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The Jean Dorney Memorial Wildflower Walks take place every Saturday in October and start at 9:00 am at Morningside Nature Center. On October 8th, the walk starts at 11:30 am, as part of the Native Plant Sale, please meet at the Pavilion.

Wildflower walks at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave., are offered free to the public courtesy of a grant from the Friends of Nature Parks in honor of charter member Jean Dorney.

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This year, it is being held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5-8 p.m. at Kiwanis Safety City. This is a great opportunity for kids to trick or treat, participate in a costume contest, meet firefighters and more!

Gainesville Fire Rescue. Kiwanis Safety City. 1025 NE 13th Street.


The 23rd Annual Family Literacy Festival is presented by The Gainesville Sun and the Alachua County Literacy Network. The purpose of the festival is to raise awareness about literacy and to reward students for their participation in the Million Minutes of Reading, a program that encourages elementary and middle school students to read.

Special Guests: Max City Dog, Plato The Publixaurus, Waste Watcher, Chick-fil-A Cow, UF Jugglers – Objects in Motion

Schedule of Events: (subject to change):

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Festival of Displays in library courtyard and the Matheson Museum will be open

10 a.m. – Festival welcome, recognition and literacy awards presented by Gainesville City Mayor Craig Lowe

10:25 – 10:35 a.m. – Performance by the Duval Fine Arts Academy

10:35 – 10:45 a.m. – Performance by O2B Kids

11 a.m. – Million Minutes of Reading awards for middle school and elementary school students

Parking: Free parking for the festival is available at the Union Street Station Parking Garage from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ONLY, courtesy of McGurn Investment Co.

Questions: Please call the Literacy Office at the Alachua County Library District (352) 334-3929.

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Green Drinks

greendrinks-image…meets in more than 700 cities around the world…Green Drinks Gainesville is a networking opportunity for those interested in sustainability.  JOIN US THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH at different locations in town to showcase sustainable businesses and to connect those who are engaged in creating a healthy future for our community and the planet. www.gogreennation.org


One of the largest university-affiliated art museums in the United States, the Harn Museum has an 86,800-square-foot facility, which includes 32,800 square feet of exhibition space, a 250-seat auditorium, study center, museum store, café, spacious areas for art storage and staff offices for work and research. In 2009, the museum broke ground on a new 26,000-square-foot addition, which will be dedicated to the exhibition, storage and conservation of the museum’s extensive collection of Asian art. Read more.

The Harn is free and open to the public.

There are many programs including Museum nights which is the second Thursday of the month from 6 – 9 pm.

United Downtown is the place to be on Friday nights before a Gator Home
Football Game. Food, friends and fun highlight this free,
family-oriented street festival scheduled for September 2, 9, 16, and 30
and November 4, 18, and 25, 2011.


Let’s Go DowntownFree Fridays” Plaza Series
From May to October, the Bo Diddley Community Plaza comes alive every Friday night  from 8-10 pm as our local and regional bands and performing arts are showcased under the stars.


Gator fans, are you excited for the start of the Florida football season? Are you crossing off the days on your calendar in anticipation for the first game in the Swamp? The 4th annual Gator Charity Challenge is your chance to see members of the 2011 team in action before the season starts.


artwalk1Artwalk Gainesville is a free event on the last Friday of each month for connecting with art, artists, and community in a vibrant downtown.


Use The Later Gator home page before you go out, you can plan for dinner, happy hour, and finish it off with a live concert, or dance the night away!!!

via bar specials, The Later Gator Gainesville, FL News and Events.

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