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  • Gainesville High Marching Band Fundraisers
    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    GAINESVILLE – Gainesville High School’s Hurricane Marching Band will be one of 8 high school bands from around the United States to perform during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival parade this April in Washington, D.C. They just need some financial help to get there. “This is quite an honor. We are all very excited about this opportunity and we are trying to raise as much as we can to help offset the cost to the students,’’ said Steven Brooks, an organizer for the trip. “This is a chance to showcase our band and highlight the talented musicians we have here. We are the only high school band from the state of Florida who will be performing in the parade.’’ The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival parade, which will be held April 8th, runs for 10 blocks down Constitution Avenue in the nation’s capital and is one of the highlights of the four week festival. The parade is televised nationally. Brooks said the trip, from April 5-9, will cost $100,000 and he is hoping local businesses and organizations will be willing to help the band raise the money. The students will be holding several fundraising activities to help defray the costs. “One of the fundraisers we are doing is the Mile of Quarters. We are trying to collect enough quarters to fill a mile, which is $15,840. Actually, we will accept any change or currency,’’ Brooks said with a laugh. The Gainesville High marching band has a 80 year tradition of musical excellence. The band is a five time FMBC State Marching Band champion and a five time FMBC runner up. Donations can be dropped off at the Gainesville High School office after Jan. 2. The band has also started a Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/ghsbandandguard. Donations can also be made to the group as a portion of orders from the Amazon Smile charity program. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3388687. For more information, please contact Brooks at 863-604-1434 or via email at ghsbandnews@gmail.com. Read more

  • Preschool Storytime
    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    Preschool Storytime Age Group(s): Preschool (3-5 years), Toddler (1-3 years), Baby (1 and under) Date: Thursdays 1/5; 1/12; 1/19; 1/26 Start Time: 10:30 AM End Time: 11:00 AM Description: Story-based interactive program featuring music, fingerplays, activities, and puppets for preschool children 0-5. Hawthorne Branch Library Alachua County Library District 352-481-1920 www.aclib.us/hawthorne Read more

  • Gaming and LEGO Fun for All Ages!
    Monday, January 9, 2017

    Gaming and LEGO Fun for All Ages! Date: Mondays 1/9; 1/23; 1/30; Start Time: 4:00 PM End Time: 5:00 PM Description: Join us every Monday at 4PM and compete with your friends and/or family playing our many games on the Wii. Also, build with LEGOs for some LEGO fun! Read more

  • Restorative Yoga
    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Restorative Yoga Age Group(s): Adult (19 and up), Seniors Date: Thursdays 1/12; 1/19; 1/26 Start Time: 6:00 PM End Time: 7:00 PM Description: Build muscle strength, flexibility and increase endurance! Find peace and serenity during meditation. Lynn King is a 200 hour Certified Yoga Instructor. Hawthorne Branch Library Alachua County Library District 352-481-1920 www.aclib.us/hawthorne Read more

  • Save The YMCA
    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    There will be a live and silent auction on January 21, 2017 to help save this wonderful property for so many people. As it now stands we owe Wells Fargo 1,000,000.00 in past payments. Thank you for your help. Speak with Rachel, 352 374 9622, for more information or Lynn, 603 677 2642. Read more

  • Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
    Sunday, January 22, 2017

    Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 2016-2017 Season Sunday, January 22, at 4:00 P.M. Three-Organ SPECTACULAR Organists Timothy Denton, John T. Lowe, Jr., Shawn Thomas, Peter Kinzie and the Holy Trinity Choir, performing Charles Marie Widor's Mass for Choir and Two Organs. Call the Parish Office (352) 372-4721 about tickets to Saturday evenings Spaghetti Dinner and Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing! *Additional organs provided by Peter Kinzie (Church Organ Concepts, Inverness) This event is presented FREE OF CHARGE A reception follows (wine and cheese) Donations will be accepted to benefit The Holy Trinity Music Fund HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 100 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL www.holytrintygnv.org Read more

  • Basic Computer Class for Seniors
    Monday, January 23, 2017

    Basic Computer Class for Seniors Age Group(s): Seniors Date: Mondays 1/23 through 2/27 Start Time: 11:30 AM End Time: 1:30 PM Description: This 6 week long seminar is an Introduction to Basic Computing & Internet for Seniors. If you have your own laptop computer and would like to bring it to the class, you are welcome to bring it. Co-sponsored by the Hawthorne Life Enrichment Center and the City of Hawthorne, this seminar will make you comfortable using a computer before you know it! Please call 352-481-1920 for sign up: Must be registered to attend. Hawthorne Branch Library Alachua County Library District 352-481-1920 www.aclib.us/hawthorne Read more

