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June Featured Information

Free Meals for Children 0-18 at Summer Break Spot: The Alachua County Food Services Program is providing free meals to any child between 0-18 years of age. Participating sites are providing free, nutritious breakfast and lunch beginning June 5 and continuing through July 28. New this year is a food truck at Majestic Oaks, Hidden Oaks and SWAG Family Resource Center. The various locations have different dates, so be sure to check their website first. For a list of locations, serving times and more information, please visit

City Readies for Start of Hurricane Season with safeGNV Website: The City of Gainesville's event and emergency information website, is ready to keep Gainesville’s citizens informed, connected and safe this upcoming hurricane season, which is June 1-Nov. 30. safeGNV better connects citizens to each other, to information that impacts their daily lives and serves an emergency preparedness tool. Key features of the site include a dynamic map that displays traffic and weather information, bus routes, emergency shelters, evacuation routes, as well as emergency preparedness guides and resources. Whether you are wondering if the roads are clear in your part of town, or what supplies you should have on hand for hurricane season, safeGNV aims to keep you connected, informed and, ultimately, safe.

Curbside Collection Delayed May 30-June 2: In observance of Memorial Day, Gainesville's curbside residential collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will not be picked up on the holiday and will delayed by one day for the entire week.

Construction and Capital Projects:
Suburban Heights Beville Creek Restoration: This project consists of the stabilization and restoration of a heavily eroded segment of Beville Creek, which flows through the Suburban Heights neighborhood. The restoration includes the construction of a series of armored step pools and one cascade features known as regenerative stormwater conveyance features. Additional stabilization improvements include gabion baskets, Flexamat (a rolled erosion control blanket) and native seeding and planting. The proposed work limits begin south of Northwest 14th Avenue and continue south and east approximately 1,000 feet into Cofrin Nature Park.  Beville Creek provides wildlife with a connection from Cofrin Park to Kingwood Lake.  Construction began in early April, and will last approximately four months.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8405 or

Citizen and Customer Satisfaction

Go Gainesville Bike Share: Where will a bike take you? With four stations in the system, it is convenient and easy to travel between downtown, the Innovation Square area and UF campus by bike. Stations are located at the Rosa Parks Downtown RTS Station (700 SE Third St), the corner of Southwest Third Ave. and Southwest 13th St. (across from UF's Tigert Hall), Bo Diddley Plaza and on the Southwest Sixths Street Trail at Southwest Second Ave. You don’t have to fight for parking, and a bike is always there when you need one! The bikes can be rented by SMS text messages or via the Zagster mobile app for iPhone and Android on an hourly basis for $3/hour. Monthly passes ($15) and annual passes ($25) are also available, and then the first hour of every ride is free. For additional information, please visit


Sweetwater Wetlands Nature Park Tours: Tours are free with park admission, and begin from the Welcome Classroom Pavilion. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water and binoculars. Ranger Tours are held the first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. More information is available at or by calling 352-393-8437.

Pool Hours - All Three Pools Open!: All three city pools are open for the summer season! For the most up-to-date hours, visit the pools webpage.

Call for Entries for Cross Creek Rising Art Exhibit: Be a part of Cross Creek Rising: The Consciousness of Land and Water for an art exhibition at the Thomas Center Galleries. The exhibit is Sept. 29, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018. The deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 4. Create art inspired by Cross Creek and north central Florida. Five $500 prizes will be awarded. Registration information is available online.


Take the Gainesville Greenway Challenge and Volunteer Workdays: The Gainesville Greenway Challenge is a year-round effort whose aim is to restore natural habitat in Gainesville by removing invasive non-native plant species that threaten an ecosystem’s health.  Join the challenge and help us to eradicate the region’s most aggressive invasive plants in Gainesville’s nature parks! The Gainesville Greenway Challenge volunteer workdays take place on the first Saturday of every month from 9-11:30 a.m. Participants will work in local nature parks, removing non-native invasive plants to restore native habitat for the plants and animals that live there, and for people to enjoy. Groups can also arrange for special dates. Volunteers will work outdoors and should bring sunscreen, insect repellent, protective gloves and closed-toe footwear appropriate for wet conditions. The next volunteer workday is Saturday, June 3. Pre-registration is required; you may fill out the form online. For more information, email or call 352-393-8428.

