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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/28/2015

Special Events Parking Permits are available from the Code Enforcement Division, and are valid from Aug. 1, 2015-July 31, 2016. The permit allows for paid parking on residential properties only during special events as designated by the City of Gainesville (currently during home Gator football games and commencement ceremonies).

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/28/2015

The City of Gainesville plans to demolish a building located in Cofrin Nature Park, which is located at 4810 NW Eighth Ave., within the next month.  

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/28/2015
The 2016 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will return to Gainesville the last weekend in January and first weekend in February, and they are currently looking for actors, singers, tumblers and stage combatants to portray King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the characters for the Living Chessboard. 

Auditions will be held Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Thomas Center, which is located at Gainesville, 302 NE Sixth Ave. in downtown Gainesville. The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will provide stage combat training for those interested. Please bring your driver’s license or photo ID. Anyone under 18 will need to have their parent or guardian present to sign required paperwork. 

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will be held at the Alachua Fairgrounds Jan. 30-31 and Feb.5-7, 2016. For those interested in auditioning, please visit www.thievesguilde.org.
Kicking off this year’s “Free Fridays” concert series on Friday, Aug. 7 is Little Jake Mitchell and The Soul Searchers, featuring old school blues and rhythm and blues artist Jake Mitchell.

Mitchell, who now resides in Gainesville, Florida, recently travelled to England along with Soul Searchers Charlie Blade and Tran Whitley to co-headline the Cleethorpes Northern Soul Weekender Festival. Mitchell is popular in England where his recorded music is often played in UK northern soul dance halls.

According to “Free Fridays” coordinator David Ballard, “We are very lucky to have an R&B artist of Mr. Mitchell’s talent and reputation living in Gainesville. He is a consummate performer with an excellent band that annually draws one of our series’ largest audiences.”

Mitchell is a veteran musician who includes B.B. King as one of his mentors, and who went on the road with James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and the Bobbie Blue Band. His first record was with Chess Records in 1957 on the same master tape as Chuck Berry. Mitchell’s band, Little Jake and the Blenders, was the first African-American group to perform at a Gator Growl celebration in 1960. In 1965, Mitchell performed at the Apollo Theater in New York. He recorded with Impact Records in Detroit, Michigan, releasing the songs titled "Work with me Anne," "Not a Chance in a Million" and "I've Gotta Know." In 1975, he recorded "You Can Make It If You Try" with Newtown Records, the same label as Patti Labelle and the Bluebells. Mitchell also owned his own record company (Golden Hit Productions) in Detroit from 1966 to 1972.

Along with Jake Mitchell (lead vocals), the Soul Searchers include Brian Stevens (trombone), Charlie Blade (saxophones), Doug Meyers (trumpet), Hal Saylor (drums/vocals), Allen McCollum (bass), Tran Whitley (keyboards), Charles Henry (guitar) and Kenny Eunice (emcee/sound engineer).

“Free Fridays” was delayed this year due to the closure of the Bo Diddley Community Plaza for renovations. The City of Gainesville has purchased a mobile stage which will be placed in parking lot no. 10 at the corner of Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest Second Street in downtown Gainesville. This is the same location that the Union Street Farmers Market occupies on Wednesdays and is across the street from the Southwest Downtown Parking Garage. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, as there is no existing seating at this temporary site.

The 2015 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The concerts will play each Friday night this year from Friday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Oct. 23 from 8-10 p.m. at Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest Second Street in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2015 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. 
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/23/2015

Please be advised that the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is working with a private contractor to place a new sidewalk and crosswalk to the parking lot at Albert "Ray" Massey (Westside) Park, located at 1001 NW 34th St.  The work will start Monday, Aug. 3, and is expected to last about two weeks. The hours of work are 10 p.m.-8 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. The contractor is working at night to minimize the impact to the parks vehicle and pedestrian traffic; some noise can be expected.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/23/2015

Increasing numbers of park visitors, including summer campers and families looking for recreation, have been seen wading, or even swimming, in the creeks in City of Gainesville nature parks. Unfortunately, due to public health concerns, the City of Gainesville does not promote the use of Hogtown Creek and other urban creeks for public bathing or other water access.

The 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show is proud to present this year's poster artist, Harriet Huss. Inspired by the theme of "where nature and culture meet," the poster showcases this local artist's devotion to the preservation of north Florida's wild places.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/21/2015
Earlier today, the City of Gainesville launched 311GNV, a new mobile and online reporting system for non-emergency issues in Gainesville.

311GNV is available to submit service requests for issues such as potholes, sidewalk maintenance, graffiti, overgrown lots, and damaged or missing street signs. The City Manager’s Office, Public Works and Code Enforcement are the initial departments implementing the 311GNV system. Staff will continue to add additional service request types based upon the “general issues requests” submitted.

With the online and mobile reporting platform, residents can report quality-of-life concerns through service request categories via the City of Gainesville website; iPhone and Android mobile applications and SeeClickFix.com. When submitting issues, residents can provide location, descriptive and photographic information as they see the issue in real time. Once the resident submits an issue, designated city staff will route it to the proper department and update the request - and residents following the issue - once it’s been resolved.

311GNV is powered by SeeClickFix, a place-based reporting platform that allow residents to document neighborhood concerns and improvements alike, ranging from litter and flooding to damaged sidewalks and malfunctioning traffic signals. This partnership allows residents to report community issues, as well as view, comment on, and vote to fix problems submitted by their neighbors. Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about all issues reported in their community, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests---not just the ones they report.

311GNV is available at:
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/16/2015

Today at 5:30 p.m., the Gainesville City Commission will resume its regular scheduled meeting which was continued from last Thursday (July 16). The meeting will enable discussion of agenda items not previously heard during last week’s meeting, beginning with agenda item 150149, Referral on the Navigant Report Recommendation Matrix for GRU. Per City Commission rules, the City Commission reserves its right to manage City Commission agenda items as appropriate.

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