Stand for Children day 1998 will be celebrated locally on Sunday, May 31 at the Downtown Community Plaza, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The theme of this annual action, sponsored nationally by the Children's Defense Fund, is to galvanize and focus public support on issues which effect children. The theme for 1998 is "Stand for Quality Child Care." The event will feature speakers from a variety of organizations as well as music from local performers Philosopher G, drumming group The Lost Safari, Inspirational singer Frances Leslie and her sisters, a tactile art exhibit, and information from local agencies. The Health Department will offer free immunizations. For more information, call Pat Burke at 334-1550, extension 146. The event is sponsored by Child Care Resources, Greater Gainesville Community Action Team, the North Central Florida Association for the Education of Young Children, Fox 51, and the City of Gainesville, Department of Cultural Affairs.
Waco: The Rules of Engagement will be shown on Monday, June 1, the fast time people in North Florida will get its first chance to see this acclaimed documentary. The LA Weekly called the film "a rare combination in today's blanded-out, ready-for-PBS marketplace." It will be shown at the Hippodrome Cinema on that one night only at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.., a benefit for the Gainesville Iguana and the Civic Media Center, a reading room and library of the non-corporate press. Admission will be a sliding scale $3 to $5 with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Support the Gainesville Iguana and the CMC and see the film that the Washington Post called "a troubling, informative voice in the spin-controlled darkness."
Lesbian/Gay Pride Week in Gainesville is officially June7-13, but due to a technicality, the second reading and what will presumably be the final vote by the City Commissionon the Human Rights ordinance, extending protection against discrimination to protect people from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, will be Monday, June 1 at the City Commission starting around 6 p.m. Highlights of Pride Week include a Pride March at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 from the O'Connell Center parking lot to the Downtown Plaza, where a celebration with speakers and music will continue into the night. There is also a reception with speaker Nadine Smith, director of the Human Rights Task Force of Florida at the Matheson Center on Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m.
The A. Philip Randolph Travelling Exhibit runs May 23-July 4 at the Matheson Center on E. University Avenue. Randolph is a giant of the twentienth century, a bold leader in both the fight for racial equality and the labor movement He is best known for founding the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925 and as one of the organizers of the 1963 Freedom March on Washington. Randolph is a native Floridian. For more information, call 378-2280. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
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