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Surely you jest? No, it's true! Jest Fest!, a free, fun, family-friendly event produced by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, returns Sunday, April 9 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center and Gardens. Now in its fifth season, Jest Fest! features a stellar lineup of international stars, performing some of the world's greatest comedy/variety and circus acts on five stages. There are even more roving entertainers, food and merchandise vendors and kids' activities located throughout the gardens.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the April lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville. Each Friday evening features a family-friendly DJ from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays feature hands-on arts activities from 2-4 p.m. in the kid’s area and live music on the stage from 3-5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy music on the hill.  
 April's Schedule
Sunday, April 2
2-4 p.m.
Tiger Monkey Puppets by George O’Brien will run a workshop teaching puppet making for all who are interested. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 2
3-5 p.m.
Q the Sound sings neo-soul jazz and encourages all to chill on the hill.
Friday, April 7
6:30-8:30 p.m.
DJ E-LO returns, bringing a skillful mix of your favorite songs. If audience members don’t hear something they like, they are encouraged to make requests.
Sunday, April 9
2-4 p.m.
Music and Arts Program for Youth, an arts foundation with workshops that emphasizes the fun of art and community, returns with hands-on activities for the kids. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 9
3-5 p.m.
Wax Wings weaves various threads of influence including folk-punk, jazz, honky-tonk and classical for a sassy Sunday in the park. Join us for a picnic on the hill.
Friday, April 14
6:30-8:30 p.m.
DJ South Beats spins dance mixes and gets the party started. Everyone enjoys the group dances and contests!
Sunday, April 16
2-4 p.m.
The Repurpose Project Trash Princess treats kids to repurposed crafts with an educational environmental story included. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 16
3-5 p.m.
Jazzology presents authentic interpretations of jazz standards, and stays creative and spontaneous at every show.
Friday, April 21
6:30-8:30 p.m.
DJ E-LO fans will know that he plays a mix of everyone’s favorite songs. He’s a great guy and encourages requests.
Sunday, April 23
2-4 p.m.
Music and Arts Program for Youth, an arts foundation with workshops that emphasizes the fun of art and community, returns with hands-on activities for the kids. Today, kids paint with washable paint. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 23
3-5 p.m.
Masune plays hip-hop with a Brazilian percussion influence, and brings the beats to the hill. We can’t promise you will be able to sit still.
Friday, April 28
6:30-8:30 p.m.
DJ Jonathan not only spins all your dance hits, he has the moves to back them up. Join him on the dance floor!
Sunday, April 30
2-4 p.m.
Joy Miller returns with crafts for the kids. Make springtime butterflies from repurposed and recycled materials with her. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 30
3-5 p.m.
Gypsy Star uniquely blends the musical styles of folk, rock, pop and a bit of classical and jazz with sounds and rhythms from around the world. (pending as of 3/24/17)

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.

The Regional Transit System (RTS) invites you to enjoy a day of top-notch transit talent at its 19th annual RTS Bus Roadeo, a bus operator competition that tests drivers’ skills and will entertain the whole family. The event is Saturday, March 11 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Corrine Brown Transit Facility, which is located at 34 SE 13th Road.

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.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department announces its schedule of events honoring this year’s Black History month. The programming celebrates the remarkable contributions African-Americans have made both to the history of the nation and to Gainesville itself. Ranging from performances by nationally-recognized artists to the opening of an important new cultural facility and community center, all events are free and open to the public. The event schedule may also be viewed at www.BlackHistoryGNV.org.

Experience a world of medieval magic, where jousting knights, dancing gypsies and historic heroes mingle with visitors at the 31st Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. For two consecutive weekends, Saturday, Jan. 28, Sunday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 5, the Alachua County Fairgrounds transforms into a medieval marketplace filled with hundreds of artisans and entertainers. Friday, Feb. 3 is “Discount Friday,” which features reduced-price ticket sales for all guests.

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.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the December lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville. Saturday evenings feature live music from 7-9 p.m. and Sundays feature family-friendly, hands-on activities from 2-4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and maybe a picnic to sit and relax. 

December's schedule
Saturday, Dec. 3,
7-9 p.m.
Join us for a performance of the Gainesville Big Band. It promises to be an excellent evening of swing and jazz favorites for all ages.
Sunday, Dec. 4,
2-4 p.m.
 Joy Graham Miller, the much-loved art teacher, instructs children in making holiday-themed arts and crafts with recycled and other materials, which will all be provided.
Saturday, Dec. 10,
7-9 p.m.
Tis the Season for Dance celebrates the holidays with dance. Sun Country Dance Theater and friends bring music and dance to Depot Park.
Sunday, Dec. 11,
3-4 p.m.
 The J. J. Finley Chorus takes the stage to present a musical performance for all to enjoy.
Saturday, Dec. 17,
7-9 p.m.
Dance and celebrate on the promenade with the Klezmer Kats. This fun band will be on the stage by the promenade. It is your opportunity to dance, dance, dance.
Sunday, Dec. 18,
2-4 p.m.
Joy Graham Miller, the much-loved art teacher, instructs children in making holiday-themed arts and crafts with recycled and other materials, which will all be provided.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the November lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville. Each Friday evening features a DJ from 7-9 p.m., Saturday evenings feature live music from 7-9 p.m. and Sundays feature family-friendly, hands-on activities from 2-4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and maybe a picnic to sit and relax. 

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