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Old Florida Birding and Nature Festival

gainesvilleold_th65046_300x250Registration for the Gainesville “Old Florida” Birding and Nature Festival is now open! The events and activities will take place April 18th-20th, 2014. Programs will feature birding and nature photography tours and paddling trips to our local springs and the Suwanee, Santa Fe and Ocklawaha Rivers. We will hike and then do a blueberry wine tasting at a local winery, we will provide tree climbing tours and view bald eagle nests at the climbing site, Lubee Bat Conservancy will host festival participants, and we will hike in her old orange grove turned hammock and then go on a guided tour of the Historic Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House. Lectures will include Florida sinkhole geology, an introduction to bird identification, how to purchase, use and store binoculars hosted by our local birding shop, and nature photography topics.  Side visits you could take in Gainesville include a night flyover of the bats at the University of Florida bat houses on Lake Alice on campus and a visit to the Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit at the Florida Natural History Museum. So much to do!

A full list of events can be found on the website by clicking here

Please visit for more information on registration and feel free to contact us by phone or through email!

This year’s event will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Downtown Gainesville: 101 S.E. 1st Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 240-9300. For more information or to contact us about the Gainesville “Old Florida” Birding and Nature Festival, contact us at Terri at GainesvilleEcotours (dot) com or (904) 704-4087.

Dec 14-15: Gathering of the Artists

Gathering_2013_postcard_3b1Saturday, December 14,  1 pm to 8 pm
Sunday, December 15, 11 am to 5 pm
Two locations: Thomas Center (302 NE 6th Avenue) and the former Doris Center (716 N. Main St.)
Info: 352-281-7553
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A stellar presentation of original work by Gainesville’s award-winning artists.
Enjoy music and beverages while you do your holiday shopping.

Featured Artists:
at the Thomas Center
John Tilton – ceramics
Steve Howell – ceramics
Pete Senesac – jewelry
Anne Gilroy – painting
Harriet Huss – painting
Anne Seraphine – painting/mixed media
Susan Torgerson James – wearables
Candace McCaffery – quilts
Greg Johnson – sculpture
Natacha Monalisa – painting
Sandra Matasick – jewelry
Leland Shaw – ceramics
William Schaaf – sculpture
Elleanor Blair – painting
Martin Gates – sculpture
Bill Flusche – fine wood furniture
Dixie Biggs – fine wood working
Ande Lister – painting

at the The former Doris Center
Leslie Peebles – printmaking
Michael Kemp – printmaking
Norman Jensen – painting
Cristine Cambrea – painting
Meagan Chaney Gumpert – ceramics
Barbara Knutson – ceramics
Jason Straw – fine wood furniture
Jacquelyne Collett – glass
Logan Marconi – painting
Regina Roper – jewelry
Catherine Boswell – ceramics

Dec 13-16: Annie Pais Open Studio Days

AnniesHoliday5Friday, December 13th – Monday, December 16th
10 am – 4 pm
location: 926 NW 40th Drive, Gainesville, FL

Annie Pais Open Studio Days: Four days of demonstrations, winter class registration, creative conversations  and the annual, holiday painting sale offering many new watercolors and oils.
Free prints with every Sale, plus a bogo print sale too!

Gift certificates for classes are the perfect, thoughtful holiday present.

INFO: 352-377-0777

Dec 14: Studio Open House Micanopy

12350820294F945D03December 14, 2013, 10 am – 5 pm
Location: 508 Tuscawilla Road, Micanopy, FL 32667
Info: 352-466-4973

17th Annual Holiday Open House at Ana Varela’s Studio in Historic Micanopy. Live Music, Unique Pottery, Fiber, Glass ,Jewelry, Frivolities.
A Portion of all sales to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust

Dec. 6: Rum 138 Art Gallery

Rum 138 Art Gallery
Friday, December 6
6 – 8 pm
Location: 2070 SW County Road 138, Fort White, Florida, 32038
Phone: 386-454-4247

Nov 24: Artisans’ Guild Gallery – Annual Holiday Open House

HOLIDAYCSunday, November 24th, 2013, 12 noon – 5 pm
Artisan’s Guild Gallery
201 SE 2nd Place #113, Gainesville, Florida 32601
FREE | wheelchair accessible
INFO: 352-378-1383

Artisans’ Guild Annual Holiday Open House. Gifts of art created by more than 50 local artists. “Featuring a wide variety of locally-created Fine Arts and Fine Crafts by 50 regional artists.” Bring your family and friends.  Located Downtown in Union Station, just East of the Hippodrome.


Boo at the Zoo – Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Join the tradition enjoyed by hundreds of children every year. The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is transformed into a spooky but safe trick or treat event for the whole family.

October 31, 2013, 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, 3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, Florida (Behind the Gym)
Admission to the Trick or Treat Event: 1 can of food per person. Canned goods will be donated to local food banks.
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The SF Teaching Zoo is home to over 75 different species of animals. The zoo showcases a diverse collection that contains both native and exotic species for everyone to enjoy.Visitors enjoy the Bald Eagles, White-throated Capuchin monkeys, Galapagos tortoises, Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo and Asian small-clawed otters to name a few. These species and many other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are on display in a naturally shaded environment. The 1/4 mile trail through the wooded environment is lined with sawdust and is stroller and/or wheelchair accessible.

Oct 28: Historic Halloween Haunt at the Matheson Museum

halloween-haunted-houses-in_1382156662The Matheson Museum is the place for ghosts and goblins at the Annual Historic Halloween Haunt. Bring out the junior historian in your child! The evening will feature a tour of the Matheson House (the second oldest home in Gainesville), a costume parade through the Botanical Gardens, storytelling and of course treats. Costumes are encouraged. Hear the history of Halloween come alive with poetry readings and mad-libs. Every child will receive a bag of candy, no trick or treating required!

Monday, Oct 28 5:30p to 7:00p
Price $5.00 for kids 5-12 and $7.00 for teens
Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL, 32635 | (352) 378-2280 | 

Halloween Molecular Mania

imagesJoin student volunteers from the UF Chemistry Dept. at Halloween Molecular Mania 2013: Chemistry Day at the Oaks Mall. This free event features an array of interactive demonstrations designed to convey chemistry concepts to the youth of our community. These 20+ demonstrations range from electroplating pennies and making slime, to super-cool chemistry featuring liquid nitrogen, and even imploding soda cans. Kids attending the event have a chance to win cool chemistry prizes in a free raffle.

Saturday, Oct 26, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Free to the public |