Tuesday , February 7 2023

Community Calendar

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Sue Wagner
Community Update
P.O. Box 118405
Gainesville, FL 32611-8405
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who, what, where, when and why and a phone number or website address for more information.

Events will be included in this online listing and if time permits they will be featured in on-air public service announcements.

Eco Chase Challenge: The Race Against Waste
Feb. 10 – April 2023
Alachua County

The Alachua County Office of Waste Management Alternatives will host this free challenge. Teams of up to five people each will follow the multi-month scavenger hunt competition to earn points by submitting photo and videos of themselves at checkpoint, answering trivia questions and completing missions. Prizes will be awarded. The registration deadline is Feb. 10. More information available at 352-338-3233.

Barberville Pioneer Settlement Playing on the Porches
Feb. 4; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1776 Lightfoot Lane

The event will feature live acoustic music, living history demonstrations, arts, craft and children’s activities. There will be farm visits and a special guest speaker Historian and Author Randy Jaye. More information at 386-749-2959 or www.pioneersettlement.org.

OverKome: Persevering with Collective, Community-Led Development educational and panelist event focused on the history of Gainesville’s Black community
Feb. 13; 6 p.m.
Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center and Livestreamed
837 SE 7th Avenue

A panel of four community leaders will discuss the issues UF has caused within Gainesville’s Black community. They will discuss issues of violence, housing and property ownership, income and labor, health care, and educational disparities, among others. Staff and students from the Proctor Program will also provide background on some of the important historical figures whose activism and work has shaped and supported Alachua County Residents during the harmful expansion of the university. Following the presentation guests will have the chance to discuss solutions and initiate collaboration. Dinner and refreshments will be served. As part of the event, members of the Alachua County Community Remembrance Project will also showcase special artifacts including homemade quilts created by community members.
For in-person register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/overkome-persevering-with-collective-community-led-development-tickets-469296788327?aff=ebdsoporgprofile. This will be a Hybrid Zoom event to watch online click here: https://bit.ly/3HDa6TM. For information on live streaming the program, please contact the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at 352-392-7168.

Nelson Initiative on Ethics and Leadership
Feb. 17, 2-4:30 p.m.
Smathers Library, UF Campus
1508 Union Road

Senator Nelson has deposited a collection of papers and other historical materials with the George A. Smathers Libraries, establishing a significant collection spanning his multi-decade career in public service. This is the sixth program of the Nelson Initiative on Ethics and Leadership at the University of Florida. This will be a hybrid event. To register, please click the link for further information. Streaming video will also be available. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-public-forum-of-the-nelson-initiative-on-ethics-and-leadership-tickets-525936860307

Sunday Assembly Gainesville Presentation
“Carolyn Beatrice Parker, Gainesville’s Own ‘Hidden Figure’”
Feb. 19, 11 a.m.(in person and on Zoom)
Pride Center located in the Liberty Center
3131 NW 13th Street

Sunday Assembly, a secular community, will host guest speaker, Peggy Macdonald. She is a public historian and an adjunct professor. She writes articles about local and Florida history and her first book, “Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment” was published by the University of Florida Press in 2014. The title of her talk will be: “Carolyn Beatrice Parker, Gainesville’s Own ‘Hidden Figure’.” Music will be provided by our SA musicians. More information at sagainesville.weebly.com or SundayAssembly32601@gmail.com.

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program presents “Stayed on Freedom: The Long History of Black Power Through One Family’s Journey, book reading by author Dan Berger and response by civil and human rights activist Dr. Zoharah Simmons
Feb. 23; 5 p.m.
UF Smathers Libraries East Room 100 & Livestreamed

Stayed on Freedom is a new book by historian Dan Berger that tells the story of the Black Power movement through the experiences of UF Professor Emerita Zoharah Simmons and her husband Michael. The narrative depicts the odyssey of Simmons from her time as an organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to her international work for peace and liberation. A book signing and reception will follow at Libraries East Room 100.

Plowing Up the Past
March 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road

See farmers on their vintage machines plow a field where sugar cane and corn will soon be planted. This event honors the innovations in methods and equipment, showing the historical significance and importance of the tractor to agriculture. More information available at 352-472-1142.

