About 40 people, dressed in their best impression of pirates, stood outside the offices of Crime Prevention Security Systems, located at 4701 SW 34th St., holding signs and singing songs Friday. The Alachua County Labor Coalition said Rep. Ted Yoho is prioritizing his donors over his constituents.
Revival IV Lounge, a business that specializes in providing customers with vitamin-infused IV solutions, opened at 10 a.m. Thursday at 3300 SW Archer Road, Suite 110. Nichole Pogue, the founder and owner, said injections range in price from $85 to $175, depending on the ingredients and are not covered by medical insurance.
About 90 students gathered at the Reitz Union amphitheater Thursday evening for the Multicultural and Diversity Affairs’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. March. Diana Moreno, an assistant director of MCDA, said the group hopes to revive the celebration of King’s legacy. The Black Student Union, Hispanic Student Association and the Black Graduate Student Association also contributed to the planning of the event.
The first Holiday Party and Potluck for Progress was hosted by a coalition of social and political organizations at Heartwood Soundstage, located at 619 S. Main St. Attendees had the opportunity to meet local candidates running for government positions and live entertainment was provided by Mama Trish.
On Saturday and Sunday in Depot Park, located at 200 SE Depot Ave., hundreds of people visited GreenMan Fest, a craft fair that promotes locally made arts and crafts. All sorts of artists from Alachua County came to showcase their art and sell their creations. The event also hosted an expo featuring electric and hybrid vehicles.
The 2017 Homecoming weekend kicked off with the Gator Gallop, a short 2-mile run around UF’s campus, on Friday morning. Afterward, fans lined up along West University Avenue to watch the annual UF Homecoming Parade at noon, which included more than 100 different floats. On Friday evening, fans gathered on Flavet Field for performances by rapper Snoop Dogg and singer Daya for Gator Growl. On Saturday, the Florida Gators played the Louisiana State University Tigers for the annual Homecoming football game.
This year marks the fourth annual Rally in the Swamp, a student pep rally held to start the 2017-2018 school year on the right foot. Students were invited to play games and welcomed back to school by Coach Jim McElwain, Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and UF President Kent Fuchs. Most importantly, attendees were taught the great game-day traditions for Saturday football.