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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/28/2016
On Jan. 21, the Gainesville City Commission approved revisions to the General Government and Gainesville Regional Utilities Purchasing Policy. The changes are intended to increase the dollar amount of contracts between the city and small, minority and women-owned local businesses by 10 percent.
City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will occur Thursday, Jan. 28-Saturday, Jan. 30. 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 temperatures rise above 45 F. The CNS program normally runs from Nov. 1 through March 31.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/27/2016

This Saturday, from 9-11 a.m., volunteers will help remove invasive plants from Gainesville’s natural areas. More than 500 volunteers are currently signed up. Under trained leadership, volunteers will work to restore 20 pre-assigned natural areas in varying locations around Gainesville. 

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/26/2016

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce a special tribute concert Sat. Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center to mark the 45th anniversary of the release of Carole King’s landmark, multi-award winning “Tapestry” album. “Carole King’s Tapestry... Rewoven” will feature some of Gainesville’s finest musicians including Cathy DeWitt, Mike Boulware, Janet Rucker, Don David, Heather Hall, Maggie Rucker, Carolina Boulware and Ben Grier, along with bassist Ron Thomas, drummer Rob Rothschild and other special guests. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door the day of the show - cash or check only, please.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/26/2016
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department was honored to accept the contribution of “The Thomas Center Quilt,” a “slice quilt” depicting the exterior of the Historic Thomas Center in 12 custom designed panels from members of the Fiber Art Bee, part of the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild. The quilt is now on display in the Mary F. Prosen Conference Room on the Mezzanine level of the Thomas Center which overlooks the Spanish Court.

This quilt was constructed by enlarging a photograph of the Gainesville landmark and dividing it into 12 parts or “slices.” Each slice was then given to a member of the Fiber Art Bee, who proceeded to individually interpret their part of the master image in fabric, using different techniques and fibers. Finally, all the slices were assembled together to reveal a striking vision of our community’s beloved cultural jewel. Since its creation, the quilt has won a number of regional awards for its design and artistry.

The contributing fiber artists who created the piece are Celeste Beck, Gretchen Brooks, Jodi Colvard, Margaret DiNegro, Beverley Hilton, Debra James, Laura Jones, Amy Koester, Linda McSwain, Mary Peer, Jane Rhoden, Ellen Rosendahl, Carol Stetson and Vibeke Vala. The Thomas Center Quilt has been dedicated to the memory of Beverley Hilton, who was a co-founder of the Fiber Art Bee.

A photo of the slice quilt can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/gainesville/23898338763/.

The quilt can be viewed during normal hours at the Historic Thomas Center, which is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. in Gainesville. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/25/2016
The 2016 calendar (pdf) is now available for downloading. Photographs in the calendar are finalists of the Seventh Annual Gainesville Photography Contest, which was held in fall 2015. The pages are 8.5"x14" and a lightweight cardstock is recommended. Please note, the size of the file is large since it is a printable, hi-resolution calendar. To download the pdf, please click here.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/21/2016

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is proud to announce Ironwood Golf Course has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.  Interim Golf Course Manager Jeff Cardozo led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on this course.  Ironwood Golf Course was first designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 1999, and continues to be one of 897 courses in the world to currently be designated as such.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/20/2016

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce that the Historic Thomas Center has been once again selected as a 2016 winner of WeddingWire.com’s Couples’ Choice Award.

City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will occur Friday, Jan. 22-Sunday, Jan. 24. 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 temperatures rise above 45 F. Current weather forecasts show temperatures will return above 45 F Monday, but the forecast will be reviewed Monday morning to determine if the program needs to be extended. The CNS program normally runs from Nov. 1 through March 31.

The "City Manager’s Biweekly Report to the City Commission" provides information about significant upcoming activities, projects, and meetings in the City of Gainesville over the course of the next two to three weeks. In addition to brief descriptions on each of the upcoming activities, you can click on hyperlinks for more information regarding the presented topic. The January 21-February 3 edition is now available.
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