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  • Cancer Support and Wellness Series
    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Second Monday of each month, starting January 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Free class series. Fun and educational classes will be offered to cancer patients, family members of the community to promote health and quality of life. Classes are free, but seating is limited. Snacks and refreshments will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Class topics for 2018 will include: Palliative Care: January 8 Dance and Movement Therapy: February 12 Breathing for Health: March 12 Mindful and Gentle Yoga: April 9 Harnessing Your Inner Energy: May 14 Nutrition: June 11 Enhancing Sleep: July 9 Medical Marijuana and Cancer: August 13 Touch Therapies: September 10 Botanical Medicine: October 8 Meditation and Relaxation Practices: November 5 Advance Care Planning: December 10 A voluntary questionnaire will be given at the end of all classes to evaluate the effectiveness of this series. The Conference Center at Wilmot Gardens University of Florida 2023 SW Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32611 Parking: Wilmot Gardens visitors can park in the small, handicap-accessible parking lot next to the conference center. Additional parking is available in the West Garage, located at the northwest corner of Archer Road and Center Drive, across from the Dental Tower. Parking vouchers will be provided. Read more

  • Friday Family Friendly Karaoke
    Friday, June 1, 2018

    Info on Family Friendly Karaoke for June 1 / 7-10 pm Newberry United Methodist Church See details below Please note: NO KARAOKE IN JULY Come join us for Friday Family Friendly Karaoke Featuring KJ "Cowboy Mike" Powers Mark your calendars. 6/1/2018 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. No Karaoke in July 8/3/2018 9/7/2018 10/4/2018 11/2/2018 12/07/2018 In the fellowship Hall on the 1st Friday of each Month at the Newberry United Methodist Church P.O. Box 475 24845 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 352-472-4005 Cost: Please tip the Karaoke Disk Jockey All ages invited: No church affiliation needed No time for supper?? We will have food, coffee and snacks for you! or Bring your Own Snacks or Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Share! Lois Lehning Offering vocal solos (with or without devotional program) Need a Sunday anthem or two? Program for a Special Event or Holiday Service? Pre or Post Service music? Wedding or Funeral Service? e-mail: [email protected] Read more

  • 2018 Healing Hearts Bereavement Support Groups
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Please see attached flyer. Read more

  • Learn the Art of A Cappella
    Thursday, September 6, 2018

    Ladies! Love to sing? Come sing with us and Learn the Art of A Cappella! Six Weeks Beginning September 6th Thursday Evenings 7:00 to 8:30 PM Concert on October 18th All new singers invited to perform! Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus Contact: Beth Ripple (352) 870-5555 [email protected] GainesvilleChorus.com Grace Presbyterian Church 3146 NW 13th Street Gainesville, Florida 32609 Find us on Facebook! This program is funded in part by the City of Gainesville, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department. Read more

  • HAWTHORNE Library Events 9/24/18 to 9/30/18
    Monday, September 24, 2018

    Discover North Central Fl Public Charter School - Get your High School Diploma at your own pace  Hawthorne Branch - Outdoor Program Area Tuesday, September 25: 2:00pm - 5:00pm AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP) Providing FREE self-paced learning with flexible schedules, YOU can get your High School Diploma or join the over-aged 8th grader program! FREE Magnet Bus Transportation provided to site. Ages 16-24.     MakerSpace: Coding - Game Design with Scratch  Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room Wednesday, September 26: 4:00pm - 5:15pm AGE GROUP:  ELEMENTARY (5-11 YEARS) In Game Design, students learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and more! Grades 4 through 8.   Storytime  Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room Thursday, September 27: 10:30am - 11:15am AGE GROUP:  TODDLERS (1-3 YEARS),PRESCHOOL (3-5 YEARS),BABIES (1 AND UNDER) Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplays, art, music and puppetry for people identifying with age 5 and under and their caretakers   SHINE Counseling   Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room Thursday, September 27: 12:00pm - 2:00pm AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP) SHINE offers advice by trained counselors that is unbiased, confidential and free. Individual sessions are designed to help those eligible for Medicare understand their choices and options   Teen Movie Matinee  Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room Thursday, September 27: 3:30pm - 5:00pm AGE GROUP:  TEENS (12-18 YEARS) Watch one of our new releases at the library: Jurassic World   Yoga Stretch - with Caroline Anaya  Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room Thursday, September 27: 5:55pm - 6:55pm AGE GROUP:  TEENS (12-18 YEARS),ADULTS (19 AND UP) Gently tweak and twist those stuck and sore placed -- You'll feel much better! Read more

