Each year, the Cinema Verde festival celebrates environmentally conscious films and art. Visitors flock to the four-day event to watch more than 30 films on issues such as water access, waste disposal, and sustainable practices. The festival also features live music, art exhibits, and eco-tours that highlight the lush, natural environment of north central Florida.
The team members at Coconuts Salon & Barber Shop thinks of hair as a work of art, whether they are etching in a design in men's cuts or sculpting an elegant updo. However, the multicultural salon specializes in barbering, natural-hair services, and children's cuts. The team texturizes and cuts men's hair and complements new looks with edges and shaves. Women's services include relaxers, color rinses, sew-in weaves, and natural-hair services, such as double-strand twists, locs, and microbraids. Even the youngest family members' strands receive the team's attention, as kids' hair is woven into braids or loc cornrows. In addition to hair services, Coconuts offers soothing massages and nail services, which may include detailed nail art.
For 35 years, downtown Gainesville's Wine and Cheese Gallery has held court in a quaint white wood house that INsite Gainesville writer Jennifer Coleman calls "reminiscent of a classic French bistro.” Owners Bunky Mastin and Wade Tyler curate a larder with more than 3,000 varieties of wine, an international selection of cheeses, rich chocolates, and gourmet lunch items served on the charming patio bistro or inside at Panache, the shop’s restaurant.
Panache's chefs pull from the Gallery’s stock to harmoniously blend flavors in sandwiches such as The Normandy, which combines brie, apples, and cinnamon on french bread and is garnished with a miniature beret, and the turkey and havarti, which is balanced by an Adriatic fig spread. Patrons can also nibble on the quiche du jour or hide their faces from exes in soups that vary depending on the whims of the chef, with one recent creation involving sage matzo balls in the affairs of a ginger-chicken broth.
At the non-profit Brazilian Cultural Arts Exchange, community members gather to celebrate and learn about the country's culture and heritage. To wit, instructors teach capoeira—a popular Brazilian style of martial arts infused with the agility of dance—and other performance arts to students from a variety of backgrounds via retreats, classes, and workshops. Whether attending a capoeira class, enrolling in an exchange program, taking part in a community-service initiative, or becoming fluent in saying "football" instead of "soccer," participants get a chance to foster connections with new friends.
As a nonprofit organization that organizes philanthropic events for other nonprofit organizations, the Pledge 5 Foundation conducts food, clothing, and public-service pledge drives for its numerous charity partners. In conjunction with each of these charity drives, it hosts community-centered promotional events—pub crawls, pet adoptions, and tailgating parties—that aim to inspire people to give back to their community. Pledge 5's staff, interns, student association, and service chamber all work to create positive change throughout the Gainesville community by stimulating local commerce and planting popsicle gardens.
Humans and canines come together for the University Commons 5K-9, a morning event brimming with races and parades in support of pet charities throughout Gainesville. The day commences with an 8 a.m. onsite registration, followed by a breakfast feast supplied by Mi Apa Latin Café, then a 5K (3.1-mile) race at 9 a.m. Participants can accompany their own pooches or bask in the general air of flying fur for a one-mile pup run and dog parade at 10 a.m., promptly segueing into the 10:30 a.m. awards and pet superlatives ceremony. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., a pet expo coincides with the racing and parading festivities, assembling professionals who preside over veterinary clinics, dog daycare centers, pet spas, and canine finishing schools to teach dogs proper annunciation.