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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.

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.

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.

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
1/31/2017
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce that Facilities Coordinator Erica Chatman has received the Planner of the Year Award from the central Florida chapter of the Society for Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).

Chatman has been a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) since 2013, and is the first PRCA employee to achieve this certification. The CMP designation is recognized globally in 55 countries as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition and event industry.

The Society for Government Meeting Professionals was founded in 1981, and is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to government meetings. Their mission is to enhance and promote the expertise of government meeting professionals and to improve the quality of, and promote the cost-effectiveness of, government meetings.

The membership of the central Florida chapter is comprised of city, county, state and federal meeting p
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
1/18/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce that the Historic Thomas Center has once again been selected as winner of WeddingWire.com’s Couples’ Choice Award.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center Tuesday, Dec. 20 featuring The Currys. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door day of the show (cash or check only) or presale tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2713514. This holiday performance showcases the release of The Currys new album, “West of Here.”

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/21/2016

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Historic Thomas Center. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will be on hand to welcome citizens, and call for the giant tree to be lit. The free program runs from 6-8 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

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.
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