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Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show
Alachua County Fairgrounds
The youth fair provide an educational opportunity for youth to learn about production agriculture. The fair will include exhibits of both livestock and non-livestock 4-H and FFA projects. More information available at 352-955-2402.
Youth United War Annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K
March 16, 8 a.m.
Ocala’s Citizen’s Circle on SE Osceola Avenue
The annual 5K run/wall will benefit United Way’s health and wellness initiatives. More information is available at www.uwmc.org/stpaddys5k or 352-732-9696.
“Can You Dig It?”
March 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Dig into geology and discover the Earth at your feet during this fun-for-all-ages geology event! Presented in partnership with the University of Florida department of geological sciences and the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society, enjoy hands-on activities and watch demonstrations of volcanic eruptions as well as experience an augmented reality sandbox, fossil dig and more! While the event activities are free, there is an admission charge for the “Permian Monsters” and “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibits. For more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/can-you-dig-it or call 352-273-2062.
Grow Hub Spring Fair Plant and Seed Sale
March 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2900 NE 8th Avenue
Tour the nursery and gardens to see what hard working people adults with different abilities can do. Meet some of the crew. Enjoy live music and food and view plants and merchandise. More information available at 352-260-4458.
Digital Families Community Expo
March 16, 2:30 p.m.
Gainesville High School
1900 NE 13th Street
The vent is hosted by the Gaiensville High School PTSA and sponsored by the National PTA and Facebook. Families and individuals can learn about online safety and digital citizenship and get tips and tools to foster discussions. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. The event is free, but online registration is required at bit.ly/GHSDF or on Facebook @ghsptsa1. For transportation or translation assistance, please call or text (352) 327-8668 before March 13. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“All Diamonds are Blood Diamonds” Speaking Tour
March 17, 4 to 6 p.m.
Civic Media Center
433 S. Main Street
This national tour is hosted by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement. Akilie Anai and Jesse Nevel will speak debunk the “Certified Diamonds” scheme and expose the violent history of the diamond trade in the broader contest of the theft of all of Africa’s resources through colonial occupation by Europe. More information available at 727-888-3797.
Authors@UF: Barbara Mennel
March 20, 3:30 p.m.
Smather Library, Room 100
Women at Work in Twenty-First-Century European Cinema:From hairdressers and caregivers to reproductive workers and power-suited executives, images of women’s labor have powered a fascinating new movement within twenty-first century European cinema. Social realist dramas capture precarious working conditions. Comedies exaggerate the habits of the global managerial class. Stories from countries battered by the global financial crisis emphasize the patriarchal family, debt, and unemployment. Barbara Mennel delves into the ways these films about female labor capture the tension between feminist advances and their appropriation by capitalism in a time of ongoing transformation. Looking at independent and genre films from a cross-section of European nations, Mennel sees a focus on economics and work adapted to the continent’s varied kinds of capitalism and influenced by concepts in second-wave feminism. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. More information at 352-273-2505.
The Chickenshit Club: Why The Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives
March 19, 6 p.m.
Pugh Hall Ocora
UF Campus, Gainesville
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jesse Eisinger, Senior Reporter and Editor at ProPublica, will examine why corporate executives seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity and the government’s “inability” to prosecute top executives for corporate crime. His book The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, looks closely at the deterioration of the Justice Department and how it has come to avoid and mismanage the prosecution of white collar criminals, with a book sale following the public talk. More information available at www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.
Alachua County Public Schools High Needs Teacher Job Fair
March 21, 3 to 5 p.m.
Alachua County Public Schools Administration Building
620 E. University Avenue
The Alachua County Public Schools will have a High Needs Teacher Job Fair at the main administration building. Registration available at www.sbacc.edu and more information available at 352-955-7039.
“Fieldwork Fails: A Live Storytelling Event
March 21, 6 to 9 p.m.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Enjoy an evening of live storytelling in partnership with Guts & Glory GNV, featuring original, true, first-person storytelling. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees must be 18 years or older. The program fee is $15 or $10 for students. For more information or to register, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/storytelling or call 352-273-2062.
