Community Update


To have your event included on Community Update, please send all relevant information to:
Sue Wagner
Community Update
P.O. Box 118405
Gainesville, FL 32611-8405
The e-mail address is swagner@wuft.org, with the words “Community Update” in the subject line.

The Community Update fax number is 352-392-5741. All submissions must be made on organization letterhead at least two weeks prior to the event.

Please include only the basic facts:
who, what, where, when and why and a phone number or website address for more information.

All submissions will be included in this online listing and if time permits they will be featured in on-air announcements.




AIM for the Stars Bryan Shelton Celebration
Aug. 19, 6:30 to 10p.m.
Gainesville Woman’s Club
Gainesville

The annual event benefits the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association’s Aces in Motion tennis/education program for at-risk youth. Bryan Shelton, UF Tennis Coach, is the keynote speaker. Information available at 352-514-9975 or www.gainesvilletennis.org.



Night of Dance
Aug. 20, 5 to 8 p.m.
Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Gainesville

UF Healthstreet presents a celebration of wellness and dance at the inaugural event featuring dance-alongs, food trucks and family fun. More information available at 352-273-5816.



Habitat. We Build. 30 Years of Hope
Aug. 26, 6 to 10 p.m.
Touchdown Terrace in Ben Hill Griffen Stadium
Gainesville

The annual benefit for Alachua Habitat for Humanity will feature dinner, a silent auction and entertainment. J. Parrish will be honored at the Alachua Habitat Humanitarian of the Year. More information available at 352-378-4663 or alachuahabitat.org/event



Making the Blind Visible Bowling Event
Aug. 26, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
AMF Galaxy West Lanes
Ocala

Proceeds from the 2nd annual fundraiser will benefit the Florida Center for the Blind. The bowling alley is located at 1818 SW 17th Street in Ocala. More information is available at 352-301-3225.



Operation Kids Safe
Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Inverness

The family friendly event will be held at 2077 Hwy 44 West and will feature custom fingerprinting for children, family safety plan tips and other activities. More informmation available 727-474-5869.



Women’s Equality Day Luncheon
Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m.
Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel
Gainesville

The Friends of Susan B. Anthony present the luncheon in honor of the 168th anniversary of the women’s rights convention and the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. Dr. Laura Rosenbury, UF College of Law Dean, will speak on “Gender and Leadership in Times of Distrust.” The 2016 Friends of Susan B. Anthony Awards will be presented to Nancy Griffin and JoAnn Wilkes. More information is available www.fosbra.com.



Elements of Inspiration Art Show
Aug. 27 – Sept. 30
Alachua County Library Headquarters
401 E. University Ave. in Gainesville

Local artists, beginners through professionals, will share their inspirations and favorite literary quotes in unique pieces of art. All artists are encouraged to “Exercise Your Brain” through creative expression. More information available at www.aclib.us or 352-334-3909.



Steps to Wellness First Annual Luncheon
Sept. 1, 11:30 a.m .to 1 p.m.
Sweetwater Branch Inn
Gainesville

The fundraising luncheon, sponsored by Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, will support room renovation in The Lodge, a temporary housing facility for Meridian clients who are currently receiving treatment and lack a safe and stable place to stay as they receive their mental health rehabilitation services. More information is available at http://mbhci.org/



Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off
Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m.
Cancer and Genetics Research Complex
UF Campus in Gainesville

Proceeds from this bicycle ride will benefit UF research on treatment-resistant breast cancers. Ride distances are 22,40 or 62.5 miles and rides begin and end at the same location: 2033 Mowvry Road. More information at www.pinkpedaloff.org.



Chronic Pain Association
Ongoing

Chronic pain is a pain that never goes away. If you have it, you know that often doctors and medicine can’t full help. The American Chronic Pain Association can teach you how through small group meetings. Learn to deal with your pain in a positive way. Call the Alachua County Chapter of the American Chronic Pain Association at 352/213-1600.


Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory Needs Participants
Ongoing

The Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory at UF is conducting a research study on blood vessel health in individuals with type 2 diabetes and the effects of supervised exercise training. It is currently seeking study participants ages 30 to 79 with type 2 diabetes as well as healthy participants who do not exercise regularly.


Alachua County Library District’s Adult Literacy Program Needs Volunteers
Ongoing

Many adults struggle with reading. These individuals have keen compensation strategies, amazing memory skills and are highly intelligent. The program is seeking volunteers to work with these adults. There are various levels of time and service commitments. For more information, visit aclib.us/literacy.


Tourism Institute Study Needs Participants
Ongoing

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 nitecuf@gmail.com.


Ronald McDonald House Needs Volunteers
Ongoing

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
Gainesville
Ongoing

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
Gainesville

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
Weeki Wachee

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.
Williston
Ongong

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
Ongoing

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
Gainesville

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
Ongoing

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 ufaphasialab@gmail.com or 352-273-3715.



UF Environmental Horticulture Gardening Study
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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
Elder Options
100 NW 75th St., Suite 30
Gainesville

Ongoing
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.



Operation PetSnip
Ongoing

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
Ongoing
Gainesville

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
Ongoing
Gainesville

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
Ongoing
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
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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.
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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 bates@rmhcncf.org or call 352-374-4404 ext. 299.



The Kindness Cookie Company
Ongoing

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.



MatchingDonors.com
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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
Ongoing

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.