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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/15/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department’s Volunteer Services happily participated in Active Streets in late February. Active Streets produces vibrant community events that encourages, facilitate ongoing dialogue, and create a sense of ownership over the streets. The event itself stretched throughout Depot Park, from South Main Street to the beginning of the Hawthorne Connector Trail.

City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will occur Tuesday, March 14-Friday, March 17. The anticipated temperatures will lead to the activation of the city's Cold Night Shelter (CNS) Program, and it is expected to remain in effect until overnight low temperatures rise above 45 F. The CNS program normally runs from Nov. 1 through March 31.

City of Gainesville elections are Tuesday, March 14. Registered voters citywide will elect the at-large (seat 2) commissioner, and registered voters in districts two and three will each elect a commissioner to represent its district. 

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/13/2017
The heating (geo-thermal) system at the Northeast Pool is currently not working due to a main line pipe break. PRCA is attempting to get it repaired as quickly as possible. Please note, city policy requires the pool be shut down any time the pool water drops below 72 degrees, which is expected Tuesday, March 14.  Please call the pool at 352-334-2191 for current conditions. Updates on the repair will be posted on www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org and the NE Pool's Facebook page.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/13/2017
Keeping with the tradition of a little springtime tidying, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) continues a productive partnership with Institute For Workforce Innovation’s Project YouthBuild Americorps (PYB) YouthBuilders to help beautify existing facilities for the enjoyment of the community.

On Tuesday, March 7, a team of eight YouthBuilders helped at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose (MLK) Center (1028 NE14th St.). The young men and women power-washed the sidewalks and parking lots; removed trash from the exterior of the MLK Center, pool and open fields; and cleared debris with backpack blowers to beautify the landscape, while others raked tirelessly. The group also made needed equipment repairs.

On Monday, March 13, La’Caryla Peoples and Deontea’ Hensley will travel to Washington D.C. to represent PYB and greater Gainesville in the National Conference of Young Leaders along with 100 youth from more than 30 states.

“The AmeriCorps-funded Conference of Young Leaders features workshops on public speaking, post-secondary education, handling change, and positive impacts on their community, among others,” says Peoples.

Images of the work at MLK can be viewed at https://flic.kr/s/aHskSgqXUJ.

In 2009, Institute For Workforce Innovation (IWI) launched Alachua YouthBuild AmeriCorps in Gainesville through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project’s objective is to improve the lives of young people within the local community. PRCA is proud to foster this partnership with PYB to help share the talents of young citizens through exhibiting the impact YouthBuild has on each student and the community. The volunteer service project was coordinated by LaShundra Coley’Hale, interim volunteer program coordinator and Jonathan Leslie, executive director for IWI. 
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/8/2017

Join a tradition of artistic excellence by submitting an artist application for the 36th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. Recognized as one of the top fine art shows in the country, the festival is sponsored by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. On Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12, more than 240 artists will display original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography in historic downtown Gainesville. They will compete for $22,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards. Applications for the Downtown Festival & Art Show are available upon request at 352-393-8536 or online at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. The application deadline is Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/8/2017

The City of Gainesville wants your input in planning the future development of the Stephen Foster Neighborhood and surrounding areas (northwest urban core).  The city is hosting a community open house Wednesday, March 15, from 6-9 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Stephen Foster Elementary, which is located at 3800 NW Sixth St. Convenient parking is available in the school parking lot, next to Northwest 39th Avenue.

Join us at Morningside Nature Center’s Living History Farm for the Spring Old Florida Seed and Story Swap Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department in partnership with Forage Farm. Help us preserve our precious agricultural heritage, and diversify your own garden by bringing your seeds to swap with others in our gardening community. Please, no live plants, seeds older than five years or seeds from invasive exotics. No seeds to swap? Come on down anyway and meet fellow gardeners, while enjoying Morningside’s historic farm.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/2/2017

The City of Gainesville is partnering with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to host Pints for Perry, a blood drive honoring Perry McGriff and the contributions he made to the community as a lifetime blood donor. Pints for Perry kicks off Monday, March 6 and continues through Friday, March 10 at various drive locations.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/1/2017
City of Gainesville elections will be held Tuesday, March 14. Registered voters citywide will elect the at-large (seat 2) commissioner, and registered voters in districts two and three will each elect a commissioner to represent its district. Early voting is available Monday, March 6-Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except Tuesday and Thursday, which will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Early voting has three designated sites: the Supervisor of Elections Office (515 N. Main St.), the Cone Park Library (2801 E. University Ave.) and the Millhopper Branch Library (3145 NW 43rd St.). For additional information on the upcoming election, including sample ballots, contact the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252 or visit www.VoteAlachua.com.
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