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City offices will observe the new year Monday, Jan. 2. There will be no schedule change in curbside waste collection this week. RTS will run reduced service Dec. 26-31 and its Sunday service on New Year's Day, Jan. 1. RTS will run holiday service Jan. 2 between 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on routes 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 20, 26, 35, 43, 75 and 711.
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The Communications Office is pleased to announce the finalists of the Eighth Annual Gainesville Photography Contest. A total of 24 finalists were selected from more than 230 submissions. Finalists include: Reflection by Michael Franklin, Hidden Spider by Michael Franklin, Menagerie in Motion Shark by Nicole Gilbo, Depot Park Splash Pad by Nicole Gilbo, Crazy Cats by Kimber Greenwood, Bubble Bath by Kimber Greenwood, A Horse and the Girl That Loves Him by Kimber Greenwood, Early Morning on Newnans Lake by Howard Hall, Sunrise over Newnans Lake by Arie Havelaar, Arcane Angel by Arie Havelaar, Fritillary the Day Away by Carl Henriksen, Jr., Morning Dew by Carl Henriksen, Jr., Helix East by Carl Henriksen, Jr., Gator Spirit by Dev Lee, Sturm and Palm in the Sunshine State by Suzanna Mars, The Other Magic Kingdom by Suzanna Mars, In the Name of Science by Suzanna Mars, Neon Pawn by Marcela Martinez, Giving Light by Marcela Martinez, Gillig Army by William McCombie, An Evening at Kanapaha by William McCombie, Rowers by Diane Raum, Great Egret in Flight by Fred Wasmer and Who Says No Fall in Florida? by Afnan Zarief.

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The 2017 calendar (pdf) is now available for downloading. Photographs in the calendar are finalists of the Eighth Annual Gainesville Photography Contest, which was held in fall 2016. The pages are 8.5"x14" and a lightweight cardstock is recommended. Please note, the size of the file is large since it is a printable, hi-resolution calendar. To download the pdf, please click here.

City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will occur Wednesday, Dec. 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 low temperatures rise above 45 F. The CNS program normally runs from Nov. 1 through March 31.

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The City Beautification Board, the Community Redevelopment Agency, and the City of Gainesville Planning and Development Services and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Departments, together with the Four Seasons Garden Club, invite the community to celebrate Florida Arbor Day Thursday, Jan. 19 from 12-1:30 p.m. The Florida Arbor Day celebration is at the A. Quinn Jones Museum, which is located at 1013 NW Seventh Ave.

The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department is gearing up for its third annual Great Invader Raider Rally held Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.  Formerly known as the Great Air Potato Round-Up, the rally continues a tradition that began more than 15 years ago as a community-wide day of service where volunteers of all ages work to remove non-native invasive plants from Gainesville’s natural areas.
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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department hosts Downtown Countdown, a free outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration concert, in downtown Gainesville Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza. Headlining the concert are The Couch Messiahs, who will play tribute to the music of numerous rock ‘n’ roll all-star bands including The Allman Brothers, The Band, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones.

Over the years, Mick Marino, a local musician who leads The Couch Messiahs, has organized tribute concerts for each of these bands especially for the “Free Fridays” Concert Series. According to David Ballard, coordinator for “Free Fridays” and the Downtown Countdown, “These tribute shows have been some of the most popular concerts at “Free Fridays” each drawing some of the largest audiences each season. The musical quality of these shows has been extraordinary and it seemed a natural fit to highlight them all at our Downtown Countdown.”

The Couch Messiahs were formed in 2007 in Gainesville by Mick Marino (lead vocals, lead guitar). Marino, has played music with various bands in the Gainesville community for more than 40 years. He also has been the organizer and promoter of the annual GramFest, which celebrates the music of country rock inventor Gram Parsons, since 1999. Bill Kellogg (drums) was a member of The Berkley Five, who had a Florida regional single “You’re Gonna Cry" in 1965. He was also a member of the Gonzo Gator Band for many years. Kenny Shore (bass guitar and vocal harmonies) previously played with many local bands, including The Archer Road Band and Skatterbrainz, and has opened for the legendary B.B. King. Paul Goble (lead guitar) also plays with the R. Mutt Blues Band.

Popular local band Wild Blue Yonder opens the tribute concert at 9 p.m. Wild Blue Yonder was formed in 2015 by Allan Lowe and Jeff Sims. Recent additions include Jim Millsaps (drums) and Frank Velosi (bass). Lowe, Sims and Millsaps are all formerly of the popular band Dixie Desperados. Formed in 1976 in Gainesville, Florida, Dixie Desperados toured the southeastern U.S. roadhouse circuit and as openers/co-headliners for The Allman Brothers, Axe, Molly Hatchet, The Charlie Daniels Band, Henry Paul Band, Johnny Winter, Three Dog Night, Grinderswitch, Louisiana Leroux, Doc Holliday, Winters Brothers, Johnny Van Zant Band, Pat Travers and more as they played their brand of southern country rock. Combining classic rock ‘n’ roll hits from other artists, along with their own special blend of original songs, Wild Blue Yonder enjoys a multi-generational audience at their shows.

Downtown Countdown begins at 9 p.m., and continues until midnight when there will be a countdown to the New Year, along with the sounds of noisemakers, which are passed out to the audience earlier in the evening.

The 2016/17 Downtown Countdown is sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).

The Downtown Countdown is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, and is funded in part by a grant from Culture Builds Florida. Downtown Countdown is located at the Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the next Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center Tuesday, Dec. 20 featuring The Currys. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door day of the show (cash or check only) or presale tickets can be purchased online at This holiday performance showcases the release of The Currys new album, “West of Here.”

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In observance of the holiday season, city offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26. There will not be a schedule change in curbside waste collection this week. RTS will run its holiday service on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, between 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (at one hour intervals) on routes 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 20, 26, 35, 43, 75 and 711. Paratransit service will also be available during these times. There will be no service Dec. 25.
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