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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/31/2016

On Wednesday, June 1, the City of Gainesville officially launches a new event and emergency information website, www.safeGNV.org.  The launch of the website coincides with the beginning of hurricane season in Florida, and is intended to keep Gainesville’s citizens informed, connected and safe. safeGNV is an initiative of citizen-centered Gainesville, which was formally adopted by the City Commission earlier this year. The purpose of safeGNV is to better connect citizens to each other, to information that impacts their daily lives and to serve an emergency preparedness tool. 

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/31/2016

Score more fun and fitness with Pop Warner Football or Cheerleading! The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department provides a great opportunity to be active and learn with Pop Warner sports We teach our youth that character counts through fairness, caring, citizenship, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness, with a focus on academic achievement.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/26/2016

With the summer heating up, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) has cool, free teen programs to keep the fun going all season long. Summer Heatwave is back with Coed Basketball, a Teen Lounge and Pool Parties!

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/26/2016

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the upcoming Jewel Box Concert featuring the soul and R&B musical stylings of The Legendary JC's. The concert is Saturday, June 4 at the Thelma Bolton Center, which is located at 516 NE Second Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online before the event for $25 per couple or $15 per single ticket (credit cards only) at http://thelegendaryjcs.brownpapertickets.com/, or are $15 per person at the door the day of the show (cash or check only).

The Legendary JC's truly bring that classic old school soul and R&B sound and feeling back around. Not only does the band pay respect to their influences through their gold-standard original tunes, they have also performed with some including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John and Al Green.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/26/2016
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, May 26 - weather and site conditions permitting, at Boulware Springs Nature Park, 3300 SE 15th St. beginning at 10 a.m. and ending before 5 p.m. This is an ecological restoration and fuel reduction burn, which will be conducted with support from the Florida Forest Service. The burn will be conducted in the restoration area of the property, and all public access to the northern portion of the park will be prohibited. For additional information please call the  Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department at 352-393-8185.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/26/2016

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, city offices will be closed Monday, May 30.

The Gainesville Arts & Parks (GAP) Foundation raised more than $7,000 at its first golf scramble held May 13 at Ironwood Golf Course. The monies will provide youth scholarships for summer camps and other activities. A small group of 20 players, some from as far away as The Villages and Ocala, played 18 holes on a picture perfect day to help youth in the Gainesville community. Additionally, several businesses and individuals sponsored the event, which garnished additional funds and support of Gainesville’s youth.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/25/2016

A celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month occurs every Friday night in June at the Bo Diddley Plaza as part of the “Free Fridays” concert series. Inspired by the dream of late local musicians Richard Baxter and Roland Burns, African-American Music Appreciation Month has been celebrated in Gainesville since 1998.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/24/2016
Every year NeighborWorks America, a national non-profit organization, and local partners across the nation mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers to make a difference in the quality of life in local neighborhoods. NeighborWorks Week 2016 will be celebrated Saturday, June 4-Sunday, June 12. This year’s local service project is “Keep it Pleasant!,” a community service project dedicated to preserving and promoting the Pleasant Street Historic District, which takes place Friday, June 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Neighborhood Housing Development Corporation (NHDC), a local non-profit housing services provider, canvassed the area and identified five homes seeking painting and landscaping repairs. NHDC is partnering with the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to supply paint and painting supplies through its Residential Paint Voucher Program. The number of projects they are able to complete depends on the number of volunteers they are able to secure. Completed projects will be showcased during a community celebration called “Pleasant in the Park,” held Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pleasant Park, located at 508 NW Second Street in Gainesville.

The Planning & Development Services Department is assisting with planning for this event as an event sponsor. If you are interested in more information on the five homes and/or families, volunteer opportunities or have landscaping materials to donate, please contact Kayla Ellsworth at 352-380-9119.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/23/2016
The City of Gainesville welcomes Zagster to town as we unveiled the Go Gainesville bike share earlier this month. Stations are located at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville and near Southwest Sixth Street and Second Avenue. Go Gainesville memberships are available to those 18 years and older. For more information about memberships or hourly usage, please visit Go Gainesville at http://zagster.com/gainesville/.
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