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  • Museums and Historical Sites: Camp Blanding Museum & Memorial Park S.R. 16 (10 miles east of Starke) 352-533-3196 The park at Camp Blanding contains WWII vintage aircraft, artillery and vehicles as well as monuments to Medal of Honor recipients. The museum displays memorabilia of the early history of Camp Blanding and its role in WWII. Gift Shop. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tueday - Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday. Free. Florida Museum of Natural History Museum Road on UF Campus 352-392-1721 A full-size replica of a North Florida limesetone cave, a Mayan Palace and a Fossil Study Center are only part of the allure of the largest natural history museum in the Southeast. Visitors also learn about the state’s history in the Florida Indian Peoples Room and the Hall of Florida History. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Fred Bear Museum Archer Road at I-75 Gainesville 352-376-2411 The late Fred Bear was a bowhunter of world renown. Lion, deer, bear and other specimens taken by Bear and other bowhunters are on display inthe museum, along with spears, bows, and arrows, shields and other weaponry. Visitors also my view the workings inside the Bear Archery factory. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission $2.50 adults; $1.50 ages 6-12; under 6 free. Family admission two adults, all minor children under 12, $6.00. |Culture menu||Site navigator| Harn Museum of Art SW 34th Street and Hull Road Gainesville 352-392-9826 The spacious galleries of the dramatic Harn Museum of Art house collections from varied cultures of th Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe,a s well as contemporary works. The 62,000-square-foot museum includes a gift shop with a unique selection of quality gifts. Open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Free. Thomas Center 302 NE 6th Avenue Gainesville 352-334-2197 The Thomas Center, with its stylish exhibition rooms and lovely gardens, was built as a villa in 1906 and converted to the Thomas Hotel in 1928. The Mediterranean Revival style center is the site of a variety of art exhibits and musical programs. Tours of the Thomas Center and its 1920 period rooms may be taken 8 a.m. - 5p.m. Monday - Friday or from 1 -4p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. |Culture menu||Site navigator| Santa Fe Gallery Building P, Room 201 Santa Fe Community College 3000 NW 83rd Street Gainesville 352-395-5621 The Santa Fe Gallery was the first community college gallery in the nation to be approved by the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institution for loans of high security exhibitions. Contemproary exhibits of regional and national artists are on display. Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday and 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday. Free University Galleries Fine Arts Building and Grinter Hall University of Florida, Gainesville 352-392-0201 Three galleris on the University of Florida campus display a variety of artwork and are open to the public. The University Gallery in Fine Arts Building B exhibits contemporary art by local, national and international artists. Its hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday - Friday; and 1 -5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. The Focus Gallery in Fine Arts Building C displays work of students and emerging artists. Open Mondy - Friday 8 - 11:45 a.m. and 1 - 4:45 p.m. Free. The Grinter Gallery in Grinter Hall. Specialized international artwork. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Free.
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  • The Performing Arts: Acrosstown Repertory Theatre 619 S. Main St. Gainesville 352-375-1321 Acrosstown Repertory Theatre might well be described as Gainesville’s Off-Broadway. The 80-seat community theatre is home of experimental, avant garde and often cross-cultural productions. Though often outside mainstream theatre, Acrosstown Theatre performers sometimes include classics. Center for Performing Arts Hull Road and 34th Street, UF campus Gainesville 352-392-1900 The Center for Performing Arts is Gainesville’s center for theatre, music and dance performances. Home to several local performance groups, the Center also hosts Broadway touring companies, opera, symphony orchestras and nationally-known performers. |Culture menu||Site navigator| DANCE ALIVE! 1325 NW 2nd Street Gainesville 352-371-2986 In its 30th year, DANCE ALIVE! is a professional ballet company that performs locally, as well as around Florida and the United States. Hippodrome State Theatre 25 SE 2nd Place Gainesville 352-375-4477 Gainesville’s state renown professional theatre company presents the best in contemporary theatrical productions. Audience members surround the stage on three sides in the unique theatre which is housed in the former U.S. Post Office in downtown Gainesville.
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  • Churches/Synagouges- Choose a regular place of worship or visit others at one of these locations. First Assembly of God 376-6992 2925 NW 39th Ave. First Baptist Church 376-4681 425 W. University Ave. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 372-4641 500 NE 16th Ave. Campus Church of Christ 378-1471 2720 SW 2nd Ave. Congregation B’nai Israel 376-1508 3830 NW 16th Blvd. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter 372-0150 Day Saints 3745 NW 16th Ave. Faith Presbyterian Church 377-5482 5916 NW 39th Ave. Gethesemane Lutheran Church 378-2915 4011 NW 34th St. Hare Krishna Center 336-4183 214 NW 14th St. Holy Trinity Episcopal 372-4721 100 NE 1st St. Islamic Center of Gainesville 372-1980 1010 W. University Ave. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 375-8281 1124 NE 3rd Ave. Pentecostals of Gainesville 376-6320 800 NW 39th Ave. Salvation Army 376-1743 639 E. University Ave. Seventh Day Adventist 372-0596 2115 NW 39th Ave. Trinity United Methodist Church 376-6615 3536 NW 8th Ave. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 377-1669 2814 NW 43rd St.
