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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/28/2018

Celebrate Earth Day early by taking advantage of a wide offering of native north Florida plants during the 2018 Spring Native Plant Sale. Native plants are adapted to drought and the heat of summer, which help reduce water consumption from irrigation, require less upkeep and help save money. The Spring Native Plant Sale is at Morningside Nature Center Saturday, April 14 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/26/2018

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is excited to announce the 2018 Gainesville Dash & Splash Race Series race schedule. If you want to test your athletic ability or reach a new goal, then lace up for this exciting series of races!

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/23/2018

The weather is getting warmer, and that means it is time to get in the water! The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is offer two sessions of group swim lessons and several private lessons this spring. Water safety is key to enjoying time at the pool or by the shore, and the lessons are available for any age and skill level to help build confidence.

The spring group lessons take place at the Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool, 1100 NE 14th Ave. The first session starts April 3, and the second on May 1. Each session is four weeks, with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a possible weather-related make-up day on Friday. Lessons are available for ages six months to adult. For those unsure their child’s skill level, swim tests are available at Northeast Pool, Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Private swim lessons are intended for those looking to improve their stroke for training purposes, as well as beginners who may be apprehensive about putting their face in the water.  Private swim lessons are designed to allow the student the opportunity to work one-on-one with a swim instructor at their own pace. These lessons are tailored to meet each participant’s specific needs and goals. Sessions start April 7, and consist of four half-hour classes held over consecutive Saturdays. Classes are held at Northeast Pool, with the exception of the June 9 session, which takes place at H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, 1001 NW 31st Dr.

The fees for both group and private lessons are $49.25 for city residents and $74.50 for non-city residents. A Gainesville Regional Utilities bill or voter identification card are required for residency verification at the time of registration.

Registration is available online at https://tinyurl.com/gnvSwimLessons or in person at the PRCA Administrative Office, Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor, 306 NE Sixth Avenue. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please register at least 48 hours prior to the first lesson.

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

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/22/2018
City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will continue Friday, March 23. The anticipated temperatures will lead to the continued 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.

St. Francis House and GRACE Marketplace at the Empowerment Center will provide Cold Night Shelter services to people in need of shelter as long as overnight temperatures remain below 45 F. The CNS program providers serve additional persons in need of shelter so that families and individuals desiring shelter will have a warm place to stay. St. Francis House provides temporary shelter that is appropriate for families, women and children. GRACE Marketplace primarily serves individual adults. In addition to an indoor place to spend the night, other support services (including food, showers, laundry, case management and more) are available at St. Francis House and GRACE Marketplace. Funding for this program is provided by the City of Gainesville, Alachua County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Surely you jest? No, it’s true! Jest Fest!, a free, fun, family-friendly event produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, returns this spring Sunday, April 15 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center and Gardens. Now in its sixth 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
3/19/2018

City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, Tuesday, March 20-Thursday, March 22. 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.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/15/2018

On Oct. 2, 2017, the residents of Gainesville lost a beloved musician and hometown hero, Tom Petty. In the months since his passing, residents have requested that the City of Gainesville find a way to publicly honor Petty in a lasting and meaningful way. To fulfill this request, we are seeking feedback from the community.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/12/2018

City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, Monday, March 12-Thursday, March 15. 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.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/8/2018

An amazing event is about to happen! The Gainesville Arts and Parks Foundation, Inc. (GAP Foundation) is participating in The Amazing Give for the first time this year. The Amazing Give, sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, is a 24-hour online fundraising event for local nonprofits that begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 and continues through 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/7/2018

The Gainesville Woman's Club (GWC) is hosting a special concert featuring the University of Florida Jazz Band with trumpeter Scott Wilson Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m. at the Gainesville Woman’s Club, located at 2809 W. University Ave. This event is a GWC signature project, which will benefit the community and the Gainesville Arts and Parks (GAP) Foundation, Inc. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the GAP Foundation for future park improvements at the Northeast 31st Avenue Park. The park is in need of substantial upgrades to its playground and tennis and basketball courts, as well as new features such as picnic pavilions and walking paths. Research shows that children benefit greatly from outdoor play and being in nature. Parks give children the opportunity to appreciate and interact with the natural world around them and to play outside.

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