About Town

Week of June 19


Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.

Juneteenth

The community is invited to the 6th annual Juneteenth Celebration.

It will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Cone Park Branch Library at 2841-A E. University Ave.

Featured will be with music, an "Idol" contest, food and more.

For more information, call 352-334-0720.

Episode concert

Take a step back in time at a benefit concert featuring Episode — formerly known as The Drifters — and Gainesville's own Little Jake Mitchell and the Soul Searchers.

It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall at 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets are now $35-$75, with a $10 discount for seniors at least 60 years old. The concert is a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida.

To purchase tickets, call 352-395-4181 or visit www.sfcollege.edu/finearts.

For more information, call 352-375-2525.

Spring dance

The community is invited to the Liturgical Dance Spring Production.

It will be held at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at The Movement Zumba Studio at 1212 N. Main St. Admission is $5.

For more information, call 850-294-7529.

Summer safety

Learn more about summer safety at the 2nd annual Summer Safety Splash and Learning Laps event.

It will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the North Central Florida YMCA at 5201 NW 34th St. The event is free and open to the community.

Featured will be games, food and entertainment for the whole family. In addition, there will be continuous instruction on preventing drowning, burns and dehydration and information on the "Look Before You Lock" car safety campaign. Lifeguards also will be on duty.

For more information, call 352-375-4110, ext 13 or email seddie@elcalachua.org.

Heatwave

Registration is ongoing for the free Summer Heatwave Program for boys and girls ages 13-18.

Featured will be basketball, lifeskills classes, the Teen Lounge, two pool parties — July 18 at Northeast Pool and Aug. 16 at Westside Pool — and transportation. All events will take place at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St.

To register, go to www.cityofgainesville.org, then click on "Community," "Youth Programs & Camps," "Teen Summer Programs" and "Download Registration Form" or visit the King Center or the Thomas Center, Building B, Third Floor at 306 NE 6th Ave.

Also, volunteers are needed and must be 18 years old and agree to a background check.

To volunteer, call 352-393-8525. For more information about the program, call 352-334-5067.

Track meet

Track athletes and enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to participate in and attend the Gainesville Track Meet Series, Thursday Night Lights — Speed on Display events.

The next event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cone Park at 2841 E. University Ave. Featured will be a community walk, sprints, long-distance runs and field events. Registration will be completed on-site.

For more information, call 352-281-2639.

YouthBuild

Applications are being accepted for the Project YouthBuild program for youth ages 16-24.

The program offers participants the opportunity to work on their GED while learning a trade and receiving a stipend.

For more information, call 352-213-0566 or visit www.iwionline.org/portfolio/alachua-youthbuild/.

Restaurant Week

Gainesville Restaurant Week kicks off Thursday with special deals and discounts at more than 20 local restaurants.

It will take place beginning Thursday through June 29, with a kick-off event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the University of Florida campus. Tickets are $20 and free for Chamber members at the door only.

For more information, call 352-334-7127 or visit www.GainesvilleRestaurantWeek.com.

Cooking demo

Are you interested in learning to cook healthy and delicious foods? If so, then why not attend a Hogtown HomeGrown cooking demonstration for teens and adults.

It will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cone Park Branch Library at 2841-A E. University Ave. Space is limited.

To register, call 352-334-0720.

Donations

A formal ball is being planned for men and women in recovery from addiction.

Needed are donations of wedding and prom dresses of any color and size and also volunteers and sponsors.

For more information, call 352-301-1763.

Matheson Museum

Step into Florida history at Artwalk and discover portraits of Florida's early years in the Matheson Museum exhibit, "A Penny for Your Thoughts."

It will take place from 7-9 p.m. June 27 at the Matheson at 513 E. University Ave. The event is free and open to the community. Parking and refreshments will be available.

Below is the schedule of events:

* 7 p.m.: Browse the exhibit, which highlights a collection of more than 20,000 postcards.

* 7:30 p.m.: Discussion of the book, "A Penny for Your Thoughts."

* 8 p.m.: Tour of the exhibit and a discussion on how postcards provide a pictorial history of Alachua County.

For more information, call 352-378-2280 or visit www.mathesonmuseum.org.

Music Month

National African American Music Appreciation Month continues as part of the "Free Fridays" concert series.

The concerts will be held from 8-10 p.m. Fridays this month at the Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza in downtown Gainesville. The concerts are free and open to the community.

Featured this week will be De Lions of Jah, a Jacksonville-based reggae band.

For more information, call 352-393-8746 or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

Grand bazaar

The community is invited to the Community Grand Bazaar.

It will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Kanapaha Middle School at 5005 SW 75th St.

Featured will be shopping, live music, a Kids Korner, food vendors and other vendors.

For more information, all 716-259-2934.

F.O.C.U.S.

The Fostering Opportunities and Cultivating Upstanding Students summer program is now accepting applications for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The camp will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 30-Aug.1 at Showers of Blessings Harvest Center at 2615 SE 15th St. The cost is a $100 registration fee.

For more information, call 321-480-8393 or email focussummerprogram@gmail.com.

Clothing sale

Altrusa House of Gainesville will hold its annual Second Chance Clothing Sale No. 3.

It will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 28 at 2002 NW 36th Avenue.

For more information, call 352-377-7708.

Computer classes

The Santa Fe College Community Outreach and East Gainesville Instruction will offer free computer classes.

On Saturday at the Porter's Community Center from 10 a.m.-noon, learn basic skills.

On June 28 at Mount Carmel from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills, and from noon-2 p.m., learn Word.

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 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.

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