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UF Health Cancer Seminar
Oct. 11, 1-3 p.m.
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 S 34th Street

Visit or call 352-733-000 to register.

Glitz & Glamour
Oct. 12
One Health Center
1714 SW 17th Street

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Mu Alpha Zeta is hosting a community-wide social to raise funds to support education and higher learning for seniors in Marion County. The features fun activities include bingo, vendor, food and more. Information available at 352-502-0704.

Walk With Me Towards Recovery Annual NAMI Gainesville Walk
Oct. 13, 8 a.m.
Depot Park

NAMI Gainesville’s annual mental health and suicide prevention awareness walk will be held Depot Park, 874 SE 4th Street, from 8 to 11 a.m.
Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, Beau the Therapy Dog, and Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc will be in attendance. Area non-profits and organizations will have tents set up including an artists community group who will be offering face painting. There will also be live music during registration. Registration information available at Visit

Friends of the Alachua County Library Fall Book Sale
Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oct. 14-17, Noon to 6 p.m.
430 N. Main Street

Friends of the Alachua County Library will host their fall sales featuring books, comics, artwork, posters, DVDs, vinyl records and much more. More information available at 352-375-1676 or

Story GNV
Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UF Heavener Hall

The first-ever conference of its kind brings together more than 10 community leaders who use storytelling techniques in their work. More information at or 352-262-2904.

Florida Museum of Natural History Butterfly Festival
Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The annual festival, benefit the Museum’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, will feature more than 150 difficult-to-find and pollinator friendly plants for sale. More information is available at 352-846-2000.

Alachua County Solar Tour
Oct. 13
Various locations in Gainesville and Alachua

The National Solar Tour is a collective effort of over 600 solar open houses and tour across the country. Eight homes will be open for view and there will be an after party at Working Food, 219 NW 10th Avenue in Gainesville. More information available

Fall Fashion Show Fundraiser
Oct. 13, Noon to 3 p.m.
GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club
23674 West U.S. Highway 27
High Springs

The GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club will host their third annual fashion show fundraiser. Enjoy a delicious luncheon while shopping for a fall wardrobe. Prizes will be awarded. More information available at

Sumter County Master Gardeners at the 2018 Plantoberfest
Oct. 13-14
7620 SR 471

The UF/IFAS Sumter County Master Gardeners are hosting the 2018 Plantoberfest at the Sumter County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct.14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attend classes on Plant Propagation, Fall Container Gardening, Fruit and Vegetable Flavored Waters and more. Tour the demonstration garden and sit in on talks held on Saturday and Sunday. Youth Activities sponsored by Sumter County 4-H will provide learning and fun! Bring your questions to the Ask the Master Gardener Booth, learn when to do what in your garden by purchasing a Master Gardener Gardening in Sumter County Month-by-Month calendar, and enjoy bidding on items in the Silent Auction on Saturday. Visit vendors on Saturday and Sunday to find perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees, crafts and yard art, and eat at food trucks, and much more. Call Donna or Lisa at UF/IFAS Extension in Sumter County for more information at 352-569-6862.

HealthStreet’s 3rd Annual Night of Dance
Oct. 13
Bo Diddley Plaza

Night of Dance brings diverse communities together to celebrate the art of dance while spreading the word about available health resources. There will be dance sessions, health education and screening, wellness resources, food trucks, games massages and activities for kids and adults. More information available at 352-294-4871.

