About Town

Week of March 13

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

King breakfast

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc. and the African American Accountability Alliance of Alachua County Inc. will continue to accept nominations for the Drum Major for Justice Award and the Drum Major for Justice Scholarship.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday. They can be picked up and returned to The Long Foundation at 1712 NE Waldo Road.

The awards will be presented at the 7th annual King Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. on April 4 at the Best Western Plus Gateway Grand Hotel at 4200 NW 97th Blvd. Tickets are $30 each, and $300 for a table seating 10. The deadline to purchase tickets is also Friday, and also at The Long Foundation.

The award is given to a faith-based leader who makes an impact in the community. The scholarship is given to an Alachua County high school senior who has overcome tremendous odds to graduate and who will attend college.

For more information, call 352-376-2442 or 352-374-2245.

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 Friday. 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.

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 Monday. 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.

4W's conference

The Women netWorking With Women, or 4W's, Network Inc. will host its "Women in Leadership" conference.

It will be held from 6-9 p.m. March 28 at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation & Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave. The cost is $30 and $5 off if you RSVP by Friday. Bring a friend for $20. Make checks payable to the 4W's Network Inc. and drop them off at CIED.

Participants will learn necessary skills for effective leadership in the church and the workplace.

For more information, call 352-872-8555 or email 4wsbms@gmail.com.

Pink Wish

The Gainesville Chapter of the Pink Wish Foundation will host its annual Pink-A-Nomics session.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development at 530 W. University Ave.

Featured will be number challenges and writing contests in preparation for standardized testing and also future entrepreneurial ventures.

For more information, visit wwwpinkwishfoundation.org.

ACCESS classes

The community is invited to participate in the annual Alachua County Civic Education SerieS, or ACCESS, classes.

They will be held for seven sessions beginning April 7. The registration deadline is March 28.

Those participating will receive detailed information about the operations of county departments, special districts and constitutional officers.

To register and for more information, call 352-374-5262.

Bike rodeo

Join UF Health Shands Children's Hospital and community partners to learn how to help keep your child safe and healthy this summer at the Kohl's Bike Rodeo and Summer Safety Fair.

It will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 22 in the O'Connell Center parking lot on the University of Florida campus. It is free and open to the community. Children are asked to bring their bikes.

Featured will be interactive games, summer activities and a bicycle obstacle course.

For more information, call 352-265-0373, email pseeraj@ufl.edu, or visit https://ufhealth.org/events/kohl-s-bike-rodeo-and-summer-safety-fair.

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/.

Law series

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

On Thursday at 5 p.m. at Library Partnership at 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.

Flea market

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

It will be held from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 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.

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.

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 in Porters, from 10 a.m.-noon, there will be a basic class.

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.


HealthStreet will host "Obamacare" workshops with a certified Navigator who will discuss insurance options and assist with enrollment.

The workshops will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through March at HealthStreet at 2401 SW Archer Road.

For more information, call 352-294-4880.

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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