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Please include the following: type/name of event, date, time, location, speakers, theme and cost, if any, and who to contact for more information.
Send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (The new email address — now in effect — to send announcements/information and to request coverage). The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday.
For more information, call 352-337-0376.
The Gainesville Black Hat DIVAS will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year with an event that will have as its theme, "10 Years of Glitz and Glamour."
It will be held from 7 p.m.-midnight Nov. 1 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St.
Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased at Susie's Salon and Boutique at 1723 NE 10th Ave.
Sunday Assembly Gainesville, a secular community, will have Debbie Lewis as its guest speaker at 11 a.m. Sunday at Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development, 530 W. University Ave.
Lewis worked at the Alachua County Library as a librarian and a librarian supervisor. She most recently was head of acquisitions ordering for the entire district. The title of her talk will be “Library Resources: So Much More Than Books." Music will be provided by our SA musicians. There will be discussion, fellowship, inspiration and sharing. A potluck lunch will be served following the gathering and families are invited.
For more information, visit sagainesville.weebly.com.
The School District is looking for input from parents, staff and the community on facilities' improvements at Howard Bishop Middle School and Idylwild Elementary School.
Both schools are slated for major improvements to be funded by the "Half-Cent for Schools" tax initiative.
District staff and architects will present information on each project and receive input from participants. The presentation at Bishop will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the school cafeteria at 1901 NE Ninth St., while the presentation at Idylwild will be held also from 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the school cafeteria at 4601 SW 20th Terrace.
For more information, call 352-538-3613 and 352-955-7400.
The Friends of Susan B. Anthony will celebrate the 171st anniversary of the women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. in 1848 and the 99th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote.
It will be held at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Wyndham Garden Conference Center, 2900 SW 13th St. Tickets cost $10-25 at www.fosba.com. The reservation deadline is Tuesday.
The theme will be "Women and the Media," and the recipient of this year’s Friends of Susan B. Anthony Award is Shirley Bloodworth, who is recognized for her dedication to civics education and issues affecting the elderly. The featured speaker will be University of Florida Professor Ann Christiano, who will speak on “Let’s Tell the Real Stories about How Change Happens.”
The NAACP will host its monthly Executive Board and General Membership meetings.
The Executive Board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the General Membership meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Santa Fe College Downtown Campus Blount Center Conference Room at 401 NW Sixth St.
Utility bill help
Alachua County residents struggling to pay utility bills may be eligible to receive assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Program, or LiHEAP, during Utility Assistance Super Days.
The Central Florida Community Action Agency will be providing LiHEAP services on a first come, first served basis until all available service slots have been filled from 9:30–11:30 a.m. and 1– 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Gainesville Office at the SunTrust Bank Building at 411 North Main Street, Suite 10 on the Second Floor.
For requirements and information, visit https://bit.ly/311CvdJ.
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.
You can test your strength against the bite of a crocodile, learn to speak “croc” and make the water dance like alligators at “Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” exhibit.
The exhibit will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 5, 2020 at the Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for Florida residents, seniors and college students, $5.50 for ages 3-17 and free to museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card.
For more information, call 846-2000.
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.
A new schedule for the Alachua County Library District is in effect.
The new schedule will impact all the libraries in the district.
The new hours for library branches in east Gainesville include:
Cone Branch Library, 2801 E. University Ave.: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday.
Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave.: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Library Partnership, 912 NE 16th Ave.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday.
Mothers visiting the Florida Museum of Natural History can now nurse their children in a new lactation room located in the “Beverly and Jon Thompson Discovery Zone” exhibit.
The room, which has a comfortable chair, sink and baby changing station, is located at the back of the “Discovery Zone” exhibit located at the museum at 3215 Hull Road. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas eve and Christmas day.
For more information, call 352-846-2000.
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.
Guardian deadline: Want to submit an announcement to the Gainesville Guardian?
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Make sure all pertinent information is included, such as what kind of event, date, time, location, speakers, theme and cost, if any, and who to contact for more information, but flyers will no longer be accepted.
Send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (The new email address — now in effect — to send announcements/information and coverage requests).