  • Alachua County Public Schools Job Fair
    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Alachua County Public Schools is having a Job Fair on Sept. 27th for Teachers and Paraprofessionals. Please see attached flyer on this and upcoming Job fair. . Read more

  • Ochwilla Baptist Church Women's Bible Study
    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Ochwilla Baptist Church Women's Bible Study September 27, 2018 6:00 p.m. Bring Finger Foods Location: 296 S.R. 21 Hawthorne, FL 32640 Read more

  • Fundraising BBQ for Charity at the Gainesville Elks Lodge
    Friday, September 28, 2018

    Gainesville Elks Lodge is having another of its charity fund raising BBQ's. The event will be held Friday, September 28th from 11a.m. and 1p.m. at the Elks Lodge 2424 NW 23rd Blvd. We will have our usual excellent generous serving of pork or 1/2 chicken. Ticket prices will be $8.00. Please bring a friend and take a box lunch home or eat in. Read more

  • Gilchrist County Rotary Club - Poker Paddle
    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    September 29, 2018 Eillie Ray's RV River Resort 3349 NW 110th Street Branford, FL 32008 Please see Attached flyer Read more

  • Camp Safe Haven
    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Please see attached flyer. Read more

  • Alachua County Alumni Chapter BCU Community Fundraiser
    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    The Alachua County Alumni Chapter of Bethune Cookman University is sponsoring a big flea market and craft bazaar. This Fundraising event will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Citizens Field located at 1400 NE. 8th Avenue and Waldo Road Gainesville, FL. There will be food, shopping, music, and fun for everyone! Read more

  • Bartley Temple UMC Block Party
    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    The Block Party is from 10am-3pm. There will be games, a waterslide,food, and fellowship. It is free so come out for a fun time. Saturday, September 29, 2018 Email: [email protected] Phone: (352)443-0788 Read more

  • Ochwilla Baptist Church Fund Raiser BBQ
    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Ochwilla Baptist Church We're havin' a Bar-b-q! Fund Raiser! September 29, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. BBQ plates, your choice of chicken or pork. Includes coleslaw, baked beans and a drink. Dine in or Carry out. only $10:00 All proceeds go to Pastor Gerry Hunter's MISSION TRIP TO THE PHILIPPINES Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door For more details, call 352-316-2789 Location: 296 SR 21 Hawthorne, FL 32640 www.ochwillabaptistchurch.com - www.justonemoreministries.com Read more

  • Knights of Columbus Council 6108 50th year Anniversary
    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Knights of Columbus Council 6108, the first K of C council in Gainesville, is celebrating their 50th year Anniversary. A dinner and dance will be held in the St. Patrick Church Social Hall on September 29th, 2018 at 6:30 PM following the 5:30 PM Vigil Mass. Contact any Gainesville Area Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus Council for ticket information. Read more

  • Caring and Sharing Learning School 20 Year Anniversary Celebration Gala
    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Donation: $50.00 per person Includes Dinner and Entertainment. Tables of 10 are available by calling 352-372-1004 All proceeds will go to support programs at the Caring and Sharing Learning School. September 29, 2018, 7:00pm at the Gainesville Women's Club Read more

