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The Thomas Center Galleries, in conjunction with the Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, announce a weekend of activities as part of the “Year of Cross Creek,” which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the publication of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ “Cross Creek” and “Cross Creek Cookery.” This weekend of free activities includes an evening of social dance, an afternoon of fun and folksy entertainment and a concert inspired by Rawlings’ work. All three events will feature the music of virtuoso mandolin player Sam Bartlett and violin player and vocalist Eden MacAdam-Somer. These events are being held in anticipation of the Sept. 29 opening of the Thomas Center Galleries’ newest exhibition CROSS CREEK RISING The Consciousness of Land and Water.

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.
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 July lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville.

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.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the May 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 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday evenings feature live music from 7-9 p.m. and Sundays feature hands-on arts activities from 2-4 p.m. in the kid’s area. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, shade and blankets to sit and relax.
 May's Schedule
Friday, May 5
7-8:30 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.
Saturday, May 6
7-9 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.
Sunday, May 7
2-4 p.m.
Are you looking for a fun craft for your kids? These crafts are easy, and your kids will love creating and decorating using their imagination. Materials and supplies are provided by the Music & Arts Program for Youth, Inc.
Friday, May 12
7-8:30 p.m.
Join DJ DAD and his family-friendly roller skating party. Come out and dance - bring your wheels, skates, roller blades, or what have you - to roll around the promenade accompanied by skater dater music. Don’t forget your protective gear!
Saturday, May 13
7-9 p.m.
Paradise in Hand is an alternative rock trio playing originals and cover songs. Rock out on the hill with friends.
Sunday, May 14
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.
Friday, May 19
7-8:30 p.m.
DJ South Beats spins dance mixes and gets the party started. Everyone enjoys the group dances and contests!
Saturday, May 20
7-9 p.m.
Dance on the promenade with Jazz Bandits. This great band will be on the stage by the promenade. It is your opportunity to dance, dance, dance.
Sunday, May 21
2-4 p.m.
Music and Arts Program for Youth, an arts foundation with workshops that emphasizes the fun of art and community, presents “Karaoke for Kids,” which encourages creativity, promotes literacy, builds self-confidence and is the place where kids steal the show!
Friday, May 26
7-8:30 p.m.
This Friday marks the return of DJ E-LO! Regular attendees know that he plays a mix of everyone’s favorite songs, along with lights, games and line dances, new friends are made and fun is had!
Saturday, May 27
7-9 p.m.
Phillip Thomas’ Forever Miles Band brings the sundresses, sandals and shorts Memorial weekend picnic in the park. Classy, colorful dresses and shorts encouraged. Phillip always brings a rousing show!
Sunday, May 28
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.

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.

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