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Adult Literacy, ESL & Citizenship Classes
Jan. 26 – April 5; Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Millhopper Branch Library
The Latin Women’s League will off free classes for adults age 18 r older who need to improve their English reading, writing and comprehension skills. The classes are located at 3145 NW 43rd Street. More information at www.lainawomenleague.org.
Free US Citizenship Classes
Feb. 4 – March 17; Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Millhopper Branch Library
This class will help individuals prepare for the US Citizenship Test. The classes will cover all aspects of the test including US history and civics, reading and writing practice and the questions covered on the Application for Naturalization. More info is available at www.latinawomensleague.org.
7th annual Musical Chairs Project
Feb. 5, 7 to 9 p.m.
Gainesville Fine Arts Association Gallery
1314 S. Main Street
The event will feature a silent auction of wooden chairs and boxes painted by local artists. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Elementary Art and the Gainesville Fine Arts Association, all proceeds will benefit Alachua County elementary school art programs. There will also be music and refreshments. More information available at www.fanofthearts.org.
Third Annual Bees By the Bay
Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Melrose Heritage Park
The free community event is co-sponsored by Gallery 26 and the Lake Area Bee Club. The family-friendly event features arts and crafts, local honey, honey prepared food and bakes goods, face painting, plants, guest speakers and live demos staring the honey bee.
5th annual “I Love Local Food” Week
Feb. 7 – 14
The week long celebration offers the Gainesville community the opportunity to connect with various aspects of the local food system. More information and a full list of activities is available at www.foragefarm.org or visit Forage Farm on Facebook.
Directing Shakespeare: A Scholar Onstage
Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Judaica Suite Smathers Library 2nd Floor
UF Campus, Gainesville
Sidney Homan, UF Professor of English is the author of eleven books on Shakespeare. He will lead a discussion in the Special Collections Grand Reading Room. More information at 352-273-2505.
Law in the Library: Restoration of Civil Rights Workshops
Feb. 11, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Tower Branch Library, 3020 S.W. 75th Street
Attorneys from Josiah T. Walls Bar Association and law student from the UF College of Law will provide one-on-one assistance to persons who have been convicted of a felony and are interested in having their civil rights restored. More information available at 352-333-2840.
Rosewood: The Full Story
Gary Moore was the original reporter who unearthed the story of Rosewood in 1982. He will discuss his new book and Dr. David Colburn will reveal the findings of the 1993 Rosewood investigation. Sherry DuPree, director of the UNESCO-Transatlantic Slave Trade Project will share stories of the survivors and their descendants.
“I Heart Books” Valentine’s Day Sale
Feb. 12-13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dunnellon Public Library
The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library will host the special sale to benefit the library and special programs. The Library is located at 20351 Robinson Road. More information available at 352-438-2525.
Feb. 23 , 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Springtime in North Florida is a great time to garden and attend to “Spring cleaning” landscapes. The class will focus on pruning, mulching, irrigation and other chores. More information at 352-955-2402.
Military Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon
Feb. 26, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill
Operation Family Caregiver will discuss their efforts to help caregivers of veterans and military service members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. More information at 850-645-0902.
Camp Safe Haven Teen Camp
Camp Safe Haven is a free community program featuring fun and therapeutic activities offered by Haven Hospice to help teens work through feelings of grief due to loss of a loved one. More information available at 1-844-LIGHTEN or www.havenhospice.org.
Pints for Parks
March 12, 3 to 7 p.m.
Infinite Ale Works, 304 SE Magnolia Exd.
The Junior League of Ocala will host the fundraiser to benefit the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department park project to build playgrounds and pavilions around the city. More inforamtion at www.juniorleagueofocala.com.
Puttin’ on the Ritz
March 12, 2016
Gainesville Country Club
The Children’s Home Society and the Gainesville Auxiliary will host the 29th annual event to raise funds to help vulnerable children and families. The event features live entertainment, dancing and auction and fine cuisine, desserts and beverages. More information available at 352-334-0955 or www.chsfl.org/ritz.
9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
March 26, 11 a.m.
Waldo Farmer’s and Flea Market
The event is open to children age 1 to 10. There will be over 2,500 eggs filled with candy, trinkets and other surprises. Special Scavenger Hunt Eggs will lead to various booths where vendors will give away assorted prizes. Meet at in front of the “B” Shed at 17806 NE US hwy 301.
Tourism Institute Study Needs Participants
The UF Eric Friedhelm Tourism Institute is looking for volunteers for a study measuring the impacts of online advertising on viewer’s attention, emotion, and memory using a mobile eye-tracker and an arousal sensor. To qualify you mus be between the ages of 18-60 years old and have normal vision or be able to wear contact lenses (no glasses). Participant will receive an Amazon gift card after completing the test. For more information contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ronald McDonald House Needs Volunteers
The Ronald McDonald House in Gainesville serves 31 families, keeping them close to their sick children receiving critical medical care. The House is always full, and it’s single maintenance manager could use a little help. If you are handy and can spare two hours each week to help with routine maintenance tasks please contact Dorie Faulkner at 352-374-4404, extension 224.
