Editor's note: The Guardian no longer accepts flyers as information for events that appear under "About Town."
The information must be typed out and sent via email.
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.
Applications are now being accepted for the newly formed Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area (GCRA) Citizen Advisory Board.
Advisory board members serve in an advisory capacity to the City Commission on matters of community redevelopment with the GCRA. Interested parties should live or work in the community reinvestment area. The application is available at https://bit.ly/2cEcRGF. The deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 16. Board members will be appointed at the Oct. 3 City Commission meeting.
The 50th Reunion of the Lincoln High School Class of 1969 is around the corner.
The reunion will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, 837 SE Seventh Ave.
Lincoln High School graduates will be coming from near and far to commemorate this important milestone.
The Lincoln High School Class of 1969 was the last class to successfully complete its senior year and graduate before their beloved school was closed in December 1970.
For more information, call 352-316-1881.
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.
Serving on a nonprofit board allows you to be involved in the community, strengthen your management skills and expand your network.
With this in mind, Gainesville Black Professionals has partnered with the Community Foundation of North Central Florida to offer a workshop providing skills and knowledge for anyone interested in learning more and potentially serving on local community boards.
This workshop dinner will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and be followed by a community breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 13. There are only 10 seats available for the workshop, if you are interested please email email@example.com.
Sunday Assembly, a secular community, will have Felicia Lee as its guest speaker.
Lee will speak to the group at 11 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development, 530 W. University Ave. Lee is a Gainesville resident and a long time birding enthusiast, activist and a board member and field trip leader for the Alachua Audobon Society. The title of her talk will be “Supporting Our Environment, Supporting Our Community: A Case Study of Sweetwater Wetlands Park." Music will be provided by our SA musicians. There will be discussion, fellowship, inspiration and sharing. The public is invited and a potluck lunch will be served.
For more information, visit sagainesville.weebly.com.
The 2019 city of Gainesville Job Fair is an event you don't want to miss.
It will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St.
It will connect job seekers with employers and provide informationn about available jobs and career paths. Local non profits will be on hand to to discuss services and resources, including the Displaced Homemaker: Focus on the Future program at Santa Fe College, the U.S. Census, Library Partnership Resource Center and others.
For more information, visit www.cityofgainesville.org/OfficeofEqualOpportunity.
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.
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.
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?
The deadline is noon Fridays for publication the following Thursday.
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).