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The Great Suwannee River Cleanup
Current Problems will lead trash cleanup days for the Suwannee, Santa Fe, Ichetucknee, Withlacoochee and Alapaha Rivers from September through October, Businesses, civic clubs, fisher and boating groups, churches, government agencies, non-profits, chambers of commerce and individuals are encouraged to help. For more information contact Fritzi Olson at 352-264-6827 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Warm Clothing Collection
Nov. 25 to Dec. 31
Belk, Oaks Mall
The Gainesville Woman’s Club in partnership with Belk Department Store in the Oaks Mall in Gainesville will collect new or gently used coats and sweaters for children and adults in need. A collection box will be at the Belk entrance facing Newberry Road during regular store hours. More information available at 352-376-3901 or email@example.com.
Artist Trunk Show
Dec. 1, 1 to 4 p.m.
Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art in the UF Cultural Plaza in Gainesville will host a trunk show on Dec. 1 featuring the work of artists from their museum store. Proceeds support program and exhibitions at the Harn. More information available at http://www.harn.ufl.edu
River Phoenix Center Benefit Gala
Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
The Wooly on Main Street
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding will host a benefit gala at The Wooly on Main Street in Gainesville on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The event features food, music, and a silent auction and proceeds benefit the Center’s efforts to resolve conflicts through healthy relationship communication to break the cycle of violence. More info call 352-234-6595 or www.centerforpeacebuilding.org.
Floral City Heritage Days
Dec. 6, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Floral City Town Center
Citrus County’s Floral City Heritage Council presents Heritage Days in the town center. Walk the Avenue of the Oaks lined with luminaries and carolers on Friday night and on Saturday watch demonstrations of sugar cane grinding, thread spinning, chair caning, a working telegraph and more. For more info call 352-650-0013.
Christmas Jubilee Concert and Toy Drive
Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
The Christmas Jubilee Jam Concert and Toy Drive will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NE 53rd Avenue. Performances include Joy Banks Community Choir/MLK Lanard Perry, Eastside High School Gospel Choir, Voices of Unity, The Phlegmtones, Michelle Lamb, Heidi Schweibert, The Jewels, Speaking Silence and more. There will also be a toy drive, a sing-a-long- a Living Christmas Tree and Santa Claus. Admission is free to all and adults please bring two new unwrapped gifts for kids. Toys will go to children served by the Guardian Ad Litem program in the Dependency Court System. More info available at www.christmas jubileejam.com.
Town of Bell Holiday Activities
The morning begins with a Bell High School Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by a Side-Street Arts & Crafts Fair beginning at 8 a.m. behind Bell Town Hall. The 33rd annual parade, with the theme “Winter Wonderland,” begins at 2 p.m. More information at wwww.townofbellflorida.com
Rwanda Sustainable Families Fundraiser
Dec. 8, 5 to 9 p.m.
Rwanda Sustainable Families will host their annual fundraiser on December 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the depot station, 203 SE depot avenue, in Gainesville. proceeds support women and children in Rwanda. Learn more online at http://www.rsfafrica.com
Florida Free Speech Forum
Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m.
Paramount Hotel and Conference Center
Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, will speak on “Unlearning Liberty” at the Florida Free Speech Forum on Monday, December 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Paramount Hotel and Conference Center. Lukianoff is a First Amendment attorney who is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post and appears frequently on the CBS Evening News, Fox & Friends and Stossel and written for The Washington Post, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Learn more at floridafreespeech.org
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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