September 15, 2008

Learn to Read Looks for Tutors for Its Adult Literacy Program


To reduce its student waiting list in half, Learn to Read is seeking volunteer tutors for its adult literacy program. The goal is 25 new tutors.

They will be required to attend two training certification sessions at the organization's office at 2747 Art Museum Drive near Beach Boulevard. Classes are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Fee is $20, which includes the text, Tutor: A Collaborative Approach to Literacy Instruction. To register, call 399-8894.


Root beer floats, hot dogs and gourmet cookies will be served up to those making a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The event is Fresh Market's 14th annual Hope Floats Sidewalk Sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday. It's at the North Carolina-based specialty grocer's local stores, including 13493 Atlantic Blvd. and 10950 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin.


Ahoy, mates! The Avenues mall is hosting its Simon Kidgits Pirate Party from 1 to 3 p.m. today in the Center Court, 10300 Southside Blvd. The family event will feature arts and crafts, and themed games such as digging for buried treasure. It's free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Call Guest Services at 363-3060.


Town meetings to identify community goals, objectives, opportunities and potential strategies for the Southeast District Vision Plan have been set. A Growth Management session is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mandarin branch library, 3330 Kori Road, and an Economics session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Southeast branch library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. The meetings are part of the city's yearlong planning study to develop a vision for the Urban Core, Greater Arlington/Beaches and Southeast planning districts.


Representatives from Jacksonville-based Acosta Sales and Marketing Co. presented checks totaling $3 million to the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its 43rd annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. The money represents the company's year-round fundraising efforts. Acosta Chairman and CEO Gary Chartrand is an MDA national vice president, a volunteer position.


AARP is sponsoring a safety program for drivers 50 and older from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Memorial Hospital, 3625 University Blvd. Cost is $10. Participants do not have to be AARP members but must attend both days for certification, said instructor Daniel Kelly. Most who are 55 or older may qualify for a discount on their auto insurance. To register, call 434-1375.


A luncheon for IRS retirees is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Golden Corral, 4250 Southside Blvd. For information, call Bob Perron at 731- 2210.


The Jewish Community Alliance is offering Red Cross-certified lifeguard training at 8505 San Jose Blvd. Participants must be at least 15 and meet various swimming requirements. A pretest, to judge skill competency, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. No refunds will be given if the pretest isn't passed. Fee is $155 for members and $233 for nonmembers. Call 730-2100, ext. 240 for session times.

Tennis pro Richard Levine will teach Tennis 101 at JCA for the first time in four years. Classes are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. starting Thursday and continuing for four more sessions. Fee is $75 for members and $113 for nonmembers. For information, call 730- 2100, ext. 317.

JCA also is presenting a free showing of Sallah at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The film is set in 1949 and tells of a Middle Eastern Jewish family's move to a settlement camp in Israel. The film, which stars Topol, was winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.Submit items for My Southside Sun to Sandy Strickland at P.O. Box 1949, Jacksonville, FL 32231, or fax 359-4478 or e-mail sandy.strick [email protected]

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