Community Calendar



Tri-County Job Fair
Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Haven Hospice Community Center
Chiefland

Job seekers are invited to attend the second annual Tri-County Job Fair at 311 NE 9th Street in Chiefland. The job fair is hosted by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion. More information available at www.careersourceclm.com.



Hoggetowne Medieval Festival Auditions
Aug. 29 and 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thomas Center
Downtown Gainesville

Volunteers, actors, singers, tumblers and stage combatants are needed to portray King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Characters are also needed for a Living Chessboard. The Thomas Center is located at 302 NE 6th Avenue. More information is available at www.thievesguilde.org.



Women’s Equality Day Luncheon
Aug. 29, 11:30 A.M.
Best Western Gateway Grand
Gainesville

The Friends of Susan B. Anthony will host the annual luncheon on August 29 at 11:30 a.m. This year the theme will be “Women in Public Office” and public servant, civic activist and environmental advocate Pegeen Hanrahan will be honored with he 2015 Friends of Susan B. Anthony award. The featured speaker is Dr. Jeanna Mastrodicasa, UF Associate Vice President for IFAS. More information available at www.fosba.com or 352-374-8158.



Gainesville Roller Rebel Swamp City Sirens vs. Palm Coast Roller Derby
August 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Alachua County Fairgounds
Gainesville

The Gainesville Roller Rebels will have their final game of the season. In addition the Ocala Cannibal Roller Derby Junior team, the Ocala Carnivores, will show off their skills for you during halftime.Tickets are available at atbrownpapertickets.com, Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate, Sweet Dreams of Gainesville or Wild Iris Books. Refreshments will be available.



2nd annual QueerBall Variety Show
Aug. 29, 8 to 10 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall
Gainesville

Pride Community Center will host the second annual event. Proceeds will support the center and the annual Gainesville Pride Festival. The Hall is located at 4225 NW 34th Street in Gainesville. More details available at 352-262-4906.



Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild Monthly Meeting
Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Senior Recreation Center
Gainesville

The monthly meeting will feature Mary-Jeanine Ibarguen, founder of the Florida Quilt Network. The Senior Center is located at 5701 NW 34th Blvd. More information available at 352-373-7791 or www.qacdg.org.



Pops 4 SPOHP
Sept. 3, 6 to 9 p.m.
First Magnitude Brewing Company
Gainesville

The University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) will celebrate a successful summer of fieldwork, teaching, and community-building with its first-ever benefit party at First Magnitude Brewing Company. More information available at www.oral.history.ufl.edu.



Restoration Era Event
Sept. 4-5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Newberry

The time after the War Between the States was very difficult. Living historians will re-enact the lives of many different people: the U.S. Army Occupation officers and soldiers, former Confederate soldiers, Irish share croppers, Temperance ladies, cow hunters, free men, storekeepers and more. The event will be at the Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W. Newberry Road. More information at www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org



A Dose of Fashion
Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gainesville Woman’s Club
2809 W. University Avenue

“A Dose for Fashion” features a historical journey through fashion and medicine. The event includes a Taylor Girls fashion show and high tea. Sponsorship opportunities are available and a prize will be awarded for the best table decoration. Proceeds benefit the Climb for Cancer Foundation for oncology programs at UFHealth Shands. More information available at www.cfc-foundation.org/2015fashionshow or 352-333-9663.



Zora Neale Hurston Reading
Sept. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Matheson Museum
Gainesville

Dr. Mildred Hill-Lubin will read works from Hurston who will be featured in the upcoming Matheson Museum exhibition “Saving the Sunshine State: Women Leaders in the Twentieth Century.” More information available at 352-378-2280 or www.mathesonmuseum.org.



UFIC Study Abroad Fair
Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
UF Plaza of the Americas
Gainesville

The UF Study Aboard Fair will feature information on study abroad options available to students and faculty. More information available at www.ufic.ufl.edu or aweisman@wufic.ufl.edu.



Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Book Sale
Sept. 11-12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
20351 Robinson Road
Dunnellon

The “Fall into a Good Book Sale” will featured special discounts on a variety of reading materials. All proceeds benefit the Dunnellon Public Library. More information available at 352-438-2520.



Greg Neri author presentation
Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Alachua County Library District Headquarters
Gainesville

Greg Neri, author of “Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty” and recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, will deliver a night of stories and entertainment. The library is located at 401 E. University Avenue. More information available at 352-334-3909 or www.aclib.us.



Florida Friendly Landscape Tour
Sept. 19, 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tour starts at the Thelma Boultin Center
Gainesville

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office and the Alachua County Master Gardeners will host a tour in the Historic Duckpond area of Gainesville. The tour will feature yards that exemplify water conservation and environmentally friendly landscaping practices. The event starts at the Thelma Boultin Center at 516 NE 2nd Avenue and parking is limited. The tour is free. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 352-337-6209 or 352-955-2402.



Fourth Annual Elephant Appreciation Day
Sept. 19-20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Two Tail Ranch, 18655 NE 81st St.
Williston

This elephant education event for the whole family will also feature pony and camel rides, face painting, live music and food. Participants can also get a chance to meet zebras, camels and lemurs up close. Proceeds from the event will support the ranch. More information available at www.allaboutelephants.com.



