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Spring Plant Sale
UF Environmental Horticulture Club
Fifield Hall, UF Campus
The 2014 Spring Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind Fifield Hall, 2550 Hull Road. Low maintenance plants will be available for a great value at the Spring Plant Sale. It will feature UF Coleus varieties, Florida natives, and other spring garden plants. Proceeds from the sale support community service projects, scholarships, and travel grants for members of the Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student Association (EHGSA).
Gainesville Modern, in conjunction with the UF Historic Preservation Program will host Modernism Weekend 2014 on March 21 and 22 in Gainesville. The weekend features a presentation by architect Christopher Rawlins on Friday, followed by a symposium on the importance of preserving Mid-Century Modern architecture. The event concludes on Saturday with a Mid-Century Modern Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact email@example.com or 352-562-1904.
Kohl’s Bike Rodeo and Summer Safety Fair
March 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Kohl’s Bike Rodeo and Summer Safety Fair will be March 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the O’Connell Center parking lot on the UF Campus in Gainesville. Community partners will host sessions on how to help keep your child safe and healthy this summer. There will be interactive games, summer activities and a bicycle obstacle course. More information at 352-265-0373.
MSA Coalition Benefit Dinner
March 22, 6 to 8 p.m.
Vine Bread and Pasta
Vine Bread and Pasta at 627 N. Main Street in Gainesville will be host a dinner to benefit the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition on March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. March is Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month. All proceeds from the five-course meal will be donated to the charity. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-872-5866.
“Studying Racist Activists: What Can Be Learned and What Cannot”
March 27, 5:30 p.m.
Ustler Hall, UF Campus
Kathleen Blee, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Pittsburgh will give a free presentation on March 27 at 5:30 p.m. Blee has spent decades observing and interviewing those in America’s racist underground. This presentation is the sixth in the series “Civil Society? On the Future Prospects of Meaningful Dialogue” and is organized by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.
Lawn and Garden Fest
March 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UF Campus Soil Testing Lab
UF IFAS science experts will be available to discuss your lawn and garden need on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Soil Testing Lab at the corner of Hull Road and Mowry Road. The event includes on free soil pH test per participant.
Fallen Heroes 5K
March 29, 9 a.m.
UF Commuter Parking Lot
The Gainesville Fisher House Foundation will host the Fallen Heroes 5K on March 29 at 9 a.m. The race begins at the UF Commuter Parking Lot on Gale Lemerand Drive. All proceeds benefit the Gainesville Fisher House which lodges and supports veterans and their families who are have medical work done at the VA hospital. More information available at 407-739-2290.
A Prescribed Fire Awareness Festival
March 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Paynes Prairie Visitor Center
This festival includes hand-on demos, a scavenger hunt, hayride, fire equipment demonstrations, displays, movies, activities and more. Visitors will also receive a Fire Fest passport to be stamped as they explore various “fire stations” throughout the park, and learn about the importance of prescribed fire to Florida’s ecosystems. More info at www.prairiefriends.org or 352-466-4100.
Suwannee River Paddling Festival
Suwannee River State Park
The second annual festival presented by Paddle Florida will be April 4-6 at Suwannee River State Park. There will be paddling trips on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, a Friday night Water Expo, Saturday night concert, camping, hiking, an evening ghost tour, and real-Florida fun. More information available at paddleflorida.org
Gator Clot Trot for Bleeding Disorders
April 5, 9 a.m.
West Side Park
The Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida will host the Gator Clot Trot for Bleeding Disorders on April 5 at 9 p.m. at Westside Park in Gainesville. To participate or volunteer call 800-293-6527, ext. 103.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida 32rd Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake
April 6, 3 to 7 p.m.
Splitz Bowling Center
1301 NW 76th Blvd.
Businesses, organizations, families and students participate in teams to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida. All proceeds will go toward matching children to volunteers on their waiting list. The event will be at the Splitz Bowling Center from 3 to 7 p.m. on April 6. More information at bbbsmidflorida.org
3rd Wing Bowl for the Child Advocacy Center
April 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Splitz Bowling Center
The Wing Bowl will feature 12 contestants eating chicken wings. Proceeds benefit abused and neglected children served by the Child Advocacy Center. More information at email@example.com
Alachua Habitat for Humanity Women Build 7th Annual Luncheon
April 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holy Trinity Church Parish Hall
”Building Women” is the theme of the 7th annual luncheon for Alachua Habitat for Humanity Women Build. This year’s event honors Maureen Johnson, Paige Parkhill and Rachel Roy with keynote speaker Dot Maver, Executive Director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding The event will be held at Holy Trinity Church Parish Hall at 100 NE 1st Street. More info at Alachuahabitat.org/women-build.
Alligator Lake Spring Festival
April 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alligator Lake Park
Four Rivers Audubon will host the fifth annual festival at Alligator Lake Park on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be bird walks and other nature-related events, vendor food and music. For more information contact Valerie Thomas at 386-466-2193.
Gainesville Chapter of the Links, Inc. Luncheon and Hat Fashion Show
April 12, 11:30 a.m.
The Gainesville Chapter of the Links, Inc. Luncheon and Hat Fashion Show will be on April 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the UF Hilton. Community leaders in the arts, services to youth, international trends and services and health will be honored during the fundraising event. The Gainesville Chapter of the Links, is part of the national organization of 12,000 women who give service hours to the community. More information at 352-505-0572.
No Fault Insurance Seminar
April 14, 6 p.m.
Downtown Gainesville Library
The Alachua County Headquarters Library in downtown Gainesville presents “An A to Z Guide on Flroida’s ‘No Fault’ Insurance Law” on April 14 at 6 p.m. A. Daniel Vazquez, Esq. will simplify the complicated automobile insurance system. More information at www.aclib.us.
April 19, 10 a.m. to noon
There will be 75,000 eggs up for grab at the Easter Eggstravaganza. The event, for kids from 2 to 12 years of age, will also have food, bounce houses and prizes. Crossroads Church is located at 8070 SW 60th Ave in Ocala. More information at www.crossroadscog.net or 352-291-2080.
“Dancin’ thru the Decades” Red Cross Benefit
April 26, 6 to 10 p.m.
Gainesville Regional Airport
A 1940s/WWII-themed extravaganza will take place in the atmospheric WWII hangar at University Air Center. There will be music, food and a live and silent auction. More information available at 352-376-4669.
Life is a Highway Exhibit
April 29 – August 17
Harn Museum of Art
Enjoy an exhibition exploring Japan’s Tokaido Road through woodblock prints. More than 100 woodblock prints will depict the history of this road – the most traveled route in pre-WWII Japan. More information at www.harn.ufl.edu.
Alachua County Crime Stoppers Night at Zaxby’s
May 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Gainesville area Zaxby’s restaurants will donate 10 percent of all sales from 5 to 8 p.m. to Alachua County Crime Stoppers. More information at www.stopcrime.tv.
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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