‘Chief Mican’s Revenge’ Book Reading by Gary Gordon
Oct. 13, 7:00 p.m.
Civic Media Center
433 S Main St, Gainesville

Gainesville author Gary Gordon’s satiric novel is set locally, based on a play he wrote and produced in the late 1980s.
Developer Chris Columbus of Gatorville encounters a heretofore undiscovered Native American tribe, the Micans, living in the woods where he wants to build his Paynes Creek Mall. The citizens are divided over whether to save the Micans or build the mall and of course the national media descends upon the town to cover what could be the Great Mall and Indian War. More information available at

Amy Goodman Presentation
Oct. 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Forage Hall in Working Food
219 NW 10th Avenue

Award-winning radio journalist and author Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica’s Democracy Now!, will speak in honor of the Civic Media Center’s 25th Anniversary. More information available at

Ocala Harmony Barbershop Show
Oct. 20, 2 p.m.
3140 SW 26th Street

This event at College Park Church of God is a fundraiser for the chorus. More information available at 352-875-4811.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Oct. 20, 7:30 a.m.
Hippodrome Theater
Downtown Gainesville

Come together with survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. More information is available 352-240-5055.

Alligator Warrior Festival
Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oleno State Park
410 SE Oleno Park Road
High Springs

Celebrating the history of Alligator Warrior, who lead Seminole warriors in the 2nd Seminole War (1835-1842) and the Sept. 18, 1836 Battle of San Felasco Hammock and of the town of Alligator, Florida, which was renamed Lake City, Florida, in 1859. The Alligator Warrior Festival celebrates the history of Florida as it made the transition from Spanish colony to the 27th State of the USA. The event includes a reenactment of the 2nd Seminole War Battle of San Felasco Hammock which took place near present day Alachua Florida and 2 p.m. on both days. The festival also includes a demonstration of traditional Native American and Pioneer skills, handcrafted and factory-made items and a variety of food vendors. To reach Oleno State Park from I-75 take exit# 414 onto US-441 south, go about 5 miles and turn left onto SE Sprite Loop which is a frontage road. Then turn left at the O’Leno State Park entrance sign. More information available at

Newberry Garden Club Fundraiser
Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Newberry Methodist Church
24824 W. Newberry Road

The Soups-Sandwiches-Sweets Supper will raise funds to support scholarships and community projects. The event is open to the public. More information available at 352-474-6442.

Sunday Assembly Gainesville
Oct. 21, 11 a.m.
Santa Fe College Downtown Campus CIED Building
530 W. University Avenue

Sunday Assembly, a secular community is honored to have as their guest speaker, Tony Delisle, executive director of the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF). He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida. The title of his talk is “How Disabilities Impact Us All”. Music will be provided by our SA musicians. There will be discussion, fellowship, inspiration, and sharing. Everyone is invited to stay for the potluck lunch following the gathering. More information available at

First Annual So Fetch! Runway Show
Oct. 21, 1 p.m.
Depot Park

Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue will host the inaugural event featuring handicapable dogs and cats strutting their stuff on the runway in the name of rescue. Proceeds from the event will benefit ongoing efforts of Haile’s Angels to save the lives of medically challenge and displaced dogs and cats throughout North Central Florida. More information available at

Annual United National Day Luncheon
Oct. 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Gainesville Woman’s Club
2809 West University Avenue

The Gainesville Chapter of the UNITED NATIONS Association will host their annual luncheon with the theme “Peace Matters, Why?” A keynote speech by William R. Phillips, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, who has served in senior positions with the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations, Field Support and Safety and Security. His most recent assignments have included Chief of Staff to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, producing the comprehensive report on reducing United Nations peacekeeping fatalities and working in support of Secretary-General Gutteres’ organizational reform agenda recently approved by the UN General Assembly. More information and reservations available

A Day of Reparations to African People
Oct. 25, 7 to 9 p.m.
Pride Community Center
3131 NW 13th street

The event is hosted by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and is a tribute to the struggle of African people inside the U.S. and around the world fighting to reclaim power over their lives and resources. Akile Anai will be the keynote speaker. Registration at

5th Annual Dining in the Dark Benefit
Oct. 26, 5 to 9p.m.
Hilton of Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave.

