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Community Happenings

September 4 -27

The Hippodrome Theatre and the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance present PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the Tony award-winning play by Rick Elice, directed by Lauren Caldwell, on stage at the Hippodrome Theatre September 4-27, 2015.
Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, music by Wayne Barker, is based on the 2004 children's novel of a similar name, co-written by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson. The book and play present a riveting origin story for the character of Peter Pan and a prologue to the events in J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy.
Call (352)375-HIPP or visit

September 12-13

November 14 & 15

The 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show is quickly approaching and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is looking for individuals and organizations that would like to support this community event by volunteering at one of the top fine art shows in the country.  This is your opportunity to mingle with nationally acclaimed artists, enjoy performing arts and sample international cuisine. This award-winning art festival features 240 of the nation’s finest artists, as well as four stages of continuous entertainment. Four-hour shifts are available Saturday, Nov. 14 or Sunday, Nov. 15 for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers can assist at the Junior Fire Fighting Challenge, booth sit for artists or help with the Children’s Imagination Station, a free, hands-on art activity area. As a token of our appreciation, volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt.  If you would like to be a part of our amazing team of volunteers, please contact Linda Piper, festival coordinator, at 352-393-8536. Applications may be downloaded at We hope you can join us at this year’s festival.

September 18

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church’s Boy Scout Troop 172 is hosting their annual AYCE Spaghetti dinner to the general public on Friday, September 18th.  The dinner also includes salad, bread and homemade desserts.  Dinner will be served from 3:30 to 8:00 pm. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Take out is available.  For more information, call 843-7200.
If you are a business and would like to advertise for the event, all of the proceeds go to  the Troop for future expenses.  That’s Friday Sept 18 for the Blessed Trinity Boy Scout Troop 172 annual spaghetti dinner. Troop 172 thanks you for your support.
Eat smart, play smart with the University of Florida’s new Childhood Health and Asthma Management Program. CHAMP promotes optimal health in children ages 6 to 12 who have asthma and are at the higher end of the growth curve. Kids and families will participate in fun games that teach children about growing healthy and strong, learn ways to prevent and cope with asthma symptoms, and sample tasty and healthy foods. Call (352) 273-5124 to learn more.

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06/10/2014 4:04PM
Making Home Safer for Seniors
Preventable home hazards can cause falls and injuries that impact seniors’ ability to live independently. That’s why Home Instead Senior Care of Gainesville has launched the Making Home Safer for Seniors campaign. For a complimentary home safety check please call 352-336-3388
04/21/2015 8:58AM
Downtown Festival and Art Show
Immerse yourself in a creative blend of art, music and culture at the 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show on Nov. 14 and 15 in Downtown Gainesville. Explore a stunning collection of art work by 240 artists and marvel at world-class paintings, vivid photography, unique sculpture, dazzling jewelry and so much more. Enjoy continuous entertainment on three stages all weekend, including a Downtown Blues Concert on Friday evening. Bring the kids for free art activities at the Children’s Imagination Station. For more information call 352-334-ARTS.
06/03/2015 8:30AM
The Fantasists at Acrosstown Repertory Theater
Presenting: Our first ever Acrosstown Youthtroupe Production: The Fantasists by Randy Wyatt! Take a trip with us into a world that seems as familiar as Hogwarts and Narnia, rife with all the fairy-tale tropes and trappings– like evil ice queens, snow lions, and wizarding contests– and then take a left turn at Albuquerque and you’ll be at our production of Randy Wyatt’s The Fantasists. Two students who aspire to be Fantasists– storyteller-wizards who can bring their stories to life– match wits in a battle royale for the title. But these contests are never as simple as they seem, are they? When their stories’ characters have their own aspirations perky Floriad and competitive Somnia will be forced to work together in their final test. Will either or both succeed? And why doesn’t the-Gnome-Who-Lives-in-a-Lake-but-Doesn’t-Know-Why know why he lives in a lake? This clever, magical story is guaranteed to please children of all ages (especially the ones who have to go to work for a living), and will be the inaugural performance of ARTY– The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Youthtroupe. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door starting 30 minutes before curtain, cash only, please Tickets can be purchased at the link below
06/08/2015 8:43AM
Red, White & More Red!
Red, White & More Red! Gainesville Woman’s Club Benefit The Gainesville Woman's Club is hosting the fifth annual "Red, White & More Red!" wine tasting benefit with proceeds going to the Peaceful Paths and other club projects. There will be hors d’oeuvres, desserts, door prizes and live piano music. Date: July 16, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Where: Gainesville Woman's Club 2809 West University Avenue Cost: $25.00 For reservations call: (352) 376-3901 by Monday July 13th. Email:
06/26/2015 3:10PM
ReptiDay Gainesville - October 17, 2015 - Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
Repticon is hosting a major family-oriented event in Gainesville at Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center on October 17, 2015. Our expos have a great following and will bring many visitors into your area. We would very much like to have our event published on your Calendar of Events. Following is the most commonly asked for information. If you need anything further, please let me know. Thank you for your consideration. Title: ReptiDay Gainesville Reptile & Exotic Animal Show Description: ReptiDay Gainesville is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Hours: Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Early Entry at 9:30am) Admission: Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free / Visit our website for special offers on Early Entry VIP tickets URL: Contact: Phone: 863-268-4273 Host: Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Expos Location: Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center , 2900 SW 13th St. Gainesville, FL 32608 Dates: October 17, 2015
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