Giveback Thursdays: Enjoy an opportunity to be out in nature every Thursday at a local nature park. Staff provides gloves, buckets, water and bug spray to attendees, and help with removal of invasive plants and trash. For more updates, please visit


Seasonal Energy Tips from GRU: Be sure to check out the seasonal and year-round energy saving tips from GRU. Did you know that for each degree you increase the temperature from the recommended setting (68 in the winter and 78 in the summer), you can increase your energy bill by up to 4%? For more tips for this summer, please read more.

Summer Camp Options

ABCs of Fire Safety: Gainesville Fire Rescue is accepting applications for the ABCS of Safety summer camp, where kids learn all about fire safety. ABCs of Fire Safety is held at Kiwanis Safety City, which is located at 1025 NE 13th St.
Dates and Hours: Aug. 7-Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: Free
Ages: Incoming kindergartners
Application deadline is July 27.

Junior Fire Academy: Gainesville Fire Rescue is accepting applications for the Junior Fire Academy, during which kids spend the week with firefighters learning about the tools and equipment that are used, how to tie knots, how to use ladders safely, first aid and much more! Junior Fire Academy is held at Firefighters' Union Hall, which is located at 1220 NE Eighth Ave.
Dates and Hours: July 10-July 13, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 for those accepted into the academy
Ages: 6th-8th graders
Application deadline is June 1.

Public Safety Summer Camp: The Public Safety Summer Camp is a week experience within the multiple agencies from law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services. Students receive hands on training and demonstrations in a fun-filled learning environment. Public Safety Summer Camp is held at GPD’s Oscar Lewis Center, which is located at 524 NW First St.
Dates and Hours: July 17-July 20, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $50
Ages: 6th-8th graders
Application deadline is June 16.

Youth Golf Camps at Ironwood: This coed camp teaches golf fundamentals, proper technique, basic USGA rules and more! There are limited spots per session. Kids will have a fun-filled day learning about the golf! Session 1 begins June 27.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $150, equipment is provided by Ironwood
Ages: 6-17 (6-year-olds are required to take a free golf skill evaluation by appointment)

Pop-Up Theater Summer Camp: This summer’s Pop-Up Theater Summer Camp is July 10-21, and is in cooperation with We the People Theater. Campers will work with theater professionals, and students take classes in voice, movement, acting and script analysis. Camp culminates with workshops and multiple performances. We the People Theater will interview potential campers and family members to make certain the family can commit to regular attendance and full participation. To register, or for more information, please visit or call 352-363-1294.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Camp fee is based on a sliding scale (free to $100)
Ages: 10-17

Earth Academy Day Camp: Earth Academy Day Camp is a nature- and science-based camp offered at Morningside Nature Center. This summer's camp themes are gamers (not the video kind), nature underground and animal architects. Registration is full; however, you may sign up to be on the waiting list.
Location: Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E University Ave.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with early and late drop off available
Cost: City residents: $121.50, Non-city residents: $182.50
Ages: 1st–6th grade for campers and 7th-12th grades for Junior Naturalists

Foundations Academy Summer Camp at the Albert “Ray” Massey Recreation Center, Eastside Recreation Center, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center and Porters Community Center. Each session is action-packed, filled with exciting experiences, and focuses on The Six Pillars of Character® program: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Free swimming lessons are included in all sessions. Each camp has three, three-week sessions starting June 20.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: City residents: $150, Non-city residents: $224.25 (plus $25 field trip fee)
Ages: 1st–5th grade

Foundations Academy Teen Summer Camp is at the T.B. McPherson Center, which is located at 1717 SE 15th St. Camp focuses on S.T.E.A.M., sports, personal finance, life skills and mentoring.  Each session is action-packed, filled with exciting experiences, and focuses on The Six Pillars of Character® program: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Free swimming lessons are included in all sessions. Each camp has three, three-week sessions starting June 20.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: City residents: $150, Non-city residents: $224.25 (plus $25 field trip fee)
Ages: 6th–8th grade

