Shrek – The Musical

Shrek, an ogre finds love with Fiona a fair maiden to reign as queen in his swamp.  This universal favorite is the hilarious and entertaining Oscar winning DreamWorks film finding new life as a musical on the stage of the Phillips Center for Performing Arts.  Presented by Musical Me Theater, Gainesville’s Children’s Theater Company.

Tickets may be purchased online: and one hour prior to each performance.

When: Friday & Saturday, November 1 & 2  –  7:30 pm

Phone: 352-234-6228

Where: Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 315 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32610

A Hipp Double-Feature Movie Night

House on Haunted Hill has suspense, scary experiences for five guests invited by eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his fourth wife for their “haunted house” party.  Enticed by a ten thousand dollar reward for staying in the house for one night, as the night progresses all guests are trapped inside the  haunted house with ghosts, murderers and other terrors.  Master of suspense, actor Vincent Price as the eccentric millionaire.  Show Time: 8:00 pm

The Shining from author Stephen King, starring Jack Nicholson, about a winter visit in an isolated hotel where evil and spiritual influences force the father into violence as his psychic son envisions horrific things from the past and of the future.  Show Time: 9:30pm

Wednesday, October 30, 2013      Cost of Double Feature: $5.00

The Hippodrome Theater Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601

Education – For the Love of Learning

Community Education at Santa Fe offers classes without credit and the pressure of final exams.  The classes and workshops offer a wide range of fun educational experiences simply for the love of learning; explore art, cooking, crafts, gardening, health, creative writing, fine arts, food, languages and fitness classes.  For descriptions of classes being offered, check out Community Ed website. Registration is now until classes begin the week of October 26th.  Learning for personal enrichment is personally rewarding.

Check website for class locations and class fees:


30th Art Festival at Thornebrook Village

A weekend of art, music and good times.

Color your life with original art as you stroll the park like setting of Thornebrook Village Saturday and Sunday as 100 artists and fine craftsmen from around the region exhibit and offer for purchase a range or original work from: paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed-media, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, photography and wood.  Meet and talk with the artists; begin or add to your art collecting.

Local musical groups entertain throughout, good food and good times and great shops await you at the Thornebrook Festival.  Phone: 352-377-0996

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13       Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Thornebrook Village, 2441 NW 43rd Street and NW 23rd Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Chili’s Restaurant supports Guardian angels, a non-profit organization in its rescues, raising and training of service dogs.  The dogs are donated to assist veterans and those suffering from PTSD.  You can help too by having a great meal and support this good cause by enjoying dinner with friends or family at Chili’s and 10% of the proceeds that night are donated to Guardian Angels to continue their good work for our veterans.

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013      Time: 5 to 10 pm    Phone: 352-373-3010

Where: Chili’s Restaurant, 3530 SW Archer Road, Gainesville

Kick off the weekend with United Downtown

The free street party Friday nights before home games is a great time to enjoy downtown eateries, music at Bo Diddley Plaza and cheer on our Gators as they prepare for play before each home game in the Swamp on Saturday.   The next street party is October 4, 2013.  Come down and celebrate our great community, neighbors, and the love for Gator Football.  United in community and united in Gator football fever.

Where: SE 1st Street, Bo Diddley Plaza       FREE        Phone: 352-331-2800