The annual Florida Center for the Blind event will serve guests in total darkness to experience the same challenges faced everyday by blind and visually impaired persons. SWAT teams from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Ocala Police Department will escort guests through the darkness and serve meals using night vision goggles. This year’s event will also feature a “Dining for the Dim” room for those who want to experience a more subtle vision loss experience. More information available at (352) 873-4700 or

Hawthorne Annual Halloween Activities
Oct. 26 -27, 7:30 p.m. Chamber of Horrors Haunted House
Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m., Trick or Treat Night
Hawthorne Recreation Park
6000 SE 205th Street

The Hawthorne Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual trick or treat night offering free activities and fun for the whole family including games, food, bounce houses and candy. More information is available at 352-363-5125.

Molecular Mania
Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Oaks Mall

Join forces with the chemists from the University of Florida at the 13th annual event. Graduate students in the UF Chemistry Department will offers interactive demonstrations of chemistry principles. All ages will enjoy hands-on experiments in the spirit of the Halloween season, making phenomena such as fog bubbles, shrinking soda cans, and slime. In this day of scientific fun, the Molecular Mania team will offer 21 different kid-safe activities in weird chemistry. More information is available at

44th annual Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival
Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oct. 28. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cholokka Boulevard

The annual event will feature over 200 vendors displaying their wares under the moss-draped oaks in the Downtown Micanopy historic district. The event includes food, music and an auction on Sunday from 2 -4 p.m. More information at or 352-466-3542.

IFAS Extension Holiday Workshop
Oct. 29, 10 a.m.- noon
UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office
2800 NE 39th Avenue

Presented by Martha B. Maddox, CEA IV, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, the workshop offer the opportunity to make items for gift baskets. Attendees will receive a booklet full of holiday gift ideas, instructions and the cost to make each versus buying. Hands-on activities and lecture will be combined. Guests will make a variety of gift items from personal to food items to take home. For more information contact Martha B. Maddox at 352-955-2402. Visit for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

2018 Springs Restoration Summit
Nov. 1-4
College of Central Florida

Scientists, artists, writers, activists, and concerned citizens will come together to report on the status of springs health in Florida and to develop a roadmap for springs restoration and protection. Conservationist Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch and environmental journalist Dinah Voyles Pulver will provide keynote addresses. The event is open to the public. More information online a or email

American River: Confluence
Nov. 9, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Matheson History Museum
513 E. University Ave.

Author and art historian Mallory O’Conner will speak on her latest novel, the final book in her trilogy. The event is free and open to the public. More information at

Starry Night
Nov. 16, 6-10 p.m.
Florida Museum of Natural History

Visitors may observe the night sky and beyond through high-performance telescopes and check out a portable planetarium show. More information available at 352-273-2062.

Junior League of Gainesville Whale of a Sale
Nov. 18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
430 N. Main Street

The Junior League of Gainesville’s Fall Whale of a Sale will be held Sunday, Nov. 18. This resale event features clothing, accessories, child and baby gear, and home goods. Quality clothes and accessories to outfit your whole family at this huge community event. Proceeds benefit Junior League initiatives and programs including Food4Kids Backpack Program and the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. For additional information, please email or call 352-727-8770.

Gainesville Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk
Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m.
Haile Village Center

The event takes place on Thanksgiving and will benefit St. Francis House Homeless Shelter for Families and Children. More information is available at

13th Annual Ozello Arts, Crafts and Blue Crab Festival
Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
OCA Building
10495 W. Ozello Trail
Crystal River

Enjoy arts, crafts, blue crabs, tasty treat and the scenic trail. The event site is located off SR 19, west of the traffic light by Circle K and onto the Ozello for 6.2 miles to the Green beside the church. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. More information available at 904-613-5474.

Nov. 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
Florida Museum of Natural History

Ever wonder how milk jugs morph into beautiful wading birds or how gears and gadgets become gigantic bugs? See how Alachua County middle school, high school and college students transform “waste” into creative works of art.The Florida Museum will display winning entries from the 20th Annual Trashformations through Monday, Dec. 10. More information available at 352-374-5213.