Summer Camp Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program: CITs are at the Albert “Ray” Massey Recreation Center, Eastside Recreation Center, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center and Porters Community Center. Selected participants will go through a well-rounded program with staff at each location that will cover problem solving, community service, activity and program development and mentoring.  A typical day may consist of helping to plan and organize games and activities, assisting with lunches or snack, or assisting during field trips.
Ages: 9th–12th grade

Aquatic Leadership Summer Camp: Formerly Junior Lifeguard Camp, the purpose of this fun summer camp is to increase self-confidence and promote safe behavior in the aquatic environment. Throughout the course, campers learn a wide range of skills, including first-aid, CPR and rescue techniques. The program will encourage campers to take on leadership roles as well as challenge them mentally and physically. Besides learning the primary responsibilities of a lifeguard, this course is action-packed with fun activities, games and free swimming. Registration is open, but spaces are limited, so register early! Session 1 begins June 12.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: City residents:  $82.75, Non-city residents: $124.25
Ages: 11-15

Teen Summer Programs - Summer is Sizzling with Heatwave: Sign up now to be in the best free summer basketball league in Alachua County! Summer Heatwave has been a partnership between PRCA, GPD, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and the State Attorney’s Office 8th Judicial Court Circuit. Last year, the basketball league had more than 500 participants from across Alachua County. Coed basketball is open to all players, regardless of skill. Basketball starts June 13, and continues until Aug. 3, with championship games played with staff from GPD and PRCA. There will also be Teen Lounges and three Operation Respect Yourself Parties during the summer. Summer kicks off with a splash with a Pool Party at Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool, with free admission, music and food provided by GPD. Jump in Friday, June 2 from 3-7 p.m.
Ages: 11-18 (18, if still in school)

Upcoming Events

"Free Fridays" Concert Series Continues: The region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series features local and regional musical talent at the Bo Diddley Plaza. The concerts under the stars showcase diverse musical acts sure to delight music lovers with classic rock, reggae, R&B, soul, ska, funk, blues and more. The concerts are Fridays from 8-10 p.m. from April 14 to Oct. 20. Upcoming performers include:
June 2: Little Jake and The Soul Searchers (soul, R&B)
June 9:
21 Blue with Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate (blues)
June 16: Wester Joseph's Stereo Vudu (vudu rawk, ska)
June 23: Curtis Mayfield tribute (by Travis Atria and friends)
June 30: De Lions of Jah (reggae)

Jewel Box Concert Series Kicks off June 2: The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce upcoming Jewel Box Concerts at the Historic Thomas Center.  The Jewel Box Concerts are a series of multi-genre musical events which feature a spectrum of national and international touring artists from folk to classical and from jazz to bluegrass. The Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. in Gainesville. The Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Tickets available for purchase at The ticket office for the Jewel Box Concerts is 904-886-8378.
-- Flagship Romance: Friday, June 2 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets are $20. Flagship Romance consists of real-life lovers, singers and songwriters Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson Fisher. To describe their sound, they coined the term “harmonic alternative folk.” Anchored by Fisher’s unique guitar playing, Flagship Romance compositions are centered around and feature the couple’s unclassifiable vocal blend.
-- The Grascals: Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets are $20. Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than 40 years.

