February 2016

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Passport to Caribbean Nights Gala Friday, February 19

7:00pm - 11:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Rd. Let Keith Watson Events and Grandiflora sweep you away to the islands while enjoying Caribbean cuisine from Blue Water Bay and the rhythms of Tropix. Proceeds will provide critical funds to support Museum educational programs. Individual tickets cost $150. Tickets and sponsorships: www.flmnh.ufl.edu/passport or 352-273-2047.

American cultural experience, and to preserve and enrich the American modern dance tradition.

THE FLORIDA EARTHSKILLS GATHERING February 17 – 21 Times vary HAWTHORNE - Little Orange Creek Nature Park, 24115 SE Hawthorne Rd. A time to learn, share and experience community and truly sustainable living skills. Through experiential learning, objects and skills will be crafted to provide food, shelter, clean water and deep healing of the earth and ourselves. www.floridaearthskills.org.

RUSSIAN INVASION Friday, February 19 7:30pm GAINESVILLE - Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St E-127. The Gainesville Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky Korsakov for an evening of passionate music.



Saturday, February 20

Saturday, February 20

2:00pm - 3:00pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75th St. Go back in time as these re-enactors of African American soldiers will be wearing historically accurate uniforms and will have a camp tent set up with horses. 352-333-2840.

10:00am – 4:00pm CEDAR KEY - Various locations. Cedar Key residents will be opening their homes to the public. Attendees can expect an array of homes including Historic District cottages, a restored grand old home feature in Coastal Living magazine and other island residences filled with modern and traditional art. Refreshments and maps will be available at the Arts Center on the day of the event from 9am to 1pm. Tickets are $20 per person, and may be purchased in advance at the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op at 457 2nd St., or on the day of the event between 9am and 1pm at the Cedar Key Arts Center. Info: CedarKeyArtCenter@gmail.com or 352-543-0362.

JUNIOR LEAGUE TOUR OF KITCHENS Saturday, February 20 10:00am GAINESVILLE - Various locations. This is a self-guided tour of 7 – 10 kitchens in some Gainesville homes and commercial kitchens. In each home, a sampling of food, beverage, and dessert is offered from local restaurants. Also featured will be a raffle for a prize. All funds raised are used to support women and children in the community. $35. www. gainesvillejrleague.org/?nd=aprons.

HEALTH SEMINAR Saturday, February 20


9:00am - 1:00pm GAINESVILLE - UF Hilton Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St. “AFIB IN FEB.” Atrial fibrillation (afib) is a serious, but treatable heart condition that affects over 2.7 million Americans. Many people don’t even know if they have it or realize the symptoms. Attend this free seminar to see if you are at risk and learn more about heart care. Event features complimentary health screenings and UF Health physician speakers. Register at UFHealth.org/afibevent; 352-733-0000.

Saturday, February 20


February 2016

6:30pm OCALA - Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. A favorite with groups of all ages and founded in 1927, The King’s Herald Quartet is the oldest continuous Gospel Quartet in America. Garnering six “Best Male Vocal Group” awards, their acapella style of music has been enjoyed by audiences and dignitaries nationally and internationally. Free. 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN Saturday, February 20 2:00pm - 3:00pm HAWTHORNE - Alachua County Library Hawthorne Branch, 6640 SE 221st St. Join more than a million readers nationally to celebrate African American authors and literature. Featured readers will include your neighbors and local community leaders from the fields of religion, government, education, and the arts. Refreshments will be served by the Hawthorne Woman’s Club. 352-481-1920.

THE AFRICAN PRESENCE IN BUDDHISM Sunday, February 21 2:30pm - 4:30pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E University Ave. K.