  • Hawthorne Homeschool Group
    Monday, January 23, 2017

    Hawthorne Homeschool Group Age Group(s): Preschool (3-5 years), Elementary (5-11 years), Teen (12-18) Date: Monday 1/23/2017 Start Time: 2:30 PM End Time: 3:30 PM Description: Homeschoolers attend a once per month program designed just for them on the fourth Monday of each month. We provide fun and educational programs for preschoolers to teens. Hawthorne Branch Library Alachua County Library District 352-481-1920 www.aclib.us/hawthorne Read more

  • S.H.I.N.E. on Medicare
    Thursday, January 26, 2017

    S.H.I.N.E. on Medicare Date: Thursday 1/26/2017 Start Time: 12:00 PM End Time: 2:00 PM Description: The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers counseling that is unbiased, confidential and no cost, by trained SHINE Volunteer counselors. Please bring with you: Medicare Card and Social Security Card; A print-out of medications from pharmacy or bottles; Proof of annual household income to determine whether you qualify for extra help; MUST HAVE driver’s license or photo I.D.; Any letters from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid which you may have received. Call the Elder Helpline for appointments at other sites or for appointments at Hawthorne on other day/times: 1-800-963-5337. Hawthorne Branch Library Alachua County Library District 352-481-1920 www.aclib.us/hawthorne Read more

  • LEGO MindstormSpace for Teens
    Thursday, January 26, 2017

    LEGO MindstormSpace for Teens Age Group(s): Teen (10-18) Date: 1/26/2017 Start Time: 3:00 PM End Time: 5:00 PM Description: Ages 10 - 18 can come to the library to build with Mindstorms and Techno LEGOs along with additional activities in our monthly Mind Space. Hawthorne Branch Library Alachua County Library District 352-481-1920 www.aclib.us/hawthorne Read more

  • Meet and Greet with Ray McLendon
    Friday, January 27, 2017

    Join us on at the Micanopy OutPost located in heart of historic Micanopy. The OutPost will be hosting a meet and greet on Friday January 27th 2017 with Ray McLendon, Florida Highwaymen Landscape Artist. Ray will be painting on the front porch. There will be paintings available for sale. Light refreshments and horderves will be provided. Ray McLendon Ray McLendon spent much of his childhood in Florida. Ray’s father, Roy A. Mclendon, was one of the original Florida HighwayMen. As a young boy, Ray spent many summer days cutting crown molding and painting them, to make them look like frames for his Father’s artwork. Ray would always try to go on the road with his father selling his paintings on the highway. Ray enjoyed seeing his father work. Ray graduated from Kutztown University with a B.A. in Social Work. After he moved back to Florida Ray started painting after his father encouraged him. He has been painting for over 18 years now. Although originally the highwaymen were considered just street painters, much of their work has been rediscovered and recognized for the talented Florida artwork it really had been. Ray continues in the traditional Highwaymen style that he grew up with. He exhibits the Art Shows across Florida, Including the prestigious under the Oaks Art Show in Vero Beach. Read more

  • Cook from your Garden Club
    Friday, January 27, 2017

    Cook from your Garden Club Age Group(s): Teen (12-18), Adult (19 and up), Seniors, All Ages Date: Friday 1/27/2017 Start Time: 3:00 PM End Time: 4:00 PM Description: This is a club that meets once per month to experience hands-on container gardening at the library, discuss gardening tips, exchange seeds, healthy dishes and learn from healthy cooking demonstrations. Hawthorne Branch Library Alachua County Library District 352-481-1920 www.aclib.us/hawthorne Read more

  • Pork Tenderloin Dinner
    Friday, January 27, 2017

    The cooks of Turning Point are preparing a Pork Tenderloin Dinner for your family. Friday, January 27, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meals only $9.00 for entire meal, pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, dessert, and drink. For tickets/info call 493-0015 16750 CR 341 (Dairy Rd) Eat-in or Carry-out Read more

  • Stephen Foster Elementary School 1st Annual Golf Scramble
    Saturday, January 28, 2017

    Stephen Foster Elementary School 1st Annual Golf Scramble Event Date: January 28th , 2017 Additional Info: Stephen Foster Elementary School is trying to raise funds to build a new playground. So far we have raised $15,000.00 toward our goal of $45,000.00. If you are interested in donating or playing please contact Sharon Fletcher at fletchsa@gm.sbac.edu Read more

  • Camellia Garden Day
    Sunday, January 29, 2017

    Presented by the Melrose Library Association. The top national camellia exhibitors for the last show season, are growing almost 1500 camellias Camellia plants including many hard-to-find varieties will be on sale. Besides touring the garden, there will be talks and demonstrations, silent auction, valentine gifts, and cookie sale. This is an opportunity to see camellia varieties not in commerce and grown only a few places. Entry is $5 per person. Golf carts will be available for those needing assistance. Proceeds will support programs, activities, and future expansion at the library. Address is 202 Mason Road. Mason Road is two miles east of Melrose off State Road 26. Follow the signs. Read more

