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For more information, call 352-337-0376.
The U.S. Census will host a block party to inform the community about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census.
It will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday on the grounds of Bartley Temple United Methodist Church, 1936 NE Eighth Ave.
It will feature music, free food, concert ticket giveaways and local community leaders.
For more information about the 2020 Census, visit www.countingonyou.com.
The “My Brother’s Keeper” program at Santa Fe College will host its annual Black Male Enrichment Conference and the deadline to register is Friday.
It will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the college at 3000 NW 83rd St. in Building R, Room 01. The conference provides black male students in grades 7-11 in Alachua and Bradford counties the opportunity to access important information about college, financial aid, scholarships and programs and other services offered at SF College.
For more information, call 352-381-3801 or email email@example.com.
The Gainesville alumnae chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will present “An Enchanting Evening” featuring a full buffet, dancing, music and love.
It will be held from 8 p.m.-midnight Feb. 15 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Conference Center at 2900 SW 13th St. Tickets cost $60 per person and dress will be semi-formal.
For tickets and more inforation, call 352-219-4675.
“Skeleton Crew,” a play centering around three Detroit autoworkers and the choices they may have to make if their plant closes, will be presented at the Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE First St.
Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, $15 for students and $10 for all on Thursdays.
Show times will be at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 16.
For more information, visit www.acrosstown.org.
Though quitting tobacco isn’t easy, finding help should be.
If you are ready to quit, join our next Tools to Quit Tobacco group from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Hawthorne branch at 6640 SE 221 St. This free one time, two- hour group will give you tips on how to deal with triggers, withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. You will also receive up to four weeks of free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. The session will more than double your chance of quitting for good.
Pre-registration is required and you must call 866-341-2730 to reserve your spot.
The musical “The Bodayguard” will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Star Center Theatre, 11 NE 23rd Ave.
It is based on the 1992 film of the same title starring the late Whitney Houston. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for students and $10 for all on Thursdays.
For more information, call 352-222-3699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Elementary Arts Inc., Fea-arts.org, will host its 11th annual Celebration — Musical Chairs Fundraiser.
It will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Gainesville Fine Arts Association Gallery at 1334 S. Main St. It will be free and free parking will be available in the Winn-Dixie parking lot.
The event is a fundraiser for elementary students to participate in community cultural opportunities not covered by tax dollars.
For more information, visit Fea-arts.org.
In recognition of Gainesville’s 150th anniversary and Black History Month, the Bailey Learning and Arts Collective (BLAAC) Inc. and the city of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and Gainesville150 will sponsor a competition celebrating African American artists’ visions of Gainesville, past and future.
The deadline to enter the competition is Feb. 9.
This competition is open to African American visual artists and poets. Submissions should depict old Gainesville or a vision of future Gainesville. Judges will choose 10 finalists in each category and announce the winners at a reception at the Rosa B. Williams Center.
For more information and entry forms, call 352-682-7132 or email doubleexposureGNV@gmail.com.
The entry fee is $20 at https://tinyurl.com/GNVDoubleExposure and only black artists and poets 18 or older can enter the contest. The prizes in each category — poetry and visual arts — will be $300 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place.
Work by winners and finalists will be displayed at the Rosa B Williams Center.
The Alachua County Library District Governing Board is accepting applications for three vacancies on its Board of Trustees, effective April 1, 2020. Trustees serve three-year terms.
The applications must be signed and mailed or delivered to the Alachua County Library District Administration Office by 5 p.m. Feb. 7. Mail applications to the Alachua County Library District Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave., Gainesville, Fla., 32601.
For more information, call Devonia L. Andrew at 352-334-3910 or email email@example.com.
The Dreamer’s Foundation Inc. will host its 6th annual Chef’s Smorgasboard, Fashion Show and Silent Auction.
It will be held from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 22 at Ironwood Golf Course at 2100 NE 39th Ave.
It will feature Harrel Fine Fashions and chefs from throughout Alachua and Marion counties.
Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12.
For more information, call 352-374-7955.
The “Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades” exhibit features 30 masks mostly are from West Africa, with some from Central Africa.
Most of the masks come from the Harn Museum of Art, and can be seen for free from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the museum at 3259 Hull Road on the UF campus just east of SW 34th St.
The Greater Gainesville Chamber has partnered with the University of Florida Inspiring Women Leaders Conference to honor a Greater Gainesville Chamber business member who has created a workplace culture that exemplifies diversity and inclusion.
Organizations that showcase exemplary insight and determination in the area of workplace diversity are encouraged to apply at https://bit.ly/2NKasvL. The award covers excellence in all areas of diversity, including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion, as well as highlighting diverse employers and employees across a variety of sectors, including housing, public, private, charity and education.
The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store is open again after a two-month hiatus..
It is now open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday at 55 NW 23rd Ave. Donations are accepted at the store from 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. also on Tuesday–Saturday. Large items can be scheduled for pick-up by calling 352-376-1743.
