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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/25/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is excited to announce the 2017 Gainesville Dash & Splash Summer Series race schedule. If you want to test your athletic ability or reach a new goal, then lace up for this exciting series of races!

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center Friday, June 2. The concert features the return of international touring artists Flagship Romance.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Flagship Romance performs at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door - cash or check only, please. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at http://www.evansmediasource.com//index_files/shakeraghome.htm.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/25/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), in partnership with the Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation (NHDC) 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.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/25/2017

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, city offices will be closed Monday, May 29.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/24/2017

The start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins next week on June 1. The forecasts for this year’s hurricane season predict an average year, but remember it does not take an active season to make it a devastating one. Hurricane Andrew (1992) and Hurricane Katrina (2005) both occurred during hurricane seasons that were predicted to be slow to average.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/24/2017

A celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month occurs every Friday night in June at the Bo Diddley Plaza as part of the “Free Fridays” concert series. Inspired by the dream of late local musicians Richard Baxter and Roland Burns, African-American Music Appreciation Month has been celebrated in Gainesville since 1998.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the June lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/17/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents the Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie Friday, May 26 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza. The public is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to our beautiful downtown amphitheater, and enjoy this free concert under the stars.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/17/2017

The Department of Doing launched Right Site, a web-based zoning portal designed to help users research and explore the City of Gainesville’s zoning ordinance. This new tool provides each applicant a customized map of the location of where their planned project is allowed to operate, and help them understand where uses are allowed “by right” or where they may need to go in front of a review board and/or the city commission. Right Site is available at https://zoning.cityofgainesville.org.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is happy to announce a new season of the popular Jewel Box Concerts in conjunction with Shake Rag Cultural Center. The concerts are a series of multi-genre musical events staged in the historic Thomas Center’s Spanish Court.
 
A tremendous amount of planning has gone into the development of the upcoming series and we are happy to announce that the first show of the series will feature returning national touring artists Flagship Romance Friday, June 2.  Their harmonic alternative folk performance will debut tunes from their latest CD. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. (www.facebook.com/events/1617778958295443). Admission is $20 cash or check only at the door on the day of the show or presale tickets can be purchased at www.evansmediasource.com or by calling 904-886-8378.   
 
Past concerts have included an array of legendary artists and Grammy award winners such as, the Lonesome River Band, Latin jazz pianist Chuchito Valdes,  the Claire Lynch Band, Helen Highwater String Band, featuring award winning bass player, Missy Raines, the Atlantic City Boys, Flagship Romance, Nothin Fancy, Tony Trishka and more.
 
Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc. is a community-oriented, non-profit arts organization promoting an atmosphere for the creation and appreciation of the arts, including community educational programs and workshops. “There are so many artists out there that don't get exposure through main stream media, and we couldn't be happier to present these worthy artists in this magnificent venue while enriching the community at the same time,” said Debi Evans, Shake Rag treasurer.
 
The concerts are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The concert series is another example of the 352Arts Roadmap, part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department Master Plan.
 
For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532, or contact Ernie Evans, vice president Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc. at eanddmedia@gmail.com or 904-886-8378.
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