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Community Happenings

March 29

Jest Fest!, a free, fun, family-friendly event produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department returns this spring Sunday, March 29, from 12-6 p.m. for its third season.  Jest Fest! features a stellar lineup of international stars, performing some of the world’s greatest comedy/variety and circus acts.
Jest Fest! is moving to Gainesville’s cultural center at the Historic Thomas Center and Gardens. With the move, the festival features five different stages, both indoors and outdoors, and combines all of the wonderful entertainers into one fun-filled festival day. In addition to the entertainment, Jest Fest! also offers a delectable assortment of foods , pony rides, face painting, balloon twisting creations and more.
New this year, Jest Fest! is spotlighting numerous local non-profit arts, charities and public service groups. Visit the Cultural Affairs website at and click on the Jest Fest! button to see the groups that have partnered with Jest Fest! so far.
Entertainers for the 2015 Jest Fest! include:
  • World famous circus stars, The Flying Wallendas, performing comedy, juggling and daring feats on the high wire!
  • Broadway, film and TV star, silent clown Avner the Eccentric (played the Jewel in the film “The Jewel of the Nile”)!
  • Comedic French clown, Arsene from Paris, (trained with the legendary mime Marcel Marceau)!
  • Cool magic by international traveler, Magical Mystical Michael - be nice or disappear!
  • Veteran circus star Johnny Peers’ and his Muttville Comix dog show!
  • From Carnegie Hall to unknown cosmic locales, wild cello playing goblin and jester, Rushad Eggleston!
  • Amazing one-man-band, Marc Dobson!
  • Introducing 13-year-old ventriloquist Cole Tucker!
  • Locally-grown Gainesville Homeschool Chorus!
  • The very tall Mike Weakley stiltwalker!
  • Festival Jester Merald Clark!
  • Roving playful puppeteer George O’Brien!
Jest Fest! is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council and a State of Florida Local Arts Agency grant.

March 29

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Historic Thomas Center, 12–6pm. FREE ADMISSION!

April 25

Healthy Learning Academy presents:  Just for the Health of it 5k!  healthy body, healthy mind, healthy planet.  April 25 at 8:30am- Chip Timed 5k.  9:30am - 1 mile kids fun run.  Family Fun Events Immediately following.  Register at
Healthy Learning Academy, 13505 West Newberry Road, Newberry, FL  32608.  or call 352-372-2279.

Help For Veterans

Do you know a veteran family that is homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless? Meridian can help with Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). SSVF helps veteran families to quickly gain stability in permanent housing. Services include case management, coordinating VA benefits, referral to community services, and temporary financial assistance for eligible expenses. Together we can help to support our veterans. For more information, call 352-374-5600 x8360 or visit

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If you would like to add your event to our Community Calendar, email information to or mail it to 3602 NE 20th Place, Ocala, FL 34470.Please send information at least two weeks prior to your event.
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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
02/26/2015 1:30PM
Tree City Quilter's Guild Quilt Show 2015
May 2 - May 3 . May 2 at 10:00am to May 3 at 4:00pm Show Map Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, Florida 32606. Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, Florida 32606 A Judged Quilt Show From Fabric to Fabulous! Celebrating the Art of Quilt Making! Saturday May 2, 2015 (10 AM - 5 PM) AND Sunday May 3, 2015 (10 AM - 4 PM) Cost to attend: $7.00 Adults & Children over 12 Children 12 and under are FREE *There will be many beautiful Quilts on display of all kinds of styles and colors and experience. *Quilt Judge will be: Brenda Kalata from St. Augustine and has years of experience. *Teddy Pruett (a certified quilt appraiser) will be on hand to Appraise any quilts you would like appraised - for a fee. *There will be: Vendors of quilting supplies and tools *Basket raffles, take a chance and see if you can win one! *An Opportunity Quilt showing with raffle tickets to win it! (See picture of this quilt on the FB page - Tickets are $1 each or you can get 6 for $5). *A Quiltique Bazaar will be available for purchasing goods that the Tree City Quilters Guild members have made. *PLUS - There will be Quilts on Display from the HOFFMAN (INDIGO) CHALLENGE 2014 *AND - TCQG will showcase the community service projects in association with several organizations. *Come and enjoy the Entertainment that will be provided by our talented musicians!
02/27/2015 11:02AM
Take Back the Night March and Rally to End Sexual Violence
Rally against sexual violence at Take Back the Night on April First. Join UF and community partners on Norman Field, 1260 SW 8th Ave, from 6-9 p.m. Survivors are invited to speak on the nature of their sexual assault and recovery, and anyone demonstrating their support for survivors and for ending sexual violence is welcome.
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