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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/30/2016

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is excited to announce the 2016 Gainesville Biathlon Challenge race schedule. If you want to test your athletic ability or set a new goal, this annual series of races is a fun and affordable choice!

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/24/2016

The Gainesville City Commission adopts a budget each year that reflects the goals and priorities for Gainesville. This year, as the commission prepares for spring budget workshops, they would like to hear from the most frequent users of the city’s services - Gainesville's residents.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the upcoming Jewel Box Concert at the Historic Thomas Center, Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. featuring HuDost, a neo-folk world rock ensemble, and specials guests Christie Lenée and George Tortorelli. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online before the event for $18 (credit cards only) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2498507, or are $20 at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).

The Gainesville City Commission is hosting its third Telephone Town Hall meeting Tuesday, April 5 from 6-7 p.m. to discuss programs and services provided by the City of Gainesville. The City Commission adopts a budget each year that reflects the goals and priorities for Gainesville. This year, as the commission prepares for spring budget workshops, they would like to hear from the most frequent users of the city’s services - Gainesville's residents.

As part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Nature Operation’s routine land management practices, a prescribed burn is scheduled for today - Thursday, March 24 - weather and site conditions permitting, at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave. beginning at 10 a.m. and ending before 5 p.m. This is an ecological fuel reduction burn, which will be conducted with support from the Florida Forest Service. All public access to the park and living history farm will be prohibited during the burn.

The Cultural Arts Coalition is accepting applications for the 37th Annual 5th Ave. Arts Festival, which will be Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/21/2016

It is with deep sadness that I learned of the shooting death of Robert Dentmond. Whenever there is loss of life, especially of someone so young, there will necessarily be questions asked about the police response and whether anything other than lethal force could have, or should have, been used. These are thoughtful questions that deserve a complete response.

Surely you jest? No, it's true! Jest Fest!, a free, fun, family-friendly event produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, returns this spring Sunday, April 10 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center and Gardens. Now in its fourth season, Jest Fest! features a stellar lineup of international stars, performing some of the world's greatest comedy/variety and circus acts on four stages. There are even more roving entertainers, food and merchandise vendors and kids' activities located throughout the gardens.

City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will occur Sunday, March 20 and Monday, March 21. 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.

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