Gator Fly-In and Armed Services Appreciation Day
March 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
University Air Center at the Gainesville Regional Airport
The event features speakers, aircraft displays, classic cars, food, music and airplane and helicopter rides over The Swamp.More information available at 352-416-0787.
From Segregation to Black Lives Matter:
A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History at UF
Smathers Libraries, The Harn Museum of Art, A. Quinn Jones Center
The symposium will feature panels, films, exhibits, performances and lectures on many different facets of Black History. The event will unite scholars, educators and community organizers to discuss how to infuse African American history in K-12, higher education and social justice organizing on a national level. More information available at 352-392-7168 or www.oral.history.ufl.edu.
Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild Showcase
March 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
3145 SW 43rd Street
The event will the guild’s annual March quilt exhibition at the library. The program features local quilt samples and textile art. The event is free and open to the public. More information at 352-334-1272.
Great American Cleanup and “Clean Your Block Party”
March 30, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Westside Park Recreation Center
The Great American Cleanup volunteer event consists of litter pickup with some planting and graffiti removal. There will be food, music and prizes. The first 50 registrants will to receive a free sandwich card from Jimmy Johns. More information available at www.kach.org or 352-371-9444.
Brave Harvest Eat Your Plants Spring Break Camp
This is a cooking and gardening camp for children ages 6-11 during Alachua County Public School Spring Break. Children will learn basic gardening, be encouraged to be brave and taste new food, all while making new friends and having fun outside. More information available at www.braveharvest.org.
Managing My Anger Free Class
Begins April 5 and continues every Friday for 13 weeks, 1 to 3 p.m.
University City Church of Christ
912 NE 16th Avenue
The free 13-week class designed to help individuals better understand and manage anger in their lives. The class utilizes a program developed by New Life Behavior Ministries and each session will be two hours in length. Certification of participation will be provided upon successful completion of the class. More information available at 352-301-2604.
Southern Guide Dogs Gainesville Walkathon and Waggin’ Tales Festival
April 6, 8:30 a.m.; 3K Walkoff at 10 a.m.
Families, friends and dogs will walk together to make a big impact for people with vision loss and veterans with disabilities. More information available at www.guidedogswalkathon.org/team-Gainesvile or Jim Ebling at Jebling@cox.net.
The Democratic Women of Citrus County Monthly Meeting
April 6, 2 p.m.
Central Ridge Library
425 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
The monthly meeting will feature speaker Rosemary Nilles, volunteer leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. More information available 352-697-1512 or email@example.com.
61st Annual Spring Parade of Homes
April 6-7 and 13-14, Noon to 5 p.m. each day
The Builders Association of North Central Florida presents the Parade showcasing the latest in home design and décor with the most up-to-date energy saving construction techniques and the newest in land development. Admission is free. More information at www.bancf.com or 352-372-5649.
Wilmot Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale
April 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Greenhouse at 1427 Gale Lemerand Drive
Proceeds support the historic Wilmot Botanical Gardens and the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Free parking. More information at www.wilmotgardens.med.ufl.edu.
4th Annual Run the Good Race
April 27, 8 a.m.
North Florida Regional Medical Center Cancer Center
The 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run will generate awareness and raise funds for relief of human trafficking. More information available at www.rungoodrace.com or 352-335-8888.
Extreme Mustang Makeover
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
Come watch horses trainers compete for cash and prizes on wild mustangs. Watch the preliminary classes including Handling & Conditioning, Mustang Maneuvers and the Trail Class as trainers qualify to compete in the Top 10 Freestyle Finals on the night of May 11. All events are free to the public except for the Top 10 performance Saturday night, which requires a $15 general admission ticket. For more information, visit the Extreme Mustang Makeover page on Facebook or call 512-869-3225.
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 whyhunger.org/findfood.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 352-27-7981.
Old Computers Needed
Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines
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 www.PartnerFamily.org,
Books & Toiletries Needed for Homeless People
Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines
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 PRICE-CTSI@ufl.edu.
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 borgenproject.org.
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 www.jerrycowling.com, 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 email@example.com. 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 aclib.us/literacy.
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
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.