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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/30/2017

The City of Gainesville is proud to announce Assistant City Manager Fred Murry recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Murry is one of more than 1,400 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/30/2017

The City of Gainesville, the University of Florida Student Government and Trimark Properties are teaming up with the Porters and Pleasant Street neighborhoods to participate in The Big Event, a student service initiative to send 1,500 student volunteers into the Gainesville community to help more than 40 project sites.

Surely you jest? No, it's true! Jest Fest!, a free, fun, family-friendly event produced by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, returns Sunday, April 9 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center and Gardens. Now in its fifth season, Jest Fest! features a stellar lineup of international stars, performing some of the world's greatest comedy/variety and circus acts on five stages. There are even more roving entertainers, food and merchandise vendors and kids' activities located throughout the gardens.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/28/2017

Celebrate Earth Day early by taking advantage of a wide offering of native north Florida plants during the 2017 Spring Native Plant Sale. Native plants are adapted to drought and the heat of summer, which helps reduce water consumption from irrigation, require less upkeep and help save money. The Spring Native Plant Sale is at Morningside Nature Center Saturday, April 15 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the April lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville. Each Friday evening features a family-friendly DJ from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays feature hands-on arts activities from 2-4 p.m. in the kid’s area and live music on the stage from 3-5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy music on the hill.  
 April's Schedule
Sunday, April 2
2-4 p.m.
Tiger Monkey Puppets by George O’Brien will run a workshop teaching puppet making for all who are interested. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 2
3-5 p.m.
Q the Sound sings neo-soul jazz and encourages all to chill on the hill.
Friday, April 7
6:30-8:30 p.m.
DJ E-LO returns, bringing a skillful mix of your favorite songs. If audience members don’t hear something they like, they are encouraged to make requests.
Sunday, April 9
2-4 p.m.
Music and Arts Program for Youth, an arts foundation with workshops that emphasizes the fun of art and community, returns with hands-on activities for the kids. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 9
3-5 p.m.
Wax Wings weaves various threads of influence including folk-punk, jazz, honky-tonk and classical for a sassy Sunday in the park. Join us for a picnic on the hill.
Friday, April 14
6:30-8:30 p.m.
DJ South Beats spins dance mixes and gets the party started. Everyone enjoys the group dances and contests!
Sunday, April 16
2-4 p.m.
The Repurpose Project Trash Princess treats kids to repurposed crafts with an educational environmental story included. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 16
3-5 p.m.
Jazzology presents authentic interpretations of jazz standards, and stays creative and spontaneous at every show.
Friday, April 21
6:30-8:30 p.m.
DJ E-LO fans will know that he plays a mix of everyone’s favorite songs. He’s a great guy and encourages requests.
Sunday, April 23
2-4 p.m.
Music and Arts Program for Youth, an arts foundation with workshops that emphasizes the fun of art and community, returns with hands-on activities for the kids. Today, kids paint with washable paint. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 23
3-5 p.m.
Masune plays hip-hop with a Brazilian percussion influence, and brings the beats to the hill. We can’t promise you will be able to sit still.
Friday, April 28
6:30-8:30 p.m.
DJ Jonathan not only spins all your dance hits, he has the moves to back them up. Join him on the dance floor!
Sunday, April 30
2-4 p.m.
Joy Miller returns with crafts for the kids. Make springtime butterflies from repurposed and recycled materials with her. All materials will be provided.
Sunday, April 30
3-5 p.m.
Gypsy Star uniquely blends the musical styles of folk, rock, pop and a bit of classical and jazz with sounds and rhythms from around the world. (pending as of 3/24/17)
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/27/2017
The City of Gainesville receives State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program funds from the State of Florida’s Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC). The purpose of the funding is to provide affordable housing assistance to Gainesville households earning extremely low-, very low-, low- and moderate-incomes. To receive public input, the city will hold a public hearing to discuss the city’s proposed three-year SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP). The LHAP will govern the SHIP Program’s affordable housing activities during the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. When complete, the SHIP LHAP will summarize affordable housing priorities, planned activities and funding levels anticipated for implementation during the three-year period, subject to actual allocation as approved by the Florida Legislature.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/27/2017
Spring is the time of plans and projects. In an effort to continue beautification works in greater Gainesville, the Institute For Workforce Innovation’s Project YouthBuild Americorps (YouthBuild) continues their services with the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) Tuesday, March 28 at Gainesville’s Historic Evergreen Cemetery, which is located at 401 SE 21st Ave.

The YouthBuild students will bring their skills and efforts to the formidable task of removing more than 150 marked irrigation spigots throughout the cemetery. This intense project will require several days of service.

The City Of Gainesville is providing the necessary tools and training throughout the intense labor process. Project YouthBuild will cut metal spigot pipes at ground level and cap them to remove the unsightly trip hazards.

The volunteer project demonstrates the continued partnership between the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department; Jonathan Leslie, executive director for Institute For Workforce Innovation; and LaShundra Coley’Hale, interim volunteer coordinator for PRCA.

For information on volunteer services with PRCA, please contact LaShundra Coley’Hale at 352-393-8335 or coleyhaleld@cityofgainesville.org.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/27/2017
Gainesville’s 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative and Bulla Cubana, the Cuban arts and culture festival that has been taking place throughout the area, have retained a talented duo of Cuban-born artists to create a spectacular mural to commend the recent change in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Leading the 352walls project is internationally-acclaimed artist Juan Travieso, who was raised in the U.S. and travels the world creating murals and other works of art. Joining Travieso is Miguel Machado, who has lived in Havana, Cuba all his life and has been singled out as one of the most talented emerging visual artists of his generation. Both are successful millennials who are passionate about street art. Their creation complements 352walls’ mission to position Gainesville as a vibrant cultural destination, stimulate urban renewal, foster tourism and economic development, beautify the urban landscape, boost community pride and serve as a platform for urban art studies.

The public is invited to stop by the Walker Furniture store, located at 113 NW Eighth Ave. in downtown Gainesville, to meet and watch Travieso and Machado, the new “Duo Cubano,” as they design and create their mural Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 between 1-5 p.m.

The 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative is produced by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Cultural Affairs Manager Russell Etling and 352walls Project Coordinator Raquel Vallejo. The 352walls curatorial committee includes Anne Gilroy, Bill Bryson, Craig O’Neil, Julia Morrisroe and Kerry Oliver-Smith.

The 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative is supported by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, the Gainesville-Alachua County Art in Public Places Trust, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Council on Arts and Culture, University of Florida School of the Arts + Art History, Gainesville Florida Community Design Center, Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation, Artwalk Gainesville, National Institute of Urban Art, Héctor Framing & Gallery, Bulla Cubana and more.

To view images of Duo Cubano’s artwork created by Juan Travieso and Miguel Machado, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskSPPf4S.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/15/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department’s Volunteer Services happily participated in Active Streets in late February. Active Streets produces vibrant community events that encourages, facilitate ongoing dialogue, and create a sense of ownership over the streets. The event itself stretched throughout Depot Park, from South Main Street to the beginning of the Hawthorne Connector Trail.

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