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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 throughout summer break. Continuing 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 http://www.acpsfood.com/.

Zero Waste Workshops: We're holding two workshops on its zero waste initiative in June. The Zero Waste Workshops are for local businesses and interested residents to discuss the zero waste initiative and its potential impacts on Gainesville with the City Commission and city staff. Items of discussion include discussing what zero waste is and what it means, our community’s vision for zero waste and local impacts and strategies to address those impacts. The workshops are:

What: Zero Waste Workshop for Local Businesses
When: Wednesday, June 6 from 1-3 p.m.
Where: Roberta Lisle Kline Conference Room, Room 16 of City Hall (200 E. University Ave.)

What: Zero Waste Workshop for Interested Residents
When: Wednesday, June 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: GRU Multipurpose Room, 301 SE Fourth Ave.

Construction and Capital Projects:
Depot Avenue Segment 4: Construction is nearing completion for this project on Southeast Depot Avenue (Southeast Seventh Avenue) between Southeast Sixth Street and Southeast Williston Road. Upgraded stormwater system, streetlights, asphalt paving, decorative brick sidewalks and new curb and gutter are almost finished for the new roadway. Construction is taking place under local closures to expedite the schedule. The project is about 95 percent complete, and is on schedule to be complete in early June 2018. For more information, please visit the project website or contact Stefan Broadus, project manager, at 352-393-8406 or broadusm@cityofgainesville.org.
SE Fourth Street: The bid award for the construction of the Southeast Fourth Street project between Williston Road and Depot Avenue was recently approved by the City Commission. Along with the bid award, the City Commission also added undergrounding existing overhead utilities to the scope of the project. This will further enhance the transformation provided by the project that will also include reconstructing the roadway, cycle tracks and sidewalks on both sides, upgraded lighting and improved stormwater conveyance and treatment. Utility work began in early February, and is expected to be complete this summer with roadwork to follow. More information is available on the project website, or you may contact Stefan Broadus, project manager, at 352-393-8406 or broadusm@cityofgainesville.org.
SW Sixth Street: Crews are working on the roadway within the Phase 1 section of the project between Southwest Fifth Avenue and Southwest Second Avenue. This section of roadway has been closed to traffic while the contractor has been reconstructing the roadway, including a roundabout at Southwest Fourth Avenue and a new pedestrian bridge. Once the permanent lighting is in place and operational, this section can be reopened to traffic. At that time, work in Phase 2 between Southwest Second Avenue and University Avenue will begin. The project is approximately 60 percent complete, and remains on schedule to finish in fall 2018.

Wild Spaces, Public Places Project Updates:
Albert “Ray” Massey Westside Park Improvements: This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of multiple improvements to athletic fields that are more than 40 years old. One improvement that is currently underway is the installation of netting between baseball fields one and two and the concessions area.  The contract for the netting installation has been signed, and work is expected to be completed by the end of July. This will improve safety at the field. Further field improvements are in the planning stage. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.

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 3rd St), the corner of SW 3rd Ave and SW 13th St (next to the CVS in Social 28 right across from UF's Tigert Hall), Bo Diddley Plaza, and on the SW 6th Street Trail at SW 2nd 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 http://zagster.com/gainesville/.

Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park: The park had a soft opening in mid-May, after the park was closed for several months of capital park improvements. New amenities feature a picnic pavilion, outdoor fitness circuit, playground with equipment for kids of all ages and abilities and outdoor musical instruments. A grand opening will take place in the fall. For more information, please contact Linda Demetropoulos, nature operations manager, at 352-393-8445 or demetropls@cityofgainesville.org.

Survey for Improvements at NE 31st Avenue Park: We are seeking feedback for this improvements to the Northeast 31st Avenue Park (1700 NE 31st Ave.), which is a Wild Spaces and Public Places project. The findings will be presented in concept designs at an open house Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the park. The survey is available at tinyurl.com/NE31stAvePark.

Summer Pool Hours: Summer pool hours start June 4, when all three city pools will be open for the summer. Complete pool hours are available on the pools webpage.

Quality

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. More information is available at www.sweetwaterwetlands.org or by calling 352-393-8437.

  • Ranger Tours are held the first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. and the second Sunday at 3 p.m.

Teamwork

Gainesville Greenway Challenge Volunteer Workday on June 2: 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 2. Pre-registration is required; you may fill out the form online. For more information, email gnvgreenwaychallenge@gmail.com or call 352-393-8428.

Giveback Thursdays: Take advantage of the cooler weather and 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 www.facebook.com/gnvgreenwaychallenge. For more information, email gnvgreenwaychallenge@gmail.com or call 352-393-8428.

Sustainability

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.