Friends of the Citrus County Library Spring Mega Book Sale
March 10, 3 to 7 p.m.
March 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Citrus County Auditorium
3610 S. Florida Avenue (U.S. Highway 41 S)

The annual fundraising event features thousands of gently used books for sale at bargain prices and hundred of jigsaw puzzles as well. More information available at https://www.foccls.org, via email at friendsofccls@gmail.com or 352-746-9077.

Fore! the Kids, Chippin’ Away at Child Abuse Golf Tournament
April 8
Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida

Individuals and foursomes can compete in the charity competition. Events include longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one competition. More information at http://uff.to/CACgolf.

Hernando Youth Orchestra is seeking interested young musicians
Sunday afternoons
Christ Lutheran Church
475 North Ave.

Musicians between the ages of 6 and 60 are welcome. The orchestra plays Mozart, the 3 Bs, and more. Students will earn community service hours. Register at www.HernandoYouthOrchestra.org or call 352-544-8105.

Spring Hill Timebank

Timebank brings people together to match needs with skills. People of all ages and all abilities can join. For every hour of work done for a member, the individual will receive one time credit to “buy” an hours worth of work from another member. For more information contact Andy at 727-517-1148 or springhilltimeback.org.

Donate Used Musical Instruments to the Hernando Youth Orchestra

The Orchestra is collecting used musical instruments for talented young musicians who can’t afford to buy or replace their own. Donations of unneeded instruments will be repaired if necessary before passing it on to a student. Call 352-600-9555 for more information or to make a donation. We’ll pick up your instrument and give you a tax deductible receipt. More information at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.HernandoYouthOrchestra.org&d=DwIFaQ&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=S2J-VpKj0xq5F6A0wOEs7JdrulsvY_j75XYU5-9PjkM&m=bm3zjk_dbc2Nt1LVmqXJM615n-WnQeWm0yIvce5IbC9efwbOXZPlFnht15HIGun6&s=N2C0j7U1uy-bD48nH4W8IgaDPkMh5HcTn_R3C-KBRsE&e=.

Nature Coast Community Services Foundation Provides Services to the Homeless

The Nature Coast Community Services Foundation is serving the homeless of Hernando with food, clothing, shoes, job, IDs, food stamps, spaying and neutering pets, transportation and more. Volunteers are needed. For more information call Ellen at 352-600-9555.

Online Griefshare Group
Covenant Presbyterian Church

Covenant Presbyterian Church is hosting a free, ongoing, online GriefShare group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Call 352-332-0400 for more information, or visit https://www.GriefShare.org to register.

Elder Options Referral Helpline

Elder Options is the Area Agency on Aging for sixteen counties here in North Central Florida (Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union). The agency oversees the efficient administration of home and community care programs and long term care services for elder Floridians. In partnership with lead agencies and local service providers, the agency serves thousands of frail, low-income seniors each year, providing home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels), personal care, transportation and other in-home services that help seniors to remain at home safely and with dignity and avoid or delay the need for more expensive nursing home care.

During this time of crisis many seniors are in need of food/meals and are scared and don’t know who to call. We have funding to provide services such as meals, shopping assistance, virtual support groups, and daily well-being calls for seniors, to name a few. Please direct any senior you find in need to our Elder Helpline for referral to resources.

Hernando Youth Orchestra needs young musicians, ages 6 to 18
Rehearsals are on Sundays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Heather Community Center
9100 Nakoma Way
Weeki Watchee

Hernando Youth Orchestra has resumed rehearsals and is recruiting new members. We need young musicians aged ages 6-18, and adult mentors to support them. HYO plays classical music and gives several concerts throughout the year.
You must be able to read music and play an instrument. Instruments are also available to loan to those in need. Sign up at www.HernandoYouthOrchestra.org or call 352-600-9555. If you have an instrument to donate, call and it will be picked for a tax deductible receipt.

Nature Coast Community Foundation (NCCSF) Bicycle Collection
Hernando County

Nature Coast Community Foundation (NCCSF) and Grace Presbyterian Bicycle Ministry is collecting unwanted bicycles (or parts thereof) that will be reconditioned and given to the needy. Call 352-600-9555 to schedule a free pick up.

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 whyhunger.org/findfood.

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.

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
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.

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.

Indoor Gardening Sessions for Cancer Patients
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.

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
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 http://www.nmhp.net

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

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 bates@rmhcncf.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.

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.