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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/31/2016

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department features Flat Land at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 as part of the “Free Fridays” Concert Series.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/31/2016
Due to the approach of Tropical Depression Number 9, the Public Works Department is providing property owners sandbags for their storm preparation at 405 Northwest 39th Avenue. 

Up to 10 sandbags per vehicle can be picked up beginning at 7:30 a.m. today (Aug. 31). Sandbags are available until winds reach a sustained 35 miles per hour, which is the speed that suspends emergency and public transportation services for safety, or supplies run out.

Please call 352-393-8161 if you have any questions.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/30/2016

Tropical Depression No. 9 continues to move toward the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to turn northwest and eventually to the north and northeast. This change in direction is expected to bring the system toward the Florida gulf coast on Thursday; the path of the storm currently projects it will pass through north central Florida. Over the next 48-72 hours, we will experience a increase in rainfall and, as the storm reaches the area, we could see higher winds and potential tornado activity.

Mark your calendars! The 2016 Gainesville Job Fair returns Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center (1028 NE 14th St.).

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the lineup of weekend music and activities for September at the beautiful, new Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville. Each Friday evening features a DJ from 8-10 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.

September's Schedule
Friday, Sept. 2, 8-10 p.m.
DJ ELO adds to the evening’s enjoyment, bringing a skillful mix of your favorite songs. Audience members will enjoy this man and his music.
Saturday, Sept. 3, 7-9 p.m.
Pianist Bill Rogers and Friends will be on the stage by the grassy hill for some smooth jazz. One of the friends joining Rogers for the evening is local saxophone superstar Ben Greer.
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2-4 p.m. There’s a special "hands-on activity for the kids this week when Puppet Magic arrives! Puppet Magic is a workshop with puppeteer George Steven O’Brian; children will be able to make their own puppets and perform for their own two-minute (maximum) phone video to send to their grandparents.
Friday, Sept. 9, 8-10 p.m.
DJ ELO returns, bringing a skillful mix of your favorite songs. If audience members don’t hear what you like, they are encouraged to ask.
Saturday, Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m. A Parcel of Rogues bring a wildly eclectic mix of live music from folk to salsa... they only pretend to be rogues. They are actually very nice people having fun with their music, and so will those who attend.
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2-4 p.m.
Map for You Inc., an arts foundation with workshops emphasizing the fun of art and community, returns with hands-on activities for the kids. All materials will be provided.
Friday, Sept. 16, 8-10 p.m. DJ Josh Angel returns to fill the air with beautiful music, bringing a digital memory full of your favorite songs. He carries a wide variety of music for your listening and dancing pleasure. He probably has some of some of the audience’s favorites on file - just ask!
Saturday, Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m.
GruvTherapy arrives with the “cure for what ails you.” They play smooth jazz and communicate good feelings for a pleasant picnic or just passing the time.
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2-4 p.m. Puppet Magic returns with another workshop with puppeteer George Steven O’Brian. Children are encouraged to make their own puppets and he sets a stage for each child to perform for their own two minute (maximum) phone video to send to their favorite relative!
Friday, Sept. 23, 8-10 p.m.
This Friday marks the return of DJ ELO! Regular attendees will know that he plays a mix of everyone’s favorite songs. He’s a great guy, and wants his fans to ask for what they would like to hear.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m. The Women of 7th Terrace come to the stage with a savory blend of swing, jazz and pop. Shireen Taha looks cool and mysterious until her alto sax lights the place up.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m. The arts foundation Map for You Inc. returns, bringing their hands-on workshop to the park. All materials will be provided.
Friday, Sept. 30, 8-10 p.m.
DJ Josh Angel closes out September, filling the air with beautiful music. He creates a pleasing mix of music for the audience’s listening and dancing pleasure.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/29/2016

The Historic Thomas Center is pleased is announce the completion of the first full rehabilitation of its historic fountain in the west gardens. For decades, the Thomas Center gardens, with the fountain as their focal point, have been the city’s signature event space. Every year, dozens of couples exchange wedding vows in front of the fountain, and students from Alachua County schools include it as a part of their Florida history field trips when studying the history of the Thomas Center and the surrounding Duckpond neighborhood. Each April, the gardens become a world-class circus venue for Jest Fest!, as entertainers, including the Flying Wallendas, perform their acrobatic feats above the lush foliage and the historic fountain, now renewed.

The City of Gainesville is proud to sponsor Labor Daze Fest, a free festival for working families. The festival is Sunday, Sept. 4 from 4-10 p.m., and is celebrating its fifth year at the Bo Diddley Plaza, which is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/25/2016

The Duppies perform at “Free Fridays” Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. The Duppies are a high-powered, seven-piece band formed in Gainesville in 2004. Since that time, this popular ska, rocksteady and reggae band has received the attention of audiences beyond the local scene by touring throughout the United States. Band members include The Duppies founder, Brian Hiebel (lead vocals/percussion), Tony Farah (bass), Ryan Bonner (keyboards), Daniel Kinney (drums), Chris Chiares (guitar), Patrick Oberlin (trumpet/trombone) and Jose Pineiro (sax/backing vocals).

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the initial lineup of weekend music and activities for August at the beautiful, new Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville. Each Friday evening features a DJ from 8-10 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.

August's Schedule
Friday, Aug. 26, 8-10 p.m.
DJ Josh Angel fills the air with beautiful music, bringing a digital memory full of your favorite songs. Audience members will enjoy meeting him and his music.
Saturday, Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Listen to authentic Country Music and Americana with Boulware & Stewart. Attendees really haven’t experienced the best in this music until they have had a “Merle Moment” or danced to “Hick Hop.” They will love the honesty and humor of these excellent musicians.
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2-4 p.m. Introducing hands-on activity for the kids with some lovely folks from Map for You Inc., an arts foundation with workshops emphasizing the fun of art and community. All materials will be provided.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/19/2016

Gainesville City Manager Anthony Lyons is pleased to announce the selection of Ellen Chen to lead the City of Gainesville’s newest agency as the Department of Measuring Director. Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, Chen will work closely with City Manager Lyons and others to determine, develop and assess internal and external performance indicators, as well as progress benchmarks related to achieving inclusive, community-focused urban governance strategies.

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