Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free Dozen Krispy Kreme When You Buy a Dozen on Hero Appreciation Day @KrispyKreme #HeroAppreciationDay,

On Monday April 28, visit any of the five Krispy Kreme shops below to buy a dozen doughnuts and get a FREE dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts

  • Daytona Beach980 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, Open 24 hours
  • Melbourne2040 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935, Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday) and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
  • Winter Park | 1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL 32789, Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday) and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
  • Millenia 4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939, Open 24 hours
  • Kissimmee 5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL 34746, Open 24 hours
The purpose of this is to share the extra dozen with the unsung heroes in your life in celebration of National Superhero Day. 

No coupon necessary. Offer not valid at grocery or convenience stores.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Taste for Learning Fundraiser at Rosen Shingle Creek

Valencia College Foundation and Orlando Health Foundation are putting on Taste for Learning fundraiser Saturday, May 17, at Rosen Shingle Creek. Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased onlineExpect food, wine and spirits paired with an auction to benefit scholarships and medical education.

100 percent of all sponsorships, tickets and auction receipts directly benefit student allied health scholarships and medical education. Every Valencia health scholarship is doubled, expanding the reach of each gift into our community.

For this year’s tasting and auction, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits has invited vintners from around the world who donate hundreds of their finest wines, as well as provide exceptional auction items. Taste will feature over 100 wines coming to Orlando from throughout this country, as well as Australia, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

This year’s event will feature a selection of worldwide spirits, craft beers and a personalized Maker’s Mark dipping station.

Guests will enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and sample entrĂ©e selections donated by A Land Remembered, Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que, Cabin Creek Catering, Cala Bella, Hard Rock Cafe, Mi Casa Tequila Taqueria, Rainforest Cafe, Shutters at Old Port Royale (Walt Disney World – Epcot Resort Area – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort), Taverna Yamas, Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar, T-REX, and Yak & Yeti.

Orlando Fringe Preview Party at Parliament House

Orlando Fringe Festival is on its way in May (god save us) and Michael Wanzie is hosting his own sort-of Fringe preview party Tuesday April 29th 6-9pm at Parliament House. Folks with shows will be there, Fringe-themed trivia games will be played, drinks will be drunk and some arguments might ensue (a typical happening at a Wanzie trivia night). 

To add to the insanity, there will be free hot dogs and chips to wash your vodka down with. But I beg you: when you order your drink, make sure you tell them DO NOT give you a Parliament House pour. They pour the STIFFEST drinks that will land you on your butt in minutes. 

Be sure to vote in our 6th Annual Audience Choice Awards for your favorite Fringe shows this year!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Free Movie Night in the Park

Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Free Movie Night in the Park is April 26, 2014 at 8:00pm along the lawn of Loch Haven Park, at the corner of Mills Avenue and Princeton Street. This is a FREE event! Bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets and picnic baskets. No chair rentals or concessions will be available.

This outdoor screening, 
Presented in association with Enzian Theater, will feature Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. (Rated PG-13).

Ivanhoe Village Main Street will be hosting a complimentary bike valet 7-10pm. All cyclists must have a photo ID to drop off and pick up their bicycles. 

Submit Your Photos to Appear in the 2015 Historic Preservation Board Calendar

The popular Historic Preservation Board Calendar has been produced by the City since 1991 to showcase some of Orlando’s most treasured historic resources. The City of Orlando Historic Preservation Board is currently seeking photographs for the 2015 calendar which will feature Orlando’s historic local landmarks, landmark signs and national register properties. Professional or amateur photographers may submit black and white pictures that capture the individuality, history and aesthetic of Orlando’s historic sites. Selected photographs will be included in the 2015 calendar.

Orlando has 45 historic local landmarks, landmark signs and national register properties to choose as a subject. The various sites include churches, gardens, historic signs, commercial buildings and homes, schools and theaters. Each site represents a part of Orlando’s history, from the homes of historical figures like Jack Kerouac, Judge Cheney, Dr. Phillips and Dr. W. Wells to local schools such as Grand Avenue Elementary and Orlando High School. Other interesting landmarks include the Dickson Azalea Park and Washington Street Bridge, the Harry P. Leu House and Mizell Cemetery at Leu Gardens, the Orwin Manor Gates and the Lake Eola Heights Historic District. *Please see the attached landmark list for full list of 45 qualifying sites.

