Morningside Nature Center

Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest is a toe tapping time as young fiddlers demonstrate their competitive musical skills. Learn about and experience a Cane Boil with the tradition of preserving, making and bottling sugar cane syrup. In addition to the fiddle contest, hear live Southern fiddle and string band music. Interpreters bring history to life with stories of our Southern rural past on this 1870 farm.

Saturday, November 30, 2013   9:00 am – 4:00 pm               Phone: 352 334-3326

Entry Fee: $2 adults – $1 children 3 to 12 – Free for children under three

Morningside Nature Center – 3540 E University Ave – Gainesville, FL 32641

Waldo Flea Market

Get a long weekend jump on finding unique and one of a kind holiday gifts in this treasure hunting paradise with millions of items to surprise and delight. On 40 acres with a 20 thousand square feet climate controlled indoor antique mall. Homemade, “cottage food,“ items will temp and treat your palate. This amazing attraction magnet would surely attract Santa if he only knew. A short drive from Gainesville; just look for the big rocking chair, big horse and the windmill. Hours: 9am to 6 pm – seven days per week, closed only Thanksgiving and Christmas Location: on US 301 just north of Waldo

For the live music lovers of Gainesville

Aside from the amazing record stores that Gainesville is home to, sometimes you may be in the mood for some live music. One place that you can always count on having a show going on is High Dive on 210 SW 2nd Ave. From hard-core rock to rap and everything in between, High Dive has several shows every single month. The smaller venue allows for a more intimate, closer to the action experience that most concert halls just could not offer. At High Dive, you are just a few feet away from the performer and jumping up and down with the crowd is an experience like no other. Aside from live music, High Dive has Karaoke every Monday, as long as there is not a show going on, and even comedy acts from famous comedians if you are in the mood for a ton of laughs. So for live entertainment at amazingly low prices, check out High Dive’s website and look up their calendar to see what amazing talent will be performing in Gainesville next!

Being artsy in Gainesville

If you like to do more than just appreciate the arts by going to the theater or to museums and you would rather make art yourself, than one studio in Gainesville may be just what you are looking for when it comes to getting in touch with your more creative side. Corks and Colors Studio, located on 5200 W Newberry Rd, offers both open studio where you can paint your own canvas or pottery piece as well as classes where you can learn how to create new crafts. Open from 10 am to 9 pm on Monday through Saturday and 12 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, this is a great place to gather with friends or family and paint a beautiful picture, decorate any piece of pottery you choose, or even create your own clay piece. If art is a big part of your life, there are also memberships that you can sign up for that include perks such as discounts on pottery, kids classes and birthday parties, and free clay workshops. Next time you are in the mood to express yourself through painting, be sure to visit Corks and Colors Studio where you can create your next masterpiece!

Gators March for Babies

In its tenth year, this March for Babies fundraising event for students, alumni and staff has grown to over 1,599 annual participants. It has raised more than 450 thousand dollars to help area babies have healthy and full term births. Today the UF March for Babies is the largest and most successful collegiate March for Babies fundraiser in the country. This is a great way to have fun and exercise while doing something good for your community.

 Date:  Sunday, November 24, 2013                  Time:  2:00 pm

Registration Time:  1:00 pm

Where: UF Campus – Turlington Hall – Gainesville

In the mood for oriental

If you love eating exotic foods, but you have a particular fondness for Asian food, then there are definitely some places in Gainesville that will spark your interest. Bento Café, on 3841 SW Archer Rd and a second location at 3832 W Newberry Road, open from 11:30 am to 10 pm on Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 am to 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, allows you to customize exactly what kind of box or bowl that you want as well as choosing from the variety of soups and sides that are available. Next to the Bento Café on Archer Road is Hiro: Asian Sandwich Bistro that is renown for its Korean taco. Aside from that, you have the choice of getting burgers, sandwiches, or even creating your own sandwich. After you meal, enjoy one of their delicious Snow Bowls, a treat quite like ice cream but with an Asian twist. Open everyday from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm, come by to have some of the best Asian food in town. Unlike the previous more casual places, Dragonfly is a more upscale restaurant that is a favorite to many residents in Gainesville. It’s varying hours are 11:30 to 2:00 pm for lunch on Thursday and Friday and dinner hours are 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Thursday and 5:00 pm to 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. For that special occasion, Dragonfly may be just the place to go.


The Butterfly Rainforest

If you enjoy long walks out in nature, you can be sure to find plenty of parks and outdoor activities in Gainesville. However, one attraction in particular stands out for its beautiful atmosphere and unique experience. The Butterfly Rainforest at the University of Florida is free for UF students and only $9 for non-UF students, seniors, and Florida residents, $10.50 for adults who are non-Florida residents and only $6 for children aged 17 and younger. At any given moment there are 60 to 80 buttery and moth species fluttering around and throughout the year there are over 1,000 butterflies. This 6,400 square-foot exhibit is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, so please be sure to stop by to watch live releases of butterflies, stroll through the tropical environment with hundreds of flowers and even watch butterfly feeding stations up close as beautiful butterflies feed on fresh cut fruit. The Butterfly Rainforest is a great place for an educational trip for kids, a nice stroll for you and your loved one and just a fun day for you and your friends.  (Ashley Mondesir)

Quit Smoking Class

Be good to your health and keep more money in your wallet by acquiring the tools to quit smoking and all tobacco related products. By learning what triggers you to smoke, dip or chew, you will be able to cope with withdrawal symptoms. Free nicotine patches, lozenges and/or gum are available while supplies last. The two-hour seminar offered by the Alachua County Health Department also offers follow-up support. Friends and family will applaud your efforts and success. Admission: Free When: Wednesday, November 20 Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   Where: Alachua County Health Department – 224 SE 24th Street – Gainesville 32641

Register: 866- 341-2730   More information – call: 352 389-9522

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Nature lovers may have just found their paradise here in Gainesville because there are a plethora of outdoor activates for them to indulge in in the area. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens on 4700 SW 58th Drive is a beautiful 1 ½ mile nature walk on a 62 acre facility with 24 collections to view. Admission to the garden is only $7 for adults, $3.50 for children aged 6-13 and free for children under 6. Once in the garden you can go on a self-guided tour or you can schedule to go on the guided tour they have on the first Saturday of every month with their Master Gardener. Collections include a Boardwalk, Hummingbird Garden, Asian Garden and Water Garden. The facility’s feature event is the Spring Garden Festival that includes plants, displays, arts and crafts, education exhibits and food. Be sure to check out their website to find out more about when their next festival will be taking place. The gardens are open every day except on Thursdays and Christmas Day, so stop by this beautiful paradise from 9 to 5 on weekdays and from 9 to 7 on weekends to have a peaceful day of beautiful sights.  (Ashley Mondesir)

32nd Gainesville Downtown Art Festival

Among the top 100 art festivals in the US, Gainesville’s own juried festival offers the works of 250 outstanding local, regional and national artists and fine craft persons. There is no better time to begin or add to one’s art collection. Enjoy the many and varied food selections. The stage at Bo Diddley Plaza features continuous musical entertainment throughout the two day event. Many non-profit organizations offer services that do good things for our community. The festival is family friendly.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17

Times: 10 am to 5 pm             Phone: 352 393-7520

Where: Core blocks around Downtown Community Plaza