The Angel’s Share

Won Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival

The Angels’ Share a comic story about wasted talent by, Robbie, an ex-offender and what is achieved when given another chance in life.  The film introduces, Robbie, and a new father as they embark on an adventure with new found friends to a whisky distillery.  Here they discover that turning to drink just might change his life.

“Like the spirit is celebrates, ‘The Angels’ Share’ is a neat little jolt of pleasure – and guaranteed to leave you feeling just a mite warmer.” -Newark Star-Ledger

Show times: Wed, June 26 at 5pm – Thurs, June 27 at 5 pm

Prices and more information at

The Hippodrome State Theater, 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601, Box Office Telephone: 352-375-4477

Pinewood Terrace Apartments

Today’s featured apartment community is Pinewood Terrace in Northwest Gainesville.  Located at 4229 NW 43rd Street, Pinewood Terrace is conveniently located and in a much desired location for many Gainesvillians.  Just minutes from shopping, dining, schools, entertainment, I-75, Santa Fe College as well as the University of Florida.

These one-story level apartment homes are well appointed with great amenities like vaulted ceilings, monitored alarms, ceiling fans in each rooms, carpeted screened porches with storage, fully equipped modern kitchens with built-in microwaves, frost-free refrigerators with ice maker, washer and dryer connections, walk-in closets, and ceramic tile floors.  Community amenities include gated entrance, beautiful swimming pool, fitness center, and car wash station.

To find out more about these great apartment homes, or their sister community Pinewood, please call 352-372-0950 or stop by and request a tour.


The Oaks Mall

Gainesville is home to many different attractions and places to visit for your shopping pleasures, but everyone who is anyone in the Alachua County area knows that one of the best places to shop in all of Gainesville is The Oaks Mall. The Oaks Mall is located at 6419 Newberry Road, Gainesville Fl, and is driving distance from nearly everywhere in Gainesville.

The Oaks Mall opened in 1978 and has been providing locals and tourists with more than enough shopping and dining options for their preferences ever since. The Oaks Mall offers many different types of shops for men and women of all ages such as Hollister, Buckle, Guess, Victoria’s Secret, etc and of course anchor department stores like Macy’s, Belk, J.C. Penny, Sears, and Dillards.

The Oaks Mall offers multiple services outside of shopping such as harboring a Fed Ex Drop Off Station, offering High Speed Wireless Internet Access, Stroller Rentals, and an ATM for those of you who thought you would need a lot less money than you actually do. Also, for all you dads out there, while mom is trying on 70 different pairs of jeans at the Gap, you and the little ones can spend as much time as needed in the complimentary Children’s Play Area located between Macy’s and Sears.

Like previously stated, it’s really easy to get to the Oaks Mall by car (or scooter for all the college kids), but it’s also easy to visit if you do not have transportation because the Oaks has a bus stop for the RTS system in Gainesville located right outside of Macy’s. Buses 5, 75, 23, and 20 all stop at the Mall and routes 5 and 20 run until 10:30 pm and route 75 runs until 7:30 pm on weekdays. If you go to and look at the RTS Trip Planner at the bottom right hand corner of the page, you will be able to get stop-by-stop directions on exactly how to get to and from the Oaks Mall from wherever you are, so whether you’re looking for clothing, fine dining, or entertainment, take a second (or a few hours) out of your day in Gainesville to visit the best place for shopping in our town.

Alachua County Library District…thinking outside the book

The county has many treasures, and the Alachua County Library system is one of the best and most extensive.  Your library card allows access to programs for all ages, and services one may not realize existed.  Beyond books, services include computer access, out-of-town newspapers, magazines for a variety of interests, movie and music CDs and DVDs, and yes, the library has eBooks.

Visit the website for branch locations and to see the many programs and activities available for kids, teens and seniors.  The library is a wondrous place with 12 branches in the county and a BookMobile – visit it, use it, enjoy and learn from the wide range of services.  Need a space for a non-profit meeting, check the branches.     HQ phone number: 352-339-3900

The Red Onion Neighborhood Grill – Live Music Fridays

Where friends meet for good food, good conversation, and good times.  The casual, comfortable setting extends an inviting atmosphere.  The varied menu includes Harris Ranch Premium Beef, appetizers and delectable desserts.  This appealing neighborhood grill has live music Friday nights that showcase area musicians featuring jazz, blues, instrumental, and piano that helps ease into the weekend on a good note.