Upcoming Events

"Free Fridays" Concert Series Continues: The region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series returns to feature local and regional musical talent at Bo Diddley Plaza. June is African-American Music Month. Our 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. Each Friday night from 8-10 p.m., a new band brings their original and cover tunes to the Bo Diddley Plaza concert stage. Free Fridays - it’s where to be on Friday nights! The full schedule is available at www.FreeFridaysGNV.com.
June 1:  Little Jake & The Soul Searchers (R&B, soul)
June 8:  21 Blue with Longineu Parsons & Ted Shumate (blues)
June 15: The Shakedown (blues, rock)
June 22: Fast Lane (funk, soul, R&B)
June 29: Savants of Soul (soul, rock, indie)

Join the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 21: On Thursday, June 21 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.

2018 Gainesville Dash & Splash Series Continues June 30: If you want to test your athletic ability or reach a new goal, then lace up for this exciting series of races! The next race is Saturday, June 30 at the Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool, which is located at 1100 NE 14th St. This year, the races will have a progressive length for the swimming and running courses.  This race is a 5-kilometer run on a relatively flat course, followed by a 600-meter swim! 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 $19 for city residents and $25 for non-city residents. After early registration ends, the fees are $25.50 for city residents and $38 for non-city residents. Proof of residency, a GRU bill or voter ID card is required at time of registration. You may register online at tinyurl.com/DashnSplash18. Remaining date is July 28.

Summer Heatwave Starts June 4:Get your team together and sign up for best free summer basketball league in Alachua County!  Join hundreds of youth from across Alachua County this summer. Basketball starts June 4, and is available for age nine-18 (18, if still in high school). Coed Basketball is open to all players, regardless of skill. The league continues through Aug. 2, with championship games played with staff from GPD and PRCA. There will also be Pool Parties during the summer, kicking off with the first party on June 1. For all dates and details, please visit the teen summer programs webpage. Summer Heatwave is a partnership between Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA), the Gainesville Police Department (GPD), Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and the State Attorney’s Office 8th Judicial Court Circuit.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding & Safety Classes Return: Want to qualify for a great summer job? Get certified as a Professional American Red Cross Lifeguard! For those 15 years and older, the course is $175 and includes books and materials. Lifeguarding re-certification and adult/pediatrics first aid/CPR/AED classes are offered as well. Please visit our lifeguarding and safety classes' page for more information.

Swim Lessons: Make a splash at one of our city pools by learning or practicing your swimming skills! We have convenient group and private lessons offered continuing through October. Sign up early to guarantee a spot in our program. Prices and schedules are available on our swim lessons webpage.

Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading Registration June 1-July 20: Registration for Pop Warner football and cheerleading opens June 1 and 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.

Plan Now for Summer Camp: Start planning now for when school is out! We offer eight camp opportunities, with a variety of learning experiences and activities:

Read all the details on our vacation camps webpage.

Events on the Promenade at Depot Park: Come out for Events on the Promenade with fun activities all month long. Some featured events are Summer Reader Palooza (June 3), Storytime at Depot Park (June 8), Walk with a Doc (June 9), Kids Create! (June 9 in the event space) and World Make Music Day (June 21). Mondays feature Swing Dance Lessons from the Florida Swing Dancing Club, Thursdays feature Make Music in the Park Live Music Pop-Ups and Saturdays feature Gainesville Grinds: Total Boot Camp Class. For a full lineup of events, visit http://www.depotpark.org/events and follow us on https://www.facebook.com/depotpark/.

Bo Diddley Plaza Activities: Head to Bo Diddley Plaza to decompress after work, listen to great music or find an amazing variety of seasonal produce! There’s Yoga on Mondays and Thursdays, the Union Street Farmers Market on Wednesdays and free Capoeira classes on Saturdays. There are also many community events taking place at the plaza. Check out a full listing of events at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BoDiddleyPlazaGNV or www.bodiddleyplaza.com

Art Exhibitions at the Historic Thomas Center Galleries: -INTO THE LIGHT The Rediscovered Painting of Louise Leak American artist Louise Leak (1939-1977) spent her abbreviated life in feverish pursuit of creative endeavor. The extraordinarily talented printmaker, painter, poet and dancer met an untimely death at age 38, leaving behind an abundance of work exploring her complex interior life. Leak’s sister, Gainesville resident Jane Myers, has amassed a large portion of the scattered body of work, including paintings only recently discovered after nearly 40 years hidden among the stored belongings of a friend of the artist. This exhibition showcases Leak’s work as a printmaker, from exquisite small prints to virtuoso major works. Together with paintings, sketches, and ephemera, the work affords an intimate glimpse into a young woman making her voice heard in the California art scene of the 1960s. The exhibition continues through Saturday, Aug. 18.
-THE VIEW FROM PARADISE The Paintings of Alyne Harris is in the Doris Bardon Gallery through Aug. 18. Alyne Harris is a Gainesville native painter whose work appears nationally in exhibitions and private collections. She is recognized in the folk art or “outsider art” canon as a significant southern self-taught artist. The Doris Bardon Gallery is honored to host this exhibition of Harris’ work, much of it from private collections and not previously exhibited.

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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