Mentors needed for Take Stock in Children Program
The Education Foundation of Alachua County
Take Stock in Children pairs good students who have the odds stacked against them with mentors who provide support, encouragement, and the guidance they need to succeed in school. Mentors will meet with their student once a week at a convenient time such as their lunch hour. More information available at http://edfoundaitonac.org/take-stock-in-children or call 352-955-7242.
Indoor Gardening Sessions for Cancer Patients
Ongoing Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
UF Wilmot Gardens Greenhouse
The Gainesville Chapter of the Climb for Cancer Foundation is sponsoring weekly indoor gardening sessions for community members who have been or are being treated for any form of cancer. Free parking is available and individuals are welcome to bring a friend or caregiver. More information is available from Deborah at 352-294-5992.
Hernando Youth Orchestra Rehearsals
Ongoing Sundays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Heather Community Center
Children ages 5 to 21 can learn to play an instrument, and learn music theory and site reading. Sessions will be held at The Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way in Weeki Wachee. The event is free and open to the public. More information available at hernandoyouthorchestra.org
Citizens for an Engaged Electorate Meetings
First Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Citizens for an Engaged Electorate is a group of progressive individuals dedicated to building a functioning democratic republic. The meetings are open to the public and are held at Melanie’s Restaurant, 124 E. Noble Street in Williston. More information is available from Barbara Byran at 352-465-8461.
Cooking Oil Recycling
Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection
The Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Program will recycle used peanut, corn, canola or olive oil into biodiesel fuel. The biodiesel is combined with standard diesel and used to power County fleet vehicles and a biofuel electrical generator. Oil should be cool, and placed in a metal or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. The oil cannot mix will other fluids such as water, petroleum products or soaps. The collection center is located at 5125 NE 63rd Ave. in Gainesville. More information on hours or operation and other rural collection centers at 352-334-0440.
Free English Classes
Millhopper Branch Library
Free adult English classes are available to newcomers to Alachua County. More information available at www.latinawomensleague.org
Written and Spoken Language Study
UF Aphasia and Bilingualism Lab
The Aphasia and Bilingualism lab is currently recruiting healthy adults age 50 to 80 for a study on written and spoken language. Participants should have English as a primary language and have normal or corrected vision and/or hearing. More information available at email@example.com or 352-273-3715.
UF Environmental Horticulture Gardening Study
The University of Florida Environmental Horticulture Department is seeking healthy women between the ages of 30-45 without gardening experience. Volunteers will undergo an MRI and participate in gardening session over an eight week period. For more information contact Christy at 352-273-4576.
AYA Needs Host Families for Students
The Academic Year in America program matches students from more than 40 countries with an American host family for a semester or academic year. Families can choose their student and must provide room and board. More information available at academicyear.org or 352-237-3966.
Alachua County Wage Recovery Ordinance
The Alachua County Wage Recovery Ordinance began on January 1, 2014. The ordinance provides Alachua County employees a method for collecting unpaid or underpaid wages. For details on the ordinance or how to file a wage theft complaint call the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at (352) 374-5275.
Institute for Workforce Innovation
The Institute for Workforce Innovation (IWI) is dedicated to improving the communities’ quality of life through education, employment and advocacy. For more information or to volunteer call 352-225-3307 or online at www.iwionline.org
Savvy Caregiver Training
100 NW 75th St., Suite 30
Elder Options in conjunction with the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers free six week training programs designed for family caregivers who assist persons with Alzheimer’s and or dementia. More information available at 352-378-6649.
Spay and neuter pet services available for qualifying low-income Alachua County and surrounding rural county residents. The cost of surgery, pain medication and anesthesia for pets spayed or neutered is covered. More information available from No More Homeless Pets’ Operation Petsnip at http://www.nmhp.net
The Salvation Army Thrift Store
The Salvation Army thrift stores are funded by generous donations of material goods. The stores accept gently used merchandise to be refurbished and resold. The Gainesville store is located at 55 NW 23rd Ave. More information on hours of operation available at 352-373-7597 or https://www.facebook.com/SalArmyGville
Children’s Home Society Adoption Program
There is a significant need to find adoptive homes for children in the foster care system. Currently there are many children wanting and wishing to find a home to call their own. More information available 352-334-0955.