  • First Baptist Church First Responders Lunch
    Sunday, September 30, 2018

    First Baptist Church in Hawthorne is cooking lunch on September 30! All First Responders, on or off duty, are invited to come. We'll be serving up home cooked food at about 12:30. The church is on Johnson Street between the post office and the library. The Fellowship Hall is along SE 66th. For more information call 352-481-3515 Read more

  • Become a Savvy Caregiver
    Monday, October 1, 2018

    Please see attached flyer. Read more

  • FAMILY FRIENDLY KARAOKE
    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL ON THE  1st Friday each month (EXCEPT AS N0TED BELOW *) at the: First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 475 248455 W Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 352-472-4005 7-10 pm first Friday of each month except July This month, October, has a Halloween theme. Adults and children are encouraged to come in costume 10/4/2018 – 11/2/2018 – 12/7/2018 1/4/19 – 2/1/2019 – 3/1/2019 4/5/2019 – 5/3/2019 – 6/7/2019 NO JULY – 8/2/2019 – 9/6/2019 Read more

  • VA Research: InnoVAtion to Implementation
    Friday, October 5, 2018

    “VA Research: InnoVAtion to Implementation” – October 05, 2018 Research Day is free and open to the public and held in the auditorium at the Malcom Randall VAMC on October 05, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will showcase VA research in progress and how VA research efforts are impacting the treatment and prevention of disease and disability. The VA research speakers this year are Prodip Bose, MD, PhD; Janis J. Daly, PhD; Kenneth M. Heilman, MD; and I. David Weiner, MD. They will share medical advances on traumatic brain injury, stroke recovery, creativity and aging, and the regulation of body acid by the kidneys. The guest speaker will be Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD, Chief Research and Development Officer from the VA Office of Research and Development, Washington, DC. Dr. Ramoni will speak on “Undiagnosed Diseases in VA Health Care” and will address research and development questions by the attending investigators. After the research presentations there will be an Interactive Research Poster Exhibit from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. highlighting 12 VA researchers and their studies. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk personally with researchers. Stay for all the presentations or come as your time permits. For additional information, please contact Helen Vaillancourt, Event Coordinator, by email at [email protected] Read more

  • Family Friendly Karaoke
    Friday, October 5, 2018

    First Friday of EACH month See you October 5, 2018 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. for Family Friendly Karaoke at Newberry United Methodist Church (next to Hardy's in Newberry, FL If you sing, come and sing. If you don't sing, come and Listen Theme, Halloween Theme. Costumes encouraged but not mandatory adults and children Open to the community ALL ages welcome No Church affiliation needed Free Food available but Bring a snack or non-alcoholic beverage to share KJ. Cowboy Mike Powers donates his time and equipment for this community event and accepts tips if you feel led FAMILY FRIENDLY KARAOKE IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL ON THE  1st Friday each month (EXCEPT AS N0TED BELOW *) at the: First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 475 248455 W Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 352-472-4005 7-10 pm first Friday of each month except July This month, October, has a Halloween theme. Adults and children are encouraged to come in costume 10/4/2018 – 11/2/2018 – 12/7/2018 1/4/19 – 2/1/2019 – 3/1/2019 4/5/2019 – 5/3/2019 – 6/7/2019 NO JULY – 8/2/2019 – 9/6/2019 Read more

  • BACK TO WORK 50+
    Monday, October 8, 2018

    BACK TO WORK 50+ October 2018 7 Smart Strategies for the 50+ Jobseeker workshops schedule. Oct. 8: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Santa Fe College's CIED, 530 W. University Ave. Oct. 9: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave., Gainesville Oct. 10: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Santa Fe College, Northwest Campus, Building I, Room 49 Please see attached flyer Read more

  • Public Power Week, GRU
    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    In celebration of Public Power Week, GRU will host a FREE movie night at Bo Diddley Plaza located at 111 E. University Avenue on the corner of SE 1st Street and E. University Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. We invite you and your family to join us as we watch Paddington 2. We also ask that you consider bringing a new teddy bear to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. Be sure to follow the event on Facebook and like GRU on Facebook for upcoming events. Please use the hashtag #admitonebear to tag and share your photos with us! Read more

