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Alachua County Animal Services, Humane Society of North Central Florida north and south campuses and PetSmart hosted the 5th Annual North Florida Pet Adoption Days Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of rescued dogs and cats were brought into these organizations with adoption fees waived. Margot DeConna, Humane Society of North Central Florida director of development, said the initial goal of the adoption event was to get 400 pets adopted. A total of 344 pets were adopted from the event community-wide. DeConna said the rain on Sunday may have been a factor that affected the original goal.
The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center celebrated the opening of a new art exhibition entitled “A Walk in the Park” on Friday night. The show features local artists whose work aims to encourage the appreciation of local parks in the community. The gallery’s opening reception was part of May’s Artwalk Gainesville event. “A Walk in the Park” will be on display until Jan. 4, 2020. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the citizens and city employees behind the yearlong “Gainesville 150!” celebration, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the City of Gainesville’s incorporation.
The Memorial Day Ceremony 2019 was held at Forest Meadows Memorial Park East on Monday. The event featured a presentation of the colors by the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Milton Lewis Young Marines. Remarks were made by Mayor Lauren Poe and Congressman Ted Yoho, the United States Representative for Florida’s 3rd congressional district. Alachua County Gold Star Families, which are families of soldiers killed in action, were also honored. Additionally, on Northwest 8th Avenue, the Gainesville chapter of Veterans For Peace placed one tombstone for each U.S. service member who lost their life in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 for the Memorial Mile 2019 event.
Gainesville currently has an ordinance that prohibits panhandling, but it is not enforceable due to free speech. The laws might change soon after a panhandler was struck and killed in April. Gainesville city commissioners have said the new ordinance won’t incriminate panhandlers but intends rather to limit where the activity is allowed in order to keep them safe and avoid another fatal accident. Some Gainesville residents, like William Irmen, a 54-year-old homeless man, rely on panhandling in these spots for consistent income.
Guests at First Magnitude Brewing Company celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday afternoon with a series of sponsored activities. About 70 people attended the special edition of the weekly yoga class. There was also a painting station, sponsored by Painting with a Twist, where children could create mini-canvas paintings for their mothers and other family members. Later, there was a session with a painting class for moms. The event also had live music from the band Patchwork Girls.
Blake Harrison is a 55-year-old artist known for his murals in and around Gainesville. Like Tom Petty, Harrison has embedded himself in Gainesville’s culture. Harrison moved to Gainesville in the early ‘70s, and he fell in love with the rugged hippy community. Despite the harsh financial climate for artists in Gainesville, Harrison loves Gainesville’s people and its physical space. Instead of worrying about notoriety, Harrison is satisfied with working in his remote studio in Micanopy, Florida, where he creates work that he hopes makes the surrounding community a happier, more loving place.