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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
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

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.

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.

Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
2/23/2017

On Thursday, March 2, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with the Gainesville-Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board, the Gainesville-Alachua County Art in Public Places Trust, the Nature Centers Commission and the Public Recreation and Parks Board, will present the Arts Awards, the Public Art Award, the Star Awards and the Albert “Ray” Massey Citizen Volunteer Award. They will be presented at the Citizen Awards Reception for citizens who made outstanding efforts to promote cultural and arts activities, environmental awareness and recreational activities in 2016.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
2/14/2017
A landscape beautification project at the Thelma Boltin Center (516 NE Second Ave.) was completed in late January by Project YouthBuild AmeriCorps YouthBuilders. The 37 youth worked tirelessly trimming back and removing trees, disposing of old mulch and debris from existing foliage and power-washing outdoor areas, giving the center a fresh, clean look.

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.

"Project YouthBuild's goal is to make a continuous positive impact within our community; we are delighted to partner with the city. Our students learn so much about their neighborhood as we work alongside residents and staff," said Carrie Tam, chief operating officer for IWI.

The students ranged in age from 16- to 24-years-old. Coming from low-income households and not having a high school diploma, the IWI youth are looking for opportunities to learn, engage, and transform their lives. The transformation is accomplished through an intensive, nine-month program where students study for their high school diploma, build and rehabilitate low-income housing, earn a nationally-recognized construction certification and develop leadership, life and employability skills.

This volunteer project is a part of a new partnership between the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and IWI. Jonathan Leslie, executive director for IWI and LaShundra Coley’Hale, interim volunteer coordinator for PRCA, brokered the partnership to send a group of students to provide volunteer services to PRCA once a week for the duration of the program. These service activities help participants apply skills learned in the Project YouthBuild curriculum to a real life experience.

Images from the workday at the Thelma Boltin Center may be viewed online at https://flic.kr/s/aHskU4S9RT

Residents or students interested in a crash course on local government and city planning and management need look no further than the City of Gainesville itself. Gainesville 101: the 2017 Citizens' Academy is a seven-week program organized by the City of Gainesville Communications Office, and is designed to teach city residents about the inner workings of local government and city management.

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