“Why Veterinarians will Change the Face of Human Death” presentation
Sept. 19, 1 p.m.
Master the Possibilities Education Center
8415 SW 80th Street
Ocala

The Compassion & Choices Ocala Chapter will host Dr. Dani McVety, an award-winning, nationally known veterinarian and UF College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. Her presentation will contrast the end of life care that is often provided to pets with the end of life care that many people and their families experience. The talk is free and open to the public. Register by calling 352-854-3699 or online at www.masterthepossibilities.com.



Operation Catnip Clinic
Sept. 20
UF College of Veterinary Medicine
2015 SW 16th Avenue
Gainesville

Operation Catnip will host their flagship spay-neuter clinic for approximately 150 cats. All cats will receive a full set of vaccinations, as well as a parasite treatment. More information available at 352-380-0940 or www.operationcatnip.org.



Southern Legal Counsel Benefit Event featuring a staged reading of “8”
Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
Hippodrome Theater
Gainesville

The Southern Legal Counsel, a Florida statewide not-for-profit public interest law firm that is committed to the idea of equal justice for all and the attainment of basic human and civil rights, will host its signature event featuring Broadway actors Malcolm Gets and Tim Altmeyer along with members of the Hippodrome Acting Company and prominent local lawyers. This year’s event is a staged reading of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact’s “8.” The play re-enacts the historic trial in which California’s Proposition 8, which restricted marriage between same sex couples, was ruled unconstitutional. More information is available at 352-375-447 or contact nell.page@southernlegal.org.



Authors@UF: Ieva Jusinyte
Sept. 22, 4 p.m.
UF Smathers Library, Room 100
Gainesville

Jusionyte, anthropology assistant professor for the Center for Latin American studies, will speak about her book, “Savage Frontier: Making News and Security on the Argentine Border.” The talk is free and open to the public. More information available at 352-273-2505.



Move to Health 5K
Sept. 26, 8 a.m.
Good Neighbor Trail
Brooksville

The Florida Department of Health in Hernado County will host this walk-jog-fun run from 8 to 10 a.m. The Move to Health 5K joins 66 other Florida Health Departments that are hosting walks in recognition of World Heart Day. The Good Neighbor Trail is located at 70 Russell Street in Brooksville. More information available at http://hernando.floridahealth.gov/



9th Annual Women’s HEALTH and FITNESS Expo
Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Crystal River Mall
Crystal River

The annual Expo hosted by the Business Women’s Alliance of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce will be located at the main entrance of the Crystal River Mall (in the former Belk space). The event is free and open to the public. Health, wellness and fitness exhibitors will be on hand in the Well Zone, providers will offer mini-services in the popular Spa Zone, plus there will be short talks by health professionals during the day. The Mall is located at 1801 U.S. Highway 19. More information available at 352-795-3149.



9th Annual Walk to Benefit NAMI Gainesville
Oct. 3, 9 a.m.
Westside Park
Gainesville

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Gainesville will host the ninth annual walk at Westside Park. The event includes 15 community resource exhibits on mental health education and local free services available to to assist North Florida residents. There will be refreshments, children’s entertainment and music. Donations collected at the walk will help fund education programs. More information available at 352-226-0077.



Swamp Chomp Benefit for Girls Place
Oct. 8, 7 to 10 p.m.
Girls Place, 2101 NW 38th Ave.
Gainesville

The Swamp Chomp is a casual gator-themed tailgate party to promote female athletics. The event includes a BBQ, a DJ, refreshments, games and a silent auction. Ticket information available at http://www.girlsplace.net/swamp-chomp-2015-tickets.



Pink Pumpkin Pedal Off
Oct. 10, 8 a.m.
UF Cancer and Genetics Research Building
Gainesville

The fourth annual event will raise fund for research at the University of Florida to address treatment resistant breast cancers. Donate or register to bicycle 22, 40 or 82 miles. The ride will start and end at the Cancer and Genetics Research Building. More information available at www.pinkpumpkinpedaloff.org.



Voices for Kids
Oct. 11, 4 to 7 p.m.
First Magnitude Brewing Company
Gainesville

This event will benefit Family Promise of Gainesville (formerly the Interfaith Hospitality Network). Family Promise is a shelter for homeless kids and their families. The family-friendly event will feature a variety of activities. The Brewery is located at 1220 SE Veitch Street off South Main Street in Gaineville. More information available at 352-378-2030 or www.familypromisegvl.org.



T. rex Named Sue Exhibit
Jan. 24 – Sept. 13
Florida Museum of Natural History
Gainesville

This bilingual exhibit presents the story of “Sue,” the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed. The exhibition was created by The Field Museum, Chicago. More information on exhibit hours at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/exhibits



Celebrate Adoption
Nov. 8, 1 to 4 p.m.
Tioga Town Center Playground
105 SW 128th Street
Newberry

The Children’s Home Society will host this family friendly fun event in honor of National Adoption Month. The free event includes music, dancing, food, games and more. More information available at 352-334-0955.



Puttin’ on the Ritz
March 12, 2016
Gainesville Country Club
Gainesville

The Children’s Home Society and the Gainesville Auxiliary will host the 29th annual event to raise funds to help vulnerable children and families. The event features live entertainment, dancing and auction and fine cuisine, desserts and beverages. More information available at 352-334-0955 or www.chsfl.org/ritz.



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 must 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.



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.


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