About Town

Week of July 31

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.

Tax holiday

This weekend marks the 2014 three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday.

It will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday and end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on clothes and shoes worth $100 or less, school supplies worth $15 or less or on the first $750 of the cost of a personal computer.

For more information, visit http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/ and click on "Sales Tax Holiday" under "Current Topics."

Job recruitment

CareerSource North Central Florida will host job recruitment events for Burlington Coat Factory and the city of Gainesville.

They will be held at CareerSource at 4800 SW 13th St.

The Burlington event will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5-6. There are 40 openings.

The city event for transit operator trainees will take place on Aug. 7 by invitation only.

To apply, go to www.employflorida.com, log in or register, search for the job order number and complete the referral process and online application and leadership assessment.

Qualified candidates will be invited to the recruitment event.


Give your rising sixth-grade girl a stress-free first day in middle school by enrolling her in PASSAGES, a workshop to help girls succeed academically and socially.

Offered by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, PASSAGES will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School at 1001 SE 12th St. The cost is $40.

For more information, call 1-877-764-5237.


The African American Accountability Alliance will host a meet-and-greet reception with Alachua County Public Schools' new superintendent, Owen Roberts, on Monday.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Alachua County Health Department Auditorium, 224 SE 24th St.

The reception is open to everyone, and is aimed at opening a dialogue between the public and the superintendent on issues facing the school district.

For more information, call 4As President Darry Lloyd at 352-260-3003.

Be Great rally

In preparation for the back-to-school season, the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County will host the Be Great Youth Rally to celebrate its new initiative, "When Schools Are Out, Clubs Are In."

It will be held from 2-5 p.m. Thursday in the Santa Fe College gym at 3000 NW 83rd St. It is free and open to the community.

Participants will experience a pep rally atmosphere complete with a host, music and dance performances, fashion show highlighting the latest back-to-school trends, cheerleaders, door prizes for both parents and youth, and more.

For more information, call 352-377-8003.

Basketball camp

Pop Williams, head basketball coach at Eastside High School, will host the 3rd annual Pop Williams Rising Stars Youth Basketball Camp.

It will be held from 2-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Eastside at 1201 SE 45th Terrace. The camp fee is $20-$45, and it is open to boys and girls ages 6-13. Registration can be done in advance or on site. Lunch will be provided and campers will receive T-shirts.

To register and for more information, call 352-339-4972 or email mrpop23@yahoo.com.

Warehouse play

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" has been extended for another weekend at The Actors' Warehouse.

The musical takes the audience on a journey with singer Billie Holiday and the songs that made her famous. Encore performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors in advance at www.actorswarehouse.org and at the door.

For more information, call 786-543-5737.

Homowo festival

Ayoka Gifts International African Cultural Center Inc. will host the 11th annual Homowo-Afi festival.

It will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Ayoka Gifts at 19024 NE 21st St. in the Monteocha community.

The event is held to celebrate African culture and to show reverence to God, by offering him the first fruits of the harvest season. It will feature African dance, drumming and head-piece lessons, food and other vendors and stage performances.

For more information, call 352-485-2079 or visit www.ayokagifts.org.


Families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the free lunch school program may have an opportunity to receive low-cost high-speed Internet connection, thanks to the Connect2Compete program.

Eligible families may receive high-speed Internet for $9.95 per month for two years guaranteed. There are no price increases and no activation fees or equipment rental fees.

To apply, call 1-855-222-3252 or go online to www.Connect2Compete.org/Cox.

Bethune alumni

Attention all Bethune-Cookman University graduates — young and old.

The BCU Alachua County Alumni Chapter is looking to do BIG things this year in the community, local schools, and in support of BCU, and we want you to join us. You can join as a non-graduate and as a non-affiliate.

The chapter meets the second Thursday of each month.

For more information, call 352-215-6037.

Fashion shop

The community is invited to the Jay-Jill Glam Fashion Shop & Swap.

It will be held from 1:30-6 p.m. Aug 9 at GTEC at 2153 Hawthorne Road, Suite 107. There is no admission fee.

Featured will be accessories, handbags, makeup, new and gently used fashionable clothing for men, women and children, $1 raffle and swag bags for the first 10 participants. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Conference room

Gatorland Toyota is offering its conference room free of charge to all non-profit groups.

The conference room consists of 32 theater seats with an adjoining kitchen. It is located at 2985 N. Main St. and is available during regular business hours.

To schedule an event, call 941-567-2660, ext. 2030 or email ewalther@gettel.com.

For more information, visit www.gatorlandtoyota.com.

Class meeting

The Eastside High School Class of 1975 will hold a meeting to make plans for its 40th class reunion celebration.

It will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Applebee's at 1005 NW 13th St. Ideas from classmates are needed.

For more information, call 352-213-3369 or email gwengainesville@aol.com.

Author birthday

The community is invited to celebrate author James Baldwin's 90th birthday.

The celebration will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave.

Featured will be speakers, readings, a panel discussion and a film, "The Debate: James Baldwin and William Buckley."

Baldwin (1924–1987) was an essayist, playwright and novelist with works like "The Fire Next Time" and "Another Country."

For more information, call 352-792-6020.

HIPPY jobs

Gainesville Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-school Youngsters, or HIPPY, has job openings for parent educators and a fiscal administrator.

All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

For more information, call 352-371-8300 or visit www.gainesvillehippy.org.

Mebane alumni

The A.L. Mebane High School Alumni Association Inc. will host its Distinguished Alumnus Banquet.

It will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Gateway Grand at 4200 NW 97th Blvd. Tickets are $40 each and reservations for special tables of eight also can be made for family and friends. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday by calling 386-462-2539.

This year's honorees will be: Gloria Davis James, Josephine Gaskin, Musheerah Shahid, Minister Ann Lee, Elaine Haile, Leroy Frison, Silas Jones, Edward Demps and Dr. Rosnald Bell

For more information, call 352-316-0037.

Free Fridays

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 Gainesville-based The String Kings playing a blend of classic and new rock and a few original songs.

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

Porters community

The Porters community is in need of school supplies.

Needed are backpacks, notebook paper, folders, pens/pencils, etc., for the 3rd annual Back to School Summer Block Party. The deadline for donations is Monday.

They can be dropped off at S&S Cleaners at 503 SW 3rd St., Oak Hammock at the University of Florida at 5100 SW 25th Blvd., Florida Skin Cancer & Dermatology at 3700 NW 83rd St., Gainesville Fire Rescue Station No. 1 at 427 S. Main St., or any Gainesville fire station.

For more information, call 352-792-3958.

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 Porters, from 10 a.m.-noon, learn basic skills.

On Aug. 9 at Library Partnership, from 10-11:30 a.m., learn basic skills. Senior citizens are welcome.

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

Kindergarten signup

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.

Water aerobics

The city of Gainesville is offering water aerobics classes for ages 13 and older.

Classes will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Northeast Pool at 1100 NE 14th St. The cost is $2.55 each class or eight classes for $20.40.

For more information, 352-334-5067.

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.

For more information, call 352-337-0360.

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