Alachua County Farmer’s Market – Chili Pepper Festival

Select seasonably fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers’ gardens direct to your dinner table.  Also available are cheeses, farm fresh eggs, meats, jam and jellies, fresh chilis and chili sauces.

The Gainesville Chili cook-off is always a crowd pleaser with individuals competing for the best Chili in Gainesville as well as other activities such as a kids watermelon seed-spitting contest, and great live music.

Chili cook-off is July 27, 2013 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Admission and parking is FREE.

For more information visit:

Alachua County Farmers Market, 5920 NW 13th Street (corner of US 441 & State Road 121), Gainesville, FL 32653

Blues Pioneers Poster Exhibition

Twentieth century Blues musicians made major contributions to the country’s muscial landscape with this Southern musical style that included work songs, spirituals, shouts and chants in simple rhymed narrative ballads.  This collection of recognizable blues artists includes BB King, Muddy Waters, Billie Holliday and many others are depicted in the collection of colorful illustrations in unique folk art posters.

The exhibit is located at the Thomas Center Mezzainine Gallery and runs through September 7, 2013. Hours 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Phone 352-334-5067.  Admission is FREE of charge.

The Thomas Center Mezzanine Gallery, 302 NE Sixth Avenue – Gainesville, FL 32601

Gainesville Restaurant Week

Gainesville Restaurant Week begins this Thursday, July 25 and runs through August 4.  This culinary celebration was established by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate local restaurants and the area’s vibrant food culture.  Restaurants participating are given the opportunity to showcase their specialities at a value price and gain new patrons.  Some of the restaurants participating this year are: 101 Cantina, Adam’s Rib Company, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Blue Gill Quality Food, Dave’s New York Deli, Dragonfly Sushi, Emiliano’s Cafe, Manuel’s Vintage Room, Mildred’s Big City Food, Napolatono’s Restaurant, Piesanos, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Wahoo Seafood Grill among others.

There is a kick-off celebration scheduled for Thursday, July 25 from 5:00-7:30 pm at Parks Ford Lincoln of Gainesville.

For more information about Gainesville Restaurant Week, to view participating restaurants and see menus, visit:

Devil’s Millhopper State Park

The curious have visited this 120 foot deep – 500 feet wide geological sinkhole since the 1880’s.  The bottom of Devil’s Millhopper sinkhole is a miniature rain forest.

Devil’s Millhopper State Park is in our own backyard where visitors can see the small waterfalls cascading down the limestone and sides carpeted with lush ferns from the 236-step wooden stairway.  Florida’s natural history offers up marine shells, shark teeth and fossilized remains of extinct land animals found in the sink.  Walk the half-mile rim trail and explore the 63-acre park.

Learn more about this geological wonder at a park ranger guided walk,  Saturdays at 10am.

For more information about this state park and Florida parks visit:

4732 Millhopper Road, Gainesville, FL 32653.  Drive west at NW 53rd Avenue to the park.  Phone number: 352-955-2008.

YMCA – Great Community Resource

Since 1851 the “Y” has offered and adapted a range of programs and activities for its members.  Locally the “Y” offerings include aquatics, gymnastics, sports, performing arts, wellness and childcare.  Check out the range of activities and membership opportunities for student, senior, family; the benefits and member rates.  Need a meeting or party room, or want to have a pool party? Check out the rental possibilities.

For operating and pool hours visit:    352-374-9622

Main site: 5201 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32605

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom matches wits with his stern Aunt Polly and goes on a river rafting adventure with the irresistible renegade Huckleberry Finn and the feisty Becky Thatcher.  The Broadway musical adaption of America’s favorite book by Mark Twain, set in St. Petersburg, Missouri, is filled with foot-stomping and toe-tapping songs that will entertain area musical theater lovers from the stage of the Vam York Theater.  This American classic is theater the entire family will enjoy.

Wednesday through Sunday – there are 17 performances through Sunday, August 4, 2013

For ticket prices and times visit:

4039 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605    Phone: 352-376-4949

Florida Works

Florida Works is a one-stop career center for those in need of a job, want to change jobs, looking for a second job or a part-time job.  Florida Works helps its clients access their personal qualities and skills, develop successful interviewing skills, hone networking skills, and making that first good impression – visually and orally.

This is a good resource center for those needing and looking for work.  Check out the programs offered on the website.  The Connect Program allows job seekers to meet with employers at a weekly Monday networking event for professional level job seekers, from 5:45 to 7:30pm.

RTS bus number 13,

Hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm, Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm

4800 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608     Phone: 352-955-2245


Yoga – For a healthier you

FREE sessions teach the benefits of practicing yoga.  Those practicing yoga will experience a more positive outlook and disposition, reduced lower-back pain, will fall asleep faster, sleep better, enjoy reduced anxiety, improve body toning and enjoy more calmness in life.  This open level class allows options for modification for one’s individual needs.  What you need to bring: a yoga mat, yoga strap, large terry towel or blanket, and a water bottle.

The sessions begin Wednesday, July 3rd, and run through Wednesday, September 25th.

Where:  Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville FL

Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm       Phone: 352-334-1272    Cost: FREE

For more information:

Historic Haile Homestead Tours

On the National Register of Historic Places, the 6,200 square foot Historic Haile Homestead was a working plantation in the mid-1800s by the Thomas Haile family. Originally from South Carolina, Haile was one of many planters to establish a Sea Island cotton plantation built and worked by enslaved Africans.  The Hailes allowed family and guests to write on the walls and the home is unique for its “Talking Walls.”

Learn about local Southern history during tours:

Saturday Tours from 10am to 2pm; Sunday Noon to 4pm

Admission Donation $5, Kids 12 and under are free.  For more information visit:

HIstoric Haile Homestead, 8500 SW Archer Road, SR 24, Gainesville, FL 32608

Cabana Beach Apartments

Are you looking for a great apartment while you are attending the University of Florida or Santa Fe College?  Then you will definitely want to check out Cabana Beach Apartments.  This apartment community has so much to offer and is for all Beach Bums.  Within minutes to UF and SFC and offers great student living with lots of amenities.

  • Two 24-hour Think Labs
  • 24-hour upgraded computer lab with free printing
  • Lagoon-Style Beach-Side Pool and Tiki Deck
  • 24-hour upgraded fitness center with exclusive offer to Complete Nutrition
  • Exclusive, on-site transportation to UF and SFC
  • 5 minutes to the Oaks Mall, Butler Plaza, Archer Road, tons of dining establishments, shopping and entertainment.
  • Hi-speed Internet offered as well as wireless access in common areas
  • Individual leases
  • Roommate matching available

Cabana Beach is located at 1601 SW 51 Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607.  Give them a call today at 352-448-4948 or visit online at to find out how you can call this great apartment community home.