Rededication of C.F. Franklin Memorial Park June 10:  At 1 p.m., Saturday, June 10, the community is invited to a very special ribbon-cutting, celebrating the life of Conoly F. Franklin, who served as a deacon at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, where he worked tirelessly and diligently for more than 50 years to improve the conditions of the neighborhood. Franklin was instrumental in getting sidewalks installed and streets paved, as well as having this park built for everyone to enjoy. PRCA, in partnership with the Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation and Lowe’s Home Improvement, and with the help of many eager volunteers, will participate in a park cleanup and makeover in celebration of NeighborWorks Week. NeighborWorks Week is an annual, national event where local organizations mobilize thousands of volunteers in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. As part of this year’s NeighborWorks Week, volunteers will be cleaning and painting the pavilion and playground equipment and installing new park benches and picnic tables at C.F. Franklin Memorial Park, which is located on the corner of Northeast Fourth Avenue and Northeast 15th Street. Friends and neighbors are invited to volunteer at this community event. The C.F. Franklin Memorial Park will be closed to the public Thursday, June 8; the cleanup and makeover continues through the morning of Saturday, June 10. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Harmony Fest at Northeast Park June 10: Celebrate our community’s diversity Saturday, June 10 from 3-8 p.m.! PRCA and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding invite you to an afternoon full of art, music, yoga, dance and friendly competition to unify our community. Meet local mural artists and dancers! Bring your family, friends and neighbors and enjoy this fun filled afternoon. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Join the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 22: On Thursday, June 22 at 10 a.m., the nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present the World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL), which builds awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. All three city pools (Mickle Pool, Northeast Pool and Westside Pool) are participating in this year’s event. Attendees get free admission, and can stay at the pool after the lesson. For more information, visit the Aquatics Special Events webpage.

2017 Gainesville Dash & Splash Summer Series Begins June 24: The first Gainesville Dash and Splash Summer Series race is Saturday, June 24 at Depot Park, located at 200 SE Depot Avenue. This year, the four races will have a variety of formats and new routes. Test the hills of Eighth Avenue or get out on Gainesville’s wooded trails! Each race has a running and swimming component. Don’t wait - sprint to enter! When you register early (more than two days before the race), you’ll save money and receive a unique t-shirt for each race. The entry fee for each race for early registration (more than two days before the race) is only $18.25 for city residents and $24.25 for non-residents. After early registration ends, the fees are $24.25 for city residents and $36.25 for non-residents. Proof of residency, a GRU bill or voter ID card is required at time of registration. You may register online at Remaining dates are July 29, Aug. 26 and Sept. 30.

Private Swim Lessons Available: Interested in racing a biathlon, triathlon or joining a club swim team? Maybe you just want to get better? Instructors will customize to meet your individual needs! Lessons are for those age three and older - a parent/guardian must be present on deck with children under 10-years-old. For times, fees and other information, visit our swim lessons webpage.

Group Summer Swim Lessons: Make a splash at one of the city pools this summer learning or practicing your swimming skills! There are convenient group lessons that start June and continue through August. Sign up early to guarantee your spot. For times, fees and other information, visit our swim lessons webpage.

Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading Registration Through July 20: Registration for Pop Warner football and cheerleading runs through July 20, or until the teams are filled. The mission of Pop Warner Little Scholars is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives. Pop Warner seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success. Specifically, Pop Warner seeks to familiarize players and spirit participants with the fundamentals of football, cheerleading and dance.  Pop Warner is for boys five–11 years-old and girls five–13 years-old. For more information, please visit our Pop Warner webpage.

Depot Park Music and Activities: Head out to the beautiful, Depot Park for a full lineup of weekend Events on the Promenade with music and activities. Each Friday evening features a family-friendly DJ from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday evenings feature live music from 7-9 p.m. and Sundays feature hands-on arts activities from 2-4 p.m. in the kid’s area. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and maybe a picnic to sit and relax. You can also get fit at the park with Gainesville Move @ Depot Park. Weekly fitness classes like yoga and capoeira are available for low to no cost, so get up and get out to the park! For a full lineup of events, visit and follow them on

Art Exhibitions at the Historic Thomas Center Galleries:
--UNCONTAINABLE | Urban Art from Vandalism to Movement features a collection of work from 26 globally-recognized urban artists, some of which has never been exhibited. The roots of urban art can be traced to late 20th century graffiti – the stealth "writing" and tagging on buildings and train cars.  The exhibition is in both the Main and Mezzanine Galleries and runs from Friday, June 9 through Saturday, Sept. 9. The opening reception is Friday, June 9 from 5-8:30 p.m.

Gainesville Police Department Community Calendar: Did you know that GPD has a community calendar? The calendar shows meetings like neighborhood crime watch meetings, the Black-on-Black Task Force meetings and the Homeless Coalition meetings. Click here to find out the dates of these meetings and more!

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