The Family Empowerment Scholarship, or FES, which was signed into law on May 9, provides opportunities for low- and middle-income families to receive vouchers to attend private schools of their choice. The maximum voucher value for 2018-2019 is $7,122.
For more information, including income and other eligibility requirements, visit https://bit.ly/2kHvwas.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers free resources.
The NAMI Family Support Group meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at United Church of Gainesville to the west of the building at 1624 NW Fifth Ave.
This meeting is for anyone who has a family member or close friend with a mental illness.
Support groups for adults that have a mental illness meet from 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Gainesville Peer Respite, 728 E. University Ave.
For more information, call 352-335-7770.
The Florida Museum of Natural History is going outside the museum walls to offer a science outreach program for underserved children.
Alberto Lopez, school outreach coordinator for the Florida Museum, said “Science Surprises” is a hands-on program designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade that offers flexibility and is tailored to participants. The program is offered in a four-part series with classes that are usually one-hour long. He said the purpose is to instill an interest in science and help children become better problem solvers by using creativity and communication skills. Lopez said the program, which kicked off in January, has been offered in east Gainesville at Cone Park Branch Library, Caring and Sharing Learning School, the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County and other places.
For more information and to inquire about having the program taught at your site, call 352-294-6950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black AIDS Services and Education Inc., a local nonprofit organization that provides HIV/AIDS education, is seeking new members.
Meetings, which are open to the public, are held from 6-7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED), 530 W. University Ave. Those interested in joining should email Blackaidsservicesandeducation@gmail.com
For more information, call 352-231-6383.
County wants art
Alachua County invites local artists to submit art for loan and display in the Jack Durrance Auditorium on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building, 12 SE First St.
The “Art in the Jack Durrance Boardroom Program” is part of the recently adopted “Alachua County Public Arts Ordinance.” Those wishing to participate by submitting art for loan and display should review and complete the program application and agreement.
For more information, contact Assistant County Manager Gina Peebles at 352-374-5204 or email@example.com.
The Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program WIC Clinic Market with the freshest produce at affordable prices is open now through October.
The market, which is a collaboration between the Alachua County Health Department, the WIC program and local farmers, is open from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Fridays (weather permitting) in the main parking lot of the Alachua County Health Department at 224 SE 24th St.
The Alachua County Crisis Center is seeking volunteers to become Crisis Line counselors.
Training continues for six weeks on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no fee for training, and applicants do not need to possess any specific degrees or certification. Training is held at the Alachua County Crisis Center, 218 SE 24th Str. After training is complete, the Crisis Center asks for a commitment of 24 four-hour shifts.
Volunteers learn active listening, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, community disaster response and more. Volunteering is an opportunity to impact the lives of fellow community members and gain life-enhancing communication skills.
For more information, call 352-264-6782.
Saint Leo University is offering scholarships to Florida Catholic High School students.
Beginning in the fall, the Catholic Promise Scholarship will award eligible Florida students who have attended four years at a Catholic high school with an annual scholarship of $14,000 toward their tuition at Saint Leo University.
For more information, visit https://www.saintleo.edu/campus-scholarships.
Career, job programs
If you are interested in a well-paying and exciting career that doesn’t require years of college, then you’re in luck because Santa Fe College has career and technical education programs that can be completed in one year or less.
There are certificate programs available in such areas as business, construction, education, biotechnology, health, dental, nursing, information technology, emergency medical services and more.
For more information, visit www.sfcollege.edu or call 352-395-5000.
The University of Florida and its IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences offers scholarships to transfer students with associate of arts degrees from state colleges in Florida.
The “Florida Pathways to Success: A Research University /Minority-Serving Community College Partnership to Enhance Retention and Diversity of Transfer Students” is funded through the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program.
The scholarships are available to transfer students majoring in microbiology and cell science in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Requirements include having an associate degree from a Florida public college, demonstrated financial need and a minimum 2.5 grade point average. The average annual scholarship award per student is $6,500, renewable for two academic years. The scholarship is available to UF online and on-campus students who are full-time, which means carrying a 12-credit hour course load.
To apply, visit https://bit.ly/2ZvipZl.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you are looking to earn a degree, improve your job skills or launch a new startup, the Santa Fe College Blount Center Campus is ready to meet your needs.
Located at 401 NW Sixth St., the Blount Center offers daytime and evening classes in a small-school quality education environment.
The center also offers adult education programs, and one-stop student services for such things as admissions and advisement, financial aid assistance, tutoring, open computer lab, math studio and more.
For information, call 352-395-5647 for student services, 352-395-4496 for adult education and 352-395-5647 for college credit programs.
The VFW Post 2811 will expand its Bingo Play to include games every Sunday and Wednesday.
The Sunday games will start at 1 p.m. and the Wednesday games will start at 5:30 p.m. at the post at 1150 NE Waldo Road. The games are open to the public.