  • The First Tee Junior Golf Classes
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    The First Tee Junior Golf Classes The First Tee Junior Golf Classes Locations: West End Golf Club & Ironwood Golf Course Age Groups: 5-7yrs & 8yrs+ Begin Date: February 1st The First Tee is a nonprofit youth development organization located in Gainesville, FL. Our 12-week program provides young people with character-building and life skill lessons using golf as the platform. NOW HIRING. Accepting applications for a Program Director position. Call for details. Email: thefirsttee. gainesville@gmail.com Phone: (352) 575-0636 Read more

  • 8th Annual Musical Chairs Fundraiser
    Friday, February 3, 2017

    co-sponsored by Gainesville Fine Arts Association and Friends of Elementary Arts,Inc. A silent auction of chairs,wooden boxes and mirrors designed by prominent local artists. Proceeds will provide transportation for elementary art and music classes to participate in educational field trips to the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Harn Museum of Art. This event will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at the GFAA Gallery, 1314 S. Main, Gainesville,FL from 6:00-8:30 pm. Admission is free. Wine and light refreshments will be provided. Read more

  • Valentine's Day with Muriel Anderson
    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Valentine's Day with Muriel Anderson Event Date: February 14th, 2017 Email: cedarlakeswoodsgardens@gmail.com Phone: 3525290055 Celebrate a romantic holiday with your loved ones at Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens! Listen to incredible melodies and explore 20 acres of botanical garden trails. Event begins at 6:00 p.m. $25 for Non-members $15 for Members Register online at www.cedarlakeswoodsandgarden.com Read more

  • Spring Festival and Vendor's Fair
    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Spring Festival and Vendor's Fair Date: March 11, 2017 First Name: Doris Last Name: Tellado-Gonzalez Email: dtellado@peds.ufl.edu Phone: (352) 322-0441 Additional Info: Join us for a fun and informational event for children and young adults with disabilities and their families. We’ll have information from numerous community programs and businesses. There will be music, snacks, arts and crafts, face painting, door prizes and lots of fun for all! Read more

  • Summer Activities Fair - Westwood Middle School Cafeteria
    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Parents please join us for this free event to check out some options in our community for your children’s summer activities. This fair hosts over 25-30 vendors in our community under one roof. What a great way to gather summer activity information and have the ability to ask individual vendors questions all in one place at one time. Read more

  • Run for Haven
    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Run for Haven March 11, 2017 @ 4:30 Race begins on W. Newberry Rd. And 128th St. Join us for a 5k and 10K run/walk costume contest, live music, food, drinks, expo booths and more! Register online through March 8 at www.RunForHaven.org. Beginning March 9, you will only be able to register the day of the event starting at 2:30pm. Packet pick-up on March 10 at Fluid Lounge from 4-7:00 pm For more information contact Kristen Campomizzi at klcampomizzi@havenhospice.org Read more

  • 30th Annual Puttin' on the Ritz
    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Save the Date Davis Gainesville Automotive along with Exactech is proud to present the 30th Annual Puttin' on the Ritz A Black-Tie Affair Saturday, March 11, 2017 7-11 p.m. UF Hilton Conference Center Benefiting Children's Home Society A Keith Watson Production Read more

  • Run The Good Race
    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    2nd Annual "Run the Good Race" 5KWalk/Run and 10K Run to generate awareness and support for Syrian and Iraqi Refugee Crisis Saturday, April 8th, 2017 begins at 8AM Starts and finishes at NFRMC Cancer Center, chip-timed race Hosted by Drs Peter and Kathy Sarantos and WorldHelp Register at: www.rungoodrace.com For more information, contact Carol Ellis at officemanager@myalliancepediatrics.com Read more

  • ViVA! Hollywood
    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    ViVA! Hollywood April 8, 2017 @ 5:30pm Rembert Farms, Alachua Music and entertainment, Awards Show-themed dinner by Blue Water Bay Gaming, Live and Silent Auctions, After Party All proceeds from ViVA! 2017 benefit unreimbursed patient care, programs and services provided by Haven Hospice. For tickets, auction, or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kristen Campomizzi at 352-271-4665 or klcampomizzi@havenhospice.org. For more information, visit vivameanslife.org Read more

  • Equus
    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Equus May 6, 2017 @ 4:00pm The Oaks of Lake City Equestrian Center Kentucky Derby Viewing Party- Themed Dinner- Live Music- Auctions- Games- Hat and Bow Tie Contests For more information, visit havenhospice.org/EQUUS, call 352-271-4665, email HavenEvents@havenhospice.org Read more

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