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Weekend Events, February 16, 2018


3:00: Once Upon a Time, Women's United, Sweetwater Branch, 625 E University Ave. An Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon of tea, vendors, silent auction, performance art and even a costume contest (prizes will be awarded to the winner)! All event proceeds benefit the United Way of NCFL's ReadingPals program.



5:00: Potluck, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. Downtown. We all have to eat! So lets join together and collectively share food, swap stories of past resistance and spread current news of what's going on in our community and the world at large! There is an incredible amount of work that needs to be done and community solidarity will aid us during these times of struggle.



7:30: UnBalanced Connection Concert, UF School of Music, Music Building, Room 101 (MUB 101), 435 Newell Dr. Since 1997, the UnBalanced Connection concert series has presented the latest cutting-edge electro-acoustic art music. Over the past 55 concerts over 300 works have been presented to an engaged audience.



7:30: L'AMOUR IN ALACHUA, Dance Alive National Ballet, Legacy Park, Alachua. From classical ballet to humorous vaudeville styled dance, Dance Alive dancers create a world of drama and delight. 'L'AMOUR in ALACHUA' features dances from well-known ballets of Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote and the romantic Romeo and Juliet pas de deux. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



8:00: MIND GAME, Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, various days, times, Downtown. From acclaimed director Maasaki Yuasa (DevilMan CryBaby, Ping Pong, Adventure Time) comes MIND GAME. loser Nishi, too wimpy to try to save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife.



8:00: OJAS: Open Jam Art Show, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. Downtown. Open Jam with all the accoutrements, drumkit, bass and guitar amps, microphones, and room on the board. Come out and play some songs you know, some riffs or progressions you've been working on, or just feed entirely off the moment and co-create something new with strangers. Listeners and dancers Welcome.



021618VegFest Gainesville VegFest 2018, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave., Downtown. The second annual Gainesville VegFest family-friendly event will include speakers and entertainment, vendors and exhibitors, food, educational booths, children's activities, FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



Florida Invitational Step Show Fest, UF's Flavet field. The Florida Invitational Step Show hosts FISS Fest. Students can participate in activities and enjoy live performances. This is a family friendly event where guests can enjoy great food, stop by the vendor booths, meet the step teams, and enjoy various dance groups as well as our annual NPHC stroll-off competition. With a live DJ, food, vendors and much more. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.




10:00: Kinetic Sculpture Derby, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave., Downtown. Kinetic Sculptures are human powered works of art custom built for the derby. They can be up to 35 feet in length, 9 feet wide, 10 feet tall, and powered by from as few as 2 teammates to a maximum of 12. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



10:00: Alachua County Library Tower Road Grand Re-Opening Celebration, 3020 SW 75 St., West Gainesville. This celebration unveils the addition of the 8,500 sq. ft. and renovation of 15,000 sq. ft. to complete 23,500 sq. ft. of new, innovative library space that will better serve fast-growing Southwest neighborhoods. New features include a larger meeting room with a kitchen, an expanded children's indoor and outdoor area, a dedicated space for teens, a quiet reading room for traditional library users, three study rooms, new restrooms and more.



12:00: Gainesville Harley-Davidson's 25th Birthday Bash, Harley Davidson, 4125 NW 97th Blvd. Harley-Davidson's family friendly party with live music from Hogtown Slayers, free Baseline Dyno Runs, delicious food, cold drinks and tons of prizes. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County.



3:00: Miracle Market 2018, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown. UF Dance Marathon, presents UF's first ever Green Market-style event. A variety of different vendors will be present, with each donating a portion of their proceeds to DM at UF.



5:45: Gainesville Contra Dance, Gainesville Old-Time Dance Society, Thelma A. Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave, downtown. Contra dancing is social dancing for everyone (all ages are welcome) and no partner is necessary. The music is live. Dances are taught, walked through, and called. No experience or special dress is required. Wear casual attire and comfortable shoes. If you are new, please come to the beginner lesson (workshop) that begins about 30 minutes before the dance. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



6:00: NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, One Night Only, Hipp Cinema, Downtown Gainesville. From Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä is considered by many to be his. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and determined to understand nature leads her into danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.



8:00: Cassie Keenum Rick Randlett & Friends, Heartwood Sound Stage, 619 South Main Street. Blues with a side of deep southern soul. Raised by a Baptist preacher, Cassie found a home for her rebellious and independent attitude in blues music and shady bars. Rick first fell under the blues spell in the 70s, influenced by artists such as Eric Clapton and other blues-rock pioneers. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



2:30: Robert Crow, Local Author Series, Alachua County Library Headquarters, Meeting Room A, Downtown. Learn about the principles of human behavior and how to improve your life in Robert Crow's book Nudge & Boost for Better Living: A Semi-Autobiographical Novel on Using the ABCs of Human Behavior. Robert Crow has a PhD in Behavorial Science and 35 years experience in systems of education, community development, and higher.


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