Book Lover’s Delight

Barnes and Noble booksellers is closing its store on Archer Road in Butler Plaza January 31. Add to your personal library and take advantage of some great price reductions on many books and other items offered in the store. What a great way to buy your favorite author, collect best-selling books on the New York Times best sellers list for your reading pleasure or books to give as gifts. Also available are B & N Gift Cards, nook books, great book selection for children and teens, a broad range of non-fiction subjects to satisfy most interests.

Regular Store Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 am to 9:00 pm        Sunday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Phone: 352 372-3525      Website: www.barnesandnoble.com

Where: 3910 SW Archer Road – Gainesville, FL 32608

Getting your karate on in Gainesville

For those of you who want to get in a great workout, but also want to learn how to defend yourself, Gainesville Dojo offers several types of martial arts classes to help you do so. Located on 536 SW 2nd Avenue and open from Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 pm, Friday from noon to 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm the Gainesville Dojo offers a variety of different classes at different times so that you an pick which one you would like to master or which one interests you the most. The Dojo’s owner, Keith Telle,  has a 10th degree black belt with 40 years experience of teaching styles from USA Goju, Kali, Boxing, and Kickboxing. Teller as well as 7 other instructors teach a variety of different programs, including But not limited to, Karate, Kung Fu, Ju-Jitsu, and Kenpo. Memberships last a month long, so you decide if you would like to renew or even add on more classes. After taking any of these classes you will feel better about not just your health, but your safety as well.

http://www.gainesvilledojo.org

Devil’s Millhopper

For those of you who enjoy long, scenic hikes, The Devil’s Millhopper is a very popular destination in Gainesville. Don’t be turned off by the name, this state park is known for its unique bowl shaped cavity that is 120 feet deep and leads you down into a miniature rainforest. While walking down the guided trail, you can take in the beautiful views of the lush vegetation and small streams along the slopes of the cavity. As well as enjoying the sights with friends, your four-legged loved ones are more than welcome at the park as long as they are on a six-foot leash. After a fun afternoon of exploring, you can also have a picnic at the park. This park is also great if you are on a budget because admission is only $4 for vehicles and $2 for pedestrians. Located on 4732 Millhopper Road and open from 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday through Sunday, this picturesque destination is definitely one you should be sure to check out.

www.floridastateparks.org/devilsmillhopper

 

For the dare-devils

Sure, Gainesville has a ton of places to hike and picnic, but for those of you who have a taste for the more adventures things that life has to offer, Gainesville Rock Gym may have just what you are looking for. Gainesville Rock can be a day out to just test your endurance or an afternoon out with friends and family. Prices vary from a $9.00 junior day pass, $13.75 adult day pass, $11.00 student day pass and a $9.50 bouldering day pass as well as equipment rental. There is also a selection of membership packages to choose from if rock climbing is a hobby of yours. Gainesville Rock offers a summer camp, birthday party specials and group events for a day of fun with your loved ones to get together and do something exciting and daring. If you are a UF student, Gainesville Rock even offers a team that you could join that has been no. 2 in the nation for two years in a row. Located on 704 South Main Street and open from 11 am to 11 pm on Monday through Thursday, 11 am to midnight on Friday and Saturday and 1 pm to 9 pm on Sunday, make plans to do something bold and visit the Gainesville Rock Gym.  www.gainesvillerock.com

Annual Craft Festival

The UF O’Connell Center main arena transforms into a wonderland of holiday spirit filled with unique gifts to amaze, delight and satisfy friends and family on your gift list. North Central Florida’s largest two-day indoor craft extravaganza is the envy of Santa’s workshop. Creatively decorating with attention-getting, show-stopping colorful shiny, glittery and sparkling items will make your home the talk of the season.

When: Saturday, December 7               Time: 10 am to 6 pm

When: Sunday, December 8                 Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Website: https://www.oconnellcenter.ufl.edu/craftfestival/

Phone: 352-392-5500

General Admission: $4 – UF Students w/ID $1 – 13 and under – free

Where: Stephen C O’Connell Center – 2020 W University Ave – Gainesville, FL 32611

For the sports fan with an appetite

If you live in Gainesville, chances are, you are a sports fan. If you are a sports fan, chances are even higher that you love a juicy burger, all the wings you can eat, and a beer to top it all off. Luckily, there are quite a few places for you to watch the game while you get your grub on. Endzone on 1209 W University Ave offers a huge variety of tasty burgers, sandwiches and steaks all with a full bar of domestic and imported beers, wines, and frozen drinks. The Endzone is also known for its Gator Cup Burger Challenge, a 2-pound burger covered in cheese and pickle slices. If you finish it you will get a free t-shirt, your name in their Gator Cup Trophy and your picture on their page, so try it if you dare.  www.endzonegainesville.com

Miller’s Ale House, open everyday from 11 am to 2 am and located on 3950 SW Archer Rd, offers specials every day as well as their delicious burgers, pizzas, steaks and even fajitas. Ale House has 75 beers on tap including their specialty drinks, so you will be sure to find just what you like. As for seating, you can choose where to sit according to what game you want to watch, so come on by to Ale House on the next big game day! www.millersalehouse.com

Mother’s Pub and Grille, a popular restaurant in this area, is open on Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 am, Saturday from 11 am to 12 am and Sunday from noon to 2 am. Located on 1017 W University Ave, come by to try any of their daily specials including, $0.40 wings, $0.50 tacos and $0.75 sloppy tacos. www.motherspub.com

Massage Moon

If life ever gets way too stressful and you just want an afternoon of rest and relaxation, a massage could be the answer to all of your problems. If you don’t mind splurging for a little comfort, than you may want to consider a trip to Massage Moon on 5021 NW 34th St. Massage Moon offers ten different types of massages, all different lengths and prices so you can get exactly what you need. Massages can help reduce anxiety, fatigue, and depression while increasing energy, sleep quality, and concentration as well as several other benefits. Massage Moon is open everyday except Sundays, from 10 am to 6 pm on Monday through Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. There are also year long packages so that you can enjoy a massage every month for an entire year, as well as a couple retreat for a special occasion with your loved one. So, next time you are in the mood to treat yourself, visit Massage Moon for all the relaxation that you could ask for.  www.massagemoon.massagetherapy.com

Women & Wealth Seminar

Get a head start on your 2014 goals by evaluating what is important to you. A fiscal check-up assists you with developing workable strategies for saving, budgeting, money management and an investing plan suited for your needs. This FREE seminar for women 18 and older is presented by registered financial advisors of Morgan Stanley.

When:     Wednesday, December 4, 2013                 Time:   5 pm to 7 pm

Website:  www.morganstanleyfa.com/bankscarrollgroup/

Phone:  352 332-9300     Please, RSVP to Danielle to reserve a seat

Where: Morgan Stanley – 4965 NW 8th Avenue, Suite A – Gainesville, FL 32605