Pass the Leash Ceremony for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs
Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m.
Gainesville Woman’s Club
2809 W. University Avenue

The Ceremony brings together the people and organizations who train and care for service dogs. The benefit event includes appetizers and refreshments. More information available at 352-857-1032.

WhyHunger Hotline

Need help finding healthy, free food in your community? Call the WhyHunger Hotline at 1-800-5-HUNGRY to be connected to food assistance in your neighborhood. You can also text your zip code to 1-800-548-6479 to get a list to your phone and search online at

Relax & Color
Every other Wednesday; 10:30 11: 30 a.m.
Interlachen Public Library

Enjoy and adult coloring group in the Interlachen Public Library at 133 N CR 315. More information available at 386-684-1600.

Brain and Spinal Tumor Support Group
3rd Wednesday of each month
Health Street

The UF Health Neuro-Oncology Division of Neurosurgery has started a support group for brain and spinal tumors. More information available from Sarah Andrews at or at 352-27-7981.

Old Computers Needed
Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines
Weeki Wachee

The church is collecting computers for the homeless. Any make or mode with a windows platform is welcome. More information available at 352-600-9555.

UF Psychology Decision-Making Study
UF Clinical and Health Psychology

This study will examine how mood impacts brain functioning during a decision-making task. People ages 60 to 80 may be eligible to participate. More information at 352-294-9765.

Be the Hope A Child Needs, Become a Foster Parent
Partnership for Strong Families
North Central Florida

North Central Florida has an urgent need for foster care parents. If you would like to become a partner family to help a child or teenager call 352-244-1684 or find details online at,

Books & Toiletries Needed for Homeless People
Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines
Weeki Wachee

The church is collecting books and toiletries for People Helping People.The PHP book drive will provide books offering information on marketable skills and possible work opportunities. ‘How to’ and text books on subjects such as cooking, culinary sciences, computer/office skills, sales, and gardening/landscaping are especially appreciated. Toiletry items needed include: tooth brushes, razors, combs, soap, lotions, shave creams etc. Call 352-600-9555 for information or to schedule your donation.

Gainesville Peer Respite

Gainesville Peer Respite is launching “Warmline” for peers in need of emotional support. The phone line will be open Wednesday night through Monday mornings from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The number is 352-559-4559. The phone line is staffed by those who have had their own experiences of trauma and mental illness.

Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence

The Uf Center studies pain and aging, chronic pain risk factors, pain and the brain, musculoskeletal pain, pain and exercise and non-medical treatment of pain. More information available at 352-273-5967 or

Borgen Project Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Over the past 20-years, the number of people who are malnourished has been reduced by 50 percent… And more children are in school today than at any time period in history. Global poverty can seem daunting, but success in alleviating suffering is occurring across the globe. To learn how you can volunteer at The Borgen Project and take action locally to help our global community, visit

Free Yoga at Healthstreet
Monday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2401 SW Archer Road

Free stress relieving classes will be taught by Janke. More information available on this and other programs at 352-294-4880.

Cowling on Cancer:
Patients and Families share their stories

On his blog Here’s a Story Just for You at, Florida author and actor Jerry Cowling has posted his experiences and feelings during his late wife Janet’s battle against breast cancer. He also tells of his journey through his grief process after her death. Now Cowling has opened his Cancer Chronicles to contributions from cancer patients and family members to share their own stories. Each contribution should be no more than three or four paragraphs. He encourages multiple submissions on the various aspects of the cancer experience. Send submissions to Cancer Chronicles posts are made on Wednesdays.

Chronic Pain Association

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

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

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

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

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 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
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

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

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 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 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

Savvy Caregiver Training
Elder Options
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.

Operation PetSnip

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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, you can also visit the website at

In the U.S., 19 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant—most of them for kidneys. has become the most successful nonprofit organization improving those odds by finding living altruistic donors for patients who desperately need transplants. Visit 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 To learn more about the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation, visit

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 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.