Free coffee, water and snacks will be available, and door prizes will be given away. The kitchen will be open to serve low-cost menu items.
For more information, call 352-256-3066.
A food truck operated by Country Baptist Church will be in the parking lot of VFW Post 2811 at 1150 NE Waldo Road from 3-4 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month to distribute food.
A $5 donation will be appreciated, and you should bring your own box or basket for food items.
For more information, call 352-376-7660.
The city of Gainesville Code Enforcement will now handle all abandoned vehicles in the city, regardless of location.
Previously, Code Enforcement was only responsible for abandoned vehicles on private property and the Gainesville Police Department handled those on roadways and public right of way.
An abandoned vehicle is defined by city code as any vehicle that appears to be incapable of safe operation under its own power on public streets and/or any vehicle not having a current motor vehicle registration tag properly attached.
All illegally parked vehicles on roadways and public right of way that do not fit the definition of an abandoned vehicle will continue to be handled by GPD.
For more information, call 352-393-8460 or email email@example.com.
Gainesville Regional Utilities is asking customers to help keep the community safe by reporting streetlights that are out, broken, dim, flickering or lit during the day.
Customers will need to describe the problem and provide either the five-digit identification number mounted on the pole or give the location by using nearby streets or addresses.
To report problems, call 352-334-3434 or fill out the form at www.gru.com/streetlights.
The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is encouraging citizens to help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses.
To prevent mosquito-borne diseases, do the following:
• Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
•Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that aren’t being used.
• Empty and clean bird baths and pets’ water bowls at least once or twice a week.
•Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water. Maintain the water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
•Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves. Those who must be outside when mosquitoes are active must cover up.
•Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective. Use netting to protect children younger than two months.
In need of medical care?
If so, the RAHMA Mercy Clinic provides free health care to individuals and families without health insurance and income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
The clinic is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday in the rear of the Hoda Academy at 5220 SW 13th St. There also is a voucher program for lab work and medications.
For more information, call 352-792-8324 or visit www.rahmamercyclinic.com.
Housing repair funds
So, you need major home repairs you just can’t afford.
Well, if you are a homeowner, then you may be eligible to have your home repairs done at no cost to you through the city of Gainesville Housing Rehabilitation Program, which is accepting applications.
Repair assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications are available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Housing & Community Development Division at the Thomas Center, Building B, Room 245, located at 302 NE Sixth Ave.
Priority will be given to homeowners and households with special needs, in addition to eligible homeowners.
For more information, call 352-393-8568.
New court service
The Alachua County Clerk’s Office has a new service to assist those who choose to represent themselves in legal matters.
Called TurboCourt, the service is similar to TurboTax. Users are asked a series of questions and the needed paperwork is made available for filing.
TurboCourt is now available for divorce, domestic violence, small claims, and eviction cases.
For more information, call 352-374-3636.
Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center is starting a support group for adults who were sexually abused as children.
The group will meet for 10 weeks on Thursday afternoons/evenings. There is no cost, but participants must register. The start date will soon be determined (participants must call for more information).
Support groups allow room for survivors of violence to openly discuss what happened to them and how it continues to affect their lives. It also provides tools to process what they’ve survived.
To register and for more information, call 352-264-6765.
Elder Options is offering energy assistance through its Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program.
Help is available to those 60 and older, with income guidelines, who are having problems keeping their home warm during the winter or cool during the summer and are in an energy crisis.
An energy crisis means electricity has been shut off or is due to be shut off, and there is a lack of fuel, fans, wood, blankets and heaters, and the heating/cooling system is broken.
The following will be provided: Electric bill payment, purchase of energy-related supplies, and repair of heating/cooling systems.
To apply, call 800-262-2243 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or leave a voicemail after hours.
The Elder Options Home Care for the Elderly Program has funds available for qualified caregivers.
The program provides a monthly payment of $106 to help caregivers take care of low-income elders around the clock. The funds can help with the cost of food, housing, clothing, medical care and supplies.
The caregiver must live with the person full time and provide care. The person being cared for must be 60 or older and must meet financial eligibility.
To apply and for more information, call the Elder Helpline at 800-262-2243.
Cancer support group
Are you or someone you care about in need of a cancer support group, transportation for medical treatments or financial assistance with prescription drugs?
Locate resources for these needs and more on the website www.CancerResourceGuideNCF.org. The Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida is a public service of North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative, the WellFlorida Council and the Florida Department of Health Cancer Control Program.
The Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida lists support groups, community and caregiver resources, financial support services and tobacco cessation activities throughout the region. The online guide also includes a wide range of cancer-related resources, such as summer camps for children with cancer, sources for breast prosthesis and wigs, and medical assistance for individuals who are uninsured or under-insured, including low cost/no cost mammograms.
And, the website is continuously updated.
To learn more, visit www.CancerResourceGuideNCF.org.