 7.

For more information, call the CRA at 352-393-8200.

Members wanted

Women of Distinction, a social and service organization in Gainesville, is looking for women at least 25 years old to join the sisterhood.

The group meets once a month and does at least one activity each month. The motto is: Class, Style & Integrity.

To join and for more information, call 352-256-7690 or email clubwod@yahoo.com.

Credit workshop

The community is invited to a free Credit Repair Workshop.

It will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday and also March 27 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

Topics will include credit reports and credit scores, repairing credit, understanding consumer rights, identity theft and managing debt.

For more information, call 352-334-0161.

Alpha scholarship

The Nu Eta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is now accepting applications for its scholarships for male high school seniors in Alachua, Levy and Suwannee counties.

Applications, which have been sent to high school guidance counselors, will be due on April 11.

Each year, the scholarship committee awards three $1,000 scholarships to a candidate who is judged to demonstrate outstanding achievement and promise and who plans to attend an accredited college or university.

Recipients will be selected in the spring and will receive notification of their selection by mail.

Elections scholarship

The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office announces the opportunity for local college or university students to apply for one of three $1,200 scholarships through the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections.

The deadline to submit applications to the Supervisor of Elections office at 111 SE 1st Ave. is March 17. Applications may be obtained online at VoteAlachua.com or from the Supervisor of Elections office.

Applicants must be enrolled or accepted as a junior or senior and be either a political science major, a public or business administration major or a journalism/mass communications major. Applicants also must:

* Demonstrate a financial need.

* Submit two current letters of recommendation, one from the college or university last attended or graduated from, and one from a citizen of good standing in the community.

* Submit a resume of activities, including those involving community service.

* Maintain a "C" average or above in the previous year.

* Be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Florida for two years.

* Be a registered voter.

For more information, call 352-374-5252.

Bank scholarship

Regions Bank is offering high school seniors and college freshman, sophomore and juniors an opportunity to both celebrate the contributions of African-Americans and earn money to attend college.

Regions will award a total of 32 Regions Riding ForwardŽ Scholarships, which will be based on a competitive essay contest.

For high school seniors, the essay must be about an African-American who has inspired them. For college students, the essay must be about an African-American who has inspired them AND influenced their college career.

The amounts of the scholarship will be $5,000 for seniors and $2,500 for college students.

For more information, call 855-670-ISTS (4787), email contactus@applyists.com or visit regions.com/ridingforward.

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., learn basic skills, and from 1-3 p.m., learn to manage, create and copy files.

On March 8 at Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills.

To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.

Zumba classes

The community is invited to a free Zumba class.

It will be held from 6-6:45 p.m. March 19 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-0161.

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.

HIV videos

The WellFlorida Council's "Stop AIDS Now" campaign has launched an online video series called "Stories of Hope" to increase awareness of HIV and to inspire optimism in communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

"Stories of Hope" consists of three documentaries filmed in North Central Florida. The videos are available to view on the Stop AIDS Now website at www.EveryoneStopAIDSNow.org, Vimeo, YouTube and other outlets.

To view the videos online and to learn more about HIV, visit www.EveryoneStopAidsNow.org.

Kongo exhibit

Striking connections between the art and culture 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 artwork from the early Kongo Kingdom and also American.

It will run through March 23 at the Harn Museum of Art at SW 34th Street and Hull Road.

For more information, call 352-392-9826.

CNA/CPR classes

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 caligift@hotmail.com.

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 to news@gainesvilleguardian.com. The Guardian no longer accepts announcements via fax or drop-off.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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