Like the food, The Red Onion also caters for home or office.


For hours and musical group line up, visit:

Red Onion – Corner of NW 39th Avenue and NW 24th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605

Uptown Village at Townsend

Today’s featured apartment community is Uptown Village at Townsend.  This beautiful apartment community has a lot to offer.  Not only is it appealing to the eye with its contemporary styling, it is located in a great NW Gainesville location and offers a multitude of amenities.  Supremely comfortable 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartment homes with options like lofts, solarium, and breezy patios are yours to choose from.  Full size washer and dryers are included, spacious walk-in closets, attached and detached garages and accessible storage units are also available. Uptown Village is pet friendly and offers designated pet walk areas.  Some of the amenities you will find appealing are a tropical style swimming pool and soothing spa, pool side cabanas with picnic tables and barbeque grills, white sand beach volleyball, full court indoor, air-conditioned basketball/sports court, convenient car care center, elegantly appointment clubhouse with oak billiard and shuffleboard games, exclusive move theater, and sophisticated business center.  The Red Onion Neighborhood Bar and Grill is also on site, and offers great dining options.

You definitely will want to check out this great community.  Stop by, check out their website, or give them a call today.  3780 NW 24th Blvd, Gainesville FL 32605.    Online:

Phone number: 888-461-1650.

International Piano Festival

Ever wish you had practiced the piano more as a child?  Do you regret not being able to play the piano well or at all?  Listen to and enjoy free concerts as six world renowned master pianists from across the United States and China perform on grand pianos.  The concerts are hosted by the University of Florida, School of Music.  FREE – public concerts.

For a schedule of dates and times please visit:

Concerts at UF School of Music Room 101, 435 Newell Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611.  Now through June 23, 2013.

Directions: from SW 13th Street, drive west on Museum Road, then south on Newell Drive to site.

What to Do in Gainesville: The Hippodrome State Theater

In the center of downtown Gainesville, there is a local treasure that the Gainesville population holds dear to their hearts, the Hippodrome State Theater. The Hippodrome was created in 1973 by local actors and was located on 2nd Place in downtown and has been there ever since. It is actually a very small complex with less than 400 seats and still has most of the same architectural structures as the original building and the Hippodrome is also home to one of the oldest working elevators in Florida. You have to crank it and everything! At the Hippodrome, the possibilities are endless. You are able to see the professional Gainesville cast put on Broadway productions, participate in art school classes for all ages, and develop yourself as an artist through adult behind-the-scenes workshops. For the remainder of May, the talented artists of Gainesville are putting on a production called “Avenue Q,” which is a coming of age musical that deals with children believing in endless possibilities and then growing up and realizing that their options are actually really limited. Also, starting May 31, they are showing the Australian movie, “The Sapphires,” which was inspired by a true story of four women who travel to sing in front of the U.S. troops in Vietnam during the late 1960s. The Hippodrome offers so many opportunities to all different age groups and it’s a small piece of history that thankfully hasn’t been pushed aside throughout the years of industrial growth that Gainesville has experienced.

written by: Leslie Cole

Summer a Great Time to Read

A great story with intrigue, mystery, romance, and adventure written well with captivating skill will entertain and transport the reader to another time and place with the latest page turners.  Want a little assistance in the selection of the best recently published books by a favorite author or discover a new first time author; these websites will become a reader’s reliable resource.  If you prefer reading business books, there is no shortage of advice books from business leaders and authors.

Written by: Roz Miller

Start Smart Workshop – Be a Small Business Owner

Offered by the Small Business Development Center

Do you have the entrepreneur bug to be a small business owner?  Aspiring entrepreneurs get an understanding of what it takes to make your business dream become a reality with tools needed and resources available for a small business start-up.  Important factors to consider: is my idea realistic, who is my market, testing the market, acquiring capital, writing an effective business plan, and what are the legal requirements.  Business councilors with the Small Business Development Center will walk you through these basic business concepts during the workshop.

Time: Friday, June 7, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Price: $40 in advance or $50 at the door


GTEC Center – 2153 SE Hawthorne Road, Gainesville, FL 32631 for a wealth of information

Written by: Roz Miller