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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/21/2013

Come be swept away with medieval magic by volunteering at the 28th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Step back in time at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 25, Sunday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, Feb. 2. Become a part of Gainesville’s rich tradition of community service while enjoying one of the area’s most highly anticipated events.

The success of the faire depends on the commitment and dedication of our volunteers. We need your help to make this year’s event as grand as ever. Volunteer shifts are four hours long and include a variety of opportunities. Volunteers can take tickets, distribute programs, oversee the exhibits in the children’s art and essay contest area or booth sit while artisans take breaks. Volunteers will receive a one-day pass for free admission to the faire.

Participants of the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire experience an age of chivalry and magic over the faire’s two consecutive weekends. The winding pathways of Hoggetowne overflow with troupes of actors, musicians and street performers. Crowds cheer for armored knights as they joust on the tournament field, while eight stages of continuous entertainment feature majestic performances of full flight falconry, aerial acrobatics and unbelievable magic acts. In conjunction with this year’s theme of “The War of the Roses,” the Tournament Field will host a stunning show of combat entertainment during a living chess match. Watch as Margaret of Anjou tries to surprise and capture Richard, Duke of York, at Hoggetowne, but is thwarted by his superior moves. Guests stroll through a medieval marketplace where hundreds of talented artisans demonstrate their time-honored skills and offer the finest medieval wares.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity with the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, contact Linda Piper at 352-393-8536 or download an application from www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. Become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HoggetowneMedievalFaire.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/14/2013
Beazer East, Inc., the responsible party for the contamination at the Koppers portion of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site, will begin a pilot soil removal and replacement action at one property in the Stephen Foster Neighborhood. It is located at 436 NW 30th Ave., adjacent to the western boundary of the former Koppers site.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/14/2013
On Saturday, Dec. 7, the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is hosting its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Historic Thomas Center. Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy will join the celebration to light up the tree and wish all of the revelers a happy holiday season. The free program will run from 6-8 p.m. and will feature caroling by the Singers of the Reformation and the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus, as well as holiday music on the hammered dulcimer and autoharp by Jim and Joyce Lillquist of the Gypsy Guerrilla Band.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/14/2013
The holidays are approaching quickly. Have you started your letter to Santa? The Jolly Old Elf himself wants to hear from you! The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) is collecting letters through its Operation Letters to Santa program this year for all children in kindergarten through third grade (or any child that still “believes”). This is a free program and is open to all Gainesville residents. Staff will make sure Santa reads and responds to each letter. Letters must be postmarked or received by Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/12/2013
For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Gainesville’s three municipal swimming pools exceeded attendance goals, once again shattering attendance records! For the 2013 aquatic season, which ended Oct. 31, 123,704 patron visits were recorded at all three pools, up 10 percent from 2012 (112,512 patron visits). For each individual pool, the greatest increase came from Andrew R. Mickle Pool, which had a 17.5 percent increase over 2012, due in large part to the installation of a new aquatic climbing wall, expanded marketing promotions and expanded programming and operating hours. This was followed by H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool with a 13.3 percent increase, and Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool with a 5.6 percent increase.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/12/2013
The "City Manager’s Biweekly Report to the City Commission" provides information about significant upcoming activities, projects, and meetings in the City of Gainesville over the course of the next two to three weeks. In addition to brief descriptions on each of the upcoming activities, you can click on hyperlinks for more information regarding the presented topic.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/12/2013
The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce three new developments in areas that directly address issues which affect our community’s homeless population. After months of close coordination and negotiations with several State of Florida agencies, the City of Gainesville is entering the final stages of a process to transfer ownership of the former Gainesville Correctional Institution to the city. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the city is preparing to take ownership of the property on or about Nov. 19, 2013. In exchange for a one-time payment of $1.3 million, the city will assume ownership of the facility, including all buildings, roadways and land totaling 30.85-acres, excluding the adjacent access road, which also transfers to city ownership. The city will also acquire 98-acres of state conservation land that abuts the northeastern boundary of Morningside Nature Center in east Gainesville.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/6/2013
The Friends of the Crisis Center, in conjunction with the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Alachua County Crisis Center, is pleased to announce the dedication of the Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden in the City of Gainesville’s Cofrin Nature Park. The dedication is Thursday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. The Memory Garden was built for, and is dedicated to, those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/4/2013
Gainesville will transform into a masterful blend of art, music and entertainment during the 32nd Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the festival draws a crowd of more than 100,000 each year. On Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can meet the exhibiting artists, enjoy live music and sample international cuisine.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/4/2013
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is getting geared up for another season of great games for Youth Coed Basketball. Through fitness, fair play and sportsmanship, the program teaches youth, age 5-14, how character counts on and off the court. There are no try outs, and each participant gets to play. If you register by Monday, Dec. 2, you will receive a $10 discount. Registration closes Thursday, Dec. 19. For detailed information on age groups, Parents Association for Youth Sports (P.A.Y.S.) requirements and prices, visit our Youth Activities Web page.