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  • Television: WCJB-ABC, Channel 20 WUFT-PBS, Channel 5 WOGX, Channel 51 Cox Cable transmits 32 channel 377-2123
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  • Newspapers: The Gainesville Sun (daily) Circulation 1-800-443-9493 Classified 1-800-443-4245 The Record (weekly) 377-2444 The Independent Florida Alligator 376-4482 (published M-F when UF is in session) The High Springs Herald (weekly) 352-454-1297
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  • Radio GC-101 100.9 FM country 375-1317 KISS 105.3 FM top 40 331-2200 WKTK 98.5 FM adult oriented 377-0985 WJLF 91.7 FM christian 374-4941 WLUS 98 AM oldies 372-2528 WRUF 850 AM contemporary 392-0771 WRUF 103.7 FM rock and roll 392-8888 WUFT 89 FM classic/NPR 392-5200
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  • 10 Suggested Gainesville Night Spots- 1. Purple Porpoise Oyster Pub 376-1667 1728 W. University Ave. A campus hangout, lively at football game halftimes 2. Calico Jack’s 371-1675 3501 SW 2nd Ave. Tuesday night 25-cent drafts 3. Florida Theater 375-7361 233 W. University Ave. A downtown dance club with live music 4. Sharkey’s Sports Bar 371-3701 626 NW 13th St. Gainesville’s newest sports bar 5. Gainesville Ale House 371-0818 3950 SW Archer Rd. Good food & brews 6. D. J. Chaps 377-1619 108 S. Main St. A country music haven 7. Market Street Pub 377-2927 120 SW 1st Ave. Grad student hangout, brews own beer 8. Salty Dog Saloon 376-5153 1712 W. University Ave. 200 brands of beer on hand 9. Lillian’s Music Store 372-1010 112 SE 1st St. A courthouse hangout to meet friends 10. Simon’s no phone Alley between Parker’s Furniture and Alpha Plasma Center, off SW 1st Street Not for the shy and timid
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  • Lingerie Modeling- Living Lingerie 373-3939 3900 N. Main St. $40/10 min., $50/20 min., $60/30 min. Gainesville, FL 32609 your session is enhanced with tipping
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  • Escort Service- AAA Escort Service 371-0204 (from Orlando) $160 per hour
  • Exotic dancing clubs Trader’s South Gatorland 373-4388 2212 SW 13th St. $5 cover Gainesville, FL 32602 Cafe Risque 466-3803 County Route 234 at I-75 $5 cover with local identification Micanopy, FL 32667
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  • Ticket Outlets- Ticket Master (813) 287-8844 (904) 353-3309 (407) 839-3900 Univerity Box Office 392-1653 Specs 2339 NW 13th Street 376-5301
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  • Freebies- Are you someone who likes to get something for nothing? There’s stuff to do in Gainesville for absolutely nothing ... can you believe it? Bandshell Events -- concerts ACCENT UF speakers bureau Sundowner Concert Series -- Saturday nights at the Downtown Community Plaza |Culture menu||Site navigator|
  • Music- So you say you need your tunes huh? If you are looking for a place to buy records, tapes or CD’s these are a few music stores in the area. Blockbuster Music 331-7698 Oaks Mall Specs 2339 NW 13th Street 376-5301 Hyde & Zeke Records 1620 W University Ave. 376-1687 Schoolkids’ Records 1632 W University Ave. 377-9245
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  • Video Rentals- Kick back and enjoy a movie at home with some popcorn and the family. Atomic Video 376-8004 804 W. University Ave. For explosive movie service. Blockbuster Video 377-6322 1310 NW 23rd Ave. Rent the blockbuster of your life here. Media Play 331-1429 1009 NW 76th Blvd. Tapes, books, videos and more. Movie Market 377-1930 5240 NW 34th St. Come to the market to get the award winners. Pick-of-the-Flicks 375-7150 1150 NE 16th Ave. For the best pick of the latest shows. Spec’s Music 376-5301 1412 W. University Ave. The biggest selection in town. Video for All 377-4244 5200 NW 43rd St. Home of the Dollar video.
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  • Book Stores- The Gainesville area offers a wide variety of bookstores - from the huge corporate-owned stores to local shops. Comics: Comics Plus 1117 W University Ave 373-3790 Used/New: Florida Book Store 1614 W University Ave 376-6066 Goering’s Book Center 1310 W University Ave 378-0363 University Book and Supply 1227 W University Ave 377-1788 New: Iris Books Books by, for, and about women 802 W University Ave 375-7477 Books-A-Million 2601 NW 13th Street 376-6623 Barnes and Noble 3910 SW Archer Road 372-3535
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