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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
1/31/2017

City Manager Anthony Lyons is pleased to announce the selection of Douglas Weichman as the new fleet management director for the City of Gainesville. Weichman will assume his new duties Monday, Feb. 27.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/31/2017

As part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department Nature Operation’s routine land management practices, a prescribed burn is scheduled for today - Tuesday, Jan. 31 - weather and site conditions permitting, at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave., beginning at 12 p.m. and ending before 5 p.m. The Morningside Nature Center and Living History Farm will be closed to visitors during the burn. This is an ecological restoration and fuel reduction burn, which will be conducted with support from the Florida Forest Service. For additional information please call the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department at 352-393-8185.

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.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/30/2017

The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce that Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) Assistant Director Michelle Park, C.P.R.P. has been elected as president of the Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) Foundation to serve on the Foundation Board through 2018.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/30/2017
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce that National Flag Football, the largest youth flag football organization in the country, is coming to Gainesville this spring. The program provides girls and boys, age four to 14, a safe and fun football league for all skill levels, and is designed to educate young people about football while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship.
The Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation (GAP) announces its second annual Charity Golf Scramble to benefit city youth Friday, March 10 at Ironwood Golf Course, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the best Audubon Society certified golf course in north central Florida. All proceeds from the scramble go to youth summer camp scholarships.

Player registration is $75 for an individual and $275 for a foursome. Registration fees include greens fee, cart fee, range balls, golfer gift, lunch and entrance to the awards dinner following the tournament.

“The 2017 GAP Charity Golf Scramble has become a fun and important annual event to support youth summer camp scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of the many people who make it successful, we are able to offer kids an adventurous, active and healthy summer!” says Augi Lye, GAP president.

The GAP Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) that serves as an ally in fundraising and advocacy for the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA). For more information about the GAP Foundation, please contact Gigi Simmons, interim partnership and development coordinator, at 352-393-8524 or simmonsgg@cityofgainesville.org. Additional information is available at www.GAPGainesville.org.

To register for the Golf Scramble, contact Michelle Park, C.P.R.P, assistant director for PRCA, at 352-393-8364 or parkma@cityofgainesville.org. If you would like to be a sponsor, contact Susan Bottcher, tournament chair, at 352-378-5492 or swbottcher@swet.com.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/30/2017

The City of Gainesville offers a variety of programs to adjust the assessments for fire services. Applications for the programs for the 2017-2018 fiscal year are due by May 1, 2017.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/26/2017

The next meeting of the Mayor’s Book Club is Sunday, Feb. 5, from 1-2:30 p.m., in meeting room A of the Headquarters Branch of the Alachua County Library District, which is located at 401 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville.  Last November, Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe announced "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram X. Kendi as the next selection for the Mayor’s Book Club. The public is invited to read and participate in discussion about racial themes raised in the book. Participants do not have to have read the book or speak at the book club in order to attend. The only rule is that people enter the discussion with an open mind, and discuss the book with civility and positivity.

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