  • Glitz & Glamour
    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Glitz & Glamour Date: October 12, 2018 Additional Info: Glitz & Glamour” on October 12, 2018 at the One Health Center located at 1714 SW 17th St Ocala, Florida with doors opening at 7:00pm. This event is to raise funds to support education and higher learning for seniors in Marion County. ,There will music, food, and brand-new designer handbags and/or jewelry. We are inviting you to have some fun, play bingo, relax with vendors. Tickets are $35.00 Read more

  • Florida Cattle Ranching- 5 Centuries of Tradition with Bob Stone
    Saturday, October 13, 2018

    Florida Cattle Ranching- 5 Centuries of Tradition with Bob Stone Date: 2 p.m. Octobert 13 Additional Info: Please join us at the Melrose Public Library as Bob Stone presents a multi-medium exhibit that explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. 312 Wynnwood Avenue, Melrose, FL The progarm is this year's Al Burt Festival remembering a quintessential Florida writer. Read more

  • 60/20 Celebrating Altrusa Anniversaries
    Friday, October 19, 2018

    60/20 Celebrating Altrusa Anniversaries Event Date:10/19/18 Time: 5:30 p.m. Additional Info:This is a party celebrating 60 years of Altrusa International of Gainesville and 20 years of Altrusa House, both organizations serving the community. Tickets are $50, and a portion is tax-deductible. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/altrusa-house-6020-celebration-tickets-45540170877 Read more

  • Annual 1890 Arts Crafts and Antiques Show in McIntosh, Florida
    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Annual 1890 Arts Crafts and Antiques Show in McIntosh, Florida Admission is free to the 1890’s Festival to be held in Victorian McIntosh on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8 am to 5 pm. Over 280 arts, crafts and antiques vendors from all over the country will participate, including a basket weaver, a spoon chime maker, a glassblower, leather tanner and origami artist, all demonstrating their crafts. The beautifully costumed McIntosh Scottish Clan will be here for the first time in 40 years. Beautiful old live oaks and charming Victorian homes provide shade and the backdrop for the all day free main stage entertainment. This year’s entertainment will feature an array of music from country to cajun, bluegrass, folk and gospel. The museum in the old downtown railroad depot will be open all day and will feature displays from days gone by in McIntosh. There will be a ring toss, sand art and face painting around the depot for children. Harmony School will be offering games, like ring and duck pond and there will be a geode digging booth on 4th Street. Van Ness Park is the central location for playground equipment, musical entertainment and chairs, benches and picnic tables. Food venders around the Civic Center will offer a variety of tasty options. McIntosh is on Highway 441, midway between Ocala and Gainesville. Venders and entertainment will be on the east side of town around the park. Parking is available in several privately run lots off of the highway with prices ranging from $5 to $10.00. Some of the churches on Highway 441 allow parking for donations. Handicap parking is on Avenue H and 4th Street. The 1890’s Festival is sponsored by the nonprofit, benevolent organization. The Friends of McIntosh. The organization is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural and historic beauty of McIntosh. Since its charter in 1973, the Friends organization has provided thousands of dollars in college scholarships to local young people in addition to support for the McIntosh area charter school. The school, church and local organization depends on the festival for fundraisers. This year special booths will be open for Operation Christmas Child, Mcintosh Christian Church, SPAC of Ocala, American Cancer Relay for Life and Flemington Baptist Church sign a Christmas card for a soldier. Non-profit booths will be located at 8th and F Street. Publicity Contact: Sheila Winters, [email protected] 352-591-0214 publicity only (Not for Publication) Monitored messages answer machine for the Friends of McIntosh 352-591-4038 Festival Updates: https;//www.facebook.com/pages/mcintoshfestival Read more

