Gainesville’s Week Ahead – April 26-May 1


The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Through April 29, free tax preparation program  at Tower Road Library, the Alachua County Senior Center, and Cone Park Library.  Taxpayers may register online at or by calling (352) 448-7445 and leaving a message. Service at all sites will be by appointment only; no walk-ins.  Face masks will be required for all clients and volunteers.

21st Annual Mary Wise Scramble for Pace: Sessions at 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  April 30 at University of Florida’s Mark Bostick Golf Course. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pace Center for Girls, Alachua.  Registration:  Tournament and updates at Registration to play and sponsor commitment visit, Early registration is  $125/player (through April 9, 2021, regular registration following this date is $150/player. Sponsor opportunities range from $250-$5000. Details and additional tournament information at page, by Pure Aesthetics.

iNaturalist City Nature Challenge:  April 30-May 3, get outside and take photos of plants, animals and other organisms in your yard, neighborhoods, and parks in Alachua County and post them to iNaturalist Alachua County is joining over 250 cities and counties around the world in documenting nature in and around urban areas. Organized by the University of California Natural History Museum, the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge calls upon iNaturalist users to upload and identify as many species as possible within four days. Locally, University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Florida Museum of Natural History are co-organizing the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge in Alachua County.

The Alachua County Library District new expanded hours: Headquarters Library and Millhopper, Tower Road, and Alachua branches: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.; Hawthorne, High Springs, and Newberry branches: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.; Cone Park and Library Partnership branches: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Archer, Micanopy, and Waldo branches: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Patrons  can browse and use computers and printing services during all operating hours. Outside services will continue, weather permitting. Patrons required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing while visiting the library and complete a brief health screening, including a touchless temperature check, before entering. Food and beverages are not allowed in the buildings.

Survival of the Slowest exhibit: Through  Sept. 12, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday.   (, 846-2000) Admission, $10, adults,  $9, Florida residents, seniors and non-University of Florida college students; $7, ages 3-17, free to museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card. Complete admission pricing is available online at  Guests l get an up-close look at a live sloth, tortoise, iguana and other creatures to learn about  the unique adaptations some animals developed to survive, despite being slow, small or weak.

The Harn Museum of Art Store: Books for purchase: The catalogue for Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa and Lewis Carroll’s book “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” illustrated by Maggie Taylor and associated with the xhibition Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass. Purchase in the store or reserve your copy today via Store manager will contact you for payment and  arrange for shipping or pick up at your convenience.

COVID-19 Community Archives: Ongoing, Free. The Matheson History Museum will create a COVID-19 Community Archive that will be shared digitally over the next few weeks and in exhibitions down the road. They are asking for Alachua County residents to help document the community’s experience with digital submissions of photographs, video clips, stories or anything else county residents think helps tell their story.

Afternoon Adventure Camp: 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. This  mid-week opportunity will  focus on challenges that boost kids’ creativity and imagination. Cade Museum educators help children ages 5-11 engage in a broad range of hands-on STEAM experiments and activities. In the Creativity Lab and Fab Lab, children will explore and improve skills in 3D design, coding, robotics, and more. Cade’s educators will be available to help children in Kindergarten through 5th-grade address homework challenges.   Registration is open. Members receive a  discounted rate. 

Little Sparks ages 0-5: 12:15 -1 p.m. Saturday, Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St.  Children will receive a personal Little Sparks kit with all of their own supplies, plus make and  takes that extend the fun and learning at home. Our BRAIN and Sweat Solution exhibits will also be open for Little Sparks noon – 5 p.m.

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention: Noon – 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, general admission. (  You can schedule a group tour Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

Florida Museum of Natural History: To ensure a safe environment, all visitors and museum staff are required to wear face coverings, foot traffic throughout the museum will follow a one-way path to ensure physical distancing. Exhibits reopening include the “Butterfly Rainforest,” “Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land,” “Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife,” “South Florida People & Environments,” “Exploring Our World,” “Fossil Plant Garden” and “Florida Wildflower & Butterfly Garden.” All exhibits are free, but regular admission fees apply to enter the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit: $14 for adults ($12 for Florida residents and seniors) and $7 for ages 3-17. Admission is free for museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. The museum has temporarily paused Butterfly Spotlights in the Rainforest, group tours and weekend plant sales. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3215 Hull Road. (, 846-2000)

Black C Art Gallery: A gallery and performance space at 201 SE 2nd Pl. Suite 111. It features the work of dancer, photographer and visual artist Ani Collier, along with select guest artists. Black C’s mission is to create, connect, and share experimental and visual performing arts.                     

Matheson History Museum: “Lights of Conversation” on display outside; “COVID-19 Community Archives” on display online. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 513 E. University Ave. (378-2280,

Cedar Key Arts Center: Work by impressionist Diane Brody on display through -April 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 457 Second St., Cedar Key. (543-5801,

Matheson History Museum: “Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States, on display online; “Lights of Conversation” on display outside; “COVID-19 Community Archives” on display online. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 513 E. University Ave. (378-2280,

University Galleries:  Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. 400 SW 13th St. (

The Artisans’ Guild Gallery: Pop-Up on the Porch:: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 1 (rain or shine) 224 NW 2nd Ave. ( Featuring award winning jeweler Sandra Matasick, and fiber and watercolor artist Susan Torgerson.  The gallery offers the area’s largest selection of quality handmade fine arts and fine crafts from 50 regional artists. 

Upcoming Events

Mother’s Day Art Market: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. rain or shine Saturday, May, 224 NW 2nd Ave.( Featuring local artists and makers. Live music by Saxophonics from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dave Hall from 1-3 p.m., Local Voices from 3 – 5. Masks required. , 


Y-Not Theatre and Good News Arts: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at  Good News Arts 23352 W HWY 27, Suite 80, High Springs.  Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at Good News Arts.  Everyone that acts, directs, studies, writes, designs, works in, or just loves the theatre is invited to come and enjoy new American plays and connect with others, outdoor with social distance. It’s kind of a book club for plays. No preparation is needed. The goal of High Springs Playreaders is to broaden the lens and introduce new American plays to new audiences. The content of the playreaders program is focused on mature audiences. Some of the pieces have adult language and situations. For more information, contact curator Paul Gabbard via email at