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The band Pine will play at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, July 20 from 8-10 p.m.

The band Wax Wings will play at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, July 13 from 8-10 p.m.

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The Savants of Soul will play at “Free Fridays” Friday, June 29 at 8 p.m. They are a nine-piece Motown soul band built on a foundation of blues, soul, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, punk and ska. In 2015, the band released the EP “Sunday Best,” which followed the release of 2014's full-length LP “Downtown Sound.” The band performed at the Red Gorilla Festival at South by Southwest in 2017, and they have shared the stage with acts such as Charles Bradley, The Original Wailers, Thomas Wynn & The Believers and Selwyn Birchwood.

On Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m., thousands of children and adults are invited to unite at aquatics facilities around the world to set a new global record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). The City of Gainesville is proud to be one of the nation’s top water safety and training organizations that joins forces with worldwide participants in order to foster education on the vital importance of swimming lessons that aid drowning prevention. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is joining Team WLSL to once again break a world record and send the message that swimming lessons save lives. The global record attempt takes place at three Gainesville locations: Andrew R. Mickle Pool, Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool and H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool.

Team WLSL and the City of Gainesville aim to surpass last year’s participant numbers and set an eighth Guinness World Record in this category. The current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson stands at approximately 41,000  participants representing 27 different countries. Last year, Gainesville’s pools had 438 participants.

“Our participation is meant to draw attention to a very important message - by teaching children to swim, we are having a real impact on reducing the drowning rate among children,” explains Interim Recreation Manager John Weber. “Our goal is to get the message out to the community that swimming lessons help save lives, while having fun at the same time!”

Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children age one-five years old, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

To participate in this event and be part of history, please arrive at 9:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the swimming lesson, at one of the three Gainesville host location facilities: Mickle Pool, 1717 SE 15th St.; Northeast Pool, 1100 NE 14th St.; or Westside Pool, 1001 NW 31st Dr. Registering for the WLSL allows you to enjoy the pool for the day!

If you are unable to attend the event, PRCA offers swimming lessons at all three pools during the summer. For more information please visit http://www.cityofgainesville.org/ParksRecreationCulturalAffairs/Sports,AquaticsFitness/Aquatics/SwimLessons.aspx.

To learn more about this event, visit www.WLSL.org or call 352-334-5067.

The band Fast Lane features funk, soul and R&B at its “Free Fridays” concert, held Friday, June 22 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza.

The “Free Fridays” Concert Series, as part of its celebration of June as African-American Music Appreciation Month,  presents The Shakedown Friday, June  15 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza.
 
The Shakedown is a five-piece, Gainesville-based band specializing in contemporary blues with a rock and classic soul edge. The band is comprised of stage veterans well-seasoned in a variety of musical genres, but who have a special affinity for the unique expression of heart and grit that blues music offers. The band has some of its greatest influences from blues greats such as Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) invite everyone to splash into the season at the Summer Heatwave Pool Party Friday, June 1 at Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool (1100 NE 14th St.). Admission to the pool is free during the party from 3-7 p.m.

At Summer Heatwave Pool Parties, youth swim, dance, listen to music and enjoy food grilled up by officers and cadets from GPD. Participants must sign in at the front entrance to the pool to receive a wristband. The dates, times and locations for Heatwave Pool Parties are:

  • Friday, June 1, 3–7 p.m. at the Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool (1100 NE 14th St.)
  • Saturday, July 14, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool (1001 NW 31st Dr.)
  • Friday, Aug. 3, 2–6 p.m. at the Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool (1717 SE 15th St.)
  • This year’s party also features sign-up for both Summer Heatwave Basketball and Pop Warner Football and Cheer. Parents will be able to pick up registration packets for both sports.

    Registration information for Summer Heatwave Basketball is available online at http://www.cityofgainesville.org/ParksRecreationCulturalAffairs/YouthProgramsCamps/TeenSummerPrograms.aspx.

    Registration for Pop Warner Football and Cheer is available online at http://www.cityofgainesville.org/ParksRecreationCulturalAffairs/Sports,AquaticsFitness/Athletics/PopWarner.aspx.

    Since 2008, Summer Heatwave has been a partnership between PRCA, GPD, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney’s Office 8th Judicial Court Circuit, and has helped thousands of local youth have a safe and enjoyable summer experience.

    For program information, please contact Scott Chase, program coordinator, at 352-393-8751 or ChaseSA@cityofgainesville.org.

    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.

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