Up to three photographs, labeled on the back with name, email address, daytime telephone number and the address or site name of the subject must be submitted or postmarked by July 11, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Photographs must be black and white and printed on 8” x 10” or 8 ½” X 11” paper with a white border. Vertical or horizontal photographs are acceptable. The Board encourages photographs that capture the unique architectural characteristics of historic structures in the district. Please remember to be respectful of people and their property.

Deliver photographs to the Historic Preservation Office on the 6th floor of Orlando City Hall, 400 South Orange Avenue or mail them to the Historic Preservation Office, PO Box 4990, Orlando, Florida 32802. Submitted photographs become the property of the City of Orlando Historic Preservation Board for use in the annual calendar competition and associated promotions.

More information and a list of the landmarks can be found online. Residents with questions about the calendar can call Richard Forbes at 407.246.3350 or Heather Hohman at 407.246.3416.

Last month, got 1.2 million+ page views. In addition, it experienced a $4 million gross revenue on tourism e-commerce from roughly 8,500 tourism product bookings. Tourists can book hotel rooms, get deals on local merchandise and attraction tickets and get general information about navigating the city. 

The thing was created in 2013. 

Businesses can pay $10/month to be listed on the site. You get a "microsite" with custom URL to showcase photos, printable coupon offers, products, reviews, social media activity, maps, and detailed information such as contact information, descriptions and other relevant details based on specific business category. 

The owners expect that businesses will get a boost in search engine optimization and exposure to a larger pool of prospective customers. 

Below is the microsite for our signature event, The Food Truck Bazaar. View it here. 

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Mom Wants Meat


Texas de Brazil (5259 International Drive, Orlando) wants your Mom to eat a meat dinner starting at 11am on Mothers Day Sunday, May 11. Families can enjoy Texas de Brazil’s signature cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and Brazilian sausage carved tableside in Brazilian Churrascaria fashion.
And Mothers will *not* receive a free corsage. They get a certificate for $25 off their next visit (limit two per table).

Regular Dinner is $46.99
Light Dinner is $24.99
Drinks, dessert, alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are additional

Exploring the World of Romance

Extending their Summer Classical Season into a year-round entity, non-profit arts organization Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts) is proud to present their inaugural Spring Classical Season concert, Exploring the World of Romance!

Revealing the mystery of romantic composers, the CFCArts Classical Choir will sing selections such as Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Rossini’s I Gondoieri and Schubert’s Gloria. To be further guided through the musical foundations of the Romantic Period, the audience will also experience works of Neo-Romantic composers such as Randall Thompson and Jean Belmont in a beautiful concert that will feature the 75-voice choir and a feature chamber orchestra.

Exploring the World of Romance will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 3 and at 2:30pm on Sunday, May 4, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1600 S. Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. General Admission tickets are $10 each, and are on sale now at Children age 12 and under will be admitted for free.

Joshua Vickery, founder and Executive Director of Central Florida Community Arts, created the organization to create opportunity for artists of all ages to come together and perform. Ticket prices to CFCArts’ shows are intentionally kept low to help make the arts accessible and affordable. Proceeds of all tickets purchased for this show will go to the Central Florida Community Arts organization, which also include a community choir, a gospel choir, a community orchestra, a children and youth arts program and the CFCArts School of Performing Arts.

Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts) is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) entity whose mission is to create a cultural platform where every person of every age can join an artistic family and connect, serve and perform to advance the arts in Central Florida. Besides producing seasonal concerts, the heartbeat of CFCArts is to give back to the community by partnering with local non-profits and performing, for free, at their fundraisers or for the clients they serve. Immediate future plans include the continuing Spring 2014 seasons of the organization's Community Choir, Gospel Choir, String Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Children & Youth programs, as well as extended classes in their School of Performing Arts.