  • Buchholz Class of 1986
    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Buchholz Class of 1986 Big 50 Birthday Bash October 20, 2018 From 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Napolitanos 606 NW 75th Street Gainesville, FL 32607 There will be free food and a cash bar. Dress id casual. To register, Please visit Buchholz High School Class of 1986 Eventbrite page. Any questions, please call Deigh at 386-266-7580 Read more

  • Howl-A-Palooza 2018
    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Join us for a scary, good time as Sunny Cares Foundation, Inc. brings you the 30th annual Halloween carnival – Sunny’s Howl-A-Palooza Presented by Grins & Giggles Pediatric Dentistry! Each year, Sun Country Sports Center hosts an afternoon of Halloween fun, including free food and prizes, exclusive access to the facility, a variety of themed activities, silent auction, raffle and more. Kid-friendly costumes are welcomed and encouraged as we host costume contests for every age group. In keeping with Sun Country Sports values promoting children’s health and well-being, goody bags and prizes will be awarded in lieu of candy. The Sun Country Sports staff members and hundreds of local volunteers donate their time to put on the carnival. Proceeds from Howl-A-Palooza benefit the March of Dimes and the Phoebe Louise Dooley Foundation. In 2017, we were able to donate $24,000 and hope to give even more this year! Get your ticket in advance and receive $5 off! Go to www.suncountrysports.com today to register! Read more

  • Chamber of Horrors
    Friday, October 26, 2018

    The 12th Annual Chamber of Horrors haunted house will be open Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th from 7:30 p.m. till the last goblin leaves. Not recommended for small children or the faint of heart with admission costing $3.00. Email: [email protected] Phone: 3523635125 Read more

  • The Gainesville Senior Recreation Center Craft Show
    Saturday, October 27, 2018

    Located at 5701 NW 34th Blvd. (across from Walmart on 441) This show will feature 60 LOCAL CRAFTERS selling a wide variety of handmade merchandise. Admission and parking are free! Our local Girl Scout Troop will be selling REFRESHMENTS. In addition, this year there will be DOOR PRIZES offered! *You do not have to be present at the drawing to win. Read more

  • 7th Annual Craft Show
    Saturday, October 27, 2018

    The Gainesville Senior Recreation Center 7th Annual Craft Show Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Gainesville Senior Recreation Center 5701 NW 34th Blvd. (across from Walmart on 441) This show will feature 60 Local Crafters selling a wide variety of handmade merchandise. Admission and parking are free! Our local Girl Scout Troop will be selling Refreshments In addition, this year there will be DOOR PRIZES offered! *you do not have to be present at the drawing to win. Southeastern Guide Dogs and their handlers will be in attendance to share their mission and information on the services they provide. Read more

  • Trick-or-Treat Fun Night
    Saturday, October 27, 2018

    The Hawthorne Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their Annual Trick or Treat Fun Night on Saturday, October 27th from 6 – 8 p.m. This event will be held at the Hawthorne Recreation Park, located at 6000 SE 205th Street in Hawthorne. This is a FREE event that is fun for the whole family with lots of activities. There will be games, food, bounce houses, candy and more!  Email: [email protected] Phone: 3523635125 Read more

  • Dementia Caregiver Conference
    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Dementia Caregiver Conference Making the most of every day Caregivers will leave this Hands on workshop with practical tips for interacting with their person with dementia in engaging and enjoyable ways, Attendees will visit four training stations to learn stimulating self and patients care techniques. Interact with other caregivers and access dozens of other life-enhancing resources FREE Registration starts at 8:30am Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606 Find out more at www.agingresources.org Contact us at [email protected] or 352-692-5277 Read more

  • Alachua County Public Schools Job Fair
    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Alachua County Public Schools is having a Job Fair on Sept. 27th for Teachers and Paraprofessionals. Please see attached flyer . . Read more

  • Holiday Harmonies VI
    Saturday, December 8, 2018

    Save the Date! Holiday Harmonies VI Season of Joy Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4225 NW 34th Street, Gainesville *The Award Winning Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus* *Barbergators Chorus* Read more

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