About Town

Week of March 6


Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:50 p.m.

Rental assistance

The Alachua County Rental Deposit Program is now taking applications for funds, which are expected to be available through 2015.

The program provides very low-income persons and households within Alachua County with funding of up to $1,500 to pay for rental security and also utility deposits for water, sewer, electricity and gas.

Deposits will be paid directly to the provider.

To apply, call 352-264-6723 to schedule an appointment.

For more information, call 352-337-6284 or visit http://growth-management.alachuacounty.us/housing_programs/rental_deposit_program/.

Citizens' Academy

Residents and students interested in a crash course on local government and city planning and management can sign up for Gainesville 101: the Spring 2014 Citizens' Academy.

The six-week program will take place from 8:30 a.m.-noon beginning March 12 at various locations throughout the city. Thirty residents will be accepted and a few spaces still remain.

For more information, call 352-334-5017, email gainesvillepio@cityofgainesville.org or visit http://academy.cityofgainesville.org.

Law series

The Alachua County Library District will continue its Law in the Library Series.

The following sessions will be held this month:

March 10: 6 p.m., Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave.: A. Phil Kabler, Esq. will discuss the basic issues to help entrepreneurs form their own businesses.

March 13: 5 p.m., Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.: One-on-one assistance will be provided for ex-felons who would like to have their civil rights restored.

For more information, call 352-334-3909 or visit www.aclib.us/law.

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to serve as leader trainers in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

Training will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11-14 at Elder Options. Those interested must attend all four days. Training is free and open to the community.

The program meets once a week and helps those with chronic diseases learn practical ways to manage their pain, fatigue, stress and depression.

For more information, call 352-378-6649 or 800-262-2243, ext. 119.

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.

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 Friday.

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 request an interview and for more information, call 352-256-7690 or email clubwod@yahoo.com.

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.

Credit workshop

The community is invited to a free Credit Repair Workshop.

It will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 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.

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 Forward® 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.

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