Week of July 3
Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 4:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 4:14 p.m.
Kick off the Fourth of July weekend at Fanfares & Fireworks.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the University of Florida Bandshell at Flavet Field. It is free and open to the community.
Featured will be entertainment, concessions, and the fireworks, scheduled to begin at 9:40 p.m.
Also, festivities are planned on Friday in Micanopy, beginning at 11 a.m., and the city of Alachua, beginning at 3 p.m.
The political action committee of the African American Accountability Alliance of Alachua County Inc. will host a candidate forum for the Primary Election.
The forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Alachua County Health Department at 224 SE 24th St. The election will be held on Aug. 26.
The races on the ballot will be Alachua County Commission District 2 and 4, Alachua County School Board District 3 and 5, Alachua County Court Judge Group 4, Florida Attorney General, 8th Judicial Circuit Judges Group 11, Florida governor and U.S. House District 3 and 5.
Judges on the ballot will speak at the forum, but will not be endorsed.
For more information, call 352-246-8071.
The Horizon Center is holding a student uniform shirt drive for the 2014-2015 school year.
Horizon, an alternative school in the Alachua County district, serves students countywide. The goal is to raise funds to buy 200 shirts to help support students and families in need.
The school is encouraging community businesses, churches and organizations to support the drive by becoming sponsors. The deadline is Aug. 4.
Sponsorship levels are: $100, which will buy 10 shirts, or $50, which will buy five shirts.
For more information, call 352-955-7250.
Learn the fundamentals of golf at the Summer Youth Golf Camp for boys and girls ages 6-17.
The camp will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 15-18 and Aug. 12-15 at Ironwood Golf Course at 2100 NE 39th Ave. The cost is $99. Those with clubs are asked to bring them, but clubs will be provided.
Campers also must bring lunch or lunch can be purchased for $5, and includes pizza, hot dog or sandwich with chips and a drink. Campers also should bring a water bottle, sunscreen, hats, etc.
For more information, call 352-334-3120 or 352-334-3121.
Explore Florida's history in the Adventures in Florida History Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 5-12.
It will be held from noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30 at the Matheson Museum at 513 E. University Ave. It is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Parents also must accompany children. To register and for more information, call 352-378-2280 or email email@example.com.
The community is invited to free Financial Fitness classes in the first phase of the "Bridges to Prosperity" series.
Classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning July 9, and also July 16, July 23 and July 30 at Catholic Charities at 1701 NE 9th St. Dinner and child care will be provided upon request.
The series is designed to help families save money and reach financial stability and prosperity.
For more information, call 352-372-0294 or email jdixon@catholiccharitiesgainesville.
Learn to build a website from the ground up for free at a two-hour demonstration.
It will be held at 2 p.m. July 12 at GTEC at 2153 Hawthorne Road.
Although it is free, tickets will be needed. Print them by going to http://byowebsiteclass.com/free-demo/.
Circle of Love
The community is invited to the Circle of Love Summer Festival 2014, a benefit for the Circle of Love Tutoring Service in the Porters community.
It will take place from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at Tumblin Creek Park at 600 SW 6th St.
Featured will be activities for the entire family, including entertainment by local artists, speakers, vendors, children's activities for a small fee, games and more.
Proceeds will benefit free summer tutoring.
For more information, call 352-224-8953.
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.
The "Free Fridays" concert series continues.
The concert will be held from 8-10 p.m. Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville. It is free and open to the community.
Featured this week will be the All-American Song Fest, a tribute to the Fourth of July. Those attending will receive small American flags.
For more information, call 352-393-8746 or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.
Do you have video games, consoles and accessories your children are no longer using.
If so, why not consider donating them to the Children's Home Society & Family Services to give to underprivileged children this holiday season.
Donations can be dropped off through November at the following sites: O2B Kids Super Center, 6680 W. Newberry Rd.; Children's Home Society Family Treasures Thrift, 710 N. Main St., and Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, 300 E. University Ave.
Registration is ongoing for the 2014 city of Gainesville Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Programs.
The deadline is July 31 or until all teams are filled. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.cityofgainesville.org. Registration also can be done in person from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Thomas Center at 306 NE 6th Ave., Building B, Third Floor, and the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St. Volunteers also are needed.
The cost for cheerleading is $35.50-$70.50 and the cost for football is $86-$143.
The program serve girls and boys ages 5-15.
For more information, call 352-334-5067 or visit www.cityofgainesville.org.
The city of Gainesville is offering swimming lessons and other water-related activities for ages 6 months to adults.
Classes will be offered through Aug. 7.
For more information, call 352-334-5067.
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.
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/.
Travel the world through the Alachua County Library District Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults.
The program will be held through Aug. 17. This year, the emphasis will be on science.
The themes will be "Fizz Boom Read" for children, "Spark a Reaction" for teens, and "Literary Elements" for adults ages 18 and older.
For more information, visit www.aclib.us.
Children from infants to 18 years of age can eat breakfast and lunch for free this summer at various sites, including schools, churches, community centers, and some apartment complexes.
Beginning Monday, meals will be served and formula will be available at some sites. Call ahead to find out.
Find the nearest meal site by calling, 2-1-1, visiting www.summerfoodflorida.org, texting "FoodFl" to 877-877, or using the Nutrislice mobile app.
If you're still looking for a summer camp for your child, you're in luck because there are camps to suit most pocketbooks and a child's interest.
And some offer scholarships.
The camps include city of Gainesville, 352-334-5067; Santa Fe College College Reach Out, 352-395-5268; SF College College for Kids, 352-395-5193; Florida Museum of Natural History, 352-273-2061; Boys and Girls Club Woodland Park, 352-377-8003; Cultural Arts Coalition Environmental Ambassadors, 352-372-0216, and UF/IFAS 4-H Club, 352-955-2402.
Also, Howard Bishop and Lincoln middle schools will offer the 21st Century Summer Programs that will feature fun activities, academic enrichment and free breakfast and lunch.
For more information, call Bishop at 352-955-6701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and Lincoln at 352-955-6711 or email email@example.com.
And the Rotary Southeast Boys & Girls Club Mentor Center in Lincoln Estates will be open this summer for a nominal cost to parents who want to send their children there.
For more information, call 352-244-5044.
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. through 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now it's a good time to register your child for kindergarten and avoid long lines and hassles.
Registration is available at your child's zoned school by appointment or walk-in.
To learn your child's zoned school, call 352-955-7700.
The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday.
Send via email to email@example.com.
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