Gone 4 Ever Shredding
The Arc of Alachua County is a local not for profit that provides employment services to adults with developmental disabilities through several small business it has created. One of its businesses, Gone 4 Ever shredding, offers a free paper shredding service to all residents of Alachua County every Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at its main location at 3303 NW 83rd Street. Gone 4 Ever shredding hold a AAA certification in document destruction so all paper is safely and securely destroyed. For more information please call 352-334-4060 ext. 132 or visit www.gone4evershredding.com
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve- Supporting our Nation’s Service Members
Today, nearly half our nation’s fighting forces are members of the Guard and Reserve. When they are called is called to active duty, they leave behind a family, a community, and a job. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, honors and products the bond between service members and their civilian employers. Whether serving our country or supporting those who do, we all serve. To learning more about ESGR, call 1-800-336-4590, or www.esgr.mil.
The Family Mealtime Project
This spring research at the University of Florida will conduct a research study to learn about families and their interactions during mealtimes. The Family Mealtime Project is available to two-parent families who live within 20 miles of Gainesville and have a child between the ages of 2 and 6. The study consists of three, 45 minute sessions in families’ home in which families will complete questionnaires and two video recordings of their mealtimes. Families will be compensated at the completion of the study. Families interested in participating or who have questions should call the Family Mealtime Project office toll free at 1-866-673-9623.
“Kidney Smart” Education Program
The “Kidney Smart” program educates and partners with people to take control of their health and helps them develop a plan to live a healthy life. The program features medication, diet and nutrition information, stresses the importance of choosing a heath care team, provides continuing education and treatment options. More information available at www.kidneysmart.org
Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc. Hosts Meal Site
Open every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc. hosts a meal site at the Bronson Community Church located on Hathaway Ave. in Bronson, FL. The meal site serves seniors age 60 or older. Meals are served at noon. There is no cost, but donations are welcomed. For more information, call 352-490-7055 x1.
Ronald McDonald House Charities NCF Seeks Long-Term Volunteers
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida, a non-profit organization in Gainesville that assists families with children being treated at local medical facilities, is looking for long-term volunteers to serve as hosts for its two core programs: Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room at Shands Hospital for Children. For more information, visit www.rmhcncf.org or call Dorie Faulkner, Volunteer Coordinator at 352-374-4404 ext. 224.
Visiting Chef Program, Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida, a non-profit organization in Gainesville that assists families with children being treated at local medical facilities, seeks volunteer groups or families to provide a full-course dinner or weekend-breakfast for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Gainesville. Chefs may come equipped with ingredients to serve approximately 50 people and cook in a spacious, well-stocked kitchen or they may cater a meal from a local restaurant. Meals are served 7 days a week, including holidays. For more information, contact Judy Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-374-4404 ext. 299.
The Kindness Cookie Company
In partnership with The Arc of Alachua County, the Kindness Cookie Company bakes homemade cookies with our messages of kindness, gratitude and inspiration inside. In the spirit of these messages, Kindness for Cookies also seeks to raise awareness of the unique gifts of individuals with developmental disabilities and how they can teach us to live with greater compassion, acceptance and presence. The Kindness Cookie Company can bake for any event, or custom orders and gifts. For more information, contact Susan Thiele, founder, at 352-256-8084 or email at Yummy@TheKindnessCookieCompany.com, you can also visit the website at www.TheKindnessCookieCompany.com.
In the U.S., 19 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant—most of them for kidneys. MatchingDonors.com has become the most successful nonprofit organization improving those odds by finding living altruistic donors for patients who desperately need transplants. Visit www.matchingdonors.com and meet some extraordinary people.
Help a Kid Start a Lemonade Stand
The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., is urging parents to teach their children lessons about entrepreneurship and responsibility by helping them start a lemonade stand. They provide free classroom curriculum and other resources to enable students to learn first-hand about the risks and rewards of operating a small business. This curriculum can be found at http://eitccurriculum.com/. To learn more about the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation, visit www.NFIB.com/YEF.
Red Carpet Customer Service Training Program
This program, launched by FloridaWorks in partnership with Santa Fe College, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Gainesville, has a goal of training 3,000 people in customer service. Each participant earns a certificate from Santa Fe College after completing the 3-hour course. To register, contact Santa Fe CIED at 352-395-5053. To become a community sponsor, contact the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce at 352-334-7100.
Adoption from Foster Care
There are currently more than 107,000 children available for adoption in the U.S. Foster Care System. The Adoption from Foster Care campaign encourages potential parents to adopt and aims to increase the number of potential families inquiring about adoption. You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.
Veterans Outreach Program, Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation wants to help men and women who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries or TBIs, which are a common form of injury that can lead to seizures and epilepsy in some cases. Symptoms can include confusion, momentary black-outs and uncontrollable shaking or twitching. For more information about the foundation’s Veterans Outreach Program and other services, visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org or call 1-800-332-1000.
Three Rivers Legal Services
Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. is a local, non-profit corporation that provides free, quality civil legal services to low-income, eligible clients in seventeen counties throughout North Florida. Three Rivers is now providing representation to eligible clients who live in Alachua, Levy, Gilchrist, Bradford or Union County for family law cases, regardless of domestic violence. For more information, call the Legal Helpline at 866-256-8091.
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