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Community Happenings

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April 25

Healthy Learning Academy presents:  Just for the Health of it 5k!  healthy body, healthy mind, healthy planet.  April 25 at 8:30am- Chip Timed 5k.  9:30am - 1 mile kids fun run.  Family Fun Events Immediately following.  Register at
Healthy Learning Academy, 13505 West Newberry Road, Newberry, FL  32608.  or call 352-372-2279.

April 29 - May 1

The Thespian Troupe from Forest High School will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee conceived by Rebecca Feldman with book by Rachel Sheinkin, music and lyrics by William Finn on April 29th, April 30th, and May 1st.  Performances will start at 7pm inside the school’s auditorium located at 5000 SE Maricamp Rd, Ocala, 34471.  Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 for students and $10 for adults.  For more information, call 352/671.4700.

May 4

The University of Florida Alumni Assoc. in partnership with the University Athletic Assoc., Gator Boosters, and the Marion County Gator Club will be hosting a Gator Gathering on Monday, May 4th, at the Ewers Century Center. Doors open at 5PM.  Dinner/program begin at 5:45PM and NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!!!  They may be purchased online at:  http:/ or Gator Patch in Paddock Mall or Greiners on Silver Springs Blvd.  Ticket price is $30/$40 per person.  SEATS ARE LIMITED!!  For further information contact:  Bill Campbell #351-3501 or

May 30

ForVets at Otter Springs Park and Campground proudly presents a night of entertainment with the “Echoes of Elvis”, featuring Ron Olson, performing Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawaii” concert on May 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets $8.00, $10.00 at the door.
All proceeds benefiting ForVets, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit serving severely wounded Veteran’s and their families. For more information call 352-463-0800 or visit

June 27 & 28

The ARRL Field Day Ham Radio will be held at the Silver Springs Radio Club Contest Locala, 161 Oak Cirlce, Ocala (Silver Springs Shores).  Please check the club website to sign up and get directions.  Public and media welcome.  
Eat smart, play smart with the University of Florida’s new Childhood Health and Asthma Management Program. CHAMP promotes optimal health in children ages 6 to 12 who have asthma and are at the higher end of the growth curve. Kids and families will participate in fun games that teach children about growing healthy and strong, learn ways to prevent and cope with asthma symptoms, and sample tasty and healthy foods. Call (352) 273-5124 to learn more.

Help For Veterans

Do you know a veteran family that is homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless? Meridian can help with Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). SSVF helps veteran families to quickly gain stability in permanent housing. Services include case management, coordinating VA benefits, referral to community services, and temporary financial assistance for eligible expenses. Together we can help to support our veterans. For more information, call 352-374-5600 x8360 or visit

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06/10/2014 4:04PM
Making Home Safer for Seniors
Preventable home hazards can cause falls and injuries that impact seniors’ ability to live independently. That’s why Home Instead Senior Care of Gainesville has launched the Making Home Safer for Seniors campaign. For a complimentary home safety check please call 352-336-3388
02/26/2015 1:30PM
Tree City Quilter's Guild Quilt Show 2015
May 2 - May 3 . May 2 at 10:00am to May 3 at 4:00pm Show Map Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, Florida 32606. Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, Florida 32606 A Judged Quilt Show From Fabric to Fabulous! Celebrating the Art of Quilt Making! Saturday May 2, 2015 (10 AM - 5 PM) AND Sunday May 3, 2015 (10 AM - 4 PM) Cost to attend: $7.00 Adults & Children over 12 Children 12 and under are FREE *There will be many beautiful Quilts on display of all kinds of styles and colors and experience. *Quilt Judge will be: Brenda Kalata from St. Augustine and has years of experience. *Teddy Pruett (a certified quilt appraiser) will be on hand to Appraise any quilts you would like appraised - for a fee. *There will be: Vendors of quilting supplies and tools *Basket raffles, take a chance and see if you can win one! *An Opportunity Quilt showing with raffle tickets to win it! (See picture of this quilt on the FB page - Tickets are $1 each or you can get 6 for $5). *A Quiltique Bazaar will be available for purchasing goods that the Tree City Quilters Guild members have made. *PLUS - There will be Quilts on Display from the HOFFMAN (INDIGO) CHALLENGE 2014 *AND - TCQG will showcase the community service projects in association with several organizations. *Come and enjoy the Entertainment that will be provided by our talented musicians!
04/01/2015 7:10PM
Mommy and Me Storybook Tea
The GFWC Gainesville Woman’s Club is hosting “Mommy and Me Storybook Tea” on May 2, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Mommies, grandmothers, aunts, friends or neighbors can bring a young child or children to the Mommy & Me Storybook Tea. Children’s costumes are optional. There will storybook characters, crafts, photo booth, tea sandwiches and desserts. Proceeds will benefit the Guardian Angel Medical Dogs, Inc. Costs: $25.00 for one adult and one child $10.00 each additional child For reservations contact the Gainesville Woman’s Club at 376-3901, or for further information go to the website: and click on Events or Calendar.
04/15/2015 12:12PM
2015 Ag Fest & Master Gardener Plant Sale
The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale & Ag Fest on May 16, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville). The Master Gardener Plant Sale will have a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available at exceptional prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. The Ag Fest will be providing information on the following: beekeeping, small farm goat management, growing mushrooms, raised bed gardening, free soil pH testing and much more. Also presentations are scheduled on the following topics: Growing Fruit in Alachua County, Bee Pollinators & Pesticides and Cooking Matters. Come and learn more about locally grown food, producing and growing food. Admission and parking are free. For more information about this program, call (352)955-2402. Visit for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.
04/16/2015 11:40PM
Young People's Comic-con
Looking for something to do with the family? Want to introduce your kids to their first comic-con? Want to give your kids a fun break from testing? FHS Book club is holding the first annual Young People’s Comic-con from 10am to 6:30pm, April 25th at forest high school's cafeteria. There is a $5 entrance fee for anyone between the ages of 4 and 18. Children under 4 and Adults are free. Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Because this event is for young people, adults must be accompanied with kids! How cool would it be to celebrate Star Wars before the new Star Wars movie comes out this summer? Both the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion will be at our comic-con. The two organizations are known for their charitable work they do for different children groups. We will have members from both the bad side and good side of the force that kids can meet. We are even going to have a couple of R2D2s. Members will be doing demonstrations and displaying props such as helmets, weapons, and even Han Solo in Carbonite! Calling all Pokémon fans. The Local Pokémon league will be there to spread the word about their organization (for all ages) and show you how to play the game. If you already know how to play, join in. Do you play any role playing games with your friends? Meet your friends at the event in our gathering area we have set up for you. We are also holding a Super Smash Brothers Melee, Project M, and Smash 4 Tournament. You must be signed up by 11:50am the day of the event. We will have many other activities that include trivia contests, costume contests, and a fan art contest. There will be some games and photo opportunities. Kids under 10 can join the elite group of superheroes by taking the official superhero challenge. This includes some tasks the aspiring superheroes have to win against some villains we have rounded up special for the occasion. We will also have vendors and food available. Check out comic-con link for more information about contests times and information.
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