Fiber Art – Trinity United Methodist Church

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Now through January 6, TUMC will be exhibiting 86 quilts by members of the Alachua County Day Guild as a show of this truly American art form.  Quilters with a good eye for color, skillful fingers, cut small patches of colorful fabric then artfully arrange and stitch them into kaleidoscope of beautiful patterns that beautify beds and become wall hangings.

Hours: Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 8:00 pm, Friday 8:30 – 4:00 pm; Sunday 8:00 am – noon.  This event is Free and open to the public.

Trinity United Methodist Church – 4000 SW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32653     2nd floor of the Education Building.    Phone: 352-376-6615

Francesca’s Trattoria

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A Gainesville dining treasure, Francesca’s Trattoria offers a broad and varied menu for lunch and dinner seven days a week.  Selections prepared from scratch are made with a dedication for patron enjoyment and satisfaction.  A selection of fine wines and beverages is available to accompany the menu selections.  The desserts are delicious and decadent.

Live Jazz adds to the ambiance Sundays from 6 to 9 pm.

Sundowner Specials: during Happy Hour offer satisfying portions at a good price.

Private Parties: Reserve the entire cafe for a private event.  Check with Management for details and the website events page.

Location: 4410 NW 25 Place is tucked behind the Sun State Credit Union on NW 43rd Street across from Thornbrook Village.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm;  Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm;   Saturday 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm;   Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Reservations: call 352-378-7152

http://www.francescastrattoria.com

Good food, good company, good conversation and good service in a pleasant atmosphere makes this a memorable dining experience.

A Tuna Christmas

The Hippodrome Theatre stage transports the audience to the middle of the annual flashiest, trashiest yard decoration contest in Tuna, Texas, a delightfully, eccentric small town. Back by popular demand, this enjoyable two-hour escape, A Tuna Christmas’ two-man cast creates the voices of 22 eclectic and eccentric townspeople characters of both genders and various ages, gives an affectionate commentary on small-town Southern life and attitudes. Described as a “Stocking full of laughs and a comic masterpiece;” this knee slapping holiday extravaganzas leaves you laughing out loud. For performance schedule and times visit – http://www.thehipp.org/  – 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601.      352-375-4477

Saturday, November 24 – December 23rd, 2012     

Peanuts

 UF Florida Museum of Natural History – Who doesn’t like peanuts, oh, I mean Peanuts comic strip through the eyes of Charles Schulz as he explores the natural world via videos, objects, interactive stations and popular and much loved comic strip of Charlie Brown and his gang. People of all ages will be intrigued by Charlie Brown’s Environmental Protection Agency adventure and the “web of nature.” Visitors learn more about the wonders of the natural world from specimens in the museum’s collection. Currently showing through Sunday, January 2, 2013 – Museum opens at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday, Sunday at 1 – 5 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Hull Road at SW 34thm Street, Gainesville, FL 32611 – 352 846-2000

Holiday Traditions: A Musical Celebration

A wonderfully joyful musical program by Gainesville’s youth bringing holiday cheer while helping children with cancer. The program showcases students from area grade, middle and high schools in a program of holiday carols and music. The program and sing-a-long, under the direction of Professor Gary Langford, conductor for the Alachua County Youth Orchestra, sets a spirited mood for the holiday season. Sunday, December 9th,  4 pm at the Curtis M Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611 – Box Office 352 392-ARTS – 2787  http://www.stopchildrenscancer.org/