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The historic Porters neighborhood was the recent recipient of a 2019 American Planning Association Florida Project Award of Excellence for its "Neighborhoods as Community Assets" project.

The Savants of Soul play at “Free Fridays” on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville.

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The City of Gainesville Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation, is pleased to announce that work has begun at Northside Park, located at 5701 NW 34th Blvd.

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The City of Gainesville is hosting a series of public workshops to help inform the work of the newly created Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area (GCRA) over the course of the next 10 years. The series kick-off meeting is Monday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cotton Club Museum & Cultural Center, located at 837 SE Seventh Ave.

The “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents Michael Derry and Friends, who play a tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix at Bo Diddley Plaza Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.

The 38th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show is quickly approaching and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is looking for individuals and organizations that would like to support this community event by volunteering at one of the top fine art shows in the country.  This is your opportunity to mingle with nationally-acclaimed artists, enjoy performing arts and sample international cuisine. This award-winning art festival features 240 of the nation’s finest artists, as well as four stages of continuous entertainment. Four-hour shifts are available on Saturday, Nov. 16 or Sunday, Nov. 17 for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers can assist at the Junior Fire Fighting Challenge, booth sit for artists, greet guests as they arrive or help with the Children’s Imagination Station, a free, hands-on art activity area. As a token of our appreciation, volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

Young artists (age seven to 18) are invited to join a tradition of artistic excellence and showcase their talent as the 38th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show honors young and aspiring artists in the Young Artist section. Recognized as one of the top fine art shows in the country, the festival is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. On Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17, more than 240 local and national artists will display original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography in historic downtown Gainesville. Young Artist applications for the Downtown Festival & Art Show are available upon request at 352-393-8536 or online at The application deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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The City of Gainesville’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) is holding a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. to discuss proposed recommendations to the City Commission regarding strategies and incentives to reduce the impacts of city regulations and policies on the cost of housing. The hearing is in room 201 of Thomas Center “B,” which is located at 306 NE Sixth Ave.  Information about the proposed Incentives and Recommendations Report (IRR) will be presented, and the committee seeks to get feedback from residents concerning the proposed IRR.

The City of Gainesville presents Gumbo Limbo Cajun Band at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Oct. 4 at Bo Diddley Plaza.

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The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Feldman to the position of Gainesville City Manager. Feldman succeeds former City Manager Anthony Lyons in the position, who resigned in December 2018.

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