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CALENDAR UPCOMING EVENTS IN ALACHUA & MARION TIOGA MONDAY MARKET

HOGGETOWNE MEDIEVAL FAIRE

Mondays

February 5 – 7

4:00pm - 7:00pm JONESVILLE - Tioga Center, 13005 W. Newberry Rd. Market features a selection of vegetables, crafts, organic food, fruits and local specialties.

Times Vary GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Ave. The fairgrounds will transform into a medieval marketplace during the 30th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. $17 for adults and $7 for ages 5–17. Friday admission is $8 for adults, $3.50 for ages 5-17. Free for children under 5. Free parking. Credit cards are accepted. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. www.hoggetownefaire.com.

GAINESVILLE HARMONY SHOW CHORUS Thursdays 7:00pm – 9:30pm GAINESVILLE - Grace Presbyterian Church, 3146 NW 13th St. For all who are interested in learning and singing Women’s A Cappella Barbershop Harmony Music. For information call Beckie at 352-318-1281.

LADY GAMERS Fridays 1:00pm HIGH SPRINGS - New Century Woman’s Club, 40 NW 1st Ave. The Lady Gamers meet for fun, friendship and food. Everyone is invited. Meet old friends and make some new ones.

RANGER-LED WALK Saturdays 10:00am GAINESVILLE - Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, 4732 Millhopper Rd. Guided walks leave from the visitor center every Saturday at 10 am sharp. Visitors who dare to join the adventure have the opportunity to learn about the history and surrounding nature.

BAMBOO SALE Thru February 22 Times vary GAINESVILLE - Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr. The last day for placing orders is February 22nd and the last day for picking up bamboo is February 29th. Orders may be phoned in to 352-372-4981. Payment required when orders are placed. kanapaha.org/bamboo-sale.

BOOK CLUB Tuesday, February 2 1:00pm - 3:30pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43rd St. The Millhopper Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month. You do not have to read the book to attend the meeting. To help celebrate Black History Month, the book club will read “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier. 352-334-1272.

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MARDI GRAS BALL Friday, February 5th 7:00pm - Midnight LEESBURG - National Guard Armory. “A Crowning Event” Enjoy food, full cash bars and live entertainment at this formal and fun event. Votes will be tallied and the 19th Annual Mardi Gras King and Queen will be crowned. Formal or costume attire is suggested. Proceeds benefit the Annual Mardi Gras “Party in the Street” celebration. www.LeesburgMardiGras.com.

INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT Friday, February 5 7:30pm GAINESVILLE - University Auditorium, 333 Newell Dr. This is the longest-running “mobile guitar festival” in North America, now in its 17th season, highlights the diversity of the acoustic guitar around the world. The 2016 troupe features IGN founder Brian Gore from San Francisco along with two of Germany’s leading Gypsy Jazz masters, Lulo Reinhardt (Django’s grand-nephew) and Andre Krengel, and steel string guitarist Mike Dawes. 352-392-2787.

AUTHOR WILLIAM KAMKWAMBA Saturday, February 6 7:00pm - 8:30pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave. An evening with William Kamkwamba, author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” What do bamboo poles and bicycle chains have to do with sparking the spirit of entrepreneurship? Learn more about his inspiring life story of how an African teenager built a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his home and village, improving life for himself and his neighbors. Kamkwamba is an engineer and a philanthropist. 352-334-3900.

MARDI GRAS “PARTY IN THE STREET” Saturday, February 6th 11:00am - 11:00pm LEESBURG - Downtown. Let the beads fly! It’s Mardi Gras Time! Come see the streets of downtown Leesburg come alive with the sights and sounds of N’awlins! Enjoy 12 hours of familyfriendly fun with three parades, delicious food, fantastic live music, street performers, jugglers, fire-eaters and more. Listen to New Orleans-style marching Jazz Bands, Blues and more all live on two stages. Info: www.LeesburgMardiGras.com.

GUIDED WALK Saturday, February 6 10:00am – 12:00pm GAINESVILLE - Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr. Master Gardener Alicia Nelson leads a guided walk through the gardens. Regular admission price for non-members; members are admitted free of charge.

STEVE WILSON, SAXOPHONIST Saturday, February 6 7:30pm GAINESVILLE - University Auditorium, 333 Newell Dr. Steve Wilson and The Next Generation of Jazz. For nearly three decades Steve Wilson has reigned as jazz’s most consistently inspired alto and soprano saxophonist. Wilson leads a variety of starstudded ensembles whose repertoire explores the rich history of America’s classic music while creating new soundscapes. $30 - $10.

REMEMBERING JOSIAH T. WALLS Sunday, February 7 2:00pm - 3:00pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave. Melanie Barr, former chair of the Alachua Co. Historical Commission, will present the program to honor and remember Josiah T. Walls. Walls was elected to the Florida House of Representatives 1868-69, the first Black Republican from Florida to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1870, and he later served as Mayor of Gainesville. 352-334-3900.

ESTABLISH YOUR WRITING NICHE Sunday, February 7 2:30pm GAINESVILLE - Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Dr. Kevin McCarthy, professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Florida for 33 years, will discuss his personal experience finding his writing niche. He will sign books and share ideas for writers to venture further into the literary world at the monthly meeting of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

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