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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/30/2015

As the Fourth of July approaches, Gainesville Fire Rescue and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are reminding the public that there’s no safe way to use consumer fireworks. According to NFPA, coordinator of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, more than 11,000 injuries resulted from consumer use of fireworks in 2013.

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 July 2-15 edition is now available.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/29/2015
Gainesville’s Independence Day celebration, Fanfares and Fireworks, will be held Friday, July 3 at the bandshell at UF’s Flavet Field beginning at 7 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. Visit www.wuft.org/fireworks for more information. 
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/29/2015
In observance of Independence Day, all city and GRU offices will be closed Friday, July 3. All RTS offices will be closed and bus service suspended Friday, July 3. There will be normal Saturday service on July 4. Paratransit service, through MV Transportation, will have normal service July 3-4. Gainesville's curbside residential collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will not be affected. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/28/2015

The Veteran Job Fair will be held Thursday, July 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center, which is located at 1028 NE 14th St. in Gainesville. This event is free and open to all people who served in the military and are looking for civilian job opportunities.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/22/2015
Please note, the City of Gainesville website (www.cityofgainesville.org) will be down for maintenance Saturday, June 27 beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing for approximately 36 hours.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/18/2015
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department announces the highly anticipated 2015 “Free Fridays” concert series season schedule. The public is invited to join us for our annual series of free, family-friendly concerts in downtown Gainesville.

Featuring some of the best local and regional musicians, the 2015 “Free Fridays” Concert Series opens Friday, Aug. 7, and plays each Friday night from 8-10 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 23. The series includes a diverse selection of musical genres, with a mix of returning audience favorites and bands new to the series.

Aug. 7: Little Jake & The Soul Searchers (R&B, Blues, Soul)
Aug. 14: The Hard Luck Society (Country, Blues, Jazz)
Aug. 21: The Savants of Soul (Soul, Rock, Indie)
Aug. 28: The Duppies (Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae)

Sept. 4: Ricky Kendall (Americana, Blues, Folk)
Sept. 11: Flat Land (Rock, Funk, Blues)
Sept. 18: De Lions of Jah (Reggae)
Sept. 25: The Shambles (Classic Rock)

Oct. 2: The Impostors (The Beatles Tribute Band)
Oct. 9: Heavy Petty & Hedges (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute and Originals)
Oct. 16: Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu (Vudu Rawk, Ska)
Oct 23: The Music of Neil Young by Mick Marino & Friends (Classic Rock)

“Free Fridays” opening 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 is being manufactured and will be delivered in late July. The mobile stage 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.

In addition to providing a venue for “Free Fridays,” lot no. 10, with the mobile stage, will be available for rental as an alternate “Plaza” for those seeking a downtown location for outdoor events. After the Bo Diddley Community Plaza re-opens next spring, the mobile stage will be available for rentals for local and regional events and can be delivered to event site locations. It will also provide a venue that allows the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department to expand programming to outlying areas. According to “Free Fridays” Event Coordinator David Ballard, the trailer opens to a 14 foot by 36 foot elevated stage, complete with a roof, theatre lighting and electrical system that includes a built-in generator to power the unit when an electrical hook-up is not available.

To inquire about a rental, contact Special Events Coordinator Krystal Martin at 352-393-7527 or martinkr@cityofgainesville.org. For more information or to schedule an interview about the “Free Fridays” concert series, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/18/2015
Based on current or predicted weather conditions, observed conditions on site, or other factors, today's previously scheduled prescribed burn has been cancelled. This cancellation is in accordance with safe management practices as defined by the Florida Forest Service and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/17/2015

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is proud to announce it is coordinating an urban art project that is bringing internationally-renown, Italian urban muralist 2501 to Gainesville this week to transform the :08 Seconds building, located at 201 W. University Ave., with his unique artwork. The artist is anticipated to begin painting Thursday, June 18 and finish by Sunday, June 21. The creation of urban art is an event itself, and the public is invited to stop by the site and watch the artist create the mural.

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 June 18-July 1 edition is now available.
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